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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Drought covers nearly 99.8% of California

Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100% of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements.

For the past two weeks, California's drought picture has remained the same, halting a steady march toward worse. But the breather has allowed the state to recover only ever so slightly.

In May, 100% of California was experiencing "severe" drought -- the third harshest on a five-level scale -- but since things have leveled off, that figure has only improved to 99.8%, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report.

Meanwhile, nearly 82% of California continues to suffer "extreme" drought, and within that area, more than half the state is under the driest "exceptional" drought category.

The figures comes as the state Water Resources Control Board authorized strict fines for water wasters in July as part of the latest conservation effort.

As cities across California start enforcing penalties with renewed gusto for over-watering, residents have felt the consequences -- some incurring huge fines, others annoyed with browning neighborhood lawns.

In Santa Cruz, residents who incur penalties can even attend one-time classes instead of paying fees -- the water equivalent of traffic school.

As images of dry lake beds and muddy streams continue to proliferate, forecasters warn hope for relief has dimmed somewhat.

The latest long-term forecast shows the chances of a wet El Niño weather pattern starting this fall has decreased to about 65%, and if it does arrive, it will probably be weaker than originally expected
Credit to Latimes.com

Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents--or about 12 percent.
Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $2.147, according to the BLS. In those five years, the average price has climbed by $1.737 per pound--or almost 81 percent.
Along with the average price data, the BLS calculates a consumer price index, which is a “tool that simplifies the measurement of movements in a numerical series,” explains BLS. “An index for 110, for example, means there has been a 10-percent increase in price since the reference period.”
The consumer price index for seasonally adjusted uncooked ground beef was 270.724 in July, which is down slightly from the all-time high of 271.726 in the previous month of June. When BLS began tracking this index in January of 1947, the index stood at 26.5.
The CPI is simply the average change over time in prices paid by consumers for a market basket of goods and services.
The seasonally-adjusted price index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs also hit an all-time high in July, according to BLS.
In January 1967, when the BLS started tracking this measure, the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs was 38.1. As of last July, it was 236.147. By this January, it hit 240.006. By June, it hit 253.318. And, in July, it climbed to a record 254.174.

“The food index rose 0.4 percent in July, its fifth increase at least that large in the last 6 months,” states the BLS. “The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs has increased 7.6 percent over the [last 12 months] and the index for dairy and related products has risen 4.3 percent.”

Credit to CNS


PART 7 - Gobekli Tepe... the Vatican... and Arcane Knowledge

The southeastern Turkey archeological site known as Gobekli Tepe (Turkish: “Potbelly Hill”) was discovered in the 1960s by University of Chicago and Istanbul University anthropologists, but was dismissed as nothing more than an abandoned, medieval cemetery.[i] The German archeologist Klaus Schmidt reexamined the site in 1994 and realized that it was a temple complex. It has since been estimated to be more than 11,500 years old, making it the oldest temple structure ever found.
The areas that have been excavated so far have concentric-ring-shaped areas ranging from thirty-two to one hundred feet in diameter with T-shaped or ax-like limestone pillars that weigh ten to sixty metric tons and are evenly set within thick, interior walls of unworked stone. There are two taller pillars at the center of each circle, and many feature pictograms of animals and other unknown symbols. Some of the pillars have human arms, along with loincloths, carved on their lower halves.[ii]The pillars were transported from bedrock quarries located 330 feet from the hilltop that still has a remaining unfinished pillar estimated to weigh fifty tons. So far, only a tiny portion of the complex—around 5 percent—has been excavated.[iii] As of 2013, four of the circular structures have been excavated, and geophysical surveys show sixteen more, with each containing up to eight pillars—amounting to nearly two hundred pillars in all.[iv]
According to modern-day archeologists, humans living even twelve thousand years ago lacked metal tools and pottery, and they had not yet domesticated animals or invented the wheel. Consistent with this belief, researchers have wondered how the complex was constructed, since the rock would have had to been quarried and shaped using stone tools.
One of the most amazing discoveries made at the site was that it had been deliberately buried after its completion approximately one thousand years later. After more than twelve thousand years of erosion, the area wouldn’t have been distinguishable today if this hadn’t occurred. Archeologists have no clear ideas about why it might have been backfilled, but they conjecture that it might have been because of some religious dictate.
The people who built Gobekli Tepe might have sought to preserve the complex from destruction. The area today has extensively eroded, as if a great amount of water inundated the area. Although it is now a desert wasteland, the types of animals and plant life depicted on the pillars show that the area was much different when it was built. Foreknowledge of a coming, great flood would have been a possible reason to bury the complex in order to preserve it.
The plateau where the site is located lies 337 miles southwest of Mt. Ararat, where legend says that Noah’s Ark rested, and which mimics the shape of a bull lying on its side, facing west. The temple area, viewed from above, is situated in a space with raised areas appearing to be ancient walls outlining the shape of a bull’s head and horns. The circular, maze-like structures are laid out in a pattern corresponding to where the Hyades star cluster resides in the head of the constellation Taurus.
The belief that the builders of the temple lacked the technology to use wheels and relied on stone tools is not consistent with its sophisticated design, its construction, or the enormity of the site. It is amusing to see representations of the how the area might have looked eleven thousand years ago in illustrations in which artists stubbornly depict the builders as cave dwellers dressed in the height of animal-skin fashion.
Gobekli Tepe is approximately twenty-five miles north of the area known as Haran (Hebrew: charan, from charar, “to be scorched or burned, angry”). Abraham lived in the area for several years during his family’s migration from Ur of the Chaldeans to the land of Canaan (Genesis 11:31), and it is the land from which Isaac and Jacob both obtained their wives.
The rounded temple structures of Gobleki Tepe are similar to the very stylized, classical Labyrinth drawings found in caves of the Minoan cults. To find a path to the center of the circular structures at the Gobekli Tepe complex, a person entering from the outside to the first “hallway” would have a choice of other possible doors or dead ends to get to the next circular path.
Gobekli Tepe is in the historical region of Cappadocia, where at least thirty-six underground cities have been found. The Cappadocian civilization is thought to have occupied the area from Mt. Taurus to the Black Sea.[vi]
Derinkuyu, the deepest known city, at approximately two hundred feet, was large enough to shelter around twenty thousand people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated, underground city in Turkey, and is thought to have been built by the Phrygians in around 800 BC.
The Greek historian Herodotus (484–425 BC) said that the name “Cappadocian” was applied by the Persians, while the people were termed “Syrians” (Leucosyri, “white Syrians”) by the Greeks.[vii] The Romano-Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (AD 37–100) relates the Cappadocians to the biblical figure Meshech, son of Japheth who was the progenitor of peoples to the north of Israel.[viii]
[EDITORS NOTE: Due to time-limits for the online series based on Mark Flynn's upcoming book, we leap forward at this point]

