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SCARY SHIT:         A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement

SCARY SHIT: A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement

Transhumanism, the movement which aims to use science fiction-esque methods such as brain uploading, cyborgism, and cryogenics to achieve immortality and/or a higher state of evolution, is strongly associated with atheism. Not only is there a strong emphasis on science, which is often considered to be at odds with religion to a certain extent, but this particular brand of science seems particularly opposed to the notion that God should have control over life and death. But according to transhumanist Micah Redding, there’s a growing contingent of Christians in the transhumanist movement who are seeking a slightly different type of eternal life than the one touted in the Bible.

In a recent article for Motherboard, Redding, who is the executive director of the Christian Transhumanist Organization, claims that religion and transhumanism are much more compatible than most people believe, and that the Christian transhumanism movement is growing rapidly. He cited pastor Christopher Benek, who recently claimed that AI can potentially be saved by Jesus Christ:

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“I don’t see Christ’s redemption limited to human beings,” said Benek. “It’s redemption to all of creation, even AI. If AI is autonomous, then we… should encourage it to participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes in the world.”

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Redding claims that transhumanism and religion, particularly the Christian religion, are compatible with transhumanism because they both aim for transcendence (albeit different types) and center around values of compassion and self-sacrifice:

Read more http://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/9604-a-new-kind-of-eternal-life-the-growing-christian-transhumanism-movement
Bombshell emails reveal Cherie Blair pestered Mrs Clinton for years on behalf of wealthy Qataris

Bombshell emails reveal Cherie Blair pestered Mrs Clinton for years on behalf of wealthy Qataris

The extent to which Cherie Blair lobbied Hillary Clinton on behalf of her friends in the Qatari royal family was laid bare last night.The

Tony Blair’s wife badgered the former US Secretary of State for more than a year to do her a favour, bypassing normal diplomatic channels.

Emails show that Mrs Blair persuaded Mrs Clinton to meet Sheikha Mozah, wife of the former Qatari emir, as well as speak to her son to boost his profile on the world stage.

The messages show how Mrs Blair used her access to the Clintons to get things done for the Qatari royal family, with whom her husband, the ex-prime minister, has a long-standing relationship

In her most brazen email – one of thousands of messages released from Mrs Clinton’s time in office – Mrs Blair could barely contain her joy on confirming the meeting.

She gushed in capital letters: ‘I AM SO GLAD. If you get a chance remind Sheikha

Rare supertides threaten to flood parts of UK

Rare supertides threaten to flood parts of UK

Supertides that occur only once every 18 years threaten to flood parts of the UK, the Environment Agency has warned.

Tides are caused by the gravitational pull exerted by the moon and, to a lesser extent, the sun. A particular alignment of the sun, moon and earth that happens every 18 years causes a massive gravitational pull on the sea, and this results in larger-than-normal spring tides, or ‘supertides’.

The Environment Agency issued 10 flood warnings and 44 alerts across the country and urged the public to check the risk to their local area.

‘Localised disruption to travel and some flooding of low-lying land and individual properties is possible,’ a spokesman said.

‘We urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades and not to drive through flood water.

‘The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely alongside the Met Office and will issue further flood updates and warnings if required.’

Fears that antipsychotic drugs being used as ‘chemical cosh’ in disability care

Fears that antipsychotic drugs being used as ‘chemical cosh’ in disability care

Unexpectedly large numbers of people with learning disabilities are being prescribed strong psychiatric drugs, possibly as a “chemical cosh” to quieten those with challenging behaviour, according to new research.

A study published online by The British Medical Journal found that the number of people registered with GP practices with an intellectual or learning disability, who are being treated with psychotropic drugs far exceeds those with mental illness.

If people without mental illness are given psychotropic drugs, such as the powerful antipsychotics more usually prescribed for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, it is probably to control their behaviour, say the study’s authors, from University College London (UCL).

“I think there’s been concern for a long time that psychotropic medications are being overused in people with intellectual disabilities,” said Rory Sheehan, an academic clinical fellow at UCL and lead author of the paper.

He and his fellow authors were concerned, he said, because it is quite difficult to justify the use of strong drugs such as antipsychotics, which can have problematic side effects, except in specific circumstances or as a last resort. “You wouldn’t want to give these medications without quite strong justification,” he said.

There will be some people who are on such drugs for very good reasons, he said, but the researchers found that of 9,135 people in their study with intellectual disabilities and treated with antipsychotic drugs, 71% – or 6,503 people – did not have a record of severe mental illness.

Read more http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/01/antipsychotic-drugs-may-be-used-as-chemical-cosh-to-control-behaviour?CMP=share_btn_fb

Robot Revolution: Will Machines Take Your Job?

