10 Mar 15
10 Signs Christianity Is on the Rise
Christianity is a dying relic of an ancient past. The Internet is killing it. Science is killing it. Western sophistication is killing it. Right?
Wrong. In many ways, Christianity is on the rise as never before—worldwide, and in America. Here are the ways we can tell: The research shows Christian numbers rising, not falling worldwide.
Remembering Selma, But Ignoring Black Violence
The pat answer for black complaints about events these days is “white racism.” One rarely, if ever, reads or hears anything about black racism, but if you ask, many blacks will acknowledge it.
Palestinians arrest dozens of Hamas members in West Bank
Palestinian security forces in the West Bank arrested dozens of members of the Islamist movement Hamas on Monday, sources on both sides said.
...the ongoing crackdown is a sign of the failure of a nearly year-old unity deal between Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the rival Fatah which dominates the PA.
Iraqi forces expected to retake Tikrit within days
Near Tikrit, Iraq (CNN)Iraqi forces are closing in on Tikrit and could be days away from retaking the city from ISIS fighters just over a week after launching a major offensive.
Pakistan test-fires nuclear capable ballistic missile
Pakistan test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Monday, the military said, less than a week after the first high-level talks with arch-rivals India for nearly a year.
Christians to storm Boehner office for massive sit-in
Pro-life activist Jill Stanek is joining with the Christian Defense Coalition later this month to stage a sit-in on Capitol Hill over lack of action on a late-term abortion ban that was supposed to be passed in January.
The sit-in is scheduled for 11.a.m. EST on March 25 outside the office of House Speaker John Boehner.
Economist Tells Congress: U.S. May Be in ‘Worse Fiscal Shape’ Than Greece
The U.S. has a $210 trillion “fiscal gap” and “may well be in worse fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece,” Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff told members of the Senate Budget Committee
09 Mar 15
Hikers Find Cache of Rare Coins from 2,300 Years Ago
Three hikers have discovered a cache of rare coins and silver and bronze objects 2,300 years old in a cave in one of the important discoveries in northern Israel in recent years, according to Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The uncovering of the treasure chest came one month after the discovery of the gold treasure by divers off the coast of Caesarea.
Stockman: Corporate America Is Cannibalizing Itself
"Today American businesses are borrowing like never before — but the only thing being liquidated is their own equity capital. That's because trillions of debt is being issued to fund financial engineering maneuvers such as stock buybacks, M&A [mergers and acquisitions] and LBOs [leveraged buyouts], not the acquisition of productive assets that can actually fuel future output and productivity."
Jet Set Jihadists
The organization is welcomed at Downing Street and at its fundraisings events celebrities such as Vanessa Redgrave, Victoria Brittain, Peter Oborne and Sadiq Khan appear.
Fresh call for creation of EU army
Jean-Claude Juncker said such a move would help the EU to persuade Russia that it was serious about defending its values in the face of the threat posed by Moscow.
Saudi Arabia becomes world’s top arms importer
Data revealed by the IHS Jane 360 in its Global Defence Trade Report, shows that Saudi Arabia spent over $6.4 billion on defense purchases in 2014, dislodging India from top spot. India’s spending stood at $5.57 billion, placing it second. The Kingdom boosted its arms imports by 54 percent over the past year.
Dermer: ‘When Israelis and Arabs Are on Same Page, People Should Pay Attention’
Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, warned a cable news interviewer on Sunday that it pays to pay attention “when Israelis and Arabs are on the same page” about the threat to the region presented by Iran.
Putin describes secret operation to seize Crimea
"We ended at about seven in the morning," Putin says. "When we were parting, I said to my colleagues: we must start working on returning Crimea to Russia."
Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Obama Worse than Jimmy Carter
“I never thought that I would say that I long for Jimmy Carter. I could never imagine any president being less friendly to the people of Israel, but I have to say that President Obama is now in the lead.”
Senators Tell Iran: A Deal You Sign with Obama Ends in 2016
A group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran's leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama will not be valid after Obama leaves office in 2016, reports Josh Rogin on Bloomberg The letter was by freshman Senator Tom Cotton and signed by the Senate's entire Republican leadership as well as potential 2016 presidential contenders Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
Fed rate hike expectations hit stocks, dollar holds firm
Stocks fell and the dollar held firm on Monday in the wake of forecast-beating U.S. jobs numbers that stoked expectations the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than previously thought.
