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Links regarding faith and belief
and men, women, marriage, and family life,
also sciences, the spritual and the 'supernatural,'
and, of course, Jesus of Nazareth.

Marriage Today

Dad seeks 'wife' for 48-year-old son with full-page newspaper ad
Ben Hooper, UPI Sat 2016-Jun-25 8:02pm

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho, June 22 (UPI) -- A 48-year-old Utah man said his father did not seek his permission before taking out a full-page ad in an Idaho newspaper seeking the younger man "a wife."…

Thanks a lot, Dad!

Spiritual Matters

Voice of A Stranger
Ann Barnhardt Mon 2016-Jun-20 10:44pm

It is now clear to me, and I feel it morally incumbent upon me given my position to publicly state that I believe Jorge Bergoglio, “Francis” to be an Antipope, never having been canonically elected, and that Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI is still the Roman Pontiff.…

I've been saying this all along. But that was just me. This is Ann.

Urantiana

Three concentric azure blue circles
Urantia Reggae in Korea
Jon Dunbar, Korea Times Wed 2016-Jun-15 7:40pm

Reggae singer Pato Banton is on a mission to Korea, coming with his partner and keyboardist Antoinette Rootsdawtah to spread a message of intellectual and spiritual growth.… A meet and greet is planned for Wednesday, socialization on June 17 and a gathering with Korea's Urantia community on June 19.…

Cultural crossroads

Cosmology

Sun
How Earth Moves
V-Sauce, YouTube Wed 2016-Jun-15 10:20pm
Excellent video on time as we measure it and how we travel through space. 21:36

Family Patterns

Black Fathers Matter
PragerU, YouTube Wed 2016-Jun-15 10:22pm

Which poses a bigger threat to black communities: Racism? Or the absence of fathers? Drawing on a sea of official data and his own upbringing, talk-show host Larry Elder shows just how important black fathers are in turning boys into responsible and happy men--and how their absence has had a tragic impact on millions of black Americans.…

Because, of course, fathers matter. Video: 5:20

Man and Woman

Perversion is an American Value, Per Obama DoJ Civil Rights Head
Zip, Weasel Zippers Sun 2016-Jun-12 3:16pm

Legislation that keeps men out of women’s bathrooms is directly contrary to American values, according to assistant attorney general Vanita Gupta, who heads up the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division.…

Obams's American Values - not actual American values. - Quoting Daily Caller

Man and Woman

Men and Women
Texas "Cowboy" Trucker in Stilettos & Skirt? What?
Lana Shadwick, Breitbart Wed 2016-Jun-8 11:12am

A Texas BBQ restaurant has made their transgender bathroom policy abundantly clear — “No Men Allowed in Women’s Bathroom.” A cross-dressing cowboy truck driver has been stirring-up trouble in the Texas BBQ joint. The trucker likes to come in dressed in a skirt or hot pants and a blouse and six-inch stilettos.…

"Cowboy"? As in Brokeback Mountain, I guess.

Modern Family Life

OkWU to Teach Pro-Life Activism
Jacob Furedi, Independent (UK) Tue 2016-Jun-7 12:49pm

…Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU), which evolved out of the Wesleyan Church, is holding the course ‘Pro-Life Training and Applied Bioethics’ which, according to its site, hopes to equip students with the tools “to answer pro-choice arguments compellingly and winsomely in any setting.”…

Man and Woman

Men and Women
Shock: Man Beats Women in Race
Allum Bokhari, Breitbart Mon 2016-Jun-6 5:57pm

Nattaphon “Ice” Wangyot, a male-t0-female transgender athlete became the first trans student to compete for a high school state championship last week.

Wangyot, a senior at Haines High School in Alaska, beat a number of biologically female competitors to the finals at the state Track & Field meet in Anchorage. But her [sic] presence at the race was met with some criticism from her [sic] fellow runners.…

How long will this stupidity be permitted to continue? Until women stand up for themselves again, I suppose.

Spiritual Matters

Can't Keep a Good Lord's Prayer Down
Victor Skinner, EAG News Sat 2016-May-28 3:35pm

School drops Lord’s Prayer from graduation after single complaint — students recite it anyway…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Latest NewThink: Don't Say "Start a Family"
Dave Blount, Moonbattery Fri 2016-May-27 2:55pm

What liberals would eliminate completely, they label as offensive. Per Bill O’Sullivan, Senior Managing Editor of the Washingtonian, that now includes the term “start a family”…

Spiritual Matters

Memorial Crosses Return
Fox News Thu 2016-May-26 1:47pm

…79 white, handmade crosses posted on public property along state Highway 92 in Hiram, Ga., were meant to represent the 79 Paulding County residents who died in America’s wars… were abruptly taken down last Friday after someone called Hiram City Hall questioning whether the soldiers were all Christian.… move sparked public outcry… crosses were put back in place Wednesday morning…

Modern Family Life

Haley Restricts Abortion to Under 20 Weeks
Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart Thu 2016-May-26 7:54pm

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has signed into law a bill that will ban most abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy.… only exceptions to the law are in the rare situation in which the mother’s life is in jeopardy and if a physician determines the baby cannot survive outside the womb…

Which is still really late in pregnancy!

