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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    Since the Council, an idea has been spreading that Judaism is not superseded by the New Covenant of Jesus Christ; that Jews still have available to them the Covenant of the old Law, by which they can be saved.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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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    We're delighted to present another live-performance edition of our Song of the Week. Mark invites Paul Sorvino to reveal the connection between a great American actor and one of the most beloved songs on the planet:
  8. Site: Sputnik Opinion
    33 min 23 sec ago
    After the Sunday Times published leaked British government documents for a “worst case scenario” following a no-deal Brexit, it became clear just how carelessly UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is behaving with regards to the potential for violence and severe life disruptions, a London policy adviser told Sputnik Monday.
  9. Site: LifeNews
    44 min 39 sec ago
    Author: Micaiah Bilger

    Actress Alyssa Milano established her reputation as an abortion activist earlier this year when she led a Hollywood boycott against Georgia lawmakers’ efforts to protect unborn babies from abortion.

    Now, the actress (“Charmed,” “Who’s the Boss?”) has admitted that she aborted two of her own unborn babies as a young woman.

    Yahoo News reports Milano described having two abortions in 1993 during a “joyful and exciting and powerful” time in her life.

    “I was in love for the first time in the breathless way you can only be in love when you are young,” she said. “It was huge — overwhelming even. It filled every part of living.”

    Though she did not mention who her lover was, Yahoo News speculated that he probably was fellow actor Scott Wolf, to whom she was engaged around that time.

    She claimed that her two abortions led to joy later in life, including from the two children whom she now parents.

    “Fifteen years after that first love had fizzled, my life would be completely lacking all its great joys,” she said. “I would never had been free to be myself — and that’s what this fight is all about: freedom.”

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    The report describes her abortions:

    Milano said she was on the pill because “she knew she was not ready to be a parent” as she pursued her career. Additionally, she was taking the controversial acne-fighting medicine Accutane, which is known to cause birth defects in pregnancies. And while she was using birth control, “I. Still. Got. Pregnant,” she said.

    Milano talked about what an emotional experience it was for her, especially coming from a Catholic upbringing. But she knew she was “not equipped to be a mother and so I chose to have an abortion. I chose. It was my choice. And it was absolutely the right choice for me.”

    She made it clear it was “not an easy choice” nor was it “something I wanted,” but it was “something that I needed — like most healthcare is.”

    After the procedure, Milano remained on the pill and resumed her sexual relationship with her partner. However, she said the pill failed — again.

    Aborting her unborn babies was “the right decision,” and her reasons were “real,” Milano insisted. “They are ours — and they none of your f—ing business.”

    These new revelations help explain why Milano has been so invested in abortion advocacy. Perhaps, she is trying to justify her babies’ abortion deaths through her work, trying to legitimize what she did. Maybe she is denying the reality of her abortions by immersing herself in the debate.

    What ever the case, the truth is that Milano is the mother of four children, not just two. She described her born two as “my beautiful, perfect, loving, kind and inquisitive children.” But she has two others who never had the chance to be born, two who could have been just as loving and beautiful, kind and inquisitive as the two she parents today. Instead, she chose to end their lives in abortions for the sake of her career.

  10. Site: LifeNews
    1 hour 49 sec ago
    Author: Wesley Smith

    A Canadian man disabled by ALS didn’t want to die now. He wanted to be cared for at home so he could be with his son.

    Nope. The government’s socialized health-care system refused to pay for all the care he needed. But it sure paid to kill him by euthanasia. From the story:

    Relocation was not an option as that would have taken him away from his son, of whom he had partial custody. . . .

    “Ensuring consistent care was a constant struggle and source of stress for Sean as a patient,” read the Facebook post in his honour.

    “The few institutional options on hand, Sean pointed out, would have offered vastly inferior care while separating him from his family, and likely would have hastened his death,” the post read.

    Tagert pieced together a suitable care facility in his own home, which included an expensive saliva-suction machine that was needed to prevent him from choking, according to the post.

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    “We would ask, on Sean’s behalf, that the government recognize the serious problems in its treatment of ALS patients and their families, and find real solutions for those already suffering unimaginably,” read the post.

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    Because euthanasia is about “choice.”

    Those with eyes to see, let them see.

    LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.

  11. Site: LifeNews
    1 hour 12 min ago
    Author: Maria Gallagher

    As children around the U.S. head back to school, I think about the children who are missing because of legal abortion.

    It is not a small number. Figures from the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, indicate nearly one million abortions occur each year.

    That means millions of children will never get a chance to pose for a first-day-of-school photo. They will never experience the joy of learning, or the freedom and frivolity which come with daily recess.

    They will never score a soccer goal or play the flute in the school orchestra. They will never have the opportunity to sing in the school choir, perform in a play, or earn the winning touchdown on the football playing field.

    Think about it. If we were to memorialize each baby killed by abortion with a single student desk, how empty are classrooms would be.

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    How many women in the U.S. are silently grieving the children who will never bring home a report card, or a construction paper surprise for their mothers? How many men are suffering from lost fatherhood as a result of abortion?

    The babies who were aborted were real people, real children who deserved respect, compassion, and love. Instead, their lives were ended before they could ever step foot on school grounds.

    Back-to-school days are just another reminder of how impoverished our society is because of legal abortion.

    May today’s schoolchildren, as they grow and develop, come to recognize that truth, and end legal abortion once and for all.

    LifeNews.com Note: Maria Gallagher is the Legislative Director and Political Action Committee Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and she has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.

  12. Site: LifeNews
    1 hour 29 min ago
    Author: Micaiah Bilger

    Kirsten Gillibrand is putting abortion front and center in her failing presidential campaign.

    The U.S. senator from New York visited St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday to brag about just how much she supports abortion on demand.

    “We need a next president who is unabashedly pro-choice,” Gillibrand said, according to the St. Louis Dispatch. “Someone who is going to see women’s reproductive freedom as the basic civil rights and human rights that they are. They should be our decisions to be made, no matter what.”

    “Just imagine for a moment how great it would be to have a working mom in the White House …” she continued. “We need a woman at the head of the table.”

    She promised not to “give an inch” on abortion, and to support it for any reason up to birth, the pro-abortion blog The Mary Sue reports. If elected, Gillibrand said her goals include forcing taxpayers to fund abortions by repealing the Hyde Amendment, nominating only pro-abortion judges and codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law.

    “This is our fight, it’s our fight to win,” she said. “And I do not think we should give an inch on this issue. I think we should only support Democratic candidates that see women’s reproductive freedom as the fundamental human right that it is.”

    Even though she is far behind in the polls, Gillibrand also criticized moderate voters, including Democrats, who do not support the Democratic Party’s radical pro-abortion agenda.

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    Here’s more from the blog:

    She criticized Democrats who see reproductive freedom as a fringe issue, saying, “These are intersectional issues that we have to put at the forefront. And women’s reproductive freedom is that issue. Because it’s an issue that is about controlling women’s bodies, it’s about mandating our decisions, it’s about taking away basic constitutional freedoms and economic freedoms. And it disproportionately affects women of color and it disproportionately affects transgender men.” …

    “So the truth is,” she continued. “it’s something we must understand is an issue for all of us because it affects the whole country. So when Democrats try to say, ‘Well, we don’t want to just talk about women’s issues,’ give me a break. We’re 51% of the population.”

    Women may be 51 percent of the population, but most women do not support Gillibrand’s extremism on abortion. Polls consistently find strong public support for abortion limits. They also show consistently strong opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions.

    Earlier this summer, a Harvard University/Harris poll found that just 8 percent of Americans said abortions should be permitted up to the third trimester. And in February, another poll from Marist University found a massive shift toward pro-life after Democrats promoted abortions up to birth and infanticide.

    It is not clear why Gillibrand thinks supporting taxpayer-funded abortions for any reason up to birth is a winning position. It isn’t.

  13. Site: Pan-Amazon Synod Watch
    1 hour 37 min ago
    Author: Pan-Amazon Synod Watch

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 – Porto Velho After driving all day yesterday and almost all of today, the caravan arrived back in Brazil at the city of Porto Velho. We started our first campaign in several days at around 4 p.m. After collecting a little more than 1,200 new names, the campaign finished at sunset.

    La entrada CARAVAN JOURNAL – PART III se publicó primero en Pan-Amazon Synod Watch.

