Heroes Rising

superhero squirrels
Superhero Squirrels

By Charlie Johnston

VVhat vve have going on in this country right now is a giant protection racket. Antifa and BLM are like the Mob coming into a neighborhood and telling you, “Nice little business you have here. VVouldn’t vvant anything to happen to it.” They’ll give “protection” by not torching it if you pay the price every month.

It does not surprise me (well, maybe a little) that so many Democrat officials prefer to become Mob bosses than protect the people they were elected to defend. In Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan was completely down with the mob – until they came after her house. Then she finally decided they needed to be shut down. See, the little folks don’t get any protection, but the big guys demand they be exempt from the violence their policies fuel. In Minneapolis, before voting unanimously to eliminate the police department, city council members also voted to provide themselves with robust private guards. VVhat did surprise me was how eagerly those elements of our society who have not visibly gone insane lined up to pay their protection money. Many Republican “leaders,” many religious leaders, and corporations galore are bending the knee before the left-wing fascists – and demanding that all of us do. A lot of corporations are doing an advertising boycott of Facebook unless it gets more draconian about censoring conservative and Christian thought.

If you have ever wondered how death camps, gulags, slavery and genocide could be mounted in otherwise seemingly civilized areas, just look around at all the people who should know better that are taking the knee and groveling. The screaming young illiterates, if this were 70 years ago, would be screaming on behalf of the Jim Crow system. These thugs are the spiritual heirs of segregationists Bull Connor and Lester Maddox, evil men who leveraged race-based claims of supremacy to secure their own power.

I will give the Mafia this: if you pay your protection money, they actually do leave you alone. The Mafia is more honorable than Antifa and BLM.


I am moving the national meeting back to September from August. I am planning for the weekend of September 12 and 13. The venue we had in Kansas changed the rules and we could only accommodate 45 people. I want room for 100-200, so I decided to look for places that were solely and privately owned, to prevent anyone pulling the rug out at the last minute. I have three places I am currently looking at. The owner of a Minor League Baseball Team generously offered the use of their stadium, but it is on a far coast so would be too far and hard to get to for many people for this initial meeting. It will be used at sometime, though, I can guarantee!

It also gives us more time to organize the flood of volunteers that have come in. The first month of getting a large organization up and running is dominated by getting the lists of names organized and getting people deployed so they can begin to operate effectively as a unit. I have divided the country into 15 regions, and each will have its own volunteer administration. Many have said they are not sure what they can do. Let me give you a few ideas. VVe will need:

  • Centers that will handle data entry for volunteers
  • Tradesmen such as brickmasons and carpenters
  • Farmers and hunters
  • Medical personnel
  • Teachers and catechists
  • Radio and other communications expertise
  • Security personnel who can help people plan for community and self-defense
  • Logistical expertise – folks who can find the seeds, tools and supplies people need.
  • People who can plan logistics for a siege or other needs in case of attack.
  • Legal experts who can defend activists so long as there is a vestige of law
  • Folks who can organize protests and fun demonstrations
  • Writers and designers who can make up pamphlets for distribution
  • Priests, ministers and other religious.

I am already involved and associated with people who are going after these needs. The first month – until mid-August – involves identifying people and what their skills and interests are and getting them down in usable lists. The second month – until mid-September – involves deploying them in a structure that is close to home for them and provides coordination among all elements to accomplish more than any could alone. All planning and organizational meetings should start with prayer and contemplation of Scripture or other holy readings. I know some solid patriots are largely secular. No problem. They can either tolerate us or form their own group. VVe will relentlessly take the next right step UNDER GOD.

Meantime, I will give a public presentation on Sunday, July 26 from noon to five. Not to worry, I’m not going to drone on for five hours. The actual presentation will be around 40 minutes, laying out where we are, what the stakes are, and how we will proceed. (My tentative title for the talk is, “One of the Family.”) It will be at the Lincoln Theatre in Limon, Colorado (245 E Ave.), which is about an hour east of Denver off I-70. Lunch will be served after my talk – and then we will speak together about our course and the nation’s. I will have the talk taped – but if any who plan to attend are professional videographers, I would love to have you contact me about taping this more professionally. This will be a foundational talk and discussion. For more information, contact Mary Lapchak at lapchakma@gmail.com.


I am profoundly grateful for the generosity of so many of you. Your generosity has helped facilitate gaining the grant I seek to start things up. This is what we will use to secure venues, rent supplies, get the organization legally incorporated and get this thing off the ground. This is our runway, but we need a little more to achieve liftoff. If you have thought about donating, but haven’t yet, I ask you to get it done in the next 72 hours so we can put a good initial budget together.

The organization will be called the Corps of Renewal and Charity, or CORAC. My brother, Steve, CORACcame up with this prototype of a logo; an aviator jacket and glasses with a halo on top. Of course, on the final logo, the aviator jacket must sport a squirrel patch – maybe one of the little guys atop this article.


