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Facebook - The Gig Is Up

Posted at Angela Wittman's Blog:

This issue is at the center of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal that the social media company is facing right now. The political research firm was able to access data on more than 50 million Facebook users through a third-party personality quiz application, without the knowledge or consent of users. The quiz maker wasn't supposed to pass the information along, but Facebook at the time had no technical measures in place to prevent it. Cambridge Analytica later used this and other information to create detailed psychological profiles of Facebook users and to micro-target political ads at some of them, ... -  Excerpt from Here's how to see which apps have access to your Facebook data — and cut them off - CNBC
Dear Friends,

I have always had a disdain for Facebook and remember deleting an account several years ago, only to find myself creating a new one due to missing friends and family who have Facebook accounts. My greatest concern years …
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Infrequent cannabis use strongly linked to psychosis

Posted at The Christian Institute:

Smoking cannabis as little as five times as a teenager can lead to psychosis in later life, new research has shown.

The study from Finland, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, adds to the evidence that indicates the drug can lead to poor mental health, and in some cases, suicide.

The findings come amid reports that up to 94 per cent of cannabis in parts of England is highly potent ‘skunk’.
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Daily Mail Smears Christians

Posted at Christian in Canada:

Read the entire article, which is posted here:

Lest you think I’m overreacting, here is a sampling of the headlines that came up on a Google search of the same incident today. You’ll notice that even in the most left-leaning media, there is no mention of “devout” Christianity:

There is no mention in the Daily Mail article of the bomber actually being a “Christian.” There is no mention of a church or Bible studies he attended or anything of the sort. All there is is a mention that in 2012, when he was 18, he appeared to be against gay marriage and abortion and for the death penalty. Sorry, but being “conservative” on some issues does not automatically make someone a “Christian.”
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Posted at Wintery Knight:

The mainstream media is using naive students like sock puppets to push an anti-self-defense agenda. I saw a clip where one of the children was explaining that armed teachers or security guards would not prevent school shootings. Instead, the solution being suggested by those on the left is to ban all semi-automatic weapons – which would mean confiscating nearly every firearm used for self-defense against criminals by law-abiding citizens.

So, does having an armed security guard on staff work?

Here’s a story from the Daily Caller:

The Great Mills High School student who injured two others Tuesday morning was stopped by the school’s armed resource officer.  According to St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron, the school resource officer (SRO) fired a round at the shooter, who fired a round in return. The shooter is now dead, Cameron confirmed Tuesday morning, and an investigation will determine whether the SRO’s bullet struck the shooter.  The incident is now over,…

Calif. bill threatens Bible-based therapy

By Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service - Posted at Baptist Press:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- A proposed law in California could outlaw helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender-identity confusion. If passed, the bill, introduced last month by Assemblyman Evan Low, would be the most expansive ban on therapy related to sexual orientation and gender in the country.

Other bans across the country restrict the practice of licensed therapists, but this law would label as fraudulent any message that aligns with the Biblical view of sexuality and gender.

The bill would amend the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act to add "sexual orientation change efforts" to the list of unfair or deceptive practices. Sexual orientation change efforts are defined broadly as "any practices that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual romantic attractions or feelings t…

The rules of engagement for Christians

By Dana Hall McCain - Posted at

Today I'm going to preach a little to my brethren in the Christian faith. If that's not you, feel free to go watch Netflix or walk the dog. You're off the hook.

I feel like all of us--myself included--could use a refresher course on how to communicate and act in the political realm in a distinctly Christian way. Christ calls us to be in this world, but not of it.

I've never seen anything more efficient at making Christians of the world than politics.

It's a dirty business, known for its corruption, its double-speak, and its worship of power. It unashamedly insists that the ends justify the means. If you demand better, they scoff and call you naive.

We lie down with dogs, we get up with fleas.

How do we glean from political and civic engagement the positive impact it may yield, without sinking into the mire?

Unless we're disciplined, intentional and aware of the risks, we don't. But there are some guardrails that can help us…

Why Lies Spread Faster Than Truth

Posted at Reformation Scotland:

False news travels six times faster than the truth according to a new scientific study. It’s 70% more likely to be retweeted. The study analyses 126,000 false stories tweeted by roughly three million people more than 4.5 million times. We’re aware of fake news and robots that generate it online. It seems that the robots are not responsible for the speed at which fake news travels – we are. What is it in human nature that is drawn to sharing falsehood?

It should be of great concern to us. The author of the study, Professor Aral makes a striking comment. “Some notion of truth is central to the proper functioning of nearly every realm of human endeavor. If we allow the world to be consumed by falsity, we are inviting catastrophe”. Of course the trend of post-modern thought has been to claim that truth is relative, not absolute. This undermines a concern for truth, even the facts because it is claimed that such truth claims are an exercise of power and priv…