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Teens Filmed, Mocked Drowning Man, Cocoa Police Say
"(The teens) were telling him they weren't going in after him and that 'you shouldn't have gone in there,'" said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Cocoa Police Department. "He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed. They didn't call the police. They just laughed the whole time. He was just screaming... for someone to help him."
From "Florida Today"

Donald Trump Scraps Covert Cia Program to Arm Syrian Rebels
The Syrian conflict, now in its sixth year, has morphed into complex civil war with a dizzying array of armed actors and fronts-within-fronts that has drawn in more than a dozen international and regional powers. The United States has increasingly focused its attention more on defeating IS in Iraq and Syria than toppling Assad. Ending the CIA program will not impact the US-led fight against IS.
From "Deutsche Welle"


Hundreds Pack Dc Hall to Discuss Podcast Exploring Harry Potter as a Sacred Text
Mark Kennedy grew up a Catholic, and a Harry Potter fanatic. Only one stuck. "I considered myself a non-spiritual person," he said. He thought he was done with religion. And then he stumbled on the podcast "Harry Potter and the Sacred Text." The podcast told him that the Harry Potter series — the books that he always turned to for solace when he was angry or stressed or in need of an escape — could be a source of spiritual sustenance. "I feel like I'm born again," he said.
From "The Washington Post"

More Transit Problems Pile Up, and They Have Nothing to Do With Penn Station
Thursday morning brought suspensions and delays on the PATH and Newark AirTrain, more cancellations on NJ Transit due to manpower issues, ticketing problems and a rash of subway delays due to sick customers and signal failures.
From "NBC New York"

Turkey: Erdogan's Obsession to Take Jerusalem
Only half a year into the "normalized charter" Erdogan in May pledged that his government would work with the Palestinian people to guard against the "Judiazation of Jerusalem." This may be vintage Erdogan. The Turkish president's promise was not too different from a call for a struggle to guard against the "Catholicization of the Vatican."
From "Prophesy News Watch/Gatestone Institute"


Why Universal Basic Income Is Gaining Support, Critics
The idea of a universal basic income — monthly cash payments from the government to every individual, working or not, with no strings attached — is gaining traction, thanks in part to endorsements from Silicon Valley celebs..."I think ultimately we will have to have some kind of universal basic income, I don't think we are going to have a choice," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the World Government Summit in Dubai in February.
From "The San Francisco Chronicle"

Thousands Evacuated Central California, Wildfires Burn Across U.S. West
A 25,000-acre wildfire in central California, one of three dozen major blazes burning across the U.S. West, threatened hundreds of homes and businesses on Wednesday after forcing the evacuation of about 5,000 residents. There were 46 active large fires spread across 12 states, with 11 new blazes reported on Tuesday alone, according to National Interagency Fire Center website. Around 4.4 million acres have been burnt since the start of 2017, compared to 2.7 million acres in the same period last year, it said
From "Reuters"

In Wake of Waqf Defection, Israel to Reestablish Jewish Sovereignty on Temple Mount, Says Mk
The move comes in the wake of the events of last Friday, when three Palestinian terrorists used the holy site to launch a terror attack against Israeli forces, killing two Israeli police officers. Israel closed the Temple Mount to all visitors in its aftermath, sparking Muslim outrage worldwide.
From "Breaking Israel News"

Waqf Protests Israel Has Completely Taken Control of Temple Moun
Following Friday's attack, in which three Israeli-Arabs killed two Israeli Druze police officers near Lions Gate just outside the Temple Mount complex, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the rare step of sealing the site amid security sweeps. Israel said the killers emerged from the Temple Mount compound with automatic weapons, in what Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called a "defiling" of the holy site.
From "The Times Of Israel"

Palestinians Clash With Israeli Forces Outside Al-Aqsa
Palestinian worshippers have clashed with Israeli security forces outside a gate to the Old City in Jerusalem, as tensions continue over the new security measures implemented at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Israeli security forces were seen dragging a worshipper, while another police officer appeared to punch a Palestinian man during the confrontation on Wednesday.
From "Al Jazeera"

Turkish State News Agency Publishes U.S. Base Locations in Syria
Despite a tight military alliance dating back to the Cold War, Turkey and the U.S. have been at odds for years now over the U.S. backing of Kurdish fighters in Syria who are affiliated with separatist movements inside Turkey. The Turkish government probably leaked U.S. troop locations to Anadolu as retaliation, according to Aaron Stein, a fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington.
From "Bloomberg"


The West Adopts Sharia Blasphemy Laws
All over the West, non-Muslim authorities are willingly adopting Sharia blasphemy norms. Where will it end? Will the West passively acquiesce to the full implementation of Sharia, or will at some point authorities draw the line and say Thus far, and no farther? If they ever intend to do that, they should do it quickly, for as these cases indicate, the freedom of speech is eroding rapidly.
From "Freedom Outpost"

