[NYPOST] These party animals aren’t letting the coronavirus ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... pandemic get them down.
In fact, this group of New Jersey friends is outright embracing the outbreak and threw a COVID-19-themed bash Sunday complete with hazmat suits and Corona, the beer brand many confused Americans have mistaken for the virus.
"We love to have fun with the themes," Jersey City native Alexandra, who withheld her last name, tells South West News Service, adding that the group wanted to take a "lighthearted" approach amid fears over the deadly virus.
The environmental worker, 31, and her husband, 35, invited eight neighbors over for a shindig with a dress code: Guests were asked to don shoe covers and face masks before entering the caution-taped door.
Alexandra says they "dressed up in hazmat suits, gloves and glasses" and played Pandemic, a board game which involves trying to stop a virus from consuming the globe.
Food and drink also followed the theme, with guests tucking into "coronavirus cupcakes," "Quarantini" punch and a "Case-0" stew, named after the first person to be diagnosed with COVID-19.
[NYPOST] Toxic masculinity may literally be hazardous to men’s health.
While movies may make the macho lifestyle seem alluring, a new study has found that hypermasculine males could suffer from a host of health and social issues as they age.
"Our study shows how toxic masculinity ...the liberal concept (the science is settled!) that men are knuckle dragging bastards who spend all their time watching football, drinking beer, burping, farting, and thumping their women. This doesn't apply if the men are girls transitioning to boys, or boys transitioning to girls, or either transitioning to sheep... also has detrimental consequences for the men who subscribe to these ideals," says Michigan State University sociologist Stef Shuster in a statement. The study was published in the journal Sex Roles.
Shuster defines "toxic masculinity" as a belief in men being "autonomous and not showing a lot of emotion."
To study the correlation, the team analyzed nearly 5,500 older men and women and tried to determine the level at which each male participant subscribed to traditionally masculine ideals. They found that the most macho individuals suffered from loneliness, financial problems and even poor health as a result of their isolationist tendencies.
"Having people with whom we can talk about personal matters is a form of social support," says Shuster, whose study found that men were less likely than women to confide in others.
Shuster adds, "If people only have one person that they can share information with, or sometimes even no people, they don’t really have an opportunity to reflect and share."
This refusal to seek outside help can cause toxic masculinity adherents to become siphoned out of society as they age, according to Shuster. Indeed, male boomers ‐ those born between 1940 and the mid-1960s ‐ are increasingly struggling to maintain and forge friendships as they retire, which is, in turn, exacerbated by relocating homes or their partner dying.
Posted by: Frank G ||
03/13/2020 5:50 Comments ||
Physical sports will lead to 'a host of health and social issues' in advanced age. Exercise and use of muscles may result in early death.
If you 'subscribe to the ideals' of facing hard work, responsibility and a little danger with courage and a smile, rather than flock to you people will desert you.
Not whining about everything, not consulting every opinionated acquaintance over every little event in your life will make you a nervous old wreck.
Those who seek 'outside help', chiefly psychiatrists and other 'experts', rather than introspect and evaluate themselves in solitude, are healthier for it.
Your spouse dying is almost the same level of mental stress as moving house. In fact according to the expert, for all your 'stoic posturing' you're no better'n a dang piddly poodle ! So start acting like it and make the expert some money goddamnit !
Well, yeah, statistically there are a lot of old women out there than there are old men. A hundred years ago it wasn't the same. Seems the patriarchal medical establishment spent a lot of time working on that to invert the mortality curve. Started about the same time women got the vote. Just saying. Something about without social security, medicare, et al, you needed a lot of kids living to adulthood to provide 'honoring thy father and mother' in their elder age. That meant a lot of births, to also cover loses in childhood mortality of the time. A lot of wear and tear on the body doing that.
Indeed, male boomers ‐ those born between 1940 and the mid-1960s ‐ are increasingly struggling to maintain and forge friendships as they retire, which is, in turn, exacerbated by relocating homes or their partner dying.
