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  1. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    Since the Council, an idea has been spreading that Judaism is not superseded by the New Covenant of Jesus Christ; that Jews still have available to them the Covenant of the old Law, by which they can be saved. It is therefore unnecessary for them to turn to Christ; unnecessary for anybody to convert them to faith in Christ. Indeed, attempting to do so is an act of aggression not dissimilar to theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com11
  2. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    S Paul loved his fellow Jews, his 'kinsmen' and believed "the gifts and call of God are irrevocable". He believed that at the End, those among them who had rejected Christ would be brought in to the chosen people. He believed that they were like olive branches which had been cut off so that the Gentiles, wild olive branches, could be grafted in. But, when the fulness of the Gentiles had entered Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com3
  3. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    Lex orandi lex credendi. I have been examining the Two Covenant Dogma: the fashionable error that God's First Covenant, with the Jews, is still fully and salvifically valid, so that the call to saving faith in Christ Jesus is not made to them. The 'New' Covenant, it is claimed, is now only for Gentiles. I want to draw attention at this point to the witness of the post-Conciliar Magisterium of theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com13
  4. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    We have seen that the Two Covenant Theory, the idea that Jewry alone is guaranteed Salvation without any need to convert to Christ, is repugnant to Scripture, to the Fathers, even to the post-Conciliar liturgy of the Catholic Church. It is also subversive of the basic grammar of the relationship between the Old and the New Testaments. Throughout  two millennia, in Scripture, in Liturgy, in her Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com7
  5. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    The sort of people who would violently reject the points I am making are the sort of people who would not be impressed by the the Council of Florence. So I am going to confine myself to the Magisterium from the time of Pius XII ... since it is increasingly coming to be realised that the continuum of processes which we associate with the Conciliar and post-Conciliar period was already in operationFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com0
  6. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    In 1980, addressing a Jewish gathering in Germany, B John Paul II said (I extract this from a long sentence): " ... dialogue; that is, the meeting between the people of the Old Covenant (never revoked by God, cf Romans 11:29) and that of the New Covenant, is at the same time ..." In 2013, Pope Francis, in the course of his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, also referred to the Old Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com10
  7. Site: Steyn Online
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    Steyn's latest court filing on global warm-monger Michael E Mann's vanity lawsuit (and Mann's corrupt employer)
  8. Site: Steyn Online
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    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Kathy Shaidle, a dear friend and our peerless movie essayist...
  9. Site: Taylor Marshall
    2 hours 26 min ago
    Author: Daniel K
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl, accused by Archbishop Vigano of lying and covering for defrocked exCardinal McCarrick, will receive $2,012,639 from the Archdiocese of Washington DC earmarked as: “continuing ministry activities for Archbishop Emeritus” during the 2020 fiscal year.

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  10. Site: Mundabor's blog
    2 hours 35 min ago
    Author: Mundabor
    The great state of Arkansas has sent to the Governor a bill banning abortion, including the cases of rape and incest. You may say that this is just an exercise in futility before the cowards at the Supreme Court strike this off. However, I think that it is important that such bills are approved and […]
  11. Site: Gloria.tv
    3 hours 19 min ago
    Author: Servant Of Divine Mercy
    PETITION UPDATE (8/27/2020)
    Thank you for continuing to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse mandatory mask orders within their borders.
    Facebook has restored the share link for this petition, saying that the decision to block it was a 'mistake...'
    Please share with your Facebook friends, but we should all take heed of this warning: when an organization or individuals have to beg, plead and cajole just to express objective truths, it may be time to start looking for other social networking platforms.
    Facebook needs to treat its users with respect, no matter their political persuasion. Moreover, Facebook needs to treat objective reality and facts with more respect.
    One-size-fits-all oppressive government mask mandates must stop!
    Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.
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  12. Site: Gloria.tv
    3 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Servant Of Divine Mercy
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    CANBERRA, Australia, March 4, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Australian government has “drastically” fallen behind its end-of-week target for the first week of the national COVID-19 vaccination program, especially in states run by leftist Labor governments.
    Just 53 percent of the scheduled number of Australians got the jab after the Pfizer vaccine was made available for Phase 1 of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plan to offer every Australian adult full vaccination by October of this year.
    Phase 1 is scheduled to last until April and consists of 60,000 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines for aged and disability care residents and workers, quarantine and border workers, and frontline healthcare personnel.
    AstraZeneca vaccines to support the effort will be used from March 8.
    If Australia had been on track from day one, 200,000 people would receive a dose of the vaccine every day. But with Tasmania…
  13. Site: Gloria.tv
    3 hours 21 min ago
    Author: Servant Of Divine Mercy
    Procession of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal (Reuters)
    The long-prepared and ongoing process of dissolution of the Christian concept of morality was, as I have tried to show, marked by an unprecedented radicalism in the 1960s… In various seminaries, homosexual cliques were established…
    —EMERITUS POPE BENEDICT, essay on the current crisis of faith in the Church, Apr 10, 2019; Catholic News Agency
    …the darkest clouds gather over the Catholic Church. As though out of a deep abyss, countless incomprehensible cases of sexual abuse from the past come to light—acts committed by priests and religious. The clouds cast their shadows even on the Chair of Peter. Now no one is talking anymore about the moral authority for the world that is usually granted a Pope. How great is this crisis? Is it really, as we occasionally read, one of the greatest in the history of the Church?
    —Peter Seewald’s question to Pope Benedict XVI, from Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Signs of the Times (Ignatius Press), p. 23 …
  14. Site: Gloria.tv
    3 hours 23 min ago
    Author: Servant Of Divine Mercy
    Sunset in the eye of a hurricane
    SEVERAL years ago, I sensed the Lord say that there was a Great Storm coming upon the earth, like a hurricane. But this Storm would not be one of mother nature, but one created by man himself: an economic, social, and political storm that would change the face of the earth. I felt the Lord ask me to write about this Storm, to prepare souls for what is coming—not only the Convergence of events, but now, a coming Blessing. This writing, so as not to be too lengthy, will footnote key themes that I’ve already expanded elsewhere…
    THE CONVERGENCE
    The closer one moves toward the eye of a hurricane, the more powerful the winds become. I sensed the Lord say that, as we approach the “eye of the storm,” we would see turbulent events increase manifold, one upon the other. What kind of events? The seals of Revelation. [1]cf. The Seven Seals of Revolution As we look at what is happening daily in the world today, are we not seeing precisely the conditions for these events to …
  15. Site: From Rome
    4 hours 36 min ago
    Author: Editor
    A Handbook for Catholic Laity on how to convert clergy back to Allegiance to Pope Benedict XVI: step by step procedures, advice on what and what not to do.
  16. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    4 hours 39 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)
    For Lent I offer daily 5 minute podcasts.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.  The Roman Station today is San Vitale. Today is Friday … Read More →
  17. Site: Home Living
    4 hours 51 min ago
    Please enjoy your home while you listen to Homemaking Radio: Words to dwell on: AbundantlyDiligenceThriveLydiahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15530969871397361970noreply@blogger.com0
  18. Site: From Rome
    5 hours 19 min ago
    Author: Editor
  19. Site: The Catholic Thing
    5 hours 37 min ago
    Author: David Carlin

