24 Aug 2019

CRISPR breakthrough allows scientists to edit multiple genes simultaneously
An incredible new breakthrough from scientists at ETH Zurich has, for the first time, demonstrated a new CRISPR method that can modify dozens of genes simultaneously, allowing for more large-scale cell reprogramming. In a recently published paper in the journal Nature Methods, a team of ETH scientists demonstrated their new gene editing process can modify 25 different target sites simultaneously. The scientists say this new technique is not necessarily limited to 25 targets, but theoretically could be increased to hundreds of simultaneous gene modifications.

Teenage girl killed, father and brother hurt in West Bank terror attack
The IDF late Friday afternoon was scouring the West Bank for the terrorists responsible for a terror attack that killed a teenage girl and wounded her father and brother near a natural spring close to the West Bank settlement of Dolev. The military said that an improvised explosive device (IED) had been used in the attack at the Ein Buvin spring.

Iran test fires new missile
Iran has test fired a new missile, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said on Saturday, according to the Tasnim news agency. “Our country is always the arena for testing a variety of defense and strategic systems and these are non-stop movements towards the growth of our deterrent power,” Salami said. “And yesterday was one of the successful days for this nation.”

Israeli airstrike leads to renewed calls for U.S. troops to leave Iraq
News that Israel was behind airstrikes in Iraq has reinvigorated calls to oust US forces from the country. A US official confirmed Friday that Israel had struck a base for the Hashd al Shaabi, an umbrella group of Shiite-dominated militias also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, many with deep links to Iran. Two Iranian commanders were reported killed in the attack, which occurred in July.

US names Nigerians in massive fraud investigation
The US authorities have charged 80 people, “most of whom are Nigerian nationals”, with participating in a conspiracy to steal millions of dollars, prosecutors say. They are accused of using business email fraud schemes and romance scams to con victims – many of them elderly. Police have so far arrested 14 suspects across the US, 11 in Los Angeles alone.

Hong Kong’s human chain protest against extradition bill
Thousands of people held hands to form a human chain of peaceful protest against a suspended extradition bill. Demonstrators believe the bill could undermine Hong Kong’s legal freedoms and might be used to intimidate or silence dissidents.

North Korea launches two more ‘short-range ballistic missiles’ into sea
North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles into the sea on Saturday morning, South Korea’s military says. The launch is the seventh carried out since North Korea ended a 17-month hiatus on testing at the end of July. Pyongyang has repeatedly expressed anger at US-South Korean military exercises that have been taking place.

Russia floating nuclear power station sets sail across Arctic
Russia has launched a pioneering floating nuclear power station, which will sail 5,000km (3,000 miles) from the Arctic port of Murmansk to Chukotka in the far east. The nuclear agency Rosenergoatom says the Akademik Lomonosov’s mobility will boost the power supply to remote areas. One of its targets is to power the Chaun-Bilibin mining complex in Chukotka, which includes gold mines.

Chinese ship inches closer to Vietnam coastline amid South China Sea tensions
A Chinese survey vessel…extended its activities…closer to Vietnam’s coastline…after the United States and Australia expressed concern about China’s actions in the disputed waterways. The Haiyang Dizhi 8 vessel first entered Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) early last month where it began a weeks-long seismic survey, triggering a tense standoff between military and coastguard vessels from Vietnam and China.

Trump Hikes Tariffs On Chinese Goods In Retaliation To Trade War Escalation
Starting on October 1st, the 250 BILLION DOLLARS of goods and products from China, currently being taxed at 25%, will be taxed at 30%.  Additionally, the remaining 300 BILLION DOLLARS of goods and products from China, that was being taxed from September 1st at 10%, will now be taxed at 15%.

Hail Satan?: The Satanists battling for religious freedom
Everything you know about Satanism is wrong. At least that’s what a new documentary about the Satanic Temple could be about to prove. Despite the similarity of the name, the Temple is different to The Church of Satan, established in 1966 by chat show circuit celebrity Anton LaVey in San Francisco, California.

Newsweek: Time to Rethink Taboo on Cannibalism?
Since cannibalism is found throughout the animal kingdom and therefore is something natural, perhaps it is time for humans to rethink the “ultimate taboo” against eating human flesh, Newsweek proposes in an article Wednesday.

Python wars: the snake epidemic eating away at Florida
There are tens of thousands of pythons in the Florida wild, attacking animals and damaging ecosystems – and the quest to stop them has become a collective crusade

Amazon rainforest fires are breaking records, darkening sky in Brazil
Tropical Storm “Bailu,” known as Ineng in the Philippines, formed August 21, 2019, as the 11th named storm of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season. Bailu is expected to pass extremely close to the southern tip of Taiwan or make landfall somewhere near Hengchun over the next 24 hours.

Severe Tropical Storm “Bailu” (Ineng) heading toward Taiwan, eastern China
Tropical Storm “Bailu,” known as Ineng in the Philippines, formed August 21, 2019, as the 11th named storm of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season. Bailu is expected to pass extremely close to the southern tip of Taiwan or make landfall somewhere near Hengchun over the next 24 hours.

15 former spooks who work at CNN and MSNBC now
CNN added to its deep roster of former FBI and CIA officials-turned-analysts Friday with the hiring of Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director fired for lack of candor during an investigation last year.

The Pedophile Enterprise Sits at the Right Hand of Satan-Where Is Government Witness Kathy Hall?
Advocates for kidnapped and trafficked children are disappearing. Whistleblowers who shine light on child-sex trafficking are murdered. They have their own children stolen by the courts…The corruption never ends and will not until we collectively stand up and say “enough is enough” and do something about this.

More Wildfires Are Burning In Angola & Congo Than Brazil
We’re sure all of the Instagram influencers posting about the wildfires in the Amazon will soon post about these other fires, too…right?

CDC: Measles Outbreak Now Reported in 30 States
The nationwide measles outbreak is still growing, with just over 1,200 confirmed cases being reported in 30 states as of Aug. 15, marking 21 more cases from the week before, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The Knights Of Columbus, The Powerful Pitbull Of The Roman Catholic Church Now Facing Charges Of ‘Racketeering, Fraud, Deception And Theft’
In his great expose on the Roman Catholic Church called ‘Smokescreens‘, gospel tract creator Jack Chick lifted up the curtain covering the Vatican’s pitbull known as the Knights of Columbus and showed us who they really are and what their true goals are.

Walmart Calls for ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban
Walmart is calling on Congress to consider introducing legislation to ban so-called “assault weapons” nationwide.

Orwellian San Francisco flunks the real test of justice
Not content to define deviancy down, San Francisco is actually defining outright criminality down The situation might be funny, if it weren’t both Orwellian and dangerous.

Obama Judge Rules Medicaid Must Pay For Transgender Sex Reassignment Surgery
Federal judge is forcing Wisconsin taxpayers to provide costly sex reassignment surgery and hormonal procedures for low-income transgender residents

In Unprecedented, Shocking Proposal, BOE’s Mark Carney Urges Replacing Dollar With Libra-Like Reserve Currency
“In the longer term, we need to change the game. When change comes, it shouldn’t be to swap one currency hegemon for another.”