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  • The Rise of Men Who Don't Work

    01/27/2015 6:48:16 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 41 replies
    The New Yawk Times ^ | 12/11/14 | Amanda Cox
    At every age, the chances of not working have changed in the last 15 years. Teenagers are far more likely not to work. Older people are retiring later and working more. In the ages in between — the periods of life when most people work — the changes have been smaller, but they are still substantial. In the late 1960s, almost all men between the ages of 25 and 54 went to work. Only about 5 out of every 100 did not have a job in any given week. By 2000, this figure had more than doubled, to 11 out...
  • Jesse Jackson: States Are ‘Undermining the Right to Vote' With For-Profit Prisons

    01/27/2015 5:46:30 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 30 replies
    CNS News ^ | 01/27/2015 | Eric Scheiner
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the states are “undermining the right to vote" by locking up people in for-profit prisons. Jackson joined House Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) at a press conference in Washington last Thursday where they introduced a constitutional amendment that would put elections under federal control to guarantee the right to vote to every American, including those in prison. "Most of these states now, they're using privatized jails for two purposes: one, to disenfranchise voters, because once you’ve been to jail it’s more difficult to vote. And two, it’s a profit-making industry. So...
  • When Real Disaster Strikes: These Are The People Who Will Loot, Pillage and Kill You For Your Food

    01/27/2015 5:15:35 PM PST · by Kartographer · 43 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1/27/15 | Mac Slavo
    Time and again we are reminded why it is prudent to have a back up plan just in case things go wrong. You’ve already got car insurance, house insurance, medical insurance and life insurance. But what about disaster insurance? And no, we’re not talking about a piece of paper guarantee issued by some behemoth corporation who you’re supposed to call when things go wrong. Real disaster insurance in this context refers to your own personal and familial emergency reserve supplies and strategies, to be consumed and implemented when all hell breaks loose.
  • Comical Thread:So What Happened To All Of The Protesters Holding Up Traffic?

    01/27/2015 3:40:45 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 13 replies
    Wasn't it around 6 to 8 weeks ago when it seemed that everyday we were hearing about the latest uproars over either race, minimum wage, demanding free stuff and maybe even "Stopping Global Warming"? Looks like another wasted effort for the far left being it seems to be all forgotten about. So where are all of these young liberals, many with no real skills now? Could it be the weather? What? A little too cold outside for the masses to protest all of this global warming?
  • Top Nazi Hunter: Eastern Europe Rewrote the Holocaust

    01/27/2015 11:21:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 1/27/2015, 8:13 PM | Benny Toker, Ari Yashar
    Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told Arutz Sheva on Tuesday in time for International Holocaust Memorial Day that the battle over the Holocaust lives on—and is being waged on the field of public memory. According to Zuroff, aside from the widespread scourge of Holocaust denial, a new phenomenon has reared its head recently in eastern Europe, where there are attempts to minimize the genocidal horrors committed against the Jewish people and revise history. “This phenomenon should worry the state of Israel and the Foreign Ministry,” emphasized Zuroff. “In post-Communist eastern Europe, they’re trying...
  • Hired Help

    01/27/2015 11:18:01 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 6 replies
    My email | 1-27-15 | Sen. Joe Donnelly
    Sen. Joe Donnelly, Democrat Indiana, described what his position is as a senator"I am the hired help, and my top priority continues to be addressing the issues most important to Hoosiers: working to strengthen the economy for working- and middle-class families, ensuring our servicemembers and veterans have access to the care and resources they deserve, and providing excellent constituent services to every Hoosier.
  • IBM denies rumor of 100,000 layoffs but confirms ‘several thousand’ layoffs

    01/27/2015 10:45:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 01/27/2015 | Tina Burgess
    IBM denies the rumor about the layoffs of more than 100,000 IBM employees. The company says that only “several thousand” IBM employees will be affected by the layoffs. In an email statement from IBM to Reuters, IBM officially denied the rumor concerning as many as 112,000 employees. According to the Jan. 26 Reuters report, “IBM is in the process of layoffs, as disclosed in its latest earnings report last week, but it will affect ‘several thousand’ employees only.” The layoffs of as many as 112,000 of the company’s employees would affect 26 percent of its global workforce. Robert Cringely, a...
  • The Cubitat Shrinks an Entire House Into One Compact Cube

