Third quarter GDP likely to show record growth, confirming V-shaped, ‘best-ever’ recovery

Deloitte estimated that the U.S. contraction in in 2020 would be the second mildest (behind only Japan) among G7 nations, with all the other countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the U.K. — estimated to take a harder hit.”

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Chicago Fed, the Conference Board, and Goldman Sachs have all expected growth to be between 30% and 35%, on an annualized basis. This level of growth, economists note, would be the highest in the history of American GDP calculations, which began during the Great Depression.

“It’s the best-ever recovery,” economist Art Laffer told Just the News. “But you know, bottom line, the reason that’s the best is because the first and second quarter were the two worst. They were caused by something not economic, they were caused by the pandemic. And so it’s not a normal recovery in the sense of the Great Depression.” 

https://justthenews.com/nation/economy/new-q3-economic-numbers-expected-show-record-growth-best-ever-recovery-us-economists

1 Out Of Every 5 Churches In America May Not Survive

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BY MICHAEL SNYDER/ECONOMIC COLLAPSE BLOG SEPTEMBER 09, 2020

Whenever a major economic downturn happens, churches and charities always get hit really hard.  Cutting back on giving is often the very first step that people take when it comes time to reduce expenditures, and that is extremely unfortunate.  
But of course you can’t get blood out of a rock, and there are tens of millions of Americans that have lost jobs in 2020 and so they don’t have any extra money to give at this point.  
Approximately 59 million Americans have filed new claims for unemployment over the past 24 weeks, and we are seeing absolutely massive lines at food banks all around the nation.  
In such an environment, it was inevitable that there would be a collapse in charitable giving, and it is being reported that major U.S. charities have already “lost billions in revenue”…
Charity organizations have lost billions in revenue during the pandemic, making the sector one of many to seek support from Congress at a time when negotiations over another COVID-19 relief package show little sign of a breakthrough.

We have never seen anything like this before, and things have already gotten so bad that Barna Group president David Kinnaman is projecting that 1 out of every 5 churches in America “could be forced to shut their doors in the next 18 months”…
The president of the Barna Group says it’s possible as many as 1 in 5 churches may not survive the shutdowns and changes brought on by the COVID virus and could be forced to shut their doors in the next 18 months.
In an interview on NPR’s program “Here And Now” earlier this week, Barna Group president David Kinnaman said their surveys show confidence among pastors that their churches will make it through the pandemic has declined from more than 70 percent in May to around 58 percent now.

https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4278

2020: The strangest and most crucial year of our lives

David Kupelian: Attempted coup, impeachment, pandemic, riots, election – where it’s all heading

David KupelianBy David Kupelian
Published by World Net Daily

2020 is undoubtedly the strangest – and most pivotal – year in modern American history.

The year started with a presidential impeachment trial, the culmination of three years of nonstop accusations that President Donald Trump had committed treasonous “high crimes” and must be removed from office immediately.

Every part of the Democratic Party’s attempted coup d’etat against the legally elected president – from “Russia collusion” to “Ukraine-gate” – turned out to be not just untrue, but straight-up projection: The Democrats had committed precisely the crimes they ascribed to Trump.

It was Hillary Clinton’s campaign, not Trump’s, that “colluded with the Russians” before the 2016 election, having funded the infamous “Steele dossier” composed of lurid disinformation about Trump largely from Kremlin-based intelligence sources. Likewise, it was Joe Biden, not Trump, who corruptly dealt with high Ukrainian government officials for his personal benefit, explicitly threatening to withhold $1 billion in promised U.S. foreign aid if the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Biden’s corrupt son Hunter wasn’t fired – a textbook case of extortion Biden later bragged about on video.

http://www.wnd.com/2020/07/22-strangest-/crucial/year/lives/

HHS Acts to Preserve Religious Freedom at Hospitals During Pandemic

Virginia Allen @Virginia_Allen5 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took two important steps Tuesday to protect religious freedom during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The agency’s Office for Civil Rights announced that patients at hospitals within the University of Maryland Medical System may receive visits by clergy amid the pandemic.

And, the office said, a medical student at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City may follow his religious belief by not shaving his beard despite having to wear a mask.  

“We can protect people’s physical safety and their spiritual and emotional well-being at the same time,” Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon. “Those two things are not in tension and when we protect both, we actually protect the mental health as well as the physical health.” 

Religious liberty doesn’t cease to be a fundamental human right during a pandemic,” Ryan T. Anderson, a research fellow specializing in religious liberty at The Heritage Foundation, said in an email to The Daily Signal. “As these HHS resolutions demonstrate, we can combat COVID-19 and respect religious liberty.” 

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Why In-Person Schooling Would Be One of the Safest Activities to Reopen

Kevin Pham @KL_Pham / July 10, 2020 / The Daily Signal

COMMENTARY BY

Kevin Pham@KL_Pham

Kevin Pham, a medical doctor, is a contributor to The Daily Signal and a former graduate fellow in health policy at The Heritage Foundation.

Most students around the country haven’t been to school since March, when large parts of the country began to lock down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the data increasingly suggests that reopening schools entails the least risks and should be a goal of every level of government.

The early hope was that the closures would be temporary, such as Michigan’s school-closure order that was originally meant to end in April—but that was extended for the rest of the school year.

Now, with the 2020-2021 school year fast approaching, what do we do about schools?

COMMENTARY BY

Kevin Pham@KL_Pham

Kevin Pham, a medical doctor, is a contributor to The Daily Signal and a former graduate fellow in health policy at The Heritage Foundation.

Most students around the country haven’t been to school since March, when large parts of the country began to lock down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the data increasingly suggests that reopening schools entails the least risks and should be a goal of every level of government.

The early hope was that the closures would be temporary, such as Michigan’s school-closure order that was originally meant to end in April—but that was extended for the rest of the school year.

Now, with the 2020-2021 school year fast approaching, what do we do about schools?

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School closures have been a particular burden on families during the pandemic, but new information increasingly shows that school-age children are at the lowest risk of mortality, of severe disease, and possibly of even contracting the virus.

Reopening the schools may be one of the safest activities the nation can restart with tremendous benefit for Americans, and governments should make it their goal to do so.

There are several studies that suggest children are less likely to be infected by the virus. A pediatric organization, Don’t Forget the Bubbles, compiled some of those and found that children were consistently less likely than adults to contract the virus.

For instance, a study from Japan found that the COVID-19 attack rate among those younger than 20—that is to say, the rate at which those exposed become infected—was 5.5%.

Compare that to the attack rate among adults ages 50 to 59, which was 22.1%. The relative risk of children contracting the disease after an exposure was about one-fourth that of adults ages 50 to 59.

What Happened

I was born in the 1950’s.  

I graduated High School during a turbulent time in American history. Vietnam  war hippies, flower children, drug abuse, death and total distrust for Government and politicians.  Distrust for any over the age of 30. Feeling that my generation would change the world.

We didn’t!

Why?

We became the world.  

We grew up, had families, got jobs and blended into the culture.  We became just what we had earlier despised. No worries, we all do it.  Where are those rebels now? Why is it so easy to trust people with an agenda?  Why do we trust when it takes our freedoms away? Why do we walk lockstep the party line without question and them become informants for the “ruling class”?  Lines are being blurred between liberty and the good of all. What will we look like as a society when this crisis is over. Can we go back to normal? What happens when the next crisis hits?  Listen close, that sound you hear just may be the beginning cracks of our Constitution.

Rebels without a cause become sheep.