    If you were an American Catholic bishop in the decades prior to Vatican II, your chief problem as an administrator was how to manage prosperity.  You had an ample supply of priests and seminarians and religious sisters.  You had churches filled to the brim every Sunday at three or four or five Masses.  You had a great multitude of generous Catholics who were quite willing to contribute money to the Church, including an ever-increasing number of Catholic millionaires who were happy to make very generous contributions.  (In those days, a million dollars was real money.)

    If, on the other hand, you have been an American Catholic bishop in the decades following Vatican II, your chief problem as an administrator has been how to manage decline.  In this respect, your task has been rather like that of post-World War II British Prime Ministers, who had to manage the decline and collapse of the British Empire.

    As a bishop, you had to deal with priests who abandoned the priesthood, with scant numbers of seminarians, and with a dreadful shortage of religious sisters.  You had to deal with a steep decline in weekend Mass attendance, with closing Catholic schools, with consolidated Catholic parishes.  You had to deal with independent-minded parish priests who no longer feared you.  You had to deal with rich Catholics who, while still contributing to the diocese, warned you not to make too much of a public fuss about such sins as abortion and homosexual conduct.

    Worst of all perhaps, you had to deal with homosexual priests and seminarians, some of whom went so far as to molest underage boys.  And you had to deal with a very bad press and with lawyers eager to sue your diocese.

    The years of Vatican II (1962-65) were watershed years; but I don’t mean to say that Vatican II was the cause of this disastrous decline, at least not the principal cause.  There were other causes, above all the entry of Catholics into the mainstream of American life at the very moment – the sixties – when Protestants were losing their cultural hegemony in the United States and being replaced by secularists; that is to say, by atheists and near-atheists.

    But Vatican II contributed something to the decline, if only because it led to the creation of that toxic phenomenon, “the spirit of Vatican II.”

    If you should happen to become an American Catholic bishop in the near future, your task, it seems to me, will no longer be to manage decline.  For the decline is now so far advanced, and looks like it will advance further and further, that there will be hardly anything worth managing.

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    At least the British prime ministers could say to themselves, “We may lose India and Burma, we may lose everything we had in Africa, we may lose Bermuda and the islands of the Caribbean, we may lose Hong Kong, we may even lose Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales – but at least we’ll have England.  And we’ll have the Queen, the BBC, some fine Shakespearean actors, and the friendship of our American cousins.”

    But what will the Catholic Church have after the Church in America shrinks to its minimum?  England may be the minimum of the British Empire, but what is the minimum of American Catholicism?  It is no Catholicism at all.  It’s zero.

    When I point this out, as I sometimes do, I am told by people who are far more optimistic than I am, that Jesus promised that his Church would never disappear: “Thou are Peter” etc.  When I am given this response, I note that Jesus never said, “The gates of hell will never prevail against my Church in the good old USA.”

    In the last 2,000 years or so the Church has vanished in many places, most notably in the Mideast, where it was replaced by Islam, and in Northern Europe, where it was replaced by Protestantism.  There is no reason to believe that it cannot vanish here as well.

    Future bishops will have to choose between two possibilities:

    (1) On the one hand, they can prepare for the final liquidation of Catholicism in America.  They can consolidate more and more thinly populated parishes as they approach the stage at which each diocese has only one parish.  After this Rome will have to consolidate dioceses until we finally reach the stage at which we’ll have only one diocese, stretching from sea to shining sea.  These bishops will sell (or give) their vacant churches to Hispanic or Brazilian or African Pentecostal sects.  Or they’ll sell them to entrepreneurs who wish to convert them into restaurants or inns.  Or sell them to real estate developers who will tear them down.

    (2) Or they will become heroic Christian warriors, defying the secular-atheistic spirit of the age.  They will call those, both Catholic and non-Catholic, who have an appetite for such a thing back to genuine Catholicism.  When some people demanded that Lincoln get rid of General Grant, the president replied: “I need Grant.  He fights.”  American Catholicism needs bishops who will “fight” – bishops who in their preaching of the Gospel and its implications, and in the management of their dioceses, will defy the slings and arrows of atheists and their semi-Catholic fellow travelers.

    Every current bishop, I suppose, would tell us, if asked, that he’d be happy to see his life end with the crown of martyrdom – even though not many of them seem willing to accept the “minor martyrdom” of a bad press, or the defiance of “soft” diocesan priests who refuse to preach a “hard” kind of Catholicism, or the closed pocketbooks of multimillionaires who are displeased with the “extremism” of a bishop who (like Grant) actually fights.

    Managing decline, it seems to me, is no longer a viable option, for it only leads to more decline.  If you are made a bishop tomorrow, you will have two options – surrender or lead a counter-offensive.

     

    *Image: Bishop Odo of Bayeux rallying William the Conqueror’s troops at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 by unknown artisans, c. 1070-77 [Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in Bayeux, Normandy, France]. This is a small section of the Bayeux Tapestry, the whole of which is 230 feet long and 20 inches tall. Odo was Duke William’s half-brother.

    The post If You Were a Bishop appeared first on The Catholic Thing.

  20. Site: The Catholic Thing
    5 hours 38 min ago
    Author: Karen Popp

    If you’re wondering when Catholic bishops will be held to account for their leadership and stewardship, short of the Pearly Gates… keep wondering.
     

     

     

     

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  21. Site: The Catholic Thing
    5 hours 38 min ago
    Author: Karen Popp

    The Christians of Mosul are eagerly looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit to the once predominantly Christian city devastated by ISIS and are hoping that he will declare some of those killed by the Islamist invaders as martyrs. 
     

