The contract, announced by aerospace firm Hermeus on Thursday, will fund the development of a small passenger jet that could replace the Gulfstream-based planes currently in the presidential fleet. Though the current aircraft under consideration would be too small to replace Air Force One, it could conceivably someday be used to transport Cabinet members, Congressional delegations, and other officials whose transport is overseen by the Special Air Mission. The Air Force investment, awarded through AFWERX, is worth $1.5 million and will be used to evaluate potential hypersonic military transports for an aircraft seating nine to 19 people, according to Aviation Week Defense Editor Steve Trimble .
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Disputes from mail-in ballots could make naming winner impossible by Jan. 20- Would Make Nancy Pelsoi President!
Game-changing video of Kenosha shooting turns tables on accusers, has NYT admitting there was another gunman
Two hundred and forty-four years ago this week, “Gentleman of Honour, Family, and Fortune” made a Thermopylae-like stand that saved Washington’s army during the Battle of Brooklyn. Their attack that earned them the nickname “The Bayonets of The Revolution” may have also saved the month-old United States.
In August 1776, America had just declared its independence one month prior. After successfully driving the British out of Boston, General George Washington had marched his army to New York, hoping to prevent the British from capturing the city. During the invasion of New York, British General William Howe landed more than 20,000 troops on Long Island. He sent a third of his Redcoats and Hessians to attack the American defenses head-on, engaging them while 10,000 men looped around and attacked the Patriots from behind in what would become known as the Battle of Brooklyn.
President Donald Trump’s approval with black voters rose nine points during the Republican National Convention, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll conducted August 22-25.
The poll asked one question: “Do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as President of the United States?”
The Hill reported:
Twenty-four percent of registered black voters in the Aug. 22-25 survey, which included the first two days of the convention, said they approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 76 percent said they disapprove.
That is up 9 points from the previous survey conducted Aug. 8-11, where the President received 15 percent support among this group.
The survey found support among Hispanic voters also grew by 2 percentage points, from 30 percent in the last poll to 32 percent in this most recent survey.
The poll conducted an online survey of 2,861 registered voters. Among Republicans, 82 percent approve of Trump while 18 percent disapprove.
A Zogby poll of 901 “likely voters” published on Wednesday reported Trump’s approval at 52 percent, with a 47 percent disapproval rating. More narrowly, the president had a 36 percent approval rating with blacks, a 37 percent approval rating with Hispanics, and a 35 percent approval rating with Asians.
Ten percent of black and Hispanic voters changed their support from former Vice President Joe Biden to Trump over a two-month period, according to a CNN poll published on August 16.
The Bible describes why God unleashed his wrath on the ancient cities Sodom and Gomorrah, but archaeologists have explained, in a 2018 study, how they think it happened, which may offer unique, relevant insight into the ways of the Creator.
Abraham tried to intercede on their behalf, pleading for God to spare them even if there were only 10 good people left in Sodom. God agreed, and sent two angels to meet Abraham's nephew Lot there.
Lot took the angels into his home, where the wicked men in Sodom came after them, wanting to "know" the angels (largely understood as wanting to have sexual relations with them), proving their sinfulness and justifying God to go ahead with the destruction, but not before warning Lot to flee the city with his wife and daughters.
"Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt."
The Daily Stew? Everyday Meals in Ancient Israel
By Cynthia Shafer-Elliott
What did the ancient Israelites eat and how did they cook? Unfortunately, the Hebrew Bible doesn’t contain as much information on daily cooking and meals as one would like. The limited amount of information on food in the Hebrew Bible relates to the kosher dietary laws (Lev. 11), the sacrificial system (Lev. 1-7; Num.), or elite feasting or meals.
For example, 1 Kings 4:22-23 lists the daily provisions for King Solomon’s table: thirty cors of choice flour, sixty corsof meal, ten fat oxen, twenty pasture-fed cattle, one hundred sheep, deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fatted fowl. These are daily provisions for the king and do not reflect what the average ancient Israelite man, woman, or child ate.
Meals in Biblical and Ancient Israel
Textual resources are an important source of information on any ancient society but their original purpose was to provide accounts of monumental people and events such as military conquests and the reigns of kings. Even the Hebrew Bible was written and edited by the literate elite and not the average Israelite man or woman, and as such it infrequently reflects the daily lives of the average person. It should come as no surprise that the Hebrew Bible isn’t especially concerned with what the average Israelite cooked and ate.
