Germany’s political identity crisis

GERMANY - The next four years in Germany will be anything but boring. A tectonic shift is taking place in Germany that will either revitalize or paralyze its usually staid political culture.  The Social Democrats — whose astonishing self-destruction in recent weeks took the country by surprise — are fighting this battle early and under extreme public pressure. At its core, the SPD is wrestling with what kind of party it wants to be. 

Hey, Alexa, Siri, and Google — Are You Indoctrinating My Kids?

USA - Tech-savvy parents are using big tech’s new AI systems — Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant — as surrogate babysitters. But what happens when children start viewing these bias-ridden systems as authority figures? According to the research firm eMarketer, approximately 68 million consumers use AI assistants on their phones or voice-enabled smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple’s new HomePod. They are especially popular among parents, many of whom are setting up assistants in children’s rooms.

'Snowflake' children are mollycoddled

UK - A boarding school head teacher has warned that children are being "mollycoddled" and are not prepared to put in the effort required in the world of work. Douglas Robb, 47, sparked a backlash from former pupils after accusing the so-called Snowflake generation of having an "underlying sense of entitlement".

Germany seeks new spy satellites to get intel ‘independently from US’

GERMANY - Berlin has launched a new satellite program for its intelligence service (BND) in an attempt to escape US influence in spying matters, Die Zeit daily reports. The project has already proven to be costlier than planned. Germany plans to spend €400 million ($465 million) on two of the “latest-generation satellites” for its foreign intelligence service. The budget committee of the German parliament (Bundestag) already approved the financing of the costly project back in early November 2017. The ambitious project is apparently aimed at making Berlin less dependent on Washington, as the German security services are said to rely heavily on satellite data provided by their US partners.

 
“We will level Tel Aviv to the ground”

IRAN - Any attacks carried out against Iran will result in the destruction of Tel Aviv, Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, warned Israel on Monday. The comment reported by the semi-official Fars News Agency came in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the Munich Security Conference.

We Can Roll Back Iran's Aggression

GERMANY - Henry Kissinger said that Iran must choose between being a country or a cause. Well, the regime in Iran has chosen to be a cause. The commander of the Revolutionary Guard, Ali Jafari, said, we're on the path to the rule of Islam worldwide. That means right here too. This is, in my judgement, the greatest threat to our world. Not just to Israel, not just to our Arab neighbors, not just to Muslims far and wide, but to you as well. Because once armed with nuclear weapons, Iran's aggression will be unchecked and it will encompass the entire world. Look at what they are doing now, before they have nuclear weapons. Imagine what they will do later if G-d forbid they'll have them.

 
Scientists create human-sheep chimera

USA - A team of scientists has grown embryos inside a sheep that contain human stem cells, moving the sci-fi idea of developing human organs inside animals one step closer to reality, which has sparked ethical concerns.

Four regions in New Zealand still in state of Emergency

NEW ZEALAND - Cyclone Gita has left a trail of devastation after smashing New Zealand, damaging buildings, cutting the power supply for thousands and leaving four regions still in a state of emergency, it has been reported. Gita was downgraded on Tuesday from a tropical cyclone to a storm after it brought coastal waves of 22 feet. The storm split in two systems as it moved across the country after landfall - one on the western side of the South Island and the other to the east of the South Island. Emergency status has been lifted for the city of Christchurch. But Christchurch only received around half the amount of rain it was forecast, Mayor Lianne Dalziel said: "We were lucky this time.”

 
 'Christianity is Europe's last hope' 

HUNGARY - Hungary's Prime Minister has claimed that 'Christianity is Europe's last hope' after accusing politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris of causing the 'decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam'. During his annual state of the nation speech, Viktor Orban said his government will oppose efforts by the United Nations or the European Union to 'increase migration' around the world. 

Germany‘s Oldest Party Drops Below Right-Wing Upstart in Poll

GERMANY - Germany’s main center-left party, the Social Democrats, saw its rating fall below that of the right-wing Alternative for Germany for the first time in an opinion poll published Monday, piling fresh ignominy on the country’s disintegrating center-left.

 
Italy’s migrant crisis

ITALY - The charity Medicins Sans Frontieres has highlighted the fact about 10,000 migrants and refugees throughout Italy are living in what they describe as “inhumane” conditions. Mr Salvini – leader of Lega Nord – signalled his intention to take a tough stance by vowing to deport 500,000 migrants within five years if his party wins the election – including 100,000 in the first year. If polling is accurate, the centre-right coalition which includes Lega Nord, as well as former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, is on course to win a majority in the March 4 poll. Mr Salvini said: “The only antidote to racism is to control, regulate and limit immigration. There are millions of Italians in economic difficulty. Italians are not racist, but out-of-control immigration brings with it far from positive reactions. We want to prevent that.”

 
Seeing shouldn't always be believing

USA - All it takes is a single selfie. From that static image, an algorithm can quickly create a moving, lifelike avatar: a video not recorded, but fabricated from whole cloth by software. With more time, Pinscreen, the Los Angeles start-up behind the technology, believes its renderings will become so accurate they will defy reality.

Angela Merkel appears to anoint successor

GERMANY - In a move widely seen as anointing her chosen successor, Angela Merkel on Monday promoted one of her key lieutenants to a pivotal role as chairman of her Christian Democrat party (CDU). The appointment puts Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in pole position to take control of the party when Mrs Merkel eventually steps down or is forced from office. Popularly known as “mini-Merkel”, Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer has long been seen as the chancellor’s preferred successor. But Monday's move is the first sign that Mrs Merkel is now actively planning for the succession even as rival candidates begin to circle.

 
More Than 80 Percent Of American Adults Owe Somebody Else Money

USA - How long can our debt levels keep growing much, much faster than the overall economy?  We haven’t had a year of 3 percent growth for the US economy since the middle of the Bush administration, but we keep borrowing money as if there is no tomorrow. 

China's 'petro-yuan' sounds death knell for dollar's dominance

CHINA - One of the world’s top energy importers, China, is set to roll out a yuan-denominated oil contract as early as this year. Analysts call the plan, announced by Beijing in September, a huge move against the dollar's global dominance. The so-called petro-yuan is a “wake up call” for investors who haven’t paid attention to the Chinese plans, according to the head of Graticule Asset Management Asia Adam Levinson, as quoted by Bloomberg.

 
“Just what is an APOSTLE?”
Just what is an Apostle?

Today we find the Church of God in a “wilderness of religious confusion!”

The confusion is not merely around the Church – within the religions of the world outside – but WITHIN the very heart of The True Church itself!

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Listen to Me, You who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My Law: …I have put My words in your mouth, I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, “you are My people” (Isaiah 51:7,16)