    01/27/2015 10:30:56 AM PST · by gorush · 58 replies
    Slate’s design blog. ^ | Jan. 27 2015 12:18 PM | Kristin Hohenadel
    Those on a quest to rethink small-space living build tiny houses, install pop-up rentals on vacant lots, and design portable 10-square-foot microkitchens tucked inside armoires. Presented over the weekend at Toronto’s Interior Design Show, Cubitat is a 10-by-10-by-10-foot cube that houses a kitchen, bathroom, bed, laundry, and storage.
  • 11 Unexpected Facts Proven by Science That Can Make Your Life Happier and Exciting

    01/27/2015 10:25:11 AM PST · by Heartlander · 36 replies
    Plash ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amber Kapor
    11 Unexpected Facts Proven by Science That Can Make Your Life Happier and Exciting Spend time with friends and family. Be sure to exercise. Get enough sleep.Scientists have long known that these and other familiar strategies really can boost your mood. But recent research has revealed several not-so-obvious links to happiness, including everything from the ambient temperature to your political views.Some are causal links, others just interesting associations. But keep reading for some surprising facts that may have you rethinking your pursuit of happiness. 1. Make sure the temperature is right. Research has shown a clear link between warm weather...
  • Mississippi Legislation Declares All Federal Gun Control Unconstitutional

    01/27/2015 9:41:13 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com ^ | 1/26/2015 | Bryan Baucom
    Two bills filed in the Mississippi House and Senate would make it an express duty of the state government to protect the gun rights of Mississippians against federal gun control measures. House Bill 1297 (HB1297) was filed by Rep. Staples last week. It declares “All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms are a violation of the Second Amendment.” In other words, as the Founders understood, the federal government has no authority over firearms, period. The bill goes on to declare that all such federal acts are “invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state,...
  • There Is Basically No Snow In New York — But, Absurdly, The Entire City Is Shut Down

    01/27/2015 8:31:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/27/2015 | HENRY BLODGET
    I haven't seen official snowfall totals yet, but judging from a glance out the window, it looks as if New York City might have gotten about 6 inches Monday night. Meanwhile, the entire city is shut down. Schools, government, public transportation, private transportation, and — by virtue of the lack of transportation — most offices and businesses. It's just absurd. I've lived in New York for almost my whole life — 48 years and counting. I have seen the city weather many actually large snowstorms, including a 26-incher just a few years go. The city stayed open through all of...
  • Latest Obama executive order: 12 million acres of ANWR now off limits

    01/27/2015 8:24:08 AM PST · by rktman · 60 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 1/27/2015 | Dan Calabrese
    President Obama announced Sunday that he’ll use his executive authority to designate 12 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness, walling it off from resource development. This abrogates a 1980 deal in which Congress specifically set aside some of this acreage for future oil and gas exploration. It’s also a slap at the new Republican Congress, where Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been corralling bipartisan support for more Arctic drilling.
  • IRONY ALERT! PBS-A Path Appears, story on sex trafficing-guest star...Hillary

    01/27/2015 8:08:31 AM PST · by fungoking · 7 replies
    PBS ^ | 1/26/15 | staff
    Episode One: Sex Trafficking in the USA The Department of Justice estimates that there are 300,000 children at risk of being trafficked into sexual slavery in the U.S. A Path Appears introduces individual survivors behind these shocking numbers, and illuminates the widespread existence of a crime happening in our own backyards. In this episode, Ashley Judd and Nicholas Kristof meet Shana Goodwin, whose earliest memories are of being sexually abused by her grandfather. Shana guides them through the streets of Nashville where she was first sold to a pimp by her mother at the age of 12. Through Shana, we...
  • Aristotle on the Immateriality of Intellect and Will