We must therefore turn to other sources to understand the daily preparation and consumption of food in Iron Age Israel, especially archaeology. Archaeological evidence related to cooking includes features like ovens and grinding installations, artifacts such as cooking pots and bowls, and plant and animal remains. Another essential resource is ethnoarchaeology, which observes traditional societies and how they prepare items related to food. Ethnoarchaeology provides insights into food preparation techniques and technologies used by ancient predecessors. A final resource is non-biblical texts that mention food and food preparation, including ancient Near Eastern recipes.
One particular dish is rarely included in discussions of ancient Israelite food and cooking. At the end of the day, the average Israelite meal consisted of a stew. Meat was not consumed on a regular basis by the average Israelite, so most stews were made from legumes and vegetables. This can be seen in the use of the Hebrew word nazid, which is used to describe stews (or pottage) of vegetables and/or legumes (Gen. 25:29, 34; 2 Kgs. 4:38–40; Hag. 2:12).
The Hebrew Bible seldom mentions vegetables (1 Kings 21:2), but many vegetables are native to the area and have been cultivated for millennia, including carrots, cucumbers, onions, garlic, and field greens. Legumes found in Israel include lentils, peas, chickpeas, broad beans, and bitter vetch. Legumes are a good source of vegetable protein, which was imperative in a society that ate little meat. Mesopotamian texts also exhibit the preference for stews in the ancient Near East. One Assyrian source mentions at least 100 different soups or stews. Babylonian recipes for stews are made from ingredients such as vegetables, legumes, and both fresh and not-so-fresh meats.
Stews were prepared in cooking pots placed in or on top of an oven, on or next to a hearth, or suspended over an open fire and could have been prepared in any type of cooking pots, depending on the size of the ingredients and the amount to be prepared.
The cooking vessel evolved throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages and looked more like a bowl with a profiled rim and rounded base. With its open mouth, wide shape, and heat resistant ceramic ware the pot was used for several types of cooking, including steaming, frying, simmering, and boiling. The smallest cooking vessel was more of a jug than a pot and appeared with the arrival of the Philistines. The jug had a more closed mouth and one or two loop handles. The jug’s thin walls were useful for slow, low-heat cooking of liquid dishes and its flat base allowed it to rest directly on or near the heat source. An Iron Age hybrid version combined the rounded body and open mouth of the Bronze-Age pot with the handles and shape of the Philistine jug.
Excavated ovens uncovered are usually incomplete but ethnoarchaeological studies show that they resemble the modern tannur type used throughout the Middle East. A tannur is a conical or beehive-shaped clay oven that stands about one meter high. It has a large opening at its top that allows access to the inside. The opening is often covered with a lid to retain heat and as a cooking surface. Many modern examples include an opening at the bottom as a flue. Dough is slapped onto the interior walls to bake, while cooking pots could be placed inside, over the top opening, or on the lid. The term tannur is found in the Hebrew Bible 15 times, seven of which refer to an oven used to bake bread (Exod. 8:3; Lev. 2:4, 7:9, 11:35, 26:26; Hos. 7:4, 6–7).
Excavations of Iron Age houses find the remains of ovens both inside and outside the house. Indoor ovens are often found in the main living area where multiple household chores were performed, usually near an entryway. Outside ovens are located in adjacent courtyards. Having both indoor and outdoor ovens suggests that food (as well as other chores) were prepared inside the house during the rainy winter months and outside during the hot summer months. The central location of ovens also permitted other household tasks to be conducted while preparing food and for the sharing of ovens and fuel (Lev. 26:26).
The President's new HYPERSONIC jet: Air Force awards $1.5 million contract to develop Mach 5 - 4,000mph - plane for presidential fleet
A Biblical village where Jesus is said to have performed some of his most famous miracles really existed, and today lies in ruins only a mile from the Sea of Galilee, archaeologists believe.
In the Bible, Bethsaida was home to disciples Peter, Andrew and Philip, and was where Jesus purportedly fed the 5,000, walked on water and helped a blind man to see.
Archaeologists have been working for 32 years to find the lost city, which was eventually cursed to destruction by Jesus because residents failed to repent in spite of his miracles.
Now professor Rami Arav of the University of Nebraska says he is in no doubt that Et-Tell, in the Golan Heights near the Jordan River estuary, is the location of the biblical village.
