Earth's surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study released Wednesday which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions.
A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet's temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature.
The warning signs for the toy industry started last year when “Cars 3” -- considered a surefire success -- proved lackluster for licensees like Mattel Inc.
Now toymakers’ big bets on movie tie-ins look downright bleak. Playthings based on the “Star Wars” saga -- the franchise that kicked off the whole phenomenon four decades ago -- were down in 2017 despite a new film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” in December during the all-important holiday-shopping season.
Today, the often-disdained red states have the wind at their back, while in blue America, the economy seems to be slowing, as industries and people move to lower-cost, lower-regulation states. Seven of the top 10 states in terms of population growth last year were deep red; overall, the South has become home to the better part of economic dynamism in the country, with Texas and Florida alone accounting for one-third of all U.S. growth since 2010. Some analysts suggest that the new tax law, which works against high-income earners in high-tax states, will accelerate these trends further.
By every measure of personal and national prosperity, the nation is better off than it was one year ago. The Trump administration has overseen a renewed respect for citizenship. Gone is the lofty sounding rhetoric of globalism that led to unwinnable foreign wars and open borders. Back is talk of what we can do together as Americans.
...You’d hardly know of his accomplishments by watching cable news, which continue indulging its perverse obsession with Russian conspiracy theories, West Wing intrigue and the president’s Twitter feed. It’s exhausting — and also largely beside the point.
Also conspicuous were the dogs that didn’t bark. These are the predictions of imminent calamity certain to accompany a Trump presidency that have, happily, failed to materialize. For one, nuclear war did not break out, despite this being one of the Trump detractors’ favorite predictions. Nor did the president sell the country down the river to Russian President Vladimir Putin, he didn’t ignore court orders, didn’t shut down the free press, and didn’t fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
While annual box office revenue stayed above $11 billion for the third consecutive year, revenue over the summer season plummeted to 18-year lows. Historic lows were also reached for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The 2017 box office was a case of bookends, as the struggling summer sat in between industry record highs for March and September that were powered by family films like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Boss Baby” as well as adult blockbusters like “Logan” and “It.”
A new Zogby Analytics survey has promising news for the White House, revealing that President Trump now has a 46 percent approval rating among likely voters — just short of a majority. But Mr. Trump’s biggest fans can be found among some familiar demographics, suggesting that many heartland voters still stand behind him.
“The president’s job approval rating is very strong among certain groups,” the analysis said.
It found Mr. Trump has a 64 percent approval rating among NASCAR fans — the highest percentage in the survey. It also found that 58 percent of Walmart shoppers give him the thumbs-up. Fifty-two percent of homeowners and even 57 percent of voters who have recently lost their jobs offer a positive review of the president.
It said it expects to pay about $38 billion in taxes for the horde of cash it plans to bring back to the United States. This implies it will repatriate virtually all of its $250 billion in overseas cash.
Ann Curry said in her first TV interview since leaving NBC in 2015 that she would have been surprised if anyone at the "Today" show didn't know about her former co-host Matt Lauer's pervy behavior with women, adding that there was a culture of sexual harassment at the peacock network.
"I can tell you that I am not surprised by the allegations," Curry told the "CBS This Morning" hosts on Wednesday morning regarding the harassment and assault claims against Lauer.
Curry was then pressured to talk about whether others at NBC and "Today" knew about Lauer's alleged behavior at the time.
Why Does God "allows" Evil in the world? He Doesn't. We Do
There are a number of questions that have puzzled mankind, and the Body of Christ, for many years. Why do bad things have to good people? Why is evil allowed to roam the Earth. And since 1945, the question that has haunted theologians is, “If there is a kind and loving God, why was there a Holocaust?”
Which is a very good question. It has been asked by almost every, if not every, unbeliever. Many people are atheists today because, to them, the Holocaust was proof that there is no God, at least not a kind and loving God.