    01/27/2015 7:23:20 AM PST · by Heartlander · 14 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | January 26, 2015 | Michael Egnor
    Aristotle on the Immateriality of Intellect and Will Michael Egnor January 26, 2015 3:27 PM | Permalink At Why Evolution Is True, Jerry Coyne has responded to my post about the immateriality of the intellect and will and the reality of free will. He admits that he doesn't grasp the argument completely, so I'll expand upon it a bit. First, a note on the provenance of the argument. The argument is not mine. It was originally proposed by Aristotle (De Anima, Book III). For two millennia, it was the common wisdom of educated men, and was widely considered decisive. Thomas...
  • The Smartest Person Who Ever Lived

    01/26/2015 8:10:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 154 replies
    RCS ^ | 01/26/2015 | Alex B. Berezow
    Who was the smartest person to ever live? There are certainly many worthy contenders. Today, the very name of "Einstein" is synonymous with genius. Others may suggest Stephen Hawking. Those who appreciate literature and music may proffer William Shakespeare or Ludwig van Beethoven. Historians may recommend Benjamin Franklin. Before I submit my own suggestion, we must first discuss what we even mean by smart. Colloquially, we routinely interchange the words smart and intelligent, but they are not necessarily the same thing. There is an ongoing debate among psychologists, neuroscientists, and artificial intelligence experts on what intelligence actually is, but for...
  • St. Joan of Arc & the Truth about Snipers & Why Tyrants like Hitler Always Hate Them

    01/26/2015 1:29:37 PM PST · by poetbdk · 32 replies
    Maid of Heaven Foundation ^ | 1-26-15 | Ben D. Kennedy
    St. Joan of Arc & the Truth about Snipers & Why Tyrants like Hitler Always Hate Them In recent days I have been amazed and sickened by some of the vicious comments I have heard directed at Chris Kyle, the soldier portrayed in the new movie American Sniper, and I felt I could help people better understand the truth about snipers and why they are so feared and hated by the kind of people making the negative comments.  In St. Joan of Arc’s army soldiers that functioned as snipers were as important to her military success as they are...
  • Students respond to Obama’s State of the Union address

    01/26/2015 12:50:59 PM PST · by pabianice · 10 replies
    The UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 1/26/15 | Simon
    Speaking to a Republican-controlled Congress for the first time since he took office, President Barack Obama emboldened millions of Americans and showed us how the country’s future must be re-written. In essence, Obama gave two speeches, each of which tells the fate of two separate unions. The first one focused on a nation of healers and how our worst days are behind us. And rightfully so. With over 240,000 private sector jobs added per month in 2014, an unemployment of 5.6 percent, the lowest it has been in six years, gas prices nearly $2 a gallon and the highest high...
  • French mayor ‘evicts’ first black Marianne statue

    01/26/2015 11:17:31 AM PST · by csvset · 35 replies
    France24 ^ | 2015-01-26 | Joseph BAMAT
    A black Marianne has adorned city hall in Frémainville, France since 1999. The small town of Frémainville is one of the few in France where a black-skinned Marianne statue adorns city hall. But the city’s new mayor is replacing the minority Marianne, claiming she does not represent the French republic. Mayor Marcel Allègre, who won local elections in March, has removed the city’s emblematic black Marianne from the main hall where civil marriages are performed, and has placed an order for a new statue. “That black sculpture was a Marianne of liberty, but not a Marianne of the French...
  • Miss USA's message of peace and love to terrorists widely mocked

    01/26/2015 10:56:06 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/26/2015
    "I know as Miss USA I can always spread a message of hope and love and peace, and I would do my very best to spread that message to them and everyone else in the world."
  • Fury at Miss Universe result: Audience boos as Colombian takes the crown - but was Jamaican ....