Progenitors Of The People Of The Knowledge: The Pineal, “Pinecone-Shaped” Third Eye

The life-giving seed cone of the undying pine has become associated with the goddess whose eyes were opened. The goddess of the Knossos’ sacred symbol, the pinecone as a fountain with a column of water spreading out like the firmament of heaven as it falls back to the earth, accentuates the idea of where the Knossos was centered. Not only did the water from the Pigna fountain create a pillar and a firmament, but, like Artemis, it leaked from her many “scales” or breasts.
The Pope Symmachus, whose papacy endured from AD 498–514, had a “cantharus” built at his “place of paradise” at St Peter’s. A cantharus is a large, wide-bellied, drinking vessel with handles used by the follower of the god Bacchus. It is also a name for the black spot under the tongue of the Egyptian Apis bull.[ix]
Symmachus’ cantharus was a large version of the vessel converted to a fountain. A portion from Le Miracole De Roma (Rome’s Wonders), written sometime in the thirteenth century by an unknown author, describes Symmachus’ Place of Paradise:
In St. Peter’s paradise is the Cantharus, built by pope Symmachus. And it was adorned with columns of porphyry (Greek “purple”). And it was faced with marble all around. And above were four golden griffons. And the ceiling was made of copper, and adorned with golden flowers and four copper dolphins above spouted water from their mouths. And in the middle of the Cantharus was a golden pine-cone, which once covered Santa Maria Rotonda’s church. Above the pine-cone was the statue of goddess Cybele, mother of all gods. The pine-cone, through a lead pipe, poured water for all who wanted it. And by means of a duct that water reached the spire, by the baths of emperor Nero.[x]
The symbolism further identifying the Cybele at the court of the Pinecone at the Vatican are the two Egyptian lions from the fourth century BC at the base of the terrace supporting the pinecone. Cybele is especially associated with lions, and is usually depicted with two reclining at her feet. The Babylonian goddess Ishtar also was depicted in the same fashion.
Queen of the Night Ishtar relief from the British museum. She holds two Egyptian ankh-like symbols that signify her control over eternal life. This image combines all the Nachash-endowed symbolism of angelic wings and feet along with the owls associated with Athena and the lions at her feet like that of Anatolian goddess, Cybele.[xi]
The common practice of throwing coins into fountains for good luck is not a just a quaint tradition. Since the coin is the symbol of human life (explained in chapter 10), it is the gesture sacrifice of a piece of that life to the goddess whose fountain forms a sacred pillar reaching out to heaven from earth, spreading out above as the firmament of heaven.
As the exploration into the specific qualities and traits of the ancient goddesses continues in the upcoming bookForbidden Secrets of the Labyrinth, we shall see thatevery goddess can be linked to the others worshipped throughout history, from Egyptian to Babylonian to Anatolian to Greek and Roman.


