Signs of the Times (7/12/16)

Planned Parenthood Tweets “Stop Killing Black Children!”

Planned Parenthood is probably not even aware of the sheer hypocrisy in one of their recent tweets. In an attempt to declare their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in light of officer-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, they tweeted an image of a protester’s sign that read: “Stop Killing Black Children!” The sign’s message was flanked by handguns. However, Planned Parenthood itself is the leading killer of black children, having aborted far more black babies than guns, knives or any other atrocity in the U.S.

Massachusetts Enacts Transgender Rights Law

A new anti-discrimination law was passed by the Massachusetts state House and Senate last week which gives transgender people the right to use public restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identities, regardless of their sex at birth. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) will adopt policies to enforce its provisions, a statement from the governor’s office said. Opponents such as the Massachusetts Family Institute argue that the bill fails to protect women and children from predators and violates fundamental rights of privacy. The group said Baker “gave in to a radical and aggressive agenda.”

New Study Finds Correlation between Depression and Same-Sex Parenting

Children who grow up in same-sex parented households may face a significantly higher risk of depression later in life, reports ChristianHeadlines.com. That’s the conclusion of a study published a few weeks ago, without fanfare, in the open-access journal Depression Research and Treatment. The study found that young adults who had grown up with same-sex parents were more than twice as likely to be depressed as those raised by a mother and a father. The new study, “Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression among Adults with Same-Sex Parents,” claims to be the first to “examine children raised by same-sex parents into early adulthood.” It uses survey data that followed adolescents over a period of 13 years.

37 Violent Anti-Police Protests Promoted on Dark Web

Violent anti-police rallies in 37 US cities are being promoted on the dark web for this Friday, July 15, beginning at 7 PM eastern US time, reports Red Flag News. SuperStation95 obtained access to this information and if it goes as planned, many cities in the United States will erupt in ferocious violence, under the guise of being a “Nationwide Call To Action” against police brutality. While this “National Call to Action” is what appears on the regular Internet to lure people in, on the Dark Web, it is being called a “Day of Rage” and plans are being pursued for hideous and widespread violence. All this despite the fact that more whites (238) have been killed by police so far this year compared to 123 blacks, according to statista.com.

Police Shootings Update

A white Illinois police officer shot an African-American man in the chest Monday while responding to a call that a man had a handgun, authorities in Decatur said. Interim Decatur Police Chief James Getz said the man, who was armed with a gun and knife, was in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the chest. “We ask that everyone remain peaceful and reserve judgment until all the facts are known,” Getz said.

Five people were arrested early Tuesday after shots were fired at police, authorities said. When officers arrived in marked police cruisers on reports of shots fired on 6th Street Southwest, the people inside the vehicle immediately started shooting at the police. The officers also started shooting back. However, no one was hit or injured. The SUV’s occupants refused to leave the vehicle and were barricaded inside for 30 minutes before three women and two men surrendered and were arrested.

Protests Across U.S. Over Police Killings of Blacks

Protestors across the U.S. continued over the weekend, as people decried police brutality over the killing of two African-American men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, earlier this week. After four days of peaceful protests in Baton Rouge where Sterling was shot, tensions between police and protesters escalated. A line of police officers wearing riot gear with shields and assault-style weapons advanced on the crowd to move them off the busy street. Tensions escalated as demonstrators threw bottles and apples at police. Several people were handcuffed and loaded into a police van before the crowd began to disperse. At least 198 people were arrested in New York, Chicago, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Police in Minnesota where Castile was shot said Sunday they arrested as many as 100 people after a protest over police shootings turned violent, with at least five officers injured. In St. Paul, demonstrators marched from Gov. Mark Dayton’s residence into the I-94 freeway, shutting down the roadway despite police efforts to stop them. Twenty police officers were injured and one officer suffered a spinal fracture there when a large block of concrete was dropped on his head,

