Apple to start tracking your calls and emails in order to assign you a “trust score”

Apple has quietly updated their privacy policy with a new controversial ploy stating they will now collect user and behavior data from iPhone users to “identify and prevent fraud.”  But is this really what’s going on?

We live on a great planet, and there are a lot of incredible people here. At the same time, there are some serious concerns that are rising and need to be brought to light regarding the people that basically control our planet, this powerful conglomerate that sit atop the financial pyramid control everything, including politics. This group is often called the Deep State or cabal.

This is something that can be seen in many examples, one being the power that corporate America has on government, and how decisions are really made. It’s not the people deciding what happens, and what happens is hardly even ever disclosed to the public. If it is, it’s hardly done so in a truthful manner.

We’re living in an age of mass surveillance and data connection, one which the global elite claims is for our own protection in the “fight against terrorism,” a fight and a war that’s been based on lies and completely fabricated, as emphasized, shown and explained by many politicians, academicians and researchers around the world. It’s an important narrative to share, given the fact that it’s one mainstream media refuses to touch.

If the reasons for mass surveillance are not actually for our own safety, and truly for ‘national security’ reasons, then what is it for? Why are they doing it, and why are they doing it in such a secretive, sneaky, and powerful manner?

“At least 80% of fibre optic cables globally go via the US, this is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores. The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.” – William Binney, a former high ranking intelligence official with the National Security Agency (NSA). He is one of the highest placed intelligence officials to ever blow the whistle

Bribery is also used. Multiple politicians have explained how ‘men in dark suits,’ perhaps representatives of the Deep State that runs corporate America, impose their will on a global scale. When a president is elected into office, if they are elected and not “selected” as Roosevelt once said, then they are most likely confronted with every piece of dirt that the Deep State has on them.

There are many things to consider, but ultimately the agenda of those who control global politics remains intact no matter who is president. Those who become president are usually just puppets and ‘partners’ with this powerful group of international people.

All of this is important to mention whenever it comes to any type of surveillance or data collection activity. At lower levels of the spectrum, it’s also being used for profit, and our data, online habits, phone conversations and more are collected and sold to various corporations. There are even corporations teaming up with pharmaceutical companies to sell data related to your DNA. You can read more about that here.

We all know about data collection and Facebook, and other social media platforms…

Apple’s New Policy

The latest news comes from Apple, which just added to its privacy policy stating that users of its devices will now receive individual scores based on the number of phone calls they make and emails they send. As they state:

To help identify and prevent fraud, information about how you use your device, including the approximate number of phone calls or emails you send and receive, will be used to compute a device trust score when you attempt a purchase. The submissions are designed so Apple cannot learn the real values on your device. The scores are stored for a fixed time on our servers.

All we get from these corporations are justifications for taking such action, and we buy into it. At the end of the day, we have a choice, and we can choose to support these products, or opt out for some better options.

The explanation seems too vague. How does knowing how many phone calls or emails one sends combat fraud? Is this just a complete lie for something else that’s really going on? (NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Rhetorical question.)  The truth is, transparency in our world, especially our corporate world, has gone completely down the drain. Big corporations have become a political tool. Take a look at Facebook, which basically has become a tool of the intelligence agencies.  Now, it’s being used as a tool to censor information and shut down a narrative that doesn’t agree with the agencies.

Facebook also convinced users and businesses to bring all of their people and practices over to Facebook to create a community, only to see that community ripped out from under them as Facebook essentially said “You can’t reach your community anymore, pay us to reach them.” Yet Facebook profited billions from the data of these communities. Good old bait and switch.

The Takeaway

Are these corporations acting in a way that protects us? Or are we simply customers that represent billions in profit?  (NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Another rhetorical question.)  Why do we continue to support corporations and what they do if we have other options? While we don’t yet know what this new data collection will be used for, should we not learn something from the Facebook data scandals?

 

[From an article published by LewRockwell.com]

 

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How politics has poisoned the earth

Politics is usually best ignored. But there are times when, like a rusty gas tank at an abandoned garage, it seeps into the groundwater and poisons the earth.

One of those times, we believe, is at hand. Because, the Swamp has become so deep… so wide… and so toxic… that it endangers everything.

How this came to be is our subject today.

We begin with staggering news from our fellow kibitzer, David Stockman: The average working person in America has made zero wage gains in the entire 47-year period since the new money was introduced in 1971.

