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The USA is still reeling in shock from this latest in-school massacre by a 19 year old gunman in Florida. The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, was known to be in mentally bad condition, and it was also known he was a potential or real troublemaker, with 39 visits to his family’s home by Parkland police since 2010. The reasons for the calls ranged from domestic disturbance to mentally ill person, to child or elderly abuse, and 911 hangups or dropped calls. (911 is the American general emergency phone number.)

In court for his arraignment, Cruz was quiet and very polite, and clearly in distress over what he had done. Contrasted with the behavior of some others who have done similar horrific crimes, Cruz seems to be aware of what he did, and that it was wrong. His public defender, Melissa McNeil, probably vilified by some already in America as being caring to this monster, stated simply:

He’s sad. He’s mournful. He’s remorseful. He is fully aware of what is going on, and he’s just a broken human being.

Is this an overload of compassion for someone who does not deserve it? Well, it may be. Apparently the Public Defender is an extreme liberal person. However, Let’s set this matter aside for now, because this is not really important to this story.

Consider this, too, and consider it seriously: Nikolas maintains that ‘voices in his head’ instructed him on how to carry out this attack. ABC News reported that law enforcement sources referred to the voices as ‘demons.’

It is not an excuse for anyone to say “the devil made me do it.” This is not up for debate, and it would even appear that Cruz himself knows this.

But this is also the seventeenth school shooting in 2018 alone, a number more than twice as high as the same time last year, and the highest number this early in Everytown Research’s tracking of school shootings since 2013. This same research group notes that the number of school shootings per year in the research period has ranged between 37 and 65 per year, for a total of 291 shooting incidents since 2013.

Debate about this serious problem usually goes to the rather careworn theme of gun control in the United States, with various media agencies seizing on the grief of the moment to capitalize on their political opinion, and other media outlets trying to also seize on the same moment to oppose the notion of ripping away the Second Amendment.

Both sides are missing the point.

President Trump got much closer to it in his discussion with the American people, here noting the problem to be dealt with as “mental illness”:

He is much closer to the problem, and of course, attention is gradually increasing regarding the matter of psychotropic medications that are turning out to be associated with bizarre and deadly behavior on the part of those taking such medications, for depression or other “mental health” issues.

But there is still a component that no one in America wants to talk about, nor do they want to take seriously. Mental or psychological illness is not new to our time. It is almost as old as humanity itself, and the ancient wisdom attributed such behavior to unclean spirits or spiritual forces. Even the base word for psychology is the Greek word “psyche” (ψυχή) has as its original meaning, “soul”.  More fully, this term is defined as  “the soul, mind, spirit, or invisible animating entity which occupies the physical body.

The ancients and the Jewish, and later, Christian elders, associated this bizarre behavior of people to demonic affliction, attack, and even in some cases, possession. There are many stories of Jesus, his disciples, and later elders all the way to today conducting exorcisms, driving out demons from afflicted people. I have been witness to such people, (yes, possessed people, and their ongoing exorcisms) myself, and I will only say their behavior is indeed bizarre.

But in all these cases in history the cure was God-reliant – that is, people were able to affect a cure for the afflicted person through prayer, fasting, the experienced care of a priest or elder who was spiritually strong enough to take on this very difficult task. Demons do not fight nice, and even to this day the number of true exorcists is quite low, because only a few ordained clergy are considered to be up to the task of this sort of spiritual combat.

But more recently, this issue of mental and psychological disturbance and its treatment began being conducted in a manner that completely discounts the spiritual-corporal unity, and it has now become an issue solely of altering brain chemistry. While it is important to consider that even in ancient history it was not believed that all cases of mental illness were attributable to demonic forces, there were still some cases where a patient did not respond to any known form of physical treatment, and the court of last resort was to seek a Power that was not within our synthetic reach.

Children praying in school before 1962’s Supreme Court decision took that right away.

One of the recent events in American society and culture has been the discouragement and even banishment of any reference to God (most particularly the Christian framework regarding God) from public life, from the study of history and culture, from the arts, from legal interpretation, and more.  In 1962, the US Supreme Court decided that prayer in the public school violated the First Amendment by constituting an establishment of religion. In 1963, for the same reason, Bible reading in public schools was disallowed. Now, this did not mean that prayer in public school stopped right away. I remember it in the 1970’s in my grade school years. But it did stop, and the face of American civil society began to change.

