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    Today, 02:20 AM
    In the last three months, tensions between two NATO member states have escalated dramatically - Turkey has threatened to invade Greek islands, Greece has responded, and Greeks now see Turkey as the greatest threat to their existence. And while Turkish President Erdogan was busy talking up his currency and begging his people not to sell Lira for dollars, his air force was once again running interference with Greece. As GreekReporter.com reports,Turkish fighter jets violated Greek airspace over the Aegean 56 times, making such incidents an almost daily phenomenon. According to the Greek Ministry of National Defense, the air force recorded 56 violations of national airspace in the Northeast, Central and Southeastern Aegean. Eleven Turkish aircraft - two F-16s that were flying in formation, two CN-235s and seven helicopters - also committed 14 air-traffic law violations in the Athens Flight Information Region.
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    Today, 01:58 AM
    A Delta flight clipped the wing of a United Airlines aircraft after landing at Hollywood Burbank Airport on Tuesday night, though it’s unclear which aircraft was at fault for the collision. SkyWest flight 4673, operating as a Delta Connection flight, had just landed from Salt Lake City and was taxiing to gate B1 when it struck the wing of the empty United plane parked at B2, KTLA reported. "It felt like we hit a body," SkyWest passenger Bernadette Kashden told the station. "I said, 'What did we just hit? We actually just hit somebody?' And the guy who was sitting right by the wing looked over and said, 'No, we hit that plane; knocked its wing off.'" Despite the second passenger’s assessment, photographs from the site of the crash show both wings largely intact. No injuries were reported, a spokesperson for Delta confirmed. "After a routine landing in Burbank, California, a wingtip of SkyWest flight 4673, operating as Delta Connection from Salt Lake City to Burbank made contact with another aircraft wingtip while taxiing to the gate,” Delta tells Fox News in a statement. “There were no injuries and all 42 passengers deplaned normally through the main cabin door." Another SkyWest passenger, who spoke with KCAL, claimed that the pilot of the SkyWest flight suggested the United aircraft was to blame for being parked incorrectly at B2.
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    Today, 01:56 AM
    Wildlife authorities in Colorado and Pennsylvania are pushing for new hunting regulations in order to fight the spread of chronic wasting disease among their local deer populations. Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, affects the central nervous system of not only deer but moose and elk, and can cause disorientation, emaciation, excessive drinking, drooling and urination. Infected animals usually die within two or three years, the Denver Post reports. Now, wildlife experts in Colorado say up to 16 percent of the wild male deer population carries CWD, and plan to present a comprehensive strategy for combating the spread of CWD to officials in September. Tactics include more rigorous testing policies, new disposal requirements for infected carcasses, limiting the transport of carcasses across state lines, and putting more effort to hunt and disperse large deer herds that are more likely to harbor infected animals. “We’re at a very critical point. We need to do something. This is not only in Colorado. It is nationwide. And there are other states that have a higher prevalence,” said Colorado Wildlife Commissioner Marie Haskett, per the Denver Post. Experts warn that hunters, too, should get their kills tested and refrain from eating any carcasses carrying CWD.