    01/26/2015 9:23:17 AM PST · by Cecily · 57 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 26, 2015 | Josh Gardner
    It's renowned for its swimwear round, stunning dresses and a seemingly never-ending array of beautiful women. However, last night's Miss Universe final in Miami got hotter than ever - after Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, 22, was controversially crowned the winner of the beauty pageant. Instead of the usual cheering, the audience erupted into boos of disapproval as favourite-to-win Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell only made it to fifth place. Shortly after Miss Fennell, 22, left the stage in the 63rd annual contest, her name began trending on Twitter along with the hashtag #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon.
  • Why Law School Is A Waste Of Money Unless You Get Into A Top School

    01/26/2015 8:20:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/26/2015 | Produced by Sara Silverstein and Alex Kuzoian
    Should you go to law school? The average debt of a 2012 law-school graduate who took out at least one loan was $84,600 for public school and $122,158 for private school. To determine whether law school is a good investment for you, figure out where you'll end up after graduation. The data offers a clear picture based on which school you attend, and how you rank among your peers. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO EXPLANATION...
  • American Sniper on the way to becoming highest domestic grossing war film of all time

    01/26/2015 7:48:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/26/2015 | Rick Moran
    American Sniper continued to smash box office records in its second week of showings, blowing through the $200-million domestic gross figure, and is set to pass Saving Private Ryan next week as the biggest domestic grossing war film of all time. The Clint Eastwood-helmed feature is red-hot in the heartland, as well as the South, according to Deadline Hollywood: For Sniper, should it hold its estimate into tomorrow, this weekend would mark a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts...
  • Jewish leaders call for Europe-wide legislation outlawing antisemitism

    01/26/2015 7:30:54 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01/25/2015 | Ian Traynor
    Proposal would criminalise activities such as banning the burqa, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and Holocaust denial European Jewish leaders, backed by a host of former EU heads of state and government, are to call for pan-European legislation outlawing antisemitism amid a sense of siege and emergency feeding talk of a mass exodus of Europe’s oldest ethnic minority. A panel of four prestigious international experts on constitutional law backed by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) have spent three years consulting widely and drafting a 12-page document on “tolerance”. They are lobbying to have it converted into law...
  • As robots start to take over retail, will there be any jobs left?

    01/26/2015 7:22:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    New York Post ^ | 01/26/2015 | Diane Francis
    The world’s first robotized sales assistants were rolled out last month in California. They are nifty, cute — and terrifying. Nicknamed OSHbots, the two machines cost $50,000 apiece, are five feet of plastic on wheels and carry built-in natural language processors, computers, product scanners and navigation tools. Named after the Orchard Supply Hardware store where they work in San Jose, they greet customers, ask if they need help, identify items, then offer to guide them to the appropriate aisle without bumping into anyone or anything. At night, they do inventory by cruising the store to identify missing products and update...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother: 'stop pretending'

    01/25/2015 9:23:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Pennsylvanian ^ | January 23, 2015 | Corey Stern
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sybrina Fulton is not a household name. But her son, Trayvon Martin, certainly is. Fulton, the mother of the teen who was fatally shot in 2012, took part in Penn's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Commemoration on Jan. 22 for an evening of awards, musical performances and a panel discussion. The crowd rose to their feet when Fulton was introduced at Irvine Auditorium. Many Penn community members and West Philadelphia residents were eager to hear from the woman whose son’s death has gained worldwide attention over the past several years. “It’s still very painful for me. But I know...
  • Pair Of Alleged Young Torches Arrested For Setting Fire To Walmart Store

    01/25/2015 6:32:28 PM PST · by W. · 29 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 1.25.2015 | TSG Staff
    An 11-year-old South Carolina boy is facing an arson charge after allegedly setting a fire inside a Walmart that caused millions of dollars in damages to the business, police report. The boy’s 13-year-old cousin has also been charged in connection with the December 31 blaze. According to investigators, the boy stole a lighter while inside the Columbia store and, with his cousin, used it to set a fire in the Walmart’s greeting card aisle. The ensuing blaze caused significant damage to the store, though no injuries were reported.
  • Black parents give birth to white baby

