Many Mormons think September 13 was the beginning of the apocalypse, which may really break out on September 28.  Not the coming of Christ and the end of the world, but the beginning of the Tribulation.  This is based on the writing and speaking of a woman who had a near death experience, an interpretation of the Hebrew calendar, bad economic and political news, plus the coming “Blood Moon.” (more…)

The internet purports to offer the cover of anonymity for embarrassing vices, but that is not always the case, as the number of people whose reputation has been ruined by the Ashley Madison hacks have learned.  Now there is a new class of online/cellphone virus called ransomware.

This often preys on the user’s fear of being exposed.  For example, in a recent case, a porn app takes your picture, take over your device, and blocks your phone, supposedly on the grounds of your using child pornography.  It demands $500 to unfreeze your phone and make it all go away.  Thus blackmail and extortion enter the information age. (more…)

Labor Day heralds the end of summer vocations.  Now the Fall begins and it’s back to work.  For students and teachers like me, it has always meant getting serious again and going back to the classrooms for another school year.

This year, for me, the holiday is hitting me in a completely different way since I am retiring.  All summer I have been madly busy finishing up my job, so Labor Day is heralding the beginning of my not laboring, at least in the same way I have all of my life. (more…)

Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  Not many of those who fought in that bloody epic conflict are still around.  We should salute those who are.

Do you think a world war on that scale could happen again?  Would we be capable of the same sacrifices, both on the battlefields and on the homefront?

A tribute to the anniversary after the jump. (more…)

Amnesty International, the respected human rights group, has taken up a new cause:  the legalization of prostitution world-wide.

Libertarians have long supported this, for, well, libertarian reasons.  Now expect liberals to embrace this goal as a way of empowering women (which is how Amnesty International frames it).  But would it really empower women?  Wouldn’t this also, in effect, legalize human trafficking?

But this  would be yet another step in our hypersexualized culture’s quest for total, unrestricted sexual license. (more…)

Now that gays have won the right to marry, the tune is changing.  Instead of the view that homosexuality is a fixed, permanent, non-alterable state, the word now, including among gays, is that sexual preference is “fluid” and exists along a continuum.

Kinsey’s scale, ranking people somewhere along the continuum of exclusively heterosexual (zero) to exclusively homosexual (6), has come back, with everybody in between to some degree or another being bisexual.  (Watch for a new trend of people sharing their numbers in this sense.)

A study in the UK, using this continuum,  found that 49% of British 18-24 year- olds consider themselves bisexual!  With three times as many as other age groups saying they are gay.  The study has other age groups at 19% on the bi-continuum.  (But when asked if they are  clear-cut gay or bi-, only 1.5% of men were the former and 0.3% were the latter.)

How could young people have such high rates if sexuality is genetically or biologically determined?  Could a hypersexualized culture have something to do with it? (more…)

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