This is the story of the man who met the Lord Jesus on his last day alive.
This is the story of the man who met the Lord Jesus on his last day alive.
One with any common sense would think that abortion clinics would be one institution that WOULD NOT be operating during the coronavirus pandemic. However, that is only wishful thinking when it comes to the wacky Left. The following comes from https://www.lifenews.com/2020/03/30/nyc-mayor-churches-holding-services-may-be-permanently-closed-abortion-clinics-can-stay-open/
‘Many states also are ordering non-essential medical care to be postponed, but pro-abortion Democrat leaders have been carving out exceptions for abortions. New York is still allowing non-essential, elective abortions to continue unhindered during the global health crisis. Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.”
A Louisiana church recently refused to close as long as the government allows abortion facilities to remain open and continue to abort unborn babies.
Although the situation is fluid, here are the latest reports from LifeNews.com on the status of abortion and orders to stop non-essential medical services:
States Attempting to Protect Babies From Abortion
Texas: Abortion centers are temporarily closed after Governor Greg Abbott’s order. But Texas abortion businesses have sued the state to reopen. Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit as well to do abortions and ignore the order.
States Not Protecting Babies From Abortion
New York: New York has issued an order to stop non-essential health services but is not applying it to abortion centers. New York Attorney General: Coronavirus Crisis is No Reason to Stop Killing Babies in Abortions. NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio has threatened to permanently close churches while letting abortion centers stay open.
New Jersey: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Michigan: Governor Whitmer has stopped non-essential medical surgeries but allowed abortion clinics to keep killing babies.
North Carolina: Pro-life groups have called on the governor to stop abortions during the coronavirus crisis.
Washington: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
California: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded. But 11 Planned Parenthood abortion centers have voluntarily closed.
Pennsylvania: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Maine: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Massachusetts: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
The Coronavirus is only one of many things bringing the West to its knees. For instance, the so-called experts that are pushing for more ‘renewable energy’ is a national disaster here in Australia. Solar and wind will NEVER bring the price of energy down, but who’s listening? For instance ‘Australia’s suicidal energy policies are the product of a squad of rent-seekers masquerading as energy ‘experts’. These sanctimonious windbags all carry PhD’s in spending other people’s money, and all graduated from the University of Endless Subsidies.
The Federal Government has to share its responsibility for the debacle; it started it, after all.
But, every time the Liberal/National Coalition attempts to bring energy policy back from the brink, in chime the ‘experts’ with their brand of self-serving wisdom. Hammering the government whenever it exhibits the temerity to support meaningful electricity generation. And filling the void with endless waffle and propaganda about how Australia is a heartbeat away from an all wind and sun powered future.’
But there is more! ‘There is a pattern of conservative governments setting up agencies to deliver policy outcomes but either locking in an inflexible process that cannot be subsequently modified or failing to establish the appropriate machinery from the outset. An example of the latter is the $1 billion Grid Reliability Fund, whereby Energy Minister Taylor sought to divert soft loan subsidy funding of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to reliable new (and hence lower emissions) coal generation. But, of the 12 projects recommended for further consideration by the panel he set up, only one was a coal project. And that will eventually be killed.
The fact is that the bureaucracy appoints its own gatekeepers while ministers pretend to be in charge with portentous speeches. The committee set up to guard public spending through the Emissions Reduction Fund is headed by an environmental activist, ANU’s Professor Andrew Mackintosh (who was recently congratulated by the Environment Department for also being appointed as a reviewer of the Commonwealth’s expansionist Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act). Its other members also comprise environmental activists from within academia and the bureaucracy and are supported by the architects of the infamous National Energy Guarantee, the Climate Change Policy Branch in the Department of the Environment and Energy.
Taylor is attempting to change the decision-making body as part of an additional funding package and has appointed a new “expert panel” for advice. The tentacles of the Deep Green State, however, run deep.
