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20-Feb-19

Stressed Out: Anxiety a Bigger Concern for Teens Than Drugs, Poverty
Teens are growing up in a world of publicized mass shootings, dire climate change warnings, poor economic futures without a college degree and extreme political partisanship, and they are more stressed about those things than adults overall, according to the American Psychological Association.
From "Axios"

Facing an Aggressive Beijing, Taiwan's President Issues a Warning to the World
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Tsai said the military threat posed by China was growing "every day" in line with a more assertive foreign policy under its President Xi Jinping. "If it's Taiwan today, people should ask who's next? Any country in the region — if it no longer wants to submit to the will of China, they would face similar military threats," said Tsai.
From "CNN"

Christian Adoption Agency Sues New York After State Tries to Shut It Down
OFCS told New Hope "the agency's policy pertaining to not placing 'children with those who are living together without the benefit of marriage' or 'same sex couples'" violates New State law and gave them the ultimatum to revise the policy or "submit a close-out plan for the adoption program."
From "Fox News"

Putin: We'll Target Usa if Washington Deploys Missiles in Europe
Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the United States itself, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
From "Reuters"

'The Pope Ignored Them': Alleged Abuse of Deaf Children on 2 Continents Points to Vatican Failings
Vulnerable to the extreme, the deaf students tended to come from poor families that fervently believed in the sanctity of the church. Prosecutors say the children were fondled, raped, sometimes tied up and, in one instance, forced to wear a diaper to hide the bleeding. All the while, their limited ability to communicate complicated their ability to tell others what was happening to them. Students at the school were smacked if they used sign language. One of the few hand gestures used by the priests, victims say, was an index figure to lips - a demand for silence.
From "NOLA.com"


19-Feb-19

Vatican's Secret Rules for Catholic Priests Who Have Children
Now, the Vatican has confirmed, apparently for the first time, that its department overseeing the world's priests has general guidelines for what to do when clerics break celibacy vows and father children...The issue is becoming harder to ignore. "It's the next scandal," Mr. Doyle said. "There are kids everywhere."
From "The New York Times"


18-Feb-19

How Do Big Farmers Hope to Pick the Next Crop? Carefully — but With Robots
The future of agricultural work has arrived here in Florida, promising to ease labor shortages and reduce the cost of food, or so says the team behind Harv, a nickname for the latest model from automation company Harvest CROO Robotics. Harv is on the cutting edge of a national push to automate the way we gather goods that bruise and squish, a challenge that has long flummoxed engineers.
From "NOLA.com"

Retailers, Fashion Brands Struggle With Racial Insensitivity
Adheer Bahulkar, a partner at consultancy A.T. Kearney, agreed, saying that brands need to pay attention to issues that might not be noticed within their own culture but that are "highly sensitive in another culture." Acknowledging their mistakes, some companies are now trying to rectify the problem. Gucci, for instance, announced Friday it will hire a global director for diversity and inclusion, a newly created role. It also is promising to launch a scholarship program to cultivate diverse design talent.
From "Associated Press"


16-Feb-19

Has America Gone Crazy? (Part Three)

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John Ritenbaugh continues to explore insights from Eric Hoffer's book, The True Believers, wherein he analyzes the reasons people support revolutionary social causes. Today's madness is clearly seen in the spectacle of major American political party's jumping the tracks of sanity, embracing abortion, sodomy, fake news, and transgenderism. This tragically-devolved political entity has steadily and 'progressively' moved away from the American values instilled by the Founding Fathers through the Constitution and the moral consciousness established by Puritan settlers. Liberal politicians, elite journalists, and left-leaning educators blatantly display their hatred not only for America as it was founded but also for the laws of God. When measured against the standards of the carnal mind, American politics is behaving logically. David Kupelian, in his op-ed "Why Our Children Should Not Attend Public Schools," blames commercial interests (represented by industrialists such as Andrew Carnegie) and humanistic philosophers (such as Dewey and Thorndike) for re-orienting American public education away from the focus on morality and ethics supported by the Republic's early Congresses to today's pragmatic focus. This shift has made the state, not the family, the paramount purveyor of education. Those being molded by today's education system lack the historical context to permit them to grasp how it is twisting their impressionable minds. Carnal self-centeredness sustains the momentum of revolutionary causes.
From "John W. Ritenbaugh"


15-Feb-19

Theresa May Defeated on Brexit Again as Erg Tories Abstain
Theresa May has suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of hardline Eurosceptics, plunging her hopes of uniting the Conservatives around a renegotiated Brexit deal into chaos.
From "The Guardian"

How Taylor Swift Showed Us the Scary Future of Facial Recognition
"If every shopping mall, and baseball game, and convenient store is tracking every move, knows who you are, and recording what you are doing and buying and that's all being sent to some corporate repository, that could still have serious consequences and change what it feels like to live in America..."
From "The Guardian"

New Ai Fake Text Generator May Be Too Dangerous to Release, Say Creators
The creators of a revolutionary AI system that can write news stories and works of fiction - dubbed "deepfakes for text" - have taken the unusual step of not releasing their research publicly, for fear of potential misuse.
From "The Guardian"

The Bipartisan Spending Binge Is Now Worse Than Under Bush and Obama
It feels like it was yesterday when I was writing press releases for candidates in "the year of the Tea Party" on how Obama and the Pelosi Congress took the debt to $14 trillion in such a short period of time. Now, over eight years into varying degrees of GOP control of Congress and the White House, we have crossed the $22 trillion mark, expanding the debt more rapidly than at any time in our history. Whereas the debt exploded by $5 trillion during Bush's eight-year tenure, a shocking figure at the time, it has now increased $8 trillion just since Republicans controlled the House in 2011 and by $4 trillion over the past four years, since they controlled at least two of the three political organs of government.
From "Conservative Review"

D'oh: Only 1 State Passes Us Citizenship Test, Dc Fails Big
A majority in every state except Vermont has failed the U.S. Citizenship test, the latest sign that Americans aren't very good history students.
From "The Washington Examiner"


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