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 ISIS SUPPORTERS CALL FOR POISONING OF FOOD IN GROCERY STORES ACROSS U.S. AND EUROPE 

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and its followers have traditionally used shock and awe tactics in their attacks on the West, taking knives, assault rifles and trucks on as weapons in shocking assaults. But the group’s followers are now calling for a hidden weapon: poison. The target? Western grocery stores.

 

 THE DANGER OF THE UNITED STATES LOSING TO NORTH KOREA 

The US, even if it wished to assume the mantle of the world order guardian, is incapable of fulfilling the task by political and economic means and needs the cooperation of other major players.

 

 ANGELA MERKEL: THE MORAL LEADER OF THE WEST How the German chancellor became Trump’s foil 

Trump is everything Merkel is not.

 

 Russia gears up for major war games, neighbors watch with unease 

Russia is preparing to hold large-scale military exercises it says will be of a purely defensive nature, amid concerns in neighboring nations that the drills may be used as a precursor for an invasion.

 

 Pope, Orthodox leader make climate change appeal to 'heal wounded creation' 

Pope Francis and Orthodox Christian leader Patriarch Bartholomew called on Friday for a collective response from world leaders to climate change, saying the planet was deteriorating and vulnerable people were the first to be affected. The appeal comes three months after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a global agreement, struck in Paris, to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 'We Are Living Through a Battle for the Soul of This Nation' 

The former vice president calls on Americans to do what President Trump has not. Did we think the charlatans and the con-men and the false prophets who have long dotted our history wouldn’t revisit us, once again prop up the immigrant as the source of all our troubles, and look to prey on the hopelessness and despair that has grown up in the hollowed-out cities and towns of Ohio and Michigan and Pennsylvania and the long-forgotten rural stretches of West Virginia and Kentucky? We have fought this battle before—but today we have a special challenge.

 

 Teacher: Dear parents, tell your kids to stop talking about God 

School is back in session across the fruited plain and students are getting settled in their new classes and adjusting to new teachers. So it's not all that unusual for moms and dads to receive letters from their child's teacher. But a letter written by a first-grade teacher and sent to parents in McCordsville, Indiana is causing quite a stir. The teacher urged parents to encourage their children to stop using religious words in the classroom.

 

 Merkel assuming leadership role in world of erratic strongmen 

Alarmed by the rise of unpredictable strongmen around the world, Angela Merkel feels she must do more to defend the Western order on which Germany depends.

 

 North Korea is executing, torturing and enslaving those who practice religion 

The 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom determined that the government led by dictator Kim Jong Un continues to delineate brutal punishments for those who engage in faith-bound acts outside of worshipping the country’s leadership. The punishment includes “executions, torture, beatings and arrests.”

 

 Trump meltdown for the ages 

It was like watching a human Twitter feed. A combative and unrestrained President Donald Trump opened his authentic political soul, in possibly the most memorable news conference in presidential history, that is certain to become a defining moment of his administration.

 

 Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Says White Supremacists Will ‘Fulfill’ Trump’s Promises 

As the official start of the “Unite the Right” rally kicked off in Charlottesville, Virginia, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said the gathering of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and far-right individuals pointed to a future fulfillment of President Donald Trump’s “promises.”

 

 How Trump v Kim can wreck the world economy without a shot being fired 

Tension is more likely to spark a US trade war with Beijing than a shootout with Pyongyang. China’s debt bubble will burst, with major consequences.

 

 Fleas test positive for the plague in parts of Arizona 

Health officials are urging people to take precautions after a second Arizona county in two weeks confirmed that fleas in the area have tested positive for plague.

 

 North Korea Outlines Plan to Launch Missiles Toward Guam 

(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

 

  5 bible passages that prove Trump's advisor is right: God supports Trump 'taking out' Kim Jong-un

NOTE: This is supposed to be PARADOY using God's Word!   Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers, said this in relation to the United States' rising tensions with North Korea: “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”

 

 Half of Republicans Support Postponing 2020 Election Until Country Figures Out Voter Fraud 

More than half of Republicans think the 2020 election should be postponed “until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote.”

 

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 NEW EVIDENCE OF LOST CITY OF JULIAS UNEARTHED NEAR SEA OF GALILEE 

The ancient Roman Lost City of Julias – believed to be the birthplace of Jesus’ apostles Andrew, Peter and Philip – may have recently been unearthed after decades of searches by archeologists in the upper Jordan Valley, near a delta entering the Sea of Galilee.

 

 DNA Analysis Sheds Light on the Mysterious Origins of the Ancient Greeks 

During the Bronze Age, two important civilizations emerged in Greece: the Minoans and, later, the Mycenaeans. These ancient peoples were among the earliest of the so-called “high cultures” of Europe: they communicated with sophisticated writing systems, painted elaborate frescoes, and—in the case of the Mycenaeans—built fortifications so large that later Greeks believed the structures had been created by giants.

 

 Researcher gives seal of approval to 53 biblical characters’ existence 

Thanks to a researcher’s unique system, 53 individuals in the Hebrew Bible have been proven as genuine historical characters through material evidence of their existence. The system’s creator, Lawrence Mykytiuk, an associate professor of library science at Purdue University, calls it “a way to develop historicity.”

 

 Transgender man Trystan Reese gives birth to healthy baby boy 

A transgender man has given birth to a healthy baby boy called Leo. Trystan Reese, from Portland in Oregon, was born female but started taking hormones nearly 10 years ago.

 

 Planned Parenthood: Teach your preschoolers 'their genitals don’t determine their gender' 

Apparently children as young as 4 are not too young to be told that gender and sex are different and that their genitals don't indicate their gender, according to new Planned Parenthood guidelines for parents.

 

 MS-13 isn't the only homicidal street gang in town - meet Barrio 18 

“These two gangs have turned the Central American northern triangle into the area with the highest homicide rate in the world."

 

 DNA discovery identifies living descendants of Biblical Canaanites 

DNA research is shining new light on the Biblical Canaanite civilization, which existed thousands of years ago in the Middle East. The ancient civilization, which created the first alphabet and is mentioned frequently in the Bible. Because the Canaanites kept their records on papyrus, rather than clay, relatively little is known about them. Now, however, scientists have found a genetic ‘trail’ back to the Canaanites’ ancient world.

 

 A satanist plans to ‘make a point’ by giving the invocation to a Colorado city council 

 The self-identifying satanist, who wouldn’t normally get up in front of a crowd and give a presentation. But he said he’s willing to do so at the council meeting to make a point — that the policy the city has is all-inclusive, and that means satanists, too, in accordance with the law.”

 

 It’s Happening: US Scientists Reportedly Made a Genetically Modified Human Embryo 

Researchers in Portland, Oregon have created genetically modified human embryos. This is the first confirmed case of the gene editing of human embryos in the US, and gets scientists closer to the ability to create genetically engineered humans.

 

  EU warns US over 'America first' Russia sanctions bill

The European Union has delivered a stern warning to the US over a plan to impose new sanctions on Russia, opening up the prospect of a rift between the two allies over how to deal with Moscow's foreign interventions. EU President Jean-Claude Juncker said the bloc would act "within days" if it does not receive reassurances on the potential impact of new sanctions on European interests.

 

 ‘America First’: Who Really Wins? 

When Donald Trump raised the roof at his raucous rallies with pledges to put “America First,” he hit a political nerve. The long-mothballed phrase, revived from another era of American history, became shorthand for rethinking our whole relationship to the world. Seven decades after the end of World War II, why does the United States still guarantee the security of Germany and Japan? Does boosting Mexican manufacturing through the North American Free Trade Agreement really help American workers?

 

 Experts hunt for biblical tabernacle that housed the Ark of the Covenant 

Associates for Biblical Research, a consortium of individuals and universities, recently completed four weeks of excavation in Shiloh with the goal of eventually locating the tabernacle. Dr. Scott Stripling, director of excavations at Shiloh and provost at The Bible Seminary in Houston, Texas, told Fox News that the site could offer up vital clues. “We have just begun the process of accumulating evidence but we’re confident that the tabernacle rested at Shiloh,” he said, adding that that the tabernacle was located at Shiloh for about 350 years. “The tabernacle was set up at Shiloh in 1400 B.C. - Joshua 18:1 mentions it.”

 

  Earth is on its way to the biggest mass extinction since the dinosaurs

Have humans damaged the Earth’s ecosystems so severely that we’re well on our way to the biggest mass extinction since the dinosaurs vanished 66 million years ago? And are we running out of time to reverse the negative impacts of our actions?

 

 Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In Louisiana Tap Water 

Louisiana’s Department of Health confirmed this week that brain-eating amoeba had been found in two water systems in the state. Traces of Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism that can cause a rare, but fatal, brain disease, was found during routine water testing of Ouachita Parish’s North Monroe Water System and Terrebonne Parish’s Schriever Water System. Health officials assured residents that the tap water in these parishes are still safe to drink, but warned people to avoid getting any of it in their noses.

 

 FUKUSHIMA'S NUCLEAR WASTE WILL BE DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN 

Toxic waste produced by one of the world's worst nuclear disasters will be dumped into the sea, according to the head of the Japanese company tasked with cleaning up the radioactive mess, despite protests from local fishermen. Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), told foreign media that nearly 777,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, a byproduct of the nuclear process that is notoriously difficult to filter out of water, will be dumped into the Pacific Ocean as part of a multibillion-dollar recovery effort following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

 

 Catholic journal criticizes Trump 'value voters' 

Two close confidants of Pope Francis have written an article in a Jesuit journal that strongly criticizes some American religious supporters of President Donald Trump for their fundamentalist views, which the authors say demonize others and create fear and hatred.

 

  Satanic monument to be installed on public property for first time in US history

A satanic monument is being installed on public property for the first time in United States history. The Satanic Temple’s monument — a black cube adorned with pentagrams and an upturned helmet — is slated to go up in Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

 

  Greenland's ice sheet is full of toxins waiting to break free

As the Greenland ice sheet melts due to climate change, a new study in journal Environmental Letters suggests, pollution trapped inside could ooze back into the environment. But microbes that have evolved to chow down on such toxins could help us out.

 

 Pope Francis: US-Russia alliance ‘dangerous’ 

Pope Francis issued a stark warning against “dangerous” international alliances, including between the U.S. and Russia, on Saturday.

 

  Scientists revive an extinct virus using off-the-shelf DNA

It's no longer far-fetched to synthesize a basic organism. However, a team of researchers has taken that work one step further. They recently reconstituted and reanimated an extinct virus, horsepox, using DNA they'd ordered via mail. It's clever work, but it's also a double-edged sword -- it could at once provide a breakthrough in medical research and pose a potential threat.

 

 SURGEON: 'Frankenstein' predicted a crucial part of head transplant surgery 

A surgeon aiming to do the first human head transplant says 'Frankenstein' predicted a crucial part of the surgery.  The surgeon envisions a future in which healthy people could opt for full-body transplants as a way to liv longer, eventually even putting their heads on clone bodies.

 

 AMERICA'S ERA IS OVER—WHO WILL LEAD THE WORLD NOW? 

It’s tempting to consign this year’s G20 summit in Hamburg to the long list of those that don’t amount to much as far as the long gaze of history is concerned. But, in time, it might be remembered as something rather momentous: the summit that marked the symbolic—if not substantive—end of America’s international leadership.

 

 The Declaration Of Independence, Read Aloud 

Church bells rang out over Philadelphia as the Continental Congress adopted this draft of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Here, listen to the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

 

            

 

 Experts Warn America's Power Grid Could Be Next Cyberattack Target 

Hackers have targeted energy companies in Ukraine, disrupting power grids and leaving over 200,000 people in the dark. At the same time, Russia was backing a ground war in eastern Ukraine. When Newsy visited the country earlier this year, Ukrainian Parliament member Nataliya Katser-Buchkovska told us an attack on the power grid is one of many methods used to destabilize Ukraine.

 

  Alabama health officials issue warning about flesh-eating bacteria

Health officials in Alabama are warning residents of a flesh-eating bacteria found in bodies of water throughout the state. In the statement, the department urged people who get cuts in water to immediately wash the wound with fresh water and soap, and to seek medical attention immediately. They also encouraged those with open wounds and sores to stay out of the water, and persons with low immune systems, cancer, diabetes, liver disease and chronic conditions to avoid eating raw and undercooked seafood -- especially oysters.

 

 Experts Sound the Alarm as Drug Resistant Gonorrhea Goes Global 

Describing it as a “serious situation,” the World Health Organization has issued a grim warning about the dramatic rise of antibiotic resistant gonorrhea around the world. Data collected from nearly 80 countries shows that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhea much tougher, and at times impossible, to treat.

 

           

 

  God’s Word hasn’t become less true just because it has become less popular

Of course I wasn’t surprised yesterday when I passed by a church with a rainbow flag hanging off of it. And I wasn’t surprised that it had the words “God is still speaking” written across. It’s very important for us to realize that these churches, which have made sacraments of heresy and blasphemy, are not in any sense Christian. We are sometimes led to believe that we should have a “big tent” approach to the faith — and we should, but here is the important point: we are not the ones who decide the size or scope of the tent. Our Lord has already set up the tent, and only those who choose to live under it can be called Christian.

 

           

 

 In 2016, drug overdoses likely killed more Americans than the entire wars in Vietnam and Iraq 

Every year for the past few years, we’ve gotten even more horrible statistics showing the harrowing impact of the opioid epidemic on America. In 2015, overall drug overdose deaths reached a new historic record — topping deaths from guns or cars that year, and even the toll from HIV/AIDS at the height of that epidemic’s peak in 1995. In 2016, we got another awful statistic: Drug overdose deaths reached another record — and, based on the highest estimate by a New York Times analysis of state data, topped total US casualties from the entire wars in Vietnam and Iraq.

 

 Declaration of Disruption 

ONE of the essential, if often unstated, job requirements of an American president is to provide stability, order and predictability in a world that tends toward chaos, disarray and entropy. When our political leaders ignore this — and certainly when they delight in disruption — the consequences can be severe. Stability is easy to take for granted, but impossible to live without.

 

 Germany worried Trump may start trade war with Europe 

Germany has warned that the U.S. and Europe might be heading for a trade war.  "There are things that cause us great concern that the United States is starting a trade war against Europe. This would, of course, trigger a reaction in Europe," Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told German radio station Deutschlandfunk.

 

  U.S. no longer a 'friend' in Merkel election program

 In their campaign program for the German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have dropped the term "friend" in describing the relationship with the United States.

 

 The world looks past Donald Trump 

Foreign policy, increasingly, is what is happening around the world while the United States is making other plans. More than five months into Donald Trump's presidency, American adversaries and allies alike are adjusting to a new era in which Washington seeks its own idiosyncratic and unpredictable "America First" path.

 

  Statistics Show Spike In Hate Crimes Across US

Hate crimes spiked in four major American cities in the first months of 2017, with the percentage year-over-year change in one of them, Chicago, reaching a staggering 160 percent, according to the nonpartisan Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

 

 Germany: Far-right violence and Islamist threat on the rise 

The number of far-right attacks and Islamists in Germany rose once again last year, new figures have shown. More than half of neo-Nazis are "violence-orientated," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in Berlin.

 

           

 

 Ten Commandments monument destroyed day after installation at Arkansas Capitol 

A man drove his car into a granite Ten Commandments monument Wednesday morning, destroying the memorial less than 24 hours after it was installed on Arkansas Capitol grounds.

 

 The plague is back, and it’s in the United States 

When was the last time you worried about getting the flu? A few months? Maybe a year? How about catching the plague? It’s something the civilized world hasn’t feared in ages, but two new cases of the disease just popped up in New Mexico, raising concern that the number of yearly instances of human plague infection could be growing.

 

 Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade 

Deaths from opioids have been rising sharply for years, and drug overdoses already kill more Americans under age 50 than anything else. STAT asked leading public health experts at 10 universities to forecast the arc of the epidemic over the next decade. The consensus: It will get worse before it gets better. There are now nearly 100 deaths a day from opioids, a swath of destruction that runs from tony New England suburbs to the farm country of California, from the beach towns of Florida to the Appalachian foothills.

 

 IS EUROPE WARMING TO ASSAD? 

European leaders see no successor to lesser of several evils. In comments to the press last week, France’s newly elected President Emmanuel Macron made a major shift from his predecessor on Syria policy. Discussing whether Syrian President Bashar Assad should leave office, Macron said “no one has introduced me to his legitimate successor.”

 

 Image of the U.S. has plunged...

The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center showed. Five months into Trump's presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favourability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.

 

 Most of the World Has Little Confidence in Donald Trump 

Global confidence in Donald Trump's presidency is as low as 22%, down from the 64% confidence shown in former president Barack Obama. According to a new Pew Research Center poll, which was conducted among 40,447 respondents spanning 37 nations, fewer than a quarter of respondents think President Trump will do the right thing in terms of international affairs. The ratings of the U.S. president fell in every country surveyed (including America's allies in Europe and Asia) apart from Russia and Israel. When respondents were asked their views of President Trump's characteristics, 75% of the people surveyed said they thought of him as "arrogant," 65% said "intolerant" and 62% said "dangerous."

 

 America in crisis: Is a second Civil War in the making? 

One of the most demoralizing things about America today is the feeling that we are separating into “two nations,” two estranged populations who regard one another with a hatred that defies conciliation.

 

 "No Religion" Is Now Australia's Number One Religion 

In 1966 just 0.8% of Australians ticked the "no religion" box. For the first time ever, "no religion" has overtaken any single religious denomination, toppling Catholicism as the number one religious affiliation for Australians, the latest national census released on Tuesday revealed. The proportion of people reporting no religion increased to 30.1% in 2016 – up from 22% five years ago, and nearly double the 16% reported in 2001.

 

  The World's Population Is Forecast to Reach 9.8 Billion By the Year 2050

(UNITED NATIONS) — India's population is expected to surpass China's in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a U.N. report said Wednesday. The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division forecasts that the current world population of nearly 7.6 billion will increase to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100.

 

 Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms 

Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia being proposed by the U.S. Senate end up penalizing German firms. Berlin fears that could pave the way for fines against German and European firms involved in Nord Stream 2, a project to build a pipeline carrying Russian gas across the Baltic.

 

  Christian school fears Bible verses will be banned under new human rights code in Canada

The Battle River School Division, just east of Edmonton, Alberta, is pushing a Christian school to censor certain Bible verses because they could be seen as “targeting vulnerable minorities.” EXAMPLE: The 1 Corinthians passage states, in part, “Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

 Where the Next Climate Change Wars Could Erupt 

The word “rival” comes from the Latin for sharing a river, and in a world of climate change, rivalries are bound to become more fraught. Changing weather patterns don’t cause war, but they can bring simmering tensions up to a boil. Syria’s protracted civil war, for example, was brought on by drought and crop failure, made worse by climate change, which heightened underlying political and social tensions until the country erupted under the pressure.

 

 Canada Will Build Up Its Military Because It Can't Rely on the U.S 

Canada's foreign minister said the country is making a "substantial investment" in its military, citing a decreasing reliance on the United States for global leadership.

 

 Scientists believe they can 'reverse death' 

The first attempts to bring people back from the dead are slated to start this year.

 

 What if several of the world’s biggest food crops failed at the same time? 

Less than one-quarter of Earth’s total cropland produces nearly three-quarters of the staple crops that feed the world’s population – especially corn, wheat and rice, the most important cereal crops. These areas are our planet’s major breadbaskets.

 

 Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech 

When President Donald Trump addressed NATO leaders during his debut overseas trip little more than a week ago, he surprised and disappointed European allies who hoped—and expected—he would use his speech to explicitly reaffirm America’s commitment to mutual defense of the alliance’s members, a one-for-all, all-for-one provision that looks increasingly urgent as Eastern European members worry about the threat from a resurgent Russia on their borders.

