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Ep. 6

SHERRY SHRINER Part 6: Unraveling

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Rutherford, New Jersey

Rutherford is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 18,061, reflecting a decline of 49 (−0.3%) from the 18,110 counted in the …

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Illuminati

The Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, ‘enlightened’) is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on …

Stephen Mineo
December 21, 2012
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December 21, 2012

by History

“For years there was speculation that on December 21, 2012, the world as we know it would end. Some predicted that we’d be wiped out by a natural disaster like a giant tidal wave, an Earth-wide earthquake or a tremendous volcanic eruption. Others believed that on that day in December, the Earth would collide with a mysterious ‘Planet X,’ causing magnetic pole shifts, gravitational reversals or a black hole so big that our solar system would simply disappear. What’s more, believers said that this news was not really news at all; on the contrary, they argued, we have known about the coming apocalypse since the ancient Maya predicted and recorded it on their Long Count calendar more than 2,200 years ago.”

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The FEMA camps conspiracy theory holds that the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is planning to imprison US citizens in concentration camps. This is typically described as following the imposition of martial law …

Sherry Shriner’s website
What is Conspiracy Theory Addiction?
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What is Conspiracy Theory Addiction?

by Addiction Center

“Conspiracy theory addiction is a behavioral addiction that can have a hidden impact on the way you perceive events and has been linked to having more negative attitudes. Rather than helping one cope with their negative feelings, the belief in conspiracy theories can create a cycle of distrust and disempowerment. As a person encounters different sources, it is important to be able to analyze the information and distinguish between false theories and real threats.

People who strongly believe in conspiracy theories and become addicted may experience some of the following:

  • Feeling anxious or fearful for no particular reason.
  • Feeling a loss of control.
  • A need to make sense of complex topics or unrelated events, even with little or no topical knowledge.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Strong urge to make connections between a series of unrelated events or behaviors.
  • Belief in paranormal explanations for scientific phenomenon.
  • A sense of not belonging or isolation.
  • A great alienation, disengagement, or disaffection from society

If the presence of the previous feelings and behaviors significantly impact a person’s ability to function in their daily lives, they may have a conspiracy theory addiction.”

Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
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Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

by U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” Individuals can experience a TBI through everyday activities like playing contact sports, being involved in a car accident, or falling and striking their head. Military service members and Veterans are also at risk of brain injury from explosions experienced during combat or training exercises.

A review of 33 relevant studies, published in 2020 by researchers from the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, found that service members with TBIs have higher rates of PTSD, depressive disorder, substance use disorder, and anxiety disorder than those without TBI. A number of studies from throughout the nation linked TBI to greater severity of PTSD symptoms, and one study showed higher rates of suicide attempts. However, studies on the effect of TBI on the severity of depression and substance use disorder symptoms were mixed.”

Barbara and Stephen
Monroe County sheriff explains complicated Pennsylvania firearm laws
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Monroe County sheriff explains complicated Pennsylvania firearm laws

by Pocono Record

Stephen and Barabara’s home
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Stephen and Barabara’s home
Paganism: Wicca
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Paganism: Wicca

by BBC

“Religious Witchcraft is not merely a system of magic, but is a Pagan mystery religion worshipping Goddess and God and venerating the Divine in nature. Its origins lie in pre-Christian religious traditions, folklore, folk witchcraft and ritual magic, but most Witches draw their inspiration from the ‘Book of Shadows’, a book of rituals and spells compiled by of one of Wicca’s major figures Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884-1964).”

Image shown is an original excerpt from Gardner’s Book of Shadows.

Wiccan Clothing and Ritual Attire
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Wiccan Clothing and Ritual Attire

by Wicca Living

“Ritual robes are often worn by Wiccans and other Pagans as a way of separating themselves from the everyday mundane aspects of life and enhancing their sense of magic and mystery. For these practitioners, donning a robe is as much a part of the mental and spiritual preparation for ritual as taking a cleansing bath or sitting in meditation. Typically Wiccans wear nothing underneath their ritual robes, but this is a personal choice—as always, do what’s comfortable for you.”

Ultrasonic Reverse Speech Analysis
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Ultrasonic Reverse Speech Analysis

What Johnny Galvin found in “Return to Sender”:

I’ll serve the Devil. I’ll serve him. I love you. I’m lost. Serve the Devil. Yeah, Satan. 

“Misinformation” vs. “Disinformation”: Get Informed on the Difference
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“Misinformation” vs. “Disinformation”: Get Informed on the Difference

by Dictionary.com

Misinformation: “false information that is spread, regardless of intent to mislead.”

Disinformation: “false information, as about a country’s military strength or plans, disseminated by a government or intelligence agency in a hostile act of tactical political subversion.”

