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Friday, October 19, 2018

The faultline in US politics caused by Russia and China | Financial Times

The faultline in US politics caused by Russia and China | Financial Times: Political bickering over which country is most to blame undermines foreign policy

US downgrades consulate for Palestinians into Israel embassy unit | World news | The Guardian

US downgrades consulate for Palestinians into Israel embassy unit | World news | The Guardian: Consulate general and embassy will merge, Mike Pompeo said, but it ‘does not signal a change of US policy’

Viganò: Vatican rebuke proved truth of McCarrick cover-up | National Catholic Reporter

Viganò: Vatican rebuke proved truth of McCarrick cover-up | National Catholic Reporter: The Italian archbishop who alleged a widespread cover-up of allegations against now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick claims the Vatican's fiery response to his accusations only proved their veracity.

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VIGANÒ RISPONDE AL CARD. OUELLET. LA TERZA TESTIMONIANZA. ENGLISH TEXT TOO. : STILUM CURIAE

VIGANÒ RISPONDE AL CARD. OUELLET. LA TERZA TESTIMONIANZA. ENGLISH TEXT TOO. : STILUM CURIAE: Papi e Dintorni. Marco Tosatti

Is less government the key to nuclear waste management? | TheHill

Is less government the key to nuclear waste management? | TheHill: It is now official – the 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that President Trump signed earlier this month provides no funding for Yucca Mountain. In doing so, it officially extends by another year the U.S.

The Truth About San Onofre’s Nuclear Waste - SURFER Magazine

The Truth About San Onofre’s Nuclear Waste - SURFER Magazine

What Overstock.com learns about its customers from decades of data | ZDNet

What Overstock.com learns about its customers from decades of data | ZDNet: At nearly 20 years old, Overstock.com has been able to parse through mountains of data to get a 10,000-foot view of customers, as well as a granular understanding of shopping habits.

WHITE HOUSE: Do DOE and the Pentagon march together on grid security? -- Thursday, October 18, 2018 -- www.eenews.net

WHITE HOUSE: Do DOE and the Pentagon march together on grid security? -- Thursday, October 18, 2018 -- www.eenews.net: E&E News explores how protecting America's military bases from crippling blackouts collided with President Trump's latest coal bailout plan.

Burning waste or playing with fire? Waste management considerations for non-traditional reactors - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Burning waste or playing with fire? Waste management considerations for non-traditional reactors - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Why some advanced nuclear reactor technologies—funded for their supposed waste management benefits—will actually exacerbate spent fuel disposal issues.

The ambivalent nuclear politics of Fallout video games - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The ambivalent nuclear politics of Fallout video games - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: A series that began by critiquing nuclear weapons now appears to actively encourage nuclear use by players.

Trump’s evolving (but still totally wrong) take on global warming - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Trump’s evolving (but still totally wrong) take on global warming - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: President Trump says he no longer believes that global warming is a hoax. But his new, unsupported theories about climate change may be even more insidious.

How to bridge the Trump gap in climate finance - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

How to bridge the Trump gap in climate finance - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement leaves the world billions short on funds to help countries curb carbon emissions. Cities and states can help make up the difference.

Warning the most vulnerable about climate change. In a red state. - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Warning the most vulnerable about climate change. In a red state. - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: John Morales made history as the first degreed meteorologist on Spanish TV. And he's breaking the mold in another way, arguing in favor of facts and evidence for climate change.

The conservative climate fix that conservatives don’t support - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The conservative climate fix that conservatives don’t support - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Nobel laureate economists, Republican senior statesmen, ExxonMobil, and even most liberals support this conservative fix for climate change. Conservative politicians don’t.