 

 Worldwide Terrorism at All-Time High 

Worldwide terrorism is at an all-time high, and violence cost the global economy $14.3 trillion last year, with a $2.5 trillion impact in the United States alone. According to the report, the annual number of terrorism incidents has almost tripled since 2011.

 

 Cracks widen in US-Europe alliance 

So it's ironic and disturbing to proponents of the transatlantic alliance that remembrances of the D-Day landings and the Marshall Plan should coincide with the most fraught period in Europe-US relations in decades. The situation darkened further on Wednesday following indications that President Donald Trump will pull out of the Paris climate agreement, even as the shock waves of his jarring trip to the continent last week still reverberated.

 

         

 

 World heading towards 'permanent cyber war' 

The world is heading towards a “permanent war” in cyberspace, the head of France’s digital security agency has warned. Guillaume Poupard said intensifying attacks were coming from unspecified states, as well as criminal and extremist groups. “We must work collectively, not just with two or three Western countries, but on a global scale,” he added, saying attacks could aim at espionage, fraud, sabotage or destruction.

 

 Europe 'can no longer rely on allies' after Trump and Brexit 

Europe can no longer "completely depend" on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says. Mrs Merkel said she wanted friendly relations with both countries as well as Russia but Europe now had to "fight for its own destiny".

 

 Trump’s Russia Scandal Is Becoming a Corruption Scandal 

It may not have made “sense” for Donald Trump to fire James Comey, let alone for him to proceed to confess — in a public interview with Lester Holt, and then a putatively private meeting with Russian diplomats — that he did so in order to stop the Russia investigation.

 

 What will the Pope tell President Trump? 

After meeting with Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia and visiting sacred sites in Jerusalem, President Donald Trump's tour of world religions will conclude Wednesday at the Vatican, the Catholic Church's holy headquarters. There, at the Apostolic Palace, Trump is scheduled to meet Pope Francis -- finally. It's a meeting millions have been waiting for, an encounter between two of the world's most intriguing and complex characters: The holy man in white who preaches good news to the poor and the brash businessman in the dark suit who embodies American extravagance.

 

 The Battle to Teach Evolution in Public Schools Is Far From Over 

In 2007, 1 in 5 U.S. high school science teachers reported experiencing community backlash for teaching evolution. Thirty-four percent of Americans reject evolution outright, and many more don't believe scientists agree on it.

 

 AN HISTORIC DAY AT THE WESTERN WALL 

US President Donald Trump stood alone in a rare moment of solitude before the Western Wall on Monday. He wore a black kippa and placed one hand on the ancient weathered stones, standing there in that pose for half a minute.

 

 A 'Superbug' Fungus Is Spreading Across the US 

Over the past nine months, the number of US cases of an emerging, multi-drug resistant fungus has ballooned from 7 to more than 122. What’s more, the fungus, Candida auris, seems to be spreading, according to a field report the Centers for Disease Control.

 

  Turkish President’s Security Beats Protestors in Washington DC

Dramatic video caught by Voice of America showed a group of suited security guards punching and kicking protestors outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Embassy Gardens. D.C. police officers had to intervene to separate the two groups. The authoritarian leader’s security charged at the small group of peaceful protestors after they saw them carrying a Kurdish flag.

 

 'Erdogan's comments are unnecessary incitement' 

Minister Ayoob Kara (Likud) responded on Sunday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Israel comments last week. Erdogan called on Muslims to ascend the Temple Mount as a show of solidarity with Palestinian Arabs in their “fight for rights and justice,” and slammed Israel’s proposed Muezzin Law, which seeks to lower the volume of muezzin calls in mosques during sleeping hours.

 

 Trump, Turkish leader hail ties despite US arming of Kurds 

The presidents of the United States and Turkey vowed Tuesday to repair a relationship battered by years of disputes over Syria's civil war and its various fighting groups, even as they broached a new disagreement over U.S. plans to arm Kurdish fighters.

 

 Italian Supervolcano Is Far Closer To Erupting Than Previously Thought 

The Phlegraean Fields supervolcano, known in its native Italy as Campi Flegrei, is potentially on the edge of an eruption. A brand new modeling study has concluded that the prolonged period of unrest it's going through has pushed the volcano closer to an eruption than previous research has suggested.

 

 ARAB STATES OFFER ISRAEL IMPROVED TIES IN EXCHANGE FOR PEACE CONCESSIONS 

Various Arab Gulf nations are reportedly prepared to improve ties with Israel if Jerusalem takes what they deem as significant efforts to relaunch the stagnant peace process with the Palestinians.

 

 A question of trust: Merkel treads carefully with Trump 

Last month, in a phone conversation between Donald Trump and Angela Merkel, the U.S. president shared his views on Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan. "He's a great guy", Trump told the German chancellor, according to sources familiar with the exchange. Merkel listened politely before pointing out that Erdogan had been lobbing vitriol at Germany and its European allies for weeks, denouncing them as the descendents of Nazis.

 

 THERE ARE SOME SCARY THINGS HAPPENING IN AMERICA RIGHT NOW 

Years from now, our descendants will ask us what we did in order to stem the tide of fascism. We all need to make sure we will be proud of our answer.

 

 Why Trump is cozying up to strongmen leaders 

US President Donald Trump's affinity for authoritarian leaders across the globe has been one of the few constants during his chaotic first few months in office. From Russian President Vladimir Putin to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Trump has gone out of his way to lavish praise on some of the world's most notorious strongmen. On Tuesday, Trump welcomed one of them -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- to the White House. The Turkish leader lands in Washington one month after winning a divisive referendum that critics say will grant Erdogan dictatorial powers back at home.

 

 How America became a lost, exhausted superpower 

What does it feel like to live through an era of precipitous national decline? I suspect it feels quite a lot like life in the United States in 2017.

 

 Canada Hates Us 

They hate us. They really, really, hate us. Well, maybe Canadians don’t hate the United States, but they certainly appear not to like their southern neighbors as much as they once did. The authors of the poll found President Donald Trump primarily responsible.

 

            

 

 As Ice Melts, Dangerous Diseases From The Past Could Rise Again 

The great thing about climate change is that there’s always some new, horrifying consequence to worry about ― like ancient viruses and bacteria emerging from the ice as the Earth warms. Unfortunately, researchers fear we may see more of this in the future. Some of these viruses and bacteria may have been trapped for millennia, and it’s not even totally clear yet what they are, let alone what kind of damage they might cause.

 

  Donald Trump Admits He Has No Use for the Constitution

President calls the country's founding document "archaic" and "bad for the American people." Trump denounced the constitutional system of checks and balances as “archaic.” “It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system,” Trump said. “It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

 

 It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon 

"Now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together. We face awesome environmental challenges: climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic disease, acidification of the oceans. Together, they are a reminder that we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity. We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it."

 

 Pope warns of broad destruction if tensions with North Korea escalate 

The pope was asked specifically what he would tell President Trump, who has sent a U.S. carrier to conduct drills near the Koreas, and other leads to try to diffuse the tensions. Francis said he would urge them to use diplomacy a negotiation “because it’s the future of humanity.” He added that the U.N. should regain its leadership in conflict resolution, saying it had been "watered down" over time.

 

 GEORGE FRIEDMAN'S INSIGHTS ON NORTH KOREA 

What does a war with North Korea look like?

 

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 Cryogenically Frozen Brains Will Be ‘Woken up’ and Transplanted in Donor Bodies Within Three Years 

The most remarkable news to come out of Canavero’s interview doesn’t have anything to do with the head transplant at all, but what he plans to do afterwards: “As soon as the first human head transplant has taken place, i.e., no later than in 2018, we will be able to attempt to reawaken the first frozen head.”

 

 Human head transplant less than a year away 

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero has revealed that the world's first human head transplant will take place within 10 months, and he's already planning his next project.   Sergio Canavero has announced further details about the plan to carry out the world’s first head transplant surgery. The operation will take place in China on a currently unselected Chinese national. 

 

 Scientists Just Transplanted Small Rat Heads Onto Bigger Rats 

Researches successfully avoided brain-damaging blood loss while the donor head was being attached to the recipient rat.

 

 This Fluid-Filled Bag Lets Lambs Develop Outside the Womb. Humans Are Next. 

Physicians at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia worked with 23 week-old lambs to in order test a synthetic device that imitates a woman's uterus, hoping to limit mortality and disease in premature children that are born before 37 weeks.

 

 Scientists Create An Artificial Womb 

Researchers have developed a functioning artificial womb.

 

 Major Report Prompts Warnings That the Arctic Is Unraveling 

The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, suggests a huge assessment of the region. The warming is hastening the melting of Arctic ice and boosting sea-level rise. The report, compiled by more than 90 scientists, documents the myriad changes already under way across the Arctic because of climate change—from declining sea ice and melting glaciers to shifting ecosystems and weather patterns. From 2011 to 2015, the assessment finds, the Arctic was warmer than at any time since records began around 1900.

 

 'Superbug' fungus new menace in US hospitals 

A 'superbug' fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals. The fungus called Candida auris is a harmful form of yeast.

 

 Almost untreatable superbug CPE poses serious threat to patients 

Immune to some of the last-line antibiotics available to hospitals, cases of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae are on the rise, NHS data reveals.

 

 Pope set to visit Egypt in 'call for peace' 

[Pope] Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, is set to pay a two-day visit to Cairo that bears a striking similarity to the one his predecessor made. Pope Jorge Bergoglio, who chose to be named after the friar of Assisi, will visit Egypt under the motto "The Pope of Peace in the Egypt of Peace".

 

 Pope heads to Egypt with Christians in retreat across Middle East 

Pope Francis flies to Cairo on Friday, less than a month after church bombings killed 45 people in two Egyptian cities as part of a concerted campaign by Islamist militants to rid the Middle East of Christians.

 

 The New Leader Of France's National Front Questioned The Existence Of Nazi Gas Chambers 

Jean-François Jalkh, Marine Le Pen's second-in-command, denied he ever said it, but BuzzFeed News spoke to a researcher who has his comments recorded on tape.

 

 Weaponized Drones: Connecticut Bill Would Allow Police to Use Lethal Force From Above 

Imagine this scenario: A terror suspect is holding hostages in a public space. A police-operated drone with a camera swoops in to assess the situation and determines he is armed and dangerous.

 

 

 

 Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease such as smallpox 

A bioterrorist attack which could wipe out 30 million people is becoming increasingly likely because it is easier than ever to create and spread deadly pathogens, Bill Gates has warned.  The Microsoft founder, who was speaking before a speech at the Royal United Services Institute in London (RUSI), warned that an outbreak of a lethal respiratory virus such as smallpox would be more dangerous than even a nuclear attack.

 

 Mental health issues at all-time high among Americans 

More Americans than ever before suffer from stress, depression, and anxiety, with those affected often too poor to afford general medical treatment, according to a new study.

 

 This Brutal US-Born Gang Is 'a Far Greater Threat to Your Life Than ISIS' 

Whether ISIS is an existential threat to the U.S. or not, ... one U.S.-born street gang is “a far greater threat to your life” — the notorious MS-13.

 

  The Origins of 11 Easter Traditions

Come Sunday, many people will find themselves scouring their yards for plastic eggs and gnawing the ears off of chocolate rabbits. What possesses us to do such strange things? Pagan rituals and old superstitions, mostly. Here are the reasons behind 11 of our favorite Easter traditions.  [http://mentalfloss.com/article/94189/origins-11-easter-traditions]

 

 Christianity's prospects of surviving in its birthplace are grim 

Persecution of the world’s largest religion has intensified throughout the 20th century and that trajectory has only intensified in recent years, especially in Muslim-dominated countries. Jihadists appear to have repeatedly carried out one of their oft-stated goals of erasing any trace of Christianity in some regions, while in others persecution against Christians and other religious minorities are being held at bay — for now.

 

 Approaching “societal collapse”: New equation shows how quickly humans are wrecking the planet 

It is impossible to predict the future. What we can do is extrapolate a vision from our current body of scientific knowledge, mixed with a bit of good old-fashioned imagination. Thanks to a new mathematical formula that charts the rate of humanity’s environmental impact, we may even have a rough idea of when to expect.

 

 Russian naval activity in Europe exceeds Cold War levels 

Recent Russian naval activity in Europe exceeds levels seen during the Cold War, a top U.S. and NATO military officer said, voicing concern that the distributed nature of the deployments could end up "splitting and distracting" the transatlantic alliance.

 

 Why we took a stand on Trump - Los Angeles Times

Why now? The answer is simple. Even though we’re only 11 weeks into the Trump presidency, there is good reason to believe that rather than grow into the job, he’ll remain the man he was on the campaign trail — impulsive, untruthful, narcissistic, ignorant of the limits on presidential power and woefully unprepared to wield it. Rather than wait until the public grew inured to the lies, the undermining of democratic institutions, the demagoguery and bluster, we decided to lay out our concerns at length and in detail.

 

            

 

 Creeping Toward Crisis 

Just days after the Trump administration shockingly signaled a softer stance on President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Assad — possibly emboldened by America’s reversed course — unleashed an atrocious chemical attack on his own people, killing dozens.

 

 North Korean Defector Tells Lester Holt ‘World Should Be Ready’ 

A senior North Korean defector has told NBC News that the country's "desperate" dictator is prepared to use nuclear weapons to strike the United States and its allies.

 

 Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of 'credible' cyber threat 

Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems. Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks.

 

 Americans’ right to protest is in grave danger, United Nations warns 

The right to protest is fundamental to American democracy. The country was born, after all, out of decades of civil disobedience by people angry about taxation without representation. But according to United Nations human rights investigators, this very basic principle is under attack. Over the past few months, on the heels of a fresh wave of organizing by liberals, at least 19 states have introduced measures that would criminalize peaceful protest.

 

 The Offender of the Free World 

Trump’s United States of America has become an unserious country, the offender of the free world.

 

 Cops Just Got One Step Closer to Killing Americans by Drone 

If lawmakers have their way, police in one US state could soon be using drones as lethal weapons against the citizens they’re supposed to protect. On Thursday, Connecticut’s judiciary committee approved a new drone regulation bill that, if passed, would make it the first state in the union to let cops use deadly drones later this year.

 

 North Korea's 'reckless' actions must be stopped 

North Korea’s “reckless” actions in regards to its nuclear weapons and missile programs “has got to be stopped.” “What they are up to there, in light of their other activities, gives us concern,” he added. “We look to (engage) with Russia on a political or diplomatic level, but right now Russia is choosing to be a strategic competitor, and we are finding that we can only have very modest expectations in areas that we can cooperate with Russia contrary to how we were just 10 years ago, five years ago.”

 

 Brexit Begins: United Kingdom Begins Formal Process to Leave European Union 

The United Kingdom officially invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, beginning a two-year exit procedure from the European Union. Tusk lamented the move, and stressed that “there is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels nor in London. After all, most Europeans, including almost half the British voters, wish that we would stay together, not drift apart.”

 

 Erdogan Warns Europeans on Their Safety as Tensions Rise With West 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey warned Europeans on Wednesday that they would no longer be able to walk safely in the street if Western politicians continued with perceived provocations against Turkish leaders.

 

 Pope urges EU: Resist 'false' security promised by populists 

Francis welcomed 27 EU leaders to the Vatican on the eve of a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the founding charter of the bloc. The summit falls just days before Britain triggers a procedure to leave the EU and comes amid a wave of anti-EU populist sentiment sweeping the continent that threatens the very essence of the EU.

 

 Europe headed for 'religion wars'    and    Turkish minister claims 'holy wars will soon begin in Europe'

"There is no difference between the mindsets of ... social democrats in the Netherlands. They all have the same mindset ... That mindset is taking Europe to the cliff. Soon wars of religion may and will start in Europe."

 

 World prepares to move on without U.S. on trade 

Here’s what happens when the U.S. pulls out of a major trade deal: New Zealand seizes the opportunity to send more of its milk and cheese to China. Japanese consumers pay less for Australian beef than for American meat. Canadians talk about sending everything from farm products to banking services to Japan and India.

 

 Fascism will soon be on our doorstep if you don’t act immediately 

Could American democracy be replaced with totalitarian rule? There’s enough resemblance that Yale historian Timothy Snyder, who studies fascist and communist regime change and totalitarian rule, has written a book warning about the threat and offering lessons for resistance and survival.

 

 The Man Who Wants to Unmake the West 

Europeans are starting to worry that Steve Bannon has the EU in his cross hairs. Here’s how the White House could genuinely help pull it apart.

 

  Enemies of the State: How The Financial Services Industry Is Destroying Democracy

The top ten banks in the U.S., along with their European counterparts have racked up over $300bn of fines, metered out by regulators since their egregious criminality caused a global crisis that unfolded in 2008. Its lingering influence is felt by billions of people worldwide nearly a decade later in a recovery slower than the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Jails are devoid of the Armani suited mobsters employed by the financial services industry that are now causing the breakdown of the rule of law, threatening democracies and even statehood itself in the countries they operate in.

 

 Drought Threatens To Drive Famine In Somalia As Hunger Kills More Than 100 

At least 6.2 million people in Somalia — or just about half the country — are grappling with the prospect of an acute food shortage due to deepening drought. And on Saturday, Somalia's prime minister made it clear that the conditions are exacting a stark human cost. Over a two-day span, at least 110 people died of hunger in just a single region, Hassan Ali Khaire said Saturday during a meeting with the Somali National Drought Committee.

 

  'THE LEBANESE ARMY WILL FIGHT ALONGSIDE HEZBOLLAH IN A WAR WITH ISRAEL'

Since the Second Lebanese War, the Lebanese army has rearmed itself, strengthening its ability in the air as well as on the ground and sea, with the help of the United States, France and Saudi Arabia. In the past two years, a new challenge has risen on the northern front. Should Israel go to war with Hezbollah, the Lebanese army would fight on the Shi’ite terrorist organization’s side, Maariv, the sister publication of The Jerusalem Post, quoted Israeli security officials as saying on Friday.

 

 A Computer Glitch Could Start World War 3 

Unfortunately, the systems in place to monitor potential nuclear threats to the United States are not foolproof. Previous false alarms have shown that the US needs to lengthen the time it would take for us to launch a nuclear response. The US early warning system is on watch 24/7, looking for signs of a nuclear missile launched at the United States. As a highly complex system with links to sensors around the globe and in space, it relies heavily on computers to do its job. So, what happens if there is a glitch in the computers?

 

 [T]he New Dawn of Tyranny 

The Founding Fathers designed the constitution to prevent some Americans from exercising tyranny. Alert to the classical examples they knew, the decline of ancient Greece and Rome into oligarchy and empire, they established the rule of law, checks and balances, and regular elections as the means of preserving the new republic. Thus far, it has worked. But it need not work forever.

 

 We No Longer Have Three Branches of Government 

[A]nother branch of government, like the Congress, is theoretically and constitutionally separate and independent. But in reality the separateness is a bit fuzzy. That’s because even in this age of hyperpartisanship, there is at least one important area in which Democrats and Republicans think alike: both parties view the federal courts, and especially the Supreme Court, not as a neutral, Constitution-bound, arbiter, but as a de facto branch of the legislature.

 

 Donald Trump’s election victory is driving 'domestic terrorism' in the US, says Homeland Security report 

Donald Trump’s election victory is driving “domestic terrorism” in the US that is expected to continue amid anger over issues including gun control and abortion, officials have warned. A field report by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) intelligence branch and analysts in North Carolina found that negative adverts and political rhetoric during the campaign “contributed to the incitement” of violent and criminal incidents.

 

             

 

 Study reports multidrug resistant bacteria found in hospital sinks 

Many recent reports have found multidrug resistant bacteria living in hospital sink drainpipes, putting them in close proximity to vulnerable patients. But how the bacteria find their way out of the drains, and into patients has been unclear.