Even though the head of the panel is Grant King (previously Origin Energy and AGL), its other members are Susie Smith, CEO of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network, the aforementioned Prof Andrew Macintosh, head of the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee, and David Parker, the Clean Energy Regulator.’ https://stopthesethings.com/2020/03/30/suicide-squad-green-energy-experts-destroyed-australias-reliable-affordable-power-supply/
With all the bad news on Covid-19 and what it has done to lives and livelihoods here is a wonderful story. The writer says ‘I worry that we live in a culture today where growing numbers of people look outside themselves for success. And when they fail, it’s always someone else’s fault. But the government, your parents, your education, and your job aren’t the key to your success – you are. Whenever I feel my dreams losing steam, I always think of Booker T. Washington. Born a slave in 1858, his childhood years were anything but pleasant. The family’s farm cabin had no glass windows, and any opening to let in light also let in the freezing wind in the winter. The floor of the cabin was dirt.
The life of slave was back-breaking work that started before the sun came up and continued long after it went down again. His childhood was also lived out during the Civil War, which created turmoil, fear, and uncertainty in the lives of Southern slaves and added additional pressure to an already hopeless state of affairs.
But in spite of that desperate situation, young Booker dreamed of an education. His goal was learning—real learning. Not just the ability to read a newspaper or dime-store novel, but a desire to learn science, mathematics, history, and more. Years later, working deep in a coal mine, he overheard some of the miners talking about a school five hundred miles away called the Hampton Institute. He immediately decided that one day he would attend the school, in spite of the distance.
His dream simply would not die. As a result, he not only attended the school, but was later asked to lead a new program in Alabama called the Tuskegee Institute. He eventually built Tuskegee into a major college campus with more than fifteen hundred students and a faculty of two hundred professors.
There was not one single thing in Booker T. Washington’s life that helped him except the power of a dream. Starting out he had no money, no education, no training, no influence, and no future. He was just another slave among thousands, with no potential other than living out his life working in obscurity on a forgotten Southern farm.
But the power of his dream opened doors, filled him with motivation, and revealed his true promise. Millions of Americans have been directly touched or indirectly inspired by his story, and this nation is a better place because he never gave up on his dream.
If you feel that your situation is hopeless, just remember Booker T. Washington and start dreaming again.
Your future is up to you. Get on with it.’ https://mychristiandaily.com/stop-blaming-everyone-else-your-future-is-in-your-hands/
The Coronavirus Bill (which is being passed into law this week at breakneck speed) will, among other things, (1) authorise a forcible detention of people on mental health grounds (‘sectioning’) on the opinion of any one doctor (rather than two, as previously required) and (2) abolish the six-month time limit on ‘sectioning’. Any one doctor will have the power to lock you up in a lunatic asylum indefinitely – all in the interests of your own and others’ safety.
It is well-known, and self-evident, that forcible psychiatric detention is an area which is open to abuse in the absence of effective safeguards. In the Soviet Union, it was used simply as a tool to suppress political dissent. This may be an extreme example, but where is the guarantee that one rogue doctor or another will not, once in a while, abuse his newly found unlimited power? For very good reasons, we have had safeguards against that in our law. Now they are being urgently abolished – supposedly as an obstacle to our survival of the epidemic. How exactly are they such an obstacle?
It should be stressed that this has nothing to do with increasing doctors’ capacity to deal with coronavirus patients. A psychiatrist is not much help in treating a respiratory disease. In fact, he would be as useful as a gynaecologist. Just like gynaecologists can safely continue to supervise (and hopefully, sometimes refuse to authorise) abortions, there is no reason why psychiatrists cannot carry on doing their usual job – which includes, most importantly, protecting people from arbitrary detention on unsound psychiatric grounds. Those duties are expendable luxuries, but are vital safeguards of liberty.
Another frightening power-grab in the Coronavirus Bill is the expansion of the power to appoint temporary judicial commissioners, with the powers to issue warrants for surveillance, under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The threat to civil liberty is obvious; and this has nothing to do with coronavirus.
