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Caturday Night Fever: Tony Gonsolin appears as a star

Dominant breaking pitches have turned Tony Gonsolin into a cool cat. (Author: Gardener)

Tony GonsolinMaybe it's because the last few years have felt like a decade, but it feels like Tony Gonsolin has been around for a while. However, the Dodgers' 6'3" right-hander has amassed just 175.1 major league innings since his debut in 2019. Thanks to a Covid-shortened season and a few IL stints related to shoulder pain in 2021, he's pitched about as many innings as you'd expect from a traditional starter in a single MLB season. In those 175.1 innings, broken down into 34 starts and eight relief appearances, the former 9th-round pick has had a solid if unspectacular 178 strikeouts to 71 walks. Much more impressive is that in his 3+ year career to date he has carried an ERA of just 2.62 and a WHIP of 1.078. So what is Gonsolin doing, leading its elite numbers? Gonsolin's repertoire consisted of a four-sailer that sat a little under 94 MPH combined with a Reagan-era splitter and an 87 MPH slider with just a pinch of a diving curveball thrown in in his first three seasons. His mix was four-seam heavy, but the supply was still less than 50% of the pitches thrown. This year, however, Gonsolin has thrown more of his breaking pitches, resulting in a more even mix. He's using his four-sail about ten percent less than in previous seasons, while using all three of his breaking and off-speed pitches more often than he did in 2021. And there's a very good reason why Gonsolin has pitched his splitter to almost 30% its pitches. He creates more vertical movement on it than ever before. The chart below shows how dramatically his sliver has improved in terms of vertical movement since joining the league. So far this season, this splitter has two inches more slope than average for this pitch in the majors. Gonsolin's Shards have already been credited with eight saves and opponents are batting just .130 against this year. And that wasn't even his best pitch in that regard. These pitches have also generated puff rates of 38.9% and 37.5%, respectively. So far opponents are hitting .344 and hitting a sturdy .625 against the four sailor. It's obviously been his least effective offering so far, but he's only using it about a third of the time and is going there less and less. It's also worth noting that despite such strong puff rates on his breaking pitches, Gonsolin ranks in the bottom half (44th percentile) of the league in overall puff rate, thanks in large part to his poor 8.6% puff rate on this four-seam fastball . He does slightly better on the overall strikeout rate, ranking in the 52nd percentile. His only other glaring flaw is his walk rate, which sits at 11.4%, putting him just in the bottom quartile of MLB pitchers. Tony Gonsolin is known to love cats. And this season he's brought about a contact as soft as a kitten's fur. Its average allowable exit speed is 87.1 mph, which ranks 24th among starting pitchers and places in the top quartile. He is third among qualifying starters at only 1.5 barrel/PA%. Even better, he leads all of Major League Baseball in hard-hit percentage, allowing hard shots on just 23.3 percent of balls hit. The 20 balls he's allowed to hit at 95 mph or harder is the lowest total among starting pitchers, easily beating Zach Eflin (24) and Max Scherzer (28), who are ranked 2nd and 3rd. Obviously Gonsolin has been fantastic this season. His average draft slot overall was about 265, which would have made him a final round flyer in mixed standard leagues and placed him outside the top 80 starting pitchers. So far he was the 17th most valuable starter in the standard 5×5 classification. Even with the return of the dead-ball era, it's asking a lot for a pitcher to maintain an ERA under two runs per game, and Gonsolin probably won't do it because it's unlikely a pitcher will. He throws a nice, even mix of pitches with tons of movement and makes some of the softest contacts in the league. I'd like to see the walk rate drop a bit, and he's only served more than five innings twice in seven starts, so quality starts might not be all that common. I think it's important to list players you really like in real life and Gonsolin seems like a really likable player. Gonsolin is currently slated for his next start next Saturday, May 21 in the Phillies. It's a great test early in the season against a strong Philly offense. Take the opportunity to see Gonsolin for yourself, and maybe check out a pair of fine cat slippers while you enjoy the game.

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The kittens and cats are adopted on a first come, first served basis (Author: Gardener)

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, former US Presidents such as George W. According to The Hill, former President Barack Obama, have joined the voices of the international community in declaring Russia's attack a "violation of international law" and the "fundamental principles of human decency" in a statement he released.

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And why is it trending on social media? Welcome to the “biggest vacation on the web”

It turns out that Caturday has been around for quite some time, even earning an entry in the Urban Dictionary in 2008 calling it "the biggest holiday on the internet". (Author: Gardener)

the Urban DictionaryYou may have noticed that "Caturday" is trending on social media, and maybe you're like most of us and you don't know what the heck Caturday is. And it turns out it's about as easy as it sounds — it's that Saturday of the month that future crazy cat ladies and guys flood social media platforms like Twitter with photos of their cats, all of them look cute, cuddly and mischievous. And Caturday has been around for quite some time, and there's even an entry in the Urban Dictionary dating back to 2008 calling it "the biggest holiday on the internet." And it turns out that today - Saturday, January 22nd - is apparently a big Saturday because especially on Twitter the hashtag #Caturday is trending and there are cats all over the place. So if you want to check out some cool and amazing pictures of cats - why does our society love to do that - today is your day. And if you're looking to get your cat some love on social media, maybe check out what crazy pose you can catch them in today and snap a photo for the whole world to see. There's definitely a big audience for it. Or you may realize that cats are actually troublesome creatures who want to kill and eat you. But it's Saturday and we can take care of that later. Enjoy the Internet vacation.

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The kittens and cats are adopted on a first come, first served basis (Author: Gardener)

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The kittens and cats are adopted on a first come, first served basis (Author: Gardener)

The Central Florida Visitor Information Center is hosting the Today Kitten Cuddle and Adoption Event from 10 am to 1 pm. January 29 in favor of SPCA Florida. Visitors can enjoy five minutes of kitten and cat cuddle time for a $5 donation, and all proceeds benefit SPCA Florida. The kittens and cats will be adopted on a first-come, first-served basis, but will remain in the visitor center for the duration of the snuggle event and can be picked up at 1:00 p.m. once the event is over. SPCA adoption fees apply. The event will take place at the CFVIC at 101 Adventure Court in Davenport. For more information, call 863-420-2586. Send your causes and photo (maximum of five people in the photo) to [email protected], email to Good Causes curated by The Ledger, 300W. This article originally appeared on The Ledger: Cats to Snuggle and Adopt

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The Batman star Zoë Kravitz witnesses the opening monologue being crashed by several catwomen, a cat lady and Katt Williams