Man and Woman

Men and Women
Congress Backs Off Barry's BS Bathroom Bill
Ken Klukowski, Breitbart Thu 2016-May-26 7:45pm

The full U.S. House of Representatives swats down a transgender measure, just hours after 43 Republicans voted for a Democratic amendment that would have forced transgender rules on all 50 states, and disqualify faith-based groups including the Salvation Army from doing business with the federal government.…

Man and Woman

11 States Sue Feds Over BS Bathroom Directives
Nickarama, Weasel Zippers Wed 2016-May-25 7:16pm

Eleven states and state officials filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging he Obama administration over federal guidance directing schools to provide transgender students with facilities that match their gender identities.…

Citing Breaking911

Healing Ourselves

Advanced Melanoma Skin Cancer Survival Rate Jumps from 1% to 40%
Good News Network Tue 2016-May-24 11:45am

For patients with a deadly skin cancer who previously had few treatment options, a drug that will boost their immune systems has shown great promise.

After 655 patients with advanced melanoma received the drug pembrolizumab, a new study showed 15% of people in the trial had no sign of cancer three years later, achieving total remission.…

Man and Woman

Outrageous Gender Dictates
Big Fur Hat, IOTW Report Tue 2016-May-24 3:47pm

…The most offensive part of the new policy is that, under the Obama administration’s federal guidance:

School districts must allow biological males and females to spend the night together in the same hotel room on field trips;
Colleges must let men who say they are transgender be roommates with one or more women; and
School officials cannot even tell those young women or their parents in advance that their new roommate is a man, without risking a federal lawsuit.

The plain wording of the Obama administration’s diktat is clear enough, yet it has not been reported, even by conservative news outlets.…

It Gets Tens of Thousands for Nonsense and Lies
Nickarama, Weasel Zippers Tue 2016-May-24 11:58am

A “transmasculine” teacher at an Oregon elementary school has been awarded $60,000 by her school district as compensation for harassment she claims to have suffered on the job, including being referred to by the wrong pronoun.…

Cites Daily Caller

Spiritual Matters

Star Trek Enterprise
Actress Who Played Nun Doesn't Know Beans About Bible
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart Fri 2016-May-20 4:00pm

Whoopi Goldberg voiced her support of divorce as a good and important option for many Christians, since it is found “nowhere in the Bible”…

Suggestion: Search on "divorce" at BibleGateway.com.
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Maybe she meant Guinan's El-Aurian bible?
Star Bright
Restoration Work on the Church of Holy Sepulcher
Breitbart / AP Fri 2016-May-20 12:32pm

Christian officials have launched historic restoration work at the Tomb of Jesus inside the Church of Holy Sepulcher, site where tradition holds Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
The works are the first in almost two centuries that will focus on repairing, reinforcing and conserving the structure.… Clerics from the three denominations that oversee the church — Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian — shook hands in a show of unity next to scaffolding erected on Friday.…

It's a miracle!

Man and Woman

Girls must overcome ‘discomfort’ of seeing ‘male genitalia’
MJA, IOTW Report Fri 2016-May-20 12:35pm

A leading North Carolina newspaper [Charlotte Observer] issued an editorial last week telling girls to attempt “overcoming discomfort” at the sight of “male genitalia,” should transgender bathroom laws be enacted.…

Man and Woman

FBI Seeks Help Investigating Rampant Female Genital Mutilation
Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs Sun 2016-May-15 8:58am

The gruesome practice of female genital mutilation is at record highs in America due to the influx of Muslim immigrants. The FBI is asking for help in investigating these vicious acts of misogyny. But at the same time, the FBI goes out of its way to say that it is not Islamic in practice — dhimmis even in this. But they need help, because the Muslim community is very secretive and protective of this ghastly custom. …

Man and Woman

Texas Flag
Texas Tells Obama: Keep Your 30 Pieces of Silver
Nickarama, Weasel Zippers Fri 2016-May-13 4:54pm

…“I believe it is the biggest issue facing families and schools in America since prayer was taken out of public schools,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told reporters.

Obama’s policy “will divide the country not along political lines but along family values and school districts,” Patrick said.

“He says he’s going to withhold funding if schools do not follow the policy,” Patrick said, referring to the risk of schools losing federal funding if they do not adhere to the recommendations. “Well, in Texas, he can keep his 30 pieces of silver. We will not yield to blackmail from the president of the United States.”…

Quoting from Politico
Gender Appropriation
V the K, Ace of Spades Fri 2016-May-13 9:37am

I don't call them 'trans' anymore, I call them 'Gender Appropriators.'

Cosmology

There's Lotsa Worlds Out There
Jon Austin, Express (UK) Wed 2016-May-11 9:51am

…Timothy Morton, associate research scholar at Princeton University in New Jersey, said: "We have discovered 1,284 new planets - the most explanets ever announced at one time."

It more than doubles the previous amount of exoplanets found by the Kepler Telescope, taking the total number to 2,325.

It comes after NASA said they now also believe every star in space has at least one planet orbiting it, further increasing the chance of life evolving somewhere. …

The universe was created to be inhabited!

