Central virtues – Jews For Morality http://www.jewsformorality.org/ Thu, 12 May 2022 20:18:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://www.jewsformorality.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-09T151402.937-150x150.png Central virtues – Jews For Morality http://www.jewsformorality.org/ 32 32 We can hack our brains to become better people http://www.jewsformorality.org/we-can-hack-our-brains-to-become-better-people/ Thu, 12 May 2022 20:18:53 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/we-can-hack-our-brains-to-become-better-people/ Brain stimulation can influence the parts of our brain that govern our morality and cognition. We can become fairer, smarter, more empowered, more positive, more caring, and even more transcendent if we change our so-called “virtue control panel.” There is always the risk of these highly advanced tools falling into the wrong hands; the future […]]]>
  • Brain stimulation can influence the parts of our brain that govern our morality and cognition.
  • We can become fairer, smarter, more empowered, more positive, more caring, and even more transcendent if we change our so-called “virtue control panel.”
  • There is always the risk of these highly advanced tools falling into the wrong hands; the future is both frightening and exciting.

    Would you ever consider implanting a “virtue control panel” in your brain, a panel that could make you a more righteous and compassionate person? Certainly, you should let scientists send electrical currents through the neurons of your brain for about ten minutes every day, or consent to having a brain chip embedded in your head. Take all the time you need to think about it, but know that the future is already here: over the past two decades, neuroscientists have constantly altered specific structures of our brain to measure the effect on our moral code.

    “Part of the argument rests on what is called lateralization of the brain, James J. Hughes— associate provost at the University of Massachusetts Boston and executive director of the university’s techno-progressive think tank, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies — says Popular mechanics.

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    Cerebral lateralization is the view that different parts of the brain perform different functions; by increasing or decreasing activity in these different sections, we can influence how we think, feel and behave, scientists believe. It is this property of the brain that neuromodulation, the delivery of electrical or pharmaceutical agents specifically to an area of ​​the body to affect or modify the nerves, could exploit to bring about a more morally and cognitively enhanced humanity. Hughes explains this concept in depth in a chapter of the book Politics, identity and neurotechnology: the neuroethics of brain-computer interfaces.

    We have been trying to improve our morals and our cognition for centuries, but mainly through drugs. “Drugs like [synthetic] oxytocin increases the trust we have in others. Stimulant medications reduce restlessness and increase our focus on tasks. There are various studies showing that drugs have moral consequences on our behavior,” says Hughes. However, the drugs are a bit direct in their approach and tend to affect almost all systems in our body.

    How does neuromodulation work?

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    Neuromodulation has remarkable specificity, says Hughes. “You’re only targeting the part of the brain that needs change.”

    We can do this from the outside, by sending electric currents or magnetic waves directly to parts of the brain from the outside – these are transcranial direct current stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation techniques, respectively. Or, we can opt for more invasive brain-computer interfaces. An example is vagus nerve stimulationwhich consists of implanting electrodes in vagus nervethe longest and most complex of the cranial nerves which is heavily involved in lowering our blood pressure and heart rate, thus moderating our “fight or flight” system.

    Another technique is deep brain stimulation (DBS), a neurosurgical procedure that places electrodes directly into the brain. The deeper the intervention, the better the results. “External neuromodulation can focus on one centimeter of brain tissue while DBS can create an electrical cascade influencing 100,000 or more neurons,” says Hughes. (This is still not very stimulated considering that the human brain contains about 100 billion neurons and about 100 trillion interconnections between them).

    Miracles Happened When Lab Researchers Tried To Increase Self-Control, Empathy, Intelligence And Even Spiritual Experiences inside the lab. But what happens outside experimental settings, in the unpredictability of the real world? “Although valid under controlled conditions, the effect of such modulation may be attenuated in real-world contexts, where the combined activation of multiple neurocognitive networks works to affect how we think about and respond to various environmental cues, particularly in contexts and circumstances”, James Giordanoprofessor of neurology and neuroethics at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, says Popular mechanics.

    When we modify certain traits and tendencies to fit a set of sociocultural norms that are considered “right” or “good,” we are walking on thin ice, says Giordano. “What is morally ‘good’ may be the reality of another of what is considered harmful, disruptive and ‘evil’,” he explains. “There is no ‘moral circuit’ or ‘moral core’ that can be turned on or off. Morality is a social construct,” he says.

    “The stronger your prefrontal cortex relative to your amygdala, the greater the fairness. You can either tell your amygdala to shut up or ignore the fact that your amygdala is directing your actions.

    Hughes couldn’t agree more. Our vision of moral enhancement will be the central enigma of neuromodulation as it progresses. Certain intuitions that we have inherited from our evolutionary past, such as “you shall not kill”, are here to stay. Others, like nepotism, which is the instinct to prioritize one’s own family over the interests of others, have been ignored since the Enlightenment, says Hughes. “The Taliban have a totally different ethical system than NATO,” he continues. We can find more common ground if we neuromodulate not just one virtue, but a total of six, says Hughes in his 2022 paper. These are self-control, benevolence, intelligence, fairness , positivity and transcendence.

    Let’s say we want to create a fairer society. Equity is the ability treat others fairly and fairly without showing favoritism or discrimination. “A person who is racially biased and shows a lot of disgust or fear is very much ruled by their amygdala,” says Hughes. The amygdala is a almond-shaped mass of gray matter within each cerebral hemisphere, and it is the primary generator of our “fight or flight” response system and the resulting conditioned fear. On the contrary, behind our eyes and our forehead is the prefrontal cortex, a structure responsible for our complex cognitive behavior and moderating our own social behavior. “The stronger your prefrontal cortex relative to your amygdala, the greater the fairness. You can either tell your amygdala to shut up or ignore the fact that your amygdala is directing your actions,” says Hughes.

    What’s the worst case scenario?

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    What happens if these sophisticated tools fall into the wrong hands? Elon Musk’s brain chip company Neuralink might conjure up some of our worst dystopian nightmares: what if hackers got ultimate control over someone’s brain? It would be like suicide for the human spirit. Likewise, what if a current dictator uses DBS to create a super-army of soldiers programmed to commit the craziest atrocities without an inch of regret?

    “We need to ensure that the application of technology is itself moral,” Bena Ammanathexecutive director of the Global Deloitte AI Institute, says Popular mechanics. “Any mature technology ready for public adoption must come with transparency and respect for people’s privacy and consent based on a full understanding of the technology and its potential impact on them,” says Ammanath.

    Hughes, meanwhile, says the debate is political. “With almost any technology, when people fear it will be used in a fascist or totalitarian way, the real problem is fascism and totalitarianism. It’s not the tool,” he says.

    Take, for example, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) of 1996. It was signed by 172 countries, which agreed to ban “any nuclear weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion anywhere in the world”. These are types of collective actions we could take to ensure our neuromoral improvement doesn’t open a Pandora’s box, suggests Hughes. (Nevertheless, it should be noted that even the CTBT needs the signatures of eight other countries to enter into force: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States, the United States and China being the two major nuclear powers in the world).

