Sunday, March 31, 2013

An Inconvenient Truth│documentary film

An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate citizens about global warming via a comprehensive slide show that, by his own estimate made in the film, he has given more than a thousand times.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spiritual Adultery│Hosea│Lesson 1, March 30-April 5

Read for This Week’s Study: Hos. 1:1–3; Ezek. 4:1–6;  Hos. 2:12–15, 18; 4:1–3; James 5:1–7; Rev. 14:6–12.

Memory Text: “‘I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called “Not my loved one.” I will say to those called “Not my people,”“You are my people”; and they will say, “You are my God”’” (Hosea 2:23, NIV)

Key Thought: Even amid spiritual adultery and divine judgment, God’s love for His people never wavers.

Unnatural Act. By Zdravko Stefanovic

• Introduction: Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide│2nd Quarter 2013

The mind, someone said, is never satisfied, never. That’s because it faces a cruel paradox: the mind, which can contemplate the eternal, is composed of matter that isn’t eternal—and, worst of all, the mind knows that it is not eternal. Like chickens and oysters, we are going to die. The difference, however, is that chickens and oysters don’t know it. We do—and that realization causes us a great deal of anguish and suffering.

How did we get into this mess? The answer is, of course, one word: sin. Sin leads to death. Humans sin—therefore, humans die. It doesn’t get simpler than that.

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned” (Rom. 5:12, NRSV). 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

UFOs: Are We Alone in the Universe? By Marvin Moore

On April 21, 1991, Alitalia pilot Achille Zaghetti was flying a passenger plane from Milan to London when he saw an object streak in front of his plane. “Look out! Look out!” he exclaimed to his copilot. He then asked the control center that was monitoring his flight if their radar had picked up anything, and they reported seeing a strange object 10 nautical miles behind Zaghetti’s plane. An investigation ruled out a missile. No satisfactory answer was ever found.

This is one of many reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that the British Ministry of Defense recently began making available to the public from its secret files. Most reports were easily explained, but some, including Zaghetti’s, are still a mystery.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sex Crimes and the Vatican│documentary film

Sex Crimes and the Vatican (2006) is a documentary film (39 min) filmed by Colm O'Gorman, who was raped by a Catholic priest in the diocese of Ferns in County Wexford in Ireland when he was 14 years old.

Crimen sollicitationis

It was filmed for the BBC's Panorama documentary series, and charged that the Vatican used a secret document, Crimen sollicitationis, to silence allegations of sexual abuse by priests and that Crimen sollicitationis was enforced for 20 years by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he became the Pope.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hormone Disruptors

Dateline│NBC News' Andrea Canning reports on 'hormone disruptors', chemicals potentially found in everyday objects that can affect our health.

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. A wide range of substances, both natural and man-made, are thought to cause endocrine disruption, including pharmaceuticals, dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, DDT and other pesticides, and plasticizers such as bisphenol A. Endocrine disruptors may be found in many everyday products– including plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ready for the apocalypse!

One American family shows what it takes to prepare for the end of civilization as we know it. Imagine if suddenly, and completely without warning, the world experienced a total blackout – no electricity, no mobile phones, no banks, no internet, no TV, no emergency services. Nothing

click to enlarge│Apocalypse-ready and proud: The Douglas family from Colorado is stocking up for the end of the world. To stage this photograph, it took 15 people over six hours to move all of his stockpile - mostly kept in his basement - out onto his front lawn

Imagine if suddenly, and completely without warning, the world experienced a total blackout – no electricity, no mobile phones, no banks, no internet, no TV, no emergency services. Nothing.

Highways quickly become jammed with cars that have ground to a halt; an aeroplane falls from the sky; a satellite view of the planet shows it rapidly plunging into darkness.

As it becomes apparent that the lights are never coming back on, nations are plunged into chaos, mass riots break out in major cities and, without electricity, governments are toppled. Into the vacuum step ad-hoc militias, armed and ready to enforce their own rule of law.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Creation, Again│Lesson 13, March 23-29

Read for This Week’s Study: Rev. 21:1–5, Gen 3:191 Cor. 15:52–58, Gen. 6:11–13, Isa. 11:6–9, John 14:1–3.