Earth Science

Life-genic Atmospheric Alterations
Maddie Stone, Gizmodo Wed 2016-May-11 11:00am

…Their analysis revealed that atmospheric pressure 2.7 billion years ago was at most only half of its present value—a result that flies in the face of our understanding of the Earth during the Archaean period. … Now, scientists have to figure out what it means. … suggests something dramatic took place about three billion years ago to reduce the size of the atmosphere. And Som has a hunch as to what that something might be. … Other geochemical evidence suggests that around 3.2 billion years ago, bacteria developed mechanisms for transforming atmospheric nitrogen (N2 gas) into ammonia (NH3), a biologically-useful form. … nitrogen fixation, was utterly essential to the evolution of complex life. Without it, plants and animals would have no way of accessing the nitrogen our cells need to build proteins and DNA. Essentially, Som and others suspect that the ability to strip-mine the atmosphere for nitrogen caused air pressure to take a temporary nosedive.…

All part of the plan.

Banality of Evil

Diabolical Narcissism
Ann Barnhardt Wed 2016-May-11 11:53am

…I know it is long, but the truth is, this topic is so enormous and touches on so many aspects of life, that when I got done recording it I felt like I hadn’t really said anything. Which is why I will have to continue fleshing all of these concepts out in writing here. But now that the video is here and you all can get a general overview, we can really accelerate the discussion on specific manifestions of DN in the world today.…

Nearly three-hour video
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Topics index for video

Man and Woman

Racist Group Supports Sexual Predators
Ian Hanchett, Breitbart Tue 2016-May-10 12:45pm

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks agreed with comparisons between North Carolina’s “bathroom law” and Jim Crow laws and the school segregation laws …

Prehistory - still with us

Newly-Seen Nazca Geoglyph
Mark Miller, Ancient Origns Sat 2016-May-7 12:31am

Experts have discovered a new geoglyph 30 meters (100 feet) long among the Nazca lines on an arid plateau in Peru that experts say depicts an imaginary animal with a long tongue. Archaeologists say the rock carving may date back 2,000 years.…

Urantiana

Three concentric azure blue circles
Planetary Prince Music
Examiner.com Thu 2016-May-5 11:12pm

…Intriguingly enough, Planetary Prince takes its name and spiritual theme from the popular “Urantia Book” — an unspoken bible to many outside Christian, church-going theology. Graves himself is a follower of sorts. “That's a really deep book. A lot of people might think it's sacrilegious, but it makes so much sense about the breakdown of the universe and deities and Earth and man,” the bandleader said in a recent DL Media press release.

“The Urantia Book” has been universally embraced by the non-religious as the true bible. Allegedly conveyed by aliens who came down to Earth to share truths, the book combines spirituality with science…

Unspoken Bible to many outside Christian, church-going theology? What does that even mean, besides being stupidly wrong? Embraced by the non-religious as the true bible? Nonsense and more nonsense. Conveyed by aliens - do all these folks citing the UB drink from the same crazy water source? Holy cow this is dumb.

And the original Planetary Prince was the devil. Hope that's not who they're celebrating.

-BHoL editorial

Modern Family Life

Surrogate Mom Keeps Unwanted Baby
Archit Tripathi, Wimp.com Wed 2016-May-4 1:28pm

…Andrea's friends, the baby's future parents, were no longer excited. They didn't want the hassle and potential heartbreak that accompanied this child, and even told her to terminate the pregnancy. It took a lot of soul-searching for her, but ultimately, she decided that she was going to keep the baby and raise it herself.…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Students Sign Petition for "4th Trimester" Abortions
Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost Mon 2016-May-2 12:05pm

…video has emerged showing George Mason University students… signing a petition to legalize abortion after birth. … demanded that lawmakers legalize "fourth trimester" abortions.… One concerned student asked if the procedure would "cause harm to the child."

"Well the child wouldn't be there anymore," responded Joseph. "It's abortion."

The student then happily signed the petition.…

Citizens of the Idiocracy

Video: MRCTV .org, YouTube, 5:06

Spiritual Matters

Prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi About A Destroyer Pope
Ann Barnhardt Thu 2016-Apr-28 6:44pm

The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound…

Man and Woman

Top 20 Target Sex Crimes Reports
Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart Wed 2016-Apr-27 4:45pm

…Here are the top twenty sex crime reports from Target’s stores across the nation…

Just the top 20, that we know about.

Earth Science

Earth Magnetosphere Collapse Was Software Glitch
Kim LaCapria, Snopes Wed 2016-Apr-27 4:39pm

…NASA space weather analyst Leila Mays told us that the 23 April readings weren't the result of normal fluctuations in any case, but rather a software glitch that led to erroneous simulations…

Did Earth's Magnetosphere Collapse?
Superstation95 Wed 2016-Apr-27 4:37pm

Apr 23: A stunning and terrifying event has taken place in space surrounding our planet; for two hours today, earth's "Magnetosphere" COLLAPSED around the entire planet! …

Terrifying potential if true.

