Five in Ten
Five topics, ten minutes: News and views with Derek Gilbert
The Friday Five - Losing the War for the Pews
May 20, 2022
New research shows that only 7% of people in the UK describe themselves as practicing Christians, while a survey of Christian pastors in the US found that only 37% have a biblical worldview. 5) War in Ukraine costing every nation on Earth except Russia; 4) Gasoline over $4 a gallon in all 50 states for first time; 3) Democrat politicians call for government censorship; 2) New surveys show Christian remnant in US and UK getting smaller; 1) New discoveries in southeast Turkey rewriting human history.
Who Benefits from Ukraine Aid?
May 19, 2022
While some of the $50+ billion promised to Ukraine is for economic and humanitarian aid, most of it will go to the weapons industry. 5) US spending more in Ukraine over three months than annual budget for war in Afghanistan; 4) FDA approves booster for kids 5-11; 3) Congress holds first hearings on UFOs in decades; 2) McDonalds offer deal and tarot card readings for last week’s Mercury retrograde event; 1) MasterCard tests new tech to let customers pay with just their hand or face.
Media Describes Surrender as "Ending Combat Mission"
May 18, 2022
The New York Times and other corporate media outlets described the surrender of troops holed up at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol as the end of Ukraine’s “combat mission” there. 5) Western media spin on the war in Ukraine; 4) Gasoline over $4 a gallon in all 50 states for first time ever; 3) Israel prepares for Lag B’Omer celebration on Mount Meron one year after tragedy; 2) Disney’s favorability rating with public drops over the last year from 77% to just 33%; 1) Medieval manuscripts reveal terrifying images of killer bunnies.
Democrats Use Tragedy to Demand Censorship
May 17, 2022
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul used the weekend massacre in Buffalo to call for legislation to “silence the voices of hatred and racism.” It appears the Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter has convinced them that they can’t rely on corporate censorship anymore. 5) War, weather threaten global wheat harvests; 4) Democrats call for government censorship; 3) Treasury Secretary Yellen in Europe to pitch global tax plan; 2) Chicago floats Universal Basic Income test; 1) Liberals alarmed by sharp rise in homeschooling.
Sanctions on Russia Backfire
May 16, 2022
Western sanctions have increased Russia’s oil and gas revenue by 50%. Russia’s revenue from oil and gas sales hit a record high in April. 5) US, European sanctions on Russia do the opposite of what was intended; 4) Washington Free Beacon confirms that the White House is literally providing free crack pipes to drug users; 3) New survey shows that only 37% of Christian pastors in US have biblical worldview; 2) Woman in Los Angeles charged with killing three of her children because she apparently believed they were possessed by demons; 1) Good Samaritans in Florida keep a bad situation from getting worse.
The Friday Five - Bidenomics
May 13, 2022
This week featured news of surging inflation surging, record high fuel prices, and shortages of baby formula. Democrats propose yet more government control over the economy, an approach that has never worked. 5) US government basically admits to being at war with Russia; 4) Democrats in Congress propose more control over the economy to rein in gasoline and diesel prices; 3) White House silent as radical left tries intimidation to sway Supreme Court; 2) Mystery hepatitis spreads to Brazil; 1) Huge archaeological site in eastern Turkey features evidence of human sacrifice, a skull cult, and artwork depicting people with six fingers.
Inflation, Gas Prices Hit New Highs
May 12, 2022
Inflation hit 8.5% in April, led by increases in food, fuel, and airline fares, surprising experts who expected surging prices to cool. 5) Inflation surges to 8.5% in April; 4) US Director of National Intelligence tells Congress that Russia is at war “with the West”; 3) Bennett government survives in Israel—barely; 2) Biden’s disinformation czar wants power to edit other peoples’ tweets; 1) COVID cases surging in states with highest vaccination rates.
