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The growing alliance between Israel and Evangelical Christians

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, left, and David M. Friedman, the American ambassador to Israel, at the dedication of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. “You’re running a country, you need friends,” Mr. Friedman said.
A night after the dedication of the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel convened American evangelicals to plan their next steps.

In a conference room off his office, Mr. Netanyahu thanked the small circle of prominent pastors and activists on Tuesday for pressing President Trump to open the embassy, breaking with decades of American policy that Jerusalem's status should be decided in peace talks.

Which embassy would be next? Mr. Netanyahu wanted to know, running through a list of other countries with strong evangelical churches. Guatemala, Paraguay and Honduras had already followed the United States in announcing their intention to move their embassies to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, but what about Brazil, India or even China?

"The prime minister was very excited," recalled Mario Bramnick, the Cuban-American pastor of a Pentecostal church near Miami and a Trump supporter who attended the meeting.

The culmination of decades of lobbying, the dedication of the embassy in Jerusalem this past week doubled as the most public recognition yet of the growing importance the Netanyahu government now assigns to its conservative Christian allies, even if some have been accused of making anti-Semitic statements.

Comment: Given that Zionism was originally a Christian project before a minority in the Jewish community accepted its goals as their own, this alliance should be no surprise. And it's a canny move on Netanyahu's part. Even though the Israeli Lobby has managed to escape being labeled as a foreign agent (which it is), it still needs some popular U.S. support, and the evangelicals provide that. The Jewish State cannot exist without a bogus, literal Biblical interpretation. If "God gave us this land" is seen as true, then it is much harder to criticize the means by which it was made so: ethnic cleansing and apartheid.


Propaganda

Sweden's truth police on guard for 'foreign interference' ahead of election

Royal guards at parade in Stockholm.

Royal guards at parade in Stockholm.
The above warning came from Russian freelance journalist Lyudmila Savchuk in a recent interview with Business Insider Nordic. After spending time working undercover in a St Petersburg troll factory, Savchuk has unique insight into how propaganda and fake news are produced.

In Sweden, voters will be heading to the polls on September 9 to elect members of parliament, county councils and local councils - and now, Swedish authorities are gearing up to deal with disinformation and propaganda in the upcoming election campaigns.

"What we have done is that we have collected information about international elections. It shows that certain voter groups that foreign powers have targeted have been affected. Step two is that it can influence public opinion, but that does not necessarily affect the election outcome," says Linda Escar, deputy department head at the Swedish Security Service, Säpo.

Comment: Like many Western nations, Sweden is in complete disarray, politicians want to reintegrate ex-jihadi's and the people want to vote in politicians who're unfamiliar with their own society:


Mr. Potato

Poland sides with anti-Russia hysteria by expelling people who refute the West's narrative

Spokesman of Poland's internal security agency, the ABW, Stanisław Żaryn
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Spokesman of Poland's internal security agency, the ABW, Stanisław Żaryn
Poland will deport two Russian women who were members of a pro-Russian "hybrid" group that sought to stoke tension with neighboring Ukraine, Polish security official said on Friday.

Poland arrested a Russian woman identified as "Yekaterina C" and barred four other people from entering the country, Poland's internal security agency, the ABW, said on Thursday.

On Friday, one of the of the four people who had been banned from entering Poland was identified as a "Russian-Cypriot citizen, "Anastazja Z.".

Comment: It seems there are factions in Poland with different agendas:


Eye 1

Wikipedia: An establishment psyop

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If you haven't been living in a hole in a cave with both fingers plugged into your ears, you may have noticed that an awful lot of fuss gets made about Russian propaganda and disinformation these days. Mainstream media outlets are now speaking openly about the need for governments to fight an "information war" against Russia, with headlines containing that peculiar phrase now turning up on an almost daily basis.

Here's one published today titled "Border guards detain Russian over 'information war' on Poland", about a woman who is to be expelled from that country on the grounds that she "worked to consolidate pro-Russian groups in Poland in order to challenge Polish government policy on historical issues and replace it with a Russian narrative" in order to "destabilize Polish society and politics."

Here's one published yesterday titled "Marines get new information warfare leader", about a US Major General's appointment to a new leadership position created "to better compete in a 21st century world."

Here's one from the day before titled "Here's how Sweden is preparing for an information war ahead of its general election", about how the Swedish Security Service and Civil Contingencies Agency are "gearing up their efforts to prevent disinformation during the election campaigns."

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Smoking

Use of anti-smoking app expands in Turkey

Anti-smoking app in Turkey
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The head of the Green Crescent, which focuses on combating tobacco and alcohol addiction, said the Green Detector application they developed allowed concerned citizens to notify relevant authorities about the use of cigarettes at banned locations.

Şavaş Yılmaz said they viewed smoking as the most dangerous addiction to chemicals. "In the past year, 100,000 people died due to diseases linked to smoking," he said, adding that the figure for the world was closer to six million.

"I came out and said something cost 100,000 lives a year; whether it be terrorism, natural disaster an accident, there would be a huge reaction. However, when it comes to cigarettes, we just ignore it."

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Light Saber

Russian firm indicted by Mueller investigation comes out swinging

Attorney Eric Dubelier

Attorney Eric Dubelier is not taking any crap from Mueller "investigation"
The authority of special counsel Robert Mueller to bring charges over Russian interference in the 2016 election will face stiff opposition from one of the indicted entities, its attorney pledged Wednesday.

Reed Smith attorney Eric Dubelier represents Concord Management and Consulting LLC, which Mueller has charged with funding the Russian troll farms that worked to support Donald Trump's candidacy in the presidential election.