Over fifty years have passed, and with it the social norms have flipped almost diametrically opposite to what was upheld as ideal in the early 1960’s. Tolerance for any religious view but Christianity became increasingly reported through all this time, but most notably the pace quickened after 2008. At the same time, the US mental illness disability rate has risen, from 1 in 184 Americans in 1987, to 1 in every 76 by 2007.  In 2017, the prevalance rate is now almost one in five.

That is near 20% folks, up from about one-half of one percent thirty years ago.

It would be easy to pass this off as anything from data manipulation by greedy pharmaceutical companies to honestly increased acceptance and exposure of problems everyone already had but never talked about.  But an honest examination of these stats is stunning. Something has happened, and most of us can see it, or even experience it, ourselves. Something underlying who we are as a nation and as a people has been taken away, and as the result something else has replaced it, hiding in plain sight, whilst the debate rages about things that do not really matter.

Guns do not kill people without some person picking them up and using them. This is not a Second Amendment screed. Guns are simply lifeless things, and if no one pulls the trigger, they very rarely fire. Families were taught gun safety as a normative rule, especially in rural places, There were simple rules we were taught, like “there is no such thing as an unloaded gun”, “never point a gun at someone”, and more, and kids everywhere knew that their parents had guns locked in a cabinet, and in many cases, guns were out in the open, but never touched. Kids had the fear of God in them to ever go near the rifle sitting openly on the gun rack in the living room.

But now, things are different. The guns did not change, though. It was us.

Now, there is no fear of God. It got removed. And even the religious among us in the USA struggle with the reality of our chosen religious beliefs. While many churches are full of people, the notion of serving God by doing what He prescribes is curiously absent, though many of us do not believe this. This problem, oddly enough, is very difficult even for clergy to see.  Once, in Colorado, a priest I spoke to realized with shock that the Church was losing ground there. It was a shock to the priest because his own zeal for the faith was very strong, and he could not understand the reality that it was not shared by everyone in Church.

We often associate church attendance with zeal for the faith, but that is not a reliable measure. America is fundamentally a nation shaped by Protestant / English values, and this cultural norm places a heavy emphasis on “appearance” rather than “obedience.”  A “good Christian” therefore is one who goes to Church dressed nicely. What a person does in regards to their own salvation is never considered, because simply by the act of going to church, he has shown his virtue and nothing more is required.

God is no longer taught as the Authority of Creation, its Creator; rather the message is subtly altered to “God wants YOU to be wealthy, prosperous; God is with you to help you get whatever you want in life.” And this is a very popular message in a country blessed with plenty.

The only problem is that such a view takes nothing into account about struggle, despair, disease, and even death. This view precludes the identity of evil, of dark forces and powers, and their ability to main, warp, sicken and destroy us, and those around us.  God’s name is hijacked by ideological groups to fulfill the role of authority in one’s personal opinion. This is done by both ideological poles in the United States.  Again, it is “God agrees with me.”  It is not “I fail to obey the Law of God; what must I do to be saved?”

This has made the issue of “belief in God” (which is far different than actual faith in him) an issue where a statistically large percentage of Americans say “Yes! I believe in God.” But when it comes to the question “Do you strive to do His will?”, it would be probable that this question itself never even makes it to the table. For decades now, even in very traditionally-based faith groups in the United States, the emphasis has been on what God will or will not do to give us what we want, and scant little about reliance and obedience to Him in the face of all of life’s problems.

So, when Nikolas Cruz says that voices in his head told him how to carry out this attack, I cannot reasonably say that this is a lie. God has been rejected, wholesale. But history shows us over and over that human forces and nature are not the only Powers in the world, and history has also shown us that nations who refuse to follow God, fail. It may not happen this exact moment, but it does happen.  In 55 years, America has flipped on its head, from a nation that considered God its King to something very different.

And it has often been theologically held that hell is the place where God is absent. When he is made absent by our wishes, he goes, but his absence is not left vacant. Other powers are only too gleeful to fill the void.