It is well known that real hourly wages are no higher than they were in the mid-’70s.

But now, the figures show that the stretch of zero growth reaches back to 1971… and – in the fraudulently precise figures of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – annual real wage gains of 0.01%.

That’s not 1%. That’s not even one-tenth of a percent. It’s one-hundredth of a percent! Nothing, in other words.

And that overstates progress. Most people have only one real asset – their time. They sell it by the hour or by the week. The figures show that their time is worth no more today than it was nearly half a century ago.

We stop in our tracks. We hold our breath. How could that possibly be?

How could eight centuries of progress, from the depths of the Dark Ages to the end of the Johnson administration, suddenly come to an end… just when it seemed most promising?

Today, there are far more people with PhDs, more engineers, more patents, more technology, and more people all over the world striving, straining, and stressing out over how to make their time more valuable.

How could they fail so spectacularly?

But it’s worse than the numbers suggest. First, these are averages. So high wages for a few pull up the average for the low-wage many.

Second, instead of looking at the money, with the phony-baloney BLS adjustments, let’s look at the time.

In 1971, you could buy a new Ford F-150 for $2,500. At $4 an hour, it took 625 hours to buy the truck.

Today’s model costs $30,000, and the average hourly wage is $26. So the wage earner has to work for 1,154 hours to get a standard F-150. Put another way, he has to sell almost twice as much of his time to get a set of wheels.

But wait, say the feds. The truck today is not the same as the one from 1971. Technology has improved. This new one has GPS, Bluetooth, and seat warmers. Therefore, you’re getting twice as much truck.

Yes, we agree, technology has improved. But the truck is not twice as good as it was back then. And the fundamental task of the truck is the same. It still moves stuff from here to there.

It doesn’t matter anyway. The guy needs a truck. It now costs $30,000.

Third, since the feds have discouraged saving with artificially low interest rates, he’s not likely to have $30,000 on hand.

So he’s forced to borrow. His loan, with interest, then becomes part of the financialized economy, to be sliced and diced, leveraged, and hypothecated, until the money shufflers earn more on the loan than Ford did on the truck.

And now… the poor working man is not only forced to sell twice as much time to buy a truck… his time is now the asset “underlying” not only Motor City, but Wall Street, too.

And there’s the weak link in the whole claptrap system: It rests on a limited asset of declining value.

The finance industry loans to the working man at 5.5%. On a loan for a $30,000 F-150, this gives the lender a gross profit of $5,290.

And it leaves the poor man paying $490 a month – equal to 19 hours of work – for six years. Altogether, the fellow works 1,356 hours over a six-year term to get, more or less, the same pickup he would have had for 625 hours of his time in 1971.

You can do the same calculation for housing. An average man paid about $24,000 for the average house in 1971. Today, he pays $371,000. Priced in time, the house cost 6,000 hours in 1971 and 14,269 hours today.

Is that progress? Not in our book. Time is life. It’s all we have. It takes more than seven years of work for the average guy to buy the average house today – four years more than it took in 1971.

So what happened?

The simple answer: A huge supply of time flooded the market.

Approximately one billion people from China, India, and Southeast Asia – willing to work for $1 to $5 a day – entered the world economy. Naturally, the competition sank the raw cost of time.

And it set the stage for Donald J. Trump, who argues that we need to “build a wall” and set up tariffs to keep these people and their products out.

But wait. It’s not that simple. You don’t get richer by shutting out people who can produce goods faster, cheaper, or better than you can.

You get richer by doing what you do better… and trading for what you don’t do.

Also, cheap foreign labor should have dragged down the cost of goods and services imported from overseas.

Even if his own wages went nowhere, the average American working man should have seen an increase in his real standard of living. Adjusted for negative inflation (deflation)… his real wages should have gone up.

But they didn’t… because something else was going on…

The Swamp was growing. The U.S. economy was becoming less productive and more “financialized”… and chockablock with cronies, zombies, and win-lose hustlers.

The insiders and the rich navigated through the Swamp and continued to make money, while the typical working stiff in the Main Street economy sank like a stone into the muck.

 

[From an article by Bill Bonner of BonnerAndPartners.com]

 

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Google’s ultimate target: President Trump

Although Google attempted to hobble and silence WND and the rest of the independent, right-of-center media starting after the 2016 election, we were just a mild annoyance compared with Google’s ultimate target: Donald Trump, the man who had the audacity to run for president in 2016 – and win.