Dc Allows Doctors to Prescribe Life-Ending Medications
Doctors and pharmacies in the nation's capital are now allowed to prescribe life-ending medications to terminally ill patients. The Death with Dignity Act of 2016 became law with the signature of Mayor Muriel Bowser in December of 2016. Now the Bowser administration has announced the implementation of the law in the District. The city said the law allows terminally ill D.C. residents over the age of 18 to legally obtain a physician's prescription for medications to end their lives in a humane and peaceful manner.
From "WTOP"


Confidant of Pope Francis Condemns Us Religious Right
Spadaro said this relationship has "gradually radicalized," dividing the world into only good and evil and providing theological justification for a type of "apocalyptic geopolitics" advocated by such figures as White House adviser Steve Bannon, who is Catholic.
From "Associated Press"

Facial Recognition Coming to Police Body Cameras
Decreasing the amount of code needed for image recognition means a lot less processing, which means smaller computers needing less power can accomplish these tasks. Eventually, you get to the point where a computer the size of a body camera can recognize an image that camera has been told to look for.
From "Defense One"

Fethullah Gulen Is Facing Extradition to Turkey by Donald Trump - So He Should Read up About His Country
It is a fascinating, frightening story, journalism bringing all the connections together. So now the Turkish-Kurdish war goes on, Gulen is ready for his extradition and Isis appears to be free to stage its suicide attacks in Turkey. After Aleppo and Mosul - and Raqqa soon, I suppose - it's easy to take our eyes off Turkey. Even America has earned Erdogan's rebuke by staging air strikes to help the surrounded Kurds of Kobani. Watch this space.
From "The Independent"

'It's Raining Needles': Drug Crisis Creates Pollution Threat
They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere.
From "The Boston Herald"

Tech May Replace Half of All Low-Skilled Jobs in the U.S.
"We found a toxic brew," said CBER Director Michael Hicks. "Automation is likely to replace half of all low-skilled jobs, and roughly one in four of all American jobs are at risk from foreign competition in coming years."
From "CBS News"

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Weight Gain, Finds New Research
Artificial sweeteners are found in a plethora of products from cough syrups to salad dressings, but new research claims that the sugar alternative could actually lead to weight gain. The chances of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity are linked to consuming artificial sweeteners, according to the new large-scale study on the effects of the sugar substitute.
From "The Independent"

Weed Killer Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor in Farm Country
But across much of farm country, a dispute over a common weed killer is turning neighbor against neighbor. The furor surrounding the herbicide known as dicamba has quickly become the biggest controversy of its kind in U.S. agriculture, and it is even suspected as a factor in Wallace's death in October, when he was allegedly shot by a worker from a nearby farm where the chemical had been sprayed.
From "Associated Press"

'At Home, We Couldn't Get By': More Venezuelans Flee as Crisis Deepens
As Venezuela falls further into a humanitarian disaster of economic collapse and political repression, more of its citizens are fleeing a country which once served as a haven for economic migrants and political refugees from around the world.
From "The Guardian"


Turkey Bars German Mps in New Escalation of Allies' Row
The two countries are at odds over a host of issues, including Berlin's refusal to extradite asylum seekers Ankara accuses of involvement in last year's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while Berlin is demanding the release of an imprisoned Turkish-German journalist. Merkel's criticisms of Ankara have been muted, partly because she needs its cooperation in upholding a deal whereby Turkey prevents migrants and refugees, many fleeing Syria's civil war, from leaving its shores for the European Union.
From "Reuters"

Medical Bombshell: Chemotherapy Found to Spread Cancer
This research further confirms exactly what Natural News has reported for years... namely, that chemotherapy causes cancer. This proves yet again that the cancer industry seems far more interested in repeat revenues than in halting cancer. No wonder cancer doctors use such scare tactics to try to terrorize women into breast cancer treatments with chemotherapy... they know they're recruiting a patient that will produce repeat revenues for life!
From "Natural News"

Chicago's Terrible New Plan to Force High School Kids Into the Military
A plan approved in May is set to take effect soon, forcing high school seniors to either be enlisted in the military, have a job, be enrolled in a gap-year program, or have a college acceptance letter before the Chicago public schooling system will give them their diploma. The obvious consequences of this new policy are problematic. Still, Emanuel doesn't seem to care.
From "Anti Media"


Work and Welfare

John Ritenbaugh, analyzing the abuses of the welfare system in America, observes that many welfare recipients use the assistance that is intended to buy food for tattoos, smartphones, and internet service, taking advantage of the average taxpayer's generosity. Originally, welfare was intended for survival needs rather than frivolous whims or the exercising of imagined rights. The Bible does not condone a government-supplied welfare system, insisting rather that people who refuse to work shall not eat (II Thessalonians 3:10-15). Idleness is a major contributory factor in producing gossip and busybodies. In ancient Israel, the family (an institution under perpetual attack by leftist 'progressive' liberals) provided assistance to people who fell into financial hardship. Hence, Boaz helped Ruth and Naomi in their time of need. God the Father and Jesus Christ work continually. They have mandated that taking care of the indigent is a family, not a government responsibility. Recently, several States that have demanded work for government benefits have seen their welfare rolls drop dramatically.
From "John W. Ritenbaugh"

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