Movie Reflection: The Case for Christ Movie

Lee Strobel: The Case For Christ – YouTube

The Case for Christ (2017) historyvshollywood.com
Starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster | based on the autobiography ‘The Case for Christ’ by Lee Strobel

“…Did Lee Strobel really have an alcohol problem before he became a Christian?
Yes, he drank in excess regularly. In a Lee Strobel interview, he says that as an atheist, he had concluded that the best way to live his life was as a hedonist. “Just pursue pleasure, this is all you get in this world. So, that was my number one goal in life,” says Strobel, “to bring maximum pleasure into my life. And so I lived a very immoral, and drunken, and profane, and narcissistic, really self-destructive kind of a life. That was my life.”..”

Interviews

“The Case for Christ” movie – YouTube

Reviews

“The Case for Christ” Movie Review

Faith of the Fatherless:The Psychology of Atheism from youtube.com
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Published on Dec 3, 2013
Book Trailer – FAITH OF THE FATHERLESS: The Psychology of Atheism
Professor Vitz argues that psychoanalysis actually provides a more satisfying explanation for atheism. http://www.ignatius.com/Products/FFL-…

In this updated, expanded edition, starting with Freud’s “projection theory” of religion – that belief in God is merely a product of man’s desire for security – Professor Vitz argues that psychoanalysis actually provides a more satisfying explanation for atheism. Disappointment in one’s earthly father, whether through death, absence, or mistreatment, frequently leads to a rejection of God.

A biographical survey of influential atheists of the past four centuries shows that this “defective father hypothesis” provides a consistent explanation of the “intense atheism” of these thinkers. A survey of the leading defenders of Christianity over the same period confirms the hypothesis, finding few defective fathers. Vitz concludes with an intriguing comparison of male and female atheists and a consideration of other psychological factors that can contribute to atheism.

Professor Vitz does not argue that atheism is psychologically determined. Each man, whatever his experiences, ultimately chooses to accept God or reject him. Yet the cavalier attribution of religious faith to irrational, psychological needs is so prevalent that an exposition of the psychological factors predisposing one to atheism is necessary. “

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Global Country Spotlight: Thailand in Southeast Asia

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Thailand

25 Interesting Facts About Thailand samujana.com

“Do you think you have Thailand all figured out? You might be in for a surprise once you finish reading this list of some of the most interesting facts about Thailand.

Thailand is a land of surprise (and beautiful beach resorts)!…

1. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonized by an European country. In fact, in the Thai language, the name of the country is Prathet Thai which means “land of the free.” Very fitting!..

4. You’re lucky that you know Bangkok as “Bangkok.” Its real name is one of the longest names of a place in the world, made up of Pali and Sanskrit root words: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. What does that name mean? It means “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest.”..

12 Incredible Facts About Thailand – YouTube

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7 Facts about Thailand – YouTube

Prayer Requests

Deep Thought Vlog: Thailand Cave Rescue

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How Did Boys Get Stuck In Thailand Cave? | ABP News – YouTube

Thai cave rescue update: How did the Thai soccer team end up in the cave? By Rachel Russell PUBLISHED: 10:37, Sun, Jul 8, 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34, Mon, Jul 9, 2018 express.co.uk
“..The group became trapped on June 23 when they started exploring the caves after going on a picnic following football practice.

The group had been missing for nine days before they were found huddled inside the cave and survived by drinking water dripping off the stalactites above them…”

-Good News Update!!

6 Heartbreaking Details Revealed About The Thai Soccer Boys Who Were All Rescued From A Flooded Cave Jill Zwarensteyn,YourTango 16 hours ago (7.10.18) yahoo.com
“..Following their soccer practice on June 23, the boys and their assistant coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, were hiking inside the cave located in the northern region of Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province when it began to flood, leaving them stranded deep inside the cave. …

As of Tuesday, all 12 boys were successfully rescued as was their coach.

…Due to the dangers of flooding inside the cave, a sign at the cave’s entrance warns any visitors to not enter during the region’s rainy season, which falls from July until November.

Although technically the boys entered the cave on June 23, the fact that it was on the cusp of July still meant that the threat of rain and flooding was a possibilit..

2. It took 10 days to locate them in the cave.

When the boys were finally located inside the cave by the rescue divers, they were three miles from the cave’s entrance. Due to the extensive size and numerous passageways inside the cave, it took divers as long as ten days to find the soccer team…

6. One of the divers died trying to rescue the boys.

Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave almost didn’t make it out, military officials say By Matt Gutman,
JULIA JACOBO
Brandon Baur

Jul 10, 2018, 8:53 PM ET abcnews.go.com
“.. The system, which had pumped hundreds of millions of gallons of rainwater out of the cave over the past 18 days, gave out soon after rescuers extracted the coach and the four Thai Navy Seals who had volunteered to stay with them. Thai SEALs and support teams, who were carrying air tanks from the third to the second chamber of the labyrinthine cave, soon noticed the waters rising. The third chamber filled, then the second and then the first, as crews scrambled to avoid the kind of cave flooding that had trapped the soccer team on June 27, according to Thai military sources. ..”