  14. Site: Gloria.tv
    1 hour 40 min ago
    Author: De Profundis
    Pope Francis writes a preface to a new book compiling 5 years of research into thousands of associations, which he says act as “a lever for profound social transformation”.
    By Vatican News
    “The Emergence of Popular Movements: Rerum Novarum of our time” is the title of a new book published in Spanish by the Vatican Publishing House (LEV) and prepared by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
    The book explores the series of World Meetings held in the Americas since 2014, attended by thousands of representatives of popular movements.
    Social transformation
    In his preface, Pope Francis said people who live in the existential peripheries of society are not merely a sector of the population that must be reached by the Church. Rather, they are “a sprout that, like a mustard seed, will bear much fruit”. The Pope called popular movements that represent these people “a lever for profound social transformation”.
    People on the peripheries, he said, are not passive recipients of social assistance but active protago…
  15. Site: LifeNews
    1 hour 53 min ago
    Author: Micaiah Bilger

    Georgia saw a devastating increase in the number of unborn babies who were aborted in 2018, according to new state health department data.

    The news comes just a few months after state lawmakers passed a heartbeat law that would end most abortions in the state. If enacted, it could save tens of thousands of babies’ lives every year.

    This month, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported a 4-percent increase in abortions from 2017, representing almost 1,100 unborn babies’ lives, according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. There were 28,544 abortions in the state in 2018, and the abortion rate was 8.6 per 1,000 women of childbearing age, according to the data.

    In contrast, there were 27,453 abortions and the abortion rate was 8.3 in 2017.

    One possible reason for the uptick could be the overall population increase. The state grew by about 100,000 residents between 2017 and 2018, the newspaper reports.

    Virginia Galloway of the Georgia Faith and Freedom Coalition mourned the news as “catastrophic” for unborn babies.

    “If something came in and wiped out a whole county’s population, it would be declared a national disaster,” she told the newspaper.

    Many babies’ lives could be saved if the courts allow the new heartbeat law to go into effect. In May, Gov. Brian Kemp signed the law banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. The law also allows parents to claim unborn babies as dependents on their taxes and include the unborn baby in census data. It also allows mothers to collect child support for pregnancy and delivery costs from the father prior to the baby’s birth.

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    However, abortion activists are challenging it in court, and even many pro-life advocates expect the lower courts will block the state from enforcing the law. Pro-life advocates hope the case will prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to begin protecting unborn babies again.

    Looking at the bigger picture, abortion numbers and rates have been falling in Georgia and across the United States. In the past two decades, abortions in the state dropped by almost 20 percent – while the state population grew, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported earlier this summer.

    In the U.S., reports from the Centers for Disease Control show abortions at an all-time low. The CDC recorded 638,169 abortions in 2015, a 2-percent drop from 2014. The abortion rate declined to 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age.

    However, the CDC report is incomplete. Reporting is voluntary, and California, Maryland and New Hampshire did not provide their numbers to the agency. Several other states provided limited data.

    The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, which is considered to have the most comprehensive abortion numbers, reported 926, 200 abortions in 2014. Though higher than the CDC numbers, this number still represents a significant drop from the late 1980s and early 1990s when the U.S. saw about 1.5 million a year.

    Abortion activists claim greater access to birth control and sex education are reasons for the decline, but even they admit that pro-life efforts also are leading to fewer abortions. Every year, pro-lifers are supporting unborn babies and moms through laws, pregnancy resource centers, education efforts, sidewalk counseling and more.

  16. Site: Pan-Amazon Synod Watch
    1 hour 58 min ago
    Author: Luis Dufaur

    Paresis Indians want to expand farming and master up-to-date technology.   This year, the Paresi people of the Utiariti indigenous land proceeded to harvest with up-to-date technology the nearly 4,000 hectares of corn they had sowed. In February, their modern machines had harvested 9,000 hectares of soybeans, according to a report in the daily Folha

    La entrada Indians Don’t Want to “Live in the Pre-Colonial Period” se publicó primero en Pan-Amazon Synod Watch.

  17. Site: The Unz Review
    2 hours 8 min ago
    Author: Pat Buchanan
    Friday, President Donald Trump met in New Jersey with his national security advisers and envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is negotiating with the Taliban to bring about peace, and a U.S. withdrawal from America's longest war. U.S. troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001, in a war that has cost 2,400 American lives. Following the...
  18. Site: The Unz Review
    2 hours 9 min ago
    Author: Guillaume Durocher
    I can think of only one thing which unites Adolf Hitler and Noam Chomsky: a shared contempt for and critique of capitalist mass-media democracy. Concerning Hitler’s speeches, we usually think of rapturous exhortations to his party-comrades. However, the Führer could sometimes strike a more pedagogical note. Such was the case in a December 1940 speech...
  19. Site: The Unz Review
    2 hours 9 min ago
    Author: Philip Giraldi
    It is astonishing to observe some Americans twisting themselves into pretzels so they can continue to make excuses to explain the bizarre behavior of President Donald Trump on the world stage. The line most commonly heard is that he has “kept us out of new wars.” The reality is somewhat different. He has kept us...
  20. Site: LifeNews
    2 hours 15 min ago
    Author: Mary Margaret Olohan

    Seven-time Ironman competitor Dave Kurtz is recovering from an autoimmune disease after a successful adult stem cell transplant, a procedure that used his own stem cells.

    Kurtz was diagnosed in December 2015 at age 65 with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that causes the body to produce excess collagen. Until that point he lived a active lifestyle, competing in seven Ironman competitions involving a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle race and a 26-mile marathon run.

    Doctors recommended he look into lung transplants that might give him five more years to live, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

    “Not my idea of a solution,” 68-year-old Kurtz told the DCNF.

    He instead investigated his options and found Dr. Richard Burt, a doctor conducting experiments at Northwestern University in Chicago using stem cell research, who successfully performed the adult stem cell transplant in 2017 that set Kurtz on the path to recovery.

    Burt has also conducted research with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a spokeswoman from NIH told the DCNF that the organization is “pleased to learn that a research participant in a trial conducted by Dr. Burt is doing well.”

    NIH did not directly address how a successful adult stem cell transplant affects the use of fetal tissue research, saying NIH supports research using a variety of different types of stem cells, including human fetal tissue.

    “NIH funds a range of research with different types of stem cells, including human and non-human adult stem cells (from adult tissues), embryonic stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells,” the spokeswoman told the DCNF. “NIH-funded stem cell research is exploring applications in regenerative medicine, drug screening, and the study of the molecular pathways in biological development and human disease.”

    Kurtz’s adult stem cell transplant is an example “showing that you don’t need to use aborted fetal tissue or embryonic stem cells,” David Prentice, vice president and research director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, told the DCNF.

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    Prentice is also an adjunct professor of molecular genetics at the John Paul II Institute at The Catholic University of America and an advisory board member for the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center.

    Adult stem cell transplants, according to Prentice, are ethical, non-controversial treatment.

    “This really brings home the message that we have been hearing for years — embryonic and aborted fetal tissue have not gotten people anywhere,” Prentice said.

    There is almost an “ideological blindness” involved in pushing fetal tissue research over adult stem cell research, despite that Burt and others have published studies showing the success of adult stem cell research for years, he added.

    There are a few reasons for this, Prentice said. One of these is an economic incentive.

    “Competition for federal grant dollars,” Prentice told the DCNF. “They want their idea to work and they want the money to do that.”

    “Eventually, they think they can make it work and they can make money from pharmaceutical companies,” Prentice added. “Ideological blindness … they don’t want the ethical adult stem cells to succeed, they want to validate their own ideology. They are continuing to push to validate that.”

    Kurtz said that because his stem cell transplant used his own stem cells, he was never “forced into that moral dilemma” of choosing between adult stem cells and fetal tissue taken from aborted babies,  something Kurtz calls a “travesty.”

    “The abortion industry has turned aborted fetuses into a profit center, despite their claims to the contrary,” Kurtz said, noting there are other ways to obtain fetal tissue that do not involve aborting unborn babies.

    “There are miscarriages, after-birth placentas and umbilical cords where fetal tissue is available without aborting an infant. I view that in the same light as I view organs donated by people in auto accidents, etc. It’s a good thing.”

    “I’m still in the process of figuring out what I want to do with my life going forward, but I’ve always set goals,” Kurtz told the DCNF. “Right now the one that is keeping me busy is learning more about sailing, buying a bluewater sailboat, and sailing it across the Atlantic. I’ll work on others in the future, now that I have a future!”

    LifeNews Note: Mary Margaret Olohan writes for Daily Caller. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience.

  21. Site: OnePeterFive
    2 hours 38 min ago
    Author: Andrew Meszaros

    For many Catholics, it is not easy to understand the importance of Latin in the life of the Church. In February of 1962, on the eve of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII wrote: “Major sacred sciences [in seminaries] shall be taught in Latin, which, as we know from many centuries of use, must be considered most suitable for explaining with the utmost facility and clarity the most difficult and profound ideas and concepts. For apart from the fact that Latin has for long been enriched with a vocabulary of appropriate and unequivocal terms, best calculated to safeguard the integrity of the Catholic faith, it also serves in no slight measure to prune away useless verbiage.”

