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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Soros Emerges As Mastermind Behind Plan To "Enlarge Electorate By At Least 10 Million Voters"

Soros Emerges As Mastermind Behind Plan To "Enlarge Electorate By At Least 10 Million Voters"


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-23/soros-emerges-mastermind-behind-plan-expand-us-electorate-10-million-voters

Politico: Obama to Skip Clinton Global Initiative Meeting - Breitbart

Politico: Obama to Skip Clinton Global Initiative Meeting - Breitbart

As Predicted, Obamacare Is Absolutely Killing The Middle Class | Zero Hedge

As Predicted, Obamacare Is Absolutely Killing The Middle Class | Zero Hedge

Detroit Has Gone From Being The Greatest Manufacturing City In The World To A Global Joke

Detroit Has Gone From Being The Greatest Manufacturing City In The World To A Global Joke

"It's Gone" - Why Foreign Demand For US Treasuries Has Disappeared

"It's Gone" - Why Foreign Demand For US Treasuries Has Disappeared


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-23/its-gone-why-foreign-demand-us-treasuries-has-disappeared

Hillary and the Glass Ceilings Illusion

Hillary and the Glass Ceilings Illusion

The Best of Classical Music - Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin... Classical Music Piano Playlist Mix - YouTube

The Best of Classical Music - Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin... Classical Music Piano Playlist Mix - YouTube

Meet Two Former Olympians Now Leading Others to Religious Vocations

Meet Two Former Olympians Now Leading Others to Religious Vocations

Campus political correctness spurs alumni to tighten purse strings | Communities Digital News

Campus political correctness spurs alumni to tighten purse strings | Communities Digital News

Prospect of Trump win threatens to put US Asian pivot in a spin — FT.com

Prospect of Trump win threatens to put US Asian pivot in a spin — FT.com

Why the TPP Deal Won’t Improve Our Security

Why the TPP Deal Won’t Improve Our Security
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/opinion/why-the-tpp-deal-wont-improve-our-security.html?_r=0

Emails reveal how foundation donors got access to Clinton and her close aides at State Dept. - The Washington Post

Emails reveal how foundation donors got access to Clinton and her close aides at State Dept. - The Washington Post

Monday, August 22, 2016

Brexit Decision Throws Ominous Shadows over Britain’s Future | GPI

Brexit Decision Throws Ominous Shadows over Britain’s Future | GPI

Solid Evidence That The Media Is Biased Against Donald Trump

Solid Evidence That The Media Is Biased Against Donald Trump

Hillary’s Future Chief Of Staff Worked For A Radical Islamic Journal That Blamed America For 9/11

Hillary’s Future Chief Of Staff Worked For A Radical Islamic Journal That Blamed America For 9/11

Even if Trump loses, it'll be on a high note | Leon Hadar | Pulse | LinkedIn

Even if Trump loses, it'll be on a high note | Leon Hadar | Pulse | LinkedIn

A Eulogy for John J. McLaughlin – Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

A Eulogy for John J. McLaughlin – Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

The Bear’s Lair: A multipolar world may be safest and best

http://www.tbwns.com/2016/08/22/bears-lair-multipolar-world-may-safest-best/

The Bear’s Lair: A multipolar world may be safest and best

Martin Hutchinson
For a decade now, American foreign policy types have been bemoaning the loss of the “hegemony” that the country appeared to enjoy in the 1990s. They even regret the allegedly stable “bipolar world” of Manichean if “cold” struggle that preceded it. Instead we are now heading into a multi-polar planet. Foreign policy pessimists liken this to the pre-1914 “Diplomacy” board game, in which no one power can control the world, and so war is supposedly more likely. This is wrong: a unipolar world is unsustainable in the long run, and a bipolar world highly dangerous. Only in our mew multi-polar future may we be truly safe from cosmic annihilation by war.
A unipolar world would be stable if one power had more than 50% of the world’s GDP and population, since in those circumstances the dominant power would be truly unassailable. That has never happened. Instead, the two unipolar periods in the last two centuries have been fleeting.http://www.tbwns.com/2016/08/22/bears-lair-multipolar-world-may-safest-best/

The Cold War Mindset and Counterterrorism

http://lobelog.com/the-cold-war-mindset-and-counterterrorism/#more-35503

The Cold War Mindset and Counterterrorism

by Paul R. Pillar
Much of Donald Trump’s recent speech on terrorism left one to wonder how what he was proposing would differ from current practices he supposedly was criticizing. Working on counterterrorism with other states including Russia, for example, sounds like what the Obama administration is doing now, including discussing with the Russians ways of combating terrorist groups in Syria. And it is hard to see how Trump’s “extreme vetting” would differ from the existing and already extensive review process for visa applications.
Other parts of what Trump was proposing were just too vague for us to get a good idea of how they would be supposed to work. This is true of his proposal to suspend immigration from unnamed regions that either—depending on which sentence in the speech one looks at—are “some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism” or “where adequate screening cannot take place.” If any such list of regions were broad enough to stop a terrorist group trying to infiltrate operators into the United States, it would be so broad as to end immigration into the United States altogether.http://lobelog.com/the-cold-war-mindset-and-counterterrorism/#more-35503