The Holocaust question has also probably been asked by every believer, except those who perhaps have just shut their minds to it because they don’t want to deal with it. The response by members in the Body of Christ has usually been “I don’t know.” That’s better than trying to answer it using human reasoning, or worse yet, religious tradition. But the end times, saying ‘I don’t know’ is not good enough. There is revelation being released in the church that will answer the most difficult theological question of the 20th and now the 21st century.
The answer to that question is where we find all the answers – the Word of God. It doesn’t come thorough human reasoning or religious tradition.
The key – and the answer to the Holocaust question - is in the Lord’s Prayer.
First we need to remember the line of Psalm 103:19: The Lord has established his throne in heaven and His Kingdom rules over all.” His throne is in heaven but His Kingdom rules over all. This is spiritual law. Spiritual law, as we are going to find out, is as immutable – more immutable – than natural law. The law of gravity is an example of natural law. It works. Get on the wrong side of it, and it’s dangerous.
This Kingdom is vitally important and it is mentioned prominently in the most important prayer in the New Testament, the Lord’s Prayer.
Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have. It can change the lives of people and change the destiny of nations. In Luke 11:2,disciples are asking Jesus how to most effectively use the most powerful weapon we have. So the revelation of his prayer will be crucial to the Body of Christ.
In 1980, things did not look good for theUnited States. Inflation was 12 percent, unemployment was 10 percent plus, interest rates were 20 percent. We looked weak domestically and internationally. The Soviet Union had moved into Africa and Central America. In 1979 Lord showed Kenneth Hagin a vision of American cities burning, on fire. It was similar to the riots in the sixties where many cities went up in flames. The Lord said ‘This is what the enemy has planned for theUnited States. If my people pray, I can defeat it and turn it.” His people prayed. In 10 years, the economy was sound and the Soviet Union was in ashes.
Prayer is the most powerful force on both sides of the supernatural line – both the divine and the demonic. Evangelist and teacher C. Peter Wagner was on a plane one time and he observed another passenger who looked very studious, even pious. When the plane landed, he went over and said ‘You looked so dedicated. Are you a minister?’ Give him credit for honesty, the man said, “No, I’m a Satanist. I’ve been praying for the destruction of churches in the northeast.” That was some time ago, but looking at the northeast, the man had some success in his prayers. Let’s hope we do as good in redeeming the region.
There’s another story about when Benny Hinn had his church inOrlando. One of members got a Satanist saved. He had attended satanic sessions around and in Orlando and the Satanists were praying to destroy Hinn’s ministry. In one session, the devil himself materialized. His order to the coven about Benny Hinn was “Pray he doesn’t plead the blood so much.” Pray he doesn’t plea the blood so much. Another example that prayer is vital on both sides of the spiritual line
In Matthew 6:10, the apostles came to Jesus and basically asked, “What is the most effective way to use the most powerful weapon we have.”
So Jesus’ answer and the revelation of it will be crucial to the Body of Christ. This is at Matthew 6:10. Jesus begins with praise to the Father
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”
Then he says, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done. On Earth, as it is in heaven.”
The prayer tells us that when His Kingdom comes, His will can also be done and fulfilled on the Earth. But if His Kingdom does not come, then His will is not done. When His Kingdom is prevented or hindered from coming, His perfect will can’t be completed.
So for the Father’s dream to become real, for His Will to be done on the Earth, His Kingdom must first come. Does this mean nothing much good will happen until Jesus comes back and establishes his reign? No. We have to understand the scriptural meaning of Kingdom, which is a bit different than the secular meaning.
We tend to think of a kingdom as a geographic piece of ground. We have the King James Bible. King James was real person, he was King of England.Englandwas his kingdom. A specific piece of ground.
But the Biblical definition of Kingdom is not mere territory.
In Matthew 12:25. Jesus has driven out some demons and he is accused of doing so via Beelzebub. He says nonsense. “If Satan drives out Satan, then how can his kingdom stand?
“But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then theKingdomofGodhas come upon you.”
