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Red Sun Phenomenon ‘Caused by Hurricane Ophelia’

Posted by addisethiopia on October 16, 2017

An “unusual” reddish sky and red-looking sun have been reported across many parts of England.

The phenomenon was initially seen in the west of England and Wales before spreading to other areas.

BBC weather presenter Simon King said it was due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara.

He added that debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain was also playing a part.

The dust has caused shorter wavelength blue light to be scattered, making it appear red.

Meanwhile, hundreds took to Twitter to share their theories and snaps of the unusual red sun and yellow skies.

Using the hashtags #redsun and #ophelia, pictures were posted with earnest tags insisting that: “There is NO colour correction on this image”.

As the skies turned beige over London, Hugh Bennett‏ wondered if: “This is what it must have been like living in the olden days when everything was sepia”, while James McNicholas‏ blamed “the hipsters” for putting “an Instagram filter” on the city.

‘Freaking us out’

But trending alongside #redsun, #yellowsky and #orangesky was the hashtag #apocalypse.

Like many Ben Shephard posted that: “Not messing around this light is really freaking us out!”, while Henry Tudor, said: “This weird light is very disturbing. I keep expecting four blokes on horses to home galloping out of the sky.”

Elliot Wagland said: “I just looked out of the window and it appears the world is about to end”, and Archer Hampson‏ said: “Somebody said we should head outside because the world was ending. We thought we’d take our cameras.”

Louise Lucas, meanwhile, wanted to know if she had missed the memo “about going home early due to #apocalypse?!” and Anthony Court posted that‏: “If the world does end -please could it be before 10pm tonight when I start my nightshift.”

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Britain’s Martian sky:

Hurricane Ophelia creates ghostly red phenomenon as Saharan dust and debris from Spanish forest fires are carried on 80mph winds across the Atlantic

Britain was cast in an eerie Martian gloom as Saharan dust whipped across the Atlantic by Hurricane Ophelia shrouded the sun turning skies over the nation red. The storm is believed to have picked up dust from North Africa and debris from forest fires in Spain and Portugal as it travelled towards the UK. Skies over London have been covered in a murky orange haze as the desert dust mixes with clouds, offering residents in the capital a stark contrast to the grey that usually greets them at this time of year.

Jesus. Said. Luke 21:10-11 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

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Passengers Board Last Ever Flight 666 To Hel On Friday The 13th

Posted by addisethiopia on October 13, 2017

Fearless flyers will laugh in the face of superstition today when they board the last ever Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th. Travelling on the “unluckiest day of the year” could save you some pounds, but a journey straight to HEL on the 13th hour of the superstitious date is one flight most would probably like to avoid.

Nordic airline Finnair has flown brave passengers from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Helsinki, Finland, on Friday the 13th since 2006.

However, today will be the last time Flight 666 flies to Hel, as the airline has decided to retire the flight number.

Today will actually be the final time that our AY666 flight flies to HEL,” a spokesperson for the airline said.

As of October 29, some of our flight numbers in our network will change and our AY666 flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki will change to AY954.

In 11 years, we’ve flown 21 times the AY666 flight to HEL on Friday the 13th.”

Can it get worse?

Thankfully, veteran pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto says he is not superstitious or scared about flying on Friday the 13th.

It has been quite a joke among the pilots,” he said previously.

I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me.

If there’s some passenger who is anxious about this 666, our cabin crew is always happy to help them.”

Flight 666 is set to depart from the Danish capital at 1:20pm and is scheduled to arrive in Helsinki shortly before 4pm.

But why is Friday the 13th considered to be so unlucky? It has biblical origins and also been linked to the Knights Templar.

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Why Sane People Should Immediately Boycott Hollywood + The Music Industry + The Mainstream Media

Posted by addisethiopia on October 13, 2017

My Note: I personally stopped going to the movies, already seven years ago. I never liked those demonic Weinstein-related movies, like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Scary Movies, The Lord of the Rings, Dracula 2000, Halloween II,, Gangs of New York etc. I felt the wickedness the moment I begun watching them – very dark and sinister! I never liked Harvey Weinstein, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino Ridley Scott or their likes. I think Holywood, The Music Industry, The Medias should be closed as soon as possible so that their wicked makers could be able to do some serious and deep soul searching.


