March 18th, 2015
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Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries....
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March 17th, 2015
BY PAUL BEDARD
The Environmental Protection Agency has its eyes on pollution from backyard barbecues.
The agency announced that it is funding a University of California project to limit emissions resulting in grease drippings with a special tray to catch them and a "catalytic" filtration system.
The $15,000 project has the "potential for global application," said the school.
The school said that the technology they will study with the EPA grant is intended to reduce air pollution and cut the health hazards to BBQ "pit masters" from propane-fueled cookers.
Charged with keeping America's air, water and soil clean, the EPA has been increasingly looking at homeowners, especially their use of pollution emitting tools like lawn mowers.
The school is proposing two fixes to reduce emissions from barbecues. First, they want to cut back on grease flare-ups. The idea: "A slotted and corrugated tray is inserted immediately prior to meat flipping, and removed immediately after. This short contact time prevents the tray from over-heating and volatilizing the collected grease. This collected grease will then drip off into a collection tray and can be used at the pit master's discretion."
But, total capture isn't "practical," so a filter and fan are proposed for installation. "The secondary air filtration system is composed of a single pipe duct system which contains a specialized metal filter, a metal fan blade, a drive shaft, and an accompanying power system with either a motorized or manual method. This system can be powered by either an exterior electric motor with a chain-driven drive shaft, directly spinning the fan blade, or a hand-powered crank," said the project write-up.
The grant is part of the EPA's "National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2014)."
The EPA also said that it does not regulate backyard barbecues. Research conducted by the University of California Riverside is part of the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program, which is a student design competition for sustainability.
March 17th, 2015
By RACHEL ZOLL AP Religion Writer
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a "commitment between two people," becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation.
The new definition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body, but required approval from a majority of the denomination's 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The critical 86th "yes" vote came Tuesday night from the Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey.
After all regional bodies vote and top Presbyterian leaders officially accept the results, the change will take effect June 21. The denomination has nearly 1.8 million members and about 10,000 congregations.
"So many families headed by LGBTQ couples have been waiting for decades to enter this space created for their families within their church communities," said the Rev. Robin White, a leader of More Light Presbyterians, which advocates for gay acceptance within the church.
So far, 41 presbyteries have rejected the redefinition, which includes a provision that no clergy would be compelled to preside at a gay marriage or host such a ceremony on church property. The vote in one presbytery was tied, according to a tally by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, a pro-gay group that works to keep Presbyterians united despite theological differences.
Last year, the church had allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings if local church leaders approved in states where the unions were legally recognized. The new wording for the church Book of Order, which authorizes same-sex marriages churchwide, will read, "Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives."
Church leaders released statements Tuesday urging "mutual forbearance" amid disagreements over the amendment. "We hope that such 'up/down' voting does not mark the end, but the continuation of our desire to live in community," the two top General Assembly officials said.
Between 2011, when the Presbyterian church authorized gay ordination, and 2013, the latest year for which figures are available, 428 of the denomination's churches left for more conservative denominations or dissolved, though some theological conservatives have remained as they decide how to move forward.
Carmen Fowler LaBerge, president of the conservative Presbyterian Lay Committee, said the new definition was "an express repudiation of the Bible" and approved "what God does not bless." Her group has urged Presbyterians to protest by redirecting donations away from the national church until the original marriage definition is restored.
Paul Detterman, national director of The Fellowship Community, a network of theologically conservative Presbyterian churches that have stayed with the denomination, said his organization will "remain faithfully engaged in conversation" with those of different views in the church. He said the Fellowship's opposition to the amendment is "in no way intended to be anti-gay," but aims "with humility" to uphold the traditional Bible view of marriage.
Although several Protestant denominations have taken significant steps toward recognizing same-sex relationships, only one other major Christian group has endorsed gay marriage as Christian churchwide.
March 17th, 2015
Pope's recent comments on short papacy may indicate awareness of ancient prophecy....
An author who successfully predicted Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation now is suggesting Pope Francis may be a believer in an ancient prophecy that foretells disaster for the Roman Catholic Church.
The pope unleashed an international frenzy of speculation when he recently commented, “I have a feeling my pontificate will be brief. … It is a vague feeling I have that the Lord chose me for a short mission.”
Bestselling author Tom Horn, featured on the blockbuster movie, “The Last Pope?,” told WND in an exclusive interview that the statements imply the man once known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio sees himself as part of a prophecy.
