Daily Archives: October 14, 2018


He built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him.

Genesis 35:7

After Jacob’s first memorable encounter with God in the wilderness, he called the place Beth-el, which means “the house of God.” Many years later, after he had suffered and sinned and repented, and discovered the worthlessness of all earthly things, he renamed the place, El-beth-el; literally “the God of the house of God.”

Thus Jacob had shifted his emphasis from the sacred place to the God he had met there. God Himself now took the center of his interest.

We need to consider that many Christians never get beyond Beth-el. God is in their thoughts but He has not been given first place. Faithfulness to the local church is a good thing; but when the church becomes so large and important that it hides God from our eyes, it may become a good thing wrongly used.

Always God must be first—and we ought never forget that the church was never intended to substitute for God! What is our primary interest? Is it Beth-el or El-beth-el? Is it my church or my Lord? Is it my creed or my Christ?

Father God, I want You to have first place in my life and in the lives of the people in my local church. Help us to focus on You so that we can enjoy Your presence wherever we are—at church, at home, in the office or on vacation.[1]

[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Ratcliffe Discusses Sketchy Turkish Story Surrounding Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance… — The Last Refuge


Everything surrounding the “disappearance”, perhaps “murder”, of Saudi critic/journalist Jamal Khashoggi screams manufactured geopolitical propaganda.  All current narrative indications are pushing in one direction. Here are the warning flags:

♦Flag #1 – Jamal Khashoggi in self-exile, worked for The Washington Post, and was hiding behind ‘residency’ in the U.S. WaPo is a notorious left-wing intelligence propaganda outlet for the most politicized elements within the U.S. intelligence apparatus.

♦Flag #2 – Turkey (Recep Erdogan) pushing the narrative.  Erdogan is a notorious liar when it comes to his interests, and a master manipulator. Turkey/Erdogan is the most openly staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and has a self-interest in distracting/deflecting U.S. economic pressure from their ongoing relationship with Iran.

♦Flag #3 – Saudi Arabia [Mohamed Bin Salman (MbS)] has been instituting political and cultural reforms that are antithetical to the advanced objectives of the Muslim Brotherhood, Recep Erdogan (wants new Ottoman Empire), and extreme Islam.

♦Flag #4 –  The voices behind the U.S. push to promote the Jamal Khashoggi story are all aligned in one purposeful and ideological direction.  Former Obama officials including: John Brennan, Samantha Power, Valerie Jarrett et al, are all pushing the story in a transparent effort to create division between the U.S. and KSA and by extension benefit their Muslim Brotherhood and Iranian allies.

♦Flag #5 – The left-wing, highly political, intelligence apparatus – and all DC interests are joined by the notorious right-wing members of the UniParty war machine. [Rubio, Sasse, Flake, Schumer, Menendez, et al] Together with the exact same left-wing media voices (right and left), and all the political ‘think-tanks’, who advance the DC drumbeat.  Yes, the gang is all back together again in their high-brow pontification of ‘muh values‘.

♦Flag #6 – The story is being pushed into U.S. media outlets by a notorious Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece, Khaled Saffuri:

[I]n the past 24 hours we now have a glimpse of exactly who is feeding the establishment media reporting on the Khashoggi matter — including at least one source who was tied to a joint Libyan intelligence and al-Qaeda plot to assassinate the Saudi crown prince.

Khaled Saffuri is the protege of al-Qaeda fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi, who is currently serving a 17-year sentence in federal prison for his role as bagman for the Libyan/Al-Qaeda assassination plot.  (read more)


Ratcliffe Discusses Sketchy Turkish Story Surrounding Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance… — The Last Refuge

Domestic Terror Group ANTIFA Burns The American Flag As Portland Mayor Defends Non-Intervention Policy — Now The End Begins

Hillary Clinton and Maxine Waters have called for incivility and confrontation, and domestic terror group ANTIFA is only too happy to oblige their call to action

Domestic terror group ANTIFA is loved and promoted by the Liberal media at every turn. Like the KKK they wear masks that conceal their faces, they wear long shrouded outer garments, and they love to set things on fire like the American flag. They enjoy gathering in large mobs and terrorizing women and old people. But today they were confronted by a group of American patriots determined to end ANTIFA’s control of the streets of Portland.

