2 Jan 2018

NASA-inspired “speed breeding” boosts wheat production threefold
Researchers are now reporting an advance in a NASA-inspired field known as “speed breeding” that relies on intense lighting regimes to raise crops several times faster, and boost their health at the same time.

Iran’s leader says enemies have stirred unrest in country
Iran’s Supreme Leader on Tuesday accused enemies of the Islamic Republic of stirring unrest across the country as a crackdown intensified against anti-government demonstrations… Police have arrested more than 450 protesters in the capital Tehran over the past three days… Protesters also attacked police stations elsewhere in Iran late into the night on Monday, news agency and social media reports said.

Nigerians killed in New Year attack on Rivers church
At least 16 people have been killed by gunmen in southern Nigeria after a New Year’s Day church service, police say. The group had attended a midnight service before they were ambushed in the early hours of Monday, police told the BBC. The incident, which happened in the oil-rich region of Rivers state, has been linked to growing tensions between rival gangs, local reports say.

IDF retaliates to rocket launched at Eshkol
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open land near a community in the Eshkol Regional Council, catching nearby residents by surprise as no alarm was sounded to warn them ahead of time. Israel Air Force aircrafts attacked a Hamas military compound in the southern Gaza Strip in retaliation.

Trump says U.S. has gotten ‘nothing’ from Pakistan aid
…“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.”

Right-wing coalition passes law allowing Jerusalem to be divided
A law ostensibly meant to make it harder to cede parts of Jerusalem to a foreign entity, which has a glaring loophole that allows Jerusalem to be divided, passed in a final vote in the Knesset overnight Monday. The amendment to Basic Law: Jerusalem, requiring a vote of 80 MKs out of 120 to give parts of the capital away, was proposed by Bayit Yehudi faction chairwoman Shuli Moalem-Refaeli with enthusiastic backing from her party leader Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

Western Wall Prayers for Rain Answered
Prayers for rain offered up by thousands of Jews at the Western Wall on Thursday had an effect as desperately needed rain fell, raising the level of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) one centimeter. Israel has suffered five dry years in a row, causing the worst drought in 40 years. The country has received just 45 percent of its multiyear average rainfall for September through November, and with only two light rainfalls in December. This dire situation has led to emergency measures, both spiritual and physical. At the behest of Chief Rabbi David Lau three weeks ago, Jews and Christians around the world began adding special prayers for rain.

US Intelligence Reportedly Gives Israel Green Light To Assassinate Iran’s Top General
According to reports circulating widely in Israeli media today, the United States has quietly given Israel the green light to assassinate Iran’s top military officer, Iranian Revolutionary Guards al-Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The leader of Iran’s most elite force also coordinates military activity between the Islamic Republic and Syria, Iraq, Hezbollah, and Hamas – a position he’s filled since 1998 – and as Quds Force commander reports directly to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, and oversees Iran’s covert operations in foreign countries.

Malfunctioning Chinese Space Station Expected To Crash To Earth In March
An out-of-control Chinese space station which has lost communication with Earth is expected to come crashing down to Earth sometime in March – only nobody knows exactly where or when the derelict spacecraft will hit, except that it will be between the 43rd parallels. While most of the space station should burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere, thousands of pounds of debris is expected to survive reentry, with a 1-in-10,000 chance of hitting a populated area.

Mattis: “War Is Not Over” In Iraq And Syria
Declarations of victory over ISIS by both Iraq and Syria, along with Russia, are not having an impact on US military policy in the region, according to Defense Secretary James Mattis, who insisted on Friday that “the war is not over.” Which isn’t to say that the US is determined to keep fighting a war against ISIS, as such, but rather that there’s definitely going to be a war against somebody in those countries. Mattis in particular has been keen to talk up the idea of an “ISIS 2.0” emerging in areas ISIS has been expelled from.

Remnant TV video production of Trump’s Christmas message has gone viral
This is awesomely inspiring. Gave me goosebumps viewing it. It has received over one-half million views so far. It is much more than the simple version previously posted on LifeSite. Pass it on. The Christmas season is still not over by any means.

Iran Protests Turn Deadly: Photos, Video Show Demonstrators Risking Lives to Oppose Extremist Regime
Protesters have been increasingly met with state-sponsored violence in Iran as they take to the streets to voice their opposition to the country’s hard-line Islamic government and its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The bloody demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have seen six days of unrest across the country. The number of people killed has now risen to at least 21 after more violence against the extremist government on Monday night.

US Government Preparing for “Black Sky” Doomsday Scenario
An exercise designed to prepare the US for a high-tech end-of-days scenario has just ended in preparation for a threat that is growing as America’s enemies focus on these attacks that could cripple America. Government efforts in this area are increasing and as one expert put it, “It is not a matter of ‘if, but a matter of ‘when’”.

‘Same big pharma that hooked people on opioids now profits again from addicts’ switch to heroin’
The same pharma companies that profited from the opioid epidemic in the US by hooking patients on their drugs are profiting again as their victims migrate to heroin and participate in needle exchange programs, an attorney told RT.

Prophecy 2018—History and Prophecy on a Collision Course
This is the tenth message in a series which began with an article entitled, “Prophecy 2008..” While many of the changes in our world have been negative, such as the same sex marriage ruling of “Obergefell v. Hodges,” and the many destructive policies of the Obama administration, the rest of the world hasn’t done much better than America.

44 Numbers From 2017 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
…As 2018 begins, I think that it would be good to look back and remember some of the most important things that happened over the past 12 months.  The following are 44 numbers from 2017 that are almost too crazy to believe… #1 During Donald Trump’s first year, ISIS lost 98 percent of the territory that it gained while Barack Obama was in the White House.

Zmirak: Pope Francis Should Repent or Else Resign
In his 2018 wish list, John Zmirak, Senior Editor of The Stream and author of the new Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism, writes that he hopes Pope Francis “repents or else resigns” this year.

Pope prays for Muslim terrorists after yet another Christian slaughter, says he hopes G-d will ‘convert their hearts’ 
Pope Francis prayed for comfort for the victims of the Islamic States’ Friday attack on an Egyptian church and for terrorists’ conversions, in his penultimate 2017 address.

Undeniable Proof That the UN Is Here to Take Our Guns
I certainly do not have a crystal ball, but I am an historical expert on how tyranny comes to power. I have studied the emergence of every tyrannical government in the 20th Century and they ALL have certain things in common.

THE TRUMP EFFECT: Twenty-three new bills have been introduced in 18 state legislatures this year to ban the practice of Islamic law 
Twenty-three new bills have been introduced in 18 state legislatures this year to ban the practice of Islamic law – critics say the aim is to spread fear about Muslims. Anti-sharia legislation is spreading in state legislatures across the US, as Donald Trump’s hostile stance towards Muslims appears to be emboldening rightwing Islamophobes critics of the Islamization of America.