Sorry soy buy, but this cat's experiencing the exact opposite at age 55. Just yesterday I pulled in not one, but two new corporate clients. These people were all great and we came together not only on a professional level but because we personally like each other. It's therefore very likely I now have two more clients who will be clients for a long, long time. Professionally it may have been my best day ever, but this simpering twit asserts otherwise, with zero evidence. 'Struggling', my ass - it's more like thriving.
Also, one more thing - for all the nuance the left claims to understand, anyone else notice there's only one type of masculinity with these clowns, and that's naturally the bad kind? Not terribly clever, guys (who will never be toxic)!
Raj, I think you are Gen X, so of course you can be as hypermasculine as you like, without repercussions. It’s only male Boomers who are punished for it, according to the good professor, who carefully limited his study to older men and women lest he be forced to draw conclusions he didn’t like.
[CDC via Natonal File] The Center for Disease Control posted a job listing for a Public Health Advisor in the Quarantine Program in all major U.S. cities in November of 2019, at least a month before the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
The job listing is for positions in Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Seattle, Anchorage, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, Honolulu, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, and San Juan.
The job description reads, "Serves as a project representative for a program responsible for preventing the importation and spread of communicable diseases."
All cities currently dealing with coronavirus fears in the U.S. are listed on the job application.
Math nerds at the CDC have been 'gaming' theoretical probabilities for years as to what areas would be most affected by a transmittable contagion, based on population densities, traveler frequencies, local disaster preparedness, etc.
Hopefully timing of job postings is just a coincidence Besoeker, but I've grown more pessimistic as I age.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
03/13/2020 9:46 Comments ||
based on population densities
Also demographics with a seasoning of country of origin
They let it lose in the fall they tested retested dead people and found it in them ! The cdc! Intentional spread the day they banned flights from Europe you could still fly to China from Canada and planes from china going to Canada were still coming and going from the states!
[Newsroom] The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent the following letter March 12, 2020, to Church members worldwide.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As promised in our letter of March 11, 2020, we continue to monitor the changing conditions related to COVID-19 throughout the world. We have considered the counsel of local Church leaders, government officials and medical professionals, and have sought the Lord’s guidance in these matters. We now provide the following updated directions.
Beginning immediately, all public gatherings of Church members are being temporarily suspended worldwide until further notice. This includes:
Stake conferences, leadership conferences and other large gatherings
All public worship services, including sacrament meetings
Branch, ward and stake activities.
Where possible, please conduct any essential leadership meetings via technology. Specific questions may be referred to local priesthood leaders. Further direction related to other matters will be provided.
Bishops should counsel with their stake president to determine how to make the sacrament available to members at least once a month.
We encourage members in their ministering efforts to care for one another. We should follow the Savior’s example to bless and lift others.
We bear our witness of the Lord’s love during this time of uncertainty. He will bless you to find joy as you do your best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ in every circumstance.
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
The patient, whose case was first announced Wednesday night, is a Prince George’s County resident who had no known exposure to coronavirus ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... through travel or an infected individual.
"The first case of COV-19 community transmission in Maryland means we are entering a new phase of working to mitigate and limit the spread of this pandemic. What we are seeing now is what we have been anticipating and preparing for over the last several weeks," Hogan tweeted.
At 4 p.m., the governor will be announce "major actions" the state will take to protect public health and safety.
Canada PM working from home as wife tested for COVID-19
[AU.NEWS.YAHOO] Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ...hereditary prime minister of the Great White North... and his wife announced they were self-isolating Thursday as she undergoes tests for the new coronavirus ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... after returning from a speaking engagement with "mild flu-like symptoms."
Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau's symptoms have subsided since she recently got back from Britannia, but as a precaution the prime minister "will spend the day in briefings, phone calls and virtual meetings from home," according to a statement.
Trudeau also cancelled a meeting Thursday and Friday with Canada's provincial and territorial leaders in Ottawa, but still planned to speak with them and world leaders by phone about measures being taken to curb the spread of the virus in Canada.
