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The level of misinformation about alternative medicine has reached the point where it is endangering patients

The level of misinformation about alternative medicine has reached the point where it is endangering patients

A man undergoing acupuncture
The World Health Organisation has claimed acupuncture is a 'proven therapy' for a range of conditions, but the evidence shows the opposite. Photograph: AP

Many people think medical ethics is a dry and boring subject mainly for the ivory towers of academia. Nothing could be further from the truth. One of the foremost aims of medical ethics is to make sure that people receive treatments that demonstrably do more good than harm, so it directly relates to the health and wellbeing of all of us.

In conventional medicine, numerous safeguards are in place to make sure doctors adhere to generally accepted ethical standards. In alternative medicine, however, medical ethics has largely remained a blind spot.

Therapeutic decisions of any kind should normally be taken after a healthcare professional has provided evidence-based advice to a patient. In alternative medicine, by contrast, consumers often make up their own minds whether to try this or that treatment; advice is not mandatory but information is abundantly available.

In order to ensure the consumers' choice generates more good than harm, the publicly available information on alternative medicine would need to be reliable. We all know that this is not the case and that insisting on 100% reliability in a free market would be Utopian. Who, for instance, could even begin to vet the 50m or so websites that supply consumers with information on alternative treatments? But at the very least, information provided by healthcare professionals should not endanger the consumer.


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As Land Confiscations Loom, South Africa Rules 300,000 Gun-Owners Turn Over Their Weapons

As the NRA, and any America with an ounce of brains realize, that when a government wants to kill their own citizens and abuse them, they take away the right to bare arms!  Never get caught up in the anti-gun hype. Those opposed to the 2nd Amendment are your enemies that want to do away with all of your rights!  Don't be fooled by the snake of gun control!

Authored by Jose Nino via,

South Africa is opening the door for tyranny.

The Constitutional Court of South Africa recently ruled that 300,000 gun owners must turn in their firearms.

This judgement came in response to the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling in 2017 which said Section 24 and Section 28 of the Firearm’s Control Act were unconstitutional.   

A report from The Citizen explains what Section 24 and Section 28 entail:

“Section 24 of the Act requires that any person who seeks to renew a licence must do so 90 days before its expiry date Section 28 stipulates that if a firearm licence has been cancelled‚ the firearm must be disposed of or forfeited to the state. A 60-day time frame was placed on its disposal, which was to be done through a dealer.”

Now that the High Court’s initial ruling has been overturned, gun owners who failed to renew their firearms licenses must hand in their firearms to the nearest police station, where authorities will then proceed to destroy them.

Many naïve political observers will paint this event as a casual gun control scheme, but any astute student of politics will recognize that the floodgates are now open for further encroachments – not only on the gun rights of South Africans, but also on others facets of theirs lives.

A look at South Africa’s current political climate will give us an idea of the potential ramifications of this gun control scheme.

Political Trouble Brewing in South Africa?   Read the rest here

"I was Not 'Deep Throat'" The Plain Truth about the scandal that never was.....

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(Originally published in The Plain Truth in 2014, again we have been proved correctly recent news!)

In these days of real scandals, real murders and real breaking of laws and threratening the security of our consistution, maybe it is time to uncover the greatest hoax of the past 40 years - The Watergate Scandal....

 "I am not Deep Throat, and the only thing I can say is that I wouldn't be ashamed to be, because I think whoever [it was] helped the country, no question about it."    Mark Felts (named as Deep Throat) to The New York Times (29 August 1976)

NOW that recently, the liars have been exposed only this week! 

Downfall: Watergate Legend Caught in Lie

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Carl Bernstein attends the 2017 New Yorker Festival - All The President's Reporters at SVA Theatre on October 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

CNN’s Carl Bernstein, the man made co-famous through his historic Watergate reporting, lied to us — to all of us. And he is now engaged in a cover up to protect this lie.

It has always been amusing to me how many Republicans, and conservatives are still willing to accept the 'facts' that the liberal Washington Post's Bob Woodward gave us about Watergate in his reporting back in the 1970's.  His reporting was a total lie.  Lies based upon lies, proven by made up persons who told lies.  Could you imagine if a Fox News reporter had a source that they refused to give the name to Roger Ailes (Fox Ndews' boss), and yet they started running stories how Obama was secretly plotting the overthrow of America by Muslims.  Yes, 65% of Americans today would believe it, but would the left accept such reporting, even if that Fox reporter insisted it was one of the highest level members of the White House who wanted to stay forever anomymous.  


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McCain and the POW Cover-Up

Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.   also read: McCain Confirms He Gave Trump Dossier to Comey: ‘Duty Demanded I Do’ It

* * *UPDATE TO THIS STORY- John McCain has since passed away 

image from img.thedailybeast.comJohn McCain, who had risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign. Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions. McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.

The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small. There exists a telling mass of official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos of rescue symbols that pilots were trained to use, electronic messages from the ground containing the individual code numbers given to airmen, a rescue mission by a special forces unit that was aborted twice by Washington—and even sworn testimony by two Defense secretaries that “men were left behind.” This imposing body of evidence suggests that a large number—the documents indicate probably hundreds—of the U.S. prisoners held by Vietnam were not returned when the peace treaty was signed in January 1973 and Hanoi released 591 men, among them Navy combat pilot John S. McCain.