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    Today, 01:52 AM
    Wyoming lawmakers on Wednesday approved a plan to allow the hunting of grizzly bears for the first time in more than 40 years. Hunting season will begin in the fall and take place in a designated area between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The hunt will end when 22 grizzly bears are killed. Wyoming lawmakers approved the grizzly bear hunt after the Department of the Interior removed federal protections of the animal last June. More at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/05/24/Wyoming-approves-first-grizzly-bear-hunt-in-44-years/9681527136403/?spt=slh&or=1
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    Today, 01:49 AM
    President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is working on plans to reduce U.S. aid to countries that refuse to cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities. Speaking at an immigration roundtable focused on the MS-13 gang, Trump suggested a policy of withholding aid from countries that don't help prevent immigrants from illegally entering the United States and refuse to accept U.S. deportations. "We're going to work out something where every time someone comes from a certain country, we're going to deduct a rather large amount of money from what we give them in aid -- if we give them aid at all, which we may not just give them aid at all, because despite the reports I hear, I don't believe they're helping us one bit," Trump said. "We're looking at our whole aid structure. It's going to be changed very radically. It's already started." More at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/05/23/Trump-to-cut-aid-to-countries-refusing-to-cooperate-on-immigration/5391527106179/
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    Today, 01:48 AM
    Tucker Carlson debated a Mexican-American journalist after all four of Mexico's presidential candidates reportedly agreed their country should help migrants reach the United States. Carlson reported that the candidates made the pledge at a debate in Tijuana this week. "Why should we not consider Mexico an enemy?" he asked Univision's Enrique Acevedo. Acevedo responded that candidates "say a lot while campaigning" and pointed to President Donald Trump labeling some Mexican immigrants "rapists" and pledging to build a border wall. Carlson disagreed with the premise, saying that Trump's wall plans do not violate Mexican law, while a bordering government seeking to "subvert" American law should be seen as a "hostile foreign power." He added that Trump could respond by ordering the Treasury to end the ability for Mexican-Americans to send remittances of cash back to Mexico. More at: http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/05/23/tucker-carlson-says-mexico-pledging-help-illegal-immigrants-reach-us
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    Today, 01:45 AM
    The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) said Tuesday that it only planned on staying in Iraq as long as it was welcome after an opponent of foreign military presence won local elections. The remarks come after a political bloc—comprised of Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, communists and others—managed to secure the plurality of votes in last week's Iraqi election, raising uncertainties for the future of the U.S. and other foreign militaries helping local forces battle the remnants of ISIS in the war-torn country. Italian army Brigadier General Roberto Vannacci, who serves as deputy commanding general for training the joint land forces component of the coalition, said there has been no change in policy yet, but if there was, it would be up to political leaders at home. "We are here by the request of the Iraqi government. And regardless of who won the election, I think that if this request will continue to be addressed to the coalition, the coalition will remain," Vannacci told reporters during a weekly press briefing at the Pentagon Tuesday. "As you know, we are military and we don't make these kind of decisions. These are political decisions. So I think that whenever we will be told by the Iraqi government that we will have to leave, the politicians of our nations will take the right decision," he added. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-coalition-iraq-asks-us-215143707.html
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    Today, 01:22 AM
    You know, I was going to write out a reply to this, but there's just way too much to get into. Whole books have been written on this topic, so it's not something that we can adequately cover in a few paragraphs. I mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. There was a big division in early Christianity, between vegetarians and meat eaters. There is plenty of very compelling evidence that Jesus' brother James and a number of the disciples were vegetarian. Since the student can't be greater than the master, I think it would be very odd if Jesus was not a vegetarian, and I believe that for a number of reasons. You may think this is crazy, but it is argued that certain passages were inserted in order to portray Jesus as carnivorous. That wouldn't surprise me at all, especially when the Bible itself states that lying scribes changed things. And when you consider that the heart of God – a heart of love, mercy and compassion – does not go along with putting ones tastebuds first, above the life of an animal who wants to live. But again, there's way too much to this topic, and we are already way way way off the original topic.
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    Today, 01:16 AM
    The U.S.-led coalition is deliberately bombing oil wells in Syria to punish Damascus and make it pay millions of dollars to restore work at those fields, Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told Russian news outlet Sputnik on Wednesday. “They made it necessary to spend tens of millions of dollars to resume work at these fields,” Mekdad was quoted as saying by the Russian outlet. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Syrian-Diplomat-Accuses-US-led-Coalition-Of-Bombing-Oil-Wells.html
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    Today, 12:58 AM
    Nearly every vice has an acceptable place and nearly every virtue has limits. I love, value, and protect life as much as possible, "exploitation" isn't even a vice in and of itself, violence has its necessary place in the killing of animals for food in addition to the defense of one's self or others and the administration of justice, torture has no place except perhaps in the hands of GOD punishing the guilty, killing is part of violence. I know that eating meat is not wrong because GOD and Christ said so not only in words but in deeds. I'm done with this topic now, good night and GOD bless you.
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    Today, 12:51 AM
    I have tried to deal with all the points you bring up, perhaps you have missed some of my posts. In any case if GOD and Christ condone and participate in eating meat and even meat from live animals that had to be killed then it can't be wrong. We should be as merciful as possible to those animals that we kill to eat but it is undeniable that GOD and Christ condoned and participated in eating meat and even killing live animals to get that meat.
