23 Dec 2023

NASA spots a massive ‘Christmas tree’ floating in space
This might be the largest ‘Christmas tree’ in the universe, and it even comes with stars that appear to glow like colorful holiday lights. NASA released an image of NGC 2264, also known as the “Christmas Tree Cluster,” a group of young stars located around 2,500 light-years away from Earth. The image was captured by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the green nebula surrounding the stars resembled a festive Christmas tree.

World’s Largest Aircraft Carrier to Remain Parked off Coast of Israel
Lloyd Austin ordered the USS Gerald R. Ford, the world’s largest and the US’s newest aircraft carrier, and USS Normandy, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, to remain in the Mediterranean Sea for several more weeks to maintain a two-carrier presence near Israel. This is the third time that the aircraft carrier’s deployment has been extended since it arrived in the region “as part of the U.S. effort to keep the conflict from spreading”.

Taliban FM heads to Iran for Gaza conference
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Amir Khan Muttaqi, who leads the Taliban’s Foreign Ministry, will be visiting Iran to participate in high-level consultation talks on the Gaza-Israel war.

American Hostage Dies In Gaza – White House Silent, No Plan On Horizon
Israeli authorities have announced the death 73-year-old Gadi Haggai while in Hamas captivity, an Israeli-American dual national who had been kidnapped Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7. The kibbutz made the announcement Friday but without specifying how it came by the information.

Pentagon Alarmed Over Huge Price Tag Of Countering Cheap Yemeni Drones
Concerns about the high cost of countering the threat posed by the Yemeni armed forces in the Red Sea are growing in the Pentagon, according to US defense officials who spoke with Politico.

Container Ships In Red Sea All But Disappear As Key Trade Route Freezes
Major shipping companies are rerouting vessels from the Red Sea to the Cape of Good Hope to avoid Houthi drone and missile attacks. New shipping data indicates a significant decrease in commercial vessel activity on the critical global trade corridor connecting to the Suez Canal, responsible for 12% of international trade and almost one-third of global container traffic.

Iran-backed militias in Iraq claim struck Israel’s Karish natural gas rig in Mediterranean
Claim comes following IDF report fighter jet downed drone en route to Israeli territory last week; army did not specify who was responsible for launching the drone

Ukraine’s soldiers use cheap tech to hide from Russia’s deadly drones
On Ukraine’s frontlines, how fast you can spot a buzzing enemy quadcopter can determine whether you survive an imminent artillery barrage or an attack by the drone itself. That’s driven intense demand for the low-budget drone detectors cobbled together by Ukrainian software engineers-turned-defense entrepreneurs. “Every smart person uses” drone detectors, said Yaroslav Markevich, a drone commander in Ukraine’s Khartia battalion. But not everyone who wants one can get one. The devices are manufactured primarily by start-up companies that lack the funding and experience to keep up with demand, and that rely on volunteers—like so much of Ukraine’s wartime defense production.

The Navy has its first giant robotic submarine
Boeing has delivered a large robotic submarine to the U.S. Navy following a series of sea trials, the company and service announced Wednesday. Called Orca, the diesel-electric Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle, or XLUUV, will be used for tests that help the Navy round out concepts for uncrewed submarines and surface vessels.

Blackout caused by the strongest solar flare in 6 years created ‘creepy’ radio signal
An eerie recording has captured the sound of a radio blackout caused by the strongest solar flare in six years. The flare came as the Sun is approaching its maximum activity for its current solar cycle. A cycle lasts for 11 years, increasing from minimum to maximum activity.

More records tumble as China cold snap persists
More low temperature records tumbled across China on Thursday, as the country endures a persistent cold snap that has crowned a year of extreme weather. The national weather office said in a social media post that more than 20 stations posted all-time December lows in the early hours of Thursday. They included Hohhot, capital of the northern Inner Mongolia region, where a reading of -29.1 degrees Celsius (-20.4 Fahrenheit) broke a nearly 70-year record.

Japan To Test Spacecraft Technology To Destroy Asteroid Set To Collide With Earth
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is set to embark on an ambitious mission to test technology capable of intercepting and destroying asteroids that are on a collision course with the Earth. According to the Independent, the agency is repurposing its Hayabusa2 spacecraft to intercept and deflect an Earth-bound fast-moving asteroid. … in 2031, Hayabusa2 is slated to fly close to the small school bus-sized fast-spinning asteroid 1998 KY26 whose orbit crosses that of the Earth.

More than 170 names of Epstein associates to be revealed in 2024, judge orders
The latest update in the ongoing court case against notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s partner includes a new court order for the naming of more than 170 people linked to the deceased pedophile.

More Jews Ascended to the Temple Mount During the Gaza War
“We anticipated fewer people to bravely answer the call to ascend to the site, due to fear of increased attacks against Jews, reservists being called up to fight in the war, and the decrease in tourism,” the Beyadenu people built up the surprise, adding, “But the people of Israel will not be intimidated by terrorism. Now, more than ever, Jews are rallying to ascend the Temple Mount, to pray, and to stand strong for their heritage and country in the place where it matters the most.

