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April 27 - GMO pesticides linked to birth defects, disruption of male hormones, cancer
Numerous studies in recent
months have tied agricultural pesticides to
reproductive and other serious health problems. And a new
study out of Argentina adds even more evidence to the fact that
such chemicals are a widespread public health pandemic.
Andres Carrasco, head of the molecular Embryology Lab at the University of
Buenos Aires, recently presented a report explaining that
glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup
herbicide, is responsible for causing birth defects, infertility, sperm
destruction, and cancer.
For the study, Carrasco and his team tested the effects of
glyphosate on animal embryos and found that the chemical
alters and impairs proper embryonic development. The paper also explains
that "glyphosate itself was responsible" for
causing the birth defects, and that the results of the study suggest similar
outcomes for humans as well.
"I didn't discover anything new," said Carrasco in an interview with GMWatch.org.
"I just confirmed what other scientists discovered. In spite of the evidence,
they tried to run down 30 years of my reputation as a scientist ... They know
they can't cover up the sun with one hand.
There is scientific proof and, above all, there are hundreds of affected towns
[that] are a living evidence of this public health emergency."
Besides glyphosate, the whole slew of other toxic chemicals
applied to conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops are also a severe
threat to human health. A report published in the magazine Scientific
American back in February explains that the
vast majority of pesticides are endocrine disruptors. The chemicals affect male
hormones in particular, blocking or mimicking them, and ultimately leading to
all sorts of very severe health problems.
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April 25 - Atheists Mock Rapture Prediction as 'Nonsense'
Article: Unbiblical Christianity
is returning next month, according to one controversial group, and atheists
are ready for it. They're throwing a "rapture party." While Christian
radio broadcaster Harold Camping tries to warn the
world that the rapture - where Christians will rise and join Jesus - will
happen on May 21, the group American Atheists is calling it "nonsense" and
advertising a party for "heathens and skeptics."
Rapture: You KNOW it's Nonsense. 2000 Years of 'Any Day Now,'" says the
atheist group's billboard in Oakland, Calif. "Learn the Truth at our Rapture
Party, May 21-22." The billboard is designed to
mock "two millennia of false predictions that the world was about to end."
Parties to celebrate "another rapture that wasn't" are scheduled for
Houston, Fort Lauderdale and Oakland, where Camping's radio ministry
The ad was erected in
response to billboards that went up in recent months
that say Jesus "is coming again" in May. Spearheaded by Camping's
Family Radio, the ads direct the public to wecanknow.com
where they are told that May 21 is the day that the
rapture of believers will take place and October 21 is the day God will
destroy the world.
aren't the only ones rejecting the prediction.
Christians have argued that predicting the date for
the end of the world is unbiblical.
No one can know the day or the hour, they
say, citing Scripture.
"The end of times is something that we all expect and
hope for and look forward to but most Christians aren't in the business of
trying to predict that date. They are working toward that date,"
Dr. Thomas B. Slater, professor of New Testament at Mercer University's
McAfee School of Theology, told The Christian Post in an earlier interview.
Still, many evangelical Christians don't deny that the last days are
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April 19 - Israel under pressure to offer peace plan
Article: Israel And The Last Days
Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu is under mounting pressure
a new plan for solving the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict
or risk having the U.S. and
international community move ahead with a strategy of their own.
Israel won some breathing space with the postponement last week
of a meeting of international powers in Berlin, but
American and European diplomats are continuing to prod Netanyahu to lay out his
vision for restarting peace talks and ending the occupation of the West Bank.
If he does not, diplomats warned, the so-called Mideast quartet - the United
States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -
may attempt to jump-start the process by formally
endorsing, for the first time, the creation of a Palestinian state based on the
1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Netanyahu's government has
vehemently opposed such a move.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signaled last
week that international patience over the stalled peace
process was growing thin and that the recent Arab world unrest made a resolution
of the conflict more pressing. She promised "active American leadership"
and a reinvigorated U.S. approach that would be announced in coming weeks.
Last month, Israeli government aides floated the idea of
an interim peace plan with temporary borders, but the Palestinians rejected it.
Now Netanyahu is considering handing the Palestinian Authority more control over
certain areas in the West Bank or calling for an international conference
aimed at restarting talks.
