Has Franklin Graham Gone Off the Rails? | Roger E. Olson

Has Franklin Graham Gone Off the Rails? According to many news reports, during a podcast interview with author Eric Metaxas Billy Graham’s son Franklin Graham said that opposition to President Trump is “almost demonic” and amounts to “spiritual warfare.” This took me back, way back, to the days of the Watergate

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‘Everything Is Not Fine’: Nobel Economist Calls on Humanity to End Obsession With GDP | Common Dreams News

“It should be clear that, in spite of the increases in GDP, in spite of the 2008 crisis being well behind us, everything is not fine,” writes Stiglitz. “We see this in the political discontent rippling through so many advanced countries; we see it in the widespread support of demagogues, whose successes depend on exploiting economic discontent; and we see it in the environment around us, where fires rage and floods and droughts occur at ever-increasing intervals.”

Source: ‘Everything Is Not Fine’: Nobel Economist Calls on Humanity to End Obsession With GDP | Common Dreams News

Agrarian Justice — Thomas Paine


Agrarian Justice was written in the winter of 1795–96 but remained unpublished for a year, Paine being undecided whether or not it would be best to wait until the end of the ongoing war with France before publishing. However, having read a sermon by Richard Watson, the Bishop of Llandaff, which discussed the “Wisdom… of God, in having made both Rich and Poor,” he felt the need to publish under the argument that “rich” and “poor” were arbitrary divisions, not divinely created ones.

Paine based Agrarian Justice on the contention that in the state of nature, “the earth, in its natural uncultivated state… was the common property of the human race.” The concept of private ownership arose as a necessary result of the development of agriculture since it was impossible to distinguish the possession of improvements to the land from the possession of the land itself. Thus, Paine viewed private property as necessary while at the same time asserting that the basic needs of all humanity must be provided for by those with property, who have originally taken it from the general public. In some sense, that is their “payment” to non-property holders for the right to hold private property.

Source: Agrarian Justice – Wikipedia

A Love Stronger than Fear by Rachel Pieh Jones

Rachel Pieh Jones tells the story of Annalena Tonelli. Amid a volatile mix of disease, war, and religious fundamentalism in the Horn of Africa, what difference could one woman make? Annalena Tonelli stayed anyway – and found a way to beat tuberculosis, history’s deadliest disease.

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Jesus Would Have Been the Worst Conservative Christian |

For one, Jesus was never like, “Do you know where you are going when you die?” You know, the number one question of American Christianity, the question […]

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What today can the government do to your phone and your laptop?– Edward Snowden On Trump, Privacy, And Threats To Democracy | The 11th Hour | MSNBC – YouTube

18:28: Brian Williams: What today can the government do to your phone and your laptop the phone and laptop of any American what’s the extent of the government’s reach if they’re determined to reach into your life?

Edward Snowden: …. I’ll try to summarize hacking has
increasingly become what governments
consider a legitimate investigative tool.
They use the same methods and techniques
as criminal hackers and what this means
is they will try to remotely take over
your device. Once they do this, by
detecting a vulnerability (and in the
software that your device runs such as
Apple’s iOS or Microsoft Windows), they
can craft a special kind of attack code
called an exploit. They then launch this
exploit at the vulnerability on your
device which allows them to take total
control of that device. Anything you can
do on that device the attacker (in this
case the government) can do. They can read
your email,
collect every document, they can look at
your contact book, they can turn the
location services on they can see
anything that is on that phone instantly,
and send it back home to the mothership.
They can do the same with laptops. The
other point that we forget so frequently
is that in many cases they don’t need to
hack our devices, they can simply ask
Google for a copy of our email box
because Google saves a copy of that.
Everything that you’ve ever typed into
that search box Google has a copy of
every private message that you’ve sent
on Facebook. Every link that you’ve
clicked everything that you’ve liked
they keep a permanent record of, and all
of these things available not just to
these companies but to our governments,
as they are increasingly deputized, as
sort of miniature arms of government.

Brian Williams: What about enabling your microphone

Edward Snowden: If you can do it, they can do it.
It is trivial to remotely turn on your
microphone, or to activate your camera so
long as you have systems-level access. If
you had hacked someone’s device remotely,
anything they can do, you can do, they can
look up your nose right? They can record
what’s in the room the screen may be off
as it’s sitting on your desk, but the
device is talking all of the time. The
question we have to ask is who is it
talking to? Even if your phone is not
hacked right now, you look at it it’s
just sitting there on the charger, it is
talking tens or hundreds or thousands of
times a minute, to any number of
different companies, who have apps
installed on your phone it looks like
it’s off, it looks like it’s just sitting
there, but it is constantly chattering
and unfortunately like pollution we have
not created the tools that are necessary
for ordinary people to be able to see
this activity. And it is the invisibility
of it that makes it so popular in common
and attractive for these companies
because if you do not realize they’re
collecting this data from you, this very
private and personal data, there’s no way
you’re going to object to it.