Video Break: Meet The Robots Changing Modern Farming

If you think using robots in agriculture is too futuristic, think again: They are already assisting with a growing number of back-breaking activities in fields all over the world. For instance, meet SW 6010, the strawberry harvester, made by Spanish company Agrobot.

The way it works is pretty cool. The robot lowers dozens of rows of camera-equipped appendages into the strawberry bed, which shoot around 20 photos per second, scanning fruits. Once a ripe strawberry has been found, the robot picks it. The strawberry is then placed onto a conveyor belt and taken up to be placed in a container. The entire process takes just four seconds.

Not everything is fully automated, though. The only part left for humans, due to the delicate structure of the fruit, is to pack them into containers by hand. MarketWatch

Federal Transgender Rule Threatens The Backbone Of American Health Care System

doctorIs the Obama Administration trying to destroy the American health system?

Before Obamacare, the percentage of physicians owning their own businesses was around 70%.  It is now hovering around 30%, stated American Thinker.  As cost to doctors have gone up, reimbursements to doctors have gone down. Many doctors are closing their practices with many are joining  hospital-employed providers.  This is turning previously independent doctors into salaried roles inside larger institutions.

Lawsuit Over New Transgender Health-Care Regulation filed by five states, a Catholic health network and other Christian health-care providers.

The Obama administration is making healthcare providers participate in transgender treatments (which includes minors) that may be against their religious beliefs and medical expertise.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the states of Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Wisconsin are standing up for the right of physicians to decline to participate in transgender treatments that are against their conscience, reports the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

The new rule applies to minors too.  Even through research has shown “80 percent to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children with GD (Gender dysphoria) will experience resolution by late adolescence if not exposed to social affirmation and medical intervention. ”

A new rule that requires all doctors and hospitals to provide children who think they are the wrong sex with any services recommended as “treatment” by their mental health provider. CatholicBeat

Texas and four other Republican-led states filed another lawsuit Tuesday seeking to roll back the Obama administration’s efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical judgment or religious beliefs.

The lawsuit is the second in recent months in which conservative states have sued over federal efforts to defend transgender rights.

Social conservatives claimed victory Sunday when a federal judge in Texas halted an Obama administration directive requiring public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Now they’re asking that same court to block new regulations intended to ban discrimination by doctors, hospitals and insurers against transgender persons.

The latest lawsuit contends that the rules, which were finalized in May, could force doctors to help with gender transition contrary to their religious beliefs or medical judgment.

Joining Texas in the lawsuit are Wisconsin, Kentucky, Nebraska and Kansas, along with the Christian Medical and Dental Association and Franciscan Alliance, an Indiana-based network of religious hospitals. DailyMail

The backbone of the American health care system is religious hospitals.  In many communities the only hospital is a religious affiliated hospital.

It’s not just about doctors. It’s about an entire array of healthcare professionals, but furthermore, it’s also about the healthcare providers, not only insurance companies, but many hospitals.

Now something interesting and ominous has entered our cultural conversation in the background chatter in recent months. And that’s the fact that, for example, some recent stories have appeared on both coasts and in some points in between pointing to the fact that in many areas and in many towns and cities, there’s an almost utter dependence upon private hospitals for medical care. And that’s not the real story. The real story is that they are religious hospitals. Now that points back in American history to the fact that many, if not most, of the original healthcare providers in this country—and we mean by that specifically hospitals and clinics—were established by religious bodies often because they were the only organizations with the kind of breadth and depth to actually pull that off….

But this lawsuit indicates that there is still a pushback. And it’s important to recognize that several states have officially entered into this lawsuit. It’s not just about healthcare professionals or healthcare providers. It’s also about some states themselves who understand what’s really at stake. And what is really at stake? Most fundamentally, this is a religious liberty and Christian conscience issue, but it’s also something else. And this is what might have the attention of at least some who might otherwise really not pay much heed. That’s this: if you take these hospitals out of many communities, there won’t be a hospital.  Read full article by Albert Mohler

Report: Germany to Urge Stockpiling Food, Water in Civil Defense Plan

“The population will be encouraged to stockpile food for ten days,” it said, adding that five days’ worth of water — at an estimated two liters per person per day — should also be set aside.

germany-stockpile-foodWhat is the threat to Germany?

