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Fractured – Fractional Real Estate Investment

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It is now possible for investors to purchase only a small fraction of a single-family home, rather than the entire property [1].

Online Platforms

An increasing number of online platforms facilitate this, including Arrived Homes sponsored by Jeff Bezos [2][3][4][5]. Some allow investments as low as $100, manage the rental property, and deduct fees from rental income.

A “Stepping Stone” to Wealth

Fractional investment is being positioned as passive income, and a “stepping stone” to wealth for those who would otherwise be closed out of the real estate market.  It allows new investors to assess the costs of being a landlord without requiring a significant down payment on their part.

Downside for Renters

There is, however, a downside. Read more…

Thought Control

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Satan whispering to the Antichrist from “Deeds of the Antichrist” by Luca Signorelli (c. 1501), (PD-Art, PD-old)

  • Isabelle Vaughn-Spruce has been arrested a second time in Britain for the crime of praying silently in the so called “buffer zone” outside an abortion clinic [1A].  Britain has made it illegal for anyone in the buffer zones established around abortion clinics to express disapproval of abortion by verbal or written means.  Vaughn-Spruce (who admittedly was situated within the designated zone) was not picketing with photos of bloody fetuses, shouting abuses, chanting slogans, attempting to counsel anyone, or so much as praying aloud at the time of her arrest.
  • The House of Commons voted this week to criminalize all manner of “influence” near abortion clinics in England and Wales, including silent prayer [1B].

It was George Orwell who coined the phrase “Thought Police” in his dystopian novel 1984 [2].  But the criminalization of thought is becoming a tragic reality even in the Western world.

Neurotechnology

Perhaps more chilling is the fact that thought control is rapidly becoming a reality, as well.  Brainwave activity can now be monitored and modified by neurotechnology [3A]. Read more…

National Day of Hate

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Official ID photo of SS Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann who organized the deportation of Jews to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp during the Holocaust, Sources Blic.rc, Yad Vashem, and US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Author Unknown (PD)

Shortly before the trial of Adolf Eichmann for war crimes related to the Holocaust, the prosecutor Gideon Hausner obtained transcripts of recorded interviews between Eichmann and Nazi journalist Willem Sassen.

Despite his protestations of innocence, these transcripts demonstrated that Eichmann was no mere bureaucrat following orders, but a key figure in the Final Solution — a Nazi euphemism for the mass murder of European Jews [1].

A new documentary by director Yariv Mozer titled “The Devil’s Confession:  The Lost Eichmann Tapes” makes the actual tapes of these interviews accessible to the public [2].  The voice of Adolf Eichmann can be heard boasting of his role in this genocide, as actors re-enact the recording sessions.

Chilling though they are, the tapes may at long last put to rest the false claims of Holocaust deniers.

The truth still matters…particularly since yesterday was designated as a “National Day of Hate” by antisemitic groups like the National Socialist Movement [3][4][5].

Men and women of good will everywhere must take a stand against such a travesty.  Mankind must not go down this road again.

[1]  Holocaust Encylopedia, “‘Final Solution’: Overview”, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/final-solution-overview.

[2]  CNN, “Long lost recordings reveal war criminal Adolf Eichmann’s boasting of Final Solution”, https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2022/07/15/amanpour-mozer.cnn.

[3]  WGN9 News, “Illinois Police Warn People to be Vigilant on ‘National Day of Hate'” by Andrew Smith, 2/23/23, https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/illinois-police-warn-people-to-be-vigilant-on-national-day-of-hate/.

[4]  Newsweek, “Neo-Nazi Groups Organizing Antisemitic ‘Day of Hate’, Police Warn” by Aleks Phillips, 2/24/23, https://www.newsweek.com/neo-nazi-groups-national-day-hate-new-york-chicago-los-angeles-1783608.

[5]  Jewish Journal, “Jewish Groups Brace for Possible ‘Day of Hate'” by Aaron Bandler, 2/23/23, https://jewishjournal.com/news/356502/jewish-groups-brace-for-possible-day-of-hate/.

READERS CAN FIND MY VIEWS ON ABUSE AND ABUSE-RELATED ISSUES AT ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse  https://www.avoicereclaimed.com

“The Power of Faith” by Kelly C.