In Atlanta, hundreds of protesters massed Friday and marched through downtown. They were met by Georgia State Troopers and Atlanta police near the downtown connector, but the confrontation remained peaceful. In Phoenix, police officers dressed in riot gear deployed pepper spray as crowds got heated and reached the police barricade. A protest in Rochester on Friday and into Saturday morning ended with 74 arrests. More than a thousand people stood together crying, shouting and praying at a vigil in front of Nashville City Hall followed by a march that closed Broadway downtown Friday evening. In San Francisco, hundreds took to the streets and blocked roads and ramps to get on and off the Bay Bridge. Hundreds more broke off from Pittsburgh’s 200th-anniversary parade to protest the recent police shootings.

  • In this fallen world, there are indeed prejudiced police officers, but there are also violent-prone protesters looking for trouble. Civil unrest is growing, playing right into the hands of globalists seeking to undermine U.S. dominance in the world. Jesus is the only answer, but He is not coming back until after the one-world government under the anti-Christ is established (Revelation 13)

Killings of Police Rapidly Rising

The number of police officers shot and killed in the USA is 44% higher than at this time last year following the Dallas ambush Thursday night that left five officers dead, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The deaths of four Dallas police officers and one Dallas transit officer from sniper fire during a protest in the city Thursday raised the national total of firearm deaths among police to 26, compared with 18 at this point in time in 2015. The Dallas attack was also the latest of 11 ambushes of police officers so far this year across the country, already outpacing the eight ambushes of law enforcement that occurred last year. “It’s really an assassination,” says Nick Breul, director of research for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Police Group asks Justice Department to Classify Police Killings as Hate Crime

The Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest group of sworn law-enforcement officers, is asking the Justice Department to “immediately” investigate the killing of five Dallas police officers as a hate crime. “The U.S. Department of Justice is always quick to insert itself into local investigations,” group President Chuck Canterbury said Friday. “Today we expect action just as swift. We want a federal investigation into those who were motivated by their hatred of police to commit mass murder in Dallas.” “If there has ever been an assassination of police officers that fits the current hate crime legislation, Dallas is it,” Canterbury told National Public Radio on Friday. “Though the main offender is dead, the hate crime investigation will show to the Justice Department and to the country that this was a hate-based crime.”

56 Percent Disapprove FBI’s Decision Not to Charge Clinton

Majority of Americans do not approve of the FBI’s decision not to charge Hillary Clinton over her handling of emails during her tenure as secretary of state, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday. The poll results show that 56% disapprove of FBI’s decision not to charge Clinton while only 35% support the decision. Breaking down the results by party lines, almost nine out of 10 Republicans disapprove of the FBI’s decision not to charge Clinton, while 3 out of 10 Democrats did not like the FBI’s decision. Sixty percent of independent voters sided with Republicans, saying they disapproved of the FBI’s decision.

Economic News

U.S. stocks zoomed to their first record high in more than a year on Monday. The S&P 500 rallied above 2,139, surpassing the previous all-time record set back in May 2015. Wall Street extended its record-setting ways Tuesday as the Dow joined the S&P 500 in taking out its 2015 all-time high. That ends a 14-month period where the markets appeared to hit a wall and even fell precipitously at one point and flirted with a new bear market. Markets were bolstered by the June jobs report that dramatically eased fears of a slowdown in the U.S. economy. Just two weeks ago, global markets panicked after the shocking Brexit vote. The U.K. referendum sent the Dow plummeting nearly 900 points over two days, but now all of that has been gained back and more.

A top banking regulator warned that the $1 trillion car loan industry has gotten more dangerous. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency cited “unprecedented” growth in auto loans, rising delinquencies and shrinking used car values. The banking watchdog also pointed to cutthroat competition among banks, which has led them to relax underwriting standards. Earlier this year, Fitch Ratings pointed out that the rate of seriously delinquent subprime car loans has climbed to the highest level since 1996.

