Verse(s) for today:
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13 KJV
and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
3 John 1:11 KJV
Thought(s) for the Day:
Pastor - Jack Hibbs:
“Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, 'Young man, I say to you, arise.'” Luke 7:14
"I say to you, arise" are the very words countless young people need to hear from Jesus today. Far too many young lives are locked in the coffin of pornography and sexual confusion or confined to the casket of approval based on social media "likes." It's a rough way to live, but there is a remedy. What if we adults made a determined effort to pour the life and love of Jesus Christ into our youth? Mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, if we want our young people to be set free and arise, we must give them the instruction and admonishment of the living Word of God.
Imagine what would happen if you talked in the simplest way possible during dinner about one of Jesus' parables. Or how about if you made it a point to say good night with a psalm or song? I believe we would see a dramatic turnaround in the sociological and spiritual conditions of young lives as their minds are cleansed of the day's dirt. Believer, we must show our young men and women that there is no better way to live than trust and dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to tell them that they can start life anew. All the blessings and benefits of salvation in Christ are theirs for the asking—it can happen today. Jesus came to make dead people live and set them free! He says to you, "Arise! You have a life to live!" Awaiting His Return, [Pastor – Jack Hibbs]
About the Author:
Dr. Wilder-Smith imagines a meeting between modern and primitive humans and the fascinating dialogue that develops between them about the existence of a Creator. This eye-opening allegory is our gift to you for your donation to Real Life Ministries today.
Canadians deserve more information on Chinese interference allegations:
Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s refusal to call a public inquiry into allegations of Chinese interference in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections, a majority of Canadians continue to pressure the government to do so – including politicians of all political stripes.
In British Columbia, Premier David Eby is calling on CSIS to give him a full briefing on the matter. Meanwhile, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre continues to pressure the government to share more details about these allegations.
As Anthony Furey explains, Canadians deserve more information about exactly how much influence the Chinese regime had on our elections.
Anthony Furey, is Vice President
[Editorial and Content at True North]
The Alberta Roundup:
Arrested for protesting drag queen story hour (Ft. Pastor Derek Reimer):
This week on the Alberta Roundup with Rachel Emmanuel, Rachel interviews Calgary Pastor Derek Reimer who was arrested and charged after protesting at a drag queen story hour at a public library.
Rachel and Reimer discussed his case, as well as a new bylaw in Calgary which prohibits “specified” protesters from coming within 100-metres of a public building, and which expands the harassment bylaw to include intimidation.
Reimer was arrested in Calgary for a second time just one day after Rachel spoke with him.
Rachel is a seasoned political reporter who’s covered government institutions from a variety of levels. A Carleton University journalism graduate, she was a multimedia reporter for three local Niagara newspapers. Her work has been published in the Toronto Star. Rachel was the inaugural recipient of the Political Matters internship, placing her at The Globe and Mail’s parliamentary bureau. She spent three years covering the federal government for iPolitics. Rachel is the Alberta correspondent for True North based in Edmonton. [True North Media]
GLOBE & MAIL:
UBS buys crisis-stricken Credit Suisse with a rushed, $3.25-billion deal:
UBS Group is buying troubled rival Credit Suisse Group in an all-share deal worth US$3.25-billion, creating a global wealth manager with US$5-trillion of invested assets and ending a century and a half of independence for what was once one of the world’s mightiest investment banks and traders.
The fast-track takeover, announced Sunday evening, reflected the desperation of governments and regulators for an agreement before the markets opened on Monday for fear that Credit Suisse’s alarmingly fast deterioration could trigger a crushing selloff, Eric Reguly reports.
In a further global response of a kind not seen since the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, five major central banks – the Bank of Canada, U.S. Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and Swiss National Bank – announced a co-ordinated action to enhance market liquidity. Starting Monday, the central banks will move from weekly to daily auctions of U.S. dollars through standing swap line arrangements until the end of April.
· Credit Suisse’s recent history is filled with controversy
· Opinion: No, the failure of three U.S. banks and a crisis at Credit Suisse is not 2008 again [Globe & Mail]
Religious Persecution in Ukraine (and not by Russians):
Ukraine holding Religious freedom hostage – Moscow — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union
After 900 years, the monks are kicked out by Zelensky.