A male aspect of the Cybele was known as Elagabalus, who was worshipped in Syria during the time of the Roman Empire. Like Cybele, he was said to have been born from rock. The name comes from the Syrian Ilāh hag-Gabal, which means “god” (Ilāh) and “of the mountain” (hag-Gabal).[xiii]
Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (AD 203–222) brought the cult of Elagabalus to Rome from Emesa, Syria. Antonius served as hereditary high priest to the god Elagabalus during his youth in Emesa, where his mother and family lived. After his death, Antoninus himself was referred to as Elagabalus or Heliogabalus (helios, “sun”), since the god was associated with the Invincible Sun, Sol Invictus—the same that was worshipped in the cult of Mithras.
The emperor built a new temple on the eastern side of Palatine Hill known as the Elagabalium and put in it the image of his god—a black, conical, meteorite “heaven stone” that he had removed from the temple in Syria at the start of his reign in AD 218.
The Roman historian Herodian (AD 170–240) wrote concerning the stone of Elagabalus:
This stone is worshipped as though it were sent from heaven; on it there are some small projecting pieces and markings that are pointed out, which the people would like to believe are a rough picture of the sun, because this is how they see them.[xiv]
Antoninus forced the Roman senate to watch as he danced around the altar of his god to loud clashes of cymbals and drums. During the summer solstice, the holy stone was removed from the temple, set on an ornate chariot, and paraded throughout Rome.
Herodian continues:
A six horse chariot carried the divinity, the horses huge and flawlessly white, with expensive gold fittings and rich ornaments. No one held the reins, and no one rode in the chariot; the vehicle was escorted as if the god himself were the charioteer. Elagabalus ran backward in front of the chariot, facing the god and holding the horses [sic] reins. He made the whole journey in this reverse fashion, looking up into the face of his god.
Antoninus removed the most sacred objects from all the various temples on Palatine Hill and placed them in the Elagabalium. Among these was the emblem of the great Cybele, the Palladium, and the shields of the Salii. He required that Jews and Christians worship only in the new temple.[xv] After his death in AD 222, the stone was returned to Emesa and his cult disbanded.[xvi]
Roman aureus depicting Elagabalus. The reverse reads “Sanct Deo Soli Elagabal” (“To the Holy Sun God Elagabal”), and depicts a four-horse, gold chariot carrying the holy stone of the Emesa temple.[xvii]>
Biblical scholars have identified Emesa (now called Homs) with the kingdom of Zobah mentioned in 1 Chronicles.[xviii] Zobah is significant because it was the place of origin of the brass that was used to cast the two great pillars placed at the Temple of Solomon. King David had defeated the entire army of Hadarezer, king of Zobah:
And David smote Hadarezer king of Zobah unto Hamath, as he went to stablish his dominion by the river Euphrates.
And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: David also houghed all the chariot [horses], but reserved of them an hundred chariots.
And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadarezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.
Then David put [garrisons] in Syriadamascus; and the Syrians became David’s servants, [and] brought gifts. Thus the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.
And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
Likewise from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Hadarezer, brought David very much brass, wherewith Solomon made the brasen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass. (1 Chronicles 18:3–8)
The towns of the defeated king had their brass implements taken and made into the two pillars in the Temple and the bronze sea. Both of these symbolize the state of the earth after the Fall in the garden. Bronze specifically symbolizes judgment. The root word in Hebrew for brass, nĕchosheth, is Nachash.”
David Flynn, in his book, Cydonia: The Secret Chronicles of Mars, describes the shattering of the planet Rahab that occupied the region known today as the asteroid belt and the escape of its leaping “war god”:
Biblical sources confirm that Rahab was a planet, a kingdom on a planet, which was shattered; the planet Rahab exploded and the glittering remains exist as comets, asteroids and the detritus between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars.[xix]
Concerning the Hindu mythology referencing the event that also mentions the identity of the “leaper,” he continues:
Appropriately, the war god of Mars is also called Skanda, which means “leaper.” Another Hindu legend, found in the Bhagavad Gita and the Skanda Puranas, linked the God of Mars,the war god Karttikeya, to “shards” or “sparks” which fell from the heavenly eye of Shiva.[xx]
At the time of the cataclysmic destruction of Mars and the escape of the bright “leapers,” portions of the planet that were blasted out into space fell to earth in fiery streaks. At the same time the glorious civilization was destroyed, its habitants were sent fleeing, where they, too, fell to earth. Like the phoenix, the angel of light was taken down from his high place. He leapt to earth, where he waits until the time when he can rise to his former position. What role will the [Gobekli Tepe?] 'People of the Knowledge born of the Stone' play at his arrival?

Credit to raiders News Update

The Turkish Iranian Alliance Just Begun In The Land Of Antichrist

Reports from the Middle East covered what is probably considered one of the most important events for Turkey’s advancement into the Muslim world during the three days (July 17 to 19) which was held in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
The impressive initiative was carried out by the religious affairs in Turkey, under the auspices and support of prominent Turkish government with a list of invitees for more than 100 of the top Muslim religious figures from around the world, representing about 35 Islamic states mainly carried out by Turkish participation in which Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu were the main speakers.
An important interview regarding these recent events in which even Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, the most prominent Muslim scholar in the Sunni Muslim world made comments announcing Erdogan and Turkey as the center for the new rising Islamic Caliphate which can be read [here].
The star of the conference was Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. What is interesting is that the attending supporters who were commenting described Erdogan’s speech as “deserving to be called the speech of a Caliph”.
Erdogan is already being titled “Caliph” and it is no secret that this call came in light of the consequences taking place in Iraq, Syria and other countries after the Iraqi Caliphate has stretched over a large part of Iraqi territory.
This is the first conference called for by the Turkish officials at this level in terms of the nature of the invitees of Islamist figures from both Sunnis and Shiites. In fact and surprisingly, the Iranian delegation was the largest delegation to attend the conference, headed by Supreme Leader Advisor Sheikh Mohammad Ali Taskhiri. Another important note is the absence of Egyptian officials or Wahhabist figures.
Reporter Ali Al-Amin from Middle East Transparency described the event as “a craft design by the Turkish government. Careful care was made to prevent the breakup of the conference since the attendants were both Sunni and Shiite.”
The Iranian delegates were careful and remained silent on the Sunni-Shiite divide focusing solely on the support of Gaza and Palestine which was the main focus of the event billed as an attempt to reduce sectarian tensions and to focus on liberating Jerusalem.
Al-Amin chatted with several reporters and participants who said that there was something developing between Iran and Turkey.
The conference formed the initiative committee of seven figures where two were Shiites from Iraq and Iran, and the rest Sunnis in which the Commission adopted Istanbul as it base.
This event marks a new Turkish entry into the region. It may be ambitious and it is certain that Turkey, according to Turkish officials, according to the words of Erdogan himself, decided not to enter any party in the sectarian conflict but intends to use his Sufi brand of Islam to unite the entire Muslim world.
It is crucial to note that the Sufi brand of Islam is mystical, shamanistic and comprises one-fifth of the Muslim world and can transform educated men into zombies to generate even a fiercer warrior than what we see in the ISIS.
Far from Wahhabism, Sufism is the most dangerous, not only that because it teaches tremendous violence since it was the Sufis who are the muscle and sinew of the faith advancing it to become the world’s second-largest religion.
Sufis are not simply a sect of Islam, but rather heirs of an ancient mystical tradition within both the Sunni and Shia branches of the faith combining their inward quest with war and expansion worldwide while uniting the two sects of Shiite and Sunni brands of Islam. The event definitely advances an a Turkish-Iranian alliance.
Shoebat.com has previously showed what Sufism does with its Shamanistic practices:
The French did an excellent research in showing what seems to be pure demonic possession in which the demonic influence produces strange bark-like noises (start 2:00):
But this is not only done to infuse strange spirits into the souls of men, the Sufis are the most demonically possessed fighters. Sufism is what makes Chechen fighters fierce. Christians need to understand what process is used in mystic Islam to comprehend the biblical warnings of the type of warriors whom the system of Antichrist produces in which the demonic bark-like sounds are clearly heard even in group sessions:
Sufism is also the ecumenical force in which it is the best uniting factor between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Sunni Sufis adore Shiite icons and like Shiites are mystical and charismatic and even provides a link between Islam and shamanism.
In contemporary Muslim culture Sufism introduced the old practice of shamanism as it was combined with elements of Sufism in order to adapt to wider Islamic society. Shamanistic Sufi Islam thus expands deeply into Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans and shows how the Muslim shaman, like his Siberian counterpart, cultivates personal relations with spirits to supposedly help individuals through what they believe as healing and divination.
This ‘Islamized shamanism’, covering the geographic areas of modern-day Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirghizstan, northern Afghanistan, the Turkoman province of Iran and even the Uygur district of Xinjian province of China will play a major role in the end times and we predict that the Antichrist is likely to be Sufi.
Turkey is especially plagued with Sufi Islam and Edorgan was raised as a Sufi Muslim and Shamanism pervaded Turkish Sufism which naive western tourists are fascinated with when they watch Dervishes who spin and rotate as they get into a trance. Shia Islam in Iran follows metaphysical Sufism, and pre-Islamic shamanism. The figure of the shaman has always been a prominent motif within the Islamic world, particularly in relation to the mystical domain of Sufism.
This explains what Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel and John warned about how Lucifer dominates the region, stemming from Pergamum (Turkey).
Credit to Walid Shoebat

Spiritual Darkness

By Hal Lindsey

A pall of darkness enshrouds our planet — spiritual darkness. It is not new. It has been here a long time. Even so, reminders of its presence and its depth can be startling. A good example can be seen in the reactions to Israel’s battle with Hamas.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega may not seem to be a particularly significant character on the world stage. The former Marxist is a long-time friend of the communists in Cuba, and was an ally of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. Ronald Reagan described him as a “little dictator.” Though Ortega no longer claims to be a communist, he still openly avows socialism. He’s significant because he represents the thinking of lots U.N. countries and their leaders.

Ortega said, “Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to be possessed by the devil. He needs Pope Francis to exorcize it, to become appeased.” He accused Netanyahu of trying to “annihilate the Palestinian people.” He compared the Israelis to Nazis and accused them of genocide.

There are almost 2 million people in the Gaza Strip. Even the most severe propagandist from Hamas claims less than 2 thousand Gazan deaths. We don’t know how many of the dead were intentionally set up by Hamas to be killed in order to give Hamas a boost in the propaganda battle. Even using their figures, 2,000 is one-tenth of 1 percent of 2 million. And these people are calling it genocide — the attempted annihilation of an entire race.

That’s darkness. And it is a darkness that has been long predicted to explode into a global crescendo in the years shortly before Jesus returns.

Penelope Cruz

A hundred luminaries from the film industry in Spain wrote an “open letter” to the European Union, calling on it to step in and stop Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza. Among the letter’s signers were the actors, Penelope Cruz and her husband, Javier Bardem. Both of them have won Academy Awards.

The letter speaks of “the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army.”

In an op-ed piece, Bardem said, “In the horror happening in Gaza right now there is NO place for distance or neutrality. It’s a war of extermination… It’s hard to understand and impossible to justify. And it’s disgraceful that western countries are permitting such genocide.”

“Extermination”? “Genocide”? It’s an open secret that Israel has nuclear weapons. If they really wanted to exterminate the people of Gaza, they have the means. If they didn’t want to go that far, there are ways of using conventional bombs that are deadly efficient at wiping out populations. And if they were simply less careful during their bombing runs, they could easily have killed a hundred thousand people in an operation like this.

After receiving negative publicity for their remarks, Cruz and her husband decided to clarify their stance. Bardem said, “While I was critical of the Israeli military response, I have great respect for the people of Israel and deep compassion for their losses. I am now being labeled by some as anti-Semitic, as is my wife — which is the antithesis of who we are as human beings. We detest anti-Semitism as much as we detest the horrible and painful consequences of war. I was raised to be against any act of violence.”

It’s almost funny to see a man who has taken part in several brutally violent films proclaim himself to be a paragon of anti-violence — funny like seeing someone in a blindfold stumbling around. But not really funny because the stumbling isn’t the result of a blindfold, but blindness itself.

In her clarification, Cruz said, “I don’t want to be misunderstood on this important subject. I’m not an expert on the situation and I’m aware of the complexity of it. My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza. I am hopeful all parties can agree to a cease fire and there are no more innocent victims on either side of the border.”

Cruz admitted that she doesn’t know much about it, but still she accused the Israelis of genocide, and even after the outcry, felt no need to take it back. Neither her clarification nor her husband’s retracted or apologized for the damning accusation that Israel is trying to “exterminate the people of Gaza.” Neither of them seems to understand that wrongly accusing one side of genocide is hardly a peaceful, diplomatic way to solve the problem.
She said she wanted there to be, “No more innocent victims on either side of the border.” What about innocent Israelis being labeled as war criminals and mass murderers?

Spain has a long history of severe and violent anti-Semitism. That Cruz and Bardem could so casually make such horrible claims against the Jewish state seems to indicate that, despite their disclaimers, they are well infected with the disease.

Relativity Media CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh, said, “It makes my blood boil. As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, anyone calling it Israeli ‘genocide’ vs. protecting themselves are either the most ignorant people about the situation and shouldn't be commenting, or are truly anti-Semitic.”

“You Can Taste the Toxins . . .”

The Obama Administration has seen fit to bomb thousands of people using remote control drones in faraway Afghanistan because it rightly believes that what goes on there threatens U.S. national security. Regrettably, many of those drone strikes took civilian lives. Yet this same Administration cannot grasp that Israel is fighting a next door neighbor that doesn’t just threaten them in abstract ways, but actually shoots missiles into their homeland.

Imagine how Americans would feel if they learned that Canada was planning an attack through a vast tunnel system that would kill more people than died on 9/11? That’s what Israel was facing from Hamas.

The Obama administration lashed out at Israel for a deadly attack near a U.N. school in Gaza that they called “horrifying” and “disgraceful.” Sickening as it is, such “collateral damage” has been unavoidable in Gaza, just as it has been in Afghanistan. That is the terrible nature of war. And reasonable people know it.

The United Nations just announced that they are forming a commission to investigate Israel for human rights violations and war crimes. The U.N. statement said they would investigate “all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law… in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014.”

It is a shroud of darkness that prevents even the United Nations from seeing the difference between war crimes and self-defense.

During the 2008 battle between Israel and Gaza, British author Howard Jacobson wrote that in his own country, “The air has been charred not with devastation but with hatred. And I don’t mean the hatred of the warring parties for each other. I mean the hatred of Israel expressed in our streets, on our campuses, in our newspapers, on our radios and televisions, and now in our theatres. . . . A discriminatory, over-and-above hatred, inexplicable in its hysteria and virulence . . . an unreasoning, deranged and as far as I can see irreversible revulsion that is poisoning everything we are supposed to believe in. . . . You can taste the toxins on your tongue.”

He was describing something that goes beyond differences of opinion. He was describing spiritual blindness.

What he saw six years ago has only grown worse, not only in Great Britain, but all over Europe. Bitter, unreasoning hatred of Jews has now reached a level not seen in the last seven decades.

Hitler Worship

Israel’s critics can’t seem to decide whether to compare Jews to an evil Hitler, or to call Hitler a hero for trying to exterminate Jews. Many have settled on the later. The twitterverse has been ablaze with hashtags like, “Hitler was right.” That one is often accompanied by a false quote from Hitler — “I could have killed all the Jews, but I left some of them to let you know why I was killing them.”

Here are some other popular tweets spreading around the globe: “Hitler did a sterling job #gas chambers needed” . . . “I wish Hitler was alive and his gas chambers were still in use” . . . “I regret Hitler didn't clean sweep, poor Palestinians have to do it now” . . . “Hitler did right to kill these cockroaches” . . . “Jews are pigs. I think we should kill you Jews and kill your kids and let you know what the Palestinians are feeling” . . . “Let me salute Hitler the Great.”

The last time Planet Earth saw this level of anti-Semitism was in the years leading up to World War II. But when the world watched Germany take Jew-hatred to its logical conclusion, there followed a time of shame and repentance. In Europe and the United States, the flame of anti-Semitism largely died down.

But the embers continued to smolder.

In recent years, Europe’s media has been laying tinder on the embers, and then blowing on it with the great billows of hot air only media can produce. They got the fire going again, started burning sticks, then logs, and now they’ve pulled out the gasoline.

It’s so bad that, where a couple of years ago there was once only a trickle of Jews leaving Europe for Israel, it has now become a flood. Jews are leaving Europe because they’re afraid. They and their children are being harassed on the streets. They look out their synagogue windows and see gathering crowds of angry protestors. And then the protestors begin to chant, “Death to Jews!”

Their grandparents told them about this. The Jews have seen it many times before. The holocaust lives in their collective memory. In previous generations, they might have tried to come to America. Not anymore. The land of their forefathers beckons them. They and the land are tied together at the heart, and they know it. If they must leave their homes, businesses, friends, and extended families, then it ought to be to go home — to go where their citizenship is written into the very earth beneath their feet.

“To You and to Your Descendants Forever”

In 2006, Yale researchers, Edward Kaplan and Charles Small, did a study of anti-Israel feelings and how they relate to feelings of anti-Semitism. They concluded, “Even after controlling for numerous potentially confounding factors, we find that anti-Israel sentiment consistently predicts the probability that an individual is anti-Semitic, with the likelihood of measured anti-Semitism increasing with the extent of anti-Israel sentiment observed.”

That’s not to say that criticism of specific Israeli policies makes you anti-Semitic. I have publicly criticized some of Israel’s actions and policies through the years. No one is more aware than the people of Israel that their government has made an abundance of errors. The Kaplan-Small study was not talking about specific policies, but strong, general feelings of anger at the nation of Israel.

Right now that anger is sweeping across Europe. In fact, if you see a public protest against Israel’s actions in Gaza, it will probably be in Europe or the United States — and not in an Arab country. The anti-Israel rage of this century is rooted in the anti-Semitic rage that once made Europe a fertile ground for the Holocaust.

Unreasoning fear of and hatred for Jews is a result of spiritual darkness.

Jews are not better than the rest of us. Just like everyone else, their eternal destinies depend on whether they accept God’s salvation through their Messiah Jesus. Through the centuries, most Jews have rejected Jesus, and some Christians have used that as an excuse for hate. But Jews are not alone in rejecting the Lord. Lots of people-groups mostly decline His offer of salvation. So why single out Jews?

The hatred has a spiritual cause. More than anything else, Satan wants to stir people up to destroy what God says cannot be destroyed. The Children of Israel are in an eternal, unconditional covenant with the living God

Genesis 13 God gives a Covenant by His sworn oath, promising the land to Abraham and his descendants forever, “And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, ‘Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.’” [Genesis 13:13-14 NASB] God restates that promise and expands on it many times, making it clear that the land and the promise belong to Abraham’s son Isaac, Isaac’s son Jacob, and Jacob’s children forever. No one else in the history of the world has such a title deed that specifies the exact borders of a property forever.

All the predicted signs of the prophets about the coming of the end times of this age are here. Be sure that you have received the gift of pardon purchased for you by Jesus the Messiah when He died for you on the cross. There is no more important decision in this life than to confess that you are a sinner and ask Jesus to come into your life with His pardon. Do it now while there is still time.

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10 facts about the massive economic gap between white America and black America

When people feel like they don't have anything else to lose, they are likely to do just about anything.  Many in the mainstream media seem absolutely mystified as to why there is so much anger in Ferguson, but as I pointed outyesterday, all of this anger did not erupt out of a vacuum.  Economic conditions in Ferguson, and for African-Americans as a whole, have been deteriorating for years.  Sadly, many white Americans are totally oblivious to any of this.  Many of them have absolutely no idea that the unemployment rate for black Americans is more than twice as high as it is for white Americans or that the average white household has 22 times as much wealth as the average black household.  But these are things that black communities are acutely aware of.  Many African-Americans that live in poor neighborhoods deeply resent the fact that most of the people that live in the "good neighborhoods" are white while most of the people that live in "bad neighborhoods" are people of color.  In fact, in America today a black child is nearly four times as likely to live in an impoverished neighborhood as a white child is.  And when you throw endless police brutality and growing racial division in America into the mix, it is easy to understand why so many black Americans are so angry and frustrated these days.
Things didn't have to turn out this way.  If we had all learned how to love one another and not judge one another by skin color, we could have had the kind of society that Martin Luther King once dreamed about...
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we're free at last!"
But instead we have allowed ourselves to become increasingly divided.  And I am sure that fact will once again be reflected in the comments following this article.  There is so much anger and hatred in America today, and people seem to love to express their anger and hatred on the Internet.
For white Americans (myself included), I think that it would be good for us to put ourselves in the shoes of the people of Ferguson for a few moments.  For years, the economy of Ferguson has been declining.  The following is how Brookings summarized the current economic situation...
The city’s unemployment rate rose from less than 5 percent in 2000 to over 13 percent in 2010-12. For those residents who were employed, inflation-adjusted average earnings fell by one-third. The number of households using federal Housing Choice Vouchers climbed from roughly 300 in 2000 to more than 800 by the end of the decade.
Amid these changes, poverty skyrocketed. Between 2000 and 2010-2012, Ferguson’s poor population doubled. By the end of that period, roughly one in four residents lived below the federal poverty line ($23,492 for a family of four in 2012), and 44 percent fell below twice that level.
And as the New York Times recently detailed, racial tensions have been rising in the city for a very long time...
As African-Americans moved into the city and whites moved out, real estate agents and city leaders, in a pattern familiar elsewhere in the country, conspired to keep blacks out of the suburbs through the use of zoning ordinances and restrictive covenants. But by the 1970s, some of those barriers had started to fall, and whites moved even farther away from the city. These days, Ferguson is like many of the suburbs around St. Louis, inner-ring towns that accommodated white flight decades ago but that are now largely black. And yet they retain a white power structure.
Although about two-thirds of Ferguson residents are black, its mayor and five of its six City Council members are white. Only three of the town’s 53 police officers are black.
So it is understandable why a lot of Ferguson residents are so angry and so frustrated.
Alternatively, there is absolutely no excuse for how brutally the (mostly white) police have handled peaceful protesters and the media.  The police have been using smoke bombs, tear gas, flash bang grenades, rubber bullets and LRAD sound cannons against protesters that are not even armed.  Meanwhile, the police have been doing next to nothing to stop criminals from looting stores and businesses all over Ferguson.  It has pretty much been a textbook case of what not to do during a period of civil unrest.
Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and things will calm down in Ferguson soon.
But that doesn't mean that the underlying problems will have been fixed.  The truth is that I believe that this is just a preview of what is coming to America in the years ahead.  And much of the anger and frustration that is bubbling just under the surface in our communities has an economic element to it.  The following are 10 startling facts about the massive economic gap between white America and black America that we see in our country today...
#1 For decades, the unemployment rate for black Americans has consistently been more than twice as high as the unemployment rate for white Americans.  In July 2014, the official unemployment rate for white Americans was 5.3 percent.  Meanwhile, the official unemployment rate for black Americans was 11.4 percent.
#2 A report released earlier this year discovered that the "underemployment rate" for African-American workers was 20.5 percent.  But for white Americans it was only 11.8 percent.
#3 A study released back in 2012 found that the average white household has 22 times as much wealth as the average black household.
#4 African-American households make up only about 13 percent of the population, but they receive more than 26 percent of the food stamp benefits.
#5 One study discovered that 82 percent of white students graduate from high school but only 63.5 percent of black students do.
#6 Pew Research found that the income gap between white Americans and black Americans has continued to grow ever since the late 1960s...
The difference in median household incomes between whites and blacks has grown from about $19,000 in 1967 to roughly $27,000 in 2011 (as measured in 2012 dollars).
#7 In the United States today, 12 percent of white children live in areas of concentrated poverty, but 45 percent of African-American children do.
#8 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.9 percent of white children live in single parent homes.  But for black children, the number is an astounding 52.1 percent.
#9 Since 1960, the percentage of white American adults that are married has declined from 74 percent to 55 percent.  But for African-Americans the decline has been even more dramatic.  Since 1960, the percentage of black American adults that are married has declined from 61 percent to 31 percent.
#10 In the United States, the incarceration rate for black men is more than six times higher than it is for white men.
So how do we solve these problems?  People have been debating this for years, but nothing ever seems to actually get accomplished.
Meanwhile, the middle class continues to collapse and things continue to get even tougher for African-American communities.  The following is an excerpt from a recent piece that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote for Time magazine entitled "The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race"...
Dystopian books and movies like SnowpiercerThe GiverDivergentHunger Games, and Elysium have been the rage for the past few years. Not just because they express teen frustration at authority figures. That would explain some of the popularity among younger audiences, but not among twentysomethings and even older adults. The real reason we flock to see Donald Sutherland’s porcelain portrayal in Hunger Games of a cold, ruthless president of the U.S. dedicated to preserving the rich while grinding his heel into the necks of the poor is that it rings true in a society in which the One Percent gets richer while our middle class is collapsing.
That’s not hyperbole; statistics prove this to be true. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center report, just half of U.S. households are middle-income, a drop of 11 percent since the 1970s; median middle-class income has dropped by 5 percent in the last ten years, total wealth is down 28 percent. Fewer people (just 23 percent) think they will have enough money to retire. Most damning of all: fewer Americans than ever believe in the American Dream mantra that hard work will get them ahead.
I wish that I could be more optimistic about the future of this country.
I wish that I could believe that we won't see a tremendous amount of chaos in the streets of America in the years ahead.
Unfortunately, the truth is that what is happening in Ferguson right now is just the tip of the iceberg.  Once we hit the next major wave of our ongoing economic collapse, unemployment and economic despair in our major cities are going to grow rapidly.  This will fuel more anger, more frustration, more protests, more looting and more rioting.
It has been said that desperate people do desperate things.  And in the years ahead, ordinary Americans are going to become increasingly desperate.
I hope that you are getting ready for that.
Credit to The Economic Collapse