ANTIA is anti-white, anti-cop and anti-law and order. ANTIFA is also a revolutionary communist-anarchist militia movement that aspires to forcibly overthrow the United States government. Did I mention that they receive millions of dollars in funding from George Soros? ANTIFA is welcomed with open arms in Liberal cities like Portland, San Francisco and New York City.

Members of ANTIFA clashed with ‘Patriot Prayer‘ in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, in the latest ugly incident in the progressive, “tolerant” city. Video shows agitators burning an American flag in the street, before it gets snatched away and extinguished.

Patriot Prayer is advocating for the removal of Mayor Tim Wheeler, who has defended the actions of his police department, which stood down as agitators blocked traffic and intimidated residents this week. ANTIFA, apparently, is backing the mayor.

Earlier in the week, ANTIFA had taken control of one of the city’s main streets and were demanding that cars make a hard right turn instead of going straight. This lead to confusion on the part of elderly motorists, who when confused, were chased and hunted down by ANTIA storm troops. One senior citizen has his window broken and thousands of dollars of damage done as rioters pounded on his vehicle.

Pusillanimous mayor Ted Wheeler defended his actions in allowing the riots to terrorize the people and guests of Portland, which is a self-described ‘tolerant city’.

FROM THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler came under fire over a viral video showing ANTIFA protesters blocking traffic and harassing drivers, but he says he supports the decision by police to watch from a distance without getting involved.

The video posted by journalist Andy C. Ngo showed protesters, including members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter, blocking an intersection and attempting to direct traffic at while officers on motorcycle watched from a block away.

Liberal Media Silent As ANTIFA In Oregon Terrorizing Locals And Shutting Down Roadways

At one point, the activists chased down 74-year-old Kent Houser after he made a right turn against their wishes, pounding on his silver Lexus and breaking a window. The car sustained thousands of dollars in damage, he told the Oregonian.

Even so, Mr. Wheeler insisted that “motorists should feel completely safe coming into downtown Portland.”

Demonstrators did not obtain a permit before holding the Oct. 6 march to protest the death of Patrick Kimmons, a 27-year-old black man who was shot and killed Sept. 30 by police. The shooting is under investigation.

The mayor has been accused of taking a kid-gloves approach to the protests that routinely roil the liberal enclave, such as the summer occupation of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building, which saw Portland police refuse to assist unless federal officers were in physical danger. READ MORE

Domestic Terror Group ANTIFA Burns The American Flag As Portland Mayor Defends Non-Intervention Policy — Now The End Begins


Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! … Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

—Isaiah 45:9

It was the enraptured Rutherford who could shout in the midst of serious and painful trials, “Praise God for the hammer, the file and the furnace.”

The hammer is a useful tool, but the nail, if it had feeling and intelligence, could present another side of the story. For the nail knows the hammer only as an opponent, a brutal, merciless enemy who lives to pound it into submission, to beat it down out of sight and clinch it into place. That is the nail’s view of the hammer, and it is accurate except for one thing: The nail forgets that both it and the hammer are servants of the same workman. Let the nail but remember that the hammer is held by the workman and all resentment toward it will disappear. The carpenter decides whose head shall be beaten next and what hammer shall be used in the beating. That is his sovereign right. When the nail has surrendered to the will of the workman and has gotten a little glimpse of his benign plans for its future it will yield to the hammer without complaint. ROR155-156

Lord, You are indeed sovereign and have every right to hammer me and shape me and mold me and use me any way You want. I yield today to Your plans for my life. Amen. [1]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Holy Spirit: Not Welcome Here — Pulpit & Pen

Holy Spirit is a popular and powerful worship song currenty played on Christian radio stations and sung in Sunday Services all across America. The song was first released in 2012 by the band Jesus Culture and has since made its way westward from Redding, California, the band’s home. It’s lyrics are as follows:

There’s nothing worth more
That could ever come close
No thing can compare
You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord
I’ve tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
Your presence, Lord
There’s nothing worth more
That could ever come close
No thing can compare
You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord
I’ve tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
Your presence, Lord
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord

If this song is being sung in your local church, you should be very alarmed.

