Jussie Smollett Faces Prison, Career Ruin if He Lied About Attack

Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett is facing prison time and the implosion of his career if it turns out he lied about being the target of a hate crime, legal and public relations experts say.“The best thing that Jussie can do is pray and pray a lot,” said Ronn Torossian, founder of 5W Public Relations. “If he made it up, he has big problems in both the court of law and the court of public opinion.”

The “Empire” star claimed he was beaten up on Jan. 29 by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs. Smollett’s co-stars and colleagues on “Empire,” celebrities such as Ellen Page and Zendaya, and public figures such as Sen. Kamala Harris rallied behind the actor, releasing statements of support. However, Smollett’s account is now being challenged, with police investigating whether or not he paid two acquaintances, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, to stage the attack.

Chicago police confirmed on Tuesday that they received a tip from someone claiming to have seen the three men together in an elevator of Smollett’s apartment building on the evening of the attack. However, later in the day, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that the tip was unfounded.

If Smollett falsified a police report, the charge is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, and carries a potential sentence of one to three years in prison. Smollett could also be ordered to pay restitution to compensate for the cost of the Chicago Police Department investigation.

“It’s a very, very, very serious situation,” said Phil Turner, a former federal prosecutor who now works in criminal defense in Chicago. “He’s got some very significant exposure.”

Smollett told police that two men attacked him at 2 a.m., poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. He also claimed they told him that it was “MAGA country,” a reference to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. Chicago investigators are now seeking to speak with Smollett.

Federal investigators are also probing a threatening letter that was sent to the “Empire” set. The letter included homophobic language and contained a white powder, which was later determined to be a crushed painkiller tablet. Should that letter turn out to be fake, federal prosecutors could also pursue a mail fraud charge, legal experts say.

Andrew Weisberg, a former prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, said Smollett could get probation, assuming that he has a clean record. Update: NBC News reported Tuesday, and Variety confirmed, that Smollett pleaded no contest in 2007 to three misdemeanor counts stemming from a DUI incident in Los Angeles, including one count of giving false information to the police. According to the criminal complaint filed by the L.A. City Attorney’s office, Smollett gave a false name, pretending to be his brother Jake. He was sentenced to three years of probation.

Weisberg also said prosecutors may face pressure not to be lenient.

“It’s a very high-profile case,” he said. “Prosecutors tend to be tougher because everybody’s watching. … I think they may come down hard, in terms of not reducing it to a misdemeanor.”

Steve Greenberg, a Chicago defense attorney, said prosecutors could also file a charge of obstruction of justice. He said it was likely, though, that Smollett would be allowed to plead to a misdemeanor, and not serve jail time.

“They’re not going to ruin a guy’s life over this,” Greenberg said. “People make false reports all the time to the police. They get in a DUI, they call police and say, ‘My car was stolen.’ Ninety percent of the time, even if they’re charged with a felony, those people end up pleading to a misdemeanor.”

Smollett has retained two criminal defense attorneys, Victor Henderson and Todd Pugh. They have denied that Smollett staged the attack, and said he will continue to cooperate.

“His lawyers may be having a psychiatrist examine the guy so they could prepare some kind of psychiatric defense,” Turner said.

Smollett, like celebrity fabulists such as Lance Armstrong and Ryan Lochte, may see endorsement opportunities and roles dry up if he is found to have been untruthful. Public relations experts say he will need to demonstrate that he’s learned a lesson.

“If he made this up, he broke the trust of a lot of his fans,” said Ray Drasnin, founder of Purple Penguin PR. “Say you lied and you’re sorry for that lie. Apologize to the people who have supported you, promise to make it up, and find a cause that’s near and dear to your heart and devote yourself to it.”

Richard Levick, chairman and CEO of LEVICK, said people shouldn’t rush to judgment regarding Smollet and cautioned that there are still, in the words of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, “too many unknown unknowns.” Yet if Smollett did fabricate the attack, Levick says he needs to be more proactive.

“He needs to get ahead of this as much as he can,” he said. “He needs to go see the police. He needs to apologize. He needs to make the announcement about what happened instead of letting the facts leak out. If he lied, there’s no excuse, but there may be some explanation.”

Nancy Pelosi Threatens Nationwide Gun Ban to Teach Trump a Lesson

Nancy Pelosi threatens to confiscate guns nationwide

Nancy Pelosi has threatened a nationwide gun ban in response to President Trump’s national emergency declaration at the southern border.

In a stunning admission of the totalitarian plans the Democrat party have for America, the House Speaker warned that an incoming Democrat president will declare a national emergency on the Second Amendment in retaliation to Trump’s attempts to secure the border.

“The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans,” Pelosi warned Thursday at a press conference.

“..If the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people.”

“You want to talk about a national emergency? Let’s talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” she continued.

“That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. But a Democratic president can do that. [A] Democratic president can declare emergencies as well.”

Infowars.com reports: Many mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, advocated repealing the Second Amendment in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting that killed 17.

President Trump rebuked Democrats’ demands for gun control last year, calling on the American people to stay vigilant about their right to bear arms.

“Never believe that your Second Amendment is not under siege.” —President @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/yd1ehmHzH5

— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 11, 2018

But if Democrats win the presidency in 2020, the Second Amendment will once again be under siege.

Nancy Pelosi Threatens Nationwide Gun Ban to Teach Trump a Lesson

 

I LOVE THE USPIS… WHY?

Because, being the lowly ex-mailhandler that I am, “realizes” that “Union” backed hypocrites in the United States Post Office Mail Service and a degenerate 204B on up throughout management:)… have no “Plausible deniability” (Plausible deniability is the ability of people (typically senior officials in a formal or informal chain of command) to deny knowledge of or responsibility for any damnable actions committed by others in an organizational hierarchy because of a lack of evidence that can confirm their participation, even if they were personally involved in or at least willfully ignorant of the actions. In the case that illegal or otherwise disreputable and unpopular activities become public, high-ranking officials may deny any awareness of such acts to insulate themselves and shift blame onto the agents who carried out the acts, as they are confident that their doubters will be unable to prove otherwise. The lack of evidence to the contrary ostensibly makes the denial plausible, that is, credible, although sometimes it merely makes it unactionable. The term typically implies forethought, such as intentionally setting up the conditions to plausibly avoid responsibility for one’s (future) actions or knowledge. In some organizations, legal doctrines such as command responsibility exist to hold major parties responsible for the actions of subordinates involved in heinous acts and nullify any legal protection that their denial of involvement would carry. )…,

but USPIS are the “Bomb,” so to speak – They do their job and they are HIGHLY COMMENDABLE among USPS employees!!!  I know:)  Because I’ve “watched” them as a “mailhandler” on “Scanway Band” (SWYA) – the most “toughest” of all mail handlers’ factories:) (I’m talking lifting packages of 70+ lbs into OTRs on a daily basis – I’m no sissy, but Somoan women are the “QUEENS” to get the work done & with angry “white VET’s” – luv and miss u “J’)  Just saying:))))))  Love KENT, WA. – “Ghost Pepper:)”  I LUV U GUYS ALWAYS!!!!!!

Although, I LOVE the USPS Safety Ambassadors Program, my respects are to none other than Randee (y) (you know who you are of Ever-ett:)).  What an honor!!! to be your student:)  I’ll NEVER forget your loving kindness that TRULY represents to me WHOM the USPS… IS!!!!!!!!!!

I must confess that this article is honorable and as such, I share with all my subscriber’s:)

Thank you Chuck for sharing this with me, even though you had no idea I ‘was” a USPS employee:))))

It is with GREAT honor, I divulge:

John 15:12 – This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

Keep AMERICA GREAT!!!! FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!

Federal Grand Jury Already Convened

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7lyja9JgrA (4:50) Headlines With A Voice 2/19/19
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCnOUt5JxHb7M1EGHUwDGdw/videos https://headlineswithavoice.com/
If the remarkable grassroots journalists at CWBChicago are correct (as they have been all along), Jussie Smollett has more to worry about than making a false police report.  If he was indeed responsible for sending a letter to himself to the Fox Chicago studios where Empire is produced, he activated federal charges that carry hard time.
https://headlineswithavoice.com/2019/02/19/federal-grand-jury-already-convened/
Federal grand jury reportedly already convened, issued multiple subpoenas on Jussie Smollett fake mail threat sent to Fox 1/18/19
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/02/federal_grand_jury_reportedly_already_convened_issued_multiple_subpoenas_on_jussie_smollett_fake_mail_threat_sent_to_fox_11819.html

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Oregon lawmakers seek to lower voting age in state to 16, so teens can ‘protect their future’

Children are our future — and a group of Oregon lawmakers wants the future to be now.

They’re pushing a bill that would amend Oregon’s constitution to lower the voting age in the state from 18 to 16. They hope to put it before voters in 2020.

Younger Oregonians should have “a chance to participate in the ballot — about decisions that affect their homes, their clean air, their future, their schools and, as we’ve seen, their very lives,” Democratic state Sen. Shemia Fagan said at a Monday press conference announcing the measure.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2019/02/oregon-lawmakers-seek-to-lower-voting-age-in-state-to-16-so-teens-can-protect-their-future.html

You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege

DNA FBI

https://patriotrising.com/you-may-soon-have-to-give-your-dna-to-the-state-and-pay-250-for-the-privilege/

Arizona could soon be one of the first states to maintain a massive statewide DNA database.

And if the proposed legislation passes, many people — from parent school volunteers and teachers to real estate agents and foster parents — will have no choice but to give up their DNA.

Under Senate Bill 1475, DNA must be collected from anyone who has to be fingerprinted by the state for a job, to volunteer in certain positions or for a myriad of other reasons.

The bill would even authorize the medical examiner’s office to take DNA from any bodies that come into their possession.

The Department of Public Safety would maintain the collected DNA alongside the person’s name, social security number, date of birth and last known address. 

Any DNA in the database could be accessed and used by law enforcement in a criminal investigation. It could also be shared with other government agencies across the country for licensing, death registration, to identify a missing person or to determine someone’s real name.

It could also be provided to someone conducting “legitimate research.”

$250 fee could be collected from a person who submits biological samples, according to the bill. It’s not clear who would foot the cost for the dead.

No other state does this

No other state has anything this expansive in place, according to David Kaye, an associate dean for research at Penn State University who studies genetics and its application in law.

Kaye said the proposed bill is one step away from requiring DNA from anyone who wants a driver’s license.

Currently in Arizona, DNA is collected from anyone convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor sex crime. If passed, the bill would expand the current database exponentially.

The proposed database appears to be focused on making it easier for law enforcement to use DNA in investigations, but Kaye said it’s not targeting the right people to make a significant impact when it comes to solving cases.

Collecting DNA from the dead could solve some longstanding cold cases, while having DNA from law enforcement volunteers on file might weed out accidental crime scene contamination.

“It doesn’t seem like solving crimes is a big priority here,” Kaye said. “It’s not focusing on the people most likely to be linked to crimes, it’s just spreading the net more broadly.”

There are questions about whether certain requirements of the database are even legal in the first place, Kaye said.

A federal law known as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act bars employers from using DNA testing as a condition of employment.

Connections to Hacienda case

The bill comes weeks after Phoenix police used DNA to tie nurse Nathan Sutherland to the alleged rape and impregnation of a patient at Hacienda HealthCare. Police collected DNA from male employees after the woman unexpectedly gave birth in December.

Nursing-care facility employees — like Sutherland — would have to submit their DNA under the proposed legislation. This could have expedited the Hacienda investigation and would assist with any similar cases in the future.

It’s not clear whether the proposed legislation was crafted in response to this crime.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. David Livingston, R-Peoria, has not publicly explained the motivation behind the bill. He didn’t respond to multiple calls from The Arizona Republic. 

Opposition to the bill

Liz Recchia, director of government affairs for the West Maricopa Association of Realtors, said the organization is against the bill. She urged readers in an industry blog to “brace themselves” before looking at the bill.

“It isn’t very often a bill at the state Legislature affects so many Arizonan’s civil rights in such an onerous manner,” Recchia wrote.

Dozens of individuals and organizations have registered in opposition to the bill, including the Arizona Police Association, the Arizona Mortgage Lenders Association, the Arizona Association of Realtors and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona.

A DPS spokesman said the department doesn’t comment on pending legislation.

SB 1475 is scheduled for a public hearing Wednesday before the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee, which Livingston chairs.

FDA Asks Old People To Stop Infusing Children’s Blood To Prevent Aging

The FDA has warned old people to stop infusing plasma from young people in order to slow down the aging process, saying it has “no proven clinical benefit” according to Bloomberg.

In a Tuesday safety alert, the agency suggested that old people getting scammed with $8,000 per liter plasma to treat age-related issues including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

“There is no proven clinical benefit of infusion of plasma from young donors to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent these conditions, and there are risks associated with the use of any plasma product,” reads a statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Peter Marks, who leads the agency’s biologics center.

The idea of infusing young blood to fight aging has attracted technology entrepreneurs like billionaire Peter Thiel and was lampooned in a 2017 episode of the HBO show “Silicon Valley.” Thiel’s reported interest was sparked by a company called Ambrosia, which has locations in five states across the U.S. and sells one liter of blood plasma from donors between the ages of 16 and 25 for $8,000, according to its website.