Man and Woman

Urinals in the Ladies' Room!
The Analytical Economist, AllenBWest.com Tue 2016-Apr-26 4:42pm

…“It’s true. ..I’m in the women’s bathroom at a Target north of LA…they actually took out a stall for women in order to accommodate the ones who have giblets…yes, these are urinals…for men…and so the war on women progresses. …”

Quoting Karen Crawford, Facebook

Man and Woman

Transgenders More Suicidal Than Usual
Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart Mon 2016-Apr-25 8:20pm

Planned Parenthood tweeted a link to a Daily Beast column that claims “Trans Suicide Hotline Calls Double” after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law that affirms the long-standing public expectation that men should use men’s bathrooms, and women should use women’s bathrooms.… “suicide prevalence” among “trans” is usually in upswing mode in spring anyway.…

But not mentally ill.
Cutie-pie O
Limp-Wristed Prez "Aggressive" About Men in Little Girls' Room
Nickarama, Weasel Zippers Mon 2016-Apr-25 7:57pm

A top Obama appointee in the Department of Education personally assured a group of LGBT activists that the White House is “aggressively engaged” in the fight to allow transgender students use whichever bathroom they please at school.…

"Aggressive" in all the wrong matters.

Quoting Daily Caller.

Man and Woman

Top 25 Stories Highlighting Dangerous Open-Bathrooms
Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart Sun 2016-Apr-24 10:36pm

…Target itself has had incidents of predators threatening children in its bathrooms. Only weeks ago such an incident occurred in a Cedar Park, Texas store.

But there are dozens of such stories over the last 16 months or so highlighting the problem with setting policies that would make access to public restrooms easier for predators.…

These are just the ones we hear about them getting caught!
Blue Man Wants Men in the Little Girls' Room
Townhall / AP Sun 2016-Apr-24 10:28pm

The Blue Man Group is the latest musical act to cancel shows in North Carolina…

Sad.

Belief and State

Okla Flag
Oklahoma Versus Satan
RT Sun 2016-Apr-24 10:26pm

A Satanic group is scheduled to hold a “black mass” at the government-owned Oklahoma City Civic Center in August, prompting more than 107,000 people to sign an online petition demanding that the event be cancelled.…

Okla Flag
Okla to Vote on State Constitutional Change Regarding Religion
Heather Clark, Christian News Sun 2016-Apr-24 10:25pm

Lawmakers in Oklahoma have passed a resolution that will place on the November ballot the question of whether or not a section of the state constitution should be abolished that was used as the basis for the removal of a Ten Commandments monument at the state capitol.…

But the US 1st Amendment will probably be perverted to the same end.

Spiritual Matters

Pope: Saving Muslims, Abandoning Christians
Yaron Steinbuch, NY Post Sat 2016-Apr-23 12:50pm

A Christian brother and sister from Syria felt blessed to have been among the dozen refugees selected to start a new life in Italy — but now say their savior, Pope Francis, abandoned them on a Greek island…

Man and Woman

Transgendered Target
Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart Thu 2016-Apr-21 11:31pm

The Target department store chain has jumped into the transgender bathroom debate by declaring that men who claim to be women may use whatever bathroom or changing room they choose.…

Nothing there worth buying, anyway.

Spiritual Matters

Okla Flag
Oklahomans versus Satanists
Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Tue 2016-Apr-19 7:28pm

More than 100,000 people have signed on to a petition demanding that Oklahoma cancel a satanic ritual known as a "black mass" that is scheduled to be held at a public venue ths summer.

Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, the santic group overseeing the black mass, was co-founded by Adam Daniels, a registered sex offender. The black mass is scheduled to be held in August at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.…

God is God and You're Not
Dr. Everett Piper, Examiner Enterprise Tue 2016-Apr-19 2:58pm

…I would like to focus on the power of a good idea. Rather than bemoan those that are bad, I’d like to champion an idea that bore its fruit over 200 years ago on the streets of London. Its promoter was a young British Parliamentarian named William Wilberforce and here was his idea: God is God and we are not.…

Man and Woman

NC Flag
NC Now Spared Putting Up with Pearl Jam
Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone Tue 2016-Apr-19 12:17pm

…Hours after Pearl Jam announced they were canceling their Raleigh, North Carolina concert to protest the state's controversial "bathroom bill," Eddie Vedder delivered a powerful speech in front of Pearl Jam's Hampton, Virginia crowd Monday explaining the decision.…

Still seeing no downside, nothing but upside, to the NC law.

Man and Woman

shocked
"Daddy, I Want a Penis"
Char Adams, People Mon 2016-Apr-18 2:51pm

Chris Hemsworth has a daddy dilemma.… … 32-year-old actor gushes about his young daughter, India Rose, and her envy of her younger twin brothers… "She was like ‘I really want one.’ I was like, ‘A penis?’ She was like, ‘I want a penis!’" …

Who was it told her daughter, if you're good, when you grow up, you'll get one; if you're bad (or very good?), you'll get lots of them?

Disturbing Family Patterns

Mother's Choice of Names Loses Her the Children
Nothing To Do With Arbroath Sun 2016-Apr-17 9:44am

…A mother has been banned from naming her baby Cyanide after the poison. The woman, from Powys, Wales, also chose the name Preacher for the girl’s twin brother, saying she had a human right to name her own children. She said Cyanide was a “lovely, pretty name” with positive connotations as it was taken by Hitler before he shot himself.…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Dangers of Anonymous Daddies
Joe Gamp, IBTimes Sat 2016-Apr-16 7:13pm