Movie, The Batman. "In the movie I play Catwoman - sorry, the Catwoman," Kravitz joked. "To prepare for the role, I watched the movie musical Cats every day for a year, which was actually […] (Author: Gardener)

BatmanZoë Kravitz made her first appearance as an SNL host tonight and discussed her new Warner Bros. in her opening monologue. "In the movie, I play Catwoman—sorry, the Catwoman," Kravitz joked. "To prepare for the role, I watched the movie musical 'Cats' every day for a year. That's how I heard Joaquin Phoenix getting ready to play the Joker.” “Anyone out here talking about cats?” asked Kate McKinnon, approaching the stage in a leather femdom suit with pointy cat ears. "Hi, I just delivered my monologue. You're Catwoman too?” Kravitz asked. "Yeah, I'm Catwoman from the 90's, the one with the whip. You know how cats did it,” McKinnon said deadly. You want to know mine?” “Okay, I fell out a window onto a cat poo. They brought me back to life and now I dress like Sandy from a porn version of Grease," McKinnon explained. "It's still called Grease." It's great to have some support from Catwoman," Kravitz said, trying to get back into her monologue. "Wait, we need to activate the cat signal," McKinnon called. "Yes, for every time you need a Catwoman," McKinnon explained. We then cut to a shot of a cat signal glowing in the sky, casting light on 30 Rock. "Oh, I love that!" Kravitz said. "It's a noble feline ready to throw itself off a ledge." "Or it does its business in the litter box," suggested McKinnon. Another Catwoman, played by Ego Nwodim, then appeared. She had seen the cat signal and imagined that someone must be in danger. "No doubt," confirmed Nwodim. “I was the first Black Catwoman. "Right, yes," Kravitz said. "Yeah, people called it cheesy," Nwodim said, "but it turned out to be just super gay." After keeping McKinnon and Nwodim happy for a moment, Kravitz tried one more time to get back to her monologue. But just as she was about to turn off the cat signal, an old woman appeared pushing a shopping cart with a white cat inside. "Yeah yeah. More of a cat lady I guess," said the character, played by Aidy Bryant. "This is my husband - sorry, cat - and we're here to meet [musical guest] Rosalía. "I don't think so I can do that right now," Kravitz said. "I have to host the show." "Oh yeah. I see," Bryant said. "You know, I've hosted the show dozens of times — in my mind where it's called Saturday Night Cat." I really didn't expect to meet so many cat people," Kravitz said. "Even if the next one is Doja Cat?" asked Nwodim. "Oh my god, is she here?" Kravitz asked. Then Katt Williams (Chris Redd) appeared in the audience. "Oh come on. You're not even a woman," said an angry Kravitz. Meow," Redd said. "And if I wanted to meet Rosalía..." The sketch ends with all cat (or katt) people rolled into one jump into a gorgeous still and Kravitz exclaims, "We've got a great show." Check out her opening monologue above.

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Season opening Friday for Bowie Baysox, 15 fireworks shows planned for 2022

Bowie Baysox Season Opens Friday, 15 Fireworks Shows Planned - Bowie, MD - The Bowie Baysox kicks off its season Friday with 15 fireworks shows scheduled for 2022, along with numerous special events. (Author: Gardener)

2022PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD — Opening night for the Bowie Baysox is this Friday with a 7:05 p.m. start time. They will face off against the Richmond Flying Squirrels and all participating fans will receive a magnet schedule for the 2022 season. There will also be fireworks on July 2nd and 3rd in honor of Independence Day. The Baysox welcome Golden Globe-nominated actor and comedian Jimmie "JJ" Walker for "DYN-O-MITE Night." Walker, star of the hit '70s television show Good Times, will be available for meet-and-greet opportunities with Baysox fans when Baysox hosts the Akron Rubber Ducks on July 15 at 7:05 p.m. This season, the Baysox will be hosting eight giveaways for fans to enjoy and collect. Friday, April 22: Mystery Bobble Head Giveaway (1,200 fans 13+) Friday, May 27: Austin "Gloveman" Hays TOP GUN Bobble Head Giveaway (1,500 fans 13+) Sunday, May 29: Baysox "Caturday" T-Shirt Giveaway - A Celebration of Cats (1,500 Fans 13+) Sponsored by the City of Bowie Sunday, July 31: Grayson Rodriguez "Super" Bobble Head Giveaway (1,750 Fans 13+) · Friday, August 19: Adleyrutschman "Maryland Flag" Hat Giveaway (1,750 Fans 13+) · Sunday, August 21: Autograph Photo Giveaway (1,750 Fans 3+). · Friday, September 9th: Adleyrutschman Bobble Head Giveaway (1,750 fans 13+) · Sunday, September 11th: Baysox Top Prospects T-Shirt Giveaway (1,500 fans 13+) The popular Star Wars Night, including fireworks , Figures and Interactivity exhibitions return to the Baysox on July 16th. Grateful Dead Night will be released on August 26th with a fan pack containing a ticket to the game and a limited edition t-shirt designed by Baysox Grateful Dead. New events this season include Boots & Baseball Night (May 21), Caturday - a Salute To Cats presented by the City of Bowie (May 29), Roberto Clemente & Latin Baseball Celebration featuring a Game Worn Jersey Auction, their Proceeds benefit the Roberto Clemente Foundation (June 18), Maryland's Worst Car Show (July 30), Maryland BayTober Festival - a Maryland-style "Oktoberfest" celebration (August 19), and Villain Day, which celebrates the Baysox Pays Tribute to Some of the Biggest Villains from the Big and Small Screen Character Appearances (August 28).

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22 of the funniest tweets about dogs and cats this week (April 2-8)

"I just noticed that cats just walk around OUR house naked. So disrespectful.” (Author: Gardener)

this weekWoof - it was another long week. If you feel like you've been working like a dog, we offer you the internet equivalent of a big pile of catnip: hilarious tweets about pets. Each week at HuffPost, we scour Twitter to find the funniest posts about our furballs being complete fools. My boyfriend got a kitten two weeks ago and he told my toddler about it and for two weeks he's been saying "Meet Rocky? We went to Rocky's today and he carried a treat in his hand the entire drive and said "Rocky is gonna love this" and guess what Rocky was DOING. This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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22 of the funniest tweets about dogs and cats this week (April 2-8)

