21 Feb 2018

Billy Graham, ‘America’s Pastor’ And Noted Evangelist, Dead At 99
Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who became known as “America’s Pastor,” has died at the age of 99, The Associated Press reported. Graham died at his home Wednesday morning from natural causes, a family spokesman told ABC News.

The Power to Upgrade Our Own Biology Is in Sight—But Is Society Ready for Human Enhancement?
In recent decades, we have developed a wide array of powerful methods, such as genetic engineering and brain-machine interfaces, that are redefining our humanity. In the short run, such enhancement technologies have medical applications and may be used to treat many diseases and disabilities. Additionally, in the coming decades, they could allow us to boost our physical abilities or even digitize human consciousness.

Nikki Haley dresses down Mahmoud Abbas
Apparently still under the impression Obama was in charge, a Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, recently demanded that U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley “needs to shut up and realize the Palestinian leadership is not the problem.” Oh, but it is, she made clear. Her statement Tuesday followed a demand from Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas for a peace conference later this year. He then left, before Haley spoke. “I will not shut up rather I will respectfully speak some hard truths,” Haley said. Her comments, she said, were addressed to Abbas even though he had fled. “Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk,” she told Abbas. “But we will not chase after you.

Feds face new demands to probe Hillary Clinton
Two new lawsuits have been filed demanding answers from the “deep state bureaucracy” to questions about what went on under the Obama administration. The lawsuits, one against the FBI and the Department of Justice, and another against the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of State, the FBI and the Treasury Department, were filed by the public interest American Center for Law and Justice.

In Unexpected Twist, Judge In Flynn Case Asks Mueller For “Exculpatory Evidence”
The federal judge assigned to the criminal case against Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to turn over any “exculpatory evidence” to Flynn’s defense team. Oddly, however, Flynn’s legal team did not make this request. Instead, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued the order “sua sponte,” or at his discretion, invoking the “Brady Rule”

Trump team briefs Security Council on Mideast peace plan
US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace team briefed members of the UN Security Council on their plan to jumpstart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday. Two sources…told The Jerusalem Post that Jared Kushner…, Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, and Nikki Haley, US envoy to the UN, fielded questions from diplomats for roughly an hour after a public session of the council concluded.

Conflicting interests: Iran confronts Turkey in Syria’s Afrin region
On Monday night, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan phoned Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. Sources fed local rosy statements to media about “cooperation in the fight against terrorist elements” and Rouhani said the two leaders discussed “plots to disintegrate regional states.” But behind the scenes Iran is quietly opposing Turkey’s operation in the mostly Kurdish Afrin region in northwest Syria.

Pro-Brexit Tory MPs set out demands in letter to Theresa May
More than 60 Brexit-supporting Tory MPs have written to Theresa May to insist the UK make a clean break with the EU. The MPs say the UK must not be stopped from negotiating trade deals with other countries, once it leaves the EU, and must gain full “regulatory autonomy”. The letter was sent by the European Research Group of Tory backbenchers, headed by Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Venezuela launches oil cryptocurrency
Venezuela has launched a cryptocurrency in an attempt to bypass tough economic sanctions imposed by the US government. The “Petro” is intended to bolster the country’s crumbling economy, which has been suffering from hyperinflation and devaluation for years. Venezuela claims it is the world’s first sovereign cryptocurrency.

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘catastrophic’
A doctor working in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta says the situation is “catastrophic” – and he believes the international community has abandoned the people living there. “We don’t have anything – no food, no medicine, no shelter,” Dr Bassam told the BBC. “We don’t have bread. We don’t have anything.” “Maybe every minute we have 10 or 20 air strikes,” Dr Bassam said.

Palestinian leader Abbas calls for international role in seeking peace
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas made a rare appearance before the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday and called for an international peace conference by mid-year — something especially needed, he said, since the U.S. can no longer be counted on as the lone mediator. It is “essential,” Abbas said, that a “multilateral international mechanism” be established to broker peace.

Report: Iran already entrenched in Syria, ready to confront Israel
A New York Times investigative report published Monday revealed the scope and depth of Iranian entrenchment in Syria. Iran, through its presence in Syria, was “redrawing the strategic map of the region,” as per the paper. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned this week that Iran was “trying to take over Syria” and “moving its army into Israel’s backyard.”

Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters – sources
Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said. “In view of budgets and production schedules a new acquisition of around 25 planes is appropriate,” said one of the sources with knowledge of the plan.

Abbas Calls For ‘Multilateral’ Effort to Establish Palestinian State
Mahmoud Abbas called for a multilateral initiative from the international community to bring about the establishment of a Palestinian state, during an address to the United Nations (UN) Security Council on Tuesday. “To solve the Palestine question, it is essential to establish a multilateral international mechanism emanating from an international conference and in line with international law and the relevant resolutions,” Abbas claimed. Effectively, Abbas was calling for the international community to replace the United States as the primary mediator between Israel and the Palestinians.

Christians and Jews Kick Off Joint Bible Study at The Knesset
Nearly 200 Jews and Christians gathered at the Knesset on Tuesday for the event, which was co-sponsored by the Knesset Caucus for the Encouragement of Bible Study and Israel365. Knesset Members Yehudah Glick (Likud), Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beiteinu) and Sharren Haskel (Likud) attended.