Iran ends Russian use of air base because of unwanted publicity - The Washington Post

Iran ends Russian use of air base because of unwanted publicity - The Washington Post

Iran to Buy Russian Sukhoi Fighter Jets, Says Official

Iran to Buy Russian Sukhoi Fighter Jets, Says Official

Despite media assertions Russia is behind DNC hack, US government does not say so

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Despite media assertions Russia is behind DNC hack, US government does not say so - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/despite-assertions-government/#sthash.kDv8aQvY.dpuf


http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/despite-assertions-government/

Commentary: Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-intelligence-nsa-commentary-idUSKCN10X01P

Commentary | Mon Aug 22, 2016 

Commentary: Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA

In the summer of 1972, state-of-the-art campaign spying consisted of amateur burglars, armed with duct tape and microphones, penetrating the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. Today, amateur burglars have been replaced by cyberspies, who penetrated the DNC armed with computers and sophisticated hacking tools. Where the Watergate burglars came away empty-handed and in handcuffs, the modern- day cyber thieves walked away with tens of thousands of sensitive political documents and are still unidentified.
Now, in the latest twist, hacking tools themselves, likely stolen from the National Security Agency, are on the digital auction block. Once again, the usual suspects start with Russia – though there seems little evidence backing up the accusation.
In addition, if Russia had stolen the hacking tools, it would be senseless to publicize the theft, let alone put them up for sale. It would be like a safecracker stealing the combination to a bank vault and putting it on Facebook. Once revealed, companies and governments would patch their firewalls, just as the bank would change its combination. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-intelligence-nsa-commentary-idUSKCN10X01P

Dangerous Dynasties

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/08/17/kinzer/WgHoAsXqS4UcrZUlF71AoL/story.html

Dangerous Dynasties
By Stephen Kinzer   boston globe-AUGUST 17, 2016


POLITICAL DYNASTIES HAVE a romantic appeal, but not to most people who live under them. They are inherently unstable. The iron regimes of Reza Shah in Iran and “Papa Doc” Duvalier in Haiti collapsed when sons proved unable to handle their inheritance. In some countries, like Egypt and Yemen, entire populations rose in rebellion when presidents sought to maneuver their sons into power. Surviving dynasties, like those in North Korea and Saudi Arabia, are models of much that is awful.

U.S. Faces Setback in Asia if TPP Trade Deal Doesn’t Pass

http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-faces-setback-in-asia-if-tpp-trade-deal-doesnt-pass-1471814373

U.S. Faces Setback in Asia if TPP Trade Deal Doesn’t Pass

Obama administration has painted Pacific pact as counterweight to the rise of China

By John Lyons
President Barack Obama’s troubled Pacific-region trade deal is threatening to become a foreign policy failure in Asia, where the U.S. loaded the accord with strategic significance as a counterweight to the rise of China.
U.S. officials have billed the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership for years as central to a shift of U.S. military and other resources to Asia. Now, with opposition toward the pact mounting on both the right and left in Washington, the likelihood of its ratification in Congress appears bleak.
Failure at this point, experts say, would dent U.S. credibility on everything from trade to its commitment to a region where U.S. might has underpinned security since World War II. http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-faces-setback-in-asia-if-tpp-trade-deal-doesnt-pass-1471814373

Hillary Clinton: The Anti-Woman ‘Feminist’

Hillary Clinton: The Anti-Woman ‘Feminist’
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/22/hillary-clinton-the-anti-woman-feminist/

What Does It Mean When War Hawks Say, “Never Trump”?

What Does It Mean When War Hawks Say, “Never Trump”?
The Enemies of My Enemy May Be War Criminals
By Rebecca Gordon
It’s not every day that Republicans publish an open letter announcing that their presidential candidate is unfit for office. But lately this sort of thing has been happening more and more frequently. The most recent example: we just heard from 50 representatives of the national security apparatus, men -- and a few women -- who served under Republican presidents from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. All of them are very worried about Donald Trump.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176178/tomgram%3A_rebecca_gordon%2C_making_sense_of_trump_and_his_national_security_state_critics/#more

A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead - The New York Times

A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead - The New York Times

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Clinton Foundation Charity Fraud Exposed by Whistleblower - YouTube

Clinton Foundation Charity Fraud Exposed by Whistleblower - YouTube

Judicial Watch: Federal Court Orders Hillary Clinton to Answer Questions under Oath in Email Scandal - Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch: Federal Court Orders Hillary Clinton to Answer Questions under Oath in Email Scandal - Judicial Watch

Florida Lawsuit Reveals What Trump Thinks About Discrimination

Florida Lawsuit Reveals What Trump Thinks About Discrimination

Foundation Ties Bedevil Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign - NYTimes.com

Foundation Ties Bedevil Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign - NYTimes.com

