Friday, May 02, 2008

Video: The World's Superclass Examined

Video: David Frum Blows His Stack at Being Questioned

Former Chinese Prisoner Confirms Live Organ Harvesting

Recently a witness from Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province has come forward and revealed what he discovered during his detention in Wuxi City No.2 Detention Center. According to the witness, many cases of organ harvesting occurred during 2002. He was detained from 2005 to 2007 because he made opposing comments about China's unlawful control of personal speech and media. During his imprisonment he learned that not only death row prisoners were killed for their organs, but Falun Gong practitioners, too.

Low Respect Levels for Journalists and Politicians

Politicians just can't get any respect, according to an Angus Reid Strategies survey of how Canadians feel about various professions ... The poll revealed only 25 per cent of Canadians respect politicians, a sharp drop from 61 per cent in 1994. Journalists also took a big hit. In 1994, the public had a fairly high regard for people in the news business but those days are gone. Back then 73 per cent had a great deal or a fair amount of respect for journalists; now it's just 49 per cent.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Top Films Have Conservative Values

Americans preferred – sometimes by a huge margin – movies that are conservative, patriotic and pro-American containing traditional, biblical values over anti-capitalist, socialist, atheist or perverse sexual themes. "Movies with very strong biblical, traditional values, or capitalist ideals, patriotic ideals and pro-American attitudes, do much better at the box office than movies promoting Marxism, political correctness, atheism, and sexual perversion," said Ted Baehr, publisher of MOVIEGUIDE: A Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission ministry.

The Extent of Rockefeller Wealth

A group of descendants of John D. Rockefeller, who founded Exxon's predecessor Standard Oil in 1870, will begin a campaign to split the role of chief executive and chairman of the board at the oil and gas group, a role held by Rex Tillerson ... The family is calling for an independent chairman and a bigger leadership role for the directors ... More than 100 Rockefeller descendants hold a significant stake in Exxon through a variety of trusts, but the exact percentage is unknown. The campaign is being spearheaded by Neva Rockefeller Goodwin, an economist and great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, as well as Peter O’Neill, head of the Rockefeller family committee dealing with ExxonMobil. He is a great-great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller.

Methodists Retain Policies on Homosexuality

The United Methodist Church held to its traditional rules on homosexuality Wednesday (April 30), refusing to support or celebrate same-sex unions and maintaining language that calls homosexual activity "incompatible with Christian teaching" ... Many Methodists rose to speak in favor of a clear continuation of traditional teachings, especially for the purpose of evangelizing to a world that they said is beset by moral confusion.

Torstar Profits Fall 25 Per Cent

Revenue fell 6.8 per cent to $351.7 million in the quarter ended March 31, while operating profit declined by 25 per cent to $36.2 million. A $20.8-million restructuring charge to cover 160 job cuts contributed to a net loss of $3.5 million, or four cents a share, which compared to net income of $15.7 million, 20 cents a share, in the first quarter of 2007. Even without the restructuring charge, net income would have declined to $10.3 million, or 13 cents a share.

$700,000 to Chuaffeur Around Former PMs Martin, Chretien

Canadians paid more than $700,000 for Mountie bodyguards to keep former prime ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin safe and secure over the past three years, Sun Media has learned. Documents obtained through Access to Information show RCMP VIP policing costs for Martin totalled $442,000 for the two years since he was defeated in the January 2006 election, including round-the-clock police protection when he ventures out in public. Chretien's security tab topped $260,000 between January 2005 and March 2008.

Ontario to Collect Race-Based Student Data

The Ontario government is quietly laying the groundwork to collect ethnic, racial and other diversity data on two million elementary and secondary students in a controversial plan not yet made public. Toronto's public board is among a handful already assembling race-based data for in-house research on how to help disadvantaged students succeed in school ... The education ministry is making enquiries about how to go about gathering and using details about student race and ethnicity "for education purposes."

The Brilliant C.S. Lewis

Born in 1898 in Belfast, the author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Surprised by Joy and so many others, Jack Lewis - he was never comfortable with Clive Staples - was and remains the most accomplished and successful communicator of the Christian message in modern literary history. But his humility equalled his brilliance. He was, he always said, just an ordinary teacher. Not quite.

Animal Rights Activist OK With Murder

At the "Confronting Animal Cruelty" conference in the Salt Lake City Library, 2NEWS Brian Mullahy got a chance to speak with Dr. Vlasak about the measures that activists should take. Mullahy: Is murder on the table as an option? Vlasak: Whatever it takes to stop someone from abusing animals is certainly morally acceptable. Vlasak also said: "Nothing is more violent and radical than what's being done to non-human animals in our society," said Vlasak. "If a researcher won't stop abusing animals and is stopped physically, whether with the use of force, or is killed, I certainly wouldn't lose sleep over that idea."

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Obscene Oil Company Profits

Petro-Canada, Royal Dutch Shell and BP collectively hauled in $17.8 billion in first-quarter profits, with the announcements blowing past analysts' expectations yesterday as the price of crude oil continued to hover above $115 (U.S.) a barrel. With some predicting oil at $200 over the coming years – Qatar's energy minister says even late 2008 is a possibility — the earnings party appears poised to last until the taps stop flowing.