The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust | The New Yorker

The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust | The New Yorker

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Danish Thorium Molten Salt Reactor receives pre-seed funding - NextBigFuture.com

Danish Thorium Molten Salt Reactor receives pre-seed funding - NextBigFuture.com: Copenhagen-based Seaborg Technologies, which is developing thorium-based Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs), has received pre-seed investment round. from an investment coalition led by Danish innovation incubator PreSeed Ventures. The company hopes the funding will accelerate development of its CUBE (Compact Used fuel BurnEr) reactor concept. Seaborg Technologies has received early funding for its thorium molten salt reactor. The CUBE (Compact Used fuel BurnEr) reactor concept has features including: – unparalleled non-proliferation profile, – excellent waste-burning abilities using thorium as catalyst, – ultra-compact form factor, five times smaller than competing MSRs, – and a fully modularized core optimized for mass production. The

Will Imperial Beach, California, retreat from a rising sea? - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Will Imperial Beach, California, retreat from a rising sea? - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Due to myriad factors including the Earth’s rotation, California will deal with even higher sea-level rise than other locations, as the atmosphere and oceans warm. Here, at the southernmost beach town in California, one small city is asking: What if we just got out of nature’s way?

It goes completely against what most believe, but out of all major energy sources, nuclear is the safest - Our World in Data

It goes completely against what most believe, but out of all major energy sources, nuclear is the safest - Our World in Data: This blog post draws on data and research discussed in our entry on Energy Production and Changing Energy Sources.

Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War | The Nation

Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War | The Nation: The disappearance, and probable brutal murder, of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Turkish soil could crater an already troubled geopolitical climate.

Gina Haspel CIA Torture Cables' Dates and Times Declassified | National Security Archive

Gina Haspel CIA Torture Cables' Dates and Times Declassified | National Security Archive: Washington, D.C., October 18, 2018 – The National Security Archive’s Freedom of Information lawsuit against the CIA has won release of the previously censored dates and times on cables sent by future CIA director Gina Haspel when she commanded a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where interrogators tortured and waterboarded an al-Qaeda suspect, according to the new documents

A Wave of Child Sexual Abuse Accusations Against a Doctor, and Hospital Says It Knew - The New York Times

A Wave of Child Sexual Abuse Accusations Against a Doctor, and Hospital Says It Knew - The New York Times: Rockefeller University Hospital said it has credible allegations of inappropriate behavior by a research doctor who treated children with growth problems.

Trump and Jamal Khashoggi— Saudi Arabia Has Been Bribing the US with Arms Sales for Years | naked capitalism

Trump and Jamal Khashoggi— Saudi Arabia Has Been Bribing the US with Arms Sales for Years | naked capitalism: An effort to put l'affaire Khashoggi in the context of the US-Saudi relationship.

The last words of a dying bride -- Aleteia

The last words of a dying bride -- Aleteia: Heather Mosher was determined to reveal her love for her husband and their marriage.

Risk of wildfires is so bad in Northern California, PG&E voluntarily shut off customers' power | Energy Central

Risk of wildfires is so bad in Northern California, PG&E voluntarily shut off customers' power | Energy Central

California Public Utility Commission Urged to Investigate PG&E and Other Utilities for Blackouts and to Require a Specific Threat Before Shutdowns | Energy Central

California Public Utility Commission Urged to Investigate PG&E and Other Utilities for Blackouts and to Require a Specific Threat Before Shutdowns | Energy Central

Christians Must Back the Homeless and Other Poor In the Elite’s War Against The World | Henry Karlson

Christians Must Back the Homeless and Other Poor In the Elite’s War Against The World | Henry Karlson: There is a war being waged against the poor, with the homeless receiving the great blunt of the attack. Christians must stand up for the poor, and work to restore the common good.

What Does the Orthodox Split Mean? | Matthew Schneider

What Does the Orthodox Split Mean? | Matthew Schneider: This week, the Russian Orthodox Patriarch ceased Communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople. As this is the split between the two most important Orthodox Churches in the world, it is big news. Greater separation in the Church is also sad news.

Breaking: Federal Gov’t Launches Criminal Probe Into Catholic Church in PA

Breaking: Federal Gov’t Launches Criminal Probe Into Catholic Church in PA: Dioceses served subpoenas following PA grand jury report naming Cdl. Wuerl

Editorial: Ouellet vs. Viganò exposes right wing's anti-Francis strategy | National Catholic Reporter

Editorial: Ouellet vs. Viganò exposes right wing's anti-Francis strategy | National Catholic Reporter: Cardinal Marc Ouellet's concise and sharply worded refutation of the now infamous Viganò letter is the very point needed to burst the bubble of fabulist concoctions spinning around the Catholic far r...

