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June Premieres and Returning Favorites

Be sure to add your notable favorites!

C.B. Strike Cinemax, June 1, Friday, 10-9CT Set of stories by J.K. Rowling!

Pose FX, June 3, Sunday, 9-8CT Ryan Murphy's latest!

Succession HBO, June 3, Sunday, 10-9CT NOT the Rupert Murdoch story!

Dietland AMC, June 4, Monday, 9-8CT "Feminist Revenge Fantasy" -- One hour talk show following broadcasts!

Humans AMC, June 5, Tuesday, 10-9CT Season 3 of this pleasing sci-fi drama!

Deep State Epix, June 17, Sunday, 9-8CT

Yellowstone Paramount Network, June 20, Wednesday, 9-8CT

Preacher AMC, June 24, Sunday, 10-9CT Season 3 of psychotic graphic-novel mayhem!

True story about the Founder of Jet Propulsion Lab, Aleister Crowley, and L. Ron Hubbard

"Some people" say a portal to Hell (Devil's Gate) was opened, and California has been suffering ever since.

Really strange and mesmerizing true story!

"Strange Angel" coming to CBS All Access in June

Go down the rabbit hole: Jack Parsons and the Occult Roots of JPL

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones visits Alabama mosque

Source: AL.com, by Greg Garrison

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones visited the Hoover Crescent Islamic Center on Saturday night, giving a speech to about 200 Muslims before they broke their daytime fasting with an evening meal after sunset in observance of their holy month of Ramadan.


More than 20,000 Muslim voters - about the margin of victory for Jones - turned out and voted in December almost without exception for Jones, said Khaula Hadeed, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Alabama.

Khaula Hadeed

Hadeed said Moore had called Islam a "false religion" and made other disparaging remarks about Muslims and their faith. Muslims invited Moore to visit a mosque last year but did not receive a response, she said.


Jones, a longtime member of Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook, said it was the first time he has been inside a mosque. Officials with CAIR of Alabama said they were not aware of any Alabama senator having previously ever visited a mosque in the state.


Read it all at: https://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2018/05/us_sen_doug_jones_visits_alaba.html

(Republican Governor Kay) Ivey sending Alabama National Guard troops to Mexican border

Proving soundbites for campaign ads are very important.

Source: AL.com, by Jeremy Gray

Gov. Kay Ivey today announced that five members of the Alabama National Guard and a guard helicopter will be deployed to the Mexican border.


Read the rest at: https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/ivey_sending_alabama_national.html

From "Comments" section:

Booker and Warren fuse faith and politics in appeal to mainline preachers

Two prominent Democratic U.S. senators, both possible presidential hopefuls, addressed a gathering of pastors this week, pairing religion with politics in an unusually direct appeal to left-leaning Christians.

Source: Religious News Service, by Jack Jenkins

Booker in particular has been no stranger to faith gatherings of late. He was the keynote speaker at the National Baptist Conference USA meeting in January and demonstrated last year with the Rev. William Barber II and others on the religious left against GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“These are not political issues. These are moral issues,” he said, over shouts of “amen.” He later added: “This is a moral moment in America, where self-inflicted wounds are costing us not just humanity. … They’re costing us resources. And a lot of it stems from how we look at each other.”

Standing in the pulpit and sometimes waving her Bible as she spoke, the former Harvard Law School professor began by recalling how she had once been cajoled into teaching a fifth-grade Sunday school class. She was floored by a child named Jesse who answered a question about what people owe to each other by saying, “Everybody gets a turn.”

“What Jesse was saying, at least to me, is that there is God in every one of us,” she said. “Whether we are rich or poor, black or white, tall or short, young or old, gay or straight, male or female, there is God in every one of us.”

Read it all at: https://religionnews.com/2018/05/24/democratic-senators-fuse-faith-and-politics-in-appeal-to-mainline-preachers/

Trump Jeopardizes Reporters By Canceling Summit While They Are In N. Korea

Source: PoliticusUSA, by Jason Easley


The White House could have waited to release the letter until after the journalists had safely gotten out of North Korea.

In 2016, a BBC crew was detained and expelled from North Korea. In 2017, the regime sentenced South Korean journalists and their publishers to death in absentia because they wrote a book about North Korea.

North Korea is not a safe country for journalists. Trump risked the safety of journalists because he had to throw a tantrum because Kim Jong-un insulted Mike Pence. This is not how foreign relations should ever be conducted, but as usual, Trump shows a total disregard for anyone’s life but his own.

