'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Coming May 2015, Extended Trailer Plays at End of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Tuesday Episode

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is one of the most anticipated Marvel films to come this May, 2015. As if it hasn’t been hyped up enough, an accidental leak of the film’s trailer has increased the hype even more. With people talking about the trailer, Marvel eventually decided to release it anyway last week.

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The Shemitah's Eerie Mystery of the Sevens

The Shemitah is marked by the number seven. It is the seventh year. Its last day, Elul 29, is the final day and climax of the biblical seven-year cycle. Is it possible that the greatest stock-market point crash in history, having taken place on the day of the Shemitah, would bear the fingerprints of the Shemitah­—the mark of seven?

The following is neither central nor essential to the phenomenon of the Shemitah, but it is a fascinating phenomenon in its own right.

The Seven-Year Mark: The greatest point crash in stock market history happened on Elul 29—the end of the seventh year and the completion of the seven-year cycle.The Seventh Month: On the evening of the greatest crash began the month of Tishri. Tishri is the seventh month of the sacred calendar. Thus the crash took place on the day that ushers in the most sacred of times in the biblical calendar, the seventh month.Seven Hundred Billion: The crash was triggered by the failure of Congress to pass the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. The bill was a response to the economic implosion of September 2008, an attempt to save the U.S. financial system. The amount chosen for the bailout was $700,000,000,000.Seven Percent—2008: What percentage of Wall Street was wiped out on the last day of the seventh year? Seven percent.Seven Percent—2001: How much of Wall Street was wiped out seven years earlier on the last day of the preceding Shemitah in 2001? Seven percent.Seven-Seven-Seven: How many actual points were wiped out on the last day of the seventh year? Seven hundred seventy-seven (777).

Want to know more about the Shemitah and the astounding connections between this phenomenon and the greatest financial disasters in American history? Check out Jonathan Cahn’s new best-seller, The Mystery of the Shemitah to discover God’s intentions for the Shemitah year, some of the incredible events from history tied to the Shemitah and what God might be trying to tell is for the Shemitah we’re currently in.

Jonathan Cahn, who stunned millions of readers across America and the world with the mysteries revealed in his New York Times best-seller The Harbinger, now uncovers and reveals a new realm of astonishing mysteries so big they lie behind everything from world wars to the rise and fall of nations to economic recession and financial collapse to your future. Discover the never-before-revealed mystery of the towers, the key of cataclysms, the mystery of sevens and much, much more. The Mystery of the Shemitah will amaze, stun, forewarn and prepare you for what lies ahead … and it may just change your life.

Source:: http://www.charismanews.com/us/45974-the-shemitah-s-eerie-mystery-of-the-sevens

      

Report: Families With Married Mother and Father Key to Economic Success

Intact families, or when children are raised by their married, biological mother and father, are a key factor in producing economic success and personal well being, according to a new report presented Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute.

Source:: http://www.christianpost.com/news/report-families-with-married-mother-and-father-key-to-economic-success-128889/

      

'The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1' News, Update: Katniss Everdeen Threatens President Snow in Latest Trailer

Just recently, the official final trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ came out and it took the Hunger Games fans by storm. The trailer has intensified the anticipation for the movie to come out, which is already this Nov. 21.

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Halloween: Steeped in Superstition

It’s that time of year again when not only are nights getting colder and darker, but so too the atmosphere in many churches and Christian homes. The debate begins at the first sign of the autumn leaves and abruptly comes to a halt on November 1st – after all, Halloween comes to its demise for another year.

Source:: http://www.christianpost.com/news/halloween-steeped-in-superstition-128898/

      

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Iraqi TV Comics Make Fun Of Islamic State At Huge Risk

“State of Superstition,” a hit comedy on state-run Al Iraqiya TV, turns a deadly serious subject — the reign of terror imposed by the extremist group Islamic State in parts of Iraq and Syria — into fodder for spoof and satire. The show takes enormous risks in the name of satire in a country where Islamic State has tortured and killed Iraqis and set off car bombs that have killed hundreds of people.

Source:: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/30/iraqi-tv-comics-make_n_6078768.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

      

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Jerks Like This Make Us Wonder If We Even Deserve Halloween Anymore

Halloween is supposed to be easy to love. After all, it’s the only holiday in which your sole obligation is to have fun, help others have fun, or, if you’re a total grouch, just stay home with the doorbell muted. We get to dress up — or dress our kids, pets and houses up — using our creativity and costume-design skills to scare, amuse and impress others.