The BUILD Act Has Passed: What’s Next? | Center for Strategic and International Studies

The BUILD Act Has Passed: What’s Next? | Center for Strategic and International Studies: On October 5, 2018, the U.S. Senate joined the U.S. House of Representatives in passing the Better Utilization of Investment Leading to Development (or BUILD Act), a bipartisan bill creating a new U.S. development agency—the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC). This is the most important piece of U.S. soft power legislation in more than a decade. The success of the BUILD Act is something to celebrate.

Turkish paper publishes gruesome details from audio of Saudi journalist Khashoggi's murder - Haaretz.com

Turkish paper publishes gruesome details from audio of Saudi journalist Khashoggi's murder - Haaretz.com: Saudi officer with close ties to MBS 'in charge of the deadly Khashoggi op'

Saudi journalist's dismembered body lands at Trump's White House - U.S. News - Haaretz.com

Saudi journalist's dismembered body lands at Trump's White House - U.S. News - Haaretz.com: Riyadh and Ankara expect the U.S. president to give the Khashoggi affair a proper burial

Did the Bronze Age warrior Goliath exist? - Archaeology - Haaretz.com

Did the Bronze Age warrior Goliath exist? - Archaeology - Haaretz.com: Is the story of the Philistine champion Goliath a distant memory of an event that took place in the 11th century B.C.E. or a fable by priests conspiring in Jerusalem in the late 7th century B.C.E.?

Khashoggi and the myth of the 'liberal' Middle East crown princes - Middle East News - Haaretz.com

Khashoggi and the myth of the 'liberal' Middle East crown princes - Middle East News - Haaretz.com

COLUMN-U.S. energy exports to China plummet as Trump trade war bites: Russell | Reuters

COLUMN-U.S. energy exports to China plummet as Trump trade war bites: Russell | Reuters: It's probably not the kind of success U.S. President Donald Trump had in mind, but his trade dispute with China has effectively killed off the burgeoning energy trade between the world's two biggest economies.

Nuclear Townhall

Nuclear Townhall

Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection October 18, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Feast of Saint Luke
Luke 10:1-9
Friends, our Gospel shows us what Jesus wants his followers to be doing and how they ought do it. We are a missionary church. We are sent by the Lord to spread his word and do his work. The Gospel is just not something that we are meant to cling to for our own benefit; it is seed that we are meant to give away.

Prayer is not incidental to ministry. It is not decorative. It is the lifeblood of the Church’s efforts. Without it, nothing will succeed; without it, no ministers will come forward. At all times pray, pray, pray.

Poverty and simplicity of life are prerequisites to the effective proclamation of the Gospel. Anthony, Benedict, Chrysostom, Francis and Clare, Dominic, Ignatius, Mother Teresa—across the board, the most effective proclaimers of the Gospel are those who rely on the providence of God and strip themselves of worldliness.

What is the first thing that the minister should do upon entering a city? "Cure the sick there." Christ is Soter, healer of both body and spirit. The second great task of the Church is to proclaim that "the reign of God is at hand." The Church is an announcing, proclaiming, evangelizing organism.

Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist
Lectionary: 661

Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b

Beloved:
Demas, enamored of the present world,
deserted me and went to Thessalonica,
Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
Luke is the only one with me.
Get Mark and bring him with you,
for he is helpful to me in the ministry.
I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,
the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments.

Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;
the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
You too be on guard against him,
for he has strongly resisted our preaching.

At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf,
but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
so that through me the proclamation might be completed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.

Gospel Lk 10:1-9

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter,
first say, 'Peace to this household.'
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
'The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"

Pope: God wants change in church stricken by perversion of clericalism | National Catholic Reporter

Pope: God wants change in church stricken by perversion of clericalism | National Catholic Reporter: Catholics need to help the church along a path of "deep spiritual renewal," Pope Francis told Jesuits from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
"I believe the Lord wants a change in the church," which is af...

