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 Matthew 24:42  “Therefore be on alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming!"

Nurse Takes In Man With Autism So He Can Get A New Heart

During her 35 years as a nurse, Lori Wood has been a hero many times over. When Jonathan Pinkard met Lori, he was homeless. "If I wasn't staying at a shelter, I was staying in my car," he said. Jonathan has autism. He was raised by his grandma, but she died a few years ago and there was no one else. Then, to add illness to injury, doctors at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Georgia told Jonathan he had heart failure at the age of 26. It was so bad he actually needed a heart transplant, or else he was told he had six months to live.

Part of the problem is you can't get a new heart - can't even get on the transplant list - if you don't have a home, or some kind of support system to help you post-surgery. Since Jonathan has no family to speak of, his fate was sealed - basically death by loneliness. "I mean that just doesn't seem right. Doesn't seem fair," Lori said. Although there was nothing Lori could do as a nurse, she decided there was something she could do as a mom. "It was just in my heart that there was no other choice other than to bring him home," she said.

After knowing Jonathan for just three days, Lori invited him into her home and became his legal guardian. Jonathan now lives there full-time, along with Lori's son, Austin. Because of her boundless compassion, Jonathan was able to get on the transplant list and in August, he got his new heart. In a few weeks, he'll be well enough to live on his own again. Although Lori said she has no plans to release him from her care. Jonathan said he actually calls Lori "Mama" now. "She's like a second mama to me. Heaven sent," he said.

Any medical professional can make you healthy, but sometimes only a mom can make you all better.

From "CBS News"

 Earth Needs Fewer People to Beat the Climate Crisis, Scientists Say

Forty years ago, scientists from 50 nations converged on Geneva to discuss what was then called the "CO2-climate problem." At the time, with reliance on fossil fuels having helped trigger the 1979 oil crisis, they predicted global warming would eventually become a major environmental challenge. The scientists got to work, building a strategy on how to attack the problem and laying the groundwork for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's preeminent body of climate scientists. Their goal was to get ahead of the problem before it was too late. But after a fast start, the fossil fuel industry, politics and the prioritization of economic growth over planetary health slowed them down. 

Now, four decades later, a larger group of scientists is sounding another, much more urgent alarm. More than 11,000 experts from around the world are calling for a critical addition to the main strategy of dumping fossil fuels for renewable energy: there needs to be far fewer humans on the planet. "We declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency," the scientists wrote in a stark warning published Tuesday in the journal BioScience.

While warnings about the consequences of unchecked climate change have become so commonplace as to inure the average news consumer, this latest communique is exceptionally significant given the data that accompanies it. When absorbed in sequence, the charts lay out a devastating trend for planetary health. From meat consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and ice loss to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, they lay out a grim portrait of 40 years of squandered opportunities.

The scientists make specific calls for policymakers to quickly implement systemic change to energy, food, and economic policies. But they go one step further, into the politically fraught territory of population control. It "must be stabilized-and, ideally, gradually reduced-within a framework that ensures social integrity," they write. The problem is enormous, yet the signatories still manage to strike an upbeat tone. For all the lost chances, progress is being made, they contend. "We are encouraged by a recent surge of concern," the letter states. "Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change, and many countries, states and provinces, cities, and businesses are responding." The report, however, comes one day after U.S. President Donald Trump began the formal procedure of withdrawing America from the Paris climate accord.

 

From "Yahoo / Bloomberg"

 A "Growing Club" of "Very Powerful Countries" is Steering Away From Using the Dollar

The U.S. dollar has been the world's major reserve currency for decades, but that status could come under threat as "very powerful countries" seek to undermine its importance, warned Anne Korin, from the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. "Major movers" such as China, Russia and the European Union have a strong "motivation to de-dollarize," said Korin, co-director at the energy and security think tank, on Wednesday.

"We don't know what's going to come next, but what we do know is that the current situation is unsustainable," Korin said. "You have a growing club of countries - very powerful countries." To be sure, the dollar is seen as one of the safest investments in the world, and it rises during times of economic or political tumult. But one factor curbing countries' enthusiasm for the greenback is the prospect of being subject to U.S. jurisdiction when they transact in dollars. When the U.S. dollar is used or transactions are cleared through an American bank, entities are subject to U.S. jurisdiction - even if they have "nothing to do with the U.S.," Korin told CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Korin cited Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, which was followed by the restoration of sanctions on Tehran. That situation left European multinational companies vulnerable to punishment from Washington if they continued to do business with Iran. "Europe wants to do business with Iran. It doesn't want to be subject to U.S. law for doing business with Iran, right?" she said. "Nobody wants to be picked up at an airport for doing business with countries that the U.S. isn't happy that they're doing business with."