I knew it because I am a Google watcher. My company’s life depends, like it or not, on companies like Google and Facebook, Amazon and YouTube. You just can’t prosper or even survive on the internet playing field they jury-rigged without their acquiescence, their tolerance. I saw these companies treat WND with disdain and contempt because of their leftist ideology. I saw them select the radical Southern Poverty Law Center as the semi-official definers of “hate speech.” I saw them stop featuring WND stories and listing them instead on page 12 or 25 or a day late and a dollar short.

But I also witnessed and chronicled how they highlighted the fake news coverage of CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Daily Beast and others on the left when it came to all things Trump. I wrote about it. I even sent memos to the president. (Don’t waste your time trying to find such gems through a Google search, by the way.)

Now, however, we have confirmation of how much the Google hierarchy and the Google culture hate Trump – from their own words, from their own videotaped reaction to the 2016 election results.

You saw the video with your own eyes. I’m sure President Trump has seen it, too – at Breitbart and WND.

There, one and all can see the oozing, uncontrollable contempt of Google’s top execs, including its founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, not to mention its staff, lamenting the victory of Donald Trump following the 2016 election. Brin kicks off their weekly company meeting by saying the meeting is “probably not the most joyous TGIF we’ve had” and that “most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad.”

Brin describes Trump’s supporters as fascists and extremists and vows to thwart the rise of populism. He adds that he is “deeply offended” by Trump’s victory and that the election result conflicts with many of Google’s values. Google’s CFO, also saddened by Trump’s win, promises that America’s most highly trafficked search engine will “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values.” I hope I don’t have to explain to anyone what that means.

It’s an admission of what Google would indeed do starting that day – churn out and give preference to the mostly negative stories about the president and his administration. In fact, a media research study conducted by PJ Media found that 96 percent of the top 100 search returns on President Trump are from left-wing media outlets. Conservative outlets that would provide voters with a more balanced and positive analysis of the Trump administration are – surprise! – virtually invisible.

But there’s more. A newly released email by another Google executive following the 2016 election reveals a get-out-the-vote effort directed toward Latino voters to benefit Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Add to it that during the election, Google was accused of burying information from search queries damaging to its candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton.

Let me remind you – and you, Mr. President – that this is illegal. Google, Facebook and Twitter are not “publishers.” They are “carriers” of the news – like utilities. It is not in their lawful purview to editorialize, give favor to certain viewpoints, show bias, take sides. They are legally pledged to be neutral. In return, they receive from the government valuable exemptions from legal liability because of this monopoly status they have been granted under the Communications Decency Act of 1996. I don’t have that protection. The New York Times doesn’t have that protection. The Washington Post doesn’t. CNN doesn’t. But Google and Facebook do.

It can be taken away. It’s a privilege, not a right. They have broken our trust – badly. They have not lived up to their part of the bargain.

But it gets even worse. Where was Google in the recent congressional hearings on foreign election interference and digital media bias against conservatives? Facebook and Twitter participated. Google did not.

Google is even more contemptuous of the U.S. government than are Facebook and Twitter. Maybe it’s because of Google’s Deep State ties to the intelligence community. Maybe it’s because of its wealth and power. Maybe it’s because of its leftist ideology. I know this: It’s not nearly as contemptuous toward the brutes in Beijing. Never has been, never will be.

Jeff Sessions could redeem himself for all the recusals by going after Google – today, not tomorrow. It’s the right thing to do if you love free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and free elections.

Believe me, Google is a much bigger threat to free elections than Russia could ever dream of being.

 

[From an article by Joseph Farah, published by WND.com]

 

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US show of force in Syria makes Russia think twice about escalation

Show of force in Syria by US Marines

 

The Russians appear to have backed off their earlier threats after the US Marine Corps sent them a clear message.

The Pentagon, US Central Command, and Operation Inherent Resolve have all confirmed that Russia has stayed out of the deconfliction zone and is no longer insisting on conducting operations or launching precision strikes in the area near the At Tanf garrison, where US Marines are based.

Russia warned the US twice on September 1 and again on September 6 that the Russian military, together with Syrian and pro-regime forces, planned to carry out counter-terrorism operations inside the 55-kilometer deconfliction zone. It accused the US and its coalition partners of harboring terrorists.

