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17-Jul-18

The $247 Trillion Global Debt Bomb
Here's where the trade war and debt may intersect disastrously. Since 2003, global debt has soared. As a share of the world economy (gross domestic product), the increase went from 248 percent of GDP to 318 percent. In the first quarter of 2018 alone, global debt rose by a huge $8 trillion. The figures include all major countries and most types of debt: consumer, business and government.
From "The Washington Post"

Chicago May Become Largest City in U.S. to Try Universal Basic Income
Pawar thinks that one way to battle racial resentment is to address the economic precarity that politicians have used to stoke it. He has decided to endorse the universal basic income — an idea that has been picking up steam across the world...I'm in The UBI is based on a simple premise: People don't have enough money to provide for their essential needs, so why not just give them more? UBI schemes entail giving a standard cash grant to everyone — regardless of need.
From "The Intercept"


14-Jul-18

The Vicissitudes of Old Age

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John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on his memory of a local legend in his youth, an 85-year-old woman named Mother Barker, who frequently walked several miles, doggedly sacrificing for her family by toting groceries and provisions, makes several observations about the vicissitudes of aging. The inexperienced young and the wiser senior look at the adage, "life is a fleeting vapor," quite differently. In the stream of life, we begin at the back of the pack, influenced by those who have blazed the trail and who have experienced varied adventures. Eventually, we likely assume a position as the most aged of our community, realizing that "old age is not for sissies" and that the cause-and-effect principle behind God's Laws guarantees that, both spiritually and spiritually, everything matters. The indiscretions we committed in our youth have the invariable tendency to whip our hind ends. Even when God forgives our sins, the piper will demand his fee.
From "John W. Ritenbaugh"


13-Jul-18

Mass Exodus From the Church: Young Adults With No Religious Affiliation Grows
Today, nearly four in ten (39%) young adults (ages 18-29) are religiously unaffiliated—three times the unaffiliated rate (13%) among seniors (ages 65 and older). While previous generations were also more likely to be religiously unaffiliated in their twenties, young adults today are nearly four times as likely as young adults a generation ago to identify as religiously unaffiliated. In 1986, for example, only 10% of young adults claimed no religious affiliation.
From "Prophecy News Watch/End of The American Dream"

The Technological Tipping Point
By 2023, scientists and sociologists believe that 80% of all the people on this planet will have some form of a digital presence, largely as a consequence of drastically increasing internet connectivity. According to a recently published report, "digital life is becoming inextricably linked with a person's physical life." So important is this digital online life that it is widely accepted that very soon a person in the very short term future will not be able to buy or sell if they do not have even a basic digital presence. They believe that this threshold may be reached at some point within the next five short years, by 2022.
From "Prophecy News Watch"


11-Jul-18

There Are Fears of New Conflicts at One of Israel's Quietest Borders
Israel has acted twice in Syria in the past few days. Over the weekend, the offensive spilled into the buffer zone after a mortar shell from Syria exploded in the Israeli-controlled Golan, provoking Israeli artillery fire. On Monday, the U.K.-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Israel most likely conducted an overnight attack on the T-4 airbase used by Syria and Iran's Quds Force.
From "Bloomberg"

Top Iranian General: Forces in Syria 'Awaiting Orders' to Destroy Israel
Today an international Islamic army has been formed in Syria, and the voices of the Muslims are heard near the Golan," he said. "Orders are awaited, so that... the eradication of the evil regime [Israel] will land and the life of this regime will be ended for good. The life of the Zionist regime was never in danger as it is now."
From "The Times Of Israel"

Angela Merkel Hits Back at Donald Trump at NATO Summit
This summit is shaping up to be the most divisive in Nato's 69-year history. Normally, Nato summits are mostly fixed in advance and proceed in an orderly fashion. Trump's first words signalled this one was not going to be like that.
From "The Guardian"

Dangerous Developments: Surrogacy & the Universal Parentage Act
But now, in a bait-n-switch, more and more same-sex couples are claiming a right to have children. Let me be clear: After choosing an intentionally sterile union, many are claiming a right to have children. That, of course, means access to reproductive technologies and services such as commercial surrogacy, something recently legalized in the state of Washington.
From "Prophecy News Watch/Breakpoint.org"


10-Jul-18

Salafist Scare in Sweden as Report Points to Avalanche Growth of Radical Islam
At the same time, many things have been happening below the public radar, the report indicated. According to the report, Islamist imams have divided the country geographically to try and influence Muslims based on their interpretation of Islam. Hateful messages about women, gays, Jews and non-believers are said to be recurrent themes in the imams' sermons, as is the importance of not integrating into Swedish society. Particular hatred is said to be directed against the Shia branch of Islam, which the Salafists describe as "invented by Jews in order to undermine the Muslim community from within."
From "Sputnik News"


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