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Basic Training | Salvo 40

The Good Life

It's to Know, Serve & Love the Truth, Not the Pursuit of Happiness

by James Altena

What is a life well lived? What is an exemplary life—a life that I would wish to strive for, to emulate, to have others remember as worthy of admiration? What principles ought to guide me in living such a life? . . . ►►►

Camouflage | Salvo 28

Civilization & Its Malcontents

How Soviet Disinformation Infected the West & What the West Can Do About It

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . Disinformation can be tough reading. The darkness of the evil it exposes assaults the psyche, but the onslaught is mitigated by the unfolding revelation of how plain, unvarnished truth did illuminate the darkness and out-endure the lies. Pacepa's own story of redemption, the collapse of the USSR, and the enduring light of the Catholic Church—these all bear witness that truth and virtue ultimately prevail and that the campaign of truth is still the best hope in the face of evil empires and their lies. ►►►

Collateral Damage | Salvo 40

Morality as Story

The False Charity of Modern Journalism

by Rebekah Curtis

. . . This sympathetic pull of one human heart toward another is noble and good, but it cannot be our schema for dealing with immorality. Justice also has a claim. Moreover, it is a false charity that cultivates sympathy toward those who flout the moral framework on which a just and secure society is built. Loving the sinner does not mean enabling his recidivism and putting a new line of potential victims in his path; nor is it loving to create public farces under which historical, measurable misdeeds can appear to have no historical, measurable consequences. . . . ►►►

Great Escapes | Salvo 40

The Long Red Shadow

Mike Shotwell Has a Message for Millennial America

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . To most Americans today, the world of underground Communism is history little known and best forgotten. But it's a world that Mike knew well as a child and has now studied in depth as an adult. More important, it's a world that is very much alive today, just in a different guise, because the ideologies of it have taken deep root in the popular zeitgeist. Since it's only a matter of time before bad roots produce bad fruit, and in order to give Americans a clearer window into that world, he's written Immersed in Red: My Formative Years in a Marxist Household. . . . ►►►

Deprogram | Salvo 40

Taking Polls Apart

Human Complexity Foils Electoral Predictions

by Denyse O'Leary

. . . Pew's response the morning after the election is worth pondering. "A likely culprit," we were informed, is nonresponse bias: "We know that some groups—including the less educated voters who were a key demographic for Trump on Election Day—are consistently hard for pollsters to reach."7 Again one wonders, if pollsters knew that, why did they not make a greater effort to reach these people? Were there no rewards for getting it right? . . . ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 38

Doctors Delusional

Transgender Disorder & Really Bad Psychiatry

by Boris Vatel

. . . It is unfortunate that the American Psychiatric Association, as the "voice and conscience" of the very medical discipline in a position to point out the delusional nature of such beliefs, has instead chosen to support the transgender agenda and thus lend it an air of medical legitimacy. Whether having a "transgender" or so-called "non-binary" identity causes subjective discomfort is quite beside the point. All experienced psychiatrists have seen patients whose delusions cause them no apparent discomfort. The bigger question is whether one can have a "deeply held belief" so drastically counter to reality as is the belief that one's sex is different from one's anatomy and still be considered normal. . . . ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 34

Cosmic Seer

Georges Lemaître, the Catholic Priest Behind the Big Bang

by Ray Cavanaugh

. . . Lemaître presented this theory in writing to Einstein in October 1927, when the two first met at a conference in Brussels. As the priest later recalled, Einstein's response was, "Your calculations are correct, but your physics is abominable." Lemaître's work was more or less dismissed by the New York Times, which called his theory "highly romantic." The encyclopedia Notable Scientists said that Lemaître's main problem was that his theory "lacked sufficient mathematical backing for widespread acceptance." Such backing would arrive in the fullness of time. ►►►

Feature | Salvo 33

World War Sex

A Global Revolution Imperils Men, Women & Children

An Interview with Gabriele Kuby
by Benjamin J. Vail

In early April 2014, German author and sociologist Gabriele Kuby visited the Czech Republic to give a number of public presentations promoting her new book, The Global Sexual Revolution: The Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom, recently translated into Czech (ed. and very recently into English). During her visit to Brno, I had a chance to interview Kuby about one of the most important issues of our time: the continuing sexual revolution that is leading not only to private lifestyle changes but also to a new legal understanding of sexuality and the family. Kuby warns that the global trend of "gender mainstreaming" threatens the fundamental understanding of our very human nature, with dire consequences for children, families, and society as a whole. . . . ►►►

Family Briefing | Salvo 33

Passion Plays Out

Marital Fidelity Alone Deeply Satisfies

by Nicole M. King

. . . It's all a bit 50 Shades of Grey-ish, with the notion that female fulfillment is found through weird sex. Not through God, relationships, or even work, but sex. And sex is all about exploring options, having a good time, finding yourself. It certainly isn't about the other person, and his joy or wellbeing, and it most certainly isn't about the bearing of children. Those are old-fashioned notions. In reality, however, what non-marital sex brings is anything but glamorous. . . . ►►►

Operation ID | Salvo 37

Greater Than the Sum

Why the Design in Living Things Goes Far Beyond Machinery

by Jonathan Wells

. . . the machine metaphor is inadequate as a description of living organisms. Then what about the inference to design from molecular machines? The inference is still justified, because the machine metaphor is appropriate for isolated structures such as ATP synthase, kinesin, and the ribosome. Each of these consists of several parts that are precisely arranged by a cell to utilize energy to perform a specific function (which is how "machine" is usually defined). None of them can perform their functions if parts are missing or arranged incorrectly. They point to intelligent design just as much as machines made by humans. . . . ►►►

Column: Person of Interest | Salvo 35

Acting for Life

An Interview with Lila Rose

by Marcia Segelstein

. . . This is a young movement. Young people are already passionate about human rights issues today. They have a deep sense of empathy for those who are in need, and I think with the help of social media we can feel connected to people who aren't next door to us in a way that we couldn't before. It's opening our eyes to the plights of people beyond us. I think the pro-life movement, when we're able to connect the dots for people, to educate them that it's a life in the womb, that abortion is violence against that life, and that it's against the dignity and empowerment of a women—that's an extremely attractive message to millennials. ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 36

Faith Removal

Militant Science & Apostle Krauss

by Regis Nicoll

. . . To Krauss's thinking, people who protest the harvesting and marketing of aborted babies' tissue are "anti-science" because those practices "could help save lives." It's a bit like calling those who opposed the harvesting and marketing of tissue "procured" by Josef Mengele as "anti-science." Anyway, religion is getting too much respect, and something's got to be done about it, so Krauss is calling on his fellow scientists to be militant in liberating "humanity from the shackles of enforced ignorance." As to who really needs to be unshackled, Krauss might want to take a long look in the mirror. . . .►►►

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