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January 11, 2018, 06:31:04 am teppezuhodd says: That is the best technology we have now
October 17, 2017, 01:25:20 am Christian40 says: It is good to type Mark is here again!  Smiley
October 16, 2017, 03:28:18 am Christian40 says: anyone else thinking that time is accelerating now? it seems im doing days in shorter time now is time being affected in some way?
September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-11-new-fda-approved-hepatitis-b-vaccine-found-to-increase-heart-attack-risk-by-700.html
September 19, 2017, 03:59:21 am Christian40 says: bbc international did a video about there street preaching they are good witnesses
September 14, 2017, 08:06:04 am Psalm 51:17 says: bro Mark Hunter on YT has some good, edifying stuff too.
September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
September 11, 2017, 03:40:40 am Christian40 says: those in america should better repent or things will only get worse
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« Reply #150 on: December 20, 2016, 08:54:46 am »

Ecc 12:1  Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
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« Reply #151 on: December 22, 2016, 03:14:56 pm »

http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/22/news/economy/us-gdp-third-quarter-last-revision/index.html
12/22/16
U.S. economy grew strong 3.5% in third quarter

America gained a little more momentum than previously thought.

The U.S. economy grew 3.5% in the third quarter -- July to September -- compared to the same time a year ago, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

It's the best quarter of growth in two years. The first estimate, published in October, had the economy growing at 2.9% in the third quarter.

It was also the last look at the economy's performance in the months leading up to the election, when President-elect Donald Trump criticized America's slow growth on the campaign trail.

It's also closer to the 4% growth that Trump has promised for the economy.

Despite the improved reading in the quarter, it won't move the needle much for all of 2016. The U.S. economy grew at a sluggish pace in the first half of the year, averaging 1.1%, and many economists still forecast around 2% growth for the entire year.

Related: U.S. manufacturing job openings back at 2007 levels

The Federal Reserve sees the economy growing around 2% for the next few years.

A major, one-time, increase in soybean exports helped explain why the third quarter was so good.

But other categories picked up slack too. Consumer spending, which makes up the majority of activity, rose 3% in the quarter. Business spending on new buildings and projects wasn't as much of a drag on the economy as it had been in previous quarters. Federal government spending also picked up too.
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« Reply #152 on: December 22, 2016, 10:58:39 pm »

This is JMHO, but it's becoming more clear why it could be that it's God's will for Trump to be in office.

Over the last 10 years, it's been one big psyop after another - FEMA Camps, Martial Law, 501c3 churches twisting Romans 13, HAARP causing strange weather patterns, and what not. But now that Trump has been "elected"? Any peep over 501c3 concerns? Martial Law? You can hear a pin drop! Why, and largely? B/c the Hillary Jezebel scare is over for one (another major psyop IMHO that's been going on for 25 years), and Obama's 8 years have come out "unscathed".

Just cling to the written word of God, and be very careful in terms of all of the world's lustly snares being thrown at us left and right, which I believe will be our biggest enemy in these last days.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/millennials-need-to-plan-for-dow-50000-right-now-trader-191923450.html
Millennials need to plan for Dow 50,000 right now: trader
12/22/16

It would seem, on the market’s race to Dow (^DJI) 20,000, that we’ve hit a little speed bump. It’s not so much “if” we will hit that psychological and magical level, it’s more “when.” But what does it really mean?

For traders here on the floor, it’s a significant benchmark in the Dow—one that will be celebrated with loud yells, confetti-like paper flying around, and high fives! After this three-minute celebration, it will be back to trading, and 20,000 will be in the history books.

Talk will start to focus on Dow 25,000, then 30,000. Yesterday, I heard someone talking about Dow 50,000 by the end of Trump’s eight-year presidency (eight years?!). What traders are truly preoccupied with is the market trend. There is a saying down here on the floor, “The trend is your friend,” and right now the trend is very friendly. The latest bullish sentiment out of the AAII (American Association of Individual Investors) shows bullish sentiment at 44.7% vs. bearish sentiment at 32.3%. However, bearish sentiment is starting to move, up +5.8% since the last read.

Government data out this morning showed the final read on third-quarter GDP at 3.5%, up from the initial read of 3.2%. Initial jobless claims came in at 275,000 versus 256,000. That’s still below 300,000 for the 94th straight week (Any number below 300,000 indicates a healthy economy.).

Tax cuts are coming

According to rumors out of Washington, D.C., this morning, the Democrats will work with the incoming Trump administration to get tax cuts pushed though Congress as early as this summer. This trend in the markets could last for some time and may indeed have legs to run higher. We still should expect minor setback corrections of 3%-8%, which would not be surprising.

As we head into a new year, it is important especially for millennial investors to stick to a long-term financial investment plan for the future. It was 44 years ago that I was throwing confetti up in the air as the Dow broke 1,000. This was a period of wild fluctuations in the market—one that saw the crash of 1987, the dot-com bust, 9/11, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and a host of other minor and major setbacks.