    Today, the concept of young people learning their subjects in Latin is almost incomprehensible, but less than a hundred years ago, in the early 1950s, seminarians in many places were still required to converse among themselves on certain days of the week only in Latin, and theology was taught in Latin. This made the transmission of the Catholic faith much easier and more complete. Even in English, most of the theological terminology is based on Latin: grace, confession, confirmation, contrition, virtue, vice, indulgence, absolution, redemption, resurrection, vocation, matrimony, orders, mission, sanctuary, altar, sacrifice, incarnation, eternity, and the list could go on. Those who understand Latin can crack open the underlying concepts of these words and the theological nuance they convey. Those who do not understand Latin are in danger of getting lost in a sea of private opinions. I am not suggesting that the mysteries of the Christian faith can be expressed only in Latin, but the Church’s language is a stable defense against various sophisms aimed to undermine it.

    Must we also say something about the need to “prune away useless verbiage” mentioned by the pope? What about sentences such as “Globalization rightly stirs a keen desire for personalism and interiority. Today, the balance between unity and pluralism is considered a major value”? (Synod of Bishops, Instrumentum laboris, 2001, No. 26). Another example from the same document reads as follows: “The Bishop concretely expresses his responsibility in society, where he lives in a global village of communications as a participant in the life of the entire planet” (ibid, No. 32). Haven’t we heard enough of fashionable speech pushing novel ideas? Shall we read the Amazonian Instrumentum laboris together?

    Speaking of the Church’s language, Pope John Paul II said on one occasion: “One who cannot understand the original Latin writings of the Fathers and of so many great authors is not to be deemed well educated, having to rely only on translations, which, even if they exist, rarely capture the full meaning of the primary text.” Catholics will not readily concur with such statements these days. Some specific examples comparing English to Latin might help illustrate the importance of the Church’s language. Let’s look at a randomly chosen paragraph from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

    English:

    During the first centuries the Church sought to clarify her Trinitarian faith, both to deepen her own understanding of the faith and to defend it against the errors that were deforming it. This clarification was the work of the early councils, aided by the theological work of the Church Fathers and sustained by the Christian people’s sense of the faith. (CCC No. 250)

    Latin:

    Priorum saeculorum decursu, Ecclesia suam fidem trinitariam, modo magis explicito, enuntiare studuit, sive ut suam propriam fidei intelligentiam altius penetraret sive ut illam contra errores defenderet qui eam deformabant. Haec opera veterum fuit Conciliorum quae a labore theologico Patrum Ecclesiae sunt adiuta et a sensu fidei populi christiani fulcita.

    The Latin version says not “first centuries,” but “previous centuries.” The difference could be significant. All preceding centuries, even the 19th century, are “previous” centuries. The Latin says the Church was “eager to announce in a more explicit way” her Trinitarian faith, which is not the same as the English version’s “the Church sought to clarify.” A search for clarification is needed in cases of error and doubt, and that is different from an “eagerness to announce” something “more explicitly.” The English then speaks of “this clarification,” where the Latin says “this endeavor.” That is also a significant difference. Something could also be observed about the Latin “sensus fidei,” which is not rendered in its fullness by the English “sense of the faith.” The Latin word “sensus” is less related to the idea of sense as a “feeling” and more to the idea of knowing and understanding. “Sensus” could be translated as understanding, opinion, perception, or judgment. In this context, a good English rendition might have been: “the Christian people’s understanding of the faith.”

    It should be noted that the above statement of Pope John Paul II was not directed at some group of academics; it was directed, “first of all, at young people.” Latin is for everyone.

    The first challenge, it would seem, for anyone wishing to promote the use of Latin, liturgically or educationally, is to persuade Catholics of the importance of Latin in the life of the Church and in their own lives and of the dangers resulting from its neglect. But another challenge, and perhaps a greater one, awaits those who are willing to take the first steps. Where should they turn, what sources should they use, and what would be recommended to them in order to take up the study and use of Latin?

    Many educational institutions and some private initiatives promote the study of Latin as a so called “classical” language, and that might be the first place that would suggest itself. But it should be understood that the main interest of a “classicist” is the study of the golden age of Latin letters of the pre-Christian era. That is certainly a praiseworthy undertaking, in and of itself, but there is a problem. The entire “classical studies” institution worldwide aims to discredit ecclesiastical Latin by promoting the idea that the language of the Romans somehow ceased to exist with the advent of Christianity. The study of “classical” Latin treats the writings of such shining stars as Saint Jerome only as an afterthought — as a lesser cousin of that “pure” Latin of the pre-Christian era.

    Not to take anything away from the golden age of Latin letters, which should be of great interest to anyone engaged in the study of Latin, but that doesn’t have to lead to the dismissal of everything that followed in the course of many centuries. With the advent of Christianity, Latin underwent a process of enculturation. In some cases, words acquired a new meaning — words such as “gratia” (grace), which was employed to express the action of divine good will. New words were introduced such as ecclesia, resurrectio, and incarnatio, but the language itself did not disappear.

    Ecclesiastical Latin can be just as elegant, just as high-sounding as Ciceronian Latin. But, as many of the Church Fathers warned, the pre-Christian oratory includes many examples of fancy talk with little substance. It makes no sense to be so captured by the oratory elegance of pre-Christian authors as to dismiss the entire body of Christian Latin and to dedicate oneself to mimic an age that no longer exists. The advent of Christ has changed everything. Even unbelievers cannot pretend that it didn’t happen, as much as some might like to put on Roman sandals and visit some old amphitheater, where they recite pieces of Latin poetry, before they get back on their cell phones and drive home.

    One of the pet peeves of classicists has to do with an effort to reconstruct the first-century pronunciation. As an object of study akin to archeological research, it can be useful as long as it is understood that it is based on probable conclusions — but here, again, the classicist tries to discredit Ecclesiastical pronunciation of Latin as “incorrect.”

    To sum up: The second challenge facing anyone wanting to take up the study of Latin has to do with avoiding the pitfalls offered by institutions of “classical” studies.

    Where, then, could one turn in order to take up safely the study of ecclesiastical Latin? A canonical association dedicated to the advancement of the Catholic Church’s Latin heritage called the Family of Saint Jerome would be a safe place to start. Its members make a commitment to study and use the Latin language, the living language of the Catholic Church, in order to arrive at a sound command of it, in reading, thinking, speaking, and writing. Its members, many of them young, enjoy conversing, corresponding, reading, and writing in Latin. This year, at its annual meeting, a group of young participants performed a play titled “The Martyrdom of St. Agnes.”

    As the Family’s founder, Father Suitbertus Siedl, OCD, used to say: “Latin is not dead, but it is sleeping these days. Let’s wake it up.” Needless to say, at their meetings, all the liturgical celebrations, all conversations, and all prayers are done in Latin only — not in an academic, but in a familiar Catholic setting. Information about the association’s founder, about various audio, video, and written teaching materials, and about the association’s activities can be obtained by writing here:

    The Family of Saint Jerome
    507 S. Prospect Avenue
    Clearwater, Florida 33756 (USA)

    The post Language Hurdles: Ecclesiastical Latin appeared first on OnePeterFive.

  22. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    2 hours 42 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    Do you have some good news to share with the readership?

    Yesterday, Sunday, we had the help of a newish deacon, so that we could have Solemn Mass. More and more young men are taking to the Traditional Roman Rite. This is very good news, indeed.

    Also, I was delighted to receive a can cozy which was given as a prize for the US Navy sponsored Guantanamo Bay Joint Task Force Chess Match.  Quite a distinction.

    I was going to place it in my challenge coin cabinet along with the prestigious “Commander’s Coin”, but instead, I though it would work for my highly amusing Hokusai decorated cup which I picked up in Tokyo at a recent exhibit of his works.

    He made a collection of tiny figures, some of which are a real hoot.

    Yes, that’ll do just fine.

    Also, from Angelus Press today I received new copies of the Passionale, use for the singing of the Passion during Holy Week and the Triduum.

    One book has all three parts (Chronista, Christus, Synagoga) and the other three present those parts individuated.

    And then the volume with just the Chronista part.

    No ribbons, but they really don’t need them.  I’m a little surprised that they didn’t dye the pages purple.

    Immediately, I’m sure, you have been thumping the table, eager to ask whether or not they included the haunting “tonus ad libitum” for the burial of the Lord.

    Finally, since today is the birthday of His Excellency, Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, newish skipper of the Diocese of Madison, the intrepid Tridentine Mass Society of the same diocese organized and delivered a Spiritual Bouquet for his intention.  We also, because of his devotion to the Most Sacred Heart, we framed for him a lovely print of Daniel Mitsui.    I wrote about it HERE.  There’s a lot going on in there.  And what a different “museum glass” makes!