“an attack on German territory requiring conventional defense is unlikely,”

Then is the threat internal?

Germany will introduce its first civil defense strategy since the end of the Cold War, calling on the population to stockpile enough food and water for several days, according to a report Sunday.

The plan, which makes civilian backing of troops a priority while boosting the resilience of buildings and increasing capacity in the healthcare system, is due to be adopted by the government Wednesday, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) daily.

Contacted by AFP, an interior ministry spokesman confirmed that the cabinet was due to adopt a civil defense strategy but declined details about the concept or comment on the newspaper report.

The strategy noted that “an attack on German territory requiring conventional defense is unlikely,” but said the country should be “sufficiently prepared in case of an existence-threatening development in the future that cannot be ruled out,” according to the 69-page strategy quoted by the FAZ.NewsMax

Univ. of Chicago Tells Incoming Freshmen It Does Not Support ‘Trigger Warnings’ Or ‘Safe Spaces’

“The fact that some university boards and administrations now bow to pressure and shield students from these ideas through ‘safe spaces,’ ‘code words,’ and ‘trigger warnings’ is, in my view, a terrible mistake. The whole purpose of college is to learn how to deal with difficult situations — not run away from them.” former New York City Mayor Bloomberg

university_of_chicagoThe idea that one can not broach subjects due to the sensitivity of a student is the antithesis of higher education.   Under the banner of diversity, universities are producing students who cannot handle real diversity (diversity of opinion).

University of Chicago class of 2020, get ready for a college experience filled with debate, discussion — and possibly discomfort.

As colleges across the country wrestle with balancing academic freedom and open discourse with student health and safety, University of Chicago Dean of Students John Ellison told incoming freshmen in a letter what they should expect on campus.

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” the letter said.

Trigger warnings — used to alert students of sensitive material that might be uncomfortable, offensive or traumatic to them, such as discussions about race and sexual assault — and safe spaces, designed to shelter students from certain speakers and topics, have become more common and controversial on campuses across the country.  Chicago Tribune

Reality: No females In Marine Infantry Course

marineMen and women are not physically equivalent.  On average men are bigger, stronger, and faster.  Does introducing women to front-line combat positions strengthen our military capabilities?

The only female officer enrolled in the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer’s Course has dropped out after failing to complete two conditioning hikes last month, according to the Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command.

“At this time, there are no female officers enrolled or slated to attend (the Infantry Officer’s Course),” Marine spokesman Capt. Joshua Pena told CNN.
He added that 33 additional officers have been dropped from the course out of a starting class comprising 97 officers. The course started on July 6 and is scheduled to finish on September 20.

This was the female officer’s second attempt at passing the course. She will now be given another specialization for her career as an officer in the Marines.  CNN

Off To High School

The Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women.  And this time the campaign is a bit different. Marine recruiters are turning to high school girls’ sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps’ rigorous physical standards, including for the front-line combat jobs now open to women.

Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1 in 10.

“I’ve told them that 10 percent is where we want to go and they’re working on it,” Neller told The Associated Press in an interview. “Go recruit more women. Find them. They’re out there.”

For years, only about 7 percent to 8 percent of the Corps, which numbers 184,200, has been women. It’s the smallest percentage of women among all the military services. But on the heels of the Pentagon decision to allow women who qualify to serve in combat jobs, thousands of new infantry, armor and other front-line posts are now open. AP

Free Copy Of Decision Magazine’s 2016 Presidential Election Guide

Decision-September-2016Franklin Graham:  This election could be the most important in our nation’s history, and I believe God can use us—His people—to turn the tide. We must pray fervently, stand on His Word, and vote according to Biblical truth.

I’d like to send you a free copy of the special September issue ofDecision magazine: our presidential election guide. In this magazine, we examine the major issues facing our nation today, where the candidates stand, and what God’s Word says. Explore the candidates’ stances on the Supreme Court, religious liberty, and abortion, plus the party platforms on marriage, terrorism, and more.