Tomgram: Belle Chesler, The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Belle Chesler, The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone | TomDispatch: null

Apple to US users: Here's how you can now see what personal data we hold on you | ZDNet

Apple to US users: Here's how you can now see what personal data we hold on you | ZDNet: Apple's privacy tools now go beyond Europe, so more now get to download the personal data it has collected.

Saudi journalist Khashoggi decapitated after fingers cut off: Reports - Turkey News

Saudi journalist Khashoggi decapitated after fingers cut off: Reports - Turkey News

Liberman halts Qatar's $60 million fuel flow to Gaza Strip

Liberman halts Qatar's $60 million fuel flow to Gaza Strip

Russian and Egyptian presidents sign partnership treaty

Russian and Egyptian presidents sign partnership treaty: MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi signed a strategic cooperation treaty Wednesday that is intended to bolster trade and other ties between the two nations. The treaty capped a three-day visit to Russia by the Egyptian leader. During his talks with Putin on Wednesday, El-Sissi also urged Russia to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts, which Moscow suspended after a bomb planted by the Islamic State group brought a Russian plane down over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board.

The Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder | Graham E. Fuller

The Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder | Graham E. Fuller: The Geopolitics of Khashoggi Murder Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com) 17 October 2018 The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Trump Administration Moves to End Deep Discounts for Packages From China



Trump Administration Moves to End Deep Discounts for Packages From China

U.S. starts process to withdraw from a 144-year-old international postal body



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Climate change and the 75% problem | Bill Gates

Climate change and the 75% problem | Bill Gates: Bill Gates shares his plan for fighting climate change.

Status-6: Why Russia's 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedo Is Truly Terrifying | The National Interest

Status-6: Why Russia's 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedo Is Truly Terrifying | The National Interest: The Pentagon thinks Kanyon is real enough, and Russia never lost the undersea skills it inherited from the USSR, even during the bad days of the 1990s.

The ambivalent nuclear politics of Fallout video games - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The ambivalent nuclear politics of Fallout video games - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: A series that began by critiquing nuclear weapons now appears to actively encourage nuclear use by players.

If You Want Peace, Prepare for Nuclear War

If You Want Peace, Prepare for Nuclear War: In an era of new great-power competition, United States must develop a modern nuclear arsenal, including low-yield tactical nuclear weapons, lest it lose the ability to credibly defend its allies against potential attacks by rivals such as China and Russia.

ICC Prosecutor: Demolishing Khan al-Ahmar a War Crime – LobeLog

ICC Prosecutor: Demolishing Khan al-Ahmar a War Crime – LobeLog: by Edo Konrad Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda issued a stern warning to Israel officials on Wednesday, saying she will not “hesitate to take any appropriate action” sh…

Democrats Need More Than Hot Air on North Korea – Foreign Policy

Democrats Need More Than Hot Air on North Korea – Foreign Policy: Moon Jae-in is trying for peace on the peninsula. Liberals should have his back.

[Dispatch] Nikki Haley at the Council for National Policy | Harper's Magazine

[Dispatch] Nikki Haley at the Council for National Policy | Harper's Magazine

IEA: World Could Install 1.3 TW of Clean Energy by 2023


IEA: World Could Install 1.3 TW of Clean Energy by 2023


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Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection October 17, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Luke 11:42-46
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus says, "Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them."

Some religious leaders get their kicks from burdening people, laying the law on them heavily, making demands that are terrible, exulting in their own moral superiority. At the core of Jesus’ program is a willingness to bear other people’s burdens, to help them carry their loads. And this applies to the moral life as well. If we lay the burden of God’s law on people, we must be willing, at the same time, to help them bear it.

When were you cured by Christ and how? What was it like to receive, through the Church, his healing touch? When did you feel ostracized, despised, unworthy—and how did Christ, through his Church, restore you to health and communion? Remember that moment and share it.

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
Lectionary: 469

Reading 1 Gal 5:18-25

Brothers and sisters:
If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious:
immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry,
sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,
outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,
dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,
drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.
I warn you, as I warned you before,
that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh
with its passions and desires.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.

