The Christchurch massacre is being used by government officials around the world who want to curtail freedom of speech

Government officials and their cheerleaders in the media, in several countries, have used the New Zealand mosque killings to suggest that information linked to the murders should not be published. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said live-streaming on the major social media platforms should be stopped. New Zealand police asked for video footage to be removed. The deputy leader of…

The stock market just got hit with a vicious trifecta that could accelerate its next major meltdown

The US stock market felt serious pressure from a trio of negative market forces on Friday, each of which is outlined in detail below. The overriding theme is that investors are getting increasingly worried about an economic slowdown — a sentiment that wasn’t helped by a spate of negative global manufacturing data. There’s an old saying that when it rains,…

Houses of the Holy: In Vancouver, a union of church and real estate

The city of Vancouver’s places of worship, which sit upon more than $3.4 billion of real estate, are getting into the housing game more than ever before, scaling projects skywards in an attempt to benefit both their congregations and a community facing a housing crisis. Religious groups have long provided housing. In past generations, those efforts focused on helping vulnerable…

Imagining Trump’s America Without Robert Mueller

For nearly two years, the American public, and quite a few observers overseas, have hung on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s every word and action: each hire, each redaction, each revealing and yet opaque footnote in hundreds of filings. His fans have indulged in devotional candles and meme T-shirts. The document that Mueller delivered to Attorney General William Barr has been…

Ending surprise hospital bills

Here are three of the week’s top pieces of financial advice, gathered from around the web: Ending surprise hospital billsA bipartisan effort in Congress is aimed at protecting Americans who get “surprise” medical bills, said Paige Winfield Cunningham at The Washington Post. The legislation is the culmination of two efforts last fall to “ban insurers from charging patients higher costs”…

One of the world’s most luxurious hotels has hired ‘Jet Lag Gurus’ to help guests recover from long flights

The Waldorf Astoria is introducing “Jet Lag Gurus” to its hotels. The gurus will advise guests on how best to recover from post-travel fatigue so they can enjoy their trip. Suggested treatments naturally include massages, detox lunches, spa treatments, and baths with essential oils. Isn’t it the worst when you check into a five-star hotel but you’re so jet lagged…