A sperm bank is facing legal action from three families after it was alleged that the facility had lied to them about the health and background of a donor. The families, all from Canada, were allegedly told that the donor was a "genius", but the donor had a history of mental health issues and a criminal record.… some of at least 36 women to have used the donor's sperm to become pregnant. …

extraterrestrial

How to Hide the Planet
Summer Ash, The Atlantic Fri 2016-Apr-15 12:09pm

…In their new paper published last week in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Kipping and Teachey ask the question: What if another civilization in our galaxy had their own Kepler Mission? What would they see when they observed our star, the Sun?… Kipping and Teachey… explore how we could hide or broadcast our presence. And they argue that other civilizations could already be doing this.…

Spiritual Matters

Flying Spaghetti Monster Not Recognized by Govt
Patty, Weird Universe Fri 2016-Apr-15 7:54am

A Federal court judge has ruled that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a valid religion. In fact the judge ruled that the church is a parody, a parody, can you believe it?!? Don't worry true believers, this is just a minor setback…

Modern Family Life

Mississippi Bans Dismemberment Abortions
Steven Ertelt, Life News Fri 2016-Apr-15 10:07pm

Mississippi is the latest state to approve legislation that would ban dismemberment abortions tearing unborn babies limb from limb. Today, pro-life Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill into law.…

Man and Woman

Women: Decide For Yourselves
Jane Williams, YouTube Wed 2016-Apr-13 12:02pm

Men say we have nothing to fear from them in our locker rooms, bathrooms, and sleeping spaces. We say: Decide for yourself.

On the danger to women from "transgenders" in the ladies' rooms. Video: 23:36.
h/t: Bookworm

Man and Woman

Dr Everett Piper
Intellectual fog and moral confusion
Dr. Everett Piper, Examiner Enterprise Tue 2016-Apr-12 5:52pm

…in embracing the incoherent vacuity of the contemporary “trans” movement, Mr. Kasich has demonstrated he is either suffering from an intellectual fog or that he’s morally confused.…

Imam: Endangers Women
Kayleigh Lewis, Independent (UK) Tue 2016-Apr-12 4:14pm

…Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin-Abdullah al-Sheikh told religious television channel Almajd that men with “weak spirits” and who are “obsessed with women” could cause female drivers harm.…

Cosmology

Largest Universe Structure Known
Jason Daley, Smithsonian Mon 2016-Apr-11 6:38pm

…the BOSS Great Wall… a supercluster of galaxies over 1 billion light years across… largest structure observed in the universe so far.… named after the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey—an international effort to map galaxies and quasars in the early universe—and is like cosmic webbing.… made up of 830 separate galaxies that gravity has corralled into four superclusters, connected by massive filaments of hot gas… creates a twisting structure that resembles a cosmic honeycomb.… Lurking 4.5 to 6.5 billion lightyears away, the BOSS has an estimated mass 10,000 times greater than our own Milky Way…

Big.

Modern Family Life

PP & ACLU vs Indiana Over Abortion Reasons Law
Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart Sat 2016-Apr-9 6:32pm

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the ACLU are suing the state of Indiana over its new law that bans abortions sought for genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome, or for undesirable sex or race. …

Spiritual Matters

Bible Teachings About Wealth
Kelly Ogle, News9 Fri 2016-Apr-8 6:39pm

A couple of Oklahoma authors have written a book called, “Gaining Wealth God's Way”. In the Bible, there are more than 2,000 verses about money. More than the number of references to faith, or prayer, money is mentioned more than any other single topic.

"He wants us to be wealthy, but humble at the same time," said author Nicole Ford. … "God never intended us to be poor…"

Eugenics

The Return of Eugenics
Fraser Nelson, The Spectator Sun 2016-Apr-3 11:17pm

…The Francis Crick Institute says its gene-editing research has nothing to do with eugenics; even British law prohibits pregnancies from gene-edited embryos, and its researchers plan to destroy them after seven days. Instead, it aims to learn about the role of genes in miscarriage. But if its research improves gene-editing technology, less scrupulous scientists can make use of that. This is why scholars like Robert Pollack, a professor at Columbia University, want a moratorium on the whole process of modifying human genes.…

Prehistory - still with us

NoAm Viking Settlement Spotted From Space
Ralph Blumenthal, NY Times Fri 2016-Apr-1 9:06pm

…satellite technology has found intriguing evidence of a long-elusive prize in archaeology — a second Norse settlement in North America, further south than ever known.… Canadian site… discovered last summer after infrared images from 400 miles in space showed possible man-made shapes under discolored vegetation. …southwest coast of Newfoundland, about 300 miles south of L’Anse aux Meadows, the first and so far only confirmed Viking settlement in North America, discovered in 1960. …

Lion Man - Oldest Representational Sculpture
S. Weasel Fri 2016-Apr-1 12:23pm

…de Löwenmensch, the Lion Man… a foot tall, carved out of a single mammoth tusk… found in a cave in Germany in 1939 and, owing to some little distractions in the country at the time, forgotten for thirty years. …forty thousand years old, the oldest undisputed representational sculpture found to date.