Last week, David Daleiden released video showing abortion officials admitting, under oath, that sometimes actual, undeniable infanticide is committed to harvest the organs from babies for resale. In his press release accompanying the video, Daleiden asked, “How long will public authorities permit Planned Parenthood and their associates to sell living children inside and outside the womb and then kill them through organ harvesting? The DOJ has vigorously prosecuted the sale of eagle body parts. Surely selling human body parts after cutting them out of an infant with a beating heart is at least as grave of a crime.”

In chatting with David a few days ago, he was a little down that this video has not received as much play as the one he released last month showing PP officials admitting under oath to selling baby body parts for profit. I told him that no matter how horrific the revelations, people are a bit pre-occupied watching the world fall apart around them right now. There will be two more releases before the summer is over. Take the time to watch, if you will. I do not believe the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart will come until we have brought this hideous evil down. One of the things Daleiden’s releases this summer have proven is that PP lies shamelessly and constantly unless put under oath with real, potential legal consequences – and then their tune changes entirely. And the idiot media shamelessly parrots the lies while ignoring the sworn testimony under oath. That’s par for the course: this is the same media that has their reporters calling riots peaceful even as burning, looting and shooting can be seen in the background of their camera shots. How long, O Lord, indeed!


Finally, I’ll close with a little patriotic song, “Summer (for the Overcomer)” just released by my songwriter friend, Kay Clarity. I LOVE the imagery in the video. Enjoy.

204 thoughts on “Heroes Rising

  1. Thank you so much, Charlie. It’s exhilarating to think of what we are undertaking. Praying for the continuing developments as you continue swimming in data, contemplation and communication. Praying for David in these days and praying that our dream to extinguish abortion soon comes true.

    Love the logo! Love the squirrels!

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    1. SteveJ, I think the logo is terrific but would prefer to have a squirrel head in place of the empty area where the shades are. The Q phenomenon has thrived partly because of the Pepe the Frog logo for it, which allows anyone to make other graphics that show the Frog in various other ways and with various other expressions. That logo has literally spread all over the world now because of its flexibility and because people can identify with Pepe and connect.

      A tough-looking or cute or squirrelly or heroic or cool squirrel wearing a tough-looking aviator jacket and shades and surmounted by a halo would be much more flexible in actual use by folks able to make new graphics and would, like Pepe, lend itself to some wonderful and powerful memes. And it can then be used to “photo-bomb” in pictures and graphics. Believe me, we love squirrels and have had a great time with them throughout our work here. I suggest that continuing to develop squirrel logos and graphics will give a lot of creative people drawn to CORAC to playfully expand the memes we can all use. So I would prefer a full squirrel wearing an aviator jacket and shades with a halo than a graphic logo of a jacket without a person or squirrel in it. That kind of empty jacket logo would not be as much fun and might lend itself to comments about us being “empty suits.” People all over the internet do things with squirrels, but few empty jackets get mileage.

      We need not only a squirrel but a name for our iconic squirrel hero, much like the Q movement has “Pepe” who is a frog. What would be a good name for our squirrel? And you can’t use “Rocky” because that’s already been used very famously.

      So I think going that route might be better in the long run. It uses your logo but humanizes it and makes it more flexible in the hands of meme-makers. People all over the world love squirrels and squirrel-based jokes and memes. We’ll all have more fun with it. 🙂

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      1. I love it, SteveBC! And I also really like the idea of a name for our “mascot.” I was thinking something like “Chuck the Squirrel,” but then people would think he was named after Charlie. Then I was thinking “Chip the Squirrel,” but that sounds odd because “Chip” ought to be a chipmunk. Then I thought about “Cory,” as in “Cory the CORAC Squirrel,” and that sounded less dopey. The possibilities are endless. 🙂

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        1. “Chip and Dale” were cartoon chipmunks.

          Maybe we need a mascot-naming contest. “Pepe” works well for the Q movement because it is somewhat irreverent. Squirrels are playful and a little mischievous. I’ve seen them play with barking dogs. And didn’t Charlie and his family have a couple squirrel playmates a number of years ago? What were they named? “Cory” doesn’t cut it in my mind – there’s no sense of mischief in it. One of the tactics Charlie wants us all to use is to use a sense of playful mischief to highlight the overreaches of the Other Side. So we need a name that evokes that. It could be a non-name name, like “Squeaky the Squirrel” or a normal name like … what? I will leave that as an exercise for you, dear Reader! :-))

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          1. A mascot-naming contest? Another great idea!

            Speaking of squirrels, I was talking to my sister-in-law yesterday; and she was telling me about this little red squirrel that lives in her yard. My niece has decided to name the squirrel “Hector” for some reason. Hector is little, but he rules the roost. When he shows up in the yard, all the bigger squirrels just scatter.

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          2. I love it. Keeping the saving of ink/keystrokes in mind – short is sweet, imho. I like Reni. A nickname for the Renewal part of CORAC and in Latin means “rebirth”. While search for the origin of the name I found this too. ❤

            Acrostic Poem About Reni
            R is for Rose, more beautiful as you unfold.
            E is for Excellent, I am glad you’re here with me
            N is for Natural, her beauty and her care.
            I is for Inspirational, your affect on others.

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            1. JLynn, I like the Reni idea. We will need to have a Page in the Menu area that features the full pic of the squirrel mascot dressed and ready to go, so we could explain the name there.