"I just noticed that cats just walk around OUR house naked. So disrespectful.” (Author: Gardener)

this weekWoof - it was another long week. If you feel like you've been working like a dog, we offer you the internet equivalent of a big pile of catnip: hilarious tweets about pets. Each week at HuffPost, we scour Twitter to find the funniest posts about our furballs being complete fools. My boyfriend got a kitten two weeks ago and he told my toddler about it and for two weeks he's been saying "Meet Rocky? We went to Rocky's today and he carried a treat in his hand the entire drive and said "Rocky is gonna love this" and guess what Rocky was DOING. This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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The Christian Science Monitor Daily, May 4, 2022

Rethink the news: Reducing news to hard lines and partisanship leaves much of the story untold. Progress comes from questioning what we hear and considering different points of view. (Author: Gardener)

May 4, 2022Before former President J.D. Vance for the US Senate open seat in Ohio, the author of the best-selling Hillbilly Elegy languished in third place. Then, boom: Last month, Mr. Vance got the coveted Trump nod - driving it to yesterday's main win with 32% of the vote, good enough in a crowded field. Notably, Mr. Vance, a Yale Law graduate and venture capitalist who grew up poor, was once a vocal "Never Trumper." Back in 2016, he called Mr. Trump "cultural heroin" and "a moral disaster." By 2021, apparently with the Senate race in mind, Mr. Vance said "yes" to a southern border wall and "no" to all abortions, and slammed the "fake news" media. At a recent Vance rally, Mr. Trump appeared almost tickled by the fact that his endorser used to belittle him. The Ohioan's reply: "He's the best president of my life." Now Mr. Trump has Mr. Vance right where he wants him: a favorite to win in November — and thanks to the former president's burgeoning political career. Elsewhere, not all Trump primary supporters ride that high. In Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump's pick for Republican Senate nominee -- Dr. TV Fame's Mehmet Oz - Competitive but not scaring away. Mr. Trump clearly loves playing kingmaker. As Russia refocuses its war effort on the Donbas, it is applying the lessons of its first offensive. In order to persevere, the Ukrainians will also have to fall back on other reserves – on determination and patience. Maksym, a Ukrainian army tank driver whose tank was directly hit by a Russian tank, recovers in a hospital in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, April 29, 2022. Wounded soldiers tell of many surprises on the Russian battlefield in the new, intensified phase of the war focused on Ukraine's eastern Donbass region. While recovering in a darkened room of a military hospital, Roman, a young Ukrainian artilleryman, describes how his battery was spotted and came under a withering Russian barrage before it could even take position in the eastern Donbass region. The biggest surprise for him? "That I'm still alive here after this shelling," he says, closing his eyes and leaning back on his bed. Roman's account is emblematic of the new style and demands of the war in Ukraine. Since mid-April, Russia has focused on seizing the industrial heartland of Donbass, where Russian-backed separatists have fought Ukrainian forces for eight years. The new battlefield requires Ukrainian forces to show determination, patience and renewed confidence - the latter comes from already repelling the advance on Kyiv. But the battle for Donbass is a race against time: can Ukrainian forces withstand the relentless onslaught until enough additional military equipment arrives? "Their artillery never, ever stops," says the deputy commander of Ukraine's Donbass Battalion, a major who gave him the nickname Kot. "They are changing their strategy, but it's still what we would expect from Russia," he says in Sloviansk, while an air raid siren wailed over the city. “Russia underestimated us; You don't know how much we have prepared.” The Ukrainian artillery team moved into position in the northern Donbass region along the front line near Izium. The soldiers didn't even have time to aim their guns before they were found by a Russian drone. The first Russian 152mm shells - fired from howitzers more than 10 miles away - landed near the Ukrainian guns. As the artillery team ran to safety, their vehicle was hit and set on fire. The badly wounded driver drove straight into a bush as shells rained down. The survivors escaped on foot across open fields. Roman, a young artilleryman with a short, patchy beard, with glassy eyes and an IV drip in his left arm, recalled the events from a darkened room of a military hospital in Kramatorsk as he recovered from the blast concussion. He gave only his first name, in accordance with Ukrainian military regulations for wounded soldiers. The biggest surprise for him? "That I'm still alive here, after this shelling," he says listlessly, closing his eyes and leaning back on his bed. Roman's story, told last Friday, is emblematic of the new direction, style and demands of the war in Ukraine, in Russia's Phase 2 invasion. Since mid-April, Russia has refocused on seizing the industrial heartland of Donbass, consisting of the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where Russian-backed separatists have fought Ukrainian forces for eight years. The new battlefield will require determination, patience and renewed confidence from the Ukrainian Armed Forces - the latter born of the already defeated Russian advance on the capital Kyiv - as they attempt to hold their own against Russia's numerical superiority and overwhelming firepower. Russia has its shelling in one apparent attempt to advance up into the eastern region from both the Izium Axis to the north and from Kherson and Zaporizhia to the south. The pincer movement is seeking to cut off some of Ukraine's most battle-hardened armed forces - and perhaps allow Moscow to march ahead of its annual Victory Day military parade on April 9. The survival story could come as a surprise to Russia, too. Ukrainian forces have given up little ground despite increased bombardment along eastern Ukraine's entire 300-mile front. In Roman's unit, the driver is dead, the commander is in intensive care, another gunner has shrapnel wounds, and the rest have concussions, like Roman. However, he says that despite the “truly incredible” number of Russian shells, “the enemy is stopped and cannot advance because we are defending; we are holding our lines.” In many ways, the battle for the Donbass is a race against time: Can entrenched Ukrainian forces withstand the relentless onslaught until enough additional American and European military equipment arrives to thwart the Russian advance and possibly stage an attack launch counterattack? Both sides have learned lessons from Russia's failed advance on Kyiv in late February, where a 40-mile convoy of Russian tanks was crushed by stealthy Ukrainian anti-tank teams and precise artillery and drone strikes. That forced Russia to withdraw and at least suspend its ambitions to occupy all of Ukraine. A Ukrainian tank is carried through the town of Druzhkivka, Ukraine, on April 25, 2022. Russia is stepping up its offensive in the embattled eastern Donbass region, where Russian-backed separatists started a rebellion in 2014, sparking an eight-year war with Ukrainian forces. By contrast, in the Donbass — where much of the fighting takes place on flat, open fields, as opposed to the forested areas around the capital — Russian troops have advanced gradually, in smaller groups and always after relentless bombardment. "Their artillery never, ever stops," says the deputy commander of Ukraine's Donbass Battalion, a major who only gave the nickname Kot (cat). He spoke in Sloviansk with a balaclava covering his face while an air raid siren wailed over the city. "They are changing their strategy, but it's still what we would expect from