    When we decide to turn the switches on and off in our virtues control panel, we recognize that the self is “a useful illusion, a set of various cognitive processes,” says Hughes. Nihilistic? Rather the opposite.

    “By coming out of what’s called the default mode network in the brain (which is the part of the brain that’s associated with self-referential processes and all things ego), we are free to live in the moment and step out of the things we know for sure. We step out of the nature of the reality that we are certain of,” says Hughes.

    Through this lens, the Robotic Virtues Control Panel becomes something of a tool to see reality in a new and fascinating light.

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2022 BMW X3 xDrive 30e Australia review http://www.jewsformorality.org/2022-bmw-x3-xdrive-30e-australia-review/ Tue, 10 May 2022 20:02:15 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/2022-bmw-x3-xdrive-30e-australia-review/ 7.0 Security, value and features Things we love Good electric/hybrid relay Fuel and battery efficiency Manufacturing quality Not really High price Compromised cargo area Brakes underserved Paranoid Park Assist OExcept for a milk float that my brother and I accidentally hijacked when I was about eight years old, BMW’s i3 was the first production electric […]]]>

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Security, value and features

Things we love

  • Good electric/hybrid relay
  • Fuel and battery efficiency
  • Manufacturing quality

Not really

  • High price
  • Compromised cargo area
  • Brakes underserved
  • Paranoid Park Assist

OExcept for a milk float that my brother and I accidentally hijacked when I was about eight years old, BMW’s i3 was the first production electric vehicle I’ve driven and, at the time, I realized that electric vehicles themselves were not the problem. The sophisticated five-door from the German automaker proved that the vehicle was no longer the missing part of the equation and, while there were still many components to add before the battery power reached the point of tipping, I could live with BMW’s foray.

The truth was and still is, however, that while the range, choice and supporting infrastructure of electric vehicles have advanced over the ensuing eight years, an exclusively battery-powered vehicle is not quite doable as the only car in the driveway for many. What BMW and many other brands have identified is that there is a middle ground between pure combustion power and pure battery with potential to be exploited.

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That’s where this car comes in. Unlike the i3 which could be purchased as a range-extended hybrid, the new BMW X3 xDrive 30e is a more mainstream plug-in hybrid, meaning it can be charged at home and driven around 41km using just its 12kWh battery. Afterwards, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine takes over for a more conventional driving experience.

This particular variant is therefore two X3s in one. It has essentially the same engine and transmission as the entry-level sDrive 20i, but with xDrive all-wheel drive, and a bit of the soul of the new purely electric iX3, but with a significantly reduced zero-emissions range.

This variant is two X3s in one – essentially the same engine and transmission as the sDrive 20i, all-wheel drive and a bit of the pure-electric iX3 soul.

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BMW claims that range is 41km and while some models from other manufacturers require a hypermile driving style to hit their claimed figures, that’s not the case in the X3. We covered exactly 40km before needing a recharge when driving mostly on suburban roads where there is minimal drag on the square body and the effect of regenerative braking can be maximised.

Regeneration is smooth and the hybrid powertrain seems to promote more efficient coasting rather than trying to claw back power that’s already been spent and we particularly like how the calibration only resorts to extra petrol power last appeal. Unlike some milder hybrids, most of our driving was with the engine off and that was without having to switch from the default driving mode to pure electric.

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The various riding modes are easily accessed via hard buttons rather than having to scroll through a list or dive into sub-menus. Our favorite was Sport with XtraBoost, which was aggressive enough to make the most of the well-tuned X3 chassis.

A firm ride was easy going and although the steering is a little numb, it’s nonetheless direct, while the previously dormant engine wakes up with a satisfying, determined note.

Acceleration has a good sense of urgency even in pure electric mode, while the full combined effect of petrol and electric running in unison is strong and linear. Its total output of 215kW and 420Nm is the most available of a combustion X3 without straying into the coveted M Power family and is good for a dash of zero to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds. .

The eight-speed automatic transmission also deserves praise with deft calibration that works beautifully with the evolution of electric and hybrid power.

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When it comes to economy, the focus with this car was more on the functionality of the hybrid system than the overall numbers on paper, but during our short time with the X3, its engine mostly fired when the full dose of performance was required and the car was returned with an indicated total range of 560km remaining in the 50 liter tank. It’s good enough on any scale.

Perhaps related to the mild regenerative braking was a slightly odd pedal that feels under-assisted until the vehicle is almost at a standstill, at which point braking becomes more aggressive. As a result, it’s difficult to ride the 30e smoothly at low speeds and in stop-start traffic.

Acceleration has a good sense of urgency in pure electric mode, while the combined effect of petrol and electric in unison is strong and linear

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Technologically though, the 30e really stands out. Its interior is well-appointed and beautifully designed, with your eye first drawn to the impressive digital displays. There’s a huge 12.3-inch screen for the central information and entertainment systems, while the driver has an equally sharp second 10.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional display for the instrumentation.

The X3 wasn’t late enough for the next generation of BMW’s excellent iDrive operating system, but version 7 is still crisp and intuitive. Enough options and controls are available via the sub-menus, but none of the most frequently accessed functions, which are thankfully limited to buttons on the dash, center console and steering wheel.

A massive head-up display complements the digital screens with color and heaps of information options via a personalization menu, while ambient lighting enhances the cabin’s feel and sophistication after dark. Park assist was the only black mark on the comprehensive tech list with far too paranoid operation to be useful in many cases.

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Practically, the 30e has pretty much all the virtues of the ‘standard’ X3 with a decent second row for adults and a good spread of load and storage options.

The trunk is the only compromised point, with a volume down from 100 liters to 450L. The raised boot floor also allows objects to fall when opening the electric tailgate if they have moved during transport.

That aside, the X3 is a vehicle that’s been thought through from the ground up and its hybridization doesn’t feel like an afterthought thrown awkwardly into the range between petrols, diesels and EVs.

Its chassis feels like it was developed specifically for the extra 2065kg weight, the engine and transmission are well programmed for electric assist and the styling is subtle but nods to something. a little different is happening under the hood.

Oh, and the ability to leave the air conditioning running even when the car is off is another much-appreciated feature during the wilder summer months. Coming back to a cool cabin after a little shopping spree is a tip you never get tired of.

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So it might seem like the xDrive 30e is the largely uncompromising X3, but that’s not quite the case.

With any plug-in, you’re still paying for a complete engine and transmission similar if not identical to the petrol-only versions, but with the added cost of electrical parts as well, which is why the PHEV X3’s starting price of BMW is a hefty $104,900 before road charges.

As for the alternatives, the 30th almost has the scene all to itself. The only threat in the segment comes from Mercedes-Benz offering a plug-in version of its GLC with an eerily similar 300th boot badge. Go for the Merc and you’ll get a similar package but for a lower price of over $9,000.

