“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
May 10 1 Samuel 8:1-9:27 John 6:22-42 Psalm 106:32-48 Proverbs 14:34-35
I Samuel 8:3 – Wasn’t this the issue with Eli’s kids? Sadly this happened to Billy Sunday’s children as well. From Rick Grubbs:
“Billy Sunday was the most famous and successful evangelist of the early 1900’s. He was a flamboyant professional baseball player who met Christ at Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. Within a few years he had formed a very successful crusade team which captured media attention all over the country. He is remembered as a colorful preacher who not only led multitudes to Christ, but also led the fight against ending prohibition. Billy Sunday would be considered a success by almost any standard. Yet he lamented, “The great tragedy of my life is that though I have led thousands to Christ, my own sons are not saved.” Indeed his sons mocked their father’s ministry and were drunks with horrible family lives, one of whom ended his life by suicide. It was the practice of the Sundays to leave their children in the care of a nanny while they pursued their ministry. Maybe we should note that fact as we discern what truly is redeeming the time. “
John 6:41 – Relying on human logic, the people searched for Jesus. Jesus said you just want another earthly dinner – get an eternal dinner! They want works of God – Jesus says just believe on me. They want a sign (more dinner), He discourages them by saying they don’t believe. At the end they refuse to believe He is from heaven, because they still rely on human logic.
Psalm 106:37 – Speaking of unbelieving people, this verse tells us where sin leads to: sacrificing their sons and daughters to idols. But note Psalm 106:43 – Many times did he deliver them! Why? Because of the multitude of His mercies (Psalm 106:45). Let us rejoice with the Psalmist and say Amen, Hallelujah (English: Praise ye the LORD!) (Psalm 106:48).
Proverbs 14:35 – We’ve seen today what sin does to a people. And the Israelites are not the only people to slaughter their children… over 60 million since Roe v. Wade.
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What is Critical Race Theory and why must it be rejected?
In a nutshell, Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a leftist academic theory which utilises neo-Marxist analysis to understand culture – and to change it. CRT is part of the broader Critical Theory that the Frankfurt School and cultural Marxists developed. Marxism has always been about power, but while economics was everything for the earlier Marxists, culture has now replaced that. So now we find everywhere power struggles within culture.
Now it is not just capitalism and the bourgeoisie oppressing the proletariat, but Westerners – especially white Christian males – who are oppressing everyone else. Thus Western culture is inherently and systemically racist, sexist, homophobic, etc., and it all needs to go – now.
All Blacks are oppressed by all Whites all the time, whether they know it or not. Thus groups like Antifa and BLM are morally justified in doing anything – be it rioting, arson, and leveling entire neighbourhoods – to ‘correct’ the problems of oppression and injustice.
An even briefer, but still accurate, way to describe things is this: the ones doing the most to keep racism alive are leftists pushing things like CRT. As Black American commentator Thomas Sowell put it back in 2012: “Racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as ‘racists’.”
Or as Black American conservative Candace Owens has put it, “If you’re looking for institutional racism, it exists within Critical Race Theory. Ban it. At every level. It is the new Jim Crow.” Plenty of other Blacks have denounced this dangerous neo-Marxist movement.
Here in Australia Indigenous leader Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO recently penned a piece with this title: “Critical race theory is the eugenics of our time – a white supremacist doctrine dividing us by colour.” As he tweeted a few days ago: “I have fought against racism all my life. Critical Race Theory and White Privilege is the most racist theory I have read in the past 30 years.”
As mentioned, CRT is especially being pushed in academia. Another Black American economist, the late Walter Williams, said this last year:
Political scientist Zach Goldberg ran certain grievance studies concepts through the Lexis/Nexis database, to see how often they appeared in our press over the years. He found huge increases in the usages of “white privilege,” “unconscious bias,” “critical race theory” and “whiteness.” All of this is being taught to college students, many of whom become primary and secondary school teachers who then indoctrinate our young people.
Black Christians have also been speaking out against this. American Pastor Voddie Baucham actually says this about CRT: “I’m worried about a rise in white supremacy and actual racism because of the rise of CRT. We have run away from the only solution to racism—the Gospel—in favor of a non-solution. ‘Savior theology’ is the answer.”
