According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more people died last year from suicide than from auto crashes. We most associate killing oneself with the young, but it strikes across the lines of age, race, and culture. It affects society in unexpected ways. Foreign Policy magazine ran an article with the headline, “America’s Suicide Epidemic Is a National Security Crisis.”
But it’s not just an American phenomenon. According to the World Health Organization, global suicide rates have risen more than 60% in the last 45 years. Almost a million people a year are known to succeed at taking their own lives. But that number is almost certainly low because of the extreme stigma in many cultures against suicide. People in those places kill themselves in ways that look accidental, or the family covers up afterward.
The epidemic took on a new dimension when we learned about an 8-year-old boy who apparently took his own life in Cincinnati. In a case of extremely violent school bullying, the boy had been beaten unconscious. The school called his mom. She went to pick him up, and both school officials and the boy told her that he had “fainted.”… read more
By Hal Lindsey
Is an American computer virus responsible for the many failed North Korean missile tests? In March, the New York Times reported, “Three years ago, President Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missile program in hopes of sabotaging test launches in their opening seconds.”
North Korea’s missile program started with a surprising level of success. But in the last three years, whether caused by U.S. computer sabotage or not, they have had a stunning number of test launch failures.
The experts say that North Korean scientists learn from every failure. While that’s usually true, it may not be in this case. The scientists may already know the problem. It could be that their impetuous young “Supreme Leader,” Kim Jung-un, is pressing too hard, not giving them the time needed to do the job. If that’s the case, the question is not whether the scientists are learning the lesson, but is he?… read more
Wednesday’s terror attack in London may seem small compared to others. But it could turn out to be one of the most significant terrorist events of recent years.
Last year’s attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, for instance, killed 49 and injured another 53. The London attack had nowhere near that number. But it struck at what could be considered the heart of western civilization.
The Independent reports that British Prime Minister Theresa May was just forty yards away from the point where the terror suspect was shot down. They said, “Witnesses saw Ms. May being led to a silver Jaguar, as what sounded like gunfire could be heard.”
The final shooting took place just outside Parliament. Big Ben stands above the area. Westminster Abbey — historic home of British coronations, as well as royal weddings and funerals — is just feet away. Buckingham Palace is a quick walk from there. On the walk, you pass the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, better known as Scotland Yard. At every turn, offices of government are a stone’s throw away. Number 10 Downing Street is two blocks to the north. This is the heart of London and one of the most strategic areas on earth…. [read more]
It has becoming more and more obvious that the CIA documents recently released by WikiLeaks are genuine. The documents discuss the agency’s use of computer programs designed to breach the security of smartphones, smart TVs, computers, and the rapidly expanding category known as “the internet of things.” The CIA apparently has a team dedicated to Apple products, and another working on programs that will allow them to take control of self-driving cars.
None of this is surprising. We task them with keeping track of enemies and hunting down terrorists who hide in the shadows. When it comes to ISIS, al-Qaeda, North Korea, Iran, Russia, or China, my concern is that we have too little information.
Most of us agree that we want that kind of surveillance. But such tools can also be turned inward. When Stalin ran the Soviet Union, he had secret police, wiretaps, and communities full of government informants. He had spies everywhere. But he had nothing compared with what’s available today…. [read more]
Throughout the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump said he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But we’ve heard that before.
In 1996, the Republican Party platform said, “A Republican administration will ensure that the U.S. Embassy is moved to Jerusalem by May 1999.” The Republicans lost that year, so we don’t know if they would have kept their promise.
However, in 1995, Congress passed the “Jerusalem Embassy Act.” The bi-partisan bill stated, “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.”… [read more]