Global Spotlight: South America – Venezuela

History

The Modern History of Venezuela from 1973 to the Caracazo Massacre – Edgardo Lander on RAI (3/9)

The Real News Network
Published on Apr 14, 2014

We apologize for releasing part 4 before parts 2 and 3. We are publishing part 2 now, on Monday, and part 3 will be published on Tuesday.

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander traces the history of Venezuela from the rise of neo-liberal capitalism to the suppression and slaughter of protesters against it

Economy

Venezuela, 1922: The discovery of Big Oil

CGTN America
Published on May 17, 2018
With elections in Venezuela coming soon, we look at some of the key events in the country’s history. CGTN’s Stephen Gibbs reports from the city of Maracaibo on the discovery of oil in 1922, and how it changed the South American nation’s fortunes.

🇻🇪 From riches to rags: Venezuela’s economic crisis | The Big Picture

Politics

What’s Going on in Venezuela? | NowThis World

NowThis World
Published on Feb 10, 2019
Both Nicolas Maduro and Juan Gerardo Guaidó Márquez are claiming to be Venezuela’s president, in Venezuela’s latest power struggle. But how can Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaidó people claim to be the Venezuelan president?

Blackouts, shortages frustrate Venezuelans as Crisis Continues
written by Michael Ireland April 8, 2019 assistnews.net
“..It’s hard to see. Here you can help me, but those people can’t get help because they can’t get across,” she said.

Into this desperation, Operation Blessing is bringing hope. Just across the border, the Operation Blessing distribution center gives out medicine and other supplies to refugees, many traveling from deep inside Venezuela to get here…

The US is slapping more sanctions on Maduro’s government and ramping up the pressure for him to step down. But that is unlikely to happen as long as Cuba, Russia, and Iran continue to support Maduro.

Hugo Chávez: The Venezuelan Leader (Political History Documentary) | Timeline

Misc

Venezuela | Facts, History & News infoplease.com

“..a third larger than Texas, occupies most of the northern coast of South America on the Caribbean Sea. It is bordered by Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south. Mountain systems break Venezuela into four distinct areas: (1) the Maracaibo lowlands; (2) the mountainous region in the north and northwest; (3) the Orinoco basin, with the llanos (vast grass-covered plains) on its northern border and great forest areas in the south and southeast; and (4) the Guiana Highlands, south of the Orinoco, accounting for nearly half the national territory…”

Sports

Baseball

Venezuela vs USA: 2017 World Baseball Classic

World: Baseball in Venezuela | The New York Times

The New York Times
Published on Dec 30, 2009

For decades, many coaches and players from professional baseball in the United States have come to Venezuela during their winter for some exposure, playing time, money and sheer love for the game.

Travel

INSIDE VENEZUELA – JUNE 2019 (Surreal experience)

Pray for Venezuela

Venezuela – Prayercast prayercast.com
“..Home to Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall, Venezuela is as beautiful as it is diverse. From the snow-capped peaks of the Andes in the West to the open plains in the East, from the beaches in the north to the jungles in the South, Venezuela is a truly magnificent nation. And its people are as diverse as its landscape. Eighty percent of this nation’s 30 million people live in the northern coastal regions; this includes both European and African people groups. In the interior, indigenous Amerindian tribes live in remote sections of the Amazon jungles and the southern highlands…”
Pray for Venezuela – Baptist Global Response gobgr.org

“..BGR partners are responding to the humanitarian crisis developing in Venezuela by working with local partners. They plan to improve and expand a training facility’s electrical and water systems so they can teach more than 5,000 people how to produce food and potable water. Trainees also will learn organic gardening, animal husbandry, well-drilling, water purification, hygiene, and first aid. Then, they can go out into their communities to make a difference. ..”
3 Ways to Pray for the Venezuelan Crisis news.americanbible.org
“..Pray

You can be a part of God’s rescue plan for Venezuela through your prayers. Your prayers move the heart of God. The Bible says in Psalm 107:28, “You were in serious trouble, but you prayed to the Lord, and he rescued you.”

The People of Venezuela. Pray that Jesus will bring peace to every person and meet every physical and spiritual need. Pray for their strength, safety, and security.

The Government. Pray for borders to open so that food, water, and medical supplies can come in. Pray that God will bring about solutions that stimulate economic growth.

Bible Society in Venezuela and local churches. Pray for their strength, protection, and endurance to continue providing spiritual and physical support to local communities. ..”

