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General Discussion / Re: Revelation 13:5 fulfilled
« Last post by PeteWaldo on Today at 09:43:23 AM »
Taking the seventh head on the 'beast from the sea' to be the Islamic Empire that was founded in the seventh century, accepting that this was the head that looked as if it had been mortally wounded and its deadly wound was healed, and noting that the beast himself is the eighth - and the very image of the seventh head, then the 'beast from the sea' was "spoken into being" (or "given breath") by the 'beast from the earth' on 29th June 2014 (when the Caliphate of Islamic State was proclaimed).  On the Biblical (Jewish) calendar this was 1st Tammuz 5774.  Revelation 13:5 says that the beast was given authority to continue for 42 months.  If we count on 42 Biblical (Jewish/lunar) months then that brings us to 1st Kislev 5778 - or 19th November 2017.  So what happened on that day?  According to news websites, on that very day the Syrian army took full control of Albu Kamal, the last urban stronghold of Islamic State in Syria.  Just two days earlier (on 17th November) the Iraqi army had captured Rawah, the last major town held by Islamic State in Iraq.  Therefore, after exactly 42 Biblical months from the day that their Caliphate was officially declared, to the very day, the fighters of this resurrected Caliphate were removed from their last town - and forced to hide out in remote villages and patches of desert - thus fulfilling Revelation 13:5, that this resurrected beast would only have authority (over a geographical region) for 42 months.  How accurate is that!

Hi Ian. It may be accurate, but by comparison the event doesn't seem that significant, nor would it seem the calculations are consistent with the day-year "language" of prophecy. Nor does it appear that The Islamic State either surrendered or was brought to a close. It is alive and well as continuing terror attacks attest. Remember....
Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
How do you make war with an enemy that dresses as a civilian and hides like a coward among innocent non-combatants, until blowing himself up? Particularly since there are so many more online, that simply incite others to do their bidding.
http://www.beholdthebeast.com/mathematical_precision_of_prophecy.htm#each_day

Try this with the succession of the 8 heads/beasts as.....
http://www.beholdthebeast.com/johns_eight_beasts.htm

.....with the 7th head as the First Islamic Jihad, that was wounded to death in the Battle of Tours France (which is confirmed by Daniel's 1335 "days"), rendering Islam comparatively impotent for many centuries.....
http://www.beholdthebeast.com/mathematical_precision_of_prophecy.htm#daniel_1335_days

......with the deadly wound healed by the transfer of western wealth through oil purchase, giving rise to the Second Islamic Jihad in the image of the First Islamic Jihad. Muslims giving worship to the beast, since jihad is considered to be the pinnacle of Islamic worship.

Regarding Rev 13:5, it was 42 prophetic months (of days as years), from the founding of the Islamic abomination the "Dome of the Rock", until the Jews regained control of Jerusalem, bringing to a close the "times of the Gentiles" in Jerusalem.
http://www.beholdthebeast.com/mathematical_precision_of_prophecy.htm#revelation_42_months

This is cross-confirmed by John's 1260 days, from the Dome of the Rock, until the Jews regained control of Israel.
http://www.beholdthebeast.com/mathematical_precision_of_prophecy.htm#revelation_1260_days

I would encourage you to review the prophetic math problems summarized on this page.....
http://www.beholdthebeast.com/mathematical_precision_of_prophecy.htm

Followed by reading The False Prophet, by Ellis Skolfield where you will find still more:
http://www.beholdthebeast.com/the_false_prophet.htm
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General Discussion / ‘Linda Sarsour Supervised My Sexual Assault’
« Last post by PeteWaldo on Today at 09:03:46 AM »
From the Clarion Project:
https://clarionproject.org/linda-sarsour-supervised-sexual-assault/
‘Linda Sarsour Supervised My Sexual Assault’
By Clarion Project Monday, December 18, 2017

Islamist apologist and self-styled “feminist” Linda Sarsour has been accused of “supervising” the sexual assault of another Muslim woman.

Asmi Fathelbab, a private contractor who worked under Sarsour for a year at the Arab American Association, provided a harrowing testimony of her experience for The Daily Caller.

Fathelabab recounts how she came to Sarsour after being repeatedly sexually assaulted by a Muslim man who lived in the same building as the Arab American Association. Sarsour called her a liar, saying that the Muslim man was God-fearing, told her to stop complaining and threatened to write her up for disciplinary action.