And his brand-new book Fault Lines (Salem Books, 2021) is all about this issue. So important is this volume that I will discuss it further in a proper book review, so stay tuned. But see this 16-minute video of his for more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuSMvIVtd0A
Another Christian writer who says he is “half white and half black,” Ryan Bomberger, had an important piece published a few days ago called “Critical Race Theory: It’s a Cancer Not a Cure”. It is well worth quoting from. He says:
My melanin doesn’t change my worth or my propensity to sin. Yet we live in a culture where we are told that our skin color confers upon us a status that is fixed, assigned by an elite class of humans who call themselves “scholars.” They want us to see everything through the broken lens of “race”—a human construct that has only served to dehumanize us throughout history. As a person with brown skin, I reject my assigned “status” and refuse to see everything through that distorted prism.
It leads to blindness. Instead, I choose to see through the breakthrough filter of Scripture that opens our eyes to the truth of our identity, the perfect bond of love, our oneness through Christ, and the freedom of forgiveness. Our human condition, and the frailty that marks us, can never be illuminated by the darkness of tattered theories.
And that’s exactly what Critical Race Theory (CRT) is. How can a theory derived from anti-Semites who were virulent racists hell-bent on abolishing the family and religion bring healing to the sin of racism? Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels saw Christianity as an impediment to their socialist ideology. How can a godless theory be used as an “analytical tool” to address issues needing a Godly solution?
I’m particularly irked by Christians who don’t want the struggle of wrestling with solutions but simply hop aboard the latest bandwagon sponsored by an insanely profitable victimhood industry. Racism is evil as is every other sin known to humankind. Sin diminishes and destroys us. It is a brokenness that cannot be remedied by more brokenness. But for many, the goal is not to offer a solution but a continual subscription.
As Christians, we are all privileged to know and worship a God who could’ve merely condemned us but chose to redeem and rescues us (John 3:16-17). We are privileged to no longer be slaves to sin (Romans 6:6). We are privileged, through Christ’s strength, to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).
The Bible tells us to no longer conform to the pattern of this world in Romans 12:2, yet this is exactly what we do when we embrace the warped worldliness of CRT. Blame, Deceive, Repeat. This destructive pattern is recognizable throughout Scripture. Satan is the accuser, and he constantly coaxes us to embrace the lie instead of the Light.
CRT is a debilitating disease. Its malignancy in the body of Christ is spread by pastors who don’t believe the Word is enough. Some of these leaders apparently think the World has the answers to the temporal and eternal devastation of sin.
Mainstream media gave voice to a handful of black pastors who support using CRT and several who left a major denomination over it. Pastor Charlie Dates, of the Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago, exited the Southern Baptist Convention over SBC Seminary presidents’ rejection of Critical Race Theory, despite their clear denouncements of the sin of racism. I thoroughly agree with their statement. I’m not a Southern Baptist, so I have no interest in defending a denomination but merely want to uphold the Truth. Pastor Dates, who embraces unbiblical Black Liberation Theology and the Black Lives Matter movement, issued a defiant (and historically challenged) OpEd sharply condemning those who oppose CRT. He claims the rejection of CRT is due to “fear of liberalism.” I don’t fear liberalism. I wholeheartedly disagree with it because of its dependence on deception and division. Dates strangely then attributed certain social movements to “liberalism” (aka the Democrat Party) such as abolition, women’s suffrage, and civil rights. On all three, Republicans led the fight. But CRT and its advocates value feelings far more than facts. http://www.christianpost.com/news/critical-race-theory-its-a-cancer-not-a-cure.html
Much more can be said on this, but it is encouraging to know that so many Blacks and so many Christians are speaking out on this. But be fully aware of this: if you dare to speak out against it that only means that you are guilty of it! As one commentator explains:
Critical race theorists have constructed their argument like a mousetrap. Disagreement with their program becomes irrefutable evidence of a dissenter’s “white fragility,” “unconscious bias,” or “internalized white supremacy.” I’ve seen this projection of false consciousness on their opponents play out dozens of times in my reporting. Diversity trainers will make an outrageous claim—such as “all whites are intrinsically oppressors” or “white teachers are guilty of spirit murdering black children”—and then, when confronted with disagreement, adopt a patronizing tone and explain that participants who feel “defensiveness” or “anger” are reacting out of guilt and shame. Dissenters are instructed to remain silent, “lean into the discomfort,” and accept their “complicity in white supremacy.” http://www.city-journal.org/how-to-fight-critical-race-theory
But the good news is, there is some pushback now going on, especially in the US. As one article on this begins:
President Joe Biden may have revoked his predecessor’s ban on critical race theory and embraced its concept of “equity,” but several US states have adopted laws against the doctrine, setting up a showdown with the White House.
