Sunday, July 5, 2015

Facing our Demons

A Catholic priest has apparently issued an urgent warning about the dangers of "summoning a demon" by performing the weird Charlie Charlie Challenge.
"I want to remind you all there is no such thing as 'innocently playing with demons'.
"Please be sure to NOT participate and and encourage others to avoid participation as well.
"The problem with opening yourself up to demonic activity is that it opens a window of possibilities which is not easily closed."  (Daily Mirror)
Facing Unpleasant Facts
Orwell saw that the choice between Stalinism and fascism was in fact no choice at all—that the real struggle was between freedom and tyranny. A conservative by upbringing, and a socialist and a dissident by nature, he did not believe in politics as a matter of allegiance to a party or camp. What he did believe in was his own sensibility—or what he described as his "power of facing unpleasant facts." (Atlantic - The Power of Facing Unpleasant Facts)
Germany’s birth rate has collapsed to the lowest level in the world and its workforce will start plunging at a faster rate than Japan's by the early 2020s, seriously threatening the long-term viability of Europe’s leading economy.
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned in a speech in Davos earlier this year that Germany will lose a net 6m workers over the next 15 years, shrinking gradually over the rest of this decade before going into free-fall.
The HWWI said Germany must open it doors to further immigration [...] but fears that it will be a hard sell to voters in the current stormy atmosphere. (Telegraph - Germany's Democraphic Crunch Worsens)

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