Gottlieb and Marks said none of the plasma treatments has gone through the rigorous testing required by the agency. Ambrosia says “experiments in mice called parabiosis provided the inspiration to deliver treatments with young plasma.” The FDA approval typically requires human trials before companies can make a specific health claim about a product.

The reported uses of these products should not be assumed to be safe or effective,” said Gottlieb and Marks. “We strongly discourage consumers from pursuing this therapy outside of clinical trials under appropriate institutional review board and regulatory oversight.”

Plasma infusions are an FDA approved treatment intrauma settings or for people whose blood doesn’t coagulate, however the agency notes there are risks, including circulatory overload, allergic reactions, lung injury and the transmission of infectious diseases.

We’re concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies,” say Gottlieb and Marks. “Such treatments have no proven clinical benefits for the uses for which these clinics are advertising them, and are potentially harmful.”

As we noted in January, Ambrosia was launched by Stanford University graduate Jesse Karmazin, who charges $8,000 for one liter of young blood, and $12,000 for two liters. Karmazin, who isn’t a licensed medical practitioner, told reporters last year that he had hoped to open his first clinic in New York City by the end of 2018 – however following Tuesday’s FDA announcement, they are no longer treating patients according to their website.

As of last fall, the company had performed the procedure on about 150 people ranging in age from 35 to 92, while 81% of those people participated in the company’s clinical trial. The trial gave patients one and a half liters of plasma from a donor between the ages of 16 and 25 and was conducted with David Wright, a physician who has his own intravenous blood therapy center in California.

Trial participants footed the bill for their own treatments – while the results of their clinical trials have not been publicly released.

“The trial was an investigational study. We saw some interesting things, and we do plan to publish that data. And we want to begin to open clinics where the treatment will be made available,” the company’s COO said… several months before he left.

And now, it appears that those wanting to procure young blood will need to hunt elsewhere.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-19/fda-asks-old-people-stop-infusing-childrens-blood-prevent-aging

AI/Robots begin takeover.Citi Ready To Replace “Tens Of Thousands” Of Call-Center Workers With Robots

Citigroup is apparently preparing to follow through on its promise it shed as many as 20,000 operations and technology positions, according to an interview with CEO Mike Corbat that was published Tuesday in the Financial Times.

Corbat

Mike Corbat

CEO Mike Corbat has suggested that “tens of thousands” of people working in Citi’s call centers will likely be replaced by machines in the near future – machines that can “radically change or improve” customers’ experience while cutting costs. Corbat also ruled out a merger like the $66 billion SunTrust-BB&T tie-up that is expected to usher in a new wave of bank consolidation.

Corbat’s comments, according to the FT, were the “most explicit” the company has ever been about how its spends the $8 billion it has allotted every year for technology.

Citigroup chief executive Mike Corbat has suggested that “tens of thousands” of people working in the US bank’s call centres are likely to be replaced by machines that can “radically change or improve” customers’ experience while cutting costs. Mr Corbat, who runs America’s fourth-largest bank by assets, made the comments in an interview with the Financial Times in which he also ruled out Citi’s involvement in any wave of US banking consolidation triggered by the $66bn SunTrust-BB&T merger and justified its continued presence in China. Under pressure to bring its cost base in line with peers, Citi executives have been upfront about the impact of technology on their 209,000-strong global workforce, including last summer’s warning that as many as half of the 20,000 operations staff in its investment bank could be supplanted by machines.

Though, fortunately for the few people who will still have job’s in Citi’s call centers once the bloodletting is over, Corbat said the bank doesn’t intend to get rid of all of its human employees. Just most of them.

Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-19/citi-ready-replace-tens-thousands-call-center-workers-robots

Grand Canyon Museum Tourists Exposed For Years To Dangerous Radiation, Whistleblower Admits

For nearly two decades at the Grand Canyon, tourists, employees, and children on tours passed by three paint buckets stored in the National Park’s museum collection building, unaware that they were being exposed to radiation.

Federal officials learned last year that three five-gallon buckets stored in the Grand Canyon’s museum building were literally overflowing with highly-radioactive uranium ore. The buckets were moved to the museum building when it opened in 2000 and were so full of the ore one literally wouldn’t close.

As AZCentral.com reports, in a rogue email sent to all Park Service employees on Feb. 4, Elston “Swede” Stephenson – the safety, health and wellness manager – described the alleged cover-up as “a top management failure” and warned of possible health consequences.

“If you were in the Museum Collections Building (2C) between the year 2000 and June 18, 2018, you were ‘exposed’ to uranium by OSHA’s definition,” Stephenson wrote.

“The radiation readings, at first blush, exceeds (sic) the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s safe limits. … Identifying who was exposed, and your exposure level, gets tricky and is our next important task.”

Stephenson says he tried to convince Parks executives to warn the public that anyone visiting the site after 2000 could have been exposed to radiation he calculated at levels potentially over 4,000 times the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s “safe” level for children and 400 times the level for adults, but was “stonewalled” by management. He believes the Park Service violated the law by not informing the public of the danger.

Respectfully, it was not only immoral not to let Our People know, but I could not longer risk my (health and safety) certification by letting this go any longer,

Stephenson released a 45-page report detailing the allegations.

Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-19/grand-canyon-museum-tourists-exposed-years-dangerous-radiation-whistleblower-admits

Illinois Considering “Asset Transfers” To Pensions: Be Afraid

Submitted by Mark Glennon of Wirepoints

Governor JB Pritzker’s administration has now made clear it will seriously consider the latest idea to address Illinois’ pension crisis – transferring public assets directly to state pensions. It recently announced the formation of a task force on the subject.

At its core, the concept is exceptionally simple. In practice, however, it’s exceptionally subject to smoke and mirrors and would further obscure a pension system that’s already far too opaque. More importantly, asset transfers do nothing to improve the state’s overall fiscal health.

Just convey ownership of some public assets to the pension, for free, in addition to the cash contributions taxpayers make now. That’s all this is about. Maybe the Illinois Lottery or Illinois Tollway for state pensions. Maybe Midway Airport or its water system for Chicago pensions. Those are examples of assets that have been mentioned that might be handed over.

Illinois state pensions are officially reported to have assets about $130 billion less than what they need to have on hand to pay for pension benefits already earned. Turn over ownership of the tollway and some other assets and, voila, the thinking goes, that shortfall would shrink by whatever the transferred asset is worth.

The first problem should be obvious – the state, as a whole, would be no better off. Whatever assets the state owns – which are your assets as taxpayers – would simply be moved over to the pension funds for the sole purpose of covering benefit obligations. But the pensions are really just a unit of government because Illinois courts have made clear that the sponsoring unit of government is liable directly to pensioners if pension assets ever fall short. So, pensions might be made more secure by an asset transfer, but the government’s overall balance sheet remains the same.

Not true, I’ve heard some proponents of asset transfers say. They claim there are certain public assets where the value of the asset can only be fully unlocked through a transfer to a pension. Just selling or leasing the asset to some third party, they say, wouldn’t work. I’ll believe that when I see an example.

If you’re wondering at this point whether accounting shenanigans might be at play, you’re right to be concerned. Some valuation would have to be placed on the asset transferred in order to understand a pension’s true position. But public assets don’t have clear market values. What’s the Illinois Lottery really worth, for example? Experts will have different opinions, but the temptation will be to inflate the value in order to make pension financial statements look better.

And how on earth will actuaries decide what rate of return to assume on those assets? Currently, Illinois pensions assume about 7% per year. That’s already extremely controversial, with Nobel economists being the harshest critics. This will make heads explode in the actuary world.

Over time, the value of the asset will change. The lottery’s value, for example, will drop markedly if Illinois expands other forms of gambling as rapidly as planned. Does anybody really expect pensions to honestly report that changing value, given their sordid history distorting their position with phony numbers on things like discount rates and mortality projections?

And even if honest valuations are used, another temptation will be to transfer assets that are on the books at lower valuations. That would improve a government’s reported balance sheet when it’s valued fairly in the pension after transfer, but the government’s position wouldn’t really improve at all.

In the private sector, where asset transfers to pensions are sometimes done, that accounting trick is the whole point – take an asset that’s been heavily depreciated to less than fair value and give it to the pension at fair value, which magically improves the consolidated balance sheet. That’s a sensible tactic for a private company to improve its reported position, but for governments, from a taxpayer’s viewpoint, it doesn’t change the economic realities.

Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-19/illinois-considering-asset-transfers-pensions-be-afraid

Brazil Will Deliver Aid To Venezuelan Border

 

Brazil Mobilizing Task Force to Deliver Aid to Venezuelan Border

 
According to the presidential spokesman General Otavio Rego Barros, Brazil will put humanitarian aid on Venezuelan border on 23th February at request of opposition leader Guaido, adding that he would be responsible for its distribution.
“The aid includes food products and medicines that will be available in the Brazilian cities of Boa Vista and Pacaraima [in the state of Roraima] so that it will be taken by the government of [self-proclaimed] President Juan Guaido, Venezuelan trucks driven by the Venezuelans,” Brazilian government said in a statement.
According to the Brazilian government the humanitarian operation would be organized in cooperation with the US authorities. However, a government’s spokesperson stressed that Brazil would take responsibility for the aid deliveries.
 
President Nicolas Maduro’s government had earlier refused to take in the aid, stressing it could justify foreign interference in the country’s domestic affairs.
 
On Monday, Trump called on Venezuelan military officers to not follow orders of President Nicolas Maduro to block the humanitarian aid deliveries to the country, adding that Washington is seeking a peaceful transition of power in Venezuela but “all options” remain open.
 
US “humanitarian aid”, now stockpiled in Columbia is expected to reach Venezuela on 23 February. President Nicolas Maduro blasted delivery as a ploy to topple the government, instead demanding that Washington lift the economic sanctions imposed on Caracas.
 
A political crisis escalated recently in Venezuela after opposition parliament speaker Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, disputing last year’s re-election of Maduro. The United States, quick to recognize Guaido, were followed by a number of other countries. Russia, China, Mexico, Turkey and Uruguay, on the other hand, were among those that voiced their support for Maduro as the country’s legitimately elected president.

The Facts About Palestine

By Howard Green
 
Who is the rightful owner of the most contested piece of real estate in the world? Everyone seems to have an answer to this question that has captured the world’s attention. The Bible prophesies a time when the nation of Israel and Jerusalem in particular, will be a burdensome stone to the nations of the earth. In light of recent political events, I believe we are seeing the beginnings of what Zechariah wrote about almost 2,600 years ago. The media, politicians, and pop culture have made the Jews out to be the ‘problem’……again. This is because many choose to believe a popular lie and ignore the facts about Palestine.
Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
When you reduce the Israeli-Palestinian issue down to the ridiculous, you will find it’s root cause. The cause is the lie about ownership and what I will call “the Palestinian lie” in particular.
The premise of the Palestinian lie is quite simple: Tell a lie often enough and people will believe it. That strategy has worked……and worked so well that it is hard to find a person who will ask three fundamental questions:

Who are the Palestinian people, where did they originate from, and do they have a legitimate claim to the holy land?

Before we dive deeper into this article I want to make an important point. This article is not meant to vilify the so called Palestinian people. The point of this article is to focus on the lie that has made the situation in the Middle East go from bad to worse and how it will ultimately be used as fuel to turn the all nations against Israel. As you read on please understand this: God sent His Son to die for the sins of all people, Jew and gentile alike. God loves the Arab people at the center of this land dispute as well.
It is the prayer and hope of this ministry that many Arab people will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus and to that end, we provide evangelistic resources in many languages including Arabic.
The Palestinian lie is quite simple: Society is continually repeating the lie that there is in fact…a Palestinian people. How do you refute a lie? You confront it with truth. Not just one individual’s version of the truth, but truth rooted in historical, documented, and verifiable facts. In consideration of our reader’s time, my intent isn’t to write a doctoral dissertation about who the holy land belongs to, because that subject could fill volumes. I encourage you to do some self study and examine the facts for yourself and come to a logical conclusion. I do want to briefly mention a few historical and biblical facts that will answer the three fundamental questions.
 
 

Who are the “Palestinian” people?

The terms Palestine and Palestinian have origins dating back to the second century AD. It is a well documented historical record and matter of fact that the Roman Empire and it’s ruler Hadrian wanted to get rid of all Jewish identity in the region. He used the name of Israel’s ancient foes…the Philistines and renamed the land Palaestina. The Philistines were located to the north of Israel in modern coastal Lebanon and parts of Syria. The term Palestine was rarely used until Israel declared her Independence in 1948. The term “Palestinian” wasn’t widely used until the 1960s and 1970s. Yasser Arafat, a well known terrorist….was the chairman of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and his goal was to legitimize a people and cause that have no historic precedent. The PLO seeks to liberate “Palestine” through armed struggle. Since 1994, the PA (Palestinian Authority) has been the governing body of the so called “Palestinian” people.
 
Where did the “Palestinians” originate from?
Throughout history, there has never been a “Palestinian” people as a distinct group. This is a fabrication of terms used by Arabs to identify the people who occupy the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and other parts of Israel. These people are Arabs from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and surrounding countries. The Arabs in the disputed areas can trace their recent history to Israel’s neighboring countries. While it’s true that Arab children are born in these disputed territories, they are Arabs who live in Israel, not “Palestinians” who live in occupied territory.

