2 Dec 2017

Warm rock rising deep beneath New England, seismic study reveals
Deep beneath New England, a giant mass of warm rock is slowly but steadily rising toward the surface. The revelation undermines some of what scientists thought they understand about plate tectonics and the geology of the mantle. “The upwelling we detected is like a hot air balloon, and we infer that something is rising up through the deeper part of our planet under New England,” researcher Vadim Levin, a geophysicist and professor at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, said in a news release.

Chinese Researchers Experiment With Anti-Gay Spray
On the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry website, the study states the objective of the trial: “the feature of brain activity and social gender cognition in male homosexuals, and how oxytocin affects them.” In pursuit of these objectives, 20 volunteers were chosen at random. Among other things, the volunteers had to be right-handed, aged 18-40, and have “complete male homosexuality.”

White House Notifies US Embassies Around the World of Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
The Trump administration has notified U.S. embassies around the world that it plans to formally recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, according to a report published Thursday by The Wall Street Journal. The plan includes the future relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

DOJ files arrest warrant for illegal immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle case
The Department of Justice unsealed an arrest warrant Friday for Jose Inez Garcia Zarate on Friday, the illegal immigrant acquitted this week in Kate Steinle’s murder trial. Zarate was found not guilty of murdering Steinle on a pier in San Francisco in July 2015. Steinle was walking with her father and a family friend when she was shot, collapsing into her father’s arms. Zarate had been released from a San Francisco jail about three months before the shooting, despite a request by federal immigration authorities to detain him for deportation. The case sparked a national debate over illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.

Why Flynn’s plea is a dead end for ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy
In the Statement of Offense signed by Flynn at his court appearance on Friday, he admitted to acting on instructions from a senior “Presidential Transition Team” (PTT) official, prompting breathless speculation if that was Trump himself, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, or someone else altogether. The one question nobody seems to be asking is, “So what?”

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies push for unity against Iran, Hezbollah
Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shi’ite ally Hezbollah at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, calling for a united front to counter Iranian interference. Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Islamist Iran over Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s surprise resignation, and an escalation in Yemen’s conflict.

Inside The Prospective Israel-Saudi Arabia Rapprochement
Now, after years of animosity, Israel’s relationship with the Saudis appears to be warming, with the countries allied in the struggle against a common enemy, Iran. Israel and Saudi Arabia have also reportedly been holding talks to establish economic ties. And in September, MBS was reported to have made a secret visit to Israel. According to several Israeli sources, the prince’s two-day trip was geared towards strengthening the growing partnership between Riyadh and Jerusalem.

Republicans push nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill through Senate after late-night negotiations
Republicans pushed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill through the Senate early Saturday after a burst of eleventh-hour horse trading, as a party starved all year for a major legislative triumph took a giant step toward giving President Donald Trump one of his top priorities by Christmas.

Airstrike on Iranian base in Syria raises questions
In the early hours of December 2 reports claimed that a base or ammunition warehouse south of Damascus had been hit by missiles from an airstrike. Foreign media has alleged that Israel was behind that strike. However, unlike previous airstrikes on Syria, some of which Israel has taken credit for, this one was conducted against a site that was well known. It raises questions as to the timing of the attack and what it was meant to achieve.

Dead Sea Scrolls do not belong to Israel, Germany says
Uwe Becker, the deputy mayor of Frankfurt, expressed outrage…over the German government’s decision not to recognize the Dead Sea Scrolls as Israeli property, prompting the cancellation of a slated 2019 exhibit at the Bible Museum in Frankfurt. “If Germany is unwilling to clearly express the legal status of the fragments of Qumran as Israeli world cultural heritage goods, it would dramatically change the coordinates in our German-Israeli relations.

151 UN states vote to disavow Israeli ties to Jerusalem
The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to disavow Israeli ties to Jerusalem as part of six anti-Israel resolutions it approved on Thursday in New York. The vote was 151 in favor and six against, with nine abstentions. The resolution came as the Trump Administration was rumored to be actively considering relocating its embassy to Jerusalem.

Honduras election: Army given more powers to quash unrest
Honduras has given its army and police more powers to contain unrest following violent protests over last Sunday’s disputed presidential election. Government official Ebal Diaz said “constitutional guarantees” had been suspended and a curfew imposed. Earlier, the publication of election results was delayed when the main opposition candidate demanded more than 5,000 ballot boxes be recounted.

Supermoon 2017: Everything You Need to Know About December’s Full Cold Moon
You have probably heard that this Sunday’s full moon will bring the biggest and brightest of the year so far. December 3rd’s Full Cold Moon will be the only supermoon of 2017…For budding astronomers living in the mainland United States, the supermoon will rise at 4:29 p.m. local time in San Francisco and 5:26 p.m. in New York City…in the mainland United States, the supermoon will rise at 4:29 p.m. local time in San Francisco and 5:26 p.m. in New York City.

Anglican Minister Urges Prayers for Prince George to Be Gay
A prominent Anglican cleric and gay rights campaigner known for contentious gestures has urged believers to pray for Prince George — age 4, and third in line to the throne — to find the love “of a fine young gentleman” when he grows up so as to advance the cause of same-sex marriage in church.

Senior Hamas delegation covertly leaves for Egypt
Hamas’s leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar and deputy commander of the organization’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades military wing Marwan Issa left the strip covertly for Egypt Friday. The Lebanese Al Mayadeen news channel…reported the pair headed south to discuss a possible prisoner swap deal with Israel, but an official announcement made by Hamas Friday claimed the Sinwar-led delegation’s aim was to discuss intra-Palestinian reconciliation with Fatah.

Flynn pleads guilty to lying on Russia, cooperates with U.S. probe
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia, and he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors delving into the actions of President Donald Trump’s inner circle before he took office. The dramatic turn of events also raised new questions about whether Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had a role in those Russia contacts.