17 Aug 2017

Remote-controlled rodents? Brain magnets make mice move on command
Along with improving memory and learning, it’s been used to guide people through virtual mazes they’d never seen before and could even allow for brain-to-brain messaging. Another technique, called optogenetics, uses light pulses to interact with neurons that have been genetically engineered to react to light.

Stunner! Eclipse aligns with biblical day of repentance
For centuries, one particular day has signified repentance for God’s people. It had deep meaning for Jonah, Moses and Jesus Christ. And this year, Aug. 21 – the first of Elul on the biblical calendar – contains a critical message for American Christians, as it will be the date of a total solar eclipse that will traverse the entire United States.

UK ‘Progressive Christian’ Festival to Include Muslim Group Teaching Sufi Worship Chants
A “progressive Christian” festival in the UK has added a Muslim platform to its upcoming event in an effort to eradicate negative stereotypes against those of the Islamic faith. The event will include a group that will teach attendees universal Sufi chants, as well as others who seek to combat “Islamophobia” in the world.

First they came for our statues…
Whether destroying statues of Robert E. Lee or Abraham Lincoln – those who try to erase the past are eerily reminiscent of UNESCO denying the Jewish roots on the Temple Mount.

Media plead ignorance of the ‘alt-left’
Members of the national media are disputing President Trump’s decision to blame the “alt-left” for engaging in acts of violence, and many say there is no such thing even though the term has been used for months.

FBI ‘Reopens’ FOIA Case On Lynch-Clinton Tarmac Meeting After Getting Caught In Lie
The letter quite simply stated there were “no records responsive to your request.” Of course, since the DOJ has subsequently provided numerous documents which include email traffic with various FBI officials we now know that the FBI’s original response was either (i) just a simple reflection of their complete incompetence (best case) or (ii) an outright lie (worst case).

Court freezes law that retroactively legalized unauthorized settler homes
The High Court of Justice has temporarily frozen the Settlements Law, which retroactively legalizes settler homes illegally built on private Palestinian property. Earlier this month Attorney General Avihai Mandelblitt had asked for a permanent injunction until completion of the adjudication process.

Israel’s Government Press Office revokes Al Jazeera press card
The Government Press Organization invalidated the press credentials of an Al Jazeera reporter on Wednesday, after he said his journalism was part of the Palestinian “resistance.” Communications Minister Ayoub Kara sent the information about Elias Karam, a senior reporter at Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem bureau, to the GPO as part of Kara’s efforts to shut down the Qatari-owned cable news channel in Israel.

Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in busiest day
Spain’s coastguard says it has rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24-hour period amid a spike in the number of migrant arrivals. The rescued migrants were in 15 vessels including toy paddleboats and a jet ski and included 35 children and a baby. The UN says more than 9,000 people have arrived in Spain so far this year – three times as many as the previous year.

Saudi border to open for Qatari pilgrims attending Hajj
Saudi Arabia will open its border with Qatar to allow Muslim pilgrims to attend the annual Hajj in Mecca beginning this month, state media say. The announcement came after the first high-level meeting between the neighbours since Saudi Arabia and three other states cut all links in June. They accuse Qatar of aiding terrorists – a charge the emirate denies.

Special counsel’s Russia probe loses top FBI investigator
One of the FBI’s top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News. The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead.

U.S. Begins Nafta Negotiations With Harsh Words
The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is off to a rocky start. The Trump administration lectured Canada and Mexico on the failures of the current agreement at an opening news conference Wednesday morning, while behind closed doors negotiators began to seek significant concessions from America’s neighbors.

Assad’s march east compounds West’s Syria dilemma
Syria’s war has entered a new phase as President Bashar al-Assad extends his grip in areas being captured from Islamic State, using firepower freed by Russian-backed truces in western Syria. Backed by Russia and Iran, the government hopes to steal a march on U.S.-backed militias in the attack on Islamic State’s last major Syrian stronghold, the Deir al-Zor region that extends to the Iraqi border.

Study Finds Higher Min. Wages Bring Crushing Job Losses For Female And Minority Workers
“On average, females are affected more adversely than males. Similar overall effects by race, with a $1 increase in the minimum wage reducing the share in automatable jobs by 0.57 percentage point for whites and 0.72 percentage point for blacks.”

“No One Gave Peace A Chance, Including The Police” – John Whitehead Warns “We’re Walking A Dangerous Road”
“The madness is spreading…”

Ninth Circuit Gives Dave Daleiden a Win in University of Washington Baby Body Parts Investigation
A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel gave pro-life activist Dave Daleiden a victory Monday after he was barred by a lower court from releasing information about the University of Washington’s purchase of baby body parts for research.

Here’s a Look at Gov’t Efforts to Advance Transgender Identity
With the growing visibility of transgender identity, in recent years there has been an increased effort by some government entities to advance goals for the transgender community.

Time to deport the parents of terrorists to Gaza’
Tova Salomon reacted to the news that the IDF had destroyed the home of Halamish attacker Omar al-Abed with mixed feelings. “He can rebuild his home one day. My home can never be rebuilt,” she told Channel 2.  Salomon, whose husband, son, and daughter were killed in a deadly Friday night terror attack in Halamish, visited the scene of the attack to collect things she had left behind. She has sworn never to set foot inside that house again after the massacre that unfolded there.

Israel event at Queens Museum cancelled following Palestinian pressure
The Queens Museum, which had agreed earlier this summer to host a reenactment of the UN’s 1947 vote on the partition of Palestine, scheduled for November 29, has informed the Israeli Mission to the UN that it will not do so after all.