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Our Accelerating Tabloid Culture

The unreality industry in America, aided and abetted by the Internet, is alive and well and has infected the world

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Here is a quiz:

Q: Which came first, tabloid TV news or tabloid newspapers?
A: Tabloid newspapers.

As you stand in line at the check out counter at your favorite supermarket, even if you can’t stand them, you can’t help but notice the shouting headlines on the front page of the tabloids. In the 1960’s, it was Burton and Taylor, and then maybe lurid tales inside the Nixon White House, all the dirt on Burt and Loni that you could take in, what’s Jackie O up to, and then Brad and Angelina.

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Today, take your pick – everyone is ‘fair’ game…

If the attacks on the well-known or well-to-do aren’t enough for you, there are also stories about miracle diets, alien visitors, medical breakthroughs, Biden’s ice cream choices, chainsaw massacres, and little known stories about the Pope.

“Come on,” you say, “no one with intelligence reads these.” Yet, the circulation and sales figures greatly belie your disbelief. The unreality industry in America, aided and abetted by the Internet, is alive and well and has infected the world.

Almost No One is Spared

No politician is safe anymore, certainly no celebrity, unless they are Democrats. No statesman, no rock star, no athlete is free from the vicious slings and arrows of public fortune. And by implication, neither are you.

If the truth about things all around you is constantly undermined, you might start to question basic human values that have been intact since the societies first formed.

When I’m in check out lines, I routinely ask cashiers why they carry publications with such lurid headlines, in full view of children and other gentle creatures. No one seems to know. One of them responded that the tabloids probably pay a lot of money to be placed in such a prominent position.

Unfortunately, today the unreality spread by tabloid news pales by comparison to that spread by the supposedly ‘legitimate press,’ blogs, Twitter, search engines, ‘fact checkers’ and everywhere in between.

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New Study Shows THESE People are the Happiest

A discussion about a new study on happiness…

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PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener talks with Dr. Steve Turley of Turley Talks to discuss a new study about happiness. Check out their interview and be sure to pick up Chris Widener’s new book they mention, Four Seasons. The purchase of the book gets you 20+ hours of personal develop audios to celebrate the launch of the book. Get Four Seasons by clicking HERE. Check out the discussion below:

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Are we seeing the revitalization of Christian civilization?

For decades, the world has been dominated by a process known as globalization, a secularizing economic and political system that hollows out and erodes a culture’s traditions, customs, and religions, all the while conditioning populations to rely on the expertise of a tiny class of technocrats for every aspect of their social and economic lives.

Until now.

All over the world, there’s been a massive blowback against the anti-cultural processes of globalization and its secular aristocracy.

And it’s just the beginning.

I believe that the secular world is at its brink, and a new conservative age is rising.

Join me each week as we examine these worldwide trends, discover answers to today’s toughest challenges, and together learn to live in the present in light of even better things to come.

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The Four Horsemen of Aging Baby Boomers

The prospect of being cold, broke, and alone can haunt some baby boomers in their senior years

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To be old, cold, broke, and alone are the four horsemen of aging baby boomers. Aging has been a fact of life since life itself appeared on the planet, and no one has ever doubted that they would age as time passed. It’s the combination of aging with the prospect of being cold, broke, and alone that’s terrifying for some boomers as they head into their senior years.

Out in the Cold

Miracle breakthroughs in energy production, foreseen in the 1970s and 80s, are clearly not here yet. Despite current price fluctuations, the long-term trend in heating, lighting, and relying upon energy to run one’s home can only point upward for the near future. Prices will be only climb as boomers face the ends of their careers, retirement, and years of living on a fixed income.

Going for Broke

With falling housing prices, fears of a retracted recession, and government debt rising to astronomical heights, the long-term savings of many a boomer has taken a big hit. Boomers close to retiring don’t have sufficient time to recover, and even those who are five, 10, and 15 years from retirement will face rocky roads. The prospects of going broke, or at least having to live out one’s days on far less than anticipated, are real and alarming.

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Home Alone

For several decades, one in two marriages in the U.S. has ended in divorce. This doesn’t mean that one out of two people get divorced, because first-time divorcees are unfortunately prone to being divorced again and perhaps again. In any case, the number of single adults above age 45 is at an all-time high and growing. More people heading into their “golden years” are alone than at any other time in U.S. history.

Finishing one’s life cold, broke, and alone is not a pretty picture. Yet, significant numbers of boomers face this prospect. While individually little can be done about macro-economics, the rising cost of energy, or declines in property and investment values, for aging boomers there are more potential partners today than ever before. Online dating services and a variety of local social groups all but ensure that those who don’t want to face their senior years alone, don’t have to.

Old, cold, broke and alone need not be your fate.

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