At least that’s what Halloween is supposed to be. In recent years, however, the basic tenets of the holiday seem to have given rise to idiocy and excess, sometimes very real and sometimes mistakenly perceived. Perhaps most visibly, social media has provided a platform to the people who think the “too-soon” costumes are edgy, and the “not-in-a-million-years” ones are downright hilarious. But it’s not just the costumes. For some reason, around Oct. 31, people have a strange tendency to take everything too far. The outrage machine then gets cranked up and Halloween ends up being a sad reminder of why we can’t have nice things.

So, to the people and things below, screw you, you’re ruining this great holiday for everyone else.

On Halloween, some people think it’s totally okay to dress up as a domestic abuser!

The Ray Rice scandal sent shockwaves through the nation earlier this year, when surveillance video leaked to TMZ showed the NFL star knocking his then-fiancee, now-wife unconscious in a hotel elevator. After a serious nationwide discussion on domestic violence, people vowed to treat the issue with respect thought it would make a super funny costume, apparently. As if making a joke about domestic violence wasn’t bad enough, a few decided to top it all off with a little blackface:

And another one RT @mdlamaster @KeithOlbermann
And we have a winner in the proud daughter sweepstakes for morons.
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— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 26, 2014

Seriously. This is a couple’s costume …

If you missed this amazing racism and pro-DV bs posted to Instagram by @RitterZac (account now locked) pic.twitter.com/7ULCxhVfVC

— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 26, 2014

Just why? It’s not funny. It’s not clever. The Ray Rice costume is this year’s Trayvon Martin costume, and yes, it should make you feel physically ill that a sentence like that can even exist.

Blackface is horrible and offensive. But, for some reason, the issue seems to pop up every Halloween. Someone else’s race or culture shouldn’t be a costume, period. There are plenty of awesome things you can dress up as without deliberately trying to inflame racial tensions or offend people. You know it’s going to piss someone off either in person, or on the Internet (when it inevitably ends up there).

This, too, is poor form:

@ellievhall A hijabi friend of mine got this text from a former college classmate: pic.twitter.com/AyQxqTQ7B8

— Ismat Sarah Mangla (@ismat) October 28, 2014

Meanwhile, others aren’t sure if it’s Ebola, or EbLOLa.

Here’s another horrible costume idea based on a tragic story that’s dominated news headlines in 2014 — Sexy Ebola Nurse. If “Modest Ebola Nurse” wasn’t bad enough, for $59.99, costume shop BrandsOnSale will mail you a tight “lab coat” dress, gloves and a mask to anyone insensitive enough to poke fun at a deadly viral outbreak that has claimed nearly 5,000 lives.

Will people actually wear it? Probably, says ABC News.

And hapless infants are fair territory in this tasteless game of dress-up.

People are now getting their kids involved in their dumb Halloween costume adventures, too. Controversial getups like Baby Cigarette and Baby Pimp are big sellers on BrandsOnSale, owner Jonathan Weeks told CBS Los Angeles. “Halloween is one day out of the year you can dress up and be anything,” Weeks said. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you need to. Especially when your kids can’t yet tell you what an idiot you are.

When you buy a costume for your baby that proves you weren’t ready to be a parent pic.twitter.com/JKO183bWBW

— Yassir Lester (@Yassir_Lester) October 23, 2014

And it wouldn’t be Halloween without some serious body-shaming.

Halloween’s great (when people aren’t trying to ruin it), but it’s not exactly known for its kindness to women. People just love making fun of “slutty” costumes, and everyone has an opinion on whether anyone should wear them. Is a sexy witch costume degrading? Is it fun and empowering? Should we even care how people dress? Navigating this holiday as a girl is already full of body-image land mines, but this week, Walmart took things to a whole new level with a “Fat Girl Costumes” section of its website. There, visitors found a selection of plus-sized costumes.

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A screenshot from Walmart.com taken on October 27.

A presumed mistake by the site’s developers (the section was removed within a few hours) forced the retail giant’s PR team into overdrive, issuing semi-robotic apologies via Twitter. Really, Walmart? Even you should be above this.

And it’s cool to poke fun at a neighbor’s dead relative this time of year, too, right?