CME TO MISS EARTH
The M9-class solar flare of March 7th, described below, did produce a CME. However, NOAA analysts say the expanding cloud will miss Earth.
Hillary Milhous Clinton
Could the leaders in Washington please tell us which rules we are allowed to not follow? Please? This is getting confusing for the average American.
Since 2005, the United States State Department has had very clear rules that employees cannot use personal email for official business.
While Obama Guts The U.S. Military, Russia Prepares For War
The Russian military and the U.S. military are going in two very different directions. Military spending in Russia is increasing by a whopping 33 percent this year alone, and the Russians are feverishly preparing as if a major war with the United States is inevitable. But despite the fact that the conflict in Ukraine has raised tensions with Russia to Cold War levels, the Obama administration is still acting as if we were living in a “post-Cold War” era.
Venezuela to install finger scanners in supermarkets to tackle hoarding, panic buying amid shortages
Venezuela will begin installing some 20,000 fingerprint scanners at supermarkets nationwide in a bid to stamp out hoarding and panic buying, which the government blames for long lines and widespread shortages of basic goods.
Oil drops toward $59 on dollar, stock builds
Brent crude oil fell toward $59 a barrel on Monday as the dollar strengthened and a supply glut pushed global oil inventories to record highs.
The dollar hit a more than 11-year high against a basket of currencies after the U.S. unemployment rate in February fell to its lowest level since May 2008, making commodities priced in the greenback more expensive for holders of other currencies.
ECB begins 1.1 tn euro quantitative easing stimulus programme
The European Central Bank on Monday began its long-awaited 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) quantitative easing programme to stimulate growth and ward off deflation across the eurozone.
WHO to begin large-scale testing of Ebola vaccine in Guinea
The World Health Organization will start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea on Saturday to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the deadly virus.
The West African nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have been hardest hit in the yearlong Ebola outbreak, which is estimated to have left more than 9,800 people dead.
Third ancient site of Khorsabad 'attacked by Isil' as coalition strike on Syria oil refinery kills 30
Iraq's government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Khorsabad in northern Iraq is the latest to be attacked by the Islamic State militant group.
Adel Shirshab, the country's tourism and antiquities minister, told AP there are concerns the militants will remove artefacts and damage the site, located 9 miles northeast of Mosul.
Russian Jets Run ‘Attack Scenarios’ on NATO Ships
Russian fighter jets have been using NATO ships in the Black Sea as target practice to run “attack scenarios,” a situation that NATO military officials say they are aware of and prepared to defend against if necessary.
...Russia is ordering its newest Su-30 multi-role fighter jets to track NATO forces and run mock attack drills to simulate penetrating NATO’s anti-air systems, according to Sputnik, a pro-Moscow news agency.
Boko Haram conflict: Nigerian allies launch offensive
Forces from Niger and Chad have launched a ground and air offensive against militant group Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria, officials say.
The campaign is said to be targeting militants in Borno state.
It came as Nigerian officials dismissed Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to Islamic State as a reaction to military pressure from Nigeria and its allies.
Hillary-Gate: What’s Good for the Gander
In full panic mode the mainstream media circle their wagons around Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, now hyperventilating and sending their talking heads across the nation’s televised media to redefine the meaning of “is,” or what is or is not a coverup, a coverup of a coverup, and the coverup of anything I had left out of the coverup covering up the meaning of “is.”
America’s Military Power in a Steep Decline
“Eliminating the terrorists of today with force will not guarantee protection from the terrorists of tomorrow. We have to transform the environments that give birth to these movements…It may be training young people so they can get jobs…it may be working to eliminate corruption and promote the rule of law…”
The NSA spied on everyone—other than Hillary Clinton
From the ‘Believe it or Not Department’ of the cunning Obama administration: America’s National Security Agency (NSA) retrieves and stockpiles millions of incoming and outgoing emails of government agencies and from the public at large—but not any coming in or going out from Hillary Clinton’s private home email accounts!