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Deep Thought: Sacrificing privacy for “convenience”

Biometric Technology

Is biometric technology protecting or seriously … – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDnKl-VSalE&vl=es
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Airports

MSP Airport Debuts ‘CLEAR’

CLEAR Expedited Airport Security Program — Is It Worthwhile? thepointsguy.com
“..Today, the situation is much more complex, with as many as four different security lines at some airports, various levels of identity verification and screening offered, and a shifting array of rules and guidelines for each…

An expedited security program called CLEAR has made its way to 28 airports — and 14 stadiums — in the United States, so you’ve likely seen the kiosks and uniformed agents at airports or stadiums. And you’ve probably had a CLEAR member escorted ahead of you when going through airport security. So, here’s what you should know about CLEAR including the benefits and potential drawbacks.

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What CLEAR Costs
The normal rate for CLEAR membership is $179 per year. However, TPG readers can use the promo code TPG149 to get a discounted membership of $149 for the first year or can use the promo code TPG2M to get a two month free trial membership. You can enter either code manually or use the above links to get the discount…

Should You Enroll in the CLEAR Airport Security Program? | Why CLEAR Doesn’t Replace TSA PreCheck

A massive biometric breach is only a matter of time
JEREMY EPSTEIN, NEVER STOP MARKETING@JER979 MARCH 16, 2019 4:44 PM venturebeat.com

“..Now, when I signed up for the service, I acknowledged that I was signing away some privacy in favor of convenience. A trade-off we are increasingly making as a society.

I did it anyway.

But when I saw the number of people who had made the same decision, I realized that the databases for both CLEAR and Global Entry were becoming a biometric Equifax.

Equifax, as you know, was breeched and the personal and financial data of over 100 million Americans was stolen. What the impact of that theft will be over the long term remains to be seen…”

Home Security

In today’s homes, consumers are willing to sacrifice privacy for convenience (Marco Melgrati/for The Washington Post)
By
Sonia Rao
September 12, 2018 /beta.washingtonpost.com
“..George Orwell got a lot right about our society moving toward a state of constant surveillance, but not everything.

“His presumption was that people would lament and be depressed and oppressed by all these devices that can watch them and listen in,” said Matthew Rathbun, executive vice president of Coldwell Banker Elite. Instead, “it seems to be that we’re running toward them with glee.”..

…We set up motion detectors in our homes. We install cameras. We speak to Google Homes and Amazon Echoes as we would actual humans and allow them to listen in on our daily lives. As a real estate agent, Rathbun has increasingly found a need to familiarize himself with this technology; according to a 2017 University of Washington report, there are hundreds of millions of smart-home devices in more than 40 million U.S. homes, and that number is expected to double by 2021. (Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.)..

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Why Hacker Is Tapping Into Homeowners’ Security Cameras – YouTube

Personal security cameras hacked, stream live on websites – YouTube

Inside Edition
Published on Dec 21, 2018
Real estate agent Andy Gregg said his Nest home security camera was hacked into by a stranger, who then used it to speak to him. The hacker explained he didn’t have any “malicious intent,” but merely wanted to inform Gregg of his vulnerability. Gregg recorded his conversation with the stranger, who described himself as a “white hat” hacker, a hacker who specializes in breaking into protected systems to show their weaknesses. Inside Edition also spoke to the hacker responsible.

Internet

Bots

Political manipulation, fake news & lynchings – what’s the cost of our clicks?

Men arrested after ‘whistling at girl’ burned alive by lynch mob who wrongly thought they were child kidnappers ByChris Kitching
14:12, 30 AUG 2018UPDATED23:36, 30 AUG 2018 mirror.co.uk
WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: Horrifying video shows the mob breaking into a jail cell, battering the men as they’re dragged outside and torching their bodies after dousing them in petrol
“..Police had arrested the farm workers – named locally as Alberto Flores Morales, 53, and Ricardo Flores Rodriguez, 21 – after they whistled at a girl and were found to be drinking alcohol in public, according to local media.

They were running an errand when they were arrested, their relatives claim.

Rumours soon spread claiming that the men had tried to kidnap children in the village of San Vicente Boqueron, in Mexico’s Puebla state…”

ONline Shopping

Beware of Google Chrome extensions gone bad
Posted: 10:29 PM, Dec 14, 2018
By: Danielle Lerner abc15.com
“..From money savers like “Honey,” “Amazon Assistant,” and “Ebates,” to ad-blockers and desktop designers, the Chrome Web Store is full of just about any browser extension imaginable.

“Add-ons, conveniences that you put onto your browser to make things a little bit easier, less steps,” said Robert Darezzo, a computer tech at Data Doctors.