Continuing the theme of poor judgment, a Dallas man recently decorated the outside of his home as an Ebola quarantine zone. Hazmat barrels and caution tape surround the residence, which has understandably raised a few neighbors’ eyebrows and garnered criticism from the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola at a Dallas hospital. While the homeowner characterized the display as “all in good fun,” Duncan’s family called it “insulting.”

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Well, at least these lawn decorations are there for the taking.

Halloween Grinches descend on tacky home decor every year, but we can only imagine what they plan to do with a massive inflatable haunted train. Seriously, where is someone going to put a “spooky monster butler”? Or an inflatable witch head that belonged to a 5-year-old? Probably the only thing worse than showing off a ghost riding a motorcycle in your front yard is being that asshole who steals it.

Deep. Fried. Candy. Corn.

Halloween candy sales are expected to top $2.5 billion in 2014, and depending on whom you ask, candy corn is either the best or the worst treat for the holiday. Seeing as how this is America, it was apparently only a matter of time until someone decided that deep-frying this polarizing confection would be a good idea.

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Gross. Do not make these.

Halloween is a time for every kid’s favorite thing: candy being lectured …

No one likes people who use Halloween handouts to promote their own agenda. Sure, that goes for dentists who give out floss or toothbrushes, but ESPECIALLY for anti-vaccine advocates who’ve taken to labeling innocent candy bars with misinformation on vaccines. The National Vaccine Information Center, an anti-vaccine organization, is encouraging people to print their own labels at home, the blog Respectful Insolence first reported. As a reminder, all but a lonely few scientists and medical experts disagree with the suggestion vaccines may be harmful.

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Speaking of propaganda: Religious pamphlets remain the #1 worst thing to give out on Halloween. Even little kids know it.

Chick Publications, purveyor of some controversial evangelical tracts, has a ton of miniature comic books available for purchase on its website with Halloween-themed messages. One shows a young boy getting fatally hit by a car while trick-or-treating, and another tells the tale of a group of high schoolers who summon the devil by sacrificing a black cat on an altar. What Halloween fun! Yeah, no one likes creepy religious pamphlets.

When parents face their worst fear: monsters trying to get their babies high on the pot.

Fear mongering isn’t just for anti-vaxxers. Marijuana is now legal in Colorado, and parents in the Centennial State are reportedly worried that some evil person might slip a pot candy in their trick-or-treater’s goody bag. The Denver Police Department heard the concern loud and clear, responding with a campaign full of scary graphics proving that marijuana-infused candy looks pretty similar to regular candy.

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Of course, it’s unclear why anybody would waste a significant amount of money — a couple of dollars per candy, if not more — just to try to get kids high, which would likely be terrifying and unpleasant, though not life-threatening. There’s no real precedent for it.

The simple solution, as with previous unfounded scares about poisoned, razor blade-laden candy, is for parents to throw out any candy that isn’t in its original packaging and, if you’re really paranoid, to make sure that there aren’t any misleadingly labeled pot candies in your kid’s trick-or-treat bag. That, or splurge on this marijuana candy test kit made specifically for Halloween.

Honestly, there’s too much outrage to keep track of. Let’s just get offended by everything.

There will be plenty of actual things to be outraged about this Halloween — let’s not invent additional ones.

In New Jersey, a woman came under fire for having Halloween decorations that some neighbors say went too far. The display featured baby dolls hanging from ropes, which could be “frightening to children,” one neighborhood parent said. Somehow, the controversy ended up as a local news story, leading the homeowner to say she wouldn’t take down her decorations until after Halloween. In Minneapolis, a similar story emerged, but with a yard full of scary zombies.

And in North Carolina, a billboard for a local haunted woods attraction was called too “disturbing” because it featured a picture of undead woman with half of a face. “I don’t want to see violence against women so for me that was something that stood out,” a local mother told WGNO. “Why is it just a female face and why does it look like someone has beaten her?”

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Obviously, violence against women is not something to take lightly, as we went over with the Ray Rice-costumed idiots above. But that’s really not the issue here. Halloween is supposed to be spooky. And fun! Let’s keep it that way.

Source:: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/30/halloween-controversies_n_6061986.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

      

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5 PR Lessons Conservative Catholic Cardinals Can Learn From Pope Francis

My mom used to say, “The smartest person in the room is the one who isn’t talking, but who is listening and observing everyone else.” Those words pretty much encapsulate the dynamic that the public witnessed between Catholic cardinals, bishops and Pope Francis during the Synod of Bishops.