Gospel Lk 11:42-46

The Lord said:
"Woe to you Pharisees!
You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb,
but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.
These you should have done, without overlooking the others.
Woe to you Pharisees!
You love the seat of honor in synagogues
and greetings in marketplaces.
Woe to you!
You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk."

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply,
"Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too."
And he said, "Woe also to you scholars of the law!
You impose on people burdens hard to carry,
but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them."

‘Enough is enough’: Famed evangelist pens powerful letter to ‘troubled Catholics’ | Opinion | LifeSite

‘Enough is enough’: Famed evangelist pens powerful letter to ‘troubled Catholics’ | Opinion | LifeSite: The Archbishop McCarrick case may prove to be the 'straw that broke the camel’s back.'

Catholic school fires teacher after she handed out famed evangelist’s letter on clergy abuse crisis | News | LifeSite

Catholic school fires teacher after she handed out famed evangelist’s letter on clergy abuse crisis | News | LifeSite: The fired teacher was told that the school is ‘first Dominican and then Catholic.'

Sacraments and Hypocrites - The Catholic Thing

Sacraments and Hypocrites - The Catholic Thing: David Bobagura: In the midst of the crisis, why go to Confession? Because it is not the priest who forgives us, but Christ who acts through him.

Fr. Warren's Week Reflection: The Camel

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THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION from Fr. Bob Warren, SA
The Camel
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. The disciples were amazed at Jesus’ words. They were exceedingly astonished and completely overwhelmed not only because it seemed from His words that no one could enter the kingdom, but what complicated their effort to understand was a powerful Jewish tradition, part of the very air they breathed. Wealth was a mark, a sign of God’s favor.
We read it time and time again in the Old Testament: if the people obeyed God, they would prosper, they would lack nothing. If you loved and feared God you would be blessed with the good things of the earth. What does Jesus say to that revered tradition? He reversed it, rudely and brutally. He who had nowhere to lay His head condemned wealth. Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. It is to the poor that the kingdom belongs.
This was raw language for the Jews of Jesus’ day, but there is another side, a side that makes us hesitate about His harsher words. As far as we know, he never told Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary to give up all they had. He did not announce to Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea that they were excluded from the kingdom. Rich Zacchaeus proclaimed, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor, and Jesus told him, today salvation has come to this house. Jesus did not require Zacchaeus to give up everything.
So we are left with a dichotomy: the radical Jesus, and the moderate Jesus. There is the Jesus for whom wealth is totally linked with evil, and there is the Jesus who counsels a prudent use of possessions to help the less fortunate. There is the Jesus who tells us to give it all away, and there is the Jesus who advises others to share what they have. There is the Jesus who stresses how selfish and Godless the rich become, and there is the Jesus who experiences how generous and God-fearing His well-to-do friends can be. There is the Jesus who forces you to choose between money and God, and there is the Jesus who loves a rich man who keeps both his wealth and God’s commandments.
What is the message? That nothing, absolutely nothing should take the place of Christ in my life. We all know that there is peril in possession whether is it an adult’s preferred stock or a child’s toy. Whether it is power or wealth, my new home or car, whatever I own, the peril is simply that it is mine and it can become the center of my existence. It can organize my life, manipulate me, even strangle me. When that happens, Christ takes second place. I do not listen, I do not hear His invitation or His command to give it all up, or only half, or just a little. I have not heard to care and to share, and to let go.
The radical Jesus poses a perennial question: what rules my life, the camel or the kingdom? On the other hand, the moderate Jesus fixes my eye on something splendidly positive that, ultimately, whatever is mine is God’s gift. Even if it stems from my own fantastic talent, that talent owes its origin to God. And God’s gifts are not given to be clutched selfishly, but rather they are given to be given freely.
Each of you is a gifted person, gifted in more ways, perhaps, than your modesty will admit. You may be rich or poor, or in between, you may have great intelligence and power, beauty or wisdom, gentleness and compassion. What the moderate Jesus tells you is to use your gifts as He invites or commands you to use them. To some He may say, give all you have to the poor and come and follow Me. To others, share what you possess, use it for your brothers and sisters. Employ your power for peace, use your wisdom to reconcile, your knowledge to open horizons, and your compassion to heal.
I see it symbolized in a story told to me by one of our Friars. He works in the slums of Brazil. He was worried because he was coming back to the states for some study and to a lifestyle far higher than that of the people he left behind. His people told him, do not worry, Father, by all means, go and relax, study, enjoy yourself, but do not forget the poor.
My friends, the poor surround us. They walk our every street, poor in so many ways. They need not only food, but faith. Not simply cash, but caring. Not merely social security, but the touch of love. They are those around us who lack the ordinary things of life: someone to care, or someone to just listen. These poor may be at your work or live next door, or be in your own family. For the sake of the kingdom, for your salvation, do not forget the poor. Then you will be able to drive a herd of camels through the eye of even the smallest needle.
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A.
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Turkey: Enabling Mass Illegal Migration into Greece