But still, here we are on the doorstep of 20,000. Though 40 years seems like a long time (and it is), believe me, it goes fast. It’s never too early to start planning for Dow 50,000 and maybe the Trump second inaugural.
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« Reply #153 on: December 23, 2016, 07:12:25 pm »

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-has-us-consumer-confidence-near-a-13-year-high-152245264.html
Donald Trump has US consumer confidence near a 13-year high
December 23, 2016

The final consumer sentiment reading from the University of Michigan for 2016 came in just below a 13-year high.

And it’s all about Donald Trump.

Consumer sentiment hit a 98.2 in December according to the UMich survey, the highest since January 2004.

“While the surge in confidence following Trump’s surprise election ended by mid December, it nonetheless led to the highest level of the Sentiment Index since January 2004,” said Richard Curtin, chief economist for the survey.

“An all-time record number of consumers (18%) spontaneously mentioned the expected favorable impact of Trump’s policies on the economy,” Curtin added. “This was twice as high as the prior peak (9%) recorded in 1981 when Reagan took office.”

Along with The Conference Board’s consumer confidence report — due out next week for the final time this year — and business surveys like the regional Federal Reserve reports and the NFIB’s small business optimism gauge, survey-based readings on the US economy have shown a general upswing since Trump’s election.

Initial jumps in these measures were, in part, attributed to some consumer relief that the election was over. Others were based on the view that potentially fewer regulations under a Trump administration would be good for business.

And while the overall numbers have made the post-Trump period appear like quite a honeymoon for the US economy, not all respondents, of course, are excited about what the next four years could bring.

“To be sure, nearly as many consumers referred unfavorably to anticipated changes in economic policies, but those references were less than half as frequent as the peak level recorded just three years ago (16% vs. 37%),” Curtin said.

Moreover, the view that both consumers and markets have of “Trumponomics” being good for the US economy is still mostly based in ideas and beliefs, not solid proposals.

“Needless to say, the overall gain in confidence was based on anticipated policy changes, with specific details as yet unknown,” Curtin said.

“Such favorable expectations could help jump-start growth before the actual enactment of policy changes, and form higher performance standards that will be used to judge the Trump presidency.”
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« Reply #155 on: December 27, 2016, 11:36:46 am »

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/nasdaq-trades-at-record-high-as-dow-nears-20000/ar-BBxBTsL?li=AA4Zjn&ocid=spartandhp
12/27/16
Nasdaq trades at record high as Dow nears 20,000

Stocks traded higher Tuesday, kicking off the last trading week of the year on a positive note amid some economic reports.

The Nasdaq hit a new all-time intraday high, up 0.75 percent at 5,503, with shares of Apple and the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) trading nearly 1 percent higher.

The Dow was up 38 points at 19,972, and the S&P 500 gained 0.38 percent.

Consumer confidence for December came in at 113.7, up from an upwardly revised 109.4 read in November.

"I think consumer confidence was OK," said Peter Coleman, head trader at Convergex.

"There's not a lot of institutional participation going on this morning. ... There's not a lot driving it right now," he said.

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« Reply #156 on: December 27, 2016, 07:53:21 pm »

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/maga-panasonic-tesla-motors-open-factory-buffalo-creating-1400-jobs-immediately/
MAGA: Panasonic And Tesla Motors To Open Factory In Buffalo Creating Over 1,400 Jobs Immediately
Tesla Motors SolarCity Corp. has committed to investing $5 billion over 10 years in New York state, hiring almost 1,500 workers at the Buffalo plant for five years and employing at least 2,000 more people across New York in exchange for use of the state-owned plant.

12/27/16

Japanese electronics company Panasonic and U.S. electric car maker Tesla said Tuesday they plan to begin production of solar cells at a factory in Buffalo, New York.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Donald Trump’s vision for America has given our under-performing economy a massive jump start with many major corporations decided to stay with the U.S. and hire and rehire workers. It will be interesting to see the juxtaposition of  American prosperity and Middle East chaos when Trump moves the Embassy to Jerusalem.

The two companies said they finalized an agreement calling for Tokyo-based Panasonic to pay capital costs for the manufacturing. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla made a “long-term purchase commitment” to Panasonic. Their statement gave no financial figures.
Panasonic, Tesla To Produce Solar Cells:

The factory in Buffalo is under development by SolarCity Corp., a San Mateo, California-based solar panel company owned by Tesla. The photovoltaic cells and modules will be used in solar panels for non-solar roof products and solar glass tile roofs that Tesla plans to begin making, the announcement said.
Production is due to begin in mid-2017. Tesla said it will create 1,400 jobs in Buffalo, 500 in manufacturing and plans further expansion in Buffalo.

Panasonic also is to work with Tesla on next-generation technology, the companies said.

New York state has committed $750 million to build and outfit the plant at Buffalo’s RiverBend site, the centerpiece of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” program to revitalize the upstate region’s largest city.

SolarCity has committed to investing $5 billion over 10 years in New York state, hiring almost 1,500 workers at the Buffalo plant for five years and employing at least 2,000 more people across New York in exchange for use of the state-owned plant.