The Perverted Left: #RAPECULTURE, Cover-ups, and Hypocrisy from Weiner to Weinstein


The growing number of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Democratic uber-donor and self-described “male feminist” Harvey Weinstein raise the question of why the same Democratic politicians and liberal activists consistently cling on to similar allegations against President Trump and other prominent Conservatives while tolerating a culture of silence and denial regarding the epidemic of sexual misconduct — which runs the gamut from workplace harassment to rape and pedophilia — being committed by their associates.

While there’s no denying that perversion and depravity exist across the entire political spectrum, the difference on this issue between the Right and Left in America is that based on the Left’s response to Weinstein’s downfall, Democrats appear to have a standard playbook for bending over backwards to defend against even the most shocking allegations when made against nearly anyone that calls themselves “progressive.

First, they’ll deny or downplay the significance of the accusations — no matter how serious — and show no compunctions about making light of any allegations against one of their own “male feminists.”

Then, when there’s simply too much evidence to deny that one of their own appears to have spent years as a sexual predator, they’ll go radio silent or offer empty platitudes about “due process.” This is always a stark contrast to the celebrations, denunciations, and pronouncements of guilt that take place when there is even a hint of accusations against anyone on the Right (instead of opening the floodgates when someone is found to be guilty, at which point all decent people should agree such condemnation is well-deserved).

And in the end, no matter how horrible the accusations against any of their donors, activists, or elected officials, nothing will change. Progressives will move on, learn nothing, and then continue to use (largely false) accusations against men of the Right like Bill O’Reilly, the late Roger Ailes, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, and President Trump (whether proven or not) as evidence that Conservatives hold a monopoly on sexual misconduct and perversions, regardless of how many predators are exposed among their ranks. Many of the accusations do make sense from the standpoint of projection, the pot calling the kettle black, as the real “rape culture” runs rampant and largely unchecked among the left’s establishment.

It’s no surprise that the existence of “rape culture” continues to be an article of faith among American liberals when one considers how hard the Democratic establishment and its allies in Hollywood and the news media have worked to conceal what so many knew about that when it came to Harvey Weinstein it was considered “open secret” — that some of the worst examples of what they routinely rail against come from people on their own side.

But such hypocrisy is par for the course on the American left, which so often projects their own moral failures onto the Conservative movement that Sigmund Freud himself would have no trouble diagnosing them. Whether it’s slavery (opposed by the Party of Lincoln and protected by Southern Democrats), the horrors of the Jim Crow South (kept in place by the filibusters of Strom Thurmond and the rest of the Democratic “solid South” until Republican votes passed the Civil Rights Act), or the wink-wink attitudes towards eugenics of Margaret Sanger (whose organization remains funded despite the best efforts of Congressional Republicans thanks to unyielding Democratic support), the Left continues to ignore its own history and blame all the problems it caused on Conservatives.But nowhere is the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party more readily evident than in the never-ending list of sexual deviates that populate their ranks whose stories go unreported and whose names hardly ever pass the lips of the mainstream media. While the list we at The Gateway Pundit have compiled is by no means exhaustive, rest assured that we will add any that we may have overlooked, and will undoubtedly add more as their monstrous behavior is exposed.

No tour through the annals of liberal sexual perversions would be complete without including thrice-disgraced ex-Congressman with the most topically-appropriate name in the history of sex scandals: Anthony Weiner.

Weiner’s wiener first came to prominence in mid-2011 when a picture of a man’s underwear-clad crotch appeared — then disappeared — on the New York liberal firebrand’s Twitter account. Pressed by Andrew Breitbart (who first broke the story, which the mainstream media largely ignored at first) to explain the “brief” appearance of such an image on his timeline, he first claimed he’d been hacked, calling it “a prank and not a terribly creative one” before admitting the image was his, and after TMZ published more racy photos of the Congressman, whose rise was fueled in part by his marriage to Hillary Clinton aide and “surrogate daughter” Huma Abedin, resigned from the House.