Rediscovering Forgotten Bronze Age Battle
Andrew Curry, Science Fri 2016-Apr-1 12:20pm

About 3200 years ago, two armies clashed at a river crossing near the Baltic Sea. The confrontation can’t be found in any history books—the written word didn’t become common in these parts for another 2000 years—but this was no skirmish between local clans. Thousands of warriors came together in a brutal struggle, perhaps fought on a single day, using weapons crafted from wood, flint, and bronze, a metal that was then the height of military technology. …

Spiritual Matters

Twisting Twister
Prayer Group Survives Tornado Hit
Dallas Franklin, KFOR Thu 2016-Mar-31 11:54pm

…tornado in Tulsa.…The roof was blown off a north Tulsa church while a prayer group was in session. Fortunately, everyone inside the church is okay.…

Spiritual Matters

Oklahoma Water Tower Angers Atheists
Todd Starnes, Fox News Wed 2016-Mar-30 6:00pm

The city council in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma… needed high ground to build a one-million gallon water tower. … But the property they needed was owned by the First Baptist Church. So they made a deal… “We donated the land and the easements for the tower,” Pastor Garland told me. “In kind, they said they would paint our name on the water tower.” … But it turns out – a gaggle of perpetually offended atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers from Wisconsin took issue with the deal.…

Because Wiscconsin is so concerned about Broken Arrow's water?

Spiritual Matters

Belief in God Declines or Something
Joshua A. Krisch, Vocative Mon 2016-Mar-28 8:51pm

Researchers found that the percentage of Americans who claim they never pray reached an all-time high in 2014, up five-fold since the 1980s. Over the same time period, belief in God and interest in spirituality appears to have similarly declined, especially among young adults.… “Most previous studies concluded that fewer Americans were publicly affiliating with a religion, but that Americans were just as religious in private ways. That’s no longer the case, especially in the last few years.…” One odd quirk, however—Americans have become slightly more likely to believe in an afterlife, even as they are abandoning prayer, belief in God and rituals.…

Modern Family Life

Fla. Gov. Signs Abortion Restrictions Bill Into Law
Fuzzy Slippers, Legal Insurrection Sat 2016-Mar-26 8:35pm

Friday, Florida became another state to cut abortion funding when Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill that would cut state funding to clinics that perform abortion.…

Spiritual Matters

Shroud of Turin face
Jesus and the Shroud of Turin
Daniel Bilodeau, YouTube Fri 2016-Mar-25 9:40pm

Yes, this is another documentary on the Shroud of Turin. I just find it to be compelling evidence for the resurrection—and, aside from the Scriptural arguments (of which there are many), just more proof that the Christians really have understood the Scriptures correctly and walk in step with the Words of the God of Israel.

Video: 51:50
Two Old Cloths
Binky, steynian Fri 2016-Mar-25 9:36pm

…If these two relics are original and authentic, they reveal to us a snapshot of two related moments from Good Friday, Jerusalem, most likely on Friday, April 3, A.D. 33. They show us the image of a body which has been tortured, crucified and killed, but a body which did not decay, and which somehow vanished from the burial cloths leaving a very unusual image on the Shroud, by means yet unknown and undiscovered.…

Spiritual Matters

They Prayed With Her
Jessica Ivins, KSL.com Thu 2016-Mar-24 11:24pm

A grieving woman went out for a cup of coffee over the weekend but ended up with so much more.…

Atheist Psychos
Colin Fernandez, Mail (UK) Thu 2016-Mar-24 11:12pm

If you don't believe in God or a universal spirit, you're more likely to be callous and manipulative, according to a controversial new study.

Atheists exhibit more traits commonly seen among psychopaths than people who consider themselves to be religious.

However, believers aren't spared criticism - the study also found that religious people are less intelligent than their non-believing counterparts.…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Petition for Lexi's Adoptive Family
SooperMexican Mon 2016-Mar-21 10:28am

…How the hell does this make any sense? I understand how it might be preferable for someone of a certain ethnicity to be raised with that same culture, but that’s only when everything else is equal. Lexi has found a great home where she is flourishing, and the government just can’t have that.

But you can do something about it.

Please sign this petition and spread this story to make sure Lexi stays home…

Government Snatches Adopted Child Because Law is Racist
Kalhan Rosenblatt, Mail (UK) Mon 2016-Mar-21 10:24am

• Lexi, a six-year-old with one-and-a-half per cent Choctaw Native American blood, is about to be ripped away from the only home she's ever known
• Summer and Rusty Page, Lexi's foster parents, are not Native American
• Due to the 'Indian Child Welfare Act', Lexi can only live with other Native American families
• Summer and Rusty from Santa Clara, California, have been fighting for two years to adopt the child
• Now a court ordered emergency stay has been lifted, the Department of Children and Family Services will try to remove Lexi any day
• The Choctaw Tribe has decided to place Lexi with a person in Utah who is not Native American and does not live on a reservation …

All for the child's own good, of course...?!?

Man and Woman

Feminist Whores For Islam
Pat Condell, YouTube Tue 2016-Mar-22 12:00am

Twitter’s new ‘Safety Council’ makes a mockery of free speech.

Pat Condell in his usual excellent form. Video: 5:53

Disturbing Family Patterns

Abortion Lobby: Just Let Those Babies Die
Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart Sat 2016-Mar-19 10:36pm

A member of the abortion lobby testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on late-term abortions that it is acceptable to deny immediate medical care to babies born alive following botched abortions.…

Spiritual Matters

Looking for Satan
Philologos, Mosaic Magazine Thu 2016-Mar-10 6:56pm

Some think the Devil can be found in the Hebrew Bible. Are they right?…

Intriguing analysis by Philologos.

