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  • Will a Robotized Workplace = Set Quotas for Hiring People?

    02/07/2016 5:08:16 PM PST · by lee martell · 37 replies
    February 7, 2016 | Lee Martell
    We are at the threshold of a society deeply impacted by industrialized robots and AI systems. In a few years, driverless cars may become quite common in America, cutting into the business of human drivers, as with Uber or any Check Cab. Long distance Truck Drivers may be replaced by driverless trucks that never get tired and rarely become confused. Many wealthy people are already obtaining financial planning advice from robotized systems. Our children may be taught by instructional robots that memorize the child's name, face and study habits. My question is where will all these people find work? Will...
  • Chicago Archdiocese to Close Parishes Due to Priest Shortage

    02/06/2016 4:38:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Chicago Business ^ | 2/5/16 | AP
    (AP) - The Archdiocese of Chicago expects to close an undetermined number of parishes in coming years due largely to a shortage of priests. Archbishop Blase Cupich outlined a "multi-year planning process" in a column in this week's archdiocesan newsletter, Catholic New World. He says "demographics have shifted dramatically" in recent decades, buildings are in disrepair and fewer priests means resources are spread too thinly. Cupich says by the time the process is complete "we will mourn together the loss of some parishes."
  • The coming avalanche of autistic adults

    01/22/2016 10:53:02 AM PST · by pabianice · 93 replies
    USA Today | 1/22/16 | Godwin
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  • CEOs Around the World Are Running Scared

    01/20/2016 12:02:23 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    Confidence is at a low. The Davos man is, once again, less confident than he was a year ago. Only 27% of CEOs around the world think the global economy will improve in 2016, according to a new survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers. That was down from 37% a year ago; confidence peaked 2014 at 44%. The accounting and consulting firm released the survey of more than 1,300 top executives on the first official night of the World Economic Forum, the global confab held each year in Switzerland.
  • Welcome To The New Normal: The Dow Crashes Another 390 Points And Wal-Mart Closes 269 Stores

    01/19/2016 10:27:02 AM PST · by RetiredArmy · 61 replies
    The Sons of Liberty ^ | January 17, 2016 | Michael Snyder
    Welcome To The New Normal: The Dow Crashes Another 390 Points And Wal-Mart Closes 269 Stores Did you know that 15 trillion dollars of global stock market wealth has been wiped out since last June? The worldwide financial crisis that began in the middle of last year is starting to spin wildly out of control. On Friday, the Dow plunged another 390 points, and it is now down a total of 1,437 points since the beginning of this calendar year. Never before in U.S. history have stocks ever started a year this badly. The same thing can be said...
  • Oil Sold for -$0.50 per Barrel. A Negative Price!

    01/18/2016 3:54:46 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-01-2016 | northdakoterrrr
    The oil markets are on edge with oil sinking into the $20s per barrel. And last week we reported on one place where oil is already trading in the single-digits. Canada’s bitumen is selling for just $8 per barrel. But even that rock bottom price is higher than what one oil seller earned for a shipment recently. In a bizarre turn of events, Bloomberg reported that Flint Hill Resources, a refining unit owned by the Koch brothers, said that they would purchase sour crude from North Dakota for $-0.50 per barrel. That’s right: a negative price. Oil has become so...
  • Americans are Moving to Right-to-Work States

    01/12/2016 8:07:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/8/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    New numbers from the Census Bureau on how many people move from state to state underscore another aspect of the right-to-work debate that does not often take center stage: Americans continue to move to right-to-work states. The Mackinac Center has long viewed changes in the number of people in a state as perhaps the single best tool for measuring the quality of life there. After all, there are reasons people pack up and move, and those reasons reflect an individual’s self-interest. Economic opportunities are a clear reason to move, as are amenities such as access to coastal waters or more...
  • Most Americans are one paycheck away from the street