Unfortunately, despite plans to get help for his addiction, Weiner didn’t stop sexting women, and when yet more pictures and racy chat logs scuttled his “comeback” campaign to by elected Mayor of New York City, it looked like that was the last we’d hear from Weiner — or his wiener.

But the most destructive crotch in the history of American politics wasn’t done yet. Not only did Anthony Weiner keep sexting, but he did so with underage girls on a computer he shared with his wife, who was then a senior aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. When FBI agents investigating more sexting allegations looked at the laptop, they discovered yet more emails from Clinton, then-FBI Director James Comey took up his pen, and the rest is MAGA history. Later on, Weiner would plead guilty to solicitation of a minor, be sentenced to prison, and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Jacob Schwartz, who was a rising Democratic star and de Blasio administration employee, was found to have over 3,000 images and 89 videos of “kiddie porn” on his laptop with content involving baby girls as young as 6 months old.

Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York, resigned in utter disgrace following the news of a prostitution scandal that showed that Spitzer had paid up to $80,000 for prostitutes over a multi-year period.

Roman Polanski, the famous film director and friend of Meryl Streep (the most feminist of the feminists, if you didn’t know) was arrested and charged with five offenses against a 13-year-old girl, wherein he raped her by use of drugs, sodomy, and perversion.

Matt Hickey, a former freelance tech journalist who railed against the #GamerGate crowd in 2014 plead guilty to “four charges of second-degree rape.”

Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire friend of the liberal elite, is a known pedophile and has been consistent in his pedophiliac endeavors over the years.

Jamie Kilstein, a “male feminist” said in 2014 that “#GamerGate is about sexism, not ethics,” and was forced to leave his post at “Citizen Radio” after multiple sexual misconduct claims.

Christopher Goldberg, a “male feminist” and anti-#GamerGate reporter was convicted for downloading child pornography in order to allegedly, “entertain issues he needed to suppress.”

Jimmy Savile, a BBC contributor for decades, known for his charitable work, committed various levels of sexual abuse against “prepubescent girls and boys” all the way up to adults during his “prolific” career. The BBC seems to be cool with pedophiles in their ranks . . .

Woody Allen, the famous film director and screenplay writer, and a hero of the left’s, has been accused of numerous pedophilia based sexual assault and abuse allegations.

Joss Whedon, a MAJOR “male feminist”, cheated on his wife for 15 years and then went on to blame women for his actions, back in 2014, he railed against #GamerGate stating that it meant “hate [towards women].”

Andy Signore, the creator of “Honest Trailers” was accused of sexual abuse not long after tweeting, back in 2016, “This character in ‘Wreck It Ralph’ is #GamerGate’s worst nightmare,” another male feminist, posturing on the surface while actually abusing women in private.

Bill Clinton, the former President and the husband to feminist extraordinaire Hillary Clinton, has been accused of rape and other sexual violence and misconduct, from Juanita Broaddrick to Kathleen Willey, Clinton has quite the track record – and everyone on the left still kisses the ground he walks on.

Michael Hafford, a former “male feminist” writer for VICE’s sub-site Broadly, has been a serial rapist and woman-beater for multiple years . . .

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Harvey Weinstein and the Slow-Motion Theft of American Culture

The Human Stain: Why the Harvey Weinstein Story Is Worse Than You Think

Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over


How Does The Sexual Predator Choose Who to Terrorize?


The answer can be found in looking at Weinstein’s victims did not have, and what I did not have. Some lone voices on Twitter have demanded: Why hasn’t Gwyneth Paltrow spoken up?

Because she was never sized up as prey. She is protected. Globally powerful men surround Paltrow. Her godfather is Stephen Spielberg. Her deceased father was movie director. She dated Brad Pitt. She married and divorced a rock star. The girl has alpha men protecting her back.

