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I Am That I Am
The enormity of our world's needs are overwhelming, and without a compassionate heart, distressing news items can appear to be just black and white. Hopefully, by raising in this Blog a few of these intractable issues would call us to pray, and if necessary, to act.
- James 1:5 Tuesday, 23 January, 2018“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
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2018 Upcoming National Holidays
- 16: Lunar New Year (Singapore)
- 17: Lunar New Year, 2nd Day (Singapore)
- 19: President’s Day (USA)
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Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- Exercising My Right to Move to Norway Tuesday, 23 January, 2018Alex Beam, Boston GlobeNot only do my wife and I have the right to resettle in Donald Trump's favorite white-bread country, but Norway is also anxious to have us.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Ribbons and Pearls of Spiral Galaxy NGC 1398.
Image Credit: European Southern Observatory.
Spiral galaxy NGC 1398 has a ring of pearly stars, gas and dust around its centre, a bar of stars and gas across its centre, and spiral arms that appear like ribbons farther out. The image was taken with ESO's Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile and resolves this grand spiral in impressive detail. NGC 1398 lies about 65 million light years distant, meaning the light we see today left this galaxy when dinosaurs were disappearing from the Earth. The galaxy is visible towards the constellation of the Furnace (Fornax). The ring near the centre is likely an expanding density wave of star formation, caused either by a gravitational encounter with another galaxy, or by the galaxy's own gravitational asymmetries.
- NASA Media Call Previews Upcoming Mission to Explore Atmospheric Border Tuesday, 23 January, 2018NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 24, to discuss the upcoming launch of the agency’s mission to study where Earth’s atmosphere meets space.
- Sol 1943: From the South Rim of Vera Rubin Ridge Tuesday, 23 January, 2018Having spent 1943 sols on the surface of Mars, Curiosity is in its 6th Earth year on Mars, but it is in its 3rd Mars year of exploration.
Sarayaku is a territory and a village situated by the Bobonaza River in the province of Pastaza in the southern part of el Oriente, the Amazonic region of Ecuador. The territory incorporates a number of villages totalling between 1,000 and 2,000 Kichwa-speaking people. Since the early 21st century, the Sarayaku have engaged in a decade-long effort to resist efforts to drill for oil in their community, putting them at cross purposes with the Ecuadorian government and various multinational oil companies. The Sarayaku have used protests and legal challenges, successfully pursuing a suit in court.
- Green earthquake alert (Magnitude 5.6M, Depth:10km) in Ascension Island Region 23/01/2018 23:09 UTC, No people within 100km. Tuesday, 23 January, 2018On 1/23/2018 11:09:09 PM, an earthquake occurred in Ascension Island Region potentially affecting No people within 100km. The earthquake had Magnitude 5.6M, Depth:10km.
- Watch - Measles in Serbia Friday, 19 January, 2018Health officials in Serbia have reported an outbreak of measles. CDC recommends that travelers to Serbia protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles.
- Alert - Yellow Fever in Brazil Friday, 19 January, 2018The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever. In response to this outbreak, health authorities have recently expanded the list of areas in which yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travelers.
National Flag of Japan
The national flag of Japan is a white rectangular flag with a crimson-red disc in the centre. The flag embodies Japan's nickname as the Land of the Rising Sun. The Nisshōki flag is designated as the national flag in the Law Regarding the National Flag and National Anthem, which was promulgated and became effective on August 13, 1999. The sun plays an important role in Japanese mythology and religion as the Emperor is said to be the direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu and the legitimacy of the ruling house rested on this divine appointment and descent from the chief deity of the predominant Shinto religion.