World’s leading cave divers came together to save trapped Thai boys By Bani Sapra, CNN Updated 9:26 AM ET, Tue July 10, 2018
“..Thirteen foreign divers joined five Thai Navy divers for the initial rescue Sunday. The team of international experts included the two British divers who originally found the boys on July 2, Richard “Rick” Stanton and John Volanthen. ..

…Alongside volunteers, countries sent their own contingents to to Thailand. Seventeen Australian police divers, 36 US military Pacific Command personnel, and six rescue specialists from Beijing joined the rescue efforts…

“This is a Thai-led, multi-national rescue operation, and what’s fantastic is that you see the US here, the Australians, the Chinese, the British divers, obviously,” she said. “It shows that when militaries train together, it’s for this — it’s for the real world.”

Other volunteers living in Thailand also pitched in to help, including Israeli diver Rafael Aroush. International companies also offered equipment and expertise… ..

US billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk flew in to Thailand Monday with “kid-size” submarines which he suggested could help to bring the boys out….


Thailand cave rescue mission abcnews.go.com

There’s a reason that the soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand was so tough and resilient By Matt Blomberg Jul 11, 2018 | 12:25 PM | Mae Sai, Thailand latimes.com
“..At least three of the rescued boys and their assistant coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, are stateless — members of ethnic minorities seen as easy prey for nefarious actors looking to sweep children into the drug trade.”..

-Prayers Answered

Thailand Cave Rescue: Parents of Rescued Compassion-Sponsored Boy Say “Thank You” blog.compassion.com
“..One of the boys* is a Compassion beneficiary, and our photojournalist in Thailand had a chance to interview his parents…”
Thai-Burmese church members say boys’ rescue were answered prayers
Updated Jul 11; Posted Jul 11 nj.com
“..Martha Hla also said she was worried about the situation, and was hoping they will make it out safely. She believed God would show a miracle.

Kahmiya Win also praised the diver who died while trying to help the boys and their coach. “It’s sad that one passed away. But he…gave his life helping others.”

Rev. Powell said some of the Thai and Burmese at the church have experienced religious persecution for being Christians in their homelands.

“Most of them who come here are already a part of the body of Christ,” said Rev. Powell. “So they come and want to serve, and they just want to do God’s work. They are praying people.”..”
R.I. locals react to successful rescue of trapped Thai soccer team By Kevin G. Andrade
Journal Staff Writer
Kevprojo
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at 7:42 PM Updated Jul 10, 2018 at 9:53 PM providencejournal.com
“..Morgan said that she had been following reports in both Thai and U.S. media, which provided similar coverage and were equally celebratory when 12 boys of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were rescued, after being trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Lai.

Cameron Hummel, a student of athletic training at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, just returned from a ministry trip in the Chiang Mai region of Thailand.

“People were talking about it,” said the Barrington native. “For the most part you go about your daily life there and then get updates in conversation…

Religious organizations also involved themselves in the celebration, with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence sending out a tweet of gratitude.

“All the boys are out of the cave in Thailand,” Bishop Tobin tweeted. “Many prayers answered. Praise God!”..”

Thai cave rescue: Churches across Thailand celebrate answered prayer by Rachel Phua // July 10, 2018, 6:50 pm saltandlight.sg
“..
Churches sowing in prayer

Pastor Janepiriyaprayoon, 48, the associate pastor of Mahapawn Bangkok Alliance Church, said that his church had been praying for all concerned, especially for one of the boys named Adul Sam-On.

The pastor said that boy is a believer from Myanmar. The 14-year-old has been under the care of a local Thai church which has supported him since he was seven. According to a report by Agence France-Presse, Adul speaks English, Thai, Burmese and Chinese, and he was the only one able to talk to the British divers when they discovered the boys.

“We believe God used Adul to be involved in a significant way, by communicating in English to the rescue team,” said the pastor. Mahapawn Bangkok Alliance Church and other churches in Thailand have been constantly praying for Adul and his family, he added. ..”

-Volunteer Tribute

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Neutral Perspective: Does the U.S. “Need Stricter” Border Control or NOT?

YES

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How the US outsourced border security to Mexico

U.S. borders are a lot more secure under Trump: Border Patrol Union President
https://youtu.be/cvALg6qElmM
Fox Business
Published on Sep 21, 2017

10 Reasons The US Needs Better Border Security By Dave Anderson – May 25, 2016 listland.com
“…The real concern that many have is that unregulated and illegal immigration will give rise to social problems, threatening jobs, overwhelming the amenity provision in border areas and threatening the traditional American way of life…

Most countries regulate who may enter and why, whether as short term visitors or to live and work so there is no shame in the US doing likewise. Indeed as a nation the US has very strict entry visa requirements. Nevertheless voters, particularly in border states, concerns continue to express concerns about the policies used to secure the border and the funding given to finance enforcement. The debate tends to polarize into two separate camps with typical Republican voters arguing that more funding needs to be diverted to secure the borders. Meanwhile Democrats tend to espouse the idea that immigration is generally a positive and want to make it easier for illegals to legalize their status reflecting the de-facto reality of life on the ground.