First and foremost, it presents a heretical view of God. The singers of this song “welcome” the Holy Spirit to “fill the atmosphere” of the room. God the Holy Sprit is not some element in gaseous form who can be expected to fill the room like oxygen, nitrogen, or helium. He is not to be breathed in to an intoxicating effect. The Holy Spirit is just that, spirit. He is immaterial. He is also the sovereign God of the cosmos. He requires no invitation.

Secondly, the source of this song is wicked to the core. The band Jesus Culture hails from Bethel Redding Church, a den of blasphemy and deception that is a prominent part of a greater heretical movement, the New Apostolic Reformation. At Bethel Redding, the “presence” of the the Holy Spirit is physically counterfeited, among many ways, in the form gold dust “glory clouds” and angel feathers falling from the ceiling.

Should a song which includes chants about the presence of a Holy God be provided by a group of blasphemors who make a living out of faking it, who make a living out of decieving others? Bethel Redding and Jesus Culture use their music to whip their followers into an emotional state fit to manipulate them. They do so in the name of “Jesus” and “The Holy Spirit.” Is the worship pastor of your church doing the same when he asks you to sing this song? The Holy Spirit is God. Respect him enough not the sing this song about him. Love your brother enough to challenge him in his error when he does. Do not welcome Holy Spirit at your church.

For information on Bethel Redding see this well-researched article.

For an example of how to challenge this song at your church, see this letter I sent to my former music minister:

I’d like to generally commend you for your Sunday morning song selection. In all the time I’ve been attending RSBC, I can only remember hearing Hillsong once and the songs you pick are almost always sound.
One glaring exception is the song “Holy Spirit”. Not only is this song theologically unsound, it comes from the minds of “Jesus Culture”, the popular band hailing from Bill Johnson’s Bethel Redding Church. I’d like to offer you the following wisdom from Pastor Gabe Hughes about singing Jesus Culture songs in Christ’s church:
“Here’s three reasons why you shouldn’t play their music in church. First, their songs offer nothing substantive. Your church will not be missing anything if you don’t play Jesus Culture songs, but you will be missing something if you do. As I’ve written about before, there’s nothing biblically solid about their music. If you think you hear doctrinally sound lyrics, that’s because the song is ambiguous enough to allow you to impose your (probably better) theology upon it. But if their teaching isn’t biblical, neither will their music be.
Second, you would inadvertently be endorsing their church. If someone found out the song you sang on Sunday came from Jesus Culture, that could open the door for that person exposing them to Bethel’s teaching and heresy. I shared an occasion of this happening in a previous article (linked above).
And third, you would be paying them for their songs. If your church is singing something other than hymns or what’s in the public domain, then you probably have a CCLI license. That means you pay royalties on the songs that you sing. If some of those songs are from Jesus Culture, you are paying them to sing their music. (By the way, these reasons also apply to why we shouldn’t sing Hillsong tunes either.)”
Even if the song were not written by some of the most dangerous people in the Christian music industry, the Holy Spirit is not some kind of tangible gas that “fills the atmosphere” nor is he someone who needs our invitation or “welcome” to a specific place, especially a church. God tabernacles with believers. We needn’t ask for his presence.
I hope Gary, that you will never perform this song in our church (or anywhere else) ever again. It is not fit for God’s people.


