Monday, 20 October 2014

Why is Barack Obama fast-tracking up to 3,000 visa applications per month from three Ebola-stricken West African nations? Rick Wiles also discusses the late Tom Clancy’s video game The Division which deals with a plague released in America. Princeton Professor Robert George shares with Rick his frustration over the silence of Western church leaders as Middle Eastern Christians are slaughtered by ISIS. Rick also plays the audio warning from an American missionary who died recently in the Philippines who prophesied one year ago that unspeakable persecution is coming to American Christians.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the 'Human UFO' as pilots spot flying man at 3,500ft
Pilots were left stunned when they saw a "flying man" zoom past the side of a plane at 3,500ft above the Cheshire countryside.
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    Pilots on a passenger plane were stunned when a “flying man” zipped past the side of their aircraft at 3,500ft.
    Aviation experts admitted they were baffled by the sighting of the human UFO, who has been dubbed Superman of Macclesfield.
    He appeared from nowhere as the Airbus 320 passed the Cheshire town while it was coming in to land at Manchester Airport.
    The pilot and first officer, who reported the sighting to air traffic control, thought the man was a paraglider but could not see a canopy.
    And the mystery deepened when there was no sign of him on radar.
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    Idaho City To Christian Pastors: Perform Same-Sex Weddings Or Face Jail
    The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is taking a step many opponents of same-sex marriage feared would come – forcing those with religious objections to perform same-sex marriages or risk facing prosecution for violating non-discrimination laws.

    Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who oppose gay marriage, own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene. Early in 2014, a federal judge in Idaho ruled that the same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, but the ruling was put on hold while the case was appealed. When the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, the ruling stood and went into effect.

    The city of Coeur d’Alene has an ordinance that prohibits discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation, in public accommodations. It does have a religious exemption, but the Hitching Post is a for-profit company, not technically a religious organization, in spite of the Knapp’s deeply held personal beliefs.
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    Church should not fear change, says Pope after synod backlash against softening of stance towards homosexuality

    For a synod on family issues that started so positively, the end came amid division over the issues of homosexuality and divorce – with Pope Francis stating that the Catholic Church should not be afraid of change.
    Is he really precious to you or are we just interested in debating who is right, who is wrong and when the rapture will be, but missing the greatest part getting alone with Jesus the source of life itself?

    These Countries Do the Exact Opposite of What America Does When It Comes to Higher Education

    Source: ATTN
    Germany made international news last week when they decided to eliminate college tuition entirely (before this, it was less than €1,000-- the equivalent to $1,300-- per year). Meanwhile in the United States, the average per-year tuition cost was $8,655 for an in-state 4-year public college, $21,706 for an out-of-state 4 year public college, and $29,056 for a private 4-year college. The average American college student will graduate with more than $27,000 in debt, and college costs in the U.S. have gone up more than 1100% since 1978 with little sign of leveling off.
    In light of Germany's actions, we decided to highlight 5 countries whose approaches towards financing higher education put ours to shame.
    1. Germany
    Nearly all college students in Germany (99%) attend public universities, funded by the government. These schools were free up until 2006, when the German government decided to allow them to charge up to €1,000 per year in tuition fees to shift some of the financial burden onto students. The ensuing 8 years have seen mass protests (in the German state Hesse, 70,000 signatures were gathered), many politicians voted out of office, and as of last week, every German state has reverted to the free tuition model.
    Germany, which has the 4th largest economy in the world (behind the US, China and Japan), once again has the government pick up the full tab for its citizens' higher education. Gabrielle Heinen-Kjajic, the minister for science and culture in Lower Saxony, said: “We got rid of tuition fees because we do not want higher education [that] depends on the wealth of the parents.”  What a novel concept. 
    Congrats Germany! All universities will be tuition free meme
    1.  Denmark
    Denmark's government provides university education completely free for its citizens as well as those of any country in the European Union.
    It gets better: Denmark's government also provides monthly stipends to students for cost-of-living expenses (rent is less expensive in Denmark but food, transportation and other goods tend to be slightly more expensive as compared to the United States according to Expatistan and Numbeo). Any student who needs additional money can get a low-interest government loan (Denmark's parliament sets the interest rate).

    1. Australia
    Australian universities charge tuition and many students borrow money to attend school; however, Australia has a few tricks in place to help students manage debt:
    First, tuition varies based on your major. Majors that lead to a higher future income, like medicine, law, and business, cost more.
    Second, students may pay as much of their tuition up front as they or their families can afford, and get a 10% discount. Any tuition costs not paid up front will be paid back by the student based on their future income (this system is known as HELP).
    This is where it gets interesting. For one thing, Australian graduates don't pay back a cent until their income reaches a certain level (around $51,000 per year). Then they pay back between 4% and 8% of their income per year. However, if their income ever falls below the minimum level, they do not have to pay anything back until their income recovers. The most important part: no fees or interest accumulates on their debt during years where they earn below the $51,000 income threshold.
    It should be noted that Australia's government is cutting its education budget, and as a result, Australian universities are expected to raise tuition at least 30%. The interest rate on loans is also expected to be tied to the 10 year government bond rate (6%), which is higher than the current interest rate tied to the Consumer Price Index (currently 2.9%).
    No need to pay back student debt until i make more than $51,000 koala bear meme
    1. New Zealand
    Staying Down Under, Australia's neighbor New Zealand spends a greater percentage of their GDP (which essentially represents the size of a country's economy) on education than any country in the world, which indicates they have concluded that education is a public good and is therefore worth government investment.
    Like Australia, New Zealand allows graduates to repay their loans based on how much they earn. And in 2006, New Zealand's government completely eliminated interest on student loans for all future students, meaning students will continue to pay back their loans based on their income level but won't accrue interest. In the United States, the federal government generated $41.3 billion in student loan profits in fiscal year 2013, most of which is due to interest accumulation.
    As in Denmark, students in New Zealand also receive an allowance from the government, which does not need to be paid back.
    New Zealand tops OECD in education spending
    1. England
    Almost all of England's universities are public and tuition is around £6,000 per year (which is a little less than $10,000 per year) -- and no university can charge more than £9,000.
    Students repay their debt on an income-contingent basis, meaning they are not required to make a payment until their income exceeds £21,000 (around $33,000). Students pay back 9% of any income over that threshold - and their payments are put on hold if their income drops below £21,000 per year.
    So even though many in England are upset that higher education tuition has tripled in recent years, theirs is still a system that is currently better than the United States.

    Pakistan Court Upholds Death Sentence Against Christian Woman Who Allegedly Drank Water From a Well Reserved for Muslims

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    A Christian woman who was given the death penalty last year for drinking water from a well reserved for Muslims in Pakistan has had her appeal against the sentence rejected by the Lahore high court.

    by, Oliver Lane | Breitbart | h/t Mark Broadbent

    Breitbart reported on the original case last year, which arose after Aasiya Noreen, a fruit picker, stopped to refresh herself during the course of her day’s work. After she was caught drinking from the same cup used by Muslim women, the well was declared “Haram”, and Noreen was beaten for the offence, before being arrested.

    At the time of her conviction, Noreen said: “I have been sentenced to death because I was thirsty. I’m a prisoner because I used the same cup as those Muslim women, because water served by a Christian woman was regarded as unclean by my stupid fellow fruit pickers”.

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