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Let the Headlines Speak
Jan 16th
Daily News
From the Internet
Categories: Today's Headlines

Israeli security forces find cell phone bomb in Joseph’s Tomb 
Israeli security forces removed a bomb on Monday from Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus in the West Bank, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. The bomb, found in a cell phone during a security scan to secure the tomb for about 1,000 worshipers, was removed from the tomb and detonated by security forces. Protestors threw stones at security forces upon their entry to and departure from the site, damaging their bus but resulting in no casualties.

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh and Myanmar agree repatriation timeframe
Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed a timeframe for repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled crackdowns from the military. Myanmar has agreed to accept 1,500 Rohingya each week, Bangladesh says, adding that it aims to return all of them to Myanmar within two years. More than 740,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh amid violence in Rakhine state in 2016 and 2017.

China rights lawyer Yu Wensheng loses licence
A Chinese human rights lawyer says his licence has been revoked three months after he wrote an open letter criticising the ruling Communist Party. Yu Wensheng, 50, received the news in a letter from Beijing’s Bureau of Justice on 15 January, a photo of which he has since tweeted (in Chinese). Mr Yu has long been a frequent and vocal critic of the government.

Brexit: EU ‘tightens transition guidelines’ on immigration, trade and fishing
The UK’s freedom to determine its own rules on immigration, trade and fishing in a transition period after Brexit may be further restricted, according to revised EU guidelines on a transition. Draft EU documents would see full freedom of movement extended until the start of 2021. The UK would also need “authorisation” to stick with existing EU trade deals.

Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom
The University of Iowa is caught up in a legal fight with a conservative Christian student group that denied a leadership position to a student who is gay. The case pits a university policy barring discrimination based on sexual orientation against the religious beliefs of a 10-member group called Business Leaders in Christ. The group sued after the state’s flagship university in Iowa City revoked its campus registration in November.

U.S. and China Prepare for Trade Clash of the Titans
The last time Washington mobilized for a trade war, Ronald Reagan was president and Japan the adversary. Today, the White House is readying the same big guns—a mix of tariffs and quotas—aimed mainly at Chinese imports. It has in its sights everything from steel to solar panels and washing machines. A record Chinese annual trade surplus with the U.S., announced last week, is the potential catalyst for hostilities after a year of bluster from President Donald Trump.

America’s Fastest Spy Plane May Be Back—and Hypersonic
For years, Lockheed Martin Corp. has been developing a successor to one of the fastest aircraft the world has ever seen, the SR-71 Blackbird, the Cold War reconnaissance craft that the U.S. Air Force retired almost three decades ago. Lockheed officials have said the hypersonic SR-72—dubbed the “Son of Blackbird” by one trade journal—could fly by 2030.

Nafta Trio to Gather in Davos as Negotiations Resume in Canada
The three ministers leading negotiations to revamp Nafta will get two chances for face-to-face talks this month… U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland are due to attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, which begins on Jan. 23, the same day the sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement talks get underway across the Atlantic in Montreal.

Think Flu Season is Bad? It Might Get Even Worse
The influenza virus that’s sickened millions of Americans is already the most widespread outbreak since public health authorities began keeping track… Now, with the threat of more strains emerging, it might get even worse. “Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” said Dan Jernigan…of the …Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “This is the first year we have had…widespread activity in all of the continental U.S. at this point.”

‘Eye-bleeding fever’ outbreak CONFIRMED: Fears of PANDEMIC as disease hits SECOND country 
Uganda’s health ministry has today finally admitted it is facing the risk of a large-scale explosion of the viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF). VHF causes victims to suffer a burning fever before beginning to bleed from orifices including their eyes, anuses and mouths. It comes after a girl, nine, was reportedly killed by the infection Uganda, and three people died in neighbouring South Sudan of similar symptoms.

Israel Gearing up for 70th Independence Day Celebrations
The government is already preparing for a massive celebration on April 18th, the 70th anniversary of the modern miracle that is the State of Israel. (video)

A Strong Israeli Army is the Answer to International Holocaust Remembrance Day
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on January 27, is a day set aside by the UN to memorialize victims of the Holocaust, encourage educational programs about one of the darkest times in history, and prevent future acts of genocide. To that end, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) runs a meaningful program called, “Witnesses in Uniform”. The program, funded by Yahad-United for Israel’s Soldiers and IFCJ, sends hundreds of IDF officers and reservists to Germany and Poland to visit concentration and death camps, the ghettos and the old communities of destroyed European Jewry.