A Stanford epidemiologist declared back in March it was a mistake to implement mass, long-term lockdowns against COVID-19, warning of unintended social harms.
Now, Dr. John Ioannidis says it provides him no satisfaction to see that borne out.
In an article in March for STAT, he wrote "we don’t know how long social distancing measures and lockdowns can be maintained without major consequences to the economy, society, and mental health."
"Unpredictable evolutions may ensue, including financial crisis, unrest, civil strife, war, and a meltdown of the social fabric."
Over the weekend, in an interview with the Greek Reporter, he noted unemployment numbers matched only by the Great Depression, business closures from small to large, drug abuse and suicide spikes, and social unrest.
If you watched last week’s virtual Democratic convention, you heard about an America with which you might not be familiar.
Speaker after speaker portrayed America as a failing nation full of misery, poverty and angst that only they can make better.
On his radio program last week, Rush Limbaugh reminded listeners what the fight for the future of America is about. He played an excerpt from Donald Trump’s inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2017:
When he was vice president, Biden and President Obama had a chance to get out in front of the pandemic, which they now blame on Trump. Instead, they did nothing to replenish the stockpile of masks and other needed protective equipment.
As a USA Today story put it: “… according to NIH, the stockpile’s resources were also used during hurricanes Alex, Irene, Isaac and Sandy. Flooding in 2010 in North Dakota also called for stockpile funds to be deployed. The 2014 outbreaks of the Ebola virus and botulism, as well as the 2016 outbreak of the Zika virus, continued to significantly tax the stockpile with no serious effort from the Obama administration to replenish the fund.”
"This is hypocrisy at its worst," said Kelly Shackelford, the chief counsel for First Liberty Institute. "It is outrageous that the U.S. Postal Service would end a steady source of revenue that raised millions of dollars just because someone might choose a religious image on a stamp."
First Liberty, representing a woman who wanted to create a Nativity-themed stamp, sued to strike the restriction in U.S. District Court in Texas. The complaint argued the U.S. Supreme Court has held such categorical exclusion of religious content as viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.
Ahmad Hashem made the provocative statement on the website Saudi Opinions, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.
MEMRI explained: "Since this writing system is a human invention, argues Hashem, there is no reason to sanctify it, as many Muslims do. In fact, he says, it is time to correct some 2,500 errors of spelling and grammar that were made by the scribes in that period and remain part of the Quranic text to this day."
Hashem said the objective is to make the Quran "more readable."
One of the criticisms came from Kuwaiti academic Ahmad Al-Dhaidi, wrote on Twitter: "The Elaph website, directed by Saudi journalist 'Othman Al-'Omeir, calls to rewrite the Quran in order to fix the great mistakes of the 'Uthmani script! Has their contempt reached the point of harming Allah's book?"
Hedonism amid the pandemic: How Jamaica's famous 'clothing optional' resort, where guests are free to bare it all and engage in steamy sex romps in its nude pools, is adapting to the new era of coronavirus restrictions and social distancing
The Hedonism II Resort in Negril, Jamaica reopened last month under new coronavirus health restrictions. Prior to the outbreak, the hotel, touted as an 'adult playground', was known for offering 'the sexiest hedo experience' where guests are encouraged to ditch their clothes and let loose under the Caribbean sun. The resort has become a swingers' paradise since its rebranding in 1981, attracting travelers from all over the world who identify as 'consensually nonmonogamous', to meet others with similar lifestyles. But as Jamaica reopened its borders last month, resort owners were faced with the challenge of having to adapt to the new era of social distancing, while still keeping in line with Hedonism's 'be wicked' mantra. The ongoing pandemic means that some of the resort's most popular activities and attractions that involve close contact - and intimacy - such as its sexy foam parties
(left) and 'car washes', have been scrapped. All guests are now required to have their temperatures taken upon arrival and must keep six feet apart in all common areas, including the lobby, restaurants, bars, and pools.
Joe Biden told a reporter this week he would not hesitate to shut down the entire country upon advice from scientists to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Sitting alongside his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Biden told ABC News anchor David Muir on Friday he would be willing to authorize a nationwide lockdown.
Muir asked Biden whether, if he is inaugurated in January and faced with a dual crisis of influenza and the coronavirus, he would “be prepared to shut this country down again.”
CDC Grossly Overcounting Active China Coronavirus Cases Causing States to Keep Their Economies Closed Indefinitely In fact every 1 positive case is counted as 16!