Given those examples, one inevitably looks more sceptically at the idea that the government knows best about its other measures which ostensibly have something to do with coronavirus. Things like prolonging local councillors’ term in office for a whole year without a democratic mandate; police power to detain anyone for up to 48 hours on suspicion of a threat to public health; Ministers’ authority to ban mass gatherings; or court trials by skype. Are all those things really necessary? Or have some civil servants simply been waiting (heaven knows for how long) for a convenient moment to introduce them without provoking mass protests on the streets?
For example, skype trials in court sound sensible at the time of an epidemic, but the very first reported trial is a rather frightening one. That is a Court of Protection trial last week to decide the fate of an anonymous man in his ‘70s, whose GP wants to switch off his life support to let him die ‘in dignity’, and whose family objects. Remember all the debates and protests over the cases of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans in this country, and Vincent Lambert in France? Under the new regime, decisions on life and death cases of this kind are being made on a skype call. No proper trial, no ‘army’ of protesters, no real media coverage. It was only reported as a technological curiosity – the first major trial taking place by skype.
These and other measures are meant to be introduced only on a temporary basis. There is a subset clause in the Bill, whereby these new laws will automatically lose force after two years unless Parliament votes to extend them beyond that period. Amendments are being debated to shorten that period. However, this does not answer the concern that some of the most drastic innovations in the Act are clearly not necessary to contain coronavirus at all. If in those two years, someone is wrongly ‘sectioned’ in a lunatic asylum, it is small comfort to them that this practice will cease in 2022. Further, as a general rule of constitutional history, temporary limitations on liberty tend to become permanent whenever they are convenient for the state. We still live today with all sorts of draconian laws introduced as a matter of emergency after 11 September 2001. Come 2022, the Coronavirus Bill powers may also be extended on whatever pretext. Indeed, section 90 of the Bill even permits the extension of those powers without a vote in Parliament.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Many dictatorships originate in people’s panicked enthusiasm for drastic measures to deal with a genuine crisis. Putin’s regime in Russia, for example, took hold because people trusted their democratically elected president to do whatever it takes to defeat the threat of terrorism. Eventually, when Putin responded to another terrorist attack by replacing regional elections with appointed governors, that trust was largely lost – but it was too late. It is no surprise that when we see fairly similar moves attempted in this country, our trust in the government hangs in the balance.
At least in terms of public trust, the next few days will be crucial for the government’s efforts to control the epidemic. If the government is serious about it, its legislation must be cleansed of all disingenuous attempts to take advantage. And if they are not serious about it, nobody else will be.’ https://christianconcern.com/comment/coronavirus-exploited-by-enemies-of-democracy/?utm_source=Christian+Concern&utm_campaign=a5725850b3-WN-20200228_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e164371ca-a5725850b3-127681039
Why is the truth so hard to tell? The media here and the USA seem to have a real problem saying this latest virus originated in CHINA! Are these outlets run by the Communist Party?
Well, the Taiwan News isn’t afraid to say ‘The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is working overtime to remove the term “Wuhan pneumonia” from early government media reports about the Wuhan coronavirus. From Taiwan News, where reporting on the disease has been extremely reliable:
A Twitter user with the account name “LIFETIME” on Wednesday (March 25) posted screenshots of a Global Times article to prove the Chinese newspaper agency has been removing the term “Wuhan virus” from previous reports.
The Twitter user claimed the English news site under the state-run People’s Daily has been tampering with the content of several articles published in January. As evidenced by screenshots, the Global Times has altered “Wuhan pneumonia” to “novel coronavirus-related pneumonia” in the title of a report on China’s coronavirus infections.
Another Twitter user, with the account name @iambadbears, responded to the post saying that Xinhua News Agency, which is also run by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has been engaging in similar acts. He proceeded to add screenshots that show that the government mouthpiece changed an article titled “Wuhan virus sees Olympic football qualifiers moved” to “Olympic football qualifiers moved from Wuhan to Nanjing.”
This effort is being undertaken as the CCP’s propaganda machine continues to sling charges of racism toward Americans who call the disease a “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan coronavirus.” The problem? They did it first in their own propaganda outlets…in China. They’re also trying to absolve themselves of any responsibility after spreading the fatal disease to the rest of the world.