Do the so called “Palestinian” people have a legitimate claim to the holy land?

The short answer is no. To have a legitimate claim you must have historical precedent and there was never a Palestinian people in the land of Israel. Here is the problem: Let’s go back to our original point about legitimacy……if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it.
People and organizations such as the late Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, Tony Blair, the European Union, and the UN are promoting a distorted view of history and holding negotiations based on a false supposition that Arabs (with no historical claim), deserve land that rightly belongs to the Jews. To make matters worse, people such as Rick Warren, Gary Burge of Wheaton College, and Lynne Hybels of Willow Creek church are seeking to legitimize the “Palestinian” cause under the banner of evangelical Christianity.
Just this week, Pope Francis made a very unfortunate move by officially signing a treaty recognizing Palestinian statehood that should be approved by the Vatican in short order. There are also reports that the Pope referred to Mahmoud Abbas as an “Angel of peace.” The statement is still being questioned and verified by media outlets, so we will not offer commentary based on that. The fact is, when the Pope, who is a global figure makes a treaty with an illegitimate group like the so called “Palestinians”, they gain instant credibility in millions of minds….regardless of the facts. Add to this the social media frenzy and down right antisemitic actions of many on America’s university campuses…..you have a cause based on nothing but lies. Click here to see just one of many reports about Pope Francis and his recognition of a Palestinian state.
The governing bodies of Hamas and the PA take western aid money meant to help improve the lives of the so called “Palestinian” people. Much of the money ends up lining the pockets of the governing officials and used to procure weapons that are used to wage jihad on the citizens and population centers of Israel. The Hamas thugs routinely place their weapons of war near playgrounds, mosques, and homes of civilians. These actions are indicative of the mindset of the entities Israel is forced to go to the bargaining table with…..groups calling for the destruction of Israel.
 
Regarding a two state solution: Israel has put numerous offers on the table and they have been soundly rejected by the PLA. Land for peace simply will not work because ultimately Abbas and Hamas don’t want a two state solution. Their goal is complete control and domination with Jerusalem as their capital.

U.S. vs Russia: Russian Navy Shadows U.S. Destroyer In Black Sea

 

Russian Warships Shadow US Destroyer Donald Cook In Latest Naval Close Encounter

 
In the latest indicator of heightened and ratcheting tensions between Moscow and the West, the Russian navy is reportedly shadowing an American warship, the USS Donald Cook, as it transits the Dardanelles Strait on Tuesday.
 
The US ship is en route to its second Black Sea deployment in only under a month, and fourth since the dangerous Kerch Strait incident.
A US Navy statement confirmed that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer began transiting the strait on Tuesday on a mission to conduct what it called “maritime security operations” and to “enhance regional maritime stability” with NATO allies and partners in the region.
According to Russia’s TASS news agency “the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s guard ship Pytlivy tracked the US vessel’s movements at the time.”
The US military newspaper Stars and Stripes additionally noted the Russians boasted of “continuously tracking” the Donald Cook’s movements since entering the region.
The Russian National Defense Control Center said Tuesday: “On February 19, 2019, at 05.00 pm Moscow time [14:00 GMT], US Navy Donald Cook guided-missile destroyer entered the Black Sea. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet assigned forces and means to continuously monitor the actions of the American destroyer.”
The United States’ Black Sea operations, which have routinely been dubbed “freedom of navigation” related deployments, come months after Washington and its allies condemned Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and the arrest of 24 sailors in late November at the Kerch Strait. The Kremlin for its part condemned Ukrainian aggression and attempt to interfere in Russian naval operations.
The USS Donald Cook’s prior Black Sea operation involved naval drills with the Georgian Coast guard on Jan. 25 of this year. At that time US defense officials told CNN that its heightened Black Sea presence would be specifically in response to Russia’s actions against Ukraine during the Nov. 25 Kerch Strait incident.
Prior to the late January operations the US Navy’s 6th Fleet said “We routinely conduct operations to advance security and stability throughout the US 6th Fleet area of operations to include the international waters and airspace of the Black Sea,” and further, “We reserve the right to operate freely in accordance with international laws and norms.”
Pentagon officials also previously addressed what the US sees as “expansive” maritime claims of Russia in the region, framing the comments in relation to the Kerch Strait incident. The US officials claimed that “Moscow lays claim to areas that far exceed the 12 miles from the Russian coastline that is guaranteed by international law,” according to CNN.

Heart touching:)

Thanks Chuck:)

by Suzanne Short
May God’s blessings be upon President Trump and his family and his Administration every passing moment of each Day.
Oh yes, This photo touches my heart, soul, Mind and of course all my emotions.

She’s praying for President Trump while he speaks and he just lets her hold his hands.

New York’s abortion ‘barbarism’ having ripple effect

New York’s new abortion law, which effectively allows the procedure until birth, already is having impact.

A prosecutor dropped one of the charges that had been brought against a man suspected of stabbing and killing a pregnant woman in Queens on Feb. 3, noted the American Center for Law and Justice.

“We told you that New York’s barbaric abortion law would have real life (and death) consequences. Unfortunately, we’re already seeing the first evidence of that,” the organization, which has demanded from the state information about the abortion lobby’s influence on the law, said ACLJ.

After the law was signed Jan. 22 by Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Virginia tried to pass a similar law. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam drew attention when, in defense of the bill, he advocated infanticide.

ACLJ said that in the Queens case, an “unspeakably savage crime that’s hard to even comprehend, let alone describe, will now go unpunished.”

“A man attacked his pregnant girlfriend in New York, reportedly dragging her out into the public vestibule of their apartment building and stabbing her repeatedly in the stomach as neighbors say she pled for the life of her unborn baby,” ACLJ said.

“This brutal murder of Jennifer Irigoyen, a real estate agent, fitness instructor, and mother to another young child, was captured on surveillance camera. Neighbors say they rushed out to help her after the assailant fled, and say she gasped for breath as they asked who attacked her.”

Irigoyen was five months pregnant when she died.

The New York Post reported the suspected killer targeted the 35-year-old woman’s stomach.

“The victim – a classically trained pianist who sold luxury homes and also worked as a professional Latin ballroom dancer and Zumba instructor – was stabbed several times in her neck and the left side of her stomach, police sources said,” according to the report.

Her boyfriend, Anthony Hobson, surrendered shortly later to authorities and was charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, illegal abortion and criminal possession of a weapon.

District Attorney Richard Brown called it a “heinous crime,” ACLJ said.
Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2019/02/new-yorks-abortion-barbarism-having-ripple-effect/#LuOLDOAEYqP9qkTd.99

Grocery chain: ‘Heaven has a wall … Hell has open borders’

Southern grocery store stirs controversy with ‘political ...

In a time when virtually everything is being politicized, now even food shopping has joined that club.

A family-owned Christian grocery store in Arkansas has ignited controversy with flyers connecting the national debate over border security to the beliefs of millions of Christians.

The message from Mac’s Cashsaver that’s more sizzling than a summertime barbecue states:

“Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in.”

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Some customers find the wording in bad taste.

“It just doesn’t make any sense,” Tyler Reede told KARK-TV. “Why would they put that on there?”

But others find it suits their palate well.

“I didn’t have a problem with it,” Logan Reede told the station. “If they want to come here, they can come here legally.”

The manager at one location, Jack Digby, admits people have been calling about the matter.

“They’re just making a political spin out of it and getting the wrong idea of what it really means,” he told the station.
Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2019/02/food-chain-heaven-has-a-wall-hell-has-open-borders/#Hg13xx2pvf9s0COr.99

They’ve lost their minds!!!! Sell Montana to Canada to pay down national debt?

(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) — More than 7,000 people have signed a petition to “sell” Montana to Canada for $1 trillion and use the proceeds to pay down the U.S. national debt – and it seems our northern neighbors would gladly welcome this bite out of the 49th Parallel.

“We have too much debt and Montana is useless,” says the text of the Change.org petition launched last week.

Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2019/02/sell-montana-to-canada-to-pay-down-national-debt/#vhOPASYKv8bLx8lO.99

Google Thinks It Is Entitled To Tax Funds To Build Smart City

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 Sidewalk Labs is already resisting public backlash in Toronto where it is building a Smart City. This was originally a private investment, but now the company wants its cut of city taxes to pay for it.  ⁃ TN Editor

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs proposed taking a portion of Toronto property taxes, development fees and increased land value to build a smart city on the eastern waterfront, The Toronto Star reported.

According to internal documents obtained by the Star, Sidewalks Labs plans to argue it is “entitled to … a share in the uptick in land value on the entire geography … a share of developer charges and incremental tax revenue on all land.”

This money, which would amount to an estimated $6 billion over 30 years, would otherwise go to the city, according to the Star.

Sidewalk Labs, which aims to create more sustainable and affordable cities through technology, has received significant push back to its project in Toronto after initially being heralded as a catalyst for innovation. Similar to the push back Amazon received in New York City that ultimately led the company to decide to abandon its plans there, local leaders have questioned the company’s intentions and pressured it to make concessions.

After locals became concerned about how Sidewalk Labs would use the the data it collects on their public spaces, the company promised it won’t control the data collected there, the Star reported in October 2018. Even after that promise, a prominent privacy expert on the project’s advisory committee stepped down from her role, calling the proposal, “not acceptable,” the Star reported.

In an interview with the Star about the company’s proposed funding, Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff said the company wants to take a fair cut of revenues once Toronto itself is prospering from the impact of its work.

“We’re going to be spending a lot of money in advancing the infrastructure,” Doctoroff told the Star. “And where we do that and there are new property tax revenues or developer charges, we only want to get paid back a reasonable return for our investment in that infrastructure.”

Read full story here…

‘Digisexuals’ Demand Human Rights At UN To Have Sex With AI Robots

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Is technology causing humanity to go mad? The rise of ‘digisexuals’ will lead to demographic disaster as well as the most dysfunctional human relationships in the history of the world.  ⁃ TN Editor

ECH-savvy “digisexuals” who lust after AI software and realistic robots are demanding human rights.

An emerging sexual identity known as “digisexuality” is said to be gaining traction among open-minded youngsters in Britain, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Research by academics Neil McArthur and Markie Twist, who co-authored a paper titled “The Rise of Digisexuality”, suggests the trend is becoming more commonplace.

These digisexuals are forgoing humans in favour of intimate, and even sexual, relationships with advanced computer software and lifelike robots, according to Markie and McArthur.

One digisexual Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old school administrator who married a virtual reality singer in Japan, deems himself to be sexual minority facing discrimination.

For those who identity as digisexuals, Markie and McArthur believe they may be resistance akin to the pushback against other sexual minorities such as homo, trans, and bisexuals.

Pressuring for human rights protections could be one way in which digisexuals attempt to achieve recognition.

The campaign, it seems, has already begun online.

“I think we are moving towards a system that grants broad sexual freedom and recognises the value of alternative sexual identities in general,” Dr McArthur, a philosophy professor at the University of Manitoba, told Daily Star Online.

“Canada and the Nordic countries are the leaders at this but the rest of Europe and America are not far behind.”

Read full story here…

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Photos Show U.S. Border Facility Overwhelmed by Migrants

Leaked photos reveal the extent to which U.S. border facilities are being overwhelmed by the inflow of migrants from Central America and other nations. Breitbart exclusively obtained the photos that are reminiscent of the Obama-era border surge. The images depict a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing, detention, and transport facility at a U.S. port-of-entry in El Paso, Texas. According to the source of the images, the photos were taken on February 17, 2019.

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Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/02/18/exclusive-leaked-photos-show-u-s-border-facility-overwhelmed-by-migrants/

 

 

Seriously!!! U.S. Taxpayers Fund Border Walls in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Middle East

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/18/u-s-taxpayers-fund-border-walls-in-pakistan-afghanistan-middle-east/

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American taxpayers are continuing to fund border security measures and border walls in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Lebanon with President Trump’s signing of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill.

While the United States-Mexico border received only $1.3 billion for construction of a border wall at the overwhelmed southern border with soaring illegal immigration, foreign countries are getting help from American taxpayers to secure their borders.

The Republican-Democrat spending bill signed by Trump last week provides Pakistan with at least $15 million in U.S. taxpayer money for “border security programs” as well as funding for “cross border stabilization” between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“I’m Committing Professional Suicide”: CBS Star Reporter Admits “Mostly Liberal” Journalists Are Now “Political Activists”

CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan has broken ranks and admitted that journalists have lost their objectivity and become “political activists.”

During an appearance on the Mike Drop podcast with retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland, Logan admitted that “the media everywhere is mostly liberal, not just the U.S.,” adding that it was nearly impossible for viewers to decipher if they were being told the truth at any given time.

85% of journalists are registered Democrats,” Logan said. “How do you know you’re being lied to? How do you know you’re being manipulated? How do you know there’s something not right with the coverage? When they simplify it all [and] there’s no grey. It’s all one way. Well, life isn’t like that. If it doesn’t match real life, it’s probably not. Something’s wrong. For example, all the coverage on Trump all the time is negative. … That’s a distortion of the way things go in real life.”

“There’s no grey. It’s all one way,” said Logan.

Logan says that the heavy bias has warped people’s ability to know what’s really true.

“When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store If they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true,” said Logan. “You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it.”