 

 Islamic State planning attacks in Britain 

Islamic State militants are planning "indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians" in Britain on a scale similar to those staged by the Irish Republican Army 40 years ago, the head of the country's new terrorism watchdog said.

 

 Iran reportedly poised for weapons shopping spree after UN ban is lifted 

Iran is poised to go on a major military shopping spree in 2020, after a United Nations ban prohibiting the country from purchasing sophisticated weapons is lifted. Iran will be shopping for surface warships, submarines and anti-ship missiles.

 

 See a Haunting Vision of the War Machines of the Future 

Do you want to know what war would look like in 2048?

 

 Air Force Leaders Say It's High Time Our Planes Shoot Deadly Lasers 

Military bigwigs gathered in Orlando this week for the annual AirWarfare Symposium to discuss big plans for big weapons that do big damage. According to a report, the biggest unfunded project that U.S. Special Operations Command hopes to push through is a C-130 that’s equipped with a power laser weapon.

 

 This Is What USAF Bomber Pilots Would Wear During a Nuclear Apocalypse 

During a nuclear exchange, as B-52H and B-2A pilots make their way to and from their targets, flashes from nuclear detonations would have the ability to temporarily blind them, making flying their aircraft impossible. This intermittent blindness could last two minutes during the day, or up to ten minutes at night. Different countermeasures were developed during the Cold War to counter this physiological reality.

 

 F-35 Pilots Dress For Chemical and Biological Warfare For The First Time 

There is nothing easy or comfortable about fighting in a weapons of mass destruction environment, and F-35 pilots are getting that ability with this new getup. It has taken testers and industry a decade to come up with a flight suit configuration that can keep F-35 pilots alive in biological and chemical warfare environments, and just last week the ensemble flew for the first time.

 

 Sweden brings back military conscription amid Baltic tensions 

The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce military conscription - a move backed by the country's MPs. The decision means that 4,000 men and women will be called up for service from 1 January 2018.

 

 3 million Americans at risk from human-induced earthquakes this year 

Three million Americans, primarily in Oklahoma and Kansas, are at risk from human-induced earthquakes this year, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

 

 Soaring antibiotic resistance fuels steep rise in use of 'last hope' drugs 

Soaring levels of antibiotic resistance have driven a 40 per cent rise in prescriptions of drugs which are only used as a last hope, new figures show. NHS statistics reveal increasing use of the medication which is so toxic that it is only used when standard antibiotics have failed. Experts said the disclosures reflect a “terrifying” crisis which could mean that in future patients suffer lethal consequences from routine procedures.

 

  AMERICAN SOCIETY HEADED TOWARD A BREAKING POINT

If business people must apologize for their conservative views for fear of losing business, this is not liberalism and certainly not pluralism. This is tyranny.

 

  TRUMP: I want to expand the US nuclear arsenal and make it 'top of the pack'

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the US nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity.

 

 Scientists Add 50,000 Seeds to Arctic Doomsday Vault Because Everything Is Awful 

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle has received a major deposit of nearly 50,000 seed samples from around the world, bringing the total number of seeds stored at the remote facility to nearly one million. This latest deposit—one of the largest ever—is a critical step in ensuring global food security at a time when the world’s climate and geopolitics seems precarious.

 

 Pope suggests it's better to be an atheist than a bad Christian 

If you're a Christian who exploits people, leads a double life or manages a "dirty" business, perhaps it's better not to call yourself a believer, Pope Francis suggested in a homily on Thursday in Rome.

 

 EU Leaders Can’t Figure Out If Trump’s America Is A Friend Or A Foe 

“It’s hard to be allied with someone who wants to destroy you.” European Union officials shocked by a week of mixed messages from the Trump administration on the future of European integration may decide to treat the United States — at least in part — as a politically hostile entity that could limit the security and cooperation relationship that has underpinned the postwar Atlantic alliance, according to multiple diplomats and security officials in Brussels.

 

 Demands on NATO Defense Spending Are Driving a Wedge Into Europe 

The European Union may not feel much like a family these days. Under pressure from the ... administration to fulfill NATO's spending targets on defense or face the consequences, some European statesmen openly accused their allies of being cheapskates. And as the confrontations in Munich played out on the stage and in the corridors of the Bayerischer Hof hotel, it became clear that the debate over Europe’s security will get a lot uglier before it gets resolved.

 

 Bee decline threatens US crop production 

A new study of wild bees identifies 139 counties in key agricultural regions of California, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, west Texas and the Mississippi River valley that face a worrisome mismatch between falling wild bee supply and rising crop pollination demand.

 

  What's in a glass of water?

With nearly limitless beverage options, you might not realize how much variety exists in the seemingly bland realm of tap water. This colorless refreshment can vary widely from city to city, house to house, or even sink to sink. Scroll over the image below to see some surprising items that might show up in your H2O.

 

 Has There Been A “Nuclear Incident” In The Arctic? 

Increased levels of radioactive iodine isotopes have been detected across Europe, and now the deployment of the Air Force’s WC-135 “Constant Phoenix” atmosphere-sniffing jet has deepened the mystery.

 

  A growing threat could kill 10 million people a year by 2050

Most of us have encountered an antibiotic at some point in our lives — to treat an ear infection, combat a round of strep throat, or treat a pesky cough. But, as antibiotic resistance continues to be a growing problem around the world, it's often hard to make the connection between drug-resistant bacteria and ourselves.

 

  Australia's mosquito-borne Ross River virus could become global epidemic

Australia's Ross River virus has the potential to become a global epidemic, similar to the Zika virus, researchers say. It was previously thought that the mosquito-borne virus could only sustain itself among marsupials, which kept the disease endemic to Australia and Papua New Guinea. But research[ers] found the disease silently planting roots in the South Pacific.

 

 The Next Pandemic Could Be Dripping On Your Head 

Bats tend to carry lots of viruses. Some of them are harmful to us. Bats are vital for keeping the rain forest alive — they are key pollinators for more than 500 kinds of plants. But as people spread out around the globe, we're increasingly coming into contact with bats — and the viruses they carry.

 

 A Devastating Pandemic Is Right Around The Corner 

A pandemic is one of the world’s top three threats, and if not prepared for, could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year. [W]e’re due for an apocalyptic sickness on the scale of the 1918 flu, which killed some 50 million people. The global crisis could strike in the next 10-15 years if we’re not careful, Bill Gates warned.

 

 New Bioterrorism Threat Could Wipe out Over 30 Million People 

When billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates gave a speech at the Munich Security Conference for the first time Saturday, he argued a very alarming possibility: the future of international security will be fought on the biological front. Specifically, Gates warned about the dangers of a bioterrorist attack that could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year and how we’re not prepared for it.

 

 20 million people worldwide may starve in the next 6 months 

More than 20 million people - greater than the population of Romania or Florida - risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, U.N. World Food Programme chief economist Arif Husain says.

 

 Rat epidemic in New York a dire warning for other cities 

Many of our country’s major cities have severe infrastructure and housing challenges. This has led not only to poor living conditions but also places individuals’ health in grave danger. In New York City, among our many housing woes, we have a rat infestation epidemic. Remember the Black Death? It was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history that swept through Europe in the 1300s claiming upwards of 100 million lives. The cause was the bubonic plague, which is an infectious disease caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria that humans can get through either infected flea bites or direct contact with an infected animal. Human-to-human transmission is rare, but an infected person can transmit plague pneumonia to another through cough droplets in the air.

 

       

 

 Hate Groups Are Emboldened By Trump And Flourishing 

“Extremists think they finally have a voice in the White House.” Emboldened by the rise of President Trump, hate groups, especially those characterized as anti-Muslim, have flourished across the US, according to a new report released Wednesday. The number of anti-Muslim hate groups has nearly tripled, from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016, according to the annual Year in Hate report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

 

 HEZBOLLAH'S MISSILES CAN HIT ISRAEL'S NUCLEAR REACTOR 

Hezbollah leader says Wednesday's Trump-Netanyahu meeting signaled the death of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on Israel to dismantle its nuclear reactor in Dimona on Thursday, warning that it poses a threat to Israel's existence should it be hit by one of Hezbollah's missiles.

 

 Merkel ally: If Trump imposes punitive tariffs, we'll likely do the same 

If U.S. President Donald Trump imposes punitive tariffs on goods from other countries, Europe will probably do the same, a senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a magazine interview.

 

 US Allies In Europe Have Literally No Idea What’s Going On 

“It’s a wake-up call to European leaders that counting on America isn’t currently a smart policy.”

 

 How Pope Francis can become the global voice against President Trump 

The global elite has been on an extended vision quest up its own derrière. It has been responsible for countless dramatic failures, and still seems unable to question itself and its own failed paradigms. At the same time, the special mix of fear mongering, incompetence, and corruption that the Trumps and and Nigel Farages and Marine Le Pens of the world promote is just as bad, if not worse. Which is why we desperately need a world leader who can articulate a vision of what's true, good, and beautiful, and can serve as an alternative to Trumpism. And there's a man who's made for the role: Pope Francis.

 

 Rapid warming and disintegrating polar ice set the stage for ‘societal collapse’ 

The Arctic and Antarctic are seeing an accelerated collapse of both sea and land ice. The unprecedented drop in global sea ice ... has continued. Arctic sea ice reached a new record low, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reports.

 

 Why Killer Viruses Are On The Rise 

We're in the middle of Malaysia's Borneo rain forest. [We were] brought us here because this is the type of place where pandemics are born. HIV came from a rain forest. So did Ebola. Yellow fever. And Zika.

 

  Death and rebirth of childhood diseases

Although the occurrence of many serious illnesses in the U.S. have been steadily declining for nearly a century, in some cases, recent years have seen them recur. [M]uch of the fear people have today concerning vaccines stems from a long-since-retracted study published in 1998.

 

 Australia’s extreme heatwave is a preview of things to come 

The heatwave down under is unusual even for Australia – but it may not be so for much longer. The country is in the grip of one of the most ferocious heatwaves on record, and climate change is being held accountable. Parts of South Australia and Victoria reached 114.8°F, while New South Wales and Queensland recorded temperatures above 116.6°F. At least five towns in New South Wales and four in Queensland had their hottest day ever recorded over the weekend.

 

 North Korea's missile launch: Japan, are you watching? 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was thousands of miles away from home, but Kim Jong Un's message was loud and clear -- think twice before getting too cozy with the new US President.

 

 IRANIAN PRESIDENT: THOSE THREATENING IRAN WILL REGRET IT 

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on Friday to swear allegiance to the clerical establishment following US President Donald Trump's warning that he had put the Islamic Republic "on notice", state TV reported. On the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled the US-backed shah, marchers including hundreds of military personnel and policemen headed towards Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square. They carried "Death to America" banners and effigies of Trump, while a military police band played traditional Iranian revolutionary songs.

 

  General Stanley McChrystal: War in Europe is possible & we’re going to have to give up rights for our security

General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army (Ret.) offers two warnings. Both are kind of hair-raising. First, he offers the thought that, “A European war is not unthinkable.” Second, technological progress is so empowering individuals that Americans will have to give up some of our civil rights.

 

 Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable 

Trump’s top adviser thinks we’re in “the great Fourth Turning in American history.” Bannon [is] talking about the wars of the Fourth Turnings; “You have the American Revolution, you have the Civil War, you have World War II; they’re getting bigger and bigger."   Clearly, he [is] anticipating that in this Fourth Turning [there would be another war] at least as big.

 

 THE EVOLVING THREAT OF JIHAD IN THE WEST 

The very act of mentioning bad behavior carried out by members of a specific group seems inherently bigoted. The problem with this well-intentioned position was self-evident from the start. It is not bigoted to point out the bigotry of others and to confront and challenge it. It is bigoted not to do so. Even worse, it is dangerous.

 

 Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Thanks Donald Trump for Showing America's 'Real Face' 

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has said that Iranians are "thankful" to President Donald Trump for showing the "real face" of the U.S. The Iranian leader said that Trump's campaign and presidency so far supported Iran's views that there is " political, economic, moral and social corruption in the U.S. ruling system".

 

 Donald Trump Is Getting His Information From America's Most Dangerous Conspiracy Theorist 

As Aaron Blake of the Washington Post astutely points out, the loudest drum-banger for the idea that the media "covers up" terror attacks is InfoWars, the tinfoil-hat-adorned Angelfire-looking site helmed by Alex Jones, who thinks the government was behind Sandy Hook.

 

 Superbugs Are Spreading, But We Can Stop It 

Antibiotic misuse is a major cause of the rise of superbugs around the world. Doctors, patients, and farmers alike can work together to end the abuse of these essential drugs.

 

 Resistance to 'Last Resort' Antibiotics Being Spread to Humans by Flies 

A new study has found a disconcerting trend at Chinese farms: flies are spreading the gene that gives bacteria resistance to our strongest antibiotics, and it’s showing up in hospitalized humans.

 

       

 

 New Video Reveals the Devastating Aftermath of a Nuclear Bomb 

This video explains the effects of a nuclear bomb detonation, overviewing everything from flash blindness to the types of burns sustained depending on proximity to the blast.  Though 15,000 nuclear warheads are currently in existence, international treaties are in place that will hopefully prevent any future use of nuclear weapons.

 

 Trump’s Shadow Loomed Large As Merkel Urged The EU To Take Its Destiny Into Its Own Hands 

 As reporters filed into the opulent surroundings of the Grandmaster’s Palace on Friday, Angela Merkel had a simple message: “Europe has its destiny in its own hands.”

 

  Divided on Trump, EU insists on European unity

European Union leaders said they agreed to stick together in dealing with Donald Trump, but at their first summit since he took office they were at odds on how far to confront or engage with the new U.S. president.

 

 Germans now consider the U.S. to be only as reliable as Russia 

Germans' trust in the United States has plunged since President Donald Trump was elected, Germany's Tagesschau news organization reports. The DeutschlandTrend survey found that just 22 percent of the German population considers America to be a trustworthy partner. By comparison, Russia is considered a reliable partner by 21 percent of the German population.

 

 Putin "weaponizing misinformation" to undermine West 

“Russia is clearly testing NATO and the West,” Britain’s defense minister warned Thursday night. “It is seeking to expand its sphere of influence, destabilize countries and weaken the alliance.”

 

 Radiation Levels Are Soaring Inside the Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant 

Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high, and are the worst since the plant suffered a triple meltdown nearly six years ago. The latest readings now pose a serious challenge as officials prepare to dismantle the stricken facility. Radiation levels inside the containment vessel of reactor No. 2 at Fukushima has reached 530 sieverts per hour—a figure described by experts as “unimaginable.”

 

 Why Doomsday Is Closer Than You Think 

The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists—which runs the Doomsday Clock—moved the hands of the clock 30 seconds nearer to midnight, the closest it has been since 1953, when the Soviet Union and the U.S. exploded their first hydrogen bombs and the threat of worldwide nuclear annihilation seemed very real. And the decision was made in part because of the words of a man who has been President for less than a week: Donald Trump. "Words matter a lot, especially when the risk of nuclear accidents is so high, nuclear rhetoric is now loose and destabilizing."

 

 Iran threatens to fire 'roaring missiles' at 'enemies' after Donald Trump Twitter spat 

A commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards has said the country would use missiles to defend itself from its "enemies". It followed hostile rhetoric from US President Donald Trump, after he said on Twitter that Iran was "playing with fire" and announced fresh sanctions on the country.

 

 IRAN LAUNCHES BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST IN VIOLATION OF UN RESOLUTION 

US officials say that Iran has conducted a ballistic missile test in violation of the UN resolution put in place after the Iran nuclear deal. The test was in direct violation of UN resolution 2231, which stated that Iran could not conduct such acts.

 

 What A High-Tech Military Means for Our Future 

While the benefits on the battlefield are clear, a high-tech military could lead to an increase in advanced weapons on the black market, more unnecessary wars, and fewer military jobs. From the tanks and fighter jets to the soldiers themselves, technology is transforming the military and the nature of modern warfare.

 

 Christian persecution seen in more locations across the globe

In the past year, the persecution of Christians has not only increased, but it has also spread to more corners of the globe – with incidents occurring on every continent, according to a new report.

 

 Prince Charles Warns the Lessons of WWII Are ‘in Danger of Being Forgotten’ 

In a passionate speech Monday night, Prince Charles warned that the lessons of the last world war are in “danger of being forgotten.”

 

           

 

 A Third Of The U.S. Says Being Christian Is A Key Part Of Being American 

Trump’s “America first” ideology and, in particular, his controversial executive orders on immigration have sparked a public debate over what it means to be an American.

 

 Germany is going to be the biggest loser of 2017 

Leading German government representatives have all taken vocal stances, warning against Trump’s policies. But these warnings will not be taken onboard in friendship. Instead, Donald Trump will see Germany as an unfaithful ally and move more forcefully in a direction that will weaken Germany’s hand politically. And so, Germany risks being one of the losers politically in 2017 – something that plays right into Vladimir Putin’s hands.

 

 Trump’s Falsehoods Make Foreign Leaders Ask: Can We Trust Him? 

President Trump’s litany of false statements and spurious claims has opened a national debate on the fragility of a fact-based society. But overseas, where America’s allies and enemies parse a president’s every word for signs of threat or reassurance, Mr. Trump’s falsehoods have prompted a different kind of alarm.

 

 Meet Russia's new generation of super weapons 

Russia has dramatically increased its military spending on tanks, submarines and stealth planes. A report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute suggests Russian military has nearly doubled its spending since 2006. Some of these new war machines have Western military experts shaken -- and for good reason. Here's everything you need to know about the fearsome new generation of war machines Russia will soon be rolling out onto the world scene.

 

 Nuclear 'Doomsday Clock' ticks closest to midnight in 64 years 

Atomic scientists reset their symbolic "Doomsday Clock" to its closest time to midnight in 64 years on Thursday, saying the world was closer to catastrophe due to threats such as nuclear weapons, climate change and Donald Trump's election as U.S. president. The timepiece, devised by the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and displayed on its website, is widely viewed as an indicator of the world's vulnerability to disaster.

 

 China military official says war with US under Donald Trump 'becoming practical reality' 

Sino-US relations are becoming more tense under America's new administration. “A war ‘within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality.” The official also called for military deployments in the tense South and East China Seas and for a missile defence system to guard the Korean peninsula, another regional hotspot.

 

 THE NUCLEAR ARSENALS OF CHINA AND THE U.S.: PLANS FOR A FUTURE ARMAGEDDON 

A QUICK RUN-DOWN OF THEY HAVE NOW, AND WHAT THEY'LL GET IN THE COMING DECADES. In both Beijing and Washington D.C., nuclear weapons and their delivery systems have become particularly big news lately. In China, the DF-41 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) is already driving in the streets of Manchuria. Stateside, President Trump has just received a briefing at the Pentagon on America's nuclear plans.

 

 CHINA'S NEW MICROWAVE WEAPON CAN DISABLE MISSILES AND PARALYZE TANKS 

AN ELECTRONICS-KILLING RAY HAS A VARIETY OF USES IN WAR. A potent microwave weapon is small enough to be convenient, but powerful enough to totally down enemy electronics. A microwave weapon like this could even be fitted to a missile (like the U.S. CHAMP electronic warfare missile) or drone.

 

 Mikhail Gorbachev says 'it looks like the world is preparing for war' 

Soviet Union's final leader says Nato and Russian forces at 'point blank' range. Mikhail Gorbachev has urged Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump to strongly denounce nuclear war in the face of the “militarisation of politics and the new arms race”.