We believe that border security should be viewed as a priority and furthermore 71% of Americans agree with us. Here are 10 of the reasons we believe better border security is vital for America…”

Solutions for America: Developing a Strong Border and Immigration Policy August 17, 2010 4 min read heritage.org
“..For far too long, the United States has failed to enforce its immigration laws. Its visa system does not adequately serve the needs of the economy, legal immigrants, or U.S. citizens. Cartel violence and continued illegal immigration along the U.S. southern border have many Americans concerned. Americans are demanding a border and immigration policy that will keep the U.S. free, safe, and prosperous—not an amnesty that simply exacerbates the problem.

Border Violence on the Rise, Illegal Immigration Continues. The U.S. has made progress on securing the border, but the border is still not secure. Drug cartels have seized control of major parts of Mexico’s northern border—with more than 6,000 murders in 2008 from drug cartel violence. The threat of spillover violence in the U.S., as well as continued illegal immigration, remains a significant problem. …”

Neutral Perspective

Top 10 Pro & Con Arguments immigration.procon.org
Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?

The Great Debate: Solving the US Illegal Immigration … – YouTube

Boston University
Published on Apr 6, 2010
Can Stricter Law Enforcement at the Border and the Workplace Solve the U.S. Illegal Immigration Problem? was the topic of the College of Communication’s 24th semiannual Great Debate, argued in the affirmative by Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C., Stephanie Hoffman (LAW’10), and Louis J. Barletta, the mayor of Hazleton, Pa., where local businesses and landlords may be punished by law for giving work or shelter to illegal immigrants. The negative side was argued by B. Lindsay Lowell, the director of policy studies at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, Anuj Shelat (SMG’08), and Shuya Ohno, the director of communications at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).

NO

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USA: ‘Stand up and fight’ – New Yorkers protest Trump’s immigration …

Ruptly
Published on Jun 30, 2018
“The demonstrators were chanting slogans like “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here” and carrying banners calling to abolish the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), which investigates deportation cases.

American Suing After Being Detained By ICE Agents: ‘Nobody Let Me Explain’

CBS Los Angeles
Published on Dec 19, 2017
“Nobody let me talk. Nobody let me explain,” she said.”It was like you didn’t have any rights. I felt very, very sad.” Tina Patel reports.

Watch ICE agents arrest man after entering Portland home without warrant

The Oregonian
Published on Oct 20, 2017
A video shared over 5,000 times on Facebook shows self-identified plainclothes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents entering a Portland home and arresting a man, without getting permission to enter the home and without a warrant. ICE later released the man, identified only as Carlos

ICE agents approach Latino US citizen, mistake him for … – YouTube

The Oregonian
Published on Sep 20, 2017
An Oregon ACLU legal observer captures footage of a legal citizen being approached by ICE agents near the Washington County Courthouse in Hillsboro on Sept. 18 after they confused him for an undocumented immigrant.

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Global Country Spotlight: Russia

Which Continent – Is Russia Part of Europe or Asia? Updated: June 14, 2018 By Sporcle sporcle.com
“..The answer to whether Russia is officially a part of Europe, or a part of Asia, is one of those annoying parts of general knowledge that can drive some people crazy. People seem to have different opinions on the nature of Russia as a location, and how it’s actually classified on the global map.

At Sporcle, we generally say that Russia is a part of “both” Asia and Europe – not just because we’re trying to cut down on the number of trivia-based brawls that break out over Geography questions, but because that answer is actually rooted in fact.

Russia is a natural bridge between both Western and Eastern heritage…”

10 Fun Facts About Russia

101 Facts About Russia

*77billionaries, traded military equipment for Pepsi to be sold in their country, low life expectancy due to alcohol, etc..

Maps

Map of Russia russiatrek.org
“Russia consists of 8 federal districts, that are divided into 83 “subjects”. These subjects are of equal federative rights in the sense that they have equal representation (2 delegates each) to the Federative Council of Russia.

There are different kinds of “subjects”:..”

Russian Travel Guide russianlessons.net
“..The Russian federation is broken into 83 regions and this guide is arranged accordingly. We will also include some general information topics about Russian travel.

This guide is still quite new but we intend to keep adding to it regularly. As we visit and research different Russian cities we will continually add more information. If you live in one of these areas in Russia and with to contribute to the Russian guide please contact Admin in the General Administration forum in the forums section of this site…”

Regions and Travel Destinations in Russia learningrussian.net
“..Today’s Russia consists of seven federal districts. Each district includes several regions, such as oblast, republic, krai, okrug. Click on the name of each federal district below to learn more about its regions, cities, towns
and urban-type settlements.

