Yes a complete new translation by Bob Barney of the Holy Bible - in the order it is meant to be read - and in the order JESUS read (at least in the Old Testament), with every word of Jesus in RED- including in the OLD TESTAMENT!
Connecticut’s Dems aren’t the only the state blue team ditching Jefferson. Many state-level Democrat outfits throughout the country are renaming the traditionally-titled Jefferson-Jackson Dinners. Both J-men are out of favor among the contemporary left — Jackson, especially.
Along with the dip in temperature and shortened daylight hours, fall and winter ushered in cooler heads and tempered hearts. And now the new year is a time of getting back to the business of living — a cold dose of reality filled with managing schedules and cleaning up after the holidays.
Summer, by contrast, is the season of ephemeral pursuits, self-indulgence, and caprice. Donald Trump was meant to be all three. Supporters were going to love him then leave him — that is, if he didn’t dump them first. He would peak then spectacularly fall away, kicking the cat on his way off the national stage. He was supposed to be a blip in the primary process, a marker of how things can go horribly wrong and whose absence releases a deep-welled sigh of relief that all is right with the world again.
Yet here we are, and here he is: still standing, still dominating, still tweeting away.
Despite every attempt to undermine Trump’s candidacy, nothing seems to shake the man or his poll numbers — not even his recent announcement about a moratoriumon Muslim immigrants.
In the next few years the curtain will be drawn and four men will suddenly appear on the world stage. Two of these men will be good while the other two men will be evil.
In the book of Revelation these two wicked men are called “beasts” (though the 2nd “beast” is often referred to as “the false prophet”). The two upright men are referred to as “the two witnesses” or “the two prophets.” Astonishingly, ALL four of these men will be able to do incredible, mind-blowing miracles! Two of these men (reminiscent of the ancient prophet Elijah) will even be able to call down fire from heaven, while the other two will strike the earth with terrible droughts and plagues.
While two of these men will be led by God’s Holy Spirit and will be servants of God, the other two men will be led by Satan and possessed by demons (and perhaps even possessed by the Devil himself!).
Two of these men will be respected, loved, and honored by earth’s inhabitants, while the other two men will be hated, despised, and cursed. Eventually two of these men will be killed and the world will rejoice and celebrate their demise.
When these Bible prophecies COME ALIVE in the years just ahead, whose side will you be on? Will you be able to discern the two good guys from the two evil ones? Will you know which two are inspired by God and which two are inspired by Satan? Will you be on the right side of history? Hopefully you will, because those who choose wrongly will eventually be thrown into the lake of fire, while those who choose wisely will be granted eternal life in God’s soon-coming glorious kingdom!
The threat of nuclear war has been brought much closer thanks to the stand-off in Ukraine warns a former Russian foreign minister.
Igor Ivanov, who served from 1998 to 2004 and now leads a government backed think-tank, said on Saturday: 'The risk of confrontation with the use of nuclear weapons in Europe is higher than in the 1980s.'
He said the East versus West altercation over the Ukraine crisis has meant the risk of nuclear warfare is growing despite countries cutting their arsenals.
Speaking at an event in Brussels with the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Poland, Mr Ivanov said: 'We have less nuclear warheads, but the risk of them being used is growing.'
His comments will alarm European and NATO diplomats who are looking for a peaceful solution to end the conflict in Ukraine, which has claimed over 9,000 lives since April 2014.
Mr Ivanov said there is little chance of a broad reconciliation between the parties, and blamed a missile defence shield the United States is creating in Europe for raising the stakes.
Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg has warned Russia about intimidating its neighbours by speaking about the threat of nuclear weapons.
But the ex-minister said: 'It can be assured that once the U.S. deploys its missile defence system in Poland, Russia would respond by deploying its own missile defence system in Kaliningrad,' referring to a Russian territory in the Baltics.