Coronavirus patients may be contagious for weeks longer than first thought
[MIAMIHERALD] Some people who get the coronavirus ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... could be contagious for a lot longer than the two-week quarantine period that many countries are using, a new study says.
Researchers looking at cases in China say patients could spread the virus for up to 37 days after they start showing symptoms, according to the study published in the British medical journal The Lancet.
On average, survivors still had the virus in their respiratory system for about 20 days and could presumably continue to spread the disease, researchers found.
Chinese Official Blames US For Introducing Coronavirus To Wuhan
[DAILYCALLER] A Chinese official suggested Thursday that U.S. officials introduced coronavirus ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... into China’s Wuhan region as the virus makes its way to the West from the communist nation.
"The director of the US Centers for Disease Control was arrested," Lijian Zhao, deputy director of China’s Foreign Ministry Information Department, said in a tweet suggesting Centers For Disease Control Robert Redfield was apprehended by authorities. Redfield was not arrested.
Zhao went on to accuse the U.S. of starting the pandemic
He added: "When did Patient Zero appear in the United States? How many people are infected? What is the name of the hospital? It may be that the US military brought the epidemic to Wuhan. America needs to be transparent! The United States owes us an explanation!"
The first case of COVID-19 is believed to have appeared December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The virus has spread since February to 36 other countries and territories and has a global corpse count of 3,041, according to the CDC’s numbers.
Deaths from the virus in China hit 811 on Feb. 9, surpassing the number of patients who died from SARS, China’s National Health Commission noted at the time. China has reported roughly 80,000 cases since February, though the number of cases in the country appears to be declining.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pound, the little lost dog had finished eating the rat terrier... the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is growing, with more than 1,000 in 39 states as the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic Wednesday. A global pandemic is defined as a virus that spreads across the world, and declaring an illness as such can have both political and economic consequences.
China found its own way to deal with the initial outbreak. Zhao’s government’s censors reportedly worked to suppress information about the virus as health professionals in the country spread their concern on a Chinese app called WeChat. They even punished officials who discretely warned superiors before it became a pandemic.
Trump on Coronavirus: ‘Put Politics Aside, Stop the Partisanship, and Unify as One Nation and One Family’
[BREITBART] President Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... delivered an address from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening on the coronavirus outbreak, asking Americans to put "politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify as one nation and one family."
Trump spoke calmly and in measured tones from a prepared text as he recounted the administration’s steps thus far to fight the spread of the illness, which the World Health Organization declared a "pandemic" earlier Wednesday.
The president noted that "taking early, intense action," such as banning travel from China, had helped slow the spread of the illness. He announced that there would be a 30-day suspension on travel from Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... ‐ with the exception of the United Kingdom ‐ as of Friday at midnight, given concerns about the spread of the illness there.
Trump also noted that the health insurance industry had agreed to "waive all co-payments for all coronavirus treatments," and that his administration would cut regulations to make "antiviral treatments" available quickly.
He noted that he had signed a new law providing for $8.3 billion to fight the illness, and announced emergency economic interventions, as well as an extension of tax filing deadlines for affected business and individuals.
"Each of us has a role to play in defeating this virus," Trump added. "Wash your hands, clean often-used surfaces, cover your face and mouth if you sneeze or cough, and most of all, if you are sick or not feeling well, stay home."
He asked Americans to transcend politics, and unite: "The virus will not have a chance against us," he vowed.
"In a context of grave shortage of medical resources, the allocation criteria need to guarantee that those patients with the highest chance of therapeutic success will retain access to intensive care. It's a matter of giving priority to 'the highest hope of life and survival,'" the health experts explain.
So if your Italian grandma shows up at the ER in need of care, she may just be given some cough syrup (or a pain pill) and sent home to die. With a shortage of hospital beds and doctors working themselves to the point exhaustion, hospitals have no other choice but to triage patients and only provide care to the most viable.
