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  • College Freshmen Are Less Religious Than Ever

    05/26/2017 6:29:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Scientific American ^ | May 25, 2017 | Allen Downey
    The number of college students with no religious affiliation has tripled in the last 30 years, from 10 percent in 1986 to 31 percent in 2016, according to data from the CIRP Freshman Survey. Over the same period, the number who attended religious services dropped from 85 percent to 69 percent. These trends provide a shapshot of the current generation of young adults; they also provide a preview of rapid secularization in the U.S. over the next 30 years.
  • Concealed Carry Up 215%, Murder Rate Down 14%

    05/25/2017 7:03:24 AM PDT · by rhett october · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 24, 2017 | Awr Hawkins
    Concealed carry permits rose 215 percent between 2007 and 2015, and the murder rate dropped 14 percent during that same time period. In other words, more guns being carried for self-defense correlated with fewer murders. On May 22, Breitbart News reported that the demand for concealed carry permits witnessed its greatest surge ever between May 2016 and May 2017. Fox News referenced Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) data showing there were 14.5 million permit holders in May 2016 and approximately 15.7 million in May 2017. Now the NRA is tweeting data which shows that the bigger picture is not just...
  • Christians Tapping Into New-Age Lies as Great Falling-Away Continues

    Is Sister Christian sitting next to you in Sunday service a closet New Ager? Is your pastor tapping into new spirituality? Are you believing a new thought lie? I was simply shocked to read the results of a new Barna study that shows only 17 percent of Christians who consider their faith important and attend church regularly actually have a biblical worldview. But I was decidedly dismayed by the subsequent revelations in the report. In a nutshell, Barna found many Christians strongly agree with worldviews that compete with biblical teachings. In other words, many believers are believing flat out lies....
  • Falling Off the Demographic Cliff

    05/20/2017 2:24:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 15, 2017 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    Friends who visit Europe with large families in tow tell me they soon become “tourist attractions” themselves.Europeans are used to Muslims with large families. But Americans? People from a prosperous developed nation? How odd. Don’t they know that children get in the way of self-fulfillment? That population growth is bad for the environment?The visiting Americans with large families are almost invariably Christians—another segment of European society that, along with children, seems to be on the way out. In 2016 more than 90,000 people dropped out of the Church of Sweden, and Norway’s State Church lost more than 25,000 members...
  • Death spiral for cars. By 2030, you probably wont own one

    05/15/2017 7:08:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 103 replies
    reneweconomy.com.au ^ | 5/9/2017 | Giles Parkinson
    By 2030, you probably wont own a car, but you may get a free trip with your morning coffee. Transport-As-A-Service will use only electric vehicles and will upend two trillion-dollar industries. Its the death spiral for cars. A major new report predicts that by 2030, the overwhelming majority of consumers will no longer own a car instead they will use on-demand electric autonomous vehicles. By 2030, within 10 years of regulatory approval of autonomous electric vehicles (A-EVs), the report says, 95 per cent of all US passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand, autonomous, electric vehicles that will...
  • New Study Shows White Americans Feel Like Strangers In Their Own Land

    05/10/2017 11:02:34 AM PDT · by Thalean · 79 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | May 9, 2017 | Dylan Scott
    The key points from the survey that was conducted on white Americans by telephone interviews, on a stratified, single-stage, random-digit-dialing basis, that represented all 50 states. It was done in Sept/Oct 2016. -People who expressed "fears about cultural displacement" were 3.5x more likely to vote Trump. -65% said the American way of life seems to have deteriorated since 1950. -48% believe things have changed so much that I often feel like a stranger in my own country. -68% believe the US is in danger of losing its culture and identity, and that the American way of life needs to be...
  • Anti-Muslim incidents rose 57% last year, according to a new report

