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  • 10 Shadowy Biblical Characters No One Can Explain

    07/26/2014 7:09:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Listverse ^ | July 24, 2014 | Brent Sanders
    The canonical Bible is filled with mysterious characters, many of whom drop in for a cameo, do their thing, and then slide out, never to be heard from again. Some are merely extras, but some have a contextual presence that begs further examination. And some are, well, just weird. 10 MelchizedekProbably the single most mysterious figure in the Bible, Melchizedek was a priest-king of Salem (later known as Jerusalem) in the time of Abram (Abraham), suggesting a religious organization, complete with ritual and hierarchy, that predated the Jewish nation and their priestly lineage from the tribe of Levi. He is...
  • What "Progressives" don't want to know.

    07/25/2014 7:02:31 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 11 replies
    30 Worst Atrocities of the 20th Century ^ | 1998 - 2004 | Matthew White
    I was checking out WW2 stats, and came across research on the 30 greatest atrocities of the 20th century. An estimated 55 million died in WW2. In addition, 20 million died under Stalin, 40 million under Mao Zedong, 1.65 million under the Cambodian Khmer Rouge, and 400,000 under North Korea. The combined 62 million total tops WW2 by 7 million. The kicker is that, with the current U.S. population approaching 320 million, that figure of 62 million, if applied to the United States, would mean that 1/5, that is, 20% of us, would have perished!
  • Is Brazil preparing itself to break off its ties with Israel?

    07/24/2014 10:52:22 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 3 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Is Brazil preparing itself to break off its ties with Israel? Israel slams “diplomatic dwarf'” Brazil for recalling envoy to protest Israeli anti-terrorist operation By Jerusalem Post e Julio Severo The Brazilian socialist government on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultations in protest over the IDF’s (Israel Defense Force) operation against the Islamic terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. A statement put out by the Brazilian foreign ministry said that Brazil considers “escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine” as unacceptable. “We strongly condemn the disproportionate use of force by Israel in the Gaza Strip.” The...
  • What's the Price of Happiness in Your State? (With Chart)

    07/21/2014 12:18:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 21, 2014 | Eric Reed
    The price of happiness depends a lot on where you live, according to a new report by the investment group Advisor Perspectives. The analysis is based on the now-famous work by Princeton researchers Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, who found that higher incomes only make people happier to a point. Up to about $75,000 per year, the more a household earns, the happier people are. After that benchmark, however, additional income "buys life satisfaction but not happiness." The team separated these two issues by distinguishing fun from happiness. More money still leads people to have more life experiences and greater...
  • Utilizing The Pew Research Center Political Typology Report [Series]

    07/07/2014 1:41:25 AM PDT · by dignitasnews
    Dignitas News Service ^ | July 7, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In its recently released report titled Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology, the Pew Research Center has provided conservatives an excellent opportunity to utilize their findings to specifically target our message and utilize resources wisely to capture disaffected Democratic Party voters. The report is one of the most comprehensive analysis of the trends and attitudes which drive the voting decisions of various subsets of the American public. In what will be the first of a running series, Dignitas News Service will provide an overview of the report as well as detailed explanation of the classifications of voter which Pew...
  • The surprising ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776

    07/06/2014 8:35:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    kottke.org ^ | August 13, 2013
    For the Journal of the American Revolution, Todd Andrlik compiled a list of the ages of the key participants in the Revolutionary War as of July 4, 1776. Many of them were surprisingly young: Marquis de Lafayette, 18 James Monroe, 18 Gilbert Stuart, 20 Aaron Burr, 20 Alexander Hamilton, 21 Betsy Ross, 24 James Madison, 25 This is kind of blowing my mind...because of the compression of history, I'd always assumed all these people were around the same age. But in thinking about it, all startups need young people...Hamilton, Lafayette, and Burr were perhaps the Gates, Jobs, and Zuckerberg of...
  • Happy Fourth of July, America!