In October, when word emerged about the possible manufacturing collaboration, the head of New York state’s economic development agency said SolarCity will be held to job creation promises made when the state committed funding to build and outfit the plant, which is expected to begin production next summer. source
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http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/consumer-confidence-hits-highest-level-since-2001/ar-BBxCiUf?OCID=ansmsnnews11
12/27/16
Consumer confidence hits highest level since 2001

Consumer confidence surged in December to the highest level since 2001, reflecting an improved U.S. economy and anticipation of the incoming Trump administration.

The consumer confidence index jumped to 113.7 from a revised 109.4 in November, the Conference Board said Tuesday.

U.S. stock markets have rallied sharply to record highs since the surprise election of Donald Trump in November on the assumption that his administration will be good for business. The economy is also much improved, with the unemployment tumbling below 5%.

“The post-election surge in optimism for the economy, jobs and income prospects, as well as for stock prices which reached a 13-year high, was most pronounced among older consumers,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at board.

A measure of how confident Americans feel right now, known as the present situation index, dipped to 126.1 from 132. That’s still near the highest level in nine years, however.

An index that tracks expectations over the next six months rose to 105.5 from 94.4, marking the highest level since 2003.
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-edges-out-trump-in-poll-of-most-admired-man-in-2016-192207844.html
12/28/16
Obama edges out Trump in poll of most admired man in 2016

President-elect Donald Trump might have been the long-shot success story of the year, but his predecessor, President Obama, is still the most admired man in the U.S., according to a plurality of respondents in a new poll.

Gallup released the results of a new poll Wednesday that shows 22 percent of 1,028 American adults surveyed mentioned Obama when posed an open-ended question about the man they most admire in the world. Trump was named by 15 percent of respondents.

According to the polling company, this is Obama’s ninth straight win in this category, although his 7-point margin above Trump is his narrowest yet. The list also included Pope Francis, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Rev. Billy Graham, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Dalai Lama and plenty others.

Gallup explained that Obama’s win came down to the fact that more Democrats mentioned him than Republicans mentioned Trump. Half of Democratic respondents named Obama as most admired, while only 34 percent of Republican respondents went with Trump.

It is typical for sitting presidents to receive the designation. The president won 58 times out of the 70 times the question was asked — and the exceptions were when the incumbent president was particularly unpopular, such as former President George W. Bush in 2008. In fact, Obama’s winning the top spot that year was the first time for a president-elect since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952.

Americans also named Hillary Clinton as the most admired woman of the year for the 15th consecutive year and the 21st time in total. Clinton won a plurality of the 2016 poll’s vote, with 12 percent. Others included first lady Michelle Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pakistani women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai.

Obama and Clinton have been named the most admired man and woman, respectively, every year since 2008, when the former first won the U.S. presidential election. Trump placed in the top 10 five other times: 1988, 1989, 1990, 2011 and 2015.

Still, Trump’s meteoric rise to the highest office in the United States this year came as a shock to many. Time magazine named him the 2016 Person of the Year, a perpetually misunderstood designation, as it is not necessarily an honor. Since 1927, Time has named the person who had the greatest influence over the course of events for the year — for better or worse.

“For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump’s victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class; for those who see it as for the worse, the destruction extends to cherished norms of civility and discourse, a politics poisoned by vile streams of racism, sexism, nativism,” wrote Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs.

The raucous nature of Trump’s presidential campaign appeared to subside a bit after he met with Obama at the White House for a conversation that was by all accounts cordial. Trump even complimented Obama — with whom he’s had a longstanding and nasty public feud — much to the chagrin of many supporters.

But after Obama told his former senior adviser and campaign manager David Axelrod that he thinks he would have beaten Trump had he been eligible to run a third time, Trump fired back on his favorite platform: Twitter.

Trump, who spearheaded the so-called birther moment and has no shortage of his own provocative statements, on Wednesday accused Obama of being “inflammatory.”

The Gallup poll was conducted from Dec. 7 to Dec. 11 through phone interviews with people from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. There was a quota for 60 percent cellphone participants and 40 percent landline participants.
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« Reply #159 on: December 28, 2016, 09:59:46 pm »

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/as-chicago-murder-rate-spikes-many-fear-violence-has-become-normalized/ar-BBxFvso?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp
As Chicago Murder Rate Spikes, Many Fear Violence Has Become Normalized
12/28/16

CHICAGO — The nation’s third-largest city will end 2016 with a surging murder rate, a demoralized and distrusted police force and a weary populace that has become inured to daily reports of shootings.

More than 750 people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016, the police said, a 58 percent increase over last year and the highest total since 1997. There have been more than 3,500 shootings in the city this year.

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Over Christmas weekend, at least 60 people were shot, 11 fatally, according to  The Chicago Tribune. Two teenage girls were among those shot.


As the year draws to a close, residents and community leaders say they are despairing over the ceaseless violence, which city officials are trying to confront with more police officers and new law enforcement strategies. But many people here also worry that the shootings, primarily in African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods on the South and West Sides, have become normalized, a routine part of life.