 

        

 

 STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: THE RUSSIAN-TURKISH-IRANIAN AXIS 

Sixty years have lapsed since the Baghdad Pact which grouped together Turkey, Iran, Iraq and the West in an alliance against the Soviet Union and the concomitant Communist danger. Nowadays this Middle Eastern architecture has shifted 180 degrees to where Russia, Turkey and Iran are in an ad hoc alliance against Islamic State but which may turn against the West as well. Still, the new alliance might be termed as a marriage of inconvenience where each of the parties has different motives and is acting at cross purposes in partitioning the Syrian bear. Russia has fulfilled a long-held dream of reaching the warm water of the Mediterranean and is casting itself as the hegemon in the region.

 

 The US has been downgraded to a 'flawed democracy' 

The US has been downgraded to a “flawed democracy” by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The downgrade reflects Americans' drop in confidence in governmental institutions, according to the EIU. Americans’ trust in government has been declining since the late 1950s, according to data from Pew Research. Moreover, inequality in the US has been on the rise, according to data from Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Populist politicians have tapped into these trends, the EIU said.

 

 Federal Debt Projected to Grow by Nearly $10 Trillion Over Next Decade 

 After seven years of fitful declines, the federal budget deficit is projected to swell again, adding nearly $10 trillion to the federal debt over the next 10 years, according to projections from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The numbers reveal the strain that government debt could have on the economy as President Trump presses to slash taxes and ramp up spending.

 

 Mexico's Vicente Fox to Trump: We are 'ready for the trade war' 

One of the Mexico’s former presidents on Friday warned President Donald Trump that Mexico is “ready for the trade war” and described relations between the two nations as at one of the lowest points in history.

 

     

 

 THE HOLOCAUST’S UNLEARNED LESSONS 

Europe itself facilitates the rise of antisemitism as a political force on the Right and Left by conflating European rejection of Jews with a more general, and less meaningful, problem of racism. You do not fight hatred of Jews by pretending away its significance and its roots that go back as far as European civilization itself. You do not block the resurgence of Nazism by pretending that European antisemitism was born the day Adolf Hitler came to power.

 

 EFFECTIVE NATURAL MEDICAL CURES 

We were created by the Almighty God around 6000 years ago, ultimately to qualify to become literal Sons of God; to join His God Family. However we, mankind, have not yet qualified for those lofty positions as yet. We were made from the dust of the ground and are imperfect in so many ways. Our natures are as yet flawed with a pre- disposition for sin and our bodies are capable of suffering all sorts of ailments, sicknesses and diseases, partly as a result of that sin...

 

  Scientists to Create a Pig-Human Hybrid Embryo

Scientists at the Salk Institute in California have created a part-human, part-pig embryo. Bioethicist Arthur Caplan told us about the ethical concerns involved in mixing human and animal DNA.

 

 Proliferation of bird flu outbreaks raises risk of human pandemic 

The global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak, according to disease experts. Multiple outbreaks have been reported in poultry farms and wild flocks across Europe, Africa and Asia in the past three months.

 

 The World Is 'Grossly Unprepared' for the Next Big Virus Outbreak ... 

... which is a problem, because infectious diseases are projected to become only more common. A team of international public health experts has issued a dire warning to the world. That is, we've learned little from recent Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks, and we're "grossly underprepared" for whatever the next terrifying epidemic might be.

 

  Scientists create new life form in a lab, altering the fundamentals of DNA

The work has been able to 'lay the foundation for achieving the central goal of synthetic biology: the creation of new life forms and functions'. For as long as life on Earth has existed, all of it has been made up of only four letters. DNA has been written in just those four letters – G, T, C and A – which together create the code that underlies every living thing ever known. That's until now.

 

 While the world was watching Trump, Russia just quietly enlarged its military presence in Syria 

Russia has signed a long-term agreement with the Syrian government to greatly expand its military presence in the country, despite a recent statement from the Russian army’s chief of staff that Moscow would begin a military exit from the Syrian conflict.

 

 Pope Francis warns Europe: 'People voted for Hitler and then he destroyed his people' 

Pope Francis warned about the rise of populist leaders such as Hitler. Leaders abuse citizens' judgement in times of crisis.

 

  Protectionist U.S. could push Asian states closer

A more protectionist United States under President Donald Trump could push Asian countries more quickly toward their own regional trade alliances, Thailand's central bank governor said on Tuesday.

 

 LAWMAKERS IN EIGHT STATES HAVE PROPOSED LAWS CRIMINALIZING PEACEFUL PROTEST 

Millions of demonstrators took to streets across the country to mobilize against the new president and his agenda, assembling in a national turnout that organizers call the beginning of a reinvigorated protest movement. But in states home to dozens of Saturday’s demonstrations, Republican lawmakers are moving to criminalize and increase penalties on peaceful protesting.

 

 The changing nature of America’s irreligious explained 

A recent survey of the religious profile of the 115th Congress revealed that despite the increase in the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation, members of Congress are overwhelmingly religious, with only one member identifying as having no religion. Yet, despite whom they vote for, Americans are increasingly choosing not to identify with a religious tradition.

 

 China will assume world leadership if needed 

China does not want world leadership but could be forced to assume that role if others step back from that position, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, after US President Donald Trump pledged to put "America first" in his first speech.

 

  This Weekend Showed How All Politics Is Now Global

“The beginning of all this was the anti-globalization movement.” This new globalism has not totally found its shape, but you see its outlines: feminism, internationalism, a deep concern for the rights of minorities and especially Muslims, the canaries in the coal mine of Western nationalism.

 

 Russia Successfully Tests New Weapon That Can Blow Away Any Type of Armor 

Military research initiatives are now focusing their efforts on the development of a new type of weapon: the railgun. Russian researchers have now devised a railgun prototype that's capable of lobbing a plastic projectile at 3 km/sec. (1.8 mi/sec.)

 

 LUCIFER IN THE VATICAN 

We all know from scripture that Satan the Devil is the god of this World. He has had devastating effects upon man since the days of Adam and Eve in the “Garden of Eden”.  He has been counterfeiting everything God has purposed, and is not backwards in stirring up venom and hatred towards righteous people who resist his wave lengths, to try and stay loyal to the true God. Wars, inquisitions and down - right hostility in the form of persecution has always been thrown up against God’s faithful.

 

 A Staggering 7% Of Australian Catholic Priests Abused Children 

“Secrecy prevailed, as did cover-ups.” “Between January 1980 and February 2015, 4,444 alleged incidents of child sexual abuse [were] made to 93 Catholic Church authorities,” Gail Furness SC said in her opening address to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. “These claims related to over 1,000 separate institutions.”

 

 THE 11 MOST SCANDALOUS POPES IN HISTORY

For centuries, the Catholic Church has elected a pope to don an intricate hat and lead the religion's 1.27 billion adherents across the globe. But not all of the church's 260-odd popes have been models of piety. Actually, a handful of popes are best remembered by their violent tempers, shocking sex scandals, and shady financial practices.   Here's a chronological list of some of history's most outrageous papacies.

 

             

 

 Pope Francis warns against electing right-wing populists: ‘Hitler did not steal power’ 

Pope Francis warned against populism, saying it could lead to the election of "saviours" like Adolf Hitler. In an hour-long interview the pontiff also condemned the idea of using walls and barbed wire to keep out foreigners, among them refugees and migrants. "Of course crises provoke fears and worries," he said, but added that for him "the example of populism in the European sense of the word is Germany in 1933".

 

 ISIS has converted commercial drones into bombers 

New images show how the terrorist organization makes weapons out of quadcopters. One of ISIS' newest hand-made weapons is the armed drone: a commercial quadcopter equipped with the ability to drop grenade-size explosives.

 

 People Across 22 Countries Think The World Is Getting Worse 

A survey of more than 16,000 people across 22 countries by Ipsos Mori has revealed a majority of people believe their country is in decline, with many longing for “strong leaders” and losing faith in their political elites.

 

 Drug-Resistant “Nightmare Bacteria” Are Quickly Spreading Through U.S. Hospitals 

STEALTHILY SPREADING Researchers have found evidence that drug-resistant superbugs, which have been labeled “nightmare bacteria,” are spreading faster and more stealthily inside US hospitals than previously thought.

 

 Australian conditions 'favourable' for mouse plague 

Australia's science agency has warned that spring rains have created ideal conditions for a mouse plague in the country's breadbasket.

 

  Why doesn't Europe protect itself?

In his confirmation hearing for the position of secretary of defense last week, General James Mattis staked out a position on NATO that appeared strikingly at odds with that of his prospective boss, President-elect Donald Trump. While Trump has called NATO "obsolete" and said he seeks "good deals" with Russia, Mattis called for inserting American troops into the Baltic states as a "tripwire" to deter Russian aggression.

 

 ISRAEL, JORDAN BEGIN BUILDING FREE TRADE ZONE 

Plants slated to compete with China in cheap production are projected to provide 13,000 jobs for Jordanians and Israelis.

 

 Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia 

Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia.

 

 Half of the World’s Wealth Is In the Hands of Just Eight Men 

The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people.

 

 Merkel Says Europe Controls Its Own Fate 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of her refugee policy, the European Union and NATO, saying she’ll stay the course and keep striving for a strong, united Europe. “We Europeans have our destiny in our own hands.” Merkel

 

 Merkel urges United States to stick to international cooperation 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged the United States to stick to multilateral cooperation, saying a trend towards protectionism was a risk to prosperity. The United States is Germany's most important trading partner and the protectionist rhetoric of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has unnerved exporters in Europe's biggest economy.

 

 Rising tensions: Chinese state media says US risks "large-scale war" if it blocks access to disputed islands 

China issued a warning to the incoming Trump administration through its state-run media Friday that the U.S. risks a “large-scale war” if it follows through on Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s suggestion that the U.S. should block China’s access to its growing man-made islands in the South China Sea.

 

 How Long Will We Be Able to Afford Water? 

If current trends continue, a third of Americans could struggle to pay their bills, a new study suggests.  “If water rates rise at projected amounts over the next five years, conservative projections estimate that the percentage of U.S. households who will find water bills unaffordable could triple from 11.9% to 35.6%.”

 

 

 U.S. troops' move to Poland unnerves Kremlin 

Poland on Thursday welcomed several thousand U.S. troops along with tanks and heavy equipment under a planned NATO operation to beef up its Eastern European allies, vexing the Kremlin, which said the troops' presence is a threat to Russia.

 

  THE PENTAGON'S NEW DRONE SWARM HERALDS A FUTURE OF AUTONOMOUS WAR MACHINES

A pair of Hornets flying above an empty part of California opened their bellies and released a robotic swarm. With machine precision, the fast-moving unmanned flying machines took flight, then moved to a series of waypoints, meeting objectives set for the swarm by a human controller. The brief flight of 103 tiny drones heralds a new age in how, exactly, America uses robots at war.

 

 Iran set to receive huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia amid lawmakers' concerns 

Iran is set to receive a massive shipment of natural uranium from Russia -- enough, potentially, for several bombs, diplomats said Monday, highlighting a move that could give the Islamic Republic major leverage if the U.S. tries dismantling the controversial nuclear deal.

 

 CHINA'S NEW BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINE COULD CHANGE ITS PROSPECTS IN NUCLEAR WAR 

CHINA'S NEW BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINE IS STEALTHIER, WITH A RANGE LONG ENOUGH TO ATTACK THE UNITED STATES FROM CHINESE WATERS. New photos of China's latest nuclear ballistic missile submarine, the "Jin" Type 094A, hints at a much-improved vessel—one that is larger, with a more pronounced "hump" rear of the sail that lets it carry 12 submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

 

 A Superbug Resistant to 26 Antibiotics Has Killed a Woman in Nevada 

Fifteen years ago, US public health officials declared that infections resistant to antibiotics could become a major threat. That threat, it seems, has arrived.

 

 Resistance to the Antibiotic of Last Resort Is Silently Spreading 

Just over a year after they were discovered in China, bacteria that can fend off colistin are being found all across the world. The alarm bells sounded on November 18, 2015. Antibiotic resistance is usually a slow-moving crisis, one of the reasons its danger can be hard to convey.

 

  WARMER OCEANS ARE NOW LINKED TO DANGEROUS NEUROTOXINS IN SHELLFISH

A mysterious, potentially deadly neurotoxin that poisons humans by way of shellfish has now been linked to warming ocean waters.

 

           

 

 IRAN PLANNED TERROR ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAEL ADVOCATES IN GERMANY 

Attacks part of plan to respond to Israeli airforce strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities.   West German Broadcasting (WDR) reported Iran’s intelligence agency’s goal was to assassinate the former president of the German-Israel Friendship Society, Reinhold Robbe. From 1994 to 2005, Robbe served as a Social Democratic Party deputy in the Bundestag. He later served as the parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces in the Bundestag.

 

 Duterte hopes Russia will become Philippines' ally and protector 

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday that he hoped Moscow, a rival of the Philippine's traditional ally the United States, would become his country's ally and protector as he toured one of the two Russian warships on a four-day visit to Manila.

 

 Secret sexting codes you need to know to protect your child - do you know what LMIRL means? 

With so much interaction done online, it's increasingly tricky to know when your child is potentially in danger. The line between trusting your child (and respecting their privacy) and policing them out of concern is a fine one for parents to tread. The online world is perpetually changing, and it can be difficult to be alert to which mediums are used and what exactly is going on.

 

 Pregnancy Without Men? New Research Lets Us Make Babies From Skin Cells 

Scientists have successfully proven that sex cells can be created by reprogramming any kind of cell, leading to a number of new collection possibilities in the field of fertility.
This new possibility involves some common ethical concerns, but it also introduces some new concerns. Scientists are tackling these issues head-on even in these earliest stages of development, and policy changes are imminent.

 

 How scientists are deciding the future of humanity 

With recent advances in gene editing and Governmental approvals, the UK is set to become the unlikely pioneer in one of the most controversial, yet astonishing spheres of human knowledge: the manipulation of our genetic code. While research labs around the world are working on genetic cures to childhood and adult diseases, most have been wary of interfering with the DNA of a human embryo, fearful of unintended consequences for future generations.

 

 A Major STD Is Poised To Become Completely Incurable In 2017 

Nobody wants an STD, but you really don’t want gonorrhea. It’s not just painful, it can raise your risk of cancer and even attack your joints or your eyes in extreme cases. That’s why the fact that Swedish doctors are convinced it’s about to become incurable is something you should definitely pay attention to.

 

 Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen? 

Brave New World has become the inevitable reference point for all media discussion of new advances in reproductive technology. Whether it’s Newsweek reporting in 1978 on the birth of Louise Brown, the first “test-tube baby” (the inaccurate phrase speaks volumes) as a “cry round the brave new world”, or the New York Times announcing “The brave new world of three-parent IVF” in 2014, the message is that we are heading towards Huxley’s hatchery with its racks of tailor-made babies in their “numbered test tubes”.

 

           

 

 These Are the Top 10 Risks to the World in 2017 

Welcome to the "geopolitical recession". With the election of Donald Trump, the G-zero world is now fully upon us. The triumph of an “America first” foreign policy marks a fundamental break with decades of U.S. exceptionalism and a consensus view in Washington that U.S. international leadership, however flawed and uneven, is indispensable for international stability.

 

 Marijuana-related illness increases in legalized states 

As various states move towards the legalization of marijuana, doctors are noticing the increase of a particular illness that is associated with regular use of the drug. Emergency rooms have been seeing an influx of patients with the same symptoms – severe abdominal pain and intense vomiting – and this increase is particularly high in certain states that have already legalized the use of marijuana. While some doctors have been perplexed by these symptoms, the disease does have a name: cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS. The illness is believed to be caused by regular and long-term use of marijuana.

 

 'ISIS seeking to launch mass-casualty chemical attacks in Europe' 

"They have no moral objection to using chemical weapons against populations and if they could, they would in this country," British security minister says. Islamic State militants have aspirations to launch mass-casualty chemical attacks on targets in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, the British security minister said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

 

  Report: Christians were the most persecuted group of people in 2016 

In all of 2016, nearly 90,000 Christians were martyred around the world, according to a new study by an Italian research group. A Christian was martyred about once every six minutes in 2016, making them the most persecuted religious group in the world.

 

 Pope Francis in New Year Address Says Terrorism Casts Bloodstain over World 

Pope Francis urged leaders to work together to fight the "plague of terrorism". "I ask the Lord to sustain all men of good will to courageously roll up their sleeves to confront the plague of terrorism and this stain of blood that is covering the world with a shadow of fear and a sense of loss," he said.

 

 Bill Gates says the world is not prepared to cope with a deadly flu epidemic 

Bill Gates has warned that the world's emergency response systems are not yet strong enough to cope with a deadly flu epidemic - one he is crossing his fingers will not arise in the next 10 years.

 

 The UN Just Gave Scientists the Green Light to Mess With Natural Selection 

Of all the potentially apocalyptic technologies scientists have come up with in recent years, the gene drive is easily one of the most terrifying. A gene drive is a tool that allows scientists to use genetic engineering to override natural selection during reproduction.

 

 Diving into the unthinkable cold truths of a nuclear war 

"Our national security has been based on the perception that nuclear war is unhealthy." President-elect Donald Trump issued a few statements about America's military, with this statement as a kicker: "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its sense regarding nukes."

 

 Why Russia's military adventures worry Europe 

Tensions in eastern Europe have been ratcheting up ever since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, and the US military presence in the region has increased significantly.

 

  Nuclear arms experts: Trump’s tweets could easily bait North Korea into nuking Japan

When President-elect Donald Trump tweets about nuclear weapons, people around the world will get nervous. And now some arms-control experts tell the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent that people really should be worried about the potential fallout from some of Trump’s most radioactive tweets.

 

  Pakistani Defense Minister Makes Nuclear Threat Against Israel After Fake News Provocation

Pakistan’s defense minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, wrote a frightening Twitter post in response to a fake news article stating that Israel would attack Pakistan with nuclear weapons. “Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh,” Asif wrote on Twitter Friday, referring to the Islamic State. “Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too.”

 

  Trump tweets about nuclear weapons, raising questions and fears

President-elect Donald Trump called for an expansion of the United States' nuclear capabilities on Thursday, in a tweet that alarmed nonproliferation experts who said that a boost to the U.S. arsenal could fuel global tensions. In his Twitter post, Trump said, "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes," but gave no further details.

 

        

 

 Trump, Putin both seek to boost their nuclear capability 

President-elect Donald Trump signaled Thursday that he will look to "strengthen and expand" the US's nuclear capability hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to enhance his country's nuclear forces. The exchange appeared to raise the prospect of a new arms race between the two nuclear superpowers, which between them boast more than 14,000 nuclear warheads, the still deadly legacy of their four-decades long Cold War standoff.

 

 Japan sets record defense budget with eyes on China, N Korea 

Casting a wary eye to threats from its west, Japan will invest billions of dollars in new submarines, ships and stealth fighter aircraft under a record defense budget approved by the Cabinet on Thursday. The $44 billion (5.1 trillion yen) Defense Ministry spending plan puts a focus on defending the Senkaku Islands, the chain in the East China Sea administered by Japan but also claimed by China, which calls them the Diaoyus.

 

 NATO's 2nd-largest military is 'bending' to Russia — and leaving the US out in the cold 

The US was not invited to a meeting held Tuesday in Moscow between Turkish, Russian, and Iranian officials aimed at solving the crisis in Syria — and it's not the first time Washington has been left out in the cold.

 

  Bacteria, Methane, and Other Dangers Within Siberia’s Melting Permafrost

FOR HUNDREDS OF thousands of years, the Siberian permafrost has been a giant freezer for everything buried within it. But global warming has put the frozen ground in defrost mode, and the tundra is now heating up twice as fast as the rest of the planet. “Permafrost is a silent ticking time bomb,” says Robert Spencer, an environmental scientist at Florida State University. As it thaws, the dirt could release a litany of horrors. Beware: The ice-beasts cometh.

 

 As Groundwater Dwindles, a Global Food Shock Looms 

By mid-century, says a new study, some of the biggest grain-producing regions could run dry. Rising temperatures and growing demands for thirsty grains like rice and wheat could drain much of the world’s groundwater in the next few decades, new research warns.