    01/06/2016 11:30:32 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 80 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 1-6-2016 | Quentin Fottrell
    Why aren't people saving? Millions of Americans are struggling with student loans, medical bills and other debts, says Andrew Meadows, a San Francisco-based producer of "Broken Eggs," a documentary about retirement. Central bankers hiked their short-term interest rate target last month to a range of 0.25% to 0.50% from near-zero, but that's still a small return for savings left in bank accounts. Indeed, personal savings rates as a percentage of disposable income dropped from 11% in December 2012 to 4.6% in August 2015, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis , and now hover at 5.5%. More money and education...
  • HGTV, Fox News Among Only Top Cable Networks to Boost Ratings This Year

    12/19/2015 11:31:07 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 18, 2015 | Joe Flint
    Among the top 10 cable networks in terms of prime-time viewers, only Fox News Channel, HGTV and Discovery Channel are on track to finish 2015 on an upswing. Among the top channels taking big hits this year are TNT, off 16% in viewers, and History, which is experiencing a decline of 20%. Even AMC, home of "The Walking Dead" and the last season of "Mad Men," is down 2%. Not every news channel got a boost from politics. Al Jazeera America finished 99th in prime-time rankings with an average of just 28,000 viewers.
  • Why Some Churches Choose to Die

    11/22/2015 4:17:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/22/2015 | Thom S. Rainer
    The conversation surprised me. I was recently meeting with about a dozen members of a church that was on the precipice of closing. During their perceived "good old days," the average worship attendance was in the 40s and 50s. Now the church attendance was in the teens. The church was on metaphorical life support. I shared with them some items of urgency that might give them some glimmer of hope. So I was surprised when one of the members asked me a question that seemed to come from nowhere: "Will we have to sing from screens instead of hymnals?" she...
  • Where Have All the Workers Gone?

    11/17/2015 6:44:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/17/2015 | By Isabel Sawhill
    Employment rates among prime-age workers, especially men, have declined sharply over the last few decades. The Great Recession made matters worse. Recent declines in the unemployment rate have enticed some back into the active labor force but the long-term picture is still discouraging. When we compare the U.S. to other advanced countries, working-age adults are simply not working as much as adults in most European nations. What's going on here? As my colleague Gary Burtless notes, three developments have probably played a role. First, real wages have fallen by 28 percent for high-school educated men since 1980, making work much...
  • CDC: Obesity Still Rising in US, Women Overtake Men

    11/12/2015 7:42:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 12, 2015 | Associated Press
    Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government research shows. For the past several years, experts thought the nation's alarming, decades-long rise in obesity had leveled off. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Thursday that the obesity rate has climbed to nearly 38 percent of adults, up from 32 percent about a decade earlier.
  • Christians Are At War With One Another As Americans Leave The Church In Droves

    11/08/2015 11:19:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 144 replies
    EAD ^ | 11/08/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Christianity is under attack from a thousand different directions all at once, and yet many believers have turned their guns on one another. This war among Christians seems to intensify with each passing year, and believers are often fighting for some of the stupidest reasons you can possibly imagine. Meanwhile, people are leaving our churches in droves and church attendance is way down. This is especially true of younger Americans. According to an incredible new report that was just released by the Pew Research Center, only 27 percent of all Millennials (U.S. adults born since 1990) attend religious services on...
  • Middle-aged whites in US dying at a startling rate

    11/03/2015 12:47:17 PM PST · by mojito · 77 replies
    Daily Journal/WaPo ^ | 11/3/2015 | Lenny Bernstein and Joel Achenbach
    A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, reversing decades of progress, according to a new review of statistics published Monday. The mortality rate for white men and women between the ages of 45 and 54 with less than a college education increased by half a percent per year between 1999 and 2013, most likely because of problems with legal and illegal drugs, alcohol, and suicide, according to the study released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.... The rising death rate was accompanied by a parallel increase...
  • Millennials Cut the Cord on ESPN

    10/21/2015 1:51:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 21, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: ESPN is in trouble economically, financially. ESPN just announced that they're gonna have to cut a minimum of 350 jobs. And the reason why is subscribers are abandoning cable. Many people do not understand how all of this works, the cable bundle. I mean, you understand that you have to pay a minimum amount per month to get a bunch of channels, the vast majority of which you never watch, but the channels you want are in that bundle, and you have to pay for the bundle. So let's say you want your local stations, you want ESPN, maybe...
  • Why Mr. Ed Gives Better Lifestyle Advice than the Media