    01/25/2015 1:39:12 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 127 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 21, 2010 | Andy Soltis
    When Angela Ihegboro first saw her newborn daughter, she was “speechless.” “She’s a miracle baby,” the 35-year-old mother said yesterday. “But still, what on Earth happened here?” What happened is that baby Nmachi is a blond, blue-eyed white baby born to two black Nigerian immigrant parents at a London hospital.
  • The Negative Aspects of a "Cashless" Society

    01/25/2015 9:05:00 AM PST · by Scooter100 · 62 replies
    Scooter100
    The current rumblings about a "cashless" society are troubling. Currently, I like the anonymity of cash and I typically pay cash for all items under about $200....books, magazines, pharmacy, liquor store, groceries, tips, etc. What will YOU miss if we lose our traditional currency? (I'll start the ball rolling...) - How do I pay the neighbor's kid for mowing my lawn?
  • (Vanity)SCHINDLER'S LIST, 1/125 8 pm eastern on AHC

    01/25/2015 7:38:41 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    free republic /tv ^ | 1/25/15 | cripplecreek
    Tonight on AHC (American Heroes Channel)will show Schindler's List at 8 pm. In addition AHC and Discovery will simulcast the one hour documentary ONE DAY IN AUSCHWITZ on Sunday, January 25 at 12 PM ET.
  • My review of "American Sniper"

    01/25/2015 6:33:57 AM PST · by paterfamilias · 61 replies
    25 January 2015 | Paterfamilias
    We saw "American Sniper" last night. My wife and I went with a group of about a dozen other military parents (Navy, Marine Corps, Army). This is not a typical "war movie" in that it explores one man's journey from civilian life into the military community into war (four tours in Iraq) and then explores his difficult re-entry into civilian life. So, in a way, the movie is about the family and community of the as much as it is about Chris Kyle. There are aspects of the movie that some will dismiss as trite or jingoistic: Kyle's father instructing...
  • he New York Times Isn’t For Sale, But That Could Change Soon

    01/25/2015 1:34:27 AM PST · by OddLane · 25 replies
    Re/code ^ | January 24, 2015 | Edmund Lee
    The New York Times is the last major American newspaper to be owned by a family dynasty, in this case the Ochs-Sulzbergers, a tight-knit and occasionally fractious clan who even at their best have been criticized as relics of an earlier era — generous and genteel and maybe a tad out of touch. That’s partly why former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg has for most of a decade wanted to own the paper of record. The self-made billionaire, who’s never been impressed by the family’s management, feels he would do better, according to those who know him. And as...
  • Adults Raised by Gay Couples Speak Out Against Gay ‘Marriage’ in Federal Court

    01/24/2015 7:50:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 23, 2015 - 4:24 PM | Lauretta Brown
    Four adult children of same-sex parents have submitted amicus curiae briefs in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals asking that it oppose the legalization of same-sex “marriage.” The Court, in New Orleans, La., heard arguments on Jan. 9 as it considers whether to uphold traditional marriage—defined as being between one man and one woman—in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. B.N. Klein, Robert Oscar Lopez, Dawn Stefanowicz, and Katy Faust all grew up with homosexual parents. All four argued that redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would harm children by depriving them of a mother or father. …
  • Get on the Ted Cruz support list!

    01/24/2015 7:06:07 PM PST · by SandwicheGuy · 32 replies
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    If you like, you can text 33733 and include the word CONSTITUTION in the body. This will register you with Ted Cruz and his campaign for our America. This works nation-wide.
  • Notre Dame’s ‘white privilege’ seminar draws scrutiny

    01/24/2015 6:07:03 PM PST · by digger48 · 17 replies
    wishtv ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tom Coyne
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — As the U.S. wrestles with how to respond to a series of volatile racial incidents, the University of Notre Dame is offering a class this semester on white privilege that it says aims to help students become more aware of injustices. The course description says the one-credit elective, offered in preparation for a conference, is designed to educate students about the definitions of white privilege and its causes and effects. Though the school offered a similar workshop last year that was not for credit, the class has drawn some objections this time around. Notre Dame’s...
  • The Muslim population of America is expanding at warp speed