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              1. I like “Reni, too.” Would it be possible, though, to perhaps spell it with a “y” at the end? “Reni” to me looks like a girl’s name (like Bobbi, Jacki, Vicki, Toni, etc.). Call me weird, but I’m envisioning an aviator-jacket-sporting guy squirrel as our mascot; and “Reny” rather than “Reni” to me seems more guy-ish. It would kinda mess up the cool acrostic, though.

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                1. Reny with a y would change the name origin of from Latin/rebirth to Japanese/Water Lily and lilies are associated with Our Blessed Mother.


      2. A good logo should be simple and memorable (vector based, rather than image based). Versatile, so it’s easily applied in any situation, across multiple media channels. The flight squadron squirrel is very cool. That sort of imagery can definitely be used to help tell the brand story, but it’s simply too much to convey in a logo.

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        1. You’re well past my expertise on the subject of logos, MP, but I’m not sure we need a logo. Something fun to help us tell our story and give those who help us a boost in mood, help us have a little fun, that’s what I think we need. The photos at the top of this article with bomber jackets and halos would be terrific for T-shirts and other matters. So do you think we actually need a logo?


          1. I think we need a logo Steve.  Squirrel with cross, arrows and shield.  Think Ephesians armor.  MP is the right man for the task if he is up for it.—- Sent from Doug’s Back Pack

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            1. MP is certainly a good man to develop a logo for us, Doug. I have two comments, though. First, developing a logo is often one of the things that waste time and resources in every start-up. So I’m not a great fan of a logo right now. Second, I have seen the QAnon phenomenon spread worldwide to hundreds of millions of people using only what I guess would be called a mascot, no logo required. Something that grows organically based around a mascot can have a lot of power that a logo never could for a mass movement, simply because it can be played with. Be that as it may, though, my guess is that things will develop the way the people involved want it to as we go along. If it evolves into a logo, great, and if it evolves into a mascot, also great. Maybe both!

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              1. No worries, the folks in charge can do as they see fit. I simply commented because Charlie referred to it as a “prototype of a logo,” so endeavored to provide a little helpful direction. His bro has a very cool idea, though I’d try to avoid complicated images and copyright infringement (as is the case with the jacket image and Pepe the Frog (as hijacked by the Q movement.) It’s already in good hands, and Lord knows He doesn’t need any more committees. Just hearts on fire!

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    1. Hey Tricia, I will do everything I can to hearten and integrate the faithful. Right now I am working to keep up with all that is needful. I will say I probably will, but we will be talking about some operational things there, so there may be some things we discuss that I don’t want our opponents to have easy access to. I think it more likely that there will be a video available right afterwards.

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        1. Ya think?😂😂😂🍅🌶🌽🍉🇺🇸 oh and also… 🐑 and 🐐 control!!!🤗❤️🙏🇺🇸😘😘😘


        2. Great! I am trying to learn to grow micro greens as I do not have land nor patience. I do have a kitchen south window deep in urban America. I used to like peanut butter and bean sprout sandwiches in my lunch because the sprouts stayed crunchy. Micro greens have concentrated nutrients. Radish seeds from the co-op are my first experiment.

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          1. Microgreens are awesome, Katicos. One thing to be aware of about radish sprouts and greens is that radishes (and kale, cabbage, broccoli, turnips, mustard, and some others) are cruciferous vegetables. Raw cruciferous vegetables are very high in substances called goitrogens which, if overconsumed, can negatively impact the functioning of the thyroid gland. Anyone with an underactive thyroid should consider avoiding raw crucifers (alas, no more cole slaw… a real cross for me!), and even people with a healthy thyroid should be careful not to overconsume raw crucifers. 🙂

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    1. Haha Mick! They’d probably rock even better in the aviator jacket, wearing the glasses, of course with the halo on top!

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  2. Hello! Just a little note about David’s most recent video. I watch everything that gets posted by him about what he’s uncovered. Well I try to anyways sometimes it’s just so disgusting I can’t listen or watch anymore. Anyways I’m never browsing the internet the only way I see anything from him is if I click a link provided by this site or lifesite news or another catholic site I subscribe too. I have not seen any news article about him lately. So that is very strange. The last one I saw was the one you mentioned that had had many views. I think that a lot of conservative content is being blocked in ways maybe we don’t even notice. Anyways I appreciate you mentioning it and maybe the story can be recirculated somehow? Thanks for Your constant, unfailing words of encouragement for us all Charlie!
    From Canada

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    1. Erin, if you are on Facebook, David’s Center for Medical Progress has a page there and continually uploads current content. Too, you can check in at the website of The Center for Medical Progress to see current news here.

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      1. Hi Beckita,

        I used the link. Someone needs to tell CMP to change the banner. the one says Planned Parenthood: “Care no matter what” it is in front of a justice symbol. It looks like it is promoting PP.

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        1. I don’t think it looks like it’s promoting PP, in big letters it says UNDER OATH, and it’s the link that takes you to the videos.


  3. I’m sorry, I have been a little out of touch. My beautiful bride endured 7 1/2 hours of surgery and I’ve been preoccupied with her care. Her surgical report is daunting but the surgeon is top notch and a wonderful guy. We are very grateful to him and his fabulous staff.