    10/20/2015 10:09:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/20/15 | Michael Shannon
    Since the media has the attention span of Joe Biden, it doesnt matter if the trend makes sense or even exists outside a few malcontent exhibitionists Paraphrasing William F. Buckley, Id rather take lifestyle direction from 200 randomly selected people in the phone book than follow the advice found in the 200 most prominent media outlets. Reporters are fadconscious professionals at the expense of common sense. If they can identify a trend first, they become media experts and their journalistic prestige if there is such a thing today increases among their peers. Since the media has the attention...
  • The Episcopal Church drops below two million mark on PB Jefferts Schori's watch

    10/11/2015 7:50:51 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 27 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | October 10, 2015 | Mary Ann Mueller
    When the 2014 stats came out last week, it was no surprise that The Episcopal Church had again lost membership across the board. However, the newest released figures show that there is a dip in most church growth indicators -- total membership, ASA, congregations, baptisms, communicants, faith formation pupils, confirmations, and receptions from other Christian denominations. There is a slight uptick in marriages and an increase in funerals. For the first time in 75 years, The Episcopal Church's total membership dipped below the two million member mark. TEC's just-released official 2014 stats show worldwide church membership standing at 1,956,042. The...
  • High-tailing it out of blue states: Migration is changing the economic center of gravity

    09/27/2015 4:46:50 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 44 replies
    washingtonti mes ^ | 9/27/2015 | Stephen Moore
    The so-called progressives love to talk about how their policies will create a workers paradise, but then why is it that day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states? The new Census data on where we live and where we moved to in 2014 shows that the top seven states with the biggest percentage increase in in-migration from other states are in order: North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, and Texas. All of these states are red, except Colorado, which is purple. Meanwhile the leading exodus states...
  • Why its now cheaper to produce some goods in the South than in China

    08/04/2015 10:33:36 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/4/2015 | Ana Swanson
    Before World War II, red-brick textile mills that processed cotton and wove it into cloth were all over the southern United States, dotting the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama. But in the last 50 years, automation, free trade agreements and competition from countries like China whittled down the historic industry until it was almost gone. Now some textile jobs are coming back, but on much different terms. As the New York Times reported Sunday, some Chinese manufacturers are setting up shop in the United States, after finding it cheaper to produce their goods in the American South than in China.
  • Democrats Move Sharply Left On Economics

    07/17/2015 3:40:36 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 64 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 07/16/2015 | HAROLD MEYERSON
    In case anyone entertained doubts, Hillary Rodham Clinton's Monday speech on the economy offered proof positive that the center of the Democratic Party has moved left. Her address contained all the elements of the party's analysis of 21st-century American capitalism: Economic rewards go only to the rich ("successful CEOs and money managers," as she put it). Corporations reward shareholders and top executives at the expense of investment and employees. The decimation of unions has left workers powerless to demand their share of the revenue they produce. Sluggishness of investment, worker income and consumption has made the...
  • Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Brags: Our City Is No Longer Majority White

    07/17/2015 3:29:26 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 58 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | july 16, 2015 | jim hoft
    Kansas City, Kansas mayor Mark Hollan bragged during a speech this week at the annual La Raza Convention that his city is no longer a majority white town. Hooray! The mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, in an address to the radical socialist organization National Council of La Raza, bragged that his city is no longer majority white and the citys schools now have students who speak 62 different languages. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Kansas City, Kansas, was 52 percent white. But in a speech before the La Raza National Affiliates Luncheon earlier this week in Kansas City, Mayor...
  • The End of News and Evolution of Respectable Journalism

    07/13/2015 4:36:18 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 7/12/15 | steve Berman
    As a lifelong reader of newspapers, and a devoted follower of the journalism profession, although not a part of it, I am sad to write this. It's like a eulogy for a body long dead but failed to be given a proper burial. Or like the M. Night Shyamalan movie "The Sixth Sense," where Bruce Willis' character walks the earth as a dead man until a boy who can see dead people leads him to realize his own fate and depart. Large, centralized news gathering operations are dead. The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today--all the old-line...
  • American Babies Are No Longer Mostly White