And his victims? Ashley Judd. I have read Ashley Judd’s biography. Nary a male in sight to protect her. Not a male with any clout, when she was finding her place as an actress. Likewise, if my father had been a Platinum Donor to the UNC Alumni Fund, those fat cats that fly into the games on private jets, would these Professors have believed it was an acceptable risk to threaten me with harm if I did not have sex with them, and risk their joke, cushy jobs? Not a chance.

Predators have a preternatural sense of the vulnerable. They know when a female has no male to turn to when another male attempts to harm her. If there is no powerful, moneyed alpha male to rain down an ungodly firestorm on their heads, it’s a green light to lunge for whatever they desire.

The dreadful truth is that we have not moved that far from the cave and the campfire. We are still negotiating with Og and his club. And to beat Og, you need a bigger, meaner Og, ready to bash his brains out, or least the resources to pay a cold-eyed proxy (a lawyer these days) to gut him.

Women need powerful men to protect them from other men. For the celebrities who are feigning shock and dismay at this male abuse, they are as believable as an addict rummaging through your bathroom declaring she is looking for aspirin. The idea that this errant male behavior is systemic, and perhaps genetic, is heresy to feminists, the Left, and even people who believe that we live in a world where fairness and civility rule gender relations most days. It doesn’t.

The poor souls who have their faces melted with acid in the meaner parts of the world don’t come from the upper castes. They never have a rich father or a bevy of strong brothers to protect them. In the numerous documentaries I have watched, it is always a lone girl and her mother, trudging to a dusty court with half of her face ruined like a Dali painting, in hopes that someone cares that her life was obliterated by a man who was jealous or pissed off because he was rejected.

Our politically-correctness drenched world does not allow the thought to even bubble: that men are different — as Fitzgerald told us the rich are. Men who have unchecked power, as Weinstein did, will use it to get what they want, and very often, they want sex with young, powerless females. And all the women reporting on sports that they have never played, or a sprinkling of women CEOs in Silicon Valley, or men acting cool with unshaved legs and armpits will not change this. (They actually are not cool with it).

If a woman had an influential, heavy hitting male in her corner, would she have been safe from Weinstein? Would I have been safe? Yes. And yes.

That is why Malia Obama, working her internship at Weinstein’s Miramax, was as clueless and protected as the Queen’s jewels, and why Lauren Sivan was forced to watch Weinsten masturbate over a potted plan and told to shut up, was unequivocally not.

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Antichrists in Action: Gay Coffee Shop Owner Shouts Profanities at Christian Pro-Life Group, Kicks Them Out

Posted by addisethiopia on October 9, 2017

WARNING! Extreme Profanity + Horrendous Blasphemy

A gay coffee shop owner in Seattle kicked a Christian pro-life group out of his coffee shop because he felt offended by their presence, according to video footage of the incident.

The Washington Times reports that the group, called Abolish Human Abortion, decided to order drinks at Seattle’s Bedlam Coffee after passing out pro-life pamphlets in the area when the owner angrily asked the group to leave.

I’m gay. You have to leave,” owner Ben Borgman said in the Facebook video.

Are you denying us service?” activist Caytie Davis asked.

I am. Yeah,” Borgman replied.

The group had been handing out pamphlets about the Bible, sin, and abortion to Seattle residents and one of the baristas let Borgman know what he was doing, according to the Blaze.

Borgman did not take the news well, and further confronted the group.

This is offensive to me. I own the place. I have the right to be offended,” he said.

The group tried to explain to him that they did not leave any pamphlets in the cafe, but Borgman continued to berate the group.

There’s nothing you can say. This is you and I don’t want these people in this place,” he said.

Borgman then asked activist Jonathan Sutherland whether he would “tolerate” a sex act between two men.

Can you tolerate my presence? Really?” the owner asked. “If I go get my boyfriend and f**k him in the a** right here you’re going to tolerate that? Are you going to tolerate it?”

That would be your choice,” Sutherland replied.

Answer my f***ing question!” Borgman yelled back. “No, you’re going to sit right here and f***ing watch it! Leave, all of you! Tell all your f**king friends don’t come here!”

As the group prepared to leave, one of the women in the group told Borgman, “Just know that Christ can save you from that lifestyle.”