At a 20-minute status conference in the case today, Dubelier said the count against Concord - conspiracy to defraud the United States - is unconstitutional as applied. Concord will file a motion challenging Mueller's authority, in addition to asserting failure to state a claim and violations of its due-process rights, Dubelier said.

The tactic is similar to the one being used by former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort in his criminal case, which Mueller is also prosecuting.

Comment: As the inquiries continue, and the facts come out, it becomes ever more obvious that the Mueller investigations don't have a single leg to stand on - and further goes to show how spurious the whole Russian collusion narrative was/is to start with:


Pistol

Senator Rand Paul: 'We're not going to leave our kids defenseless'

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Senator Rand Paul
During a May 18 Fox News appearance Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said it is time for Americans to take a stand and say, "We're not going to leave our kids defenseless." His comments came in the wake of the shooting that killed at least 8 at Santa Fe High School.

Paul said, "Why don't we say it as a country - we're not going to leave our kids defenseless. We're going to defend them."

He also spoke to Hollywood celebrities who react to a high profile firearm-based crime with calls for more gun control, saying, "Every Hollywood actor that hates guns has armed bodyguards defending them. So they hate guns unless the guns are defending them."

Paul's call to protect our children is reminiscent of President Trump's response to the February 14 Parkland school shooting. CNN reported that Trump responded to Parkland by saying that a "gun-free zone to a maniac - because they're all cowards - a gun-free zone is 'let's go in and let's attack because bullets aren't coming back at us.'" Trump said adopting a policy where "20 percent" of teachers are armed would reduce or eliminate the perception of weakness, making schools a riskier target to strike.

Comment: There is logic in the argument that a gun-free zone is an invite. Guns onsite may give a novice shooter pause, but will they also deter the game-changer false flags?

From Conservative Fighters:
Rand said, "I think the first thing we should do is, there needs to be an announcement by every school district that we're going to defend our children, and that we're not going to have a sign outside that [says], 'We're defenseless.' And I think that's the problem, is that we do have these homicidal or crazy or mentally disturbed kids, but they still aren't so disturbed that they're going to shoot up the sheriff's office. They're showing up where there is no self-defense."

Rand also argued that we need to try to stop people who have psychiatric disorders that cause them to act violently and prevent people who are crazy from getting firearms. He further said there isn't enough work being done to keep people who are mentally unstable or breaking the law from having guns.
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Star of David

Within the US evangelical capital rises mixed views on Israel

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Bruce McCluggage at the Wild Goose, in Colorado Springs.
This week, the Trump administration completed its move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. At the opening ceremony, two of the American speakers were evangelical superstars: Pastor Robert Jeffress, the author of several doomsday books about Israel, and John Hagee, who interpreted recent lunar eclipses as evidence that the end times were nigh. The Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, meanwhile, declared that Trump had "fulfilled biblical prophecy". The ceremony coincided with massive protests, in which 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.

Thousands of miles away, in her home outside Colorado Springs, Kimberly Troup sat in a cluttered basement office. She is an evangelical Christian who takes to heart the Bible verse in which God speaks of the Jewish nation: "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse."

Accordingly, she has devoted 22 years to Israel. She is now the US director of Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, an advocacy group with a Zionist ideology. Two other CFIC employees work with her. This week, they have been very busy.

Ever since she was a child, in Kentucky, Troup has been immersed in Israel. Her father saw the creation of the state in 1948 and the six-day war of 1967as evidence of biblical prophecy surrounding the end of the world. Troup believes in such prophecies, though she does not pretend to know when they will occur. She sees it as her Christian duty to care for Israel, to defend it against "Arabs" who are "not interested in peace".

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Rocket

Saudi Arabia intercepted Yemeni missiles; Houthis targeted military airports

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Saudi missile intercept
Saudi air-defense systems have reportedly managed to intercept a ballistic missile launched from Yemen after Houthi rebels said they had targeted a "military airport" in the city of Jizan.

The alleged Scud-type missile was destroyed before the projectile hit the intended target in the port city, which lies in the southwest corner of Saudi Arabia and directly north of the border with Yemen, local media reported. Earlier, Saudi air defenses reportedly intercepted another ballistic missile, which targeted a military airport near the southern border.

The launches on Monday morning were the latest in a series of missile attacks on Saudi positions which have intensified over the weekend.

Riyadh has repeatedly accused Iran of being responsible for ballistic missile launches from Yemen, warning that such acts could be considered an "act of war," while the Islamic Republic firmly denied such accusations.

HAL9000

Not an experiment: Google's Selfish Ledger ideas can be found in its patent applications

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I trust by now we've all seen and been at least a little disturbed by The Selfish Ledger, the nearly 9-minute-long concept video from inside Google's "moonshot factory" X labs. In the wake of it becoming public this week, Google quickly disavowed the video, claiming it was just a thought experiment "not related to any current or future products." And yet, the company's patent applications exhibit a mode of thinking that runs at least in parallel, if not on the exact same tracks, as The Selfish Ledger's total data collection proposal.


A reader pointed me in the direction of a Google patent application from 2015, made public last year, titled "Detecting and correcting potential errors in user behavior." A core part of the Selfish Ledger concept can be defined in very similar terms: its premise, on the individual level, is to help users with self-improvement and behavior modification.

In all honesty, the idea described in this patent document sounds all kinds of helpful. It proposes a system wherein your device would use information Google already collects - such as travel itineraries from your email inbox - and act on that knowledge if it detects you're going astray. So if, like me on at least one occasion, you start heading to the wrong airport, your phone would be smart enough to notify you that you're going the wrong way.

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