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THE SMILEY-FACE KILLERS Is a Serial-Killer Gang Murdering Young Men Across the U.S.?
Dozens of college-age men dead from ‘accidental’ drownings—but a team of retired detectives say the boys were drugged and killed by a shadowy gang with a sinister symbol.
crime  America 
1 hour ago by thomas.kochi
The orders growing so fast that they are running out of room
..there were 45,605 women in religious life in 2017, compared with 179,954 in 1965 – a decline of about 75 per cent in a period when the US population has risen from 194 million to 326 million...there are a handful of communities bucking the trend. While each community is unique, those doing well typically share some common characteristics, such as wearing the habit, living and praying together in community, and fidelity to the teaching authority of the Church..bright lights include the Michigan-based Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Founded in 1997, they’re also teachers. They number about 140 with an average age in the upper 20s. Last year, they sang for President Donald Trump at the White House Christmas tree lighting.
catholic  America  statistics 
5 hours ago by thomas.kochi
A 7-year-old told her bus driver she couldn’t wake her parents. Police found them dead at home. - The Washington Post
The girl's parents had been dead for more than a day. Authorities say she dutifully went to school then confided in a bus driver.
america  policy  current-events 
17 hours ago by Kjaleshire
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America  Barretina  from twitter
18 hours ago by deckard67
Defending American Ignorance | Western Europe | Travels
Americans don't know much. They don't know where they put their underwear. Europeans think they're clever. Read this to find out why the gap isn't that big..
america  europe  culture  studies 
19 hours ago by Kjaleshire
USAFacts | Non-partisian Government Data
Our nation, in numbers. USAFacts provides a comprehensive, nonpartisan view of the state of our union.
america  data  economics  studies  politics  finance  references 
21 hours ago by Kjaleshire
She Said What?
Toward Ann Coulter I had always taken a “suffer little children to come unto me” attitude. Not that she ever came on to me or anything. It’s just that she’s a kid. She was born in 1961. I’ve got skinny Brooks Brothers neckties in the back of my closet older than that.
america  politics  humor  jewish-history 
yesterday by Kjaleshire
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America  storm  from twitter_favs
yesterday by dalcrose
The Sharp Sting of the Babylon Bee | Mark Hemingway | The Weekly Standard
One of the most successful new media outlets in America does nothing but publish fake news. If that seems like a bad thing, it should be noted that the website in question is even more dedicated to spreading the Good News. Adam Ford, the founder and only full-time employee of the Babylon Bee, a Christian satire website, is clearly surprised at his success. “On the first of March, we celebrated two years in existence, and a couple of days later I noticed we had passed 100 million page views,” Ford tells The Weekly Standard. The Bee’s social media presence—it now has over 400,000 followers on Facebook and nearly 100,000 followers on Twitter—has grown quickly too. “All of this was totally organic. We’ve never run an ad, never boosted a post, never spent a dollar on spreading the word. And we’ve had no outside funding. Our growth has been totally driven by the content.”

..The Bee taps into a huge audience less accustomed to being the subject of well-intended comedy than of being made the butt of jokes. “There was a kind of a thirst for that perspective. The Onion’s really funny, but a lot of [its humor] comes from a secular and even anti-religion” point of view, says Kyle Mann, the Bee’s head writer. “Whenever there’s a big topic of national discussion” that in some way might touch on religion, comedy and satire in general seem to have only “that one perspective.”

..It’s safe to say that thus far, to the extent it has noticed, secular America is confounded by the success of the Babylon Bee. In March, Facebook threatened to reduce the visibility of the Bee’s stories. The reason? One of Facebook’s fact-checking partners, Snopes.com, obliviously labeled a Bee story (“ CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News Before Publication”) false rather than satire. Considering how important Facebook traffic is to Internet publications, the threat was no joke.

..Recent articles such as “Republican Party Publishes New, Improved Edition Of Jesus’s Beatitudes” and an op-ed purportedly written by King David headlined “If You Could Stop Comparing Me To Donald Trump, That’d Be Great” testify to the fact that Ford and Mann grasp a fundamental problem with religion and politics: American Christians may be enamored of the idea of civil religion, but Jesus clearly wasn’t. At one point in How to Be a Perfect Christian, Ford and Mann twist the quotation famously attributed to St. Francis of Assisi and sarcastically exhort Christians to “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use the voting booth.”

..Despite the Bee’s success, Ford maintains “the real motivation behind launching the Bee continues to drive us: speaking truth into the culture in an engaging, intelligent way.” For his part, Mann sees the Bee’s mission as something more than chasing modern cultural relevance. He sees it as also harking back to a time when Christian leaders were not afraid to take a stand for what they believed. Reading Martin Luther’s satirical and harsh criticisms, Mann says, a reader today might react, “‘Wow, this is crazy. Is this guy even a Christian the way he talks to his theological opponents? We don’t really use that kind of language.’ And so when we come along and do it, I think it really does wake a lot of people up.” The comparison to Martin Luther might seem a bit much, as Mann is quick to concede: “I don’t want to overstate what we do, obviously; it’s comedy—it’s fun. But I do hope that once in a while someone reads the article, laughs, and then starts to think about it.”
Evangelicalism  America  Discourse 
yesterday by AfroMaestro

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