Immediately following Russia’s threats, the US Marine Corps conducted a live-fire demonstration at the At Tanf garrison to drive home the point that the US military did not need Russia’s help eliminating terrorists.

“The United States does not seek to fight the Russians, the government of Syria, or any groups that may be providing support to Syria in the Syrian civil war,” the US Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Earl Brown previously told Business Insider, adding: “The United States will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend US, coalition, or partner forces as we have clearly demonstrated in past instances.”

“The US does not require any assistance in our efforts to destroy ISIS in the At Tanf deconfliction zone, and we advised the Russians to remain clear,” he added.

In the nearly two weeks since, the Russians have not contacted the US military about operations inside the deconfliction zone, an area the Syrians and the Russians want to access to build a strategic land bridge between Tehran and Damascus.

 

[From an article by Ryan Pickrell, published by BUSINESS INSIDER]

 

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Our false aura of democracy and so-called representative government

The United States Congress represents many things, excluding the American people. But the Senate and the House of Representatives are now used by the elite establishment to keep up the aura of democracy and so-called representative government.

Members of the House and Senate are manipulated puppets in the paid service of the establishment which owns and runs the U.S. government. The House of Representatives and the Senate have great value, as a matter of fact incalculable value, as symbols of liberty and representative government. But they are hollowed out and gutted symbols, a facade and a myth that serves to keep the American people hoodwinked and blinded to widespread deceptive political chicanery.

Americans mistake the symbol of representative government for the thing symbolized. Representative government has evolved into privilege, prestige and wealth. While we slept they carved themselves out an ivory tower of untouchables by prostrating and selling their souls to the money power. The time is long gone when Americans could go to the polls and vote for representative government. The great tragedy is that they still believe that they can.

Members of Congress and the Senate have surreptitiously acquired the status of nobility and privilege because they have prostituted themselves to the system unequivocally. This proves so well that Congress and the Senate have evolved into nobility and privilege in substance and in fact without the title.

The election process in America has become a disguise for corruption that attracts the corrupt. When men and women go to Washington, they quickly learn that they are paid by the Federal government and therefore they are in the hire of the Federal government. But their true bosses are the money powerful that can ensure whether they remain in the employ of the federal government or not.

No allegiance to their constituents is necessary and, as a matter of fact, there is very little pretension. Nor is the any allegiance or pretense of allegiance to the Constitution. Today we have:

  • Wars with no declaration of war.
  • Laws created by executive order.
  • Laws established by alphabet soup agencies.
  • Laws created out of thin air by the courts.

We are ruled by a people who, by virtue of their ability to con people out of their money (political donations) and their sole achievement of winning a popularity contest (election) and who as government functionaries sitting virtually untouchable and unaccountable in the corridors of power, have taken it upon themselves the “authority” to decide:

  • What we can and cannot eat.
  • What we can and cannot take for our health.
  • What we can read.
  • What we can say.
  • Where we can and cannot say it.
  • How much we can earn.
  • How much they can take from what we earn.
  • Who gets how much of what they take that we earn.
  • How much and what we can own.
  • How and where we can and cannot invest what we earn.
  • How much of our money we can take out of the bank at one time.
  • How much of our own money we can carry at any one time.
  • How much of our money we can deposit at any one time.
  • How much food costs.
  • How much gas costs.
  • How much insurance costs.
  • What kind of insurance you can and cannot have.
  • What type of health care you can receive.
  • What health treatments you can receive.
  • What we can buy and sell.
  • Where we can buy and sell.
  • Where we can go.
  • What kind of light bulbs we can use.
  • What kind of toilets we can use.
  • How fast we can drive.
  • How efficient our cars, appliances and houses must be.
  • How safe our cars, appliances and houses must be.
  • What we can teach our children.
  • Where we cannot practice our faith.
  • Whom we must serve.
  • With whom we must share a bathroom.
  • What we can grow on our property.
  • What we can do with our property.
  • What we can build on our property and how it must be built.
  • What animals we can keep.
  • What we can and cannot use for self-defense.
  • What kind of ammunition we can purchase.
  • Who gets to buy and sell our information.