Not all Clinton charities bound by new set of rules Boston Globe, by Annie Linskey

 Not all Clinton charities
bound by new set of rules


Boston Globe, by Annie Linskey



Lucianne.com News Forum - Thread

Obama to Israel: Our Tax Dollars Won’t Go to Your Defense Contractors

Obama to Israel: Our Tax Dollars Won’t Go to Your Defense Contractors

China strongly warns Japan not to send SDF to South China Sea ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

China strongly warns Japan not to send SDF to South China Sea ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

On Syria, Iran Realizes: If You Can't Stop the Russians, Join Them - Middle East News - Haaretz

On Syria, Iran Realizes: If You Can't Stop the Russians, Join Them - Middle East News - Haaretz

Russia has not asked to use Turkey’s Incirlik airbase, but welco

Russia has not asked to use Turkey’s Incirlik airbase, but welco

Behind Russia-Iran cooperation over Syria, a larger goal


Behind Russia-Iran cooperation over Syria, a larger goal


http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/0817/Behind-Russia-Iran-cooperation-over-Syria-a-larger-goal

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Barack Obama: From Peace Prize to World’s Biggest Arms Dealer in 8 Short Years—–$190 Billion and Counting | David Stockman's Contra Corner

Barack Obama: From Peace Prize to World’s Biggest Arms Dealer in 8 Short Years—–$190 Billion and Counting | David Stockman's Contra Corner

Chas Freeman interviewed on Chris Lydon's Open Source

Chas Freeman interviewed on Chris Lydon's Open Source


http://radioopensource.org/apocalypse-now-part-3-far-good/#

A Lawless Plan to Target Russians in Syria


A Lawless Plan to Target Russians in Syria


https://consortiumnews.com/2016/08/20/a-lawless-plan-to-target-russians-in-syria/

Sr. Kathryn: Pauline Books and Media: Mary Ark of the Covenant & Recovering Joy

Subject: Mary Ark of the Covenant & Recovering Joy

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Mary and the Ark of the Covenant - Part Three 
Hello Friend,
Luke’s Gospel gives us the beautiful story of the Visitation, when Mary hastened to help her cousin Elizabeth. What does this have to do with mercy? First, Mary is doing a work of mercy in helping her older relative with this unexpected pregnancy. But the text has another theme, a bit hidden, that is also connected with mercy. Luke is hinting that Mary is the new Ark of the Covenant. What does this mean?

The Ark is first mentioned in the book of Exodus. It represented the presence of God with his people Israel. The Ark was a large wooden box gilded with gold that contained three things: 1) some manna 2) Aaron’s rod, which budded, and 3) the tablets with the Ten Commandments. 

The gold-plated cover of the box was called the mercy seat (kapporah in Hebrew; hilasterion in Greek). Later when the Temple was built, the Ark was placed in the Holy of Holies, where the high priest would go once a year on the Day of Atonement. He would sprinkle blood on it and make an offering to God to atone for the sins of the people, so that God would have mercy on them and forgive their sins.

So the Ark of the Covenant had this close connection with mercy. In the New Testament, Jesus himself is the one who offered the perfect atonement for sins by his sacrificial offering of his own life on the cross. The Greek word used for the mercy seat, indicating its role as an atoning sacrifice, is used of Jesus, for example, in Romans 3:25 where Paul says, “whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.”

Here she is bringing Jesus, who is mercy itself and the one who will offer the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Mary was like a tabernacle for Jesus. What the Ark held in promise, Mary held within herself in its full reality: the incarnate Lord.
In the Visitation, we can see an important connection between the Ark of the Covenant and Mary. How so? First, consider that the Ark represented God’s presence among the people. As she went on her journey, Mary was already carrying Jesus. And since Jesus is God, Mary is the God-bearer. Here she is bringing Jesus, who is mercy itself and the one who will offer the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Mary was like a tabernacle for Jesus. What the Ark held in promise, Mary held within herself in its full reality: the incarnate Lord.

Luke’s text indicates this, as we can see by comparing it to 2 Samuel 6:1-19, where the Ark of the Covenant was transferred to a new location.

1) Joy: David and the people danced with joy before the Ark; “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb” (Lk 1:39).

2) Humility: David said, “How can the ark of the LORD come into my care?” (v. 9); Elizabeth said, “And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?” (Lk 1:43).

3) The Ark remained in the house of Obed-edom for three months, and Mary stayed with Elizabeth “about three months” (Lk 1:56).

4) Blessing: The Lord blessed the house that held the Ark, and Elizabeth told Mary, “blessed is she who believed” that the Lord would fulfill his promises (Lk 1:45).

In our life
Mary gives us a wonderful example of mercy in going to assist the elderly Elizabeth, and she went with haste. This can spur us on to be fervent and zealous in being generous with our service to God and to others.