Mass of Evidence.  Read More

‘Songbird’ McCain: The evidence – in his own words, his fellow veterans, and his captors

Forward by Bob Barney: John McCain passed away over the weekend. In America, we often saint our leaders who have tragically died young, many of which were not saints in life. John Kennedy for example, Martin Luther King, and in some lesser degree, Abraham Lincoln, who Lincoln ordered hundreds of Northern newspapers who dared to speak out against him to be shut down. And their owners and editors were arrested for disloyalty.  He also ordered the arrest of Ohio Congressman Clement Vallandigham for the crime of speaking out against him, and who as Chief Justice of the US Roger Taney, sitting as a judge of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Maryland, ruled that Lincoln had violated the US Constitution when he illegally suspended the Writ of Habeas Corpus.

John McCain, however has been sainted as a hero, while still alive for actions that I think most of us never learned of or forgot.  Take a look...  Just a note:  I did not wish to publish this at the man's death, but he spilled vim and vinegar at the cost of our nation's future, right to the end.   The future of which John McCain, I suggest, would have destroyed.

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Songbird’ McCain: The evidence – in his own words, his fellow veterans, and his captors

From: July 26, 2008, 6:33 am

Related: More 2008 Election Posts

John McCain: Prisoner of War – A First Person Account – US News & World Report from 1973, published online 1/28/08

My six years of hell: John McCain recalls life a prisoner of war in Vietnam – Daily Mail, UK 2/8/08

Excerpt from “Faith of My Fathers” by McCain

“Hero” John McCain as Phony and Collaborator: What Really Happened When He Was a POW? – CounterPunch 6/13/08

EXCERPTS: “on March 25, 1999, two of his fellow POWs, Ted Guy and Gordon “Swede” Larson told the Phoenix New Times that, while they could not guarantee that McCain was not physically harmed, they doubted it. As Larson said, “My only contention with the McCain deal is that while he was at The Plantation, to the best of my knowledge and Ted’s knowledge, he was not physically abused in any way. No one was in that camp. It was the camp that people were released from.”Guy and Larson’s claims are given credence by McCain’s vehement opposition to releasing the government’s debriefings of Vietnam War POWs. McCain gave Michael Isikoff a peek at his debriefs, and Isikoff declared there was “nothing incriminating” in them, apart from the redactions.
McCain had a unique POW experience. Initially, he was taken to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison camp, where he was interrogated. By McCain’s own account, after three or four days, he cracked. He promised his Vietnamese captors, “I’ll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital.”His Vietnamese capturers soon realized their POW, John Sidney McCain III, came from a well-bred line of American military elites. McCain’s father, John Jr., and grandfather, John Sr., were both full Admirals. A destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, is named after both of them. While his son was held captive in Hanoi, John McCain Jr., from 1968 to 1972, was the Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Pacific Command; Admiral McCain was in charge of all US forces in the Pacific including those fighting in Vietnam. ..The Admiral’s bad boy was used to special treatment and his captors knew that. They were working him.For his part, McCain acknowledges that the Vietnamese rushed him to a hospital, but denies he was given any “special medical treatment.” However….two weeks into his stay at the Vietnamese hospital, the Hanoi press began quoting him. It was not “name rank and serial number, or kill me,” as specified by the military code of conduct. McCain divulged specific military information: he gave the name of the aircraft carrier on which he was based, the number of US pilots that had been lost, the number of aircraft in his flight formation, as well as information about the location of rescue ships…
On the other hand, according to one source, McCain’s collaboration may have had very real consequences. Retired Army Colonel Earl Hopper, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, contends that the information that McCain divulged classified information North Vietnam used to hone their air defense system…McCain told his North Vietnamese captors, “highly classified information, the most important of which was the package routes, which were routes used to bomb North Vietnam. He gave in detail the altitude they were flying, the direction, if they made a turn… he gave them what primary targets the United States was interested in.” Hopper contends that the information McCain provided allowed the North Vietnamese to adjust their air-defenses. As result, Hopper claims, the US lost sixty percent more aircraft and in 1968, “called off the bombing of North Vietnam, because of the information McCain had given to them.”

‘When John McCain was my captive‘: interview with former head of Vietnamese prison ‘Hanoi Hilton’ – BBC 6/23/08

EXCERPT: “But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners.” Mr Duyet reminisces instead about how he often summoned the future US presidential candidate to his private office for informal chats….So is Mr Duyet implying that that Senator McCain lied about his treatment at the Hanoi Hilton? “He did not tell the truth,” he says. “But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election.”

Vietnam POW Activists Called McCain ‘Songbird’ and ‘Manchurian Candidate’

EXCERPT: from 1992 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA’s:

“When two U.S. Army enlisted men were captured by the Viet Cong in 1963, they were plunged into an ordeal that would prove to be a relentless trial of body and spirit by torture. Once they were finally freed, however, their trials began all over again, when their statements critical of the U. S. Vietnam policy landed them in a military court facing a capital offense for violating the military Code of Conduct by “aiding the enemy.”
But, if your name is John McCain and your father and grandfather were famous admirals, violating the Code of Conduct by “aiding the enemy” translates into fodder for a political career, book deals, and adulation bordering on sainthood. Even though news reports of McCain collaborating with the enemy continued from the time he was captured in 1967 through 1970, the Navy never considered prosecution as an option.
Instead, Pentagon pencil pushers chose a political spin that lifted McCain, the former POW turned U.S. Senator, up to a glorified pedestal where he sprouted a halo and wings and became America’s “POW-hero” and today a presidential candidate.
No such luck for the two lowly “grunts.”
SANTOLI: But on the Senate side, we had one person standing in the way of getting in positions that would have been very tough on government bureaucrats who didn’t tell the truth. And that one person was Sen. John McCain.
Cpl. BOB DUMAS, U.S. Army (Ret.): He didn’t want nobody to check his background because a lot of the POWs that was in the camps said he was a collaborator of the enemy. He gave the enemy the information they wanted.
Dr. JAMES LUCIER, former U.S. Senate Chief of Staff: But We do know that when he was there [in the Vietnamese prison], he cooperated with the communist news services in giving interviews there, ah, not flattering to the United States.
USRY: Information shows that he made over 32 tapes of propaganda for the Vietnamese government. Certainly, you do what you need to do to stay alive. Nobody would fault anybody for that. But there comes a point in time when enough is enough.
REP: DORNAN: They made those transcriptions, and in the transcriptions, I heard a POW who heard them comin’ into his cell and said, “Oh, my God, is that Admiral McCain’s son? Is that the admiral’s son? Is that Johnny — telling us that our principal targets are schools, orphanages, hospitals, temples, churches?” That was Jane Fonda’s line. Where are those transcriptions? Believe me — they’re in the archives of the museum, the bragging military phony museum in Hanoi. McCain could not have wanted those [to] turn up in the middle of a presidential race. He knows that. I know that, and a few other people know that, and that’s why he went against Bob Dole’s legislation.
DUMAS: And he didn’t want nobody looking into his background in that camp, what went on in that camp. That stuff is still classified so nobody can see it. And he just had it classified forever, so nobody’ll ever look at it.
LUCIER: That he was given special treatment and was put in a room with two other defectors who were later given special treatment. Although I will say to his credit he refused to be repatriated as a result.
REP: DORNAN: This sounds so good at first. McCain was offered the chance to come home. They called him the “Prince.” And he could have. But nobody ever takes that one step beyond that. If John … Admiral John McCain II … “Junior” … if his son, a lieutenant senior grade, had accepted this princely status and come home in 1967 while the others would sit there for five years, what would the Navy have done, with the son of an admiral who opted to get special treatment and come home? No Navy career. No House seat. No Senate seat. It would have been the end of his career. [Edit.] And they were offering him this chance to go home in one of three groups that came home in ‘68.
SANTOLI: They were all collaborators.
REP. DORNAN: And McCain called them this — except for Bill Kagill [phonetic] — the “slipperies,” the “slimies” and the “sleazies.” I once forgot one of those names — and he refreshed my memory. The slipperies, the slimies and the sleazies. So that meant that he would have become a slimy, a sleazy and a slippery, ruining his career and the admiral’s son goes home. What I’m saying is, yes — he chose to stay. But did he have an alternative if he ever wanted to have a life? And what would it have done to his father?
DOUGLASS: And his activities were sufficiently consistent and widespread in opposing efforts to learn the truth that he was written up in a number of articles as a Manchurian candidate in this issue.
REP. DORNAN: In Hanoi, he saw McCain turn red in the face. He even used the term “Rumblestiltskin” [sic], jumping up and down in place in a rage: “If you release any of these records that you have here in Hanoi on me or the other POWs, you will NEVER get diplomatic recognition.”
USRY: McCain may have been an expert on being a prisoner of war but he was by no means an expert on the POW issue.”

How ‘war hero’ John McCain betrayed the Vietnamese peasant who saved his life – Daily Mail, UK 3/23/08

Top cop says McCain was never tortured – PrisonPlanet 2/7/08

“McLamb said the POW’s told him that McCain had sustained two broken arms and a leg injury from not pulling his arms in when he bailed out of his A-4 Skyhawk that was shot down over the Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi. The POW’s said that McCain made 32 propaganda videos for the communist North Vietnamese in which he denounced America for what they were doing in Vietnam.”…”Several Vietnam veterans groups do solely exist to expose McCain’s abandonment of veteran’s interests as well as his lies about being tortured, including Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain and U.S. Veteran Dispatch. “
In fact, McCain’s own account confirms he broke his own arms while ejecting from his plane.

Luck of the Admiral’s Son Not For ‘Grunts’ – US Veterans Dispatch 10/99

Is John McCain a war hero? – Phoenix New Times 3/25/99

Report: Abortion Accounts for 61% of Black Deaths in America


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Induced abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States and accounts for a disturbing 61 percent of deaths of African Americans, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

A report Thursday analyzed research using data from the latest year for which all the pertinent information is available (2009) and found that induced abortion was responsible for 1.152 million deaths, making it the number one cause of death in the U.S. at nearly twice the number of deaths from heart disease (599,413) and cancer (567,628).

While abortion accounted for nearly a third of all U.S. deaths in 2009 (32.1 percent), more troubling still, it made up 61.1 percent of African American deaths, according to the studypublished in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine (June 2016).

The ongoing disparity of black deaths through abortion has led one leading black pastor to recently decry the “black genocide” taking place in the United States at the hands of the abortion industry.


Titanic, was the disaster caused by Fire?

WAS The Disaster Was Predicted, or was there a cover-up?