The top 1% earners in the U.S. are earning less than they did nearly a decade ago. The average income of this elite group was $1.36 million in 2015. That’s 12.6% less than it was in 2007, when it hit $1.56 million, according to newly updated data from the University of California, Berkeley. While the Top 1% have enjoyed strong income growth in recent years, they were hit hard during the recession — particularly by the collapse of the stock market when their average income fell to $992,892 in 2009. The 99% has also suffered a decline in earnings from an average of $48,768 in 2015, down from $51,280 in 2007. After watching their income barely budge for years after the economic collapse, the 99% are enjoying their second year of gains. Their average income rose 3.9% in 2015, the best growth in 17 years.

Islamic State

Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes have retaken an air base from ISIS near Mosul, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday. The Iraqi military and counter-terrorism forces are now in the process of sweeping al-Qayyara air base, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city. At least 38 ISIS militants were killed in the operation to retake the base, Sabah Nouri. Recapturing and securing al-Qayyarah — one of the biggest air bases in Iraq — is seen as a breakthrough in the mission to liberate Mosul, as the base can be used by the army and the U.S.-led international coalition in further missions against ISIS in the region. It also comes just weeks after Iraq declared it had regained full control of Falluja, ISIS’ main stronghold in the country, as the militant group loses more and more ground.

Iraq

A suicide car bombing ripped through an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad on Tuesday morning, killing at least 11 people. An explosives-laden pickup truck exploded during the morning rush hour at a vegetable and fruit market in the al-Rashidiya district. Government forces deployed in most of the Iraqi capital and closed off major roads around the city. The developments came on the heels of two large-scale attacks claimed by the Islamic State group that killed more than 300 people last week. On Monday, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Washington will send 560 more troops to Iraq to help battle IS.

North Korea

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile off its eastern coast early Saturday, U.S. and South Korea confirmed, further extending its defiance of international sanctions. The missile successfully ejected from the submarine’s launch tube but failed in its early stage of flight. The missile flew a couple miles before exploding midair, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. “We strongly condemn this and North Korea’s other recent missile tests, which violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea’s launches using ballistic missile technology,” said Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

Poland

The United States will send about 1,000 troops to Poland as part of what the alliance says is the biggest deployment of NATO personnel since the end of the Cold War. President Obama announced the troop movement at the NATO Summit in Warsaw Friday, saying the United States would rotate battalions into Poland “to serve shoulder to shoulder with Polish soldiers.” An armored brigade will also move its headquarters to Poland, which Obama called one of the United States’ “most committed and important allies.” Both moves are expected sometime next year. The move is an effort to bolster NATO’s strength in eastern Europe in order to deter further Russian aggression following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

China

An international tribunal ruled Tuesday that China’s claims to much of the South China Sea have no legal basis. The ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, is the first to address competing claims and interests among a half-dozen countries fronting the South China Sea. The case was brought by the Philippines over China’s vast territorial claims and island-building in the region. The panel said any historic rights to resources that China may have had were invalid because they are incompatible with exclusive economic zones established under a U.N. treaty. China said it did not recognize the ruling, which it described as “null-and-void.” “China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea shall under no circumstances be affected by those awards,” China said in on official statement.

South Sudan

The fifth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence was marred by violence that left nearly 150 soldiers and civilians dead. Heavy gunfire broke out Friday between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and others backing Vice President Riek Machar. Sporadic shootings continued throughout the night in pockets of areas around Jebel and Gurei, but relative calm had returned to the capital, Juba, on Saturday. The latest violence apparently started as Kiir and Machar were meeting to discuss previous clashes between their forces. Outside the presidential compound where the meeting took place. On Monday, the United States is evacuating non-emergency staff from its embassy in South Sudan, after the escalation of fighting in the capital that has killed scores including a Chinese U.N. peacekeeper.