They believe — with no evidence to back it up and much evidence to the contrary — that by virtue of their ability to con people out of their money and win popularity contests, or because they have risen to positions of authority in the federal bureaucracy, that they are imminently more intelligent than us and better able to look out for us than we are for ourselves, though they rarely state this belief publicly. This despite the fact that among their ranks are pedophiles, adulterers, pornography addicts, sexual abusers, tax cheats, check kiters, drug abusers, extortioners, racketeers, money launderers, embezzlers, serial liars, perjurers, bribers and bribe takers.

Who can honestly say we remain a nation of laws and not men? We are governed by an evil and licentious oligarchy.

[From an article by Bob Livingston and published by PERSONAL LIBERTY.com]

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Why does God allow pain and suffering?

Iconic Hollywood actress Shirley MacLaine caused outrage when she once asked if the Nazi Holocaust victims suffered because of their sins in past lives. “Karma” seems to give a reason as to why God allows or even sanctions suffering. If a baby is born blind, or a child gets a terminal disease, at the very least it offers some sort of explanation.

But is that really how it works? When someone dies from a car accident or terrorists slaughter “innocent” people, is it because they somehow deserved it?

This same question arose 2,000 years ago. Certain people came to Jesus asking about two incidents that were in the news. The first was about evil. A number of Galileans were quietly worshiping God when the governor of the region suddenly slaughtered them. The second was about suffering. A tower in the city of Siloam fell on 18 men tragically killing them, and no doubt leaving many grieving friends and loved ones.

This is what Jesus said of these two incidents:

“Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:2–5)

Seventy Interesting Questions

Over 1,000 years before these incidents happened, a man named Job was going through endless suffering and wanted to question his Creator. He believed he was owed an explanation. However, when God spoke to him, He had seventy questions of His own for Job. After hearing those questions Job laid his hand on his mouth, and said, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5,6). Job’s question about why he was suffering wasn’t so important after he heard God’s questions. Let me see if I can give you a synopsis of those seventy questions.

Think about how God created the eyes that you are using to gather this information. He created every one of the 137 million light-sensitive cells that make up each eye. He fashioned the focusing muscles that focus your eyes an estimated 100,000 times each day. He made the tear ducts that keep your eyes lubricated, and the lids that automatically blink every few seconds. He made the nerve endings that take the images you see and send them to your amazingly sophisticated brain. He created the subconscious voice in your mind that quietly talks to you and continually feeds you fresh thoughts. He gave you the ability to ask questions about suffering and evil, and that very yearning you have for an explanation. Animals don’t care about evil and justice or suffering and death, but you do because you are very special—you were made in the image of your Creator.

Have these thoughts expanded your view of God? Then try to multiply those a million times and think of all the different eyes and brains of animals. Consider that the giraffe, the elephant, the horse, all the different species of fish, the octopus, the ant, the fly, and the million and one other creatures that have eyes, are made up of male and female, with God-given instincts to mate with their kind and raise their young.

Or ask yourself how God created the sun and balanced it in the sky. How did He position it so that it would perfectly sustain life here on this earth? How did He set the earth in motion at 67,000 mph to orbit the sun? Instead of just brushing your hair as you look in the mirror each day, think about how God created every atom that composes each hair, gave it roots, and caused it to grow. Think about the DNA He gave you that defines the blood and bones of your body, as well as your basic personality. Think about how He made your flesh, your fingers, your teeth, gave you a tongue for tasting and speaking, and your ability to understand language. Everything you possess came from God. None of this is the result of random chance, where “nothing” suddenly exploded and became all the complexity and design we see in the universe today. Such a thought is not only scientifically impossible, it is intellectually ridiculous.

Now compare God’s unspeakable ability with your own ability. Can you make an eye from nothing? How about blood or bones? How would you go about making the life-sustaining sun, from nothing? Could you breathe life into lifeless bodies, as God did with us? We can’t even make one grain of sand from nothing. Now keep these thoughts in mind as we look at the second (and more important) part of this explanation.

Creating Perspective

When the questioners asked Jesus whether these victims were being punished for their sins, He simply said, “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). What did He mean by that? To answer, let me ask you some very relevant questions about your moral state before God. You may wonder why this is necessary, but keep reading because this will help to bring this issue into the right perspective.

