16 January 2017

I've always said, "If it bleeds, it leads, and if it doesn't bleed, then someone will make it bleed."

I recently saw an article a friend was sharing on Facebook that said, "Running over protesters on roadways could soon be legal in North Dakota." I noticed they were quoting something from the Bismarck Tribune. So, I went and looked for the article. While it may still not be a good bill (as ti was only recently introduced to a committee in the legislature, many steps away from a law), still it isn't as the headline screams, "go run down the protesters." It may not be fake news, but it is overly sensationalized and gives the wrong impression. One of the many reasons I don't trust much of the news, and will dig a little more to find the original stories and sources.



Motorist liability introduced in response to pipeline protests | Government and Politics | bismarcktribune.com:



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06 January 2017

Why Rural America Voted for Trump - The New York Times

This article and the one from Cracked magazine(just watch the language) are probably the two best pieces to explain what I see here in rural northern Michigan.



Why Rural America Voted for Trump - The New York Times: "When you are the son or daughter of a carpenter or mechanic and a housewife or secretary who lives paycheck to paycheck, who can’t afford to send kids to college, as many rural residents are, white privilege is meaningless and abstract."



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29 December 2016

What Christmas in “Christian America” tells us about how ancient Israelites worshiped God | Pete Enns

What Christmas in “Christian America” tells us about how ancient Israelites worshiped God | Pete Enns: "The fact that the biblical writers protested so much against false worship probably tells us not so much how “rebellious” the Israelites were against clearly understood commands, but that the ancient Israelites were as detached from their official religion as are many/most Americans from official Christianity."



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12 November 2016

Money Sex Power Election | Liturgy

The reaction from an Anglican priest in New Zealand which mirrors my own thoughts (and for the record I voted for Gary Johnson).



Money Sex Power Election | Liturgy: "I was, and still am, surprised by people’s surprise at the result. The polarisation and siloing of perspectives is something that calls for careful reflection. And action. Each side of supporters so demonised the other side that there appeared little to no communication."



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07 September 2016

Eureka! Breakthrough Study Explains Why We Arrest Moms for Putting Kids in Nearly Non-Existent “Danger” | Free Range Kids

Eureka! Breakthrough Study Explains Why We Arrest Moms for Putting Kids in Nearly Non-Existent “Danger” | Free Range Kids: "“Our fears of leaving children alone have become systematically exaggerated in recent decades – not because the practice has become more dangerous, but because it has become socially unacceptable,” as the University put it in a news release."



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17 August 2016

Certitude: A Disaster Waiting To Happen - Brian Zahnd

Certitude: A Disaster Waiting To Happen - Brian Zahnd: "Real faith is forged in the fiery theodicy of Job’s bitter trial where every assumption of the goodness of God is put to the test. "



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