Yeah, I like a**,” the owner spat. “I’m not going to be saved by anything. I’d f**k Christ in the a**. Okay? He’s hot.”

Another woman then told him that she would pray for him.

The group’s Facebook video has gone viral, racking up 447,000 views and nearly 3,000 shares.

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Liberals aren’t very liberal. The best thing Trump had done for the nation is to draw out all their hatred into public view, so everyone can see how hateful the progressives have become.

They are Not Liberals. They are Leftists. They hate everyone that is not them (similar to the KKK) and will trample on your rights until they get what they want. I think we should organize “Biatch Slap Day” and send these phags back in the closet.

When Christian bakers refused to bake a cake for gays, they were sued and found guilty. When gay coffee shop owner who admits Jesus Christ was hotand that he’d f99k Christ’s a99, chase a group of Christians out of his coffee shop, he becomes an instant ‘hero’. America is becoming anti-Christian

You can bet your last dollar he’d not have thrown out mooozziies — and they kill gays ..funny that aint it ?

Next time they should all show up in turbans with their women in burqas and make his head completely explode.

Freakish minorities dictating again. As for the foul mouthed rant, anyone hearing that would have walked out anyway. Boycott the place.

Another indication of how much the left are filled with hate.

Ever notice, the entire lives of Homo’s revolves around being Homo’s.

Sick fella but the video is gone now. The FB Nazis have taken it down along with a bunch of comments. The FB page will be gone soon.

The Devil’s handmaiden.

That famous tolerance from the proud sodomites is showing again. Please God, help us restore our nation and turn back to you.

Hmm And people still ask the question what’s the problem with today’s society? Things like this serve as exhibit A

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Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Posted by addisethiopia on September 23, 2017

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

ne day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. “We go to the mall,” she said. “Do your parents drop you off?,” I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when I’d enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. “No—I go with my family,” she replied. “We’ll go with my mom and brothers and walk a little behind them. I just have to tell my mom where we’re going. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes.”

Those mall trips are infrequent—about once a month. More often, Athena and her friends spend time together on their phones, unchaperoned. Unlike the teens of my generation, who might have spent an evening tying up the family landline with gossip, they talk on Snapchat, the smartphone app that allows users to send pictures and videos that quickly disappear. They make sure to keep up their Snapstreaks, which show how many days in a row they have Snapchatted with each other. Sometimes they save screenshots of particularly ridiculous pictures of friends. “It’s good blackmail,” Athena said. (Because she’s a minor, I’m not using her real name.) She told me she’d spent most of the summer hanging out alone in her room with her phone. That’s just the way her generation is, she said. “We didn’t have a choice to know any life without iPads or iPhones. I think we like our phones more than we like actual people.”

I’ve been researching generational differences for 25 years, starting when I was a 22-year-old doctoral student in psychology. Typically, the characteristics that come to define a generation appear gradually, and along a continuum. Beliefs and behaviors that were already rising simply continue to do so. Millennials, for instance, are a highly individualistic generation, but individualism had been increasing since the Baby Boomers turned on, tuned in, and dropped out. I had grown accustomed to line graphs of trends that looked like modest hills and valleys. Then I began studying Athena’s generation.

Around 2012, I noticed abrupt shifts in teen behaviors and emotional states. The gentle slopes of the line graphs became steep mountains and sheer cliffs, and many of the distinctive characteristics of the Millennial generation began to disappear. In all my analyses of generational data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it.

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‘Mark Of The Beast?’ | Microchipping Employees Raises Apocalyptic Questions

Posted by addisethiopia on September 18, 2017

The apocalyptic “mark of the beast” prophecy in the Bible makes some wary of a Wisconsin company’s recent decision to embed microchips into the hands of willing employees.

The end times account in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation warns believers about being marked on the right hand and the forehead by the Antichrist.

But inserting rice-sized microchips under the skin of Three Square Market employees does not fulfill the prophecy, said Chris Vlachos, a New Testament professor at Wheaton College in Chicago.