Putin Pals Panic Over US “Corrupt Oligarchs” List, Begin Liquidating Assets
Russian oligarchs are growing increasingly nervous over the U.S. Treasury’s upcoming “Official Oligarch” list, which is being created pursuant to an Aug. 2, 2017 law requiring that the Treasury and State Departments identify officials and oligarchs as determined by “their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth” an Executive Order signed quietly in Late December which freezes the U.S. housed assets of foreign government officials or executives of foreign corporations deemed to be corrupt.

Netanyahu: Abbas’ speech exposed his true colors
Using particularly jarring language, Abbas said, “Trump, ‘ikhrab beitak'” – an Arabic curse meaning “may your house be destroyed.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on a state visit to India, said, “Abbas has shown his true colors. He has torn off his mask and made clear the simple truth that I have been trying to expose for many years: The root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies with the Palestinians’ fundamental and constant refusal to recognize a Jewish state in any borders.”

Abbas: Israel a colonial project that has nothing to do with Jews
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said during a conference of the PLO’s Central Committee that “Israel is a colonial project that has nothing to do with Jews.” “Europeans wanted to bring the Jews here to preserve their interests in the region,” Abbas added.

Trump Designates $55 Million to Help Christians, Religious Minorities Rebuild in Iraq
In the wake of Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement last October that the United States government would provide direct aid to persecuted Iraqi Christians struggling to rebuild following the liberation of the Nineveh Plains, the Trump administration has taken concrete steps to follow through on its promises.

U.S. Deploys Electronic Warfare Aircraft To Korean Peninsula
The United States Air Force has deployed an aircraft designed for electronic warfare to the Korean Peninsula. As reported by The Aviationist Monday, an EC-130H Compass Call aircraft recently left Japan’s Yokota Air Base and arrived at Osan Air Base in South Korea.

Now global warming blamed for refugee madness
Rising oceans. Flooded shorelines. Horrific storms. Cold winters. Hot summers. An Arctic without ice or snow. Water flooding into the 9/11 memorial in New York. You’ve heard all the dire warnings about what global warming is doing.  But there’s a new one: It’s causing immigration.

Pray to Allah, Soap Opera Tells German Kids
Native German kids must learn to pray to Allah, a soap opera recommended. A segment from Lindenstraße, a state-funded TV show, shows a young German woman telling a boy that there’s “another name for God,” and that name is Allah.

WATCH: Cops Raid Park, Arrest a Dozen People, Including a Child—For Helping the Homeless
In spite of the myriad of stories over the years, in which police and governments across the United States have been exposed as tyrants, cities and their armed agents continue to persecute good people who help those less fortunate than them. The latest case of police oppressing those who’d dare to help the homeless comes out of El Cajon, California this week in which more than a dozen good Samaritans were arrested.

Obama Lied and Argued Against Executive Amnesty, Then Lied and Said DACA Only Temporary, Now Lies and Calls Trump Racist for Scrapping DACA!
….But Obama lied.  He didn’t really believe what he was saying, he only hoped  Americans believed him. A short time later, in June 2012,  Obama went on to push through his Executive Amnesty plan referred to as DACA.  During his announcement at the White House, Obama claimed that the law would be temporary –

Mass Surveillance: The Government’s Secret Tool To Convict By Violating Rights
A devious process, known as “parallel reconstruction,” lurks behind many cases being brought to trial in America, these days.  It’s actually a mass surveillance tool for the government and it violates the rights of every single person in the United States.

ENEMY OF THE JEWS: Obama and his deep hatred of Israel on full display
It’s outlandish how friends become enemies and enemies become friends on this in-depth video about Obama’s relationship (or lack thereof) with Israel. Once you see it all together, the puzzle pieces begin to fall into place.

Damning Oprah Video Surfaces; Anti-Christianity Rant Goes Viral
That Oprah 2020 presidential run just ended after this vintage yet damning video surfaced.

More Than 100 Are Dead As The Worst Flu Epidemic In Years Sweeps Across The United States
This flu season is already off to a record-setting beginning, and many believe that it could ultimately be the worst that we have seen in decades.  In fact, it has been reported that if we stay on this current pace that this could truly be the worst flu season in more than 50 years.  As you will see below, the CDC is reporting widespread flu activity from coast to coast, and the death toll has already crossed 100.  Here in the United States, flu season usually begins in October and ends in May, and so we still have a long way to go before it is over.