    06/25/2015 4:08:32 PM PDT · by freddy005 · 14 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 06/25/2015 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    As regular readers are no doubt aware, shifting demographics are affecting everything from the labor market, to homeownership, to race relations in America. In The Illegal Immigrant Recovery for instance, we documented the stunning fact that in May, the number of foreign born workers lept 279K which means that, assuming the Household and Establishment surveys were congruent, there were just 1K native-born workers added in May of the total 280K jobs added. Alternatively, assuming the series, which is not seasonally adjusted, was indicative of seasonally adjusted data, then the 272K increase in total Household Survey civilian employment in May would...
  • Gallup: Record 58% of Americans Would Vote to Elect an Atheist President

    06/25/2015 11:00:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 25, 2015 | 10:42 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a nation that based its Declaration of Independence on the principle that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, a record 58 percent now say they would vote to elect a generally well-qualified atheist as president if their political party nominated such a person. In a poll conducted June 2-7, Gallup asked 771 adults living in the United States this question: Between now and the 2016 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidatestheir education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president...
  • (Salon) Hillary Clinton is going to lose: She doesnt even see the frustrated progressive wave ...

    06/23/2015 4:34:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | June 22, 2015 | Bill Curry
    Complete Headline: Hillary Clinton is going to lose: She doesnt even see the frustrated progressive wave that will nominate Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton went to New Yorks Roosevelt Island earlier this month to relaunch her campaign for president. Her first kickoff fell flat, perhaps because she herself didnt attend, opting instead to send a video greeting card in which people she still insists on calling everyday Americans shared their life plans. (To go to school! Plant a garden! Get married!) She came on at the end to say she had plans of her own that include being president, and that...
  • Gender-neutral baby names are all the rage for 2015

    06/23/2015 10:11:08 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 23, 2015 | Kristin Toussaint
    Last years most popular baby names were Benjamin and Emma, but this year the top boy and girl names could actually be the same. 2015 is looking like the year of the gender-neutral baby names, according to a midyear report by BabyCenter.com. Currently, names like Amari, Karter, Phoenix, Quinn and Reese have been making the largest leaps in popularity. As usual, baby names are reflecting a larger cultural shift, says BabyCenters Global Editor in Chief Linda Murray. Millennials are an open-minded and accepting group, and they dont want their children to feel pressured to conform to stereotypes that might be...
  • Americans 'Moving Left' on Social Issues. Really?

    06/17/2015 7:19:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/17/2015 | Richard Winchester
    The mainstream media (MSM) are hailing the release of recent polls purporting to show “progressive” perspectives on several social issues -- i.e., same-sex marriage, homosexuality, legalization of marijuana, even abortion -- either equaling or, in some cases outstripping, more “traditional” viewpoints. A Gallup poll released on May 22nd, for example, was headlined “On Social Ideology, the Left Catches Up to the Right.”  Never mind that other Gallup polls, such as one released on June 2nd, or one put out on June 4th, provide cautionary findings. The MSM aren’t interested unless “the news” can be spun leftward. This essay explores two...
  • The Hipster is Dead, and You might not Like Who Comes Next

    06/11/2015 1:25:30 PM PDT · by MoochPooch · 90 replies
    Mashable ^ | June 9, 2015 | David Infante
    What do we call me? Im a 26-year-old writer who lives in a gentrifying neighborhood in Brooklyn. Im a straight white man with a single-speed bike and a mustache. I studied liberal arts in college, and I have ideas about stuff, you guys. Millennial? Hipster? Yuppie? All of these, or none? We dont have a term that quite encapsulates this corner of the despicable millenn-intelligensia. And like any other privileged member of a so-called creative class, being called a hipster offends me for its inaccuracy. I demand to be snarked in precise terms. Let's consider something new: Yuccies. Young Urban...
  • Are Evangelicals Winning the World?

