A Time of Crisis

A crisis of doctrine, such as the one through which the Catholic Church is now passing, has several sad effects. Most obviously, the truth is obscured, with unthinkable consequences for the salvation of souls. Heretical movements often unleash immoderate rage against orthodox believers (look at the ongoing clampdown on theological debate, and the well-grounded fears of the clergy). But the most obvious result is the very evident grief among faithful Catholics. I keep hearing or reading things like, “It’s so tempting to just give up,” or “I don’t know how to explain this to my kids.” It may be only a small minority who are aware of the crisis, so far, but that minority is growing. The other day I bumped into an acquaintance who I can’t remember previously saying a thing about Vatican politics. Almost the first words out of his mouth were: “It’s terrible, isn’t it?”

St. Vincent of Lerins referred to this as a “great trial” for Catholics: to keep one’s faith when it is coming under attack—hardest of all, when it is being attacked by distinguished teachers. 

Full Article: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/11/a-time-of-crisis 

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Middle school coach on trial in kidnap, rape, killing of girl

A defense attorney doesn’t dispute that a middle-school football coach abducted a 10-year-old Missouri girl in broad daylight in front of witnesses, then raped and killed her.

At issue is whether teacher’s aide Craig Wood deliberated before snatching Hailey Owens, as prosecutors argued Monday during opening statements, or whether it was impulsive, as the defense argues. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Wood’s attorney, Patrick Berrigan, blamed long-suppressed urges and methamphetamine. Charges against Wood include first-degree murder.

Full Article:http://nypost.com/2017/10/30/middle-school-coach-on-trial-in-kidnap-rape-killing-of-girl/

Soldier in Bergdahl search suffered devastating injuries, wife testifies

The wife of a soldier injured while searching for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl choked with emotion on Monday during court martial proceedings as she testified that her husband is now like an infant.

Bergdahl, 31, pleaded guilty October 16 to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, said Bergdahl could face up to life in prison.

Full Article: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/30/us/bergdahl-court-martial-witness-testifies/index.html

Netflix ending ‘House of Cards,’ says ‘troubled’ by Spacey allegation

Netflix Inc’s groundbreaking political drama “House of Cards” will end after its upcoming sixth season, the company said on Monday, one day after a sexual misconduct allegation emerged against star Kevin Spacey.

Netflix <NFLX.O> also said in a statement that it was “deeply troubled” about an allegation made against Spacey by actor Anthony Rapp who said Spacey had made a sexual advance to him in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old.

Full Article: http://www.oann.com/netflix-ending-house-of-cards-says-troubled-by-spacey-allegation/

Flaw in Google Bug Tracker Exposed Reports About Unpatched Vulnerabilities

Google’s Issue Tracker, also known internally as the “Buganizer,” contained until recently a vulnerability that would allow an external party access to any unpatched bug listed and described in the database.

Alex Birsan, a software developer and hobbyist bug-hunter, collected more than $15,000 in bounties for finding this bug and two other unrelated flaws in the Issue Tracker. The most critical of the three vulnerabilities allowed him to manipulate a request to the system that would elevate his privileges and provide him access to every detail about a particular vulnerability.

Full Article: https://threatpost.com/flaw-in-google-bug-tracker-exposed-reports-about-unpatched-vulnerabilities/128687/

India sends first shipment to Afghanistan via Chabahar: What makes the port strategically important

In a landmark move, India on Sunday sent its first consignment of wheat for Afghanistan to be shipped through the Chabahar port in Iran, thus operationalising the strategic transit route.

Through the Chabahar port in Iran, India is looking to open up new opportunities for trade and transit from and to Afghanistan and enhance trade and commerce between the three countries and the wider region.

The mega-investment project, located in south-eastern Iran in the Gulf of Oman, has an underlying strategic objective as it will give India a much-wanted access to the region’s resources while allowing it to bypass the land route via Pakistan – at present, Pakistan does not allow India to transport through its territory to Afghanistan.

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Full Article: http://www.firstpost.com/world/india-sends-first-shipment-to-afghanistan-via-chabahar-what-makes-the-port-strategically-important-4183901.html

U.S. consumer spending posts largest gain since 2009

U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in more than eight years in September, likely as households in Texas and Florida replaced flood-damaged motor vehicles, but underlying inflation remained muted.

The Commerce Department said on Monday consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, jumped 1.0 percent last month. The increase, which also included a boost from higher household spending on utilities, was the largest since August 2009.

Consumer spending increased by an unrevised 0.1 percent in August. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast consumer spending increasing 0.8 percent in September.

Full Article: http://www.oann.com/u-s-consumer-spending-posts-largest-gain-since-2009/

Couple that survived Las Vegas shooting die in car crash

A husband and wife from California who survived the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival have since died in an auto crash a half mile away from their home.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Dennis and Lorraine Carver died after their vehicle crashed into a metal gate outside their community in Riverside County, California, on Oct. 16 and burst into flames.

The Carvers were at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Oct. 1 when the massacre started. Dennis Carver jumped on top of his wife to shield her from bullets.

Full Article: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/30/couple-that-survived-las-vegas-shooting-die-in-car-crash.html

This is why Utah ranks among the best states for tricktreating

Utah certainly has a sweet tooth for Halloween.

The Beehive state was recently ranked among the top five states for trick-or-treating in a new analysis from iBotta, a food deals and promotions website.

Oregon and Washington ranked as the top two states for the most candy purchased. Utah, California and New Jersey rounded out the top five.

Full Article: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865691839/This-is-why-Utah-ranks-among-the-best-states-for-trick-or-treating.html

Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, just as the Spanish government appears set to impose direct rule.

The move was backed 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by opposition MPs.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy earlier told senators direct rule was needed to return "law, democracy and stability" to Catalonia.

The crisis began when Catalans backed independence in a disputed vote earlier this month.

Full Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41780116