The Disaster Was Predicted
Source: Amazon/First Rate Publishers

Fourteen years before Titanic’s maiden voyage, author Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility, which was about the largest ship in the world meeting disaster.  The ship in the fictional story was called the Titan. Its measurements were nearly identical to Titanic, as were the speeds they were going when they met disaster. Also, both struck an iceberg on the starboard side. They also both sank in April, at the exact same location, with as few lifeboats as the law allowed.  Though people credited him with clairvoyance, Robertson claimed that he simply had an extensive knowledge of ships and sailing. The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility (originally called Futility) is an 1898 novella written by Morgan Robertson. The story features the fictional ocean liner Titan, which sinks in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg. Titan and its sinking have been noted to be very similar to the real-life passenger ship RMS Titanic, which sank fourteen years later. Following the sinking of the Titanic, the novel was reissued with some changes, particularly in the ship's gross tonnage.

Although the novel was written before the RMS Titanic was even conceptualized, there are some uncanny similarities between both the fictional and real-life versions. Like the Titanic, the fictional ship sank in April in the North Atlantic, and there were not enough lifeboats for all the passengers. There are also similarities between the size (800 ft (244 m) long for Titan versus 882 ft 9 in (269 m) long for the Titanic[3]), speed (25 knots for Titan, 22.5 knots for Titanic[4]) and life-saving equipment. Similarities between the Titanic and the fictional Titan include:

  • Similar names of the ships
  • Both were described as the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men
    • The Titan was 800 feet long, displacing 75,000 tons (up from 45,000 in the 1898 edition).
    • The Titanic was 882 feet long, displacing 46,000 tons.
  • Described as "unsinkable"
  • Had triple screw (propeller)
  • Shortage of lifeboats
    • The Titan carried "as few as the law allowed", 24 lifeboats, which could carry "less than half" of her total complement of 3,000.
    • The Titanic carried only 16 lifeboats (plus 4 Engelhardt folding lifeboats).
  • Struck an iceberg
    • The Titan, moving at 25 knots, struck an iceberg on the starboard side on a night of April, in the North Atlantic, 400 nautical miles (740 km; 460 mi) from Newfoundland (Terranova).
    • The Titanic, moving at 22½ knots,[6] struck an iceberg on the starboard side on the night of April 14, 1912, in the North Atlantic, 400 nautical miles (740 km; 460 mi) from Newfoundland (Terranova).
  • Sinking
    • The Titan sank, and the majority of her 2,500 passengers and crew died; only 13 survived.
    • The Titanic sank, and 1,523 of her 2,200 passengers and crew died; 705 survived.
    • The Titan and Titanic both sank on a night in the month of April.

After the Titanic's sinking, some people credited Robertson with clairvoyance. Robertson denied this, claiming the similarities were explained by his extensive knowledge of shipbuilding and maritime trends.

New information reveals the possible reason why the ocean liner sunk in the Atlantic Ocean trying to connect Southampton to New York in 1912. A major blaze started in a coal bunker, near the hull of the White Star Line transatlantic liner, at the time the largest liner ever built, just as it was completed and ready to leave the Northern Ireland capital. It burned unchecked for nearly three weeks. When the incredible heat on one side of the hull was exposed to ice cold water on the other side, the rivets just popped out!  It is possible that the Titanic NEVER STRUCK and iceberg! Instead after the hull gave way, and the ship was doomed to sink, the captain and ship top brass came up with the iceberg story, an idea that they got from the book: The Wreck of the Titan.  Maybe the book didn't predict the disaster after all, maybe the disaster used the book to make up a story for the insurance claim!   


Prostate hope for millions of over-50s: Radical five-minute 'steaming' treatment

A radical new steam treatment could offer hope to millions of middle-aged men who suffer with an enlarged prostate.The five-minute procedure to shrink the gland cuts the need for surgery and comes with minimal side effects.

Health watchdogs are expected to give it the green light for routine NHS use tomorrow.Two million men in Britain have been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate – but it is thought to affect as many as half of all men over the age of 50, and 60 per cent of those over 60.

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The five-minute procedure to shrink the gland cuts the need for surgery and comes with minimal side effects. Pictured: How the treatment works

An enlarged prostate is not linked to cancer and does not increase the risk of getting prostate cancer – yet the symptoms can be similar, so most men with the problem are tested to make sure their prostate is not cancerous.

It is caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia, in which an overgrown prostate presses into the bladder and blocks the urethra, the vessel through which it empties.   Read More and watch video

Asian Tick Invading America Is a Mystery to Lyme Experts

image from img.thedailybeast.comThere’s a new tick crawling around the Eastern half of the United States: the long-horned tick, an invasive species from Eastern Asia that’s been spotted increasingly in urban areas like Staten Island in New York, along with New Jersey, Virginia, and all the way down to Arkansas.

This new tick, however, is a mystery. Its cousins, most notably the black-legged tick, currently inhabit most of the eastern half of the United States; a western variant covers much of California. These two species are linked with Lyme disease, a debilitating illness that can cause arthritis, irregular heartbeat, and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord—among a litany of other issues

This new long-horned tick, however, has not been shown to carry Lyme disease—yet.

The long-horned and black-legged ticks look quite similar to the naked eye. Males of both species are entirely one color; females of both species sport the same dark circle near their head. The long-horned tick has a slightly redder tint.  

“Oh boy. This is big.”
— Andrea Egizi, entomologist, Rutgers University.....READ MORE

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DRONE BOMBS! Predicted by The Plain Truth Years ago!