    07/04/2014 8:57:05 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 16 replies
    Sarah's Facebook ^ | July 4th, 2014 | Sarah Palin
    Happy Fourth of July, America! Never forget what Thomas Jefferson called “the Spirit of 1776” – a sentiment rooted in the abiding belief that all men are created equal and desire freedom. Reagan invoked that same spirit in his famous speech “A Time for Choosing” when he urged us not to “abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” Today and every day, let’s remember the “Spirit of 1776” and celebrate Independence, not government! May that love of liberty burn...
  • .270 Win - (Lead-Free) - "Calif-Compliant" - Can it pierce ARMOR? (Video Only)

    07/03/2014 4:47:15 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 7-2-2014 | TAOFLEDERMAUS
    We shoot two types of .270 Winchester (6.8mm) rounds at an AR500 Armor chest plate. The first is a "LEAD-FREE" California-compliant bronze tip round. I HEARD these rounds are armor-piercing. (unintended consequence of bad legislature that doesn't think things through?) The second round uses a "normal" ballistic-tipped 110 grain bullet that has and higher velocity than the lead-free round. Both rounds EXCEED the rating of a Level III plate. (sometimes called "Type III) A level III plate is rated for a .308 round going around 2800 FPS. How will this plate hold up to faster rounds that go beyond the...
  • Media Firestorm as Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality to Alcoholism

    06/13/2014 3:00:11 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 26 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Media Firestorm as Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality to Alcoholism By Julio Severo Texas Governor Rick Perry has caused a firestorm by comparing homosexuality to a disorder that people can avoid like alcoholism at an event in San Francisco. Rick Perry According to the San Francisco Chronicle, even though most of the event focused on economic issues, Perry was provocatively asked about the Texas Republican Party’s approval of platform language allowing Texans to seek voluntary counseling to leave the homosexual lifestyle. Perry responded to the question by saying that he did not know whether such so-called “reparative therapy” worked.  The...
  • Lesbian murdered her former lover’s daughter, 2, by inspiration of a lesbian sermon

    06/12/2014 9:04:13 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 19 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Lesbian who murdered her former lover’s daughter, 2, and attempted to kill her son, 10, left a note explaining she was inspired to do it by a sermon in a homosexual church By Julio Severo Two weeks ago, a DailyMail report said that a Florida mental health counselor accused of murdering her lesbian lover’s two-year-old daughter wrote a note claiming a sermon by a lesbian pastor inspired the killing. Lesbian tragedy: Police say Kymberley Lucas, 40, (right) killed girlfriend Jacquelyn Jamason's (left) daughter Elliana (center) and tried to kill her ten-year-old son (lower right) Kimberly Lucas, 40, is accused...
  • US Embassy in Tel Aviv Makes History by Putting Homosexual Flag Under the American Flag

    06/12/2014 8:17:44 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 37 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    US Embassy in Tel Aviv Makes History by Putting Homosexual Flag Under the American Flag By Julio Severo “For the first time in history,” said a Facebook post from U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, “the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag.” A photo attached to the social media announcement shows the homosexual flag flying directly beneath the American flag, a bold statement in a primarily Jewish and Muslim part of the world. In spite of its Christian cultural roots, the United States has shunned from defending Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Even...
  • Coming Soon? A More Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu and Less Christian America

    06/10/2014 3:43:41 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 14 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Coming Soon? A More Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu and Less Christian America By Julio Severo There’s no doubt that the United States had a Christian beginning, first with the Pilgrim Fathers. Later, from the independence and on, America was a Protestant nation with Catholic and Jewish minorities. She was able consistently to keep this religious profile until the mid-20 century. America was seen as the most Protestant nation in the world, and U.S. missionaries often taught about the divine blessings on a predominantly Protestant nation. America was cherished by us, by the example and sermons of missionaries, as a nation...
  • Brazilian Nightmare: World Cup, Spanking and Abortion

    06/05/2014 9:52:23 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 1 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Brazilian Nightmare: World Cup, Spanking and Abortion By Julio Severo For foreigners coming to Brazil for the World Cup, this mega-football event often spells “sex tourism.” But for Brazilians, it’s the old Roman appeasement politics of “bread and circuses.” Give football to Brazilians and they will forget their social and moral woes — at least for a while. The special reason the Brazilian government under socialist President Dilma Rousseff has staged the World Cup is for Brazilian to overlook the consequences of her ill-fated politics and planned woes. In the recent few days, with Brazil under the spell of...
  • Establishment Republicans give their loyalty and support to Obamacare!