For fans of the X3 with just one parking spot, its pure electric range is perfect for negotiating the suburbs but has the legs for the occasional jaunt.

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The value proposition is even harder to balance when you consider that the all-electric iX3 is “only” 10% more expensive, priced at $114,900 plus on-road costs.

Ownership costs don’t help either. The plug-in will still need oils and filters when it comes time for maintenance and dealing with rising fuel prices every time a refill is needed, while the more expensive EV version has a cheaper maintenance schedule as well as the ability to save on electricity costs by using home solar and electric walls, for example.

So who is the X3 30e for? A majority of PHEV owners of all kinds learn fairly quickly that even the relatively limited pure electric range is more than enough for their weekly commute, and that an EV with a longer range would actually suit their lifestyle.

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If you like what the X3 model has to offer but haven’t decided yet if it’s time to go electric, the 30e is an expensive way to decide, but the plug-in certainly still has its place.

For fans of the X3 with just one parking spot, including inner-city dwellers and residents of other high-density areas, its pure-electric range is perfect for negotiating the suburbs but still has the legs of petrol. for an occasional getaway.

Add to that almost exactly the same practical proposition of the X3 petrol and diesel variants, plus the xDrive benefits to take you further.

There are several compelling sides to the X3 plug-in’s personality if you’re still sitting on the fence between electric and combustion, but its versatility comes at a cost.

2022 BMW X3 xDrive 30e Specifications

Engine 1998cc 4-cyl dohc 16v turbo-petrol
Battery 12kWh
Able 215kW
Couple 420Nm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Mass 2065kg
0-100km/h 6.1s (claimed)
Fuel consumption 3.2L/100km
Power consumption 19.3kWh/100km
Price $104,900 + road costs

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Safety, value and features

Things we love

  • Good electric/hybrid relay
  • Fuel and battery efficiency
  • Manufacturing quality

Not really

  • High price
  • Compromised cargo area
  • Brakes underserved
  • Paranoid Park Assist

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Biggs: APC has come to settle on the Plateau http://www.jewsformorality.org/biggs-apc-has-come-to-settle-on-the-plateau/ Wed, 04 May 2022 23:40:24 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/biggs-apc-has-come-to-settle-on-the-plateau/ In this interview with Seriki Adinoyi, a frontline All Progressive Congress gubernatorial aspirant in Plateau State and a seasoned technocrat, Mr Sunday Biggs assured that despite the internal crisis, no opposition can root out the APC in Plateau State in 2023. . What political experience do you have for the mission that awaits you? I […]]]>

In this interview with Seriki Adinoyi, a frontline All Progressive Congress gubernatorial aspirant in Plateau State and a seasoned technocrat, Mr Sunday Biggs assured that despite the internal crisis, no opposition can root out the APC in Plateau State in 2023.

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What political experience do you have for the mission that awaits you?

I have been in the government hall for the past 23 years, having held various positions. I believe I have gained the experience required to add value to governance and take Plateau to the next level.


As a civil servant, do you think you can deal with all the political intrigues?

I have spent most of my life in Government House working closely with politicians; I know their ways and their feelings. I am a technocrat who has lived much of his life in a political environment, and that affected me as well.

Working at Government House with Governors, I am not like other civil servants who close at an official closing time. From 1999 to date, I have interacted with them, so I know the job requirements.

What will you do differently from what others have done if you are eventually elected Governor of Plateau State?

I am different from them; I have a different mentality and experience. So the people of the Plateau should expect something different from me. Having worked closely with three different administrations and understudied the various governors since 1999, one would expect that I learned a great deal from them.

I worked with the reorganized administration of Chief Joshua Dariye; I have worked with the Redemption administration of Senator Jonah Jang, and now with the Rescue administration of Rt. Honorable Simon Lalong. So I have the ability and the experience required to take Plateau to a greater height.

I saw the strengths and weaknesses of each administration. I will collect and gather all their forces to improve the fate of the state.

My administration will choose the virtues that are good and keep them, and for those that can’t have an effective impact on people, we’ll see how to tweak them.

So our package is going to be different. You can see that there is a youth revival in Plateau State politics. So for ‘Big Things Coming’, which is our slogan, it’s a movement that will galvanize all age groups, especially the younger generation.

The young people took over my project on themselves since I am one of them; they want to see a young person in this seat of power in the Plateau arrive in 2023. Young people have a special place on our agenda because without them there will be no future; their energy is needed in all sectors of society. If young people are given attention and their energy is properly harnessed and harnessed, it will not be wasted in social vices.

In your local community, there are several contenders on your party platform, with the APC jostling for the same ticket. How do you manage your relationship with them, is there a possibility of consensus?

We are very aware that the seat is reserved for one person, and in my party, the All Progressive Congress, and my local government, Mangu Local Government Area, there are seven of us at the moment, including the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Professor Sonnie Tyoden. But I can tell you that we are all talking to each other, trying to see how we can come to a consensus among ourselves.

We would not want this opportunity to pass us by as a people. As we always say, there should be civility in the way we conduct ourselves. Ultimately, we would rally around whoever emerged in the primaries to secure victory at the polls. It’s not a do-or-die deal; we are brothers and aware that in the end only one person will choose the ticket and fly the party flag.

We are trying to get APC to retain government in Plateau State in 2023, and the person is from us. The APC in Plateau State is a disciplined party; those who run its affairs have done a lot to reposition it and build a strong internal democracy, and party members are aware of this, so there are no internal disputes.

What is your assessment of the zoning arrangement in Plateau State?

It is a perfect system and arrangement that has stabilized the politics of our state. At the moment, ninety-nine percent of the protesters are from the Central Plateau zone, the other zones are aware of it, and no one is coming out. This is a political agreement between the three senatorial areas of the state, and it was not circumvented for any reason. We thank our leaders.

Do you have a new agenda to complement the existing one on the ground?

We live in a situation where there are global challenges, especially the global economic crisis. It has forced a lot of people to start thinking outside the box so that we can have a new impact on the lives of our people.

If we are given the opportunity to govern the state, we have to sort things out according to the circumstances we find ourselves in in Plateau State. We pray for things to get better, but if not, we have to think outside the box due to the meager resources available.

The era of bogus programs is long gone; we need to rationalize to see how we can prioritize what will benefit the state in the short term, and also see what we can do in the medium and long term. We must focus on peace and security; we know our recent history and we need to consolidate peace on the ground at this time. This is very crucial for the progress and development of the state.

The Peacebuilding Agency set up by the outgoing Governor, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria, has achieved a lot in terms of peacebuilding. The Agency will be strengthened and encouraged to do more. We will build bridges across all divisions and strengthen the existing unity between the various ethnic and religious groups of the Plateau.

Young people form the bulk of your supporters, what program do you have for them?

One of the problems currently facing all states in Nigeria is youth unemployment. There are two issues here; those who are employable and those who are not. We will present a program that would answer these two questions. It’s no longer about white-collar jobs, it’s about entrepreneurship. As I said earlier, they cannot be overlooked; they will be given special attention.