    06/09/2015 6:17:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 06/08/2015 | PETER BERGER
    Why are parts of Germany formerly under the enforced secularism of the Communist party rediscovering charismatic religion? In its story of May 16, 2015, the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel carried a story tiled (on its cover at least) Are Evangelicals Winning the World? [That is my translation. The German wording is Are Evangelicals conquering I substituted the less martial-sounding English winning. To the best of my knowledge, there is a remarkable scarcity of Evangelical suicide bombers.] The story states that Evangelical congregations are generally growing in Germany. But it concentrates on two congregations: one in Stuttgart, in western Germany, the...
  • Millennials Have No Hope Of Buying A Home In These 13 US Cities [See map]

    06/08/2015 8:49:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/08/2015 | Tyler Durden
    In This Is What Happens When A Millennial Tries To Get A Job, we highlighted 1) high youth unemployment (U-6 at nearly 14%) and 2) the failure of Americas university system to prepare new entrants for the job market, on the way to painting a rather grim picture for Americas newly-minted college graduates.Weve also been keen to emphasize the fact that the strong labor market is anything but, as wage growth is essentially non-existent and upside surprises benefit from the now ubiquitous vanishing worker. Given this, its no surprise that many of Americas best and brightest find themselves serving...
  • Is American Christianity Committing Suicide?

    06/08/2015 8:37:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/07/2015 | Peter Heck
    Tear down that cross and toss it in the wood chipper because the American church is toast. So goes conventional wisdom after recent revelations from the Pew Research Center, which found that in just 7 years, the percentage of Christians in the United States dropped nearly 8 points. The news was met with uncontrolled fits of glee from liberal publications like Salon, where author Patricia Miller gloated that the benefits from the decline of Christianity would be, huge. No doubt the scores of natural disaster victims around the globe who have profited from all the atheist relief trucks rolling in...
  • Report: Abortion on the Decline in All 50 States

    06/07/2015 8:28:48 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7 Jun 2015 | Breitbart News
    Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010, with an overall drop of about 12 percent.
  • Gallup finds taboos increasingly accepted in America: Right and Wrong are so Last Century

    06/02/2015 8:03:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Believe it or not, this isn’t another article about Bruce / Caitlyn Jenner, though the wider question of gender bending could probably be squirreled away in here somewhere. Gallup took time out from polling people about the presidential candidates they like and asked Americans their annual set of questions on taboo subjects and how accepting we tend to be of actions which have been traditionally shunned. If you only went by the headline (Once Taboo, Some Behaviors Now More Acceptable in U.S.) you might think that we’ve suddenly morphed into a nation of hedonists, but the phrase “more acceptable”...
  • As old-line Southern Baptist churches struggle, a dying one has an epiphany

    05/30/2015 6:29:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/30/15 | Stephanie McCrummen
    Attendance at the Southern Baptist church on Scenic Drive had dwindled to about 15 most Sundays... There was another congregation...that had been meeting in living rooms and whose pastor carried business cards that quoted from John 4:35: Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Maybe they wanted to buy the church... .... selling to the Arabic Baptists might be their best hope of keeping the church from closing. They prayed and then took a vote, and now, a few miles away in a suburban living room, the members of the fledgling Arab congregation were considering an opportunity they...
  • Conservatives are in denial: America is no longer a superpower (and it hasnt been for years)

    05/31/2015 1:12:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 80 replies
    Salon ^ | May 30, 2015 | Michael T. Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, Blood and Oil
    Take a look around the world and its hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washingtons dictates, or actively combating them. Russia refuses to curtail its support for armed separatists in Ukraine; China refuses to abandon its base-building endeavors in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia refuses to endorse the U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran; the Islamic State movement (ISIS) refuses to capitulate in the face of U.S. airpower. What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the...
  • Of Course America Is Giving Up on Christianity We Gave Up on God Ages Ago

    05/18/2015 8:17:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/18/2015 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    Christians decided going to church was enough, rather than advocating Christian morals and values. Jews decided even God wasn’t necessary.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 12, 2015 If Ben Shapiro’s simply stated point isn’t enough to drive home the idea that the latest Pew survey on religious life in America reported absolutely nothing new, just check out one of the latest episodes of the Kardashians in which Kim Kardashian has to Google who baptized Jesus before concluding that she wanted to “find a guy named John” to baptize her daughter, North West. What’s worse, the “guy named John” concept, the...
  • America is Still a Christian Nation, But the Past Seven Years Has Seen Significant Drop