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world and with more than 180,000 extensions to choose from it is a tempting spot for hackers…”

Data Breach

What is DATA BREACH? What does DATA BREACH mean … – YouTube

Archives

Facebook security breach: How to know if you got hacked – YouTube

Worried about the Capital One hack? Here’s what to do – YouTube

Over 100 Million Customers Information Breached In … – YouTube

-Equifax

Equifax to pay $700 million for massive data breach. Here’s what you need to know about getting a cut Megan Leonhardt
@MEGAN_LEONHARDT

Published Mon, Jul 22 2019 3:47 PM EDTUpdated Mon, Jul 22 2019 9:07 PM EDT cnbc.com

Equifax data breach: How to claim as much as $125 with the FTC settlement BY
CLIFFORD COLBY AUGUST 18, 2019 3:00 AM PDT cnet.com
File to get a share of the up to $700 million settlement.

Over 100 Million Customers Information Breached In … – YouTube

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Deep Thought: A Day Without Hispanics ?

A Day Without a Mexican – Trailer – YouTube

Demographics


Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
RELEASE NUMBER CB18-FF.07 census.gov
“..In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean…

Did You Know?
58.9 million
The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2017, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 18.1 percent of the nation’s total population….”

The 10 MOST HISPANIC STATES in AMERICA

Nick Johnson
Published on Mar 14, 2019
In order to rank the most hispanic states in America, we had to look at which US state populations have the highest number of hispanic (or latino) residents, as a percentage of the state’s total population.

History

How Latino Americans Shaped the U.S., Fought for Acceptance

PBS NewsHour
Published on Sep 13, 2013

From Spanish settlers to immigration reform, the Hispanic-American experience stretches centuries and predates Plymouth Rock. A new PBS documentary series chronicles those often untold stories. Gwen Ifill talks to NewsHour’s own Ray Suarez about his companion book, “Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation.”

Latino Contributions To U.S. History huffpost.com
“..Bernardo de Gálvez, the Spanish governor of Louisiana in 1777, played a key role in General George Washington’s battles against British soldiers….

Helped Win Texan Independence
It wasn’t only Anglos at the Alamo when the Mexican army arrived — there were a handful of Tejanos as well. In fact, Anglo immigration into the territory was largely engineered by Tejanos who favored independence and commerce with the United States. Tejano leaders like José Antonio Navarro and Francisco Ruiz joined the independence movement and later served as lawmakers.

4 / 12
Helped desegregate schools
Before Brown v. Board of Education, there was Mendez v. Westminster. In the landmark case, a judge decided in 1946 that California could not segregate its school system based on national origin or language ability….

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Gave us a bunch of words
New Yorkers call their corner stores “bodegas,” cowboys get together at “rodeos” and yuppies drive “mustangs.” Spanish is so ever-present in the United States that Americans often speak the language without even knowing it.

8 / 12
Fought in World War II
Somewhere between 250,000 and 500,000 Latinos fought the Axis powers in World War II. Because military records didn’t track ethnicity and generally counted Latinos as white, researchers have trouble pinpointing the figure…

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Helped revitalize the housing market
Immigrants — of whom people from Latin America are the great majority — boosted the housing market by a whopping $3.7 trillion from 2000 to 2010, according to a study by the Americas Society…

Hispanic American Contributions to American Culture – YouTube

Studies Weekly
Published on Aug 11, 2016
The United States is known as the Great Melting Pot and Hispanic Americans have always been an essential ingredient to our great nation. This video highlights some of their great accomplishments.

Learn all about science and history with Studies Weekly at http://www.studiesweekly.com!

Agriculture

KVIE’s Los Braceros: Strong Arms to Aid the U.S.A.

The Bracero Program Explained – YouTube

Ben Clark
Published on Jan 21, 2016
This documentary was a finalist at the National History Day state competition in California. The theme for this year was “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” Created by Ben Clark, Elijah Gross-Sable, and Drew Schmid

The Bracero Program: Migrant Workers in America Documentary Part 2 (1959)

Xicana Corner
Published on Nov 28, 2010
In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, over 500,000 Mexican Americans were deported or pressured to leave, during the Mexican Repatriation. There were thus fewer Mexican Americans available when labor demand returned with World War II.

When The U.S. Government Tried To Replace Migrant Farmworkers With High Schoolers August 23, 201810:41 AM ET GUSTAVO ARELLANO npr.org
“…The year was 1965. On Cinco de Mayo, newspapers across the country reported that Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz wanted to recruit 20,000 high schoolers to replace the hundreds of thousands of Mexican agricultural workers who had labored in the United States under the so-called Bracero Program. Started in World War II, the program was an agreement between the American and Mexican governments that brought Mexican men to pick harvests across the U.S. It ended in 1964, after years of accusations by civil rights activists like Cesar Chavez that migrants suffered wage theft and terrible working and living conditions.

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But farmers complained — in words that echo today’s headlines — that Mexican laborers did the jobs that Americans didn’t want to do, and that the end of the Bracero Program meant that crops would rot in the fields.