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Joel Richardson: Fethullah Gulen, President Erdogan, and Turkish Islam

In this episode, Joel reviews the history and development of Turkish Islam and explains why it is so dangerous.


Recommended Resource:

A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin available at Amazon.

George Soros’s Campaign Of Global Chaos

George Soros
George Soros

Leaked documents at DCLeaks show George Soros has funneled billion of dollars over the past two decades through his Open Society Foundation to non-profit organizations worldwide.

What is the connection and goal with:

According to the documents, Soros has given more than $30 million to groups working for Hillary Clinton’s election in November, making him her largest single donor. So it is likely the case that the media’s support for Clinton has played some role in the mainstream media’s bid to bury the story.

It is also likely however, that at least some news editors failed to understand why the leaked documents were worth covering. Most of the information was already public knowledge. Soros’s massive funding of far-left groups in the US and throughout the world has been documented for more than a decade.

But failing to see the significance of the wider story because many of the details were already known is a case of missing the forest for the trees. The DCLeaks document dump is a major story because it exposes the forest of Soros’s funding networks.

The first thing that we see is the megalomaniacal nature of Soros’s philanthropic project. No corner of the globe is unaffected by his efforts. No policy area is left untouched.

On the surface, the vast number of groups and people he supports seem unrelated. After all, what does climate change have to do with illegal African immigration to Israel? What does Occupy Wall Street have to do with Greek immigration policies? But the fact is that Soros-backed projects share basic common attributes.

They all work to weaken the ability of national and local authorities in Western democracies to uphold the laws and values of their nations and communities.

They all work to hinder free markets, whether those markets are financial, ideological, political or scientific. They do so in the name of democracy, human rights, economic, racial and sexual justice and other lofty terms.

In other words, their goal is to subvert Western democracies and make it impossible for governments to maintain order or for societies to retain their unique identities and values.

Black Lives Matter, which has received $650,000 from Soros-controlled groups over the past year, is a classic example of these efforts. Until recently, the police were universally admired in the US as the domestic equivalent of the military. BLM emerged as a social force bent on politicizing support for police. FrontPageMag

Orlando Hospitals Say They Won’t Bill Victims Of Pulse Nightclub Terroist Shooting

Caring?

Medical professionals walk by a makeshift memorial set up at the Orlando Health sign in June in Orlando, Fla.
Medical professionals walk by a makeshift memorial set up at the Orlando Health sign in June in Orlando, Fla.

Two Orlando-area hospitals are waiving the medical bills of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, praising the community response and saying they want to contribute.

More than 50 people were wounded in the June 12 attack on the Florida gay nightclub, and 49 people died.

Orlando Regional Medical Center has treated 44 victims of the shooting — more than any other hospital. The center’s parent company, Orlando Health, says it will not charge victims for their treatment, reports Abe Aboraya of member station WMFE.

“Instead, the hospital will look at federal and state funds, victims’ funds like the One Orlando fund, and private funds raised for victims,” Aboraya reports for our Newscast unit. “The hospital will bill insurance if a patient has it, but it will not go after a patient’s copays.

“The same goes for the nine patients who came to the hospital and died,” he says.

The hospital expects about $5 million in unreimbursed costs. NPR

Huge Price Rise For Anti-Allergy EpiPen Sparks Furor

Greed?

Epipen

Price Hike

The cost of an EpiPen has increased from $100 in 2008 to its current cost of over $600.

A five-fold price hike for EpiPen, which allergy sufferers use to counteract life-threatening reactions, has made Mylan the newest drugmaker to come under attack in the United States for profiteering.

Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which holds a near-monopoly position on the epinephrine injectors used by millions against severe allergic attacks, was assailed by two powerful US senators for pumping up the price over six years from $100 to more than $600.

That has rendered EpiPens unaffordable to many sufferers — who must replace them each year — and is costing the government huge sums to stock schools with them and fund insurance programs which pay for them, the lawmakers said Monday.DailyMail

Payment Help Offered

The maker of EpiPens offered patients more help to pay for its costly emergency allergy shots but didn’t budge Thursday on the $608 price.