    05/26/2014 9:14:17 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 13 replies
    5-26-14 | johnwk
     SEE: The GOP Establishment Wants to Run on Fixing -- Not Repealing – Obamacare ”In David Jolly's campaign, he didn't say "repeal" Obamacare. He said "fix" it. But the Republicans are taking this thing to, " No, no, no, no! He said to fix it." The Republican establishment obviously has a campaign game plan involving Obamacare, and it does not include repealing it, folks. The Republican establishment apparently doesn't want to campaign on repealing it. They want to campaign on fixing it.” What Rush Limbaugh may have missed and has been obvious to me from the very beginning is, when...
  • The Chicago Dictionary, Volume Four

    05/25/2014 2:47:10 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 25, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Definitions of words and idioms that mean something else in Illinois; posted as a public service to the consumers of news: ASIAN CARP: A destructive monster that devours everything in its path, and is therefore a terrible threat to its rival, the state government. AUTUMN: The hour or two in which summer gives way to winter. BAIL BOND: The criminal promises to pay if he doesn’t show up for trial, and the city promises to look the other way while he commits more crimes until then. BIKE ROUTE: Adding 20% to the cost of building a road, increasing the danger...
  • Obama Syndicate Assaulting Americans from every angle

    05/20/2014 1:38:54 PM PDT · by yoe · 4 replies
    Web Commentary ^ | May 19, 2014 | Sher Zieve
    Obama Syndicate Assaulting Americans from every angle In order to effectively--and with as much certainty as is possible--decimate and destroy a country, its Middle Class must be thoroughly eradicated. The infamous Soviet-style Communist Saul Alinsky--mentor to Hillary Clinton who wrote her Senior thesis on him “There is Only the Fight…” at Wellesley College--wrote extensively about it in his book Rules for Radicals. Barack Hussein Obama is also an admirer of Alinsky and his work and actually taught ’the Alinsky Method’ to students during his days as a radical community organizer. In Rules for Radicals, Alinsky wrote that it would be...
  • Attention Any FReeper Lawyers;Real Estate/Bankruptcy (Ch13 to CH7)Need Trusted Answers Please

    05/09/2014 5:15:15 AM PDT · by mabarker1 · 45 replies
    Self ^ | 05/09/14 | Self
    O.K. I'm reaching out for help from people that I can trust. I need somebody with knowledge in Bankruptcy/Chapter 13 going to Chapter 7 and Real Estate Laws. My Girlfriend has the Family house and they are trying to take it. Her ONLY vehicle is also involved. I can't drive anymore so I have no vehicle. So if they take the truck She can't get to work, Doctors, etc. The only notice received at this time has been an E-Mail (from Her "Lawyer" who from what I know is basically USELESS) within the last hour. No Process Server, No Certified/Registered...
  • Wounded Warrior Project

    05/01/2014 9:48:02 AM PDT · by tayper · 5 replies
    I’ve heard PRO and CON on Wounded Warrior Project. Does anyone know for sure?
  • Stagnative Thinking

    04/30/2014 11:20:24 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 4 replies
    Urban Dictionary ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Stagnative --- an individual who is opposed to any change, improvement or advancement simply because it was originally presented by an opposing political party, source or ideology an individual who's only opinion on a subject is to reject the opinion being presented an individual who does not have a direction but is sure that the one being suggested is wrong an individual who offers only criticisms, not solutions an intellectual Luddite "Why is Joe so dead set against health care reform? I thought he was going bankrupt from all his hospital bills." "Oh, well, its unfortunate, but he's a Stagnative."...
  • 3 Top Semi-Auto DA Pistols [video only]

    04/30/2014 5:14:31 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 54 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 4-30-2014 | sootch00
    Fun Gun Reviews Presents: "3 Top Semi-Auto DA Pistols". Comparing the Sig P226, Sphinx SDP and the HK P30 pistols and thoughts about what places them at the top of the heap over lesser expensive handguns.
  • Left Silent as Muslim Cabbies Reject Gay Games Ads

    04/21/2014 7:50:21 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 41 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Left Silent as Muslim Cabbies Reject Gay Games Ads By Julio Severo According to FoxNews, 25 Muslim drivers dispatched to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are refusing to drive cabs adorned with advertising for the Gay Games, which will be held on Aug. 9-16 in the region. The drivers said that their decision was based on their religious convictions. Ann Gynn, a spokeswoman for the Gay Games, said the protest is an “isolated” case, meaning that drivers of other religions (especially Christianity, considering that this religion is still dominant in the U.S.) did not complain about making involuntary propaganda for...
  • The Chicago Dictionary: Volume Three