 

 How hospitals, nursing homes keep lethal ‘superbug’ outbreaks secret 

Across the U.S., vague rules give healthcare providers lots of leeway in deciding when, or even whether, to report unusual clusters of infections. And when they do alert officials, that information is usually kept from the public.

 

 European meltdown threatens Jews  - The epicenter is undoubtedly Europe

Diaspora Jewish communities are suffering severe trauma as they experience erosion of the acceptance and security they enjoyed over the past half century. Whether it be in Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Melbourne or any city with a Jewish community, antisemitism expressed as feverish hatred of the Jewish state – incubated over the past decade by a witches’ brew of Muslim, far-left and traditional antisemitism – is again transforming many Jews into pariahs.
However, the epicenter is undoubtedly Europe.

 

 How can the international community stop the next Iran? 

New nonproliferation measures will face opposition from rogue countries, as well as nations like Russia and China, who have huge amounts of trade in illicit dual-use materials.

 

 Is America without hope? 

The disillusionment from Obama's failed promises and policies should push America and the world to a great awakening.

 

 Humans to take robot lovers up the aisle by 2050 - Humans will wed their robot lovers by 2050

"As more and more people come to accept the concept of love and sex with robots, society will come to develop laws to govern human-robot relationships," the academic believes. "We're being forced to contemplate what human-robot relationships will be like a generation or two from now...as love and sex with robots becomes more commonplace, we should face the very real possibility of marriage with robots."

 

 How Republics End 

Many people are reacting to the rise of Trumpism and nativist movements in Europe by reading history — specifically, the history of the 1930s. But the ’30s isn’t the only era with lessons to teach us. Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the ancient world. Initially, I have to admit, I was doing it for entertainment and as a refuge from news that gets worse with each passing day. But I couldn’t help noticing the contemporary resonances of some Roman history — specifically, the tale of how the Roman Republic fell.

 

     

 

  Does the Arab world view Russian ambassador's assassination as a trigger to a 3rd world war?

Some are now interpreting these live visuals as a testament to the fact that we are already in the throes of a third world war. The message was crystal clear: after the Russian ambassador was murdered, an event that triggered a world war in the past century, it is in everyone's best interest is to pour oil over the troubled waters of Syria.

 

  German state minister says: 'We are in a state of war'

The interior minister of the German state of Saarland said on Tuesday Germany is in a state of war after a man drove a truck into a crowd. "We must say that we are in a state of war, although some people, who always only want to see good, do not want to see this."

 

 What would happen if a nuclear weapon was detonated in your nearest city? 

If you feel your life is lacking a little in pointless anxiety this season, here's an online tool that lets you find out how much damage would occur if a nuclear bomb exploded in your neighborhood.

 

 The Geography of Hate in the U.S. 

It’s been a little over a month since the election of Donald Trump, and reports of hate crimes keep on coming.* Across the nation, more than 900 incidents of hate-related intimidation or harassment were reported in just the first 10 days following the election, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 

  Pagan priest granted right to wear horns in state ID photo

A pagan priest has won the right to remain horny in his Maine state ID photo. Citing religious freedom, the “Priest of Pan,” who subscribes to an Earth-based spirituality called Neopaganism, successfully fought for his right to wear the horns after telling Bangor Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) officials he was in touch with the American Civil Liberties Union.

 

 Just in time for Christmas, Satan club opens at Wash. elementary school 

Tacoma, Wash.’s first after-school Satan club opened its doors at Point Defiance Elementary School. Local Satanists told Q13 News they are not trying to convert children; instead they want to expose them to other religions.

 

 Mysterious illness tied to marijuana use on the rise in states with legal weed 

The answer was cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS. It’s caused by heavy, long-term use of various forms of marijuana. For unclear reasons, the nausea and vomiting are relieved by hot showers or baths. “It is certainly something that, before legalization, we almost never saw,” Heard said. “Now we are seeing it quite frequently.”

 

 Europe’s new GPS system Galileo goes live in bid to end dependence on U.S. network 

If you’re not sure just how worried Europe is about the domination of tech by the U.S., consider this: The continent just spent 17 years and $11 billion developing its own GPS network. This week, the European Union announced that Galileo, a global positioning system that it says is superior to the one maintained by the United States, has at last gone live. Even after almost two decades, Galileo is still in its early stages. It consists of just 18 satellites and still must work with the U.S. GPS system to provide global coverage.

 

 U.S. Army Returns Tanks to Europe as NATO Eyes Assertive Russia 

The U.S. and its NATO allies are taking no chances amid a build-up of military force on Europe's eastern frontier with Russia.

 

 America looks ready to embrace the kinds of policies that prevailed before the Great Recession 

It took the United States roughly half a century to forget some of the lessons of the Great Depression, and when we did, we got the banking crises of the 1980s. With the election of Donald Trump, the U.S. now appears ready to beat that record by about four decades. In a new bout of willful forgetting, America is on the verge of reverting to the kinds of policies that prevailed before — and brought on — the financial meltdown of 2008 and the Great Recession.

 

  Return of the White Death: the threat of new strains of TB

Like some innovations, certain diseases shape entire societies and cultures, define their limits and possibilities. A disease can do more than just inflict suffering – it can shut down innovation, civilisation, and even a species.

 

 As ‘superbugs’ strengthen, an alarming lack of new weapons to fight them 

Lethal bacteria are showing resistance to more and more antibiotics, and financial and legal hurdles are making it harder than ever for science to create effective new drugs.

 

 Genetic Editing Could Cause the Next Cold War 

The immediate effect of genetic editing technology is not dangerous. Yet, it stands to be just as divisive to humans as the 70-year proliferation of nuclear weaponry.

 

 U.K. Approves Fertilization Treatment Using DNA From Multiple People to Make Babies 

Clinics in the UK can now offer patients mitochondrial donation, a treatment that uses DNA from a third person to help women with mitochondrial diseases give birth to healthy babies.
Despite criticism that mitochondrial donation will one day lead to "designer babies," the only certainty is that it can help patients right now overcome a problem with no other solution.

 

 Netanyahu to Iran: 'Don't threaten Israel, we're a tiger not a rabbit' 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed a message to Iran on Wednesday, warning the Islamic Republic’s leaders: “Don’t threaten us, we are not a rabbit, we are a tiger. If you threaten us you endanger yourself.”

 

 Saudi Arabia and Gulf states 'support Islamic extremism in Germany,' intelligence report finds 

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar are supporting extremist Islamic groups in Germany, according to a leaked intelligence report. A brief seen by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and broadcasters NDR and WDR raised concern over a reported increase in support for fundamentalist Salafism in Germany, warning that the ideology already has 10,000 followers and is growing.

 

 China holds first live-fire drills with aircraft carrier, warships 

China's military has carried out its first ever live-fire drills using an aircraft carrier and fighters in the northeastern Bohai Sea close to Korea, state media said. China's growing military presence in the disputed South China Sea has fueled concern, with the United States criticizing its militarization of maritime outposts and holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation.

 

 Chinese ambassador to U.S.: Sovereignty not a 'bargaining chip' 

In a veiled warning to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, China's ambassador to the United States said on Wednesday that Beijing would never bargain with Washington over issues involving its national sovereignty or territorial integrity.

 

 Drones might be used for urban warfare in the future 

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is researching the possibility of building a drone fleet designed for urban warfare.

 

 Hamas offers missiles for armies willing to fight Israel 

Palestinian terror group Hamas has offered to share its rocket arsenal with any Arab army willing to use them against Israel, Gaza-based Hamas official Fathi Hammad said Sunday to Al-Aqsa TV. Hamas has been manufacturing rockets on an industrial scale since it took control of the Gaza Strip, and has fired tens of thousands of projectiles during the past decade.

 

  Iran: If Trump sparks war in Gulf, Israel would be destroyed

Donald Trump's election has led to unease over threats to peace in the region, Iran's defense minister said on Sunday, warning that a war would destroy Israel and the small Gulf Arab states. Trump's election victory has raised the prospect the United States will pull out of a nuclear pact it signed last year with Iran, which Barack Obama's administration has touted as a way to suspend Tehran's suspected drive to develop atomic weapons.

 

 Iran to work on nuclear-powered boats after US 'violation' of deal 

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani ordered scientists on Tuesday to start developing systems for nuclear-powered boats, in reaction to what he called the United States' violation of a global atomic deal. The announcement marked Iran's first concrete response to a US Congress decision last month to extend legislation making it easier for Washington to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

 

 Russia has tested a nuclear-capable drone sub that could pose a strategic threat to US ports 

Russia conducted a test of a revolutionary nuclear-capable drone submarine that poses a major strategic threat to U.S. ports and harbors. U.S. intelligence agencies detected the test of the unmanned underwater vehicle, code-named Kanyon by the Pentagon, during its launch from a Sarov-class submarine on Nov. 27, said Pentagon officials familiar with reports of the test.

 

 Fukushima radiation has reached U.S. shores 

For the first time, seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on the West Coast of the United States. Cesium-134, the so-called fingerprint of Fukushima, was measured in seawater samples taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach in Oregon.

 

 Be prepared for more ‘extreme’ rainfalls — think biblical floods — U.S. climate scientists warn 

In a research paper that reads like it was written by a horseman of the apocalypse, U.S. climate scientists are predicting more frequent extreme rainfalls, the kind of downpours that cause flooding, landslides and massive infrastructure damage, especially in cities where paved ground cannot absorb water. The same goes for snowstorms and ice storms.

 

  

 

 Ties between Russia and the Taliban worry Afghan, U.S. officials 

Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation.

 

  Drug-Resistance Genes Are Showing Up In Smog

Antibiotic resistant bacteria is becoming a greater medical threat, with estimates suggesting that by 2050, 10 million people will die from infections that are resistant to drugs each year. In a recent study, scientists discovered the genes that make bacteria resistant to antibiotics in polluted air in China.

 

 BACTERIA RESISTANT TO A LAST-RESORT DRUG SHOWED UP ON A US PIG FARM 

Bacteria carrying a gene that grants resistance against a powerful antibiotic have been found on a pig farm in the United States. “The concern is that bacteria with this gene on this plasmid could be carried by the pigs into the food supply, where consumers could be exposed and colonized,” says coauthor Thomas Wittum of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “We found no evidence that was happening at this farm, but we want to figure out how to be sure that doesn’t happen.”

 

 Rare Superbug Gene Discovered on U.S. Pig Farm 

Researchers have found a rare and frightening superbug gene on a U.S. pig farm and say their discovery suggests raw meat could carry the dangerous germs into the human population.

 

           

 

 19 Disturbing Pictures Of Krampus 

For those naughty boys and girls out there, Krampus is a European folklore who punishes the misbehaving youngsters on the wrong side of Santa’s “naughty-or-nice” list.

 

        

 

 Brexit has started the disintegration of the EU, Italy's Europe minister says 

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has started the bloc’s “disintegration”, Italy’s minister for European affairs has said. “It is up to the other 27 governments to re-launch Europe.

 

 The Age of Outrage

Why are we so quick to take offence? A great deal has been written recently about the influence of social media in helping people to become trapped in their own echo chambers, talking only to those who reinforce their views and dismissing not only other opinions, but also facts offered by those who disagree with them. When confronted by a dissenting voice, people get offended and then angry.

 

 A leap forward or a step too far? The new debate over embryo research 

Thanks to recent scientific breakthroughs, researchers have reached a point where they can begin to think of experimenting on embryos up to 28 days in age. The benefits for medical science would be considerable. As a result, many are pressing for the 14-day rule – which has been enshrined in British law for more than 25 years – to be replaced with one allowing research to be carried out on embryos that have lived for double that period.

 

  'We’re coming close to the point where we can create people who are superior to others'

“We’re going into a territory where a lot of the ways in which we have organised our societies will suddenly look a bit redundant,” he said. “In liberal democracies, we have this idea that human beings are basically equal in some very fundamental way. We’re coming close to the point where we can, objectively in some sense, create people who are superior to others.”

 

 Planned Parenthood, ACLU File Lawsuits To Overturn Abortion Laws 

A recent Supreme Court decision has abortion rights groups hopeful that they can overturn years-old laws restricting the procedure in Alaska, Missouri and North Carolina.

 

 Devil's Advocates: The Satanic Temple's Fight to Protect Your Abortion Rights 

Recently, the Satanic Temple, a non-theistic religious organization known for protesting Christian influence in the government, turned its attention to this attack on women's reproductive health, staging Satanic counter-protests at anti-abortion rallies and filing a lawsuit against the state of Missouri on behalf of one of their members who was forced to wait 72 hours to get an abortion due to the state's waiting period law.

 

 Why Satanists Are Fighting America's Restrictive Abortion Laws 

​The concept of "pro-abortion Satanists" sounds like the deranged fantasy of a particularly unimaginative conservative politician. They do exist, though, and they have a political agenda.

 

                

        

 

 UN General Assembly supports resolution ignoring Jewish ties to Temple Mount 

The UN General Assembly overwhelming voted to support a resolution that used solely Muslim language to describe the Temple Mount. The Jerusalem resolution was one of six resolutions condemning Israel and supporting the Palestinians that the General Assembly approved on Wednesday.

 

 After Brexit and Trump, Stephen Hawking says we’re at ‘most dangerous moment’ 

World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking says Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s presidential victory serve as wakeup calls amid what he says is “the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity.”

 

  Catholic Church could play larger role in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba

The relationship between Fidel Castro and the Cuban Catholic Church has been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, though it has noticeably improved in recent years. “This is definitely an opportunity,” Pumar said. “Raúl is going to be more open to the church. But this is going to happen gradually. That’s the way change takes place in Cuba.”

 

 Extreme Tornado Outbreaks Are Happening More Often Across the US 

Tornadoes that come in bunches are on the rise in the United States, according to a new study. Though it might be tempting to blame climate change, scientists aren’t entirely sure what’s causing this troubling trend.

 

     

 

 ISIS planned to kill kindergarten children with poisoned ice cream, then detonating a bomb in a school car park 

An ISIS plot to feed poisoned ice cream to kindergarten children before detonating a bomb in their nursery car park has been revealed in Germany. Mohammed O, 17, one of the temple bombers who carried out the assault in April which wounded four people, planned to sell the toxic ices before blowing himself up in the midst of the children.

 

 German intelligence officer 'arrested over Islamist plot' raising fears the spy agency has been infilitrated 

A German intelligence officer has reportedly been arrested over a suspected Islamist plot to bomb the agency's headquarters in Cologne. The suspect attempted to pass on "sensitive information about the BfV (Germany's domestic security agency), which could lead to a threat to the office", an official told the newspaper.

 

 We Must Prepare for CRISPR Bioterror Threats 

An advisory council has urged the U.S. to establish a $2 billion standby fund to address emerging bioterror threats. As gene editing technology advances, the potential for its use as a weapon increases, and preparing for such threats before they happen is of the utmost importance. Unfortunately, this technology can be used to beef-up current diseases and plagues. We are already facing a near-crisis with superbugs and antibiotic-resistant viruses, so just imagine if an enemy engineered one with specific resistance to last-line drugs we use for only the worst cases.

 

     

 

 Nuclear material said stolen from Iran could yield 'dirty bomb' 

Radioactive material produced at Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Plant has reportedly been stolen raising concerns about the use of a so-called dirty bomb in the future. The identity of the alleged thieves remains unknown. The missing material, Iridium-192, was reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency by Iran’s nuclear regulatory body earlier this month, warning neighboring Gulf states of its possible nefarious use.

Here’s How Close You Live To A Nuclear Bomb

Are you living on the Devil’s Doorstep or is there a decent amount of distance between you and the nearest warhead powerful enough to send us back into the Stone Age in an instant?

 Iran warns of retaliation if U.S. breaches nuclear deal 

Extending U.S. sanctions on Iran for 10 years would breach the Iranian nuclear agreement, Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday, warning that Tehran would retaliate if the sanctions are approved.

        

 

 Children burn homeless man to death in Serbia 

During the night, the three children approached a pair of homeless people on the streets of Novi Sad, some 70 kilometres (40 miles) north of Belgrade. According to unofficial police sources cited by daily newspaper Blic, the minors were attempting to steal a nearby wheelchair when they were noticed by the two men.

 

 15-Year-Old Allegedly Decapitated Missing Classmate in ‘Horrific, Horrific Murder’ 

Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino walked out the door of his house one night — and was never seen alive again. On Saturday, weeks after his disappearance, one of Lee’s classmates at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with allegedly murdering and decapitating the 16-year-old, PEOPLE confirms.

 

  Mob of 30 schoolchildren ambush and beat up two Met police officers

A police officer was beaten to the ground and his colleague punched in the jaw in a terrifying attack by a mob of up to 30 schoolchildren in south London, Scotland Yard revealed today.

 

 Suicide at 14: 'I Have Racked My Brain Trying to Understand' 

Between 2007 and 2014, the suicide rate among U.S. middle school-aged kids doubled, according research published last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's an agony an increasing number of American families are having to endure.

 

 World’s First Human Head Transplant Edges Closer To (Virtual) Reality 

Last year, Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero announced he is conducting the first human head transplant on Valery Spiridonov, a Russian man with muscular atrophy, in 2017. He hopes to perform the surgery in the UK, if they will let him.

 

 NATO condemns Russia's 'aggressive' military buildup near the Baltics 

NATO is criticizing Russia's deployment of anti-ship missiles in its westernmost Baltic region as "aggressive military posturing," and is urging dialogue to cool escalating tensions.

 

 The Russian Plot against Europe 

Russia’s influence reaches deep into Western Europe. France has a major far-right, Eurosceptic, and openly pro-Russian party that receives funding from the Kremlin. In London, Brexit provides an opportunity for Moscow to gain a toehold in British politics. Germany’s former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder serves as chairman of the Russian-German pipeline Nord Stream. But these examples hardly scratch the surface of Russia’s active involvement in Europe’s three great powers.

 

  ISRAEL MOVING TO THE RIGHT   by Steven LeBlanc of COG-eim

Political change in Israel: A major political transformation is, and has been underway in Israel. More people in Israel are now embracing what the press calls “hard right policies”. Even Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak warned of “seeds of fascism” in Israel’s current government, while former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon drew comparisons to 1930s Germany. Some months back ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman was appointed Defense Minister.

Listen to the related News Update HERE (11/5/2016)

 

  A Liar in the Oval Office Could Threaten the World’s Order 

However, with Trump saying he will not honor U.S. assurances to its allies and demanding that NATO be treated like a business – suggesting states need to ‘buy’ U.S. support – many states will come to realize that the U.S. can no longer be depended upon. Unsurprisingly, Trump’s election has led many countries to advocate for increased spending on arms, including nuclear weapons, and the creation of alternative military forces, like an EU army.

 

 'Hitler Youth' trend reportedly rising in Great Britain 

A growing number of children across the United Kingdom are being radicalized by far right-wing or neo-Nazi ideology, stoking fears that a new "Hitler Youth" is on the rise. Compounding concerns is the recent appearance of stickers plastered across the streets of Liverpool proclaiming some neighborhoods to be "Nazicontrolled zones."

 

 In biblical lands of Iraq, Christianity in peril after ISIS 

At one time, nearly 5 million Assyrian Christians lived in Iraq as a healthy minority, but their numbers have dwindled through the decades. They fled to faraway places such as the United States, Europe and Australia, and many more who have been displaced by ISIS are hoping to do the same.  They say Christianity is dead in Iraq. And the way of life they knew for generations has vanished.

 

 Pope extends power to forgive abortion to all Roman Catholic priests 

Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors in most parts of the world.