     

     

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  22. Site: The Catholic Thing
    5 hours 38 min ago
    Author: Karen Popp

    On a long caravan trip across Texas this man had had some experience of thirst, as the party with which he travelled was several times put on a meagre water ration for days together. But he had not suffered then as he did now. Since morning he had had a feeling of illness; the taste of fever in his mouth, and alarming seizures of vertigo. As these conical hills pressed closer and closer upon him, he began to wonder whether his long wayfaring from the mountains of Auvergne were possibly to end here. He reminded himself of that cry, wrung from his Saviour on the Cross, “J’ai soif!” Of all our Lord’s physical sufferings, only one, “I thirst,” rose to His lips. Empowered by long training, the young priest blotted himself out of his own consciousness and meditated upon the anguish of his Lord. The Passion of Jesus became for him the only reality; the need of his own body was but a part of that conception.

    His mare stumbled, breaking his mood of contemplation. He was sorrier for his beasts than for himself. He, supposed to be the intelligence of the party, had got the poor animals into this interminable desert of ovens. He was afraid he had been absent-minded, had been pondering his problem instead of heeding the way. His problem was how to recover a Bishopric. He was a Vicar Apostolic, lacking a Vicarate. He was thrust out; his flock would have none of him.

    The traveller was Jean Marie Latour, consecrated Vicar Apostolic of New Mexico and Bishop of Agathonica in partibus at Cincinnati a year ago – and ever since then he had been trying to reach his Vicarate. No one in Cincinnati could tell him how to get to New Mexico–no one had ever been there. Since young Father Latour’s arrival in America, a railroad had been built through from New York to Cincinnati; but there it ended. New Mexico lay in the middle of a dark continent. The Ohio merchants knew of two routes only. One was the Santa Fé trail from St. Louis, but at that time it was very dangerous because of Comanche Indian raids. His friends advised Father Latour to go down the river to New Orleans, thence by boat to Galveston, across Texas to San Antonio, and to wind up into New Mexico along the Rio Grande valley. This he had done, but with what misadventures!

    His steamer was wrecked and sunk in the Galveston harbour, and he had lost all his worldly possessions except his books, which he saved at the risk of his life. He crossed Texas with a traders’ caravan, and approaching San Antonio he was hurt in jumping from an overturning wagon, and had to lie for three months in the crowded house of a poor Irish family, waiting for his injured leg to get strong.

    It was nearly a year after he had embarked upon the Mississippi that the young Bishop, at about the sunset hour of a summer afternoon, at last beheld the old settlement toward which he had been journeying so long. The wagon train had been going all day through a greasewood plain, when late in the afternoon the teamsters began shouting that over yonder was the Villa. Across the level, Father Latour could distinguish low brown shapes, like earthworks, lying at the base of wrinkled green mountains with bare tops,–wave-like mountains, resembling billows beaten up from a flat sea by a heavy gale; and their green was of two colours –aspen and evergreen, not intermingled but lying in solid areas of light and dark. – from Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)

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  23. Site: The Catholic Thing
    5 hours 39 min ago
    Author: Karen Popp

    Pope Francis on Thursday appointed the archbishop of Newark, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, a member of the Congregation for Bishops. Cardinal Tobin joins another American, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., was also a member of the Congregation for Bishops until aging out in November 2020 at the age of 80.
     

     

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  24. Site: The Catholic Thing
    5 hours 39 min ago
    Author: Karen Popp

    We should be very concerned that Catholics have now surrendered the ability to guide ethical decisions at the national or global level, not just for the single, COVID vaccine issue, but beyond it to any ethical stand concerning research and development that uses fetal cells derived from abortion, whether the cells were harvested yesterday or fifty years ago.
     

    The post Cooperation with evil in medicine appeared first on The Catholic Thing.

  25. Site: AntiWar.com
    5 hours 39 min ago
    Author: Medea Benjamin

    On February 25th, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The US airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular US bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a resolution to close over a year ago. The … Continue reading "Trump and Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars"

    The post Trump and Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

  26. Site: The Unz Review
    5 hours 39 min ago
    Author: Pat Buchanan
    "That attack, that siege" of the Capitol, FBI Director Chris Wray told Congress, "was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it was behavior we at the FBI view as domestic terrorism." "Domestic terrorism," said Wray, echoing his boss. For what had been President-elect Joe Biden's reaction to the Capitol riot? "Don't dare call them protesters....
  27. Site: AntiWar.com
    5 hours 39 min ago
    Author: Reese Erlich

    For the first time, the Biden Administration ordered a cross-border military attack in the Middle East. On February 26, seven US missiles slammed into a facility used by Iranian-backed militias in Syria. Washington was retaliating for the February 15 attack on a US base in northern Iraq. The Pentagon claims self-defense. "We have acted in … Continue reading "Biden’s Bombing of Syria Is a Dangerous Step Backward"

    The post Biden’s Bombing of Syria Is a Dangerous Step Backward appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

  28. Site: AntiWar.com
    5 hours 40 min ago
    Author: William J. Astore

    Originally posted at TomDispatch. Cancel culture is a common, almost viral, term in political and social discourse these days. Basically, somebody expresses views considered to be outrageous or vile or racist or otherwise insensitive and inappropriate. In response, that person is “canceled,” perhaps losing a job or otherwise sidelined and silenced. In being deplatformed by … Continue reading "Military Cancel Culture: Rewarding Failure"

    The post Military Cancel Culture: Rewarding Failure appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

  29. Site: RadTrad Thomist
    5 hours 50 min ago
  30. Site: Gloria.tv
    5 hours 55 min ago
    Author: la verdad prevalece
    Today I was asked a question which I have been asked a good number of times. So, I thought I would give a simple answer here. A young man wrote and asked: “Can you please tell me whether the descendants of Ismael are Muslims?”
    Because I have been asked this question a good number of times I thought I would answer it simply here.
    No. The descendants of Ishmael are the Arabs but not all Arabs are Muslims. In the Middle East from 200-650 AD, most Arabs were Christians, not Muslims. Islam did not get started until the mid-7th century. Mohammad conquered Mecca in 629 and subsequently, the Muslims swept through Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa with their armies and conquered these once Christian lands.
    So Arabs are descendants of Ismael (Gen 25:12-18). Mohammed was an Arab. He started a new religion called Islam but not all Arabs followed him. Not all Arabs are Muslims. The largest Muslim nation is Indonesia and they are not Arabs. In fact, the three largest Muslim countries are not Arab.
    According to …
  31. Site: Gloria.tv
    5 hours 58 min ago
    Author: Irapuato
    Sts Olive et Jean-Joseph de la Croix - le 5 mars
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  32. Site: Zero Hedge
    6 hours 24 sec ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    How Democracy Dies: Big Tech Becomes Big Brother

    Authored by Leni Friedman Valenta with Dr. Jiri Valenta via The Gatestone Institute,

    "Digital giants have been playing an increasingly significant role in wider society... how well does this monopolism correlate with the public interest?," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on January 27, 2021.