Many liberals have been bashing Donald Trump and his followers for wanting to build a wall at the Mexican border (in order to keep out drug-traffickers and ILLEGAL aliens–including Muslim terrorists)—even going so far as to label Trump and all his followers as racists and even Nazis. And yet their champions (Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama) voted for the construction of a wall along the Mexican border in 2006! That’s right, they voted in favor of building such a wall! And that wall (at least part of it) has already been built (a barrier stretching about 670 miles — with about 700 more miles in the plan).
So why all this fuss about a wall? You see, in the typical liberal mind, if you’re a conservative and you want to build a wall, then you MUST be a racist and probably even a Nazi. But on the other hand, if you’re a liberal who voted for a wall, then you’re a “progressive” and a “protector” of US citizens! Such HYPOCRISY never fails to amaze me!
When you read the first four books of the New Testament you quickly notice that Jesus Christ calls out the leaders of His day over and over and over again; calling them what? You guessed it: “HYPOCRITES!” And if Jesus was walking the earth today, what one word do you think He would use to describe today’s leaders? Let me give you a clue, it begins with the letter “H.”
How interesting it is that after almost 2,000 years nothing has really changed. Our society is still full of hypocrisy just as it was 2,000 years ago.
So how about conservatives? Are they also hypocrites? Unfortunately, MANY CONSERVATIVES ARE JUST AS DECEPTIVE AND HYPOCRITICAL as the typical liberal, but here are some of the important differences between liberals and conservatives:
Your typical conservative is AGAINST the savage killing of innocent little babies, while liberals tend to be FOR the brutal murdering of these precious little babies.
Conservatives tend to be AGAINST immoral lifestyles and vile marriages, while liberals tend to be FOR perverted lifestyles and abominable ungodly marriages.
Conservatives tend to believe in a God who created the universe and everything in it (and who one day will judge all of our words, thoughts, and actions), while liberals tend to believe in the godless and ridiculous evolutionary hypothesis. But God thunders, “The FOOL says in his heart, ‘there is no God.’”
Liberal leaders are often led by and inspired by Lucifer (i.e. Satan the Devil)! Yes, you read that right! Just look at one of their favorite books. Written by the late Socialist/Communist/Marxist Saul D. Alinsky, it’s called “Rules for Radicals” (though it was first named “Rules for Revolution”). Unsurprisingly, both Obama and Hillary are devout disciples of Alinsky. So what does this have to do with Satan? Well, in the beginning of his book Alinsky praises Lucifer, dedicating his book to him! “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment [that is, he rebelled against GOD!] and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.” These perverse liberals consider Satan the very first radical, a role model for them to emulate and follow, in total rebellion against our loving Creator. And of course, those who admire and extol Satan will surely be greatly influenced by him.
So, are all liberals Satanic? No, not at all. But some liberal leaders apparently are. Why else would they praise Satan and dedicate a book to him? Of course these liberal socialist leaders usually keep this stuff hidden from their followers (called “useful idiots” by Socialists/Communists/Marxists Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin).
So, will HYPOCRITICAL liberals continue to DISTORT, condemn, and bash those who disagree with their ridiculous nonsense? Of course! WHY? Because that is exactly what Satan wants them to do!
In the early 1950s a group of Bedouin arrived at the Palestine Archaeological Museum, now known as the Rockefeller Museum, in Jerusalem with documents they had discovered in a cave. These were not the original findings of the Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran, but from another location between Ein Gedi and Masada. The scrolls contained some biblical texts, one of which is very important for our understanding of Scripture. It was a Scroll of the Minor Prophets, written in Greek.
Details of this scroll were published in the 1950s and it has been a source of study since. This is an important discovery as so much of the Jewish literature recorded in the Greek language—such as Josephus and Philo of Alexandria and the book of Enoch—and especially those Greek language documents that predated the time of Jesus Christ have been preserved by communities of professing Christians rather than by the Jews themselves. As a result, we never know how much “editing” has been done to the texts to support a particular Christian position, or to suit a particular group’s ends.