“We should be embarrassed as a city, every single one of us, that we’ve allowed this city to become the poster boy of violence in America,” said the Rev. Michael Pfleger, an activist and pastor of a Catholic church on the South Side. “Are we just going to shake our heads and say, ‘What a terrible year in Chicago?’”

Father Pfleger, who often spars with elected officials, said he was searching for fresh ways to draw attention to the plague of gun violence. He is planning a rally on Saturday on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, a downtown avenue lined with high-end shops and restaurants, that will be attended by marchers carrying two-foot-high wooden crosses bearing the names of victims. Some victims’ relatives are expected to attend.

Chicago had more criminal homicides this year than New York and Los Angeles combined, despite having fewer residents than either city. Los Angeles had 288 through mid-December, up slightly from last year, and New York had 325, a decline from 2015. Still, Chicago’s per capita murder rate remains much lower than in several smaller cities, such as St. Louis and Baltimore.

Across the country, some cities have seen upticks in homicides while others have seen their numbers hold steady or decline. St. Louis, which had one of the country’s highest murder rates in 2015, had 183 criminal homicides as of Wednesday, roughly in line with its 188 in 2015. Milwaukee had 142 as of Wednesday and 146 in 2015. Criminal homicides have increased this year in Kansas City, Mo., Indianapolis and Dallas, and have declined in Cincinnati and Baltimore.

In Chicago, the surge in violence has become a national flash point.

“I’ve never seen so much attention and energy and focus being put on this epidemic of violence,” said the Rev. Ira Acree, whose church is on the West Side. “And yet instead of things getting better, it feels like things are getting worse.”

Representative Danny K. Davis, a Democrat whose district includes some of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, said that he believed poverty was fueling the city’s bloodshed, and that Chicago needed to make investments “to revamp whole communities.”

“People struggle, and on top of that, in many instances, people have lost hope in their government,” Mr. Davis said. “They’ve lost hope that something is going to change for them. And if we can’t keep hope alive, then you don’t have to wonder whether things are going to get better or get worse: They’ll get worse.”

Last month, Mr. Davis’s 15-year-old grandson, Javon Wilson, was shot dead at a home in his grandfather’s congressional district. The Chicago police said a fight that preceded the shooting may have been over a pair of shoes, and two other teenagers have been charged in Javon’s death.

Matt McGrath, a spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said in an email that “there is no single solution” to Chicago’s violence, and that Mr. Emanuel was “approaching this holistically.”

“The increase in violence, largely driven by gun crimes in the South and West Sides of the city, is unacceptable, and we’re working day and night to address it,” Mr. McGrath said. “In September, the mayor announced his plan to hire nearly 1,000 new police officers as part of a comprehensive law enforcement reform package designed to restore community trust and increase police effectiveness. At the same time, the mayor strongly believes this is not exclusively a police matter and is committed to making investments in education and citywide economic development — including the expansion of universal mentoring for young men in the most violent neighborhoods.”

Arthur Lurigio, a criminology professor at Loyola University Chicago, said that in addition to the proliferation of guns and deepening poverty, personal disputes among gang members have led to more shootings, often escalating quickly through social media.

“What’s different about this year, and what has added much more fuel to the fire that was already burning intensely, was social media as a way to communicate,” he said. “There are no rules governing gang members anymore. They’re solving interpersonal conflicts with murder.”

The spike in crime comes at a time of upheaval and uncertainty in the Chicago Police Department, with officers trying to tamp down violence while also mending long-strained relationships with residents of some of the most troubled neighborhoods. On Wednesday, the mayor and the police announced that they would speed up a plan to expand body-camera use by police officers, ensuring that every patrol officer would wear a camera by the end of 2017.

Protests and complaints of widespread police misconduct rocked Chicago last year after an officer was charged with murder in the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, and video of the fatal shooting was released. Since then, other police shootings have also prompted protests here, including a teenager fatally shot in the back this summer after a car chase.

Fallout from the McDonald case led to the firing of the police superintendent, promises of new training and equipment, and a Justice Department investigation of Chicago police practices. Some have wondered whether the results of that federal inquiry will be announced before President Obama leaves office next month.

Eddie Johnson, the current Chicago police superintendent, recently spent time at the New York Police Department, studying techniques focused on community policing. He said in a statement that most of the shootings over Christmas weekend were targeted attacks by gang members and called on elected officials in Illinois to pass tougher gun laws.

“While we have promising leads, this unacceptable level of gun violence demonstrates the clear and present need for policy makers to convene in January and give Chicago the gun sentencing tools against repeat offenders so that we can adequately hold people accountable,” he said.

Dean Angelo Sr., president of the union that represents Chicago’s rank-and-file officers, said that department morale was low and that his members were “treading water.” He added that policing and violence had been inappropriately politicized, and that some elected officials were “being more anti-police in their platform as opposed to being anti-crime.”

“In some areas, the neighborhoods are on fire,” he said, “and they’re more worried about transparency and police issues.”
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« Reply #160 on: December 29, 2016, 09:12:52 am »

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/29/world/good-things-that-happened-2016-trnd/index.html
12/29/16
Dear world, I wasn't all bad. Signed, 2016

By Doug Criss, CNN

Updated 1:05 AM ET, Thu December 29, 2016

(CNN)I know, I know. You're SO over me. You lost a favorite celebrity. Your Samsung Galaxy exploded. You got really tired of Pokemon Go really fast. But look a little closer. I was also all kinds of awesome - in ways that left you a better place.