Philippines

Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who campaigned on a vow to kill 100,000 criminals, is making good on his promise less than two weeks into his term. In that short span, he has left a bloody trail of drug world executions that is drawing alarm from human rights groups and opposition politicians. Duterte was sworn in on June 30, and within the first week of his presidency 72 accused drug dealers were killed by police and vigilante groups, according to a “Kill List” compiled by the newspaper Philippine Inquirer. Dating back to Duterte’s election victory on May 10, the figure jumps to 119. Duterte, whose incendiary rhetoric has earned him comparisons to Donald Trump, campaigned on a platform of law and order and ending corruption. The seven-term mayor of Davao, a city on the restive southern island of Mindanao, was wildly popular for solving the city’s drug and crime problems. But his tactics, which earned him nicknames such as “The Punisher” and “Duterte Harry,” included more than 1,000 extrajudicial killings using death squads, according to rights groups.

Wildfires

A fast-moving brush fire sent about 2,000 people fleeing from their homes in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains north of Los Angeles on Sunday. The blaze broke out in the Stevenson Ranch area of the Santa Clarita Valley shortly after noon and grew to 1.25 square miles in mere hours. The flames were fanned by winds gusting up to 25 mph. By dusk, firefighters contained 15 percent of the blaze, which is burning close to Interstate 5, the main artery connecting Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley.

Two campers from Alabama were arrested for arson in the Cold Springs Fire, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. The fire grew to more than 600 acres Sunday and forced almost 2,000 people to evacuate. Three homes were destroyed by the blaze, with the sheriff’s office saying it expected that number to increase. The sheriff’s office says the men did not ensure the fire was property extinguished before they left, and that winds — combined with the hot and dry weather — allowed the campfire to keep smoldering.

Weather

A combination of flooding rain and reported tornadoes hammered parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Monday into early Tuesday morning in the latest round of severe weather to hit the Midwest. One twister left widespread moderate damage on the northwest side of Litchfield, Minnesota, just after 5:30 p.m. CDT. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze said 15-20 homes sustained damaged and two other dwellings are a total loss. Litchfield Mayor Keith Johnson told Fox 9 this is the worst tornado damage he has ever seen in the city. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota, estimated at least four tornadoes occurred in central Minnesota Monday. High winds have contributed to three drowning deaths on Lake Michigan last Saturday.

After leaving three people dead and more than 100 injured in Taiwan, Typhoon Nepartak spun across the Taiwan Strait into China, leaving at least two dead and 17 others missing there. The storm lashed China’s east coast with powerful winds and heavy rains Saturday toppling homes and triggering landslides. More than 438,000 people had been relocated, according to the Fujian’s water resources department. Damaged power stations left areas of the province without electricity, while hundreds of flights and trains were canceled.

June 2016 was the hottest on record for the contiguous United States, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information announced. At an average temperature of 71.8 degrees Fahrenheit, the June record was broken with none of the Lower 48 turning in below-average temperatures for the month. NOAA said 17 states in the West, Great Plains and Southeast were well above average, rising the national average temperature to the highest ever recorded for the month of June. June 1933 was previously the warmest NOAA had ever recorded, at 71.56 degrees. June 2015 is now the third-warmest on record, at 71.4 degrees.

  • In contrast, a taste of winter weather swept into the northern Rockies Sunday into early Monday where snow was reported in parts of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. This snow is due to much colder air rushing into the northern Rockies from a trough of low pressure aloft (dip in the jet stream) moving across the region. Temperatures are also much below average for the middle of July. On Monday morning, a wind chill of 21 degrees was reported at Point 6 mountain to the north of Missoula, Montana.

Arctic sea ice has shrunken to its lowest level in 38 years – a record low that sets the stage for what could become the smallest Arctic ice extent in history. Compared to normal conditions, a Texas-sized slab of ice spreading across 4.63 million square miles is missing. Temperatures averaged about 5 degrees Fahrenheit above normal across the Arctic Ocean this spring, making daily sea ice extents average about 232,000 square miles smaller than any May average in almost four decades.

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