Central Russia (Central District)
Russian South (Southern District)
North West Russia (Northwestern District)
Russian Far East (Far Eastern District)
Siberia (Siberian District)
Urals (Urals District)
Volga (Volga District)

..”

Russia Map / Geography of Russia / Map of Russia – Worldatlas.com worldatlas.com
“..

In fact, by jet from Moscow, it takes about eight hours to reach Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean coast. If you were to take the trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, you can count on your journey taking at least 4 days minimum.

Russia has over 1,000 major cities, 16 of which have a metro population of more than one million; the most populated cities are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod.

..”

Celebrations

Culture

10 Things You Don’t Know: Russian Culture – YouTube

History

History of Russia (PARTS 1-5) – Rurik to Revolution – YouTube

The Power of Putin – Documentary 2018, BBC Documentary

American Connection

Russia and the American War for Independence
by Norman Desmarais allthingsliberty.com
“..George III refused Russia’s request for Minorca and the treaty was never ratified, so Russia never sent any troops to America. However, Catherine the Great proclaimed the League of Armed Neutrality on February 29, 1780. It was conceived by the Danes and subscribed to by Sweden and several other European nations to protect free trade between neutral countries and those at war. While it focused primarily on ships from the Netherlands, the league resisted all search efforts at sea. Russia even entered into a treaty to protect neutral shipping with Denmark and Sweden in wartime. England received the principles of the Treaty from her Russian ambassador on April 1, 1780 but would not recognize them as “rights” which would undermine her most effective military weapon, the blockade.”..
How Russian meddling impacted the American Revolution
PRI’s The World
PRI’s The World July 04, 2017 · 4:00 PM EDT By Christopher Woolf pri.org
“..What Britain did have was plenty of cash. So it turned to Europe to see if it could purchase military help — and the first country that London turned to was Russia. London asked Catherine the Great of Russia for 20,000 men…”

Catherine the Great and the American Revolution July 13th, 2015 By Arik Burakovsky U.S. Embassy Moscow embassy-voices.livejournal.com
“..Russia started trading with the colonies over a decade before the Revolution. Americans and Russians saw each other as excellent trade partners, having ample resources to offer each other. Despite Great Britain’s Navigation Acts, which restricted foreign trade directly with the colonies, Russian ships began delivering products like hemp, sail linen, and iron to American ports as early as 1763 and did not stop once the war began. Catherine II believed that an independent America would further Russian business interests, allowing America to trade with the Russian Empire without interference from Britain on the high seas. Continued trade with Russia during the war provided the colonies with a market for their goods as well as the funds and supplies they needed to survive…

Without explicit mention of whether or not America would become autonomous, Panin secretly hoped that America would be given “complete liberty to decide its own fate.” While Catherine the Great’s peacemaking efforts ultimately fell through, they represented a worthy attempt to use diplomacy to shorten the war.”

Regions

Top Ten Biggest Cities in Russia 2014

Northwestern Russia learningrussian.net
“..is home to St. Petersburg, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But this region has much more to offer for tourists. The nature offers beautiful views of rivers and lakes, while the rich history provides an opportunity to visit elegant villas and palaces, churches, cathedrals, bridges and other places connected with life and work of such famous people as Alexander Pushkin, Vladimir Nabokov, Viktor Tsoy, Ilya Repin, Pyotr Chaykovsky and others. Outdoors lovers will enjoy the seasons which range from warm humid summers to very cold snowy winters. The official name for Northwestern Russia is Northwestern Federal District. Below is the list of oblasts that comprise the Northwestern District of Russia.

Read more: http://learningrussian.net/north-west/#ixzz5IjRgeCc3
..”

St. Petersburg Travel Guide

SAINT-PETERSBURG, City Of The Czars – Travel Documentary

Travel

10 Best Places to Visit in Russia

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Now You Know: How did “we” get to this point of deportation of “illegal” -“legal” “immigrant”-“migrant” and their children (DACA) -being “separated” ?

Stop blaming the “other” political party for where we are at! “We” caused this on ourselves…

Here are some facts:

Trump Feeding “Tear Away” Immigrant Kids to America’s “Elite Pedophiles” By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor – June 17, 2018 veteranstoday.com
“..The “elites,” as they love calling themselves, who own the Federal Reserve, run Washington and London, who start our wars, loot our economy, run our media, control our lives, live on a diet of ritual sexual abuse, sex hormones and amphetamines…

Their diet of stolen children come from families destroyed by narcotics or targeted by fake courts and fake police. Kids seized by “family services” are picked through and fed into the rape and murder mill of the real “Pizzagate,” built around those who own the GOP….