Here is what The Plain Truth Predicted:

Again Remember my prediction made here back in 2013... We will see assassination by drone!


Live by the drone, Die by the drone

By Bob Barney

Everyone is familiar of the passage in the Bible. Jesus told Peter to put away his sword, when Jesus was being arrested, and Peter drew his sword to protect him from arrest. He swiped off the ear of one of the guards. Jesus shouted, “Put away your sword, for those who live by the sword, will die by the sword.” This verse has been often misused by anti-gun groups to demonstrate that Jesus would be against gun ownership. Actually nothing could be further from the truth. They have never read in another passage where Jesus tells his disciples to arm themselves, after he goes away!

Exposed: The Naked Truth About Robert Mueller

Authored by Rep Louis Gohmert via Director Blue blog,

Robert Mueller has a long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people. His many actions are a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence. He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone.

I do not make these statements lightly. Each time I prepared to question Mueller during Congressional hearings, the more concerned I became about his ethics and behavior. As I went back to begin compiling all of that information in order to recount personal interactions with Mueller, the more clearly the big picture began to come into focus.

At one point I had to make the decision to stop adding to this compilation or it would turn into a far too lengthy project. My goal was to share some firsthand experiences with Mueller -- as other Republican Members of Congress had requested -- adding, “You seem to know so much about him.”

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Levin: Brennan ‘Voted for a Stalinist,’ — ‘How Did This Man Ever Get a Security Clearance?’

Wednesday, conservative talker Mark Levin appeared on “Hannity” to share his reaction to President Donald Trump revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and the response by the media.

“[W]e have never had a former Communist who, literally, we now know spread Russian lies to disinform, propagandize the American people to impact a presidential election,” host Sean Hannity said. “These are unprecedented times.”

Levin noted that Brennan voted for a Communist presidential candidate (Gus Hall), who he said was a “Stalinist who was funded by the Soviets.”

He asked, “How did this man ever get a security clearance?”

Levin continued his defense of Trump’s decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance, saying it is “nonsense” for a president to be criticized for revoking the clearance from a member of a previous presidency.

“The fact that Obama appointed these people and gave them security clearances is not the obligation of this president to let them retain their security clearances,” he stated. “There is no Constitutional issue.”


Satanic Temple Uses Goat-Headed Statue to Protest Ten Commandments Monument

Satanist Statue

The Satanic Temple temporarily placed a bronze, goat-headed statue of Baphomet in front of Arkansas’ state capitol building Thursday to protest a Ten Commandments monument placed there in 2017.

The group brought in the seven-and-a-half-foot tall monument on a flatbed truck Thursday and unveiled it at the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol, KTHV reported.

“I present to you Baphomet,” Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple, told a crowd of 150 Satanists, atheists, and Christians gathered near the Arkansas State Capitol for the group’s “First Amendment” rally, according to a video from the protest.   READ MORE

Is bad news part of the good news? PART 1

By Joe Kovacs


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We've all seen horrific events making headlines across America and the world this summer.

Deadly wildfires rage through California, the American West, and even Athens, Greece.

A duckboat goes down in a sudden storm in Missouri, killing 17 people, nine of whom were members of a single family.

A Wisconsin man gets licked by his own dog, and ends up needing his hands and legs amputated from a subsequent bacterial infection.

These are just a few of the stories that have received widespread coverage, and they can make anyone's heart feel tremendous sadness and empathy for the victims, even from a long distance away. Unfortunately, disasters happen every day, and they often compete with politics to dominate the daily news cycle.

They can also prompt people to ask questions such as: "Why do tragedies strike?" or "Why would a loving God allow such pain, misery and death?"

These are excellent questions, and while our hearts go out to anyone who is suffering as a result of some personal or national disaster, the answer from the Bible may surprise you.

Why a surprise? Because many people are under the mistaken impression that God is all about "love, love, love" and would never cause any harm to any single person or any group of people. After all, "God is love," says the apostle John twice. (1 John 4:8,16)

And, yes, there are countless verses in the Bible to demonstrate the magnitude of God's love for people, especially those who are obedient to Him. Here are just two of them:

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him" (Psalm 103:11 NIV)

"But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands." (Deuteronomy 5:10 NLT)

So God is someone who does love and care for His creation. But the Bible is a very big book (or a collection of books), and it has a lot more to say than just God is love.

God is a God of what many would call "bad news."

He is a God of instruction, judgment and punishment, and is seen countless times in the pages of Holy Scripture bringing all sorts of mayhem on people. Sometimes it's bad news on a personal level, and sometimes it's bad news on a national level. There was even a very famous time when He brought about a catastrophic punishment on every living thing on land, with the exception of eight people in the days of Noah.

"And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark." (Genesis 7:23 KJV)

And what was the reason behind God's near extermination of the human race? Scripture breaks out the W-word, wickedness, to describe the situation.

"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5 KJV)

A verse like this sheds quite a bit of light on how God operates.

It shows that our Creator has the ability to read our thoughts at all times. He sees clearly into our own minds as if He's in there, monitoring our thoughts on a continuous basis. He knows when our thoughts are in line with His teachings, and he knows when they're opposed to His laws. That's when He uses words like wickedness, evil, iniquity, rebellion, etc., to describe our refusal to follow the way that leads to eternal life.

In both the Old Testament and the New, God instructs us over and over again to keep His commands. Remember, commands are not suggestions. They're mandates.