    04/19/2014 11:19:08 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 19, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Just a few more definitions of words and idioms that mean something else in Illinois, posted as a public service to the consumers of news. Absentee Landlord: A landlord with sense. Bean: A huge fun-house mirror in downtown Chicago, providing tourists with the warped view of the business district that only lifelong Illinoisans come by naturally. Billy Club: An entertainment venue for billy goats. Billy Goat: A stadium’s pet peeve. (Alternate definition: Someone who uses a collar and leash for a purpose unusual for the neighborhood). Budget: Underestimated spending that you admit to. (Alternate definition: A justification for tax increases)....
  • Alpha Technology Initiates Scrypt ASIC Tape-Out

    04/15/2014 9:51:12 AM PDT · by Errant · 4 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 15 April 2014 | Nermin Hajdarbegovic
    Alpha Technology has a new development update and its Viper scrypt board seems to be making headway. The British ASIC maker said it has completed the schematics for the ATX power distribution board and of the AC power metering board. Those of the actual ASIC board are not complete yet, but Alpha said it is “almost” done. In addition, the company has finalised the design of the enclosure and WebGUI user interface. ... In any case, the advent of powerful and immensely efficient scrypt ASICs is not good news for GPU miners, as the ASICs will render GPU-based miners uncompetitive...
  • The Chicago Dictionary, Volume Two

    04/15/2014 8:40:19 AM PDT · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | April 15, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Further definitions of common words and phrases that mean something else in Illinois, presented here at no charge, as a public service to the news consumer... ALDERMAN: A large and garish hat, occasionally with an even louder person underneath. BRIBERY: One of the few part-time jobs that can be practiced concurrently with one’s full-time job, leaving evenings and weekends free. (Alternate definition: the primary determinant in the award of competitive bids). CHICAGO RIVER: A 19th Century engineering experiment in reversing the flow of water out of Chicago, toward the southern states. This was to be duplicated in the 20th and...
  • The Truth About Buying Gold And Silver

    04/12/2014 10:48:13 PM PDT · by Petro · 69 replies
    Cutting Through The Fog ^ | April 11, 2014 | George B
    Friday, April 11, 2014 The Truth About Buying Gold And Silver Every day, the radio airways and cable news broadcasts are filled with advertising from "gold bug" companies who are trying to convince you to buy both gold and silver. There are dozens of them: Goldline, Lear Capital, Rosland, Merit, and so on. All of whom claim that, by holding these precious metals, you are being protected against inflation as a result of massive government spending and the devaluation of the dollar, or, protected against another recession, depression, or stock market crash. The problem is that all of those claims...
  • China’s Central Bank Governor: PBOC Won’t Ban Bitcoin

    04/11/2014 7:46:08 AM PDT · by Errant · 5 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 11 April 2014 | Pete Rizzo
    The price of bitcoin recovered from a low of roughly $380 and rose past $420 at press time on 11th April, on the news that Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), had issued new statements potentially clarifying the central bank’s position on bitcoin. According to reports, during Boao Forum, Xiaochuan offered his opinion on the nascent technology, saying that China would not seek to ban bitcoin and other digital currencies entirely.
  • Federal Air Marshalls Director Resigns Over SIG Selling Scheme

    04/11/2014 7:19:29 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | Apr 11, 2014 | Robert Farago
    Federal Air Marshalls Director Resigns Over SIG Selling Scheme By Robert Farago on April 11, 2014 “The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service [FAMS] is resigning after being investigated for his role in an alleged operation to acquire guns for officials’ personal use, FoxNews.com has learned. Director Robert Bray’s home was raided in December in connection with the ongoing probe. Law enforcement and congressional sources told FoxNews.com that Bray’s recently announced resignation, which is effective in June, is directly related to the investigation.
  • The Blood Moon Has Been Canceled

    04/08/2014 5:08:33 PM PDT · by Errant · 118 replies
    Messianic TV via Youtube ^ | 8 April 2014 | Michael Rood
    The "blood moons", or so they are called, are a set of eclipses taking place over the next year. There have been several books written about them; even a DVD or two produced about them. But, are they what we think they are? If not, is this a gigantic, prophetic, misunderstanding of astronomical proportions?
  • US Congressman to Submit Bitcoin Tax Bill