 

 China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans 

Are we on the brink of a brave new world of genetically enhanced humanity? Perhaps. It’s reasonable to believe that any seismic shift toward genetic enhancement will not be centered in Western countries like the US or the UK, where many modern technologies are pioneered. Instead, genetic enhancement is more likely to emerge out of China.

 

 The Next Global Arms Race Aims to Perfect Artificial Intelligence 

A country's dexterity with artificial intelligence technology might be the next strong source of national pride and international power. But it's also a technology that's increasingly creeping toward having significant social and political utility attached to it. It already has real-world value as a political instrument today.

 

 'Pure hatred': Translator reveals how Muslim refugees want to 'Islamize' Germany 

A translator at refugee camps in Germany has claimed Muslim migrants hate Christians and want to Islamize the country. But the Arabic speaker said what she discovered when working with migrants over the last five years shocked her. During her time at a number of centers across the country, she said she discovered Muslim refugees preaching “pure hatred” of Christians.

 

 German Spies Are “Alarmed” Over Threat To Election From Fake News And Russians 

German intelligence agencies have warned that a combination of fake news and Russian interference through hacking and misinformation could disrupt next year’s federal elections in a way that mirrors what happened during the US presidential contest. The concerns add to those expressed by top US, EU, and NATO officials about Russia’s actions in Germany — and across the continent — in what they say is an attempt to destabilise chancellor Angela Merkel at home and abroad.

 

 Israeli official: Russia has long-term ambitions in the Middle East 

Israel should be concerned about the deepening disconnect between Russia's aims in the Middle East and its own goals, according to a senior Israeli official who held high-level meetings in Moscow last week.

 

  The Bible? Not on my desert island, say majority of Britons

A new poll suggests that only 31% of people in the UK would like a copy of the Bible to take to a desert island. Reflecting the increasing secularity and diversity of British society, the poll found that 56% of respondents would not choose to take a Bible, and another 13% were unsure. Fewer than one in three welcomed the inclusion of a Bible in their musical and literary accompaniments to a solitary existence.

 

 Europe at risk of collapse; France, Germany must lead 

The European Union is in danger of breaking apart unless France and Germany, in particular, work harder to stimulate growth and employment and heed citizens' concerns, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in the German capital on Thursday.

 

 America's Friendship With Europe Has Been Horribly Damaged 

Let’s hope that same caution applies to presidential transition geopolitics too, because the first reports from the Trump transition are very bad indeed. Among America’s oldest and truest allies, the reaction to the election of Donald Trump has ranged from horror to terror, sometimes including large elements of each. Nowhere, though, does the reaction look more dangerous than inside the most powerful state on the European continent, Germany.

 

 Rocky road ahead for China and Trump-led US 

Trade relations between China and US are heading for shaky grounds with Donald Trump at the healm, and US tech firms may face retaliation if the US president-elect imposes tariffs. Speculations had been rife about how Trump's election win could impact Asia-Pacific, especially since the self-described billionaire had accused Singapore and China, amongst others, of stealing jobs from the US.

 

  Merkel, with nod to Trump, warns against protectionism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday for globalization to be framed in multilateral agreements rather than see countries adopt protectionist measures, in a thinly veiled warning to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. "We are at the moment in a situation in the European Union, in our country and worldwide where there is an argument about how we want to shape globalization," Merkel told a meeting of Germany's BDA employers association.

 

 On the WINGS OF EAGLES: Operation to bring Yemenite Jews to Israel -  [Interesting terminology used]

On November 8, 1949, it was finally revealed that the Israeli government was airlifting to the Holy Land more than 40,000 Yemenite Jews in a clandestine operation. Operation Wings of Eagles, also known as Operation Magic Carpet, began in December 1948 and lasted until December 1949, with minor waves of aliya taking place in the 1950s as well.

 

 Climate change may be escalating so fast it could be 'game over', scientists warn 

It is a vision of a future so apocalyptic that it is hard to even imagine. But, if leading scientists writing in one of the most respected academic journals are right, planet Earth could be on course for global warming of more than seven degrees Celsius within a lifetime.   And that, according to one of the world’s most renowned climatologists, could be “game over.”

 

 Silent Skies: 200 New Bird Species Face Extinction 

One of the most comprehensive lists of species that may go extinct is the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. But this list may be missing hundreds of animal species, according to a new study led by Duke University. The researchers found more than 200 unlisted species of birds at risk of extinction due to land-use changes. Perhaps, we truly have reached the Anthropocene, a human-influenced epoch marked by climate change, air pollution, population growth, significant rainforest loss.

 

 Palestinian Authority: We'll work with any US president to achieve peace 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated US president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday and said he hoped a just peace would be achieved during his term in office, Wafa, the official PA news site, reported. Earlier Wednesday morning, PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaineh said the Palestinian leadership would work with any US president to achieve peace.

 

 America now looks like Rome before the fall of the Republic 

From the early Middle Ages until just a few decades ago, every educated person had to study the history of Greece and Rome. There's a reason for that, and there's a reason why it's a shame we no longer do so.

 

                       

 

 Merkel allies warn of Trump effect, poll shows Germans dismayed 

Leading allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Thursday that populists would pose a problem for Europe unless mainstream politicians came up with answers after Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election. Trump's win has encouraged right-wing parties in Austria, France and the Netherlands, among others. A Politbarometer poll for broadcaster ZDF showed 82 percent of Germans viewed it as bad or very bad, and 65 percent expected relations with the United States to deteriorate under Trump's presidency.

 

 The insect crisis we can’t ignore 

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, which I help to compile, just 394 insect species are classed as extinct. That figure is ludicrously low — it’s a good bet that several dozen have disappeared in the past week or so alone. Nobody knows exactly how many invertebrates are vanishing from the planet, but estimates range from 1 to 100 per day. These alarming numbers don’t touch our hearts. It is comparable to noticing the number of deaths in a war without seeing the faces of the fallen. So which species are we losing? Is the extinction rate going up or down? What could the implications be? The answer to each question is just as worrying: we have no idea.

 

 Radical overhaul needed to halt Earth's sixth great extinction event 

Life has existed on Earth roughly 3.7 billion years. During that time we know of five mass-extinction events — dramatic episodes when many, if not most life forms vanished in a geological heartbeat. The most recent of these was the global calamity that claimed the dinosaurs and myriad other species about 66 million years ago. Growing numbers of scientists have asserted that our planet might soon see a sixth massive extinction — one driven by the escalating impacts of humanity.

 

 Earth 'at risk of ecological breakdown' 

The Earth is risking a major ecological breakdown that could eventually render it largely uninhabitable. Our combined actions may be leading to "…a gross ecological breakdown that will strike humanity harder than anything in our experience."

 

 Here’s Why Teen STDs Are Hitting All-Time Highs 

Lack of sex ed, fearlessness and not getting tested are to blame. The number of people in the U.S. with an STD recently hit an unprecedented high. Data released in October revealed that in 2015, there were increases in all nationally reported STDs for the second year in a row. There were 1.5 million reported cases of chlamydia — the highest number of STD cases ever reported to the government — and people between the ages of 15 and 24 accounted for the largest number of infections. But why?

 

 Loving, Marriage Equality and the President You Choose 

It was the Lovings in 1967 and all the milestones following their case, fueled by love, that has lead us to national LGBT marriage equality. Now, in 2016, we run the risk of falling into a political abyss of vitriol and threats. We must protect the rights the LGBT community and the African-American community have attained through blood, sweat, tears—and the Supreme Court. There is a clear-cut choice for president.

 

           

 

 Students at one college were threatened with arrest for handing out copies of the Constitution 

Students handing out copies of the United States Constitution at Grand Valley State University were threatened with arrest if they refused to stop.

 

 What lies beneath: As earth warms, diseases within permafrost become a bigger worry 

This past summer anthrax killed a 12-year-old boy in a remote part of Siberia. At least 20 other people, also from the Yamal Peninsula, were diagnosed with the potentially deadly disease after approximately 100 suspected cases were hospitalized. Additionally, more than 2,300 reindeer in the area died from the infection. The likely cause? Thawing permafrost. According to Russian officials, thawed permafrost — a permanently frozen layer of soil — released previously immobile spores of Bacillus anthracis into nearby water and soil and then into the food supply. The outbreak was the region’s first in 75 years.

 

 How do we avoid the antibiotics apocalypse? 

Every year, at least 700,000 people die from drug-resistant infections. It is why government scientists have described antibiotic resistance as one of the greatest global threats of the 21st Century.

 

 CDC identifies first US cases of drug-resistant fungal infection 

Thirteen individuals have become ill from a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection previously unseen in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The fungus, Candida auris, is known to occur in health care settings such as hospitals and nursing homes.

 

           

 

  We now know exactly how many DNA mutations smoking causes

Every 50 cigarettes you smoke gives you one extra DNA mutation per lung cell. A common tactic for people trying to give up smoking is to quantify exactly how much damage — financial or physical — each cigarette or pack of cigarette does. How much does smoking cost you per month, for example, or how much shorter is your life going to be for each drag you take? Well, a new study into the dangers of smoking now lets us measure this damage right down to the number of mutations in your DNA.

 

 The Ebola Virus Mutated Into a Deadlier Form During the West African Epidemic 

A new analysis of the Ebola genome shows the dreaded virus acquired several new mutations during the course of the 2013-2016 West African Epidemic, making it even better at infecting human cells.

 

 Suicide Can Strike Children As Young As 5: Study  

A startling new study warns that some preteen children -- even as young as 5 years old -- may be at risk of suicide. Black elementary school-age boys seem to have a higher risk, even though black teens and young adults have lower rates of suicide than whites, the study authors noted. "Adults need to realize that school-age children as young as 5 kill themselves."

 

 This might be why depression is rising among teen girls 

There has been a significant climb in the prevalence of major depression among adolescents and young adults in recent years -- and the troubling trend may be strongest in teenage girls, according to a new study.

 

 More U.S. middle school students dying of suicide than car crashes 

The suicide rate among U.S. middle school students doubled from 2007 to 2014, surpassing for the first time the incidence of youngsters aged 10 to 14 who died in car crashes, a federal report released on Thursday said.

 

 Gavin Grimm Is Not A Boy, And The Supreme Court Can Never Change That 

What transgender student Gavin Grimm needs is what all mentally ill people need: support, not enabling. Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old student from Virginia, is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Grimm is the respondent in this case. The plaintiff, Gloucester County School Board, is fighting to keep legal its current practice of sex-distinct bathrooms. Grimm wants to use the boy’s bathroom at Gloucester High School, but the school will not allow it.

 

 Federal government offers first gender-neutral travel document 

The federal government has begun accepting gender-neutral travel documents for people planning to fly into, or through, Canada. Canada's new Electronic Travel Authorizations, or eTAs, which become mandatory for visitors to Canada starting Thursday, for the first time allow travellers a third choice on the online application form under gender: other.

 

  Democrats Would Quickly Push LGBT-Rights Bill In Congress If They Win Big

With the odds favoring Hillary Clinton to win the White House and if Democrats take the Senate, Democrats and LGBT advocates say they would quickly try to pass a major LGBT-rights bill if they can also win the House of Representatives.

 

 Hundreds of Millions of Songbirds Are Disappearing 

You might think that what happened to the passenger pigeon couldn’t happen today. We know better than to allow a species with a population in the billions to dwindle away to nothing over the course of a few decades, don’t we? Sadly, no. In fact, it’s not just one species this time. It’s an entire world of migratory songbirds—turtledoves, skylarks, cerulean warblers, wood thrushes, yellow-breasted buntings, and many more—on flyways touching every continent.

 

 How worrying is Russia’s growing presence in the Middle East? 

With both Russia and Israel carrying out military operations in war-torn Syria, the two nations have implemented a system to coordinate their actions there in order to avoid accidental clashes. With tensions already high in the Middle East, Russia is upping the ante, deploying their sole aircraft carrier to the Mediterranean Sea just weeks after sending advanced anti-aircraft weaponry to Syria.

 

 Iran's Khamenei: Americans are 'liars, untrustworthy, deceitful and backstabbers' 

The supreme leader of Iran rejects to notion of further diplomatic talks with Washington in comments marking 1979 siege of the US embassy in Tehran. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rebuffed the prospect of thawing relations between his country and the US, calling the American leadership "liars, untrustworthy, deceitful and backstabbers."

 

 Pope Francis Makes a Huge Gesture to the World’s Protestants 

Pope Francis marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by travelling to secular Sweden on Monday and encouraging Catholics and Lutherans to forgive the “errors” of the past and forge greater unity, including sharing in the Eucharist. Francis and the leaders of the Lutheran World Federation presided over an ecumenical prayer service in the Lund cathedral, the first time a pope has commemorated the anniversary of Martin Luther’s revolt with such a symbolically powerful gesture.

 

 Rome emphasizes ties to Israel and Holocaust remembrance 

While scientific research enables us to develop our knowledge and be connected to all parts of the planet, reduces mortality and aids longevity, said Mattarella, it does not always go hand in hand with humane sensitivity. The current situation is reminiscent of the fall of the Roman Empire, he said, noting how it had risen to the peak of scientific knowledge of its era and then had fallen into regression, squandering all the knowledge that it had accumulated. “Something similar is happening today,” he said, and wondered aloud whether this could be attributed to taking achievements for granted without realizing that they are continually endangered.

 

  A reawakening nuclear nightmare

Sadly, the dark cloud of nuclear Armageddon that had faded since the end of the Cold War following the break-up of the Soviet Union is looming once again. Earlier this week, Russia made international headlines with the unveiling of its RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), fittingly nicknamed "Satan 2" after its monstrous SS-18 predecessor.

 

 Meet Satan 2: Russia’s New ICBM Nuke Capable of Leveling France or Texas in One Hit 

SUMMONING SATAN 2 Russia has just revealed an upgrade to their intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) arsenal, and reports assert that it is strong enough to level a massive amount of ground. Russia has unveiled its largest nuclear missile, which is supposed to be powerful enough to destroy an area the size of a state with a single blast. The missile is able to travel distances up to 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles) in order to reach its target, putting much of the world within reach.

 

 Nothing Matters: The World Is Going To End Anyway  (However, God's people know how it will end!) 

The next time you’re up at night, staring at the wall instead of doing something productive–what’s the point since we’re all going to die anyway–keep in mind: you’re right!

 

 Memes Are Now Bigger Than Jesus on Google 

After a reign lasting more than 2000 years, the King of the Judeans has been dethroned. According to Google Trends, which tracks how often a particular term is searched for, “memes” officially overtook “jesus” earlier this year.

 

 Christians Martyred by ISIS: 1,131 

A report submitted to the State Department earlier this year documented that between 2003 and June 9, 2014, at least 1,131 Christians – identified by name and place of death – had been murdered by the radical Muslims that comprise the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

 

 Pigs at Fairs Gave More than a Dozen Children Swine Flu, CDC Says 

The type of swine flu they contracted had not been previously seen in humans. Pigs are to blame for more than a dozen children falling ill with a new type of swine flu earlier this year, federal health officials said.

 

 Two-thirds of the world's wildlife is on track to get wiped out by 2020 

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.

 

 Pope Francis: ‘God promised the land to the people of Israel’ 

God promised the Holy Land to the people of Israel, Pope Francis said during a public address at the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday in a speech about migration. “The people of Israel, who from Egypt, where they were enslaved, walked through the desert for forty years until they reached the land promised by God,” he said.

 

 Knesset Speaker asks Vatican to join battle against UNESCO’s denial of history 

UNESCO’s Standing Committee’s ’s denial of the Old City of Jerusalem’s history is an affront to both Christianity and Judaism, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein wrote Wednesday in a letter to Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Cardinal Parolin. Edelstein urged the Holy See to “use its best offices to prevent the recurrence of developments of this sort.

 

 Terra Incognita: Europe exported ISIS jihadism as it once did Nazism 

If European states want to end the mass denial of their role in genocide in Iraq and Syria they must institute harsh sentences and zero tolerance for extremism and Islamist intolerance.  Between 2014 and 2015 more than 5,000 Europeans joined ISIS and committed genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria and Iraq. They have not been prosecuted for these crimes. Like the Nazis of the 20th century, many European- born extremists joined zealously to murder, rape and commit genocide, and were given lax or non-existence sentences. Europe, once a breeding ground for fascism, has become an exporter of Islamist extremism that threatens itself and the world.

 

  5 Apocalyptic Realities In A Country That's Out Of Food

"I have a mango tree ... This tree is currently saving my life, but might also get me killed soon." We're barely exaggerating there. Venezuela is now facing the kind of food shortages that mean Busteq and his neighbors are essentially living through the first five minutes of a zombie apocalypse movie.

 

  If We Can’t Distinguish Between God And Satan, Society’s Going To Hell

We’ve Lost Our Ability to Discern Basic Truths. Our society has lost the ability to make even the most elementary moral distinctions. And it hurts our children most of all.

 

        

 

 Report: U.S. Pacific Command chief tells troops to be ready to 'fight tonight' 

The head of the U.S. Pacific Command has asked troops to be thoroughly prepared for possible North Korea provocations during an upcoming anniversary. Adm. Harry Harris told U.S. military personnel at Yokota Air Base in Japan on Friday that they should be "ready to fight [North Korea] tonight."

 

 Russia tells citizens ‘nuclear war with the West could happen soon’ 

As tensions rise in the middle East, an official TV channels in Russia has issued a chilling warning that war with the West could be imminent. Zvezda, a nationwide TV service run by the country’s Ministry of Defence, said last week, ‘Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow.’

 

 Russia wants to establish new military bases in Vietnam and Cuba 

Russia is considering plans to restore military bases in Vietnam and Cuba that had served as pivots of Soviet global military power during the Cold War. Moscow's foreign policy has become more assertive, leading to tensions with the United States and its allies over, among other issues, the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and the presence of NATO troops in eastern Europe.

 

  The US Air Force Just Dropped Two Fake Nukes

But why now? Perhaps it has to do with tensions with Russia, which are higher than they have been in decades, and which have sparked fears of a new nuclear arms race. Earlier this week, the Russian government announced it would conduct a massive drill to prepare its citizens for nuclear war.

 

 The True Scale of Nuclear Bombs Is Totally Frightening 

Nuclear weapons are already scary enough, but when you dig deeper and find out how powerful the weapons truly are, they get even more terrifying. The weapons we’ve built after the first atomic bombs are so strong that you can basically use Hiroshima as a unit of measurement. The largest nuclear explosion in human history, the Tsar Bomba, detonated with a force of 50 megatons or the power of 3,333 Hiroshimas.

 

 

 

 Iran seeking illegal nuke, missile technology: German intelligence 

Iran has been continually violating the terms of the nuclear agreement signed last summer with the world powers, including Germany, and has been making attempts to acquire materiel to further its nuclear ambitions, a new German intelligence report has revealed.

 

 Avoiding a Holocaust: A Visual Guide to U.S. Nuclear Disarmament 

Experts have long asserted that nuclear weapons are one of the greatest threats to life on Earth (not just to humanity, but to all life on Earth). Here's a look at where we currently stand in relation to our government's nuclear policy.

 

 Muzzling Military Chaplains 

One of the items on Obama’s second term agenda is to root out traditionally Christian chaplains from the military. He sees them as bigots unworthy of conscience protections. Like Chick-fil-A, they don’t uphold Obama’s “values.” Obama’s mouthpieces in the military have already blurted this out. In 2010, Admiral Michael Mullen told a Christian chaplain who opposed the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that “If you cannot get in line, resign your commission.”

 

 Extreme Views Are Becoming The Mainstream In Britain And Europe 

A groundbreaking new study of 12 European countries has revealed how far anti-immigrant, nationalist, and authoritarian attitudes have spread from the political fringes.

 

 Dark Germany, Bright Germany - Which Side Will Prevail Under Strain of Refugees? 