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    Today, 12:48 AM
    Swordsmyth, you're much smarter than this. Let's make this as simple as possible. Which one of these is more demonic: a) exploitation, violence, torture and killing, for selfish reasons… Or b) loving, valuing, and protecting all life? Please answer honestly.
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    Today, 12:43 AM
    Swordsmyth, I've noticed that you are either ignoring or quickly glossing over numerous points I've brought up, but then you keep throwing up the same handful of scriptures that meat eaters always use. If you're not going to take much time to address the things I've said, then I'm not going to take the time to go over each of these points you brought up. There are certain things that are undeniable. God commands us to be merciful. God commands us to love and treat others the way we want to be treated. You can argue that he meant that only for humans… But God created the animals too, they live here with us. We treat our dogs and cats like members of our family, we love and cherish them. Why would you apply love, kindness and the golden rule to your beloved dog, but not to another animal who is equally as intelligent and emotional? The Bible states that God's mercy extends to all creation. So why do we limit our mercy only to cats and dogs?
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    Today, 12:40 AM
    And with reduced health due to the loss of the ice canopy (and possibly other changes) meat became necessary in the human diet. (assuming it wasn't necessary after the fall) Something is changing but it isn't the eating of meat, man has been eating meet since Noah if not since Adam. Pseudo science. Man may be designed to eat more plants than many omnivores but we are designed to eat more meat than herbivores.
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    Today, 12:35 AM
    I'm sure you know that it's logical fallacy to dismiss a claim based on a person who states it. And that was just one example, the article talks about a number of early Christians who wrote the same thing, including Josephus and others. Not to get too off topic here, but many people do not know that there was a big division in early Christianity, between vegetarians and meat eaters. We know who won out. But again, we're getting into other topics… And since this originally was a thread on eggs, I'm not going to get into all that here and now.
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    Today, 12:19 AM
    lilymc Luke 24 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
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    Today, 12:18 AM
    We're really not though. In fact, that may the reason (or one of the reasons) that after the flood, the lifespan of man went down from several hundreds of years, to only 120 years, and then down from there. And now, things like cancer, heart disease and other illnesses are near epidemics… We are clearly not living the way we should be living. Perhaps we should go back to how God originally designed us? Also, here's a video to watch:
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    Today, 12:02 AM
    Che is a good example of one of the worst effects of interfering in foreign countries, it gives them an excuse to pretend that foreign meddling is entirely responsible for their problems. Communism is the primary factor in their troubles and outside interference just adds a little bit more.
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    Yesterday, 11:48 PM
    In the first place Able offered the firstlings of his flock along with the fat, in the second GOD didn't change, conditions changed after the fall, even if you think that Adam and Eve and their children weren't eating meat and using animal hides for clothing (like GOD showed them immediately after sending them out of the garden) conditions DID change after the flood and GOD endorsed eating meat and later commanded many different kinds of animal sacrifices, Christ fed the people fish in the New Testament. (He also helped Peter to catch and kill living fish)
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    Yesterday, 11:40 PM
    Do you really believe that God would endorse killing and meat-eating shortly after saying the exact opposite? God does not change, if He designed us to live in peace and harmony and nonviolence… Why assume that all the sudden he did a complete turnaround? First of all, it was an offering or gift, not quite the same thing as the animal sacrifices you have mind. Secondly, the word that you are hinging your entire argument on, the word translated as "fat", does not automatically mean what you (and many others who grew up eating meat) assume it means. I'm going to post an excerpt from an article on this passage, and I will bold some of the pertinent parts. However, some early Christians such as the Montanists apparently thought Abel offered the dairy products of his flock: In the second century the African Montanists were sometimes called the "Artotyrites" because they added cheese, instead of wine, to the bread in the Eucharist on the ground that the Aquarii, and first men offered the fruits both of the earth and of their flocks (Gen. iv. 3, 4). http://www.wpl.lib.oh.us/AntiSaloon/print/wine.html
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    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    Beijing has once again hinted that its new J-20 stealth fighter jets will conduct patrols around, or above, Taiwan’s airspace to pressure the island nation to reunify with China. The warning message recently announced by Wang Mingliang, a Chinese military strategist with the China National Defense University during special programming on China Central Television program about Taiwan. “J-20s can come and go at will above Taiwan,” said Mingliang, adding that Taiwan was frightened about “precision strikes on the leadership or key targets.” Mingliang said that the fifth-generation stealth jet is designed to pierce through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone and launch either reconnaissance or assault missions on the island. The military strategist said the stealth fighter could easily take on the “antiquated” F-16s and Mirage 2000s, which are still the backbone of Taiwan’s air defense. In other words, the Chinese strategist said the stealth fighters would reign supreme in any combat operations or dogfight above or around Taiwan. Earlier this month, a similar threat was echoed by Zhou Chenming, another Chinese military strategist, who said sea training exercises indicated that the stealth fighters would be sent to Taiwan and the heavily disputed regions of the South China Sea. “The J-20 drill is another warning message because it went unseen by the Taiwanese air force and these stealth fighters are capable of a precision strike on the leadership,” Chenming said. “The PLA air force jets will enter the Taiwan sooner or later.”
