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Obamacare and job growth

Thorough article analyzing “Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science” (HT: Nancy Pearcey)

50 pictures of some pretty crazy church architectures (HT: HG)

Christian-ese that should be put to rest


Fake Apple Store in China

Scathing anecdotal piece of UCC minister complaining about all the conversations with people who are “spiritual but not religious

Thank you for sharing, spiritual but not religious sunset person. You are now comfortably in the norm for self-centered American culture, right smack in the bland majority of people who find ancient religions dull but find themselves uniquely fascinating.

Sad but true comic:  “The Evolution of Intellectual Freedom” (HT: BL)

I always look forward to 9Marks eJournals, this one entitled, “How Much Should You Pay Your Pastors?” was particularly good.

NYTimes article, “One Size Fits Nobody” on the crazy world of (women’s) clothing sizes

Thrice new single, “Promises”


ps.  Sorry it has been forever since posting… for the handful of you that find these posts interesting

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George W. Bush has a few refreshingly rare words for a former president in a recent interview:

I don’t want to go out and campaign for candidates. I don’t want to be viewed as a perpetual money-raiser. I don’t want to be on these talk shows giving my opinion, second-guessing the current president. I think it’s bad for the country, frankly, to have a former president criticize his successor. It’s tough enough to be president as it is without a former president undermining the current president. Plus, I don’t want to do that.

Huge insult during Chinese delegation visit and huge blunder by Obama administration – “A State Insult with Chinese Charateristics.”  This further highlights

Indian government has a $35 tablet computer.

LinkedIn is going public.

Why You Should Always Run Up the Score” – First Things

GOP entertaining privatizing Medicare.

The most sued companies in America.  Surprise, all the usual subprime suspects lead the list…

China keeps ramping up the dollar rhetoric.


FCIC Report – Financial Crisis was Avoidable – I am not sure whether this is the case or not.  It is a rather complex question of whether it was avoidable or not.   It leaves me with the question, does human irrationality not necessitate the existence of irrational bubbles?

Over 99% vote for secession in Southern Sudan

Drug smugglers attempt to catapult drugs over U.S./Mexico border.  Nothing like profit driving innovation… I wonder if they came up with their pot trebuchet idea while smoking pot.

Tons of British Anglicans fleeing the Anglican church in favor of Roman Catholicism

Baseball player walks away from $12 million salary because he says he ‘doesn’t deserve it.’

Rafi Eitan recounts the story of their capture of Nazi Holocaust chief architect Adolf Eichmann.

Truly excellent interview with Francis Ford Coppola:

There is something we know that’s connected with beauty and truth. There is something ancient. We know that art is about beauty, and therefore it has to be about truth.

UN spends $288,700 per “green job”

Consumer confidence crashing in the UK

11% of all homes are vacant in U.S. – this amounts to 18 million homes

Florida Judge rules that Obamacare is unconstitutional.  In the same vein, “Tawdry Details of Obamacare

“Greatest Putt-Putt Shot Ever”

Smooth Criminal on Cello

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The Truth Wears Off:  The Decline Effect and the Scientific Method

Just because an idea is true doesn’t mean it can be proved. And just because an idea can be proved doesn’t mean it’s true. When the experiments are done, we still have to choose what to believe.

John Piper’s report on his leave of absence.  I appreciate his honesty and transparency.  Thankful for his life and ministry, warts and all.

Some cogent analysis of 16 countries with potentiality of war or conflict in 2011.

Apparently the Armenian government and police have a severe problem with emo kids.

Home Price Continue to Fall… Raising Possibility of Housing “Double-Dip“”

Bomb kills 21 Christians exiting worship at New Years Mass in Egypt.

Iran says they have shot down several “Western Drones”

Forthcoming solar max.

State of German multi-culturalism

IBM predicts holographic phone calls in the near future.

Constitution has “no binding power on anything because it is over 100 years old.”

Contract free iPhone with 2gigs data for $25/mo.  The process is a bit shady but it seems to work for some people.  Note: requires and IMEI from an iPad.

In the same vein of nonsense, Nancy Pelosi’s reply to the question of Constitutional warrant of Obamacare:

Peyton Manning stars in new movie “The Darkside”

Just because an idea is true doesn’t mean it can be proved. And just because an idea can be proved doesn’t mean it’s true. When the experiments are done, we still have to choose what to believe.”

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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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World Magazine has a piece entitled, “Farewell Emerging Church, 1989-2010.”

NPR Podcast analyzing assets acquired by the Federal Reserve. (HT:  Phill Graham)

Companion piece to an NPR, All Things Considered program on a Hedge Fund called Magnetar.  Explains how this Hedge Fund made tons of money on credit default options by perpetuating the housing bubble.  (HT:  Phill Graham)

Big Hollywood piece on the U.S. 2010 Census challenging the wisdom of giving out race information, as well as, questioning the meaning of the word ‘race’.

Non-Government personal income fallen 3.2% under Obama presidency.

WSJ article on the shortage of medical doctors already problematic.  A lack of Biblical warrant, innovation, quality control, expediency, and a lack of fiscal incentives for the brightest students are my five major concerns of Obamacare.

In a rather strange story, retail store Hobby Lobby evangelized in their Easter ads.

The “Blatant Chicanery” of Obama’s Executive Order

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Andy McCarthy has an important piece over at the National Review explaining why President Obama’s Executive Order amounts to ‘blatant chicanery.’

Fact:  Congress enacts legislation.

Fact:  Executive orders can be rescinded at any time.

Fact:  Executive orders cannot be used to strike provisions in a bill enacted by the Legislative Branch.

I am well aware that God is sovereign over all of these matters.  However, this is no cause for political fatalism or lack of activism.  This healthcare bill could very well slowly bankrupt our nation.

Also, Planned Parenthood is pretty happy about the new bill, here is their response.

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Translation Goggles from Google… pretty crazy stuff

Scientists closer to Nuclear Fusion with ultra-high powered military lasers.

Does Nail Polish Cause Autism?

Obamanomics – It looks like the thesis is something like – “Obama Is Making You Poorer—But Who’s Getting Rich? Goldman Sachs, GE, Pfizer, the United Auto Workers.”  Congressman Ron Paul says, “Every libertarian and free-market conservative needs to read Obamanomics.” And Jonah Goldberg, columnist and bestselling author says, “Obamanomics is conservative muckraking at its best and an indispensable field guide to the Obama years.”

Church of Scientology takes aim at St. Pete Times.  Scientology is screwed up on several levels.

Stolen hand-written letters of Descartes found.  I am not a fan at all, nevertheless an interesting find.

Obamacare 2.0

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