Before a phone call with CCP Chairman Xi Jinping Thursday night, President Trump again explained to the White House Press Corps why he accurately says, “Chinese virus.”‘ https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2020/03/27/chinese-communist-party-works-to-scrub-wuhan-pneumonia-from-state-media-reports-n2565796?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=&bcid=08b5a1e2f2263b83e918fb56d7a12a3e&recip=26169367
One would have to be a blind Freddy not to see that the coronavirus is not an avenue for China to exercise more power over other nations! This power is both political and economic.
Sadly, in Australia the national broadcaster, the ABC, is a loud mouthpiece for the dispensing of Chinese propaganda as is CNN in the USA. However, also ‘The Economist is running Chinese propaganda from an outlet that is violating U.S. law to spread the message that Chinese president Xi Jinping has done a masterful job handling the coronavirus pandemic.
The propaganda advertorials, which are ads designed to look like news stories, come from the Beijing Review, an entity backed by the Chinese Communist Party. The outlet has never registered with the Department of Justice as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and does not include a legally required disclaimer that the ad is being pushed by a foreign nation.
“President Xi [Jinping] leads the battle against COVID-19 outbreak toward victory,” an advertorial published in the March 21 edition of the Economist reads. “China has rolled out ‘probably the most ambitious, agile, and aggressive disease containment effort in history.'”‘ https://freebeacon.com/media/economist-runs-chinese-coronavirus-propaganda-disguised-as-news/?utm_source=actengage&utm_campaign=FreedomMail&utm_medium=email
Liar, liar pants on fire! This leads us to ‘The opacity of the Chinese Communist government obliges responsible outside observers to look for clues to the truth of the coronavirus epidemic, instead of merely repeating official information without question.
The official count from China is 3,277 fatalities from 81,171 infections as of Tuesday, but the Epoch Times noted the troubling disappearance of some 21 million cell phone accounts in China over the past three months – an unprecedented decline that hints at more fatalities than Beijing is prepared to admit.
It should be stated at the outset that we should not be forced to read tea leaves to figure out what really happened in China, especially in the virus epicenter of Hubei province and the city of Wuhan, where Chinese officials are currently making claims of zero new infections that no one seriously believes. While more responsible governments issue troubling warnings of a second wave of infections, severe enough to prompt the re-imposition of quarantine procedures that were only recently lifted, China claims it has no second wave and all of its new coronavirus cases are imported.
With that in mind, the Epoch Times thought it was a bit odd for 21 million Chinese cell phones to abruptly disappear, given that cell phone usage has been increasing constantly in China for years, and phones have been touted as an important tool for containing the coronavirus epidemic: China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced on March 19 the number of phone users in each province in February. Compared with the previous announcement, which was released on Dec. 18, 2019, for November 2019 data, both cellphone and landline users dropped dramatically. In the same period the year before, the number of users increased. The number of cellphone users decreased from 1.600957 billion to 1.579927 billion, a drop of 21.03 million. The number of landline users decreased from 190.83 million to 189.99 million, a drop of 840,000.
In the previous February, the number increased. According to MIIT, the number of cellphone users increased in February 2019 from 1.5591 billion to 1.5835 billion, which is 24.37 million more. The number of landline users increased from 183.477 million to 190.118 million, which is 6.641 million more. According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, the country’s population at the end of 2019 was 4.67 million larger than in 2018, reaching 1.40005 billion.’ https://outragedpatriot.com/21-million-chinese-cellphone-users-disappear-the-truth-about-covid-19-deaths-is-startling/
I do not trust China but thankfully we know the final end of that totalitarian regime along with all those who oppose God. It is found in Ezekiel 39.
Politicians in the West seem to be obsessed with the murder of the unborn! I cannot imagine a born again Christian voting for such a law for the Bible is clear where a believer is to be on the issue.
Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Luke 1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
Why any nation would desire to kill their future citizens is only understandable from reading the first four chapters of the Book of Genesis. There, not long after creation, the first two people disobeyed their Creator and then one of their sons murdered his own brother. Therefore, the wickedness and hatred of man toward one another has continued with the now senseless seemingly unrestrained murder of the unborn being accepted as a right!
