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The Business of Addiction: How the Video Gaming Industry Has Learned From Casinos

Last edited 21st September 2017

The video gaming industry has transitioned from a group of backyard innovators to an industry of multi-billion dollar companies, hiring psychologists, neuroscientists and marketing experts to turn customers into addicts. The latest trend is the creation of “whales,” people so addicted to games that they spend their entire life savings to keep playing. But the video gaming industry, today one of the fastest growing industries in the US, has more humble origins.

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I Grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's Why I Left.

Last edited 29th August 2017

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarisation, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

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California's First Catholic School Sparks Controversy by Removing Statues

Last edited 29th August 2017

Parents are concerned after a California Catholic school has removed several religious statues from its campus in an effort to be more inclusive of other faiths.

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Enough With the Drama: Some Thoughts on Taylor Swift

Last edited 28th August 2017

Taylor Swift, a celebrity genius (a mogul, some might say), has sent shock waves through the world with her sudden drop of “Look What You Made Me Do,” the first single off her new record Reputation, due to drop November 10. There was intrigue, mystery, and endless hype associated with this release for a few reasons:

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Anti-LGBTI Posters Shown to Be Photoshopped: News Outlets On Call to Stop Manufacturing Fake News

Last edited 28th August 2017

The Coalition for Marriage today said it was “staggering” that a photoshopped image of an anti-LGBTI poster was used on a number of Network Ten news programs, which presented as evidence of “hateful” campaigning ahead of the postal plebiscite.

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A Comprehensive List of Social Media Priests (and Bishops, Archbishops, and Cardinals) to Follow

Last edited 22nd August 2017

Though many point out the evil and harm of social media, we all have the choice to use social media for our own personal gratification or to use it as a tool to bring glory to God. We can choose to use social media for good!

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Barcelona Attack: 13 Killed as Van Rams Crowds in Las Ramblas

Last edited 17th August 2017

Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas area, Catalan police and local officials say.The vehicle sped along the pedestrian area that is popular with tourists, mowing down people and sending others fleeing for cover.

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Let them Come to me: Reflections of a Small Group Leader

Last edited 17th August 2017

Over the past five years, I’ve had the pleasure of being a small group leader at Ignite Conference. I’ve seen many faces and had the chance to share many people’s experiences. A few years ago, I was a small group leader for a group of year 12 guys. There were about 13 or so and for the first few sessions conversation was slow and shallow but eventually they began to open up and share about their lives and the journey they were going on over Conference.

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Ignite Conference 2017 Devotional 1 – Come, Follow Me.

Last edited 15th August 2017

I’ve been having a problem at work, and I’m certain that it is my own fault. I’ll be happily sitting at my own desk, typing away, working hard, headphones in and music bumping. Next thing I know, a soft mist is falling on my hair. Today, Tash, who I work with and sits beside me, had to spray me with whiteboard cleaner to get my attention.

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Touring the Vatican from Home is Now Possible

Last edited 10th August 2017

Those who have not seen the Vatican surely are not waiting for lack of desire. There are no more excuses now! The website vaticanstate.va makes it possible to tour different corners of the Vatican from any screen.

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