Turkey: Enabling Mass Illegal Migration into Greece: Turkish authorities repeatedly have threatened Europe with an influx of migrants. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's threats should not be ignored. Ever since the migrant crisis started to escalate in 2011 -- with the onset of civil war in Syria -- those

Big Tech Snuffing Free Speech; Google's Poisonous 'Dragonfly'

Big Tech Snuffing Free Speech; Google's Poisonous 'Dragonfly': If the big social media companies choose what to publish and what not to publish, they should be subject to the same licensing and requirements as media organizations. Google has decided it will not renew a contract with the Pentagon for artificial

IAEA assesses emergency preparedness in Belarus - World Nuclear News

IAEA assesses emergency preparedness in Belarus - World Nuclear News: An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts today concluded a ten-day mission to review Belarus's preparedness and response arrangements for nuclear and radiological emergencies.

GreyEnergy: New malware campaign targets critical infrastructure companies | ZDNet

GreyEnergy: New malware campaign targets critical infrastructure companies | ZDNet: Security researchers warn of cyber-espionage activity by group which has links to some of the most destructive cyber attacks of recent times.

Bringing 21st-Century Innovation to the U.S. Nuclear Industry

Bringing 21st-Century Innovation to the U.S. Nuclear Industry: In just the past decade, nuclear physicists and entrepreneurs have developed innovate commercial reactor designs that are smaller, cheaper and safer than current technology.

Planting the Seeds of a Distributed Nuclear Revolution

 

Planting the Seeds of a Distributed Nuclear Revolution


The Case for Expedited Licensing and Commercialization of Micronuclear Reactors


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Trump's WTO Ambassador Would Rather Fight Than Talk

Trump's WTO Ambassador Would Rather Fight Than Talk: The two of them prefer action over negotiation, but negotiation is mostly how trade policy is made.

Is An Asteroid Coming? The Proposed Budget For NASA’s ‘Planetary Defense Coordination Office’ Is Suddenly Increased To $150 Million – The American Dream

Is An Asteroid Coming? The Proposed Budget For NASA’s ‘Planetary Defense Coordination Office’ Is Suddenly Increased To $150 Million – The American Dream: It didn't make many national headlines, but the proposed budget for NASA's "Planetary Defense Coordination Office" was just increased by 90 million dollars. At a time when our national budget is already stretched to the max, this seems like an odd thing to be spending so much money on. As you will see below, the

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fr. Longenecker: “ALL ARE WELCOME…TO WHAT EXACTLY?” | Fr. Z's Blog

Fr. Longenecker: “ALL ARE WELCOME…TO WHAT EXACTLY?” | Fr. Z's Blog

Priesthood: Forsaking and receiving - The Catholic Thing

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Court case, Seal of Confession, and requiring priests to break the Seal | Fr. Z's Blog

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Fr. James Martin’s Bridge to Nowhere, Living Eucharistically in Everyday Life, and More Links!