Religious freedom is being held hostage by the Ukrainian authorities, Russia’s Foreign Ministry insisted on Wednesday.
Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was commenting on attempts to evict monks of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC) from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery, which is considered the most important Orthodox Christian site in the country.
When asked the previous day about the planned eviction, Ukrainian Minister of Culture Aleksandr Tkachenko said senior clergy and church administrators should be the first to leave, as they had carried out “illegal construction” at the Lavra. “We’ll be able to talk about the rest after that,” he added.
The UOC monks at the Lavra, who are refusing to vacate the monastery and describe the eviction order as illegal, “always have a choice,” Tkachenko continued. Their stance may “change drastically” once the leadership of the Moscow-linked church is out of the monastery, he suggested.
Zakharova took to Telegram, claiming that the Ukrainian minister was basically saying the monks could only remain at the Lavra “if they switch to the side of the schismatics.” She was referring to the non-canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), which was created by the Kiev government after the 2014 coup in the country.
By making such statements, the Kiev authorities were openly admitting the “criminal logic” behind their actions, she wrote.
“The freedom of religion is being held hostage by the bandits on Bankovaya Street,” Zakharova said, referring to the location of the Ukrainian president’s office.
On Friday, the government of Vladimir Zelensky, which supports the OCU, notified monks at the Lavra that they had until March 29 to vacate the monastery, claiming that the clerics had violated the 2013 agreement, under which the state allowed them to administer the national heritage site.
Zelensky said the move was aimed at protecting Ukraine’s “spiritual independence,” insisting that Kiev would not allow Moscow “to manipulate the spirituality of our people.”
READ MORE: Church appeals to global religious leaders over Zelensky plan
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill had earlier protested against the eviction plans. These would “lead to a violation of the rights of millions of Ukrainian Orthodox faithful,” he wrote in a letter addressed to the UN and religious leaders worldwide, including Pope Francis.
Church appeals to global religious leaders over Zelensky plan.
Patriarch Kirill has urged Christian leaders worldwide to press the country not to evict Russian monks from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
https://www.rt.com/russia/572822-ukraine-orthodox-monastery-patriarch/ [Patrick Bestall]
DUTCH FARMER VICTORY - Look at it again!
Political EARTHQUAKE as Dutch Farmers Score MASSIVE VICTORY!!!
In case you didn't realize how important this election was... THIS WAS JUST THE LATEST IN A SWING TOWARDS NATIONALIST POPULIST PARTIES IN EUROPE. VOTES FOR THESE PARTIES HAS TRIPLED IN THE LAST DECADE.
Dutch farmers win political battle but ‘the war itself rages on’!
Webster University Assistant Professor Ralph Schoellhammer says Dutch farmers definitely “won the battle”as the Farmer-Citizen Movement looks set to be the biggest party in the nation’s upper house, but the “war itself rages on”.The farmers’ party was only set up in 2019 and won almost 20 per cent of the vote. “This is really a great success, we should not minimise it, but we should also keep in mind … the Dutch farmers are a kind of their own,” Mr Schoellhammer told Sky News Australia. “They are the Silicon Valley of agriculture, they are not like 19th-century yeoman farmers – they are very modern, industrialized, in many ways the best capitalism can offer.”
I will never forget how the Canadian truckers and the Dutch farmers inspired and galvanized people across the world to stand up and fight together for their freedom. Canadian and Dutch flags became symbols of solidarity and defiance flown by protesters across the globe. A moment in history that will be permanently etched in my mind for the hope it gave me during such dark times.
Congratulations to the Dutch farmers. Thank you and huge respect. You are showing what can be done if you stand up to the tyranny being imposed on ordinary people.
This makes me so happy. I love the Netherlands and the Dutch. They are a close to a model society and their agricultural output is astonishing for any nation let alone a small country with a small population. This indicates that they work hard and efficiently. The most efficient agriculture in the world. Congratulations to the Dutch and their farmers for standing up to the traitors who call themselves their leaders. If I could vote for them, I would.
[Sky News Australia]
Senate repeals two war authorizations officially ending military intervention in Iraq:
A Senate bill repealing two separate war authorizations has received the necessary votes to advance, Breitbart reported. The bill revokes the 1991 authorization for military force used in the first Gulf War and the authorization for the Iraq invasion in 2003.