As readers familiar with this blog by now know, I was a co-founder of the predecessor to Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia https://clcphila.org/.

Volunteer Christian attorneys at CLCP serve the “inner city” poor of Philadelphia, with the assistance of law students and sponsor organizations such as the Salvation Army.

The following is a firsthand account by one such law student, Kelly C.

“The first day of my externship at Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia…I was eager to start…but I didn’t know what to expect in terms of how the attorneys at CLCP would incorporate Christianity into legal counsel.  One of the first clients I saw was a man who needed help with a custody and divorce issue.  This appointment seemed like a standard attorney-client transaction.  I assisted him in filling out the required paperwork and took notes of the family law attorney’s advice.

I later found out that the translator…had met this client on the bus.  The client was struggling with addiction issues at the time and the translator brought him to the center to get a meal.  The client was then connected to the legal clinic…Over the past few months…he finished treatment at an addiction rehabilitation center, stayed clean, got a job, found a running group, joined a Church that the family law attorney suggested, and rekindled his relationship with his children.  He told me that God must have been on the bus with him that day to offer help when he needed it most, which I know is true.”  Read more…

Human Trafficking – Attorney Resources

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Image generated by artificial intelligence, Source Craiyon.com, Author Craiyon f/k/a DALL-E Mini Artificial Intelligence (PD)

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 10,360 individual cases of human trafficking were reported in the United States in 2021, involving over 16,000 victims [1].  Because trafficking cases are seriously underreported, chances are the true number of cases is far higher.

Not only are foreign victims trafficked into this country for labor and sexual purposes, but our own children are frequently recruited and exploited [2].

Victims can be found both in lawful and unlawful settings, including prostitution and drug rings, massage parlors, sweat shops, farms, hotels, restaurants, and domestic service.

Surely, Christ weeps for these forsaken men, women, and children.

The Christian Legal Society clsnet.org has compiled multiple resources (including webinars) for attorneys interested in preventing human trafficking, and/or defending victims in situations ranging from criminal prosecution to deportation.

These resources can be found at https://www.christianlegalaid.org/anti-human-trafficking-resources?_ga=2.268377806.1970872754.1675446756-1728985229.1675446756 and https://christianlegalsociety.org/Human-Trafficking-Awareness?bblinkid=266586420&bbemailid=45434900&bbejrid=-1691732452.

[1]  National Human Trafficking Hotline, “National  Statistics”, https://humantraffickinghotline.org/en/statistics?bblinkid=247763459&bbemailid=28286879&bbejrid=1833710841.

[2]  US Dept. of Justice, “Child Sex Trafficking”, 5/28/20, https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ceos/child-sex-trafficking?bblinkid=247763460&bbemailid=28286879&bbejrid=1833710841.

READERS CAN FIND MY VIEWS ON ABUSE AND ABUSE-RELATED ISSUES AT ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse  https://www.avoicereclaimed.com

Exvangelicals – The Great Falling Away

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Graffiti used in pro-apostasy demonstrations in Spain, Author Michael Henderson of Brisbane, ASTL (CC-BY 2.0 Generic)

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons…” (1 Tim. 4: 1).

Exvangelical is a social movement of people who have left evangelicalism…for atheism, agnosticism, [so called] progressive Christianity, or any other religious belief, or lack thereof…Many attribute their departure to experiences of homophobia, misogyny, and racism in evangelicalism, or to a personal crisis of faith.”

– Excerpt from a Wikipedia article on the Exvangelical Movement [1]

Sixteen million women have left the church in the last 10 years over issues like abortion, sexual cover-ups by the church, and the treatment of women in the church [2].

Often, young people choose to leave the Christian religion in which they were raised following disagreements over science and/or what are today characterized by society as LGBT “rights”.  Research by the Barna Institute, in fact, indicates that less than one half of one percent of Christians between the ages of 18 and 23 hold a biblical worldview [3]!

According to the Pew Research Center, professing Christians could make up less than half the population of the United States within a few decades [4].  How many even now are Christian in name only is more difficult to assess.

Misogyny and Racism

It should go without saying that misogyny and racism have no place in the church.

Sadly, women are treated as “second class citizens” in some congregations.  This is contrary to Scripture (Eph. 5: 25).  Though they may play different roles in the church, men and women are equal in the eyes of God [5].  Both were created in His image (Gen. 1: 27).