"So obey the commands of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and fearing him." (Deuteronomy 8:6 NLT)

"If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17 CSB)

"Take to heart all the words of warning I have given you today. Pass them on as a command to your children so they will obey every word of these instructions. These instructions are not empty words -- they are your life! (Deuteronomy 32:47 NLT)

God has not given us His instructions just so we can ignore them. People need to remember the end game, what God is actually doing with us during our time of temporary existence. He is training us to become like Him, to be members of His own family, the literal children of God.

"For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26 NLT)

We need to remember the higher purpose our our existence. God did not create us just to enjoy a few years of our hearts beating and our lungs breathing in fresh air. We're learning to become members of the divine family, the children of God.

Now, back to disasters. We all need to realize the Bible is not just about "good news" (which is what the word "gospel" literally means). It's about bad news as well.

Scripture says countless times in a variety of ways that God does make bad things such as disasters happen:

Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? (Lamentations 3:38 NIV)

When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it? (Amos 3:6 NIV)

If you abandon the LORD and worship foreign gods, He will turn against you, harm you, and completely destroy you, after He has been good to you. (Joshua 24:20 HCSB)

Jesus Himself was asked about two specific calamities, and why they occurred.

At that time, some people came and reported to him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And he responded to them, "Do you think that these Galileans were more sinful than all the other Galileans because they suffered these things? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well."

"Or those eighteen that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed ​-- ​do you think they were more sinful than all the other people who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well." (Luke 13:1-5 CSB)

Jesus is basically telling His followers that they're asking the wrong question. Bad things do not exclusively happen to people who are exceedingly sinful. Bad things happen to everyone, and the ultimate bad thing -- eternal death -- will plague every single person who does not get with the divine program and obey God's instructions. It's that simple. Unless we repent, we will all perish for eternity.

Having said this, there are many people who love God with all their heart and are seeking life in the coming kingdom of God, and yet they have plenty of bad news and suffering in their own lives. Why does God allow this?  We'll take a look at that in the next installment, so stay tuned ...

Copyright 2018. All rights reserved.

Joe Kovacs is the author of the new book Shocked by the Bible 2, as well as his previous books Shocked by the Bible and The Divine Secret, all on sale in bookstores and Learn more at

Is bad news part of the good news? (Part 2)

By Joe Kovacs

image from www.studentnewsdaily.comWelcome back, friends!

In the previous message, I listed some catastrophic news events that would make anyone's heart ache for those who were the victims. From raging wildfires that completely destroy lives and homes, to losing many members of one's family in a boating tragedy, to having all limbs amputated after a man's own dog licked him.

Bad news happens, and it can happen to both good folks, and not-so-good folks. And as can be found in the Bible, God Himself is behind many instances of mayhem.

But questions often arise: "Why on Earth would God cause people to suffer?" "If God loves people, why doesn't God stop the suffering?"

If we fast-forward to the end of the Good Book, there will be a time in the future when there is no more pain and suffering. It will be when the kingdom of God is in charge and God is dwelling with His own people here on Earth.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4 CSB)

Obviously, that time has not arrived yet.

We still live in a fallen world where millions of people follow the drumbeat of the enemy of God, Satan the devil, whether or not they're aware of it. Sometimes people's own actions breaking God's laws cause their own pain and suffering, and sometimes God causes disasters to happen to people as attention-getters, to cause them to examine their own lives, in hopes that they'll repent of their wrongdoing and correct their character to get with the program of eternal life.

Remember, we're all on a track toward eternal death unless we stop our disobedience to God and start living by His instructions. As Jesus said twice, "Unless you repent, you will all perish as well." (Luke 13:1-5 CSB)

This brings up a very interesting question, because there are millions of people who have been living according to God's instructions and worship Him with all their heart, and yet they still experience serious pain, suffering and hardship throughout life. You may be one of them, and could be nodding your head in agreement as you read this.

The biblical fact of the matter is that yes, indeed, there is suffering and hardship in this life, even for those who are on God's team.

Perhaps the most famous example is a man named Job. An entire book of the Bible focuses on this righteous man who pleased God in everything he did. God even showed off Job to the devil because of the man's faith and obedience:

Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil." (Job 1:8 CSB)

Satan then convinced God to test Job severely, taking away his possessions, killing his sons and daughters, and even plaguing his personal health:

So Satan left the LORD's presence and infected Job with terrible boils from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself while he sat among the ashes. (Job 2:7-8 CSB)

Job's wife asked him if he were trying to maintain his integrity through his ordeal, and suggested that he curse God and die.

But Job replied, "You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?" So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. (Job 2:10 NLT)

The response from Job is profound to say the least. Because people, especially believers, often do not know precisely WHY they're going through any given hardship. Sometimes God does punish people as a corrective measure, to prompt them to repent of some disobedience, which may or may not be obvious.

But there are other times when God is testing people to see if they will be obedient to Him, no matter what is thrown at them. It's easy to be thankful to God when everything is going splendidly in life, but it's not as easy to be thankful to God when we're suffering.

Everyone should dwell for a moment on what Job asks: Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?

Again, bad news does happen in life, and often it is caused or allowed by our Maker. Sometimes we can figure out the reason and sometimes we can't, but we are still meant to praise and worship God because it is He who is in control of all things. Good and bad. Here's a direct quote from God that is rarely, if ever, mentioned:

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7 KJV)

It stuns many people to realize the Almighty outright declares He can and does create evil.