In a speech to European Union envoys last week, Netanyahu offered no clues. "I
have not decided what to say, and when to say it," the prime minister reportedly
told the group. On Thursday, Netanyahu struck a defiant tone, saying he would
not succumb to outside pressure. "We will stand
firm against anyone who attempts to dictate conditions to us that will leave us
without security and without peace."
President Obama has said he wants to welcome a Palestinian
state into the U.N. in September. Not coincidentally,
that's also when the Palestinians are promising to take
their statehood bid to the U.N. General Assembly, which most predict will
"I don't see in the current government a political plan for moving
forward," said lawmaker Shaul Mofaz of the opposition Kadima party. Yet, he
added, "a do-nothing policy is
very dangerous for the future of Israel."
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April 29 - Tornadoes Devastate South, Killing at Least 297
Article: Signs Of The Last Times
Firefighters searched one splintered pile
after another for survivors Thursday, combing the remains of houses and
neighborhoods pulverized by the
nation's deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades. At least 297
people were killed across six states -- more than two-thirds of them in
Alabama, where large cities bore the half-mile-wide scars the twisters
The death toll from
Wednesday's storms seems out of a bygone era, before Doppler
radar and pinpoint satellite forecasts were around to warn communities
of severe weather. Residents were told the tornadoes were coming up to
24 minutes ahead of time, but they were just too
wide, too powerful and too locked onto populated areas to avoid a
horrifying body count.
the most intense super-cell thunderstorms that I think anybody who was
out there forecasting has ever seen," said
meteorologist Greg Carbin at the National Weather Service's Storm
Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.
Alabama Emergency Management officials said
early Friday that the state had 210 confirmed
deaths. There were 33 deaths in Mississippi, 33 in Tennessee, 15 in
Georgia, five in Virginia and one in Kentucky. Hundreds if not thousands
of people were injured -- nearly 800 in Tuscaloosa alone.
The storm prediction center
said it received 164 tornado reports around the
region, but some tornadoes were probably reported multiple times and it
could take days to get a final count.
In fact, Brooks said 50 to 60 reports --
from the Mississippi-Alabama line, through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham and
into Georgia and southwestern Tennessee -- might end up being a single
tornado. If that's true its path would be one of
the longest on record for a twister, rivaling a 1925 tornado that raged
for 219 miles.
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April 27 - Church Touts Homosexuality as a Gift, Not a Sin
Artcle: Unbibical Christianity
Being gay is a
gift from God, asserts one church in Ohio. That's the
message that Central United Methodist Church is spreading throughout their
community via a digital billboard, launched on Monday.
statement," the church announced,
is "intended to be a gift to those who have
experienced hurt and discrimination because of their real or perceived
Jeff Buchanan, the director of Exodus Church
Equipping & Student Ministries, agrees that the Church must display love and
compassion for those in the LGBT community.
But he opposes the message that CUMC is sending
through their "Being Gay is a Gift from God" campaign.
"Why would God bestow this 'gift' only to
condemn it throughout the Bible? This would seemingly contradict His
character as a God who is loving and just."
The Toledo church's controversial billboard
ad is directly connected to a long month-long sermon series by its new
pastor, Bill Barnard. The church is hoping that the ad
will move the public towards tolerance, reported ABC 13, and not
perpetuate anti-gay attitudes and behaviors, which were harming the LGBT
The purposes of their recently launched
campaign are threefold: to offer welcome to
all persons who are gay; to challenge the larger Church to fully accept
persons who are gay into the life of the Church; and to call on all people
to bring all the gifts of who they are to God.
"By welcoming and living in community with
faithful Christians who happen to be gay,
we have come to understand that being gay is part of who God made them to be,"
CUMC proclaims on their site. "And by gay Christians
bringing all that they are to God, the body of Christ has been strengthened.
In fact, we would experience the body of Christ as incomplete without LGBT
Barnard told ABC,
"We really believe that being gay is a gift from God, and it's not anything
that anyone has to apologize for or be ashamed about. So that's how [the
campaign] came to be."
overwhelming scientific evidence is that people are born with their sexual
orientation, that it is not a choice," the church
contends. "Fully accepting one's sexual
orientation and identity is key to leading a normal and healthy life.
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