Item AAG Statement on Charlottesville Tragedy and White Supremacy (from an email)
The American Association of Geographers is deeply saddened and disturbed by the recent deadly and violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Rallies supported by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members led to the killing of one counter-protester, the wounding of at least 19 other protesters, and the deaths of two law enforcement officers doing surveillance of the rallies by air. On behalf of its almost 12,000 members, the AAG expresses heartfelt sympathy to the victims of the Charlottesville tragedy and their loved ones.
The AAG also wishes to use this statement to offer the strongest possible condemnation of white supremacy and the perpetrators of this recent violence. The AAG calls upon US federal, state, and local government officials to be unequivocally anti-racist in their denouncement and investigation of white supremacy—not only in Charlottesville but also in the many US communities long harmed by racism in both highly publicized and everyday ways.
Enhancing diversity, promoting inclusion, and advocating for historically marginalized social groups are central to the AAG and its mission. Recent events in Virginia strike at the heart of these values.
Moreover, geographers are making important contributions to studying the social and spatial foundations and consequences of racism, violence, and inequality. Yet more can and should be done in the discipline of geography and by academicians and professionals in other fields to address these critical issues.
If geography was ever a science, it is no longer, at least in the high offices of the American Associate of Geographers. The statement is a combination of cowardice, grandstanding, virtue signaling, and opportunism. These vices are ever with us, but when they are seen as virtues, we know the end is nigh.
Recently, I participated in a three-day conference on the Sacred Liturgy in which many good young priests also participated. There were several occasions to visit with them about their priestly ministry. As is my experience in most places that I visit, the priests expressed a great concern about the situation in which the world and the Church find themselves. It is a situation which can most simply be described as confusion, division and error. Toward the end of the conference, one young pastor approached me and asked: “Cardinal, do you think that we are in the end times?” The expression on his face made clear the sincerity of his question and the profound concern which prompted it. I did not hesitate to respond: “It may be so.”
Secularization…attack on innocent and defenseless human life…virulent gender ideology…nuff out completely, any public discourse about God…atheistic materialism and relativism leads to the unscrupulous pursuit of wealth…Clearly, the present situation of the world cannot continue without leading to total annihilation.
Cardinal Burke is not a man given to flights of fancy, nor is he easily panicked.
Item Sex robot prostitute BETTER than humans sparks rush in brothels buying dolls (from the UK’s Daily Star)
Kontakthof, which rents out sex doll Fanny for 80 EUR (72.9 GBP) per hour, is now considering buying a second sex doll due to the huge demand as Fanny is often completely booked for several days in a row.
This is only one of dozens of such articles, all proving the inward turning (is that a German word?) is accelerating. As is the disregard for cleanliness. Yuck.
Anissa Weier, 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime, with use of a deadly weapon. She initially faced a charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the 2014 attack on Payton Leutner in park in Waukesha, a city west of Milwaukee.
Weier spoke at length during the hearing, telling Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael O. Bohren that she understood her plea and its ramifications. She also explained her motivation for participating in her classmate’s stabbing.
“I believed that if I didn’t go through with it, Slender Man would come and attack and kill myself, my friends and my family. Those I cared about the most,” she said.
(We talked about Slender Man before, but I can’t seem to locate where.) Demon worship is nothing new, of course, and there isn’t much to recommend this story except for its existence. It’s perhaps easier now to conjure them.