    "Where is the distinction between successful global businesses, sought-after services and big data consolidation on the one hand, and the efforts to rule society[...] by substituting legitimate democratic institutions, by restricting the natural right for people to decide how to live and what view to express freely on the other hand?"

    Was Mr. Putin defending democracy? Hardly. What apparently worries him is that the Big Tech might gain the power to control society at the expense of his government.

    What must be a nightmare for him -- as for many Americans -- is that the Tech giants were able to censor news favorable to Trump and then censor Trump himself. How could the U.S. do this to the president of a great and free country?

    Putin made these comments at the Davos World Economic Forum, in which he and Chinese President Xi Jinping, sped on by the "Great Reset" of a fourth industrial revolution, used enlightened phrases to mask dark plans for nation states in a globalist New World Order. Thus did Xi caution attendees "to adapt to and guide globalization, cushion its negative impact, and deliver its benefits to all countries and all nations."

    In March 2019, Putin signed a law "imposing penalties for Russian internet users caught spread 'fake news' and information that presents 'clear disrespect for society, government, state symbols the constitution and government institutions.'" Punishments got even heavier with new laws in December.

    Meanwhile, opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to prison for more than three years (with a year off for time served), in part because he revealed photos of a lavish Russian palace allegedly belonging to Putin on the coast of the Black Sea. Its accouterments supposedly include an $824 toilet brush. Many of the thousands of people protesting Navalny's imprisonment have since been protesting Putin by waving gold-painted toilet brushes.

    How nice that American Big Tech companies is pushing democracy in Russia -- even while it is denying it at home. Do you notice how many leaders in Europe have risen to condemn censorship in America even though many in Europe are censoring their citizens as well, and are not exactly fans of the person who was being censored, former President Donald J. Trump? Like Putin, they probably do not want Big Tech competing with their governments, either.

    The power-sharing of the U.S. Federal government with Big Tech appears a recipe for unharnessed power and corruption. Navalny caught on right away, saying:

    "This precedent will be exploited by the enemies of freedom of speech around the world. In Russia as well. Every time when they need to silence someone, they will say: 'this is just common practice, even Trump got blocked on Twitter.'"

    What watchdog, if any, is now restraining Big Tech in America? It has become quite clear that Big Tech's censorship may well have cost Trump the election, even if one ultimately finds that election fraud did not.

    Big Tech took it upon itself to censor an exposé -- published by the New York Post on October 24, 2020, as well as follow-up exposés -- reporting that Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, had sold his influence to China and Ukraine, and had raked in millions for the family.

    The Media Research Center (MRC) found that "One of every six Biden voters we surveyed (17%) said they would have abandoned the Democratic candidate had they known the facts about one or more of these news stories". That information might well have changed the outcome in all six of the swing states Biden reportedly won.

    Last August, Twitter also undertook censoring the trailer of an explosive documentary entitled "The Plot Against the President." The film, narrated by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) with commentary by leading members of the Republican Party, exposes leading members of the Democratic Party and their deep state allies, many of whom knowingly used phony evidence to frame President Trump and some in his circle to try convince Americans that he and his campaign had colluded with the Russian government to win the 2016 election.

    The film claims, using with recently declassified information, that President Barack Obama, as well Hillary Clinton, were involved in an almost four-year attempted coup incomparably more undemocratic than any riot at the Capital Building on January 6.

    Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, claimed in August 2020 that Biden also knew of the ongoing efforts to unseat Trump. Nevertheless, Trump did not target them, perhaps to avoid dividing the country even further.

    According to the Washington Times, the Twitter account of the movie, which debuted in October 2020, attracted 30,000 followers. Twitter blacklisted it for a day, but after a public uproar, put the popular documentary back. Our question is: How many blacklistings did Twitter not put back?

    The January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was a pivotal event for Trump and the Republican Party. Prior to January 6, President Trump had offered to deploy 10,000 troops to the capitol, according to his former Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows. The Pentagon and the Department of Justice had also offered help but were also reportedly turned down by the US Capitol Police The problem, apparently, was "optics" -- about a Capitol now surrounded by barbed wire and thousands of troops, which the current Administration now seems to like.

    Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for further details about the event were also rejected -- it is not clear by whom. It is ridiculous, therefore, for anyone to frame the riots, ugly as they were, as a seditious "insurrection," particularly in light of what appears to be a massive security failure that could have averted the violence. One thing is certain: the timing of the event could not have been more perfect for opposition groups, which is probably why it had been planned for weeks before January 6.

    What these efforts and the media did achieve was an end to all attempts to ascertain election fraud at a time when Vice President Mike Pence was counting Electoral College ballots, and allowing speeches from those supporting that claim. Some politicians even called for the resignation of Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, and referred them to the ethics committee for even suggesting an election audit of battleground states, despite questions having been asked -- with no objections -- concerning the results of the 2000, 2004 and 2016 presidential elections.

    Ultimately, the result of the latest "witch hunt" against President Trump, as it has been called, was a contrived impeachment attempt to bar Trump from a future presidential bid -- a kangaroo court devoid of due process, hearings, witnesses, and evidence. The prosecution, however, was undeniably eloquent in evoking "democracy" for a totally undemocratic procedure that justly resulted in Trump's acquittal.

    Meanwhile, Facebook and Twitter banned Trump and some of his supporters from their cyber domains. An alternative social media platform, Parler, was banned from the Apple and Google app stores, and then completely closed down by Amazon.

    Meanwhile, mainstream social media platforms were reportedly used to rally and organize carry out riots in American cities last year. No one was penalized.

    Do not, however, expect such slackness now. According to Fox News:

    "People like Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., have made various public statements labeling Republicans as extremists -- with Ocasio-Cortez claiming the GOP has 'white supremacist sympathizers' within its ranks, and Brennan claiming 'domestic violent extremists' in the form of far-right supporters of President Trump are more dangerous than Al Qaeda."

