Surviving Hate



So a friend online posted an article about how to deal with online mobs. As we’ve all witnessed, a tweet, a blog post, or a heavily edited video can, and often does, drive a certain quarter into outrage mode without stopping to think whether or not the person initially making the accusation/allegation is actually presenting the truth, or just what they want the rest of us to believe is the truth. That’s really the morbid side of social media. when one person can destroy another’s reputation simply because they disagree with what was said.

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Perpetrating a Hoax



I’ve not commented on the Jussie Smo;;ett incident, just as I didn’t with the Coveninton Catholic School initial initial video: we have to wait for the actual evidence of whether something occurs or not to form any sort of opinion. We should, as skeptics, never rush to judgement on anything presented to us a news because as we all know, sometimes what’s initially reported to us as fact, turns out not to be that way at all. But over the weeks, this has become a story that seems to eat up time on television, as well as other news outlets as the initial story unwinds.

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Is it Weather or Climate Change?




It snowed overnight where I live. This morning we’re still getting a small amount. It  hasn’t been a lot, at least not for those of you that live in latitudes where this time of year there are days where you can become snowed in, and if not, it is a pain to have to get to work, or run errands. But where I live, it is unusual. So far, this winter, including this one, we’ve had a total of around 8 inches of snow. Before you start laughing, let me explain.

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Moving Beyond the Crazies



As a conservative, I follow and am followed by, other conservatives on social media, specifically Twitter. I do also follow some liberals and progressives, but the overwhelming majority I think (I’ve never actually counted) are conservative. I try not to follow those I consider the crazies from either side but sometimes until I see a few tweets from someone, I have no idea of their specific political opinions. It’s wide ranging, again on both sides of the spectrum from the reasonable (who I prefer) to the downright conspiracy theorists. there seem to be a lot more lately of the later than the former.

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Giving The Catholic Church a ‘By’



I’ve been writing about the abuses in the Catholic Church for a while. Just do a search from the Home Page here using “Catholic Church” and you’ll discover at least seven posts since the middle of August. This will the the eighth. What I don’’t understand is what appears to be the lack of outrage over these abuses and it seems like every few weeks or months, another one is discovered. Of course it’s easy to ignore because of the news cycle. within seventy-two hours after initial reports, the latest outrage has virtually disappeared. I would think that the sheer number of abuse victims – including Nuns – would keep these stories front and center if not with the media, then the general public.

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