Christendom celebrates the Feast of the Holy Innocents today, Dec 28. The feast remembers young boys in Bethlehem massacred by King Herod, the Jewish puppet of Rome. According to Church teachings, Herod ordered the mass murder after learning that three visiting Magi or wise men were in town to pay homage to a babe foretold to become new king of the Jews. Fear. Hatred. Power. These fueled Herod’s massacre. He could not find one babe. So in a grotesque attempt at insurance, the king ordered troops to kill every boy two years old and younger. A still non-existent “crime”, absolute zero “intelligence” — every child “guilty” and put to the sword. In the 20th century, another tyrant would commit genocide. In Adolf Hitler’s mind, the smoke from his crematoriums twisted and curled must have spelled “For The Motherland”. That flashed in the mind as Fr. Felix Pasquin talked of Herod and Hitler in a suburban Bacolod church.Kill for … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Heart of Darkness
Police brutality statistics by race
By Steven T. Dennis Bloomberg Ben Brody Sarah Frier Mon., Dec. 17, 2018 Russia’s plot to wield social media sites to divide Americans and aid Donald Trump in the 2016 election was even more massive and sophisticated than previously understood, and efforts to disseminate disruptive messages continue. Those are the findings of two independent groups of researchers tasked by the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee. The reports, released Monday, concluded that posts from fake Russian accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube led to more than 300 million engagements between 2015 and 2017. Among the groups most heavily targeted by the Russians: African-Americans. The researchers found a cross-platform effort to target black Americans, often with memes about police brutality, and later feeding them voter suppression messages. Among the narratives shared with black audiences was a meme “I WON’T VOTE, WILL YOU?” Another said … [Read more...] about Russia waged pro-Trump social media plan, Senate panel told
(Reuters Health) - Black and Latino men are twice as likely as white men to die during interactions with police, according to a new study.Police-involved fatalities in the U.S. average nearly three deaths per day, researchers write in the American Journal of Public Health."Based on what we see in the media and the sheer volume of deaths we've seen covered in the last five years, this is a common event but the official data is woefully inadequate," said study leader Frank Edwards of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.Criminal justice data, which is primarily collected through the Bureau of Justice Statistics' Arrest-Deaths program or the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Supplementary Homicide Report, relies on voluntary reporting by police departments and often has limited geographic coverage, he said."Research on policing in the U.S. is often focused on New York, Chicago or L.A., but it's important to direct our attention to the tremendous volume happening outside of big cities," … [Read more...] about Police-involved deaths vary by race and place
caption Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. source Drew Angerer/Getty Images Amazon is going to be a brutal opponent for President Donald Trump if he decides to escalate his battle with the company. Amazon is largely popular with the American public – even with Trump supporters. Trump’s past corporate opponents, like the NFL, were weak where Amazon is strong. In November 2016, Donald Trump got 63 million votes for president. So let’s do a little comparative measuring. Amazon doesn’t release statistics on Prime membership, but the investment-research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners uses a consumer survey to estimate that 90 million American adults have access to an Amazon Prime membership. The investment bank Cowen uses another survey to estimate that there are 60 million Amazon Prime member households in the US. That’s up from 50 million … [Read more...] about If Trump runs against Amazon, he will lose
By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press Sun., March 4, 2018 LOS ANGELES—Can backlash tank a film’s Oscars prospects? It’s a situation that manifests nearly every year, where some awards hopeful is deemed problematic, like Saving Mr. Banks for glossing over Walt Disney’s unsavoury views, or Zero Dark Thirty for its perceived endorsement of torture. This season the target is Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. But unlike other campaigns derailed by controversy, Three Billboards has soldiered on and continued to pick up major awards for the film and its actors. It won best film at the British Academy Film Awards, best drama at the Golden Globes and best ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in addition to a slew of critics’ awards and a near-sweep of the major trophies for leading actress Frances McDormand and supporting actor Sam Rockwell. At Sunday’s Oscars, it’s up for seven awards including … [Read more...] about Has divisiveness doomed Oscar hopes for Three Billboards?