Francis has proven himself to be quite savvy when it comes to projecting his public image and using it to push the Catholic Church in the direction he feels will have the greatest mass appeal. If the conservative leadership of the Church wants to gain any traction before the next big meeting in 2015, they need to look closely at the Pope’s PR playbook and borrow a page.

1. The Pope speaks media not theology. Pope Francis stays away from Church speak. No matter what business you are in, no one wants to listen to company jargon or get into the weeds about their rules and policies. Remember, while cardinals and bishop were talking about “conversion” and debating “Church doctrine” and the implications of the word “welcome,” Pope Francis was using language about the care and need of the individual, reinforcing the image of the shepherd tending his flock in a very real way.

Additionally, Francis is a master of the soundbite. The Pope is not only able to delight the secular media, he has found a fan base in the masses with phrases like: Who Am I to Judge? Don’t be airport Bishops. A Church obsessed with “small-minded rules.” Brief, pithy responses like the aforementioned, both amplify and breathe life into messaging and will be remembered long after they are spoken.

2. Relatable. Most people have flipped through a copy of Us Weekly and seen the section entitled “Celebrities, they’re just like us,” showcasing some of Hollywood’s biggest names doing the most mundane chores. The photos are supposed to make the reader feel as if she and the celebrity really aren’t all that different. This is the relatability factor and Pope Francis has it in spades… He kicked off his papacy by paying his own hotel bill, choosing modest accommodations over those of the Papal Palace; and joining the trend of taking selfies with his well-wishers and fans. He skipped the traditional red Prada slippers for something more practical and modest. The Pope clearly understands that when people are struggling, a leader must mirror their struggle to show that he is like them and that he truly understands. His actions echo his words and he has gained the trust and respect of people beyond the faithful because of it.

3. Don’t be combative. When you are going into battle, you don’t show your opponent the chinks in your armor. Word choice, tone, humor all make a difference when you are talking to the press and making public statements. Being reactionary or accusatory never moves the ball down the court in a meeting or with the media; instead, that becomes the story. Remember, what was supposed to have been a closed door, no media allowed meeting, turned into a three ring circus where cardinals and bishops alike flocked to the press to get in front of a message — that hadn’t even been crafted and finalized — like spin doctors from Capitol Hill. This was a missed opportunity for conservatives. Instead of giving specifics about the discussions or countering what this cardinal or that bishop said, the conservative side would have been better served by ignoring various remarks and could have put up a uniformed front with a simple,”These are just discussions and we look forward to working to ensure that all of God’s flock is tended to.” By addressing remarks of another, there is a risk of giving credibility and momentum to them. At the end of the synod, Pope Francis never singled out a cardinal or bishop for his remarks to the media, but instead reaffirmed his commitment to finding solutions to the “challenges that families must confront.”

4. If you don’t say it, the media cannot quote you. The only one who wasn’t talking during the synod was the Pope. Sure there were reports of him scribbling notes on a pad of paper, but what those notes said are between him and his pen. When Francis did speak at the close of the synod, it was a message of unity about a “journey together” and “solidarity.” It was well thought-out. Because Francis waited for the right moment to make his thoughts known, he was able to control the message he wanted reporters to write about, and he was able to stay above the fray of the verbal jousting of his bishops and cardinals.

5. Don’t be afraid to make a mess. At World Youth Day 2013 in Rio, Pope Francis told attendees he wanted to make a mess. This is a very trendy attitude and might bring to mind Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comment, “Break things.” The Pope is not afraid to shake things up and the media loves this aspect about him. The Catholic Church is based on tradition, but the Pope isn’t afraid to break from it. If you recall, when Francis was named and introduced to the world as Pope, he refused to stand on the customary platform above the other archbishops, and instead of the traditional, elegant, and ornate vestments, he opted for the simple white robes he is so often pictured in. Right out of the gate, Francis has shunned what is expected. His actions are a calculated authenticity that have people talking, and at the end of the day, that is the point of positive media attention.