The announcement from Mylan N.V. triggered a new round of condemnation from politicians and consumer groups, who accuse the company of price-gouging on a potentially life-saving treatment. DailyMail

CEO Wage Hike

Heather Bresch, is CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals Bresch’s, her pay rose from $2million in 2007 to $19million in 2015. DailyMail

Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, is the daughter of Senator Joe Machin (D-W.VA)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), whose daughter Heather Bresch is the CEO of the company that makes EpiPens, said Thursday that he shares his colleagues’ concerns about the recent price hike in the emergency allergy medication.

“I am aware of the questions my colleagues and many parents are asking, and frankly I share their concerns about the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs,” Manchin said in a statement.
Mylan, the maker of EpiPens, has faced a recent uproar over a more than 400 percent increase in the cost of the device. TheHill

“I am concerned that the substantial price increase could limit access to a much-needed medication,” senior Republican Senator Charles Grassley, chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, said in a letter to the company.

He added that when children and others covered by government health insurance buy EpiPens, “the taxpayers are picking up the tab for this medication.”

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, whose daughter relies on EpiPen to protect her from anaphylaxis, the life-threatening allergic reaction, called for an anti-trust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. DailyMail

Soros Aims To Enlarge Electorate By 10 Million Voters By 2018

George Soros
George Soros

Now the reason Soros, Obama, Hillary, and other democrats want an unrelenting stream of migration to the U.S. – democratic voters.  The flux of immigration has been fast-tracked with no concern about the security of Americans.

A top priority of liberal billionaire George Soros is to enlarge the U.S. electorate by 10 million voters by 2018, according to leaked documents.

The plan to grow the electorate by millions of voters was discussed during a May 2014 board meeting of the Open Society Foundations, a liberal grant-making group founded by Soros. A 220-page guide detailing the plan was among more than 2,500 hacked Soros documents released by DC Leaks, which publishes documents from influential officials around the world.

The guide covers strategies and tactics the group will employ in the United States from 2015 to 2018. The top goals listed by the guide are to “advance electoral reform” and “combat suppression.”

“The following four goals form the scaffolding of U.S. Programs’ work,” the guide states. “1. An American democracy strengthened through increased meaningful participation, inclusive practice, and accountability.” The third strategic goal expands upon this, calling for “Full political, economic, and civic participation of immigrants and communities of color by dismantling the barriers and strengthening the conduits to opportunity.”  FreeBeacon

Maryland School District: Don’t Tell Parents If Transgender Males Bunk With Daughters

gender-signsThe privacy of a teen male claiming to feel like a female inside is more important then the privacy and safety of girls?  The school does not need to name the male when informing parents that on overnight field trips a male claim to be transgender will bunk with the girls.

It is child abuse to encourage transgenderism in a minor.

A Maryland school district is instructing teachers and administrators not to tell parents if their daughters are bunking with male students who identify as girls on overnight field trips.

Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, says in a training video detailing how to accommodate transgender students that privacy issues regarding the student prevent the district from informing parents about such arrangements.

“So, many of you might be asking yourselves, ‘So I’m at an overnight field trip, and I have student who’s biologically a male, identifies as a female, and we’ve worked with that student and her family, and that student wants to sleep in the dorms, or whatever sleeping arrangements are, with the females,’” Mr. Mosier says in a video of the training session. “They don’t want to sleep in a room by themselves; they want to sleep with the rest of the females. So what do we do?

“And the answer is, they sleep with the females,” he said. “That’s not the easy answer; it’s the right answer. And in some cases, it’s going to cause issues, because … the private information piece doesn’t allow you to share that with parents of all of the other campers. Right? So that’s difficult.”…

The training session was held in response to the Obama administration’s order in May compelling public schools nationwide to regulate bathrooms and locker rooms on the basis of gender identity rather than biological sex.

Maryland Attorney General Aruna Miller sent a letter at the time instructing school boards to comply with the edict, saying failure to do so put them “at the risk of liability or loss of federal funds under Title IX.”  WashingtonTimes

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