    05/11/2017 7:08:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 9, 2017 | Jaweed Kaleem
    The number of anti-Muslim incidents and crimes in the U.S. surged last year to some of the highest levels seen in recent times, according to a new report from a prominent Muslim civil rights organization. The report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations documented a 57% increase in anti-Muslim incidents last year compared with 2015.
  • Awards Have Lost Their Meaning (Nobel Prize Especially Included)

    05/11/2017 7:38:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Awards once meant something. There was a time not that long ago when they were given in recognition of important accomplishments. Today, we tend to value celebrity over steady achievement. Fame is paramount. It matters little how one attains it. The Kardashians are just one of many examples. We now give "participation" awards to schoolchildren so they won't feel left out, or suffer injury to their "self-esteem," should they be on a losing team. Other awards have become politicized. Isn't that why Oscars and Emmys are awarded to people, films and programs that reinforce the secular-progressive worldview? Isn't that why...
  • The Big 3 Exodus: California, Illinois, and New York Keep Losing People to Other States

    05/11/2017 8:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | Wednesday May 10, 2017 | Ryan McMaken
    It seems that many residents of the West Coast and the Northeast are leaving those regions behind. In March, for example, the Sacramento Bee reported that California “exports its poor to Texas ... while wealthier people move in.” Former Californians report that a lackluster job market, a high cost of living, and high taxes are pushing them out. This week, Chicago Magazine reported on Chicago's highly publicized diaspora. One interviewee reported the crime, high cost of living, and taxes drove him out of Illinois and across the state line to northern Indiana. “I couldn’t have this size house in Illinois,” he said. Last week,...
  • You're not going to believe how much illegal immigration has dropped since January 2017

    05/10/2017 9:55:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Rick Moran ^ | 05/10/2017
    According to figures released yesterday, the number of illegal aliens crossing the U.S. southwestern border has dropped by an astonishing 76% since President Trump took office.  More specifically, the number of minor children crossing the border with or without a parent has been cut even further. Washington Times: Illegal immigration across the southwestern border is down a stunning 76 percent since President Trump was elected, with the flow of children and families dropping even faster as analysts say the administration's commitment to enforcing the law has changed the reality along the border. Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol dropped to just...
  • Millennials are still not getting married

    05/09/2017 11:20:14 AM PDT · by BJ1 · 219 replies
    Probably Overthinking It ^ | 10/14/2016 | Allen Downey
    Last year I presented a paper called "Will Millennials Ever Get Married?" at SciPy 2015. You can see video of the talk and download the paper here. I used data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) to estimate the age at first marriage for women in the U.S., broken down by decade of birth. I found evidence that women born in the 1980s and 90s were getting married later than previous cohorts, and I generated projections that suggest they are on track to stay unmarried at substantially higher rates. Yesterday the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released...
  • More Parish Closings Nationwide - What Are We to Learn and Do?

    05/09/2017 8:08:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 142 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    More Parish Closings Nationwide - What Are We to Learn and Do? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 8, 2017 • It was recently announced that a substantial number of Catholic parishes will be closing in Connecticut. This is just the latest in a national trend that is likely to affect the diocese where you live, especially in the north. I’d like to offer some rather quick thoughts and then ponder what I think is the root cause for our decline. Bishops don’t close parishes, people do. While it may be juridically true that bishops formally certify or give recognition...
  • 54% OF US COUNTIES IN 2014 HAD ZERO MURDERS, 2% OF COUNTIES HAVE 51% OF THE MURDERS

    05/07/2017 12:11:42 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 42 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 7, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    . . . The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders. As shown in figure 2, over half of murders occurred in only 2% of counties. Murders actually used to be even more concentrated. From 1977 to 2000, on average 73 percent of counties in any give year had zero murders. Possibly, this change is a result of the opioid epidemics spread to more rural areas. But that question is beyond the scope of this study. Lotts...
  • A Free Speech Tipping Point