    04/08/2014 3:30:57 PM PDT · by Errant · 7 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 8 April 2014 | Stan Higgins
    US Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas is preparing to introduce a new bill, the ‘Virtual Currency Tax Reform Act’, which, if passed, would tax bitcoins as currency instead of property. Currently, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) views bitcoin and other digital currencies as property. When someone sells their bitcoin or makes a purchase in bitcoin, they are subject to a 15% capital gains tax. Any wages paid out in digital currencies must also be reported to federal tax authorities.
  • For the U.S., Jerusalem Has No Connection with Israel

    04/07/2014 11:19:22 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 15 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    For the U.S., Jerusalem Has No Connection with Israel By Julio Severo A recent Jerusalem Post article notes, “Since the founding of Israel, U.S. presidents have declined to state a position on the status of Jerusalem.” For the U.S. government and its leftist Christian presidents, Jerusalem has no country. Yet, why are even U.S. conservative presidents included in this negative picture?             For God’s Word, those born in Jerusalem are always born in Israel. But why does the United States, a nation founded on Christian principles and capable of providing great leadership to the world, choose to ignore Israel’s special...
  • Open Access Maps at New York Public Library (20,000+ cartographic works free download)

    04/06/2014 4:17:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    NYPL ^ | March 28, 2014
    The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.* To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The maps can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page, and downloaded (!), through the Map Warper. First, create an account, then click a map title and...
  • Judges: The King is Coming - The Prophet We Must Shema

    04/05/2014 8:07:50 AM PDT · by Errant
    SNL (Sabbath Night Live) via Youtube ^ | 4 April 2014 | Michael Rood
    The most repeated prophecy in the entirety of the Gospel record is often hidden behind the definitive article. The definitive articles from the Greek text have been translated: THIS, THAT, and THE - but they all definitively define THE PROPHET who was prophesied by Moses. This is THE PROPHET the Almighty promised to send, and THAT PROPHET is the one who would speak only that which he heard from heaven. It is THIS PROPHET that we must shema (hear and obey). There is not a more repeated prophetic declaration in the Gospel record than the recognition that Yeshua is THAT...
  • Why Does The Christian Post Espouse Leftism in Brazil?

    04/02/2014 1:39:24 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 3 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Why Does The Christian Post Espouse Leftism in Brazil? By Julio Severo The U.S. version of The Christian Post rightly addressed the recent World Vision flap on gay “marriage” by quoting prominent evangelical leaders. Their responses were mostly conservative. The first World Vision (WV) stance favoring this faux marriage was universally disapproved among conservative Christians. Its repentance was welcome. In no way, the Christian Post condemned these conservative leaders and their views. In a strange twist, the Brazilian version of The Christian Post decided not only to publish nothing from its U.S. version on the WV flap, but it...
  • IRS Confirms Capital Asset Rules, but Are They Realistic for Small Transactions?

    04/01/2014 6:33:18 AM PDT · by Errant · 16 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 1 April 2014 | Danny Bradbury
    Does the IRS really want to you to track your capital gains on bitcoin every time you buy a sandwich or a sweater in the digital currency? After our analysis of the Internal Revenue Service guidelines on bitcoin, released in March, some people expressed surprise. They were amazed that the IRS could seriously be applying capital gains rules to something that the bitcoin community sees as a currency, and which in many cases uses as such. “This can’t be good for bitcoin”, said one commenter privately to Coindesk. ” If it’s not a currency, then how are you supposed to...
  • Judgment According to the Standard of Righteousness (Judges: The King Is Coming March 28, 2014)

    03/30/2014 7:13:19 AM PDT · by Errant · 2 replies
    SNL (Shabbat Nigh Live via Youtube) ^ | 28 March 2014 | Michael Rood
    For Judges to judge, there must be a standard against which all actions are judged. The Book of Judges is preceded by Moses’ reiteration of the Torah just before the nation of Israel proceeds into the Promised Land. The law, the standard of righteousness by which Israel is to govern themselves as a people, is repeated and amplified one last time before the death of Moses. It is in this final instruction of Moses that we find the context to the Book of The Judges, which is a prophetic shadow picture of the day and hour in which we live.
  • Study: Mt. Gox May Have Lost Just 386 BTC Due to Transaction Malleability