    She is doing well but this will take time. Thank you all for prayers. I don’t know how much I can participate but certainly financially. I have good communication skills and a science/medical background which may be useful. I am not an organizer but am a good sheep so we’ll figure it out.

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    1. Praying for your wife’s full recovery, Luke. Wow. 7 1/2 hours is a significant surgery. Praying for you too, Luke.

      It’s worth reading the last several pieces to discover the plans unfolding for our next right step with street activism. Please email Charlie so he can include you and your skill set in the gathering of data.

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    2. LM will keep you and your wife in my prayers for a full recovery. It’s always a ++ when the medical staff is so caring and concerned.

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  4. I love your article and squirrel graphics, Charlie. We forge ahead. CoRac.

    An aside, the link for the song/video directs to a Google mailbox login screen.
    I found and am sharing the YT link below. The song and video are delightful!

    Summer (for the Overcomer) – Songs for America [Independence Day for P… https://youtu.be/GrY4iJydYH4

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  5. Hi Charlie, I am a teacher and would like to be on the list. I am also a Catechist—all ages and a certified special education teacher in Coventry, Connecticut.

    My home address is ( edited out address)

    Anne Tindal God is so good!

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    1. Anne, I edited out your address to keep it safe from public exposure. Please email Charlie with your contact info and skills you’re offering… mailto:chrljhnstn@gmail.com

      God bless you, Anne.

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      1. St. Teo at work, protecting the privacy of the fsithful!(:

        Who knows, Gid has a sense of humor and there are billions of angels..perhaps one is named Teo .

        God bless

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  6. I can only imagine hearing the American Mafia saying ” How do you like me now”?
    I have long contemplated something like this and to whom I should look to for the Hunters, fisherman etc. You have made an impressive list and I thank you.

    I have struggled to clarify my way in this conflict and came upon a reading selection in Pope Emeritus book Western Culture. It very well conceived and written speaking on Culture commencing in the Mediterranean (one continent) then divided from the conquest of Islam into three continents Asia, Africa and Europe. Here is one take awa y which has assisted me in my train of thought:

    On revolution
    “…from the letters of the Apostles, in keeping with the vision outlined in the Gospels, show no signs of revolutionary fervor; on the contrary, they are clearly opposed to revolution. The two fundamental texts, Romans 13:1-6 and 1 Peter 2:13-17, are very clear and have always been a thorn in the side for revolutionaries” (“Western Culture”, Ratzinger, Joseph, 2004, pg 70-71 PP2)

    Catholic Study Bible

    Romans 13:1-6

    1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

    2 Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.

    3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,

    4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer.

    5 Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

    6 For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.

    1 Peter 2:13-17

    13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,

    14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.

    15 For it is God’s will that by doing right you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

    16 Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God.

    17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

    What is ‘up’ with the chsracter text formation? The first two words display as:
    “VVhat vve”
    2 ‘V’s versus a ‘w’ well
    demonstrates a whole lot of Happy Holy Souls out of Purgatory.

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    1. Sean, Charlie previously told us that the “w” key is not working on his keyboard. I think he’s devised a clever vvay to get around that problem for now.

      In response to your quoted scripture texts, I think of our faith being one of “both-and.” Discernment and guidance by the Holy Spirit is critical in these times. In addition to the Scriptural passages you’ve shared, we consider the St. Thomas Aquinas quote which I mentioned in the last piece: “When a law is unjust, then it’s no law at all and we have a duty to protest it.”

      Another Scripture passage comes to mind as well. We know that lying is objectively a sin. However, we can recall what the midwives did in the face of King of Egypt’s unjust order.

      “The King of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the King of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Then the King of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” (Exodus 1:15-19)

      We see the midwives not only disobeyed the authority, they lied about it. What did God do? The next lines in this Scripture passage tell us:

      “So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.” (Exodus 1: 20-21)

      It seems we’re now in the part of the Storm where some of our decisions must be made between two or more difficult choices, choices we would – in normal times – not even consider. As long as we acknowledge God – as did the midwives – and to the best of our ability, take the next right step, God will correct any errors we make and continue to guide us along His path.

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      1. Interesting that “VV” was used with the explanation that the “w” key had not been working. Because I am not a frequent reader here, I happened on the blog post and assumed that the “VV” was an attempt to signify a German accent (since the Nazi of Germany did have a controlling tendency — just as the Mafia did).

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  7. From my perch in the choir loft, ten or 12 years ago, I saw/heard a sermon on abortion from my Colorado pastor. He called all of the children in the church to gather in the sanctuary and to look around and greet their friends. Then he gently told them that they really should have even more friends with them. In fact one-third of their friends were missing! ….killed as babies before they were even born. Adults call it abortion. The adults in the pews gasped. The kids looked at one another in bewilderment. In silence the kids returned to their parents in the pews.
    I have never forgotten that sermon.

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    1. Katicos – I think if that happened today the bishop might fire the priest or half the congregation would walk out the door. So many of my Catholic friends pick and choose what they like about the church and discard the rest – this isn’t a customizable faith, you have to go with the program as written! *sigh* my rant for the day.