Russia," says Major Kot. There are no longer long, vulnerable columns: "They send in reconnaissance units, then they shell artillery, and then they send in tanks," he says. "You see how many of them have already died and they are not motivated," says Major Kot. “Russia underestimated us; You don't know how much we have prepared.” “Of course the shelling has intensified... but the Ukrainian army is also becoming more experienced; They know how to fight, how to protect our people and are getting better and better at defending,” says Maj. Stepan Andriytsiv, director of a brigade medical unit with a Ph.D. in Medicine, who is now in the Kramatorsk Hospital. The Ukrainian military acknowledges that its recent losses in the east have been "significant" but claims that Russian losses have been "colossal" with "slow and uneven" progress in the Donbass, often no more than "several kilometers... at a given day just because they don't want to get too far ahead of their logistics and supply lines," said a senior US official. an official told journalists. However, in its daily reports, the Institute for War Studies noted that Russian forces did not carry out any confirmed ground attacks on Monday or Tuesday. It said an April 30 Ukrainian artillery attack on a Russian command headquarters near Izium slowed the Russian advance, noting that further north a Ukrainian counterattack on Monday pushed back Russian forces 40km east of Kharkiv. President Joe Biden called on Congress last week to approve an additional $33 billion in military aid to Ukraine, much of it for the kind of weapons designed to repel Russian artillery and missile attacks. Among other contributors, Germany said in recent days that it would also send seven of its top-of-the-line 155mm howitzers, which have a range of 25 miles. "We really have a shortage of heavy artillery," says Ukrainian Sgt. Viktor Davydov, still wired and quick to speak of Ukraine's needs after returning from the front lines to the town of Druzhkivka, where he says that Russian artillery strikes will continue "around the clock". says Sergeant Davydov, who wears sunglasses, a pistol on his thigh and a skull and crossbones shoulder patch in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag. His job is to bring newly mobilized men to the front lines "to show them that they need not be afraid" and to teach them "how to dig in and set up very effective defensive positions" to even out the firepower imbalance with Russia. "I tell them they just hold our line and don't have to retreat," says Sergeant Davydov. The sergeant remembers that at the end of April 10 recruits were sent to him one night at 11pm. By 6 a.m., two had been killed and three wounded by Russian artillery. Medical units of the Ukrainian army receive a wounded soldier from the northern part of Ukraine's Donbass region amid heavy Russian artillery shelling along the front line at a medical facility in Kramatorsk, Ukraine April 29, 2022. Stretchers line the wall at the Kramatorsk hospital, where wounded soldiers are brought in from the front line and the plant's generator and windows are sandbagged. Major Andriytsiv speaks during a pause as casualties arrive as shells explode in the distance. Despite the increase in Russian attacks, the number of wounded increased by only 10% from March to April, the doctor says. "Every day we fight and resistance to Russian aggression makes the Ukrainian army and the Ukrainian nation stronger - every day," he says. But the Russian armed forces have also learned, and the stories of wounded Ukrainian troops now often contain a surprise from the Russian military. Tank driver Maksym, for example, sits quietly in a hospital bed, his eyes blank, his tank battalion tattoo on his arm, and the ambush by a Russian tank that left him with a concussion occupying his mind. His unit entered a small village expecting two Russian tanks and an armored personnel carrier, but instead 10 Russian vehicles were found. "We were attacked. The Russians were ready,” Maksym recalls. When he first saw the Russians, they were less than 70 yards away. "It's very tight for tanks," he says. His tank took a direct hit, but was tough enough to escape and rescue another crew whose tank was destroyed. Also surprised was Serhii, a machine gunner with the Territorial Defense Forces. Both legs are now in casts below the knee after he was riddled with shrapnel when his unit was hit by Russian artillery trying to dig deeper trenches. “We tried to get a better position,” says Serhii, who was a carbon fiber factory worker and also fought in Donbass in 2015. Serhii was wounded by the first of three Russian shells that fell without warning on Friday. But the Ukrainian position remains. "I'm not a military expert, but I think our guys will hold the fort," he says. Many Ukrainians stationed at the front expect more to be achieved. Russians go all the way out,” says Oleksandr Tsunenko, a coal mine mechanic who has returned home from the Donbass front for just one day in the past 11 months. "Why are they shooting at us with rockets and artillery and not making any progress?" asks the soldier with a worn-out assault rifle and dirty fingernails from the front. "They know that if they advance they will be defeated - that's why they are afraid." Coverage for this story was assisted by Oleksandr Naselenko. The Federal Reserve is mandated by Congress to pursue both price stability and full employment through policies. Today, given the current economic uncertainty, his determined response to inflation may need to be weighed with caution. Descriptions may vary, but something along those lines is what Federal Reserve policymakers need right now. "There is a trade-off," says economist Rajeev Dhawan, between containing inflation on the one hand and trying to avoid a recession on the other. Fed officials know this, but walking that fine line doesn't seem easy right now. The inflation problem is all too evident at the nearest gas station or grocery store and in surveys of consumer prospects. With inflation at 8.5% for 40 years, the Fed has pledged to act decisively. At a meeting today, it raised short-term interest rates by another half a percentage point and also pledged to withdraw some stimulus by reducing its bond holdings balance sheet in the coming months. The challenge is: There is a lot of uncertainty about how quickly inflation might subside and also about the overall strength of the economy. In the first three months of the year, there was a surprising decline in gross domestic product. Home prices appear to be leveling off as mortgage rates react to the Fed's looming change of course. Congressional pandemic stimulus programs are largely in the rearview mirror. "Forgotten in near-term hawkishness is that we're likely past peak inflation and the question is whether we'll end the year closer to 4% or 2%," University of Oregon economist Tim Duy tweeted on Tuesday. However, Professor Dhawan, director of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University, notes that the Ukraine war and COVID-19 lockdowns in China have created new risks for the global economy - including for the delivery of imported goods to the United States for a few months, he held the chance of containing inflation without triggering a recession at around 80%. Now he thinks it's closer to 50%. After today, the Fed's policymaking committee, made up of presidential and regional officials, has five more policy-setting meetings this year. "It's all meeting by meeting," says Dr. dhawan Inflation always comes down slowly. Why are Ukraine's allies redoubling their efforts to arm Kyiv? It is designed to help them win the war directly. You know it won't be easy or quick. But the allies' renewed determination rests on two pillars: a growing sense in recent weeks that Ukraine can win, and a fundamental political assessment that winning is imperative to the future of Ukraine, Europe and the world at large . The aim is to send an unequivocal message to both Mr Putin and his key autocratic