    Lastly, His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke will be here in Madison on 8 December, Immaculate Conception, and will celebrate a Pontifical Mass!

     

     

  23. Site: LifeNews
    2 hours 44 min ago
    Author: Michael New, Ph.D.

    The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has released an interesting poll this week regarding public attitudes toward legal abortion. Most public-opinion polls conducted by media outlets and survey-research firms contact only several hundred people. This PRRI survey, conducted between March and December of last year, surveyed more than 40,000 Americans. As a result, it is able to provide state-level data on public attitudes toward life issues, and on attitudes about abortion among some relatively small demographic groups.

    The poll contains two findings that are particularly helpful to the pro-life movement. First, this poll, like several polls conducted so far this year, shows that a plurality of Americans oppose using Medicaid funding to cover the costs of abortion procedures. When asked if government health-insurance programs for low-income women, such as Medicaid, should cover abortions, 46 percent of respondents agreed and 48 percent disagreed. Survey questions that specifically ask about taxpayer funding of abortion typically show higher levels of disapproval. Even so, it is still noteworthy that even when polls use wording sympathetic to taxpayer funding of abortion, a plurality of Americans still express disapproval.

    Second, this poll bolsters an existing body of survey research showing that, among single-issue abortion voters, the pro-life position continues to enjoy a sizable advantage. The PPRI survey shows that 27 percent of Americans who oppose abortion will only vote for a candidate who shares their views on the issue. In contrast, just 18 percent of voters who describe themselves as pro-choice will only vote for a candidate who favors legal abortion. Pundits and political professionals often encourage pro-life candidates to downplay their opposition to abortion in order to be more electable. This poll, along with many other surveys, suggests that espousing pro-life beliefs might be politically advantageous.

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    Unfortunately, this poll has some shortcomings. Since it was conducted in 2018, the respondents had yet to experience the changes in abortion policy that have taken place this year, including legislative efforts in states such as New York and Illinois to expand access to legal abortion, as well as efforts in states such as Missouri, Georgia, and Alabama to protect the unborn.

    That the PRRI poll is broken down by religious denomination is interesting, though scholars of public opinion know that church attendance tends to be a better predictor of abortion attitudes than denominational affiliation is. Unfortunately, this survey failed to ask questions about either self-described religiosity or church attendance.

    What’s more, the wording of the survey questions is somewhat favorable to the pro-abortion-rights position. When it asks about attitudes toward abortion, pro-life respondents can say that “abortion should be illegal in all cases” or “illegal in a most cases.” Polls that give respondents the option of saying that abortion should be “legal only in a few circumstances,” meanwhile, tend to report higher levels of public support for the pro-life position. Similarly, people are more likely to say they oppose taxpayer funding of abortion than “Medicaid coverage” of abortion.

    Abortion certainly will be a highly salient issue in the 2020 election, as every Democratic presidential candidate supports Roe v. Wade and has publicly opposed the Hyde amendment, which prevents the direct taxpayer funding of abortion. Pro-lifers should welcome surveys that show both opposition to taxpayer funding and higher levels of intensity among pro-life voters.

    LifeNews Note: Michael J. New is an Associate Professor of Economics at Ave Maria University and an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. He is a former political science professor at the University of Michigan–Dearborn and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is a fellow at Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

  24. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    2 hours 46 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick


    When President Donald Trump presented on August 5 a collection of proposals for government actions to counter mass shootings, advancing red flag laws was part of the package. Briefly describing such laws that operate in several states, Trump said, “we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.” That description — taking guns only from people who “pose a grave risk to public safety” and only after a judgment has been made in accordance with due process — would make red flag laws sound to many people like a rather harmless means to protect the public from extreme harm. However, the truth is very different.

    Donald Kilmer, a lawyer who has worked on cases where people were targeted with California red flag laws, described in a Saturday Washington Examiner editorial the terrible ordeal that an individual subjected to red flag laws, and people who live with that individual, can be forced to undergo. The ordeal starts with a judge deciding to order that an individual immediately cannot legally possess any guns, based entirely on arguments presented by those seeking to deprive the individual of his guns. This imposes immediate risks and costs on the individual, as well as people who live with him. They can be subject to punishment and must quickly arrange the moving of their guns elsewhere. Next up, the individual can argue in a hearing and, if unsuccessful at the hearing, in an appeal that his ability to legally possess guns should be restored. This, explains Kilmer can cost tens of thousands of dollars. All the while, the individual is denied his ability to legally possess guns.

    And the prospects of success at a hearing may not be so great. Writes Kilmer: To win these hearings, you have to refute an allegation that you pose a danger to yourself or others where a judge already issued a temporary ex parte order that concluded you were already a danger. Many judges will likely err on the side of caution, and against your rights.  To boot, suggests Kilmer, California’s red flag laws would not have prevented any recent mass shootings.

    Read Kilmer’s editorial here.
  25. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    2 hours 46 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick


    When President Donald Trump presented on August 5 a collection of proposals for government actions to counter mass shootings, advancing red flag laws was part of the package. Briefly describing such laws that operate in several states, Trump said, “we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.” That description — taking guns only from people who “pose a grave risk to public safety” and only after a judgment has been made in accordance with due process — would make red flag laws sound to many people like a rather harmless means to protect the public from extreme harm. However, the truth is very different.

    Donald Kilmer, a lawyer who has worked on cases where people were targeted with California red flag laws, described in a Saturday Washington Examiner editorial the terrible ordeal that an individual subjected to red flag laws, and people who live with that individual, can be forced to undergo. The ordeal starts with a judge deciding to order that an individual immediately cannot legally possess any guns, based entirely on arguments presented by those seeking to deprive the individual of his guns. This imposes immediate risks and costs on the individual, as well as people who live with him. They can be subject to punishment and must quickly arrange the moving of their guns elsewhere. Next up, the individual can argue in a hearing and, if unsuccessful at the hearing, in an appeal that his ability to legally possess guns should be restored. This, explains Kilmer can cost tens of thousands of dollars. All the while, the individual is denied his ability to legally possess guns.

    And the prospects of success at a hearing may not be so great. Writes Kilmer: To win these hearings, you have to refute an allegation that you pose a danger to yourself or others where a judge already issued a temporary ex parte order that concluded you were already a danger. Many judges will likely err on the side of caution, and against your rights.  To boot, suggests Kilmer, California’s red flag laws would not have prevented any recent mass shootings.

    Read Kilmer’s editorial here.
  26. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    2 hours 46 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick


    When President Donald Trump presented on August 5 a collection of proposals for government actions to counter mass shootings, advancing red flag laws was part of the package. Briefly describing such laws that operate in several states, Trump said, “we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.” That description — taking guns only from people who “pose a grave risk to public safety” and only after a judgment has been made in accordance with due process — would make red flag laws sound to many people like a rather harmless means to protect the public from extreme harm. However, the truth is very different.

    Donald Kilmer, a lawyer who has worked on cases where people were targeted with California red flag laws, described in a Saturday Washington Examiner editorial the terrible ordeal that an individual subjected to red flag laws, and people who live with that individual, can be forced to undergo. The ordeal starts with a judge deciding to order that an individual immediately cannot legally possess any guns, based entirely on arguments presented by those seeking to deprive the individual of his guns. This imposes immediate risks and costs on the individual, as well as people who live with him. They can be subject to punishment and must quickly arrange the moving of their guns elsewhere. Next up, the individual can argue in a hearing and, if unsuccessful at the hearing, in an appeal that his ability to legally possess guns should be restored. This, explains Kilmer can cost tens of thousands of dollars. All the while, the individual is denied his ability to legally possess guns.

    And the prospects of success at a hearing may not be so great. Writes Kilmer: To win these hearings, you have to refute an allegation that you pose a danger to yourself or others where a judge already issued a temporary ex parte order that concluded you were already a danger. Many judges will likely err on the side of caution, and against your rights.  To boot, suggests Kilmer, California’s red flag laws would not have prevented any recent mass shootings.

    Read Kilmer’s editorial here.
  27. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    2 hours 46 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick


    When President Donald Trump presented on August 5 a collection of proposals for government actions to counter mass shootings, advancing red flag laws was part of the package. Briefly describing such laws that operate in several states, Trump said, “we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.” That description — taking guns only from people who “pose a grave risk to public safety” and only after a judgment has been made in accordance with due process — would make red flag laws sound to many people like a rather harmless means to protect the public from extreme harm. However, the truth is very different.