Spiritual Matters

Star Bright
The Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires
Ivan Battilana, YouTube Fri 2016-Mar-4 10:38pm

…recounts the story of the amazing Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Argentina in 1996 in the Parish of St. Mary.…

Video: 8:08

Cosmology

UFO
Earth - a 1-in-700-Quintillion Chance
Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Fri 2016-Feb-26 9:24am

A new study suggests that there are around 700 quintillion planets in the universe, but only one like Earth. … Astrophysicist Erik Zackrisson from Uppsala University in Sweden arrived at this staggering figure … with the aid of a computer model that simulated the universe’s evolution following the Big Bang. …

No doubt as accurate as computer models that "prove" anthropogenic global climate chaos. Unique? Sure. Rare for being inhabited? Hah!

The myriads of planetary systems were all made to be eventually inhabited by many different types of intelligent creatures, beings who could know God, receive the divine affection, and love him in return. The universe of universes is the work of God and the dwelling place of his diverse creatures. “God created the heavens and formed the earth; he established the universe and created this world not in vain; he formed it to be inhabited.”

-Divine Counselor

Heh.

extraterrestrial

UFO
NASA Says No Spacey Moon Music
Charles Poladian, IBTimes Wed 2016-Feb-24 9:57am

Over the weekend, reports surfaced of recently unearthed Apollo 10 audio that picked up some strange sounds over the far side of the moon. The alien sounds were almost like music, according to sites covering the declassified recordings. It would be a great story if any of it was true. NASA quickly debunked every aspect of the reports in a Tumblr post Monday. As for the audio being new, they have been publicly available since 1973, according to the space agency.…

Spiritual Matters

War of Words
Dr. Everett Piper, Examiner Enterprise Wed 2016-Feb-24 10:00am

…Many who stand against the fight for religious freedom today do so in the name of “tolerance,” yet they boldly flaunt their intolerance for all ideas and all people they find intolerable. At every turn, we see them on our campuses, in our courts, and in our culture, masked in angry red faces, shouting: “You must agree with us! You must believe everything we believe! You must watch! You must celebrate! You must applaud!” No dissent is permitted. No diversity is allowed. Unquestioned and unchallenged power is their goal. As David Horowitz warned, these modern day Jacobins believe in little more than “the rule of the gang:” You must submit or you will be silenced.

The question we all face today is clear: do we want to be controlled by such ideological fascism or do we want to fight for intellectual freedom?…

extraterrestrial

UFO
Apollo 10 Heard "Music" While On Dark Side of Moon
James Wilkinson, Mail (UK) Sun 2016-Feb-21 8:58pm

While orbiting the moon in 1969, the Apollo 10 team heard 'weird music'… on the far side of the moon… couldn't have come from Earth… Recordings… declassified in 2008… will be played on Science Channel's NASA's Unexplained Files this month…

Cue spooky space music. Oh, wait… already did that.

Spiritual Matters

Pope Spox: Remarks About Trump Were Not About Trump
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit Fri 2016-Feb-19 6:29pm

…After the uproar from pundits, religious leaders and Christians who believe in state borders, the Vatican tried desperately tried to clarify the pope’s remarks today. Rev. Federico Lombardi told Vatican radio on Friday the comments were “in no way a personal attack” on Donald Trump. … The remarks by Pope Francis were in response to a direct question on Donald Trump, were directed at Trump and were an attack on Donald Trump. This Vatican is not being honest.…

Blah blah something about false witness blah blah...

Evolution Isn't Easy

What sparked the Cambrian explosion?
Douglas Fox, Nature Fri 2016-Feb-19 6:52pm

…over the past several years, discoveries have begun to yield some tantalizing clues about the end of the Ediacaran. Evidence gathered from the Namibian reefs and other sites suggests that earlier theories were overly simplistic — that the Cambrian explosion actually emerged out of a complex interplay between small environmental changes that triggered major evolutionary developments.

Some scientists now think that a small, perhaps temporary, increase in oxygen suddenly crossed an ecological threshold, enabling the emergence of predators. The rise of carnivory would have set off an evolutionary arms race that led to the burst of complex body types and behaviours that fill the oceans today.…

But last year, a major study1 of ancient sea-floor sediments challenged that view.… oxygen could already have been abundant enough “for a long, long time before”.… The gradual emergence of predators, driven by a small rise in oxygen, would have meant trouble for Ediacaran animals that lacked obvious defences.…

Spiritual Matters

Pope Calls Trump Not Christian; Trump Responds
John Nolte, Breitbart Thu 2016-Feb-18 7:12pm

Pope Francis attacked Republican front-runner Donald Trump Thursday as “not a Christian.” "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian.…"

Trump’s response: "…really not a nice thing to say. If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president…"

Ben Carson joined Sen. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in defending Trump…

Many calls for Vatican City to tear down their wall…

Prehistory - still with us

World's Most Ancient Known Bracelet
Anna Liesowska, Siberian Times Thu 2016-Feb-18 8:01pm

…It is intricately made with polished green stone and is thought to have adorned a very important woman or child on only special occasions. Yet this is no modern-day fashion accessory and is instead believed to be the oldest stone bracelet in the world, dating to as long ago as 40,000 years.