Conservatives Battle Tech Giants Over Censorship
Jan 16th
Commentary
PNW STAFF
Categories: Contemporary Issues

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Social media giants Google, Twitter and YouTube are facing accusations from many high-profile conservatives over alleged censorship. 

Twitter will face a lawsuit in February filed by Breitbart's former senior editor Milo Yinnopoulos along with Republican political consultant Roger Stone. 

In addition to this lawsuit, a Republican congressman is planning on calling a congressional hearing to look into alleged discrimination against conservatives by Google, YouTube, Twitter, and others. Read on to learn more about this situation:

Discrimination is Covert

The discrimination Twitter and others are accused of is covert in nature. After all, to come out and say they discriminated against certain people groups who possessed specific beliefs would most certainly be met with some pushback. 

Therefore, they aren't obvious about their misdeeds. However, there is evidence that proves discrimination on the part of Twitter and other such organizations towards conservative individuals and groups to be a very real thing. In fact, it's so real it even has a name. It's called shadow banning.

What Shadow Banning Means:

Software engineer Abbinav Vadrevu who was formally employed by Twitter explains how shadow banning works:

"The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don't know they have been banned because they keep posting and no one sees their content. So they just think that no one is engaging with their content when in reality, no one is seeing it."

James O'Keef, conservative muckraker, caught eight former and current Twitter employees saying they engage in the practice of shadow banning.

Twitter is Going Even Further Than Shadow Banning

Unfortunately, Twitter is going further than shadow banning. Software engineer Steven Pierre, who is currently employed by Twitter, explains how the social media giant is planning to practice censorship through increased automation:

"Every single conversation is going to be rated by a machine and the machine is going to say whether or not it's a positive or negative thing."

The scary part is the fact that Twitter might deem and likely will deem most conservative conversations as negative.  

It's Not Just Twitter

Twitter is not the only social media giant facing backlash for their discriminating practices. Google was also sued by PragerU, which is an educational site, over unfair censorship. According to PragerU, their online videos were being censored through restriction by YouTube, a subsidiary of Google. 

The lawsuit alleged that YouTube and Google told PragerU that their videos were resisted because some reviewers found them to be "inappropriate" for a young audience. PragerU claims none of their videos were improper or violated YouTube's policies. They said the following about Google's claim that their videos were inappropriate:

"It's an obvious pretext to justify illegally discriminating against PragerU because of its conservative political perspective and identity."

An additional statement from PragerU commented the following:

"They are engaging in an arbitrary and capricious use of their 'restricted mode' and 'demonetization' to restrict non-left political thought. Their censorship is profoundly damaging because Google and YouTube own and control the largest forum for public participation in the world."

What This Means For Conservatives: 

Whether or not these lawsuits and hearings will change the way social media giants handle right-leaning individuals and groups is still unknown. 

However, to bring what has been going on the dark out into the light is the first step in changing it, and at the very least, this legal action has succeeded in that accomplishment.

Bringing Every Thought Into . . . the Obedience of Christ - 2 Corinthians 10:5
Jan 16th
Morning Meditation
F.B. Meyer
Categories: Commentary;Inspirational;Book Study

The apostle is planning a campaign; his words glow with the fire of military enthusiasm: but, as one has eloquently said, the weapons of his warfare are not carnal; the standard under which he fights is a more sacred sign than that of Caesar; the territory he invades is more difficult of conquest than any which kept the conquerors of the world at bay. He sees rising before him the loftly fortresses of hostile error; they must be reduced or razed. Every mountain fastness to which the enemy can retreat must be scaled and destroyed; and every thought of the soul, which is hostile to the authority of the Divine Truth, must become a prisoner in the camp of Christ.

Be sure to distinguish between the proper use of the intellect by the man who recognizes its necessary limitations and uses it in the humble and reverent inquiry after truth, and that undue exaltation of the intellect, which sets itself on high as the ultimate judge of truth, or which roams wildly, unheeding the Divine control. There are vain thoughts, sensual thoughts, cynical and self-reliant thoughts, sceptical thoughts, proud thoughts, wandering and wayward thoughts; but the apostle says that, however strongly they fortify themselves against Christ, they should and must be brought into captivity. Paul once thought he ought to do many things contrary to Jesus, but became His humble disciple.

The intellect has its province, but faith has hers; and while the intellect tends to exalt man, faith humbles him and leads him captive in the chains of love. We must come with absolute obedience to Christ, that every vail may be torn away, and whatever blurs the clear surface of the mirroring intellect may be removed.


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