By Shoshana Miskin
First Publish: 1/24/2016, 8:16 PM
For the past two weeks, a group of armed and mainly white militia men have been occupying the federally owned Malheur national wildlife refuge building in Burns, Oregon, as a protest against the US government over federal regulations of public lands.
Last week, Blaine Cooper, one of the leaders of the standoff with the federal government and the head of an informal citizen militia in Arizona, uploaded a video to Facebook showing two men standing in the snow blowing the large and fancy Shofars.
Cooper, who refers to the Jewish instrument heard in synagogues on Rosh Hashanah as “battle trumpets,” calls on Christians to stand with them in their occupation.
“Christians, the battle trumpet has been sounded; time to rise!” he captioned the video, which can be viewed by clicking the image below. “Call to action, send in the troops to stand with us in Burns, Oregon.” Continue
Israel was ranked #25 in the world’s “best countries” list of 2016, as compiled by US News & World Report. The single category in which Israel made the top ten was Power; Israel ranked #8 in that category, and the main reason was its military. The IDF received a score of 9.7 – similar to the US, and second only to Russia’s military, which received a perfect 10.
Additional criteria for power included political influence, for which the Jewish state received a score of 7.6, and strong international alliances, for which it got a 5.8. It fared less well in the field of economic influence (2.4) and leadership (2.7).
According to the report, Israel is very highly developed in terms of life expectancy, education, per capita income and other human development index indicators, but it also has “one of the most unequal economies in the Western world, with significant gaps between the rich and poor.”
The top five “best countries” overall were Germany, Canada, Britain, the US and Sweden.
Israel also did well in the Movers category, where it came in 14th place, receiving good scores for being Distinctive, Different and Unique.
Surprisingly, it did less well in Entrepreneurship, where it came in at #21. This….Continue Reading….