In America, it began with “boy’s homes” and detention centers. It began with teenage boys but, as it moved on, it became smaller and smaller children…

Kids that hit the US border, and this is Trump’s doing 100%, are picked through like meat, the “prime kids” are sent off to pedophile rings run by Trump cronies, to be passed around Pentagon brass, Tea Party get togethers and among the GOP faithful. They are stored at elite hunting “camps” and “religious retreats” owned by billionaires and big corporate donors. We aren’t making this up, it isn’t fake news and it was originally “busted” as the Franklin Scandal…”

The Franklin Scandal – YouTube

Oct 17, 2009 – Uploaded by trinedaybooks
“Video account of child pornography, sex rings, government coverup and innocent kids being sent to jail, based …”


Major documentary on highest-level child sex-abuse is suppressed Listen | Print By Ralph Lopez Aug 14, 2014 in World digitaljournal.com
“..On May 3rd, 1994, the Discovery Channel was set to air Conspiracy of Silence, an hour-long documentary on a network of Nebraska businessmen and Washington politicians who flew children, some under age ten, to Washington D.C. for sex orgies. ..”

*see Now You Know: “Human trafficking”-facts, causes, prevention, solution, action plan, etc… goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Inside Casa Padre, the converted Walmart where the U.S. is holding nearly 1,500 immigrant children by Michael E. Miller, Emma Brown and Aaron C. Davis June 14 2018 washingtonpost.com
“..Texas-based Southwest Key has grown quickly in recent years, fueled by surges of young Central Americans seeking refuge north, an expansion that has helped push annual compensation for the nonprofit’s chief executive, Juan Sanchez, to nearly $1.5 million, filings with the Internal Revenue Service show. The organization now houses 5,129 immigrant children in three states — approaching half the approximately 11,400 currently in federal custody — in facilities that are being strained to capacity, according to Sanchez…”

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DACA: What you need to know CBS News January 24, 2018, 6:00 AM cbsnews.com
“..The government is open again, and now the fight begins over securing the fate of several hundred thousand immigrants known as Dreamers. To end the shutdown, Democrats exacted a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring a legislative fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients (DACA) to the floor on Feb. 8, if government remains open (that’s when the new short-term spending bill expires).

Congress will now try and come up with a solution for the undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, in balance with upgrades in border security. Here are some of the questions about DACA and about the challenges ahead:..”

Family separation crisis: How we got here Author: Suzanne Nuyen
Published: 1:37 PM EDT June 18, 2018 kare11.com
Since the Trump administration rolled out its ‘zero tolerance’ policy on immigration, about 2,000 children have been separated from their parents.
“The Trump administration has said its “zero tolerance” policy on immigration is an effort to deter individuals from entering the U.S. illegally.

Since its rollout, about 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

Here’s a look at how this policy came to be:

March 2017: Former Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly confirms that the administration was considering the policy of separating families as a deterrent to illegal immigration. Nearly 200 national, state and local organizations write a letter to Kelly in opposition of the policy. Multiple members of Congress also write letters to Homeland Security. ..”

Jeff Sessions’ church slams his use of the Bible to defend separating migrant families
“..Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a United Methodist, and he is also the face of the Trump administration’s widely condemned policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border. In a Friday statement slamming the policy as “a shocking violation of the spirit of the Gospel,” the United Methodist Church registered its dissent to Sessions’ use of the Bible to defend the separations: Jesus is our way, our truth, our life. The Christ we follow would have no part in ripping children from their mothers’ arms or shunning those fleeing violence. It is unimaginable that faith leaders even have to say that these policies are antithetical to the teachings of Christ. Christian sacred texts ….”

Fact-checking immigration spin on separating families and 1,500 ‘lost’ children
By Salvador Rizzo | The Washington Post Published: May 30 Updated: May 30, 2018 sltrib.com

Trump blames Democrats for a law that separates undocumented immigrant children from their families. Some Democrats blame Trump’s administration for losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant kids.

None of this is accurate.

We’ve fact-checked many claims about the border, and it’s clear that the latest spin from both sides deserves a turn under the microscope. However, since this is a roundup of multiple claims, we won’t be giving Pinocchio ratings.

Trump tweeted “Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS..”

How the US’s Foreign Policy Created an Immigrant Refugee Crisis on Its Own Southern Border By James NorthTwitter
July 9, 2014 thenation.com

President Obama is showing little concern for international law, and none at all for Washington’s historic responsibility in Central America.

“..
…The Ramirezes (their names have been changed to protect them from retribution) got through Mexico and crossed the Rio Grande just south of here safely, but Esperanza, who is 24, has had to live with violence her entire life. She and her daughter had just fled the most dangerous city in the world, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where the two biggest criminal gangs, which have memberships across the region in the tens of thousands, fight with automatic weapons. The city has become a war zone, with a murder rate of 193 per 100,000 (New York City’s rate is 5.1). Angelica’s father died in gang-related violence a couple of years ago. “In some neighborhoods, people are abandoning their homes from fear,” she said. “The gangs are even murdering 8-year-old kids who will not join them.” …

Americans, especially young Americans, probably know more about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda than they do about how their own government funded murderous right-wing dictatorships in Central America back in the 1980s. The Reagan administration’s violent and immoral policy included $5 billion in aid to the military/landowner alliance in El Salvador, which prolonged an awful conflict in which some 75,000 people died—a toll proportionally equivalent to the casualty rate in the American Civil War. But once shaky peace agreements were signed in the 1990s, the United States walked away, leaving the shattered region to rebuild on its own. ..