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      1. Ouch, Madkatmomma! Praise God that here we have two solid bishops: When younger, one was jailed 14 times as a prolife demonstrator; The other one worked out safety with the health department and announced he was safely reopening churches as essential in spite of government restrictions. Then the governor decided to lift some church restrictions so we are “legal.”

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    1. I apologize to you, R Sey Mourre, if my reply is a bit harsh. i know your sensibilities from our past exchange have led to an innacurate ‘quest’ for the truth.

      Your reply, translated into english, is as garbled like mud thru a fine filtered sink drain then displayed as pure mountain water.

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  8. In California, the governor along with the state public health have given an edict that there will be no praising God in song in churches, synagogues or other places of worship for the good of the people.

    It has brought to mind the Gospel of Luke Chapter 19:37-40.

    “and now as he was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen.

    They proclaimed:

    “Blessed is the king who comes
    in the name of the Lord.*
    Peace in heaven
    and glory in the highest.”

    Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”

    He said in reply, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!””

    Do we have the stones to cry out?

    His Triumph on the Cross and the Resurrection occurred a short time later.

    Is the craziness that is occurring now a parallel for what occurred and that soon we will once again see the Triumph of God over evil?

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    1. Beautiful insight, El ingeniero. Oh yes, Our Lady’s Heart will Triumph completely, even as it has begun to Triumph in every heart that has chosen God. Thing is, in the meantime, we have a ton of wood to chop.

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    2. Well a partial way around the live singing ban is:
      Upon choir directors signal, congregation hits play on their smart phones for a YouTube version of Holy God We Praise Thy Name and just hold their hands up in the air swaying with their smart phones blaring; and if it’s not done simultaneously, so what, ‘singing’ in rounds adds a nice festive flair to the ambience.
      Furthermore, a little Gregorian chant during communion via a Bose speaker would be heavenly. 🎶

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    3. These crazy notions are frustrating, El ingeniero de Tepeyac.

      Peggy from Healthy American is from Cali and had this to say. I really like her determination. ❤

      NO, SINGING IN CHURCH IS NOT BANNED!! The Healthy American, Peggy Hall

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  9. I know that priests, ministers and other religious are probably your elite in prayer warriors but grunt warriors in the laity can be a constant force for intercession. I’m not sure I can claim any expertise from the list, but I have had a lot of experience with intercession. 🙂

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    1. Lambzie, I am so happy to see you. Maybe you have been posting and I didn’t see it, but I missed you none the less. 🙂

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  10. Offered up Mass this morning for Fr. Altman, any further updates on his condition? These 3 wise “man”, ( Frs. Altman, Peckman and Heilman) need our prayers!

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    1. Haven’t heard that Fr. Altman is released from hospital yet, but Fr. Rick gave an update yesterday at noontime and said Fr. A is happy and healthy. Thanks be to God.

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  11. This piece is sooooo heartening!!! Can’t wait to listen to our new song!!!

    This is probably not nice to say and we are really only joking but mike (being 100% Italian ) said the other night…”They need to bring the mob back!” 😂😂😂

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  12. Dear Charlie,

    At the risk of making a bad pun, (which you’ll soon see) is CORAC as the name of the organization “set in stone”? (Corps of Renewal and Charity, or CORAC) …

    I was thinking maybe along the lines of ROCK … to stand for the Revival of Christ’s Kingdom.

    And here’s what happens when the STORM comes and you have ROCK for your foundation:

    “Build Your House on the Rock

    “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” — Matthew 7:24-27


    I submit this for your kind consideration.

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  13. “The Corps of Renewal and Charity” is a thought-provoking choice of name.

    I immediately thought of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, which set forth from St. Louis in May 1804 and reached the Pacific Ocean in November 1805. They wintered with my Chinook ancestors at the mouth of the Columbia and then returned to St. Louis in September 1806.

    “Corps” implies military structure, loyalty, patriotism, courage, fortitude, and endurance.

    “Renewal” implies restoration and revitalization of high ideals and the living out of these ideals, in part by setting wrongs right in proper ways.

    “Charity” implies authentic Christian love dwelling within each of us, characterizing our relationships, motivating our actions, and attracting others.

    Which reminds me of this beautiful version of Ubi Caritas released just a few days ago:

    God bless and keep you, friends ~
    Sister Bear

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    1. Thanks Sr. Bear.

      I just noticed that the TNRS Leaders Forum does not send out a notification vvhen a new post goes up. So those of you vvho have signed up, check it out for an action alert has been posted today. Click on the one from today’s date. Oddly, it is NOT the first one on the page of Action Alerts.

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      1. Action Alerts from this venue are sent via webmail directly to the email addresses of the members, and notifications are sent to notify users of new comments and replies left on topics, if you choose to *watch* a topic by selecting this option available on the lower right hand side of the topic dialogue box.

        There is already a wealth of information there, which is why logging in on a routine basis may be useful. Most categories have a *sticky note* at the very top before the announcements/topics begin, with basic *how to* instructions. Please feel free to look around and acquaint yourselves with the ins and outs.