 

Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-19/cbs-news-chief-policital-correspondent-breaks-ranks-admits-journalists-are-now

“All Options Are Open”: Trump Threatens To Use The U.S. Military To Invade Venezuela

We are getting dangerously close to war with Venezuela. Last month, 35-year-old Juan Guaido declared himself to be the new president of Venezuela, and since that time 50 countries have recognized him as the legitimate leader of the country. But Russia, China and much of the rest of the world still recognizes Nicolas Maduro, and Maduro is absolutely determined to remain in power. The Venezuelan military appears to be fully backing Maduro, and that is going to make it extremely difficult to remove him. On Monday, President Trump ramped up pressure on Maduro by telling the world that “all options are open” when it comes to regime change in Venezuela…

“We know who they are and we know where they keep the billions of dollars they have stolen,” Trump said, warning Venezuelan military officials who continue to back Maduro that they are “risking their future.”

“We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open,” Trump said.

Those are very ominous words, and I want you to consider the implications of those words very carefully.

Of course the White House would gladly welcome a peaceful resolution that would remove Maduro from power, but that is very unlikely to happen.

So that means either Trump is going to have to back down and allow Maduro to stay in power, or else opt for a military option.

Iran President Rouhani: ‘Iran Must Fight Trump’s War With War’

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Tehran is deep in hectic discussions on ways to fight crippling US sanctions – whether by terror or fast-tracked nuclear development, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources reveal.
The first inkling of these deliberations came on Monday, Feb. 18 from Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani when he complained that “economic war is more difficult than military war.”  The heads of the Islamic Republican regime and military chiefs decided some weeks ago that it was time for action when they saw reports on the disastrous state of Iran’s economy and on the rising anti-regime disaffection in the streets over extreme hardship and shortages.

Rouhani spoke at the inauguration of new oil refineries at Bandar Abbas on the Gulf coast, an important port and the seat of several Revolutionary Guards command posts. His reference to “economic war” indicated that the regime’s discussions are focusing on a form of belligerence in reprisal for US sanctions. “Iran must fight Trump’s war with war,” is the precept put forward by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Guards chief, Gen. Ali Jaafari with majority support. After weeks of parley, they are close to a decision on tactics. Should Iran resort to the military or the nuclear path – or both?

For the revolutionary regime, “military” would translate as a wave of terrorist attacks on American forces and facilities across the Middle East. This was first attempted on Feb. 2 when three Iranian missiles were caught pointing ready to fire at the US Ain Al Asad air base in western Iraq near the Syrian border.

The nuclear path would mean fast-tracking Iran’s nuclear weapons program as a provocation for raising war tensions with the US and Israel.

Rumors Of War: India vs Pakistan

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India Weighs Military Strikes In Kashmir After Deadliest Terror Attack In 30 Years

 
After a relative lull that was punctuated by a handful of small terror attacks and military exercises along the line of control in divided Kashmir in 2018, tensions between South Asia’s two nuclear armed neighbors – India and Pakistan – are escalating once again in the wake of a suicide car bombing that killed 44 Indian paramilitary police officers in the restive border region, the deadliest attack in the three decades of insurgency in Kashmir.
According to the Financial Times, the relationship between the neighboring countries grew increasingly strained over the weekend as India contemplated a military response to the attack, carried out by Pakistani terrorist group Jaish e-Mohammad, a group that India believes has long had at least the tacit support of the Pakistani military.
In a sign that the region could be headed for a reemergence of the tit-for-tat attacks that punctuated the early years of the administration of Indian Prime Minister Nahrendra Modi, India stripped Pakistan of its most favored nation status after the attack, leading to an immediate 200% tariff hike.
 
Already, Indian military sources told the FT that Modi – who is facing a close election in the coming months, and is likely seeking to burnish his hardline Hindu nationalist credentials – is considering whether to order “stand off” strikes that would involve deploying fighter jets to fire missiles into the Pakistani-controlled side of Kashmir, as Modi has vowed to “avenge every tear” shed after last week’s attack. Analysts have said he will be feeling pressure to push for a military response.
 
 
In a series of public speeches while inaugurating a new public works project before upcoming parliamentary elections, Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, continued to express fury at last week’s attack. He vowed to “avenge every tear” and said that India’s military had been given a free hand to decide on an appropriate response.
“The fire that is raging in your hearts is in my heart too,” Mr Modi told a huge crowd in Bihar on Sunday. The previous day, Mr Modi declared that “how, when, where and who will punish the killers and their promoters will be decided by our forces, who are capable of dealing with the situation.”
Meanwhile, Pakistani officials have been working with western powers to try and convince them to restrain India. But with the US’s relationship with Pakistan also in a state of deterioration under the Trump administration, it’s unclear exactly how effective those efforts will be. In a tweet sent over the weekend, NSA John Bolton warned that Pakistan “must crack down on JeM and all terrorists operating from its territory.”
 
New Delhi has accused Pakistan of providing JeM with “full freedom” to operate, and is demanding that the government in Islamabad take immediate and “verifiable” steps to crack down on the group. Pakistan, meanwhile, has denied any responsibility and instead blamed the attack on Indian intelligence lapses.
 
 
Analysts have warned that the situation is tense and risks “dangerous escalation”.
 
It’s worth remembering that, should a military conflict break out between the two neighboring powers, it could quickly escalate to nuclear war. Because while India has pledged never to use its nuclear weapons in a first strike response, Pakistan’s military doctrine states that it wouldn’t hesitate to use tactical nuclear weapons if attacked by India, which enjoys far superior conventional firepower.

Mississippi Legislature Passes Bill Banning Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat Detected; Governor To Sign Into Law

Stages of a fetus are displayed at the Illinois Right To Life a table while Republican presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks at the Freedom's Journal Institute for the Study of Faith and Public Policy 2015 Rise Initiative.

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On Wednesday, the Mississippi state Senate and House of Representatives passed bills to prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable (between six and seven weeks gestation).

While the bills offer “life of the mother” exceptions, they do not make exceptions for infants conceived in rape or incest. An amendment to provide such an exception was proposed during debate, but it was ultimately defeated.

On the day the bills passed, Republican Governor Phil Bryant sent out a tweet saying that he intends to sign the legislation into law:

I’ve often said I want Mississippi to be the safest place for an unborn child in America. I appreciate the leadership of the MS House and Senate, along with members of the Legislature, for passing the fetal heartbeat bills today. I look forward to signing this act upon passage.

The pertinent text of the Senate bill reads in part:

Except when a medical emergency exists that prevents compliance with this section, no person shall perform an abortion on a pregnant woman before determining if the unborn human individual that the pregnant woman is carrying has a detectable fetal heartbeat. Any person who performs an abortion on a pregnant woman based on the exception in this section shall note in the pregnant woman’s medical records that a medical emergency necessitating the abortion existed. …

Except as provided in paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection (5), no person shall knowingly perform an abortion on a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of the unborn human individual that the pregnant woman is carrying and whose fetal heartbeat has been detected according to the requirements of subsection (3) of this section.

The legislation goes on to make exceptions for doctors who engage in procedures that would “prevent the death of a pregnant woman or to prevent a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”

In response to the bill’s passage, the Center for Reproductive Rights tweeted:

Last November, a federal judge struck down Mississippi’s 15-week ban, calling the law “unequivocally” unconstitutional. Now, the state is pushing an even more extreme measure, a 6-week abortion ban, in an attempt to eliminate abortion access in the state entirely.

According to the Clarion Ledger, during the floor debate on the bill, Democratic state Senator Derrick Simmons asked Republican state Senator Joey Fillingane if it was worth the money to fight this bill in court — a reference to the alleged $1.2 million the state spent fighting over 2018’s 15-week abortion ban.

Fillingane said that it was indeed worth it. Republican state Senator Michael Watson went further, asking, “What is a life worth?”

The legislation will most certainly be challenged in court.

As the above tweet noted, after Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban was signed into law in March 2018, the Center for Reproductive Rights sued. On November 20, 2018, District Judge Carlton W. Reeves ruled that the law was “unconstitutional.” He added: “Mississippi’s law violates Supreme Court precedent, and in doing so it disregards the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of autonomy for women desiring to control their own reproductive health.”

Joe Biden Trashes America on World Stage

CREEPY UNCLE JOE BIDEN for president?  BELCH… – check out video below and sub Joseph Watson

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is mulling a 2020 presidential run, trashed Trump administration policies on an international stage in Munich during the weekend.

Biden claimed that there is a perception that the United States is “pulling away from the world and from [its] leadership abilities.” He then offered the crowd his “insight” into America, adding that the America he sees is “not in wholesale retreat.”

“The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border,” Biden told an international audience at the Munich Security Conference. “Americans know that’s not right.”

Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/18/joe-biden-trashes-america-world-stage/

 

Hezbollah: We can conquer the Galilee

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says Israel is afraid to enter Lebanon, but admits Hezbollah can invade the Galilee.

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Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday spoke at the Warsaw Summit, promising to conquer the Galilee.

In his speech, Nasrallah noted the normalization process with Israel and said that the summit exposed Israel’s ties with several Arab states.

He also said that his terror organization has grown despite sanctions and Israel’s assassinations of terrorists.

“Today. every one of our 40 military areas has more weapons than all of Hezbollah had in May 2000,” he said. “The Israelis always say that they know everything about me – that doesn’t deter us, it does the opposite. If the Israelis know everything about us, it will just deter them more.”

“In Israel they admit that they aren’t able to invade Lebanon, but they recognize that we’re able to invade the Galilee.”

Russia, Iran and Turkey Plot Syria’s Future, Will This Lead to Ezekiel 38?

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putin erdogan rouhanibbbgRussian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi in November of 2017 and renewed their commitment to Syrian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity. They reconvened again in Tehran on September 7, 2018 and in Sochi on February 14, 2019 to plot their respective roles in the reshaping of Syria’s future in the aftermath of the 8-year Syrian civil war.

Russia, Turkey and Iran are members of a coalition identified in the prophecy of Ezekiel 38. According to Ezekiel 38:1-13, an alignment of nine populations come together in the latter days to invade Israel to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder. This coalition is sometimes referred to as the “Magog Coalition.”

EZ 38 MAPThe fact that these strange bedfellow countries of Sunni Turkey, Shia Iran and multi-faith Russia are coming together as Syria’s ‘guarantor countries’ has some of today’s popular Bible prophecy teachers sounding the “Ezekiel 38 is coming soon” alarm! Could this be a premature assessment, considering neither Syria or any of Iran’s proxies such as Hezbollah, Hamas or the Houthis are identified in the Ezekiel prophecy? Is Ezekiel 38 as imminent as some of these teachers would have you believe?

Read more: http://www.prophecydepotministries.net/2019/russia-iran-and-turkey-plot-syrias-future-will-this-lead-to-ezekiel-38/

Italy Takes on Macron

The ever-closer bond between Emanuel Macron and Angela Merkel not only testifies that France and Germany, Europe’s two largest countries, have overcome a millenarian enmity: it reveals a jointly held contempt for Europe’s south, (in particular that represented by ‘the boot’, and its on-going tarantella).  Ever since the Greek economic crisis, they have been hawking a two-tier system for the European Union: the wealthy, industrial north lording it over the comparatively less developed south that feeds it. Recently, those subterranean efforts burst out into the open, causing France to actually recall its ambassador to Rome.
Perhaps motivated by the fact that Paris denies that its border guards have been physically accompanying migrants caught on its territory back to Italy where they landed, and where European law says they must register, Italy’s right-wing Prime Minister Salvini also accused France of contributing to the migrant crisis by wrecking havoc in Africa. (In particular Italy has never forgiven France for participating in the overthrow of Libyan President Muammar Gadhafi, Libya having been an Italian colony before World War II. Most recently (illustrating the benefits of a coalition government) Italy’s Foreign Minister, a member of the bottom-up Five Star Movement founded by a street comedian (Beppe Grillo) paid a friendly visit to a group of Yellow Vests trying to take down the French government.
France’s ‘Jupiterian’ President, Emanuel Macron, could not let this pass: for the first time since France and Italy fought on opposite sides in World War II, he recalled his ambassador to Rome and France’s international channel, France 24, subjected di Maio to a no holds barred interview that illustrated the fundamental difference between the French and the Italian personalities.  While the journalist could have been mistaken for an interrogator, di Maio’s answers were delivered with a wide-open smile.  Not the diplomatic smile that any other foreign leader would have exhibited, but the spontaneous, everyday expression of one good faith person having a spirited discussion with another. Confronted with Cartesian rigor, De Maio seemed to be saying “C’mon, let’s have a drink, this was just a show of solidarity toward another ‘bottom-up’ movement, not advice on how to topple your government.”
Macron disposed of the threat of direct democracy by organizing a series of encounters (broadcast live), in which local audiences tell him what changes they want and he explains why they cannot happen. His real problem with resigning is that it would prevent him from carrying out his life’s mission as the latest (or last?) avatar of Gaullian ‘rayonnement’, to deliver a modern Europeworthy of its illustrious history.
His partner in the European project, the wiser Angela Merkel, lets him do his thing, like any proud mother whose son tenderly held her hand as they together signed the treaty that Europe has needed since Charlemagne.  Still she may realize that had it included Italy, representing the southern tier, it would have shown that Europe isn’t only about coal and steel, and that it really belongs to its people.