Seth Dunn

*Please note that the preceding is my personal opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.

via Holy Sprit: Not Welcome Here — Pulpit & Pen

75 Yr-Old Joe Biden Leads 2020 Democrat Presidential Poll – 77 Yr-Old Bernie in Second Place — The Gateway Pundit

A new poll released by CNN shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading a crowded field of potential Democrat nominees. 75-year-old Joe picks up 33%, while 77-year-old washed-out Marxist Bernie Sanders somehow comes in second with 13%.

Pocahontas Warren, Spartacus Booker, Bloomberg, and creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti score in the single digits.

Out of 1009 respondants to the poll, 10 of them would actually vote for Avenatti to be President.

CNN reports:

Americans are becoming more likely to think President Donald Trump will win a second term in office, while Joe Biden stands atop a crowded field of Democrats perhaps looking to replace him, according to a new CNN Pollconducted by SSRS.

In the race for the Democratic nomination to face Trump, former Vice President Biden leads a massive potential field. The poll asked Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents to choose their preferred presidential nominee among 16 possible candidates. Biden tops the list with 33% support, followed by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the 2016 runner-up, at 13%. Sen. Kamala Harris of California follows at 9%, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 8%. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry garnered 5% support.

Sanders continues to prompt some of the same divisions he did in 2016, garnering lower support among self-identified Democrats and older voters. Among those who consider themselves Democrats, 34% back Biden, 11% Harris, 9% Sanders and 8% Warren. Among independents who say they lean to the Democratic Party, however, Sanders stands in second place, with 21% (Biden has 31%, Warren 8% and Harris 7%).

In an interview this past July, Trump exclaimed that he would love to face Biden, while saying of Biden’s past Presidential runs “He never got more than 1 percent and President Obama took him out of the garbage heap.”

75 Yr-Old Joe Biden Leads 2020 Democrat Presidential Poll – 77 Yr-Old Bernie in Second Place — The Gateway Pundit

Illegal US Meddling in Affairs of Other Countries

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Non-interventionism is a core UN Charter principle, member states obligated to respect the sovereignty of all nations – disputes to be settled “by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.”

All member states “shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state…”

“Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter…”

Nations are prohibited from interfering in the internal affairs of others – except in self-defense if attacked, even the only if authorized by the Security Council, not presidents, prime ministers, legislatures or courts.

Article 15 of the Covenant of the League of Nations prohibited intervention by one country against others.

So does the binding 1933 Montevideo Convention on Rights and Duties of States – banning “interference with the freedom, the sovereignty, or other internal affairs, or the processes of the Governments of other nations.”

In 1965, the General Assembly adopted a Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention and Interference in the Domestic Affairs of States – the principle upheld by the International Court of Justice in its rulings.

The principle of non-intervention protects the sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity of all nations.

All of the above are mute points when the US preemptively attacks other nations without just cause, naked aggression by any standard – the core principle of non-intervention flagrantly violated time and again against governments threatening no one.

US claims about humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building have no legal standing.

All US wars and other interventionist acts since World War II were and remain flagrantly illegal.

Washington intervened against and toppled countless sovereign governments, assassinated numerous leaders, removed others by coup d’etats and other color revolutions, reigning terror worldwide on every continent, wanting them carved up for profit and control.

Interfering in the electoral process of other nations is longstanding US policy – notably in Central and South America, Africa, Central Asia, Iraq, Ukraine, Iran and Russia.

Washington seeks dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations, wanting pro-Western regimes worldwide subservient to its interests.

Sovereign independent governments are targeted for elimination – NATO used as a belligerent instrument in pursuing US geopolitical aims.

On numerous occasions, Russia urged the US to agree on mutual  nonintervention, both countries pledging noninterference in each other’s internal affairs.

Each time proposed, ruling US authorities rejected the offer, senior Russian Foreign Ministry official Georgy Borisenko explained, saying:

“…Washington is stubbornly evading this proposal. They refuse it in a simply categorical manner” – refusing to change its flagrantly illegal interventionist policy.

The Kremlin most recently proposed mutual nonintervention ahead of July 16 Putin/Trump summit talks in Helsinki, Finland, the offer turned down by Washington.