On Tuesday, Arkansas passed legislation banning critical race theory (CRT) “indoctrination” in public agencies and prohibiting the state from promoting collective guilt, segregation, racial stereotyping or scapegoating.
Idaho was the first state to ban public schools from promoting CRT last month, followed by Oklahoma. Similar proposals are currently being considered by state lawmakers in Texas and Tennessee. One of the activists campaigning for the new laws is Christopher Rufo, the researcher whose revelations about the spread of CRT in the federal government prompted President Donald Trump to ban it last year. Rufo called Idaho law a “historic win” in the fight against CRT, which he dubbed “state-sanctioned racism.” Russ Vought, Trump’s former director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is involved in getting Tennessee to ban CRT. http://www.rt.com/usa/522921-states-ban-critical-race-theory/
That is good news indeed. And Australia needs to move in this direction as well. Consider just one school where parents are concerned about this leftist indoctrination:
In Sydney, a ‘progressive public school’, the oddly-named Lindfield Learning Village, has been criticised by One Nation MLC and Spectator columnist, Mark Latham, for teaching social studies with a slant to the woke and politically correct. Latham highlighted a poster-making exercise allowing students to extol the Marxist and anti-capitalist Black Lives Matter movement, and parrot BLM messages about ingrained racism and police brutality against non-white people.
The school reportedly insisted this wasn’t teaching content, but a student brain dump of what they had heard about BLM, and all that has flowed from it, before they commenced studying ‘recent Aboriginal history’ – no doubt with a Critical Race Theory and pro-BLM foundation. Following parental and public outrage, the NSW education minister, Nationals MP Sarah Mitchell, intervened and the offending materials were withdrawn, with the school undertaking to never do it again. Until next time. spectator.com.au/2021/04/how-about-some-right-minded-activism-in-schools/
The radical never sleeps nor eats, but agitates for revolution 24/7. And it never changes – certainly not in its ultimate goals. It simply morphs into new versions and wears differing masks, but it is the same old same old. The war against the West continues unabated, and CRT is just one of the more recent fronts in which we find this happening.
A team of over 1,000 lawyers and over 10,000 medical experts lead by Dr. Reiner Fullmich have begun legal proceedings over the CDC, WHO, the Davos Group for crimes against humanity. Fullmich and his team present the faulty PCR test and the order for doctors to label any comorbidity death as a Covid death as fraud. The PCR test was never designed to detect pathogens and is 100% faulty at 35 cycles. All the PCR tests issued by the CDC are rated at 37 to 45 cycles. The CDC admits that any test over 28 cycles are not admissible for any positive reliable result. This alone invalidates over 90% of the alleged covid infections tracked by the use of this faulty test.
In addition to the flawed tests and fraudulent death certificates, the “experimental” vaccine itself is in violation of Article 32 of the Geneva Convention. Under Article 32 of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV, “mutilation and medical or scientific experiments not necessitated by the medical treatment of a protected person” are prohibited. According to Article 147, conducting biological experiments on protected persons is a grave breach of the Convention.
The “experimental” vaccine is in violation of all 10 of the Nuremburg Codes which carry the death penalty for those who seek to violate these International Laws.