Prayer
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning, and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Clinton’s Ethics Problems Worse Than She Understands

Clinton’s Ethics Problems Worse Than She Understands

The Climate Crisis Is Already Here -- but No One's Telling Us

The Climate Crisis Is Already Here -- but No One's Telling Us

The Shameful Foundation of the Clintons' Power

The Shameful Foundation of the Clintons' Power


http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/37272-the-shameful-foundation-of-the-clintons-power

Russian Realism in the Middle East « LobeLog

Russian Realism in the Middle East « LobeLog

Russian Realism in the Middle East

https://lobelog.com/russian-realism-in-the-middle-east/

Russian Realism in the Middle East

by Paul R. Pillar
We should reflect on the meaning of Russia’s use of a base in Iran for staging airstrikes in Syria, and about what lessons we could learn from the Russians. The significance does not have to do with any grand realignment in the Middle East or the emergence of a military alliance between Russia and Iran. Russians and Iranians are not buddies. The development has to do more specifically with the conflict in Syria, and the main advantage for Russia concerns tactical operational considerations involving distances to the battlefield and how much of a bomb load certain types of Russian aircraft can carry.
Nor does the lesson for us involve using more rather than less military force in the region. The United States is conducting airstrikes in Syria, too, and, although it seems to escape our notice sometimes, a limited ground war against ISIS as well. The United States has more of a military presence in the Middle East, and is doing more with that presence, than anything Russia is doing there. If we are worrying about Russia one-upping us in the Middle East, it is not because the Russians are doing more militarily in the region than we are.https://lobelog.com/russian-realism-in-the-middle-east/

China Is Building a Robot Army of Model Workers

China Is Building a Robot Army of Model Workers

How WeChat Is Extending China’s School Days Well into the Night

How WeChat Is Extending China’s School Days Well into the Night

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream

Cyber-Espionage Nightmare

Cyber-Espionage Nightmare

How A Land Use Plan For the California Desert Turned Climate Change Allies Into Foes - Renewable Energy World

How A Land Use Plan For the California Desert Turned Climate Change Allies Into Foes - Renewable Energy World

110,000 homes worth a combined $21 billion are in Louisiana’s flood-affected zones, study says

110,000 homes worth a combined $21 billion are in Louisiana’s flood-affected zones, study says


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/08/19/110000-homes-worth-a-combined-21-billion-are-in-louisianas-flood-affected-zones-study-says/?utm_term=.827f87d6bf1a&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

How Neocons Helped Create Trump

http://lobelog.com/how-neocons-helped-create-trump/#more-35482

How Neocons Helped Create Trump

by Jim Lobe
Prominent neoconservatives, led by Bill Kristol, have played leading roles in trying to block Trump’s nomination or repeal it somehow. They’ve lined up fellow-neocons to sign letters opposing his election and/or declining to serve under him should he actually make it to the White House. Some, albeit a relatively small minority so far, have gone so far as to publicly endorse Hillary for president, if only as the lesser evil. Among the most outspoken in the latter group are Bob Kagan, Max Boot, Bret Stephens, and Eliot Cohen. Indeed, it’s very difficult to find a neocon at the moment who publicly supports the Republican candidate.http://lobelog.com/how-neocons-helped-create-trump/#more-35482

Turkey’s Impending Eastern Turn

Turkey’s Impending Eastern Turn

  • A.Kadir Yildirim
Turkey’s shift away from the West since the July 15 coup attempt is a deliberate tactic to strengthen the government’s domestic support base and pursue a more aggressive regional role.
In the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt, Turkish foreign policy seems to have set sail to the East. This shift, in contrast to prevailing perceptions, reflects a deliberate choice made by Turkey dating back to the pre-July 15 period. A desire to boost the government’s domestic standing and pursue a more independent and aggressive foreign policy has prompted this change. Current analyses of Turkish foreign policy tend to urge the West to show greater solidarity with Turkish elected officials and the citizens who opposed extra-democratic interventions. They suggest that Turkey needs “sensible friends” at this juncture—during which tens of thousands of individuals have been arrested, detained, dismissed, prosecuted, and tortured for the alleged crimes of coup-plotting or terrorism. Analysts assume the Turkish government is in survival mode, merely responding to domestic and international developments. If somehow Turkey were to exit the Western orbit, blame will rest squarely on the West for failing to accommodate Turkish demands, as Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed. Turkey needs exceptional treatment at this time of existential threat, the argument goes, and the West needs to “understand” Turkey, implicitly hinting at the West’s failure to do so in 2013 in Egypt. http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/?fa=64358&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTWpjME5tWXdOelU1TW1aaiIsInQiOiI0ZU50UkdrTlUyam1jeUVXS2g5Q3lPMVJwVDRYS0lONmRscEJzTjZ6aDBuZHlzNHJnck5HbUptYUZ0aUpJc2VIYmZUZnNvZmhcL1wvYUVaV1wvOUw5ZTBZZ05CYnFLSGJhaldBaVJYaTgzUVBtND0ifQ%3D%3D