No nation or empire that goes away from fundamental truths survives unless it returns to those truths. The absolutely tragic events in Florida and elsewhere bear witness to this fact, and the souls of the innocents slain in the demonic rage of their killers bear witness to this fact. This may be a very unpleasant truth to face, but facing it and changing, may save our people and our land.

 

 

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Is Silicon Valley Morphing Into The Morality Police?

Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like?

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Silicon Valley used to be technology companies. But it has become the “morality police,” controlling free speech on its platforms.

What could go wrong?

In a speech Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

“Hate tries to make its headquarters in the digital world. At Apple, we believe that technology needs to have a clear point of view on this challenge. There is no time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms.”

Here’s the goliath problem:

Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like?

Will Christians who don’t support abortion rights or having their tax dollars go toward Planned Parenthood be considered purveyors of hate for denying women the right to choose? Will millions of Americans who support legal immigration, as opposed to illegal immigration, be labeled xenophobes or racists and be banned from the digital world?

Yes and yes. How do we know? It’s already happening, as scores of conservatives nationwide are being shadow banned and/or censored on social media, YouTube, Google and beyond.

Their crime?

Running afoul of leftist Silicon Valley executives who demand conformity of thought and simply won’t tolerate any viewpoint that strays from their rigid political orthodoxy.

For context, consider that in oppressive Islamist regimes throughout the Middle East, the “morality police” take it upon themselves to judge women’s appearance, and if a woman doesn’t conform with their mandatory and highly restrictive dress code — e.g., wearing an identity-cloaking burqa — she could be publicly shamed, arrested or even stoned in the town square.

In modern-day America, powerful technology companies are actively taking the role of the de facto morality police — not when it comes to dress but when it comes to speech — affecting millions. Yes, to date, those affected are not getting stoned, but they are being blocked in the digital town square, where billions around the globe do their business, cultivate their livelihoods, connect with others and get news.

That is a powerful cudgel to levy against individuals and groups of people. Wouldn’t you say?

Right now, unelected tech billionaires living in a bubble in Palo Alto — when they’re not flying private to cushy climate summits in Davos — are deciding who gets to enjoy the freedom of speech enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and who does not based on whether they agree with people’s political views and opinions or not.

You see how dangerous this can get — real fast — as partisan liberal elites running Twitter, Facebook, Google (including YouTube), Apple and the like are now dictating to Americans what they can and cannot say online.

In communist regimes, these types of folks are known as central planners.

The election of Donald Trump was supposed to safeguard our freedoms, especially regarding speech — a foundational pillar of a democracy. It’s disappointing that hasn’t happened, as the censorship of conservative thought online has gotten so extreme and out of control many are simply logging off for good.

A failure to address this mammoth issue could cost Trump in 2020. If his supporters are blocked online — where most voters get their news — he’ll be a one-term president.

It’s time for Congress to act before the morality police use political correctness as a Trojan horse to decide our next election.

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Paul Craig Roberts: The Disintegration of Western Society

Feminists brought this madness onto themselves.

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Radical feminists are now being banned by Twitter not because they hate men, which is perfectly OK as far as Twitter is concerned, but because they object to “transwomen.”

What is a “transwoman?” As far as I can understand, a “transwoman” is a male with a penis who declares himself to be a women and demands his right to use women’s toilette facilities along with the women who are using them.

The feminist, Meghan Murphy, twittered a statement and a question:

“Men are not women.”

“How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between men and transwomen?”

Twitter described this as “hateful conduct” and banned Meghan Murphy. https://quillette.com/2018/11/28/twitters-trans-activist-decree/

There you have it. Yesterday it was feminists who were exercising their special society-bestowed privileges to censor. Today it is the feminists who are being censored. As this insanity of “Western Civilization” continues, tomorrow it will be the transwomen who are censored and banned.

What precisely is afoot?

My readers, who have partially and some wholly escaped from The Matrix, understand that this is the further fragmentation of American society. Identity Politics has set men, women, blacks, Jews, Asians, Hispanics, and white people against one another. Identity Politics is the essence of the Democratic Party and the American liberal/progressive/left. Now, with the creation of “new” but otherwise nonexistent “genders,” although they are honored as real by the controlled whores who masquerade as a “Western media,” we witness radical feminists being silenced by men pretending to be women.

