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Coronavirus has Brought the Global Economy to the Brink of Depression

In 30 days the global economy has been brought to the brink of depression. In February the DOW was soaring at record highs and the U.S. economy was in the midst of its greatest economic expansion in history.

A global recession for 2020 was all but unthinkable.

Now the U.S. government is set to inject $1trillion into the U.S. economy to stop mass lay offs, and the U.K. government has agreed to pay 80% of the nation’s wages. As economies are grinding to a halt across the globe the affects of Covid-19 could be hear for a long time.

As the pandemic continues experts are now thinking how it will shape the world once the health emergency has ended. Many think the world will see major shifts in global supply chains and how global trade is conducted.

Many have been warning the West about the threat of a global pandemic. In 2013 the World Bank said, “A severe pandemic would resemble a global war in its sudden, profound, and widespread impact”

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Matthew Warren, the son of Pastor Rick and Kay Warren, has committed suicide, aged 27. Rick Warren is most notably known as the author of the Purpose Driven Life series and proclaimed Pastor at Saddleback Church, the eighth largest in the U.S. He also tried to bring Christians and Muslims together by stating he believed Allah and God were the same. His son was a part of the church from the time of his birth. According to a letter e-mailed by Pastor Rick, Matthew suffered from mental illness from the time he was a baby and never found his way out of the “relentless pain”.

Part of Warren’s e-mail stated:
You who watched Matthew grow up knew he was an incredibly kind, gentle, and compassionate man. He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room. He’d then make a bee-line to that person to engage and encourage them.

But only those closest knew that he struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.

Kay and I often marveled at his courage to keep moving in spite of relentless pain. I’ll never forget how, many years ago, after another approach had failed to give relief, Matthew said ” Dad, I know I’m going to heaven. Why can’t I just die and end this pain?” but he kept going for another decade.
Thank you for your love and prayers. We love you back.
Pastor Rick

The Saddleback Church’s Facebook page has an outpouring for the pastor and his family during this tragic time.

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In recent months there has been growing outrage about the sexualisation of children. Psychologists have been shocked by the rapid increase in the numbers of teenage girls in recent years coming through their doors with a wide range of problems from depression, self-harm, eating disorders and anxiety. The experts are beginning to believe the cause is the sexual pressure girls are now under.

In 2009 a Florida teen, Hope Witsell aged 13, committed suicide after sending a topless photo of herself to a boy, which he then shared with his friends. In a similar story Chevonea Kendall-Bryan, also aged 13 from London, fell to her death from a balcony where she was perched, threatening to jump if her boyfriend did not delete topless pictures of her on his phone.

In the UK the children’s charity, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) conducted a study in 2010. The study revealed how “normal” hard core pornography is, in the lives of teenagers. The study concluded that the access of sexually explicit material is creating a generation of teenage boys who believe that is what relationships are like.

One teenage girl interviewed said, “If they [the boys] want oral sex, they will ask every single day until you say yes.”

A boy the same age said, “Say I got a girlfriend, I would ask her to write my name on her breast and then send it to me and then I would upload it on to Facebook or Bebo or something like that.”

The study discovered it was common place for boys as young as 13 to have dozens of images of girls on their smartphones. The boys would share the photos of these topless girls with their friends, in the same way boys once swapped soccer cards.

The teenagers said that sexting was the new flirting. With boys taking pictures of their genitalia and sending them to a girl they fancied, she then replies with an image of her breasts.

Teachers speak of children unable to sleep without watching porn. Boys “learning” about sex and women from watching porn, and being normalised to sexual violence.

The problem crosses social demographics, it is as commonplace in the most affluent of areas as well as the socially deprived areas.

In this new world where hard core porn is readily available, parents are left feeling bewildered that the world has changed so much. They fear for their daughters, not wanting them to be the target of such high pressure advances; they fear for their sons, not wanting them to access the violent and depraved pornography so easy to find on the internet.

But should parents be surprised? With media teaching that pornography is normal? With children and teenagers listening to pop stars like Rihanna singing “Come on rude boy, boy, can you get it up? Come on rude boy, boy, is you big enough?”, as she looks like a dominatrix simulating sex moves on stage?

With parents frightened and ill prepared they are asking: “what can we do?”

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California outlaws gay-to-straight therapies

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a ban on gay-to-straight therapy which focuses on minors.

This therapy is also called “conversion therapy” which seeks to change a person’s feelings away from an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) orientation.

The American Psychiatric Association says that these types of therapies do more harm than good and cite their research showing those who have been subjected to it have an increased risk of suicide, anxiety, depression and other self-destructive type behaviors.

In signing the law Governor Brown stated “This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,”.