Republicans and undemocratic Dems want nothing interfering in their interventionist agenda.

Russia is wrongfully accused of interfering in the political and other affairs of the US and other countries time and again – no evidence ever cited because there is none.

Indisputable evidence shows how often Washington unlawfully intervenes against other country – notably by attacking them aggressively or trying to topple their ruling governments by other means.

All US interventionist actions flagrantly violate core international law – what imperial rage is all about, seeking dominance over other nations extrajudicially.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Syria, Ukraine, and Alleged Cyberattacks

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Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Ukraine, and Alleged Cyberattacks

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

“Conditions in Syria remain tense,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) explained.

Endless conflict continues because the US, NATO, Israel, and the Saudis oppose resolution.

Idlib province remains infested with US-supported terrorists. Al Nusra jihadists refuse to comply with Russian/Turkish agreed on buffer zone terms.

They continue shelling residential areas with US/European supplied heavy weapons, along with committing other atrocities.

MZ: “(D)evelopments on the eastern bank of the Euphrates are cause for increasing concern. (T)he Americans are in charge of this area, relying on their allies from among Kurds.”

“The efforts they are making to set up a sort of special administration that is unrelated to the current Constitution of Syria are yielding results that are far from positive, judging by the developments we see ‘on the ground.’ ”

US aims remain unchanged since the Obama regime launch naked aggression in March 2011 – seeking regime change, partition of Syria for easier control, and looting of its resources.

Endless war continues with no prospect for resolution any time soon. US forces pretend to be combatting ISIS they support, deploying their fighters to parts of the country where the Pentagon and CIA want them used.

MZ accused US and allied forces of operating in Syria illegally, uninvited by Damascus, unlike Russian and Hezbollah forces along with Iranian military advisors.

The presence of US forces in the country, along with Washington’s support for ISIS and other terrorists makes conflict resolution unattainable.

On October 9, Assad issued Legislative Decree No. 18, granting general amnesty to Syrians inside and outside the country who avoided military conscription.

They’re exempt from criminal liability under the 1950 Military Penalties Law. Moscow welcomed the move, another step toward reconciliation with all Syrians.

Ukraine is a US-installed, Nazi-infested, fascist dictatorship at war with its own people, encouraged and supported by Washington.

Its puppet parliament “approved…the most radical” option to make the Ukrainian language the only official one – despite over eight million Russians in the country.

“Ukrainization” aims to marginalize and discriminate against its Russian-speaking citizens and residents.

“The bill introduces a mandatory national Ukrainian language test for all citizens involved in areas specified by law, who must use the national language in their professional activity,” MZ explained.

Other provisions violate ethnic minority rights, guaranteed by the Law on Ethnic Minorities, including free expression and use of their native language.

MZ: “We see this as an attempt by the governing regime to play the ‘language card’ for the sake of preserving power. It appears that Kiev is not bothered by the growing tension and discord in Ukrainian society as a consequence of the violation of the rights and interests of millions of citizens.”

A parliamentary resolution “impose(s) severe restrictions on a number of television channels including 112 Ukraine and NewsOne by among other things freezing their assets and banning their licenses and use of frequencies.”

“The developments are presented as countering ‘foreign propaganda and spreading terrorism ideology.’ ”

Other media outlets were targeted the same way. “This is a real war in the domestic information space, a fight against dissident thinking, an assault on the independent media.”

Democratic values in Ukraine are nonexistent, speech, media, and academic freedoms prohibited.

MZ called Kiev’s control over the media “information banditry.” Its ruling authorities shut down media conflicting with their official narrative.

Independent journalists face criminal prosecution on fake charges. All despotic regimes operate the same way, Ukraine a fascist dictatorship in Europe’s heartland.

Hardliners in Washington and Britain falsely accused Russia of cyberattacks, part of longstanding Kremlin and Putin bashing.

MZ: “(W)e hear groundless accusations stemming entirely from the desire to engage in propaganda, using the commonest pretexts and the simplest messages of explanation.”

