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If you are anything like me you get really annoyed at the lack of news in your news feed. What you have instead of a news feed is partizan political pontification at best, and downright dirty lies at worst. Sadly that is the state of affairs in the media today.

And if the wife of the US President wears high heals, or if someone named Clinton sneezes in a strange way, or the Attorney General does something or other then the actual news gets buried in an avalanche of highly charged deceit and opinion dressed up as news to make you think that it actually means something significant. And frankly I'm just sick of it!
I have tried adjusting the tuning of my Google news feed. I've gone from 'less politics' to 'no politics' and still my news feed remains constipated with festering political waste.

Well today I stumbled upon a solution, a news feed laxative, allowing real news to surface and then to move through my news feed in a regular, easily digested manner, and I'm feeling just great :)

Would you like to know my secret?... Here it is:

  1. Login to Google and go to https://news.google.com.
  2. Google will lay before you a pre-chewed selection of what they think you should be reading about in the world today.
    The Headlines will each contain a topic and 5 or 6 sources on that topic with an invite to "View Full Coverage".
    Under that will be another headline with the same kind of arrangement.
    You will find that there are news sources you don't like or that you don't trust that are constantly thrust in your face, and topics you would hardly think of as headline material. 
  3. Pick the offender source and click on the More button, like this:
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  4. Then select "Hide stories from ..." 

Poof, like magic the blockage is removed and that publisher does not feature any more on your news feed. 

Do this enough times and the real headlines begin to emerge, the world at large, the actually news becomes visible again. And you will feel so much better with life. Go one further, switch off your TV news, your late night drivel dressed up as humor news, the early morning shock marketing for medicine dressed up as news; get rid or your cable.

Now, here's the real power; if enough of us do this then, guess what. Those pundits of party politics, those trash publishers, those mulch mungers, will either have to change from agenda driven power brokers back into journalists or they will go out of business. And either of those will be good for us all.
We could start a non-political movement, an un-politic. Turning our backs on the whole rotten stinkfest of media politics.

Personally I don't really care if that happens or not, because I have a news feed again, and that's all I really wanted in the first place.

BoundariesUsually, when evaluating a book, it’s enough to weigh up pros and cons and decide whether or not to read it. But in this case, I’d like to go a little further because of two things: Firstly, the topic the book seeks to address is so central to the truth of Scripture, and secondly, the book does such tremendous damage to that central truth.

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  Riley Egge — Hey Alan, love the review and I totally agree. I think that this is yet again another example of the radical middle. It's very dangerous to preach a counter correction gospel. We are constantly counter correcting, causing the pendulum to swing further and further. Is marriage not also a picture of t......

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How is it that we produce mass-school shooters, drug addicts, gangbangers, serial rapists, and pedofiles in the first world in the 21st century? 

We are living in a time obsessed with health, yet we are probably the least healthy group of generations in the history of humankind. What we call ‘health’ is a strange mashup of disparate pieces of individual humanity, as if a whole human is merely the sum of all of her parts.
The truth is that a whole human being is irreducibly complex. A whole human being is infinitely more than the sum of his or her parts. So why are we so obsessed with our sentimental and narrow definition of “health” when it is clear that what we are desperate for, what is utterly conspicuous by its absence is Human Wholeness?

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You've all heard it said "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

As parents we teach our children this virtue normally around the aspect of sharing and being kind to others.

As we put this into practice we soon realize that this is a win-win situation because most often as you treat others correctly, with courtesy and even go out of your way to be nice, you feel good inside and often people treat you in the same way. I believe this is a typical aspect of the Kingdom of God - you are doing the good deed or being kind to another, yet you are the one who feels blessed in the end.

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Max BornMax Born, the subject of the Google Doodle today, was born this day, December 11th 1882. He was of a group of distinguished and extremely influential physicists who developed the formative thought for what we know today as Quantum Mechanics.

Besides physics, Born stretched his considerable intellect into other fields also. Ethics was a favorite of his.

In 1954 during a lecture on Statistical Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics he said this: I believe that ideas such as absolute certitude, absolute exactness, final truth, etc. are figments of the imagination which should not be admissible in any field of science,… This loosening of thinking seems to me to be the greatest blessing which modern science has given to us. For the belief in a single truth and in being the possessor thereof is the root cause of all evil in the world.

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