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 Matthew 24:42  “Therefore be on alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming!"

US Marines Prepare for Helicopter Evacuation of Hawaii's Big Island Residents as a Third Lava Flow From the Kilauea Volcano Streams Into the Ocean

Six huge fissures sent rivers of molten rock through a blackened, volcanic wilderness that was once jungle, farmland and rural homes. Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, entered the fourth week of what may be an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at its summit crater and along a six-mile string of fissures 25 miles down its east flank. At least 50 rural homes and other structures have been destroyed by lava from the fissures. One person was seriously injured after being hit by a flying piece of lava.

From "The Daily Mail"


'Jesus Never Charged a Leper a Co-Pay': the Rise of the Religious Left

In his prayer at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem last week, a prayer delivered against a backdrop of violence in Gaza, the evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress said Donald Trump was a moral leader who stood "on the right side of you, O God". Half a world away, outside the Capitol in Washington, the Rev William Barber led a moment of silence for the 60 Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers.

As one group of faith leaders celebrates the fruits of a decades-long alliance with the Republican party, another is mounting a multi-faith challenge to the dominance of the Christian right, in an attempt to recapture the moral agenda.

Frustrated by conservative Christians' focus on culture wars over issues such as abortion and gay marriage, Barber leads an ascendent grassroots movement that is trying to turn the national conversation to what they believe are the core teachings of the Bible: care for the poor, heal the sick, welcome the stranger.

From "The Guardian"


Silent Epidemic:  Seniors and Addiction

America is experiencing an epidemic of heroin use and overdose deaths, often hitting young adults. But many people, sometimes much older, are at risk of abusing other types of drugs - the kind that come in prescription vials. Opioid pain medications - such as oxycodone, which is in OxyContin and Percocet; and fentanyl, which is administered through an adhesive patch - are prescribed for chronic conditions such as lower back pain, fibromyalgia, headache or arthritis. The fact is, however, that overdoses of these "respectable" drugs can be just as harmful as those from heroin sold on the street.



U.S. emergency departments saw a 78 percent rise in the number of visits among older adults with misuse of prescription or illicit drugs between 2006 and 2012, according to a new study presented in November at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. About 11 percent of that misuse was with opiate drugs, says Mary Carter, an associate professor at Towson University and author of the study. Emergency department and hospital charges involving opioid pain medications average about $25,275 per patient, Carter says.  

From "U.S. News"







Amazon's Alexa Recorded Private Conversation and Sent It To Random Contact

No matter how suspicious it has seemed that Amazon is encouraging us to put listening devices in every room of our homes, the company has always said that its Echo assistants are not listening in on or recording conversations. Over and over again, company spokespeople have promised that they only start recording if someone says the wake word: "Alexa".

It's a spiel Danielle, an Alexa user from Portland, Oregon, had believed. She'd installed Echo devices and smart bulbs in every room in her house, accepting Amazon's claims that they were not invading her privacy. But today she asked the company to investigate after an Alexa device recorded a private conversation between her and her husband and sent it to a random number in their address book without their permission.

Danielle found out her Alexa was recording when she received an alarming call from one of her husband's colleagues saying: "Unplug your Alexa devices right now, you're being hacked."

She told KIRO-TV in Seattle that at first she didn't believe the co-worker, but then she said: "You sat there talking about hardwood floors." Danielle realised the colleague must have heard everything.

"I felt invaded," she told KIRO-TV. "A total privacy invasion. Immediately, I said, ‘I'm never plugging that device in again because I can't trust it.'"

An Amazon customer service representative confirmed that Danielle's audio had been sent to the number and apologised but didn't provide any information about why the device had been activated. A spokesperson for the company said it had "determined this was an extremely rare occurrence".

At 6pm ET on Thursday, an Amazon spokesperson provided an updated statement with an explanation for why they believe Alexa forwarded the conversation. They said:

"Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa'. Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message' request. At which point, Alexa said out loud ‘To whom?' At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer's contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?' Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right'."

Recognising the improbability of this series of mishaps occuring, they added: "As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely."


From "The Guardian"


Texas Shooting Suspect Says He Avoided Shooting Students He Liked To "Have His Story Told" , Affidavit Says


The suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis Jr., 17, was charged with capital murder of multiple persons and aggravated assault against a public servant, according to the document.


Pagourtzis "surrendered" to authorities after coming out of an art classroom at the school, the document said, and was brought to the Santa Fe Police Department where he was advised of "and later waived his Miranda Warning." The suspect was then interviewed, during which he admitted "to shooting multiple people inside" the high school "with the intent on killing people," the document said. He also reportedly told authorities he didn't "shoot students he did like so he could have his story told."


"None of us knows why there's evil in the world," Texas Senator Ted Cruz said. "But this community has seen it - has seen the face of unmitigated evil. Has seen the face of hatred but let me encourage you, in spite of that evil, the community has also seen strength. This community has also seen love. This community has also seen courage."


From "Fox News"


Tens of Thousands Protest on Gaza Border, 37 Dead in Clashes

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinians followed through with their vow to protest massively along the Gaza border Monday with tens of thousands demonstrating and 37 killed by Israeli fire as clashes erupted over the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The death toll made it the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war.

From "Yahoo/AFP"


19 Lava Outbreaks, a Jungle Ablaze and a Hawaii Volcano Still Poised to Explode

And now the volcano itself appears ready to explode, although the damage is expected to radiate only about 12 miles from the crater, leaving Hilo untouched. That's little comfort for the evacuees and their community who each day see the lava flow farther from the volcano toward the ocean, setting the thick jungle ablaze and covering roads with rapidly solidifying rock more than 10 feet thick. From roadblocks several miles from the flows, visitors can hear the lava roar and thunder as it boils to the Earth's surface. "A lot of people are scared," said Tiana Dunn, who helped organize a community supply depot for evacuees in Pahoa. "People are still a bit sad and in disbelief."

From "USA Today"


Bloody Monday: Israeli Snipers Kill Scores of Palestinians and Wound 2,400 and Fire Teargas at 35,000 Protesters Rallying Against the Us Embassy Opening in Jerusalem

US moving embassy from Tel Aviv today after Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December. Israeli snipers have killed scores of protesters near the Gaza border with more than two thousand injured.

From "The Daily Mail"

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