It’s a fabricated “anti-Russian campaign,” falsely claiming “cyber attacks…allegedly took place in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and a whole number of European countries.”

“(I)t was easy to see through it all.” Russia “has long been working to combat” cyber crime…But who needs rules, if the trend in the Western community is to drop rules, walk out of them and promote one’s own exclusion from them?”

Cyber attacks aim at Russia, not from the country against others. Claims otherwise are fabricated.

“We hope that the international community will be guided by common sense and facts and will not let itself be fooled by a group of countries attempting to seize control of the international information space and dictate its will from a position of strength to the whole world,” MZ stressed.

Sweden cancels traditional Christmas concert and increases promotions for Islamic events

Sweden’s, and perhaps the world’s largest outdoor Christmas concert “Oh Holy Night”, which traditionally airs on Swedish national TV on Christmas Eve each year, has been cancelled, SVT news reports

This is most likely yet another example of Swedish traditions being suppressed in order not to offend migrants who don’t hold Christian beliefs.

Earlier incidents include:

Replacing Lucia, who according to the ancient Swedish Pagan Yule tradition always has been a long haired, blonde, beautiful woman, with a black boy.

Putting a woman in a hijab on the annual Advent/Christmas calendar.

Cancelling the traditional student choirs’ appearance on TV at Valborg (Swedish Pagan spring celebration).

Principals forbidding students to wave the Swedish flag on graduation day.

Prayer for diversity at National Day celebration events.

Left-wing Swedes promoting the idea that Sweden’s National Day should not be celebrated, on TV and in national papers.

At the same time Muslim culture and traditions are intensely promoted:

On Midsummer’s Day (Sweden’s most important and traditional holiday) TV4 decided to let a woman in a hijab teach the Swedes how to cook kebab properly.

Ramadan is celebrated with public events in several Swedish cities as well as on TV.

Authorities are allowing Islamic call to prayer (at 110 dB), and at the same time forbidding Christian churches to ring their bells.

Sadly, this is not unique for Sweden. Similar things have occurred, and continue to occur all over Western Europe.

In order to save ourselves we need to start speaking up, and to stop accepting the destruction of our culture, counties and continent NOW. In a few years it will be too late.

Source: Sweden cancels traditional Christmas concert and increases promotions for Islamic events

BBC will have more gay characters in its shows to combat ‘heteronormative culture’

by Anita Singh, Telegraph:

The BBC is going to increase the number of LGBT people appearing in its programmes and news output as part of new diversity reforms.

They will be “incidental” portrayals, meaning that their sexuality is not part of a storyline or directly relevant to a news item.

Off-screen and off-air, LGBT staff will be encouraged to “bring their whole self to work” and be open about their sexuality.

Other recommendations include the use of non-binary pronouns used by staff where appropriate, and a network of “straight allies” who will announce their status with pin badges or special email signatures.

They are included in a new report based on a survey of LGBT staff attitudes, which found that many perceived the corporation to have a “heteronormative culture”.

LGBT staff account for 11 per cent of the total BBC workforce and 12 per cent of senior staff. BBC bosses say they have acted to ensure they retain and attract the best LGBT talent as an employer, and to appeal to a younger audience as a broadcaster.

James Purnell, director of radio and education, said: “One of our big challenges currently is around young audiences.

“In a recent YouGov survey only 51% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they identified as completely heterosexual.

“An organisation that appears to have a heteronormative culture is not one that is going to cut ice with them either as a consumer or an employee.

“We’re aiming to create the most open, inclusive culture we can.”

Read here

Sunday Talks: Rep John Ratcliffe Discusses DOJ and FBI Corruption… — The Last Refuge

Two distinct issues within the corruption story: (1) FISA abuse during the election; (2) A soft-coup attempt following the election.  Though there is overlap surrounding the motive behind both issues, each is an independent and unique investigative pathway. John Ratcliffe does a great job walking through each distinction.

