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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.
- Galatians 6:7-8 Sunday, 21 January, 2018“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
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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
- Tunisian Protesters Get the Seven-Year Itch Saturday, 20 January, 2018Sarah Souli, Al MonitorThe austerity measures announced by the Tunisian government as part of this year's budget seem to be targeting the most vulnerable groups in society, including the middle class and the poor.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
MyCn18: An Hourglass Planetary Nebula.
Image Credit: R. Sahai and J. Trauger (JPL), WFPC2, HST, NASA.
The sands of time are running out for the central star of this hourglass-shaped planetary nebula. With its nuclear fuel exhausted, this brief, spectacular, closing phase of a Sun-like star's life occurs as its outer layers are ejected - its core becoming a cooling, fading white dwarf. In 1995, astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to make a series of images of the planetary nebulae. Delicate rings of colourful glowing gas (nitrogen-red, hydrogen-green, and oxygen-blue) outline the tenuous walls of the hourglass. The unprecedented sharpness of the HST images has revealed surprising details of the nebula ejection process that are helping to resolve the outstanding mysteries of the complex shapes and symmetries of planetary nebulas.
- NASA Announces Updated Crew Assignments for Space Station Missions Thursday, 18 January, 2018NASA is announcing an addition to the NASA lineup for upcoming launches, and making changes to some assignments for International Space Station missions in 2018.
- 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.
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 6.3M, Depth:110.82km) in Chile 21/01/2018 01:06 UTC, 230000 people within 100km. Sunday, 21 January, 2018On 1/21/2018 1:06:42 AM, an earthquake occurred in Chile potentially affecting 230000 people within 100km. The earthquake had Magnitude 6.3M, Depth:110.82km.
- 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 […]
- Switzerland Sunday, 21 January, 2018Rail and road access to the Zermatt area has been temporarily suspended again due to heavy snowfall and avalanche risk. If you are in the area, please follow instructions of local authorities and updates published on local Tourism website - https://www.zermatt.ch/GOV.UK
- Afghanistan Saturday, 20 January, 2018Summary: On 20 January 2018 the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul has been attacked by gunmen. Please follow the instructions of local authorities.GOV.UK
- India Saturday, 20 January, 2018Latest update: Summary - There is an ongoing taxi strike in Goa. Travel in and around the State is affected, including on the road to the airport and around hotels and beaches. You should monitor the media for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities. Avoid large gatherings. Allow more time […]GOV.UK
Denali National Park
- Travel Advisory on Iraq [Updated: 9 January 2018] Monday, 8 January, 2018
- Travel Advisory for Syria [Updated: 9 January 2018] Monday, 8 January, 2018
- Travel Notice for Egypt [Updated: 5 January 2018] Thursday, 4 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
The brains of introverts and extroverts are measurably different. MRIs reveal that the dopamine reward network is more active in the brains of extroverts while introverts’ brains have more grey matter.
- Helping American Indian students become psychologists Friday, 19 January, 2018Melissa Tehee, PhD, supports American Indian students who are defying the odds to become psychologists.
- Being rich might make you want to hook up, but not for long Sunday, 21 January, 2018What is the impact of wealth and availability of resources on mating preferences? New research investigates and makes surprising discoveries.
- 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
- Radioactivity from oil and gas wastewater persists in Pennsylvania stream sediments Friday, 19 January, 2018More than seven years after Pennsylvania officials requested that the disposal of radium-laden fracking wastewater into surface waters be restricted, a new study finds that high levels of radioactivity persist in stream sediments at three disposal sites. Radioactivity at these sites is 650 times higher than at unaffected sites upstream. The contamination comes from conventional, […]
Work of Art
The School of Athens (Scuola di Atene), painted between 1509 and 1511, is one of the most famous frescoes by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael, to decorate the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Stanza della Segnatura was the first of the rooms to be decorated, and The School of Athens, representing Philosophy, was probably the second painting to be finished there. The architecture contains Roman elements, but the general semi-circular setting having Plato and Aristotle at its centre might be alluding to Pythagoras' circumpunct. The picture has long been seen as Raphael's masterpiece and the perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the Renaissance.
- red tapeStrict adherence to rules and regulations so that a procedure seems to take longer than necessary.
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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