Recently, your party, the state’s All Progressive Congress, has been plunged into a serious internal crisis. Do you see him solving the crisis and coming out strong enough to win the 2023 election?

When the party came on board in 2015 it was given all sorts of names just to discourage people from embracing it, but today it has become a force to be reckoned with and the number one party on the Plateau. You can see how the party’s fortunes have changed over the years. The current governor and other stalwarts have done much to root the party.

Initially, some people thought the party would die out after this administration’s first term in 2019, but it went ahead to win by a wide margin for the second term. As for the secondary elections, the party is ready to go. The party arrived with a few ruling states, but today you can see that it has a lot more under its control right now.

The party must therefore build on these successes to ensure that it garners support for the 2023 elections. The narrative is no longer about the party itself, but about presenting credible candidates that people aspire to. So far so good, the party leadership has done its best to resolve its internal crisis, and even more so that we present a common front at the polls so that popular candidates can emerge and fly the party flag for all . posts.

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The Peacebuilding Agency set up by the outgoing Governor, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria, has achieved a lot in terms of peacebuilding. The Agency will be strengthened and encouraged to do more. We will build bridges across all divides and strengthen the existing unity between the various ethnic and religious groups of the Plateau

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Daughter of St. Gianna Plans International Center dedicated to her parents and holy marriages in Springfield http://www.jewsformorality.org/daughter-of-st-gianna-plans-international-center-dedicated-to-her-parents-and-holy-marriages-in-springfield/ Tue, 03 May 2022 08:08:32 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/daughter-of-st-gianna-plans-international-center-dedicated-to-her-parents-and-holy-marriages-in-springfield/ The center will be located near the new Evermode Institute As part of his trip to Rome last month, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki met with Dr. Gianna Baretta Molla on April 29 to discuss the St. Gianna Beretta Molla and Pietro Molla International Center for Family and Life, which will be located in Springfield. Their […]]]>

The center will be located near the new Evermode Institute

As part of his trip to Rome last month, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki met with Dr. Gianna Baretta Molla on April 29 to discuss the St. Gianna Beretta Molla and Pietro Molla International Center for Family and Life, which will be located in Springfield. Their visit together also included celebrating Mass inside St. Peter’s Basilica with Dr. Molla and other clergy from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois who were also visiting Rome. From left to right: Troy Niemerg (Seminarian), Deacon Rob Sgambelluri, Dr. Molla, Bishop Paprocki, Fr. Dominic Rankin, Fr. Christopher Trummer and PJ Staab (Immaculate Conception Cathedral parishioner). Photo courtesy of Bishop Paprocki’s office.

Springfield, IL-(Radio Effingham)- The daughter of one of the most popular modern Catholic saints has announced her intention to establish an international pilgrimage site and center in Springfield to help spread knowledge and devotion to the virtues of her holy parents and, thus, to promote family sanctity and respect. for the sanctity of all human life.

Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of the Italian saint, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962) and Pietro Molla, will establish the Saint Gianna Beretta Molla and Pietro Molla International Center for Family and Life, which will be a peaceful place of prayer, learning, study and spirituality for pilgrims.

“I learned from my holy mother and my holy father to have deep faith and unwavering trust in divine providence, Dr. Molla said. “The creation of this international center is one of those moments when I trust God to show me the way and to all those involved in the project. I am humbled to start this international center so that we can promote and help families grow together.

Dr. Molla said she chose Springfield because of the faith-filled leadership of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and his unwavering commitment to defending innocent life. Springfield is in the United States where there is much devotion to its holy parents, and because of Springfield’s central location, especially that it is within driving distance of St. Louis and Chicago. In the end, she said, “God chose Springfield.” Dr. Molla said she plans to live in the field once the center opens and when she is in the United States.

The St. Gianna Beretta Molla and Pietro Molla International Center for Family and Life will be located near St. Francis of Assisi Church and Evermode Institute (4875 Laverna Rd, Springfield, IL 62707), which the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois announced its establishment in March, as part of the transition of ownership and care of the Sisters Hospitallers of St. Francis Convent and associated buildings and grounds. The Evermode Institute, a new center for Catholic spiritual and intellectual formation, will also soon welcome priests from the Norbertine Fathers of Saint-Michel Abbey.

The St. Gianna Beretta Molla and Pietro Molla International Center for Family and Life will include:

  • A replica of Gianna and Pietro’s marital home as it stood at Ponte Nuovo de Magenta in Milan, Italy (with help from the original photos and film);
  • a pilgrimage center, located between the replica of the marital home and the replica of the Notre-Dame du Bon Conseil chapel, to be built in different phases, and according to the needs that arise;
  • a replica of the original chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel with the adjoining presbytery as it was in Ponte Nuovo de Magenta (with the help of the original photos);
  • a church-sanctuary of Saint Gianna as an enlargement of the Notre-Dame du Bon Conseil chapel to which it is completely joined;
  • a rectory for visiting clergy.

“For years Dr. Molla has searched for a site to honor his holy parents and promote holy marriages and families, and if you want to see firsthand how divine providence can work, the story of how it all gathered is the perfect example,” Bishop Paprocki said. “I happened to meet Dr. Molla while on a carshare ride to a conference at the Napa Institute in California in 2019. That time in the car helped us form a friendship that led Dr. Molla to ask me later to have this international center of Springfield. Then, in January, when a trust under the care of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois took possession of the property of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, we announced our intention to establish the Evermode Institute and to have the Norbertine Fathers of Orange, California. establish a community there. In setting up these faith-enrichment efforts, it was easy for Gianna to decide that this international center should be built near the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the Evermode Institute.

“The excitement of what is brewing in Central Illinois is proof that the Holy Spirit is guiding it all. To think, Central Illinois will have Evermode Institute, St. Gianna International Center and Pietro Molla for family and life, our own Venerable Father Augustine Tolton in Quincy who is on the path to holiness, and Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen in Peoria – this part of America will bring so much grace to people around the world who visit her.

The center is expected to bring tens of thousands of pilgrims to Springfield each year from all over the world, as Saint Gianna is known as a saint to mothers, families, healthcare workers and the pro-life cause, as she herself has- even raised four children. , was a pediatrician and died of complications after giving birth to daughter Gianna.

While pregnant with her fourth child in 1961, St. Gianna felt a lot of pain, which led to the discovery of a tumor in her uterus. Doctors discussed an abortion to preserve St. Gianna’s life. Instead, St. Gianna opted to have only the tumor removed, realizing that it might save her child but lead to further, possibly life-threatening, complications for her. Saint Gianna’s faith gave her perfect clarity and confidence at this critical moment of choice.

The baby and Saint Gianna survived the operation, but knowing that she might lose her life giving birth to her child, Saint Gianna prayed to God and told the doctors and her family, “If you have to decide between me and the child, do not hesitate, choose the child. I insist on it. Save the baby.