Most importantly, the text itself—although in Greek—is clearly a Jewish text noted for its closeness to what became known as the Masoretic Text compared with the later Christian renditions of the Greek formalized by Origen at the beginning of the third century. The accepted date for the writing of this text is the end of the first-century bc, in other words, contemporary with the birth of Jesus. The text had been deposited in the cave at Nahal Hever at the end of the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome (135ad) and was hidden in the caves with other biblical writings and correspondence in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
So why is this important to us in the 21st century?
Solving a Problem of Names
Because of the time of its writing, this scroll, its Jewish origins and above all the language it is written with enables us to solve a problem of names. People have contended that the name Jesus was a pagan name and that the Son of God would have to have a Hebrew name alone. They contend that it is a matter of breaking the third Commandment to use the term Jesus in the English language, or as it might be translated in any other language. Was the name Jesus—or in Greek IESOUS—an accepted name among the Jews at the time of the early Christian Church?
The Minor Prophets Scroll tells us yes it was. In Zechariah 3:8 we have a High Priest who was purged of his sins and made to stand righteous before the Eternal. He was named in English Joshua. That is the translation of the Hebrew, YEHOSHUA. In Greek, this scroll tells us the name is IESOUS, the term from which we derive Jesus in the English language.
So comes the claim that “[t]he Savior was never called Jesus in His lifetime. In fact, the name ‘Jesus’ did not exist until about 500 years ago, as scholars point out” (DeWitt Smith, “The Heavenly Father’s Great Name”), is proved wrong by this archaeological discovery. Irrespective of the ability to pronounce Jesus in English, the reality is that Jesus in Greek, IESOUS, is not a “pagan name” so to speak but the traditional and acceptable translation of the Hebrew YEHOSHUA, commonly known to English readers as Joshua.
But, the evidence for the name Jesus does not stop there.
As a result of all the archaeology, especially since the 1950s to the present, names recovered from archaeological discoveries have been catalogued. One of these is a lexicon of Jewish names by Israeli scholar Tal Ilan. In her lexicon, Ilan shows the widespread use of this name throughout Palestine during the period from Alexander the Great until the end of the Mishnaic era (200ad) (Tal Ilan, Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity: Part 1, Palestine 330BCE–200 CE., Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, 91. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2002. pp. 127–133). Of specific interest is the frequency with which the Greek name IESOUS was discovered carved into ossuaries, or stone burial boxes. This was a particularly Jewish form of burial process. Bodies were laid in tombs, as was Jesus Christ’s after His crucifixion. But stone-hewn tombs were too precious to use only once. Families intended to bury generations within the family tomb. So after a period of decay—about a year—the bones were placed in a stone box—an ossuary—that could then be placed in a niche within the tomb and the tomb readied for another deceased family member.
One idea put forward as to why ossuaries came into use is that these stone boxes ensured that an individual’s bones could be kept intact awaiting the resurrection, so they would not risk becoming mingled with those of others, thus (they feared) jeopardizing the individuality of the deceased in the resurrection (L. Y. Rahmani, “Ancient Jerusalem’s Customs and Tombs: Part Four,” Biblical Archaeologist, 1982, p. 111). One of the largest known of these tombs, The Sanhedra Tombs, could accommodate 70 bodies at a time and had provision for numerous ossuaries. Ossuaries were then often engraved with the name of the individual whose bones they contained. This practice was only used by the Jews in the vicinity of Jerusalem for a century leading up to the fall of the city in 70ad. It was continued elsewhere in the land for some time after the fall of Jerusalem. So, it gives us an interesting insight into the names used by Jewish families at the time our Savior walked this earth and during the formative years of the early Church.
According to Ilan’s listing, the name IESOUS has been found engraved on eleven ossuaries, while an abbreviated form of the Hebrew, YEHOSHUA-YESHUA, is found on twelve other ossuaries found in the precincts of Jerusalem. The abbreviation of the name Joshua is found in Ezra 2:2 and in the books of Nehemiah and 1 Chronicles. The contracted name was the norm after the return from captivity.
