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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.
- Deuteronomy 18:15 Sunday, 10 December, 2017“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”
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2017 Upcoming National Holidays
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Most Viewed Posts Today
- Musings On Biblical Leadership posted on December 10, 2017 | under Reflections From Scripture
- Adapted CRISPR Could Cure Incurable Diseases posted on December 10, 2017 | under Technology
- Leafy Seadragon posted on December 10, 2017 | under All Creatures Great & Small
- An Iranian Village Built On Rooftops posted on December 9, 2017 | under Humanities
- My World Is The Only One That Matters posted on December 6, 2017 | under Psychology
- Politicians Manipulate Us For Their Own Interest posted on December 10, 2017 | under Psychology
- Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede Has a Salty Ocean with More Water than Earth posted on March 13, 2015 | under Astronomy
Astronomy Picture of the Day
M27: The Dumbbell Nebula.
Image Credit & Copyright: Bill Snyder (Bill Snyder Photography).
The first hint of what will become of our Sun was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse objects not to be confused with comets. The 27th object on Messier's list, now known as M27 or the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula, the type of nebula our Sun will produce when nuclear fusion stops in its core. M27 is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky, and can be seen toward the constellation of the Fox (Vulpecula). It takes light about 1000 years to reach us from M27, shown above in colours emitted by hydrogen and oxygen. Many things remain mysterious about bipolar planetary nebula like M27, including the physical mechanism that expels a low-mass star's gaseous outer-envelope, leaving an X-ray hot white dwarf.
- NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery Friday, 8 December, 2017NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.
- NASA Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works Wednesday, 6 December, 2017NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has passed the shortest-daylight weeks of the Martian year with its solar panels in clean condition for a potential dust-storm season in 2018.
Work of Art
Originally named The Poet, The Thinker is a bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin, usually placed on a stone pedestal. It is part of a large commission, begun in 1880, for a sculptured panel called The Gates of Hell, based on Dante's The Divine Comedy. The Thinker, at the centre of the composition is about 70 cm high, as Rodin wanted a heroic figure in the tradition of Michelangelo, to represent intellect as well as poetry. The figure was designed to be seen from below, and is normally displayed on a fairly high plinth. There are about 28 full size castings though not all were made during Rodin's lifetime and under his supervision.
Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- Suck It Up, Britain Sunday, 10 December, 2017Joris Luyendijk, GuardianThe breakthrough in Brexit talks is thanks to the UK recognising its place as the junior partner, says the Dutch journalist Joris Luyendijk
The Yimchunger is one of the major Naga tribes of Nagaland and the Tuensang district within India and areas of Myanmar. Strong ties to cultural identity in the form of their passion for agriculture are reflected in the songs devoted to the craft. Their traditional dress includes colourful cane-made headgear decorated with hair and bird feathers.
- Green earthquake alert (Magnitude 6.1M, Depth:10km) in W. Caroline Islands, Micronesia 09/12/2017 15:14 UTC, No people within 100km. Saturday, 9 December, 2017On 12/9/2017 3:14:24 PM, an earthquake occurred in W. Caroline Islands, Micronesia potentially affecting No people within 100km. The earthquake had Magnitude 6.1M, Depth:10km.
National Flag of Iran
The flag of Iran is a tricolour comprising equal horizontal bands of green, white and red. It was adopted on 29 July 1980. Green symbolises growth, happiness, unity, nature, vitality and the Persian language. White stands for freedom, and red stands for martyrdom. The central red emblem is a highly stylised composite of various Islamic elements: a tulip form of the word Allah and overlapping parts of the phrase 'There is no God Except Allah.'
- Watch - Carnival and Mardi Gras Wednesday, 6 December, 2017If you plan to travel outside the United States to celebrate Carnival, you can take some simple precautions to help you stay safe and healthy. Destinations include Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Trinidad and Tobago.
- Watch - Lunar New Year Wednesday, 6 December, 2017The Year of the Dog begins on February 16, 2018, and many people will travel to Asia to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Destinations include Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- Watch - 2018 Winter Olympics (PyeongChang 2018) Tuesday, 28 November, 2017The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9 to February 25, 2018. The Paralympic Games are scheduled for March 9 to March 18, 2018.