‘End of free speech’: Maffick CEO, host slam Facebook’s unprovoked ‘censorship’ after CNN report

Facebook blocking several pages operated by Maffick Media is nothing short of outright censorship, the company’s CEO Anissa Naouai said, after a US-funded think tank pointed them out to CNN for a ‘hit-piece’.
 
 
The actions of the social media giant, which suspended the accounts of In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed last Friday without providing any explanation or even contacting the company that ran the pages, is nothing but a simple attempt to get rid of dissenting voices critical of Washington’s policies, Naouai told RT.
 
The ban came literally out of the blue even though Maffick did not violate any existing Facebook regulations. “There is no rule that you have to post anything about your funding or personal funding. No one does it, not any of the US-sponsored outlets,” Naouai said. However, that was apparently the stated reason for the blocking as a Facebook spokesperson said the social media giant wanted the pages to become more transparent by disclosing their funding and “Russian affiliations.”
 
The whole situation makes one think that the suspension is in fact connected to the pages’ popularity as well as their critical stance towards US policies, the Maffick CEO said. “We have hosts that talk about things that are not allowed to talk about on other networks like CNN,” she explained.
 
 
“If a video that says that gets hundreds of thousands of views on a page that has millions of views, people [in Washington] start to notice that and they get upset. I believe that is why we were targeted: because of our success and because of, as CNN said, high quality of our videos,” Naouai added.
 
Regardless of who is really behind the ploy, Facebook banning some media pages without any explanation sets a tremendously dangerous precedent, Maffick Media believes. “We had a verified page, which had billions of views, just disappear from online without any kind of comment, any kind of requirement, without breaking any rules. That is unprecedented,” Naouai said.
 
“You have Facebook dictating what people can and cannot see and judging what is good content and bad content. And it is all based on the accusations and criticism coming from a government-funded outlet. If Facebook does it to us, it can do it to anyone,” Khalek warned.

Nancy Pelosi’s Brother’s Company Received $737 Million from Obama’s Energy Dept.

by Nwo Report

Nancy Pelosi's brother-in-law was given 300 million dollars by Obama's energy dept.

Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law, Ron Pelosi, received a whopping $737 million dollars from Obama’s energy department in 2011, when Nancy was House Minority leader. 

To understand the greed of the Democrats and how they are likely to personally profit from the Green New Deal, we only have to look back to the Obama administration, the $3 trillion in “stimulus” money, the green movement, and how it massively enriched Democrats, their donors, and Nancy Pelosi in particular.

Illicitinfo.com reports: For background we cite a September 2011 article from the Daily Mail:

Even as government financed “green energy” pioneer Solyndra was failing, the Obama administration approved an additional $1 Billion in loans to similar green energy projects.

A whopping 737 million of that money went to the Crescent Dunes project situated in Tonopah, Nevada, to finance a 110-megawatt desert solar power plant.

Stay with me.

Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law was previously an “Executive Director”, and at the time the loan was completed, Ron Pelosi was an “Independent Director” of a parent company who held a minority share of the company that was a primary beneficiary of that money landing a $737 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy for Crescent Dunes.

Funny that as Democrats scream that Saudi’s renting out an entire floor of a Trump hotel is an untenable emolument. But I digress.

Despite knowledge that Solyndra was tanking then-Minority Leader Pelosi’s brother-in-law, second in command at the energy investment firm backing the project, somehow secured government funding for the SolarReserve project.

PCG Clean Energy & Technology Fund (East) LLC, listed as one of the investors in the project was given the staggering loan, which even dwarfs that given to failed company Solyndra. PCG Clean Energy & Technology Fund was reportedly a 2% owner of Tonopah.

The project was expected to generate enough electricity to power 43,000 homes. That’s it.

Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the loan just two days after the doomed $535 million Solyndra disaster was scheduled for completion.

At the time, Florida Rep. Cliff Stearns, then-chairman of the investigations subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce warned:

“The administration’s flagship project Solyndra is bankrupt and being investigated by the FBI, the promised jobs never materialized, and now the Department of Energy is preparing to rush out nearly $5 billion in loans in the final 48 hours before stimulus funds expire — that’s nearly $105 million every hour that must be finalized until the deadline.”

Despite the warnings, Energy Secretary Chu, said the projects would create 900 construction jobs and, get ready for this, trumpets please… 52 permanent jobs. Whoopie!

More disturbing is that other investors included Steve Mitchell, who served on the board of directors of Solyndra while the company was collapsing.

All told, Obama era expenditures, first put in place by Speaker Pelosi, who did away with the usual budgetary process, exceeded revenues by more than $1 Trillion each year.

This became the baseline for unquestioned omnibus spending packages that subsequent Republican Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan refused to reign in. Welcome to the UniParty ripoff of America’s taxpayers.

This allowed politicians on both sides of the aisle to grow rich, while our children were saddled with a debt burden from which they are not likely to escape.

There’s a reason Nancy Pelosi has a net worth ranging from $120-185 million. It’s hard not to suspect that she earned her money the old fashioned way … by stealing it from taxpayers.

It’s the same reason Democrats are lining up behind the Green New Deal that reads like a Republican parody of a Democrat program.

Now put the “Green New Deal” in perspective. If the beltway elites grew rich by spending $4 trillion dollars each year, imagine how much can they believe they can skim from doubling or tripling those expenditures.

Asking for a friend.

In a statement Ron Pelosi claimed that “the loan the company received had nothing to do with me”, he “knew nothing regarding their proposed or actual transactions” and that he “did not speak with person in connection with their plans.” Above we laid out our estimation of how this deal may have went down, we will leave it up to you to deduce what you think actually transpired. Factcheck.org did a report on this transaction 8 years ago, which paints a different picture, suggesting everything was on the up and up, you can read that here.

Now you know why these beltway rats want to impeach President Trump.

Facebook blocks pages with TENS OF MILLIONS of views after CNN reports their ties to RT

by Nwo Report

“People connecting with Pages shouldn’t be misled about who’s behind them.”

Facebook blocks pages with TENS OF MILLIONS of views after CNN reports their ties to RT

Source: RT News

Facebook has suspended several accounts operated by Maffick Media without prior warning, right after CNN ran a report about the company’s perceived ties to the Kremlin.

In what seems to be a new step in the social media giant’s fight against perceived ‘Russian propaganda’, Facebook took down, without prior notice, several pages offering video content. The social media network said it would ask the administrators of Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed to disclose their “Russian affiliations.”

“People connecting with Pages shouldn’t be misled about who’s behind them. Just as we’ve stepped up our enforcement of coordinated inauthentic behavior and financially motivated spam over the past year, we’ll continue improving so people can get more information about the Pages they follow,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

However, no official requests were filed with Maffick Media, the German-based company operating all three pages. They were not notified before the fact, which prompted an angry response (posted on Maffick’s front page at the time of writing) in which they branded Facebook policies “new McCarthyism.” All three pages remained offline on Monday.

The accounts were suspended shortly after CNN aired a report with the catchy headline “Kremlin funds viral videos aimed at millennials,” in which it listed all three pages as part of the Kremlin’s “influence campaign” targeting unsuspecting young American adults. CNN stated that German-based Maffick Media is “mostly owned” by Ruptly video news agency – a subsidiary of RT – and is thus in the Kremlin’s back pocket.

An open secret

CNN also repeatedly accused Maffick of concealing its suspected ties to Russia to mislead its audience. While, indeed, none of the pages bore a glowing stamp that said “paid for by the Kremlin,” they were never told that they were required to do so. Besides, no special effort was made to hide the funding sources – as proved by the CNN reporters themselves, who used an online commercial registers database to acquire documents showing that Maffick is 51 percent (which CNN generalized as “mostly”) owned by Ruptly.

The remaining near-half belongs to Maffick CEO Anissa Naouai, an American journalist of Tunisian descent. Before launching her independent project, Naouai founded the show In The Now, which was aired by RT International (and whose Facebook page was also suspended), and before that, worked as a reporter and presenter for RT. She says the company only fully employs people in Berlin and hires Americans as freelancers.

Incidentally, CNN’s own report was based on a tip from the German Marshall Fund, financed by the US, German, and other governments. Among the Fund’s other accomplishments is the questionable Hamilton 68 ‘Russian propaganda tracker’ – a website that labels Twitter accounts as ‘Russian influence’ operations and tracks their activities based on an undisclosed methodology that is impossible to verify – but is still embraced by multiple US mainstream media outlets as a reliable tool.

Unexplained ban

Facebook’s decision to shut down the pages run by Maffick has gone unexplained so far. The company did not break any of the social media network’s rules, which as of now do not demand that anyone post funding details on their Facebook pages. On top of that, numerous other media companies supported with government money – including NPR, PBS, BBC, DW, CBC, and AJ+ – never had to deal with similar treatment, Maffick notes.

Maffick was singled out for the sole reason that Russia is the supporting government, the company says.

Maffick Media says it is editorially independent – but, as per the CNN report, “much of [its] content seemed to be perfectly aligned with much of the propaganda coming out of the Kremlin” – that is to say, the content does not align with the mainstream view of American policies.

If I oppose a US war, does that automatically mean I am going to be accused of being aligned with the Kremlin? With this Russia hysteria we are experiencing now I feel like this is a very, very dangerous McCarthyist tactic to start saying that leftist views, anti-war views are just the Kremlin government’s talking points.

This is what Rania Khalek, the American host of Soapbox – one of the video shows Maffick ran on Facebook – told CNN when asked about her alleged connections to Moscow.

Each of the suspended pages had tens of thousands of followers on Facebook, while their videos were viewed “tens of millions of times,” according to CNN – a level of popularity which possibly spurred Facebook to take such drastic and swift measures to silence them.

US Navy Buys Four Large Robotic Submarine Drones

by Nwo Report

The US Navy will pay Boeing $43-million to buy four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (Robotic submarine drones or XLUUVs).

Boeing based its winning Orca XLUUV design on its Echo Voyager unmanned diesel-electric submersible. The 51-foot-long sub will launch from a pier and can operate autonomously while sailing up to 6,500 nautical miles without being connected to a manned mother ship. Eventually, the Navy could also use the Orca XLUUV for mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, electronic warfare and strike missions, according to a Navy outline of the system’s capability development.

The Military Future of AI, Drones and Robotics

It will likely take 10 to 25 years for various kinds of large robotic submarine drones to be proven out. It should not be that difficult for the eventual addition of standard torpedoes and missiles to be added.

China also has artificial intelligence, drone and robotic technical capabilities. This is not an area where the US will be able to develop unchallenged technical dominance.

A mature Robotic drone submarine capability would shift the balance of naval power away from large ships. The trend would be towards the overall quantities of sufficiently deadly single smart weapons.

Robotic drone weapons would bury themselves into the seafloor or on islands and they would deploy in massive smart swarms.

The amount of overall and accumulated manufacturing capacity would be critical to victory.

If AI and technology were improving at a high rate then it would also be important to be able to upgrade AI and robotics at the last minute. This would be an advanced version of Tesla’s over the air software upgrades.

Submarine Launched Robotic Drones

The Navy is also exploring the possible use of Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (LDUUVs) as another rapid acquisition program. The LDUUV would be a vehicle launched from either a Virginia-class fast attack submarine or from a surface ship. LDUUVs could perform similar missions as the XLUUV, however, the LDUUV would need to remain relatively close to the mother ship instead of operating autonomously like the XLUUV.

China’s Robotic Submarine Drones

China is developing large, smart and relatively low-cost unmanned submarines according to scientists involved in artificial intelligence (AI) projects. These robotic submarines are expected to be deployed in the early 2020s.

The AI-powered subs are expected to be vastly larger than existing torpedo sized robotic underwater drones.

Torpedos are about 12 feet (4 meters long). The new robotic drones will be 40 feet (13 meters) to 100 feet (32 meters) long. This will be about the size of PT boats or U-boats in WW2.

Lin Yang, marine technology equipment director at the Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences confirmed that China is developing a series of extra-large unmanned underwater vehicles or XLUUVs.

SOURCES- US Navy, Boeing, Lockheed

Written By Brian Wang. Nextbigfuture.com

DARPA Developing Next Generation Materials for Hypersonic Planes and Weapons

by Nwo Report

There two main challenges for hypersonic weapons and vehicles are for engines and rockets to generate the speed and for materials that can survive at the extreme temperatures. Moving at hypersonic speeds of 5 to 25 or more times the speed of sound in the atmosphere generates extremely high temperatures.

There are some carbon-based composite materials that are currently used. Composites composed principally of C-C with coatings are able to be used higher temperature operation. There are approaches that rely principally on ablation as a thermal management method and techniques for enhancing heat transfer solely through solid conduction. Increasing heat conduction allows materials to get rid of the extra heat.

DARPA’s MACH program is a four year, two-phase effort.

The first goal is to develop fully integrated leading-edge solutions that can be put into near-term hypersonic platforms.

The second goal will explore new materials spaces such as new metal alloys, ceramic compositions, or robust coatings that can withstand 2200 degrees Celsius under oxidative conditions. DARPA will also look at new ways to achieve extreme cooling. They are looking at over 1500 Watts per square centimeter of cooling.

Success with this program could result in improved materials for next-generation SpaceX reusable rockets.

Having materials able to withstand higher temperatures will enable more efficient and aerodynamic vehicles to be created. Current materials are blunt and not aerodynamic. Current materials are able to withstand the high temperatures but get damaged which requires costly maintenance for systems that are used many times.