    01/24/2015 12:11:57 PM PST · by WildHighlander57 · 56 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 21, 2015 | Carol Brown
    Even when Muslims are a minority population they can and do transform whole cultures and societies. And not for the better. Why? Because their holy book is a totalitarian ideology founded on submission and world domination. And toward that end, Islam is on the march. .... And as one might expect, Obama is on board with any and all avenues to bring Muslims to the United States. I guess it’s part of his dream; our nightmare. Who can forget the lie he told back in 2009 when he said the United States was one of the largest Muslim countries in...
  • Emma Watson Unveils Gender Equality Initiative in Davos

    01/24/2015 6:33:53 AM PST · by VRW Conspirator · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 01/23/2015 | Lorena O'Neil
    The plan asks for governments, companies and universities to step in and work together to "bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally." Watson outlined the gender equality initiative in her speech, talking about the overwhelming response she received when she first launched HeForShe with a powerful speech in New York City last September. Although some people proved just how necessary this conversation is by threatening her for defending women, she was largely celebrated for her passionate words.
  • Pacino: If I wasn’t an actor I’d probably be slinging hash

    01/23/2015 11:15:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2015 1:29 PM EST | Lauri Neff
    Al Pacino has been acting for nearly half a century and during that time, he says he’s never really considered what other job he might be suited for—until now. Pacino says he thinks he’d be a good short order cook. He does have experience. Pacino played an ex-con who works in a diner in the 1991 film “Frankie and Johnny,” which was shot in a working eatery. “I could do this, be a short order cook,” he remembers thinking at the time. …
  • Nearly half of Japanese adults are not having sex

    01/22/2015 8:43:39 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 79 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 20 January 2015 | Sara Malm
    Nearly half of Japanese adults are not having sex, with more than a fifth of married men and women said they were too tired from work to make love. Even more worrying, more than 20 per cent of all Japanese men between 25 and 29 said they had little or no interest in sex what so ever. The country's birthrate is in such decline that the Japanese population is expected to drop by a third within the next 50 years.
  • American liberals and conservatives think as if from different cultures

    01/22/2015 11:42:52 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 31 replies
    He noted that liberals in the West tend to live in urban or suburban areas and often have fairly weak social and community ties, move more often and are less traditionally religious. They are more individualistic than conservatives and very unlike most people in Eastern cultures. Conservatives, on the other hand, tend to be more connected to their communities and may live in the same areas throughout their lives, maintaining strong social and familial bonds and commitments, and are more traditionally religious. This puts them more in line with the holistic-thinking majority of the world. "This study shows that the...
  • Free Today From Amazon - On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision [Kindle Edition]

    01/22/2015 10:33:53 AM PST · by Heartlander · 2 replies
    Amazon ^ | March 1, 2010 | William Lane Craig
    Free today! (From Amazon) On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision [Kindle Edition] This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life. This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith manual will equip Christians to advance faith conversations deliberately,...
  • March for Life Live Thread

    01/22/2015 8:18:13 AM PST · by cyclotic · 5 replies
    1-22-2014 | Cyclonic
    Please post your experience at 2015 March for Life
  • The Language of the State of the Union

    01/22/2015 7:54:05 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 1-18-15 | Benjamin Schmidt and Mitch Fraas
    Since 1790, every president has made an annual report to Congress, highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing the nation. Presidents from Jefferson to Taft dispatched lengthy written addresses; since Wilson, most have emulated Washington’s example and delivered shorter remarks in person. Using the Bookworm platform for text analysis, we’ve combed through the full texts of all 224 State of the Union addresses and ranked the frequency with which each president used each word. We invite you to explore these speeches. Click on any individual word and observe how frequently each president employed it. Sort by DATE to see how the...
  • Sexism row erupts at Australian Open (abbreviation)

