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"I believe that God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. When I run, I feel His pleasure..."

WSJ Article:  How Missionaries Lost Their Chariots of Fire and Why They Should Add the Gospel Back to Their Good Works.  In this vein Desiring God had a great series re-thinking short-term missions as well as the Chalmers Center.

White House Spent $23M of Taxpayers’ Money on Fight to Legalize Abortion in Kenya

Man squatting foreclosed home tells judge in his defense that he “bought it from Yahweh.”  You can’t make this stuff up.

Someone else has finally put into words the frustration of the script of the USPS mandatory upsell.

Man attempts to smuggle 18 monkeys through security and onto plane by hiding them under his shirt.

Ed Stetzer has an insightful post at Challies on “rockstar” pastors.

Black parents give birth to blond haired and blue-eyed baby.

How to win at Rock-Paper-Scissors.

Some of the craziest pools in the world.

Old Spice Voicemail Generator.

The man claiming ownership of 84% of Facebook may actually have some merit.

ESPN mocks itself and the ridiculousness of the “Lebron Decision” special with the help of Steve Carell and Paul Rudd:

HT:  Kevin DeYoung

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YMCA Re-Brands Themselves as Merely "The Y"

The YMCA is re-branding themselves as “The Y.”  First Things chimes in here.  Your thoughts?

Free Year of Amazon Prime for College Students

Apparently, some birds can see magnetic fields.

The Economist has an interesting piece on where the blogosphere is going.

How several athletes went broke:  No financial education + addiction(s) = tons of blown cash.

Some interesting chicanery going on in the Gold Market.

A new assessment of oil reserves estimates that Venezuala’s reserves may be double that of Saudi Arabia.

The fastest growing STD population are “Viagra-popping Senior [Citizens].”  Gross.

Microsoft gives the successor to the KGB the source code to Windows 7.  Can someone explain why they would do this?

Obamacare starting to dole out federal dollars for abortion.

Pretty incredible wall-mation (HT: Cardiphonia):

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Cosmic Microwave, Background Radiation

Full sky image of the complete Universe, highlighting the cosmic microwave background radiation.  I believe this image is significant in the way that it dovetails with the reality that the Universe had a beginning.

Iran declares war mullets.

Fascinating Wikipedia article on “Bombe,” the decryption device that decoded the Enigma machine on German U-Boats.

A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God is available for free as an audiobook for the month of July from Christianaudio.com.  Use coupon code:  JUL2010.  (HT:  JT)

The U.S. Government is now Cyber-Policing the Internet (and the people of the United States) with a new agency that seems to report to the NSA.  The new logo for said department also contains a mysterious code in the logo, “9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a.”

Update:  It appears that the code has already been easily broken, details here.  (HT:  Aaron Massey)

Inventor of the pixel suggest new medium of transmitting picture.

Reading on Kindle and iPad up to 10% slower than their print counterparts.

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