Do you consider yourself to be a morally good person? If so, here are a few questions: How many lies do you think you’ve told in your whole life? Have you ever stolen anything, regardless of its value? Have you ever used God’s name in vain? Jesus said, “Whoever looks upon a woman to lust for her has committed adultery already with her in his heart.” The Bible even says that if you hate your brother, you are a murderer. Have you ever gossiped about someone, failed to keep your word, been unthankful to God, dishonored your parents, had selfish thoughts, been self-righteous (thinking that you are morally good when you’re not), or failed to love others as much as you love yourself? If you have committed those sins, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, murderous, adulterer at heart. On Judgment Day, if you are still in your sins, the Bible warns that you will justly end up in God’s prison, a terrible place called “Hell.”

Our problem is that we tend to consider our own goodness while we are ignorant of God’s perfect goodness, something called “righteousness.” Then when we see what we consider to be evil, we think, “If God was good, He would immediately step in and stop the evil.” We criticize His lack of action because we fail to consider something vital.

Let’s imagine that the average person sins ten times a day—only ten times a day he falls short of the required moral standard (in God’s Book, “good” means moral perfection). In one year he would have clocked up over 3,600 sins. In forty years, that’s almost 150,000 sins that God has seen and must punish. How many sins do you think that you’ve committed in your lifetime? With that knowledge, do you still want God to immediately step in and punish those He considers to be evil? The Bible does give us one explanation about why God doesn’t intervene and punish evil: it’s because He is “longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). He doesn’t want you to end up in Hell.

Do you remember how Job laid his hand on his sinful mouth? Has that happened to you? Hopefully, you have seen that we have no right to demand an explanation from God. Like a good judge, He isn’t obligated to give us anything but justice. And so the words that Jesus said to His hearers now make sense. He was saying that the answer to their question about suffering and evil was secondary. The first question is, will you repent of a multitude of sins that you yourself have committed, or will you remain in rebellion to your Creator and end up in Hell?

First Things First

Fortunately, God is rich in mercy and He provided a way for guilty sinners to be forgiven. He became a perfect sinless Man in Jesus Christ, and suffered and died on a cruel cross, taking the punishment for the sin of the world. We broke God’s moral Law (the Ten Commandments) and Jesus paid our fine. If a guilty criminal has someone pay his fine, the judge can then legally let him go. It is because Jesus paid our fine that God can clothe us in righteousness and dismiss our case. He can commute our death sentence and let us live forever because of the suffering death and resurrection of the Son of God.

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). If you will repent and trust in Jesus alone, God will forgive every sin you have ever committed and grant you the gift of everlasting life. The moment you come to know Him, you will receive a new heart with new desires. You will truly be born again.

Along with being made a brand-new person, you will find that you can trust God with very little effort. It’s similar to a love relationship between a man and a woman. If we love someone, we will naturally trust them. Love and trust go hand in hand. When you see the love that God has for you (expressed on the cross), you will easily trust Him regarding His allowance of evil and of suffering. It won’t be such a big issue. You will say to yourself, “God miraculously created my eyes, my brain, my yearning for justice, and on top of that He gave me the gift of eternal life. I’m just a creature, and He is the Almighty Creator. He allows evil and suffering because He has His purposes, and His purposes are infinitely above my understanding. I know that He knows what He’s doing, and so I will trust Him with all of my heart, knowing that one day I will get a complete explanation” (see 1 Corinthians 13:12).

New World Coming

It’s also essential to remember that the Bible tells us evil and suffering exist because we live in a “fallen” creation. When God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning, everything was “very good.” According to the World Health Organization, there are now over 12,000 categories of disease. Think of it—12,000 diseases! These exist because Adam sinned against God, opening the door to greed, lust, hatred, rape, anger, jealousy, pride, murder, racism, and war. His sin also ushered in the Genesis curse, which brought with it killer earthquakes, terrifying tornadoes, horrific hurricanes, dreadful droughts, disease-carrying mosquitoes, poisonous snakes, man-eating tigers, killer bees, plague-ridden rats, the pains of old age, endless suffering, and of course, death.

However, the day is coming when God will restore this earth to its original state and there will be no more Genesis curse, a day for which we patiently wait. If you study the signs of the times given to us in the Scriptures, you will know that that day isn’t too far away.

One More Thing

There’s a wonderful consolation for those who love God. If we find ourselves going through some sort of suffering, we have the knowledge that He is permitting this “fiery trial” for a reason. He promises to work out all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (see Romans 8:28). That word “all” means just what it says. When ten of the original twelve disciples were murdered for their faith, God allowed it for their good. Jesus told them that not a hair on their head would perish, and we will see the fulfillment of that in eternity. God is without sin, so He keeps every promise He makes.

