Friday, March 9, 2018

In the news, Friday, February 16, 2018


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from American Psychological Association
Nonprofit Organization in Washington, D.C.

Framing the conversation about gun violence in the context of mental illness does a disservice to the victims of violence and unfairly stigmatizes the many others with mental illness. More important, it does not direct us to appropriate solutions to this public health crisis.

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from CNSNews.com (& MRC & NewsBusters)
RIGHT BIAS

NBC: Trump ‘Missing the Mark,’ ‘Time to Take Action’ on Gun Control
On Friday, NBC’s Today show wanted to make sure that viewers knew what the Democratic Party’s messaging on gun control was in the wake of Wednesday’s tragic Florida school shooting, so anchors and correspondents decided to just read directly from the DNC’s script. President Trump’s response to the massacre was dismissed as “missing the mark,” while liberal lawmakers were hailed for their political exploitation of the horrific event: “Democrats insist it’s time to take action.”

Jimmy Kimmel Blames Trump, GOP After School Shooting: 'You're Obviously Mentally Ill'
Comedian turned left-wing activist Jimmy Kimmel had his barbs ready for Trump and the GOP on his Thursday evening show, after the horrific school shooting on February 14. As he has done previously on healthcare and guns, Kimmel went on a highly partisan, fake-news-filled rant blaming them for not “acting” when these tragedies occur, even slamming Trump as “mentally ill” for not giving in to the left’s demands for gun control.

The Motives Behind the Massacre
It seems a common denominator of the atrocities to which we have been witness in recent years is that the perpetrators are nobodies who wish to die as somebodies. If a sense of grievance against those perceived to have injured them is the goad that drives misfits like Cruz to mass murder, the magnet that draws them to it is infamy. Infamy is their shortcut to immortality.

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from The Guardian (UK)
LEFT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, daily newspaper

With piety and steel, Justin Welby has the church in his firmest grip
The Archbishop of Canterbury has shaped the CofE to his will with a skill of a politician – and made it all the better.

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from HumanProgress.org  Education Website

Julian Simon Was Right About Population and Prosperity
Many people believe that global population growth leads to greater poverty and more famines, but evidence suggests otherwise. Between 1960 and 2016, the world’s population increased by 145 percent. Over the same time period, real average annual per capita income in the world rose by 183 percent. Instead of a rise in poverty rates, the world saw the greatest poverty reduction in human history. In 1981, the World Bank estimated, 42.2 percent of humanity lived on less than $1.90 per person per day (adjusted for purchasing power). In 2013, that figure stood at 10.7 percent. That’s a reduction of 75 percent. According to the Bank’s more recent estimates, absolute poverty fell to less than 10 percent in 2015.

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from The Living Church
Magazine of The Living Church Foundation (Anglican)

Bishops: Ban Assault Weapons
The group Bishops United Against Gun Violence has released a statement on the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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from Mises Institute
[Information from this site may not be reliable.]

What Is Optimal Monetary Policy, Anyway?
Ever since the important contributions of new classical economists Finn E. Kydland and Edward C. Prescott during the 1970s and 80s, modern macroeconomics seeks optimal rules for monetary policy. Indeed, Milton Friedman had previously emphasized the importance of a binding rule for monetary policy. He recommended a constant but moderate expansion of the money stock over time as well as the abolition of fractional reserve banking in order to improve the central bank’s control over the money stock. Neither of these two measures has ever been implemented over an extended period of time. Be that as it may. Another pertinent question arises. What makes these rules optimal in the first place? They are optimal with respect to what exactly?

For the Dreamers: No Deportation, No Citizenship
On the matter of the Dreamers, the "moderates" ought to be staking out a position in which the government does virtually nothing at all. Under this scheme, the federal government doesn't round up the Dreamers and deport them. It also avoids the issue of breaking up families and violating property right with deportations. But at the same time, the federal government does not extend citizenship to the people in question. In other words, do nothing — and nothing has always been a good thing for the federal government to do.

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from Notre Dame Center for Liturgy:
Church Life Journal   Religious Center in Notre Dame, Indiana

Our Children Might Return to the Church, but Our Grandchildren Most Likely Won’t
“It is no surprise that the children of the Church are growing up and growing out of Church. What is surprising is that they are not returning. Worse still, they are not bringing their children. ... I submit that in our present day and age, Christians must reclaim the importance of children. Children are not the future, they are the present. And that being the case, we have every reason to judge the quality of the Church’s culture by the way it treats its children, forms them, cares for them, and attunes its resources to their needs.”

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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