This week’s linkfest is brief and focuses on obvious truths the press and society at large neglect, even though these truths are right before our eyes. The list of links is brief; the list of such truths, much longer. No surprises here: legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh explains

. At the London Telegraph, columnist Brendan O’Neill states the obvious: “

.” Here’s the opening:

In Western news-making and opinion-forming circles, there’s a palpable reluctance to talk about the most noteworthy thing about modern Islamist violence: its barbarism, its graphic lack of moral restraint.

Matt Walsh, with a typical dose of stinging common sense, notes that adolescence is a very recent–and harmful–invention. Here’s a taste of the essay:

In modern Western society, we’ve delayed the onset of adulthood, instead inventing a new sort of human: the “teenager.” The teenager exists in this limbo which we’ve created; we call it “adolescence.” Adolescence is a state-of-the-art modern innovation, like crack-cocaine or chemical warfare. Take a time machine back to the early 19th century, or any century prior, and you won’t see it or hear of it. The contemporary Western adolescent would be looked at like an alien species by anyone who lived in any era prior to the late 1800′s.

True. Following this week’s theme, but on a more spiritual level, Jeff Weddle points out that

. Jeff has written follow-up posts here and

. May you be enlightened and even blessed by these readings. Thanks for visiting. Update: This link is totally off topic, but I want to share it anyway:

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