Sarsour further regularly body-shamed Fathelabab, saying that “something like this didn’t happen to women who looked like me” and threatened legal action against Fathelabab if she went public with the story.

A number of other women who worked with the Arab American Association corroborated the story and said it wasn’t the first time they had heard a complaint like this against Sarsour.

One woman, who worked for the Arab American Association for 12 years, said, “It’s always going to be the woman’s fault over there. And Sarsour was there to protect the men. She’s not for other women. The only women she’s for is for herself.”

“Sarsour is only a feminist outwardly,” another witness said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Her interactions toward women in that building were atrocious. She would protect the patriarchy and in return they would promote her.”

Fathelbab’s said that after her contract was up at the Arab American Association, Sarsour threatened to destroy her career.

“She told me I’d never work in NYC ever again for as long as she lived. She’s kept her word. She had me fired from other jobs when she found out where I worked. She has kept me from obtaining any sort of steady employment for almost a decade.”

The following is Fathelbab’s full testimony as published in The Daily Caller:

 Linda Sarsour supervised my sexual assault

I cannot stand by any longer and watch everyone praise a woman that claims to be for women’s rights and someone that fights for women when she herself allowed for abuse to occur to women.

The #METOO movement angered me because it gave me flashbacks to things that occurred while working for a non-profit in 2009.

In 2009, I was contracted under AmeriCorps to work for the nonprofit The Arab American Association of New York, in Brooklyn where Linda Sarsour was the acting director of the organization. The following occurred to me during that 12 month nightmare called a job.

I was stalked to and from work and inside the building. I complained to a supervisor that there was a strange man stalking me and was informed that he did not actually work there but lived upstairs above the office.

He would sneak up on me during times when no one was around and, depending on what floor I was on, you could hear me scream at the top of my lungs.

I would be thrown and pinned up against the wall by him.

He had a tendency of sneaking up behind me to touch me.

While this would go on, the acting director, Linda Sarsour, would tell me each time that I was over reacting, even threatened to fire me once when she heard me screaming from the second floor because this man came out of nowhere and touched me. According to Sarsour,  something like that did not happen to someone that looked like “me” and no one would ever believe me if I ever told them what happened. How dare I interrupt her TV news interview in the other room with my lies.

I went to the president of the organization and was told my stalker was a God-fearing man who was always at the Mosque so he wouldn’t do something like that and that I wasn’t his type anyway, so I was just making things up because I wanted attention.

I was told this was a man that worked at the United Nations and it was made loud and clear that whatever I was saying to defame his name could be used against me when he wanted to sue me.

The stalking was worse. I was under an AmeriCorps contract and they had sent me a message asking how I liked my job and to rate how safe it was etc. I told them the truth. I told them I did not feel safe. I told them I did not want to be there anymore. I told them to find anywhere else to place me.

I received a call from the supervisor from Detroit where she asked me to tell her in detail what was happening and told me she’d take care of it.

I thought I was saved and everything would be OK until I received a call from her the next day calling me a liar, threatening to cancel my contract and write me up. At the same time, Linda Sarsour was informing me that she would make sure I would never work in New York City ever again for as long as she lived.

On top of that, later that afternoon I had a visit from a community liaison Detective from the NYPD. He came to my office locked the door and proceed to tell me he was there to arrest me for making a false statement regarding being stalked, sexually harassed and sexually assaulted.

I had to talk him out from arresting me that night and explain that I was the victim.

I didn’t know what to do.

 I’ve had several jobs that I was let go of since then when [Sarsour] discovered that I was working there.

I’ve had several people tell me that I was unemployable because of what I did at that job. All I wanted was to feel safe and not worry some stalker was going to pin himself up against me so I would be fully aware that he was erect.

I wanted to be able to go home without the worries of him waiting to grab me in front of my house to rape me.

I’ve had several political jobs where Sarsour told the candidates that if they wanted to win the Muslim vote, they had to fire me and hire her instead because I was the most hated person within the Muslim community in all of NYC.

I haven’t been able to obtain a steady job since 2009 because AmeriCorps decided I shouldn’t be able to stay within the program because of the horrible write up I had obtained from my supervisors.

This is not the only story pertaining to Sarsour about what she does to women.  This is one of many. I cannot stand by and watch women put her on a pedestal and not know the truth.  Here is the truth: If you were in front of Linda Sarsour being sexually harassed, she wouldn’t help you, she’d try to shut you up for complaining.