What can we know about the individuals who were interred in caves around Jerusalem and whose remains were placed in ossuaries? Jerusalem was a favored place to be buried, close to the temple in expectation of the resurrection and coming of the Messiah. Families from outside of Jerusalem, even from remote locations such as Cyrene in North Africa, purchased tombs in Jerusalem in which to be buried. Joseph of Arimathea, in whose new tomb the body of Jesus was interred, is an example. So the names engraved on the ossuaries were not pagans, but people who had in some way and to some degree looked for the redemption of Israel and the resurrection of the dead. These individuals could be likened to the devout Jews, assembled in Jerusalem, who heard Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost in 31ad. Their response to the truth of God’s plan helped to lay a strong foundation as among the first “building blocks” of the early New Testament Church.
The other location that provided numerous entries for Ilan’s lexicon was the documentary discoveries of the Babatha archive at Nahal Hever, the same location where the Minor Prophets Scroll, discussed at the start of this article, was found. Other documents were to be found at Muraba’at and Masada, adding to the frequency with which the name IESOUS was found among Jewish people. Of these discoveries, we find the Greek IESOUS some 20 times while the Hebrew YESHUA appears 25 times. Bear in mind that the discoveries of the Babatha letters and the documents from Muraba`at were not just from any Jew who may have been influenced by pagan ideas. These documents belonged to and described supporters of Simon Bar Kochba, a messianic pretender. So once again these people were looking for a messiah to save them from their enemies and to establish the Kingdom of God.
The evidences from both the ossuaries and the archaeological discoveries from the caves provide watertight proof of the widespread usage of the Greek name IESOUS, before, during and after the physical life of Jesus Christ.
So the idea that the name Jesus was pagan, or that He would not have a Greek name and only a Hebrew or Aramaic name, does not hold up to the evidence. Greek names, which were translations of, or equivalents to, Hebrew names are very well attested. Early Church members were not expected to know Hebrew names as a prerequisite for baptism into the body of Christ.
English: Desoxypipradrol 3D Molecule (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Children and teens who take one of the five most commonly prescribed antidepressants have double the risk for depression and aggressive behavior, according to a new analysis of nearly six dozen studies.
The findings, published in the British Medical Journal BMJ, provide alarming new evidence of links between depression meds — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) — and suicidal thoughts.
The team of researchers from Denmark reviewed 68 clinical studies involving 18,526 patients on the use of antidepressants and deaths, suicidal thoughts and attempts, as well as aggression and akathisia — a form of restlessness that may increase suicide and violence.
Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph showing Salmonella typhimurium (red) invading cultured human cells (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In a major breakthrough, scientists at Hong Kong University have succeeded in creating DNA-modified salmonella bacteria that could help in treating cancer cells, without damaging the healthy cells.
Salmonella bacteria are mostly found in inadequately cooked meat, raw egg and egg products. Researchers at the University of Hong Kong used engineering and synthetic biology to turn salmonella into YB1, an anaerobe bacterium which grows and reproduces only in oxygen-free environments – like inside solid tumours.
In a trial on mice, the scientists showed YB1 could colonise the tumour and suppress cancer metastasis. In a model of breast cancer, it reduced tumour growth by 50%. In a liver cancer model, it suppressed growth by 90%. The bacterium was also able to suppress the growth of other solid tumours, for example, neuroblastoma.
The researchers now aiming to develop the new altered salmonella as a tumour-targeting agent in the near future. Scientists said they have filed patent applications in different countries and have already received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Search crews on Tuesday found the missing data recorder of the sunken freighter El Faro, which went down in 15,000 feet of water last year after getting caught in Hurricane Joaquin.
Scientists and federal accident investigators using a remotely operated undersea vehicle found the device northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
The small device was mounted to the El Faro's mast and has yet to be recovered, officials said.
'Finding an object about the size of a basketball almost three miles under the surface of the sea is a remarkable achievement,' NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart said in a news release. He added that they have not yet figured out how to retrieve the recorder.