        The forum provider has a FAQ section under the banner to the left on the Home screen.
        Within the The Next Right Step Leader Forum :: General Forums and Topics :: Our Meeting Hall section are topics that address more personalized technical and non-technical issues.

        I encourage our CORAC members to drop in and say hello! 🙂

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        1. Thank you for explaining this, Jen. Jen Byrd, by the vvay, is the keeper of the Forum – and boy have I been keeping her hopping lately. Thanks and God bless you Jen for this laborious labor of love!

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        2. Jen and Charlie, I never received an e-mail notification about Charlie’s new “Action Alert,” even though I long ago I checked the “Watch this forum” box. If I hadn’t read Charlie’s comment above, I wouldn’t have known that he’d put up a new Action Alert. I’m sure it’s a glitch on the forum’s end rather than on Jen’s end, but for years I’ve been missing out on many of the posts on forums that I am “watching.” Jen or SteveBC or anybody else techy, what do I need to do in order to ensure that I always receive notifications regarding new stuff that goes up at the forum?

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          1. New topics/announcements do not generate a notice. Only subsequent comments and replies may be *watched* and will create a notice and generate an email. This is why I encourage visiting the forum on a routine basis in order to stay on top on matters.

            Did you receive Charlie’s latest Action Alert as an email newsletter? In addition to being posted on the Charlie’s Action Alerts Section of the Forum, it is manually sent via TNRS Leader webmail to each member’s email inbox. If you did not receive it as such, check your spam folder please.

            Another possibility could be that your forum account *Profile* has allow newsletters emails turned off. Under the welcome and your account name, top right corner, tap on that link and there you may access your *Profile* pages. Please check your approved *Profile* functions which are categorized under the *Preferences* tab and be sure, allow newsletters button is highlighted as yes. 🙂


            1. Jen, I just did what you said; and I saw that the box to allow for e-mail newsletters was already checked “yes.” I also checked my spam folder; and the newsletter wasn’t there, either. So I’m at a loss. Anything else I should check or try?

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              1. I am scratching my head. I reviewed your profile and as a Moderator you have automatic access to mails being sent from the Forum. I have Comcast as my email provider, and they on more than one occasion, have blocked correspondences from certain and mainly Catholic newsletters.

                I will suggest that we use an alternate email address as your account primary email address and keep the AOL one on file as a backup email address.

                Let me know your thoughts at contact-us@tnrsleaders.org and we will take it from there. ❤

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                1. Gosh, I’m lost in this conversation! I don’t know what an action alert is. I get an email when there is a new post only. I can’t get a wordpress account b/c it won’t let me use my name (taken). Is that wp account required?

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                  1. No worries Annie. The good news is this is not about our WP accounts, which are complicated enough. This is for an alternate Forumotion account and we’ve moved the discussion away from here for that reason. 😉

                    I apologize for the confusion. ❤


                  2. Annie, the conversation that Jen and I are having doesn’t relate to this site; rather, it relates to the TNRS Leader Forum. People who are contacting Charlie in order to volunteer in the newly forming CORAC group are being invited to join that forum. the Action Alert is a post that Charlie made on that forum.

                    Anyhow, if you want in, just let Charlie know by sending him and e-mail (if you haven’t already). 🙂

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                    1. As our CORAC volunteers are stepping up to the challenge before us, and invitations are being delivered, it has come to my attention that several of the TNRSLeader.org email invitations are not being received. 😦

                      Please check your spam folders and be certain that you add our address in your email address book. Thank you! ❤

                      Those of you interested in joining ranks, please send your name, address, phone number and skill set to Charlie at chrljhnstn@gmail.com.

                      E pluribus unum and In God we Trust! ❤


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  14. R. Sey…..
    I thought your comment rather intriguing. Maybe coded? So I did a little research to try to better understand. So if someone can decode, please help.
    Biblical account of the battle Mishmash -Wikipedia
    As described in 1 Samuel 13, “Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin, but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.” Jonathan is recalled to have found a secret path around the Philistines, allowing him to flank them and defeat them.

    Jonathan silently approached the Philistine garrison with his armour-bearer, not telling his father of the act, and passed two rocky crags: “there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez and the name of the other Seneh.” The two single-handedly climbed the ramparts and attacked the garrison “within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plough.” They are said to have killed twenty men together in that single ambush. The remainder of the camp awoke with confusion, and “melted away and they went on beating down one another.” During the confusion and chaos, a detachment of Israelite warriors had previously been fighting alongside the Philistines defected over to the army of King Saul, bringing the king’s force from six hundred men to several thousand strong. Finally, a miraculous earthquake threw the entire Philistine host into disarray. Drawn by the sounds of combat, Saul approached the garrison with his own force only to find that the army had already torn itself apart in fear, with the majority of survivors fleeing from Saul’s army. No account in the Bible tells us how many Philistines fell in the battle, though Josephus numbers the Philistine casualties to as many as 60,000.