So theKingdomofGodis not primarily real estate. It is the manifestation of the power and glory of the Spirit of God, That’s theKingdomofGod, and the Kingdom rules over all. Rules over demons and sickness and anything that’s not of the Kingdom. Since theKingdomofGodrules over all, sickness or disease or depression is eliminated and demons are driven out. Also notice that Jesus mentions another kingdom. The kingdom of darkness or Satan’s Kingdom. He tells you that Satan has a kingdom too.
Later in Luke 10:9, He sends out his disciples and tells them heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.” Tell them, theKingdomofHeavenis near.”
In the second case, why did theKingdomofGodonly get close to them? It only got near to them. It did not come upon them.
And as dramatic as that was – healing the sick, raising the dead, driving out demons, that was not the fulfillment of God’s perfect will. The Kingdom only got near to them.
There is a rather significant difference in being near you and coming upon you. If we are out in the parking lot and there is a heavy rain across the road, it is near us. If it moves swiftly and drenches us before we get inside, it has come upon us
Think about that for a minute as we go to Acts 19:13. This scene, although at first glance very different, has some bearing on the topic. “Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,” The seven brothers were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest. And they said to a demon-possessed man. “We exorcise you in the name of Jesus who Paul preaches.”
Th end of the story is dramatic. The man beats the stuffings out of the seven and sends them running for their lives. A casual reading of this story is going to give you the wrong impression of these seven brothers. In fact, in this situation, they look like the three stooges, or the seven stooges as the case may be.
Actually, these brothers were very intelligent, well educated, compassionate, and were very courageous men. They were intelligent, courageous men who made a mistake.
The Holy Spirit wants us to know they were sons of a Jewish chief, or high priest. The sons of the high priests were bound to be educated men. High priests put a high priority on education. They would have been trained in spiritual law, the Torah and Jewish traditions and customs
The scripture says these were Jewish exorcists. What are exorcists? They cast demons out of people. Scripture doesn’t say they claimed to be exorcists or pretended to be exorcists, it states they were exorcists. Some translations say they were Jews who went around driving demons out of people. How did they do that? You will notice the name of Jesus did not work for them.
If you don’t have the name of Jesus, as the incident in Acts shows, trying to cast out demons is a dangerous activity. Yet they went ahead, which should tell us they had compassion. They were trying to help folks. So how did they cast out demons without the name of Jesus?
They know how to use spiritual law. The scriptures tell us that there is Law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus and the Law of sin and death. But theKingdomofGodalso works by spiritual law. The Kingdom has dominion over all. The brothers knew the laws of what we might call the occult. Through rituals or incantations they knew how to use those laws to cast out demons.
Benny Hinn tells a story about a family experiencing depression and oppression. There was a picture of a Native American in the house. Benny went the house and realized the picture was somehow connected to the occult. He told the family to get rid of it. After they did, they used the name of Jesus to cast out the depression and oppression. But when they took that picture into their house, they were in effect giving Satan the right to attack them. With that picture in the house, according to spiritual law, the demons had a right to be there, They had to close that door legally and they did.
TheKingdomofGodalso operates on spiritual laws. You need the power, which the Holy Spirit has, and the authority, to establish the Kingdom
Spiritual law is the reason the seven brothers could not use the name of Jesus with any power. God obviously wanted that man delivered. He didn’t want to see anyone under the control of the devil. But the brothers had no legal right to the name of Jesus. It’s possible the demon spoke to them on the basis of that authority. He knew about Paul and Jesus. Since these were exorcists and had worked in the area for a while, chances are he knew who they were. But he was speaking from a position of authority, “Who are you? You have no legal right to cast me out.”
The Holy Spirit could not – not would not, but could not – back up their request to deliver the man because they had no legal authority to use the name of Jesus,
Christians, thankfully, do have the legal right to use the name of Jesus.
This brings us back to theKingdomofGod. Who has authority in a Kingdom, and why did the apostles – even in producing great signs and wonders – tell the people thekingdomofGodwas near them, it had not come upon them yet.
Who has authority in a Kingdom? In theKingdomofGod, it’s a King. You need to be a King to legally established the Kingdom of God.