ally, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, that Western liberal democracy is not in the ultimate decline as they seem to believe. Instead, the allies say they are ready, willing, united and effective enough to exact a heavy price on Mr Putin's attempt to terrorize and subdue a European democracy. That's a big task. But with their newfound enthusiasm for increased military aid to Kyiv, the allies are showing they share Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's view that the war in Ukraine is the front line in a broader struggle for democracy. Allies arm Ukraine to defend their own democracies Allies arm Ukraine to defend their own democracies Allies arm Ukraine to defend their own democracies January 2022. Washington and its allies have upped their ambitions and are now seeking a Ukrainian victory about Russia. The goal is no longer just to help the Ukrainians repel Vladimir Putin's invasion. The goal is no longer just to help the Ukrainians repel Vladimir Putin's invasion. It is designed to help them win the war outright. The allies realize that such a victory is far from certain and would not come easily or quickly. They also know that the policy change leaves important questions unanswered, not the least of which is exactly what a Ukrainian victory would look like. Mr Putin could resort to chemical or even tactical nuclear weapons, or respond to increased Western support for Ukraine with attacks on neighboring NATO countries. But the allies' renewed determination rests on two pillars: a growing sense in recent weeks that Ukraine can win, and a fundamental political judgment that it is imperative for the future of Ukraine, Europe and the world that it wins . And is winning in a way that Mr Putin appears to have lost so badly that he will never threaten European security. Allies, meanwhile, view the invasion as a moment of gut control in what US President Joe Biden has dubbed the struggle between democracy and autocracy of the 21st century. The Kremlin's goal of wiping out Ukraine as an independent state and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's response to frame the war as a broader struggle for democracy was clear from the start. have hardened the allies' consensus that they must do whatever it takes to ensure Mr Putin's aggression ends in ultimate failure. Zhang Jun, China's ambassador to the United Nations, votes with Russia at a UN Security Council meeting on March 23, 2022. Ukraine's allies are stepping up military aid to Kyiv, hoping for a victory over Russia to convince Moscow and Beijing that western democracies are not in decline after all. It is primarily intended for Mr Putin, but also for his key autocratic ally, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and the dozens of leaders worldwide who have so far been reluctant to denounce the invasion. This renewed determination to help the Ukrainians win the war is intended as a frontal defense against the shared Russo-Chinese assumption that Western liberal democracy is in the ultimate decline. He is meant to convey a diametrically different message: that Ukraine's allies are ready, willing, united and effective enough to wreak havoc - a heavy price to pay for Mr Putin's attempt to terrorize and subjugate a European democracy. Still, turning that determination into a clear Russian defeat remains a complex and potentially dangerous challenge. The first phase is now in full swing. Last week, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hosted representatives from more than 40 allies at the first of monthly meetings to advance the delivery of a broader range of weapons, ammunition, vehicles and other military equipment The guest list included not only NATO partners and other key allies such as Australia, South Korea and Japan. Also represented were several Middle Eastern countries that had previously tried to avoid taking sides: Israel and Jordan, Qatar and Tunisia. "Ukraine clearly believes they can win," Mr. Austin said at the conference, which was held at a US air force base in Germany. "And everyone here too." The Allies are already supplying artillery, armored vehicles and drones. The UK announced additional aid this week, including reportedly jammers, radar and night vision devices, anti-ship missiles and mobile anti-aircraft systems. They have also promised Ukraine advanced anti-artillery weapons and there seems to be a chance they could offer aircraft too, as Mr Zelenskyy has urged. But even if all of this allows the Ukrainians to turn the tide on the battlefield, there is still no clear idea of ​​what would represent the kind of victory – and Russian defeat – the allies are hoping for. At the very least, that would mean pushing the Russians back into the areas of Ukraine they controlled at the start of the invasion, Crimea and eastern Donbass. Many Ukrainians would go further and also want to recapture these regions. The greatest and most thorny uncertainty, however, is how Mr Putin will respond to the Allies' determination to help the Ukrainians win. The conflict is now between NATO and Moscow, with the risk of becoming nuclear. Allied leaders still see this as saber-rattling, not a sign of strength but of weakness. But they know that Mr. Putin would not simply accept defeat, and briefly using nuclear weapons he could try to persuade NATO troops to become directly involved in the war. That may be the Allies' greatest concern. One reason they felt able to bolster their support for Kyiv is the widespread outrage from the grassroots in Europe and the United States at Mr Putin's invasion, along with sympathy for Ukrainians no doubt fueled by the memory of the wars in Ukraine shaped in Iraq and Afghanistan. An overwhelming majority - more than 7 in 10 - opposed sending American troops to Ukraine. At the heart of the debate over Twitter's model of content moderation is a deeper question: Is it possible to instill more trust in online information and discourse? Elon Musk attends the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars in Grünheide, Germany, on March 22, 2022. Last month, his multi-billion dollar bid to buy Twitter was accepted. Elon Musk's offer to buy Twitter, which operates as a digital marketplace, has exposed a widening rift in the culture of free speech. MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan accused Mr Musk of handing over “one of the most influential messaging machines in the world” to the far right Jeff Jarvis, media expert and journalism professor. It's Times Square," he adds. What Could Musk's Buying Twitter Mean for Free Speech? What Could Musk's Buying Twitter Mean for Free Speech? What Could Musk's Buying Twitter Mean for Free Speech? When conservative news satire The Babylon Bee tweeted a joke that Twitter deemed offensive, it inadvertently triggered Elon Musk's billion-dollar bid to buy the social media platform, to which the company has agreed. USA Today had Adm. Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for the US Department of Health and Human Services, as one of her Women of the Year nominations. In response, The Babylon Bee - whose motto is "fake news you can trust" - named Ms. Levine Man of the Year. Twitter suspended The Babylon Bee's account in March. Mr Musk, dismayed by Twitter's decision, reached out to Bee's CEO. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Musk took steps to buy Twitter outright. The entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX has also pointed out that freedom of speech should be Twitter's paramount principle. Mr Musk's proclamation sparked a backlash illustrated by Washington Post columnist Max Boot, who tweeted: "He seems to think anything goes on social media. For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.” Mr Musk's offer to buy Twitter, which operates as a digital marketplace, has exposed a widening rift in the culture of free speech. On one side are institutional gatekeepers who favor top-down scrutiny of social media expression, filtering out vile rhetoric and false information that could influence citizens' voting behavior. On one side are institutional gatekeepers who favor top-down scrutiny of social media expression, filtering out vile rhetoric and false information that could influence citizens' voting behavior. On the other hand, Mr. Musk's classic liberal vision for speech - once prevalent in Silicon Valley, but no longer - which values ​​competition in a marketplace of ideas. On the other hand, Mr. Musk's classic liberal vision for speech - once prevalent in Silicon Valley, but no longer - which values ​​competition in a marketplace of ideas. Both the extreme right and extreme left increasingly favor top-down restrictions on speech they deem harmful and dangerous. Both the extreme right and extreme left increasingly favor top-down restrictions on speech they deem harmful and dangerous. The right advocates legal bans on content in school curricula and libraries. The right advocates legal bans on content in school curricula and libraries. The Left advocates language codes on campus and bans on hate speech, including on social media platforms. The Left advocates language codes on campus and bans on hate speech, including on social media platforms. Twitter, a relatively small platform, exerts outsized influence as a hub for journalists. Twitter, a relatively small platform, exerts outsized influence as a hub for journalists. MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan accused Mr Musk of handing over "one of the most influential messaging machines in the world" to the far right Online information and discourse? "What I think is happening in society right now, first of all, is that there's a new abundance of talking," says Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. “People who were absent from the mainstream mass media now have a seat at the table of negotiating norms in society. It resents those who controlled that table.” Similar battles have been fought whenever a new technology like the Gutenberg printing press enables language that threatens established institutions. As another example, Mr. Jarvis cites the newspaper industry's alarmed response to the advent of radio. Founded in 2006, Twitter hosts everything from sports to pornography to “Caturday” photos and an account titled @BoredElonMusk that parodies the multi-billionaire. (Beispiel-Tweet: „Schalten Astronauten ihr Telefon in den Raumschiff-Modus?“) „Die Barbaren stehen vor dem Tor“ Einige glauben jedoch, dass der Medien- und Politiksektor von Twitter von institutionellen Gatekeepern monopolisiert wurde. Am Tag nachdem Mr. Musk angeboten hatte, Twitter zu kaufen, twitterte er: „Die Barbaren stehen vor dem Tor.“ Der Plattform – deren Mitarbeiter politische Spenden zu 98,7 % für Demokraten getätigt haben – wurde vorgeworfen, die Sichtbarkeit nicht-progressiver Standpunkte verdeckt zu unterdrücken. „Ich bin links, aber ich kann es sehen“, sagt Batya Ungar-Sargon, Abgeordnete Meinungsredakteur bei Newsweek und Autor von „Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy“. Sie erinnert sich, dass Twitter einmal ihren Tweet über eine von Newsweek veranstaltete Debatte darüber zensiert hat, ob der Klimawandel ein Notfall ist. „Wir haben nicht einmal gefragt: ‚Kommt der Klimawandel vor?‘ Beide Seiten geben zu, dass das Klima natürlich wärmer wird. Für die Frage, ob es sich um einen Notfall handelt, wurden wir zensiert.“ Die Gatekeeper von Twitter versuchen, alles zu kontrollieren, von verbotenen Inhalten (z Accounts von Fake- oder Parodie-Accounts). Aber eine der umstrittensten Entscheidungen von Twitter ärgert Mr. Musk offenbar immer noch. Einige Wochen vor den Wahlen 2020 suspendierte Twitter die New York Post, weil sie über den Inhalt eines Laptops von Hunter Biden, dem Sohn des demokratischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten, berichtet hatte, der angeblich korrupte Geschäfte in der Ukraine und in China gezeigt hatte. Die meisten Unternehmensnachrichtenorganisationen und Online-Plattformen, einschließlich Facebook, glaubten, dass der Computer russische Desinformation war, die darauf abzielte, die Wahl zu verfälschen. In diesem Jahr bestätigte die New York Times stillschweigend die Legitimität des Laptops. Damals verteidigte Twitter seine 16-tägige Suspendierung unter Berufung auf seine Richtlinie gegen die Weitergabe gehackter und privater Informationen. Letzte Woche twitterte Mr. Musk: „Den Twitter-Account einer großen Nachrichtenorganisation wegen der Veröffentlichung einer wahrheitsgemäßen Geschichte zu sperren, war offensichtlich unglaublich unangemessen.“ Der Multimilliardär hat erklärt, dass Twitter politisch neutral sein muss, damit es Vertrauen verdient. Der Unternehmer nennt den First Amendment als Modell, dem er gerne nacheifern möchte. Was die Standards für die Moderation von Inhalten betrifft, muss sich Herr Musk mit einem neuen Gesetz in der Europäischen Union auseinandersetzen, das darauf abzielt, schädliche Äußerungen in sozialen Medien zu regulieren. „Die Leute hören Elon Musks Aufschrei nach Redefreiheit nicht als Aufschrei nach Redefreiheit“, sagt Karen Kovacs North, Direktorin des Annenberg-Programms für Online-Communities an der University of Southern California in Los Angeles. „Die Leute hören, dass Elon Musk das Konzept der freien Meinungsäußerung nutzt, um es Menschen zu ermöglichen, zu Twitter zu kommen und Dinge zu sagen, die zuvor gestoppt oder kontrolliert wurden, weil sie auf irgendeine Weise hasserfüllt oder verletzend sind.“ Obwohl die Nutzungsbedingungen von Twitter eine Verherrlichung verbieten Gewalt, gezielte Belästigung von Einzelpersonen oder hasserfülltes Verhalten, die Plattform ist immer noch voll von missbräuchlichem Verhalten. „Es ist immer noch ein Umfeld, in dem schwarze Frauen, insbesondere queere Leute, Menschen mit Behinderungen, bereits ein hohes Maß an Toxizität erfahren“, sagt André Brock, außerordentlicher Professor für Medienwissenschaften an der Georgia Tech und Autor von „Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures“. „Es wird einen Anstieg von Belästigung, Toxizität, Frauenfeindlichkeit und Rassismus geben, zum Teil, weil viele Leute, die die Plattform verlassen hatten, um zu Orten wie Gab oder Truth Social zu gehen … zu Twitter zurückkehren, weil sie das Gefühl haben, dass sie es nicht tun werden müssen die gleichen Konsequenzen für ihre Rede tragen.“Mr. Musk scheut sich nicht, auf Twitter die Grenzen von Geschmack und Anstand auszutesten. Er machte sich schnell über „erwachte“ Standpunkte lustig und twitterte ein Meme, das sagte: „Netflix wartet auf das Ende des Krieges, um einen Film über einen Mann aus der Schwarzen Ukraine zu drehen, der sich in einen Transgender-Russen verliebt.“ Er hat sich auch mit der Securities and Exchange Commission darüber gestritten, was die Agentur behauptet, es seien mehrere Fälle ungenauer Informationen über Tesla, die die Aktienkurse des Unternehmens in die Höhe getrieben haben. Ein Richter entschied erst letzte Woche gegen seine Klage, das Zustimmungsdekret entfernen zu lassen. Ungar-Sargon of Newsweek is concerned that Mr. Musk may tamp down speech that interferes with his business interests, including Tesla’s ties to China. This year, Tesla opened a dealership in Xinjiang, China, despite widespread reports that the province has imprisoned Uyghur Muslims in “reeducation” camps. Another high-profile question: Given that Mr. Musk says he favors “timeouts” rather than permanent bans on Twitter, will Donald Trump be allowed back on his favorite bully pulpit? The former president was banned from Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement of violence” following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.Many on the progressive left argue that disinformation on Twitter is potentially dangerous and thus beyond the safe limits of acceptable speech. After all, Mr. Trump’s claims that the 2020 U.S. presidential election was stolen through voting fraud fueled the angry crowd – which included white supremacists and QAnon conspiracy theorists – that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. More