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  15. Love the SuperSquirrels, the Logo, and the music video. Since we keep getting great graphics and great sound, we cannot lose but will go from strength to strength! 😀

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  16. I recommend that t shirts be made with the CORAC name and squirrel on it as a fundraiser. I believe all of us would get one. Is anyone else having trouble sleeping due to what is ahead of us? It’s like the night before your wedding or before your dearest friend comes to town. I’m just restless, ready, scared, trusting, and fearless!!

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    1. That’d be awesome, V. Even if we’re simply able to purchase the T-shirts without a fundaraiser, I’d love to have one I understand what you’re saying about anticipation of the unknown things about what’s coming ahead. I have some ways of thinking I employ to keep calm and carry on doing what’s right before me. 🙂

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  17. I have been pondering this day the possibility of all this “minor tribulation “ and Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary going down and up again in a very natural way! Sort of like just normal things that would naturally occur anyway!??? Just something I’m pondering 🤔 today…

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    1. Doug, a few pieces back, Charlie set a limit on video length to 30 minutes max. As a moderator, I’m so grateful he did because it’s mighty time-consuming to vet the vids. I’ll clear this longer one this time, but it’d be so much easier and less time-consuming, even for the 20-30 minute videos, if the commenter would paraphrase the points being made. Like Cliff notes. Reading simply goes jifyy quick compared to hearing and viewing videos. 🙂

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        1. Just watched the video.
          It does indeed give you another perspective.
          I thought it was insane to want to defund the police.
          Now I still believe its insane but I understand their insanity.
          It was interesting to think no matter how many frequent positive experiences we may have had
          with the police, it is the one bad experience that sticks in our mind.
          On youtube there are over 6000 replies, some saying that things are better now.

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          1. My next door neighbor watched it.  He is a police officer in a middle class town in NH.  He has mixed feelings over it.  He says that when he is involved it is always when folks are having there worst day meaning they are being arrested.  Basically, what he is saying is there are two sides to the story.  It is a very complex situation and it is something I think will take miraculous intervention.  Anyway, I did get some good insight.—- Sent from Doug’s Back Pack

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  18. “I will give the Mafia this: if you pay your protection money, they actually do leave you alone. The Mafia is more honorable than Antifa and BLM.”. Great insight Charlie!
    Actually from what I read here in the western suburbs of Chicago, one Latino mafia boss vowed to go after the looters if they touch Latino businesses, promising bullets in action…

    Anyway, I can’t really understand why the rich lefty people are trying to cut the branches of capitalism they are sitting on… One explanation might be there are deeper roots to that on moral/spiritual level. I don’t think it is about fair distribution of wealth, it is rather a battle for moral principles…
    Let me give you an example. I was only 11 years old when communism fell apart in Poland. I remember waiting few hours in lines to get a piece of meat which by the way was proportioned, you got limited coupons per family you could use to get meat and you would be often lucky to get it waiting long hours in from of the “store”…
    Okay the Democrat I have been arguing a lot recently was around 20 years old when she left Communist Poland in 1987 for Reagan’s USA. So my Democrat friend enjoyed her life living American dream, however, in the process started living a very liberal life, including having an abortion. Now, the underlying awareness of this person might be that with the Christian values coming back, evil will be called evil. I think this is why despite having a flourishing capitalist business, she is all in for the anarchist cancel culture, she is all for cutting the branch she is sitting on rather than for admitting among others “I actually killed my baby and it was wrong”…

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    1. I will pray for your Democrat friend, Pawel, and for all those who are eager to cut off the branch that they’re sitting on (I really like the way you phrased that).

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  19. The Joyful Mysteries:

    The Annunciation – Love of Humility. Humility is the love & acceptance of God’s truth: that we are nothing before God. To accept God is to behave like God (Jesus’s example), live the Great Commandment & 1Corinthians – Ways of Love.

    The visitation – Love & Charity towards our neighbors. Simply put the second part of The Great Commandment, as by doing so we act as God’s children, as taught in Matthew’s gospel.

    The nativity – Love of God & detachment from the things of the world. To love God is to put God first.

    The presentation – Obedience. To submit to a higher moral authority.

    The finding in the Temple – Zeal for the Glory of God. Synonoms for Zeal: enthusiasm, passion, fervor, & ardor (To persevere in these). To magnify the Lord God.

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    1. Al, I copied your post and put it in my rosary meditation book. Do you have more for the other mysteries? Thank you for helping me say my rosary with a deeper sense of contemplation. I have always had a bit of difficulty with the fifth joyful mystery. 🙂

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      1. Joyful, I always offer that one up for Bishops, priests and religious and then mention many by name.—- Sent from Doug’s Back Pack

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      2. Now….  how can anyone who goes by the name of Joyful here have trouble with the Joyful mysteries.  Hmmmmm?—- Sent from Doug’s Back Pack

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        1. Doug, lol 🙂
          I have five children. I always think about fear striking Mary’s heart when He was “lost”. I know how that feels. The joy in that mystery comes at the end when she finds Him. What I so liked about Al’s
          description were the fruits that fit that mystery and how I can intercede for my children to acquire these fruits in their search for Jesus (some closer than others).