Source:: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karenhart/pr-lessons-for-conservative-catholic-cardinals_b_6077986.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

      

5 PR Lessons Conservative Catholic Cardinals Can Learn From Pope Francis

My mom used to say, “The smartest person in the room is the one who isn’t talking, but who is listening and observing everyone else.” Those words pretty much encapsulate the dynamic that the public witnessed between Catholic cardinals, bishops and Pope Francis during the Synod of Bishops.

Francis has proven himself to be quite savvy when it comes to projecting his public image and using it to push the Catholic Church in the direction he feels will have the greatest mass appeal. If the conservative leadership of the Church wants to gain any traction before the next big meeting in 2015, they need to look closely at the Pope’s PR playbook and borrow a page.

1. The Pope speaks media not theology. Pope Francis stays away from Church speak. No matter what business you are in, no one wants to listen to company jargon or get into the weeds about their rules and policies. Remember, while cardinals and bishop were talking about “conversion” and debating “Church doctrine” and the implications of the word “welcome,” Pope Francis was using language about the care and need of the individual, reinforcing the image of the shepherd tending his flock in a very real way.

Additionally, Francis is a master of the soundbite. The Pope is not only able to delight the secular media, he has found a fan base in the masses with phrases like: Who Am I to Judge? Don’t be airport Bishops. A Church obsessed with “small-minded rules.” Brief, pithy responses like the aforementioned, both amplify and breathe life into messaging and will be remembered long after they are spoken.

2. Relatable. Most people have flipped through a copy of Us Weekly and seen the section entitled “Celebrities, they’re just like us,” showcasing some of Hollywood’s biggest names doing the most mundane chores. The photos are supposed to make the reader feel as if she and the celebrity really aren’t all that different. This is the relatability factor and Pope Francis has it in spades… He kicked off his papacy by paying his own hotel bill, choosing modest accommodations over those of the Papal Palace; and joining the trend of taking selfies with his well-wishers and fans. He skipped the traditional red Prada slippers for something more practical and modest. The Pope clearly understands that when people are struggling, a leader must mirror their struggle to show that he is like them and that he truly understands. His actions echo his words and he has gained the trust and respect of people beyond the faithful because of it.

3. Don’t be combative. When you are going into battle, you don’t show your opponent the chinks in your armor. Word choice, tone, humor all make a difference when you are talking to the press and making public statements. Being reactionary or accusatory never moves the ball down the court in a meeting or with the media; instead, that becomes the story. Remember, what was supposed to have been a closed door, no media allowed meeting, turned into a three ring circus where cardinals and bishops alike flocked to the press to get in front of a message — that hadn’t even been crafted and finalized — like spin doctors from Capitol Hill. This was a missed opportunity for conservatives. Instead of giving specifics about the discussions or countering what this cardinal or that bishop said, the conservative side would have been better served by ignoring various remarks and could have put up a uniformed front with a simple,”These are just discussions and we look forward to working to ensure that all of God’s flock is tended to.” By addressing remarks of another, there is a risk of giving credibility and momentum to them. At the end of the synod, Pope Francis never singled out a cardinal or bishop for his remarks to the media, but instead reaffirmed his commitment to finding solutions to the “challenges that families must confront.”

4. If you don’t say it, the media cannot quote you. The only one who wasn’t talking during the synod was the Pope. Sure there were reports of him scribbling notes on a pad of paper, but what those notes said are between him and his pen. When Francis did speak at the close of the synod, it was a message of unity about a “journey together” and “solidarity.” It was well thought-out. Because Francis waited for the right moment to make his thoughts known, he was able to control the message he wanted reporters to write about, and he was able to stay above the fray of the verbal jousting of his bishops and cardinals.

5. Don’t be afraid to make a mess. At World Youth Day 2013 in Rio, Pope Francis told attendees he wanted to make a mess. This is a very trendy attitude and might bring to mind Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comment, “Break things.” The Pope is not afraid to shake things up and the media loves this aspect about him. The Catholic Church is based on tradition, but the Pope isn’t afraid to break from it. If you recall, when Francis was named and introduced to the world as Pope, he refused to stand on the customary platform above the other archbishops, and instead of the traditional, elegant, and ornate vestments, he opted for the simple white robes he is so often pictured in. Right out of the gate, Francis has shunned what is expected. His actions are a calculated authenticity that have people talking, and at the end of the day, that is the point of positive media attention.

Source:: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karenhart/pr-lessons-for-conservative-catholic-cardinals_b_6077986.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion