Jul 22

ETH VIEWPOINT – The Power of One Voice

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Jul 22

All U.S. Flights To Tel Aviv Prohibited Tuesday

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In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines suspended service between the U.S. and Israel indefinitely. US Airways scrapped its one flight to Tel Aviv Tuesday. Several European airlines, …

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Jul 22

EU calls for disarmament of terrorist groups in Gaza

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The European Union on Tuesday called upon terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm, and to end and renounce violence. The official statement read: “The EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians. These are criminal and unjustifiable acts. The EU calls on Hamas …

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Jul 22

WHITE FLAGS MYSTERIOUSLY FLY ABOVE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

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The mysterious appearance of two large white flags flying over the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City this morning had everyone from city officials to regular New Yorkers scratching their heads. White flags, which are symbols of surrender, flew from poles on the stone supports atop the famed bridge that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan over …

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Jul 22

IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for ‘Electioneering’

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against  ‘electioneering.’ As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, asserting that many non-profit religious organizations have been “blatantly and …

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Jul 22

Four Trustees Resign from Bryan College as Creation Controversy Continues

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Four Bryan College trustees have resigned from their positions because the school has refused to back down from a literal interpretation of the biblical creation account. As previously reported, a controversy erupted at Bryan College earlier this year when the small evangelical school clarified its stance on the creation of man. The statement of belief clarification simply affirmed …

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Jul 22

GOP Rep. David Jolly Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage

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GOP Rep. David Jolly (Fla.) announced his support of gay marriage Monday in a statement to the Washington Post. While Jolly said he personally believes in traditional marriage because of his Christian faith, he thinks the government should support both traditional and same-sex marriages. He also noted his support of Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia’s decision …

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Jul 22

Colorado County Clerk ‘Reluctantly’ Halts Gay Marriage Licenses

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A Colorado county clerk who issued nearly three dozen same-sex marriage licenses agreed on Monday to halt the practice after the state’s highest court ordered another clerk to stop issuing the permits to gay couples. Pueblo County clerk Gilbert Ortiz said he would comply with the request by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, in light of …

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Jul 22

IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 hard drives

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Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives. The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine …

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Jul 22

Anti-Jewish Leaflets Found on Cars in Chicago

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Anti-Jewish leaflets were found on several vehicles on Chicago’s Northwest Side, police said. Six vehicles were discovered with leaflets containing anti-Semitic threats in their windshields Saturday morning in the 6300 block of North Monticello Avenue, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic. According to the Chicago Tribune, residents reported the material contained threats to Jewish people in …

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Jul 22

MSNBC Contributor: Media Too Pro-Israel

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Rula Jebreal, MSNBC contributor, appeared on Monday’s Ronan Farrow Daily and blasted the media for being pro-Israel. Jebreal’s tirade was aimed at not only MSNBC but all the media outlets whom she says cover the Palestinian side almost 100 times less than the Israeli side. She said the media is “disgustingly biased” against the Palestinians: “Because of all …

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Jul 22

FBI, Department of Defense to open new biometrics center in West Virginia

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The FBI announced it is working with the Department of Defense to expand the FBI center campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia with the addition of the Biometrics Technology Center. Set to open in 2015, the new 360,000-square foot center is directly adjacent to the current building, which has been in operation for about 20 years. Connect Clarksburg …

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Jul 22

Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado

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For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them. At least 259 times …

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Jul 22

Goldman Sachs Managing Director Nicholas Valtz Found Dead

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Nicholas Valtz, a managing director in cross-asset sales at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) in New York, was found dead yesterday by family members who went searching for him after he didn’t return from a kiteboarding outing. Valtz, 39, was found in Napeague Harbor near the eastern end of Long Island, according to the East Hampton, …

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Jul 22

Texas State Senator: 100,000 Illegal Immigrant Gang Members In State

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Hours before Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would send National Guard troops to the border, Texas state Senator Dan Patrick said there are at least 100,000 illegal immigrant gang members in the state. On Monday’s The Laura Ingraham Show, Patrick, who is also the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, said from 2008 to 2012, 143,000 illegal immigrant criminals …

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Jul 22

ISIS in control of ‘35 percent’ of Syrian territory

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is now in control of 35 percent of the Syrian territory following a string of victories, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday. ISIS holdings include nearly all of Syria’s oil and gas fields, the monitoring group said in a statement. One of the latest gains of …

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Jul 22

ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is ‘Now Empty of Christians’

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Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city “empty of Christians” as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako. Sources told Shoebat that the ISIS group in Mosul called …

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Jul 22

Russian Military Says Detected Ukrainian Su-25 Fighter Plane Close to MH17 Before Crash

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An Ukrainian combat jet was detected in close approach to the Malaysian passenger plane shortly before it crashed in eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people on board, the Russian military said Monday. “An altitude gain was detected for a Ukrainian combat jet, supposedly a Su-25, flying at a distance of 3-5 kilometers [1.8-3.1 miles] from the Boeing,” …

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Jul 22

Claim: Obama hid ‘gay life’ to become president

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A prominent member of Chicago’s homosexual community claims Barack Obama’s participation in the “gay” bar and bathhouse scene was so well known that many who were aware of his lifestyle were shocked when he ran for president and finally won the White House. “It was preposterous to the people I knew then to think Obama was …

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Jul 22

2/3 Of U.S. Could Be Devastated

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Every year, more than 3 million people visit one of America’s most popular tourist attractions, unaware of the tempest that lies just below the surface.  One sign of the tumult occurred this month when oil bubbled up to the surface, damaging a road in Yellowstone National Park, a result of extreme heat from the thermal activity …

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Jul 22

Beyond honey bees, neonicotinoid pesticides now found to be killing baby birds

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A class of pesticides widely blamed for a worldwide collapse in pollinator populations is also devastating populations of birds, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands and the Centre for Field Ornithology and Birdlife Netherlands, and published in the journal Nature on July 16. The chemicals, known as neonicotinoids, have increasingly come under …

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Jul 22

Four Liberian nurses contract Ebola virus while treating patients

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LIBERIA - Four Liberian health workers have been admitted after contracting the Ebola virus while treating patients. The health workers, all nurses, were working at Phebe Hospital in Suakoko, Bong County when they contracted the virus. This comes three weeks after a Ugandan senior surgeon succumbed to the Ebola in Liberia where he had been working for …

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Jul 22

Three earthquakes rock northern Vietnam’s province within one night – why are earthquakes increasing in Vietnam?

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VIETNAM - The three quakes struck Muong La District and their aftershocks were felt in Hanoi, 278 km away from Son La, according to the center under the Institute of Global Physics.  The first quake measuring magnitude 4.3 rocked the district at 7:14 pm, with its epicenter around eight kilometers underground. The tremor lasted for about 30 …

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Jul 22

Typhoon Rammasun kills more than 100 in China and Philippines

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CHINA – The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed at least 16 people in the region after leaving scores dead in the Philippines. Strong winds and rain from Super Typhoon Rammasun hit dozens of southern coastal cities in the provinces of Guangdong and Hainan and the region of Guangxi, affecting more …

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Jul 22

Emerging Division Between East And West Threatens To Plunge The Globe Into Chaos

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In general, over the last several decades the world has experienced an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity.  The opening up of relations with China and the “end of the Cold War” resulted in an extended period of cooperation between east and west that was truly unique in the annals of history.  But now things …

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