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          1. Yes.  When my twin girls were little (they are 33 now), they quickly disappeared around a corner one day while my wife and I were in a store.  I only turned my head for a minute.  Shear terror amd panic instantly overwhelmed me.  I started running around looking for them.  It did not take long to find them not far.  What a relief.As an aside, I just found out yesterday that one of the twins has Covid 19.  She is zonked out by it.  She is the one who has strayed from her faith.  We have not seen her for over 2 weeks.  So we are safe, but she could use a prayer or two.  God bless!—- Sent from Doug’s Back Pack

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              1. Thanks Kim.  She describes it as having strep throat, mono and the flu all at the same time.—- Sent from Doug’s Back Pack


                  1. Thanks Kim.  I just went for the antibody test today to see if I already had it.—- Sent from Doug’s Back Pack


                  1. You are too kind Becks.  I joked with her.  I said I would ring the door bell and run away.  She called it, “ding dong ditch.”  Sounds like she might have had some experience there.—- Sent from Doug’s Back Pack

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      3. My abilities are like a hammer, things are roughly put together with a basic framework, I don’t have the talents nor gifts to make it any nicer.

        I did sorrowful previously, let me see if I can find it.

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        1. Al, thank you. Sorrowful meditations are in my book now, too. Please understand that your gift and talent IS the basic framework. Sometimes nice is too “helpful” and meditation needs a little space to develop from the personal experiences of the one praying. You leave the space to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work. Bless you. 🙂


          1. I see the Glorious Mysteries as such:

            The Resurrection – Faith. Faith is obedience & trust in God in the present (in action now).

            The Ascension – Hope. Hope is trusting in God’s providence for the future, thus freeing us of the worries of tomorrow, so we can focus on today.

            The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Zeal for the glory of God. Unlike the version in the 5th Joyful Mystery, this one focuses on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Do we think to call upon God’s Holy Spirit for guidance & help?

            The Assumption – Desire for a holy death. Which is basically a desire for Heaven & to be with God. Do our thoughts & actions show a strong desire for Heaven & God?

            The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – A greater love for the BVM. As Mother of the Church & Queen of all Saints, we should trust intercessions of Our Heavenly Mother to help us “Now and at the hour of our death.” Mary’s Church approved intercessions & warnings throughout history has been to bring us closer to Jesus Our Lord & Saviour.

            These are by no means complete, the Rosary is a meditative reflection (and even analysis) of our souls & lives.

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      4. The sorrowful mysteries:

        Agony in the Garden, sorrow for sins. Material that examine our condcience before confession can be helpful, as Jesus suffered for our sins as well.

        Scourging at the pillar, mortification. What things do wevdeny ourselves? Have we any fastings & sufferings to offer up?

        The crowning with thorns, moral courage. What have we done to proclaim Jesus Christ & the Good News? Or have we stayed quiet and avoided speaking up?

        The carrying of the cross, patience. The lack of patience comes from a lack of humility, lack of charity, and to believe & desire to be above others. Where have we failed at patience?

        The Crucifixion, final perseverance. The ability to see our daily faith through all obstacles & opposition. We have to keep up the good fight of faith till the day we die. Where have we given up in faith, hope, charity, & love?

        I’ll do the Glorious Mysteries sometime soon, I try to organize my thoughts to make it easy to follow.

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  20. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! 😉

    I almost missed today’s verse:

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 9 Jul – Ephesians 3:20-21
    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to him be glory in church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Of all the names for God in the Bible, this is my favorite: Him who is able to do immeasurably more. Our God is the same God who parted the Red Sea and fed 5,000 on a green hillside with only a couple of sardine sandwiches. He longs to do more than we ask and imagine, but most of us haven’t really given Him much of a challenge. Dream big dreams for God. Then hang on!
    Almighty and awesome God, do in our day what you did in past days. Give us faith to believe and then amaze us at the smallness of our faith. Give us vision to see your plan and do greater things. We ask this, not for ourselves or our experience, but for your glory and the salvation of our World. In Jesus name. Amen. Visit heartlight.org for more




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  21. CORAC – I love the name Charlie – seems inspired. I would appreciate prayers if you wouldn’t mind – moving mom and dad this weekend so they can have more help. Mom’s stroke has been difficult, but she still has her sense of humor.

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    1. I will keep you and yours in my prayers at this difficult time, Susan. ❤ May her humor be a source of consolation during her healing and recovery for all who love and care for her.

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  22. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! 😉



    I’d like to believe Prof. George’s opinion that Standing Up with words will defeat “The Bullies” of 2020 …. but ….. Methinks we are done past the time for Words to win the Fight?






    Comrade Deblasio has outlawed all large gatherings … except for BLM Protests.
    It would do my heart Good to see a really BIG NYC Protest, Parade &/or Demonstration of/by BLM …… BLM as in Blue Lives Matter!! Just how many NYPD … active duty/retired/former Cops …. plus their families, friends supporters are there in/near NYC? It’s past time for counter-revolutionary “Actions”!



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  23. When I clicked on the link for the song it took me to a gmail listing of my recent browsing history. Any other links for the song?

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  24. Regarding the censorship by Facebook, don’t forget the shadow banning by Google, the search censorship that they also carry out, and the way Twitter has of silencing, banning, and closing down accounts.

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