The Parable of the 10 Minas: The Seriousness of the Office of Christ the King

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The Parable of the 10 Minas:

The Seriousness of the Office of Christ the King

By True Christianity

2-17-2019

 

 

In this article, I want to share more understandings I have received about the parable of the 10 minas/talents and how detrimental it is for anyone whom disassociates Christ from His parables, they are missing what the Kingdom of God really is.  When Christ came to be with us in the flesh, He came to teach us the finer points of the commandments, precepts, statutes and judgments and how they reflect our minds and hearts towards God and our neighbor.  Christ was very clear in His ministry about how difficult it is for a person to attain salvation.  Giving up everything and everyone in one’s life and to follow Christ was commanded for us to obey and do.  In essence, this parable is about obedience to the king.  When the King tells you to do something, you better do it.  If we do not do what Christ commanded us to do, then, we are telling Christ that we don’t want Him to reign over us, that we don’t love Him, like the wicked servant and the opposition chose to do in the 10 minas parable.  The 10 minas/talents are about how the reign of Yeshua works.

 

This parable is hard for some to understand because many people have a preconceived notion of Christ as a kind man who is easily “pushed over” to make excuses for their sinful hearts.  Christ’s kindness should never be confused with deficiency in righteousness and judgment.  Mercy and grace are NOT being addressed in this parable AT ALL.  The king in this parable gave his servants a direct command to, “Engage in business until I come,” (Luke 19:13) and left to receive a kingdom for himself.  Interesting to note, that the master left his property to his servants, then, left them.  When he returned, he was a king and not just a master, then, he had the power to destroy his enemies.  This is symbolic of Christ, our master/teacher, leaving this earth for heaven and sending the Holy Spirit to give mankind gifts to use for His kingdom (John 14:16, 18; Acts 2:1-4), then when He returns, He brings His rewards with Him, some to eternal life, some to eternal punishment.  Think about it!

 

I can agree with some people, that this parable also has strict teachings about the proper use of the talents/minas, but the overall message is to DO SOMETHING with what talents you were given AND profit, even at the very least, gain interest on that talent.  When I say talents, I literally mean your God given abilities and/or the material abundance that Yahweh gives us.  There are other parables that go into depth about the improper use of wealth such as: the young rich ruler, which in this instance, shows that Christ was not saying that the rich man is wrong for having so much money, indeed, Yahweh Himself blessed this man with an abundance of wealth (Deut. 8:18 & Eccl. 6:2), but as with most people, they think that wealth acquired in this life is to be used only for ourselves, when in fact, Yahweh intends for us to use the wealth He bestows on us for His kingdom.  The king who gives his servants the 10, 5 and 1 minas, expects upon his return to see his investment producing a profit or at the very least interest on his own.

 

The Parable of the Talents

14“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (ESV).’

 

The Parable of the Ten Minas

 

Luke 19:11As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ 14But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ 15When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant!  Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me (ESV).’”

 

 

With both Matthew and Luke’s writings of this parable we can see a deeper heart issue going on within the servants of the master.  The two servants whom invested the talents reaped a profit for their Lord.  Their hearts were right in their obedience to the master.  The one servant who did NOTHING with his talent lacked obedience to put the master’s talent into the bank so he could at least gain some interest on it.  The wicked servant was “fearful” (vs21) of the master not out of respect for the master, but he feared his own punishment over losing the minas more than he feared the master.  The irony, sadly, is that what he feared did actually come true.  The idea is not that the rich get richer and poor get poorer, but what God gives to us (wealth, material possessions, etc.…) is for His glory.  Those who profit more from the use of their talents will be judged and rewarded for their faithfulness and given more.  Those who do nothing with what God has given them will be judged and have their rewards taken from them and given to another.

 

Rev. 21:8 – But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

 

Christ’s lesson in this parable is how He will honor those whom have faithfully followed Him in all His ways, kept working for the Kingdom of God and how He will judge those who reject Him and His rule.  This is what will happen when Christ returns to earth to reign.

 

Dan. 12: 1 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

 

Matt. 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Matt. 24:42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 45Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

What was going on that gave Yeshua the opportunity to teach the parable of the 10 minas?  At the beginning of Luke chapter 9 we see, Zacchaeus, who is a chief tax collector in Jericho, whom in his personal encounter with Yehsua repented of his sins, paid back more that was required by the Law (must do WORKS!) of all that he had stolen and allowed Christ to stay with him in his home.  Christ honored Zacchaeus’ works and declared that Salvation had come to his house!

 

Luke 19: 8And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

 

Christ approved of Zacchaeus’ use of his wealth because he did what was right according to the Law and even gave half of his goods to the poor.  (The Law required in cases of voluntary restitution the addition of one-fifth of the value of the thing restored (Leviticus 6:5; Numbers 5:6-7; see also Lev. 25:35-36.  Ellicott’s Commentary https://www.biblehub.com/commentaries/luke/19-8.htm)  It was this perfect example of Zacchaeus that Christ used to teach the crowd about the parable of the 10 minas.  Zacchaeus’ heart was laid bare before all in that he coveted material wealth and the hardness of his love/heart for the poor, of whom, which he probably extorted from and oppressed.  The turning of this man’s heart to righteousness or right living, earned him salvation!  AMAZING!

 

Another parable, Yehsua gave, was of the Wicked Tenants.

 

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

 

Luke 20:9And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

 

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone’?

 

18Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him (ESV).”

 

 

Benson Commentary

Luke 19:27. But those mine enemies, &c. — Having thus inquired into the conduct of his servants, and treated them according to the different use they made of what had been entrusted with them, he then proceeded to pass sentence on his rebellious citizens, who had refused to have him for their king; and with a just resentment of their base ingratitude, he commanded them to be brought thither immediately, and slain in his presence, that others might learn a more dutiful submission by the execution of these rebels. The word κατασφαξατε, here rendered slay them, properly signifies, slay them with the sword, and seems first to refer to the dreadful slaughter of the impenitent Jews, by the sword of each other and of the Romans. But that does not seem to be the chief design of the passage; it more especially relates to the far more terrible execution which shall be done on all impenitent sinners in the great day, when the faithful servants of Christ shall be rewarded. Now all this was as if our Lord had said, Thus shall I at length appear, not as a temporal sovereign, but as the great eternal Judge and victorious Ruler over all; when, having received power and dominion from my Father, I shall bring all to their final account, and with infinite ease triumph over those who reject and affront my authority: take heed, therefore, that you be not found in their wretched number, as many will be who pretend most eagerly to desire the Messiah’s appearance (https://www.biblehub.com/commentaries/luke/19-27.htm).

 

 

The parables of the 10 virgins and the Wedding Feast are so closely related to the parable of the 10 minas, it’s almost inseparable.  It’s the idea of how the Kingdom of God will manifest itself on the earth and how, we as individuals, will play our parts in its inception.  Do not think that we will not be accountable for our actions just because we call ourselves Christians.  In fact, if we truly are sons and daughters of the Most High God, then, we will be judged and punished first before anyone else for our incorrect actions and words on behalf of Yahweh (1 Pet. 4:17).

 

It is interesting to note, that the parable of the 10 minas and what comes immediately afterwards is the parable of the 10 virgins.  Why?  Perhaps it’s a specific message for all of us to not let our “spirit” go out, because without our spirit in the right spirit, we cannot carry out those thoughts or ideas to keep using our talents for the Kingdom of God.  Numbers 14:24 shows how Caleb had a different spirit from all the others, which caused him to follow God fully and God rewarded him for this spirit.  Lamps are also light, which Christ told us, Matt. 5:15 – No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.

 

Luke 11:36 – So if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it in darkness, you will be radiant, as though a lamp were shining on you.”
Revelation 2:5 – Therefore, keep in mind how far you have fallen. Repent and perform the deeds you did at first. But if you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour (ESV).”

 

Again, the parable of the wedding feast shows us that we have the proper attire to attend the King’s wedding feast.

 

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

 

Matt. 22:1And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3and sent his servants a to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So, the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen (ESV).”

 

 

These parables are Christ Yeshua’s way of telling us that He is looking for the kind of heart He will accept and the kind of heart he finds lacking.  The seriousness of this teaching can be understood by one of six uses of the phrase Christ uses as dogmatic expression, “truly I say to you, (Luke 18:17).  The only other times He uses this expression is in: Luke 4:24; 12:37; 18:29; 21:32; 23:43. Christ is stressing great importance to these sayings as they relate specifically to our hearts and what he finds acceptable or lacking.  A repentant, contrite and a ‘to follow’ heart is what Yahweh loves.

 

Third, in terms of discipleship, each contains three occurrences of the verb •êï ëï õèÝù (akoloutheô, “to follow,” the only uses of the verb in the unit) with three positive examples (#s 1, 5–6) and three negative ones (#s 2–4). In Jesus’ encounter with three would be followers, (1) one says, I will follow you wherever you go” (9:57); (2) Jesus tells another, “follow me,” but the would be disciple wants to first go and bury his father (9:59); (3) yet another says to him, “I will follow you Lord but first let me go and say good-bye to those at home” (9:61). (4) Jesus tells the rich young ruler, “come, follow me” (18:22), but he does not; (5) Peter tells Jesus, “we have left all our things and followed you” (18:28); (6) upon receiving his sight, the beggar “followed him [Jesus]”(18:43)(https://evangelical.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/f2015.4.buckwalter.pdf ).

 

In closing, the remedy for this parable and when we find our hearts are not right with Yahweh, we have a simple solution.  Decide to be an overcomer, repent of your sin, make restitution and follow God with a contrite heart.  Rejection of Yahweh or His Laws IS rejecting His authority over our lives.  In essence, rejecting Yahweh’s Laws and His authority is literally rejecting love, even Divine Love.  Overcoming requires absolute dependence on Yahweh for guidance in every aspect of our walk with him (Prov. 3:5-6).  Overcoming means to be victorious over our battles with sin, the Devil, and this world.  Overcoming also requires us dig out all the hatred, bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts so that we can forgive and thus be forgiven by Yahweh.

 

Christ Yeshua’s teaching are clear.  We don’t need to learn from anyone else of what it takes to gain Salvation.  The examples He gives us makes it clear to us how to obtain Salvation.  We appropriate atonement only IF we obtain reconciliation with people we have offended (Matt. 5:22-26).  Zacchaeus is proof of Christ’s teaching this Truth that Salvation comes by repentance and obedience (Matt. 7:19; 19:29; 25:30-46; John 5:28-29; 15:1-6; James 2:14-17) NOT faith alone.

 

 

Something Good From Nazareth

Friday, February 15, 2019 |  Charles Gardner

When the Israeli town of Nazareth is mentioned, most people immediately think of Jesus. It’s where he came from.

But when Nathanael, one of Christ’s first disciples, heard that the Messiah was from Nazareth, he responded rather sceptically with the question: _“Can anything good come from there?” _(John 1.46)

The same question is sometimes asked today as the Galilean town is now an entirely Arab community with very few Christian believers.

Step in the Sakhnini family. Although part of the town’s minority Christian-Arab population, there was a time when being ‘Christian’ merely described their culture – it just meant that, unlike most of the Arab world, they were not Muslims.

That is until 2007 when Bishara, a barber and head of the family, was betrayed by a close friend – and soon afterwards received news that his sister-in-law was dying of cancer, with only a month to live. In the midst of it all, his wife Sarah was found to be expecting their fourth child.

A pastor from Haifa then befriended Bishara and began to share what the Bible teaches, especially about forgiveness. As a result, Bishara forgave his friend and received true forgiveness for his own sins.

Not only that, but his whole family, including his three preteen sons, agreed to fast for three days as they prayed for their stricken relative, who subsequently walked out of hospital completely healed! And Sarah had a healthy baby soon afterwards despite an initial scare.

Having witnessed such miracles, including the power of fasting and forgiveness, the family’s transformation sent shockwaves through the community. But they were scorned by their Arab neighbours, just as Jesus had been at the hands of the Jewish religious leaders.

And their world understanding was further rocked when some Jewish believers came to visit. They hadn’t even realised Jesus was Jewish, let alone that an increasing number of Jews believed in him. Now they worship together with their Jewish brothers on a regular basis.

“Seeing us sing and dance together as we worship the same God,” writes Shani Ferguson in Maoz Israel’s January report, “was mesmerizing to outsiders and always elicited questions.”

She adds that “there is no greater testimony to unbelieving Jews that Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) has power over all than when Arabs embrace them as the people of their Saviour.”

It’s a little known fact that Arabs and Jews are meeting together at an increasing number of fellowships all over Israel, demonstrating the truth of the gospel that true peace and reconciliation can only be found through what Jesus has done on the cross.

Pentagon Releases Blueprint For Accelerating Artificial Intelligence

https://www.technocracy.news/pentagon-releases-blueprint-for-accelerating-artificial-intelligence/

 Pentagon Technocrats are having a heyday with AI. The report states, “AI is poised to transform every industry, and is expected to impact every corner of the Department, spanning operations, training, sustainment, force protection, recruiting, healthcare, and many others.” The problem is obvious: “artificial intelligence” is an oxymoron. ⁃ TN Editor

The Pentagon made public for the first time on Feb. 12 the outlines of its master plan for speeding the injection of artificial intelligence (AI) into military equipment, including advanced technologies destined for the battlefield.