Unpacking Turkey’s Failed Coup: Causes and Consequences

When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the Turkish people via FaceTime on the night of July 15, he pointed the finger of blame for the coup attempt squarely at Fethullah Gulen and his followers in the military.[1]
The Gulen movement, organized around the leadership of the Pennsylvania-based cleric, has been known to be a social movement with a secretive and complicated history. Gulenists describe themselves as Hizmet (Service) because of their emphasis on “creating necessary infrastructure (the movement is famous for its extensive transnational network of schools) to reform society.”[2] For years, the movement has touted itself as a civil society organization that aims to “promote education, tolerance, and peace.” Yet, especially in Turkey, people who follow the movement closely have tried to draw attention to its extensive organization inside the state bureaucracy. According to many in Turkey, the Gulenist aim is not solely confined to transforming society; they also pursue a strategy of capturing key positions inside the state bureaucracy to expand their sphere of influence and power. The few people who have studied the Gulen movement point out its strict hierarchy, operative secrecy, and requirement for obedience.[3]
http://www.mei.edu/content/article/unpacking-turkey-s-failed-coup-causes-and-consequences

Police arrested members of Beitar Jerusalem's 'La Familia' group, long known for its violence and hate-filled chants.


Police arrested members of Beitar Jerusalem's 'La Familia' group, long known for its violence and hate-filled chants.

By Raphael Gellar


TEL AVIV — The Israeli national soccer league begins its new season on Saturday. But one of the most significant developments of the upcoming year may have happened last month.

The inside story of how the Clintons built a $2 billion global empire - The Washington Post

The inside story of how the Clintons built a $2 billion global empire - The Washington Post

More than half of Clinton Foundation’s major donors would be barred under new rule - The Washington Post

More than half of Clinton Foundation’s major donors would be barred under new rule - The Washington Post

It turns out many ISIS recruits don’t know much about Islam

It turns out many ISIS recruits don’t know much about Islam


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/17/it-turns-out-many-isis-recruits-dont-know-much-about-islam/

Clear and present danger to your life as of now from cyberblitzkrieg

Clear and present danger to your life as of now from cyberblitzkrieg

August 18, 2016 | http://www.kurzweilai.net/clear-and-present-danger-to-your-life-as-of-now-from-cyberblitzkrieg?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5a388ae70b-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147a5a48c1-5a388ae70b-282100801
Full restoration of electric power could take months to years following a well-planned, well-executed terrorist attack on large transformers like these in Melbourne, according to the National Academy of Sciences (credit: Allalone89/public domain)
By Paul Werbos, PhD http://www.kurzweilai.net/clear-and-present-danger-to-your-life-as-of-now-from-cyberblitzkrieg?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5a388ae70b-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147a5a48c1-5a388ae70b-282100801

An unheeded letter to the American people from King Abdullah of Jordan

An unheeded letter to the American people from King Abdullah of Jordan



https://brigittekm1.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/a-letter-goes-unheeded/

Pew Poll on U.S. Elections August 18 2016


Pew Poll on U.S. Elections August 18 2016

http://www.people-press.org/2016/08/18/1-voters-general-election-preferences/

CNN Town Hall Green Party Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka

CNN Town Hall Green Party Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIPu31PHIHo


The Town Hall with Dr. Stein and Mr. Baraka is eminently worth pondering. Dr. Stein makes an impression of moral seriousness Mr. Baraka  seems to have come right out of the mid nineteen sixties. He thinks Senator Sanders insufficiently aware of what he refers to as “contradictions” and one of these, if I have followed him correctly, is that it is wrong to seek redistribution and social justice within the US without considering a vast scale of global injustice. Seeking to gather votes from, let us say, unemployed workers in western Pennsylvania by reminding them of their  obligations to  the globally impoverished does not strike me as likely to be electorally rewarding even if not devoid of an authentic historical pathos. Chris Cuomo as interlocutor remarked that Mr. Baraka had served in the US armed forces and was the only person amongst the various candidates to have done so.  Many will recall the Reverend Mr. Wright of Chicago, whose rhetoric has often been cited as  evidence for President Obama’s alleged failings. The Reverend Wright as a younger man did two tours of duty as a Naval Corpsman with the Marines in Vietnam. Despite Mr. Baraka’s patriotic credentials, it is difficult to think that he was an obvious candidate for a place on the Green ticket.  My friends amongst the German Greens are hoping that Dr, Stein does not replicate the Nader performance of 2000, Enough said…..Norman Birnbaum     

CNN Libertarian Town Hall Meeting (Full segment)

CNN Libertarian Town Hall Meeting (Full segment)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztS-h_A3AfY

The One Speech That Could Turn Donald Trump From Villain To Hero

The One Speech That Could Turn Donald Trump From Villain To Hero


http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/the-one-speech-that-could-turn-donald-trump-from-villain-to-hero/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Patheos%20081916%20(1)%20remainder&utm_content=&spMailingID=52108202&spUserID=MjE4MDQwMjI0MTU1S0&spJobID=983726713&spReportId=OTgzNzI2NzEzS0

Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties - The New York Times

Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties - The New York Times

The Flood Of 2016: Southeast Louisiana And The Consequences Of Real Community


The Flood Of 2016: Southeast Louisiana And The Consequences Of Real Community


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-flood-of-2016-southeast-louisiana-the-consequences_us_57b47ffae4b0b3bb4b088bcd

2016 Oklahoma Black Mass Protest Video

2016 Oklahoma Black Mass Protest Video


https://americaneedsfatima.org/Campaigns/2016-oklahoma-black-mass-protest-video.html

Friday, August 19, 2016

Empty Promises About the Clinton Foundation

Empty Promises About the Clinton Foundation

The Return Of The Obamacare Death Spiral | Zero Hedge

The Return Of The Obamacare Death Spiral | Zero Hedge

3-minute video: Hillary’s 2002 Senate speech of KNOWN LIES pimping OBVIOUS illegal War of Aggression on Iraq for OIL (Operation Iraqi Liberation); cackling about it in 2014: Don’t vote for her, demand her arrest

3-minute video: Hillary’s 2002 Senate speech of KNOWN LIES pimping OBVIOUS illegal War of Aggression on Iraq for OIL (Operation Iraqi Liberation); cackling about it in 2014: Don’t vote for her, demand her arrest

Shocking Report Finds $6.5 Trillion In Taxpayer Funds "Unaccounted For" | Zero Hedge

Shocking Report Finds $6.5 Trillion In Taxpayer Funds "Unaccounted For" | Zero Hedge

Russia and Iran: Historic Mistrust and Contemporary Partnership - Carnegie Moscow Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Russia and Iran: Historic Mistrust and Contemporary Partnership - Carnegie Moscow Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Passing the Foreign Policy Baton by Robert E. Hunter

http://lobelog.com/passing-the-foreign-policy-baton/

Passing the Foreign Policy Baton

by Robert E. Hunter
President Barack Obama has 22 weeks left in office. But in practice, his useful mandate will expire on November 9, the day after the presidential election. That does not mean he will be unable to exercise his duties as commander-in-chief for the 72 days remaining in his term. However, given his inclination not to do “stupid stuff,” he is unlikely to leave any poisoned chalices for his successor. That has happened before. In 1961 the outgoing Eisenhower administration and especially the CIA confronted the young and untested President John F. Kennedy with a plan to invade Cuba and rid it of the upstart Fidel Castro, and we all know how well that played out. At least it enabled Kennedy, early in his presidency, to become more skeptical of some of the advice he was being fed (though not skeptical enough to prevent sliding into the Vietnam morass). More recently, following the 1992 election, the outgoing George H.W. Bush administration decided to intervene in Somalia. As only the president-elect, there was not much Bill Clinton could do about that, and he inherited a mess that, with his own inexperience helping it along, led to the tragedy commemorated by Hollywood as Blackhawk Down. That chalice was indeed poisoned.
By contrast, Obama is in a position to help his successor. There are special reasons for his doing so. One is that foreign policy and national security issues are more discussed in this year’s presidential campaign than at any time since perhaps 1968, although on that occasion, the candidate who hinted that he had a secret plan to end the Vietnam War was elected but kept the war going several more years.http://lobelog.com/passing-the-foreign-policy-baton/

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time by Jeff Cavins

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A Road Map for the New Evangelization by Jeff Cavins

The Great Adventure

A Road Map for the New Evangelization

by Jeff Cavins
In my years of leading seminars and conferences in parishes across the country, I have found that many Catholics want to evangelize. They just do not have a comprehensive way to go about it. Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde’s pastoral letter “Go Forth with Hearts on Fire,” offers many Catholics what they are looking for: a how-to guide for the New Evangelization. In this condensed version, we will explore the letter’s practical advice on being an evangelist in the twenty-first century.
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Bishop Loverde states, “Each of us needs and desires a relationship with Jesus Christ in his Church.” The brokenness of our culture makes this truth more relevant than ever. As divorce, abortion, and the redefining of marriage and family prevail, the yearning for God in our hearts does not grow more faint. It just becomes less understood as we lose sight of our place in God’s great story.
“Amid such brokenness, Pope Francis’ analogy of the Church as a field hospital has never seemed more fitting,” the bishop continues. “Now is the time to find a language of mercy that is expressed in gestures and attitudes even before words.  A nearly frantic search for peace, meaning, and hope is evident all around us. Yes, we experience a true hunger and thirst within us for something more—indeed, for Someone more.”
That is why we, as baptized Catholics, need to evangelize. “When we evangelize, we meet people where they are in their lives, amid all of their joys and trials,” says Bishop Loverde. “In so doing, we help others to understand that the desires of their hearts—however they may be directed at present—are a summons from the infinite God of love and mercy, who wants them to have the fullness of life.
Evangelization allows people to become aware of the presence of God already within them, made as they are in his image and likeness. Evangelization invites others to identify that sense of yearning within themselves.”

Me, an Evangelist?