I know because it happened to me.

https://clarionproject.org/linda-sarsour-supervised-sexual-assault/
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General Discussion / Revelation 13:5 fulfilled
« Last post by Ian Liddle on December 16, 2017, 05:04:18 AM »
Taking the seventh head on the 'beast from the sea' to be the Islamic Empire that was founded in the seventh century, accepting that this was the head that looked as if it had been mortally wounded and its deadly wound was healed, and noting that the beast himself is the eighth - and the very image of the seventh head, then the 'beast from the sea' was "spoken into being" (or "given breath") by the 'beast from the earth' on 29th June 2014 (when the Caliphate of Islamic State was proclaimed).  On the Biblical (Jewish) calendar this was 1st Tammuz 5774.  Revelation 13:5 says that the beast was given authority to continue for 42 months.  If we count on 42 Biblical (Jewish/lunar) months then that brings us to 1st Kislev 5778 - or 19th November 2017.  So what happened on that day?  According to news websites, on that very day the Syrian army took full control of Albu Kamal, the last urban stronghold of Islamic State in Syria.  Just two days earlier (on 17th November) the Iraqi army had captured Rawah, the last major town held by Islamic State in Iraq.  Therefore, after exactly 42 Biblical months from the day that their Caliphate was officially declared, to the very day, the fighters of this resurrected Caliphate were removed from their last town - and forced to hide out in remote villages and patches of desert - thus fulfilling Revelation 13:5, that this resurrected beast would only have authority (over a geographical region) for 42 months.  How accurate is that!
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How many other drugs are administered without regard to dosage or sensitivity? I happened to notice the following in the feedback on a site that sells fluoride filters.

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Billy C., Lakewood Ranch, Florida (FL)
http://www.vitasalus.net/review/product/list/id/511/
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Food & Water Safety - or lack thereof / Fluoridegate-Fluoride Deception-Documentary
« Last post by PeteWaldo on December 12, 2017, 12:53:49 PM »
Fluoridegate-Fluoride Deception-Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7U9GJrkrHc
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The Love of God as Revealed Through the Word / Re: Love Your Neighbor
« Last post by PeteWaldo on December 03, 2017, 06:37:35 AM »
Secondly, what I was trying to convey was the fact that in some realms of Islam, it is taught that sacrificing yourself or suicide/murder will yield rewards in paradise but in actuality it will yield nothing.

Perhaps not nothing as much as a ticket on the bullet train to hell!

Speaking of animal sacrifice, did you know that in Muhammad's mock religion Muslims actually sacrifice animals in mock ritual at Mina? Being deceived into believing it has something to do with Abraham's near sacrifice of his son Isaac (which of course even that they pervert replacing Isaac with Ishmael).
http://www.brotherpete.com/hajj___umrah.htm#animal_sacrifice

The pagans sacrificed animals to Asaf and Neila - the most venerated priest and priestess of the Arabian jinn religion - before Muhammad. They perform the same running back and forth a the pagans did when the two idols were placed on the hills of al-Safa and al-Marwah.
http://www.brotherpete.com/hajj___umrah.htm#al_safa_al_marwah

From Dr. Rafat Amari:
"Different tribes gave more importance to some stations of the pilgrimage than they did to other places. In the past, we assume that these locations were disconnected. A tribe would dedicate each place to one member of the Arabian Star Family. Eventually, they unified and coordinated all of these worship sites, resulting in one great Hajj, accepted by all the tribes who previously venerated their own preferred star deity.

 A Waqfa was a stop on the pilgrimage. Pilgrims made a Waqfa at Muzdalifah. They always stopped at Muzdalifah before dawn. This confirms that, before they unified the rituals, Muzdalifah was a place dedicated exclusively to the worship of the moon, and only the hours of the night before dawn gave worshippers the opportunity to spend several  hours with the Arabian moon before it disappeared. They made at least two Waqfa, one during the night and the other before dawn,  before the moon disappears.

At Muna, or Mina, they had a station in the Hajj dedicated to the worship of Manat, one of Allah’s two daughters.

Pilgrims visited Muna before the sun rose to perform special rituals. First, they cast seven pebbles, or small stones, onto a small mountain; second, they made animal sacrifices; and third, they cut their hair, officially terminating the Hajj. Rituals conducted at this station are identical to rituals the Arabians performed when making pilgrimages to places dedicated to Manat, one of Allah’s two daughters.