Biden Caves to Rage Mob
May 11, 2022
The White House has declined to condemn the leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court or the doxxing of pro-life justices, instead deferring to the pro-abortion rage mob that intends to intimidate the court. 5) Signals from both sides that chemical weapons may be deployed in Ukraine; 4) White House Correspondents Association dinner was a superspreader event; 3) Pro-abortion activists turn to intimidation tactics; 2) Oregon schools installing tampon dispensers in boys’ restrooms; 1) Researchers find that staying off social media for a week leads to significant improvement in mental health.
Looming Global Food Crisis
May 10, 2022
Wheat production worldwide could be down as much as 20% this year because of the war between Russia and Ukraine. Some experts warn this could trigger a global food crisis. 5) Massive backlog of grain shipments building in Ukraine; 4) US stocks continue to slide Monday, hitting lowest point of the year; 3) Coalition government in Israel on verge of falling apart; 2) Study shows remote learning negatively affected math test scores in US students; 1) Bloody ritual in Mexico to appease the rain-god.
US Giving Real-time Battlefield Intel to Ukraine
May 9, 2022
The Pentagon said last week it provided the intelligence used by Ukraine to kill 12 Russian generals and Russia’s Black Sea flagship, the Moskva. This raises the question of where, exactly, is Putin’s “red line” regarding American involvement in that war? 5) US providing battlefield intel to Ukraine; 4) Stocks tumble after central banks raise interest rates; 3) Pro-abortion group kicks off week of protests on Mother’s Day; 2) More cases of mystery hepatitis in children; 1) Swiss police find 1,100 pounds of cocaine in bags of coffee beans at Nespresso plant.
The Friday Five - Democrats to Force Vote on Roe
May 6, 2022
Democrat leaders in Congress will push a vote on legalizing abortion next week, even though such a bill has no hope of passing. It’s political theater as Democrats try to find hope despite President Biden’s low approval ratings. 5) It appears Western leaders want the war in Ukraine to drag on; 4) Economy faltering despite the interference of central banks; 3) Disinformation Governance Board only makes official the government’s propaganda efforts; 2) Supreme Court leak may permanently disrupt the institution; 1) 100-year-old WWII nurse celebrates by skydiving.
CDC Used Phone Data to Track COVID Compliance
May 5, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control paid nearly half a million dollars for mobile phone data to track compliance with lockdowns during the pandemic. Needless to say, digital privacy advocates are alarmed. 5) Russian mercenaries in Africa risk provoking more violence; 4) Biden Administration wants to make it easier for Russian STEM professionals to get green cards; 3) CDC used cell phone data to track compliance with lockdown measures; 2) Dengue fever spreading in Brazil and Singapore; 1) Vampire groups warn members not to drink blood.
Supreme Court Ready to Overturn Roe v. Wade
May 4, 2022
The draft of an opinion signed by five Supreme Court justices indicates that the court is about to overturn 1973’s landmark ruling Roe v. Wade and return the question of the legality of abortion to the states. 5) Leaked draft of opinion shows five Supreme Court justices ready to overturn Roe v. Wade; 4) Implications of overturning Roe; 3) Leak of the draft opinion “greatest security breach in the history of the court”; 2) Who leaked the opinion and why?; 1) What’s next now that opinion of the court’s majority is public.
BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court May Overturn Roe v. Wade
May 3, 2022
A draft opinion written by a majority of the Supreme Court, leaked to the press Monday evening, indicates that at least five justices will vote to overturn the 1973 decision that made abortion a constitutional right in the United States. More Tuesday on Five in Ten.
Looming Global Food Crisis
May 3, 2022
The surge in the price of fertilizer in recent months is forcing farmers to choose between planting and fertilizing. This means reduced yields, higher prices, and potential famine. 5) Israel blasts Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for comparing Ukraine’s President Volodomyr Zelensky to Hitler; 4) Fertilizer crisis may spark food shortages; 3) Apple AirTags being used by criminals to track potential victims; 2) Disturbing video game encourages girls to design plastic surgery and lip injections for character; 1) Archaeologists find temple of Zeus in the northern Sinai.