“They can do the work,” Wirtz said at a press conference in Washington, D.C., announcing the creation of the project, called A-TEAM — Athletes in Temporary Employment as Agricultural Manpower. “They are entitled to a chance at it.” Standing beside him to lend gravitas were future Baseball Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Warren Spahn and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

Despite such skepticism, Wirtz’s scheme seemed to work at first: About 18,100 teenagers signed up to join the A-TEAM. But only about 3,300 of them ever got to pick crops.

Problems arose immediately for the A-TEAM nationwide. In California’s Salinas Valley, 200 teenagers from New Mexico, Kansas and Wyoming quit after just two weeks on the job. “We worked three days and all of us are broke,” the Associated Press quoted one teen as saying. Students elsewhere staged strikes. At the end, the A-TEAM was considered a giant failure and was never tried again.

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But he says the experience also taught them empathy toward immigrant workers that Carter says the rest of the country should learn, especially during these times.

“There’s nothing you can say to us that [migrant laborers] are rapists or they’re lazy,” he says. “We know the work they do. And they do it all their lives, not just one summer for a couple of months. And they raise their families on it. Anyone ever talks bad on them, I always think, ‘Keep talking, buddy, because I know what the real deal is.’ ”

Education

Sciences


Mario Molina
sciencehistory.org
As a postdoctoral researcher, Molina proposed that CFCs had the potential to destroy the earth’s protective ozone layer. He eventually received a Nobel Prize for his discovery.
“..Mario Molina (b. 1943) was the first to realize that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) could destroy ozone. In the two decades following his discovery, he and his mentor became voices alerting the world to the danger of CFCs and ozone depletion. Their warnings often fell on deaf ears. Once confirmed, however, their findings earned them a Nobel Prize…

Early Life

Molina was born in Mexico City, where his father was a successful lawyer and a diplomat. As a child Molina was fascinated with chemistry and converted one of the family bathrooms to a chemistry laboratory for himself. His aunt, Esther Molina, was a chemist, and she encouraged and mentored the boy by helping him carry out more advanced experiments than normally possible with a child’s chemistry set. Recognizing his passion for science, Molina’s parents sent him to a boarding school in Europe, where they thought his interests would be nurtured…

By 2009 all nations in the United Nations had ratified the original protocol. In 1996 Molina and Rowland were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Swedish scientist Paul Crutzen, for the work they had done in helping unravel the mysteries and dangers of CFCs…

Misc

Facts About Hispanics in the United States: Hispanic Heritage Month

Speaking Latino
Published on Sep 9, 2013

Famous Hispanic Americans – YouTube

Hispanic Culture in USA – YouTube

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Global Spotlight: Asia – Hong Kong

Geography

History

The Hong Kong Story (History of Hong Kong 1841 to 1997 ) – YouTube

History of Hong Kong – YouTube

How Hong Kong Changed Countries

The History of Hong Kong – YouTube

The Daily Conversation
Published on Jun 14, 2017
Its name means “fragrant harbor” in Chinese, but it could also mean city of change. This is the story of Hong Kong.

Hong Xiuquan: The rebel who thought he was Jesus’s brother 18 October 2012 By Carrie Gracie BBC News, Shanghai bbc.com
“..Originally, all Hong Xiuquan wanted was to be part of the establishment. A village schoolteacher, he immersed himself in Confucian scholarship for the civil service exam, but he just kept failing.

“He fell into what I suppose was some kind of depressive fit and he had a vision,” says Jonathan Fenby, who has written a history of modern China.

“He imagined he’d gone up to the skies and there he had met a very tall man with a long beard and thick belt who had told him to come back to Earth and eradicate the demons on Earth.”

Some time later he was given a Chinese translation of the New Testament by a Christian missionary.

“He decided on reading that, that the man he had seen up in the sky was the Christian God, that he, Hong, was the brother of Jesus, and that the devils he had to exterminate on Earth were the Qing dynasty, which was then ruling China and of course was not Chinese.”..”


*see Now You Know: Who was/is Jesus…to “you”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

“..The Europeans brought Christianity which, for Hong, was a convenient alternative to the Confucian creed which had rejected him.

“Seeing that everyone in high heavens scolded him, Confucius escaped down to earth with the leader of the demons,” goes an account of Hong’s vision, set down in writing by a follower.

“The heavenly father then sent the angels to chase after Confucius, tie him up and bring him back to the heavenly father who was exceedingly angry and instructed the angels to whip him. There was plenty of whipping and Confucius asked for mercy repeatedly.”

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Famine and unemployment made peasants vulnerable to utopian thinkers
For the most part, China’s emperors had not bothered much with religions. Buddhism had become very popular at a time of upheaval in the 6th Century, but it appealed mostly to people at the bottom of society.