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    Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    UAE forces from the Arab coalition destroyed two Houthi-controlled boats that were allegedly targeting a commercial oil tanker in the Red Sea near Kamaran, off the al-Hudaydah Port, Arab News reported May 23. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/yemen-coalition-forces-destroy-houthi-boats-targeting-red-sea-oil-tanker
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    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    Fox New’s Judge Andrew Napolitano warned Monday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions's firing on Friday of former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe could be seen as “obstruction of justice.” Napolitano said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom" Monday that he viewed McCabe’s firing as “vindictive” and “reckless.” “Andrew McCabe is more likely than not to be a witness against the Attorney General’s boss, the president of the United States,” Napolitano said. “I think that firing him in that environment could very well be determined to diminish his effectiveness as a witness. What’s that called, obstruction of justice.” “I don’t know if Bob Mueller wants to go there, but that’s the argument,” he added. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/media/37...ion-of-justice
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    Yesterday, 10:52 PM
    The animals that turned plants into those proteins are built differently than people, we can't produce the same proteins from the same plants. Not everything that is in meat can be found in plants but even if it could be some of it can only be found in obscure mushrooms and other rare plants that can't be realistically grown in sufficient quantities to keep everyone healthy.
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    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    Read what I said carefully, GOD built us so that he could turn on omnivorousness when conditions required it, it may have been switched off at first but it was switched on later. Genesis 6 may or may not deal with fallen angels but it doesn't deal with meat eating. I reject any extra-biblical texts that claim fallen angels taught men to eat meat for the following reasons: 1 GOD said to eat meat in Genesis 9 2 Christ fed the multitudes fish 3 GOD commanded the Israelites to perform many animal sacrifices and told them which animals they could and couldn't eat GOD wouldn't have anything to do with something demonic.
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    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    That is one study, I could show you hundreds of studies that show meat is linked to numerous health problems. Also keep in mind that many of those "studies" which say animal products are healthy are funded by those very industries. Also, it should be pointed out that the protein or other nutrients that you can get from animal flesh you can also get from much healthier, cruelty-free plant-based foods. In fact, that is where the dead animal got his protein from… Plants. So you're getting those nutrients second-hand. Why not just cut out the middleman and go straight to the original source? I know the answer to that. :) Because we all grew up eating hamburgers, steaks, etc.… And we love those things, and it is extremely hard – incomprehensible, even – to consider giving those things up. But actually, it is not hard at all when you have that lightbulb "aha" moment after seeing the reality of what the animals go through. The horror of it, to the point of it being almost diabolical. And what for? Not for survival, but to satisfy our selfish personal desires.
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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    Genesis 4 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. Please note that Able is offering "the fat thereof" that means he has killed the animal and separated the fat from the meat.
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    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    No, that is contradictory and nonsensical. God did not design us to be omnivores when the first chapter of the first book of the Bible clearly states that our original diet and way of living was plant-based, peaceful and non-violent. It has been said that the fallen angels (written about in Genesis 6 and in several extra-biblical texts) taught man to eat animal flesh. If that is true, then the origin of meat eating is demonic. Think about this…. Why would God design creations that he loves only to be brutally and selfishly eaten by another one of his creations? If God originally designed animals to be food, why would he create them with the ability to think, feel, love, have families and enjoy life? Do you really think that a loving God would create beings with the ability to feel pain and suffering… if he meant for them to be killed as food? That would be sadistic, completely cruel and devilish. No, we were not originally created as omnivores. Genesis 1 makes that perfectly clear.
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