    Columnist and radio host Jeffrey Kuhner warns that a new bill, H.R. 350, "is the liberals' equivalent of the Patriot Act redux. This time, however, it is not aimed at Islamic jihadists. Rather, it directly targets Trump patriots." Kuhner writes that the bill "has the full backing of the Democratic congressional leadership, the Biden administration... Big Media and Big Tech."

    "The bill empowers the Deep State to monitor, surveil and spy on American citizens' social media accounts, phone calls, political meetings and even infiltrate pro-Trump or 'Stop the Steal' rallies.

    "Conservatives who are deemed potentially 'seditious' or 'treasonous' can be arrested and jailed, fined and/or lose their employment. The goal is simple: to crush all dissent to the Biden regime."

    Moreover, last month the new Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, ordered a "stand down "of the entire military for 60 days, "so each service, each command and each unit can have a deeper conversation about this issue [extremism]." Normally stand downs last only a few hours or days and do not involve the entire military. Austin, in addition, has pledged to "rid our ranks of racists and extremists."

    These are words that can be applied to anyone dreamed up, including Trump supporters, and based, of course, on nothing but propaganda.

    Austin's plan is therefore needless, divisive and dangerous, considering the foreign dangers now circling their prey. This punishment of the regime's "foes" makes one wonder what is next. Are we already marching in lockstep with Russia and China? The way to unite and strengthen the United States is not through suppression and punishment but through political power with checks and balances, a free press and closer adherence to the Constitution.

    But here, again, there seems to be. a problem. The Federalist wrote in July:

    "According to a new Quillette survey released last month, 70 percent of self-identifying liberals want to rewrite the U.S. Constitution 'to a new Americans constitution that better reflects our diversity as a people.'"

    Oh, so that is what we lack: diversity!

    What can Americans Do? We are presently at a tipping point in America. Communist China is working hard and is focused on global domination; we are just messing around. In an increasingly digital world, the war against infringements on our freedoms most probably needs to be fought largely in the digital and cyber-space. That is why ending censorship in both the traditional and social media is such an important priority. First, break up the Big Tech companies. Let them become the utilities they originally claimed to be, or else be liable to lawsuits as other publishers are.

    We do take some comfort that whereas dictatorships in authoritarian countries such as China and Russia is vertical -- from the top down -- in America, the central government shares power with the states from the bottom up, and with powers separated: the executive, the judiciary and the legislative. Fortunately, governors such as Ron DeSantis in Florida, Greg Abbott in Texas and Kevin Stitt in Oklahoma are now moving legislatively to counter federal laws that may have adverse effects on freedom of speech, jobs, election integrity, the energy industry, the first or second amendments and general constitutional rights.

    This does not speak, however, to the major issue here -- that democracy cannot survive in a country where a few technocrats and oligarchs can choose to deny access to information or platforms to candidates running for office. It is simply unacceptable that they alone -- unelected, unappointed, untransparent and unaccountable -- can deem what is "harmful" to society. The job now for all of us is to prevent the United States from slowly becoming a full-blown tyranny.

    Tyler Durden Thu, 03/04/2021 - 23:40
  33. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 12 min ago
    Author: Irapuato
    San Giovanni Giuseppe della Croce - il 5 marzo
    San Giovanni Giuseppe della Croce 05/03 –
  34. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 13 min ago
    Author: la verdad prevalece
    Are Christians and Muslims “Descendants of the Same Father, Abraham”?
    At the General Audience of April 3, to justify his marked sympathy for Islam Pope Francis repeated the cliché that “along with the Muslims, we are the descendants of the same Father, Abraham.”
    Do All Religions “Always Look to Heaven; They Look to God”?
    In that same statement, Pope Francis sought to counter criticism for his statement from Abu Dhabi that God wills the existence of various religions just as He wants diversity of race and sex.1
    He went on to say in the General Audience that, the existence of many religions is willed by God, but by his permissive will. After asking himself “why does God allow many religions?” he replies that this is due “to God’s voluntas permissiva [permissive will],” adding that God “wanted to allow this reality: there are many religions.”2
    He fails to explain that although God allows evil to exist in the world “partly that greater good may not be impeded, and partly that greater evil may not ensue,”3 He …
  35. Site: Zero Hedge
    6 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    Pompeo Considers 2024 Presidential Run On One Condition

    Mike Pompeo won't rule out a 2024 run for president, but only if Donald Trump does not seek office, the former Secretary of State told Fox News' "Hannity."

    "I care deeply about America," Pompeo told host Sean Hannity, adding "You and I have been part of the conservative movement for an awfully long time now. I aim to keep at it."

    When Hannity said he'd take that as a "strong maybe" in regards to a 2024 run, Pompeo responded "That's perfect."

    Pompeo said that under the Biden administration, the country has gone from "America First" to "blame America first," and expressed concern over how President Biden is being perceived by foreign leaders.

    "World leaders and my counterparts all across the world are watching closely," he said, adding "Senior leadership all across the world, they watch every statement that is made, they watch every move. They see what their patterns are like, the kinds of behaviors they exhibit when times are tough and when the pressure is really on."

    The former Secretary of State compared Biden's lack of press engagement to Trump's near-constant presence.

    "President Trump would be out there. He talked to the media all the time, probably more than any modern president," he said. "He was out engaging with the media on a broad range of topics ... When a leader can’t do that, when they can’t take questions, when they can’t explain the policies they are engaged in, when they seem to be hiding behind -- whether that’s staff or just the fact that they don’t have time. Leaders watch that and they wonder.

    "When the United States exhibits weakness. It creates real risk for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines all across the world," Pompeo continued. "Weakness begets wars and strength determines whether an adversary is going to be deterred, and it also determines whether allies really want to toss in with us when the times get most difficult."

    According to Pompeo, China represents "the most sustained threat to our fundamental way of life," and suggested that the Biden administration "take that threat most seriously."

    "The American people deserve it and I know that they’re going to demand it."

    Watch:

    Tyler Durden Thu, 03/04/2021 - 23:20
  36. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 22 min ago
    Author: Irapuato
    Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 21,33-43.45-46.
    Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: "Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
    When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
    But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned.
    Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way.
    Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.'
    But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.'
    They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
    What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?"
    They answered him, "He will put those wretched men to a wretched death …
  37. Site: Global Research
    6 hours 24 min ago
    Author: FAIR Health

    All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the “Translate Website” drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version).

    ***

    Summary

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental

    The post The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental Health appeared first on Global Research.