On May 21, 2020, the Atlantic reported that the CDC was over counting the number of cases of individuals with the China coronavirus:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests, distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic. We’ve learned that the CDC is making, at best, a debilitating mistake: combining test results that diagnose current coronavirus infections with test results that measure whether someone has ever had the virus. The upshot is that the government’s disease-fighting agency is overstating the country’s ability to test people who are sick with COVID-19. The agency confirmed to The Atlantic on Wednesday that it is mixing the results of viral and antibody tests, even though the two tests reveal different information and are used for different reasons.
This is not merely a technical error. States have set quantitative guidelines for reopening their economies based on these flawed data points.
Several states—including Pennsylvania, the site of one of the country’s largest outbreaks, as well as Texas, Georgia, and Vermont—are blending the data in the same way. Virginia likewise mixed viral and antibody test results until last week, but it reversed course and the governor apologized for the practice after it was covered by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Atlantic. Maine similarly separated its data on Wednesday; Vermont authorities claimed they didn’t even know they were doing this.
BY INCLUDING BOTH ACTIVE CASES WITH CASES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD THE CHINA CORONAVIRUS IN THE PAST, THE CDC IS GROSSLY OVERSTATING THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CASES IN THE US. UNFORTUNATELY, STATES LIKE TEXAS AND FLORIDA HAVE RESET THEIR ECONOMIC REOPENING TIME TABLES BASED ON THIS BOGUS DATA.
Apparently the CDC is still co-mingling these results. Forbes reported last week:
A report released Thursday from the Government Accountability Office levied criticism at the CDC for combining active cases of the coronavirus and positive antibody tests, which may give a misleading view of nationwide testing and spread.
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(STUDY FINDS) -- SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and can break easily as we age. A new study finds the answer to avoiding brittle bones may be more love. Researchers at São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil suggest that oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone” known for its role in affection and bonding, can reverse age-related changes that lead to people developing osteoporosis.
Throughout our lives, our bones are constantly remodeling. When we’re younger, the body is able to maintain a healthy balance between removing old bone and forming new ones. As we get older however, our bodies become less efficient at maintaining this balance. This is what can lead to losses in bone mass and density eventually bringing on this condition.
Jason Reed is digital director of the British Conservation Alliance, deputy editor of opinion site 1828, and a Young Voices contributor. He writes for the Times of London, the Independent, the Telegraph, and several other outlets. Follow him on Twitter: @JasonReed624.
[Editor's note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Energy.]
Assembly of the world’s largest nuclear fusion project is underway. At a facility in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, southern France, the U.S. and six other countries have launched what has been described as “the most complicated piece of engineering anybody has ever attempted.” Called the Iter Project, it is set to replicate the reactions that power the sun. If it works, it’ll prove that nuclear fusion power can be generated on a commercial scale—paving the way for unlimited clean energy production.
This monumental step forward in the development of nuclear technology comes as the government lifts its ban on financing global nuclear projects. Until very recently, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) explicitly prohibited investing in the production of radioactive materials, including in nuclear reactors.
'Would you mind giving it a crack?' Bill Clinton leans back and smiles while receiving neck massage from Epstein victim, 22, in never-before-seen photos during trip on pedophile's plane to Africa in 2002
Bill Clinton is seen grinning with pleasure as he enjoys an intimate neck massage with a young Jeffrey Epstein victim in never-before-seen photographs obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com. The troubling pictures are an ill-timed reminder of Clinton's links to Epstein especially after the former President, 72, endorsed Joe Biden tonight at the Democratic Convention. Clinton traveled numerous times on the dead pedophile's private Jet, the Lolita Express, socialized with his alleged Madame, Ghislaine Maxwell, and faced a slew sexual misconduct accusations himself during his years in public life. In the photos, Clinton sits comfortably and laughs as Chauntae Davies, then a 22-year-old massage therapist who acted as Epstein's personal masseuse, rubs her hands into his shoulders to get out the kinks in his neck.
By Mike Exton
Jesus Christ told His disciples that if the world hated & persecuted Him (they did!) then it would hate and persecute His true followers (John 15:18 & 15:20). But WHY? WHY would the world hate genuine Christians? For the same reason of course that the world hated Jesus (since true Christians are to emulate their Savior). But why did the world hate Jesus? Let’s let Jesus answer that: “The world… hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7). So if we are following in Christ’s footsteps, we (just like Christ Himself) would be hated and persecuted for telling the world that its ways are evil.