I sympathize with Meghan Murphy, but she brought this on herself and on the rest of us by accepting Identity Politics. Identity Politics gave Meghan a justification for hating men even, as she failed to realize, it provided the basis for moving her into the exploitative class that must be censored.

Where does this end?

It has already gone far enough that the American population is so divided and mutually hostile that there is no restraint by “the American people” on government and the elite oligarchs that rule. “The American people” are no longer a reality but a mythical creature like the unicorn.

The film, The Matrix, is the greatest film of out lifetime. Why? Because it shows that there are two realities. A real one of which only a few people are aware, and a virtual one in which eveyone else lives.

In the United States today, and throughout “Western Brainwashed Civilization,” only a handful of people exist who are capable of differentiating the real from the created reality in which all explanations are controlled and kept as far away from the truth as possible. Everything that every Western government and “news” organization says is a lie to control the explanations that we are fed in order to keep us locked in The Matrix.

The ability to control people’s understandings is so extraordinary that, despite massive evidence to the contrary, Americans believe that Oswald, acting alone, was the best shot in human history and using magic bullets killed President John F. Kenndy; that a handful of Saudi Arabians who demonstratively could not fly airplanes outwitted the American national security state and brought down 3 World Trade Center skyscrapers and part of the Pentagon; that Saddam Hussein had and was going to use on the US “weapons of mass destruction;” that Assad “used chemical weapons” against “his own people;” that Libya’s Gaddifi gave his soldiers Viagra so they could better rape Libyan women; that Russia “invaded Ukraine;” that Trump and Putin stole the presidential election from Hillary.

The construction of a make-believe reality guarantees the US military/security complex’s annual budget of $1,000 billion dollars of taxpayers’ money even as Congress debates cutting Social Security in order to divert more largess to the pockets of the corrupt military/security complex.

Readers ask me what they can do about it. Nothing, except revolt and cleanse the system, precisely as Founding Father Thomas Jefferson said.

Is Thomas Jefferson Alive and Well In Paris?

If this report is correct, pray the revolt spreads to the US.

https://www.infowars.com/video-french-police-remove-helmets-in-solidarity-with-yellow-vest-protesters/

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Google Employees debated burying conservative media in search

Google engineer Scott Byer falsely labeled The Daily Caller and Breitbart as “opinion blogs” and urged his coworkers to reduce their visibility in search results.

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  • Google employees debated whether to bury The Daily Caller and other conservative media outlets in the company’s search function as a response to President Donald Trump’s election
  • “Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years,” one engineer wrote in a thread that included a Google vice president
  • Google employees similarly sought to manipulate search results to combat Trump’s travel ban

Google employees debated whether to bury conservative media outlets in the company’s search function as a response to President Donald Trump’s election in 2016, internal Google communications obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveal.

The Daily Caller and Breitbart were specifically singled out as outlets to potentially bury, the communications reveal.

Trump’s election in 2016 shocked many Google employees, who had been counting on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to win.

Communications obtained by TheDCNF show that internal Google discussions went beyond expressing remorse over Clinton’s loss to actually discussing ways Google could prevent Trump from winning again.

“This was an election of false equivalencies, and Google, sadly, had a hand in it,” Google engineer Scott Byer wrote in a Nov. 9, 2016, post reviewed by TheDCNF.

Byer falsely labeled The Daily Caller and Breitbart as “opinion blogs” and urged his coworkers to reduce their visibility in search results.

“How many times did you see the Election now card with items from opinion blogs (Breitbart, Daily Caller) elevated next to legitimate news organizations? That’s something that can and should be fixed,” Byer wrote.

“I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources – because not doing so hides real information under loud noises,” he continued.

“Beyond that, let’s concentrate on teaching critical thinking. A little bit of that would go a long way. Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years – demographics will be on our side.”

Some of Byer’s colleagues expressed concern that manipulating search results could backfire and suggested alternative measures

One Google engineer, Uri Dekel, identified himself as a Clinton supporter but argued that manipulating search results was the wrong route to take.