The 790-foot freighter sank last October after losing propulsion while traveling between Jacksonville and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ship got caught in Joaquin's 155 mph winds and strong seas. All 33 crew died.
The NTSB failed to find the data recorder in its first search of the wreckage near the Bahamas. But images from an underwater vessel showed the ship's top decks had broken loose and a breach had punctured its hull.
A Harvard study of 16 million women has cast doubt on the benefits of routinely offering breast cancer screening.
The data suggests that routine screening is leading to significant numbers of ‘false positives’ – in which women are wrongly told they might have breast cancer when, in fact, they do not.
Other women might undergo gruelling chemotherapy to treat small, slow-growing tumours which might never have troubled them if they lived on in ignorance.
Scientists at Harvard University studied 16 million women and found a significant number of 'false positives' - cases where women were wrongly diagnosed with cancer (file image)
Routine screening for breast cancer was introduced in Britain 25 years ago, with the hope that catching symptoms early would enable the cancer to be treated before it had spread.
In the UK, women aged 50 to 70 are invited for a mammogram every three years.
Doctors say this approach has been incredibly successful, contributing to improving the prognosis for patients, with 87 per cent of British women now surviving for more than five years after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Forward by Bob Barney: How well I remember this event. In Revelation, one of the plagues to cause the water to become bitter (poison) was called wormwood. Chernobyl is Russian for wormwood. Nuclear catastrophe is predicted in the Bible. This event happen just a few years after 3 Mile Island, here in America .
NEW Haunting pictures show people revisiting their homes and places of work in the Ukrainian city of Prypyat, which was evacuated in April 1986 following a botched test at the nuclear plant nearby. Many of the buildings, including an empty swimming baths, residential tower blocks and municipal offices, lie in ruins having been abandoned for three decade. Photographer Alina Rudya, who now lives in Berlin, Germany, was only one-year-old when she was forced to leave Prypyat following the meltdown, which spewed deadly clouds of atomic material into the atmosphere. Her picture project, called Prypat mon Amour, shares emotional stories of evacuees and shows them revisiting the eerily empty town.
"The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning"
The living creatures of the land, sea and air were created by the LORD (see By Him Were All Things Created and The Christian Universe) because it was "good."The LORD does nothing in vain. The humans, that were created after the other living creatures, were given "dominion" (keep that word in mind, as we will come back to it a little later) over them.
"1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:20-28 KJV)
Humans are subject to physical death (see The Postponement Of Death) - the same as the animals. The "spirit" described in the verses below ("who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth"), in the actual Hebrew, refers to the "breath of life," from the LORD, that all living creatures, human and animal, depend upon for every second of their life. It's more than just physical breath alone (see What Makes Physical Life Possible?). READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Luckily, we haven't run out of oil, but we have exhausted our supply of 70s fashion.
For the next 24 hours, the media will assault us with tales of imminent disaster that always accompany the annual Earth Day Doom & Gloom Extravaganza.
Ignore them. They’ll be wrong. We’re confident in saying that because they’ve always been wrong. And always will be.
Need proof? Here are some of the hilarious, spectacularly wrong predictions made on the occasion of Earth Day 1970.
“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.” • Kenneth Watt, ecologist
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” • George Wald, Harvard Biologist
“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” • Barry Commoner, Washington University biologist
“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” • New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day
“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” • Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
“By… some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” • Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” • Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day
“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” • Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University
“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” • Life Magazine, January 1970
“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
Stanford's Paul Ehrlich announces that the sky is falling.
“Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” • Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
“We are prospecting for the very last of our resources and using up the nonrenewable things many times faster than we are finding new ones.” • Martin Litton, Sierra Club director
“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” • Sen. Gaylord Nelson
“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
Keep these predictions in mind when you hear the same predictions made today. They’ve been making the same predictions for 39 years. And they’re going to continue making them until…well…forever.
Here we are, 39 years later and the economy sucks, but the ecology’s fine. In factthis planet is doing a lot better than the planet on which those green lunatics live.
