why we still do not know who will be the 46th president of the United States?

The curious

Nearly 72 hours after the polls close, Americans are still waiting to know the name of their 46th president.

When will the name of thewinnerof the US presidential election be known?Joe BidenorDonald Trump?The deadline is growing hour by hour while the final results of six states are still pending.These extended deadlines are mainly due to the lack of uniform counting rules in the United States: each state, or even county, can define its own methods for counting ballots.Between the explosion of postal voting and an extension of the deadline for receiving votes in some states, several thousand ballots remain to be processed, while the two candidates are neck and neck.

In Pennsylvania, a surplus of ballots to count

Having been conducted for more than three days in this state, Biden went past Donald Trump with almost 6000 votes ahead, according to data released by

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In Nigeria, Central Bank To Freeze Accounts Of 19 #EndSARS Peaceful Protesters

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A federal high court in Abuja has granted the request of the Central Bank of Nigeria to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company linked to the #EndSARS protests, Channels Television learned on Friday.

The request, granted by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, was filed by the CBN on October 20.

Some of the affected individuals include Bolatito Racheal Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjoh, Mary Doose Kpengwa, Saadat Temitope Bibi, Bassey Victor Israel, Wisdom Busaosowo Obi, Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akintomide Lanre Yusuf, Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise and Mosopefoluwa Odeseye.

Others are: Adegoke Pamilerin Yusif. Umoh Grace Ekanem, Babatunde Victor Segun, Mulu Louis Teghenan, Mary Oshifowora, Winifred Akpevweoghene Jacob, Victor Solomon, Idunu A. Williams, and Gatefield Nigeria Limited.

The court order, addressed to the head offices of Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank of Africa, and Zenith Bank, directed the banks to freeze forthwith all transactions on the 20 accounts on the list annexed to the CBN’s application as Exhibit A and all other bank accounts of the defendants/respondents for a period of 180 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Gatefield Nigeria Limited had earlier sued Access Bank Plc for allegedly blocking an account used to promote media coverage of the #EndSARS protests.

Catholic scientists: blessing or curse to mankind?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( catholicculture.org ) | Nov 06, 2020

My provocative headline raises a question that is quite real among those who subscribe to a secularist worldview, including very probably the majority of headline-grabbing scientists. Even among committed Catholics, the “blessing” answer may be affirmed only with fingers crossed behind the back. One somehow hopes Catholic scientists won’t let their Faith bias their research. The convictions and even fears which lead the contemporary world to question the scientific competence and veracity of Christian scientists are enormously widespread. They arise from the materialist reductionism which so severely limits our contemporary cultural worldview.

But it was not always this way. Science as it is understood today originated in the Catholic universities of the late medieval period. Christianity, with its perception of an ordered universe created through the infinite intellective capacity of a loving God, was actually an essential factor in the scientific approach to material reality, which is impossible unless there is a fundamental and persistent orderliness to the universe. The great discoveries for the first several hundred years of the history of experimental science were made by people of Faith, who firmly believed the universe was a triumph of the Divine intellect.

In many ways, however, the very success of scientific inquiry carried within it the seeds of its own destruction as a “pointer” to the Divine. There are many factors in the intellectual and cultural history which led to secularism, of course—not least the division of Christianity into hostile camps which themselves could not agree about the truth—but one of these factors, surely, is the sheer material success of modern science, a success which has strongly attracted two kinds of people: Those who suffer from increasing religious and philosophical doubts in a radically disunited world; and those who, succumbing to the perennial human temptations of pride, seek to proclaim themselves as the sole masters of the universe.

In a nutshell, that is why we have reached the situation we are in today, in which both the scientific community and the larger culture see religious scientists as clinging to an outmoded vision of reality which is likely to interfere with their scientific objectivity—as if science on the one hand, and philosophy and theology on the other, are competitors in the same intellectual space. And indeed, this conflict is inevitable for those who have fallen into the trap of believing the physical sciences are the only way to explore the totality of reality with useful results, because material things alone are real.