The bill was a bipartisan effort from Sens. Todd Young (R-IN) and Tim Kaine (D-VA). The 67-28 vote Thursday received bipartisan support and will go on to a debate and final vote.
One of the authorizations has been on the books for more than 3o years and through five presidential administrations. Former President George H.W. Bush was granted the AUMF in 1991 to wage war against Saddam Hussein in the Persian Gulf.
The second was authorized under former President George W. Bush for the Iraq war and stayed in place for 20 years. The lawmakers who sponsored and voted for the repeal believe it's time to close those open-ended authorizations.
Before the vote was held, Young explained that "many Americans will be surprised to learn that these authorizations…are still on the books," he said. Young also noted that revoking the authorizations "would affect no current military operations."
The Indiana Republican believes that leaving the AUMFs in place could allow "for abuse by the executive branch." He also noted that it's a goodwill gesture and sends a "message to our partner Iraq" as well as other Middle Eastern nations that the U.S. is not interested in further aggression.
"Let us be clear — Saddam Hussein is dead, and we’re no longer worried about the threat posed by Iraq as stated in this AUMF, which we propose repealing," Young pointed out. In February, Young had raised concerns that Iraq was "still technically an enemy" as long as the authorization was in place.
"Sadly, according to these laws that are still on the books, Iraq is still technically an enemy of the United States. This inconsistency and inaccuracy should be corrected," Young said at the time, according to CBS News.
"Congress must do its job and take seriously the decision to not just commit America to war, but to affirmatively say that we are no longer at war," Young stated. Politicians on the other side of the aisle similarly spotted the benefit of such a move.
"The Iraq War has itself been long over," Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the vote. "This AUMF outlived its purpose, and we can no longer justify keeping it in effect," the New York Democrat added.
Worrying that leaving those powers in place could mean further military action is more than an academic concern, however. Former President Barack Obama used the 2002 powers to justify retaliatory attacks three years after declaring the conflict in the region was over.
In 2020, then-President Donald Trump used the same authorization to kill Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani via drone strike in Baghdad. Critics claimed the strike was unauthorized since Iran was not included in the original powers, but the precedent had been set.
A similar bill calling for repeal is making its way through the House of Representatives, though it has temporarily stalled in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It is a bipartisan effort as well, proving there is a strong appetite to get this done.
It is always a good idea to rein in the powers of the federal government whenever the opportunity presents itself. Considering Congress has not formally declared war since World War II but these authorizations persist, it's a problem in a system of supposed checks and balances.
[American digest Media]
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Robot Radio "Personalities" are here:
1. RadioGPT is an A.I. radio host that will not replace DJs, say the Futuri people selling it. (slate.com)
Listen for yourself!
I'm sure AI listeners of the future will love it. [Barry Kentner]
Rumors: Rumors: Rumors: Rumors: Rumors: Rumors: Rumors:
This is just ‘Informational’ and YOU
must make up YOUR OWN MIND!
Here is what is floating around and not covered by the MSM:
20 Lies About the Iraq War:
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the US-led NATO invasion of Iraq, we repost this article published in July 2003 by Glen Rangwala and Raymond Whitaker.
The Bush administration initiated the war under the pretext that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which both the US and UK governments knew to be false even prior to the invasion.
After 20 years, Iraq is in shambles. The continued presence of US military in the country has only caused further suffering and hardship to the Iraqis.
The invasion should teach us lessons about America’s “war on terror” and “humanitarian efforts”.
The article below will remind us of 20 lies that were used to justify the illegal war.
-Global Research, March 19, 2023
1 Iraq was responsible for the 11 September attacks
A supposed meeting in Prague between Mohammed Atta, leader of the 11 September hijackers, and an Iraqi intelligence official was the main basis for this claim, but Czech intelligence later conceded that the Iraqi’s contact could not have been Atta. This did not stop the constant stream of assertions that Iraq was involved in 9/11, which was so successful that at one stage opinion polls showed that two-thirds of Americans believed the hand of Saddam Hussein was behind the attacks. Almost as many believed Iraqi hijackers were aboard the crashed airliners; in fact there were none.