On April 21, 1962, Gianna Emanuela Molla was born. Over the next week, however, St. Gianna, the mother, faced further serious complications. Despite multiple treatments, St. Gianna died a week after giving birth. Her selfless act of love to choose her child’s life over herself had been another amazing demonstration of her deep faith.

As news of Saint Gianna’s greatest act of love spread, the Catholic Church opened her cause for holiness and faith-filled people around the world began to ask Saint Gianna for her intercession, which led to two Church-approved miracles. She was canonized a saint by Pope John Paul II in 1994. At her canonization were her husband, Pietro, and her children, including her daughter, Gianna, whom she saved. They both met the Holy Father. It was the first time that a husband attended the canonization of his wife. Today Saint Gianna is the patroness of mothers, doctors and unborn children. His feast day is April 28.

As Pope Saint John Paul II said of Saint Gianna, she was “a simple, yet more significant than ever, messenger of divine love.”

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Government has let us down, says cleric, call for prayer http://www.jewsformorality.org/government-has-let-us-down-says-cleric-call-for-prayer/ Sun, 01 May 2022 10:41:54 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/government-has-let-us-down-says-cleric-call-for-prayer/ Cleric of the Holy Eternal Order of Cherubim & Seraphim Church, Ijeh, Lagos, His Eminence JO Oladapo, on Saturday called for prayers on the state of the nation, particularly on governance and security challenges facing the country. The cleric, while addressing a press conference ahead of the church’s 2022 mid-year conference, hosted by its Lagos […]]]>

Cleric of the Holy Eternal Order of Cherubim & Seraphim Church, Ijeh, Lagos, His Eminence JO Oladapo, on Saturday called for prayers on the state of the nation, particularly on governance and security challenges facing the country.

The cleric, while addressing a press conference ahead of the church’s 2022 mid-year conference, hosted by its Lagos Central Territorial Conference, noted that one of the main reasons for the press conference was to make some remarks on the state of the nation.

He said the state of security in Nigeria had never been so worrying, maintained that government weapons had failed to deliver Nigerians, adding that the police and military themselves were now prey armed bandits.

His Eminence Oladapo who was represented by Apostle C. A Bayode said, “Our country Nigeria is going through a difficult time in almost every facet of human endeavours, but the rate of insecurity has never been as disturbing as we are currently experiencing. (2 Tim.3:1).

“Boko Haram and banditry have almost taken over the country, committing heinous crimes against God and humanity. People struggled to move, while farmers abandoned their farms. No one can sleep with both eyes closed. Kidnappings, murders and the wanton destruction of life and property are common news that does little to lift our spirits.

“The arms of the government have failed to deliver us, for the soldiers and the policemen have become easy prey for the armed bandits (Psa.20:7).”

He said the only solution, however, was to intensify the prayers.

“The only thing left for us to survive this period is prayer (Eph. 6:18). We must continue to seek the face of God, fast and pray for this country (1 Tim.2:1-2). Everything that is happening now has already happened in the Bible and when people realize their mistakes (sins) and ask for forgiveness, the good God has intervened, fought their battle and healed their country (2 Chro. 7:14 ) “, did he declare. .

Speaking on the involvement of Christians in politics, the cleric noted that the church had stood on the sidelines for a very long time and could no longer do so.

When asked if the church is now promoting politics, Apostle Bayode responded by saying that it was okay to nurture potential church politicians as they would not deviate from the good teachings when they finally came to power.

He said those interested in politics should go ahead and deliver with the fear of God.

Asked also about his opinion on the attempts to prevent religious leaders from speaking out critically about the state of the nation, he maintained that everyone had the right to say what they wanted to say, adding that the contribution of individuals was important regardless of the country. had become today.

Regarding politics, he said, “There has been more and more clamor from various Christian bodies encouraging Christians to join politics. Yes, we don’t see anything wrong with that for those who can afford to play the game. The question of state and religion has been settled for a long time and maybe I don’t want to bother you with the story, but Christians who have joined politics must go there with virtues and remain pure and not lose sight of their motivation in life to make the Kingdom of God.

“In Nigeria, we have had Christians as presidents, ministers, governors and chairpersons of local councils, but can we say that the environment has made them act like real Christians. Your answer is as good as mine. What what we need is to be united as Christians and pray for this country.The main solution to the social, economic and political challenges facing Nigeria is prayer.

Oladapo concluded by urging Nigerian leaders to be honest and committed to improving the lives of the Nigerian masses, urging Nigerians to also seek the face of God and pray for guidance in electing new leaders.

Other men of God at the conference were Apostle Prophet FT Agunbiade, Apostle Isaac Adeyemi, Apostle Ogunfowora, Apostle Soyemi, Apostle Osinubi and Apostle Adebanjo, Evangelist Olayinka Napoleon.

The church also said its 2022 mid-year conference was to be held May 13-15, 2022.

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Consumer spending shifts from goods to services, inflation crushes incomes, but ‘real’ spending hits record high http://www.jewsformorality.org/consumer-spending-shifts-from-goods-to-services-inflation-crushes-incomes-but-real-spending-hits-record-high/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 01:57:34 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/consumer-spending-shifts-from-goods-to-services-inflation-crushes-incomes-but-real-spending-hits-record-high/ There is still a lot of money circulating there. By Wolf Richter for WOLF STREET. It boils down to this: total personal income from all sources has increased, but all of these increases more a few have been plagued since last summer by galloping inflation, and this was repeated in March, when “real” incomes continued […]]]>

There is still a lot of money circulating there.

By Wolf Richter for WOLF STREET.

It boils down to this: total personal income from all sources has increased, but all of these increases more a few have been plagued since last summer by galloping inflation, and this was repeated in March, when “real” incomes continued to fall. It is the flight of inflation.

But consumers — not all but enough to move the needle — are sitting on cash, stock, and crypto gains (still, but falling), and they’re sitting on the cash they’ve extracted from their houses last year via withdrawal refis while mortgage rates were low, they have room on their credit cards and they are spending that money. And spending, adjusted for inflation, rose again.

But Americans are moving away from buying goods to buying services again. The pandemic-era goods-buying spree that blew up the trade deficit and contributed to all manner of shortages is slowly losing momentum and spending on goods has plummeted. But spending on services grew faster and overall spending increased slightly.

Real incomes have fallen.

“Real” personal income (adjusted for inflation) from all sourcesincluding income from wages and salaries, dividends, interest, rentals, farms, businesses, and government transfer payments (stimulus, social security, unemployment, welfare, etc.) decreased by 0, 4% in March from February, seasonally adjusted, and plunged 17% from a year ago, when revenues were inflated by stimulus payments, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis today (line purple in the graph below).

“real income without transfer payments fell 0.3% in March from February, seasonally adjusted, after declining steadily since October, when runaway inflation began to dominate income gains. Compared to March of last year, it was still up 1.9% (red line).