The “vaccine” fails to meet the following five requirements to be considered a vaccine and is by definition a medical “experiment” and trial:
With the mission to promote free speech by “making principled, independent decisions regarding content on Facebook,” and with the power to override Facebook’s decision (or more precisely, CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision)as stated in its website, Facebook Oversight Board’s ruling would be the ultimate decision. It can be likened to the power type of Supreme Court in the biggest social media platform on earth.
But its structure consisted of about 20 members around the world with a “diverse set of disciplines and backgrounds,” has been facing scrutiny with a board full of liberals and so-called “Trump haters” with multiple links to leftist billionaire Soros, especially with the recent decision to uphold site’s ban on President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 riot.
“Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” That was the message the prophet Elijah heard from his servant. Then, “And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.”
That’s the way issues often arise. At first, there is only a small cloud. Soon thereafter, here comes the downpour. Well, here it comes.
The issue of women serving as pastors and preachers in churches roiled the Southern Baptist Convention from the 1970s until the Conservative Resurgence in the Convention clarified the question conclusively in the Baptist Faith & Message revision of 2000. There never was a moment when more than a handful of women served as pastors of SBC churches, but the mainline Protestant denominations were rushing headlong into the ordination of women as pastors and (Episcopal) priests, driven by two major energies — first, the demands of second wave feminism and, second, the impulses unleashed by liberation theology. In both cases, the main obstacle was the Bible, but, already compromised by theological liberalism, these denominations deployed revisionist arguments to defuse any argument from Scripture. The strategies of biblical subversion also took two basic forms. The argument was proffered that either the Bible was misread by Christians for nearly 2,000 years or the Bible is just hopelessly mired in patriarchy and oppression and the biblical authors were flat wrong.
Usually, the arguments went together. Comparing the Apostle Paul to the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale (a preacher of little theology but much positive thinking), Sen. Adlai Stevenson famously quipped, “I find Saint Paul appealing and Saint Peale appalling.” Well, the theological liberals and feminists found St. Paul appalling. The LGBTQ theorists are in full agreement.
The result has been the feminization of liberal Protestantism. Put bluntly, there are just not that many males left. Actually, there are not manypeopleleft in those churches. Liberal theology is the kiss of death for any church or denomination. Little remains but social justice activism and deferred maintenance.
Among leftward-leaning evangelicals, the arguments of the day were slightly more tame, but they arrived at the same conclusion — the church has been wrong in restricting the teaching office of the church to men. Women must be called and ordained and placed in pulpits and invested with full and equal recognition of teaching authority. The small but influential left wing of the Southern Baptist Convention was enthusiastic about advancing women as pastors back in the 1970s, and by the 1980s the establishment “moderates” in the SBC became theoretically committed to women as pastors. The moderates had a great deal to say about their support for women in the pastorate, but the vast majority of their churches were (and remain) adamantly certain thattheirpastor should be a man. Prior to the Conservative Resurgence, the seminaries were highly supportive of women studying for the pastorate, but relatively few churches were actually open to the idea.
In truth, the issue of women serving as pastors fueled the Conservative Resurgence in the SBC. The question was instantly clarifying. The divide over women serving in the pastorate served as a signal of the deeper divide over the authority and interpretation of the Bible. Simply put, the only way to affirm women serving in the pastoral role is to reject the authority and sufficiency of biblical texts such as 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Timothy 2. There is more to the picture, but not less. Furthermore, the Christian church in virtually every tradition through nearly two millennia in almost every place on earth has understood these texts clearly. In most churches around the world, there is no question about these texts even now. Furthermore, there is the testimony of God-given differences in the roles of men and women in the church and in the home throughout the Bible. The pattern of revealed truth is not hard to follow.
Southern Baptists codified the convictional issues as part of our confession of faith in the year 2000. The Baptist Faith & Message was revised to make clear that, “While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.” Again, the statement is quite clear, and that statement is part of the confessional foundation that allows Southern Baptist churches to cooperate in mission and ministry. Every single seminary professor teaching in our six seminaries is obligated to that teaching, and had better be clear about it. The same is true for every missionary and worker with the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board — and for every SBC convention work. The BF&M is the summary of Baptist beliefs that define what it means to be a cooperating Southern Baptist and a church “in friendly cooperation with” the Convention.