Robot Revolution: Will Machines Take Your Job?

Fears robots would end up taking many of our jobs have been overstated according to one recent study, which suggests machines have actually boosted workers’ wages and the economy as a whole.

But a separate piece of research published in 2014 paints a far gloomier picture, claiming more than a third of all UK jobs are at “high risk” of being replaced by robots within the next two decades.

One of the key questions about the coming robot revolution is the effect it will have on jobs.

An exclusive Sky News survey commissioned as part of a special week of coverage found that more than six out of 10 Britons think the Government should protect jobs from being taken by robots.

:: What has the effect been so far?

Two economics professors have studied the impact the machines have had on employment, and their findings painted a positive picture.

Uppsala University’s Georg Graetz and Guy Michaels from the London School of Economics looked at productivity and employment in a variety of countries between 1993 and 2007 to see if the trepidation about the increased use of robots has been well founded.

The pair examined data on the use of robots provided by the International Federation of Robotics.

They also studied economic performance indicators across 14 industries and 17 countries, including the United States, Australia, South Korea and many European nations.

Read more  https://uk.news.yahoo.com/robot-revolution-machines-job-214010006.html#pNWgBpe

Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told ‘the non-Jews’ are ‘evil’ in worksheet produced by London school

Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told ‘the non-Jews’ are ‘evil’ in worksheet produced by London school

Documents seen by The Independent show children are taught about the horrors of the Holocaust when they are still in kindergarten at the Beis Rochel boys’ school in north London.

A whistle-blower, who wished to remain anonymous, has shown The Independent a worksheet given to boys aged three and four at the school. In it, children were asked to complete questions related to the holiday of 21 Kislev, observed by Satmer Jews as the day its founder and holy Rebbe, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, escaped the Nazis.

The document refers to Nazis only as “goyim” – a term for non-Jews some people argue is offensive.

Emily Green, who used to teach at the same Beis Rochel girls’ secondary school and now chairs the Gesher EU organisation which supports ultra-Orthodox Jews who want to leave the community, said she used to teach at Beis Rochel, part of the Satmer Hasidic sect.

“It’s not uncommon to be taught non-Jewish people are evil in ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools. It is part of the prayers, teaching, their whole ethos,” she said.

Describing it as a form of “indoctrination”, Ms Green added:  “Psychologically, you become so afraid of the world out there after being taught how dangerous and bad and evil non-Jews are, that it makes it harder to leave.”

Read more http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/threeyearold-ultraorthodox-jewish-children-told-the-nonjews-are-evil-in-worksheet-produced-by-school-10481682.html

Ex-Chetham’s violin teacher accused of sex abuse kills himself as police try to arrest him

Ex-Chetham’s violin teacher accused of sex abuse kills himself as police try to arrest him

A former violin teacher facing extradition back to Britain over sex abuse charges has been found dead at his US home.

Christopher Ling was accused of molesting girls at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester in the 1980s.

The 56-year-old is believed to have shot himself dead as police tried to arrest him on Tuesday morning, the Manchester Evening News reported.

US marshals were in Mr Ling’s home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, at 6am about to serve a warrant on him when gunshots rang out.

They found him dead in his bedroom with what appeared to be self-inflicted gun-shot wounds.

Local media reports he had been running a talent company in LA.

In January 2014, it was revealed that Greater Manchester Police had submitted a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service in a bid to get the former Chetham’s teacher extradited from the US.

Read more http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/christopher-ling-dead-ex-chethams-6365373

Bill for Scotland Yard investigation into Madeleine McCann disappearance hits £11MILLION.

Bill for Scotland Yard investigation into Madeleine McCann disappearance hits £11MILLION.

A former police chief has called for the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to be wound up. Ex head of the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad, John O’Connor, has questioned whether probe should continue after it was revealed Scotland Yard has spent £11million on the case but have made no arrests. The Metropolitan Police was tasked with investigating the disappearance after Madeleine’s family made a personal plea to David Cameron in 2011. A team of 31 British detectives are working exclusively to find the girl, who vanished from her parents’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal eight years ago, with the enquiry codenamed Operation Grange. Now, according to the Sun, the Met’s enquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance has cost £11million, with money spent on flights to Portugal, salaries, overtime and premises expenses but no arrests have been made. They also report that if spending on the case continues at the current rate, the bill will top £12million by April – more than double the £5million promised by David Cameron when Operation Grange launched in 201

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3219114/Bill-Scotland-Yard-investigation-Madeleine-McCann-disappearance-hits-11MILLION-no-arrests-former-police-chief-calls-end.html#ixzz3kYeOIqnZ