Revelation 1:6 says For He has made us Kings and Priests. Made us kings to serve in the Kingdom. Some translations say He has made us a Kingdom. If we are kings then our job is to establish theKingdomofGod, and the Kingdom rules over all.
How do we serve him as Kings. By doing his will on the Earth. By bringing the Kingdom to the Earth. By establishing His Kingdom because without the Kingdom, His will can’t be done. Whenever Revelation 1:6 is said in church, the implication is God did it simply because it’s a nice thing to do. Maybe but it was also a very pragmatic and practical decision.
For His Will to be done on Earth, God needed to establish the His Kingdom and to establish His Kingdom, he had to have kings.
Don’t be sin conscious. That has run through the church for hundreds of years. If we had been taught Kingdom consciousness, we never would have heard the phrase “I’m an old sinner, save by grace.” If you are sin conscious it will hinder you from establishing the Kingdom, and that’s your primary job.
Back to the Holocaust question. Jesus has told us there are two kingdoms. If theKingdomofGodis established, then the Earth will be changed and transformed to look more like heaven. If Satan’s Kingdom is established, then Satan’s will is going to be done and the Earth will look more and more like Hell.Germany, 1943. What has always been one of Satan’s primary goals – the extermination of the Jews. When Satan established his kingdom inGermany, then Satan’s will was done and Jews began to be killed.
Was God in control inGermanyduring World War II? No, His Kingdom wasn’t established. Satan’s kingdom was established.
It has been preached that God allowed the Jews to be killed because He was ticked off that they hadn’t accepted Jesus. Or simply allowed them to die for some nebulous reason. Both teachings are appalling. And blasphemous. It puts God and Jesus on a par with the devil.
God didn’t interfere because His Kingdom had not been established, so His will could not be done.
Report: Islamic Oppression Fuels Two-Thirds of the Worst Persecution Against Christians
The Islamic State (ISIS) may be on the run in the Middle East, but Islamic oppression continues to fuel persecution of Christians across the world.
Open Doors USA released its 2018 World Watch List this month, and out of the 50 worst countries for Christian persecution, "Islamic Oppression" inspires persecution in 33. Worse, it drives oppression in eight of the eleven countries where Christians face "extreme" persecution, according to the list.
North Korea's Communist regime may be the worst state for persecuting Christians for the 16th consecutive year, but the main story in Christian persecution is Islamic oppression.
A Facebook group wanting to “burn...alive” a U.S. Christian pro-family activist who takes bold stances against feminism, political correctness, and the LGBT lobby "doesn't go against...Community Standards,” according to Facebook.
Conservative blogger Elizabeth Johnston, also known as “The Activist Mommy,” took umbrage when she found a Facebook group called “I will find The Activist Mommy and burn whoever runs it alive.” The Activist Mommy's common sense and bucking of political correctness have gained her large online audiences. Her social media accounts have been targeted for censorship by Facebook and Twitter.
Johnston first reported the group to Facebook for “harassment” and then encouraged others to flag it.
The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to overturn this month’s stunning ruling by a lower court that found the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty legal — yet also ruled the Trump administration’s effort to phase out the program was illegal.
An immigration reform proposal pitched last week by the pro-amnesty “Gang of Six” senators would cover 14 times as many illegal immigrants as a bill offered by leading House Republicans, according to an analysis by NumbersUSA.
The number of illegal immigrants covered is one of numerous major differences among the approaches as a government shutdown looms over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created by former President Barack Obama for illegal immigrants whose parents brought them to America as children.
Donald Trump Is Shrinking The Government. Everything Else Is Noise.
President Trump is shrinking the size and scope of the federal government. You might have missed that little news item amid anti-Trump conservatives’ breathless reporting of each and every non-troversy the mainstream media manages to gin up. But unlike President George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush, and even the Gipper himself, Trump in just his first year has cut Health and Human Services by 0.5%, Defense by 1.1%, Transportation by 1.4%, Justice by 1.5%, Energy by 2.3%, Commerce by 3.1%, Housing and Urban Development by 3.3%, State by 3.8%, Labor by 4.6% Education by 4.8%, and Treasury by a whopping 7.5%.