Monday, April 22, is Earth Day. Begun in 1970, it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. It is the global platform for the Big Lie that carbon dioxide (CO2) is causing the Earth to warm and the basis of the environmental movement’s ceaseless efforts to reduce the use of energy for any reason.
Carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere has been increasing, but the Earth has been cooling due to reduced solar radiation. CO2 has virtually no relationship to the climate except to show up well after a significant change has occurred.
On April 18, the Wall Street Journal reported that the International Energy Agency had announced that, despite spending “more than $2 trillion in investment into renewable-energy projects…the world had made almost no progress over the past 20 years in reducing the carbon content of its energy supplies.” It has never needed reduction. How many hospitals, schools, bridges, and other useful things that could have been built instead?
Moonhole is located on the island of Bequia and consists of a collection of villas that offer spectacular sea views. The unique cluster of stone homes were built in the 1960s by a couple who sought to create their dream Caribbean retreat. Living in the front house (left) they built the surrounding villas (top and bottom right) for friends who wanted to enjoy their own slice of paradise. Now five of the villas are available for adventurous holidaymakers to rent. The ultimate Robinson Crusoe retreat: Castaway at a Caribbean island hideaway built under a volcanic arch
Since Americans first heard the term global warming in the 1970s, the weather has actually improved for most people living in the U.S. But it won't always be that way, according to a new study.
Research shows Americans typically — and perhaps unsurprisingly — like warmer winters and dislike hot, humid summers. And they reveal their weather preferences by moving to areas with conditions they like best.
The changing of America, by the guy who HATES AMERICA!
On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said Tubman would replace Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, becoming the first woman in more than a century and first African American to grace the front of a paper note. Jackson will be featured on the back of the bill alongside an image of the White House.
In another twist, Alexander Hamilton got a reprieve. Initially targeted for replacement by a woman on the $10 bill, Hamilton's reputation was burnished by an unlikely smash Broadway play and his case pressed by outraged historians pointing to his seminal role in creating the nation's first central bank.
Treasury's announcement followed almost a year of heated public debate, shaped by social media and history alike.
Even former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke weighed in, pressing Hamilton's case on his blog. Bernanke wrote Wednesday that Tubman was an “excellent and deserving choice” while Hamilton had a better claim than any to stay on a bill.
Lew said the final concept designs of new $20, $10 and $5 bills are scheduled to be completed and unveiled by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
While many Americans believe their elected representatives in Washington are nothing more than a bunch of pickpocketing shysters intoxicated by the influence of powerful lobbyists, the solution – as radical as it might sound – might just be to put more people in office.
I propose we amend the Constitution to add even more members to Congress – and I mean dramatically more.
When our founding fathers built the country on a representative form of government, they intended the masses to have a democratic voice. They sought to make one government body controlled by the majority of voters; hence, the House of Representatives, the people's voice in government.
The sole purpose for this branch of Congress was to ensure that the majority of the voting populace had a say in government actions. That's why House members have the shortest term in office, at two years.
While there's no doubt the framers of the Constitution were brilliant planners, they did not foresee the eventual size and scope of America, especially in terms of population growth. In a way, the population explosion has become the Achilles heel of our republic.
The Encyclopedia of World History states "Following the establishment of the new constitutional order, the U.S. population increased from 3.9 million in 1790 to 9.6 million in 1820. The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 added the nearly 2 million people who occupied the nine new states and three territories west of the Appalachian Mountains. The nation's urban population increased from less than 550,000 in 1820 to 1.8 million in 1840. By 1870, when the U.S. population reached nearly 40 million, about 25 percent of the total lived in cities, as the urban population grew more rapidly than the population as a whole."
When founding fathers originally assigned 435 members for the House, they were delegating one member for roughly every 8,900 people. Of this amount, only 900-1,000 could actually vote. Keep in mind, only land-owning men over 21 had that right – not women, not children, not minorities. No wonder we read about Davy Crockett walking his district to press the flesh with his electorate. He could easily meet every man that voted for him, a far cry from today where the average congressman meets only a small fraction of constituents.
