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It sounds like they are raised dependent on their Mom's Taxi to take them around, then continue being dependent on informal taxi services.
This might be another one of those news stories about the Hip Youth that live in coastal US, in 'blue' cities, but not applicable to Real Youth living in Fly Over Land where there is no mass transit, no informal taxi services.
I would like to see a chart showing how each state's teen driver license numbers have dropped over the past 20 yrs. Has Nebraska's or North Dakota's numbers gone down that much? Maybe not even in Minnesota this is true.
This news item makes you wonder about the popularity of the 'Fast and Furious' movie series, that featured younger adults (I mean, you don't confuse Fast and Furious with your grandparents, do you?) in fast new cars. Maybe they can do a new series, "Mom's Taxi Fast and Furious" or "Uber-Fast and Furious"
Insurance companies might be worried that they are going lose a lot of income from charging parents huge amounts for their kids driving.
Also, maybe teens are driving, but just not bothering to get a license. Any police in the readership that have heard of that?

News Item4/22/19 11:51 AM
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I think the Methodists as a denomination are on their way to oblivion, as noted in the other news story last week about Gallup noting church membership is declining fast.
I would like to see a chart showing how the number of Methodists churches have declined over the past 30 yrs, and then show how few people are attending there, just to give a perspective on a story like this.

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And I thought the Rest of the Story (thanks, Paul Harvey) was that the ambulance company was going to be sued for something.
This is like the story about the guy who was hit by a car while out walking, taken by ambulance to the Emergency Room, where they did many tests and found he was suffering from another undetected problem. It saved his life because he was on the route to "Meet His Maker"

News Item4/21/19 5:39 PM
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This helps explain why the Catholic Church in the USA is not opposing the flood of immigration from Mexico and Central America. They figure they are mostly Catholics arriving, so they will help keep their membership up. You can check your local Catholic church's list of service and find several in Spanish.
But in Italy, a cardinal wrote a book recently opposing immigration, because in Europe it is mostly from Africa and mostly Moslems. The irony was that this stands in opposition to the Pope's statements.
Another reason why church attendance is declining? Maybe technology--it makes everything custom, to order, like your music choices. No longer do people listen to radio stations to hear their favorite songs come up--they create their own 'playlist' online and listen to that.
They don't wait for news items on a health issue to appear in their local newspaper but just go to various websites specific to that issue.
So, why would they bother going to sit for an hour or more in a place where they don't know what will be told them, they can't sing the songs (hymns), they can't talk back, and they can't even complain about what was told them for that hour, or about the music. And then they are told to give ten percent of their gross income to that group operating that bldg!

News Item4/20/19 4:44 PM
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I'll bet you have not seen any news stories about black on white violence, unless it happens very publicly. Yet studies have shown that a large majority of inter-racial violence is that kind, not vice-versa.
Check out the website included at the top of this post to find the most recent news items concerning this aspect of US national life. The most recent one is from Pittsburgh.
The news media does not like to cover this, and even liberals don't like to hear about this, especially since many 'washed their hands' of the issue when they voted for the last president whose mother was white, but many thought was 'black' (in Hispanic countries, that mix of parents produces only one kind--'mulato.' and in fact, in the Dominican Republic, the races are so mixed that their census forms don't ask for race but hair type--kinky = black, straight = white.

News Item4/20/19 4:25 PM
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This is an interesting story on many levels, and "WP" has picked out a couple---what churches are being discussed. I would guess that the Roman Catholic Church is included since it is the largest one in the US, and Baptists (in their wide variety, both black and white), make up the second. Those who post here might not feel comfortable attending any one of these churches included here, so what we say may reflect our own church membership--is our church growing?
I think Gallup is better at this than the news item that appeared a while back about 'nones' being the largest group, more than Catholics. But, I hate to say this because I did post a comment distrusting that news item because the study's author is a political science prof, not a sociologist.
Why is church membership declining?
1. younger people are educated by liberals who like to point out all the foibles and failings of 'Organized Religion.' The news media and entertainment industry continue this line of attack. They make 'going to church' seem like something weirdos do, something that would make them get ranked in the American Psychologist Assoc. Manual as insane (whereas, 30 yrs ago, sodomites were in that manual as sick in the head).

News Item4/19/19 1:40 PM
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I watched the video in the news story and noticed all the teens involved were black.
I guess that goes to show you the validity of what John Derbyshire (formerly of National Review) said about 'The Talk' he gave to his son, about how to deal with blacks. One rule is that, if you find yourself the only white person, or a small group of white people well outnumbered by blacks around you, it is time to LEAVE to save your own skin.
You might say, "Oh, some of my best friends are black" but you have to face the fact that a large percentage of blacks do not like whites-period, no excuses, no persuading can change their mind. When you have a large group of blacks outnumbering you, it is easy for them to dominate the group and the ones 'your best friends' will not be there to put a stop to it.

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Yep, it must be Holy Week when in the news world, the crazy religious items rise to the top. I am glad to see this Philippines story because it serves as a reminder of how crazy some people become when they are obsessed with a religion. And it helps remind me of how to spell Philippines--3 ps but only 1 'el'

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Doesn't it make you feel good to see those liberals go nuts? It reminds me so much of

Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?