Both measures of real income are well below pre-pandemic trend lines:

Actual spending increased.

Total consumer spending on goods and services, adjusted for inflation, rose 0.2% in March from February to a new record high and rose 2.3% from the miracle stimulus of March of last year:

Real spending on services jumped.

Inflation-adjusted spending on services – plane tickets, rental cars, theater tickets, theme parks, cruises, health care, housing, education, haircuts, repairs, etc. — jumped 0.6% in March and 6.3% year-over-year. Over the past two months, it has barely recovered to levels of three years ago and remains below the pre-pandemic trend. But as you can see, it comes back:

Spending on services in March was 61.6% of total consumer spending, down from 64.3% pre-Covid, showing that services still have a long way to go to recover as goods continue to recover. fade in the expenditure regime.

And the increase in real spending on services in March and in recent months is what drove the increase in total spending, dwarfing the decline in spending on goods.

Real spending on goods continued to decline.

Expenditure on non-durable goods – mostly food, fuel and household supplies – adjusted for inflation, were down 0.3% for the month and 0.8% from a year ago. During the pandemic, in the midst of working from home, spending on non-durable goods had shifted to household from corporate workplaces, and this massive increase in spending is happening just a tiny bit right now and staying at nosebleed levels, 13% higher than March 2019:

Expenditure on durable goods, adjusted for inflation, fell 0.9% in March and 10.7% since the March stimulus miracle of last year. But it remains at nosebleed levels, up 24% from March 2019. This is still a huge amount that consumers are spending on durable goods (adjusted for inflation) and contributing always largely to shortages in all sorts of things.

But this stimulus-miracle peak unfolds step by step, and it looks like an uneven regression to the mean:

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Freedom is a tool for progress — Neuse News http://www.jewsformorality.org/freedom-is-a-tool-for-progress-neuse-news/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 09:31:00 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/freedom-is-a-tool-for-progress-neuse-news/ I am a curator with no conversion history. Many others have such a story – they have read a certain book, had a certain teacher, or been disenchanted with their past left-wing views. If the conversion occurred in adulthood, after first being politically active as a progressive, socialist, or communist, they were called neoconservatives. One […]]]>

I am a curator with no conversion history. Many others have such a story – they have read a certain book, had a certain teacher, or been disenchanted with their past left-wing views.

If the conversion occurred in adulthood, after first being politically active as a progressive, socialist, or communist, they were called neoconservatives. One of the most prominent, Irving Kristol, defined a neoconservative as “a liberal who was assaulted by reality” and a neoliberal as “a liberal who was assaulted by reality but did not press charges”.

I was assaulted only once, when I was working as a magazine reporter in Washington, and I was already a conservative. It was an attempted mugging, actually, because I was carrying a synthesizer in a heavy case, it turned out to be a handy weapon to swing, and the would-be mugger was stoned.

But Kristol wasn’t really talking about crime as a political issue, of course, though rising crime and social unrest in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s was a factor that propelled some Americans into the modern conservative movement. . What bound the disparate elements of this movement together was the existence of crucially important and inescapable realities – such as what the liberal economist Thomas Sowell later described as the “constrained view” of human nature, distinct from “unconstrained view” of human nature. future social engineers.

Here in North Carolina and across the country, the modern conservative movement is an alliance of what was once called traditionalism and what was once called liberalism. Traditionalists believed that there are fundamental truths and virtues, either revealed by God or confirmed by millennia of human history, which should guide human action.

Classical liberals did not necessarily disagree with this premise, in fact. But they raised the principle of liberty to the top of the list – the right of individuals to make decisions for themselves above the power of the state to take their property and control their lives.

Traditionalists also valued freedom, but observed that individuals are not born as human atoms that later, on purpose, form human molecules. We are born into families and communities, and therefore into a thick and complex web of social obligations. Many traditionalists then defined liberty in community terms, as “ordered liberty.” Classical liberals emphasized the right of the individual to make decisions, even if the results dismayed their neighbors or hurt themselves.

When cultural critics, libertarians, and anti-communists forged the modern conservative movement in 20th-century America, they were responding to the menacing rise of populism, progressivism, and socialism. They were long-time rivals, traditionalists and classical liberals, first forming an alliance of mutual needs, then, in fits and starts, forging a more systematic integration of their ideas.

The result was not a catechism. It was and remains messy and incomplete. There are areas of disagreement and differences in emphasis. But the different strands of modern conservatism have enough in common to work together – and what they have in common, for the most part, is the belief that governmental power must be minimized so that freedom can be maximized.

Why? Because it is in the nature of humans to thrive, in the long term, when they are free to make their own decisions, rather than being constrained to conform to a central plan. The empirical evidence for this proposition is massive and growing.

For example, a peer-reviewed study by Jeremy Jackson, an economist at North Dakota State University, used the Frasier Institute’s Index of North American Economic Freedom and a survey dataset on satisfaction with life. All other things being equal, states with lower taxes, smaller budgets, and fewer regulations had a higher proportion of happy residents than those with expansive and expensive governments.

My fellow conservatives and I here in North Carolina fight for freedom not as an abstraction but as a practical tool to promote opportunity, progress, happiness, and virtue. And we welcome converts to the cause.

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Netflix Is a Joke Festival: 31 acts to see around Los Angeles http://www.jewsformorality.org/netflix-is-a-joke-festival-31-acts-to-see-around-los-angeles/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 15:00:42 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/netflix-is-a-joke-festival-31-acts-to-see-around-los-angeles/ Showcase: London Hughes Netflix veteran London Hughes will perform at the streamer’s comedy festival at Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth. (Netflix) British comedian London Hughes rose to fame at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by telling his romantic anecdotes and sexual adventures, as well as those of his mother and grandmother. She reprized her number in […]]]>

Showcase: London Hughes

Netflix veteran London Hughes will perform at the streamer’s comedy festival at Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth.

(Netflix)

British comedian London Hughes rose to fame at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by telling his romantic anecdotes and sexual adventures, as well as those of his mother and grandmother. She reprized her number in her first stand-up special, “To Catch a D—, produced by Kevin Hart, and also appeared on Netflix’s “The History of Swear Words” and weekly after-show “The Netflix Afterparty”. On stage, she is aptly called “the new woman Richard Pryor” due to the remarkable physique she puts on to deliver a joke. Off the stage, she is developing films: a Will Packer feature that is loosely based on her life and a Tim Story comedy about a modern woman who is transported to 19th century England.

London Hughes performs at 7 p.m. at Dynasty Typewriter at Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Blvd.

Spotlight: Justin Willman: “Magic for Humans” himself

A man in a dark shirt and blazer holds a balled-up piece of fabric in front of him.

Actor-magician Justin Willman at the 2013 Hilarity for Charity event to benefit Alzheimer’s Assn.

(Jeff Vespa)

Magical acts don’t often make the audience gasp, laugh and cry, but throughout its three seasons on Netflix, “Magic for Humans” has delivered equal parts unnerving sleight of hand and genuine emotion. Now Justin Willman is bringing his humorous and heartfelt series of street magic to the Ace Hotel Theater.