THE WORLD
There's finally peace in Colombia • Non-violent protests helped impeach a president in South Korea • Gambia voted out a dictator • The military no longer rules Myanmar • Lebanon picked a leader - after 45 tries • A Pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch met for the first time in 1,000 years

THE ENVIRONMENT
That big ozone hole over the Antarctic is starting to heal • India planted 50 million trees -- in one day! • Norway banned deforestation • The Paris Agreement to limit global warming is now international law

THE US
The high school graduation rate is at its highest • The teen birth rate kept on falling • The unemployment rate is the lowest in 10 years • Americans gave to charity more than ever before

HEALTH
Researchers found new genes that may help cure ALS (thanks ice bucket challenge) • There's hope for a new HIV vaccine • The measles is no more in the Americas • Sri Lanka proved you can finish off malaria • China bred good mosquitoes to fight the bad ones • West Africa is ebola-free (And an experimental vaccine is 100 percent effective)

HUMAN RIGHTS
Gambia and Tanzania banned child marriage • The death penalty is illegal in more than half the world • 300 African communities pledged to end female genital mutilation • A law against 'honor' killings finally passed in Pakistan

CONSERVATION
The tiger population rose for the first time in 100 years • Pandas are endangered no more • There were only 126 kakapo parrots left in the world; now there are 154! • Hawaii boasted the largest protected place on the planet

SPORTS
The Cubs finally won the World Series • Leicester City defied the odds to win the Premier League • The title-starved Cleveland won the NBA crown • The Olympic refugee team won our hearts

SPACE
There may be a ninth planet lurking in our solar system • Juno made it to Jupiter - after five years • Scientists found an Earth-like planet just 4.2 light years away • We got serious about putting humans on Mars

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http://www.financespotlight.com/biotech-trump/?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=referral
12/18/16
Could Biotech Market Soar with Donald Trump as President in 2016?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that a lot rides on this movement. Political elections, cultural and societal shifts, medical benefits and financial windfalls all play a part, which is why we’d like to take the time to discuss one of the best, and most nuanced, market opportunities you’ll come across all year.

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump expressed his point of view on the current market. “Be careful of a bubble because what you’ve seen in the past might be small potatoes compared to what happens,” he said in his campaign announcement speech in June..

Donald Trump’s election to the presidency rocked global markets, sending stocks in the U.S. and abroad plunging as investors fled to safe havens like gold. Despite the initial pullback, there are ways to play the markets under a President Trump.

New market opportunities for the same old problems

In each state where the issue was on the ballot—Florida, Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota—voters supported initiatives that would provide or expand patients’ access to cannabinoid products for ailments that include post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and glaucoma.

And last year at a political rally, Trump said, “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state,” adding, “I think medical should happen—right? Don’t we agree? I think so.” – [TheStreet.com]

New market opportunities are rising on the horizon and smart U.S. biotech companies could potentially use the momentum to skyrocket their sales. Prescription painkiller sales are set to increase by 15% and hit $8.4 billion by 2017, due in part to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to ban any generic versions of OxyContin based on the powerful painkiller’s original formulation, which does not include anti-abuse features designed to make the pill less addictive.


Experts are predicting a race across the pharmaceutical industry to create a market where all opioids have abuse-deterrent properties, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Chronic pain is something that nearly 25 million adult Americans suffer from on a daily basis. Add severe pain to that figure, and now you’re talking upwards of 50 million adults. Many of these tens of millions have no place to turn but to addictive opiates, a last—but only—line of resort for those who are looking to return to some semblance of a normal, functional life. Now think of what it would mean for that opiate market to be totally upended by a powerful but safe alternative. It could saves lives and families.

Pain relief is one of the biggest and broadest ongoing medical challenges of our time, and it’s a problem that’s led to unprecedented opiate addiction. But new science now offers a way out through the use of cannabosides that could replace dangerous opiates for pain relief.

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1/3/17
Pew Research: New Congress Still Dominated by Christians

The new Congress is still dominated by lawmakers who identify as Christians, a trend that has remained relatively unchanged over the last 55-plus years, according to Pew Research Center.

However, the amount of Christians currently on the Hill did drop by a percentage point from the 114th Congress, which was 91.8 percent Christian.

The religious composition of the 115th Congress, according to Pew:

    Christian: 90.7 percent.
    Protestant: 55.9 percent.
    Roman Catholic: 31.4 percent.
    Jewish: 5.6 percent.
    Mormon: 2.4 percent.

The nearly 91 percent of Christians is on par with the 95 percent of the 87th Congress from the early '60s, the first time the data was available, according to Pew.

However, the percentage of those identifying as Protestant has declined sharply since the 87th Congress, from 75 percent then to the 56 percent now.