Trump isn’t just failing. His failures are jeopardizing innocent lives.

Read it all at: https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/24/trump-jeopardizes-reporters-by-canceling-summit-while-they-are-in-n-korea.html

How can a scientist believe in God?

Are religion and science always at odds? Here are three scientists that don't think so

Source: ABC News, by Anna Salleh


Some argue that being religious is incompatible with being a scientist — but do they realize the father of the Big Bang theory was actually a Catholic priest, the pioneer of modern genetics was an Augustinian monk, or the decoder of the human genome converted from atheism to Christianity in his 20s?


Dr. Jennifer Wiseman: A Christian astrophysicist.

"When I talk to people I find that most people really realise that there are deeper questions of life that science can't fully address, and they don't really see why there should be any conflict."

Dr. Andrew Harman: A Buddhist immunologist

"The Buddha was very clear that you follow a system of practice and only when you've experienced those things for yourself is your faith then justified — because it's a faith that is based on experience."

Fahad Ali: A Muslim geneticist

"I think it's a testament to God more than anything — that we can bring about all life on earth from a single origin."


Read it all at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-05-24/three-scientists-talk-about-how-their-faith-fits-with-their-work/9543772

Over 50 per cent of US scientists surveyed in 2009 said they believed in a deity or higher power.

The 'Monsters, Inc.' Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

"We didn’t abolish slavery as an institution. We simply went from one form of slavery (chattel slavery), to another form of slavery (wage slavery)."

Source: Medium, by Scott Santens


'Monsters, Inc.' takes place in a universe that literally runs on fear. Monsters enter the human world at night through bedroom closets to scare children for the purpose of energy production. You see, whereas the world we know mostly runs on fossil fuels, hydropower, nuclear, and increasingly solar and wind, the world of monsters runs on the emotion of fear. When kids scream, their screams are harvested as energy. That energy powers a world of monsters. And so every night, monsters enter the world of humans, to make children scream, to mine their fear.


Believe it or not, we live in that same kind of world. We discovered something monstrous that works, and we use it to drive our economy. We’ve done it for so long, we don’t even question it, and we never even tested a far more powerful alternative. What works we discovered is an economy based on the fear of death by poverty, where fear of death is used to compel people into working, and what we never tested (until recently that is) is an economy where there is no fear of death by poverty, where all work is thus fully voluntary.


Think of it this way. One method of forcing someone to do something is to physically choke them. If they do what you want, you stop choking them. If they don’t do what you want, you keep choking them until they do. The other method involves gaining control over all the air, and then telling people that if they do what you want, you’ll give them pieces of paper that they can use to pay for air. If they don’t do what you want, you don’t give them any access to air until they do. Both involve the restricting of air supplies. Both are based on the fear of death by asphyxiation. Both involve choices where the choice is life or death, which isn’t really a choice at all. Both are forms of domination, but one is direct, and the other is indirect.


We can create a world that runs on joy instead of fear. We can choose to do that. We can choose to remove the guns pointed at everyone’s heads, and in so doing liberate everyone with the freedom to voluntarily pursue whatever pursuits they find most meaningful. All that’s required is to abolish the fear of death by poverty. Unconditional basic income does that.


Read it all at: https://medium.com/basic-income/the-monsters-inc-argument-for-unconditional-basic-income-3b22b63eed3e

Pope Francis tells gay man: 'God made you like this'

Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, says pontiff told him God did not mind that he was gay

Source: The Guardian, by Stephanie Kirchgaessner

A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to be uttered by the leader of the Roman Catholic church.

Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke privately with the pope last week about the abuse he suffered at the hands of one of Chile’s most notorious paedophiles, said the issue of his sexuality had arisen because some of the Latin American country’s bishops had sought to depict him as a pervert as they accused him of lying about the abuse.

“He told me, ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are,’” Cruz told Spanish newspaper El País.


It is not the first time it has been suggested Francis has an open and tolerant attitude toward homosexuality, despite the Catholic church’s teaching that gay sex – and all sex outside of heterosexual marriage – is a sin. In July 2013, in response to a reporter’s question about the existence of an alleged “gay lobby” within the Vatican, Francis said: “Who am I to judge?”


Read it all at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/20/pope-juan-carlos-cruz

Bishop Michael Curry AMAZING Sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding

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