Euro regains value amid soaring US unemployment

Euro regains value amid soaring US unemployment

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 22:45:32 GMT

The European single currency has risen sharply against dollar after an unexpected rise in private-sector job losses painted a grim picture of the US recovery.

Euro rose to 1.3514 dollars in late trading in London on Wednesday, up from 1.3412 dollars in New York late on Tuesday, AFP reported.

The private sector accounts for more than two-thirds of US jobs and its ability to create new jobs is a widely considered barometer of the recovery.

Euro had depreciated in value recently, mainly because of the debt crisis in Greece. …

Nasrallah: Israel responsible for the blame put on Hezbollah for Harir

(more Nasrallah :dizzy:)

Nasrallah: Israel responsible for the blame put on Hezbollah for Hariri murder

Last update – 22:55 31/03/2010

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said that Israel is responsible for the blame put on Hezbollah for the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, in an interview with Al-Manar television on Wednesday.

“Well known sources in Lebanon blamed Syria, as did Arab and international officials,’ Nasrallah told Al-Manar, adding that “then Israeli officials and the Israeli media said that the Hezbollah is behind the assassination.” …

CIA: Iran Capable of Making Nuclear Weapons

CIA: Iran Capable of Making Nuclear Weapons

Reported: 21:34 PM – Mar/31/10

( Iran is prepared to begin producing nuclear weapons, according to a newly released CIA report.

“Iran continues to develop a range of capabilities that could be applied to producing nuclear weapons, if a decision is made to do so,” said the CIA in its annual report to Congress.

Belgium moves to become first European country to ban the burka

Belgium moves to become first European country to ban the burka

Belgium is on the verge of becoming the first European nation to ban the burka.

A parliamentary committee agreed yesterday to outlaw the wearing of face-covering veils in public. The full Parliament will vote later this month.

Under the proposals, women could face a week in prison or a fine for wearing a veil in public.

There are an estimated 650,000 Muslims in Belgium Ð 6 per cent of the population.

The text of the new law does not specifically mention burkas but makes it illegal for anyone to wear clothing ‘that covers all or most of the face’ in any public place.

Left-wing MP Denis Ducarme left no doubt the rules were targeting-Muslim extremists.

He said after the vote by the home affairs committee: ‘This sends a very strong signal to radical Islamists.’

The French- speaking liberals who have proposed the law argue that an inability to identify people presents a security risk and that the veil is a ‘walking prison’ for women.


Anne Graham Lotz and The Glory Story

The noon prayer service in the building’s rotunda kicked off “Show Me Your Glory, Lord,” followed by prayer-walking around the complex. Constituents also prayed with their respective lawmakers. The 40-days-of-prayer emphasis is slated to end on May 7, the day the budget is due.

“Christians must capture a fresh sense of Jesus’ power, :dizzy:Lotz emphasized. “What causes you to doubt that Jesus is in control?” she asked. “

Isaiah described how the Lord’s train filled the temple. Believers must be filled with Jesus to impact the state, :dizzy:the nation and the world. “The church is you and me…. What would it be like if all of us were filled with the presence of God?”:dizzy: Lotz asked. “I believe you and I hold the answer” to the world’s problems. :dizzy:

Lotz has added a Missouri-specific page to her website where individuals can sign up for a daily e-mail prayer guide throughout the 40-day emphasis. Messer will provide updated information for the page.

When asked if prayer is the only answer, Lotz responded, “[Through prayer] I know that God can give us ideas that we couldn’t imagine....”

Here are unscriptural comments which show man attempting to CAUSE God to act. WRONG. God acts in His own way.

Here we see man walking around something to cause something to occur or make a certain number of days to cause an action? Preposterous!

Also.. the worst comment is this: [COLOR=Green]”believers must be filled with Jesus to impact”

Upon repentant faith in Jesus Christ the believer IS automatically indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God. Acts 2:37 What kind of extraBiblical thinking is this? If we are filled more, we can impact the government?

She refers to Old Testament scripture- what does that have to do with believers today who [/COLOR]“walk by faith and not by sight” 2 Cor.5:7 ?!!

This is EXPERIENCE seeking. :angry4:

We are told to go boldly to the throne of grace as the Lord hears our every prayer. Heb. 4:16 Trust in Him and Rest in Him.

N.Y. Times columnist: Death panels will save 'a lot of money'

Well guess this is a bad time to be my age.