As a result, countries have a "very, very strong motivation" to shift away from using the greenback, she said. But if the dollar declines in influence, other currencies could fill the role traditionally played by the greenback - especially China's yuan. In recent years, China has tried to internationalize the use of its currency, the Chinese yuan. Such moves have included the introduction of yuan-denominated crude oil futures and reports that China is preparing to pay for imported crude in its own currency rather than the U.S. dollar. Yuan-denominated oil futures - also referred to as "petro-yuan" - could serve as an early warning sign for the dollar's waning dominance, Korin said.

From "CNBC"

Is Narcissism on the Rise?

 

Are we dealing with an epidemic of narcissism, or Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or just a moral panic about narcissism? Who don't speak German immediately or who were not raised speaking German are not welcome here."

Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego University, has argued strongly that narcissism is on the rise. She has even written a book about it: "The Narcissism Epidemic." Her research seems to show that American college students have become more narcissistic.

There's a questionnaire that's been used since the 1980s, called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory. Comparing samples of college students who completed the survey between 1982 and 2009 and those completing it today, it seems there's been an increase in students using narcissistic terms to describe themselves. "There was a very big increase in the percentage of college students who said they were above average in their drive to achieve," says Twenge, "There was also a big increase in those who believed they were above average in their leadership ability, also their intellectual confidence and social self-confidence."

HG Tudor's business is thriving. Does he think there are more narcissists around? Yes, he says: "I think that the way society has shifted, it's become more narcissistic and alongside that, it's cultivating more narcissists." But Brent Roberts disagrees. He has taken data sets from three different universities and claims that, if analysed properly, student narcissism actually decreased over thirty years.

It is hard to know whether narcissism is on the rise. Social media is certainly encouraging narcissistic behaviour, and we even have a popularly acknowledged narcissist living in the White House, whose influence is far reaching. If anything is certain it is that our fascination with narcissism shows no sign of disappearing.

From "BBC"

 Is a New Arab Spring Unfolding in the Middle East?

 

As the last of the Middle Eastern summer fades away, is the region slipping into a new Arab spring? In Iraq, demonstrators are being shot dead in the streets. In Lebanon, protesters have paralysed the country and seem set to bring down the government of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. In recent weeks the Egyptian security forces crushed attempts to protest against the police state of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt have plenty of differences. But the protesters have grievances in common, and they are shared by millions of people, particularly the young, across the Arab Middle East. Do today's global protests have anything in common? Iraq protests: What's behind the anger?

A rough approximation is that 60% of the region's population is under the age of 30. A young population can be a great asset to a country. But only if the economy, the educational system and the institutions of the state are functioning well enough to accommodate their needs, and with some exceptions that is not happening. The young in Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region are very often consumed by frustration that slips easily into rage.

 

From "BBC"

 Trump Assumes Obama's Mantle as the 'King of Debt'

 

When President Obama nearly doubled the national debt, raising it by almost $9 trillion during his two terms in office, Republicans howled in alarm. Although interest rates were being kept artificially low by the U.S. Federal Reserve and global central banks in the aftermath of the Great Recession, there certainly would be a reckoning down the road when the bill came due. 

So incensed were Americans by the profligate borrowing by the federal government that it caused a political revolt in the form of the Tea Party, whose politicians took Congress by storm and demanded accountability for the fiscal irresponsibility in which our country had engaged. Tea Party-affiliated politicians urged congressional Republicans to be willing to shut down the government to force congressional Democrats and President Obama to agree to deep cuts in spending and to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

And, for the first time in decades, Congress refused to pass a continuing resolution (in lieu of a final budget deal) to raise the debt ceiling, which forced a government shutdown in 2013.

This year, the U.S. national debt at roughly $22 trillion reached 100 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time in American history. Despite the fact that our economy generates an incredible $20 trillion annually, we borrow at least that amount in addition to our income to finance our current expenditures. Were America a country without a reserve currency, like Greece, we already would be facing an economic emergency.

 

From "The Hill"

A Surge in Protests Around the World in October

The past weeks have seen a wave of often unprecedented protest movements erupt in countries around the world. Here is an overview of the main ones that started this month and others that are continuing.    - Bolivia -

When? Since October 21. Trigger? The disputed results of the October 20 presidential election which gave outgoing leader Evo Morales almost outright victory for a fourth term. State of play? There has been violence in several regions; a general strike was launched on October 23. Toll? Several people have been injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of Morales. - Chile -

When? Since October 18. Trigger? An increase in the price of metro tickets in the capital. State of play? President Sebastian Pinera suspended the price hike and then announced social measures such as increased pensions and lower electricity costs. But the protests spread, including complaints about living costs and social inequality. A general strike started on October 23. Toll? 18 dead. - Lebanon -

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From "Yahoo"

Merkel Says German Multicultural Society Has Failed

 

Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

She said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate - including learning German. The comments come amid rising anti-immigration feeling in Germany. A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was "overrun by foreigners".

The study - by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think-tank - also showed that roughly the same number thought that some 16 million of Germany's immigrants or people with foreign origins had come to the country for its social benefits.

Mrs Merkel told a gathering of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday that at "the beginning of the 60s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country."

She added: "We kidded ourselves a while, we said: 'They won't stay, sometime they will be gone', but this isn't reality." "And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other... has failed, utterly failed."

In her speech in Potsdam, however, the chancellor made clear that immigrants were welcome in Germany. She specifically referred to recent comments by German President Christian Wulff who said that Islam was "part of Germany", like Christianity and Judaism. Mrs Merkel said: "We should not be a country either which gives the impression to the outside world that those who don't speak German immediately or who were not raised speaking German are not welcome here."

 

From "BBC"

Jury Rules Against Dad Trying To Save His 7-Yeard-Old From Gender ‘Transition'

 

A jury in Dallas, Texas has ruled against Jeffrey Younger, the father who is trying to protect his seven-year-old son, James, from chemical castration via a gender "transition." This means James' mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, will be able to continue "transitioning" him into "Luna," and now has full authority to start him on puberty blockers and eventually cross-sex hormones.

The jury's decision likely means that Mr. Younger will be required to "affirm" James as a girl, despite his religious and moral objections, and will also be forced to take a class on transgenderism. With a consensus of 11 of the 12 jurors, the jury decided not to grant Mr. Younger Sole Managing Conservatorship over his twin boys. They voted that the current Joint Managing Conservatorship should be replaced by a Sole Managing Conservatorship, but that Mr. Younger should not be that person. Judge Kim Cooks will read her ruling on possession, child support, and Dr. Georgulas' other requests at 1:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday. 

From "Life Site"

Astonomers Discover ‘Cosmic Yeti' Galaxy From The Early Universe

 

By chance, astronomer Christina Williams spotted a faint trace of light that led her to the discovery of a mythical galaxy. The University of Arizona astronomer saw the shimmering blob in new data from the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile. But something didn't match up. The light was on its own in an area without a known galaxy.

"It was very mysterious because the light seemed not to be linked to any known galaxy at all," said Williams, lead study author of a paper published Tuesday in the Astrophysical Journal. "When I saw this galaxy was invisible at any other wavelength, I got really excited because it meant that it was probably really far away and hidden by clouds of dust."

 

Without meaning to, Williams had found the footprints leading to a massive galaxy from the dawn of the universe 12.5 billion years ago. This means the light took that long to reach Earth. The researchers likened it to coming upon a set of footprints belonging to a mythical monster, like the Yeti. This is because until now, due to a lack of data, astronomers didn't know they could exist.

 

The light was likely caused by dust particles that were heated by the stars as they formed inside a galaxy. But the dust clouds themselves obscured the stars, which essentially made the galaxy itself invisible from our view.

 

From "CNN"

Ben Carson Says Political Correctness Will ‘Distory Our Nation'

 

 

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson on Tuesday lambasted political correctness and claimed that it was "going to destroy our nation" after being pressed about remarks he had reportedly made about transgender people during a meeting last month.

Carson denied that he was speaking about transgender people when Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) asked him during a congressional hearing about whether he wanted to apologize for expressing alarm about "big, hairy men" trying to gain access to women's homeless shelters.

The reported comments, which were made at a HUD meeting in San Francisco last month, were interpreted by several people in attendance as directed at transgender people, according to a September Washington Post report. "You don't feel the need to apologize for those comments?" Wexton asked during the House Financial Services Committee hearing. 

"No," Carson responded. "I think this whole concept of political correctness - 'You can say this. You can't say that. You can't repeat what someone said' - is total foolishness and is going to destroy our nation." Carson added that he never described transgender people in such a way.

From "The Hill"

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