Lawmakers identifying as Roman Catholic have increased from 19 percent to the 31 percent of the 115th Congress.
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1/4/17
Liberal churches are dying. But conservative churches are thriving.

A Canadian study found that conservative churches are still growing, while less orthodox congregations dwindle away.

Mainline Protestant churches are in trouble: A 2015 report by the Pew Research Center found that these congregations, once a mainstay of American religion, are now shrinking by about 1 million members annually. Fewer members not only means fewer souls saved, a frightening thought for some clergy members, but also less income for churches, further ensuring their decline.

Faced with this troubling development, clergy members have made various efforts to revive church attendance. It was almost 20 years ago that John Shelby Spong, a U.S. bishop in the Episcopalian Church, published his book “Why Christianity Must Change or Die.” It was presented as an antidote to the crisis of decline in mainline churches. Spong, a theological liberal, said congregations would grow if they abandoned their literal interpretation of the Bible and transformed along with changing times.

[Conservative Evangelicals see Trump’s win as their own]

Spong’s general thesis is popular with many mainline Protestants, including those in the United Methodist, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian (U.S.A.) and Episcopal churches. Spong’s work has won favor with academics, too. Praising Spong’s work specifically, Karen L. King of Harvard Divinity School said in a review of Spong’s book that it “should be required reading for everyone concerned with facing head-on the intellectual and spiritual challenges of late-twentieth-century religious life.” Harvard Divinity professor and liberal theologian Harvey Cox said “Bishop Spong’s work is a significant accomplishment,” and indeed, Cox himself has long been at the task of shifting Christianity to meet the needs of the modern world. Thus, liberal theology has been taught for decades in mainline seminaries and preached from many mainline pulpits. Its enduring appeal to embattled clergy members is that it gives intellectual respectability to religious ideas that, on the surface, might appear far-fetched to modern audiences.

But the liberal turn in mainline churches doesn’t appear to have solved their problem of decline.

Over the last five years, my colleagues and I conducted a study of 22 mainline congregations in the province of Ontario. We compared those in the sample that were growing mainline congregations to those that were declining. After statistically analyzing the survey responses of over 2,200 congregants and the clergy members who serve them, we came to a counterintuitive discovery: Conservative Protestant theology, with its more literal view of the Bible, is a significant predictor of church growth while liberal theology leads to decline. The results were published this month in the peer-reviewed journal, Review of Religious Research.

We also found that for all measures, growing church clergy members were most conservative theologically, followed by their congregants, who were themselves followed by the congregants of the declining churches and then the declining church clergy members. In other words, growing church clergy members are the most theologically conservative, while declining church clergy members are the least. Their congregations meet more in the middle.

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1/6/17
Obama economy creates over 2 million jobs in 2016

The Obama economy closed out with a low 4.7% unemployment rate.

In December, his final full month in office, the U.S. economy added a slightly disappointing 156,000 jobs. It marked the 75th consecutive month of job gains, the best on record. For all of 2016, the U.S. added over 2 million new jobs.

Wages grew a solid 2.9% in December, the best pace since 2009. Wage growth has been one of the last measures to gain momentum during Obama's tenure.

America's job market has made progress under Obama's watch. U.S. unemployment hit a high of 10% in October 2009 and is now at less than half that level. The unemployment rate rose just a tad from 4.6% in November, the lowest rate since 2007.

Related: The Obama Economy in 10 charts

In total, the economy has added over 11 million jobs during Obama's presidency.

Experts and pundits often debate how much credit a president deserves for job growth. Some believe the Federal Reserve helped buoy the job market by keeping borrowing costs low in order to revive the housing market. Others criticize the Fed's decisions.

In any case, the American economy still has problems. Growth remains sluggish. The U.S. central bank expects growth to be a mere 2.1% this year.

Over 5 million Americans have part-time jobs but want to work full time. And many blue collar workers feel left behind in the economic recovery from the Great Recession -- a major factory that played into President-elect Donald Trump's election victory.

Despite the problems, the U.S. job market kept up its overall momentum right up until the end of 2016.
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Obama climbs to 60 percent approval in final presidential approval rating, Post-ABC poll finds
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/obama-climbs-to-60-percent-approval-in-final-presidential-approval-rating-post-abc-poll-finds/ar-AAlYXuN?li=BBnb7Kz
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Barack Obama leaves office Friday with six-in-10 Americans approving of his job performance, capping a steady rise that vaults him above the average final mark for modern presidents, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.

Obama's high-note finish comes with plenty of dissonance, including persistent pessimism about the nation's direction and deep divisions after Donald Trump's victory in last year's presidential race after campaigning strongly against Obama's policies.

Yet Americans grew significantly more positive about Obama's presidency through the acidic 2016 campaign as perceptions of the economy improved. The president's approval ratings were underwater in July 2015, when 45 percent approved and 50 percent disapproved of his performance. But his overall approval grew a steady 50 percent by January of 2016, and rose again to 56 percent in June, never falling below the mid-50s through the fall campaign.