    Donald Kilmer, a lawyer who has worked on cases where people were targeted with California red flag laws, described in a Saturday Washington Examiner editorial the terrible ordeal that an individual subjected to red flag laws, and people who live with that individual, can be forced to undergo. The ordeal starts with a judge deciding to order that an individual immediately cannot legally possess any guns, based entirely on arguments presented by those seeking to deprive the individual of his guns. This imposes immediate risks and costs on the individual, as well as people who live with him. They can be subject to punishment and must quickly arrange the moving of their guns elsewhere. Next up, the individual can argue in a hearing and, if unsuccessful at the hearing, in an appeal that his ability to legally possess guns should be restored. This, explains Kilmer can cost tens of thousands of dollars. All the while, the individual is denied his ability to legally possess guns.

    And the prospects of success at a hearing may not be so great. Writes Kilmer: To win these hearings, you have to refute an allegation that you pose a danger to yourself or others where a judge already issued a temporary ex parte order that concluded you were already a danger. Many judges will likely err on the side of caution, and against your rights.  To boot, suggests Kilmer, California’s red flag laws would not have prevented any recent mass shootings.

    Read Kilmer’s editorial here.
  28. Site: LifeSite News
    2 hours 55 min ago
    'There’s simply no question that pre-viability [abortion] prohibitions are unconstitutional,' according to the group's lawyer.
  29. Site: LifeNews
    3 hours 3 min ago
    Author: Micaiah Bilger

    Their survivals have been called “imaginary” and protections for them unnecessary, but new state health data indicates that at least 40 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2016 and 2018.

    Fox News reports the 40 known abortion survivors were documented in just three states, meaning their likely are many more. Meanwhile, pro-abortion Democrats in Congress have been blocking legislation to protect these babies’ lives.

    According to the new research, 11 babies were born alive after botched abortions in Minnesota, 10 in Arizona and 19 in Florida since 2016.

    Minnesota has been keeping track of abortion survivors since 2015 when pro-lifers passed the state Born Alive Infants Protection Act. The law recognizes infants who survive abortions as human persons and requires that they be provided with reasonable medical care.

    Since the law went into effect, state reports indicate that 11 babies have survived abortions: five in 2016, three in 2017 and three in 2018, according to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

    In 2018, one of the three babies had an APGAR score of one, meaning the baby was observed as one of the following: flexed arms or legs, had a pulse (below 100 bpm), had a pink body with bluish hands/feet, displayed some level of breathing or showed facial movements such as a grimace or weak cry, according to the state report.

    Here’s more from Fox News:

    Three other states—Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas—have laws requiring data on infants born after botched abortions, but either have reported no cases or have not yet begun compiling the information. Arkansas just passed such a law in 2019. In most reported cases, the babies do not survive beyond 24 hours. …

    Arizona had the largest number in the shortest amount of time, with the state’s Department of Health Services reporting: “From August 2017 to December 2017, 10 abortion reports involving fetus or embryo delivered alive were submitted to ADHS along with the physician’s statement documenting the measures taken to preserve the life of the fetus or embryo.”

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    Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the personal testimonies of nurses and abortion survivors themselves, also provide evidence that babies survive abortions. According to the CDC, at least 143 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the U.S., though there may be more.

    Research by the American Center for Law and Justice estimated the number is much higher, at least 362 between 2001 and 2010.

    However, Diane Horvath from the pro-abortion Physicians for Reproductive Health slammed the statistics with claims that pro-life advocates are “manipulating” the issue.

    “These data are likely reflecting cases in which a woman has a wanted pregnancy but is unable to continue it, where she makes the decision with her doctor to end the pregnancy through induction of labor,” Horvath told Fox News in a statement. “Examples may include a woman who has life-threatening bleeding before her baby is viable, who was in a car accident and has severe injuries that would require labor to be induced, or who received a fetal diagnosis that was incompatible with life.”

    The reports do not include the reasons for the abortions in the cases where the babies survived, but research indicates that almost all abortions are elective, including late-term abortions where babies can survive outside the womb.

    Despite the strong need for protections for babies who survive abortions, Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate have blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act almost 100 times this year.

    Recently, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, filed a discharge petition. If it garners 218 signatures, the full House would be forced to vote on the bill. Currently, every House Republican has signed the petition, but only three Democrats have.

    Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, a Republican from North Carolina, and Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser slammed Democratic leaders’ extremism on the issue:

    The fact that this overwhelmingly popular legislation has been stonewalled in both chambers of Congress demonstrates how extreme the Democratic Party has become. They are out of step with the people they claim to represent, to the point of backing hideous abortion measures and blocking commonsense safeguards on the lives of the unborn.

    How could anyone turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the suffering of these vulnerable children? This issue transcends what it means to be an American and goes to the core of what makes us human.

    Currently, about 18 states do not have laws to protect abortion survivors from infanticide. Some states never have passed laws to protect abortion survivors, while at least two others, New York and Illinois, repealed their laws requiring medical care for infants who survive abortions.

    Texas recently passed a law strengthening protections for infants who survive abortions. The state legislatures in Montana, North Carolina and Wisconsin did as well; however, their Democratic governors vetoed the legislation. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers argued that the legislation was “not a productive use of time.”

  30. Site: LifeSite News
    3 hours 10 min ago
    The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will honor brave women who choose life when facing an unplanned pregnancy.
  31. Site: LifeSite News
    3 hours 29 min ago
    Iceland's prime minister attended the funeral.
  32. Site: LifeSite News
    3 hours 30 min ago
    CEO Simon Cooke received a staggering 100% 'performance bonus,' which doubled his $260,000 earnings.
  33. Site: 4Christum
    4 hours 1 min ago
    Pope Francis and His Witches
    en.news During his May 7 flight from North Macedonia to Rome, Pope Francis answered to the question where he finds strength for his work, “I do not go to the witch.”


    This was in reference to a statement during his January 2018 flight to Chile when Francis replied to a similar question, “What medicine do I take? I go to the witch!”


    However, CallMeJorgeBergoglio.Blogspot.com (May 11) pointed out, that “the witches come to Francis.”


    The webpage published the picture of a female shaman performing an incantation on Francis in the Vatican.


    Another picture (right) shows Liu Ming, 51, a Taoist monk, who practiced intensively Reiki on Cardinal Bergoglio for eight years.


    Frequent sessions of massage and acupuncture allegedly helped Bergoglio to overcome symptoms of diabetes, heart problems and difficulties after the removal of his gallbladder.


    Ming healed Bergoglio by “redirecting the energy of the body.” 

     The Magisterium of the Catholic Church teach that the elevation of a heretic as pope is invalid and void.
    Comments: giveusthisdayIn 2008 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had this to say about Reiki:The bishops’ conclusion: “[S]ince Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health care facilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the Church, such as Catholic chaplains, to promote or to provide support for Reiki therapy” (12).RatsmeaNo doubt at all that he's not "Vicar of Christ," but a "Destroyer" who depends and relies on the dark power to extinct RCC. Francis’ Preferred Exorcist Is a "Lutheran"Bergoglio's favorite ‘exorcist’ instead of expelling the demon induces diabolical possessions. The son of perdition 9 The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, 10 and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, 12 so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.
    2 Thessalonians, 2 - 

  34. Site: LifeNews
    4 hours 15 min ago
    Author: Steven Ertelt

    The Planned Parenthood abortion business announced today it will officially withdraw from the Title X program — costing it $60 million in taxpayer funds because it refuses to follow a new Trump administration rule that requires it to segment out its abortion business from legitimate health care if it wants federal funding under the program.

    Because the abortion giant is withdrawing from Title X, the $60 million in taxpayer dollars i received annually can be redistributed to groups that engage in legitimate women’s health care.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday rejected a request from more than 20 states, Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association to block new pro-life rules that Planned Parenthood is refusing to follow. Leading pro-life groups have praised the Trump administration for prioritizing women’s health ahead of abortion. This action adds to President Trump’s record of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company.

    Title X funds are supposed to be used to help low-income women and men receive birth control, cancer screenings and other health care services. While the tax money cannot be used to pay for abortions, it indirectly funds Planned Parenthood’s vast abortion business.

    “Planned Parenthood is still open. We are continuing to fight this rule in court,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president of Planned Parenthood. She said the abortion company would do everything it could to make sure that clinics could stay open.

    But Catherine Glenn Foster, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, told LifeNews she was not surprised Planned Parenthood put abortion first and women’s health second.

    “It’s a great day for women’s health in America. Planned Parenthood is America’s deadliest nonprofit, and the news that they’re refusing to accept taxpayer funds to target vulnerable women is a good thing for women’s health. Women deserve the chance to live empowered, full lives that are free from the harms that Planned Parenthood poses through abortion and abortion-focused services. Women who need true healthcare will have their needs met by authentic and eager healthcare providers across America,” she said.

    Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association, added: “In withdrawing from Title X, Planned Parenthood has made it crystal clear that abortion is its number one priority. Planned Parenthood could have chosen to make the investment to restructure to be compliant with federal law, or have chosen to abandon abortion altogether and focus instead on women’s health. Instead, the abortion chain is walking away from tens of millions of dollars of money earmarked to help low income women. Recently fired president Dr. Leana Wen said she was ousted because she wanted to promote comprehensive women’s health over abortion. Once again, Planned Parenthood is placing abortion above all else, most especially the low income women they claim to be serving.”

    In June, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Trump administration’s request to lift national injunctions ordered by lower federal courts in Oregon and Washington state, as well as a statewide injunction in California.

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    That set up implementation of the new rule — which the administration is putting in place today.

    But Planned Parenthood made one last-ditch effort to get the 9th Circuit to stop the pro-life rules, which is declined to do on Friday. A three-judge panel and an 11-judge panel have already said the rules can take effect while the administration appeals lower court rulings that blocked them. Oral arguments are next month.

    The abortion giant petitioned for a stay against the Trump administration’s new pro-life rules in a letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Its CEO falsely claimed defunding means women won’t get legitimate medical care, but defunding merely means Planned Parenthood won’t get federal funds because it won’t stop abortions.

    Planned Parenthood was threatening to formally withdraw from Title X funding by August 19 unless a federal court intervenes. Without the intervention, defunding can proceed. Since Planned Parenthood has indicated it will refuse to follow the new rules — putting abortion ahead of women’s health care — it will lose the entirety of its funding. There are 4,000 Title X service sites across the nation, with Planned Parenthood representing fewer than 400 and other centers would be eligible for its funding.

    Last May, the Trump administration published a new proposal for Title X that would prohibit Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses from receiving any of those tax dollars unless they completely separate their abortion businesses from their taxpayer-funded services. That mean housing their family planning services in separate buildings with separate staff from their abortion businesses and a denial of funds if they fail to do so. Most Planned Parenthood entities are not expected to comply.

    “We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

    She told LifeNews: “The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide healthcare to women but do not perform abortions. The Title X program was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year and receives almost $60 million a year in Title X taxpayer dollars. We thank President Trump and Secretary Azar for ensuring that the Title X program is truly about funding family planning, not abortion.”

    National Right to Life president Carol Tobias also praised President Trump and noted that the decision doesn’t adversely affect women’s health because the federal funds will go to legitimate family planning efforts instead of places that kill babies in abortions.

    “We thank President Trump and Health & Human Services Secretary Azar for their numerous actions to restore pro-life policies,” she told LifeNews. “We are encouraged to see the announcement of Title X regulations that are back in line with previous policy that prevents federal dollars from being used to directly or indirectly promote abortion domestically.”

    According to National Right to Life, during the Reagan Administration, regulations were issued, with National Right to Life’s strong support, to restore the original character of Title X by prohibiting referral for abortion except in life endangering circumstances. Additionally, abortion facilities could not generally share the same location with a Title X site.

    In the 1991 Rust v. Sullivan decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found similar regulations permissible.

    However, the Clinton Administration would later reverse these regulations.

    A recent Marist poll found that, by a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).

  35. Site: The Orthosphere
    4 hours 22 min ago
    Author: JMSmith

    Earlier this summer, a visiting niece asked me to take her on a day trip to Austin.  She had somehow gotten wind of the gaudy murals with which many blind walls in the hipster districts of that city are decorated, and was eager to stand before these gaudy murals and snap selfies for her Facebook page.  You may well imagine the grim sense of avuncular duty with which I dressed that morning.

    There are a great many of these murals in the vicinity of Sixth Street, which is a sort of postmodern Rat Row directly adjacent to Austin’s central business district.  I wrote about Sixth Street once before, saying that it exercises a terrible fascination for rootless young worker bees with bad cases of nostalgie de la boue. “Civilized men have been known to adopt the habits and customs of savages,” and in our postmodern age, they do this each weekend in the drinkeries of places like Sixth Street.*

    Sixth Street has a peculiar crapulence in the light of early morning, very much as if a hangover had been transformed into architecture.  Bourbon Street, New Orleans, has the same ambiance when the sun is rising and the drinkers are snoring in bed.  One hears the tinkle and crash of empty bottles spilling into a garbage truck; one sees the glint of water hosing vomit off the sidewalk; one smells the unique and inexpungible pong of urine and sour milk.

    I cannot explain that smell of sour milk, and wonder if it might be an olfactory hallucination.  Of course, anyone familiar with Christian mysticism knows that an olfactory hallucination can be a spiritual intuition.  Encounters with supernatural goodness are invariably fragrant, whereas encounters with supernatural evil stink.

    For instance, one seventeenth-century guide to the detection of witches observes that a witch’s lair may be known “by the smell of the place, which (as very learned men do avouch, and is found true by experience) will stink detestably.”**

    Another author from the century before tells us that, where sorcery is afoot, “some pestilent smell or vapor doth . . . infect an whole region through which it breatheth.”***

    It would be an exaggeration to say that Sixth Street stinks detestably, or that it is shrouded with a pestilent smell, but it does have, as I said, a unique and inexpungible pong.

    But Sixth Street in the morning is so especially like a hangover because even a man refreshed by eight hours of honest sleep will look upon it and feel faint waves of nausea. Like the painted face of a harlot, Sixth Street was made to bewitch drunks after dark; and like the painted face of a harlot, it is more than a little ghastly in the light of broad day.

    There are in the vicinity of Sixth Street a great many bums.  On the morning of our visit, most of these bums were loitering outside the Salvation Army, awaiting disbursement of their morning rations.  Others were recumbent on the sidewalk, sleeping or otherwise comatose, and quite a few were bivouacked in an encampment of tents and cardboard shanties beneath the interstate.

    Waller Creek runs under Sixth Street at one end of the rows of bars.  Like the gully below Bryan’s Rat Row, Waller Creek was long lined with ramshackle shanties; like the Ohio River below Cincinnati’s Rat Row, Waller Creek would periodically overflow, thereby discouraging the building nearby of anything but shanties.

    In an effort to reclaim Waller Creek for the enjoyment of decent people, and to replace the shanties with a “riverwalk” and parks, Austin voters approved a $25 million bond issue to construct a tunnel that would drain off overflow and maintain Waller Creek at a constant level.  As seems to be the invariable way with such worthy and well-meaning projects, this tunnel has so far cost $163 million, and is still only “operational, but not yet fully functional.”

    Waller Creek has, nevertheless, been visibly transformed with its “riverwalk” and parks, and I am the sort of person who warmly approves this transformation.  I believe that a civilization can be measured by its success in making spaces for the enjoyment of decent people, although I am aware that there are others who believe that a civilization can be measured only by its success in making spaces for the enjoyment of rats.

    The tension between these two views is implicit in a quote from a man named Peter Mullan, CEO of the Waller Creek Conservancy, the non-profit that is managing the public-private partnership behind the Waller Creek renovation.  Mulan said,

    “The reason cities are so exciting is because they provide opportunities for diverse communities to rub up against one another and connect with one another, and new things come out of those connections and those collisions.”†

    I saw one of those exciting collisions the morning I took my niece to Austin.  Three women of a manifestly decent sort were climbing the stair that connects the Waller Creek walkway to Sixth Street, but they were stepping gingerly and holding their noses, as if passing through the lair of a witch. When they reached street level, they suggested that I might not want to “go down there,” while they vigorously scraped the soles of their sensible shoes on the sidewalk pavement.  They had, it seems, “rubbed up against” Austin’s puking drunk community, although the connection was mediated by the puke with which those drunks had, the night before, coated that worthy and well-meaning stair, and with the stair had, just now, coated the women’s sensible shoes.

    I could not say what “new things” came out of this particular “connection,” so far as the three decent women were concerned.  As for me, it was a not altogether new appreciation of the reason decent people cannot have nice things.

     

    *) W. Cooke Taylor,” The Natural History of Society in the Barbarous and Civilized State, 2 vols. (1841), p. 197.

    **) Richard Bernard, A Guide to Grand Jury Men: What to Do Before They Bring a Billa Vera in Cases of Witchcraft (1627), p. 221.

    ***) Lambert Daneau, A Dialogue of Witches (1575), p. 33.

    †) https://www.curbed.com/2016/12/7/13824106/austin-parks-waller-creek

  36. Site: Moon of Alabama
    4 hours 45 min ago
    Author: b
    This is an update to last weeks post Syria - Frontline Breach Opens Door To A Deep Battle For Idlib. Today the Syrian army gained fire control over the M5 highway north of Khan Shaykhun. Map by Peto Lucem -...
  37. Site: Global Research
    5 hours 6 min ago
    Author: The Global Research Team

    Dear readers,

    With freedom of speech continually being curtailed, running an independent counter-current news media in 2019 is no easy feat. By todays standards, you are by all means free to speak if what you say upholds the mainstream narrative. …

    The post The Price of Publishing Independent Thought: We Need Your Support! appeared first on Global Research.