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Iraq cardinal: Trump administration has done 'nothing' to help Christians

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World's superiors general to ask for greater women's voice at synod | National Catholic Reporter

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Terrestrial Energy's IMSR Begins Final Stage of Pre-Licensing Vendor Design Review in Canada - MarketWatch

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Is Saudi Arabia Getting Unmoored? - The Globalist

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It's All or Nothing - The Catholic Thing

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DOE Announces Measures To Prevent China’s Illegal Diversion Of U.S. Civil Nuclear Technology For Military Or Other Unauthorized Purposes


DOE Announces Measures To Prevent China’s Illegal Diversion Of U.S. Civil Nuclear Technology For Military Or Other Unauthorized Purposes

By By U.S. Department Of Energy,   /  October 15, 2018 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced measures to prevent China’s illegal diversion of U.S. civil nuclear technology for military or other unauthorized purposes. These national security measures are the result of a U.S. government policy review prompted by concerns about China’s efforts to obtain nuclear material, equipment, and advanced technology from
Keep reading →https://breakingenergy.com/2018/10/15/doe-announces-measures-to-prevent-chinas-illegal-diversion-of-u-s-civil-nuclear-technology-for-military-or-other-unauthorized-purposes/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy+Newsletters+Master+List&utm_campaign=0802850e63-MAILCHIMP_BD_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_88392479a3-0802850e63-411632309

Report: DOE coal, nuclear bailout on hold at White House | Utility Dive

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Paul G. Allen, Microsoft’s Co-Founder, Is Dead at 65 - The New York Times

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DNA databases are too white. This man aims to fix that.


DNA databases are too white. This man aims to fix that.


https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612278/dna-databases-are-too-white-this-man-aims-to-fix-that/?utm_source=TR&utm_content=10-16&utm_source=MIT+Technology+Review&utm_campaign=01ae91c43b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_16_11_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-01ae91c43b-153856085

Your next doctor’s appointment might be with an AI


Your next doctor’s appointment might be with an AI


https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612267/your-next-doctors-appointment-might-be-with-an-ai/?utm_source=TR&utm_content=10-16&utm_source=MIT+Technology+Review&utm_campaign=01ae91c43b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_16_11_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-01ae91c43b-153856085

Stephen Hawking’s final AI alarm


Stephen Hawking’s final AI alarm
Stephen Hawking’s posthumous book, published today, warns that humanity faces an existential threat from the development of “a super-intelligent AI”.
Brief answers: The book, called ‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’, provides Hawking’s answers to 10 fundamental questions he was constantly asked. Topics in the book range from whether there’s a god (no), if aliens exist (yes), and whether time travel is possible (maybe).
Grave warning: Hawking warns “a super-intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing goals and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours we’re in trouble.” He adds: “You’re probably not an evil ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you’re in charge of a hydroelectric green-energy project and there’s an anthill in the region to be flooded, too bad for the ants. Let’s not place humanity in the position of those ants.”
Consistency: Hawking stated this position on AI many times while alive. In 2014 he warned AI could spell the end of humanity if deployed carelessly. He signed an open letter in January 2015 calling for more research on the societal impacts of AI. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11342200/Top-scientists-call-for-caution-over-artificial-intelligence.html?utm_source=MIT+Technology+Review&utm_campaign=01ae91c43b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_16_11_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-01ae91c43b-153856085

Should we be worried too? Artificial intelligence is likely to upend many aspects of our lives, such as employment or transport. However, AI experts have consistently said we are a long way from machines that “think” for themselves. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602410/no-the-experts-dont-think-superintelligent-ai-is-a-threat-to-humanity/?utm_source=TR&utm_content=10-16&utm_source=MIT+Technology+Review&utm_campaign=01ae91c43b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_16_11_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-01ae91c43b-153856085

As a major report from Stanford University put it in 2016: “No machines with self-sustaining long-term goals and intent have been developed, nor are they likely to be developed in the near future”. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602278/ai-wants-to-be-your-bro-not-your-foe/?utm_source=TR&utm_content=10-16&utm_source=MIT+Technology+Review&utm_campaign=01ae91c43b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_16_11_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-01ae91c43b-153856085

'She seduced a Jew': Lawmaker bemoans wedding of Fauda star to Israeli Arab TV anchor - Israel News - Haaretz.com

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Why Official Catholic Media Can’t Be Trusted | The Vortex

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Among those cheering Romero: the woman saved by his intercession

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