The Constitution of the Southern Baptist Convention includes this crucial statement: “The Convention will only deem a church to be in friendly cooperation with the Convention, and sympathetic with its purposes and work (i.e., a ‘cooperating’ church as that term is used in the Convention’s governing documents) which (1) Has a faith and practice which closely identifies with the Convention’s adopted statement of faith.” There are two additional criteria listed, but the first criterion is agreement with the convictions of the Convention.
More recently, less than twenty years after that clear statement, some Southern Baptists have sought to distinguish between the office of pastor and the act of preaching, thus allowing women to preach to the congregation, but arguing that the role of “senior pastor” is still reserved for men. A similar argument has advanced among some Presbyterians, who argue that a woman should be allowed to perform any act of ministry open to an unordained man. I honestly doubt that the argument works even for Presbyterians, but I will have to leave the Presbyterian argument to Presbyterians. In any event, the argument certainly does not work for Baptists for two glaring reasons. First, we have no theology of an ordained ministry. We have no theological basis for making ordination the determinative issue in anything. You will find no evidence of an ordination theology in any historic Baptist confession of faith. You will also find no reference to a “senior” pastor. A pastor is a pastor and “the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.”
The second reason is just as simple. In Baptist ecclesiology, office and function are precisely the same thing. Question: Who is your preacher? Answer: Whoever is doing the preaching. Baptists rightly resist any distinction between office and function, believing such a distinction to be foreign to the New Testament.
Even more recently, some churches have started designating (and even ordaining) women as pastors. In some cases, it is not certain what this means, and whether it invokes the teaching office. In other cases, it clearlydoesmean a woman in the teaching office. This past week, Saddleback Community Church in California ordained three women as pastors. In a development described by the church as “historic,” the church posted a photograph of the ordinations with the text: “Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren and others pray over the first three women the church has ordained as pastors.”
Given just that limited text, it would be difficult to know exactly what the church meant by the action, but it would certainly include the identification of the three women as pastors. Since each was already on the church ministry staff, the news would only make sense if the ordinations mean something quite significant.
The full picture comes into focus when one of the women, identified as Pastor Cynthia Petty, explained in an interview format that “this change in philosophy for ‘women in ministry’ was revolutionary.” She continued: “I was honored and felt extremely humbled. And the thing I believe meant the most to me was how this would be groundbreaking for all the younger women ministers on staff who really did have the desire or dream to be a pastor one day!” Later in the document, she suggested that “the role of women in the church has evolved” and concluded: “This is a new day for women in ministry and I am honored and blessed to help carry the mantle of being a Pastor and have the title as NextGen Ministries pastor at Saddleback Church!”
In other words, there is no doubt that these three women are considered to serve as pastors and in the teaching office. Southern Baptists are clear, through the Baptist Faith & Message, that this is contrary to Scripture.
Southern Baptists are now, yet again, at a moment of decision. This is no longer a point of tension and debate. These moves represent an attempt to redefine and reformulate the convictional foundation of Southern Baptist faith and cooperative ministry. The theological issues have not changed since the year 2000 when Southern Baptists spoke clearly and precisely in the Baptist Faith & Message. More importantly, the Holy Scriptures have not changed and cannot change.
The convictions of the Baptist Faith & Message — all of them — describe the doctrinal basis for our Convention and for our cooperation together. Any use of the term “pastor” for women in church leadership is, at best, unwise and confusing. In an increasing number of cases, it is now clear that some churches, including quite large and well-known churches, are placing women in the office of pastor in direct violation of our confession of faith. Further, a number of churches that are at least listed as Southern Baptist welcomed and advertised women preaching in the morning service.
The Southern Baptist Convention must not be unclear about our theological convictions and the ground of our cooperation. We cannot afford to be. Attempts to deny the issue will not work. Right now, Southern Baptists will decide if we will redefine the doctrine of the Southern Baptist Convention. I do not believe that Southern Baptists will allow this to happen. I do not believe that Southern Baptists will retreat from the truth.
But, this is no longer a cloud the size of a hand.