In our secular culture, it is easy to lose sight of the need to evangelize. Even among those who see the need, there is a fear that they will lose something great by witnessing for Christ.
While acknowledging this fear, Bishop Loverde encourages Catholics to believe the words of Pope Benedict XVI, who said, “If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great … Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return.”
Another obstacle to evangelizing is our busy lives. When faced with a busy schedule, Bishop Loverde reminds Catholics that evangelization is not just another task to add to the list: “It is not a new ‘spoke in the wheel’; it is the entire wheel.”
We are not just dealing with another thing we should do to fulfill some personal ambition in life. Evangelization is a much more overarching matter. Faith in God is concerned with our very existence. “God created us! He did not have to, but in his desire to love human beings made in his image, male and female, he created us,” Bishop Loverde says. No other purpose has greater potential to fill us with a deep sense of mission. The bishop reminds us that our mission territory is all around us, in our homes, our neighborhoods, and wherever we go, and he recommends the following tools as we go forth in the New Evangelization:

The Evangelist’s Tool Box

  1. The Eucharist, which is the “source and summit of the Christian life,” helping us to love and be loved by Christ.
  2. Confession, where the weight of our sin is lifted, allowing us to evangelize with new energy.
  3. Daily prayer, which is essential to maintaining a close relationship with the Lord. One hour at Sunday Mass is not going to be enough.
  4. Joy, which attracts people to Christ.
  5. Acts of loving service, which are crucial to witnessing to Christ.
  6. Family time, which can be used to promote faith, virtues, and character.
  7. Strong friendships, which can build up our faith and strengthen us in love and good works.
  8. Study, which gives us the tools we need to engage others intelligently and with sensitivity. As we grow in love for the Lord, we will want to grow in knowledge as well.
  9. Humility, which strengthens us to say honestly, “I am a sinner.”
  10. Hospitality, which is an essential element of evangelization.
  11.  Mary, who has only one desire for us: that we know and love her Divine Son.
  12. One another, to encourage each other to become stronger disciples of Christ.
As Catholics, we may already know that some or all of these things are good for the soul and for evangelizing, and we may embrace one or more of them occasionally. But assimilating these powerful gifts into our daily lives can be a challenge. Bishop Loverde offers suggestions on how to make these gifts the lifeblood of a daily routine.

Evangelist’s To-Do List

  1. Think of three ways God has blessed you recently. Thank him for these blessings.
  2. Pray for and seek to develop a right relationship with Christ, which alone brings joy and right relationships with others.
  3. Allow your joy to be increased through the Eucharist and the other sacraments of the Church.
  4. Volunteer or take part in charitable service, and find ways to discuss charity with others.
  5. As part of your deepening friendship with Christ, find one concrete way to love him and to love your fellow disciples through him.
  6. Ask for forgiveness when you hurt someone.
  7.  Receive Communion on Sundays and, if possible, more often during the week.
  8. Ask God’s forgiveness each night for the sins of the day, and receive the sacrament of reconciliation regularly.
  9. Set aside time for reading or listening to the Scriptures, spiritual works, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to increase your knowledge of Jesus Christ.
  10. Look for a men’s or women’s Bible study group or a prayer group to join to receive support as a disciple and to offer your support to other disciples.
  11.  Invite others into your home to share a meal. Pray the Rosary. Consider Mary’s obedience to God.
  12. Seek her intercession for your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors.

How to Evangelize in Your Parish

The parish or local faith community is the place where we live out our calling as evangelists most fundamentally. It is the Catholic answer to the lack of answers in the secular culture. Through the parish, Catholics from all walks of life have created a culture that is not just a response to the world around us, but offers its own dynamic vision and worldview centered around Christ.
Our Catholic culture offers many things that are “good, true, and beautiful,” Bishop Loverde states. “These treasures—great literature, art, architecture, and music, among others—help us to see the glory of God’s creation and can move our hearts to love God and to understand our role in his creation.” The parish is the ideal place to express and share this Catholic culture.
The bishop continues, “Perhaps the most insidious message of the [secular] culture’s ‘anti-evangelization’ campaign is that the ‘institutional Church’ is to be ridiculed and rebelled against, like an unjust and old-fashioned parent.” The parish community needs to be ready to counteract this mentality and offer a positive vision of Christianity.
In his letter to parishes in the Diocese of Arlington, Bishop Loverde recommends that parishes ask themselves the following questions:

Parish Checklist

  1.  Do all members of our parish feel the personal love of God?
  2. Do visitors to our parish experience an atmosphere of joy in us when they arrive for Mass on Sunday?
  3. Does our parish have a sense of “mission” when participating in activities?
  4. Does service in our parish offer an opportunity for participants to grow in relationship with Jesus.
  5. Are there areas of sin in the lives of members of our parish that are common enough to warrant a teaching series on the topic?
  6. Are there routine (weekly or monthly) opportunities to build fellowship among all age groups in our parish?
  7. Does our pastoral team consciously use special events (such as weddings, sacraments, and funerals) as opportunities to teach everyone, including guests, about Christ?
  8. How much do parishioners in our parish value the Eucharist?
  9. Is there a growing acknowledgment in our parish of a need to improve our relationship with Jesus through the forgiveness of sins?
  10.  How often does our parish have groups getting together to engage in Eucharistic Adoration, lectio divina, devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Marian devotions such as the Rosary?
  11. How does educating our youth (through our Catholic school and religious education program) support the networking of families in our parish?
  12. Do adults in our parish know about opportunities to study the Catholic Faith?