- Mauritius – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Tuesday, 16 January, 2018Exercise increased caution in Mauritius due to Tropical Cyclone Berguitta. A cyclone warning is in force in Mauritius and Reunion. Expect strong winds, heavy rains, and possible flooding and property damage. More information about cyclones and weather updates can be found on both the Mauritius Meteorological Service website and the Meteo-France Reunion website. Read the […]
- Colombia – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Friday, 12 January, 2018Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Arauca, Cauca (except Popayan), Choco (except Nuquí), and Norte de Santander (except Cucuta) departments due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Several departments throughout the country due to crime and […]
- Turkey – Level 3: Reconsider travel Friday, 12 January, 2018Reconsider travel to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Areas along the Turkey-Syria border and the southeastern provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, and Bitlis due to terrorism. Terrorist groups […]
- USA Tuesday, 23 January, 2018Latest update: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 occurred off the coast of north Alaska at 12:35 AM (local time) on 23 January 2018. The Tsunami warnings which were issued for British Columbia, south and south east Alaska, the Alaskan peninsula and the Aleutian Islands have now been lifted.GOV.UK
- Canada Tuesday, 23 January, 2018Latest update: Summary - an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 occurred off the coast of north Alaska at 12:35 AM local time on 23 January 2018; all tsunami warnings for Canada have now been liftedGOV.UK
- Belgium Tuesday, 23 January, 2018Summary – removal of information on local advice regarding security threatsGOV.UK
Denali National Park
- Travel Advisory: Mayon Volcano in Albay Province, Philippines [23 January 2018] Monday, 22 January, 2018
- Travel Advisory for Syria [Updated: 9 January 2018] Monday, 8 January, 2018
- Travel Advisory on Iraq [Updated: 9 January 2018] Monday, 8 January, 2018
The health notices and travel advice mentioned above only indicate the most recent announcements. To see the complete lists, click on the respective government department’s heading.
The Human Brain
According to research done at Cambridge University, the order of letters in a word doesn’t matter much to your brain. As long as the first and last letters are in the right spot, your brain can rearrange the letters to form words as fast as you can read. This is why you can easily make sense out of this jumble of letters: Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Pretty amazing!
- FDA halts nicotine study despite science community's concerns Tuesday, 23 January, 2018Ignoring concerns from APA and established scientists, the FDA suspended a nicotine research program involving non-human primates.
- Happiness may lie in 1 hour of screen time daily Tuesday, 23 January, 2018Researchers at San Diego State University examine whether teens who spend a lot of time on their smartphones are more or less happy as a result.
- Finding Answers When Disasters Strike Saiga Thursday, 18 January, 2018In May 2015, over 200,000 saiga antelopes in central Kazakhstan died in just three weeks, more than a third of the world’s saiga population. Researchers narrowed the cause down fairly early to a bacteria that up until that point had been living harmlessly in the saigas’ tonsils, but why was it suddenly fatal and so […]Randy
- Survey results show Christians becoming less concerned about the environment Tuesday, 23 January, 2018There has been no "greening of Christianity" among people in the pews, despite efforts by some religious leaders to emphasize environmental stewardship, according to new research.
Work of Art
The Nefertiti Bust is a painted stucco-coated limestone bust of the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. The work is believed to have been crafted in 1345 B.C. by the sculptor Thutmose, because it was found in his workshop in Amarna, Egypt. A German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt discovered the bust in 1912. It is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt and Nefertiti has become one of the most famous women of the ancient world, and an icon of feminine beauty. Despite doubts over its authenticity, various testing and analysis of the bust have proved it to be authentic. It is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin.
- across the boardIf something is across the board, it relates to all without exception.
Symeon the New Theologian on the Fear of God
He who is permeated by fear of God is not afraid to be among evil men. Having the fear of God in him, and wearing the unconquerable amour of faith, he is strong in everything and can even do things which seem harrd and impossible to others. He walks among them like a giant among young monkeys, or a roaring lion among dogs and foxes, and, putting his trust in God, fills them with wonder at the strength of his reasoning, brings awe to their understanding and strikes them down with words of wisdom, as with a rod of iron.
An Explanation of the Philokalia Here: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Philokalia
- Why We Need to Talk about Trump’s Haiti RemarksChristians can expand their compassion by looking at the deeper story of development and immigration. Yesterday in a meeting about immigration reform, President Donald Trump questioned why he should accept immigrants from “s—hole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador, and nations in Africa, instead of places like Norway. Even in the constant onslaught of news and […]Kent Annan
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