  38. Site: PeakProsperity
    5 hours 7 min ago
    Author: Adam Taggart

    The data is clear: humans are overtaxing the world’s ecosystems at an accelerating rate.

    How can society wean itself away from its business-as-usual practices of natural resource extraction and depletion? What steps can we take to be agents of positive, regenerative change?

    Paul Wheaton, proprietor of the websites Richsoil.com and Permies.com, has just published a Kickstarter-funded book replete with solutions that most of us can start implementing today. It’s titled: Building A Better World In Your Backyard (Instead Of Being Angry At Bad Guys)

    In this week’s podcast, Paul provides a romp through a wide swath of the insights within his book, from rocket mass heaters to going ‘poo-less’ to hugelkultur — with a large side helping of his infectious humour.

    His main point is that there is a TON each of us can do to reduce our impact on nature while boosting our quality of life, while having fun along the way.

    There was a woman here recently who said, “Well, I want to be part of the community, but I can’t afford buying the land and getting started.” And so, then I said, “Well, but you can consider PEP.”

    PEP stands for “Permaculture Experience according to Paul”. That would be me. I came up with the idea like four years ago. We’ve been fleshing it out, and now there’s a whole bunch of people that are getting certified for some of the smaller things and are working their way up. So, we’re just getting started on this.

    Basically, the core of PEP is that there are these old people all over America–millions of them–sitting on 200 acres or more–and oftentimes, they have two houses on the property, they’ve got a damn fine truck and a damn fine tractor, and they’ve got like $90 to $100 grand in the bank, and they want to will it all to somebody. But they just need to have somebody worthy to will it to.

    We’re trying to set up a program that’s totally free, so that way, you can build new experiences that would impress such a person into willing over these assets. You might think, “No one’s going to do that,” and it’s like, “Oh yeah, they will.” They hate their kids because their kids are going to just sell the land and pocket the money. But they think, “I put my life into this land, I want to see it continue on into the future being something farmesque. I don’t want my kids to just liquidate it. I want to see it move forward after I’m gone.” They so desperately want to find somebody who will continue caring for the land.

    Let’s say there’s an 18-year-old and they’re contemplating going into college. How much debt do you take on to go to a public school these days? Something like $80 grand? It’s crazy. It’s like 10 or 20 times more than when I went to college.

    Basically, they want to saddle you with $80 grand worth of debt. And then you’re stuck in the rat race. It takes 23 years on average to pay up your student loan. That’s amazing. Twenty-three years! When you’re 18 and you decide to go to college, then your commitment is greater than your lifespan to-date.

    All right, so then what happens? Well for many, when you graduate, it turns out that you picked the wrong degree and no one wants to hire you–unless you get an MBA. But that’s two more years in school and a bigger ticket, too. But also, an MBA, that’s boring, man. That’s hard. You’ve got to stay awake in those classes.

    Anyway, the key is like, alright, you’re 18 years old, you’ve added 23 years to that, now, you’ve got to finish paying off your house, and your car, and all these other debts you’ve accumulated–maybe you’ve got another ten years on that. So, what does that make you? If you add all that up, you’re 50-something years old. Now, you start looking at retirement. And what are you going to do when you retire? Maybe what you want to do is to get 200 acres with a house or two on it, et cetera, and retire living the permaculture lifestyle.

    How about a shortcut? How about if you skip all that other stuff, you get PEP-board certified, it takes three years, and then you inherit 200 acres of land complete with the trucks and tractors, and whatever else–and a bit of coin–and you go right into the permaculture lifestyle? Ta-da!

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris’ interview with Paul Wheaton (86m:05s).

    Other Ways To Listen: iTunes | Google Play | SoundCloud | Stitcher | YouTube | Download |

     

    The post Paul Wheaton: Building A Better World In Your Backyard appeared first on Peak Prosperity.

  39. Site: Zero Hedge
    5 hours 39 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    Via Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com,

    Former CIA Officer and whistleblower Kevin Shipp thinks the Fed rate-hikes throughout Trump’s two and a half years in office are a way to “get the President.”

    Trump has been highly critical of the Fed, and he says it is to blame if the economy tanks. Shipp explains, “God bless Donald Trump because he is the first President to call out the Fed like he is doing."

    "He has got the Fed shaking in their boots. When the Fed gags its board of directors and its members, that is not good. Something not good is going on. Perhaps they are bringing the interest rates down to zero. Perhaps it’s the fact we are entering into, not only U.S., but a global recession. So, they have put the lid on any comments coming out, and I think they have done it for a reason that is concerning...

    I think it is tied to an upcoming global recession, and we may see quantitative easing (money printing) rates go to zero, and they don’t want the President or the public to know what they are about to do.”

    Shipp thinks the Fed is “out to get President Trump” and contends, “Under Barack Obama, the Fed raised rates only two quarter points. Under President Trump, they kicked it into full gear and have done seven adjustments (rate hikes) in just two years starting just after his inauguration."

    "So, it is apparent the Fed waited until Trump was elected to start hammering and pounding on the economy, which apparently they did not want to do under Obama. Can you raise the suspicion that the Fed is against Trump or that the Fed is trying to take the credit for the economy away from Trump? I think that appears to be entirely possible...

    Trump has said it exactly right, it’s a war between Trump and the Federal Reserve, which, of course, is not federal and it has no reserves...

    Trump is at war with the Fed, and the Fed has put a lid on all its people. It’s a gag order to keep its people from talking about what the Fed plans to do.”

    So, why all the negative comments about the Fed by President Trump? Shipp says,

    “In my view, I think that Trump is convinced that the Fed is going to try to destroy the advances in the economy to make 2020 less possible for re-election and actually manipulate the political landscape. I think Trump is clearly and wisely aware of what they are doing. . . .I think Trump thinks the Fed is going to manipulate the 2020 election and make any recession look like Trump’s fault and not the Fed’s fault.

    Shipp thinks Trump is turning it all back on the Fed and blaming them for causing economic problems we are facing. Shipp says, “Trump has been right all along.”

    Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with former CIA Officer and author of the top selling book about the Deep State called “From the Company of Shadows.” 

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  40. Site: Global Research
    5 hours 45 min ago
    Author: Stephen Lendman

    Time and again, hard evidence shows the US is a nation run by hawkish right-wing extremists, dismissive of the rule of law and democratic values they abhor and don’t tolerate.

    Operating exclusively by their own rules, they maintain that UN …

    The post Trump’s Anti-Iran Warrant appeared first on Global Research.

  41. Site: Global Research
    5 hours 48 min ago
    Author: Oliver Murphy

    Marcus Ball says “there is something majorly wrong going on behind the scenes” after his appeal to take Boris to Supreme Court for “wilfully misleading the British public” gets thrown out.

    ***

    On 14th August, the High Court rejected an …

    The post Marcus Ball’s “Proposed Prosecution” against Boris Johnson: “Not Everything Is as It Seems” appeared first on Global Research.

  42. Site: Zero Hedge
    5 hours 52 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    Just days after the 'suiciding' of Establishment Enemy #1 Jeffrey Epstein, Attorney General William Barr has ordered the removal of acting Bureau of Prisons director Hugh Hurwitz from the top position in aftermath of Epstein death.

    Barr is reportedly appointing Kathleen Hawk as Director the Federal Bureau of Prisons (with Thomas R.Kane as Deputy).

    This move by Barr comes a few days after Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Doug Collins (R-GA), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, today sent a letter to the Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons, Hugh Hurwitz, to demand answers after Jeffrey Epstein was found dead from an apparent suicide while in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.

    Dear Acting Director Hurwitz:

    As Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, we write concerning the news, as provided in a statement by Attorney General William Barr and a press release subsequently issued by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead from an apparent suicide on the morning of August 10, 2019, while in your custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York (MCC New York).  

    The apparent suicide of this high-profile and—if allegations are proven to be accurate—particularly reprehensible individual while in the federal government’s custody demonstrates severe miscarriages of or deficiencies in inmate protocol and has allowed the deceased to ultimately evade facing justice.  Any victims of Mr. Epstein’s actions will forever be denied proper recourse and the scintilla of recompense our justice system can provide in the face of such alleged atrocities; the competency and rigor of our criminal justice system has been marred by this apparent oversight.

    As the Attorney General stated, “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered.”   We agree, and therefore ask that you provide responses to the following questions concerning this incident, and BOP policies pertaining to inmates considered at risk for suicide and how such policies were implemented in this case.

