30 Jul 2018

Rabbi: How Can You Not Notice the Signs of Messiah?
Several rabbis are pointing to last week’s rare lunar eclipse and continued earthquakes as a divine pre-Messianic wake-up call. In fact, it isn’t only the rabbis. Even Arab sources are labeling the recent earthquakes as part of the end-of-days conflict centered around Jerusalem.

China tempts Britain with free trade, says door to U.S. talks open
China offered Britain talks on a post-Brexit free trade deal on Monday, reaching out to London as Beijing remains mired in an increasingly bitter trade war with Washington, even as a senior Chinese diplomat reiterated its door remained open for dialogue. Britain has pushed a strong message to Chinese companies that it is fully open for business as it prepares to leave the European Union next year…

Optical neural network demo
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made a silicon chip that distributes optical signals precisely across a miniature brain-like grid, showcasing a potential new design for neural networks.

The sun has been without sunspots for 32 of the past 33 days. To find a similar stretch of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century. Solar minimum has returned, bringing extra cosmic rays, long-lasting holes in the sun’s atmosphere, and strangely pink auroras.

Messiah-mania hits fever pitch in Israel
Maybe it’s the blood moons. Maybe it’s the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Or, maybe, suggest other rabbis, now that the majority of Jews in the world now live in Israel, prophecy is read to be fulfilled. Perhaps the most surprising development is a statement by a well-respected Israeli rabbi, Chaim Kanievsky, a leading authority in Haredi Jewish society, stating unequivocally that the messiah was born July 21.

Hungarian PM Slams ‘European Elite,’ Predicts Illiberal Shift In EU Leadership
Orban, a member of the conservative nationalist and populist Fidesz party, has been a vocal leader among other EU nations who are similarly rejecting the EU’s attempts to be more lenient on migration and asylum seekers specifically. “Their big goal to transform Europe, to ship it into a post-Christian era, and into an era when nations disappear – this process could be undermined in the European elections. And it is our elementary interest to stop this transformation,” Orban said on Saturday in a speech to ethnic Hungarians in Romania, Reuters reported.

Pope Accepts Resignation of Cardinal McCarrick from College of Cardinals
In a statement from the Vatican this morning, it has been announced that the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals has been accepted in the wake of a rising tide of sexual abuse allegations.

Sisi to Israel: Take advantage of opportunity for peace
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi on Sunday urged the Israeli public to make use of an opportunity for peace with Palestinian Arabs. “I address the Israeli public opinion that there is a great chance for real peace and stability in the region by finding a solution to this issue,” Sisi said at a youth conference in Cairo University, according to the Xinhua news agency. “This solution will not at all be against your security and stability,” Sisi added.

Iran’s currency plummets further to 112,000 rial per dollar
The Iranian rial plunged to 112,000 for each US dollar Sunday on unofficial markets, a further decline from 97,500 rials on Saturday. Another 29 people were arrested on charges of disrupting the economy and corruption. With tougher sanctions in store, the outlook is bleak.

Lombok earthquake: 14 killed on Indonesian tourist island
Fourteen people have died after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia Sunday, damaging more than 1,000 homes and sending residents fleeing for safety. The earthquake hit early in the morning, at about 5.45 a.m. local time (6:45 p.m. Saturday ET), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, at a shallow depth of just 7.5 kilometers (4.6 miles).

Transgender Madness: Surgeon Performs Mastectomies on 14-Year-Old Girls
Marc DuPéré, who said he performed surgeries to remove the breasts of two 14-year-old girls in the past five years who considered themselves transgender. He has conducted mastectomies on girls ages 15 and 16, too. The surgery costs around $9,000. “Parents should encourage questioning with their children to understand ‘their story,’” he told the website.

Weird Volcanoes Are Erupting Across the Solar System
NASA’s Juno spacecraft recently spotted a possible new volcano at the south pole of Jupiter’s most lava-licious moon, Io. But this volcanically active moon is not alone in the solar system, where sizzling-hot rocks explode and ooze onto the surface of several worlds. So how do Earthly volcanoes differ from those erupting across the rest of the solar system?

Trump Demands Turkey Release “Great Christian”
As part of a “faith-based crusade,” President Trump is threatening sanctions against Turkey over a simple preacher who has become the focus of an international dispute. Andrew Craig Brunson, 50, is an evangelical pastor originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years where he served as pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church, a small Protestant church with about 25 congregants.

As U.S. pushes for Mideast peace, Saudi king reassures allies
Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem’s status or refugees’ right of return, easing their concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent US deal which aligns with Israel on key issues. King Salman’s private guarantees to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas…have helped reverse perceptions that Saudi Arabia’s stance was changing under his powerful young son…

Fatah officials, U.N. envoy discuss Gaza crisis in Cairo
Fatah officials arrived in Cairo on Sunday for talks with Egyptian security officials on ways of ending the ongoing dispute with Hamas. United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov was also in Cairo in the context of his efforts to prevent an all-out war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Assam register: Four million risk losing India citizenship
India has published a list which effectively strips some four million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, a day before Bangladesh declared independence. India says the process is to root out hordes of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

Lombok earthquake: Hikers trapped on mountain after landslides
More than 200 hikers are trapped on a mountain on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, after a deadly earthquake triggered landslides which cut off escape routes. Hundreds of rescue workers are now working to evacuate them from Mount Rinjani, a popular hiking destination. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck early on Sunday not far from the base of the mountain.