  38. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 27 min ago
    Author: Irapuato
    Saint of the Day: March 5th - SS Adrian and Eubulus
    A.D. 309.
    In the seventh year of Dioclesian’s persecution, continued by Galerius Maximianus, when Firmilian, the most bloody governor of Palestine, had stained Cæsarea with the blood of many illustrious martyrs, Adrian and Eubulus came out of the country called Magantia to Cæsarea, in order to visit the holy confessors there. At the gates of the city they were asked, as others were, whither they were going, and upon what errand? They ingenuously confessed the truth, and were brought before the president, who ordered them to be tortured, and their sides to be torn with iron hooks, and then condemned them to be exposed to wild beasts. Two days after, when the pagans at Cæsarea celebrated the festival of the public genius, Adrian was exposed to a lion, and not being despatched by that beast, but only mangled, was at length killed by the sword. Eubulus was treated in the same manner, two days later. The judge offered him his liberty if he would sacrifice to …
  39. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 29 min ago
    Author: SML2
    Abortion Crime Family
  40. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 34 min ago
    Author: Irapuato
    March 5 The First Reading breski1
    Book of Genesis 37,3-4.12-13a.17b-28.
    Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made him a long tunic.
    When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons, they hated him so much that they would not even greet him.
    One day, when his brothers had gone to pasture their father's flocks at Shechem,
    Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem. Get ready; I will send you to them." "I am ready," Joseph answered.
    The man told him, "They have moved on from here; in fact, I heard them say, 'Let us go on to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and caught up with them in Dothan.
    They noticed him from a distance, and before he came up to them, they plotted to kill him.
    They said to one another: "Here comes that master dreamer!
    Come on, let us kill him and throw him into one of the cisterns here; we could say that a wild beast devoured him. We shall then see what comes of his …
  41. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 38 min ago
    Author: Irapuato
    5 marzo - San Eusebio Palatino, mártir "anónimo
    5 marzo San Eusebio Palatino, mártir "anónimo" –
  42. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 40 min ago
    Author: Irapuato
    5 DE MARZO UN SANTO PARA CADA DíA - SAN FOCAS
    05 DE MARZO - SAN FOCAS –
  43. Site: Zero Hedge
    6 hours 40 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    Towards $100 Oil

    By Princeton Energy Advisors

    WTI stood at $61.50 / barrel when we issued our weekly assessment of EIA oil markets data yesterday. Nevertheless, we stated that, "We might expect WTI at $64 / barrel this time next week, and $65-66 / barrel would not be surprising." We did not need a week. Less than twenty-four hours later, WTI had surged above $64 / barrel. It could well rise far above this level, and with shocking speed.

    Bloomberg notes:

    OPEC+ decided to keep a tight limit on oil production next month, sending prices soaring in a market that had been expecting additional supply. The agreement is a victory for Saudi Arabia, which has consistently pushed to tighten the market. The cartel had been debating whether to restore as much as 1.5 million barrels a day of output. But after being urged to “keep our powder dry” by Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, members agreed to hold steady at current levels -- with the exception of modest increases granted to Russia and Kazakhstan. In a briefing after Thursday’s meeting, the prince went one step further by making the kingdom’s additional 1 million barrel-a-day production cut open-ended. He gave no date for phasing out the voluntary reduction and told reporters he is in no hurry to do so.

    This is exactly as we noted in our analysis three weeks ago:

    If the trend holds up, the only barrier between us and $100 oil after Memorial Day will be the mood of Vladimir Putin and the goodwill of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Both their treasuries are bare. They will be looking to refill the coffers, and not only that, but to buttress their positions against a Biden team less friendly to poisoners and ax murders than the previous administration.

    Meanwhile, US shales look to sit on the sidelines a while longer. As Reuters reports from CERAWeek, the industry's leading conference:

    In the past, rising prices have enticed shale companies to ramp up production even after they promised prudence, and $60 oil would have once prompted companies to rush drilling rigs and frack fleets back to work. That is not happening now. “They are not taking the bait,” [IHS Markit analyst Raoul] LeBlanc said. Private companies are likely to increase oilfield activity, but not enough to meaningfully boost U.S. output, said LeBlanc, adding that U.S. spending is likely to remain around $60 billion, flat with 2020, as companies prioritize shareholder returns. “The severe drop in activity in the U.S. along with the high decline rates of shale and the pressure from the investment community to maintain discipline instead of growth means in my view that shale will not get back to where it was in the U.S.,” said Occidental Petroleum CEO Vicki Hollub.

    At some point, of course, US operators will take the bait. But too late. The Saudi decision to extend the 1 mbpd cut indefinitely can be taken as a declaration of intent -- indeed, a thinly veiled declaration of war on the Biden administration -- by the Kingdom, and by extension, the rest of the OPEC+ cartel. They are going to keep pushing prices up relentlessly. Pencil in a $10/barrel rise per month. At that pace, oil prices could reach $100/barrel during the course of the summer. That's the message the Saudis and Russians want to send to the Biden administration: "Look who has the leverage now."

    Gasoline prices have already neared $4 / gallon in California and are flirting with $3 / gallon for regular on the East Coast. It will get worse. Possibly much worse.

    And of course the Fed will have to raise interest rates right into the meat of the stimulus program and a still lingering pandemic.

    It will get ugly.

    Tyler Durden Thu, 03/04/2021 - 23:00
  44. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 42 min ago
    Author: Irapuato
    Joseph: King of Dreams
    Joseph: King of Dreams –
  45. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 50 min ago
    Author: la verdad prevalece
    March 4, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Canadian publisher Arouca Press has taken the courage to publish a collection of the major statements by prelates, priests, and laymen addressed over the course of the last years to Pope Francis, asking him either to correct erroneous or confusing statements or even to rescind them and repent for them. Since this book also contains, in an additional part, other statements and interviews by many of the critics, this book will be a helpful tool both for those who wish to understand our current crisis in the Church, as well as for those who wish to understand the purposes of the critics of the Pope.
    This new book, entitled Defending the Faith Against Heresies, has received endorsements by multiple well-respected authors and theologians, such as Father Gerard Murray, Martin Mosebach, and Henry Sire. Father Murray, for example, states that “well-reasoned pleas to uphold the Church's plan and constant teaching in the face of deviations are acts of charity, not of sinful …
  46. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 58 min ago
    Author: DeLourdes
    Rosary from Lourdes - 03/03/2021
    youtube.com/…annel/UC7zlbnNCnuAPiC3goKcFgUg
    Rosary from Lourdes - 03/03/2021
  47. Site: Zero Hedge
    7 hours 24 sec ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    Supersonic Combat Drone Concept Unveiled In Singapore; Already 100 "Pre-Orders"

    The world of drones is quickly evolving as a supersonic unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) concept has been officially launched by Singapore-based defense firm Kelley Aerospace, according to Flight Global

    Known as the "Arrow," Kelley is expected to test a proof of concept 1/4 scale model in early 2021. Kelley has already received 100 "pre-orders" for the UCAV. 