Evolution Does Not Rule Out God

Dr. Ayala, a former Dominican priest, said he told his audiences not just that evolution is a well-corroborated scientific theory, but also that belief in evolution does not rule out belief in God. In fact, he said, evolution “is more consistent with belief in a personal god than intelligent design. If God has designed organisms, he has a lot to account for.”

The Epidemic of School Sex Abuse

Anecdotal evidence and statistical studies hint that sex abuse in American public schools is at epidemic proportions and that school districts regularly sweep the problem under the carpet - moving offending teachers on with glowing references just to transfer the trash. Cynics say the reason the problem doesn't surface in the press is because public schools are shielded by legislation that protects their assets from being seized in lawsuits. "Where there's no money," the argument goes, "there's no lawyer; and where there's no lawyer, there's no story."

The Continuing Failure of the 'Safe Sex' Philosophy

Recently released infection rates in (Ottawa) show the rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in 15-to-24-year-old females increased 89 and 88 per cent respectively from 1997 to 2007. In males the same age, chlamydia rates more than doubled and gonorrhea rates more than tripled in the same time. Dr. David Salisbury said there has also been a spike in syphilis in young gay men.

Abortion Changes You

When I became pregnant at 18, I had an abortion. I was completely unprepared for the emotional fallout. I thought the abortion would erase the pregnancy. I thought I could move on with my life. I was wrong. I experienced periods of intense anger followed by periods of profound sadness. When my feelings became too difficult to deal with, I reached out for help from a trained counsellor. With counseling and the help of supportive friends, I was able to enter into a healthy grieving process.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Former Abortionist Speaks Out

Carol Everett, a former abortionist, has dedicated her life to both counselling and helping inner-city women with the challenges of unintended pregnancies and educating the public about the horrors of abortion ... “I sold abortions. When we opened, we did 45 abortions the first month. The last month [we were open], we did 545 abortions,” she admitted in a statement. Everett, who has suffered from the personal trauma of three abortions, said she eventually left the abortion industry for good.

Pastor John Hagee Says: 'Thank You, Pope Benedict'

During his recent visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI not only conducted mass and met with the Catholic faithful, but he made a series of public statements about the role that our Judeo-Christian faith can play during these challenging times. As an evangelical Protestant I happen to disagree with Pope Benedict on many issues of Christian doctrine and ritual. But when it comes to his moral vision for America and the world I have one thing to say in response to the Pope's visit: Amen.

Chinese Slave Children Being 'Sold Like Cabbages'

Thousands of children are being sold "like cabbages" to China's booming factories as virtual slave labour. The Southern Metropolis Daily was told stories of hundreds of children being sent to electronics and toy factories across southern China. Young people – some aged under 10 – are said to have been discovered being bought and sold at a street market in Sichuan, one of rural China's most overpopulated provinces.

Swiss Government Grants Rights to Animals and Plants

The same country that violates human dignity with legalized physician-assisted suicide and abortion is now granting rights and protection to animals and plants. Under a new law passed by the Swiss parliament last week, dog owners will be required to complete a canine treatment course, anglers must take classes on humane fishing and goldfish may no longer be flushed down the toilet. The Swiss government’s ethics committee also is considering “plant dignity” rights to protect plant life.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Video: The End of Nations - The Lisbon Treaty

Who Rules the World?

The rise of nation states produced national ruling classes. It would be odd if the current integration of the world economy did not produce new global elites—business people and financiers who run global companies and global politicians who steer supra-national organisations such as the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund. David Rothkopf, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, argues that these elites constitute nothing less than a new global “superclass."

Video: Genocide of Native Canadians?

Los Angeles Now a 'Third World' City

Los Angeles is becoming a "Third World city" with immigrants making up half its workforce, says a new study.A third of immigrants have not graduated from high school and 60 per cent do not speak English fluently, the Migration Policy Institute found ... The organisation added that as the so-called baby boomers reach retirement age, a similar pattern will spread across the U.S.

46 Christians Arrested in China

Chinese Government officials (have) launched a strategic campaign against House Church Members in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, entitled "Anti-illegal Christian Activities Campaign." In a specific incidence, on Sunday April 13, 2008, 46 Christians were arrested in Shache County, Kashi City, Xinjiang. 46 House Church Christians were holding Bible class and worship in the home of Mr. Ding Zhichun, when Public Security Officials intruded into Ding's home and arrested all of them.

Some Straight Talk About Casual Sex

The time for some straight talk about casual sex is long overdue. Every young person needs to know the following three truths: Casual sex impairs the ability to establish a lasting emotion bond ... Casual sex leaves young people alone and lonely ... The so-called “sexual revolution” has produced dramatic increases in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Top Theologian Leaves Anglican Church of Canada

One of the world's most famous evangelical theologians quit the Anglican Church of Canada this week because he believes many of its bishops are "arguably heretical" for adhering to "poisonous liberalism." James (J.I.) Packer, whom Time magazine recently named as one of the planet's 25 most influential evangelicals, said he hesitated before using the harsh terms to describe the Anglican bishops, but believed he must do so in the name of truth.

Newspapers Continue Steep Circulation Decline

Print circulation continues on its steep downward slide, the Audit Bureau of Circulations revealed ... When a full analysis appears it is expected to find, according to sources, the biggest dip yet, about 3.5% daily and 4.5 for Sunday ... The New York Times lost more than 150,000 copies on Sunday. Circulation on that day fell a whopping 9.2% to 1,476,400. The paper's daily circulation declined 3.8% to 1,077,256.