    05/07/2017 4:51:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    Many people have called for changes on college campuses. To a certain extent this has been treated with humor-based dismissal. The branding of these children acting in a petulant manner is referred to as "snowflakes." But now we have reached a dangerous tipping point that threatens to destroy the freedoms we all savor as part of our heritage. This occurred when Ann Coulter was stopped from speaking at U.C. Berkeley. It was really terrible when others were stopped from speaking because of obnoxious behavior or actual physical violence. For example, a speech by Milos Yiannopoulos was stopped because of protests...
  • 77% black births to single moms, 49% for Hispanic immigrants

    05/07/2017 6:57:13 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 57 replies
    More than three quarters of African American births are to unmarried women, nearly double the illegitimacy rate of all other births, according to new federal data. The National Center for Health Statistics said that in 2015, 77.3 percent of non-immigrant black births were illegitimate. The national non-immigrant average is 42 percent, and it was 30 percent for whites. The new numbers were in a Center for Immigration Studies analysis on the births to immigrants. That total is 32.7 percent, but to Hispanic immigrants it is 48.9 percent, according to Steven Camarota, the director of research for the Center for Immigration...
  • It's more than Amazon: Why retail is in distress now

    05/07/2017 5:56:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/07/2017 | Courtney Reagan, Leslie Picker
    With more than half of 2017 still ahead, the retail industry is seeing a record-setting pace for bankruptcy filings and store closings and more are expected in the not too distant future, despite what most consider a healthy consumer. This tipping point for retail is the result of a number of compounding reasons, but the inability to pay looming, massive debt bills is dealing the final death blow to many. More online shopping Yes, more shopping is shifting online in general, and to Amazon specifically, as in-store shopping traffic and sales trends fall for many retailers and shopping...
  • Brexit: English language 'losing importance'-EU's Juncker (Speaks French two days before election)

    05/05/2017 6:30:28 AM PDT · by Spiridon · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/5/2017 | BBC
    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told a conference in Italy on the EU that "English is losing importance in Europe". Amid tensions with the UK over looming Brexit negotiations, he said he was delivering his speech in French. "Slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe and also because France has an election," he said, explaining his choice of language..... Top EU officials say they want liberal independent Emmnanuel Macron to beat his nationalist rival, Marine Le Pen......
  • Retailers Scrambling To Adjust To Changing Consumer Habits (90,000 layoffs since October)

    05/02/2017 6:49:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KPBS-FM ^ | May 2, 2017 | Yuki Noguchi, NPR
    With unemployment low and economic growth expected to bounce back from a slow first quarter, consumers are not in bad shape. But it has been an especially terrible year so far for retailers. Nine U.S. chains have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Store closures are accelerating, and almost 90,000 retail workers have lost their jobs since October. Experts say the industry's troubles are just beginning. "The disruption is just unfolding," says Mark Cohen, a former CEO of Sears Canada who now directs retail studies at Columbia Business School. "I think the number of store closings will continue at an...
  • 40% of Americans spend up to half of their income servicing debt

    05/01/2017 4:28:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 30 April 2017 | Maria LaMagna
    Americans are struggling to get out of the red. Some 40% of Americans with debt are spending up to half of their monthly income paying it back. And that may not even be enough to cover how much they owe. Thats according to a study on debt Thursday released by Northwestern Mutual, a life insurance and financial services company. The polling company Harris Poll surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. adults in February 2017 on behalf of Northwestern Mutual. The survey found that nearly half of Americans are carrying at least $25,000 in debt, with an average debt of $37,000, excluding...
  • Ten reasons millennials are backing away from God and Christianity

    05/01/2017 5:52:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 70 replies
    foxnews ^ | April 30, 2017 | Dr. Alex McFarland
    College-aged millennials today are far more likely than the general population to be religiously unaffiliated. This is true when they are compared to previous generations as well. In fact, the Pew Research Center documents that millennials are the least outwardly religious American generation, where one in four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29. Just over 60 percent of millennials say that Christianity is judgmental, and 64 percent say that anti-gay best describes most churches today. In ministry circles, it has long been reported that of youth...