As exclusively reported by Breitbart London last week, Muhammed has been crowned Britain's most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name of the Muslim prophet beat Oliver as the most popular boys name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013.

As a result of the way the statistics are put together, the name does not appear to have won, as the ONS classifies each of the different spellings as a different entry on the list. This means that "Muhammad" came in 15th with 3,499 children but "Mohammed" was 23rd with 2,887 and "Mohammad" was 57th with 1059 given the name.

As a result the top three spellings alone accounted for the names of 7,445 boys, easily beating the second most popular name Oliver which got just 6,949. Also the statistics are only published for the top 100 names, so the even more obscure spellings of Mohammed are likely to push the total even higher.

News that Mohammed is the most popular boys name in Britain was first exclusively reported on Breitbart London following a leak at the ONS last week. At the time, Mohammed was already the most popular boys name in London by some considerable margin.

The scale of the result is likely to leave the public shocked, although much of the mainstream media are expected to focus on the official ONS results. As a result, they will report that Mohammed only came in 15th, ignoring the multiple entries. In previous years, media outlets in Britain have not aggregated the various spellings and have only published the top 20 names, which makes it seem like traditional names remain dominant.

Muhammad is so popular as a name because the three million Muslims in Britain tend to like to name at least one of their sons after the prophet. This makes the name much more popular amongst Muslim families than any name is amongst Christians.

In 2002, the Muhammad spelling of the name was the 61st most popular boys name in Britain. In the same period the number of Muslims in Britain has doubled.

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ISIS Gets Angrier At America: "We Will Drown All Of You In Blood"

Over the past month ISIS has been getting angrier (""God Willing, We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House" - A Deeper Look Inside ISIS") and angrier ("ISIS Issues Threat To White House; Secret Service Taking "Appropriate Steps") until today it released a video in which it warned the United States it will attack Americans "in any place" if continuing US raids hit its militants. The video, released by Reuters, which shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq, featured a statement which said in English "we will drown all of you in blood".
But while we get the anger of the Islamic State, be it real or staged, now that the US has allegedly retaken the Mosul dam, one wonders how a terrorist organization with over half a billion dollars in funding, a state of the art "made in the US" weapons arsenal, and glossy year-end profit & loss reports, can't afford to spend a few dollars on the production quality of its propaganda videos, especially if as the rumors suggest not one but several key "developed world" intelligence outlets are pulling the ISIS strings.

Credit to Zero Hedge

Opposition asks if Ankara turning blind eye to IS militants in Turkey

An opposition deputy has pointed at an American newspaper's interview with an “Islamic State” (IS) commander in Hatay and asked if Turkey is turning blind eye to IS militants entering the country.

In a parliamentary question to Interior Minister Efkan Ala, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Mahmut Tanal recalled interviews in The Washington Post with a senior IS commander in Hatay's Reyhanlı district. Tanal asked how it was possible for Washington Post writers Anthony Gaiola and Souad Mekhennet to interview senior IS commander Abu Yusaf in Turkey.

Tanal asked Ala how Yusaf had entered Turkey. “Was the commander of a dangerous organization such as the IS able to enter Turkey and was the fact that he conducted an interview [in Turkey] a security breach?”

The CHP deputy also asked if Turkey gives permission or turns a blind eye to members of the IS. “Is entering Turkey that easy? Is it within your knowledge that IS militants wander in the Reyhanlı bazaar freely?” he said.

In an Aug. 12 interview, The Washington Post claimed that Turkey had rolled out the red carpet for the IS jihadists. The newspaper wrote that Turkey has served as a “strategically vital supply route and entry point to wage their war,” for the militants, according to an IS commander.

The newspaper cited Yusaf as suggesting that the IS has Turkey to thank for its success, though its access to Iraqi weapons no longer makes it necessary to rely on the Turkish border.

“We used to have some fighters -- even high-level members of the Islamic State -- getting treated in Turkish hospitals,” he said. “And also, most of the fighters who joined us in the beginning of the war came via Turkey, and so did our equipment and supplies.”

Yusaf conceded that recent Turkish measures had made it more difficult to use Turkey as a supply route, even though the fact that he gave the interview in the Turkish border town of Reyhanlı showed that IS is still slipping through Turkish nets. “I myself had to go through smugglers to get here, but as you see, there are still ways and methods,” he said.

Credit to Todayszaman.com