Y’stone quake swarm isn’t a deadly warning
Recent rumblings of the Earth near West Yellowstone, Montana, are likely the extension of an “earthquake swarm” that has been taking seismometers for a ride since June. That’s the take of seasonal Moose resident and University of Utah geophysicist Bob Smith, who hypothesizes that the seismic activity is decades-later aftershocks of the deadly, damaging 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake.

Paratroopers prepared and ready for next war
After arduous ‘War Week’ including hours of live-fire exercises in built-up and open areas, paratroopers to receive prestigious Red Beret. Impressive endurance.

Syria’s Ghouta residents ‘wait to die’ as bombs fall
Residents of Syria’s eastern Ghouta said they were “waiting their turn to die” early on Wednesday, after more pro-government rockets and barrel bombs fell on the besieged rebel enclave. Five died and over 200 were injured early on Wednesday in the area, hammered by one of the heaviest bombardments in seven years of war that has killed at least 250 people in 48 hours, a war monitor said.

U.S. ‘finalizing’ peace plan despite Abbas vow for international efforts
“You don’t have to like that decision,” she said, of Trump’s Jerusalem move. “You don’t have to praise it. You don’t even have to accept it. But know this: That decision will not change.” Haley said that Abbas faced two paths: one of anger toward the Americans and incitement of Palestinians to violence against Israelis, or one of direct negotiations with both. Of the first, she warned: “I assure you that path will get the Palestinian people exactly nowhere toward the achievement of their aspirations.”

Justice Thomas RIPS Supreme Court For Ignoring Second Amendment: ‘The Right To Keep And Bear Arms Is … This Court’s Constitutional Orphan’
On Tuesday, Justice Clarence Thomas issued a blistering rebuke to his Supreme Court colleagues, as well as to lower courts that have refused to treat the Second Amendment with the same level of honor as other rights enshrined in the Constitution.

42 Million Babies Born to Unmarried Mothers Over Last 30 Years
The percentage of babies born to unmarried mothers dipped below 40 percent for the first time in 9 years in 2016, dropping to 39.8 percent, according to the final birth-data report for that year published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Data from license-plate readers goes where?
It’s not something that gets a lot of attention, but there are ALPRs all over the place.The automated license plate readers are technology systems that capture plate numbers and add them to a database, along with the time and the location. The information is used to track down fugitives and much more. And it’s that “much more” that has privacy advocates alarmed.

Nikki Haley dresses down Mahmoud Abbas
The Palestinians have not been pleased with the Trump administration’s new tone at the United Nations. Where the Obama administration often acquiesced to the Palestinians demands, the new attitude is that America’s greatest Middle East ally, Israel, deserves some respect. And will get it.

Stunning list: Cops stop dozens of school attacks before they happen
‘Only by the grace of God … did we avert a horrific outcome’

Muh Russia: Barack Obama Spent Three Times As Much Interfering in Israeli Election Than Russians Spent on Facebook Ads
The 13 indicted Russian internet trolls have NOTHING on Barack Obama. On Friday the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities for ID fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud from 2014 through the 2016 elections.

BOMBSHELL REPORT: Twitter Employees Admit To Censoring Conservatives, Banning Them For Political Reasons
“If it was a pro-Trump thing and I’m anti-Trump… I banned his whole account.”

American Center for Law and Justice Files Lawsuits Against ‘Deep State’ Over Clinton Investigation and Uranium One
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed lawsuits against the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the FBI and the US Treasury over the sham Hillary Clinton investigation and the Uranium One scandal.

DHS to Publish Proof of Massive Dem Voter Fraud in 2016 – QAnon
Reported: several million illegals voted, while legitimate ballots were thrown away

HRW suspends official with Tinder profile suggesting Auschwitz hair room is funny
Human Rights Watch said it is investigating one of its officials after a complaint from a pro-Israeli group, which said the man’s Tinder dating service account had a crude joke about the Holocaust.

BOMBSHELL DEAL: $15 Billion in Israeli Natural Gas to be Sold to Egypt
Delek Drilling, along with Texas-based Noble Energy, has signed a deal worth potentially $15 billion to sell natural gas from its Leviathan and Tamar fields to Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings Ltd.

The 3 Step Process to Sovietize the United States
There are three stages that are being employed to take-down our country and plunge it into the modern-day version of the Soviet Union. 1. Stifle all conservative speech. This is what we are witnessing all across America in places like our universities, Youtube, Google, Twitter and Facebook. The attempt to ban Bannon is the present poster-child of this movement.

Proposal to Outlaw Circumcision Stokes Debate, Religious Freedom Concerns
Male circumcision has long been a controversial topic, and a proposal by lawmakers in Iceland to criminalize the practice – apparently for the first time anywhere in modern history – is making waves far from the small North Atlantic island nation.

California Weighs Permanent Restrictions for Water Wasters
That sign in hotel rooms asking guests if they really need their towels and sheets washed each day would become the rule in California, enforced with a $500 fine, if water officials vote to make a series of smaller-scale conservation measures permanent in the drought-prone state.

Parents Lose Custody of Daughter for Opposing Transgender Medical Treatments
Parents of a 17-year-old girl lost custody of their daughter for opposing her wish for transgender medical treatments.

White Helmets Ready for ‘False-Flag’ Chemical Attack in Syria
….The White Helmets group, which claims to be an impartial humanitarian NGO saving lives in Syria, has reportedly distributed masks in Eastern Ghouta to protect civilians from a chemical gas attack. The group, also known as Syrian Civil Defense, has allegedly been creating a new plot to blame another chemical attack on the Syrian government, al-Manar reported.