Unravelling the tangles

Into the dense intellectual fog created by all of this confusion comes Thomas B. Fowler with a new and important book, Science, Faith, and Scientists: The Quest to Understand Nature and What It Tells Us about Faith, Knowledge, and Reality. It is an extensive and carefully-researched book, but it is also written to take non-scientific readers step by step through the intellectual shifts that have led us to our current predicament. And it is written very much with the author’s fellow Catholics in mind.

In roughly the first third of the book, Dr. Fowler explores the genesis of the perceived conflict between Science and Faith. In chapter 1, he distinguishes between science and the interpretation of science, and summarizes the issues that have arisen as a result of failing to recognize this distinction. In an extensive second chapter, he provides a history of science as the human attempt to “know” nature, showing how the understanding of both the scope and goals of science gradually changed from the ancient world to the twenty-first century. This also includes more recent shifts that have not yet taken hold culturally—shifts in modern physics which significantly alter the scientific understanding of our ability to measure and specifically predict material causes and their effects, or even to understand the “fields” which seem to influence material behavior. Then, in chapter 3, the author answers the question “What is Science?”, signaling the difficulties created by philosophical “naturalism”.

In the middle portion of the book, Fowler examines science as it is often conceived in our culture today. In chapter 4, “Real Science by Real Scientists”, he examines the validity of the common sentiment that religious belief pollutes scientific objectivity and he finds, in chapter 5, that what has mostly happened is not that religion has interfered with science but that science itself has become a surrogate religion. Thus, in our contemporary culture, science is often regarded as a window on the totality of reality—for the exploration of which no other disciplines are needed and all other disciplines are harmful. This radical reductionism tends to characterize attitudes toward science and religion today, at least in the dominant culture.

Down the home stretch, the author explores this cultural context more fully in chapter 6, explaining that a great many thought leaders today have shifted from a “will to Truth” to a “will to Power”. Thus, in our culture, there is a great deal of energy expended to ensure that what secularist thinkers want to be true (in order to dominate society) must be universally accepted as true (the “will to Power”), regardless of the inherent contradictions. This goes far to explain why modern history seems to be shaped by one ideology after another, united in their denial of “non-scientific” sources of knowledge, including philosophical and theological moral knowledge. In Chapter 7, the author takes a close look at the relationship between “Truth and Science”, and in Chapter 8, the relationship between “Religious Belief and Science” historically and currently.

The last chapter offers Fowler’s “Conclusions and Recommendations”, which summarize the major themes of the book, review the current situation, and explain the clear advantages possessed by scientists of faith precisely because they have an extra-scientific respect for truth—which is essential to saving science from itself, so to speak. There is, after all, a growing trend within the secular scientific establishment to refuse to acknowledge evidence which calls materialist reductionism into question, and to falsify evidence in order to preserve one’s status in the field—not to mention strong pressure to avoid questions and conclusions which undermine the dominant cultural consensus, as the “will to Power” grows generally in the West.

Fascinating Story, Compelling Analysis

In one sense, this is not an easy book. The whole nexus of science, philosophy and faith is complex and full of vital distinctions; the formative historical developments are widely misunderstood; and the dividing line between competent philosophical analysis and mere prejudice is blurred with ever-increasing frequency. Fortunately, Tom Fowler has degrees in both philosophy and physics along with a career in systems analysis to sustain him in this endeavor, not to mention many years of college teaching—which reveal their influence in the clarity of his presentation of even the most difficult topics.

Therefore, in another important sense, this is a very accessible book for those who are willing to take the time to read it carefully. The superb organization of the text; the patient unfolding of the argument; the authorial competence in handling scientific, historical and philosophical issues; even the many accompanying graphs, charts and Venn diagrams: All these ensure that any reader who can, for example, enjoy the commentaries of Phil Lawler and myself on CatholicCulture.org, will not only thoroughly understand Science, Faith, and Scientists but, by taking things at a measured pace, very much enjoy both the narrative and the insights it triggers along the way.