How did you come to magic?

I was 12 years old. I was cycling while wearing rollerblades, because I was trying to look cool and do something unique. Then I fell and broke both my arms, which made me very unique. My doctor happened to notice that I loved when this magician came to town and encouraged me to do card tricks as a form of physical therapy. And I’ve been doing that ever since – although, I’ll say, my left arm could still use a little better rotation.

I love spreading the love of magic, even as an amateur, and breaking down what people think a magic show is. For example, it’s not always done by someone on stage in a tuxedo or an evening dress. It can appear when you least expect it. But above all, I love the idea of ​​making magic as everyday as possible, and the subtle message behind trying to capture that in the show is to remind you that there’s magic all around us. , even when we go to work, do the laundry, live our lives on autopilot.

The show has a recurring segment where you play for people specifically named Susan (including Susan Sarandon). How do you identify them?

Sometimes they have a look: wear a fanny pack and a handbag and a backpack, write a check at the grocery store… . [Laughs.] We may have found one or two naturally on the street. But once I realized there was something special about the Susans, I don’t know what it was, we were then desperate for Susans, and Craigslist was the way to go. “Is your name Suzanne? Want to earn 40 bucks and get a free lunch? Meet us at Echo Park. Down the sidewalk, we’ll have a few Susans on the bridge. Someone checks their IDs to make sure they’re all legitimate; sometimes they are called Sue but, in their heart, they are really Suzannes.

My favorite episodes include appearances from family members, like your son Jackson. Does he understand what you do for a living?

He saw me play when he was 1.5 years old, so that doesn’t count. He’s 3 now, and I think he understands what magic is and that it’s also what dad does for work and not just during playtime at home. I think he’s coming to the LA show. We’re going to extend his bedtime a bit.

A remarkable episode involved your late mother, who was battling Alzheimer’s disease. Were you nervous about sharing this part of your life on screen?

When putting on a show about highlighting life’s funny and magical moments, it makes sense to make it as authentic as possible. At that time, what weighed on my head and heart every day was this struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, something that you don’t tend to naturally bring up when talking to people because you don’t want to bother them, but you end up feeling so alone. When I started talking about it more, people I knew started telling me they were going through the same thing, and I had no idea.

I’m so glad I did this track, just to have this little time capsule. There was a chance it didn’t fit the tone of the show, and I’m glad it resonated with people. There is real healing power in just recognizing that there is something that makes people feel seen and heard. And if anything, it’s a reminder to live in the moment, to hug and kiss, and say the things you want to say to the people in your life while you can.

Are you going to make people cry at your LA gig?

That’s never my goal! I want people to feel things, especially laughter and amazement. But like the show, the show’s climax might hit you emotionally.

Justin Willman performs at 7 p.m. at the Ace Hotel Theater, 929 S. Broadway

One-Liner: ‘Snoop Dogg’s F—Around Comedy Special’

Snoop Dogg hosts the recording of two shows with Katt Williams, Mike Epps and Sommore in tow.

Snoop Dogg performs at 7 and 9:45 p.m. at the Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd.

Ashley Lee

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Kashmir Press – Newspaper http://www.jewsformorality.org/kashmir-press-newspaper/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 02:23:12 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/kashmir-press-newspaper/ THROUGHOUT its history, even at the best of times, press freedom in Kashmir has suffered constraints that were absent from the subcontinent. This was especially true of the phase from 1947 to 1953 when Shaikh Mohammed Abdullah was Prime Minister of Jammu & Kashmir. Tolerance of dissent was not among his most notable virtues. Things […]]]>

THROUGHOUT its history, even at the best of times, press freedom in Kashmir has suffered constraints that were absent from the subcontinent. This was especially true of the phase from 1947 to 1953 when Shaikh Mohammed Abdullah was Prime Minister of Jammu & Kashmir. Tolerance of dissent was not among his most notable virtues.

Things only improved after Shaikh Sahib returned to power in 1975. He died in 1982. Despite the difficulties they faced, journalists in Kashmir fought back by forging a united front in the form of a Kashmir Press Club. Behind Srinagar’s main thoroughfare, Residency Road, are the offices of many news outlets. Prominent editor of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, was shot dead one evening as he left his office on his way home. Two opposing forces are after the press; each looking for wholehearted support. One is the government and the other is the armed rebels.

Last September, the Press Council of India set up an inquiry committee on Jammu and Kashmir whose report was recently published. He found that the press in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in Kashmir, was “slowly being stifled, mainly due to severe restrictions imposed by the local administration”. He advised the government to shed its “tendency” to view all critical reporting and commentary as “anti-national”.

The report of the commission of inquiry indicated that the authorities believed that several members of the media sympathized with the armed rebels and that some journalists themselves accused others in their profession of being anti-national. One official said he preferred to engage only with certain journalists rather than hold press conferences, to which he was previously open.

An investigative report has highlighted the level of intimidation faced by Kashmir’s media.

The inquiry committee made suggestions that would ensure journalists would not be harassed as press freedom deteriorated in Kashmir, particularly after August 2019 when New Delhi abrogated Kashmir’s autonomy. Civil law enforcement in Kashmir has also been advised not to act on behalf of other departments. At the same time, he drew the line between insurgents and media personnel, noting: “If a journalist is carrying arms or carrying grenades and other ammunition, he is not a journalist, he is a militant and must be treated as such”.

The commission’s reports affirmed that the task of the media is to report the news, even if the authorities are not presented in a positive light, and noted the heightened tensions in which the media works, under pressure from all sides.

Unfortunately, times are not good and the violence has affected the work of the media, especially the print media which relies on publicity which is in decline. This has also been true for other parts of the world.

The investigation report wants an end to the intimidation of journalists threatened with arrest. He mentions that several were interrogated and threatened. “We have documented cases of journalists being summoned to the dreaded ‘Cargo Center’ for questioning – a place reserved for the interrogation of armed militants.” Since 2016, at least 49 journalists in Jammu and Kashmir have been arrested and charged under draconian laws, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. This last law is so ruthless that it even makes bail difficult.

In January, the local administration rescinded the allocation of the premises of the Kashmir Press Club in Srinagar. The privileges of journalists must be restored. It is sad that an environment where the truth is most needed to reflect what is happening in Kashmir, the organ best equipped to bring the truth to light is being muzzled by various means.

The detailed report of the commission of inquiry was however denounced, upon its publication, by the Jammu & Kashmir Press Corps as being false and “malicious”. The threat to press freedom comes not only from the government and its instruments, but also from a group of journalists who ardently support the government and fiercely attack anyone who criticizes it. Ravish Kumar, a brave TV presenter from NDTV India, speaks every night at 9 p.m. It was he who coined the very apt expression “godi media” to designate these bootlickers of men in power.