Not only can times of testing and hardship be meant for an individual, they can also be intended for an entire people. Recall how the whole nation of Israel, upon their departure from Egypt, spent four long decades in the wilderness before entering the Promised Land. God says He was TESTING their character:

Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. (Deuteronomy 8:2 NLT)

All throughout the Bible, believers are shown to be tested in a variety of ways, including famines, imprisonment, medical issues, physical beatings and even being nailed to wood in the case of the strongest Believer of all time. Yes, Jesus Himself had to undergo testing and suffering.

It surprises many who come to the faith that God does not promise a problem-free life here on Earth as we prepare for immortality.

In the New Testament, the theme of being tested is mentioned numerous times, with believers being told they should not be surprised by any trial or tribulation coming their way:

Dear friends, don't be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12 NASB)

Instead, be very glad -- for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
(1 Peter 4:13 NLT)

A man who endures trials is blessed, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12 HCSB)

In our current human form, it can seem counterintuitive to accept what the Bible plainly says when it comes to times of testing and suffering. Because pain hurts, whether it's physical, emotional or spiritual. But when we keep in mind the end result of suffering, it can make a difference in enduring whatever it is we're going through.

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (Romans 8:18 NLT)

We must keep in mind the end of the story, which involves our being raised from the dead and being given new, transformed bodies that will never die or ache again.

That is why Scripture tells us to be happy through the trouble:

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold -- though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT)

We all experience pain. We all suffer. We all know it can be horrible at times. But we can make it through with God's help.

It is imperative that we hold on to God's promise of an eternal existence free of pain and suffering. Remember what is on its way:

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4 CSB)

For those who wonder whatever happened to Job, he did not continue suffering without end. He received what could be called a double blessing:

When Job prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes. In fact, the LORD gave him twice as much as before! (Job 42:10 NLT)

So the LORD blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. (Job 42:12 NLT)

When we read and accept what God says throughout the entirety of Scripture, it's obvious that bad news is part of the good news. But the good news is so much better, and it leads to an eternal life free of any more pain. Hallelujah!

Copyright 2018. All rights reserved.
Joe Kovacs is the author of the new book Shocked by the Bible 2, as well as his previous books Shocked by the Bible and The Divine Secret, all on sale in bookstores and Learn more at

Trump Tariffs Created More than 11K American Jobs in Six Months

Solar Jobs
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President Trump’s protective tariffs on imported steel, aluminum, solar panels, and washing machines have created more than 11,000 American jobs over the course of six months, a new study reveals.

Analysis conducted by a Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) finds that Trump’s tariffs, thus far, have created about 11,100 American jobs throughout the country, a far cry from the job losses that were predicted by free trade economists and pundits.

“The national media is generally ignoring the job creation arising from the country’s new strategic trade posture. This information is important. These jobs will have substantial positive effects on local economies and the national US economy,” economist Jeff Ferry said in a statement. “They are in general well-paid manufacturing jobs in high-productivity businesses. Those new jobs will contribute to the creation of thousands of service sector jobs and they will stimulate local economies.”

The CPA study found “notable increases” in domestic steel and aluminum jobs. In the steel industry, alone, nearly 5,000 manufacturing jobs have been created. In the aluminum industry, a little less than 3,000 manufacturing jobs have been created thanks to Trump’s tariffs.   READ MORE


 The news that the FBI fired Peter Strzok broke yesterday, and with that we can begin to see big-picture truth take shape about the bureau’s role in the Hillary Clinton investigation as well as the Russia investigation.

It does not look good for the leadership at the FBI. 2016 did not bring out the best in them.

Director James Comey was fired, as was Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and now Strzok, an FBI senior counterintelligence agent, has been terminated after being demoted earlier. He was a lead investigator on the probe into Clinton’s email server in 2016 before moving on to Mueller’s team.

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Far-Left March in Charlottesville Turns Anti-Police: ‘Cops and Klan Go Hand in Hand!’

You won't see this on TV!  It doesn't fit the anti-Trump agenda

A march attended by Antifa to commemorate the anniversary of last summer’s Charlottesville rally devolved into an anti-police protest on Saturday night.

image from media.breitbart.comShortly before a pre-planned evening rally to mark the anniversary of a campus confrontation between torch-carrying white nationalists and counterprotesters, activists unfurled a banner that read, “Last year they came w/ torches. This year they come w/ badges.”

“Why are you in riot gear? We don’t see no riot here,” Antifa members chanted Saturday evening.

Footage of the march is circulating on social media.  MORE

Viagra could be a new miracle cure for BLINDNESS, scientists claim

Tests show the anti-impotence drug may stop age-related macular degeneration.  This follows a two-year trial led by scientists at Columbia University in New York. (Stock photo)

It sounds difficult to believe, but Viagra could restore sight to the blind.   Tests show the anti-impotence drug may stop further loss of vision for patients being robbed of their sight – and could even repair damage that’s already been done.   A two-year trial led by scientists at Columbia University in New York suggests the little blue pills could stop age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, in its tracks.

These blood vessels leak fluid, causing scar tissue to form and destroying vision in the centre of the eye – making it difficult to recognise faces, read or watch television.

