Author: Dean Smith

Infectious disease experts call for end of lockdowns

It’s called The Great Barrington Declaration and involves over 5,000 medical professionals (including 2,400 medical scientist) who have signed a petition calling for an end of the lockdowns because of the damage they are doing to people both physically and mentally. WND explains: Leading epidemiologists have launched a petition calling for an end to lockdowns of the healthy and, instead, focusing on protecting the people who are vulnerable to the coronavirus. Professors Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard, Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford and Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya of Stanford announced the effort in an interview Monday with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. The Great Barrington Declaration states that as “infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.” The group added that governments need to take a risk/age based approach to the virus. There is a need to protect people most vulnerable to the virus including the elderly and those with underlying health issues (often …

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous”

This article may get me into trouble, because it involves a Roman Catholic and praying the Rosary. Now, I don’t agree with praying to Mary because there is only one mediator between God and man – Jesus, but I do believe anyone who prays in faith to Jesus or God, including Catholics, can have their prayer answered. With that as my disclaimer, I want to share a recent story written by Steve Doocy, a practising Catholic, who works for Fox News. In the 1990s, Doocy was attending a Catholic Church in Washington, DC when he was invited by the local priest, Father Fasano, to listen to man from Medjugorje, Bosnia who claimed to have had a vision of Mary. When Doocy arrived, they had arranged about 20 chairs in a circle in Father Fasano’s living room and Doocy recalled getting what was the last open chair, closest to the door. The man shared his vision and at the end of the meeting, they decided to wrap it up by praying the Rosary. But there was …

Seattle: Peaceful rioters throw explosives at police

It was another night of peaceful rioting in Seattle. This time left-wing anarchists threw explosives at police and into a Starbucks after smashing a window on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. The Daily Wire writes: Photos taken by the Seattle Police Department showed graffiti spray painted on various buildings calling for police officers to be murdered. Law enforcement officials “arrested 16 individuals after various acts of property destruction, assault, and vandalism” that occurred during the riot, according to the police department. “A group of protestors left Cal Anderson Park shortly after 9 PM Saturday heading North. A few members of the group were seen committing acts of vandalism and property damage along the way. The group slowly made their way to the 1600 block of East Olive Way where they shattered windows and threw explosives into a coffee shop.” The police department said that arrests were also made for failure to disperse and rendering criminal assistance after the rioters attacked police officers with what officials said was an “explosive.” READ: Riots Break Out Again In Seattle: …

Thousands pray: President Trump could be released from hospital on Monday?

It was startling news that US President Trump had come down with COVID and had been admitted to Walter Reed Hospital. At 74 years of age and some suggest over weight, President Trump fell into the category of those most vulnerable to the Coronavirus. And even I was a bit surprised by the suggestion that the President may be released from hospital as soon as Monday. But maybe I shouldn’t have been because thousands of people have been praying for the President.

Study: Anxiety can lead to dementia

Through the Gospels, we read of several instances where Jesus warned about worry: And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Matthew 6:27) And for good reason. Today, numerous studies have shown that worry/anxiety can lead to multiple health issues. READ: How Worrying Affects the Body But now researchers at Northwestern University are warning that anxiety in our younger years could also make a person more susceptible to dementia when they are older. Study Finds explains: CHICAGO — As we age, the countless cells and neurons in our brains can come under attack from harmful tangles and plaque build-ups. This interference is the common cause of dementia, which destroys the memory and thinking abilities of many seniors. While scientists continue to work on treatments for dementia, a new study finds your personality may be the best weapon you have. Researchers at Northwestern University say anxious and moody people are more susceptible to the affects of brain damage later in life. […] The data in the Northwestern report comes …

Pope Francis pushes communism & one world government?

A couple of stories on Pope Francis reveals some concerns about the leader of the Roman Catholic Church which as of 2018 had 1.3 baptized adherents. Both articles focussed on a teaching entitled the new encyclical, ‘Fratelli Tutti’ (Brothers All) that the Pope gave on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. In the first article reported in the Daily Mail, the leader of the world’s Catholic seems to be indirectly pushing communism as the answer to the world’s woes. The Daily Mail explains: Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the ‘magic theories’ of market capitalism have failed and that the world needs a new type of politics that promotes dialogue and solidarity. […] He rejected the concept of an absolute right to property for individuals, stressing instead the ‘social purpose’ and common good that must come from sharing the Earth’s resources. READ: Pope says coronavirus pandemic has proven that ‘magic theories’ of market capitalism have failed and world needs a new type of politics Since the Pope is considered the spiritual leader of Catholics, …

President Donald Trump & First Lady test positive for COVID

Reports are coming in that US President Donald Trump and his wife Melanie have both tested positive for COVID. Fox News reports: President Trump announced early Friday that both he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 and will quarantine at the White House, sending shockwaves through the political universe and igniting an outpouring of support for the first family. A White House official said Friday morning that the president was experiencing mild symptoms. Another White House official told Fox News that the president was working Friday from the residence. READ: President Trump, first lady test positive for coronavirus, set to quarantine at White House Memo from President Trump’s physician. READ: Memorandum from the President’s Physician People are praying. READ: Here Are the Prayers Pouring in After Trump and First Lady Test Positive for Coronavirus Of course, then there is this. READ: Michael Moore: It’s Possible Trump ‘Lying About Having COVID-19’ to ‘Gain Sympathy’ And this from the Washington Post. READ: Washington Post Tweets After Trump Coronavirus News: ‘Imagine What It Will Be Like to Never Have to Think About …

Signs of the end times?