Texas Representative John Ratcliffe is one of the few Judiciary Committee members who has reviewed the totality of all classified FISA information held by the DOJ and FBI.  Ratcliffe discusses the upcoming testimony of Nellie Ohr and how that pertains to the ongoing investigation into FISA abuses by Sally Yates and Andrew McCabe.

Representative Ratcliffe also outlines the second issue involving the soft-coup effort and how current DAG Rod Rosenstein and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe are in conflict with each other.   Ratcliffe explains how he has seen all of the documents and gives a specific example to how they relates to the request for declassification in exposing the corruption.  Very good interview:

via Sunday Talks: Rep John Ratcliffe Discusses DOJ and FBI Corruption… — The Last Refuge

October 14 Daily Help

NO human mind can adequately estimate the infinite value of the divine sacrifice, for great as is the sin of God’s people, the atonement which takes it away is immeasurably greater. Therefore the believer, even when sin rolls like a black flood, and the remembrance of the past is bitter, can yet stand before the blazing throne of the great and holy God, and cry, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea, rather, that hath risen again.” While the recollection of his sin fills him with shame and sorrow, he at the same time makes it a foil to show the brightness of mercy—guilt is the dark night in which the fair star of divine love shines with serene splendor.[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 291). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Google CEO tells senators that censored Chinese search engine could provide “broad benefits”

As we’ve said in other posts Google’s joint project with the Chinese communist party won’t stay in China. In fact it seems to be coming to our shores more quickly than we thought.

(From The Intercept)

In a letter newly obtained by The Intercept, Pichai told a bipartisan group of six senators that Google could have “broad benefits inside and outside of China,” but said he could not share details about the censored search engine because it “remains unclear” whether the company “would or could release a search service” in the country.

Pichai’s letter contradicts the company’s search engine chief, Ben Gomes, who informed staff during a private meeting that the company was aiming to release the platform in China between January and April 2019.

Click here for the article.

Source: Google CEO tells senators that censored Chinese search engine could provide “broad benefits”

Maxine Waters snubs Chicago’s Democrat royalty as no-show at a fundraising event that was supposed to feature her

“Auntie Maxine” morphing into Ross Perot’s legendary “crazy aunt in the basement”?

Source: Maxine Waters snubs Chicago’s Democrat royalty as no-show at a fundraising event that was supposed to feature her

Sunday Talks: Representative Jim Jordan Discusses DAG Rosenstein Hiding From Congress… — The Last Refuge

Ohio Representative Jim Jordan discusses Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refusing to answer questions from congressional oversight, and the upcoming additional testimony of James Baker (Team McCabe) and the first round of questions for Ms. Nellie Ohr.

via Sunday Talks: Representative Jim Jordan Discusses DAG Rosenstein Hiding From Congress… — The Last Refuge

Democrats Still Can’t Recover From Clinton’s Loss to Trump – US Academic

Despite the increasing polarization of US society, the Democratic Party has still failed to regain the support of its original working-class base, Brown University associate professor Vladimir Golstein told Sputnik. He explained why the American public would still prefer Republicans in the long run.

Source: Democrats Still Can’t Recover From Clinton’s Loss to Trump – US Academic

The world’s biggest stock bear predicts ‘immediate and severe consequences’ for the record-setting market — and explains why $20 trillion will be wiped from stocks

Reuters/Brendan McDermid

  • John Hussman — the outspoken investor and former professor who has been predicting a stock crash — says the Federal Reserve is largely to blame for a toxic situation in markets that’s headed for “immediate and severe consequences.”
  • Hussman predicts that an imminent crash will wipe out $20 trillion of equity market value.
  • The situation is particularly dangerous right now because historically stretched valuations are being coupled with weakening market internals, says Hussman.

It makes John Hussman sick when people praise the Federal Reserve.

Yes, the central bank’s historically easy monetary policy helped drag the US out of its worst economic collapse in almost a century. But Hussman argues that this approach was ultimately “deranged,” and has created a bubble that’s threatening to put the 2008 financial meltdown to shame.