Recent research has found the condition is partly caused by reduced blood flow to the choroid, a vital layer of tissue that sits in front of the retina – and some small earlier studies had suggested Viagra can improve blood flow to this tissue.    MORE



The code breakers who 'exposed DB Cooper'

Thomas J and Dawna Colbert believe their team of sleuths have deciphered six letters written by notorious hijacker DB Cooper (seen in a police mock-up) to reveal his true identity as ex-military pilot Robert Rackstraw

A team of cold case sleuths who believe they know the real identity of the mysterious plane hijacker DB Cooper have revealed how they broke a series of codes hidden in six letters to come up with the answer.

Thomas J and Dawna Colbert, from Los Angeles, successfully sued the FBI in 2016 to have the documents released under public information laws, and since then have poured over them to uncover their secrets.

Helped by the code breaking expertise of a Vietnam veteran, they announced in February all the evidence pointed to ex-military pilot Robert Rackstraw. But only now have they revealed the methods used to come to that conclusion.

Once his demand of $200,000 cash - the equivalent of $1.2 million today - was reached and transferred onto the plane, he had the crew take off before he parachuted over the dense Pacific Northwest woods and disappeared.

Thomas Colbert, a TV researcher and writer, took up the hunt to find Cooper's true identity in 2011 by assembling a team headed by ex-FBI agents. Several difficult years chasing leads followed until the six letters came into the team's possession in 2016.

The Colberts, from Los Angeles, (pictured in February this year) successfully sued the FBI in 2016 to have the documents released under public information laws

Exton Study Bible The Four Gospels

Matthew – Mark – Luke – John

By Michael H. Exton    Guest Plain Truth Commentator 

Copyright © 2018 Michael H. Exton All Rights Reserved


Matthew  Chapter Outline

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ (Joseph’s Ancestry)The Virgin Birth of Jesus

Matthew 2

Wise Men from the East Visit Jesus

Were there 3 wise men? The Bible does not specify how many wise men there were, but because they gave Jesus 3 gifts, it is therefore assumed there were 3 wise men.
By the Time the Wise Men Arrive,

Jesus Is No Longer a Baby, But a “Child”

Joseph & Mary take Jesus and Escape to Egypt
Herod Kills All the Boys 2 Years Old & Younger In & Near Bethlehem (Jesus may have been as old as 2 years old)Years Later, Joseph, Mary, & Jesus Leave Egypt
& Move to Nazareth in Galilee

Matthew 3

John the Baptist Prepares the Way & Tells the People: “Repent of Your Sins & Turn to God” [Please note: John baptized onlyADULTS (not babies) since they had to “repent” of their sins]John Baptizes Repentant Sinners IN the Jordan River [they were ALL adults—there were no babies!]

Jesus is Baptized by John [Jesus is about 30 Years Old]


Matthew 4

The Devil Tries to Tempt Christ to Sin

Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry

Four Fishermen Called as Disciples – Peter & Andrew (brothers), James & John (brothers)
Jesus Preaches the Gospel of the Kingdom & Heals

Matthew 5

The Sermon on the Mount (the Beatitudes)
God’s People Will Inherit the Earth
God’s People Are the Salt & Light of the World
Jesus Says He Didn’t Come to Do Away With (or Set Aside) the Law & That It Would Last Until the Earth Disappears

We Are Not to Set Aside Any of God’s Commandments
Whoever Keeps All of God’s Commands & Teaches Others to do Them — Shall be Great!
When We Hate (or Are Angry with Someone), We Are Committing Murder in Our Heart
Don’t Call Others an Insulting Name
When We Lust After a Married Woman, We Are Committing Adultery in Our Heart
We Must Do Everything We Possibly Can to Make Sure We Don’t Sin [in other words, we are to take sin extremely serious!]Whoever Divorces His Wife for Any Reason (Other Than Sexual Immorality)
Causes Her to Commit Adultery!
And If You Marry a Divorced Woman, Then You Are Committing Adultery!
We Are NOT to Swear — Instead, We Are to Say Either Just “Yes” or “No” (In other words, we are NOT to say: “I swear to...” or “I swear on...”, etc.)
We Are to Go the Second Mile
We Are to Love Our Enemies
We Are to be Perfect (as Our Heavenly Father is)
[This is the 1st time that God is referred to as our Father]


Matthew 6

When You Give to the Poor, Don’t Let Others Know About It (keep it to yourself)
Pray Privately to God (in your room with the door closed)The Model Pray (don’t ramble on & repeat yourself)

Unless We Forgive Others, God Won’t Forgive Us

When Fasting, Wash Your Face & Comb Your Hair

Don’t Store Physical Treasures — Instead Store Up Spiritual Treasures in Heaven (by doing good)
Our Eye is the Lamp of Our Body
We Can NOT Serve 2 Masters: Both God & $$$

Don’t Worry About Food, Clothes, Tomorrow...

First & Foremost We Must Be Concerned About Pleasing God & Entering His Kingdom


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Diabetes drug could be used to treat Alzheimer’s

English: Histopathogic image of senile plaques.... (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A drug originally designed to treat diabetes “significantly reversed memory loss” in mice, and has potential for treating Alzheimer’s disease in people, according to British scientists. 

Mice given the drug showed memory improvement and reduced plaque buildup in the brain, a telltale sign of Alzheimer’s. The mice also showed improvement in terms of inflammation and cellular health of the brain.

Findings suggest that the drug “holds clear promise of being developed into a new treatment for chronic neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease,” said senior author Christian Hölscher of Lancaster University in the UK.   MORE