Muna, or Mina’, is an important station on the pilgrimage. We see this by the way pilgrims cast the seven stones. Mecca was to be on their left side and Muna on their right side.[xxviii][28] In the mind of Arabians, putting Mecca on the left side meant it had much less importance than Muna where they honored Manat, one of the two daughters of Allah, and a definite deity of the Star Family. The names for both Muna and Manat, the daughters of Allah, have the same meaning, which is “wish,” or “aspiration.” Manat was worshipped in many locations in and around Mecca and Medina. Medina was the city to which Mohammed emigrated. One of the worship locations was Mashlal, seven miles from Medina.[xxix][29]   Also, there were many places for the worship of Manat between Mecca and Medina ; one was Khadid,[xxx][30] and still others were along the sea-shore.[xxxi][31]  We assume that Muna, or Mina’, was the main location on the pilgrimage to worship Manat, because Muna was named after Manat.

According to many Arabic historians who wrote about pre-Islamic Arabia, such as Ibn al- Kalbi, Khazraj and Oas were the two tribes whose worshippers were most attached to Manat.[xxxii][32]  These two tribes helped Mohammed wage war against the Arabians to bring them into submission to Islam. That’s one of the reasons Mohammed incorporated the ceremonies of Hajj to Muna into the Islamic Hajj. In order for Mohammed to please Khazraj and Oas, he adopted many of their religious laws and ceremonies. He kept Friday as the day the two tribes worshipped, and continued the pilgrimage between the two stones of Safa and Marwa, the ritual which was observed by these two tribes.

I previously mentioned Mashlal, the place which was seven miles from Medina where Khazraj and Oas lived. There was a temple there, built around a rock representing Manat. The temple had a Sidneh, or service, like the one observed in the temple at Mecca.[xxxiii][33]  Another temple for Manat was at Khadid. Among the tribes who worshipped there were Khuzaa'h, the tribe that built Mecca.[xxxiv][34]

Manat was the deity to whom the Arabians would plead when they needed rain. At the end of their Hajj, they presented animal sacrifices to Manat.

Manat, originally a planet, was represented by a rock on which sacrifices  to the various gods were made during the Hajj ceremonies. According to many narrators,  this was due to two factors connected with Manat. First, the word Mana means “to shed blood” suggesting to some narrators that the rock of Manat received its name because of all the sacrifices made on the rock of Manat.[xxxv][35]  Second, because Manat means “wish or aspiration,” it was a place where many tribes came to present their animal sacrifices, which represented their own aspirations and pleading for rain.[xxxvi][36] All this may shed some light on the origin and the motives of the Hajj, as it is still practiced by Muslims today. We see why sacrifices are presented only in the station of the Hajj called Muna. Different tribes in the region presented their sacrifices to their gods on the rock of Manat."
http://www.brotherpete.com/id47.htm#manat

I just now learned that over a million animals are slaughtered each year in the pagan ritual that Muhammad adopted and adapted to fit his invention.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08873638709478508?journalCode=rjcg20
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The Love of God as Revealed Through the Word / Re: Love Your Neighbor
« Last post by JC_Believer on November 29, 2017, 12:11:07 PM »
It seems that Jesus was saying that loving God with all our hearts and loving our neighbor as ourselves was more important than burnt offerings or sacrifices.  I Cor 13 is called the "Love Chapter" because it defines what love actually is.  God is not expecting us to offer Him animal sacrifices or hurt our bodies to please Him or even give our own lives by death or suicide but rather He wants us to become "living" sacrifices by laying down our lives, our wills, while still living in this world, not only for Him but for others.  That is the true meaning of love.  Love is the fulfilling of ALL the law.  It never fails!!

I'm sorry,  firstly, that I made a word error which I have changed from "what" to "was" (noted in red and italics). 
Secondly, what I was trying to convey was the fact that in some realms of Islam, it is taught that sacrificing yourself or suicide/murder will yield rewards in paradise but in actuality it will yield nothing.  Your motivation must always be based on love to please the One True God.

1Co 13:3  "And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me"

We all know that we are to love God with ALL our hearts, mind, body, soul etc.,  but if we do not define what love is,  and how love is shown,  then one could interpret that to mean "to die for God and dying by suicide to kill the infidel."   This is a gross interpretation of what the first commandment is saying.  Hate is not a demonstration of love!!  So your murder by suicide is not acceptable to God.  The command, as Peter points out, is twofold,


Mark 12.28  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?    29  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.  31  And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.    32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:    33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love [his] neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.    34  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him [any question].