Which Germany will prevail? The Germany of racist chants from the roadside? The Germany of rioters and drunken rock-throwers? "Dark Germany," as President Joachim Gauck calls it? Or will it be the new, bright Germany, represented by the young policeman with his roots in Afghanistan? Will Western Europe ultimately prefer to allow the refugees to die in trucks rather than to open the door to the desperate? Or will Germany rejoice in helping and in allowing the refugees to take part in the unbelievable prosperity that the republic has enjoyed in recent decades?

 

 Leaflet 'handed out at east London mosque' tells Muslims to kill all who insult the prophet 

A Standard investigation has uncovered claims that the booklet, which says “any Muslim should kill” those who insult the Prophet Mohammed, was distributed at a gathering in Walthamstow. It points to a classical manual of Islamic law to justify killings without waiting for court judgments and says apostates “deserve to be assassinated”.

 

 Russia suspends nuclear agreement, ends uranium research pact with United States 

Russia further curtailed its cooperation with the United States in nuclear energy on Wednesday, suspending a research agreement and terminating one on uranium conversion, two days after the Kremlin shelved a plutonium pact with Washington.

 

 New famine fears loom in Yemen 

Intensive care wards in Yemen's hospitals are filled with emaciated children hooked up to monitors and drips - victims of food shortages that could get even worse due to a reorganization of the central bank that is worrying importers. With food ships finding it hard to get into Yemen's ports due to a virtual blockade by the Saudi-led coalition that has backed the government during an 18-month civil war, over half the country's 28 million people already do not have enough to eat, according to the United Nations.

 

        

 

 'We Run the Streets!': Furious Mob Surrounds Police Car and Attacks — With Officer Still Inside 

A police officer found himself surrounded in his patrol car by a furious mob in Fresno, California, after responding to multiple calls about illegal street racing last month. Video footage of the shocking incident has since emerged. “F*** the police, n***a! We run the streets, motherf***er!” one man can be heard shouting in the video as other suspects literally kicked the officer’s California Highway Patrol vehicle.

 

        

 

 Ancient city gate and shrine from Hebrew Bible uncovered 

An ancient city gate and shrine that King Hezekiah ordered to be destroyed during the eighth century B.C., according to the Hebrew Bible, are seeing the light of day following an excavation in Israel, archaeologists reported. The so-called gate-shrine is likely evidence of actions taken by King Hezekiah, the 12th king of Judea, to abolish idols, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

 

 Comment: A stark prognosis for the Middle East 

The Middle East will remain a source of terrorism; Accepting this unpleasant reality will entail a sea change in Western strategic outlook. SEVERAL MAJOR developments in the Middle East will keep the region a wellspring of Islamic terror and a source of inspiration for Islamist radicals for the foreseeable future. Attempts to perpetrate acts of terror against the “enemies of Islam” should be expected to continue.

 

  Society and superbugs: Losing ‘one of the most serious infections disease threats of our time’ 

"Superbugs" are strains of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics, and they have been gaining strength and shifting the tide in their favor. "This is really a frightening situation," Dr. Beth Bell of the CDC told CNBC's "On The Money" in a recent interview, "and really one of the most serious infectious disease threats of our time. "

 

  CDC: Rare, mysterious Polio-like disease on the rise

Cases of a rare polio-like illness have shot up in recent months, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking notice. The CDC recorded 32 cases of acute flaccid myelitis across 17 states in the first half of this year. The illness has been most often observed in children. It can cause limb weakness, loss of muscle tone and in extreme cases, respiratory failure.

 

           

 

 Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits India-Pakistan border; tremors felt in Peshawar, Islamabad 

An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 hit India-Pakistan border on Saturday at 01.34 pm IST. The earthquake tremors were felt in Peshawar, Gilgit, Chilas and Islamabad, as reported by Pakistan Media.

 

 Risk of big earthquake on San Andreas fault rises after quake swarm at Salton Sea 

The San Andreas fault’s southernmost stretch has not ruptured since about 1680 — more than 330 years ago, scientists estimate. And a big earthquake happens on average in this area once every 150 or 200 years, so experts think the region is long overdue for a major quake. [A recent] swarm [of earthquakes] actually increased the likelihood of a much more major quake in Southern California, at least temporarily.

 

 Massive Earthquake Along the San Andreas Fault Is Disturbingly Imminent 

A series of quakes under the Salton Sea may be a signal that the San Andreas Fault is on the verge of buckling. For the next few days, the risk of a major earthquake along the fault is as high as 1 in 100.

 

         

 

 Experts warn home 'gene editing' kits pose risk to society

Report finds materials to perform basic experiments are now available to ‘garage scientists.’ The simplicity and low cost of tools to edit the genetic code means “garage scientists” - or amateurs with some skill - can now perform their own experiments, posing a potential risk from the release of GM bugs, a new report suggests.

 

 World’s first baby born with new “3 parent” technique 

A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people. “This is great news and a huge deal, it’s revolutionary.”

 Gastroenteritis strain discovered in Victoria threatens to become epidemic

A new strain of the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis, norovirus, has been detected in Victoria and health experts warn it could become an epidemic. It was first detected in August last year but scientists warned it could become an epidemic in the next few months.

 Antibiotic Resistance is Taking Away Our Last Line of Defense Against Some Diseases

“Our last line of defense against gonorrhea is weakening. If resistance continues to increase and spread, current treatment will ultimately fail and 800,000 Americans a year will be at risk for untreatable gonorrhea.”

 

 The cost of cheap drugs? Toxic Indian lake is 'superbug hotspot' 

Centuries ago, Indian princes would bathe in the cool Kazhipally lake in Medak. Now, even the poorest villagers here in India's baking south point to the barren banks and frothy water and say they avoid going anywhere near it. "Resistant bacteria are breeding here and will affect the whole world," said Kishan Rao, a doctor and activist.

               

 

 Bees placed on endangered species list -- a first in the US 

In a first for bees in the nation, seven bee species native to Hawaii are now protected under the Endangered Species Act. The US Fish and Wildlife Service said it added the yellow-faced bee species to the federal list of endangered species Friday night after years of research concluded they are under threat.

 

 Enjoy Earth While It Lasts: Atmospheric Carbon Levels Pass the Point of No Return 

The bad news: Earth's climate change problem just passed a point of no return. Atmospheric carbon levels have passed 400 parts per million, and they won't return to more environment-friendly levels "ever again for the indefinite future." The good news? Oh, wait, no. Sorry.

 

 92% of world’s population breathe dangerously polluted air 

Over 90 percent of the world’s population lives in areas that exceed pollution safety limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to new data. Some three million people a year are dying from outdoor air pollution.

 

           

 

 Swedish Scientist Begins Editing Human DNA in Healthy Embryos 

Whether creating GM crops or making animals disease-resistant, gene-editing has always faced harsh criticism. One fear is how altering human DNA in embryos could recklessly create a fatal genetic disease that would exist for generations. Despite this, one researcher is attempting the most controversial type of gene editing on earth.

 

 Educatin’ with Satan: Oregon elementary school lets Satanic club rival Christian group 

After campaigning under the slogan ‘Educatin’ with Satan,’ the Portland chapter of the national organization of The Satanic Temple received the go-ahead to start the ‘After School Satan Club’ at Sacramento Elementary School. An Oregon school has approved the group which aims to counter a Christian club.

 

 Satanic Temple opens new headquarters at site of Mass. witch trials 

The new international headquarters for the Satanic Temple, which says its mission is to promote separation of church and state not devil worship, opened to the public on Thursday in a Massachusetts city known historically for persecuting witches accused of being possessed by the devil.

 

 'Offensive' Christian cross among subjects of complaints to university's Hate Response Team 

The cross appeared on a Campus Crusade for Christ poster, but an anonymous student said it represented "oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community."

 

 What the List of Most Banned Books Says About Our Society’s Fears 
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 Rare mosaic depicting Noah's Ark discovered in ancient synagogue 

Experts have unearthed stunning mosaics depicting Noah’s Ark and the parting of the Red Sea during the excavation of an ancient synagogue in northern Israel.

 

 GAO finds more gaps in oversight of bioterror germs studied in U.S. labs 

Government regulators have no idea how often laboratories working with some of the world’s most dangerous viruses and bacteria are failing to fully kill vials of specimens before sending them to other researchers who lack critical gear to protect them against infection, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The risks to scientists, shipping companies and the public became the subject of international scrutiny last year when it was discovered that a U.S. Army lab in Utah had unwittingly made 575 shipments of still-live anthrax specimens – labeled as killed – to 194 labs and contractors around the world from 2004 through 2015.

 

 UN Classifies Antibiotic Resistance as a Crisis, Putting It on Par With Ebola and HIV 

Antibiotic resistance, the ability of bacteria to evolve to combat treatment, has been declared a crisis by the United Nations. The classification will hopefully lead to the funding and research needed to combat, or even fully eradicate, the problem, which is currently responsible for more than 23,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone.

 

 Ancient Scroll Shows Bible Hasn't Changed 

Last week archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority announced the successful deciphering of a fully charred Torah scroll first discovered in the ruins of an ancient synagogue 45 years ago. The scroll was unearthed in 1970 during excavations at Ein Gedi on the shores of the Dead Sea. It was found inside a Holy Ark situated in the remains of a synagogue dating to the 6th century AD. For decades, the 1,500-year-old scroll sat in storage, far too burned to be legible.  SEE ALSO:  VIDEO

 

 How godless capitalism made America multicultural 

To many older Americans, authentic American identity is Christian as well as white, and white Christians have already fallen into the minority. The fading dominance of white Christianity at the core of American culture isn’t simply a demographic change caused by immigration and differential birthrates. It’s also a consequence of a decline in religious commitment, especially among white millennials. Religious people tend to have more children, so secularization and demographic change are related: That white millennials are losing their religion helps explain why they’re unlikely to have enough kids to replace themselves.

 

 Pope Francis denounces religious extremism at interfaith event 

The Pope reminded the developed world that the string of deadly jihadist attacks it has endured did not compare to the devastation in other parts of the world. "We are frightened… by some terrorist acts" but "this is nothing compared to what is happening in those countries, in those lands where day and night bombs fall," he said at a morning mass in the Vatican.

 

 REPORTER ASKS: Where do you rate rate yourself on a sexuality scale ... 

WARNING - ADULT CONTENT: Members of an online news feed community were asked to illustrate where they fall on a sexuality scale.  Conclusion of the article: Your sexual identity is nobody's choice but your own.

 

 Is this the world's most modern family? Man who was woman gives birth to a baby by woman who was man 

WARNING - ADULT CONTENT: 
- Transgender man Fernando Machado fell pregnant by transgender woman
- Mr Machado - born a woman - gave birth to couple's first child in June
- He fell pregnant by Diane Rodriguez - who was born a man - last year
- The couple have now revealed that they want to expand their brood

 

 “Modern Family” Casts Its First Openly Transgender Child Actor 

Modern Family just had its season eight premiere, but after all these years the series is still making headlines—this time by casting a transgender child actor.

 

 Toy ad features a boy playing dress-up as a queen, and people are loving it 

In a new commercial for the brand's "If I Were a Toy" campaign — spectacularly created to the tune of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy" — Oscar imagines all the cool things he'd be if he could become a toy. One of them was a queen — pink dress, tiara, and all.

 

           

 

  America’s Days as a Global Superpower Are Numbered. Now What? 

The first step is to accept the fact that American power is limited and global rule is an impossible fantasy.  Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washington’s dictates, or actively combating them.  What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the face of such defiance?

 

 Decline and fall: how American society unravelled 

In or around 1978, America's character changed. For almost half a century, the United States had been a relatively egalitarian, secure, middle-class democracy, with structures in place that supported the aspirations of ordinary people. ...in the late 70s[,] [t]he US became more entrepreneurial and less bureaucratic, more individualistic and less communitarian, more free and less equal, more tolerant and less fair. It is no wonder that more and more Americans believe the game is rigged. Once the social contract is shredded, once the deal is off, only suckers still play by the rules.

 

 The Decline of the West: Why America Must Prepare for the End of Dominance 

[T]he emerging consensus in foreign-policy circles [is] that American primacy is eroding thanks to the shift in global power from the West to the "rising rest." If history is any guide, the arrival of a world in which power is more widely distributed will mean a new round of jockeying for position and primacy.

 

 [America] It’s the World’s Ripest Banana Republic 

It’s a Banana Republic like no other. Fly into its capital from abroad and you’ll catch a whiff of over-ripeness, even decay. The baggage carousel clunks and squeaks. The road to your hotel is missing signs and it is a maze of crevices and holes. Soon you are lost in a universe of strip malls: some are flourishing, others empty and dark.

 

 America’s prison population has skyrocketed 500 percent in 40 years 

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris recently said "Over the last 40 years, this country’s prison population has grown 500 percent." Data show the nation’s combined prison and jail population has grown 500 percent over this period. But when isolating just the prison population, the data shows that group has soared by nearly 600 percent. No matter how you crunch the numbers, they show a dramatic rise in incarceration.  

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  A 17-Year-Old in Belgium Becomes the First Minor to Die With Doctors' Help 

A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to be helped to die in Belgium since age restrictions on euthanasia requests were eliminated two years ago. It’s a historic precedent that could influence suicide laws elsewhere. As of 2014, Belgium is the first and only country in the world that allows minors of any age to choose doctor-assisted death.

 

 World leaders to tackle global menace of drug resistance, superbugs 

Global health experts are so alarmed by the threat of superbugs that the United Nations will convene heads of state to tackle the health problem -- a step so extreme it's happened just three times before.

 

 Here’s Exactly How Exercise—Or Lack of It—Affects Aging Muscles 

Buried deep inside your muscle tissue may be the secret answer to your flagging energy, growing waist size, and declining health. Take action now.  It turns out that, like so much having to do with our health, the wealth of our mitochondria and the leanness of our muscle is inexorably bound to how much—or how little—we move.   CLICK ILLUSTRATION BELOW

 

        

           

 

 The new Red Scare? Russia ups role in world events, US elections 

The Cold War was supposed to have ended a quarter of a century ago. But Russia is commanding center stage in a presidential election for the first time in decades and President Vladimir Putin is being portrayed as a sinister puppeteer looming over the bitter contest between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

 

 Don't compare Trump to Hitler - it belittles Hitler 

As deplorable as his actions were, Hitler could not be knocked for not deeply believing in his racist theories. Trump, on the other hand, does not hold deep convictions, the author argued. "Hitler was a psychopath. Trump is just a con man. Hitler had some opinions, he had some plans. They were monstrous and evil, and reason enough for even an avowed atheist to consider the existence of Satan.

 

 Even the Government’s Smartest Lawyers Can’t Figure Out Religious Liberty 

Legal scholars have no idea how to resolve the government’s conflicting obligations to allow free religious exercise and protect minority groups from discrimination. “The conflict between religious liberty and nondiscrimination principles is profound,” wrote Commissioner Peter Kirsanow. “The passions involved may be fiercer than in any civil rights struggle since the 1960s.”

 

 The silencing of the seas: how our oceans are going quiet 

Despite appearances, the oceans are far from silent places. If you dunk your head underwater you’ll hear a cacophony of sounds from wildlife great and small, crashing waves, and even rain. And it’s louder still for creatures attuned to these sounds. However, humans are changing these ocean soundscapes. Our recent research showed that changes caused by people, from ocean acidification to pollution, are silencing the seas' natural noises.

 

 LARGER MARINE ANIMALS NOW IN GREATER DANGER OF GOING EXTINCT 

Species loss is accelerating both on land and sea, and a report issued last year found that the populations of the world's oceans have been cut in half in the past 45 years. Population shrinkage isn't the same as extinction, but with more and more animals disappearing from the oceans, it's only a matter of time before more species start disappearing too, especially when faced with other threats like warming waters and ocean acidification.

 

 1.5 billion birds missing from North American skies, ‘alarming’ report finds 

North American skies have grown quieter over the last decades by the absent songs of 1.5 billion birds, says the latest summary of bird populations. The survey by dozens of government, university and environmental agencies across North America has also listed 86 species of birds — including once-common and much-loved songbirds such as the evening grosbeak and Canada warbler — that are threatened by plummeting populations, habitat destruction and climate change. “The information on urgency is quite alarming."

 

 The Sixth Mass Extinction Will Be Like Nothing In Earth's History 

The sixth mass extinction—the one that seven billion humans are doing their darnedest to trigger at this very moment—is shaping up to be like nothing our planet has ever seen. “There is no past event that looks biologically like what’s happening today.”

 

           

 

 Scientists Have Bred Live Mice with No Need for Fertilized Eggs 

For the first time ever, scientists have produced live mice without a fertilized egg cell. The potentially revolutionary technique could one day allow gay men to produce biological offspring, or—even more radically—allow both men and women to self-fertilize.

 

 Groundbreaking fertilisation technique could allow gay couples to have babies with each other 

A new experiment defies nature and might one day let two males have babies with each other. The shocking new study overthrows the idea that it is only possible to produce children using an egg, and fertilising it with sperm. Instead, the research suggests that it might be possible to conceive children using skin cells.

 

 Healthy Offspring Created Without Female Egg 

For now, mammal males -- including men -- still need females for reproduction and vice versa because, even for this research, the parthenogenetic mice embryos were produced from eggs contributed by females, and females carried the pregnancies to term. Many unknowns still exist. It's not clear how sperm are able to be reprogrammed to allow for embryonic development with an egg cell, much less without one, as for the new process.

 

 Planned Parenthood’s Claim Abortion Is Only 3 Percent of Its Services - FACT:  One abortion every 97 seconds 

VIDEO: “To justify its half billion dollars in taxpayer funding, Planned Parenthood downplays abortion — falsely claiming that it only makes up three percent of its business — and instead plays up its cancer screenings and so-called ‘women’s health care.’” “However, Planned Parenthood’s own numbers prove it’s an abortion corporation, focused on abortion, not on women’s health care.”

 

           

 

 Embattled Christians push for homeland in Middle East 

Christians driven from their ancestral homelands and persecuted by Islamist terrorists are pressing for an autonomous region of their own if the dust of Middle East violence ever settles. “Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic and religious minorities have been slaughtered and driven from their homes by ISIL’s horrific genocide,” Fortenberry told advocacy groups at In Defense of Christians' national convention.

 

 GOD SAVE THE UNITED KINGDOM 

Nearly three months after Brexit, a new—and scary—Britain has emerged. Will it infect all of Europe? Or is it too late? Rather than satisfying or calming any xenophobic tendencies, the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, cast 11 weeks ago, has destroyed a lot of trust and good nature in a fairly successful multi-ethnic society.

 

 Surprising deep similarities found across thousands of languages 

A recent study, the largest of its type, looks set to unhinge a commonly held linguistic theory. According to the results, the sounds of the words we use are much less random than previously thought. "These sound symbolic patterns show up again and again across the world, independent of the geographical dispersal of humans and independent of language lineage. There does seem to be something about the human condition that leads to these patterns. We don't know what it is, but we know it's there."

 

   

 

 AMERICA - Has God blessed us until now? 

JPMorgan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon explains why Americans should be appreciative of the political and socio-economic hand the United States has been dealt compared to the rest of the world.

 

 America is losing its allure for foreign tech entrepreneurs 

The world’s entrepreneurs used to dream of coming to Silicon Valley because it was the innovation capital of the world and there were few opportunities elsewhere. This is no longer the case, as I learned during my recent trip to New Delhi. There are startup incubators sprouting up all over the country, and the quality of the startups is second only to those in Silicon Valley and China — which are running head to head.

 

 Is America at risk of following the path of failing nation-states? 