The very name of one of the giant criminal gangs—18th Street, or Calle 18—reveals the origins of the current crisis. Eighteenth Street is not in San Pedro Sula, or in San Salvador, or in any of the other Central American cities torn apart by gang warfare. Eighteenth Street is actually in Los Angeles, where the gang and its rival, the Mara Salvatrucha, were born among young Salvadorans who had been displaced by the civil war in the 1980s. After the United States started deporting gang members, they arrived back in Central America, some barely speaking Spanish and knowing only how to do one thing: grab the weapons the region was already awash in and start killing. During the decade-long civil war, family and community life had weakened, so the newly arrived gangs partly filled a vacuum…

Here in McAllen, the community center of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church has become a relief station for adults with children who are pouring across the border in the Rio Grande Valley. Children who are by themselves do not come here; they are held in the overcrowded Border Patrol detention centers until a relative who is already in the United States sends them funds for an air ticket to join them, pending a resolution of their immigration case. (Roughly 90 percent of the Central Americans already have a family member in the United States.) ..”

Why Central Americans are fleeing their violent homelands for the US By Danika Fears and Lorena Mongelli April 13, 2017 | 1:26am | Updated nypost.com
“..n 2016, El Salvador’s murder rate was 81.2 per 100,000 inhabitants — down from 104 in 2015, the highest in the world. Honduras’ murder rate was 59 last year, while Guatemala’s was 27.3, dropping from a high of 46.5 in 2009.

“There’s no such thing as people going out jogging there,” Ana Quintana, a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, said of Honduras. “There are 24-hour funeral homes. It’s incredibly sad.”

Civil wars rocked El Salvador and Guatemala until the mid-1990s, leaving them vulnerable to transnational crime outfits — like MS-13, which was created by Salvadorans who fled to LA.

Drug trafficking from South America and Mexico — in which some of the gangs have become involved — has also contributed to the bloodshed.

In 2014, US officials said 80 percent of drug flows into America pass through routes in Central America…”

Deporting people made Central America’s gangs. More deportation won’t help. By Daniel Denvir July 20, 2017 washingtonpost.com
‘..“MS-13 is one of the most vicious criminal gangs in this country today,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “As I said when I visited Long Island after these murders took place in April, MS-13’s motto may be ‘kill, rape and control,’ but the Department of Justice’s motto is justice for victims and consequences for criminals.” In April, Sessions made a stop on his immigrants-are-killing-Americans tour in Long Island, where he went further into his view of transnational gangs…

In reality, it is U.S. foreign policy and the very sort of deportation policies Sessions embraces that have created the “horrific violence” and “lawlessness” he expresses concern about, and there’s no reason to believe that continuing these policies will do anything other than cause more harm….

The gang Sessions pinpointed, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), was founded in Los Angeles, as was its rival, Barrio 18. Many of the youths who formed MS-13, and who joined its rival Barrio 18 (initially formed by Mexicans) had fled El Salvador as refugees as civil war raged between 1980 and 1992. At the time, the right-wing military government in El Salvador was backed by President Ronald Reagan’s administration. All in all, the U.S. spent billions of dollars on its dirty war against left-wing rebels of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, or FLMN. Wars were also ripping apart Guatemala, where the U.S.-backed military committed genocide against indigenous people, and Nicaragua, where the U.S. supported a Contra army that sought to overthrow the left-wing Sandinista government because it had dared to depose the right-wing Somoza family dictatorship…

In fiscal 2014, the Border Patrol apprehended almost 137,000 unaccompanied minors and individuals traveling with their families, the majority part of a new refugee exodus from Central America to seek asylum from violent conflicts between gangs and governments in their deeply impoverished native lands…

. In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility law, which made it far easier for the government to deport people convicted of certain crimes, including relatively minor ones and crimes committed by lawful permanent residents. At the same time, the INS Violent Gang Task Force, created in 1992, was working with local police to target immigrant gang members for deportation. In 2005, ICE’s Operation Community Shield was launched to target MS-13…

..Since taking office, President Trump has proclaimed that his government is “actually liberating towns” from the gang’s clutches and falsely claimed that he has deported half of the gang’s U.S.-based membership. He has blamed “weak illegal immigration policies” under President Barack Obama for allowing the gang to spread, calling it “a serious problem” that “we never did anything about.” In fact, deporting alleged gang members had been a bipartisan priority for three presidential administrations. And for presidents from both parties, the emphasis on gangs has served the same purpose: fomenting public anxiety over crime and foreigners in the service of a system that mostly deports immigrants who have been convicted of no violent crime…

The tragic upshot is that, thanks to flashy headlines about international gang violence, people are primed to support the same sort of policies that created this spiraling crisis in the first place: deporting Central Americans, refugees and alleged gang members alike, while funding law-and-order crackdowns and business-friendly economic reforms in the region that can only make things worse. We are not importing Central American problems. Rather, it is the U.S. that has exported violence, time and again, to Central America.”

