21 Apr 2019

Sri Lanka terrorism has hallmarks of previous attacks
A coordinated series of attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka conjures up memories of previous terrorist attacks. Striking at worshipers at prayer reminds us of the Christchurch Mosque shootings in New Zealand on March 15. It also appears linked to previous Easter attacks, including the 2017 Palm Sunday assault in Egypt in 2017 in which 45 people were murdered, and the terrorist attack in Lahore in 2016 that killed 75.

India approves ’emergency purchase’ of Israeli-made SPIKE Missiles
The Indian Army has approved the “emergency purchase” of 240 SPIKE anti-tank guided missiles made by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense System to meet immediate operational requirements, Indian media has reported. The decision to procure the 240 SPIKE MR (ATGM) and 12 launchers was reportedly taken during the five-day biannual Army Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi that ended on April 13, IHS Jane’s quoted official sources as saying.

Syria war: Kosovo brings back 110 citizens including jihadists
Kosovo has brought back 110 of its citizens from Syria, mostly mothers and their children but also several jihadist fighters. The group contained 74 children, 32 women and four men suspected of fighting for the Islamic State group (IS) who were arrested on arrival. They flew back with the help of the US military before police escorted them to an army barracks near Pristina.

US arrests ‘member of border militia’ in New Mexico
US authorities have arrested an alleged member of a militia that has been stopping migrants trying to cross the US-Mexico border. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, was detained in New Mexico as a felon in possession of a weapon. It comes just days after a video emerged of militia members detaining dozens of migrants in the desert.

Cornell scientists create ‘living’ machines that eat, grow, and evolve
The field of robotics is going through a renaissance thanks to advances in machine learning and sensor technology. Each generation of robot is engineered with greater mechanical complexity and smarter operating software than the last…Scientists from Cornell University have successfully constructed DNA-based machines… These human-engineered organic machines are capable of locomotion, consuming resources for energy, growing and decaying, and evolving.

Planet of the Apes test mixing human DNA with monkeys will bring ‘unintended consequence’
The Planet of the Apes-style experiment involved putting human DNA into monkeys and managed to successfully increase their intelligence – a terrifying scenario just like the film. The Chinese scientists have defended their research…with some western scientists saying it violates ethical norms. The experiment was called “nightmarish” and “dangerous” and the earlier cloning of monkeys in China has left the animals displaying signs of schizophrenia…

Yellow vest anger burns in France, fueled by Notre Dame fire
French yellow vest protesters set fires Saturday along a march through Paris to drive home their message to a government they believe is ignoring the poor: that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t the only problem France needs to solve. Like the high-visibility vests the protesters wear, the scattered small fires in Paris appeared to be a collective plea to French President Emmanuel Macron’s government to “look at me — I need help too!”

Study: 1 In 5 Children Suffers From A Mental Health Disorder
One in five children suffer from a mental disorder — with notable increases in depression and anxiety over the past 30 years — yet less than one-third have had contact with a mental healthcare provider… Results from the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study…shows a higher proportion of children and youth with disorders have had contact with health providers and in other settings, usually via schools.

Gen Z Will Be the Ultimate Pot Consumers
America’s Generation Z is coming of age in a whole new world of weed. This large cohort, which already has big-time spending power as the oldest age into high school and college, is formulating its consumption habits at a time when marijuana muscles into the mainstream. Unlike their Gen X or Boomer parents, Gen Z shoppers have only known a time where cannabis is edging toward acceptance…

A third of pregnancies for women in early 20s aborted in England and Wales
New government data show that nearly one-third of pregnancies among women aged 20 through 24 in England and Wales resulted in abortions in 2017.

Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade
Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years.

Pete Buttigieg doesn’t get to make up his own Christianity
South Bend, Indiana, mayor and 2020 presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, recently took to the national stage to attack Vice President Mike Pence and, by association, tens of millions of America’s orthodox Christians.

New York Court Upholds de Blasio Vaccine Mandate
Parents who prefer not to vaccinate their children against the current outbreak of Measles in New York face $1000.00 fines, after a ruling upheld Mayor de Blasio’s decision to make the vaccine mandatory for those living close to the center of the outbreak.

REPORT: President Trump Preparing to Declassify Carter Page FISA Docs in Coming Weeks
President Trump and his aides are preparing to declassify the Carter Page FISA docs and other pertinent Russiagate records following the release of the Mueller report.

‘Church’ to offer ‘miracle cure’ despite FDA warnings against drinking bleach
A group calling itself Genesis II Church of Health and Healing plans to convene at a hotel resort in Washington state on Saturday to promote a “miracle cure” that claims to cure 95% of all diseases in the world by making adults and children, including infants, drink industrial bleach.

Hillary Clinton Donor Clare Bronfman Is Pleading Guilty In NXIVM Case
Hillary Clinton donor Clare Bronfman is pleading guilty to charges stemming from her co-leadership of the NXIVM sex cult, an accused human trafficking organization in upstate New York closely tied to major Democrat politicians.

San Francisco hands out 4.45 million needles each year, says report –
Mayor Mark Farrell has said, repeatedly, in recent weeks that the problem of discarded syringes on city streets has become a sticking point for him, and the city promised millions of dollars to curb the problem of hazardous waste on sidewalks and streets.

San Francisco’s public-poop problem is worse than ever
One of America’s wealthiest cities has a huge problem with public poop.

Media Outlets Struggle With Christian Terminology During Holy Week
In the days leading up to Easter Sunday, both the New York Times and the Associated Press appeared to have a difficult time with Christian imagery.

South African Church Collapses During Easter Service, Killing 13
Unrelenting rainfall reportedly prompted a section of a South African church to collapse during an Easter season service on Thursday, killing 13 people and wounding many others.