In the 15 years since 9/11, I've spent the bulk of my time as a journalist covering failed or failing states and countries in deep crisis. The root causes vary from war to economic collapse to popular revolution but the resulting conditions are familiar: fear, division, violence, and, over time, loss of hope. The places where I've reported most extensively on such instability won't surprise you: Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, the occupied territories, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Venezuela. US intelligence agencies rate these areas as among the most unstable in the world. So when I asked the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper at the Aspen Security Forum this summer if he saw any similar warning signs here at home, his answer surprised me: "I do worry," he said. Noting that the US intelligence community has metrics for measuring nations' stability, Clapper explained, "I guess if you apply that same measure against us, well, we are starting to exhibit some of them, too."

 

 U.S. Among Most Depressed Countries in the World 

Mental health issues cut the most years off of life in Asia and the U.S. The U.S. is one of the most depressed countries in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

 

 Fifteen years after 9/11, America in perpetual war 

The 9/11 attacks of 2001 forever changed America and upended its foreign and national security policy, leaving the country for the past 15 years in a war against jihadists — without ending the upheaval in the Middle East.

 

           

 

 CDC announces 4th superbug case in US patient 

Health officials have detected a potentially deadly superbug in a fourth US patient, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today. In July, scientists identified a strain of Escherichia coli that the antibiotic of last resort cannot treat in a Connecticut pediatric patient.

 

 Super-gonorrhoea is getting 'out of control' as attempts to halt the spread of the powerful STI strain are failing 

- The infection is spreading between gay men and not just heterosexuals
- So far there have been 17 cases of super-gonorrhoea reported in 2016
- Patients are treated for the STI with an injection known as ceftriaxone
- They are then given a pill called azithromycin - but experts believe the bug has developed a resistance to it

Efforts to curb the spread of a sexually transmitted ‘superbug’ aren’t working, new figures have revealed.

 

 Sexually transmitted diseases becoming antibiotic-resistant 

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued new guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis, in response to the increasing difficulty treating these bacterial infections.

 

 Global TB Epidemic - Hope?

Tuberculosis may be known as the “silent killer,” but for many people around the world, the disease and its devastating impact are all too real. Every year, about 1.5 million people die of tuberculosis and more than 9 million are infected. A full one-third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis, and resistance to current treatments is rising rapidly. In 2014 alone there were 480,000 cases of multi-drug resistant TB.

 

           

 

  Consequences of American Retreat from the Middle East

The American retreat from the Middle East signals weakness, and encourages an Iranian quest for regional hegemony that was bolstered by the P5+1 nuclear deal. The most dangerous consequence of current American foreign policy in the region is the likelihood of nuclear proliferation. Moreover, the current American approach allows for Russian encroachment in the region, which enhances the power of the radical axis led by Iran. It also opens the way for the ‘Finlandization’ of the Gulf and the Caspian basin by Iran. US weakness in the Middle East inevitably will have ripple effects in other parts of the globe.

 

 Eating three rashers of bacon a day raises the risk of dying from heart disease 

Eating three rashers of bacon a day could raise the risk of dying from heart disease by almost a quarter, a study has concluded. Review of previous research also concludes that it raises cancer mortality risk.

 

           

 

 Could Fighting Over Water Actually Cause WW III? 

WWIII is going to be fought over the scarcity of water if things don’t change soon, according to several authors, news articles, and a new study from NASA. “In the 20th century world water use has grown twice as fast as world population... Suddenly, we’re going to have to find to use the existing water uses in a far more productive manner.”

 

 Chicago’s Descent into Lawlessness 

Thirteen people were shot to death in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, bringing the city’s gun-homicide total to 512 since the beginning of the year. Already, the city has exceeded last year’s gun-homicide total (491), and it is on pace to see its deadliest year since 1998 (704 dead). Meanwhile, August was the city’s deadliest month since June 1996; 90 people were gunned down — and another 382 shot non-fatally, a rate of one shooting every 95 minutes. With the violence that generally has been confined to the gang-ridden South and West Sides of the city reaching the central business district, it is not an exaggeration to say that Chicago is experiencing a crisis of law and order. And it is a crisis that is almost entirely self-inflicted.

 

           

 

 Record-tying Oklahoma earthquake felt as far away as Arizona  

A record-tying earthquake in the edge of Oklahoma's key energy-producing areas rattled the Midwest from Nebraska to North Texas on Saturday, and likely will bring fresh attention to the practice of disposing oil and gas field wastewater deep underground. An increase in magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma has been linked to underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production.

 

 A Freak Earthquake Just Rattled the US Midwest 

This earthquake is similar to one that struck the region five years ago, but quakes of this magnitude are exceptionally rare. Oklahoma has experienced many quakes in recent years, but the vast majority have been under 4.0. This is already the second 5.0+ quake to hit the region this year. Back in January, a swarm of 32 quakes struck northwest Oklahoma in a 24-hour period.

 

       

 

 How To Be At War Forever 

If you were the government and wanted to maintain a state of perpetual war, how would you go about it? First, you'd need an enemy, of course, but that part would be pretty straightforward. After all, if the US government could convince the citizenry that Iraq was the 9/11 enemy but that Saudi Arabia was our friend when nineteen out of the twenty 9/11 hijackers were Saudi, it's fair to say that just about anything is possible. But the next part would be harder. On the one hand, you'd have to claim progress in the war so that the citizenry would maintain its support for the war. On the other hand, you couldn't actually defeat the enemy, lest the war end...

 

 Scientists Recreated One of Our Deadliest Plagues to Understand Its Evolution 

The bacterium behind the infamous Black Death plague recently resurfaced. The remains of centuries-old victims have allowed scientists to investigate the disease, as if it were frozen in time.

 

  Gonorrhea and other STDs are becoming untreatable

The World Health Organization is urging countries to change how they cure Gonorrhea as traditional means of treatment are quickly becoming ineffective. Health officials warn that sexually transmitted infections around the world have developed a strong resistance to the drugs we use to treat them. "These STIs often go undiagnosed and are becoming more difficult to treat, with some antibiotics now failing as a result of misuse and overuse," said the WHO.

 

 

 A Newly Discovered “Bizarre” Virus is Breaking the Rules of Infection 

A new type of virus has been identified, and it’s so weird, it’s challenging long-held notions of what it takes for a virus to infect and proliferate in an animal host. A multicomponent virus is divided into a number of different pieces. In this respect, each one is packaged separately into a viral particle. One particle of each type is needed for cell infection. And there's a new one impacting animals.

 

 892 Hate Groups are currently operating in the US. Track them with this Hate Map 

All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. This list was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports. Groups that appear in the center of states represent statewide groups.

 

             

 

 Americans say science is why they've given up religion 

If you believe in science, does this mean you can't believe in God? Or is it that science makes it difficult to believe in religion? Stephen Hawking has already assured us that there is no God at all. He hasn't, though, managed to convince everyone. Still, many Americans seem to be trending toward the godless quadrant. But why? A new Pew survey offers some believable pointers. Pew's latest study is an offshoot of its 2014 Religious Landscape Survey, in which it found that 78 percent of those with no religion were raised with one, but have since shed their religious identity.

 

  A famous physicist thinks science will never be able to crack this fundamental mystery of the human mind

Some mind-ponderers, notably philosopher Colin McGinn, argue that consciousness is unsolvable. The chemist Ash Jogalekar: "I think consciousness will remain a mystery. Yes, that's what I tend to believe. I tend to think that the workings of the conscious brain will be elucidated to a large extent. Biologists and perhaps physicists will understand much better how the brain works. But why something that we call consciousness goes with those workings, I think that will remain mysterious."

 

                                      

 

 NOW MIGHT BE A GOOD TIME TO GO KOSHER 

WARMER WATERS ARE SPURRING THE GROWTH OF A DEADLY BACTERIA FOUND IN SHELLFISH. The centuries-old kosher ban on shellfish has new appeal in light of recent research. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that vibrio, a deadly bacteria sometimes found in oysters, is becoming more abundant as oceans warm.

 

 Extinct smallpox virus could be resurrected by global warming 

As the Arctic's permafrost continues to thaw due to global warming, all sorts of ancient afflictions, once trapped by the cold, threaten to re-emerge. For instance, scientists have already discovered viruses in melting layers of frozen soil that were believed to have been extinct for tens of thousands of years. So far, none of these ancient viruses have proven to be contagious for humans. But scientists now fear that melting permafrost threatens to re-animate a more recent scourge, one that scientists thought had been eradicated: smallpox.

 

  Deadly Bacteria Spread across Oceans

Cholera bacteria and others arise in more places and in greater abundance. Deadly bacteria are spreading through the oceans as waters warm up, and are increasing infection risks, according to a new study. “Such increases are associated with an unprecedented occurrence of environmentally acquiredVibrio infections in the human population of Northern Europe and the Atlantic coast of the United States in recent years,” researchers wrote in the study.

 

 Climate Threat: Thawing Tundra Releases Infected Corpses 

Yards and yards of clear plastic sheeting line the cellar floor, dwarfing the corpse: headless, frail, supine. The young bony arms — covered in fine black powder from centuries of immobility in the frozen tundra — are crossed at rest, reminiscent of a ceremonial burial. Several dozen scientists stand around the body, murmuring in Russian and English about the find of the day. How long do you think it was buried? Do you think it’s male or female? How did they get it back to camp? And the pervasive thought: I don’t think we should touch it. He could have died of smallpox. Smallpox was a vicious disease before its eradication in the 1970s, but the virus is hardy and can survive long-term storage. One such storage unit is the tundra of the high northern latitudes that preserves an unknown number of bodies that could have died from smallpox. Global warming is now rapidly thawing this freezer, increasing the chance that someone could come into contact with a smallpox-infested body, thereby reintroducing the disease. Smallpox rivals malaria as the most deadly infectious disease ever to affect humans.

 

       

 

  Joel Osteen’s Fake, Heretical ‘Christianity’ Isn’t Any Better Than Atheism

If you don’t pay attention to where you’re going on the internet, you may accidentally expose yourself to some terribly objectionable content ... In Osteen’s case, I saw that he sends out one or two tweets a day, and almost none of them mention anything about Jesus or Scripture. If you listen closely to all the self-help mumbo jumbo spewed by these heretics, you may notice the glaring absence of certain crucial terms; terms that any pastor ought to be shouting proudly and with great regularity. For one thing, you won’t hear ”Christ.” Neither will you hear “sin.” Or redemption, sacrifice, atonement, repentance, Bible, etc.

 

              

 

 Satanic Temple's "After School Satan" program aims for elementary students 

The Satanic Temple is seeking to place its newly created after-school program called "After School Satan" in places of education across the country, and a Los Angeles-area elementary school is one of its early targets. The Satanic Temple this weekend unveiled plans for a network of after-school programs that focus not on worship of the Devil, but "critical reasoning, independent-thinking, fun, and free thought," according to the Satanic Temple's website. The group says it hopes to counter the influence of Christian after-school programs, such as Good News Clubs, that have popped up at schools in the wake of a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for religious organizations to establish after-school activities at public school facilities.

 

 Pope to Young on Poland Trip: Believe 'In a New Humanity' 

Pope Francis told young people who flocked by the hundreds of thousands to his words Sunday that they need to "believe in a new humanity" stronger than evil, and cautioned against concluding that one religion is more violent than others. Flying back to Rome Sunday night from Krakow, he was asked by reporters why he has never used the word "Islam" when denouncing terrorist attacks. Francis said he thinks "it's not right to identify Islam with violence." "People may judge you to be dreamers, because you believe in a new humanity, one that rejects hatred between peoples, one that refuses to see borders as barriers and can cherish its own traditions without being self-centered or small-minded," Francis told his flock.

 

 ISIS Jihadists, Mass Shooters: What’s Happening to the World? 

Every morning, it seems, we wake to new madness. Somewhere in the world, and sometimes close to home, someone has been slaughtered in what looks like an epidemic of terror. Often, it is related to Islamic extremism, but in many cases it is not. A man in Japan stabbed to death 19 residents of a nursing home because, he said, the world should be rid of invalids. Before that, there was a new nightclub shooting in Florida, a suicide bomber in Bavaria, a random slaughter at a McDonald’s in Munich, and a man rampaging with an axe in a German train. In Louisiana, meanwhile, a killer gunned down cops in the street. And add to that the massive carnage wrought by suicide bombings in Afghanistan and Iraq—all of it in just the last 10 days.

 

           

 

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 Polish Experts: ‘Europe is at The End of its Existence. Western Europe is Practically Dead’ 

Speaking to Polish television, a former member of Poland’s counter-terror police and an academic expert on information warfare and terrorism have articulated their concern about the intellectual and spiritual collapse of European civilisation, remarking it is “at the end of its existence”. Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBS) officer Jacek Wrona and military history academic Dr. Rafał Brzeski were guests on the Polish TVP Info programme discussing the Munich shooting in which nine were killed, and were forced to conclude it was a symptom of the end of European Civilisation. Information warfare expert Dr. Brzeski rejected the suggestion in German media that the Munich killer — an 18 year old Muslim — was mad, pointing out the killing had “an element of planning”, reports wPolityce.

 

 12 signs America is on the decline

When it comes to a few key indicators, Ireland, the UK, Canada and even Albania and Greece are surpassing America. America is declining, in large and important measures, yet policymakers aren’t paying attention. So argues a new academic paper, pulling together previously published data.

Consider this:
 - America’s child poverty levels are worse than in any developed country anywhere, including Greece, devastated by a euro crisis, and eastern European nations such as Poland, Lithuania and Estonia.
 - Median adult wealth in the US ($39,000) is 27th globally, putting it behind Cyprus, Taiwan, and Ireland.
 - Even when “life satisfaction” is measured, America ranks #12, behind Israel, Sweden and Australia.
 - Overall, America’s per capita wealth, health and education measures are mediocre for a highly industrialized nation. Well-being metrics, perceptions of corruption, quality and cost of basic services, are sliding, too. Healthcare and education spending are funding bloated administrations even while human outcomes sink, the authors say.

 

                       

 

 TERRORISM, MIGRANTS, AND CRIPPLING DEBT: IS THIS THE END OF EUROPE?

... Europe is beset by so many crises that it can be hard to remember them all. In rough order of prominence, they are: homegrown terrorism, the largest migration of people since World War II, sovereign debt, doubts about the euro’s viability, the rise of extreme right-wing parties such as France’s National Front, Russia’s menace to its western neighbors, growing Euro-skepticism (especially in Britain, which [voted] to leave the European Union), the election of hard-line governments in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Catalan independence movement. Many of these are related—the sovereign-debt crises and doubts about the euro, for example—but they have combined over the last two years into a perfect storm which, with the notable exception of Germany’s Angela Merkel, has shown Europe’s leadership to be wanting in both speed and imagination...

 

 The decline of US power?

Standing on the Washington Mall at the turn of the new millennium, it was impossible not to be struck by America's power and global pre-eminence. Victory in the Cold War made it the hegemon in a unipolar world. Few argued when the 20th Century was dubbed the "American Century", a term first coined in the early 1940s when the country was still overcoming its isolationist instincts. Even the New Year's fireworks, which illuminated the obelisk of the Washington Monument in a way that made it resemble a giant number one, projected the country's supremacy as the world's sole superpower. Over the past 15 years, America's fortunes have changed with dizzying speed. First came the tremors: the dot-com bust and a disputed presidential election in 2000. Then came the massive convulsions: the destruction of the Twin Towers in 2001 and the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have exacted an enormous blood price - the lives of 6,852 American military personnel - not to mention immense financial expense, estimated to be as high as $6 trillion (£3.9tn).

 

 Bin Laden's son threatens revenge for father's assassination

The son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has threatened revenge against the United States for assassinating his father, according to an audio message posted online. Hamza bin Laden promised to continue the global militant group's fight against the United States and its allies in the 21-minute speech entitled "We Are All Osama," according to the SITE Intelligence Group. "We will continue striking you and targeting you in your country and abroad in response to your oppression of the people of Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Muslim lands that did not survive your oppression," Hamza said. "As for the revenge by the Islamic nation for Sheikh Osama, may Allah have mercy on him, it is not revenge for Osama the person but it is revenge for those who defended Islam..."

 

           

 

 A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness

Several years ago, a 44-year-old Frenchman went to the hospital complaining of mild weakness in his left leg. It was discovered then that his skull was filled largely by fluid, leaving just a thin perimeter of actual brain tissue. “Any theory of consciousness has to be able to explain why a person like that, who’s missing 90% of his neurons, still exhibits normal behavior,” says Cleeremans. A theory of consciousness that depends on “specific neuroanatomical features” (the physical make-up of the brain) would have trouble explaining such cases...

 

The Spirit in Man
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Now Adam, the first created human, was created with a spirit in him. The spirit was not a "soul." The breathing physical man was the soul (Gen. 2:7). The spirit in him did not impart life to him. His breathing was the breath of life. "The blood thereof is the life thereof." So says God. Adam was made to need KNOWLEDGE that no animal can know. He was made to need three kinds of knowledge: I) knowledge for contact and relationship with God, 2) knowledge to have relationship to other people and 3) knowledge to deal with things - matter. Adam was created with a human spirit by which of himself he could acquire knowledge to deal with things. Man has acquired by himself knowledge to build houses, make and operate automobiles, airplanes, computers. Yet in 6,000 years man has never learned how to get along with fellowman. Husband and wife clash and divorce. Parents can't understand and properly train children. Children too often resent parents. Family can't live happily with next-door neighbor. Management and labor clash, races of people clash, nations war against one another. And man has not learned - and doesn't seem to want to know - how to have a close association with his Maker. WHY? Because man was made with one spirit, unlike animals, but he was made to need another Spirit - the Holy Spirit of GOD. The Creator freely offered His Spirit, which also begets eternal LIFE, to Adam. But Adam rejected the Spirit of God (tree of LIFE) and took TO HIMSELF the knowledge of good and evil. He decided to acquire and produce by himself his own knowledge. Adam's mind, as a result, was The GOOD NEWS October / November 1981 only HALF COMPLETE. He was not mentally "all there"! But, LIMITED to physical knowledge of the materialistic - knowledge that could come into his brain by sight, hearing, tasting, smelling, feeling - he still had a MIND that could think, reason, calculate, make decisions. What an animal does is automatic by instinct. What a human does is by THOUGHT - by REASON - by DECISION!"
GOOD NEWS October/November 1980 p3

 

 JUDAH’S END BEGINS THE TRIBULATION!

Whether you like to think so or not, the little nation of Judah has been very important to the World since they split off from Israel in 930 B.C.

     1. The royal family from King David in ancient Israel times still exists today. Many would be shocked to learn that the Queen of England is a direct descendant of King David and that is easily provable. She and every monarch ever crowned are crowned sitting on the stone of scone (King David was anointed king over that very stone, as has every successive king or queen throughout Israel’s history) and ancient rituals and even mentioning the priests of Zadok during the Coronation ceremony always happens. Queen Elizabeth II knows who and what she represents, and you can safely bet that Prince Charles and Prince William have been wised up to these facts too.
     2. Jesus Christ, our Messiah was born to a Jewish family, and upon His return to earth He will rule Israel as the King of Kings for the duration of the 1000 year millennium.
     3. The Jews have the highest average IQ’s known to man. They breed deliberately to enhance their IQ genetics, knowing the value of it and yet never talk about it. The results are witnessed all over the world, with all their IT inventions; inventions benefiting sciences in many fields. Today’s Israel or the Jews worldwide possess more Nobel peace prizes and intellectual honours than any other race on earth by far.
     4. Judah (Israel as she is now labelled) is the equivalent of a huge land based aircraft carrier in a sea of belligerent covetous Islamic Arabs. They, by staying strong, can hold this seething cauldron of hatred at bay and introduce a measure of stability to the whole area. Woe betides the World if they were to become non-existent. Wars, civil wars and terrorism would then become unrestrained. There would always be blood -shed in one form or another, blackmail and intrigue cast at every nation on earth, as well as amongst themselves. You can see that with the way this current Muslim invasion is progressing, wherever they put their feet (Isaiah 1:7)...

 

 

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