N.Y. Times columnist: Death panels will save ‘a lot of money’

Paul Krugman tells ‘Roundtable’ economists agree it’s ‘going to be major’

Posted: March 30, 2010

9:02 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Left-leaning New York Times economic columnist Paul Krugman says the so-called “death panels” established by President Obama’s trillion-dollar nationalized health-care plan will end up saving “a lot of money” for the government.

The comments from Krugman, who also writes on the New York Times blogs, came during a discussion of “Obamacare” on the ABC News Sunday program “This Week.”

“People on the right, they’re simultaneously screaming, ‘They’re going to send all the old people to death panels,’ and ‘It’s not going to save any money,'” he said.

Another panelist interjected, “Death panels would save money,” to which Krugman responded:

The advisory panel which has the ability to make more or less binding judgments on saying this particular expensive treatment actually doesn’t do any good medically and so we are not going to pay for it. That is actually going to save quite a lot of money. We don’t know how much yet. The CBO gives it very little credit but, but most, most of the health care economists I talk to think that’s going be a really, uh a really major cost saving



The Easter Service Called Tenebrae

The Easter Service Called Tenebrae

By Dave Hunt

Question: Our church has recently introduced an Easter service called Tenebrae. It began as a solemn service that included worship songs and scripture that led into a contemplation of the sufferings of Christ during his crucifixion. This year they are having “stations that show the ‘Way of the Cross'” (quoted from service outline). A table as you walk in represents the Passover Supper; at the doors, the essence of wintergreen will be offered to mask the smell of death; the four stations:

Humility – foot washing (reenactment of disciples feet being washed by Jesus);

Fellowship with the Father – prayer station;

Apathy – Pilate washing his hands/allow people to do the same;

Suffering – table with crown of thorns and bloody shroud, bowl of nails for everyone to pickup.

There will also be a recreated tomb [with] soldiers rolling a stone over [the entrance]. There will be 30-40 minutes given for everyone to go through the stations and then the service begins. As an ex-Catholic, I would really like your input on this. We are told to remember the Lord in communion; is there any value in this kind of service? This is confusing!

Response: What your church is doing, while sincere, is rife with potential problems, in our opinion. Although your fellowship is putting together all kinds of things that it hopes will increase a person’s interest (some may even believe that these will increase one’s spirituality and knowledge) in the Lord and in what He has done for them, the program may have the opposite effect. Here are a few things to consider.

The New Testament gives no such examples of remembrance productions or ceremonies for the edification of believers. Although baptism and communion have become “efficacious” rituals and ceremonies in much of the church today, that’s not what we find in the Scriptures. Baptism and communion are simply personal ordinances to be followed. Baptism is a public declaration of one’s commitment to Christ; communion is an act of remembering Christ’s sacrifice for humanity.

Most of what you described from the service outline has been taken originally from Catholic and Orthodox traditions and rituals. Since they were created to support their works-oriented way of salvation, they have little if any value in leading a person to the biblical gospel or biblical truth.

Nearly all church productions are of poor quality, even embarrassing. Yet even if they were magnificent, they would still be greatly inferior to the preaching and teaching of the Word. Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” It is God’s Word that sets a person free, not man’s ceremonies and productions.

The Scriptures give us the most direct way of knowing and believing what Christ has accomplished for humanity on the Cross. They are God’s words given to the writers of the Old and New Testaments. As a person reads or hears God’s words, the Holy Spirit brings conviction and enables one to understand the words of God.

The subjective nature of presentations such as you describe cannot teach objective truth – only the Word can do this. People respond to the imagery presented in the productions experientially. It would be like you and me describing a painting that we had both seen. Our evaluations would be different because they would be based upon our impressions, feelings, and other subjective criteria. If, however, we saw a sign next to the painting that said, “For sale,” we would both know exactly what the sign was communicating because of the objective meaning of words.

When Moses went up to Mount Sinai, he was given objective instructions in words that he was told to write down. On the other hand, the Israelites, with Aaron’s help, were involved in a production. They opted for the subjective way of paganism and idolatry. Sadly, at the very least, the church is unwittingly moving in that direction.

Another problem with so-called sacred ceremonies is that most people “feel” they are being spiritually edified or that they have had a legitimate spiritual experience; thus, they have pleased (or have drawn closer to) God in some way. No. These are experiential acts of the flesh, which the Word says, “profits nothing” (“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life”-John 6:63).