Christianity was one of the novelties which had come in with the colonial powers. They used gunboats to open China to trade, and shattered the image of order and invincibility cultivated by the Qing emperors. Vernacular translations of the Bible helped loosen the grip of the Confucian elites.

The Europeans saw Hong’s claim to be the brother of Christ as heresy, but he was not preaching for their benefit. He accompanied his spiritual message with a political one – a vision of equality and shared land ownership. This appealed to poor farmers, who were suffering from a sense of hopelessness, according to Guo Baogang of Dalton State college.

“Peasants have a very miserable life in the middle of the 19th Century,” he says.

“There’s a lot of famines and unemployment, most peasants have no land. So they’re very vulnerable to the utopian thinkers prescribing a perfect society as a way to escape from the existing society.”..”

Deep Thought: Was Jesus a “humanitarian”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Jesus’ Chinese Brother: Hong Xiuquan | Wookong

Protest

Hong Kong Withdraws Extradition Bill After Leaked Audio

Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained – YouTube

Vox
Published on Jun 22, 2019

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Correction at 7:48: The protester says “They are not doing this for themselves, but for the future of Hong Kong.”

Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers have taken to the streets to protest a controversial extradition bill that could send Hong Kong residents to mainland China to be tried in court. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says the bill is meant to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a safe haven for fugitives. But its opponents fear that Hong Kong would be exposed to China’s flawed judicial system, which would lead to further erasure of the city’s judicial independence.

At first Lam was determined to move forward with the bill. But after a series of massive protests, she announced she would “indefinitely suspend” the bill. But protesters aren’t accepting the suspension, and have started demanding its complete withdrawal. They’ve also begun calling for Lam’s resignation.

But this rise in tensions is about a lot more than a bill. To understand why this bill hits a nerve with Hongkongers, it’s important to understand Hong Kong’s relationship with China – and exactly how the bill would tip the scales in China’s favor…”

China’s reaction to Hong Kong protests – YouTube

Hong Kong protesters chant ‘Do you hear the people sing?’

euronews (in English)
Published on Jun 16, 2019
A song from Les Misérables was heard on the streets of Hong Kong as hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied against their Beijing-backed rulers.READ MORE : https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/17/h…

Violence escalates as Hong Kong protests enter week 10 By Bethann FlynnAugust 13, 2019 mnnonline.org
“..Hong Kong (MNN) — As protests in Hong Kong hit the 10-week mark, some demonstrations have turned violent. Protests at the airport caused the city to ground all flights yesterday. What started as a cry of concern for extradition legislation has turned into a demonstration built upon years of frustrations…..

Tsui sees a tremendous opportunity for Asian Access to equip local believers in the marketplace. In Hong Kong, the future of the Church is unknown. But equipping the local Church to share the hope they have found in Christ could be a game-changer…

Pray for Hong Kong

Will you pray? Pray for the message of the Gospel to permeate this city, offer hope, and change hearts. Also, pray for Asian Access’s discipleship program and for it to bear fruit.

“Pray for justice, pray for peace, pray for reconciliation, the city, the community is very traumatized, and also divided, as I said. And I really want to especially lift-up praying for reconciliation, and upholding of justice,” Tsui asks.

‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’: Unlikely Anthem Provides Cover of Legitimacy to Hong Kong Protesters ReutersUpdated:June 19, 2019, 3:23 PM IST news18.com
Although only 10 per cent of Hong Kong people are Christians, the popular hymn provides a cover of legitimacy to those protesting against the extradition bill since religious gatherings can be held without a permit in the financial hub.
‘..Hong Kong: The Christian hymn “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” has emerged as the unlikely anthem of Hong Kong’s protests against an extradition bill that have drawn millions of people onto the streets.

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Hong Kong protesters sing Christian hymn, tidy streets as they appeal for freedom

Hong Kong’s Christian protesters come armed with hymns

Inkstone
Published on Jul 22, 2019
Christians are playing an important role in Hong Kong’s ongoing protests, which aim to preserve the city’s freedoms and autonomy.

While the Chinese government has been accused of cracking down on religious freedom in the mainland, religious groups in the former British colony of Hong Kong are flourishing.

During the campaign against a now-dead extradition bill, Christians were among those taking to the streets.

Churches have become temporary support centers. The hymn ‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’ has become the unofficial protest anthem for Christians and non-Christians.

As clashes erupted between protesters and police over the weekend, some Christians tried to reduce tensions between the two sides by standing between them.

We talked to Christians during the most recent major protest. Watch our video to find out more.