Around 60% of school apps have been sending student data to a variety of third parties, including advertising platforms like Google and Facebook, without the knowledge or consent of students or parents, according toresearchby the nonprofit organization Me2B Alliance.
We already knew that the mainstream media has been going easy on President Joe Biden. Now, we know how easy.
The Washington Examiner reportsthat Biden, since becoming president, has received less negative coverage from the press than any president in the last three decades.
The numbers prove it
The Examiner’s article was based on a newstudythat was recently released by the Pew Research Center.
What this study found was that, during Biden’s first 60 days as president, only about 19 percent of the media coverage that he has received from U.S. media outlets has been negative.
What you probably want to know is how that compares to the press coverage that former President Donald Trump received during his first couple of months in office. The answer is that Trump saw about 62 percent negative media coverage.
Biden, in fact, received the least negative press during his first 60 days in office of any president in the past thirty years, including Bill Clinton, who had 28 percent negative coverage, George W. Bush, who also had 28 percent negative coverage, and Barack Obama, who had 20 percent negative coverage.
Media coverage: Trump v. Biden
The Pew Research Center went into more detail about the different media coverage that Trump and Biden have each received.
The center wrote:
When it comes to the tone of coverage, both new administrations received more negative assessments than positive assessments of their activities. But while the percentage of Biden stories with an overall negative assessment (32%), modestly outnumbered the share with positive assessments (23%), stories with negative assessments of Trump outnumbered those with positive assessments by four-to-one (44% to 11%). The same share of stories about each president were neither positive nor negative (45% for both Biden and Trump).
The Pew Research Center also reported a major difference in how the media framed stories about Trump versus stories about Biden during the early days of their administrations.
The Center wrote:
Another stark difference in the early coverage of the Biden and Trump administrations was in how stories were framed. About two-thirds of Biden stories (65%) were framed around ideology and agenda, while about one-third (35%) focused on leadership and character. With Trump, the numbers were roughly reversed, with 74% framed around leadership and character and 26% around policy and ideology.
MSM in decline
Since Trump left office, it has become clear that the mainstream media was doing far better constantly bashing Trump than it is now doing praising Biden.Viewershipnumbers have continued to show that many mainstream media networks, especially CNN, are struggling to get viewers without Trump. This is why they continued to, in the words of Breitbart,“fixate” on Trump.
Fox News,meanwhile, continues to lead the way in viewership, despite losing some viewers as a result of its 2020 election coverage.
People ‘familiar with the matter’ tell the Daily Beast, the previously unreported meeting was held at Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion in September, 2013, the same day the couple was awarded the Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service award at the Pierre Hotel, where they were photographed with then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
According to said ‘people’, the 2013 meeting would “prove a turning point for the Gates’ relationship with Epstein,’ with Melinda telling friends after the encounter how uncomfortable she was to be hanging around the wealthy sex offender.
According to the New York Times, Gates and Epstein met at least six times, including visits to Epstein’s New York mansion on ‘multiple occasions,’ staying at least once into the night.
So – the Gates’ had no problem traveling across the country to meet with the convicted pedophile – who named Gates adviser Boris Nikolic as a fallback executor in a will Epstein amended just days before his August 2019 death in a Manhattan jail cell.
Now, eight years later, Melinda apparently had a problem with it.
Gates thought Epstein’s lifestyle was “kind of intriguing”
In a 2011 email to colleagues, Gates wrote: “His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me.”
A spokeswoman or Gates, Bridgitt Arnold, said he “was referring only to the unique décor of the Epstein residence — and Epstein’s habit of spontaneously bringing acquaintances in to meet Mr. Gates,” adding “It was in no way meant to convey a sense of interest or approval.” Perhaps Gates was taken aback by Epstein’s “main hallway that was covered with rows of artificial eyeballs from England that had been made for wounded soldiers” (via the Daily Mail).
Have you noticed that the corporate media has suddenly become obsessed with rising prices over the past week or so? Day after day, mainstream news outlets are barraging us with stories about inflation, and even CNN is occasionally taking a break from bashing Republicans to cover this. Earlier today, I was directed to a CNN article entitled “Prices are rising everywhere you look”, and I decided to read it. Surprisingly, this was one CNN article that would actually pass an impartial fact check. We really are seeing very painful inflation throughout the entire economy, and this is causing many to recall the days of “stagflation” under Jimmy Carter in the 1970s.