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Yep, another crazy religious story during Holy Week! Next thing you know, they will be showing that old movie, "the Ten Commandments" on (free)network TV!
I've never heard of 'Sputnik News' as a website-so that's a first warning sign.
Next, I've never heard of the "Doubting.." group either--so that could be just a couple guys in their pajamas in their mother's basement, using a fax machine, good software to put out professional looking news releases.
Better would be to see the story come from CNN, CBS, ABC, etc, and many Jews step up and say, 'Gee, this makes me reconsider my long-held belief that God does not exist! After what happened to Our People in the Holocaust, I found it Impossible to Believe in God'

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There is an 'unwritten agreement' between the press and the Authorities, where they will never publicize suicides. They say that medical authorities say it encourages people to commit suicide, so you could say that 'suicide is contagious!'
In Florida, a new high-speed train has begun service between Miami and West Palm Beach, and there have been many 'pedestrians' killed by the train, which reaches speeds of over 60 miles per hour.
That speed does not compare to the Japanese bullet trains, but it is fast enough to kill you, so these 'pedestrians' are really people seeking an easy way to kill themselves. Not for one second do I believe the train is responsible for seeking out pedestrians to kill, and the train company has done a lot of publicity about avoiding the tracks.

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Doesn't this news item remind you of
2 Timothy 4: 3-4

3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.


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Good points, 'Neil from Tucson.'
I see that we regularly see religiously-oriented news items like this around this time of the year, just like TV networks airing those old Bible-based movies like "The Ten Commandments' and even radio stations will air special programs on Good Friday. Wall Street and many banks will also reduce their hours on Good Friday.
One story we will not see is about how many Jews in the US do not believe in God, which I have read is about one-third. Many of them say God deserted them at the Holocaust, so it proves there is no God. In the book, 'Rise and Kill First' about Israel's secret service agency Mossad, many Jews there believe self-action is better than what happened in the Holocaust, so that's why they have this 'tit for tat' strategy for dealing with attacks from Palestinians or any other enemy.

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Maybe the real story here is a dozen children did get not autism from those dangerous measles vaccinations!

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This is very sad news indeed. Someone must not be watching PBS TV network that yearly airs special programs on the Holocaust. And they have not been reading Christopher Browing's excellent (but very depressing) book on one segment of the Holocaust, called 'Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland'
And this might explain why anyone can say bad things about Christians, but the second they say something bad about Jews, they are automatically punished as an Anti-Semite. The only good thing about this is that Jews do not 'lean on' this beneficial treatment like blacks do. We all know that the previous US President could not be criticized for anything because the critic would automatically be called a racist--and blacks know they can 'play the Race Card' anytime they get into trouble.

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I would not believe this at all. Catholics are the largest 'denomination' in the US, so to say 'nones' are at that level is to say something significant.
I would want to look at other research this 'professor' has done--after all, he is a political scientist, not a social researcher. Ask him how many Republicans are in New York State, or in Vermont; that's his business.
And then it is CNN that is putting this out, not the John Birch Society organ, the New American, or the Baptist church organ, LIfeWay.

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Rage? Sounds a lot like
Psalm 2:1
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

And of course, your Verse of the Year:

Isaiah 3:12
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.
O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

Who says the Old Testament is not useful for understanding Today's News?


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I wondered if Barna Research had more recent info on tithing, so I just did a quick search of their website.
The latest info is from 2007, so you can question whether it is valid for today.
I think it is, because this is such a 'bedrock' issue that doesn't change from year to year.

Whether they believe in the principle of tithing or not, few Americans give away that much money. In 2007, the research revealed that just 5% of adults tithed.

Not surprisingly, some population groups were more likely than others to have given away at least ten percent of their income. Among the most generous segments were evangelicals (24% of whom tithed); conservatives (12%); people who had prayed, read the Bible and attended a church service during the past week (12%); charismatic or Pentecostal Christians (11%); and registered Republicans (10%).


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Thanks, "Christopher" for the info on the number of Roman Catholics. A reminder to all is that the Roman Catholic Church is the largest denomination in the US, way more than the 2nd place Baptists.
I wonder if someone will do a documentary film on the sodomite movie, to show how the American Psychologists Association "Diagnostic Manual" rated sodomites as a mental illness just a mere 20 or 30 years ago, but this was changed after heavy lobbying by sodomite groups.
The same thing is being mentioned for child abusers, that they 'were born that way' and 'cannot be helped'
You could make the same argument for blacks who are out killing whites, that they cannot change, that their history involves so much oppression by White Society that this is the only thing their mind has to resolve it.

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Nothing news here--reading to children has been promoted for a long time. But, like the govt-funded (sorry, you and I funded it with our tax $$) Head Start program, it has not been proved to be true.
Dave Ramsey, Christian financial guru with a top-rated daily talk show on radio and podcast worlds, just completed a study on millionaires and he has nothing to say about them being read to as children.
An older book, "The Millionaire Next Door" also showed some of their characteristics, like owning older cars, not fancy suits, etc.
And there is the fact that the financial statuses in our society are very fluid, in last year's stock market downturn, a lot of people who were in the "Millionaires' Club" all of a sudden got dropped. And how many times do you see restaurants and other businesses in your neighborhood go 'belly up'? Someone lost a lot of money there, and if they were millionaires before, they might not be after the closure.
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