Now, ‘While the focus of the world has been centred on the developing pandemic, New Zealand has just passed the most extreme abortion legislation in the world. The legislation includes the following disturbing aspects:
Former Senator from South Australia, Cory Bernardi sends A Weekly Dose of Common Sense via email each week. The latest was concerning the coronavirus and the money governments are throwing at it. Cory wrote; ‘This is killing us!
No, not the Coronavirus but the government response to it.
I’ll explain exactly how the damage is being done in a moment but first we need some perspective on Covid-19.
The Coronavirus is highly contagious and particularly dangerous for the elderly, chronically ill or those with compromised immune systems. For the rest of us, the effects are more likely that of a nasty bout of the flu or hardly any symptoms at all.
At this time, the alarmism and catastrophic predictions aren’t aligning with the facts but then again they rarely do.
Yes, there are many people infected with the virus and people are dying but the headline figures don’t paint the full picture.
In countries with widespread testing of the population, the mortality rate of those infected is less than one percent. In places like Italy, 99 per cent of fatalities have occurred amongst those in the high risk categories.
Put simply, this virus is very bad news if you are vulnerable but doesn’t appear much for the rest of us to worry about.
That is unless you are in the 99.9 per cent whose lives have been turned upside down by overzealous governments around the world.
To paraphrase US President Donald Trump, the supposed cure could be worse than the disease.
Right now, the world is being driven into a global depression because of government action. They have effectively shut down the business community virtually guaranteeing an economic collapse.
On top of that they are throwing helicopter money at all and sundry in a desperate bid to prop up the crumbling economy.
The economics are pretty straightforward and I’ll make it as simple as I can.
If you have to shut down your business for a month with no revenue, you still have your costs to pay. That means it will take two, three or more months of normal (profitable) trading just to pay that first months costs.
The longer the closure goes on the more time it takes to get back to the starting line.
This is the real contagion attached to this virus.
A failing business often causes others to fail along the way. People lose their jobs and stop spending because they are scared about the future.
In short, our society depends on confidence to keep it going and the lack of confidence has been created by government response to Coronavirus and fuelled by media hysteria.
I have said before, no government gets re-elected for avoiding a crisis. They only benefit from over-stating the danger, responding to it and claiming credit for the better than expected solution.
So when you hear that 200k people or more could die from this virus in Australia, you can be pretty confident that the actual number will be a fraction of that. Then, the government can claim to have saved so many lives through their draconian response.
The problem is that long after the Corona panic of 2020 is gone, the disastrous economic hangover will linger far longer and do much more damage than the virus ever did.’
Cory did finish by stating ‘P.S – No matter how overcooked the hysteria attached to Coronavirus may be, there is a very real danger for many in our community….and many subscribers to this e-letter. Please take care and protect yourself. Self-isolate if in high risk category or showing symptoms, adopt some extra personal hygiene practices and seek medical help if symptoms arise. It’s just common sense.’
As some of you may know Tom Hanks is here in Australia in quarantine for Coronavirus. Well, he put too much Vegemite on his toast and took a picture of it for Twitter. NOW THAT’S NEWS! If you are really interested here is a portion of the article.
‘The photo was met with shock and disgust from Hanks’ Aussie fans who felt obliged to educate the actor about the correct Vegemite to toast ratio.
“Gee, that’s a lot of Vegemite,” tweeted ABC News Breakfast host Michael Rowland in response.
Some of the other replies Hanks received included:
• “Oh my, Mr Hanks, not even the bravest Aussie would put THAT much vegemite on a piece of toast!”
This is what someone else sent saying how much you really should put on. https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/celebrity-selfies/tom-hanks-mocked-for-excessive-vegemite-in-coronavirus-photo-update/news-story/3dd5005a34e4584ac8b09d7873756549
Now that we have the Vegemite Tom Hanks situation solved we can get down to real business. Hmmm, what’s that?