    Arrow is built from a single-shell of carbon fiber, with a maximum take-off weight of 37,000 pounds. The UCAV is able to travel Mach 2.1 or about 1,611 mph. 

    "It is designed for a reduced radar cross-section and infra-red signature. The carbon fiber and monocoque design endows the Arrow with outstanding strength and stiffness," the company said in a statement. 

    The cost of the drone ranges between $9 million and $16 million. It's the "world's first supersonic UAV that pushes the boundary with the state-of-the-art swarm and autonomous aerial flight logic — making it a formidable UAV," the company said. 

    The Arrow is designed to work with human-crewed aircraft and be a force multiplier on the modern battlefield. It's also capable of intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance tasks.

    No specifics have been provided on the customers who pre-ordered the supersonic drones or when series production begins. This all suggests that the world of combat drones is quickly evolving as stealth and speed are greatly increased in these war machines.

    Already, the US and Russia appear to be developing the next generation of drones. 

    Tyler Durden Thu, 03/04/2021 - 22:40
  48. Site: Zero Hedge
    7 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    China's "Sharp Eyes" Program Aims To Surveil 100% Of Public Space

    Authored by Dave Gershgorn via OneZero.medium.com,

    One of China’s largest and most pervasive surveillance networks got its start in a small county about seven hours north of Shanghai.

    In 2013, the local government in Pingyi County began installing tens of thousands of security cameras across urban and rural areas — more than 28,500 in total by 2016. Even the smallest villages had at least six security cameras installed, according to state media.

    Those cameras weren’t just monitored by police and automated facial recognition algorithms. Through special TV boxes installed in their homes, local residents could watch live security footage and press a button to summon police if they saw anything amiss. The security footage could also be viewed on smartphones.

    In 2015 the Chinese government announced that a similar program would be rolled out across China, with a particular focus on remote and rural towns. It was called the “Xueliang Project,” or Sharp Eyes, a reference to a quote from communist China’s former revolutionary leader Mao Zedong who once wrote that “the people have sharp eyes” when looking out for neighbors not living up to communist values.

    Sharp Eyes is one of a number of overlapping and intersecting technological surveillance projects built by the Chinese government over the last two decades. Projects like the Golden Shield Project, Safe Cities, SkyNet, Smart Cities, and now Sharp Eyes mean that there are more than 200 million public and private security cameras installed across China.

    Every five years, the Chinese government releases a plan outlining what it looks to achieve in the next half-decade. China’s 2016 five-year plan set a goal for Sharp Eyes to achieve 100% coverage of China’s public spaces in 2020. Though publicly available reports don’t indicate whether the program has hit that goal — they suggest that the country has gotten very close.

    China’s modern surveillance scheme started in 2003, according to Dahlia Peterson, research analyst at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology, with the creation of the Golden Shield Project.

    The Golden Shield Project, run by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), is, in part, responsible for the country’s strict internet censorship. But the program also included physical surveillance. The MPS created databases that included 96% of China’s citizens, with one titled the National Basic Population Information Database. That database includes household registration information, called “hukou,” as well as information on past travels and criminal history, according to a report from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

    Local population databases were also created, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Political Science. These local databases allowed for blacklists, which barred the use of public transportation. Police would be dispatched if someone who had been blacklisted tried to book a bus, train, or airline ticket.

    Following Golden Shield, China launched two other surveillance projects focused on the installation of cameras. Safe Cities, launched in 2003, focused on disaster warnings, traffic management, and public security. SkyNet focused on installing cameras connected to facial recognition algorithms.

    “Chinese state-run media has claimed Skynet can scan the entire Chinese population in one second with 99.8 percent accuracy, yet such claims ignore glaring technical limitations,” Peterson wrote.

    Observers should take these figures with a grain of salt: Accurate and up-to-date information about China’s surveillance initiatives isn’t easily available, and what is publicly known is mainly generated by academics and journalists with some access to government officials or surveillance equipment manufacturers. It’s also unclear which cameras are exclusively viewed by village, city, and provincial governments, and which feed data back to the central government.

    Just like Golden Shield, the SkyNet program still exists today, and benefits from 16 years of A.I. research, as well as the tech industry’s boom. According to the New York Times, SkyNet data is used at building complexes that use facial recognition to open security gates. The photos from those security gates are then shared with local police to build a database of the local population.

    However, these surveillance schemes are mostly targeted at cities, where funding and population density makes centralized surveillance easier. Sharp Eyes, which is focused on rural areas, is meant to offload work from potentially understaffed police departments.

    For instance, an article written by Chinese state media about the Sharp Eyes implementation in Pingyi notes that the county has a population of 1 million people, and only about 300 police officers.

    What gets reported to police by the Sharp Eyes program isn’t just limited to crime. One Pingyi resident in the state media article spoke of reporting a collapsed manhole cover, while another mentioned that they had suspected a multilevel marketing scheme happening in a nearby building. The MLM organization was reported to the police, who allegedly broke it up with warnings and fines.

    According to Peterson, the Sharp Eyes project is implemented differently depending on each city or town’s needs, but the general premise is the same: The city or town is divided into a grid, and each square of the grid acts as its own administrative unit. Citizens watch security footage from within their grid, giving a sense of ownership over their immediate surroundings. Municipal data can then be aggregated based on reports from each square on the grid.

    Cities can also add new technology to the mix at their discretion. Though the system primarily relies on facial recognition and locally broadcast CCTV, the city of Harbin, for instance, published a notice that it was looking for predictive policing technology to sweep a person’s bank transaction data, location history, and social connections, as well as make a determination as to whether they were a terrorist or violent.

    Much of the funding for these various surveillance schemes comes from the central government, but regional municipalities and cities also foot the bill for local networks of cameras. At times, counties’ surveillance spending far outstrips other municipal services. An analysis of more than 76,000 government procurement notices by ChinaFile showed that surveillance spending has become a significant portion of many cities’ budgets. In 2018, contracts from the city of Zhoukou showed that officials spent as much on surveillance as they did on education, and spent more than twice as much money on surveillance as on environmental protection programs.