2 Iraq and al-Qa’ida were working together
Persistent claims by US and British leaders that Saddam and Osama bin Laden were in league with each other were contradicted by a leaked British Defence Intelligence Staff report, which said there were no current links between them. Mr Bin Laden’s “aims are in ideological conflict with present-day Iraq”, it added.
Another strand to the claims was that al-Qa’ida members were being sheltered in Iraq, and had set up a poisons training camp. When US troops reached the camp, they found no chemical or biological traces.
3 Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa for a “reconstituted” nuclear weapons programme
The head of the CIA has now admitted that documents purporting to show that Iraq tried to import uranium from Niger in west Africa were forged, and that the claim should never have been in President Bush’s State of the Union address. Britain sticks by the claim, insisting it has “separate intelligence”. The Foreign Office conceded last week that this information is now “under review”.
4 Iraq was trying to import aluminium tubes to develop nuclear weapons
The US persistently alleged that Baghdad tried to buy high-strength aluminum tubes whose only use could be in gas centrifuges, needed to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons. Equally persistently, the International Atomic Energy Agency said the tubes were being used for artillery rockets. The head of the IAEA, Mohamed El Baradei, told the UN Security Council in January that the tubes were not even suitable for centrifuges.
5 Iraq still had vast stocks of chemical and biological weapons from the first Gulf War
Iraq possessed enough dangerous substances to kill the whole world, it was alleged more than once. It had pilotless aircraft which could be smuggled into the US and used to spray chemical and biological toxins. Experts pointed out that apart from mustard gas, Iraq never had the technology to produce materials with a shelf-life of 12 years, the time between the two wars. All such agents would have deteriorated to the point of uselessness years ago.
6 Iraq retained up to 20 missiles which could carry chemical or biological warheads, with a range which would threaten British forces in Cyprus
Apart from the fact that there has been no sign of these missiles since the invasion, Britain downplayed the risk of there being any such weapons in Iraq once the fighting began. It was also revealed that chemical protection equipment was removed from British bases in Cyprus last year, indicating that the Government did not take its own claims seriously.
Pompeo to Iraq: If You Kick Us Out, We Will Bury You
7 Saddam Hussein had the wherewithal to develop smallpox
This allegation was made by the Secretary of State, Colin Powell, in his address to the UN Security Council in February. The following month the UN said there was nothing to support it.
8 US and British claims were supported by the inspectors
According to Jack Straw, chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix “pointed out” that Iraq had 10,000 litres of anthrax. Tony Blair said Iraq’s chemical, biological and “indeed the nuclear weapons programme” had been well documented by the UN. Mr Blix’s reply? “This is not the same as saying there are weapons of mass destruction,” he said last September. “If I had solid evidence that Iraq retained weapons of mass destruction or were constructing such weapons, I would take it to the Security Council.” In May this year he added: “I am obviously very interested in the question of whether or not there were weapons of mass destruction, and I am beginning to suspect there possibly were not.”
9 Previous weapons inspections had failed
Tony Blair told this newspaper in March that the UN had “tried unsuccessfully for 12 years to get Saddam to disarm peacefully”. But in 1999 a Security Council panel concluded: “Although important elements still have to be resolved, the bulk of Iraq’s proscribed weapons programmes has been eliminated.” Mr Blair also claimed UN inspectors “found no trace at all of Saddam’s offensive biological weapons programme” until his son-in-law defected. In fact the UN got the regime to admit to its biological weapons programme more than a month before the defection.
10 Iraq was obstructing the inspectors
Britain’s February “dodgy dossier” claimed inspectors’ escorts were “trained to start long arguments” with other Iraqi officials while evidence was being hidden, and inspectors’ journeys were monitored and notified ahead to remove surprise. Dr Blix said in February that the UN had conducted more than 400 inspections, all without notice, covering more than 300 sites. “We note that access to sites has so far been without problems,” he said. : “In no case have we seen convincing evidence that the Iraqi side knew that the inspectors were coming.”
11 Iraq could deploy its weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes
This now-notorious claim was based on a single source, said to be a serving Iraqi military officer. This individual has not been produced since the war, but in any case Tony Blair contradicted the claim in April. He said Iraq had begun to conceal its weapons in May 2002, which meant that they could not have been used within 45 minutes.