Texas Sending Planeloads of Illegals to Sanctuary Cities
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is sending planeloads of illegal aliens to sanctuary cities across America. Fox’s Bill Melugin reports that more than 100 illegals just boarded a flight bound for Chicago. I’m sure the citizens of Chicago’s South Side will be right perturbed by the invaders. Melugin reports that the first flight of 120 migrants landed at Chicago’s O’Hare airport last night after taking off from El Paso, TX. “They say all migrants signed voluntary waivers as they do with buses,

Biden needs to sober up about the Palestinians
It’s a debate the Israeli government neither wants nor thinks it needs to engage in right now. But as much as Jerusalem would like to postpone any discussion about who will govern or be responsible for security in Gaza until the war with Hamas is finished, it’s increasingly becoming clear that is impossible. U.S. President Joe Biden is already pushing hard for the revival of a peace process that’s been dead in the water for more than two decades, as well as for Israel to accept that the eventual outcome of negotiations will be the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state alongside it. But it’s time for Biden … to sober up about the Palestinians.

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits south of Africa 
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit south of Africa at 17:36 UTC on December 22, 2023. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth.

Severe flash flooding hits Southern California, millions under Flood Watch
Southern California is under a dangerous flood threat with heavy rainfall impacting Los Angeles and San Diego areas, and moving eastward. Flood Watch is in effect for more than 20 million people from Southern California to central Arizona.

Federal Judge Blocks California’s Concealed Carry Restrictions Banning Firearms In Most Public Places
A controversial California law that would ban licensed gun holders from carrying their firearms in multiple locations across the state was temporarily blocked by a federal judge on Dec. 20, meaning the legislation will not go into full effect as planned next year.

Xi told Biden he plans to take Taiwan — peacefully if possible
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned President Biden last month that he intends to end Taiwan’s decades-long de facto independence — peacefully, if possible.

Christian veteran who toppled Iowa satanic display says detractors ‘overcomplicating’ evil
The U.S. Navy veteran who toppled a satanic display in the Iowa State Capitol told The Christian Post that his detractors defending it on constitutional grounds are “overcomplicating” the situation and should stand firm against spiritual evil.

76 Christian Universities Caught Promoting Abortion and Planned Parenthood
This Christmas season, the Pro-Life Generation is celebrating the 697 Christian colleges and universities across the country who uphold the basic biblical principle that life begins at conception by not promoting Planned Parenthood or the abortion industry. Sadly, it’s not all yuletide and merriment: 70 other Christian schools are officially on this year’s Naughty List, having varying degrees of support for abortion or abortion vendors like Planned Parenthood easily found on their websites.

The Satanic Roots of the Left’s All-Out War on Christian America
Karl Marx: ‘Heaven I’ve forfeited, I know it full well. My soul, once true to God, is chosen for Hell’ Back in 2009, President Barack Obama scandalously claimed that Americans “do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” He was lying, of course. But then, throughout his presidency Obama lied as easily as breathing, just as his puppet “successor” Joe Biden does today.

96% Of Saudis Oppose Ties With Israel, Hamas Grows In Popularity: Poll
A new poll has found that 96 percent of Saudi nationals believe that Arab countries should cut ties with Israel in response to the war in Gaza, and that the popularity of Hamas has grown significantly amid Israel’s devastating military offensive on the embattled territory.

COVID Vaccines Integrate Into Human DNA, Study Finds
Summary: a study of humans suffering from Long Covid analyzed their cellular DNA. The authors unexpectedly found genes uniquely specific to the Pfizer COVID vaccine in human blood cells. This finding proves that mRNA COVID vaccines permanently integrate into the DNA of some COVID-vaccinated people.

Canadian government is funding “sustainable” carbon capture projects because they’re financially unviable
Justin Trudeau’s government has committed to an unprecedented agreement with a Calgary carbon capture company to make decarbonisation technologies financially viable.

FRIGHTENING TRUTH: Airborne mRNA Vaccines are being created that can be delivered straight into the Lungs without the need for Injection
Researchers have developed an airborne mRNA vaccine offering a vehicle by which to rapidly vaccinate the masses without their knowledge or consent. A team from Yale University has developed a new airborne method for delivering mRNA right to your lungs. The method has also been used to vaccinate mice intranasally, “opening the door for human testing in the near future.”

REVEALED: Illegal immigrants being flown on commercial airlines are not subject to security screening like other passengers
Illegal immigrants apprehended by border agents are being transported via commercial airliners and they are not subjected to the same vetting practices as other passengers.

Supreme Court Rules Against Special Counsel, Will Not Expedite Trump Immunity Clash
The Supreme Court’s new docket just dropped, notably without expedited consideration of Trump’s claim of presidential immunity in his 2020 election interference case – a critical question which will determine whether he can be put on trial for trying to overturn the results of the last presidential election.

Chinese Christian elder arrested in front of 6 year-old daughter on false ‘fraud’ charges
A Christian rights group is calling for the release of a church elder who was forcibly detained by police officers in front of his 6-year-old daughter at his home in Anhui province, central China, on what it says are trumped-up charges of “fraud.”