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26-May-17

Mark Zuckerberg Joins Silicon Valley Bigwigs in Calling for Government to Give Everybody Free Money
"Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it's time for our generation to define a new social contract," Zuckerberg said during his speech. "We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas."
From "CNBC"

Students Berate Professor Who Refused to Participate in No-Whites 'Day of Absence'
Biology professor Bret Weinstein was berated by dozens of students outside of his classroom Tuesday morning for refusing to participate in an event in which white people were invited to leave campus for a day. Now, he says police have told him to hold his classes off campus due to safety concerns. Things are "out of control at Evergreen," he said.
From "The Washington Times"

Planned Parenthood Executives Joke About Decapitating Fetuses in New Video
Planned Parenthood executives joked about decapitated fetuses, admitted to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs and said clinics have a financial incentive to sell human tissue in a new undercover video released Thursday.
From "The Washington Times"


23-May-17

'This Is Only the Beginning': Sick Video Shows ISIS Jihadist Make Ominous Warning After Manchester Arena Blast
A sick video has surfaced online showing an ISIS jihadist saying "this is only the beginning" after the Manchester 'terror attack' that killed more than 20 . In the unverified footage, a man wearing a mask and sitting in front of a black flag making the ominous warning. The man then holds up a sign bearing the words "Manchester 2017-05-22", a reference to yesterday's date. Hours later ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack via the Reuters news agency. In the video the masked man says: "In the name of Allah the merciful, the grateful, this is only the beginning. "The lions of the Islamic State are beginning to attack all the crusaders. Allahu akbar. Allahu akbar."
From "The Mirror"

Festivals to Allow Revellers to Test Drugs Before They Take Them
For the first time this summer, Reading and Leeds festivals and a number of other live music events are aiming to introduce the testing of illegal drugs for attendees with the support of local police forces...Festival-goers will be able to take their drugs to a testing tent run by The Loop, an organisation that usually conducts forensic testing of drugs seized by police. They will then tell them what is in the drugs before destroying whatever was handed over.
From "The Independent"


22-May-17

New EU Army Headquarters Branded Little More Than a 'Call Centre'
"The so-called 'HQ' amounts to eight or nine people all of whom have existing jobs and will come together to work with the existing general who heads EU military. It's about as low-ambition as you can get away with," he told The Telegraph. He added: "It's definitely not an operational headquarters. It's not allowed to command operations, it can only oversee missions."
From "The Telegraph"

Americans Are Paying $38 to Collect $1 of Student Debt
The government often pays debt collectors nearly 40 times what they bring in, federal records show. Take the government's rehabilitation program, which targets people who have defaulted on their debt—meaning they missed nine months of payments. If a borrower subsequently makes nine on-time monthly payments of as little as $5 during a 10-month period, their loans are returned to good standing and the default is supposed to be wiped from their credit reports 1 . But the CFPB found that more than 40 percent of these borrowers defaulted again within three years.
From "Bloomberg"

EU Finalizes Brexit Position as U.k. Threatens to Quit Talks
European Union ministers finalized their Brexit negotiating position a day after the U.K. threatened to quit talks on its departure unless the bloc drops its demands for a divorce payment as high as 100 billion euros ($112 billion). Governments of the 27 remaining nations approved their mandate for the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier at a two-hour meeting in Brussels.
From "Bloomberg"

Tensions Deepen Between Saudi, Iran, Us After Trump Visit
The yawning gap between Tehran and Washington has grown even wider with US President Donald Trump's latest efforts to isolate Iran, which accused the United States of "milking" Saudi Arabia for petro-dollars. Trump's choice of Saudi Arabia, Iran's bitter regional rival, for his first official foreign visit reflects the deep antagonism of his administration towards the Islamic republic.
From "Yahoo/AFP"

World Leaders Gather in Beijing While the Us Sinks Into Irrelevancy
In other words, the European Union, which is losing the United Kingdom as a member and will never see membership for Turkey, is a dying international organism. Other international initiatives, like the EEU, BRICS, AIIB, and the One Belt, One Road (OBOR), are leaving the EU and the United States in the dust. That was evident by the fact that the United States was represented in Beijing by an overrated desk clerk and the EU by a Brussels «Eurocrat,» the European Commission vice president Jyrki Katainen.
From "Strategic Culture"

Hassan Rouhani Wins Second Term as Iran's President
The Russian-Iranian relationship has been flourishing since President Rouhani was elected in 2013. Moscow and Tehran managed to expand military cooperation and agreed on further development of the North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC). Diplomatic exchanges between Russia and Iran have been steadily on the rise. Tehran and Moscow were instrumental in the creation of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), which now boasts a status similar to that of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries as it tries to coordinate efforts between gas-producing states.
From "Strategic Culture"


21-May-17

6 Baltimore Schools, No Students Proficient in State Tests
High school students are tested by the state in math and English. Their scores place them in one of five categories - a four or five is considered proficient and one through three are not. At Frederick Douglass, 185 students took the state math test last year and 89 percent fell into the lowest level. Just one student approached expectations and scored a three.
From "Fox5 Baltimore"

Trump Urges Arab Leaders to 'Drive Out the Terrorists From Your Places of Worship'
Iran and Syria were not invited to the summit, and they are not part of a regional military alliance that Saudi Arabia is establishing to fight terrorism. The kingdom backs efforts to topple the Syrian government, which counts Iran and Russia as its closest allies.
From "The Independent"

Trump Summons Muslim Nations to Confront 'Islamic Terror of All Kinds'
Trump called for unity in confronting Iran over its funding of terrorists and promotion of a "craven ideology." He called on the Muslim world to help isolate Iran and, just days after Iranians reelected moderate President Hassan Rouhani, to "pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they so richly deserve."
From "The Washington Post"


20-May-17

Trump, Comey, and Theology

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Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a recent article in Christianity Today analyzing "The Theology Beneath the Trump-Comey Conflict" reveals that James Comey's favorite philosopher—theologian is moral "pragmatist" Reinhold Niebuhr, the subject of the former FBI director's master's thesis. Niebuhr, who believed that those in politics should use the force of government to correct or balance social wrongs, was also the favorite theologian of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, Madeline Albright, and Martin Luther King. Some have claimed that Comey's efforts to target and control those whom he felt had exceeded their authority (namely, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump) explains his recent bizarre administrative behavior. The so-called moral "pragmatism" of Reinhold Niebuhr has produced bitter political fruit. Political authority not based on God's Law will never bring one scintilla of deliverance from the social and moral evils consuming our nation and culture.
From "Richard T. Ritenbaugh"


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