Memory Text: “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteous-ness” (2 Peter 3: 13, NIV)

Earth Hour 2013

Earth Hour 2013, 8:30 PM Saturday 23 March. Earth Hour has grown from a one-city initiative in 2007 to the world's largest campaign for the planet, uniting hundreds of millions of people across 7001 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Unexpected meteor on way? 'Pray,' says NASA chief

When an unexpected visitor comes crashing into Earth with the force of 20 atomic bombs, Congress sits up and notices. And then schedules a meeting.

The House of Representatives heard testimony Tuesday about the meteor that surprised the world Feb. 15 when it lit up the Russian sky with the light of a thousand suns.

Neither the head of NASA nor the commander of the Air Force Space Command had comforting words for the congressmen.

Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) asked what NASA director Charles F. Bolden Jr. what the space agency could do if, with only three weeks notice, a large asteroid was heading on a collision course with our planet.

"Pray,'" Bolden said ...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Seven Golden Rules for a Healthy Life. By Anthony Bond and Anna Hodgekiss

Simple lifestyle steps can help prevent cancer and heart disease, say experts

Seven simple steps can slash the risk of dying from cancer or heart disease by up to 50 per cent, according to a landmark study.

Adhering to at least six of the 'Life's Simple 7' list of lifestyle choices from the American Heart Association reduced the risk of an early death, say researchers.

The seven golden rules are being physically active, keeping a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, keeping blood pressure down, regulating blood sugar levels and not smoking.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Internet is a surveillance state. By Bruce Schneier

(Especial to CNN) -- I'm going to start with three data points.

One: Some of the Chinese military hackers who were implicated in a broad set of attacks against the U.S. government and corporations were identified because they accessed Facebook from the same network infrastructure they used to carry out their attacks.

Two: Hector Monsegur, one of the leaders of the LulzSac hacker movement, was identified and arrested last year by the FBI. Although he practiced good computer security and used an anonymous relay service to protect his identity, he slipped up.

And three: Paula Broadwell,who had an affair with CIA director David Petraeus, similarly took extensive precautions to hide her identity. She never logged in to her anonymous e-mail service from her home network. Instead, she used hotel and other public networks when she e-mailed him. The FBI correlated hotel registration data from several different hotels -- and hers was the common name.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Clergy sex abuse settlements top $2.5 billion nationwide. By Cathy Lynn Grossman

There have been nearly 17,000 victims of clergy sexual abuse since 1950 and legal settlements for their suffering continue to climb.
Survivor Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, Calif., holds photos of defrocked priest Michael Baker outside the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has announced a $10 million settlement with four Baker victims, raising their total to nearly $700 million in overall settlements to victims to date.

Add another $10 million to the $2.5 billion that the Catholic Church in the USA has spent in confronting the clergy sex abuse crisis.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Francis, the First Jesuit Pope

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected the new pope. So, who is the man who lead the world's Catholics? PETER MACDIARMID│CBSNews

• Pope Francis: Jesuit to the Rescue
by John Baldoni│Forbes

If you have a tough job to do, hire a Jesuit.

Is that what the College of Cardinals were thinking when they selected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the next pope? Probably not, but they might have. Bergoglio, who will go by the name Francis I, is the first Jesuit to be selected as Pontiff.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How medicine is killing us all: Antibiotics, superbugs and the next global pandemic. By Mike Adams

While globalists like Bill Gates are feverishly working on ways to reduce human population through vaccines, GMOs and abortions, an even more effective population killer is now emerging: drug-resistant strains of "gram-negative" bacteria: Superbugs.

The global abuse of antibiotics and the rise of drug-resistant superbugs has become an urgent issue of survival for the human race, and even mainstream medical experts are now describing microbiological doomsday scenarios if the situation isn't reversed. As The Guardian reported today:
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria with the potential to cause untreatable infections pose "a catastrophic threat" to the population, the chief medical officer for Britain warns in a report calling for urgent action worldwide.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Deliver Us from Evil│documentary film

Deliver Us from Evil is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Amy J. Berg which tells the true story of Catholic priest Oliver O'Grady, who admitted to having molested and raped approximately 25 children in Northern California between the late 1970s and early 1990s. The film won the Best Documentary Award at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature ...

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Stewardship and the Environment│Lesson 10, March 2-8

Read for This Week’s Study: Psalm 8; Gen. 2:15; Rev.4:11; Exod. 20:8–11; 1 Cor. 16:19, 20.

Memory Text: “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth’ ” (Genesis 1:28, NKJV).

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