    05/13/2015 5:59:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 13, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    New Evangelization, where art thou? The Pew Research Center reports that thenumber of Americans who identify as Christian has fallen sharply, to the tune of nearly eight percentage points in only seven years. The survey, carried out in 2014, was the second "Religious Landscape Study"Pew conducted since 2007. Based on the35,000 people the institute interviewed, the American populace is 21% Catholic. It was 23.9% seven years ago. While the percentage of Americans who identify as Christian dropped from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014, non-Christian religions are growing. Islam showed the greatest gains, growing half a percentage point...
  • A Generational Storm Is Coming

    05/13/2015 8:40:08 AM PDT · by all the best · 11 replies
    Bonner & Partners ^ | May 12, 2015 | Bill Bonner
    Yesterday, we began our high-minded graduation speech to the Class of 2015. We explained how the young graduates were not only the most heavily indebted in history, but also the least likely to be able to pay their debts. Median wages have been going down since these graduates were about five years old So have economic growth rates. Today, we continue the speech no one wants us to give You are heirs to claptrap, nonsense, bogus theories, and trillions of dollars in debt. The systems, programs, and institutions your parents set up are mostly worthless scams. Worse, they produce outcomes...
  • U.S. has become notably less Christian, major study finds

    05/12/2015 10:34:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | By DAVID LAUTER
    The U.S. has become significantly less Christian in the last eight years as the share of American adults who espouse no systematic religious belief increased sharply, a major new study found. For what is likely the first time in U.S. history certainly the first since the early days of the country the actual number of American Christians has declined. Christianity, however, remains by far the nations dominant religious tradition, according to the new report by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The rapid increase in the number of adults without ties to traditional religious institutions has strong implications for...
  • Christians 'Declining Sharply' in America; Unaffiliated Rising, Now Hold Greater Population Share

    05/12/2015 11:57:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/12/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    An extensive study by the Pew Research Center has revealed that Christians are declining sharply in America in terms of population share, while the religiously unaffiliated are rising, and now make up a larger share than American Catholics. The rise of religious intermarriages was one trend linked to the growth of the unaffiliated. The report, which was released on Tuesday, stated: "The drop in the Christian share of the population has been driven mainly by declines among mainline Protestants and Catholics. Each of those large religious traditions has shrunk by approximately 3 percentage points since 2007. The evangelical Protestant share...
  • Christianity Declines Sharply in US, Agnostics Growing: Pew [2 Thess 2]

    05/12/2015 12:55:52 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 41 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 5/12/2015 | Melanie Batley
    Christianity is in sharp decline in America, according to new research from the Pew Research Center, making for a significantly less Christian country than that of just seven years ago. The number of Christians dropped by almost 8 percentage points in seven years to 71 percent, and the trend holds across race, gender, education, and geographic dimensions, though Christianity still dominates American religious identity at 70 percent, USA Today said. "It's remarkably widespread," Alan Cooperman, director of religion research for the Pew Research Center, said, according to The Washington Post. "The country is becoming less religious as a whole, and...
  • USA Today poll: Percentage of Americans calling themselves Christian plummets . . .

    05/12/2015 2:48:01 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Dan Calabrese
    . . . but there is less here than meets the eye. At first, the numbers seem alarming, and there is an alarming element to it. Since the last time such a poll was taken in 2008, the percentage of Americans identifying as Christians has dropped from 78 percent to 70 percent. Yes, 70 percent is still an overwhelming majority, but an 8 percent drop in just seven years is pretty big. So how does one account for those one-time devoted followers of Jesus Christ suddenly abandoning the Kingdom of God? One doesnt, because thats not whats really happened here....
  • Big Drop in Share of Americans Calling Themselves Christian

    05/12/2015 7:43:52 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | 5/12/15 | Nate Cohen
    The Christian share of adults in the United States has declined sharply since 2007, affecting nearly all major Christian traditions and denominations, and crossing age, race and region, according to an extensive survey by the Pew Research Center. Seventy-one percent of American adults were Christian in 2014, the lowest estimate from any sizable survey to date, and a decline of 5 million adults and 8 percentage points since a similar Pew survey in 2007.
  • Americas Changing Religious Landscape (Christians Declining)