Aakar Patel is President of Amnesty International, India. Recently, he was prevented from boarding a plane bound for the United States by the Central Bureau of Investigation. His book Price of the Modi Years, published by Westland, contains an in-depth encyclopaedic investigation of the slavish presenters of Hindi television – the “godi media”, for the most part. In Srinagar, unsurprisingly, an organization of journalists denounced the report. The more the state divides the press, the worse it will be.

The writer is a Mumbai-based author and lawyer.

Posted in Dawn, April 23, 2022

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To be or not to be — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News http://www.jewsformorality.org/to-be-or-not-to-be-opinion-the-guardian-nigeria-news-nigeria-and-world-news/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 03:06:00 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/to-be-or-not-to-be-opinion-the-guardian-nigeria-news-nigeria-and-world-news/ The proverbial inhibiting or restrictive character of legal education, the unquestioning acceptance of principles received from the past, and a disastrous lack of political instincts have all combined to lead to the current palpable state of confusion and anxiety regarding the signal ambition of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. to run for president. A studious law […]]]>

The proverbial inhibiting or restrictive character of legal education, the unquestioning acceptance of principles received from the past, and a disastrous lack of political instincts have all combined to lead to the current palpable state of confusion and anxiety regarding the signal ambition of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. to run for president.

A studious law professor, Osinbajo is imbued with the spirit and “progressiveness” of the nominally progressive party of which he is a leader. Of course, he is somewhat sensitive to the creative discoveries of the present despite his cultivation of a spirit possessing unusual power. It has been curiously difficult to discern Osinbajo’s true position in light of conflicting and confusing information on an issue that should normally be expressed unequivocally.

A generally simple or direct person, Osinbajo learns quickly and manifests the tricks of politicians. Over the past week or so, an inexplicable controversy has erupted over promotional material resembling a finely scripted speech espousing some of Osinbajo’s virtues and offering his skills and prowess to be considered as his party’s premier candidate and, to the future, President of Nigeria. No sooner had the din of this cheering news died down than a brazen and joyless rebuttal of the earlier position surfaced in new media and the generally reliable mainstream media. What has not been questioned or denied, however, is whether the two parts came from the same stable. It will appear that there are at least two sides to Osinbajo’s muted presidential ambition. One part presumably pushes him to run even while another carefully weighs the moral, psychological and empirical costs of such an undertaking.

When it comes to the 2023 presidential election, the campaign of aspirants in the South West geopolitical zone to run as their parties’ candidates seems doomed from the start and they should know it. Long ago in the reasoned formulation of the zoning model, an aura of granite integrity had settled over the inhabitants of the southwestern zone or, for that matter, over the direction of its socio-political guiding ethic. No endorsement of Tinubu or any South West candidate by Afenifere, no tribute to the humanity or scholarship of Osinbajo in acclaiming civil society organizing and no characterization of Olufunmilade as progressive by those who aspire in an era of progressive and orderly development of Nigeria can alter this central fact: the Nigerian federation is skewed to the detriment of truly progressive elements or progressivism. The country is hopelessly divided on all important issues of its governance – restructuring, fiscal federalism, insecurity, establishing local government, state policing, etc. Wise and sensitive leadership would have held the country together. For more than that one could have hoped in vain, especially under this government.

To compound Nigeria’s difficulties, Buhari proved to be a singularly ineffectual head of government. He opposed a number of critical or strategic options to straighten things out. He postponed the reorganization of important state institutions; was slow to set up a military division headquarters to combat banditry in the northwest and turned a blind eye to savage attacks by Fulani herdsmen on sleepy communities. He insisted on being the only one to hold the post of Minister of Oil alone when he only knows a similar model even though oil revenues constitute the pillar of the country’s economy. One cannot think of what has been done or what has not been done without indignation or contempt. Not even the disparate National Party of Nigeria (NPN) of second republic disgrace ran a softer and dissonant administration. Seven years into Buhari’s party rule, governance is in chaos. Nothing tangible has been achieved because everything is upside down.

It is in this context that we approach 2023 with all its projected incidents of fear, anxiety and confusion. Reports abound of rampant unrest among the general population. Buhari refused to denounce the rampaging Fulani herdsmen; was slow to refer to the so-called bandits by their proper names; remained indifferent to the steadily rising standards of ethnic and religious prejudice. He has, in fact, encouraged the odious policy of making ethnic origin or religious belief the criterion for fitness for public office. The strident repudiation of Buhari’s negligence by Buhari’s men over these accusations has not satisfied even ardent Buharists who earlier in 2015 swore that he was the answer to Nigeria’s convoluted socio-political and economic problems. They have now identified Buhari’s methods as the manifestation of a painstakingly choreographed or well-rehearsed approach to the now magnified ethnic or geosocial problem. It is hard to imagine how far those vying for Nigeria’s highest political office are willing to go. Stripped of Afenifere’s principled position that the practice of rotation or zoning must take its full or orderly course and the unfitness of Southwestern aspirants, the current climate of rudderlessness and optimistic bigotry does not encourage the participation of people who possess some sense of self-apprehended self-esteem.

The general atmosphere is not helped by an unfortunate pervasive absence, on the part of those who seek the people’s mandate, of conviction regarding the much-vaunted resolution of the key issues of the Nigerian question. The pusillanimity or timidity to adopt a position that opposes the status quo has revealed that many aspirants were weak and unable to confront the terrible dimension of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political bete noire. Even though the 2023 election agenda seems tailor-made and presented itself clearly, politicians are filibustering – playing with words whose ordinary meaning is clear and unambiguous. The restructuring, for example, assumed a strange understanding in a malicious attempt to hide under one finger.

The vice president’s office that Professor Yemi Osinbajo occupies at the moment with its greatest strengths and obvious weaknesses may have helped the vice president identify the chasm between law and the dynamic force of politics, morality . Industry or hard work. The conservative character of lawyers’ performance in public office blatantly reflects the influence of powerful brokers or their godfather-appointers rather than Holmes’ dismissive view that law contains “only the axioms and corollaries of a math book. Many lawyers in public office display a great sense of immediate usefulness and less of the requirement of posterity or the demands of an enduring legacy or legacy. They are eager to get what they can and, for example, to “win” their case. Or what about Osinbajo’s promise to continue with Buhari’s ‘legacy’ if he is lucky enough to succeed him? This is not just laughable, it is dismissive or insensitive to the plight of the people under Buhari. What is there to pursue in Buhari’s term of disjointedness, broken promises and outright bashing of the people’s mandate? Nigerians are really fed up with the Buhari administration and cannot wait for her to exhaust her time. They can’t wait for him to go and his policies to be erased from the books and from their memory. It is the government whose policies and programs Osinbajo wants to pursue.

One commentator insightfully suggested that it’s more real for Osinbajo to continue living out his ambition in the realm of guesswork or suspended animation instead of a false or hesitant entry into the fall season.

Rotimi-John, lawyer and public affairs commentator wrote empty lawgravitas@gmail.com

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