recently, the platform has clamped down on COVID-19 misinformation that it believes is harmful to public health. For instance, feminist Naomi Wolf was ousted from Twitter following a series of tweets including the claim that mRNA vaccines are a software platform that can receive “uploads.”Those types of views on matters such as public health “should be tamped down and it’s within the right and responsibility of a platform to do so,” says Mr. Jarvis. If Twitter gets it wrong, it risks losing public trust. During the pandemic, Twitter censored heterodox views – from the hypothesis that the virus originated in a Chinese laboratory to questions about the efficacy of cloth masks – that later became more widely accepted. Martin Kulldorff, a founder of the Great Barrington Declaration and former member of the Vaccine Safety Subgroup of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, was temporarily suspended for claiming that vaccines are important for older, high-risk people but not for children. Indeed, Mr. Kulldorff says that Twitter has hosted misinformation disputing the effectiveness of natural immunity. Yet the scientist doesn’t believe that Twitter should censor erroneous views, because the scientific process necessarily involves argument. “What is the point of having people that you think are wrong or maybe even liars be given permission to share the same space in the public square with you? He may be right or she may be right,” says Martin Gurri, author of “The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium.” “The only way we find out what alternative possibilities there are to the world we’re interpreting is by hearing people that have radically different perspectives from ours.”Mr. Jarvis, for one, believes it’s time to shift discussion away from the bad content and concede that it’s always been present and always will be. “Twitter is not The New York Times. “Twitter is not The New York Times. It’s Times Square,” says the media pundit and journalism professor. “If you walk through Times Square … you will hear smart people and stupid people. “If you walk through Times Square … you will hear smart people and stupid people. We feel no compulsion to go through there and correct everything.”If anything, Mr. Jarvis says that efforts to debunk bad speech only end up amplifying it. A better approach, in his view, would be to treat such speech as spam. Twitter allows one to curate what one sees and doesn’t see by muting or blocking other users. Even so, Twitter’s algorithms may amplify some content that some may object to. An internal study conducted by the company across a range of countries in 2020 found that its algorithm was biased toward recommending right-leaning political content. In a bid to boost public trust in Twitter, Mr. Musk says he is keen to allow transparency of its algorithms. Ultimately, efforts to restore a modicum of confidence in the institution may have to start at the top.“Trust is a human thing, not a technological thing. I almost hesitate to use the word, but it’s almost a moral quality,” says Mr. Gurri. “You trust somebody who you think is good, somebody who’s not trying to fool you, or who is not trying to feather their own nest, or who’s not just an empty suit. To the extent that our elites learn to be, number one, good characters, and number two, project themselves as good characters in the digital world, trust will be restored.” Given a compassionate teacher and a receptive student, even self-knowledge can be taught. I am a university professor, I make my living by teaching. Last year, though, I decided to become a student and signed up for online Arabic classes.Arabic is a notoriously hard language, and this was my third attempt. As the awkwardness of the first few lessons via Zoom gave way to familiarity and ease, I stopped feeling self-conscious.“You are intelligent today,” my teacher often said when I spoke well. It surprised me that such simple praise boosted my confidence so much. – felt so reassured by such encouragement, imagine the effect my words could have on vulnerable young people at the beginning of their careers. I have taken to heart the example of my Arabic teacher. I remember to pause and praise my students sincerely and publicly, even as I offer constructive criticism. I make my living teaching and doing research at a liberal arts school in Southern California. Last year, I took a brave step: I decided to become a student and signed up for online Arabic classes.I joined an online language course offered by a company based in Cairo. Full disclosure: This was my third attempt at learning Arabic over the past 10 years. Arabic is a notoriously hard language, given its expansive vocabulary. A Moroccan feminist scholar told me once that there are 50 words for “love” in Arabic – a fascinating and intimidating fact. “Salaam,” I said, greeting my online instructor in the little Arabic I knew. Nice to meet you.” “Ahlan, ya Sabith” (“Hello, O Sabith”), replied my new teacher, and thus began our journey as student and teacher.He was Cairo-based and about my own age. We would meet a few times a month to practice conversation and go over grammar. During our conversation practice, he also shared details of his life, including his struggle to care for two young children and older parents in the midst of a pandemic. The initial awkwardness of the first few lessons gave way to more familiarity and ease. I stopped feeling self-conscious about the fact that I was a teacher myself – with a doctorate, no less, and a history of unsuccessful Arabic instruction. Past failures had to be put behind if I were to learn and grow, I kept telling myself. After a while, though, I opened up about my own background and my struggles with Arabic.“We are all students, my friend,” my teacher said. You are a very hardworking student and it is my pleasure to help you.”I had reassured my students with similar sentiments in my own teaching. It was odd to hear them directed at me.The tables had turned. Now I, as a student, was the vulnerable one, seeking help. I had more to learn about being a teacher as well.“You are intelligent today,” my teacher would often say when I spoke well or used varied vocabulary or expressions.When I heard these four words for the first time, I felt genuinely happy. A few words from an authority figure had made my day. It truly surprised me that such simple praise could so boost my confidence. I was feeling more and more confident of my ability to speak and understand Arabic, in fact. That’s when I realized how little I had praised my own students.I was wary of giving praise. That’s when I realized how little I had praised my own students.I was wary of giving praise. Too much of it, I thought, made students complacent, even lazy. Too much of it, I thought, made students complacent, even lazy. Now, as a student, I saw things differently. – felt reassured and validated with a few words of encouragement, imagine what impact my words could have on my students, impressionable young people who were looking to carve out a career in a daunting environment?As I continued to learn Arabic and take baby steps toward greater proficiency, I also learned more about what it’s like to be a student. I have taken to heart the example of my Arabic teacher, who sincerely reminds me, quite regularly, “You are intelligent today.” I marvel at the effect that has on my well-being.Every time I grade my own students or evaluate their work critically (as I must), his example comes to mind, and I remember to pause and praise them publicly – every so often – even as I offer constructive criticism.I praise as often and as sincerely as I can, knowing that these simple words can mean a lot. They can save someone from a bad day, as my Arabic teacher’s words have done for me. Nationwide, those on either side of the landmark 1973 ruling quickly jumped into political combat over abortion law. Inside the court, however, Chief Justice John Roberts did what judges often do for themselves: He tried to calm passions with a reminder