“Thinking that Breitbart, Drudge, etc. are not ‘legitimate news sources’ is contrary to the beliefs of a major portion of our user base is partially what got us to this mess. MSNBC is not more legit than Drudge just because Rachel Maddow may be more educated / less deplorable / closer to our views, than, say Sean Hannity,” Dekel wrote in a reply to Byer.

“I follow a lot of right wing folks on social networks you could tell something was brewing. We laughed off Drudge’s Instant Polls and all that stuff, but in the end, people go to those sources because they believe that the media doesn’t do it’s job. I’m a Hillary supporter and let’s admit it, the media avoided dealing with the hard questions and issues, which didn’t pay off. By ranking ‘legitimacy’ you’ll just introduce more conspiracy theories,” Dekel added.

“Too many times, Breitbart is just echoing a demonstrably made up story,” Byer wrote in a reply to his original post. He did not cite any examples.

“That happens at MSNBC, too. I don’t want a political judgement. The desire is to break the myth feedback loop, the false equivalency, instead of the current amplification of it,” Byer added.

“What I believe we can do, technically, that avoids the accusations of conspiracy or bias from people who ultimately have a right and obligation to decide what they want to believe, is to get better at displaying the ‘ripples’ and copy-pasta, to trace information to its source, to link to critiques of those sources, and let people decide what sources they believe,” another Google engineer, Mike Brauwerman, suggested.

“Give people a comprehensive but effectively summarized view of the information, not context-free rage-inducing sound-bytes,” he added.

“We’re working on providing users with context around stories so that they can know the bigger picture,” chimed in David Besbris, vice president of engineering at Google.

“We can play a role in providing the full story and educate them about all sides. This doesn’t have to be filtering and can be useful to everyone,” he wrote.

Other employees similarly advocated providing contextual information about media sources in search results, and the company later did so with a short-lived fact check at the end of 2017.

Not only did the fact-check feature target conservative outlets almost exclusively, it was also blatantly wrong. Google’s fact check repeatedly attributed false claims to those outlets, even though they demonstrably never made those claims.

Google pulled the faulty fact-check program in January, crediting TheDCNF’s investigation for the decision.

A Google spokeswoman said that the conversation did not lead to manipulation of search results for political purposes.

“This post shows that far from suppressing Breitbart and Daily Caller, we surfaced these sites regularly in our products. Furthermore, it shows that we value providing people with the full view on stories from a variety of sources,” the spokeswoman told TheDCNF in an email.

“Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology. Our processes and policies do not allow for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies.”

The discussion about whether to bury conservative media outlets isn’t the first evidence that some Google employees have sought to manipulate search results for political ends.

After Trump announced his initial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed ways to manipulate search results in order to push back against the president’s order.

A group of employees brainstormed ways to counter “islamophobic, algorithmically biased results from search terms ‘Islam’, ‘Muslim’, ‘Iran’, etc,” as well as “prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results from search terms ‘Mexico’, ‘Hispanic’, ‘Latino’, etc.”

WATCH:

Trump speculated to The Daily Caller in September that Google and Facebook are trying to affect election outcomes.

“I think they already have,” Trump said, responding to questions about potential election interference by Google and Facebook.

“I mean the true interference in the last election was that — if you look at all, virtually all of those companies are super liberal companies in favor of Hillary Clinton,” he added.

“Maybe I did a better job because I’m good with the Twitter and I’m good at social media, but the truth is they were all on Hillary Clinton’s side, and if you look at what was going on with Facebook and with Google and all of it, they were very much on her side,” Trump continued.

Google this month corrected a “knowledge panel” about a Republican women’s group that labeled them “enablers.”

Google cited Wikipedia for the disparaging description, though a similar change made to Wikipedia’s page for the women’s group was corrected almost immediately. Google left up the digital vandalism for three weeks.

Google apologized in May after search results for the California Republican Party falsely listed “Nazism” as one of the state party’s ideologies.

Then, too, Google blamed manipulation of the party’s Wikipedia page for the inaccurate and disparaging description.

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