Today, a House member may represent a half-million or more citizens in his district, with another 150,000 eligible to vote. With such a ratio, do you think your congressperson really cares one whit about your personal opinions? If members do their job correctly, they've already neutralized your vote through gerrymandering.
Politicians quickly learn it's not their constituents they need to worry about, but rather, money. And to get that cash, they cozy up to the people and corporations that have it. The result? Taxation without representation for the vast majority of voters! The same issue that helped spark the American Revolution.
If a constitutional amendment were passed to put the House back to the same representation level as in 1789 (one House member per 1,000 voters), we'd actually need 202,000 members. I'm not suggesting we adopt that large a figure, but if we took the population ratio of 1789 – 8,900 per district – we would still need 20,000 House members. Can you start to see how much more important a vote was to Davy Crockett than one is today?
My compromise is that we set up a new Congress based on the idea that a congressperson has districts of only 50,000 registered voters (that would get the voter registration drives up) and that the number of House members are not limited. The 2000 census indicates the U.S. has 130 million registered voters and another 73 million more adults not registered.
To make the math easier, let's assume that we would have 150 million registered voters after the new law goes into effect. That would equate to about 3,000 representatives. Now before you laugh, remember we've had at times ten times that number of people in the Pentagon alone. These 3,000 could meet in a new building, pass laws, do the business of government and then send their bills to the Senate.
It sounds simplistic, but it would put government back into the hands of the common man. Corporations cannot buy 3,000 votes. Citizens would personally know their congressman again, like in olden times. Neighborhood leaders would find themselves elected to Congress. Local issues would have weight again in Washington, and the special-interest groups would be relegated to spending their time and money on senators and the president.
The new system has an added bonus when it comes to presidential elections.
The Electoral College would increase by almost 2,600 voters where suburbs and rural areas would have a greater weight in elections than they do today. You'd find White House wannabes meeting more voters in person. Look at the map of the 2000 presidential contest. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that George W. Bush carried the majority of the land mass of America. Granted, large cities would acquire many more House members, but so would the large suburbs that surround the cities.
Finally, our forefathers never envisioned full-time lobbying, not to mention a full-time Congress.
Lobbyists have had a larger influence on our government than any of the framers ever envisioned. On both the far right and the far left, a few powerful groups have held the vast majority of Americans in bondage. It's especially true in the Senate, where large unpopulated states have far more representation than larger states, and lobbyists have an easier time getting their agendas made into laws. A stronger House would better control a much too-powerful Senate.
So, by shifting the balance of power back to the voters, we'd return our country back to what our founding fathers initially envisioned: a land of free persons who can control their destiny through the ballot box and not the rifle.
A new online portal would let scientists access vast amounts of genomic data from patients involved in heart, lung, blood and sleep research studies.
The hub, called GenPort, is supposed to help researchers look into the results of several studies at once, tracking individuals in different trials who might share the same characteristics, known as “synthetic cohorts.”
WASHINGTON – A letter from a U.S. Capitol Police officer contains a series of bombshell revelations in the case of Miriam Carey, the unarmed, black, single mother who, with her one-year-old daughter in tow, was chased and gunned down by federal agents in the heart of the nation’s capital, after apparently doing nothing more than making a wrong turn at the White House.
The letter reveals:
Capitol Police officers believe Carey was murdered.
Officers on the scene were made to change their statements.
Officers had never seen an investigation handled in that fashion.
Officers expected the government to stonewall inquiries into the case.
The Capitol Police chief and assistant chief were so uncomfortable with the case that the former considered resigning and the latter actually did.
The letter was sent anonymously in a U.S. Capitol Police envelope to Carey family attorney Eric Sanders, who then provided it to WND. The attorney, a former New York Police Department officer himself, said the author of the letter is definitely a Capitol Police officer speaking on behalf of other such officers who “know inside details only an employee would know.”