    01/22/2015 6:28:09 AM PST · by McGruff · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 Jan 2015
    A sexism row has erupted at the Australian Open after a TV commentator asked Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard to "give us a twirl" in a post-match interview. Bouchard had just beaten Kiki Bertens 6-0, 6-3 in a second round match at Melbourne Park when she was interviewed by Ian Cohen, a Channel 7 tennis commentator, on court. Cohen asked Bouchard - one of the favourites for the first grand slam of the year - to twirl, to which the player replied: "A twirl, like a pirouette, here you go."
  • The Virtue of Scientific Thinking

    01/22/2015 6:16:03 AM PST · by Heartlander · 2 replies
    Boston Review ^ | 01/20/2015 | Steven Shapin
    The Virtue of Scientific Thinking Steven Shapin January 20, 2015 Fronstispiece from New Almagest (1651), by the Italian astronomer and Jesuit priest Giovanni Battista Riccioli. Source: History of Science Collections, the University of Oklahoma Libraries Can science make you good?Of course it can’t, some will be quick to say—no more than repairing cars or editing literary journals can. Why should we think that science has any special capacity for moral uplift, or that scientists—by virtue of the particular job they do, or what they know, or the way in which they know it—are morally superior to other sorts of...
  • Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake

    01/22/2015 3:15:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 3:30 AM EST | Ivan Moreno
    A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements? A baker in suburban Denver who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is fighting a legal order requiring him to serve gay couples even though he argued that would violate his religious beliefs. But now a separate case puts a twist in the debate over discrimination in public businesses, and it underscores the tensions...
  • How Chruistians and non-Christians have fared before the Supreme Court (Shortened title)

    01/21/2015 8:24:34 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 4 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | January 20, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    I’ve long been skeptical of claims that justices in religious freedom cases — and especially devoutly Christian justices, such as Justice Antonin Scalia — are biased in favor of Christians in religious exemption cases. To be sure, justices are people, and people have biases, usually in favor of their own groups. But justices also know quite well that their opinions will affect many more cases, including cases brought by other religious groups. I’m also skeptical of trying to prove such biases simply by counting cases. Different cases involve different legal issues, and — especially when you have only a few...
  • Question about Church and Flag Etiquette

    01/21/2015 7:15:50 PM PST · by Rides_A_Red_Horse · 33 replies
    21 Jan 2015 | Red Horse
    A funny thing happened at Church...
  • Recycled Whisky Waste Has £140M Potential ( ... as Fish Food)

    01/21/2015 5:42:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 20th January, 2015 | Melita Kiely
    Recycled whisky waste has £140m potential • The Scotch whisky industry could generate £140 million through recycling whisky wastes into fish feed for Scotland’s fish farming industry and help build a more circular economy. The possibility was highlighted in the Circular Economy Scotland report, which examines how the certain sectors such as oil and gas and the food industry can use their strengths to generate millions of pounds worth of value from materials used in these areas. It suggested the whisky industry could continue to capture heat and electricity from whisky wastes, but biorefining wastes could produce two more products...
  • Police: Mom Keys SUV after being Passed in School Parking Lot

    01/21/2015 3:54:55 PM PST · by Cecily · 43 replies
    A north Fulton County woman is accused of using a key to do $600 worth of damage to an SUV in a school parking lot. And it may have all started because one driver drove around the other, according to police. Letty Amelia Bradford, of Alpharetta, was arrested Saturday after she was identified on school surveillance footage, Roswell police said. Bradford was charged with criminal damage to property and disrupting public school, and was released from the Fulton County jail Monday after posting $5,000 bond, booking records showed. The alleged road rage happened Dec. 19 as parents arrived at Hillside...
  • Big layoffs planned at eBay [7% of the workforce]

    01/21/2015 2:47:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 01/21/2015 | By Katie Lobosco
    Big layoffs are coming to eBay. The company is planning to slash 2,400 workers across the eBay and PayPal parts of the business. The cuts will impact 7% of the workforce. The layoffs will be made before the end of March. EBay said it was "simplifying organizational structures" in its quarterly earnings released Wednesday. A company spokesperson told CNNMoney that some of the cuts were to unfilled positions, but would not say how many.