Go Forth

Finally, the bishop asks, “Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, are you ready to accept your commission to evangelize in the twenty-first century? … We go forth, with hearts on fire! Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord today, tomorrow, and every day until we see him face to face in our eternal home!”

This article is an abridged version of “Go Forth with Hearts on Fire,” a pastoral letter by Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington. It was originally published in Ascension’s 2015 catalog.

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The Week with IPS 8/18/2016

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UN Admits it Needs to do More After Causing Haiti Cholera Epidemic
Phoebe Braithwaite
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The Time is Ripe to Act against Drought
Monique Barbut
Let us start with some good news.  Sort of.  The strongest El Niño in 35 years is coming to an end. In 2015/2016 this “El Niño effect” led to drought in over 20 countries .  There were scorching temperatures, water shortages and flooding around the world.  Worst hit were eastern and southern ... MORE > >

133 Organisations Nominate Syria’s White Helmets for Nobel Peace Prize
Lyndal Rowlands
Syria’s White Helmets - the volunteers who rescue civilians from collapsed buildings - could be the “most popular” nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize ever, according to human rights group, the Syria Campaign. The nomination for the 2016 prize has received support from 133 organisations and ... MORE > >

Olympic Games – More Media Show than Sports Event
Mario Osava
Brazil’s first gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics gave it a new multipurpose heroine, Rafaela Silva, whose defeat of the favourites in judo has made her a strong voice against racism and homophobia. Not only is she black and poor, but she just came out as gay. In her first remarks as an ... MORE > >

Humanitarian Crises: Business Called to Take a Lead
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With more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes due to violence and armed conflicts, this year’s Wold Humanitarian Day on August 19 will call on all governments and social sectors to work together to tackle this unprecedented human crisis. The IKEA Foundation believes that businesses ... MORE > >

Arable Lands Lost at Unprecedented Rate: 33,000 Hectares… a Day!
Baher Kamal
Humankind is a witness every single day to a new, unprecedented challenge. One of them is the very fact that the world's arable lands are being lost at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. Each year, 12 million hectares are lost. That means 33,000 hectares a day! Moreover, scientists have ... MORE > >

Peruvians Say “No!” to Violence Against Women
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Peruvians took to the streets en masse to reject violence against women, in what was seen as a major new step in awareness-raising in the country that ranks third in the world in terms of domestic sexual violence. The Saturday Aug. 13 march in Lima and simultaneous protests held in nearly a ... MORE > >

One Humanity? Millions of Children Tortured, Smuggled, Abused, Enslaved
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Children are being smuggled, sexually abused, maimed, killed for their vital organs, recruited as soldiers or otherwise enslaved. Not only: 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million will live in poverty, and 263 million are out of school. And 750 million ... MORE > >

Ethiopian Food Aid Jammed Up in Djibouti Port
James Jeffrey
Bags of wheat speed down multiple conveyor belts to be heaved onto trucks lined up during the middle of a blisteringly hot afternoon beside the busy docks of Djibouti Port. Once loaded, the trucks set off westward toward Ethiopia carrying food aid to help with its worst drought for ... MORE > >

Adaptation to Climate Change: Need for a Human Rights Approach
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The memories of Cyclone Sidr and Aila are fresh in the mind of Razia Begum, a victim of climate change, of Dacope Upazila, Khulna. The standing field crops and houses of her community were destroyed, and they suffered the loss of cattle as well as people who perished in these natural disasters. She ... MORE > >

Women’s Inclusion in Sports Competes in Rio Games
Mario Osava
At the age of 14, Kaillana de Oliveira of Brazil knows she won’t be as tall as most professional basketball players, because of family genetics. But she is not letting that get in the way of her dream of standing out in the sport. “I’m point guard, and you don’t have to be so tall for that ... MORE > >

False Promises: Avoid ‘Miracle’ Rice and Just Eat a Carrot
Dr Vandana Shiva
Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009. Alfred G. Gilman died on December 23, 2015. Both were Nobel laureates and now both dead. Gilman was a signatory to a recent letter condemning Greenpeace and its opposition to genetic engineering. How many Nobel ... MORE > >

Kenya’s Health Sector Challenges Present the Ideal Setting for Creating Shared Value
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The increased budgetary allocations to the health sector by county governments point to an acknowledgement not only of the enormous challenges facing the sector, but also of good health as a prerequisite to overall development. There has never been a better time for partnerships that harness ... MORE > >

Native Plants Boost Local Diets in El Salvador
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