    03/27/2014 9:33:42 AM PDT · by Errant · 5 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 27 March 2014 | Pete Rizzo
    A new report by researchers at ETH Zurich University in Switzerland has concluded that the now-bankrupt Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox may have lost only 386 bitcoins ($203,000) due to issues stemming from transaction malleability. The finding provides new evidence that Mt. Gox’s continued claims that issues with the Bitcoin protocol were the primary reason for its insolvency are perhaps misleading or untrue. Released on 26th March, the report was authored by Christian Decker and Professor Roger Wattenhofer, both of the university’s Distributed Computing Group (DCG). Overall, the authors found that only 302,000 bitcoins could have ever been involved in...
  • After Pressure, World Vision Reverses Policy on Hiring Gays

    03/26/2014 5:30:48 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 22 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    After Pressure, World Vision Reverses Policy on Hiring Gays By Julio Severo After a backlash from Evangelicals, World Vision, an international nonprofit ministry, has reversed its decision to allow those in same-sex marriages to be employed. Organization board leaders said in a letter to supporters Wednesday that they had made a “mistake” by changing its policy. “We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority,” the board said in the letter. The quick reversal was result of a firestorm...
  • World Vision to Hire Married Gay Christians

    03/25/2014 8:47:28 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 23 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    World Vision to Hire Married Gay Christians By Julio Severo The prominent Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday it will hire Christians who are in homosexual marriages, a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive moral issues facing Christian churches. World Vision President Richard Stearns told that his organization will be changing its employment policies with regard to individuals in a homosexual lifestyle. The organization previously required its some 1,100 employees at the American branch to abide by a policy that required fidelity within marriage and abstinence outside of marriage, and only recognized marriage between a...
  • Bitcoin Tipping Point & Mass Adoption

    03/25/2014 7:10:48 AM PDT · by Errant · 12 replies
    Bitcorati.com ^ | 23 March 2014 | Drew Carey
    The Bitcoin Tipping Point is coming and it will be the Big Bang of disruption in financial services, money and payments as we know them! I often think about the “tipping-point” in Bitcoin’s journey to mass adoption and regularly as myself several questions. When will it be noticeable and what will trigger it? Has it already begun or if not, how far away are we? How do you define or measure “mass adoption” of Bitcoin? A bitcoin meme of Morpheus and Neo posted online recently got me thinking again about how Bitcoin’s true exit most likely itself. Once a significant...
  • The Ways of YHVH (Part of the series Judges: The King Is Coming March 21, 2014)

    03/23/2014 8:58:30 AM PDT · by Errant · 16 replies
    SNL (Shabbat Night Live) via Youtube ^ | 21 March 2014 | Michael Rood
    The prophet David gave us an insightful overview of the Torah, “He made known His acts unto Israel – His ways unto Moses.” Moses pled for the Almighty to reveal Himself to him, so the Almighty moved Moses into the cleft of the rock and covered him with His hand as the glory of YHVH approached. Moses was only allowed to see Him after He passed by. So it is, that we are seldom allowed to see what He is doing – or going to do – but in “hindsight” we can see His “ways” that so profoundly affect our...
  • BTC-e Enables Fund Withdrawals Using MasterCard and Visa Cards

    03/21/2014 1:02:02 PM PDT · by Errant · 11 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 21 March 2014 | Pete Rizzo
    Notoriously tight-lipped bitcoin exchange and CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index member BTC-e is now allowing customers to withdraw funds to Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards, with some exceptions. The company blog post, issued on 21st March, indicated that the new program is now available to customers in any country, using any currency. All customers will pay a 5% fee for the service. The new functionality is noteworthy as it will allow customers to send money to debit and credit cards issued by two of the largest and most commonly used international card issuers. At present, the transfer of funds...
  • Mt. Gox May Still Hold $118 Million (200,000 BTC) in Funds, Report Suggests

    03/20/2014 12:58:49 PM PDT · by Errant · 12 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 20 March 2014 | Pete Rizzo
    A new report suggests that Mt. Gox, the now-bankrupt Japan-based exchange said to have lost 850,000 BTC in customer funds may actually still be in possession of 200,000 BTC ($118m at press time). The news, published by Yahoo Japan, allegedly comes from the exchange’s bankruptcy lawyer who suggests the bitcoins were found on 7th March in a wallet used by Mt. Gox prior to June 2011. The 200,000 bitcoins would equate to just over 23% of the entirety of the funds presumed lost by the company in the wake of widespread theft that is said to have occurred on the...
  • The First Judges (Part II of the series Judges: The King Is Coming - March 14, 2014)