“I think that this is more of a fulfillment of end times novels and movies than the Book of Revelation itself,” Vlachos said.

Earlier this week Three Square Market, the Wisconsin firm that makes cafeteria kiosks to replace vending machines, brought in a tattoo artist to embed microchips into the 40 employees that volunteered.

The chips, which are not equipped with GPS tracking abilities, replace access cards and the need to log on to corporate computers. The company sees them as a way to increase convenience, and would like to see payments go cashless.

Globalism as well as advancements in technologies, like bar codes and credit cards, periodically trigger “mark of the beast” concerns for those who take seriously the prophecy, which talks of a one government world and a cashless society.

Randall Balmer, the chair of the religion department at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, said the Book of Revelation presents a real challenge for those like evangelical Christians who take the Bible seriously and often try to interpret it literally.

“A lot of evangelicals certainly take the Book of Revelation seriously. They try to understand it,” said Balmer, who is an Episcopal priest but grew up in an evangelical Christian family. “This is a source of real fascination for a lot of people, but it’s also kind of a parlor game.”

Vlachos said popular media often drives people’s views.

“The majority of people are getting their notions on this issue from movies and novels rather than the Book of Revelation and apocalyptic genre material in the Old and New Testament,” Vlachos said.

Reading the Book of Revelation is complex, said Vlachos, who teaches a class on it. The first chapter points out that some of it is meant to be taken symbolically.

But even if a believer interprets the entire text literally, Vlachos said the “mark of the beast” verses specifically mention two key details.

“Taking the mark goes hand in hand with the conscience decision of publicly pledging ones allegiance or loyalty to the beast and worshiping his image,” Vlachos said.

The mark is not a random number either. It always names the Antichrist, either numerically or alphabetically.

“I often say to my students, ‘No name, no worries,'” Vlachos said.

While he doesn’t think technologies like microchipping are a sign of end times, Vlachos doesn’t rule out that they could be one of the precursors, like birth pangs, preceding the end that Jesus talked about with his disciples. It’s fine to put them on the back burner and focus on clear issues like an allegiance to Jesus.

“I call it like an apocalyptic inoculation,” Vlachos said. “The more Christ-like, the less we’ll be duped by Antichrist.”

Balmer can see why people connect mircochipping and the prophecy.

“It may not be the ‘mark of the beast,’ but it certainly is a slippery slope,” Balmer said. “I think we should be cautious about allowing that measure of control or surveillance into our lives.”

Concerns about the “mark of the beast” in the workplace have made their way into the U.S. court system, too.

A West Virginia coal miner’s belief in the “mark of the beast” won him more than half a million dollars in a workplace discrimination case. An appeals court recently affirmed the federal court’s 2015 decision.

Beverly R. Butcher Jr., an evangelical Christian and minister, worked for decades in a mine owned by Consol Energy but was forced to retire when the company refused to accommodate his religious objection to its newly implemented biometric hand scanner, court documents say.

The scanner tracked employee attendance and hours worked by assigning a number to an image of a worker’s hand. Citing the Book of Revelation, Butcher feared the could link him to the Antichrist.

Other “mark of the beast” cases have made there way into the court system, but they’re not common, said Howard Friedman, who writes the Religion Clause blog about church and state legal issues. Religious workplace cases more often focus on employee clothing and work schedule accommodations.

Friedman, who also is an emeritus law professor at the University of Toledo, doesn’t anticipate the Wisconsin company’s microchipping effort will end up before a judge.

“As long as they continue to make this voluntary, there isn’t going to be much of a legal confrontation,” Friedman said.

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Atheists Are Less Open-Minded Than Religious People, Study Claims

Posted by addisethiopia on September 15, 2017

Researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium suggest religious believers ‘seem to better perceive and integrate diverging perspectives’

Religious people are more tolerant of different viewpoints than atheists, according to researchers at a Catholic university.

A study of 788 people in the UK, France and Spain concluded that atheists and agnostics think of themselves as more open-minded than those with faith, but are are actually less tolerant to differing opinions and ideas.

Religious believers “seem to better perceive and integrate diverging perspectives”, according to psychology researchers at the private Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium’s largest French-speaking university.

Filip Uzarevic, who co-wrote the paper, said his message was that “closed-mindedness is not necessarily found only among the religious”. told Psypost:

In our study, the relationship between religion and closed-

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The Internet And Spiritual Experience

Posted by addisethiopia on September 14, 2017

The rabid development of information technology over the past two decades has truly brought about unexpected results, of which we could not even dream in the seventies and even eighties. The Internet, e-mail, web-based resources, social networks: they are part of our everyday life, work, science, education, art, and entertainment. The Internet has allowed us to reduce or even abolish distance. Thus, news can be transmitted through the Internet from one end of the earth to another in a couple of seconds – we have all had this experience. Conversations, sometimes even involving eye contact, now take place smoothly, regardless of distance. The only condition is that the user have Internet access. Indeed, the use of the Internet is so simple that any child or elderly person can easily use it.

In this same manner, the Word of God can be transmitted anywhere in the world. In this way, that which is happening here in Athens before an audience of 100 people can be recorded and sent to thousands or even millions of users, or even transmitted online.

But we should realize that the Word of God is not simple human speech, but bears Divine Energy, which can spiritually revive man and truly comfort him – and this can happen through the Internet. We know of many cases when various people – atheists, idolaters from India, Japan, and Nepal – have found Orthodoxy through the Internet and been reborn, because they found the truth that they were looking for in this life; they found Christ.

Not long ago the Hollywood actor Jonathan Jackson visited our monastery. I asked him how he became Orthodox. He told me that the Internet had very much helped him. On the other hand, thanks to the Internet, Christians who had departed from God have returned to Him, found themselves, and found their place in this world. There are people who had been on the verge of absolute frustration and, having listened to some talks on the Internet, found the necessary spiritual strength and hope, and are now developing spiritually.

Of course, the Orthodox Word of God is less present on the Internet compared to other words. When I speak of other words, I mean science, economics, politics, and even such phenomena as fashion, show business, or even certain corrupting resources that, unfortunately, are often visited.

It seems to me that today the Word of God must have a strong and powerful presence online. The majority of people today are disoriented, constantly falling at an impasse. In this era, only the Word of God can comfort man, inform him, and assure him of the possibility of eternal life. The Word of God transmitted through the Internet can have a healing function for man.

The creation of digital libraries with relevant content can and should be encouraged and multiplied. The heritage and wisdom of the Holy Fathers, with their remarkable texts, should be used as much as possible in the most modern and optimal way. The digitization and categorization of the Holy Fathers enables Internet users to find texts and information on topics of interest to them. Moreover, the digitization and promotion through webpages of the Word of God, especially the teachings of the Holy Fathers as well as of the Elders of the twentieth century, will bring spiritual benefit to our contemporaries.

Elder Ephraim of Katounakia said: “Oh, what it pity that it wasn’t possible to record the sayings of the Elder Joseph.” We understand that it is truly important when things are uttered by people who have experienced and gained personal experience in the unseen spiritual warfare. St. Paisios said: “Write down everything that is spiritual that you hear, as well as the experience that you have heard from others, because there will come a time when this experience will be exhausted, and you will have a spiritual deficiency.” Indeed, over the past few years there has been great growth in the publication of books of theological content, especially in Greece, but also in other Orthodox countries.

But, unfortunately, there are Orthodox who, due to language barriers, do not have access to these valuable texts. Moreover, the ordinary book, printed on paper, is now in a serious crisis. At the same time, sales of electronic books are growing. Therefore, we can say that we can make use of this trend. We can say that all this is good and God-pleasing, when everything goes correctly.

The Internet is a modern tool that promotes globalization. Those who would like to spread their ideas for global history, global economics, a global state, and a global leader know how to make use of the Internet – and, indeed, they use it at a high level. Why should not we, the Orthodox, use this instrument for promoting the global role of Orthodoxy? Why should we not use it for uniting the Orthodox and its mission in the known world?