Courtesy of lord garth:
Iran near Qom - new trenches built for burial visible from satellite from wapo - high def images in the article
At the Behesht-e Masoumeh complex in Qom, about 80 miles south of Tehran, the excavation of a new section of the graveyard began as early as Feb. 21, satellite images show, and then rapidly expanded as the virus spread. By the end of the month, two large trenches ‐ their lengths totaling 100 yards ‐ were visible at the site from space.
According to expert analysis, video testimony and official statements, the graves were dug to accommodate the rising number of virus victims in Qom.
The Czech government declares a state of emergency due to coronavirus and was renewing border checks at its borders with Austria and Germany. People will be banned from crossing in at any other place. The measure, effective tomorrow at midnight, is approved today.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis says people from 13 risk countries that include not only China, South Korea and Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... but also EU nations such as Italia, Spain, La Belle France, Austria and Germany as well as Britannia will not be allowed to enter the Czech Republic.
In addition, Czech citizens are not allowed to travel to those countries. Exceptions include truck drivers, train workers and pilots.
Also, starting tomorrow, all public gatherings of more than 30 people will be banned.
This Ausie met last week with US Attorney General Barr and Ivanka Trump says he has the coronavirus.
Mild hoarding panic arrived in SD today (luckily I mostly pre-panicked). Also census forms (heh) and a hint of pain at the root of # umpteen (so much for pre-panicking).
3dc, if you read my crap, thanks for the heads up on selenium. No idea whether the rumor(?) will hold up, but felt pretty smug watching the Sack of Sprouts with a couple of pounds of raw shelled tucked away in me pouch, aflatoxin and imminent selenosis notwithstanding.
Posted by: Albert Untervehr4295 ||
03/13/2020 22:05 Comments ||
Santee Smart & Final was only mildly hit
Posted by: Frank G ||
03/13/2020 22:13 Comments ||
Cool. I exaggerated a bit. The mood was almost festive despite the weather. Better manners than usual. More spontaneous convos. Older and disabled folks not seen in a while. Lotta kids, come to think of it. Just decent civic-minded Californians coming together in the spirit of cooperation and friendship... to create a special one-day-only virus transmission spectacular! Or not, hopefully.
Posted by: Albert Untervehr4295 ||
03/13/2020 23:52 Comments ||
[PAGESIX] It’s the end of the road for Playmate of the Year, Page Six is told. I just heard Hugh Hefner turn over in his grave.
Since 1960 Playboy has handed out the award to its favorite Playmate of the month from the previous year, giving the honor to such skin superstars as Jenny McCarthy, Anna Nicole Smith and Victoria Silvstedt over the years. (And, notably, Karen McDougal).
But a rep for the magazine tells us that from now on it will be replaced by Playmates of the Year, ’celebrat[ing] all twelve diverse Playmates of the month" from the previous year. The rep told us it’s now "a more inclusive celebration."
"The point of this change was to not exclude anyone and instead of honoring one Playmate they’re honoring all 12 diverse Playmates of the year for each of their unique contributions to the brand" they said. "They had an exceptional group of impressive diverse women join the Playboy family as Playmates for 2019. These women are accomplished advocates and admirable personalities in their own right. We wanted to raise the group up as a whole and felt that there was a need to commemorate each of them one more time."
It means that the last-ever Playmate of the Year will be 2019’s Jordan Emanuel.
As a FB friend notes: "And, just like that, China made decoupling inevitable."
[Fox News] Now that the number of new people infected with the coronavirus in China is slowing down, the country's Communist Party is ratcheting up threats against the West, with a particularly nasty warning about access to life-saving drugs aimed at the United States.
In an article in Xinhua, the state-run media agency that's largely considered the mouthpiece of the party, Beijing bragged about its handling of COVID-19, a virus that originated in the city of Wuhan and has spread quickly around the world, killing nearly 5,000 people and infecting thousands more. The article also claimed that China could impose pharmaceutical export controls which would plunge America into "the mighty sea of coronavirus."