    03/16/2014 10:51:02 AM PDT · by Errant · 2 replies
    Sabbath Night Live via Youtube ^ | 14 March 2014 | Michael Rood
    What we see in the book of Judges are prophetic shadow pictures for our time. Everything that was recorded was done so for you, so you may know the truth. Soon prophecy will be fulfilled, Babylon will fall, and your understanding of the prophetic shadow pictures will be what keeps you standing in the end.
  • You Should Have 5% of Your Portfolio in Bitcoin

    03/14/2014 7:44:19 AM PDT · by Errant · 38 replies
    Bitcoin Vista ^ | 13 March 2014 | Adam Kornfield
    Remember the internet in 1996, everyone kinda knew what it was about. It was something big, new, and vast—but what exactly it did for you was unclear. Bitcoin is in a similar state: It’s fairly new, unclear, and holds enormous promise just like the early Internet. The only difference is you can actually buy a piece of the Bitcoin network. This article is for the professional that has a reasonable savings (whatever that means to you) and at least a basic understanding of investing. You may likely invest in stocks, bonds, real estate, your own business, and many other things....
  • Baby Food Recipes- Make Your Own Baby Food

    03/13/2014 5:00:34 PM PDT · by JoeSeales · 11 replies
    Baby-Recipes.com ^ | 03-13-14 | Baby Recipes
    Save money and give your baby the best by making homemade baby food recipes! We are here to help make the process of making baby recipes simple and fun. Start your baby off with healthy habits to last a lifetime by providing them with homemade food. Browse hundreds of baby food recipes for your baby’s first year and beyond. Watch videos on how to make our baby recipes. Start giving your little one the best by making and serving our baby recipes today! Making baby recipes for your little one protects them from harmful additives such as nitrates, artificial coloring,...
  • US wants to combat anti-homosexuality movement worldwide

    03/10/2014 10:33:42 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 51 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    US wants to combat anti-homosexuality movement worldwide By Julio Severo The Associated Press reported on February 26 that the United States, “troubled” by an anti-homosexuality movement in Uganda and across much of the world, is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described as a “threat to human rights.” Comparing a Ugandan anti-homosexuality law to oppressive government crackdowns on German Jews in the 1930s, Kerry said that according to the AP report, he was going to direct American ambassadors to look at “how we deal with this human rights challenge on a global basis.”...
  • Judges: The King is Coming - The Last Judges

    03/09/2014 3:23:02 PM PDT · by Errant · 44 replies
    Michael Rood SNL via Youtube ^ | 7 March 2014 | Michael Rood
    Michael Rood begins to explore the book of Judges in this week's episode: The Last Judges. The context and lessons gleaned are vital even for our lives today. The people ask for a king, and they get one. But man ruling over man will eventually cause disaster. If only the people had understood they had a king all along...
  • Why have Open Primaries?

    03/06/2014 6:55:52 AM PST · by A'elian' nation · 27 replies
    Almost half of the states have open primaries. Why do states like Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas have open republican primaries? It's like having a death wish to turn purple, blue, and asphyxiated by democrat and independent voters. One of the first things the Tea Party needs to do is turn more states into closed primaries. The theory is that open primaries will bring more voters to our tent. I don't buy it. Or maybe the republican brand name is so bad that people don't want to register as republicans and be stigmatized. But then you would...
  • Nationalism or Patriotism?

    03/01/2014 9:54:15 AM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 1 March 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Is nationalism a good thing or a bad thing? Some people say that nationalism is bad, whereas patriotism is good. In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "patriotism" is defined as love for one's country or devotion for it, even to the point of sacrifice. It seems that there is no excess of patriotism in this sense, as it's always positive. The Merriam-Webster gives this example of use of the term: "You may not agree with him politically, but no one can question his patriotism." The two examples offered by the same source for "nationalism", on the other hand, are: "The war...
  • William Henry Smyth had tyranny in mind when he wrote about a technocracy

    03/01/2014 8:28:27 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    Has the word "expert" superceded the word "monarch"? It has, if you have ever taken the time to read the writings of William Henry Smyth, the original postulate of the concept of a technocracy. If you read the Wikipedia page for "Technocracy", it tries to persuade the reader that a technocracy is an advanced form of meritocracy. That's a bunch of cuss words. Seriously, what an insult to everybody who reads the page. A "technocrat" is not any different than a bureaucrat. A bureaucrat with an engineering degree is still a bureaucrat. They just use one label to camouflage the...