The latest Post-ABC poll shows Obama hitting 60 percent approval with 38 percent disapproving — his highest mark since June of his first year in office, when 65 percent approved of him. The latest poll finds 61 percent approve of Obama's handling of the economy, while a smaller 53 percent approve how he has handled the threat of terrorism and 52 percent rate him positively for handling health care.



Partisanship was the principal factor in ratings of Obama throughout his presidency, with Republicans souring on his performance by his second month in office and Democrats widely approving throughout his two terms. Independents are largely responsible for Obama's strong finish, with approval climbing from 44 percent at the start of 2016 to 61 percent in the latest poll.

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1/19/17
CNN/ORC Poll shows last-minute love for Obamacare

Washington (CNN)Americans views of Obamacare tilt narrowly positive, according to a new CNN/ORC poll, marking the first time more have favored than opposed the law since its passage in 2010. The shift comes at the same time more than 8-in-10 say the law is likely to be repealed and replaced by incoming president Donald Trump.

Overall, 49% say they favor the 2010 health care law, more formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while 47% oppose it. Though a mostly mixed review overall, that's a sharp improvement compared with previous polling on the law.

More have opposed than favored the law in every CNN/ORC poll on this question from March 2010 until now. The shift in the law's favor stems largely from Democrats and independents, while views among Republicans haven't moved much.

The complete CNN/ORC poll results
Still, few feel the ACA has done much to help them personally. Just 22% say they or their families are better off since the law's provisions have gone into effect, and more, 30%, say that they are worse off now. About 3-in-10 say that the law hasn't actually helped anyone in the US, including 58% of Republicans who feel that way.

The law undoubtedly helped reduce the share of uninsured Americans, with the uninsured rate reaching historic lows following the implementation of some parts of the law, but Americans by and large don't see it as successful.

Almost 4-in-10 (37%) say they consider the law a failure, outnumbering the 23% who say they see the law as a success. That's an uptick since 2015, but nearly all of the increase in perceptions of the law as a success comes among Democrats, 46% of whom say so now, up from 19% in 2015.
The incoming Trump administration and the Republican Congress that will accompany it have called repealing Obamacare a top priority, and health care generally has risen in priority in the eyes of Americans. In the new poll, 14% cited health care as the most important issue facing the country, up sharply from the 3% who cited it last fall in a similar question about the most important issue in the presidential campaign.

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Texas Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Rolling Back Same-Sex Marriage Rights
By Mark Joseph Stern
Jan. 23 2017 5:10 PM

Back in September, the Texas Supreme Court refused to review a lower court ruling that cities may not deny married same-sex couples the benefits it provides to opposite-sex couples. That was a sensible decision, since this is an easy question: The U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decisions undoubtedly prohibit the government from depriving couples of marriage rights merely because they are gay. Yet the Texas Supreme Court’s inaction prompted outrage from state Republican officials and anti-gay activists, who urged the justices, who are elected, to take the case and allow Texas cities to discriminate against same-sex couples. And on Friday, the court took the first step, caving to Republican demands and agreeing to hear the case in March—a worrying sign that the justices, fearful of a re-election fight, may soon yield to political pressure and roll back marriage equality in Texas.
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TRUMP BUMP! Dow Jones Hits Highest Number Ever As Investors Rally In Support Of Trump Policies
The rally has been dubbed the “Trump bump,” as most of the run higher has occurred since Mr. Trump was elected president on Nov. 8. Investors have been bidding up stocks on the belief that he’ll ramp up infrastructure spending, cut corporate taxes, deregulate industries and give the economy a boost.

1/25/17

The Dow Jones Industrial Average just powered through the 20000 level for the first time ever, setting an all-time intraday high three trading days after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over a year ago, NTEB boldly went out on a limb and predicted that a Trump presidency would bring about a time of unparalleled prosperity in America. Looks like we were right about that. We also told you that it would also bring about a time of heretofore not seen fulfillment of Bible prophecy. That’s coming up next, take a trip to the NTEB THE LAST TRUMP archive and see for yourself.

Moments after the open, the Dow shot up to 20033.77. Grab your hats.

The new record comes as stocks have been on the rise for much of the past three months, finding fresh legs since Election Day to add to one of the longest bull-market runs in U.S. history. The Dow industrials closed under 18000 as recently as Nov. 4, but have risen 12% since then.
Dow Jones pushes toward 20,000: What’s fueling the Trump bump?

The rally has been dubbed the “Trump bump,” as most of the run higher has occurred since Mr. Trump was elected president on Nov. 8. Investors have been bidding up stocks on the belief that he’ll ramp up infrastructure spending, cut corporate taxes, deregulate industries and give the economy a boost.

The broader S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have also set several records since the election, and are both flirting with fresh highs again Friday. read more
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« Reply #173 on: February 08, 2017, 05:30:31 pm »

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GREAT AGAIN: Intel CEO Says Ready To Create 3K Jobs In AZ, Investing $7 Billion In Local Economy
The chips will be produced there will be "the most powerful computer chips on the planet," Krzanich said in the Oval Office with the Trump administration. Most Intel manufacturing happens in the U.S., Krzanich said.

2/8/17

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, where the company announced it will invest $7 billion in a factory employing up to 3,000 people.