Also, I would like to point out that IF we are loving the Lord our God Who is ONE Lord then we MUST obey and love our neighbor as ourselves!!  We MUST love one another as He has commanded us.   Hating is not love.  Hating the infidel is not love and is not acceptable with the ONE true God, Who is, "The God of Abraham", "The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ", "The Creator of Heaven and Earth".  Jesus uncovers where hate, lies and murder come from.  Speaking to the spiritual leaders, in that day, who ruled and controlled the people by fear and false morality, and who refused the truth that Jesus was giving them, He said,

Joh 8:44  You come from your father, the devil, and you desire to do what your father wants you to do. The devil was a murderer from the beginning. He has never been truthful. He doesn't know what the truth is. Whenever he tells a lie, he's doing what comes naturally to him. He's a liar and the father of lies.

Hate, murder, lies all come from the devil and not from love.  Not from God for God IS love.  Love is the record that determines whether we know God or not.  Love is the record that determines if it is God or not.  If it is not love it is NOT God.  If it is murder, lies, hate, it is NOT God!  God is LOVE and those that are born of God are born of LOVE.

1Jn 4:7  Dear friends, we must love each other because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God.
1Jn 4:8  The person who doesn't love doesn't know God, because God is love.
1Jn 4:9  God has shown us His love by sending His only Son into the world so that we could have life through Him.
1Jn 4:10  This is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins.
1Jn 4:11  Dear friends, if this is the way God loved us, we must also love each other.

This seems like too great a task, and it is because we can only love when we are born of God.  Since Adam, EVERY man was born into this world apart from God, apart from love.  All were incapable of loving with God's love.  Though, God created us, Adam's sin corrupted us.  We NEEDED a Savior.  God provided One.  He promised Adam and Eve that He would bring a seed through the woman who would CRUSH the head of the serpent, the devil.  He sent Jesus Christ to crush the head of satan and destroy his hold of sin over us and to destroy the hold of hate and lies and murder over us.  This hold prevented us from loving with God's love.  So in love, God sent Jesus to die FOR us.  THIS was a sacrifice motivated by love!!  Motivated by God Who is love!  This was a gift of love and a demonstration of love!  It was for our benefit to set us free! 

Joh 3:16  God loved the world this way: He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life.
Joh 3:17  God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world.
Joh 3:18  Those who believe in Him won't be condemned. But those who don't believe are already condemned because they don't believe in God's only Son.  (GW Version)

Rom 5:6  Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people.
Rom 5:7  Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person. (GW Version)
 
BUT

Rom 5:8  Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us.
Rom 5:9  Since Christ's blood has now given us God's approval, we are even more certain that Christ will save us from God's anger.
Rom 5:10  If the death of His Son restored our relationship with God while we were still His enemies, we are even more certain that, because of this restored relationship, the life of His Son will save us.  (GW Version)

The ONE requirement to access that love, the ONE requirement to live above hate, and lies, and murder, the ONE requirement to be "born of God", "born from above", to "become the sons of God", the "sons of Love",  is the BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ and HIS sacrifice of love for us!  We must believe that God accepted THAT sacrifice and it was payment in full, as if it were us who died on the cross ourselves,  and by believing God raised Christ from the dead to NEW life, it becomes our resurrection to NEW life, also!!  That is when God accepts us as sons and our rebirth begins.  We become the sons of God by believing in Jesus Christ and what HE has done.  NO other name in Heaven and Earth can save us.  Not Muhammed, or Allah, or any other name, ONLY Jesus Christ.   It is not what we can do for God but what God has done for us! 

Joh 1:10  He was in the world, and the world came into existence through Him. Yet, the world didn't recognize Him.
Joh 1:11  He went to His own people, and His own people didn't accept Him.
Joh 1:12  However, He gave the right to become God's children to everyone who believed in Him.
Joh 1:13  These people didn't become God's children in a physical way-from a human impulse or from a husband's desire to have a child. They were born from God.
Joh 1:14  The Word became human and lived among us. We saw His glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with His only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth.
Joh 1:15  (John declared the truth about him when he said loudly, "This is the person about whom I said, 'The One Who comes after me was before me because He existed before I did.'")
Joh 1:16  Each of us has received one gift after another because of all that the Word is.
Joh 1:17  The Teachings were given through Moses, but kindness and truth came into existence through Jesus Christ.  (GW Version)