The disturbing threats made during a global pandemic as well as the scary consequences if that threat becomes real highlight just how tight China's grip is on the global supply chain. Already, the Food and Drug Administration has announced the first drug shortage related to the coronavirus. Though it did not disclose which drug was in short supply, the FDA did say it could not access enough raw components needed because they are made in China.
That doesn't come as a surprise to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, who told Fox News on Thursday that America is "dangerously reliant" on China for the production of critical goods, including parts for technologies needed to fight COVID-19.
Posted by: Frank G ||
03/13/2020 11:10 ||
Top|| File under: Commies
So a virus escapes one of their weapons labs. The virus infect America. China decides to limit or stop all med shipments to the US, bringing the national health levels down. And this is called business and not biological warfare??
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
03/13/2020 11:22 Comments ||
Long past time to pull our business interests out of China.
A couple months back I couldn't get losartan for my BP because the meds (made in India) contained FDA unapproved amounts of carcinogens. Precursors apparently from China. FDA solution was to relax carcinogen standards. Guess I'll take my chances on cancer vs another stroke.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
03/13/2020 12:26 Comments ||
^Why not look for other sources of amlodipine, MM?
[TheHill] Excerpt: "A spokesman for the Chinese government on Thursday promoted a conspiracy theory that the coronavirus was brought to the city of Wuhan by the U.S. military.
"It might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan," said Zhao Lijian, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Business Insider reported.
The comment, an alternate explanation Beijing is pushing amid global criticism of the country's failure to mitigate the virus, comes as the Chinese government has increasingly disputed widespread international reporting that the virus was first detected in Wuhan.
The conspiracy theory, which has recently gained steam in China, instead suggests the virus was brought to the country in 2019 by U.S. athletes participating in the Military World Games that were held in Wuhan."
Looks to me like somebody is attempting to influence the U.S. election. Please let me know when Mr. Schiff etal. opens hearings...
A tweet this morning:
China and Russia have started an information war with the West. The main arguments: “the virus has come from the USA” and “the EU is doing nothing”, are spread also by the so-called useful idiots. In the time of a real plague let us be immune to the virus of a lie.
Third is the disturbing prospect that opponents will attempt to threaten the U.S. homeland with terrorism on a war-like scale. Catastrophic terrorism might result from the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially biological weapons; from attack upon the critical infrastructures upon which fragile modern society depends, including power, transport, communications, and finance; or from attack upon asymmetric threats the persons and institutions of the federal government. The specter of attack on our homeland is a relatively new one; in this century, America’s wars have been far away. The country is favored by geography, with oceans to the east and west, and friendly neighbors to the south and north. But globalization and technological change undercut the protection historically afforded by favorable geography.
Amidst the panic and frothing by Democrats about racist xenophobic everything Trump does is bad noise, consider the good news the pandemic is bringing to our eyes. The past 20 years of naive and/or corrupt foreign and economic policy about China is being revealed as a massive, massive, existential mistake for America. We now can see that they lie, cheat. steal and corrupt every connection and are our main enemy in the world. Disengage, reindustrialize and accept that we don’t need them as much as they need us. And my answer to the claims that I’m being racist and xenophobic about
China is, you’re goddam right I am!
[AnNahar] U.S. authorities have arrested a Russian national who ran a hacker "storefront" that took in at least $17 million by selling stolen personal data and other illegal products and services, according to court records.
The FBI arrested Kirill Victorovich Firsov, described as "a Russian cyber hacker," and the administrator of the deer.io platform "which catered to hackers," according to a criminal complaint.
Court documents showed Firsov was arrested upon arriving at a New York airport on Saturday. The arrest was first reported by the website ZDNet.
A criminal complaint unsealed after Firsov's arrest said that since 2013 Firsov operated the deer.io platform, including "virtual stores" that sold "a variety of hacked and/or compromised US and international financial and corporate data," including stolen user names and passwords from computers in the Untied States and elsewhere.
Investigators described deer.io as "a turnkey online storefront design and hosting platform, from which cybercriminals can advertise and sell their products," the complaint said.