During the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not following proper procedures when checking if illegal aliens were known terrorists, jeopardizing national security, according to an audit.
The office of inspector general found that between 2013 and 2015, ICE was not screening illegal immigrants who had been released for terrorist ties. Every single case of a suspected terrorist reviewed by the inspector general included errors, where ICE officials were not in compliance with security standards.
In short Trump’s very essence wars with everything that long ago was proven to be noble, just, and correct by Vanity Fair, NPR, The New Yorker, Google, the Upper West Side, and The Daily Show. There is not even a smidgeon of a concession that some of Trump’s policies might offer tens of thousands of forgotten inner-city youth good jobs or revitalize a dead and written-off town in the Midwest, or make the petroleum of the war-torn Persian Gulf strategically irrelevant to an oil-rich United States.
Yet one way of understanding Trump — particularly the momentum of his first year — is through recollection of the last eight years of the Obama administration. In reductionist terms, Trump is the un-Obama. Surprisingly, that is saying quite a lot more than simple reductive negativism. Republicans have not seriously attempted to roll back the administrative state since Reagan. On key issues of climate change, entitlements, illegal immigration, government spending, and globalization, it was sometimes hard to distinguish a Bush initiative from a Clinton policy or a McCain bilfrom a Biden proposal. There was often a reluctant acceptance of the seemingly inevitable march to the European-style socialist administrative state.
Of course, there were sometimes differences between the two parties, such as the George W. Bush’s tax cuts or the Republicans’ opposition to Obamacare. Yet for the most part, since 1989, we’ve had lots of rhetoric but otherwise no serious effort to prune back the autonomous bureaucracy that grew ever larger. Few Republicans in the executive branch sought to reduce government employment, deregulate, sanction radical expansion of fossil-fuel production, etc.
There is a danger in embracing the “progressive” movement that is devoted to the 100-year-old ideas of a long-dead German intellectual and which aims to send the rest of us careening back to 1930s collectivism.
A danger, that is, besides the filling of graves and that you, yourself, as a “revolutionary thought leader” will end up against the wall as the revolution eats its own children.
This danger, far more eminent and horrible, and something that must be avoided at all costs is that your “revolutionary” and “resistance” activities, your brave speaking of truth to power will offend any number of your coalition.
This has become much more likely – and terrifying – as the left has incorporated the most unlikely groups into their shoulder-to-shoulder march against civilization/capitalism.
The AP still believes that the rest of us thought there was an actual red button on the Oval Office desk, and that this “button” is somehow important. That is remarkably obtuse, and probably one of many reasons why so many people don’t trust the AP.
Trump often bypasses the vast information-gathering apparatus that reports to him in favor of getting his reality from TV, or sometimes just his gut. That has led him to conclude wrongly that a rare riot in Sweden over a drug crime was instead linked to refugee extremism. He also falsely claimed that Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower in the campaign.
These are actually examples of where Trump, while characteristically imprecise, was far more accurate than his critics. Refugee extremism (as well as garden-variety crime) is a huge problem in Sweden, and we know now, or think we do, that Obama’s FBI and NSA used fake news collected on behalf of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to spy on Donald Trump and others associated with his campaign. The fact that the spying was not exactly “wiretapping” is true, but trivial. Trump was right.
This just in from what was once the best state in the Union:
Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearlyone out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.
Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).
The Left's first, last and only instinct is to throw more money at the problem, but California's already done that. and guess what?
It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.
The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.
The progressives who control every aspect of the state's government are not necessarily stupid people, but they are malign. They understand that increasing welfare spending only encourages the arrival of more recipients on whom to spend it, and the high likelihood that those new constituents will vote Democrat as soon as they are able, legally or otherwise. Already, some 55 percent of "immigrants" receive means-tested benefits, while only 30 percent of native Californians do so.