To Hussman — a former economics professor who’s now the president of the Hussman Investment Trust — the Fed hasn’t earned the plaudits it often receives. He argues the market has yet to feel the complete aftermath of the bank’s unprecedented stimulus.

“The current back-slapping about the success of extraordinary monetary policy is a lot like declaring victory in a football game at halftime, just before a flock of fire-breathing dragons swoops onto the field and eats the leading team,” he wrote in a recent blog post. “We have to allow for the possibility that the second half of the game will be violently unrecognizable.”

Hussman estimates that the coming crash will wipe out more than $20 trillion in market value over the next few years. And he blames the Fed.

“The Fed created yet another yield-seeking bubble that has encouraged vastly expanded indebtedness in every sector of the economy,” he explained.

A nuanced look at the role of valuations

However, there’s an obvious elephant in the room when it comes to Hussman’s commentary: He’s been calling for the equity market to lose two-thirds of its value for months, and it hasn’t happened yet. In fact, stocks have chugged higher, setting new records seemingly every other week.

Hussman is well aware of this fact, and has honed his bearish forecast over the past several months. To him, it’s no longer enough to point out the historically-extended stock valuations underpinned by Fed accommodation, even though they remind him of the periods around the 2000 and 2007 market peaks.

It’s more nuanced than that. Hussman is now focused on the so-called market internals accompanying those lofty valuations — otherwise known as the daily gyrations occurring beneath the surface of major indexes.

Hussman argues that those internals can provide a good reading of short-term investor psychology, and can signal whether traders are in a speculative or risk-averse mood.

When speculation starts to wane, that’s when the market is most vulnerable to a sharp downturn. And when that’s coupled with stretched valuations, it’s a toxic situation all around.

In recent months, Hussman notes that the S&P 500‘s ascent to new highs has been driven by an increasingly narrow group of stocks. This is the type of weak internal development that worries him.

The chart below sees this dynamic in action. It shows every instance in the past 25 years that (1) the S&P 500 has been within 0.6% of a five-year high, (2) the number of NYSE stocks at 52-week lows exceeded 4% of issues traded, and (3) that last figure was at least 50% above new highs.

“The only time we’ve ever seen a confluence of risk factors anywhere close to those of today was the week of March 24, 2000, which marked the peak of the technology bubble,” Hussman said.

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“The profound narrowing we observe in daily data, coupled with repeated leadership reversals within a fraction of a percent of the recent market highs, is what amplifies the likelihood that recent valuation extremes will have immediate and severe consequences,” Hussman added.

He continued: “We observed a similar combination of internal divergences, leadership reversal, and ragged participation immediately surrounding the 2007, 2000, 1987 and 1973 market peaks.”

Hussman’s track record

For the uninitiated, Hussman has repeatedly made headlines by predicting a stock-market decline exceeding 60% and forecasting a full decade of negative equity returns. And as the stock market has continued its seemingly unstoppable grind higher, he’s persisted with his calls, undeterred.

But before you dismiss Hussman as a wonky perma-bear, consider his track record, which he breaks down in his latest blog post. Here are the arguments he lays out:

  • Predicted in March 2000 that tech stocks would plunge 83%, then the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 index lost an “improbably precise” 83% during a period from 2000 to 2002
  • Predicted in 2000 that the S&P 500 would likely see negative total returns over the following decade, which it did
  • Predicted in April 2007 that the S&P 500 could lose 40%, then it lost 55% in the subsequent collapse between 2007 and 2009

In the end, the more evidence Hussman unearths around the stock market’s unsustainable conditions, the more worried investors should get. Sure, there may still be returns to be realized in this current market cycle, but at what point does the mounting risk of a crash become too unbearable?

That’s a question investors will have to answer themselves. And one that Hussman will clearly keep exploring in the interim.

Source: The world’s biggest stock bear predicts ‘immediate and severe consequences’ for the record-setting market — and explains why $20 trillion will be wiped from stocks