Gal 3:22  But Scripture states that the whole world is controlled by the power of sin. Therefore, a promise based on faith in Jesus Christ could be given to those who believe.
Gal 3:23  We were kept under control by Moses' laws until this faith came. We were under their control until this faith which was about to come would be revealed.
Gal 3:24  Before Christ came, Moses' laws served as our guardian. Christ came so that we could receive God's approval by faith.
Gal 3:25  But now that this faith has come, we are no longer under the control of a guardian.
Gal 3:26  You are all God's children by believing in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27  Clearly, all of you who were baptized in Christ's name have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Gal 3:28  There are neither Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free people, males nor females. You are all the same in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants and heirs, as God promised. (GW Version)
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General Discussion / How Evil Is Tech?
« Last post by PeteWaldo on November 23, 2017, 09:42:45 AM »
"How Evil Is Tech?
David Brooks NOV. 20, 2017

Not long ago, tech was the coolest industry. Everybody wanted to work at Google, Facebook and Apple. But over the past year the mood has shifted.

Some now believe tech is like the tobacco industry — corporations that make billions of dollars peddling a destructive addiction. Some believe it is like the N.F.L. — something millions of people love, but which everybody knows leaves a trail of human wreckage in its wake.

Surely the people in tech — who generally want to make the world a better place — don’t want to go down this road. It will be interesting to see if they can take the actions necessary to prevent their companies from becoming social pariahs.

There are three main critiques of big tech.

The first is that it is destroying the young. Social media promises an end to loneliness but actually produces an increase in solitude and an intense awareness of social exclusion. Texting and other technologies give you more control over your social interactions but also lead to thinner interactions and less real engagement with the world.

As Jean Twenge has demonstrated in book and essay, since the spread of the smartphone, teens are much less likely to hang out with friends, they are less likely to date, they are less likely to work.
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Eighth graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56 percent more likely to say they are unhappy than those who spend less time. Eighth graders who are heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27 percent. Teens who spend three or more hours a day on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, like making a plan for how to do it. Girls, especially hard hit, have experienced a 50 percent rise in depressive symptoms.

The second critique of the tech industry is that it is causing this addiction on purpose, to make money. Tech companies understand what causes dopamine surges in the brain and they lace their products with “hijacking techniques” that lure us in and create “compulsion loops.”"

Much more
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/opinion/how-evil-is-tech.html
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http://thefederalistpapers.org/founders/john-quincy-adams/jqa-describes-islam

"In “John Quincy Adams: A Bibliography,” compiled by Lynn H. Parsons (Westport, CT, 1993, p. 41, entry#194), there is a section named “Unsigned essays dealing with the Russo-Turkish War and on Greece,” (The American Annual Register for 1827-28-29 (NY: 1830). In that section, Adams had the following to say about Islam:

The natural hatred of the Mussulmen towards the infidels is in just accordance with the precepts of the Koran…

This is in stark contrast to his view of the Christian religion:

The fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion is the extirpation of hatred from the human heart. It forbids the exercise of it, even towards enemies. […]

One sentence in particular stands out in his commentary about the Islamic ideology. And boy, it is hard-hitting…

In the 7th century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab … spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. … He declared undistinguishing and exterminating war as a part of his religion. … The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust, to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature.”"

http://thefederalistpapers.org/founders/john-quincy-adams/jqa-describes-islam
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‘Brotherhood Using Deep Web to Open New Front in US’

A former Egyptian government minister says the Muslim Brotherhood is using the deep web to raise funds for operations in the U.S. and possibly to purchase weapons. That’s according to the Egyptian weekly el-Fagr, which interviewed (Arabic link) former deputy interior minister Mohammad Nour el-Din.

El-Din said the Brotherhood uses those parts of the internet that don’t appear in search engines (Google, etc.) to fundraise. Much of this effort is via Bitcoin, a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system.

The former minister, who is a security expert, suggested the organization could well be purchasing rockets and mortars and hiring mercenaries via the deep web as well.

The newspaper item says the Muslim Brotherhood is attempting to establish “a new Islamist front in the U.S.” and elsewhere but currently lacks sufficient funding. This is despite recent reports of the large sums of money transferred to the Brotherhood, particularly from Qatar and Turkey."
https://clarionproject.org/muslim-brotherhood-uses-deep-web-to-raise-funds-buy-arms/
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