    05/12/2015 5:13:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | May 12, 2015 | Staff
    The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center. Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among...
  • Christians are leaving the faith in droves and the trend isn't slowing down

    04/28/2015 2:22:57 PM PDT · by detective · 98 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 28, 2015 | Matthew Speiser
    An extensive study done by the Pew Research Center has yielded some fascinating information regarding the trajectory of world religions over the next four decades. As of 2010, Christianity was the dominant world religion with roughly 2.2 billion adherents and Muslim's were second with about 1.6 billion adherents. If current demographic trends continue however, Islam is expected to catch up to Christianity midway through the 21st century
  • Porn is fuelling a new, violent sexual ideology in our teens. It has to stop.

    04/29/2015 8:25:53 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 140 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/28/15 | Jonathon Van Maren
    April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- I’ve been saying for quite some time that pornography is dangerous for more reasons than those that we typically discuss. Pornography is not dangerous just because it is spiritually dangerous. Pornography is not dangerous just because it is addictive, unhealthy, and unrealistic. Pornography is dangerous because it is becoming a new ideology of sex, in which women are objects to be abused and consumed and men are sexual aggressors, using the girls and women to physically extract as much so-called “pleasure” as possible.When I first spoke on this issue at the University of Ottawa with...
  • 3 Important Church Trends in the Next 10 Years: Christianity in the USA may look very different

    04/26/2015 6:53:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 04/24/2015 | Ed Stetzer
    As someone who both cares about the mission of the church and leads a research organization, I watch the trends in the church and the culture. Occasionally, someone asks me to share some thoughts on the big picture, in the case of the North American context, questions related to "streams" of Protestantism. Based on research, statistics, extrapolation, and (I hope) some insight, I notice 3 important trends continuing in the next 10 years. Trend #1: The Hemorrhaging of Mainline Protestantism This trend is hardly newsmainliners will tell you of this hemorrhaging and of their efforts to reverse it. Mainline Protestantism...
  • Is Virginia Becoming a Liberal State? Some Democrats Are Betting on It.

    04/23/2015 6:54:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 22, 2015 | Karyn Bruggeman
    As two of Virginia's top Democrats weigh running for governor in 2017, potentially against each other, they are embracing traditionally liberal issues in a way that would have been politically toxic just years ago in the Upper South state. The bet that both Attorney General Mark Herring and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam are making is not only that the strongest possible progressive record would help win a Democratic primary, but that it will also help in the general election. Nationally, Democrats have grown emboldened on cultural issues over the past few years, and Virginiawhere demographic shifts have widened their path...
  • Blacks Lose Ground under Obama - And Republicans should remind them

    04/10/2015 1:27:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | April 10, 2015 | Deroy Murdock Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416735/blacks-lose-ground-under-o
    As a declared presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) should generate even bigger headlines when he addresses black audiences, as he has at Howard University and other venues. When he was executive of mainly Democratic Milwaukee County, Governor Scott Walker (R., Wis.) appealed to black voters; his reelection majorities consistently increased. These and other Republicans should ask black Americans for their votes from now through November 2016. They should do so by challenging blacks to ask themselves an honest question: What, exactly, have you gained by handing Obama 95 percent of your votes in 2008 and 93 percent in...
  • Bachelor Nation: 70% of Men Aged 20-34 Are Not Married

    04/07/2015 8:44:59 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 169 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 15, 2015 | By Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) Seventy percent of American males between the ages of 20 and 34 are not married, and many live in a state of perpetual adolescence with ominous consequences for the nations future, says Janice Shaw Crouse, author of Marriage Matters. Far too many young men have failed to make a normal progression into adult roles of responsibility and self-sufficiency, roles generally associated with marriage and fatherhood, Crouse, the former executive director of the Beverly LaHaye Institute, wrote in a recent Washington Times oped. The high percentage of bachelors means bleak prospects for millions of young women who dream about...