Another Scripture that reminds us of our responsibility to speak out concerning the evil in this world can found in the book of Isaiah: “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1). Unfortunately, though, when we speak out against the wicked ways of this world, the world does not take kindly to it. As a result, they will often hate us. But take heart, the world hated Christ first! “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18).
Jesus also told His followers: “WOE TO YOU when all men speak WELL of you, for so did their fathers to the FALSE prophets” (Luke 6:26). But why did people speak highly of the false prophets and not God’s true prophets? Because the FALSE prophets would tell the people what they wanted to hear. They would tell them comforting words. They would tell them that their deeds were good and pleasing to God.
The soothing words that rolled off the tongues of the false prophets were in sharp contrast to the true prophets of God, who would continually plead with the people to REPENT of their evil ways. But unfortunately people don’t like being told that their deeds are wicked; that they need to change their ways. And as a result they will hate and even persecute those who do. And this is why the true prophets in the Old Testament were hated & persecuted, and why the apostles of Christ were also hated & persecuted. And that’s exactly why Jesus Christ was hated and persecuted, and why FAITHFUL followers of Jesus today (who are following in Christ’s footsteps) would also be hated and persecuted.
Jill Biden’s ex-husband has accused the potential first lady of having an affair with Joe Biden and says they lied about how they met in the 1970s, according to a bombshell new report.
Bill Stevenson on Monday accused the presumptive Democratic nominee of being a home-wrecker and says the feel-good story of how Joe and Jill met on a blind date is completely made up, the Daily Mail reported.
“I don’t want to hurt anyone,” said Stevenson, now 72, who is working on a book that includes the lurid claim. “But facts are facts and what happened, happened.”
Stevenson and his then-wife grew close to Biden in 1972 while working on his first campaign to represent Delaware in the US Senate.
That same year, tragedy struck when Biden’s first wife, Neilia, and infant daughter were killed in a car crash.
Stevenson said he first suspected an affair in 1974, when his wife passed on meeting an up-and-coming rock star who was set to play at his Delaware club.
“I know exactly when it was,” he told the Daily Mail. “Bruce Springsteen was going to play at The Stone Balloon and I had to go to Northern New Jersey to pay him in advance.
“’I asked Jill to go with me and she said no — she had things to do, she had to look after Joe’s kids, Beau and Hunter. It was kind of a big deal to go meet Springsteen,” he continued. “I had no idea she and Joe were that kind of friendly.
“Then one of her best friends told me she thought Joe and Jill were getting a little too close. I was surprised that she came to me.”
A couple months later, Stevenson got all the evidence he needed when he was told that his wife had been in a fender-bender in her car — while Biden was behind the wheel.
“I was at work and a guy came in and asked, ‘Do you own a brown Corvette?’” Stevenson recalled. “He said back in May it had crunched his bumper and they told him to get an estimate and he never heard back from them.
“I said, ‘Wait a minute. Who is they?’ And he said, ‘Funnily enough, Senator Biden was driving.’”
“I considered Joe a friend. I’m not surprised he fell in love with Jill. Everyone who meets Jill falls in love with her immediately. It’s hard not to,” Stevenson said.
The Bidens, who have been married since 1977, have publicly said they met on a blind date in 1975 — after Joe became a widower and Jill’s first marriage had broken up.
The damaging Daily Mail report comes just days before Biden is expected to be officially named the Democratic nominee Thursday.
(STUDY FINDS) -- NEW YORK — There’s no question the coronavirus pandemic is dominating the daily news headlines throughout 2020. Those nonstop updates on COVID-19 however, aren’t making anyone feel better about their life in quarantine. A new survey finds the majority of Americans feel no news is better than any news at all before bed. Six in 10 respondents say the coronavirus news cycle negatively impacts their mental health.
The OnePoll survey of 2,000 Americans also reveals 57 percent no longer watch the nightly news because it stresses them out. Researchers, commissioned by Mattress Advisor, find all this stress is affecting sleep habits across the country. Over half the poll believes pandemic-related stress is ruining their nightly sleep cycle.
When it comes to sleep, 78 percent agree good mental health plays a major role in how restful their night is. Despite this, over 40 percent say their current sleep schedule is the biggest stress point in their life. Work life problems, financial trouble, and issues with their sex lives are also causing Americans stress during the pandemic.