18 Aug 2019

US murderer executed after choosing electric chair
Washington (AFP) – A man put to death in the US state of Tennessee on Thursday for murdering a woman and her daughter chose in his final hours to be electrocuted rather than executed by lethal injection, prison officials said. Stephen West, who was convicted in the two killings more than 30 years ago, waited until Wednesday to choose his method of execution — one day after Tennessee’s Republican Governor Bill Lee refused his request for clemency.

Epstein’s Own Lawyers Revolt, Move to Challenge Autopsy Conclusion
Lawyers for late financier Jeffrey Epstein are not happy with the autopsy conclusion of the New York City medical examiner’s office and have issued a challenge demanding answers and accountability. The mystery surrounding his death and his treatment at the Metropolitan Correctional Center have sparked his lawyers to apparently begin digging for answers on their own. Reid Weingarten, Epstein’s lead attorney, signed the letter along with two others.

Democrats Suffer Significant Court Defeat in Their Attempt To Impeach President Trump
House Judiciary Committee…set a timeline in which articles of impeachment could be recommended by his committee by late autumn. On Wednesday, that schedule took a huge hit. Judge Beryl Howell of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia rejected House Democrats’ attempt to have two separate cases related to the Judiciary Committee’s investigation tried by the same judge, stating they “are too superficial and attenuated” to be designated as related.

More genes in the human microbiome than stars in the observable universe
Astronomers suggest there may be about one billion trillion stars in the observable universe. Trying to fathom a universe that mind-bendingly large is virtually impossible, and now a new study is suggesting the human microbiome is operating on similar levels of complexity, but on a vastly smaller scale. The research, from Harvard Medical School and the Joslin Diabetes Center, suggests the bacteria living inside us may collectively contain more novel genes than there are stars in the observable universe.

Afghan wedding suicide blast kills 63, wounds 182 – ministry
A suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a packed wedding reception in the Afghan capital on Saturday night…The attack came as the Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of US forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan’s US-backed government.

Hong Kong protests: More than 100,000 march peacefully
More than 100,000 people are holding another day of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, amid increasingly severe warnings from the Beijing authorities. Activists and police have clashed over the past 10 weeks, but this weekend’s rallies have so far been peaceful. The protests were sparked by an extradition bill, which has since been suspended by the Hong Kong government.

Portland ‘ground zero’ for protests between right, left-wing
Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday for a long-hyped rally that attracted President Donald Trump’s attention and resulted in at least 13 arrests. Police seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons and closed bridges and streets to try to keep the rival groups apart. They were largely successful. Six minor injuries were reported.

Your New Heart Could Be Made in China
Recently, a Chinese startup named Qihan Biotech raised $20 million to develop replacement organs for humans. The smallish deal would hardly have rated a headline, except for the fact that the Hangzhou-based gene-editing company is aiming to grow those organs in pigs and other animals. If successful, such transplants could well transform medicine.

Top North Korea, China generals huddle in Beijing
Top military leaders from North Korea and China have recommitted themselves to strengthened exchanges between their armed forces during a meeting in Beijing. The meeting Saturday came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over nuclear negotiations and joint military exercises.

U.S. and UK presence in Gulf brings insecurity: Iran Revolutionary Guards navy chief
The presence of America and Britain in the Gulf region brings insecurity, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards navy, Alireza Tangsiri, was reported as saying by the ILNA news agency. Tensions have spiked between Iran and the U.S. and Britain in the Gulf after the Islamic Republic shot down an American drone in June and seized a British tanker last month for violating maritime regulations.

Zombie Deer Disease Rears Its Ugly Head: Canada Issues Stark Warning About “Always Fatal” Infection
Earlier this year, an infectious disease expert warned that a deadly disease found in deer could infect humans in the near future. Often referred to as “zombie deer” disease because of the symptoms, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been reported in at least 26 states in the continental United States and in four provinces in Canada.

Dayton, Ohio, gunman had cocaine, alcohol and antidepressants in system: coroner
The gunman who carried out a deadly mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, this month had cocaine and other drugs in his system at the time, according to a coroner’s report.

New Compilation of Utility Smart Meters’ Many Flaws — Outrageous Bills, Fires and More
Tens of millions of utility Smart Meters have been installed in the U.S. and around the world so there’s a good chance they are installed on your home and throughout your community even if your utility company doesn’t refer to them as “Smart.”

Former Obama White House counsel ‘schemed, falsified, and concealed’ facts from investigators: Prosecutors
The prosecution and defense painted starkly different pictures of how Obama White House counsel Greg Craig handled a report involving Ukraine, Paul Manafort, and the media in their opening statements at Craig’s trial Thursday.

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings
The anxiety of one mass shooting after another has led some churches to start training and arming their worshippers with guns. Not all security experts support this approach, but it has gained momentum as congregations across the country grapple with how to secure spaces where welcoming strangers is a religious practice.

Lightning struck near the North Pole 48 times. Here’s why it’s not normal.
Lightning happens all the time, but certain parts of the world get far less of it than others, including near the North Pole. Lightning requires atmospheric instability, something that’s set up when cold, parched air sits atop warmer, wetter air. At very high latitudes, that hotter, damper air tends not to show up.

THE DAYS OF LOT: New Pew Poll Shows That Support For Same-Sex Marriage Has More Than Doubled Among Evangelical Christian Groups
I do not see any end-times revival coming for the Christian church in the last days before the Rapture, but what I do see is exactly what Jesus said would be the state of the last professing global Christian church. What is that state, you ask? A big, fat and sloppy, lukewarm Laodicean mess that Jesus is disgusted with. So much so that He spues it from out of His mouth. That, my dear reader, is how the Church Age ends.

Planned Parenthood Set To Lose $60 Million In Annual Funds On Monday, Following Trump Administration Rule Change
The Trump administration is cracking down on Planned Parenthood, the federally-subsidized abortion provider that has killed and dismembered millions of babies nationwide, by denying them the annual funds they have come to rely upon from the taxpayer.

‘Veggie Tales’ Creator Says Christian Media Will Soon Be Forced to Cover LGBT Topics for Kids
‘Veggie Tales’ co-creator Phil Vischer says it’s inevitable that Christian filmmakers will be forced to address LGBT topics on their shows.

Israeli Air Force Strikes Targets In Gaza Strip Following A Barrage Of Rockets Launched By Palestinian Terrorists And Aimed At Southern Israel
After a relatively quiet summer, Palestinian terror group Hamas has once again fired a barrage of rockets at southern Israel. The IAF responded quickly and efficiently with a target strike Hamas offices and homes in the Gaza Strip. Just another day in the Holy Land, right? Consider this.

Sen. Schumer wants to outlaw bulletproof backpacks that help protect children from violence
Another day, another Democrat, post-mass shooting, who wants to stifle liberty and steal more of your freedom. In the wake of the most recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, wants to make it more difficult for even schoolchildren to survive such an incident.

“The Impact On Tourism Is Huge:” Hong Kong Hotel Crisis Erupts Amid Escalating Protests ​​​​​​​
Tourism in Hong Kong just crashed.