"Thus far, law enforcement has found no legitimate business advertising its services and/or products through a deer.io storefront," which was hosted in Russia, out of the reach of US law enforcement.
The document said a cybercriminal who wants to sell contraband or offer criminal services can purchase a storefront on deer.io for the equivalent of $12.50 per month.
To verify that the service was selling real data, the FBI purchased data from more than 3,000 hacked accounts for less than $700 in bitcoin and identified names, dates of birth and U.S. social security numbers for people living in Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,.
The court records showed Firsov would appear to face charges in the criminal complaint in federal court in New York.
[KhaamaPress] Thee Canadian Immigration authorities are mulling deportation of a female doctor who conducted virginity tests on women in Afghanistan.
According to local media reports, the authorities are arguing that the actions of the doctor a crime against humanity.
The doctor, Saida Ahmadi reportedly conducted the virginity tests on women in a hospital in the North of Afghanistan. She made a refugee claim after arriving in Canada in 2017.
During her interviews with the Canadian Immigration officials, Ahmadi has admitted that she conducted virginity tests as part of her duties, they were not routine.
Meanwhile, ...back at the revival hall, the SWAT team had finally arrived... the Immigration and Refugee Board has ruled that although the tests were "part of the systematic oppression of women in Afghanistan," they were not a crime against humanity, according to Global News.
The IRB’s Immigration Appeal Division ruled that Ahmadi did not make a significant contribution to "the systems in Afghanistan which oppress women."
However, some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them... the Federal Court of Canada overturned the IRB Appeal Division decision in February, sending the matter back to the refugee board for re-examination.
The Federal Court found the IRB made the decision through a process that "breached the principals of natural justice and procedural fairness."
[BREITBART] The devil always goes to extremes in his attacks on Christians, Pope Francis ...Argentine liberation theologist, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He was elected pope in 2013. Rather than setting up shop in Avignon, where he belongs, the first Jesuit Pope chose to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse instead of the papal apartments. He is big on climate change, against consumerism, and in favor of throwing a blanket over homosexual activity within the clergy. He's not real sure about the Resurrection, about Christ's divinity, and a few other things that would have gotten him burned at the stake a few hundred years ago, but he's hot for a certain South American Earth Mother Goddess... said Wednesday, either through the soft sell of worldly glory and comfort or the violence of enraged persecution.
In his live-streamed morning Mass at the chapel of his Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, Pope Francis prayed for victims of the coronavirus ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... , while focusing in his homily on the works of the devil.
"The devil has two strategies: the seduction of worldly promises, and when this fails, that of rage," the pope said.
The first ploy attempted by Satan to separate us from Christ will always be that of a "worldly spirit," Francis said, where he offers "self-realization, careerism, and worldly success, as ways to cover up the cross of Jesus."
When this strategy fails, the devil often turns to violence and fury, the pontiff continued.
We see this in Christ’s passion where there is not merely a death sentence ...the barbaric practice of sentencing a murderer to be punished for as long as his/her/its victim is dead... , but "there is more, there is humiliation, there is rage. And when there is fury in the persecution of a Christian, the devil is present," he said.
And so the two thieves crucified with Jesus are "condemned and crucified, but then left to die in peace. Instead, the insults only fall on Jesus."
"The devil knows no middle ground," the pope said. "His pride is so great that he enjoys destroying with rage. Think of the persecution of so many saints, so many Christians, whom he does not kill, but he makes them suffer, and tries by every means to humiliate them to the end."
As an example of this rage in the persecution of Christians, Francis offered the example of the Pak Christian Asia Bibi, who spent "nine years in prison, suffering the rage of the devil."
"May the Lord give us the grace to be able to recognize that spirit that wants to destroy us with fury and when that same spirit wants to console us with worldly appearances, with vanity," Francis said. "May the Lord give us the grace to discern the path of the Lord, which is the cross, from the path of the world, which is vanity, appearances, window-dressing."
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.