The factory will be in Arizona, the company said, and over 10,000 people in the Arizona area will support the factory. Krzanich confirmed to CNBC that the investment would be in a previous plant, Fab 42, that was started and then left vacant.

The chips will be produced there will be “the most powerful computer chips on the planet,” Krzanich said in the Oval Office with the Trump administration. Most Intel manufacturing happens in the U.S., Krzanich said.

It comes as the technology industry has pushed back against the Trump administration, amid mounting pressure to move manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

Intel was one of more than 100 companies that joined together to file a legal brief opposing Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority nations.

The White House had said earlier that Vice President Mike Pence would speak on Wednesday with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, a member of Trump’s business advisory council, whose companies had also signed onto the brief.

Intel has been criticized in conservative publications such as Breitbart, for laying off thousands of staffers, despite an influx of visa requests. source
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« Reply #174 on: February 12, 2017, 04:20:05 pm »

“Many people are caught up with the toys of contemporary society. Because of great advancements in our culture, some have cultivated an attitude of “comfortability.” They may be going to hell, but it is going to be a comfortable ride for them.”
― A.W. Tozer, And He Dwelt Among Us: Teachings from the Gospel of John
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3/1/17
Dow soars 300 points, closes above 21,000 for the first time

Wall Street gave President Trump's first speech to Congress a standing ovation.

The Dow soared 303 points to close above 21,000 for the first time ever on Wednesday. The milestone comes barely a month after the Dow hit 20,000 for the first time.

Trump's prime time address to Congress on Tuesday received high marks from viewers, and has clearly left Wall Street in good spirits, too. The Dow generated its biggest point gain since November 7, a rally that came after the FBI cleared Hillary Clinton in the email investigation.

It's not that the speech gave investors the policy details they were seeking. If anything, Trump gave fewer specifics on major issues like tax reform, Obamacare and deregulation than many expected.

The key for Wall Street was the tone of Trump's speech: He sounded a lot more optimistic and presidential than in previous speeches.

"The speech didn't break any new ground, but it was much more orderly and methodical than we are used to hearing," said Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at brokerage firm ConvergEx.

"It was a solid speech from the perspective of putting Trump on a truly presidential footing," Colas said.

For instance, Trump asked members of Congress to "join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country."

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GREAT AGAIN: Massive Explosion Of New Jobs As America Embraces President Trump’s Economic Vision
The report from ADP, a global human resources and payroll firm, provides the first hard economic numbers from President Donald Trump's first full month as president. Trump wrote Wednesday on Twitter about another similar measure, citing numbers from a new LinkedIn workforce report that showed strong job-adding numbers from January and February.

3/8/17

Under President Trump U.S. companies added a whopping 298,000 new jobs in February, beating economists’ expectations by more than 100,000.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Donald Trump’s pledge to make America great again is being realized with an unprecedented explosion in new job creation in the month of February alone. So here is something you need to think about. When Democrats pledge to “stop Trump“, they are also pledging to kill the economy and working to keep people unemployed. Democrats don’t want to stop Trump as much as they want to cripple an America that has rejected their Socialist vision. That would make Democrats the enemy of our country. Think about that.

The report from ADP, a global human resources and payroll firm, provides the first hard economic numbers from President Donald Trump’s first full month as president.

Trump wrote Wednesday on Twitter about another similar measure, citing numbers from a new LinkedIn workforce report that showed strong job-adding numbers from January and February.

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ISIS-K Suffering Massive Losses As President Trump Keeps Campaign Promise To “Wipe Them Out”
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using [improvised bombs], bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” said Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, top commander of U.S. and NATO forces, after the U.S. strike on the jihadist group in Afghanistan.“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”

4/14/17

The U.S. military said it had degraded the number of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) fighters in Afghanistan by an estimated 80 percent to about 600 jihadists before dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb on the terrorist group on Thursday.

“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using [improvised bombs], bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” said Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, top commander of U.S. and NATO forces, after the U.S. strike on the jihadist group in Afghanistan.“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”

The Pentagon confirmed that the U.S. military dropped the “mother of all bombs,” officially known as the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, on an Islamic State tunnel complex in Achin district, located in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, marking the first time the massive 21,600-pound bomb was used in battle.

U.S. military officials have identified eastern Afghanistan’s opium-rich Nangarhar province, located along the country’s border with Pakistan, as the group’s primary stronghold in the region.

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122 countries adopt 'historic' UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons
None of the 9 countries known or believed to possess nuclear weapons supported the treaty

7/7/17

More than 120 countries approved the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons Friday at a UN meeting boycotted by all nuclear-armed nations.

To loud applause and cheers, Elayne Whyte Gomez, president of the UN conference that has been negotiating the legally binding treaty, announced the results of the "historic" vote — 122 nations in favour, the Netherlands opposed, and Singapore abstaining. Canada did not take part in negotiations.

"The world has been waiting for this legal norm for 70 years," since the use of the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 at the end of the Second World War, she said.

The treaty is "the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty to be concluded in more than 20 years," Whyte Gomez said.

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