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Tthe Catholic Church warned that a surge in Satanism, facilitated by the internet, had led to a sharp rise in the demand for exorcism. [...] "We touch on the most burning issues: From the sects linked to Satanism to the [telling] their story of liberation [from] their possession." [...]
In France, the demand for exorcists has also soared, but the services are outsourced to "independent operators", who conduct the exorcism. Fr Palilla warned about using untrained priests to get rid of demons. "A self-taught exorcist certainly makes errors," he said. [...]
The priest said the Church is "out of touch with reality" as they are sending "sufferers of possession" to psychologists instead of performing rituals. [...]
In an open letter to the Irish hierarchy, he also said there is growing apostasy within the Church. "As this has happened, there has been increasing evidence of the malicious activity of the evil one," he wrote.
The north pole gets no sunlight until March, but an influx of warm air has pushed temperatures in Siberia up by as much as 35C above historical averages this month. Greenland has already experienced 61 hours above freezing in 2018 - more than three times as many hours as in any previous year.
Seasoned observers have described what is happening as "crazy," "weird," and "simply shocking".
"This is an anomaly among anomalies. It is far enough outside the historical range that it is worrying -- it is a suggestion that there are further surprises in store as we continue to poke the angry beast that is our climate," said Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. [...]
But the heat peaks are becoming more frequent and lasting longer -- never more so than this year. "In 50 years of Arctic reconstructions, the current warming event is both the most intense and one of the longest-lived warming events ever observed during winter," said Robert Rohde, lead scientist of Berkeley Earth, a non-profit organisation dedicated to climate science. [...]
"This is too short-term an excursion to say whether or not it changes the overall projections for Arctic warming," says Mann. "But it suggests that we may be underestimating the tendency for short-term extreme warming events in the Arctic. And those initial warming events can trigger even greater warming because of the 'feedback loops' associated with the melting of ice and the potential release of methane (a very strong greenhouse gas)."
It's happening again.
You can feel it, can't you? The relentless immediacy of crisis over crisis, the yawning void tne endless emergency is stretched taut to obscure. The soul-bending psychological trauma; even moments of optimism seem unfairly compressed, hyperdense self-referential memetic shards landing like cartoon anvils and sublimated into vapor by the meteoric heat of the Next Thing. The spiritual torniquet of the perpetually immediate present twisting tighter, fractions of degrees at a time.
You can hear fragments of the past that remain, the warning signs engineered to survive their own absence singing the speed, the mass of this oncoming train to anyone foolish or optimistic enough (and is there a difference, at this remove?) to put an ear to the tracks. It's happening again; here we are in the moments before the moment, and it can't be an accident that those who seem most adept in this psychosocial twilight, deftly navigating unmoored in cold storms of this howling psychic gyre are people who've lost their anchors or thrown them overboard by choice in the name of some dark mirrored vision of liberty or mere expediency, in the long calm of the before. They're just one more set of symptoms now, signs of symbols nested in symbols whose ultimate referents are burned to ash beneath them.
It is happening again.
PC: We were very conscious of making the "Hacking" process visually exciting, not just lines of code, to allow the viewers who are not computer savvy to understand what is going on. We used all the available VFX processes, 2D, 3D, miniatures, matte paintings, motion control etc. to create the imagery.
HC: Perhaps this gave the ultimate leeway as many viewers wouldn't really be familiar with some of the concepts. What idea would was the hardest to flesh out regarding how to put imagery around an audience-unfamiliar concept?
PC: We loved the visual ideas of Muriel Cooper and wanted to represent moving through a 3D database. So we designed the data towers and represented them as full CG and also built physical miniatures made out of perspex. I still have one.
He also still has Zero Cool's laptop!
School officials told parents that their children will be relocated for the day Wednesday to accommodate a nearby church planning a wedding-like ceremony involving AR-15 semiautomatic rifles. [...]
The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, also known as the Sanctuary Church, is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a self-professed messiah from Korea who became a symbol of the 1970s cult wars by holding mass weddings for couples who often were strangers. Moon, who founded the Unification Church, became a player in a segment of the American conservative world through business interests including the Washington Times, and his son Hyung Jin Moon has woven gun rights into the religious community he leads in Pennsylvania, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and calls Hyung Jin Moon an "anti-LGBT cult leader."
The church's website calls for "heterosexual couples" who believe that Hyung Jin Moon is the representative and heir of his messiah father to participate in a historic "Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing" - either in Newfoundland or "at other locations via the Internet." The site calls the service at 10 a.m. Wednesday the "Cosmic True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humanity Cheon Il Guk Book of Life Registration Blessing" ceremony. "True Parents" was the term Sun Myung Moon's many followers called him and his wife. The SPLC site says "Cheon Il Guk" is the church's name for "a sovereign kingdom of heaven on earth" - that must be defended, "which is where the assault rifles come in," the center's site says.
"Blessed couples are requested to bring the accoutrements of the nation of Cheon Il Guk, crowns representing the sovereignty of Kings and Queens, and a 'rod of iron,' designated by the Second King as an AR15 semiautomatic rifle or equivalents such as an AK semiautomatic rifle, representing both the intent and the ability to defend one's family, community and 'nation of Cheon Il Guk,' " the church's site says in a statement. Hyung Jin calls himself "Second King," the SPLC reports.
If couples can't bring the guns because of legal problems "or other reasons," they are "invited to purchase a $700 gift certificate from a gun store, as evidence of their intent to purchase a 'rod of iron' in the future," the church's site says. "These actions to participate with crowns and a rod of iron/gift certificate are signs of attendance, sovereignty and vigilance to protect God's coming nation."
You know, you can't have a strip club anywhere near an elementary school, but they'll let you put a church just anywhere.
Update: Most of the other articles left out the second half of the grift! They actually sell them the guns:
Hyung Jin "Sean" Moon is pastor of the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in this small town in rural Wayne County, 120 miles north of Philadelphia. His brother, Moon Kook-jin, also known as Justin Moon, owns Kahr Arms, a firearms manufacturing company 30 minutes away in Pike County. [...]
Anyone without an AR-15 could buy one at Kahr Arms. "I actually purchased my weapon there yesterday because, although I have several rifles, I didn't have an AR-15," said David Konn, a follower who had driven from Florida earlier in the week. "I think it retails for $689." [...]
On Monday, Justin Moon told the Inquirer and Daily News that his firearms company, which has sold weapons to police departments across the country, was merely a sponsor of the Festival of Grace. He attends the church.
"We sell a few guns," he said. "That's no secret. That's my profession. I'm a gun manufacturer, so I support the Second and First Amendment."