12 The “dodgy dossier”
Mr Blair told the Commons in February, when the dossier was issued: “We issued further intelligence over the weekend about the infrastructure of concealment. It is obviously difficult when we publish intelligence reports.” It soon emerged that most of it was cribbed without attribution from three articles on the internet. Last month Alastair Campbell took responsibility for the plagiarism committed by his staff, but stood by the dossier’s accuracy, even though it confused two Iraqi intelligence organisations, and said one moved to new headquarters in 1990, two years before it was created.
13 War would be easy
Public fears of war in the US and Britain were assuaged by assurances that oppressed Iraqis would welcome the invading forces; that “demolishing Saddam Hussein’s military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk”, in the words of Kenneth Adelman, a senior Pentagon official in two previous Republican administrations. Resistance was patchy, but stiffer than expected, mainly from irregular forces fighting in civilian clothes. “This wasn’t the enemy we war-gamed against,” one general complained.
14 Umm Qasr
The fall of Iraq’s southernmost city and only port was announced several times before Anglo-American forces gained full control – by Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, among others, and by Admiral Michael Boyce, chief of Britain’s defence staff. “Umm Qasr has been overwhelmed by the US Marines and is now in coalition hands,” the Admiral announced, somewhat prematurely.
15 Basra rebellion
Claims that the Shia Muslim population of Basra, Iraq’s second city, had risen against their oppressors were repeated for days, long after it became clear to those there that this was little more than wishful thinking. The defeat of a supposed breakout by Iraqi armour was also announced by military spokesman in no position to know the truth.
16 The “rescue” of Private Jessica Lynch
Private Jessica Lynch’s “rescue” from a hospital in Nasiriya by American special forces was presented as the major “feel-good” story of the war. She was said to have fired back at Iraqi troops until her ammunition ran out, and was taken to hospital suffering bullet and stab wounds. It has since emerged that all her injuries were sustained in a vehicle crash, which left her incapable of firing any shot. Local medical staff had tried to return her to the Americans after Iraqi forces pulled out of the hospital, but the doctors had to turn back when US troops opened fire on them. The special forces encountered no resistance, but made sure the whole episode was filmed.
17 Troops would face chemical and biological weapons
As US forces approached Baghdad, there was a rash of reports that they would cross a “red line”, within which Republican Guard units were authorised to use chemical weapons. But Lieutenant General James Conway, the leading US marine general in Iraq, conceded afterwards that intelligence reports that chemical weapons had been deployed around Baghdad before the war were wrong.
“It was a surprise to me … that we have not uncovered weapons … in some of the forward dispersal sites,” he said. “We’ve been to virtually every ammunition supply point between the Kuwaiti border and Baghdad, but they’re simply not there. We were simply wrong. Whether or not we’re wrong at the national level, I think still very much remains to be seen.”
18 Interrogation of scientists would yield the location of WMD
“I have got absolutely no doubt that those weapons are there … once we have the co-operation of the scientists and the experts, I have got no doubt that we will find them,” Tony Blair said in April. Numerous similar assurances were issued by other leading figures, who said interrogations would provide the WMD discoveries that searches had failed to supply. But almost all Iraq’s leading scientists are in custody, and claims that lingering fears of Saddam Hussein are stilling their tongues are beginning to wear thin.
19 Iraq’s oil money would go to Iraqis
Tony Blair complained in Parliament that “people falsely claim that we want to seize” Iraq’s oil revenues, adding that they should be put in a trust fund for the Iraqi people administered through the UN. Britain should seek a Security Council resolution that would affirm “the use of all oil revenues for the benefit of the Iraqi people”.
Instead Britain co-sponsored a Security Council resolution that gave the US and UK control over Iraq’s oil revenues. There is no UN-administered trust fund.
Far from “all oil revenues” being used for the Iraqi people, the resolution continues to make deductions from Iraq’s oil earnings to pay in compensation for the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
20 WMD were found
After repeated false sightings, both Tony Blair and George Bush proclaimed on 30 May that two trailers found in Iraq were mobile biological laboratories. “We have already found two trailers, both of which we believe were used for the production of biological weapons,” said Mr Blair. Mr Bush went further: “Those who say we haven’t found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons – they’re wrong. We found them.” It is now almost certain that the vehicles were for the production of hydrogen for weather balloons, just as the Iraqis claimed – and that they were exported by Britain.
-Global Research, March 19, 2023