- Pakistan Travel Warning Friday, 8 December, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated May 22, 2017. Consular services provided by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, the Consulate General in Karachi, and the Consulate General in Lahore are often limited due to the security environment. At this time, […]
- Haiti Travel Warning Thursday, 7 December, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Haiti due to its current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities and response. This is an update to the Travel Warning issued on September 12, 2017. Kidnapping remains a threat, and armed robberies and violent assaults reported by […]
- Central African Republic Travel Warning Tuesday, 21 November, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to an unpredictable security situation subject to rapid deterioration, the activities of armed groups, and violent crime. We urge U.S. citizens who are in CAR to consider departing. The U.S. government’s ability to provide consular services in CAR […]
Death Valley National Park
- USA Friday, 8 December, 2017Large wildfires continue to affect the Southern California region. Thousands are still under mandatory evacuation orders in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Diego Counties. The risk of continued wildfire activity is still very high. Current conditions allow for wildfires to spread quickly, so remain cautious and monitor local media reports. Always follow the advice of […]GOV.UK
- Trinidad and Tobago Friday, 8 December, 2017Latest update: Safety and security section (Crime) - there have been some recent disturbances in the Beetham area that have caused major disruption to traffic on the highway; Terrorism section – addition of information on the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s national counter-terrorism strategy; Local laws and customs section - addition of information and advice […]GOV.UK
- Lebanon Friday, 8 December, 2017Latest update: Summary - several groups have announced public protests in Beirut and across Lebanon following a major US announcement on the status of Jerusalem; you should remain vigilant at all times and avoid political gatherings and demonstrations; monitor local news and follow the advice of the police and other security agenciesGOV.UK
- Travel Advisory: Unrest in Israel and the Palestinian Territories [Updated 9 December 2017] Friday, 8 December, 2017
- Travel Notice for Myanmar [Updated: 8 December 2017] Thursday, 7 December, 2017
- Travel Notice for France [Updated: 8 December 2017] Thursday, 7 December, 2017Following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, France was placed under a State of Emergency which was subsequently extended until it was permanently lifted on 1 November 2017. A new counter-terrorism law has now been enacted which includes heightened security measures such as tighter border controls; restrictions on the movement of people and […]
The above-mentioned health notices and travel advices only indicate the most recent announcements. To see their complete lists, click on the respective government department’s (orange) heading.
The Human Brain
Human brain tissue is not dense. It’s very fragile — soft and squishy similar to the consistency of soft tofu or gelatin.
- The pyramid of myth, proposed tax plan and more in this week’s news roundup Friday, 8 December, 2017Trends in educational psychology research.
- What are the early signs of a depression relapse? Saturday, 9 December, 2017Many people experience depression relapses. Learn more about the early signs of relapses and recurrence, and what can be done about them.
- #ThisIsNotAGame: Campaign to End Illegal Bushmeat Trade Wednesday, 6 December, 2017Illegal bushmeat trade—the illegal, commercial and unsustainable trade in wildlife meat—is probably the single greatest threat to wildlife (including lions) in Zambia.Pooja
- The Writings on the Sea Wall: Jill Pelto Art Friday, 24 November, 2017As science communicators, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to translate the ramblings of the ivory tower into a relatable and accessible public dialogue. In my experience, our strongest ally in this endeavor lies in the artists, musicians, and storytellers within our communities. “The Writing on the Sea-Wall” series seeks to highlight the […]Alex Warneke
- pretentiousThe Buzzword of the Day for 12/10/2017 is:pretentious (adjective) \prih-TEN-shus\ What does it mean? : appearing or trying to appear more important or more valuable than is the caseHow do you use it? The new house was very large and ornate, and it struck the neighbors as rather pretentious. Are you a word wiz? "Pretentious" […]
Symeon the New Theologian on the Meaning of Faith
Faith is readiness to die for Christ's sake, for his commandments, in the conviction that such death brings life; it is to regard poverty as riches, insignificance and nothingness as true fame and glory and having nothing, to be sure that you possess all things. But above all, faith is attainment of the invisible treasure of the knowledge of Christ, regarding everything visible as dust or smoke.
- The Great Supreme Court Cake-Off: Christian Bakers vs. Gay WeddingsUPDATED: The biggest religious freedom case of 2017, Masterpiece Cakeshop, held oral arguments today. The case of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding gets its big day in court today. While Jack Phillips’s legal team has emphasized his right to artistic expression as a cake decorator, […]Kate Shellnutt
Pray for Christians in Belarus
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Pray for the Persecuted Church
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