But the corporate media doesn’t exactly have a long track record of being straight with us.
So why are they seemingly being honest with us in this case?
Is it that this crisis has now become so obvious that nobody can deny it any longer, or is there another agenda at work?
I wish that I had an answer to that question. If you go to Google News and type “inflation” into the search bar, you will get page after page after page of recent articles about rising prices. To me, food inflation is one of the greatest concerns because it hits average American families particularly hard. And at this point, even the price of apples is rising quite dramatically…
Costs for apples are up 10% to 20% depending on the variety, said Mike Ferguson, vice president of produce and floral at Topco Associates LLC, an Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based cooperative of more than 40 food companies including grocer Wegmans Food Markets Inc. Bananas and leafy greens are more expensive too, Topco said, while vegetable oils and oil-heavy products like salad dressing and mayonnaise are also getting pricier in part because of higher ingredient prices.
“Our overall goal is to cover cost increases,” said Jon Moeller, operating chief at Procter & Gamble Co. Procter & Gamble is raising prices on baby products, adult diapers and feminine-care brands.
For a while, some food producers tried to swallow the cost increases that they were experiencing, but that could only go on for so long.
Now many of those cost increases are being passed on to consumers, and the CEO of Kellogg is admitting that he hasn’t seen this sort of inflation “in many, many years”…
Kellogg Co., maker of Frosted Flakes, Cheez-Its and Pringles, said Thursday that higher costs for ingredients, labor and shipping are pushing it and other food makers to raise prices. “We haven’t seen this type of inflation in many, many years,” Chief Executive Officer Steve Cahillane said.
But at least food prices are not going up as fast as used vehicle prices have been rising. The following comes from Wolf Richter…
This has been going on for months: Used-vehicle prices spiking from jaw-dropper to jaw-dropper, and just when I thought prices couldn’t possibly spike further, they do.
Prices of used vehicles that were sold at auctions around the US in April spiked by 8.3% from March, by 20% year-to-date, by 54% from April 2020, and by 40% from April 2019, according to the Used Vehicle Value Index released today by Manheim, the largest auto auction operator in the US and a unit of Cox Automotive.
A 54 percent increase in 12 months?
That is insane.
And the Fed still has the gall to insist that inflation has been “low”.
I have written quite a few articles about how home prices have been soaring into the stratosphere, and now rents are escalating rapidly as well.
In fact, one of the largest landlords in America just raised rents on vacant properties by 11 percent…
On Thursday, American Homes 4 Rent, which owns 54,000 houses, increased rents 11% on vacant properties in April, the company reported in a statement
All throughout the economy we see prices going up by double digits.
But Fed officials insist that these price increases are just “transitory” and are not any sort of a permanent problem.
We are also being told that all of the shortages that have emerged in the past couple of months are “temporary” too. Some of these shortages are starting to become quite painful, and that is particularly true for the global shortage of computer chips that we are currently experiencing…
In the market for a new car, smartphone or washing machine this year? A global shortage of computer chips could mean you have to wait a while — and pay more.
A growing number of manufacturers around the world are having trouble securing supplies of semiconductors, delaying the production and delivery of goods and threatening to push up the prices paid by consumers.
Just think of all the products that you own that contain computer chips.
The shortage is going from bad to worse, spreading from cars to consumer electronics. With the bulk of chip production concentrated in a handful of suppliers, analysts warn that the crunch is likely to last through 2021.
This shortage is having a dramatic impact up and down various supply chains, and that is going to be the case for the foreseeable future.
Whenever the Sogefi plant here runs out of resin or computer chips or cardboard boxes or wooden pallets or really anything at all, it’s Randy Simpkins’s problem. And whenever one of Sogefi’s customers howls about a late shipment, that’s Simpkins’s problem, too.
These days, Simpkins has plenty of problems.
Our economy is not functioning very smoothly at all, and that isn’t going to change any time soon.
But on Friday we were supposed to get some good economic news.