So if you are a Christian, whatever terrible lion’s den in which you find yourself, know that God has allowed it for a purpose, and that nothing, not even death, can separate you from His amazing love. Remember the admonition to “trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, emphasis added). Those who do that can say with Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15). Let your trust in God banish any hopelessness, despair, or fear of the future. He knows what He’s doing.

If you are not a Christian and you’ve irreverently questioned God in your heart or you’ve let life’s pains make you bitter, please don’t make the mistake of shaking your fist in anger at the One who gave you your life. Instead raise both hands in surrender to His perfect will. You will never regret doing that…not in a million years.

 

[From an article by Ray Comfort, LIVING WATERS.com]

 

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California candidate for Governor promises free health care for all illegal immigrants in latest push for state’s financial collapse

In just two years, Los Angeles county spent $1.3 billion on welfare payments for illegal immigrants. The delusional Left sees nothing wrong with giving American tax dollars to non-citizens — no matter what it costs their constituents. It is no wonder California is collapsing.

Gavin Newsom is running for Governor in California, and he’s already bragging about his plans to drive the state into financial oblivion. The gubernatorial candidate just announced his plans to launch a universal healthcare program for illegal immigrants state-wide. In any other state, such an idea might send would-be voters running for the hills, but on the Left Coast, it seems anything goes.

In an interview on Pod Save America, Newsom recalled his time as the Mayor of San Francisco, a once-beautiful city that now more closely resembles a poorly kept port-a-potty. The current state of SF is nothing to write home about, but Newsom would like to expand the city’s universal healthcare policy state-wide.

“The only way in a state whose population’s larger than 163 nations — California’s economy is larger than all but four nations, the fifth largest economy — to approximate a strategy for universal health care is with the support and concurrence of the governor, and that’s frankly — it’s not an indictment — it’s just what’s been missing in the past,” Newsom contended.

“I did universal health care when I was mayor, fully implemented regardless pre-existing condition, ability to pay and regardless of your immigration status. San Francisco is the only universal health-care plan for all undocumented residents in America, very proud of that, and we proved it can be done without bankrupting in the city. I’d like to see that we can extend that to the rest of the state,” he added.

Whether or not the city was “bankrupted” is still up for debate. According to a March 2018 report, San Francisco is $10 billion in debt — not exactly the shining beacon of financial stability that Newsom makes it out to be. The trend of rising debts in SF is not new; in 2016, Truth in Accounting reported that the city was $16,400 in debt per taxpayer.

“When ranked amongst the 20 most populous cities in the U.S., San Francisco has the fifth worst taxpayer burden,” the organization reports further.

Sheila Weinberg, Founder and CEO of Truth in Accounting, commented, “If San Francisco doesn’t recognize its alarming entitlement obligations then the burden will be passed on to taxpayers. Our analysis of the city’s financial reports indicate that the city continues to hide $509 million in pension debt despite the new accounting rule.”

State Data Lab confirmed the “sinkhole” status of San Francisco earlier this year when the 2016 financial data for the city was released. The estimates indicate San Francisco taxpayers would need to pay the city $27,500 each to erase the city’s mounting debt. Worse, the report indicates that the city is hiding its debts by using outdated pension data and “obscuring” healthcare liabilities.

In addition to crushing debt, the city streets are filled with human waste. All told, the San Francisco of today is not a pretty picture.

And Newsom would like to expand that to the rest of the state?

As a report from 2017 shows, illegal immigration is already costing the United States a pretty penny. In 2017, illegals cost America a record-breaking $135 billion. Between the free medical care they already receive, along with education, other government benefits and the cost of enforcing immigration laws — it’s no surprise illegal immigration is becoming a burden that is simply too heavy for the tax-paying citizens of the U.S. to bear.

While pro-illegal activists are quick to say that illegals pay taxes, the IRS reports it collected just $19 billion from illegal immigrants — a drop in the bucket compared to the $116 billion in slack American citizens are forced to pick up.

In just two years, Los Angeles county spent $1.3 billion on welfare payments for illegal immigrants. The delusional Left sees nothing wrong with giving American tax dollars to non-citizens — no matter what it costs their constituents. It is no wonder California is collapsing.

 

[From an article by Vicki Batts, published by NATURAL NEWS]

 

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