Unearthed in the Altai region of Siberia in 2008, after detailed analysis Russian experts now accept its remarkable age as correct.

New pictures show this ancient piece of jewellery in its full glory with scientists concluding it was made by our prehistoric human ancestors, the Denisovans, and shows them to have been far more advanced than ever realised.…

…Denisovans… were known as homo altaiensis, an extinct species of humans genetically distinct from Neanderthals and modern humans… not clear yet how the Denisovans could have made the bracelet with such skill.…

Denisovans… dated back as early as 600,000 years ago…

h/t: Neo-Neocon

Cosmology

Exoplanet Atmosphere Detected
European Space Agency Wed 2016-Feb-17 6:37pm

For the first time astronomers were able to analyse the atmosphere of an exoplanet in the class known as super-Earths. …55 Cancri e is revealed to have a dry atmosphere without any indications of water vapour. …consists mainly of hydrogen and helium.…

Spiritual Matters

Pope Scolds Crowd for Touching Him
Bob Price, Breitbart Wed 2016-Feb-17 6:29pm

Pope Francis stepped back from a crowd during a handshaking event and scolded them for touching him and pulling his sleeves.

The Pope, who was visiting the town of Morelia, Mexico, looks visibly upset in the video shown below as he tells the crowd in Spanish, “Don’t be selfish. Don’t be selfish.” …

I'm pretty sure that's just what Jesus did in the Gospels, right? Hmmm.

Spiritual Matters

Star Bright
Death by Crucifixion
Ann Barnhardt Mon 2016-Feb-15 6:47pm

…Crucifixion is the most painful death ever invented by man and is where we get our term “excruciating.” …

Vivid and appalling description of what the body goes through during death by crucifixion, by Dr. C. Truman Davis, with additional notes by Ann. Gruesomeness warning, of course.

Cosmology

Scientific Breakthrough Few Comprehend
Breitbart / Reuters Fri 2016-Feb-12 12:05am

…The researchers said they detected gravitational waves coming from two black holes – extraordinarily dense objects whose existence also was foreseen by Einstein – that orbited one another, spiraled inward and smashed together. They said the waves were the product of a collision between two black holes 30 times as massive as the Sun, located 1.3 billion light years from Earth.…

Spiritual Matters

NASA Bans Jesus
Todd Starnes, Fox News Wed 2016-Feb-10 4:12pm

The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA.

The JSC Praise & Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name ‘Jesus’ in club announcements that appeared in a Space Center newsletter.…

Modern Family Life

Response to De-humanizing NARAL Nonsense
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart Tue 2016-Feb-9 8:53pm

After the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) sent out a series of angry tweets during the Super Bowl, attacking with special animus a Doritos commercial for “humanizing the fetus,” the abortion group received a taste of its own medicine as a flurry of tweets on the group’s own account taunted NARAL while defending Frito-Lay.… “Humanizing”? Is it a lobster?…

Modern Family Life

NARAL Decries "Humanizing" of Human Fetus
Robert Stacy McCain Mon 2016-Feb-8 6:32pm

… @Doritos ad using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses … -NARAL

My goodness, we wouldn't want to choose to think of unborn as humans, now, would we.

Family Patterns

Cosmo Bemoans Babies Escaping Abortion
Kemberlee Kaye, Legal Insurrection Sat 2016-Feb-6 11:26am

…Favored intellectual journal of American feminists, Cosmo (the same rag that started the tampon tax nonsense) bemoaned increased birth rates in their latest exposé.

They argue that restricted funding to Texas-based Planned Parenthoods “effectively defunded” the abortion mill. As a result, few claims for contraceptive measure have been filed and more babies have been born in locals where Planned Parenthood is no more.

MORE BABIES?! THE HORROR!…

Modern Family Life

13 Mothers with Zika Have Healthy Babies
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart Sat 2016-Feb-6 10:45pm

Amidst the controversy over the possible link between the Zika virus and microcephaly in unborn babies, El Salvador’s Ministry of Health reported this week that 13 women infected with the disease had given birth to healthy babies with no signs of microcephaly. …

Blessed.

Prehistory - still with us

Ancient Aroused Daddy Longlegs Trapped in Amber
Michael Greshko, Natl Geographic Wed 2016-Feb-3 1:53pm

On a tree in what's now Burma some 99 million years ago, a cousin of today's daddy longlegs… blossomed into full manhood, sporting a penis that grew to nearly half of his body length when erect.… died fully aroused, his tree-side tryst interrupted by oozing resin that entombed his body in what's now a lump of amber.…

Urantiana

Urantia
Another Misrepresentational Attack
Megan Giller, Van Winkles Fri 2016-Jan-29 7:26pm

…"The book touches upon everything from mind control to a eugenics plot to eliminate the 'inferior races' of our great nation."

Um, no it doesn't. This article about Celestial Seasonings ostensibly, as much as I could stand to read, is full of error, distortion, and gross misrepresentation. Somebody appears to either be an appallingly bad researcher or have some sort of vendetta. There is no truth here.
h/t: Inverse

Earth Science

Earth and Moon Formed from Two Planets Colliding
Sarah Knapton, Telegraph (UK) Fri 2016-Jan-29 5:45pm

Earth is actually made up from two planets which came together in a head-on collision that was so violent it formed the Moon, scientists have concluded.…

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