Music

A cappella group Lasagna lead singing boom in Hong Kong Christy Choi

Published: 4:45am, 1 Jun, 2014 scmp.com
“..A cappella performers sing without accompaniment. “It’s not a very common type of music here in Hong Kong,” said Kim Lo Yee-tak, 29, one of the founders of the six-person group…”

Travel

Hong Kong Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia – YouTube

25 Things to do in Hong Kong Travel Guide – YouTube

Hong Kong Travel Guide | What To Do, Where To Go … – YouTube

Hong Kong Travel Guide – YouTube

TOP 15 THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG – Travel Guide | 4K – YouTube

Hong Kong Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions – YouTube

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Financial Advice: Investing?

For Beginners

Investing For Beginners | Advice On How To Get Started

*have an emergency fund
*see Now You Know: How to prepare for “financial hard times” ? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Short-term

Best Places To Invest Your Money For the Short Term – YouTube

How to Get Rich Quick in 2019 [3 Short-term Investments]

Age Factor

Here’s How You Should Invest at Every Age BY BARBARA FRIEDBERG Updated May 23, 2019 .thebalance.com
What Should Your Portfolio Look Like in Your 30s, 40s, and 50s?
“..The younger you are when you begin investing, the more time you have for your initial investments to grow and increase your personal wealth. There are certain investments you should make during each decade of your adult life to take advantage of the power of time.

Saving for retirement—especially starting at an early age—is a good idea and almost always beneficial. However, investing does come with risks that are important to understand…”

My $3.5 Million Stock Investment Portfolio 💰 How I Generate $8000 Per Month Passive Income

Real Estate

REIT

Real Estate Investment Trusts for Dummies

The 5 Best Real Estate REIT ETFs of 2019 investopedia.com
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With a REIT, investors buy shares and get paid dividend distributions—reaping a total return based on the amount they have invested. Although the returns are less than, say, owning an entire building and reaping all the income from it, the risk is lower as well. A REIT ETF invests in several property-owning real estate companies at once, and of course, this diversification further mitigates an investor’s exposure—whereas the individual buying a property is betting on just that one property. Plus, it offers a chance to get into real estate without having to become a landlord or a partner in an investment group.
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The 5 Best Real Estate REIT ETFs of 2019 BY KEVIN B. JOHNSTON Updated May 19, 2019
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“In a period of low interest rates, real estate investment trusts (REIT)—a securitized portfolio of properties—offer the income potential provided by real estate combined with the liquidity of stocks. A real estate exchange-traded fund (ETF), which holds baskets of these securities, offers an especially liquid, low-cost way to invest in the real estate asset class.
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5 Types of REITs and How to Invest in Them BY WILL ASHWORTH Updated May 16, 2019 investopedia.com
“…Historical Returns of REITs
Real estate investment trusts are historically one of the best-performing asset classes available. The FTSE NAREIT Equity REIT Index is what most investors use to gauge the performance of the U.S. real estate market. Between 1990 and 2010, the index’s average annual return was 9.9%, second only to mid-cap stocks, which averaged 10.3% per year over the same period…

5 Types of REITs And How To Invest In Them
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Introducing eREITs – The First Online Real Estate Investment for Everyone fundrise.com
“..In 1960, Congress passed a law creating Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) to give average individuals the opportunity to invest in income-producing commercial real estate…”
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5 Reasons to BUY NOW | REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts): We’ve been investing in REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) and we think you should consider investing in them too! We’ve have incredible returns with our REITs over the past several years. In this video, we discuss what REITs are, what they invest in, the different types of REITs, our recommended REITs, and the top five reasons why we think REITs are good investments to add to your stock market portfolio. Thanks for watching!

Are Real Estate Investment Trusts a Good Investment?

Robert Kiyosaki asked me “What does God want you to do?”
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Technology

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Retirement

How This Tiny Startup is Disrupting the $27-Trillion Retirement-Planning Industry article.smartasset.com
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IRA

Roth IRA 101 daveramsey.com

12 Best Roth IRA Accounts of July 2019 nerdwallet.com
“..We’re here to help. Every year, we evaluate major U.S. online brokers and robo-advisors to select the best Roth IRA account offerings. Our favorites are below. (Note: The star ratings on this page are for the provider overall. Some brokers with a lower overall rating are included here because IRAs are where they excel.)..”
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Ally Invest Top All Around
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Charles Schwab Full Service Brokerage..”

Best Places to Open a Roth IRA Account cashmoneylife.com

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Economic Factors

Interest Rates

How Do Interest Rates Affect the Stock Market? BY MARY HALL Updated Aug 12, 2019 investopedia.com
“..This also includes the U.S. stock market. And, while it usually takes at least 12 months for any increase or decrease in interest rates to be felt in a widespread economic way, the market’s response to a change is often more immediate…

By increasing the federal funds rate, the Fed basically attempts to shrink the supply of money available for purchasing or doing things, thus making money more expensive to obtain. Conversely, when it decreases the federal funds rate, it increases the money supply and encourages spending by making it cheaper to borrow. Other countries’ central banks do the same thing for the same reason.”
US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates, here’s what that means for you ByCATHERINE THORBECKE Sep 18, 2019, 3:08 PM E abcnews.go.com
“..”Today, we decided to lower interest rates,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said in a news conference. “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”..

The impact this move will have, however, on everyday people is that “it means that it tends to get cheaper if you have a home equity loan, it tends to be cheaper to get a car loan.”

“In short, lower rates help people and businesses who borrow and tend to hurt people who save,” Wessel explained…”

What Happens When the Fed Lowers Interest Rates

Faith

18 Extremely Religious Big American Companies businessinsider.com
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Now You Know: Church of Scientology

Roots

The Bizarre True Story of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Apr 26, 2019 Katie Vernon thevintagenews.com
“..During his time in the military, Hubbard kept a diary. He famously suffered from a lack of self-esteem, so would write strange messages to himself in order to try and raise his confidence levels. Messages like “I can have no doubts in my psychic powers” and “Men are your slaves” were written there. Many of his writings were related to his prowess in bed. The Church of Scientology has kept a lot of these so-called “affirmations” under wraps for years…

L. Ron Hubbard Interview: Introduction To Scientology [1966] – YouTube

L. Ron Hubbard
Articles & Essays
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DOES SCIENTOLOGY HAVE A SCRIPTURE? scientology.org
“..Yes. The written and recorded spoken words of L. Ron Hubbard on the subject of Scientology collectively constitute the scripture of the religion. He set forth the Scientology theology and technologies in tens of millions of words, including hundreds of books, scores of films and more than 3,000 recorded lectures…”

*see Daily Balance: Body, Soul, and Mind goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

An introduction to Dianetics – YouTube

Truth about L. Ron Hubbard allaboutreligion.org
QUESTION: Truth about L. Ron Hubbard – A Scientology Counterpoint from a Concerned Citizen
“..The e-meter was actually invented by Volney Mathison. It is nothing more than a crude lie detector (galvanic skin response meter.) By the way, L. Ron Hubbard ruined Mathison. Interestingly, the same fate awaited David Mayo, Hubbard’s auditor and the creator of many of the Scientology ‘Rundowns’ and ‘OT levels’. In fact, many people have been hurt or had their families viciously broken up through scientology ‘disconnection’, and have suffered harassment through ‘fair-game’.

Finally, if readers would like to do some fact-checking on L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology, Chris Owen and David Touretzky have written much on the subject of Hubbard’s true biographical history…

Church of Scientology Always Attack, Never Defend

Stories from former Members

Inside the Scientology Celebrity Centre: An Ex-Parishioner Reveals All

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Mission Earth (novel series) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia wikipedia.org
“kill of the gays in an island”
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WHEN I CAME OUT AS GAY, THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY HUMILIATED ME AS TOLD TO ROSE MINUTAGLIO SEP 25, 2018 elle.com
“..For years, Michelle LeClair, 45, was a prominent member of the Church of Scientology. She claims to have donated an estimated $5 million to the Church and claims to have acted as a spokesperson when Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had a baby. In her new memoir, Perfectly Clear, LeClair, a mother of four, says the Church targeted and humiliated her for being gay when she came out, ultimately leading to her defection. The Church denies her claims, telling ELLE.com they’re “pure fiction.”

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60 Minutes BOMBSHELL interview Jenna Miscavige speaks out

SurvivingScientology
Published on Jul 23, 2013

Jenna Miscavige is the niece of David Miscavige. Having lost her childhood to the “Church” who do not believe in the family unit, Jenna wrote a book “Beyond Belief” and did a series of media interviews. Parental time is minimal when a child is raised in the Church. See my other video “Anti -kids, Anti Family, Anti-Psychiatry.”

What happens if you “leave”?

Michelle Leclair Shares Her Story Of Leaving Scientology … – YouTube

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Published on Sep 10, 2018

Michelle LeClair, former scientologist and author of “Perfectly Clear,” shares her story of leaving the church after having been a member since 1989. In her book, LeClair claims that government investigations into her and her business partner were instigated by the Church of Scientology, a claim the church, as well as an official for the California Dept. of Business Oversight denies.
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Former Scientology member sues church, claims child abuse and human trafficking

10News WTSP
Published on Jun 20, 2019
The Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige are the targets of a lawsuit by a former member of the church, who alleges child abuse, human trafficking and intimidation.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles. In court documents, the defendant was called Jane Doe to protect her identity.

According to the lawsuit, Doe was born to Scientologist parents in 1979 and lived from ages 6-12 at the spiritual headquarters of the church in Clearwater.

She claims she was forced to work from 8 a.m. to midnight and only instructed on Scientologist teachings.

Doe claimed at age 10, she was subjected to a ritual called “bullbaiting,” where she says she had to sit in a chair while obscene things were shouted at her. According to the lawsuit, she was expected to show no reaction; if she did, she claims the practice would start over.

The lawsuit says when she was 15, Doe was lured to Los Angeles with promises of fair pay and a simple job. Instead, she claims she was forced to work long hours for little pay.

She became a member of the Sea Org, which the suit describes as a military-like “sub-organization for Scientology’s most dedicated members.” The suit claims members sign a “billion-year contract” dedicating their lives to the church and work an average of 100 hours a week for $46.

Doe said she started working as Miscavige’s steward seven days a week and became close to his wife, Shelly.

Miscavige, though, had a falling out with his wife in 2005, Doe said. That led to Doe being sent to “the hole,” a pair of double-wide mobile homes where those accused of ethics violations were kept under strict surveillance, the lawsuit alleges.

She claims she was kept there for three months, then sentenced to three months of hard labor.

Doe claims she witnessed a crying Shelly Miscavige being dragged into a car. Shelly Miscavige has not been seen or heard publicly since, according to the lawsuit.

Doe said she tried to escape the church in 2016 but came back because of her family connections. She finally left for good in 2017 and now works with actress Leah Remini, who has become an outspoken critic of Scientology.

Doe’s story became part of an episode of Remini’s TV series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” which told the story of defected church members.

The suit claims the church set up a hate website — leahreminiaftermath.com — that targeted Doe and the others featured on the show. The website contains what the suit calls “false, defamatory and inflammatory information about Jane Doe, all under the (Church of Scientology) copyright.”

The suit claimed similar articles and videos about Doe appeared on the official website of Freedom Magazine, a Scientology-run publication.

The lawsuit seeks damages for multiple complaints, including false imprisonment; kidnapping; stalking; libel; slander; invasion of privacy; intentional infliction of emotional distress; human trafficking; failure to pay minimum wage; exceeding maximum work hours and overtime, failure to provide days of rest and meal periods; violation of California labor codes; fraudulent inducement of employment; negligent misrepresentation; and negligence.

“Scientology for decades has sought to quash dissention, cover up its long history of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of its members, including its most vulnerable members, its children, and weaponize its doctrine against those who escape and find the courage to speak up,” said Attorney Brian Kent of Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP, which filed the lawsuit. “This is just the beginning and we are not going to stop until they do.”

In response to the lawsuit, a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology said the lawsuit was filled with nothing more than unfounded allegations. The spokesperson said Jane Doe’s complaint was littered with “anti-religious slurs culled from the tabloids” and accusations that have already been disproven in courts.

“We are confident the lawsuit will fail,” the Church of Scientology wrote in an email. “Federal courts have already determined that service in the Church of Scientology’s religious order is voluntary and protected by the First Amendment. Moreover, the evidence will establish that while serving the Church, Plaintiff came and went freely, traveled the world, and lived in comfortable surroundings. The Church will vigorously defend itself against these unfounded allegations.”

Jennifer Lopez On Leah Remini’s ‘Escape’ From Scientology | WWHL …

20/20 Scientology: A War Without Guns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBWJYDQrLQI
“..Actress Leah Remini Sits Down With Anchor Dan Harris to Discuss Her Fight Against the Church. “20/20” reports on former members of the Church of Scientology, including those who are crusading against it and others who still practice outside the Church. In a new interview, ABC News’ Dan Harris sits down with actress Leah Remini, who describes her fight against the Church, including her goal to have the organization lose its tax exempt status as a religion. The Church claims that the movement against it is a conspiracy led by a handful of people who spread lies for fame and money..”

Why Leah Remini Thinks Tom Cruise Won’t Leave Scientology

Leah Remini on Leaving Scientology – YouTube

Church Of Scientology – YouTube

Former Member Files Harassment Lawsuit Against Church Of Scientology

CBS Los Angeles
Published on Jun 18, 2019
A woman initiated legal action against the Church of Scientology saying she was harassed by the organization after leaving the church and appearing in the “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” series.
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Scientology: Mysterious Deaths (Religious Documentary) – Real Stories

Real Stories
Published on Feb 15, 2017
Scientology is one of the world’s most controversial and secretive religions. Famous followers extol its virtues but a series of suspicious deaths brings into question its treatment of their members.

In this film, we investigate three cases of deaths of Scientology members. We find incomplete police investigations, suspicious circumstances and family members who are convinced there is more to their loved ones deaths’ than meets the eye.

A look at the dark side of a new but powerful religion.

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