Horn stated, “The comments by Pope Francis regarding possible assassination or retirement and that he may not be the pontiff much longer make me wonder if he is a believer in his role as the last pope (pope No. 112 in the ‘Prophecy of the Popes’), which speaks of the destruction of Rome.”
St. Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes” is said to be based on his prophetic vision of the next 112 popes, beginning with Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144.
Malachy presented a description of each pope, culminating with the “final pope,” “Peter the Roman,” whose reign would end with the destruction of Rome and judgment.
But other Catholic prophecies also speak of the final subversion of the Roman Catholic Church.
As Horn notes, “Even St. Francis of Assisi – the current pope’s namesake and one of the most venerated religious figures in history – gathered his devotees shortly before his death and prophesied, ‘At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavor to draw many into error and death. … Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. … for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true pastor, but a destroyer.’”
Horn believes Francis may also see his fate revealed as part of one of the famous “secrets of Fátima.”
“The final secret of Fátima was supposedly given to three Portuguese children, Lucia dos Santos, Jacinta Marto and Francisco Marto, when they saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Fátima) in 1917.”
As Horn observed, “There is a great deal of controversy over whether the third secret was ever completely released by the Vatican, but part of what was released describes a city, which some believe to be the Vatican City. The city is attacked and many priests, including the pope (described as the ‘Bishop in White’), are killed by fighters who could easily be interpreted as members of ISIS.”
This section of the prophecy reads,
… before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way [and] on his knees at the foot of the big cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other bishops, priests, men and women religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.
ISIS has vowed to “conquer Rome” by 2020 and has called for an alliance with the radical left to further its objectives. ISIS has also included Catholic countries like Spain in its vision of the restored caliphate.
Pope Francis seems aware of the danger posed by the terrorist group. Only a few days before musing on the likely brevity of his papacy, the pope spoke fatalistically about the danger of assassination. The pope declared his life or death is “in God’s hands” and joked, “I have said to the Lord, ‘You take care of me. But if it is your will that I die or something happens to me, I ask you only one favor: that it doesn’t hurt.’”
March 17th, 2015
By Barry Secrest
Quakes have been increasingly reported all across both the continental US and world over the past several years.
This increase has incited many environmentalists to blame fracking as the cause of the unusual quake activity.
In fact, movies and numerous documentaries have surged over the past several years which try to directly correlate an increased instance of quakes with fracking. However, much if not most of the increased activity is occurring in areas where no fracking has occurred.
Popular NC meteorologist Brad Panovich has reported today that the unusual consistency in recent quake activity in the North Carolina mountains could not be fracking-connected since there is no fracking at present, in North Carolina.
When one individual tried to hypothetically tie fracking to the quakes, Panovich correctly asserted that there is "no fracking going on anywhere near the area in question," and went on to state that "Earthquakes are normal in this area just not at this frequency."
So, while one instance of unusual quakes in a non-fracking area may not be irrefutable proof that fracking can't be associated with earthquakes, this event does certainly indicate that an unusually high number of quakes in a given area can and does occur in the complete absence of fracking.
The state of North Carolina has approved legislation that will allow in fracking, but not until May of 2015.
However, the question then becomes, in the absence of the usual suspect of fracking, why has there been an increase in quake activity across North America in recent years? Could the increase be attributed to an increased number of seismology stations and better sensitivity, or could it be something in which scientists are yet unaware?
This increased earthquake phenomenon is not limited to the US, but is even occurring in Great Britain, where earthquakes have been so historically rare that a recent quake in Rutland UK prompted one resident to exclaim " “How was there an earthquake in England? It's the end of the world.”
In fact, some areas of Great Britain are now being cited as "earthquake hotspots"--this--despite the fact that fracking has been severely limited in the British isles. Kingsworthy, a town just north of South Hampton UK, suffered a small quake in January 2015, which alarmed a great many residents. The only problem being, fracking has been outlawed in most areas of southern England, including Kingsworthy, so the question remains as to why the increased activity?
Scientists have postulated a number of theories regarding the increased activity, however, fracking is only one of several more widely accepted theories.
Many researchers believe that episodes, in recent years, of increased solar and lunar activity may be the chief culprit. An increase in powerful solar flares and increased "supermoon" gravitational influences, says NASA, can have a demonstrable effect on tectonic disruptions across the planet.
Other scientists believe that shifts in the magnetic pole of Earth or geomagnetic influences can cause extraordinary upheaval in the many plates that make up the Earth's crust. As Earth's magnetic poles shift, tectonic plates are hit with powerful stressors which can cause plates to move creating quakes in unexpected areas......