As a tragic legacy of slavery, many congregations are still racially segregated today [6].  Martin Luther King, Jr. called 11AM Sunday morning “our most segregated hour.”  While there has been progress since his statement, this remains a reality Christians cannot ignore, and a blight on our witness. Read more…

No Room in the Inn

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“The Nativity” by Pierre-Louis Cretey (17th Century), Detroit Institute of Arts (Accession No. 89.15), Source https://www.dia.org/art/collection/object/nativity-33585 (PD-Art, PD-Old)

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered…So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2: 1, 3-7 NKJV).

Wishing You All a Merry Christmas!

READERS CAN FIND MY VIEWS ON ABUSE AND ABUSE-RELATED ISSUES AT ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse  https://www.avoicereclaimed.com

All That Glitters

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Christmas items for sale at Starbucks, Grosvenor House, London,
Author Simeon87 (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)

The holiday season has officially begun.  Indeed, for anxious merchants it began well before Halloween.

Banal romance movies set against a Christmas backdrop now fill the airwaves.  Secular carols blare from store loudspeakers.  Products ranging from belt sanders to toenail clippers are described as perfect gifts.  Displays of every kind glitter and shine.

But all that glitters is not gold.  The reason for the season must not be lost.  We are, first and foremost, celebrating Christ’s birth — not materialism, not romance, not even family.

Admittedly, the means at our disposal for celebrating such a miraculous event are limited.  How can human beings adequately express their wonder at a God so merciful He would take on flesh for our sake?

So we fall back on tinsel and Christmas lights.  We give one another gifts, though it is His birthday.

We must not, however, confuse those trappings for the real gift.  We must not forget the true source of our joy…the source of all blessings.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1: 17).

READERS CAN FIND MY VIEWS ON ABUSE AND ABUSE-RELATED ISSUES AT ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse  https://www.avoicereclaimed.com

Rikers Island Deaths – The Dark Heart of a Broken System

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Aerial view of Rikers Island prison complex, Source National Map Seamless Server, Author US Geological Survey (PD)

WARNING:  Graphic Images

Rikers Island in the East River hosts New York City’s primary prison complex [1].  Eighteen prisoners have died there this year [2].  Most deaths were those of black and Hispanic men, reflecting the prison population at large.

Questionable Death

These questionable deaths principally resulted from drug overdoses, complications of pre-existing medical conditions, and suicide.  What else could or should have been done to prevent them has not been fully determined.

Population Size

Given a budget of $860 million, Rikers handles an average daily population of 10,000 inmates from approximately 100,000 admissions annually.

The majority of prisoners are pretrial defendants not yet convicted of a crime, and those remanded to custody, i.e. held without bail.  The rest are serving short sentences.

Violence and Disorder

Violence and disorder at the facility are common.  There have been numerous assaults by inmates on staff.  In 2015 alone there were over 9000 such assaults.

Inmate Abuse and Neglect

Rikers Island is notorious for the abuse and neglect of inmates. Prisoners are known to have been beaten and raped.  They have at times done without food or medical care. Read more…

Mayflower Compact

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Patterson Thanksgiving, Source Flickr, Author Christopher P. Michel (CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)

With divisiveness now endemic in the nation, and anti-Semitism on the rise in the United States and across the globe, the following post seems all the more timely [1][2]. 

The first Jews, it should be noted, reached America within 30 years of the Pilgrims [3].  They, too, fought in all the nation’s wars.  Of course, Columbus, himself, may have been Jewish [4].

A foundation stone for democracy on this continent, the Mayflower Compact was the first document under which the Plymouth Colony was governed.  The agreement, which established an elected authority all would obey, was signed in 1620 as the Mayflower rode at anchor in Cape Cod Harbor.

For the Sake of Freedom and Equality

The Pilgrims were actually comprised of two groups:  Separatists and non-Separatists.

The Separatists sought religious liberty, specifically the right to separate from the Church of England.  They had initially emigrated to the tolerant Netherlands, but found the Dutch culture at odds with their own.

The non-Separatists – like many to follow them – sought economic and social opportunity, and the chance for a better life in America.

In the broadest terms, all risked their lives for the sake of freedom and equality. Read more…