That is how I read it, slowly and carefully wherever the subject matter was outside my normal scope, and now I am convinced that this is one of the most important books published in 2020—and almost certainly the most comprehensive and important study yet written on a critical and fascinating topic which affects every one of us today. My advice, then, is simple: Purchase a copy for yourself. Read it. Internalize its thesis. Save the book in your library. And in conversations or debates, feel free to lean on it. You may not master this subject yourself; but you will know who did.

OMG! GOP Claims Software Error Switched 6,000 Republican Votes to Democrat, Used in 47 Michigan Counties

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks during the Trump Victory press conference in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on Nov. 6, 2020. (Elaine Cromie/Getty Images)

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks during the Trump Victory press conference in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on Nov. 6, 2020. (Elaine Cromie/Getty Images) 2020 Election

By Jack Phillips November 6, 2020 The Epoch Times

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and other GOP officials said the fight over the presidential election isn’t over, saying that 47 counties in Michigan may have used software that was detected to have allocated votes to Democrat Joe Biden instead of President Donald Trump in one county.

“In Antrim County, ballots were counted for Democrats that were meant for Republicans causing a 6,000-vote swing against our candidates,” Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said in a news conference Friday. “The county clerk came forward and said tabulating software glitched and caused a miscalculation of the votes.”

Cox added: “Since then, we have now discovered that 47 counties use this same software in the same capacity. Antrim County had to hand count all of the ballots, and these counties that use this software needs to closely examine their results for similar discrepancies.”

A number of news outlets, including The Associated Press and Decision Desk, have declared Michigan for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Biden is currently leading Trump by about 146,000 votes.

After the discrepancy was found in Antrim County, election officials questioned the results. They said the problem was identified by local election authorities and reviewed Wednesday, according to the Detroit News.

In one instance in Oakland County, a computer error led officials to declare Democrat Melanie Hartman the winner before they reversed it and declared incumbent Adam Kochenderfer, a Republican, the winner of the Oakland County’s 15th county commission District, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“I thought that was that,” Kochenderfer said. “Those were the results, and I said I would not seek a recount.”

Oakland County Director of Elections Joe Rozell told the paper that the error was due to a computer issue at a city clerk’s office. He didn’t elaborate on the issue or if it was the same software used in Antrim County.

“A computer issue in Rochester Hills caused them to send us results for seven precincts as both precinct votes and absentee votes. They should only have been sent to us as absentee votes,” Rozell said.

The RNC has deployed legal teams to Michigan. No lawsuit has yet to be announced over the software.

“We will not give up on this process until every last issue has been resolved,” McDaniel said in the news conference.

Cox and McDaniel also alleged that there were irregularities in Detroit, asserting that Republican poll-watchers were denied access to the vote-counting process in some places.

The Michigan Board of Elections has not yet responded to a request for comment about Cox’s claims.

The Michigan Democratic Party issued a statement Friday following the GOP’s claims of misconduct.

“The clerks in Michigan have done an incredible job this, and every election cycle, despite little to no support from the Republican-controlled legislature,” said Party Chair Lavora Barnes to MLive. “We join local clerks in calling for reforms to the election system that will decrease legislative barriers and provide clerks additional resources to allow them to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.”

Saints will be the answer to the problems of our culture


Bishop Andrew Cozzens | November 5, 2020

Last Sunday we celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints, which is always for me one of the most inspiring feast days of the year. It reminds me that I am not alone and that I am surrounded always by this “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1) who are members of the same Church as I am, and who are not only models for me but friends who are helping me to attain the goal of my life.

The goal of my life, by virtue of my baptism, is to become holy, in imitation of the holiness of Jesus. One of the greatest renewals that came from the Second Vatican Council was emphasis on the fact that every member of the Church is called to holiness. “The Church, whose mystery is being set forth by this Sacred Synod, is believed to be indefectibly holy. Indeed Christ, the Son of God, who with the Father and the Spirit is praised as ‘uniquely holy,’ loved the Church as His bride, delivering Himself up for her. He did this that He might sanctify her. … Therefore in the Church, everyone, whether belonging to the hierarchy, or being cared for by it, is called to holiness, according to the saying of the Apostle: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (“Lumen Gentium,” 39).