ICE Repatriation Flights to Central America

What happens to migrant children who get deported back to Central America?

CBS This Morning
Published on Jul 25, 2014
Many undocumented migrant children who fail to reach the U.S. are sent home to Central America. Manuel Bojorquez recently traveled to El Salvador to find what is waiting for them when they arrive home.

Why so many migrant kids are coming to the U.S. alone

PBS NewsHour
Published on Jun 20, 2014
Hoping to stop the surge of unaccompanied minors arriving in the U.S., Vice President Biden visited Guatemala to get support from Central American leaders. The NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia reports on why kids are coming and what happens to these child migrants when they arrive.

Immigrant America: The High Cost of Deporting Parents

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Published on Mar 19, 2014
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As Barack Obama considers ways to enforce immigration laws “more humanely,” VICE News travels to Guatemala to meet a deportee named Ray Jesus, who lives apart from his American wife and 5 American children. When Ray lived in the U.S., he was the family’s breadwinner. Now they rely on welfare to get by. It turns out that deporting parents costs much more than the price of a one-way ticket home.”

Inhumane ?

Bus Driver Tells Passengers Only U.S. Citizens Can Ride As Border Patrol Agent Looks On Sebastian Murdock,HuffPost 13 hours ago (6.17.18) yahoo.com
“..A bus driver in Maine told passengers they needed to be U.S. citizens to ride on a bus while an immigration official questioned passengers’ citizenship.

The incident happened in the city of Bangor over Memorial Day weekend, the ACLU of New Hampshire said in a video statement.

The footage shows passengers being confronted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent.

“Are you folks U.S. citizens?” the CBP agent asks.

“I’m not answering that question, sir,” a man says in the video…”

VIDEO: Kirstjen Nielsen Driven Out of Mexican Restaurant by Protesters heavy.com
“..“Secretary Nielsen, how dare you spend your evening here eating dinner,” the protester shouts, accusing Nielsen in being “complicit” in the separation and deportation of children. Nielsen kept her head down for most of the video and did not interact with the protesters. “Shame! Shame! Shame!” the protesters chanted. They held a sign that said, “no human is illegal.” Men in suits stood between the protesters and the secretary. “End family separation,” the protesters shouted. “If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace.” They shouted, “Not in D.C. Not in the U.S.” and “In a Mexican restaurant of all places….The F*cking gall. Shame on you….fascist pig.” They also shouted, “Abolish ICE” and “No borders, no wall, sanctuaries for all.” ..”

Misreporting?

Commentary: Time magazine’s major mistake on the crying-girl cover Time magazine’s cover for July 2, 2018. (Time)
Aaron Blake chicagotribune.com/
“..Unfortunately, they made their most iconic image something that wasn’t a family being separated — and ultimately undermines their cause.

The photo of a nearly 2-year-old Honduran girl crying as her mother is being patted down quickly went viral. It also has been used for a Facebook fundraiser to raise more than $18 million to help reunite families that have been separated. And the whole thing culminated in its placement in a photo illustration on the cover of Time magazine. The image on the July 2 issue features the girl against a red background, with President Donald Trump towering over her and the words, “Welcome to America.”

The implication was clear: This was a girl who, like 2,300 other children, was being separated from her mother. Time and many others made a decision to suggest that this was an example of Trump uprooting our American ideals.

But that’s not what it was. As The Washington Post’s Samantha Schmidt and Kristine Phillips report, the girl’s father says the child and her mother were never separated. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol confirmed it, as did the Honduran deputy foreign minister.

The image is a sad one, but it is of a rather standard occurrence at the border: A mother and her daughter attempted to immigrate illegally and were apprehended. The mother, in fact, had tried this before and was deported in 2013. The photo says virtually nothing about Trump’s now-aborted policy. In fact, it’s an example of how not all young children were separated from their parents…”

Time Magazine Corrects Cover Story on Crying Migrant Girl, Admits Family Was Never Separated Jon Levine,The Wrap 19 hours ago (June 23rd 2018) yahoo.com
“..Time Magazine issued a correction to their most recent cover story on Friday, revealing that Yanela Hernandez, who became world famous over a tearful image of her being separated from her family, was, in fact never separated at all.

“The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene,” read the correction at the bottom of their cover story.

“The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together.”

While there is no doubt the family separation policy at the border did take place, the revelation that Hernandez herself was not separated is a high-profile mistake for the iconic magazine…’

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Now You Know: North and South Korea Together?

Koreans hope for peace after North and South leaders meet

CBS Evening News
Published on Apr 28, 2018
After decades of tension, there are renewed hopes of peace on the Korean Peninsula after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Ben Tracy has more from Seoul, South Korea.