The proper use of the Internet depends upon the user. Of course, the Internet cannot replace living contact. Of course, no one can attain a given level of spirituality through the Internet alone. Orthodoxy is person-centered. Priority also goes to the essential value of the person, to the individual person. The Internet is a tool, an instrument, that helps and benefits us – but in order for the faithful to lead an authentic spiritual life, it is required that he have personal contact with his spiritual father.

In the same way, it is essential to have communication with other brethren, in order to experience love and to participate in all the Mysteries of the Church. Of course, there are also cases in which excessive use of the Internet, even for good and spiritual purposes, can create dependence, resulting in asocial isolation and a detrimental effect on one’s personhood. Thus, the Internet can have negative results: instead of leading the user closer to Christ is can, on the contrary, lead him away from God. Therefore we bear the great responsibility of promoting and sharing the Word of God using the most creative, useful, and modern methods – but we should also inform our flock about how to use the Internet profitably, emphasizing all the negative effects that can be caused by the misuse of this technology.

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Under Pelosi and Barack Obama: 709,885 Blacks Killed by Abortion, 35.4% of All Abortions

Posted by addisethiopia on September 13, 2017

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When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was Speaker of the House for four years (2007-2010), at least 709,885 black babies were killed by abortion, which is 35.4% of all the abortions during those years, according to the Abortion Surveillance reports of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC accumulates abortion data every year and publishes the numbers by state and race and other criteria. However, not all states report abortion data to the CDC, and/or do not break it down by race or ethnicity, or do not meet reporting standards, states the CDC.

For example, in 2010, there were only 28 reporting areas; another 24 areas did not report. These included California, Florida, Illinois, Hawaii, Arizona, Maryland, and Massachusetts, among other states. Thus, the number of black abortions or white abortions reported by the CDC is likely much lower than the real number.

Nonetheless, the CDC’s Abortion Surveillance report for 2007, in Table 12,

shows there were 212,664 black abortions — 36.5% of the total.

  • In 2008, there were 194,694 black abortions — 34.0% of the total.
  • In 2009, there were 154,266 black abortions — 35.4% of the total.
  • In 2010, there were 148,261 black abortions — 35.7% of the total.

In all, that equals 709,885 black abortions — 35.4% of the total — during the four years that Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House, based upon the areas that reported to the CDC.

There were a total 1,918,419 abortions during those four years.

Blacks make up 13.3% of the U.S. population, according to the Census Bureau.

In 2015, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, presented then-Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) with the Margaret Sanger Award. The award is Planned Parenthood’s “highest honor” and is named for a woman who believed in breeding better humans through eugenics and even promoted her birth control philosophy to female members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

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The Real Link Between Alcohol And Weight Gain

Posted by addisethiopia on September 6, 2017

[Timothy 5:23]

No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.

You’ve probably heard that alcohol contains empty calories and, if you want to lose weight, it’s a good idea to scale back on how much you drink. But there’s a difference between hearing your friend’s cousin lost a bunch of weight after she stopped drinking beer and knowing the actual science around weight and alcohol.

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, people who drink heavily when they’re younger have a higher risk of gaining excess weight and becoming overweight or obese when they’re older. For the study, researchers analyzed data from the U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health from people when they were in their late teens and early twenties and again when they were in their mid- to late-twenties and early thirties. People who were heavy drinkers (which is defined by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as having four or more drinks on any day or eight or more drinks per week for women) had a 41 percent higher risk of going from a normal weight BMI to an overweight BMI when compared with people who weren’t heavy drinkers, and a 36 percent higher risk of going from an overweight BMI to an obese BMI by the time they hit their mid-twenties. If someone was already obese, they had a 35 percent higher risk of staying that way and gaining more weight.

Add all of this together and it’s easy to see how drinking heavily can cause you to gain weight over time. That doesn’t mean you have to totally swear off alcohol if you want to lose weight—you just need to be smart about drinking. “The extra calories from moderate drinking (one serving of alcohol for women a day or two servings for men per day) can certainly fit into the calorie allotment for weight maintenance,” Angelone says. The important thing is that you factor those calories in along with what you eat, she says.

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