Bishop Andrew Cozzens

We are living in tumultuous times. The pandemic that continues to profoundly affect our daily lives, the violence and the breakdown in morality that has wracked our country, the many tensions including racial ones that continue to divide us, and of course the tumultuous election — which, as I write these words, is still undecided. I believe that politics and other social movements, important as they may be, cannot save our crumbling culture. The problems of our culture, like those of every time, are rooted in sin, which is the great divider and destroyer of life. If sin is the real problem, and we cannot legislate it away, then what will save our culture? The answer is people bringing the truth, the love, the goodness of Jesus Christ into our culture, which overcomes sin and transforms ordinary humans into saints.

What is a saint? Saints have been captured by the merciful love of God manifested in Jesus Christ and desire in gratitude to imitate Jesus Christ as his faithful disciple in everything they do. Saints are also sinners, but they know the joy of being forgiven and have entered fully into the daily struggle of seeking to be holy in every aspect of their lives. They love virtue and seek to grow in its practice daily. Of course, they begin to live their daily lives through the strength of the three great virtues of faith, hope and love. But they also love virtues particularly lacking in our modern culture like humility, chastity, temperance, prudence, courage and perseverance.

There has never been a saint who did not have a deep personal relationship with God in prayer, and through daily spending time with God in prayer and meditating on his word they develop a supernatural outlook, which allows them to see the problems of our modern culture from God’s perspective. Led by the Holy Spirit, they learn to give their whole lives in fidelity to God’s particular call for them, whether that is serving the poor daily, being the best lawyer or judge they can be, bringing the love of God to medicine as doctors or nurses, teaching and forming children in the home, counseling women considering abortion, or an infinite number of things, always using the particular gifts God has given to them. Again, to quote Vatican II: “This holiness of the Church is unceasingly manifested, and must be manifested, in the fruits of grace which the Spirit produces in the faithful; it is expressed in many ways in individuals, who in their walk of life, tend toward the perfection of charity, thus causing the edification of others” (“Lumen Gentium,” 39).

Saints are the most joyful people on earth because they have discovered and are living the true meaning of their lives. Through prayer they have learned to model their lives on the paschal mystery and they begin to see their daily sufferings as their participation in Christ’s suffering. This makes their suffering deeply meaningful because they know that through uniting their sufferings to Christ’s at holy Mass, it is fruitful for the whole world just as his was. Nothing can conquer this joy of knowing that their lives are part of the great work of redemption that Jesus began with his incarnation and continues in his Church throughout all time. This is why the universal testimony of the martyrs is that they went to their death with joy! For saints, even the greatest evil of death becomes another step toward union with the one they love.

The great mystery of human life is that we were created by God to be saints. As St. John Henry Newman said, “God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission.” Thus, the only real tragedy in life is not to fulfill this mission from God. What a sad thing it would be to die and to meet God and to have him say to me, “Look at all the wonderful things I wanted to do through you, if only you would have listened to me more in prayer.”

What must we do? Each of us must commit ourselves to fulfilling this God-given mission we have. It begins when I honestly look at my life and ask myself: Is holiness, imitation of Jesus Christ, the real goal of all my life? Am I doing everything I can to love the Lord, my God, with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind, and to love my neighbor as myself?”

If I’m not doing this, then my life has to change, today. I need to seek out those who can help me do this. It will certainly be difficult, but not impossible. And it is important to remember the saying my mom always told me, “If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.” Let’s be saints and be part of God’s plan to heal our world.

Cheater Caught on Camera? It Looks Like it But There’s an Explanation

UPDATE– Here’s the explanation– Via Citizen Free Press — This is a ballot that can’t be read by the machine so someone reads the votes to a second person fills in the ballot. President Trump CRUSHED IT in Pennsylvania! Trump far exceeded expectations! Democrats needed NEARLY 700,000 VOTES after ballots were counted on election night…

Source: Cheater Caught on Camera? It Looks Like it But There’s an Explanation