    1. We understand that BOP implements its suicide prevention program pursuant to BOP Program Statement P5324.08.  Is this correct?  Please provide copies of any other documents that may govern the implementation of this program on a Bureau-wide basis and also any documents internal to MCC New York applying to the implementation of suicide prevention policies at that facility.

    2. Since July 6, when Mr. Epstein arrived at MCC New York as a pretrial detainee, what evaluations were conducted concerning his mental status and possible risk of suicide?  Please provide any documents related to any such evaluations. 

    3. Please describe the classifications of the housing units Mr. Epstein was placed in for each day he was in custody, and whether or not Mr. Epstein was placed in single-cell confinement or restrictive housing. 

    4. Does MCC New York have rooms specifically designated for housing inmates on suicide watch?

    5. What is BOP, and MCC New York’s policy regarding the placement and housing conditions of inmates accused of sex offenses?  Was this policy followed in this instance?

    6. What is BOP’s policy concerning single-cell confinement, or restrictive housing, for inmates (and pretrial detainees, if different) presenting with mental health concerns?  What is BOP’s policy concerning such confinement for pretrial detainees and inmates presenting with risk of possible suicide? 

    7. Please describe the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s confinement, including whether he was housed alone for the entirety of his incarceration or with other inmates, and the conditions of the cell or cells where he was confined.

    8. Please describe the nature of BOP’s monitoring of Mr. Epstein while on suicide watch and while not on suicide watch, including, under both circumstances, the number of correctional officers assigned to monitor him, and the frequency and nature of check-ins or contact with Mr. Epstein by correctional officers.

    9. Please provide information pertaining to the individual correctional officers who were responsible for monitoring Mr. Epstein on August 9 and August 10, specifically with respect to how long they had been on their shifts at the time Mr. Epstein had been found non-responsive in his cell. 

    10. It has been reported that Mr. Epstein had been placed on suicide watch at some point while in custody, and that this watch was terminated.  Is this correct?  If so, please provide the date and time when he was placed on suicide watch and the date and time when he was removed from suicide watch.

    11. It is our understanding that BOP policy states that only the “program coordinator” for a facility’s suicide prevention program has the authority to remove an inmate from suicide watch.  Is this correct? 

    12. Does MCC New York have such a program coordinator?  Did he or she authorize the removal of Mr. Epstein from suicide watch?  If not, who did?

    13. Did the program coordinator consult with anyone else in making this determination?  If so, who? 

    14. Was the termination of Mr. Epstein’s suicide watch by the official who made such determination discussed with or directed by any supervisory personnel or leadership of BOP or any DOJ personnel or executive branch personnel outside of BOP? 

    15. Who at BOP, DOJ, and elsewhere in the executive branch was notified of the termination of Mr. Epstein’s suicide watch and when?

    16. It is our understanding that BOP policy requires that the program coordinator issue a “post-watch” report prior to, or as soon as possible following, watch termination.  In the case of Mr. Epstein, was such a report issued?  If so, please provide a copy of the report and any underlying evaluation and documentation.  If not, please otherwise detail the basis for removing Mr. Epstein from suicide watch and provide any related evaluation and documentation.

    17. If Mr. Epstein was removed from suicide watch, what precautions were put in place to help prevent the possibility of self-injury for Mr. Epstein given that he was transitioning from suicide watch?  Were there any steps taken to remove possible implements of self-injury?

    18. If, as you have stated, Mr. Epstein died of an apparent suicide, what are the facts and circumstances that led you to make that determination, and please provide a copy of the report of the autopsy which was subsequently performed. 

    19. Was any plan implemented to check in on and observe Mr. Epstein on a regular basis after the termination of his suicide watch?

    20. Were any video surveillance cameras placed in or near Mr. Epstein’s cell?   Were they operational in the hours prior to and during the time of the injury to and death of Mr. Epstein?  Did they indicate or do recordings show the circumstances that led to Mr. Epstein’s death, or the presence of any other person during this time period?

    21. What is BOP’s policy for providing recurring, specific mental health and suicide prevention training to its personnel?

    22. When the relevant supervisory personnel and correctional staff at MCC New York last receive suicide prevention training?

    23. Do BOP’s suicide prevention policies apply to all prisons which provide housing for federal inmates, including contract facilities? 

    The Attorney General has stated that the FBI and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice are investigating the death of Mr. Epstein, and we look forward to learning the results of their inquiries.  However, it is imperative that the Committee on the Judiciary, which has the responsibility to exercise oversight over the Department of Justice, receive responses to these questions related to the adequacy of BOP’s suicide prevention policies and their implementation in this instance, as soon as possible.  Therefore, please respond to these questions by August 21.

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  43. Site: Moon of Alabama
    5 hours 58 min ago
    Author: b
    The New York Times further promotes the protests in Hong Kong by quoting an extravagant crowd size estimate of yesterday's march. Hong Kong Protesters Defy Police Ban in Show of Strength After Tumult A sea of Hong Kong protesters marched...
  44. Site: Global Research
    5 hours 58 min ago
    Author: Asa Winstanley

    Recent news reports have shed light on the lengths to which Israel’s security establishment is going in order to cover-up the history of the country’s war crimes against Palestinians. A long piece in Haaretz earlier this month explained that for

    The post The Truth Is Out About Israel’s Cover-up of Nakba Facts appeared first on Global Research.

  45. Site: Global Research
    5 hours 59 min ago
    Author: Pepe Escobar

    There must be some kind of way outta here
    Said the joker to the thief
    There’s too much confusion
    I can’t get no relief

    Business men, they drink my wine
    Plowmen dig my earth
    None were level on the mind

    The post All Along the Watchtower: The Follies of History appeared first on Global Research.

  46. Site: Global Research
    6 hours 54 sec ago
    Author: Dr. Binoy Kampmark

    Britain’s Boris Johnson is driving his country to the cliff face, along the way mouthing and spouting all manner of populist reassurances.  Still fresh in the job, he declared that UK preparations for a no-deal Brexit on October 31, when

    The post No Deal Chaos: The Brexit Cliff Face and Operation Yellowhammer appeared first on Global Research.

  47. Site: Global Research
    6 hours 1 min ago
    Author: Colin Todhunter

    Many lobbyists talk a lot about critics of genetic engineering technology denying choice to farmers. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies to maximise choice and options. At the same time, somewhat ironically,

    The post Offering Choice but Delivering Tyranny: The Corporate Capture of Agriculture appeared first on Global Research.

  48. Site: Gloria.tv
    6 hours 1 min ago
    Author: Tesa
    Not covering sex-change surgery would be 'sex discrimination,' according to a federal judge.
  49. Site: Global Research
    6 hours 3 min ago
    Author: Kim Petersen

    Outside of melting glaciers and global warming discussions, Kalaallit Nunaat does not often find itself in the spotlight, and when it does, it is usually referred to as Greenland. United States president Donald Trump’s real-estate aspirations have given Kalaallit

    The post Colonialism Lives on in the Mind of Donald Trump appeared first on Global Research.

  50. Site: Zero Hedge
    6 hours 4 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD cop who was accused of accidentally killing unarmed black man Eric Garner by using an unauthorized chokehold technique, was fired by the NYPD on Monday, even after several city newspapers, including the New York Post, defended him in editorials.

    Until shortly before the firing, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is still out shaking hands in Iowa to further his Quixotic campaign for the 2020 nomination, hadn't indicated whether he would follow a Department judge's recommendation that Pantaleo be fired for being "untruthful" during the internal investigation into his actions.

    Daniel Pantaleo

    Pantaleo was called to the scene on that fateful day in July 2014 about a complaint about a man - Garner - who was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes near a bodega on Staten Island. Garner had been arrested for the crime many times before.

    But when Pantaleo and his partner approached Garner that day, the suspect said he was "tired" of the police harassment, and resisted arrest. Ultimately, as video showed, Pantaleo first tried to restrain Garner, who, at 6'3 and 350, was much larger than Pantaleo, with what's called a "seat belt hold".

    Pantaleo's attorney later argued that his client's arm slipped during the process of restraining Garner into the infamous "chokehold" that became the focus of the investigation.

    During the struggle, Garner passed away, after straining to tell officers "I can't breath."

    Pantaleo was acquitted by a grand jury five months after being indicted for Garner's murder. His acquittal set off waves of protests. The Chief Medical Examiner of New York ruled Garner's death a homicide.

    Patrick Lynch, president of the NYC Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, warned the top NYPD brass that Pantaleo's termination would be a massive blow to morale, per NBC.

    "He will lose his police department," Lynch had said about NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

    Pantaleo has been on suspension since earlier this month, when a department judge ruled that he should be fired. Earlier in the summer, federal prosecutors finally ended a five-year civil rights probe and determined that Pantaleo shouldn't be indicted on those charges, either.

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