By declassifying key elements of a strategy it had adopted last summer, the Defense Department appeared to be trying to address disparate criticism that it was not being heedful enough of the risks of using AI in its weaponry or not being aggressive enough in the face of rival nations’ efforts to embrace AI.

The 17-page strategy summary said that AI — a shorthand term for machine-driven learning and decision-making — held out great promise for military applications, and that it “is expected to impact every corner of the Department, spanning operations, training, sustainment, force protection, recruiting, healthcare, and many others.”

It depicted AI’s embrace in solely positive terms, asserting that “with the application of AI to defense, we have an opportunity to improve support for and protection of U.S. service members, safeguard our citizens, defend our allies and partners, and improve the affordability and speed of our operations.”

Stepping back from AI in the face of aggressive AI research efforts by potential rivals would have dire — even apocalyptic — consequences, it further warned. It would “result in legacy systems irrelevant to the defense of our people, eroding cohesion among allies and partners, reduced access to markets that will contribute to a decline in our prosperity and standard of living, and growing challenges to societies that have been built upon individual freedoms.”

The publication of the Pentagon strategy’s core concepts comes eight months after a Silicon Valley revolt against the military’s premier AI research program. After thousands of Google employees signed a petition protesting the company’s involvement in an effort known as Project Maven, meant to speed up the analysis of videos taken by a drone so that military personnel could more readily identify potential targets, Google announced on June 1 that it would back out of it.

But the release of the strategy makes clear that the Trump administration isn’t having second thoughts

about the utility of AI. It says the focus of the Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), created last June, will be on “near-term execution and AI adoption.” And in a section describing image analysis, the document suggests there are some things machines can do better than humans can. It says that “AI can generate and help commanders explore new options so that they can select courses of action that best achieve mission outcomes, minimizing risks to both deployed forces and civilians.”

Read full story here…

Police Across The US Are Training Crime-Predicting AIs On Falsified Data

https://www.technocracy.news/police-across-the-us-are-training-crime-predicting-ais-on-falsified-data/

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The entire criminal justice system across America is being corrupted by the blatant misuse of AI technology. Police are not ignorant when they seek the results they want instead of the objective facts of a matter. This is comparable to the false global warming science community.  ⁃ TN Editor

In May of 2010, prompted by a series of high-profile scandals, the mayor of New Orleans asked the US Department of Justice to investigate the city police department (NOPD). Ten months later, the DOJ offered its blistering analysis: during the period of its review from 2005 onwards, the NOPD had repeatedly violated constitutional and federal law.

It used excessive force, and disproportionately against black residents; targeted racial minorities, non-native English speakers, and LGBTQ individuals; and failed to address violence against women. The problems, said assistant attorney general Thomas Perez at the time, were “serious, wide-ranging, systemic and deeply rooted within the culture of the department.”

Despite the disturbing findings, the city entered a secret partnership only a year later with data-mining firm Palantir to deploy a predictive policing system. The system used historical data, including arrest records and electronic police reports, to forecast crime and help shape public safety strategies, according to company and city government materials. At no point did those materials suggest any effort to clean or amend the data to address the violations revealed by the DOJ. In all likelihood, the corrupted data was fed directly into the system, reinforcing the department’s discriminatory practices.

Predictive policing algorithms are becoming common practice in cities across the US. Though lack of transparency makes exact statistics hard to pin down, PredPol, a leading vendor, boasts that it helps “protect” 1 in 33 Americans. The software is often touted as a way to help thinly stretched police departments make more efficient, data-driven decisions.

But new research suggests it’s not just New Orleans that has trained these systems with “dirty data.” In a paper released today, to be published in the NYU Law Review, researchers at the AI Now Institute, a research center that studies the social impact of artificial intelligence, found the problem to be pervasive among the jurisdictions it studied. This has significant implications for the efficacy of predictive policing and other algorithms used in the criminal justice system.

“Your system is only as good as the data that you use to train it on,” says Kate Crawford, cofounder and co-director of AI Now and an author on the study. “If the data itself is incorrect, it will cause more police resources to be focused on the same over-surveilled and often racially targeted communities. So what you’ve done is actually a type of tech-washing where people who use these systems assume that they are somehow more neutral or objective, but in actual fact they have ingrained a form of unconstitutionality or illegality.”

The researchers examined 13 jurisdictions, focusing on those that have used predictive policing systems and been subject to a government-commissioned investigation. The latter requirement ensured that the policing practices had legally verifiable documentation. In nine of the jurisdictions, they found strong evidence that the systems had been trained on “dirty data.”

The problem wasn’t just data skewed by disproportionate targeting of minorities, as in New Orleans. In some cases, police departments had a culture of purposely manipulating or falsifying data under intense political pressure to bring down official crime rates. In New York, for example, in order to artificially deflate crime statistics, precinct commanders regularly asked victims at crime scenes not to file complaints. Some police officers even planted drugs on innocent people to meet their quotas for arrests. In modern-day predictive policing systems, which rely on machine learning to forecast crime, those corrupted data points become legitimate predictors.

Read full story here…

AI can write just like me. Brace for the robot apocalypse

I’ve seen how OpenAI’s GPT2 system can produce a column in my style. We must heed Elon Musk’s warnings of AI doom

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/15/ai-write-robot-openai-gpt2-elon-musk

Robot at conference table

Elon Musk, recently busying himself with calling people “pedo” on Twitter and potentially violating US securities law with what was perhaps just a joke about weed – both perfectly normal activities – is now involved in a move to terrify us all. The non-profit he backs, OpenAI, has developed an AI system so good it had me quaking in my trainers when it was fed an article of mine and wrote an extension of it that was a perfect act of journalistic ventriloquism.

As my colleague Alex Hern wrote yesterday: “The system [GPT2] is pushing the boundaries of what was thought possible, both in terms of the quality of the output, and the wide variety of potential uses.” GPT2 is so efficient that the full research is not being released publicly yet because of the risk of misuse.

And that’s the thing – this AI has the potential to absolutely devastate. It could exacerbate the already massive problem of fake news and extend the sort of abuse and bigotry that bots have already become capable of doling out on social media (see Microsoft’s AI chatbot, Tay, which pretty quickly started tweeting about Hitler). It will quash the essay-writing market, given it could just knock ‘em out, without an Oxbridge graduate in a studio flat somewhere charging £500. It could inundate you with emails and make it almost impossible to distinguish the real from the auto-generated. An example of the issues involved: in Friday’s print Guardian we ran an article that GPT2 had written itself (it wrote its own made-up quotes; structured its own paragraphs; added its own “facts”) and at present we have not published that piece online, because we couldn’t figure out a way that would nullify the risk of it being taken as real if viewed out of context. (Support this kind of responsible journalism here!)

The thing is, Musk has been warning us about how robots and AI will take over the world for ages – and he very much has a point. Though it’s easy to make jokes about his obsession with AI doom, this isn’t just one of his quirks. He has previously said that AI represents our “biggest existential threat” and called its progression “summoning the demon”. The reason he and others support OpenAI (a non-profit, remember) is that he hopes it will be a responsible developer and a counter to corporate or other bad actors (I should mention at this point that Musk’s Tesla is, of course, one of these corporate entities employing AI). Though OpenAI is holding its system back – releasing it for a limited period for journalists to test before rescinding access – it won’t be long before other systems are created. This tech is coming.

Traditional news outlets – Bloomberg and Reuters, for example – already have elements of news pieces written by machine. Both the Washington Post and the Guardian have experimented – earlier this month Guardian Australia published its first automated article written by a text generator called ReporterMate. This sort of reporting will be particularly useful in financial and sports journalism, where facts and figures often play a dominant role. I can vouch for the fact newsrooms have greeted this development with an element of panic, even though the ideal would be to employ these auto-generated pieces to free up time for journalists to work on more analytical and deeply researched stories.

But, oh my God. Seeing GPT2 “write” one of “my” articles was a stomach-dropping moment: a) it turns out I am not the unique genius we all assumed me to be; an actual machine can replicate my tone to a T; b) does anyone have any job openings?

A glimpse at GPT’s impressiveness is just piling bad news on bad for journalism, which is currently struggling with declining ad revenues (thank you, Google! Thank you, Facebook!); the scourge of fake news and public distrust; increasingly partisan readerships and shifts in consumer behaviour; copyright abuses and internet plagiarism; political attacks (the media is “the enemy of the people”, according to Donald Trump) and, tragically, the frequent imprisonment and killings of journalists. The idea that machines may write us out of business altogether – and write it better than we could ourselves – is not thrilling. The digital layoffs are already happening, the local papers are already closing down. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of a free and fair press.

In a wider context, the startling thing is that once super-intelligent AI has been created and released it is going to be very hard to put it back in the box. Basically, AI could have hugely positive uses and impressive implications (in healthcare, for instance, though it may not be as welcomed in the world of the Chinese game Go), but could also have awful consequences. Take a look at this impressive/horrifying robot built by Boston Dynamics, which keeps me from sleeping at night. We’ve come a long way from Robot Wars.

New dog-like robot from Boston Dynamics can open doors – video

The stakes are huge, which is why Musk – again, in one of his more sensible moods – is advocating for greater oversight of companies well on their way in the AI race (Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet’s DeepMind to take just three examples. AND TESLA). Others have also stressed the importance of extensive research into AI before it’s too late: the late Stephen Hawking even said AI could signal “the end of the human race” and an Oxford professor, Nick Bostrom, has said “our fate would be sealed” once malicious machine super-intelligence had spread.

At least as we hurtle towards this cheering apocalypse we’ll have the novels and poetry that GPT2 also proved adept at creating. Now you just need to work out whether it was actually me who wrote this piece.

Hannah Jane Parkinson is a Guardian columnist

Fabled Biblical City Finally Found Near Jerusalem After Years of Digging

Dr Scott Stripling oversees archaeological work

The archaeologists working at the site of what may or may not be the ruins of the biblical city of Ai used the description of the battle from the Book of Joshua to help pinpoint the location.

A team of archaeologists led by Dr Scott Stripling, which have been excavating a site near Jerusalem for several years, now claim to have finally discerned the exact location of the Biblical city of Ai, as mentioned in the Old Testament.

The excavation is being conducted under the auspices of the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR), described by the Breaking Israel News website as “a Christian organisation that brings together Biblical research and archaeology to mutually advance both disciplines”.

“There were 14 years of difficult digging with an 8-year hiatus due to the Intifada,” Dr. Stripling said as quoted by the website. “We suffered from constant vandalism. But we persevered and did an excellent job of excavating.”

The Canaanite city of Ai is described in the Book of Joshua, where it is conquered by Israelites thanks to a cunning ambush.

While archaeologists previously speculated that the ruins of the city might be located at el-Tell, a site in the West Bank, Stripling and his colleagues believe instead that Ai was once situated at Khirbet el-Maqatir, using the Biblical description of the battle for reference.

As Stripling points out, the Biblical account mentions Israelite troops hiding to the west of the city, leading him to believe that they were lying in wait in Wadi Sheban, a dry wash located just west of the excavation site.

Dr Stripling is now preparing to present his findings for publication later this year, claiming that he possesses “compelling evidence” for his case, the website adds.

Previously, Israel Finkelstein, a professor at Tel Aviv University and the man in charge of an archaeological dig in the Israeli town of Kiryat Ye’arim, also revealed that that area could be the resting place of the mythical Ark of the Covenant.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201902131072386605-bible-city-location-excavation/

New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/14/elon-musk-backed-ai-writes-convincing-news-fiction

The Elon Musk-backed nonprofit company OpenAI declines to release research publicly for fear of misuse

George Orwell At A Typewriter
The AI wrote a new passage of fiction set in China after being fed the opening line of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (pictured). Photograph: Mondadori/Getty Images

The creators of a revolutionary AI system that can write news stories and works of fiction – dubbed “deepfakes for text” – have taken the unusual step of not releasing their research publicly, for fear of potential misuse.

OpenAI, an nonprofit research company backed by Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, Sam Altman, and others, says its new AI model, called GPT2 is so good and the risk of malicious use so high that it is breaking from its normal practice of releasing the full research to the public in order to allow more time to discuss the ramifications of the technological breakthrough.

5G technology gets overwhelmingly opposed in more than 200 cities

(NaturalHealth365) According to activist Josh Del Sol, more than 200 cities are now officially opposed to 5G – a network which uses higher frequency bands, at untested frequencies, of 24 to 100 GHz and higher. Del Sol, the maker and producer of the award-winning documentary Take Back Your Power,” says this opposition is a good start – but, much more must to be done to protect all life on this planet.

The wireless industry is running scared because people are waking up to the dangers of wireless technology and the excessive amount of microwave radiation coming from all these cell phone towers. On top of that: the public is learning about a way to fight back and win.

The population is already being bombarded with dangerous frequencies

Scientists for Wired Technology – a group seeking to change laws in order to protect all living creatures from radiation – points out that radiofrequency microwave radiation is a man-made, toxic agent that causes biological harm.

And, we are already being bombarded with it, to the tune of 700 to 2.1 billion microwaves per second – for cell phone data – and 2.4 billion to 5.8 billion MWPS for Wi-Fi data to tablets and laptops.