Iran’s rial hits record-low 100,000 to the dollar
Iran’s currency hit a record low on Sunday of 100,000 rials to the dollar amid a deepening economic crisis and the imminent return of full US sanctions. The unofficial rate stood at 102,000 rials by midday, according to Bonbast, one of the most reliable sites for tracking the Iranian currency. The rate was confirmed by a trader who spoke on condition of anonymity to AFP.

Jewish teens enlisted to fight anti-Semitism in Germany
Sophie Steiert opens a bag of kosher gummy bears and offers them to 20 other German teenagers seated around her in their high school classroom. “They’re really yummy,” Steiert, 16, says with an enticing smile. “And by the way, does any one of you know what kosher means?” The students shrug. Most of the 17-year-olds never have met a Jewish person. In school, they’ve only talked about dead Jews: the 6 million killed by the Nazis.

…Mystery as Russia LIQUIDATED almost ALL of its holdings in US Treasury securities during run up to Helsinki summit…
The Russian government has sold off the vast majority of its holdings of US Treasury securities for reasons that remain mysterious, in a dramatic move that experts are calling unprecedented. A US Treasury report released on July 18 shows that Russian holdings of Treasury securities declined by 84 per cent between March and May, down to just $14.9 billion from March holdings of $96.1 billion.

For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students
Three thousand high school students…trekked to a university sports arena here to attend…the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders…Through their schools, many students…had taken a college-planning questionnaire, called MyCollegeOptions. Others had taken surveys that came with the SAT or the PSAT… In filling out those surveys, the teenagers ended up signing away personal details that were later sold and shared with the future scientists event.

Israel intercepts ship trying to break Gaza blockade
Israel’s military says it has intercepted a ship carrying activists en route to Gaza aiming to violate the legal naval blockade on the coastal territory. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said the ship had been monitored and was detained according to the international law. “The IDF forces clarified to the activists on the ship that they are violating the legal naval blockade and that any humanitarian equipment can be transferred to Gaza through Ashdod Port,” the statement read.

Judges banish ‘anything that might resemble prayer’
In a ruling that apparently conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court precedent, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ban on “anything that might resemble a prayer” at board meetings of a Southern California school district.

Did the prophetic war between Iran and Saudi Arabia just start last week when two Saudi tankers were attacked by an Iranian ‘cargo’ ship
The attack on two Saudi supertankers on the Red Sea on Wednesday, July 25, was orchestrated by the Iranian Saviz, a weapons-carrying spy ship, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report.

Boston Globe: Does TSA’s ‘Quiet Skies’ Tracks US Citizens Like Terrorists?
The Transportation Security Administration, in a previously undisclosed program call “Quiet Skies,” is gathering information on U.S. citizens who are neither under any investigation nor in the terrorist screening database, which is costly, time consuming, and raises potential privacy concerns, according to The Boston Globe.

Strong quake hits Indonesian island, killing at least 14
A strong and shallow earthquake early Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160 on Indonesia’s Lombok island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said.

Typhoon Jongdari Makes Landfall In Japan As The Nation Reels From Record Floods And Heat
Typhoon Jongdari made landfall east of Kyoto, Japan, just after midnight local time on Sunday, coming ashore as the latest in a long string of weather-related disasters to plague the Japanese archipelago. The weather has not been kind to Japan this month. The typhoon’s landfall comes after weeks of intense rainfall, widespread flooding, and a deadly heatwave.

Scientists warn New Ebola strain found in West Africa has potential to infect humans
Just days after the end of an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo that killed dozens, and two years after a major outbreak in West Africa that left thousands dead, Sierra Leone said it had discovered a new strain of the virus that also has the potential to infect human cells.

Venezuela HIV without medicine try home remedies
When Jesus Eduardo Rodriguez could no longer find his life-saving HIV medicine in Venezuela, a country where everything from chicken to aspirin is in short supply, he turned to Google about a month ago looking for hope. What he found were stories about a Brazilian doctor using a plant called bay cedar, or guásimo, to treat his HIV-positive patients.

Chick-fil-A’s Canadian expansion sparks pro-LGBTQ protests
News of Chick-fil-A’s expansion into Toronto is being slammed online by some LGBTQ supporters, who have declared a boycott of the chicken-centric chain’s future Canadian locations via Twitter.

Messiah-mania hits fever pitch in Israel
Messiah-mania has reached a fever pitch in Israel, as one prominent rabbi says the prophesied redeemer was born a week ago, while a group promoting the rebuilding of the Temple released a new TV spot saying, “The time has arrived.”

Flu Shots Are Killing Senior Citizens in Record Numbers, Study Warns
Researchers have found that senior citizens are being killed by flu vaccines in record numbers, and the death rate is rising at an alarming rate.

Catholic Church: Raping Children is ‘Religious Freedom’ for Pedophile Priests
In a depraved and disturbing statement by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a high-ranking cleric from the Catholic Church, he claimed that pedophilia is granted by God for priests.

President Trump Declares California Emergency After Carr Fire Tornado
President Trump on Saturday declared a California emergency after the Carr Fire that became a tornado and roared into Redding killing 2 firefighters, burning 80,906 acres, causing 38,000 evacuations and threatening another 4,978 structures.

Report: U.S considering military options to keep strait of Hormuz open
The US is considering military options should Iran decide to close the strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route for oil produced in the Middle East, reported Maariv on Saturday.