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Victim playing (also known as playing the victim, victim card, or self-victimization) is the fabrication or exaggeration of victimhood for a variety of reasons such as to justify abuse of others, to …

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Old Testament

The Old Testament (often abbreviated OT) is the first division of the Christian biblical canon, which is based primarily upon the 24 books of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh, a collection of ancient …

What is a False Prophet?
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What is a False Prophet?

by Jesus Film Project

“False prophets are people who claim to speak on behalf of God but have their own agendas. Jesus warned the disciples to keep an eye out for these people when He said:

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them (Matthew 7:15–20).

Not only did Jesus alert His followers to the dangers of false prophets, but He also gave them instructions on recognizing these charlatans. Why are false prophets so hazardous?…”

How Does the Bible Define Discipleship?
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How Does the Bible Define Discipleship?

by Mary Fairchild, Learn Religions

“A simple definition of discipleship is found in The Lexham Cultural Ontology Glossary: ‘The process of training people incrementally in some discipline or way of life.’

The Gospel Message in the Early Church presents a more detailed explanation of biblical discipleship: ‘Becoming and being a flourishing follower of Jesus who embodies the character of Christ by engaging in a lifelong, personal pursuit of holistic transformation and doing so within a like-minded community of faith that’s corporately committed to being and making other disciples.'”

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The occult, in the broadest sense, is a category of supernatural beliefs and practices which generally fall outside the scope of religion and science, encompassing such phenomena involving otherworldly agency as mysticism, spirituality, and magic. …

Angels in the Flesh
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Angels in the Flesh

by Sherry Shriner, sherryshriner.com

Part 1 of 2 of Sherry’s series “Angels in the Flesh” blog series in which she breaks down her philosophy of good vs. evil and the spiritual war happening on Earth.

Who Are the 144,000 in the Bible and Is This Number Symbolic or Literal?
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Who Are the 144,000 in the Bible and Is This Number Symbolic or Literal?

by Chad Napier, Christianity.com

“And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” – Revelation 7:4 (New International Version)

Three prominent theories offer insight into what interpreters and Christians believe this numerical reference means in the Bible.

Lilith
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Lilith

Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1866-1868).

by Janet Howe Gaines, Biblical Archaeology Society

“For 4,000 years Lilith has wandered the earth, figuring in the mythic imaginations of writers, artists and poets. Her dark origins lie in Babylonian demonology, where amulets and incantations were used to counter the sinister powers of this winged spirit who preyed on pregnant women and infants…She makes a solitary appearance in the Bible, as a wilderness demon shunned by the prophet Isaiah. In the Middle Ages she reappears in Jewish sources as the dreadful first wife of Adam.”

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Super Bowl XLVII was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Baltimore Ravens and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion San Francisco 49ers to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion …

The Biology of Telepathy
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The Biology of Telepathy

by Srini Pillay M.D., Psychology Today

“Based on this preliminary research, the following hypotheses would be fair:

  1. Our brains are wired to pick up subtle social cues
  2. Our brains are wired to automatically reflect intentions and emotions in the presence of others
  3. For our brains to connect across large distances, we have to be dialed in to a frequency similar to whatever an Internet connection allows
  4. If people have the capacity for telepathy, some people may be more capable than others
  5. The hippocampal and parahippocampal brain regions may be involved in telepathic communication since they are involved in integrating memories and subtle aspects of language communication (e.g. sarcasm.)
  6. ESP [extrasensory perception] could depend on fast inference, which requires more openness to another, as implied by the oxytocin study.”
‘Love is Blind’: Meaning & Context
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‘Love is Blind’: Meaning & Context

by No Sweat Shakespeare

I am glad ’tis night, you do not look on me,
For I am much ashamed of my exchange.
But love is blind, and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit,
For if they could Cupid himself would blush
To see me thus transformed to a boy.

The Merchant of Venice

“Today the phrase ‘love is blind’ is one of the most common comments people make about what people who are in love do, and how they behave. It’s what friends say in response to such things as the apparent incompatibility between couples; the silly behaviour of someone as a result of being in love; of not being practical about the consequences of the things they do because they’re in love, and all sorts of things that people do because of that overwrought condition.

Shakespeare put all that together in the simple statement ‘love is blind.’ The idea itself comes from long before Shakespeare’s time, from one of the images of Cupid (a winged Roman god of love) in which he wears a blindfold.”

“A Lot To Look Forward To” by Lester Norton
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“A Lot To Look Forward To” by Lester Norton
Kast Original: The Opportunist
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Kast Original: The Opportunist
  • Produced by: Hannah Smith and Kate Mays
  • Editing, Sound Design, Mixing, Mastering: Matt Soule
  • Executive Producer, Music Editor, Supervisor: Colin Thomson
  • Story Development Assistant: Jennifer Cron
  • Podcast art: Coat of Arms
  • Written by: Hannah Smith
  • Original Script: Tony Russo
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