Unfortunately, things could get worse. With the implementation of 5G, the group reports that the result will be additional pulsed microwaves at 24 billion to 90 billion MWPS. (words can’t express the insanity of these numbers)

5G will add radiofrequency microwaves to an already radiation-saturated network

Pulsed microwave radiation is composed of micro-second pulses sprayed through the atmosphere, transferring data at the speed of light. As these data pulses penetrate, or reflect off, anything in their path, they cause biological harm to humans, pets and wildlife – including beneficial birds and pollinators.

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Experts say that duration of exposure to the micro-second pulses of electrical power – not the intensity – is the most important factor. Therefore, “always-on” wireless infrastructure antennas have the potential to gravely damage health – especially when located near bedroom windows. In fact, Scientists for Wired Technology characterizes the installation of Distributed Antenna Systems anywhere near bedroom windows as an “assault.”

The solution, says the group, is to forego wireless systems and return to wired internet access – via fiber-optic, coaxial or Ethernet cables.

In addition, the group maintains that telecommunication base station antennas should be 200 feet off the ground, and at least 2,500 feet away from homes, schools, hospitals, public buildings, parks and wilderness areas.

Research ignored and the mainstream media remains silent about the dangers of 5G technology

Of course, the government considers wireless systems to be “safe.” Yet government health agencies failed to sound warnings on such threats to human health as thalilomide, smoking, lead paint, Agent Orange and other toxic disasters – until it was too late for many. Should we really take their word for it?

Unfortunately, the powers-that-be are again failing to heed warnings issued by researchers and natural health experts.
In May 2016, the U.S. Federal National Toxicology Program released “partial findings” from a $25 million study on the effects on health of cellphone radiation. And the results were alarming.

Researchers found that hyperplasia – or abnormal growth of tissues or organs – and tumors occur at significantly higher rates in the presence of radiofrequency microwave radiation.

Rather than serving to slow down the race to unleash 5G, the study appeared to go unnoticed. A month later, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler held a jubilant press conference to laud the coming roll-out of 5G applications as a “game-changer” and a “national priority” expected to generate “tens of billions of dollars.”

A mere month after that, on July 14, 2016, the FCC approved the move to 5G – and the installation of Distributed Antenna Systems on utility poles commenced.

At the June 20th press conference, the FCC resorted to Gestapo tactics to attempt to intimidate a reporter. A Bloomberg News reporter, Todd Shields, had his press credentials confiscated by members of the FCC security force – after he was observed merely conversing with a group of safety advocates concerned about radiation.

After Shields openly confronted Wheeler, the chairman chided him, and alluded to the duty to “behave responsibly.”

Of course, this begs the question – who is really behaving irresponsibly here?

You can view the video (below) and decide for yourself:

video at: https://www.naturalhealth365.com/5g-wireless-radiation-2336.html

“We’ll End Up In The Supreme Court”: Trump Emergency Declaration To Face Firestorm Of Litigation

After unveiling his intention to declare a national emergency that would allow him to redirect some $7 billion in additional funding for his border wall, President Trump said Friday that “we will be sued…and we will possibly get a bad ruling…and then we will get another bad ruling…and then we will end up in the Supreme Court” over the controversial plan, which even some Republican Senators (and former campaign-era rivals) have denounced as potentially unconstitutional. Of course, Trump is used to legal challenges to his policies. And he’s also used to winning, as he ultimately prevailed during the battle over his travel ban (though the final measure approved by the Supreme Court was notably watered-down).

After Trump launched into a lengthy digression about the lengthy legal process upon which he was about to embark, several commentators noted, the challenges will offer Trump the opportunity to utter one of his favorite phrases: “See you in court.”

Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-15/trump-border-emergency-declaration-faces-fusillade-litigation

Now That Trump Has Declared A National Emergency, Here Is What Happens Next

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-15/now-trump-has-declared-national-emergency-here-what-happens-next

Now that President Trump has officially declared his plans to declare a national emergency to authorize an additional $7 billion for his promised border wall, political observers will be waiting to see what Democrats and Republicans in Congress do next to try and block the funding. Democrats in both the House and the Senate unanimously oppose the national emergency measure, and what’s probably more surprising, a number of Senate Republicans have also expressed concerns with the plan.

So, what – if anything – can be done to stop this executive action by the president?

Trump

The New York Times has offered a brief guide to what will likely happen next, considering that several House Democrats (including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) have already declared their plans to try and stop the president.

The upshot is that Congressional Democrats have two avenues that they can pursue: One in Congress, and one in the courts.

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Can Congress stop Trump from declaring an emergency? (short answer: maybe so, but they would need the support of enough Senate Republicans to give them a supermajority in both chambers)

No, Congress does not have the power to stop the president from declaring a national emergency. But when lawmakers granted the president emergency powers in the first place, they built a check into the law.

Under the National Emergencies Act, the House and the Senate can take up what is called a joint resolution of termination to end the emergency status if they believe the president is acting irresponsibly or the threat has dissipated. Representative Joaquin Castro, Democrat of Texas and the head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said late Thursday that he was ready to introduce such a resolution if Mr. Trump followed through. With a comfortable majority in the chamber, Democrats will most likely pass it or a similarly worded resolution.
“I will fully support the enactment of a joint resolution to terminate the president’s emergency declaration, in accordance with the process described in the National Emergencies Act, and intend to pursue all other available legal options,”
said Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

To keep a president’s party from bottling such a measure up, the law says that if one chamber passes such a resolution, the other one must bring it up for a vote within 18 days. Though Democrats are in the minority in the Senate, they would need only a handful of Republicans to join them to pass the resolution there and send it to Mr. Trump’s desk. It is easy to imagine a half-dozen or more Republican senators joining Democrats out of concern for the precedent that Mr. Trump’s declaration will set.

What would Trump do next?

As with any other bill that comes to the president’s desk, Mr. Trump can veto a joint congressional resolution terminating the national emergency, as long as it has not passed with supermajorities in both the House and the Senate.

Congress did not originally intend to give the president this recourse when it enacted the law during the post-Watergate reform era that has governed how and when presidents may invoke emergency-power statutes.

But the Supreme Court struck down what it calls legislative vetoes in 1983, ruling that for a congressional act to take legal effect, it must be presented to the president for signature or veto. Because it takes two-thirds of both chambers to override a veto, the ruling made it substantially harder for Congress to stop a president’s declaration.

How strong is opposition to a declaration in the House and the Senate? (short answer: It’s unlikely that Dems can win enough votes to actually end the national emergency declaration):

This is the crucial question. Half a dozen or so Republicans made their disapproval of an emergency declaration clear on Thursday.

“I don’t believe that the National Emergencies Act contemplated a president repurposing billions of dollars outside the normal appropriations process,” said Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine. “I also believe it will be challenged in court and is of dubious constitutionality.”

Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and an ally to the president on other issues, said a national emergency declaration of this sort ran counter to the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution. Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, agreed.
“My view is that this is better to be resolved through the legislative process,” he said.

Still, it is highly unlikely that Democrats can pick up enough Republican supporters in the House or the Senate to override Mr. Trump’s likely veto. The best case for the president’s opponents is that they show deep fissures among Republicans over the wall.

They could also try to build bipartisan support for legislation preventing Mr. Trump from drawing money for the wall from funds allocated by Congress for disaster relief.

Could Congress sue? (short answer: Dems will almost certainly try):

Here Democrats appear to have two choices. The House could either support a lawsuit challenging the emergency declaration brought by a third party or file a suit of its own.

There are questions about the House’s legal standing if it were to try to sue on its own, and House leaders and their lawyers will have to decide if it is worth risking filing suit themselves only to be dismissed by a judge for lack of standing. Regardless, a legal challenge is likely to tie up Mr. Trump’s efforts in court for an extended period of time.

While another shutdown has been averted thanks to Trump’s decision to sign the border funding compromise, how this plays out could create problems further down the line (keep in mind, Congress and Trump must cooperate to raise the debt ceiling over the summer, and this won’t be the last time that Congress and Trump will need to strike a compromise to fund the government).

Democrats Win Again? The Spending Bill Congress Just Passed Contains Restrictions That Make It Just About Impossible For Trump To Build His Wall

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On Wednesday, the House and the Senate both passed a massive 1,159 page spending bill that they were given less than 24 hours to read. There was a concerted effort by the leadership of both parties to rush this bill through before the American people could be mobilized to oppose it. We are being told that this spending package represents a compromise, but as you will see below, the wording of the bill is so restrictive that it is going to make it just about impossible for President Trump to get anything built on the border. At this point I think that Trump is counting on declaring a national emergency in order to get his wall built, but the moment he does that the Democrats plan to tie him up in court indefinitely.

Netanyahu In Warsaw: Campaign Boost, Pompeo: Iran Must Be Pushed Out

At Warsaw parley, Israel’s anti-Iran front is stretched to Yemen, Iraq

 
 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, while seated next to Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani on Feb. 14, hailed the Warsaw conference as “historic” – if only for the unprecedented seating arrangements. The US, which co-hosted the Conference for Middle East Peace and Security as a major vehicle for the Trump administration’s campaign against Iran, most likely engineered those arrangements.  The event targeted the opponents of the anti-Iran campaign, at home and in Europe. It was also intended to boost Saudi Arabia, whose armed forces have been battling Iran-backed Yemeni Houthi insurgents for four years, and the United Arab Emirate, whose army is fighting alongside the Saudis in Yemen.
 
For Israel, the event served as a huge campaign boon for Prime Minister Netanyahu whose Likud is campaigning for re-election on April 9. He was shown easily hobnobbing with world leaders on an international stage, notably in amicable first-time encounters with Arab rulers. His seating alongside the Yemeni foreign minister flashed around the media, the day after he met with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah.
 
That juxtaposition also carries a price. Secretary of State Pompeo used it as a symbol of the US administration’s expectations of Israel for a larger military role alongside the US, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the Yemeni war. The Houthi insurgents are supported not only by Iran but also by Hizballah, Israel’s arch-enemies. Until now Israeli assistance to the Yemeni government went through Saudi Arabia.
 
In his speech to the Warsaw gathering, Pompeo stressed that the Middle East would not achieve peace and stability without confronting Iran. “It’s just not possible,” he said. They are operating in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq; they support the Houthis in Yemen, as well as Hamas and Hizballah, all of whom pose real threats. The Iranians must be pushed out of those places,” said Pompeo. For the IDF and its intelligence army, the penny has dropped. Netanyahu returns from Warsaw with new Israeli war fronts outside its borders, following on his praise of Arab foreign ministers for speaking with “exceptional power, clarity and unity against the shared threat posed by the Iranian regime.”

U.S. VP Pence: Iran’s Mullahs Are Plotting To Eliminate Israel And Seeks ‘New Holocaust’

Pence warns Poland conference that Iran’s mullahs are plotting ‘new Holocaust’ against Israel

 
 
Vice President Mike Pence told a conference of European and Middle East leaders on Thursday that Iran is plotting to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth, and seeks to unleash a ‘new Holocaust.’
With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu watching, Pence said in Poland that Tehran poses ‘the greatest threat to peace and security’ in the region.
Hours earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that ‘confronting Iran’ is a necessary step for any nation that wants to ‘achieve peace and stability in the Middle East.’
‘The three H’s — the Houthis, Hamas and Hezbollah — these are real threats … you can’t get peace in the Middle East without pushing back against Iran,’ Pompeo said, referring to the Islamic regime’s proxies in Yemen, in Lebanon and in Syria and Iraq.
The U.S. and Poland cooperated in organizing the two-day conference in Warsaw.
 
Iran celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Monday. President Hassan Rouhani vowed to ‘raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground’ if the U.S. military should attack.
The Trump administration responded with a video message from National Security Advisor John Bolton,’ aimed squarely at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
‘For all your boasts, for all your threats to the life of the American president, you are responsible for terrorizing your own people,’ Bolton declared. ‘I don’t think you’ll have many more anniversaries to enjoy.’
Pence on Thursday denounced a new initiative by France, Germany and Britain to let European businesses keep operating in Iran despite renewed U.S. sanctions designed to hamstring Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions.
‘It’s an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the EU and creates still more distance between Europe and the United States,’ Pence said.
‘The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region and the world the peace, security and freedom they deserve,’ he said.
 
As Iran’s clerical state marks 40 years since the overthrow of the pro-U.S. shah, Pence vowed maximum pressure while not explicitly urging regime change.
‘As Iran’s economy continues to plummet, as the people of Iran take to the streets, freedom-loving nations must stand together and hold the Iranian regime accountable for the evil and violence it has inflicted on its people, on the region and the wider world,’ he said.
US sanctions ‘will get tougher still’ unless Iran ‘changes its dangerous and destabilising behavior,’ Pence said.
The European Union, including summit host Poland, has shown no sign of rejecting the 2015 accord negotiated under former US president Barack Obama in which Iran constrained its nuclear programme in return for promises of sanctions relief.
EU officials say they acknowledge concerns about Iran but believe the deal, with which Tehran has complied, is working and that the clerical state is not the only problematic actor in the region.
Pence’s most fiery verbal attacks on Iran focused on the nation’s status as ‘the leading state sponsor of terror in the world.’
Forty years ago this month, the mullahs seized control of the country – and every year since, they have supported terrorist proxies and militias like Hezbollah, Hamas, and al Qaeda, exported missiles, and fueled conflicts in Syria and Yemen and beyond,’ he said.