of how an independent court must operate – with cool and collegial deliberation.He assured the public that the 3-month-old draft “does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member.” Then the chief justice wrote that the leaker’s possible intent to “undermine the integrity of operations ... will not succeed.”The justices may now be more diligent in ensuring their discussions are done in confidence. That helps promote patient reflection in weighing the law, the facts, and each other’s views rather than planting themselves in ideological corners. This type of conversation offers an antidote to divisions in the United States. The Supreme Court building is seen in Washington May 4 as security measure are enhanced on the perimeter following protests. Outside the U.S. Supreme Court this week, passions ran high over the leak of a draft opinion that – if final – would overturn Roe v. Outside the U.S. Supreme Court this week, passions ran high over the leak of a draft opinion that – if final – would overturn Roe v. Nationwide, those on either side of the landmark 1973 ruling quickly jumped into the bear pit of political combat over abortion law. Inside the court, however, Chief Justice John Roberts did what judges often do for themselves: He tried to calm passions with a reminder of how an independent court must operate – with cool and collegial deliberation.As expected, he ordered an internal investigation into who released the draft ruling, which was written by Justice Samuel Alito. But he also assured the public that the 3-month-old draft “does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member” in a case involving a Mississippi law restricting abortion. A final ruling is expected by July.Then the chief justice wrote that the leaker’s possible intent to “undermine the integrity of operations ... will not succeed.” That reflects quite a confidence in the quality of the court’s workforce. The nine justices, their law clerks, and the court’s permanent employees alike are “intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law,” he affirmed.The leaked draft was a rare case of the veil of secrecy being ripped off the court’s internal workings. Such drafts are often passed among the justices for comment without fear of publicity or to ensure justices don’t play to “the home court crowd,” as the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg put it. Restoring the integrity of that process has probably already started.The justices may now also become more diligent in ensuring their discussions on cases – around a rectangular table in an oak-paneled room – are done in confidence. Their work requires free-flowing deliberations out of the public eye. Their work requires free-flowing deliberations out of the public eye. That helps promote patient reflection and greater humility in weighing the law, the facts, and each other’s views rather than planting themselves in ideological corners.“People go around the table. They discuss the question in the case,” Justice Stephen Breyer told CNN last year. And they say it politely, and they say it professionally.”The justices do bring a measure of accountability by signing the published opinions, either in the majority or in a dissent. And their questioning of lawyers in a case is recorded for public use. But in insisting on privacy during internal deliberations, they hope they can better reason and listen together. This type of conversation offers an antidote to political divisions in the United States. That may be why the chief justice was so quick to assure Americans that the integrity of the court’s operation is intact. That may be why the chief justice was so quick to assure Americans that the integrity of the court’s operation is intact. Each weekday, the Monitor includes one clearly labeled religious article offering spiritual insight on contemporary issues, including the news. The publication – in its various forms – is produced for anyone who cares about the progress of the human endeavor around the world and seeks news reported with compassion, intelligence, and an essentially constructive lens. The Monitor is owned by a church – The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston – whose founder was concerned with both the state of the world and the quality of available news. Recognizing the perfection of God, our divine creator, opens the door for greater harmony and healing in our lives. The word “perfect” is often used to describe an ideal as it relates to material things – for example, what perfect hair or even the body should look like. It doesn’t take long to realize that relying on anything material for perfection is short-lived and far from dependable. And looking around the world, things don’t seem too perfect. Is perfection for dreamers?Think of this. You could call each such experience the hint of a perfection that goes well beyond what we can see physically – the spiritual perfection that comes from God.Christ Jesus demonstrated the healing power of knowing this God-given spiritual perfection, and said in his timeless Sermon on the Mount, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). He understood so clearly that God is perfect Spirit and made each of us in His image: spiritual and perfect, without a single element of materiality. As such, we lack nothing and have all that is necessary.Indeed, the perfection that comes from God includes the full measure of infinite Spirit’s qualities – such as strength, peace, wisdom, wholeness, and integrity – which we each express individually. This spiritual reality makes obedience to Jesus’ imperative not only possible, but natural. The teachings of Christian Science – based on this fundamental truth of spiritual perfection that threads all the way through the Bible – empower us to recognize our flawless nature as God’s reflection, which heals and adjusts all kinds of adverse situations.Some years ago, these ideas were pivotal to me when a rash developed on my skin. Praying about inharmonious situations had been natural for me over the years, but to be honest, I wasn’t really praying very diligently about this situation. One day after several months, I felt the need to awaken from a complacency about the condition.The words “perfect model” lit up my thought, and I knew it was a message that would help me as I prayed. It’s a phrase from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science: “In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action. Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness” (p. Also, “We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives” (p. 248).I started to turn my thought and attention to the model of perfect being – God’s spiritual and harmonious being – that we reflect as God’s children. I saw that there was no way that the full expression of perfection and a skin rash could dwell together.I became so conscious of the presence of this “perfect model” of God’s total goodness filling my thought that I didn’t even think of the skin rash. Feelings that I was at the mercy of a material condition vanished, and the skin rash was gone in a day or so.Spiritualization of thought – letting the perfect, divine model be present in our thinking – opens the way for the healing light of spiritual understanding to shine in and dissipate the shadowy misconception that imperfec tion and inharmony could possibly be a part of anyone’s real identity.The full scope of our spiritual perfection is not evident physically. But we can start today to embrace it more in our lives. Fixing our view on and molding our lives from the standpoint of pure goodness, we will feel tangibly how God is tenderly taking care of us.For a regularly updated collection of insights relating to the war in Ukraine from the Christian Science Perspective column, click here. Please come back tomorrow, when we examine the abortion issue’s potential impact on the November midterm elections. Thank you for contacting The Christian Science Monitor.

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