Christian World News – April 27, 2018 cbn.com
“…
Hope for peace: Will the summit between North and South Korea’s leaders bring lasting change? Why millions of Christians around the world are praying and fasting for the Korean peninsula. Plus, the false gods of North Korea. How the state religion is designed to replace Christianity and make gods out of the nation’s leaders. And, miracle on the baseball field. The congressman who survived a deadly attack and fought his way to recovery. Now, he’s giving thanks to God…”

North And South Korea Agree To Formally End The Korean War | TODAY

TODAY
Published on Apr 27, 2018
Overnight, North and South Korea came to a historic agreement vowing to formally end the Korean War after 65 years of conflict. NBC chief global correspondent Bill Neely reports live for TODAY from the DMZ.

Korean War Finally Ending, in Huge Victory for Peace Activists

TheRealNews
Published on Apr 27, 2018

Did Peace Just Break Out Between North and South Korea? By Heather Hurlburt @natsecHeather nymag.com/
“..Yes, that’s every morning in 2018. But today it wasn’t about Donald Trump, or only peripherally so. Had peace just broken out on the Korean peninsula?

In the wake of a summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, some surprising Establishment voices seemed to think so.

William Perry, who served both as secretary of Defense and as a presidential envoy to North Korea, took to Twitter to make the case for optimism:..”

The Deceptively Simple Promise of Korean Peace
Uri Friedman Apr 27, 2018 theatlantic.com
There’s a reason it hasn’t happened for 65 years.
“..On Friday, after becoming the first North Korean leader to step into South Korea, Kim Jong Un joined with South Korean President Moon Jae In in making an extraordinary announcement: The two leaders vowed to pursue the shared objective of a “nuclear-free Korean peninsula” and, by the end of this year, to finally proclaim an end to the Korean War…”

North Korea

The Most Secret Nation on Earth – North Korea – History Documentary

25 Surprising Facts You May Not Know About North Korea Candace Lowry
BuzzFeed Video Curator

Posted on June 25, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
A world with unicorns, no traffic lights, and a happy American veteran.
“..The Rungnado May Day stadium has more than 150,000 seats and houses the extravagant Mass Games…

In the 1990s all teachers were required to learn how to play accordions. Today, many citizens continue to specialize in the instrument…

As a way to intimidate South Korea and put on a front, Kijong-dong (Peace Village) was built after the Korean War…

After the Korean War, Joseph Dresnok crossed over the mine-laden border into North Korea. He met three other U.S. soldiers doing the same thing. However, Dresnok was the only one who chose to stay. He admitted, “I feel at home…I wouldn’t trade it for nothing.”..

Two of which are only available on weekends, while the other is broadcast in the evenings. Because of this, South Korean soap operas are among the most popular items smuggled in…

Because of its lack of resources, North Korea was forced to use human feces as fertilizer, demanding the product from its citizens…

A growing number of prisoners continue to fill the estimated 16 work camps.

This means half of the 24 million people don’t even have access to basic human needs.

Inside North Korea – BBC Documentary 2017 BBC horizon 2017

South Korea

S. Korean Church Marks 35 Years of Early Prayer

Praying for Peace

US evangelicals urge prayer for North and South Korea ahead of historic peace summit
Christian Today staff writer Thu 29 Mar 2018 15:38 BST christiantoday.com
“..A diverse collective of US evangelical leaders this week released a joint message urging prayer for peace and reconciliation in the Korean peninsula. It comes as North and South Korea today set a date for a historic summit on denuclearisation.

‘We are heartened by proposals for dialogue between our national leaders at a time when increasing tensions seemed to be marching our countries perilously in the direction of greater conflict, if not war,’ said the statement, posted at Evangelicals for Peace.

‘We call on all Christians everywhere to join us in praying for a just and peaceful resolution.’..”

Pray Round The World: North Korea – pray with us now! – 2 min video – Clayton TV

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Now You Know: LED Lights

The LED Light Bulb Explained

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http://www.electricsandlighting.co.uk/ are one of the UK’s leading suppliers and advisors on low energy lighting. Manufacturers now offer a wide range of solutions which will not only save you olney but help create the perfect light for every room in your house, place of work, retail oulet or leisure venue.

light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor light source. LEDs are used as indicator lamps in many devices and are increasingly used for other lighting. Appearing as practical electronic components in 1962, early LEDs emitted low-intensity red light, but modern versions are available across the visible, ultraviolet, and infrared wavelengths, with very high brightness.
When a light-emitting diode is forward-biased (switched on), electrons are able to recombine with electron holes within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence and the color of the light (corresponding to the energy of the photon) is determined by the energy gap of the semiconductor. An LED is often small in area (less than 1 mm2), and integrated optical components may be used to shape its radiation pattern. LEDs present many advantages over incandescent light sources including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size, and faster switching. LEDs powerful enough for room lighting are relatively expensive and require more precise current and heat management than compact fluorescent lamp sources of comparable output.
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LED Lighting – Stealth Weapon Deployed Around World, Particularly In Major Cities

Side Effects of LED Bulb – Led Lights Dangerous for Health – YouTube

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