Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php? by BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY   As the hijackers boarded the airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, they had a lot on their minds. And if they were following instructions, one of those things was the Quran. In preparation for the suicide attack, their handlers had told them to meditate on two chapters of the Quran in … Continue reading Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?

Stories Behind A Christmas Story: A Review of Jean Shepherd’s In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash

Fourth and Sycamore

A small kid bundled so thickly in winter clothing that he has to waddle with his arms outstretched.

Red-Ryder BB guns that will shoot your eye out.

That “major award” leg lamp.

shepherdA Christmas Story.  I don’t have an actual childhood memory of watching the movie, but I’ve understood for years that it was quite dear to people’s hearts. My older sister, when recounting the day when I was 4 and I fell/she pushed me down the stairs (depending, of course, on whom you ask), will tell people I looked like “that kid from that Christmas movie, all bundled up in his clothes, so much that he couldn’t put his arms down,” and people instantly know what she’s talking about and lose themselves in sharing their favorite scenes.  The movie that has become holiday tradition for many was created by Jean Shepherd, based in part on the entertaining book In God…

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Anonymous Takes Down 5,500 ISIS Twitter Accounts

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/11/17/unite-humanity-anonymous-takes-down-5500-isis-twitter-accounts-after-isis-calls-them-idiots/ Hacktivist group Anonymous has reported that they have taken down more that 5,500 Twitter accounts belonging to ISIS. This action comes after Anonymous declared “total war” on ISIS following the Paris attacks. The good thing is, this war is taking place in a peaceful way, one that helps to remove the social influence the … Continue reading Anonymous Takes Down 5,500 ISIS Twitter Accounts

WHAT ISIS WANTS

https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/11/16/dont-give-isis-what-it-wants-united-states-reaction/ by  STEPHEN M. WALT When a shocking event like the Paris attacks occurs, we know how the world will respond. There will be dismay, an outpouring of solidarity and sympathy, defiant speeches by politicians, and a media frenzy. Unfortunately, these familiar reactions give the perpetrators some of what they want: attention for their cause … Continue reading WHAT ISIS WANTS

BEIRUT ATTACK KILLS 43 & INJURES 200 WITHOUT MUCH INTERNATIONAL NOTICE

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/11/letter-beirut-bomb-151115074258067.html A resident of the Lebanese capital reflects on the international reaction to the attacks in Beirut and Paris. Elie Faras | 15 Nov 2015 11:38 GMT | War & Conflict, Media, Humanitarian crises, Human Rights, Middle East On Thursday, November 12, twin explosions in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, killed 43 people and wounded more than 200 others.  One resident of the city, Elie … Continue reading BEIRUT ATTACK KILLS 43 & INJURES 200 WITHOUT MUCH INTERNATIONAL NOTICE

Who was Badshah Khan?

http://wagingnonviolence.org/2013/07/who-was-badshah-khan/ by Michael Nagler, July 17, 2013 If you watched Malala Yousafzai’s much discussed and inspiring speech to the United Nations last week, you may have heard this courageous teenager — who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education — refer to Badshah Khan as a great inspiration for her determined commitment to nonviolence. You may have … Continue reading Who was Badshah Khan?

Ben Carson the president might put others’ in jeopardy.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/11/13/ben-carson-the-doctor-saved-my-daughters-life-ben-carson-the-president-might-put-others-in-jeopardy/ Ben Carson the doctor saved my daughter’s life. Ben Carson the president might put others’ in jeopardy. The mother of a former patient says repealing the Affordable Care Act would put luck back into national health care policy By Bethany Karn November 13 at 3:09 PM Bethany Karn is a designer and writer living … Continue reading Ben Carson the president might put others’ in jeopardy.

Consciousness May Be A State Of Matter

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/11/11/physicists-say-consciousness-may-be-a-state-of-matter-the-non-physical-is-indeed-real/ Physicists Say Consciousness May Be A State Of Matter: The Non-Physical Is Indeed Real “Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking in the radio for the announcer.” – Nassim Haramein, director of research for the Resonance Project It’s been more than one hundred years since Max Planck, the theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, … Continue reading Consciousness May Be A State Of Matter