Anything that attempts to supplement the Word through productions, ceremonies, processions, rituals, etc., in order to encourage people to believe in what it says, is at best adding a secondhand, fleshly representation of what the Bible teaches. At worst, such productions mislead people into thinking that the activity itself has some efficacious spiritual value, thus preventing them from worshiping the Lord “in spirit and in truth,” which believers are commanded to do (John 4:23).

'Gaia theory scientist'…We're doomed…

Lovelock: ‘We can’t save the planet’

Professor James Lovelock, the scientist who developed Gaia theory, has said it is too late to try and save the planet.

The man who achieved global fame for his theory that the whole earth is a single organism now believes that we can only hope that the earth will take care of itself in the face of completely unpredictable climate change.

Interviewed by Today presenter John Humphrys, videos of which you can see below, he said that while the earth’s future was utterly uncertain, mankind was not aware it had “pulled the trigger” on global warming as it built its civilizations.

Prof Lovelock does not pull his punches on the politicians and scientists who are set to gain from the idea that we can predict climate change and save the planet ourselves.

Scientists, he says, have moved from investigating nature as a vocation, to being caught in a career path where it makes sense to “fudge the data”.

And while renewable energy technology may make good business sense, he says, it is not based on “good practical engineering”.

North Korean defector, in US, urges 'ideological warfare'

North Korea’s highest-ranking defector on Wednesday said that “ideological warfare” and Chinese pressure can help bring down the hardline regime, as he paid a tightly guarded trip to the United States.

Hwang Jang-Yop, a former secretary of North Korea’s ruling Workers Party, is credited with developing the regime’s ideology of “juche,” or self-reliance. He defected to South Korea in 1997 on a visit to Beijing.

Hwang is at the top of North Korea’s hit-list and his visit was kept closely under wraps, with a security detail closely following him. It was his second trip to Washington.

Speaking to a small audience at a think-tank, Hwang discounted the options either of attacking or engaging Kim Jong-Il’s regime and said it was instead crucial to show North Koreans about human rights violations in their midst.

“The solution is ideological warfare. We need to focus on the people of North Korea and alert them to the human rights abuses that are taking place,” he said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“Simply trying to make Kim Jong-Il die would not be the solution,” he said, referring to the North Korean leader whose health condition is a matter of great speculation.

“We don’t need to resort to force. We need to use ideology and markets and diplomacy. We need to take a lesson from the Cold War,” he said.

Hwang, 87, sported a neatly pressed Western suit and spoke lucidly but showed signs of his age, struggling with his translation headset and occasionally repeating his remarks.

While unsure about Kim’s current health, Hwang revealed that he did not find Kim to be the anti-American ideologue as it would appear from North Korean propaganda.

“Deep down, when he’s talking in private with his henchmen, he never speaks ill about the United States,” he said. “Rather, privately it’s China that he talks about in a very bad spirit.”

“China is the lifeline of North Korea,” he said. “If China ever broke with North Korea, it would be the death knell for the regime.”

China is the main economic and political supporter of North Korea. South Korea has said it expects Kim to visit China soon, raising hopes in Washington that Beijing will put pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.

China fears hundreds of millions of North Koreans flooding across their border should war or regime collapse were to happen…

Homes and dreams drown as waters rise in northeast

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – Flooding on a scale rarely seen in New England forced hundreds of people from their homes Wednesday, overwhelmed sewage systems to the point that families were asked to stop flushing toilets, and washed out bridges and highways from Maine to Connecticut.

Hardest hit by three days of record-breaking rain was Rhode Island, where the worst flooding in 200 years could persist for several more days and permanently close businesses already struggling in the weak economy.

“I think we’re all done,” said Angelo Padula Jr., a West Warwick town councilman whose family owns a 100-year-old auto-restoration shop. The shop and 260 cars stood in 10 feet of water from the Pawtuxet River.

Padula said officials told him they believe his shop and about 40 surrounding businesses would have to be condemned, as will several blocks of nearby homes.

Demetri Skalkos, co-owner of McNamara’s liquor store, said about 3 feet of water stood in the basement. He said he was worried about losing business over the traditionally busy Easter period.

:confused: “This is the Holy Week,” he said. “If we don’t do business now, when are we going to do business?”