There were threes stories this week that may have ominous ties to the end times. I am not suggesting that they are literal fulfillment of what the prophets saw, but at the very least they reveal how easily it could happen. The first took place in Communist China where according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), the leaders of Huang Fei, a village located near China’s Western border, put up a sign warning people against converting to Christianity. They specifically warned of financial consequences if people choose to believe in Jesus Christ. According to CSW, this could include fines and even confiscation of livestock. CSW also reports that the village of Li initiated regulations that permit people in that village to specifically target and isolate Christians. It is uncertain what the consequences of this targeting would be, but again it’s probably financial. Though this is disturbing news, it also reveals that those in positions of authority are becoming increasing threatened by Christianity indicating it must be spreading. In his vision of the end times recorded in …

Heavy drinking by women surged during COVID, study

It is tough to decide if this is COVID related or lockdown related, but according to a recent survey alcoholic consumption has surged over the past few months during the pandemic. It noted that one of the hardest-hit groups were women, that saw a 41% increase in heavy drinking. The Rand Corporation’s study compared alcohol consumption for Americans between April and early June in 2019 with a similar period in 2020. Though the study attributed the increase to COVID, the 2020 dates coincided with the lockdown period for most states. Fox News reports: According to the findings, overall alcohol consumption shot up 19% among adults ages 30 to 59; drinking also rose 17% among women and 10% among non-Hispanic white adults. What’s more, “heavy drinking” – as defined by four or more drinks within a few hours – jumped 41% among the ladies from a year prior. READ: Alcohol consumption has surged during coronavirus pandemic, especially ‘heavy drinking’ among women: study Of course, this is not the first study to report on a serious uptake …

Dr. Francis Collins: ‘My atheism was dangerously thin’

It is a powerful testimony of how one scientist, Dr. Francis Collins, realized his belief in atheism was “dangerously thin” resulting him becoming a believer in Jesus Christ. And he is not just any scientist, Dr Francis Collins, 70, also serves as the Director of the National Institutes for Health (NIH) in the US which is the agency responsible for developing a COVID-19 vaccine in that country. He is also a world-recognized geneticist and led the Human Genome Project and is credited for finding the genes associated with several diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis. In acceptance speech, after receiving a Templeton Prize on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, Dr. Collins shared his remarkable transformation from atheist to Christian. Dr. Collins started off as an agnostic, but as he pursued his career in science he began to embrace atheism. But that all changed when one of his patients asked him what he believed about God, Collins said: “I realised my atheism was dangerously thin. I began a journey to try to understand why intellectually sophisticated people could actually …

Softening our attitude when praying for government leaders

According to a poll conducted by Barna between Sept. 24-28, 2020, nearly 75% of pastors are concerned that the US federal election on Nov. 3, has the potential to negatively impact their congregations. The poll that involved 475 protestant pastors found that 33% of pastors said they were very concerned and 41% stated they were somewhat concerned. But there was an interesting second question. When asked if they were concerned that the election could potentially cause division in their church, 65% said they weren’t concerned, while 35% said they were somewhat or very concerned it would. It is clear from this poll that many church leaders are concerned about the impact governments are having on church life. These are difficult days for believers. We have seen governments unfairly shutting down church services while allowing similar secular businesses or organizations to stay open. I recently reported on how the city of San Francisco, as part of its Covid lockdown, limited indoor church services to just ONE person while not restricting businesses, with a similar impact, such …

Nearly 500 NYPD injured in anti-police protests

Since the anti-police protests started at the end of May, nearly 500 police officers in New York City have been injured in the line of duty. Breitbart explains: More than 470 New York City police officers have been injured in the line of duty due to anti-police protests since May of this year, according to data through September 24 from the department and the New York Post. Black Lives Matter protests, sparked across the nation after the death of George Floyd, sent thousands of people flooding the streets of major American cities, including one of the largest, New York City. Officials from the department have stated that officers have been on the receiving end of Molotov cocktails, shot at, stabbed, hit with rocks and bricks, and hit by vehicles. Of the 472 who reported injuries, 319 of those needed medical attention from a hospital. Seven of those who were injured were admitted into a hospital, such as Lt. Richard Mack, who was severely beaten as he made an arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge in July. READ: Nearly 500 …

Amy Coney Barrett’s surprise Supreme Court endorsement

The political left has already started demonizing President Trump’s choice of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett is a committed Roman Catholic and part of the church’s charismatic renewal. She was initially accused of belonging to a sect that was the basis for the Handmaid’s Tale. The story has since been retracted. READ: Nolte: Newsweek Retracts ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Smear of Amy Coney Barrett Others have criticized her for adopting two orphans from Haiti. READ: ‘Anti-Racism Scholar’ Hints Amy Barrett’s Adopted Haitian Kids Are a ‘Prop,’ Shows Who the Real Racist Is But Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman shocked many when he publicly stated that Barrett is eminently qualified to fill the Supreme Court position. The Blaze explains: Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman is a constitutional scholar and self-described liberal who testified during President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearings that Trump was guilty of “impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors by corruptly abusing the office of the presidency.” […] Writing in an essay for Bloomberg, Feldman said he was “devastated” …

Canada: BLM ‘demands’ funding cuts to police

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization has been demanding cuts to police funding throughout the US with some success. Now it appears that BLM has brought the defund police movement to Canada. First thing you should notice is that these weren’t requests, they were demands. In a recent presentation to the Greater Sudbury city council in Ontario, BLM made three demands. The first focussed on more spending and the second on more inclusion. But it is the third ‘demand’ that caught my attention: Demand Three: Black Lives Matter Sudbury demands that the City of Greater Sudbury and Council to immediately defund and redirect 10 per cent of the $62-million Sudbury taxpayer dollars utilized for the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) budget. READ: Black Lives Matter Sudbury unveils list of ‘demands’ for city council Now, it is important to realize that in the US, BLM does not even represent the majority of Blacks. It is not even close. The organization is completely out of touch with the people it claims to represent. The vast majority of …