    In some instances, Chinese citizens even crowdfund these surveillance measures. In the Shandong province, residents of the small city of Linyi raised an additional 13 million yuan, or $2 million, to help support the full coverage of video surveillance cameras.

    This countrywide demand for surveillance technology has created a gold rush for companies developing and selling surveillance technology. Many of the companies selling camera hardware and video management software, especially for locally streamed Sharp Eyes footage, aren’t well known outside of China.

    In a list translated by CSET’s Peterson, some of the top companies supplying this technology are surveillance camera manufacturers VisionVera and UniView, as well as big data company Neusoft. On its website, Neusoft specifically calls out that it manages a database on a population of 1.3 billion, and integrates data from more than 20 government sectors, as well as analyzes tens of millions of social videos.

    Internationally known Chinese companies like Sensetime, Megvii, Hikvision, and Dahua are far more prevalent in conversations about the persecution of ethnic minorities. These companies have all been sanctioned by the U.S. government based on their involvement with the human rights abuses in Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has been accused of committing genocide against the country’s Uighur ethnic minority. Reports from Xinjiang’s internment camps are horrific, with documented cases of rape, sterilization, or forced labor.

    The facial recognition system pitched to Xinjiang’s Shawan region to detect religious minorities was developed by Megvii, which denies involvement in the program. However, ChinaFile found contracts and state media reports that suggest large parts

    recent report from the LA Times and surveillance industry watchdog IPVM also showed that Dahua had also developed facial recognition to specifically detect Uighurs, a Chinese ethnic minority widely persecuted in China’s Xinjiang province. A separate report from IPVM showed how Huawei and Megvii cooperated in the development of a Uighur detection system in 2018.

    China’s next five-year plan, which covers 2021 to 2025, places specific emphasis on giving social governance to local municipalities via the grid system, as well as building out even more security projects, to “strengthen construction of the prevention and control system for public security.”

    This means the future of China’s surveillance apparatus likely looks a lot like Sharp Eyes: More power and social control given to local governments, so neighbors watch neighbors.

    The government also emphasized the persecution of those it maintains as hostile and separatists.

    “We will also closely guard against, and crack down on, the infiltration, sabotage, subversion and separatist activities of hostile forces,” the plan says.

    Tyler Durden Thu, 03/04/2021 - 22:20
  49. Site: Zero Hedge
    7 hours 40 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    Mark Cuban Says Dallas Mavericks Will Accept Dogecoin For Tickets And Merchandise

    In continued proof positive that we are living in a simulation that has been set up for the sole purpose of ridiculing us, Mark Cuban has now come out and said that the Dallas Mavericks are going to be accepting Dogecoin for ticket sales and merchandise.

    Dogecoin was a "meme" crypto that has slowly mutated from a joke among the investing community to a coin that is being taken semi-seriously by people like Elon Musk - though we're not sure exactly how much credibility that lends the coin. 

    “Sometimes in business you have to do things that are fun,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on Thursday, Bloomberg reported.  “Because we can, we have chosen to do so," he continued.

    The coin has been praised by Cuban for its "entertainment and educational value," Bloomberg writes.

    We also wrote about a week ago that Elon Musk was taunting the SEC, who were reportedly investigating Musk over his Tweets about Dogecoin. It was just hours after the headline broke the the SEC could be investigating Musk over Tweets he put out related to cryptocurrency Dogecoin that Musk - who formerly had told the SEC he didn't respect them, and to "suck Elon's c*ck" - yet again took to Twitter to taunt regulators.

    Responding to a Tweet casting doubt about an SEC investigation and referring to Musk as "Emperor Musk", Musk responded that he "hopes" the SEC does open an investigation into his Tweets. 

    "It would be awesome," Musk wrote.

    Meanwhile, Cuban went on the record telling GameStop shareholders in February to hold "if you can afford to". 

    Cuban took to a Reddit message board to do an "Ask Me Anything (AMA)" for the WallStreetBets crowd last month. “If you can afford to hold the stock, you hold. I don’t own it, but that’s what I would do,” were Cuban's words of wisdom to Reddit users, while GameStop stock plunged in the background. 

    Tyler Durden Thu, 03/04/2021 - 22:00
  50. Site: Saint Louis Catholic
    7 hours 44 min ago
    Author: thetimman

    Leaving aside catechetical and liturgical considerations, the degradation of what passes as our system of education is the next biggest reason for the wholesale rejection of Western Civilization. The political response to the coronavirus “pandemic” has proven that this educational system is so death-producing that it must be completely abandoned and replaced.

    The current reputed pandemic and the political response thereto highlights that the real damage to children’s academic progress and social formation from “distance learning” is actually less danaging than handing children back over to the brood of vipers who seek to destroy them in the name of education.

    Like the proverbial tiger-by-the-tail, the schools can’t be trusted as they are and cannot easily be reformed. The political apparatchiks in charge reject the very civilization that gave them their power. They seek power only, and our children are merely means to an end.

    This article from The American Thinker asks the obvious question quoted in the title to this post. Worth a read— one must see the depth of the problem before solutions can be found.

    Ask yourself why even the most tyrannical of politicians who love to scare everyone into slavery are willing to encourage, allow, or at least consider reopening public schools. Is it because getting children back to school gets them out of the home and prevents the dangerous possibility that parents’ values will take precedence over theirs? That people might begin to actually think for themselves?

    And yet it must be pointed out that the criticisms of public education apply almost equally to what is called Catholic education.

    Homeschooling works best to inculcate parents’ values. But the commitment and skill-set needed aren’t universally possessed. This is why schools began in the first place. Those parents who delegate their responsibility to educate their children must take steps to ensure that the education they’ve contracted for is sound. The Church that founded a system to help parents do this must also take seriously her duty as mater et magistra.

    Until Catholics and the Church hierarchy realize that Catholic cult and culture are the necessary underpinnings of real academic and social formation, the system is dead. And yet the hierarchy refuses to ensure the Catholicity of Catholic schools. And the faithful refuse to demand and reinforce the Catholicity of Catholic schools. Hence, in the post-“pandemic” environment, the Catholic system of education, which ought to lead the way in vivifying civilization, instead clings to its secular counterpart as it destroys all.

    Face it: Homeschooling is currently the best way to limit the damage of modern maleducation. But a vibrant Catholic school system is the only way to restore real civilization. It has to start now. What we have now is neither Catholic, nor an education. It is a system of slaves, producing slaves for perpetual slavery.

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