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  • Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

    11/23/2017 9:07:33 AM PST · by EBH · 43 replies
    NASA ^ | 11/20/2017
    Now, new data reveal the interstellar interloper to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue. The asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers, is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated—perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide. That aspect ratio is greater than that of any asteroid or comet observed in our solar system to date. While its elongated shape is quite surprising, and unlike asteroids seen in our solar system, it may provide new clues into how other solar systems formed. The observations and analyses were funded in part by NASA and appear...
  • Days of Thanksgiving: A rare thing among nations

    11/23/2017 8:19:15 AM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    WND ^ | November 22, 2017 | Bill Federer
    America's history of rendering gratitude to the Almighty Detail of the 1914 Jennie Brownscombe painting “The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth.” The Pilgrims fled England because of religious persecution and lived in Leiden, Holland from 1609 to 1620. Each October, Leiden, Holland, celebrated an annual day of thanksgiving for the end of the bloody pillaging, called “Spanish Furies” committed by Spain’s “Iron Duke” from 1572 to 1589. Leiden also had a Jewish population. Spain had driven out the Muslims, who had occupied their country for seven centuries, but then they forced the Jews out, with many fleeing to Holland. The University...
  • Rabbi Sees Messiah Behind Mystery Booms

    11/23/2017 7:10:20 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    WND ^ | 11/22/17 | WND Staff
    A rash of inexplicable ground-shaking BOOM sounds being heard around the world in recent days has prompted some Israeli rabbis to suggest they are the anticipated signs of the imminent coming of the Jewish Messiah. The mysterious sounds and their shocks that have rattled both nerves and the ground were first chronicled by WND Sunday and have since received global attention. They have been accompanied by dramatic sightings of fireballs that have NASA scientists scratching their heads. While local news reports have recorded the BOOMS in Michigan, Florida, Idaho, California, Tennessee, Oregon, Minnesota, San Diego, Russia and Denmark, among other...
  • Melania Trump decks the White House for a seriously fancy Christmas

    11/22/2017 11:47:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Starts at 60 ^ | November 23, 2017 | Staff
    Christmas preparations are in full swing at the White House, and they sure are a lot more involved that what goes on in most houses, which usually involves dragging the tree out of storage and flinging a bit of tinsel around. Melania Trump and son Barron joined in an old-fashioned tradition of receiving the official White House Christmas tree, something that the first lady of the house does every year, though Michelle Obama had trouble dragging her teenagers out into the cold for the festive event last year. Melania and Barron welcomed a 5.9 metre- (19 foot 3 inch) tall...

    11/22/2017 1:29:15 PM PST · by knarf · 25 replies
    FB ^ | November 22, 2017 | Reg Kelly
    Nine and a half minutes
  • How Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' Helped Bring Christmas Back to Life

    11/22/2017 11:07:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/22/2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    I shared my review of The Man Who Invented Christmas last week (I liked it.) In addition to screening the film, which was based off a book by author Les Standiford, Townhall also had the chance to sit down in a roundtable discussion with actor Dan Stevens and Director Bharat Nalluri at last weekend's premiere in New York City.Stevens, famous for lighting up the screen both in Downton Abbey and Beauty and the Beast, is equally charming and entertaining as Charles Dickens. In our discussion, he explained the true story of how the author, down on his luck after three...
  • Marine Le Pen: Is France's National Front leader far-right?

    11/22/2017 7:36:53 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | undated | Hugh Schofield
    Marine Le Pen's political awakening came at the age of eight, when she survived a bombing at her family's Paris home. Five kilograms of dynamite had been placed on the landing outside the apartment at 9 Villa Poirier. The explosion ripped open the entire front of the building. A baby in the next-door flat fell five floors and was saved by the branches of a tree. In her autobiography, the woman who took over the leadership of France's National Front (FN) from her father describes the chaos, the smoke and debris. She and her two sisters “were on our knees...
  • Thanksgiving travelers to stuff I-15 with up to 45-minute delays

    11/21/2017 7:15:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | November 20, 2017 | Lee Davidson
    Early Thanksgiving travelers are expected to stuff Interstate 15 with heavy traffic and delays this week. The Utah Department of Transportation is predicting heavy delays — of up to 45 minutes — on Interstate 15 along the Wasatch Front during the evening commute on Wednesday, as many people head out of town or escape from work a bit early for the holiday. UDOT said its engineers expect a 25 percent increase in traffic on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, compared to a typical weekday commute of about 200,000 cars per day. It expects heavier than normal traffic on Tuesday from...
  • The Power of History The Power of History The Power of History

    11/21/2017 5:13:42 PM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 9 replies
    Dutch Sheets Ministries ^ | 11/21/2017 | Dutch Sheets
    The thought of shaping the future is powerful, but past history is also very important. Karl Marx said, “If I can steal their history, I can steal their country.” Roots are essential and powerful; foundations are critical. Before facing Goliath, David asked the question, “Is there not a cause?” Interestingly, the Hebrew word used for “cause” also means “history.” Therefore, David may have been asking his brother and fellow Israelites, “Is there not a history?”
  • France to 'prevent' Muslim street prayers in Paris suburb

    11/19/2017 3:32:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies ^ | 19 November 2017 17:16 CET+01:00 | AFP
    French authorities will stop Muslims from praying in a street north of Paris, the country’s interior minister said on Sunday, after a series of protests by lawmakers and locals over what they view as an unacceptable use of public space. “They will not have prayers on the street; we will prevent street praying,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told Questions Politics (Franceinfo, France Inter, Le Monde). Prayers in the street have taken place every Friday in the multiethnic suburb of Clichy-la-Garenne since March to protest the closure of a popular local mosque that had operated in a government building but since...
  • True Meaning of Christmas

    11/19/2017 2:31:38 PM PST · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    Living Scriptures via YouTube ^ | Nov 6, 2017 | Living Scriptures
    I thought this was great! So before the Seasons meaning gets buried in the noise and minutia take a watch!
  • 3 Ohio pastors facing life in prison; indicted for trafficking young girls for sex

    11/19/2017 10:07:40 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 33 replies
    Cleveland News 19 ^ | Nov. 17, 2017 | Staff
    <p>TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A third Ohio pastor has been indicted on sex trafficking charges, and prosecutors say all three men worked together to entice underage girls with money in exchange for sex.</p> <p>A federal grand jury in Toledo has indicted the Rev. Cordell Jenkins, of Cleveland, the Rev. Anthony Haynes and the Rev. Kenneth Butler on conspiracy to sex traffic children.</p>
  • Sam’s Club Turns Into Worship Session (customers and employee video!)

    11/19/2017 5:03:53 AM PST · by Be Careful · 10 replies
    IJR ^ | 11/18/17 | Jenni Fink
    On Nov. 10, Michelle Holland Conner paid a visit to Sam's Club in Dothan, Alabama — a place she admitted to IJR she finds herself almost daily. As she rounded out her shopping, she heard music, which she assumed was coming from someone testing out speakers in the electronics department of the store. However, she noticed one unusual detail — it was Christian music, and people don't usually test speakers out with Christian music.
  • Leadership forgiveness in motion – Part 3

    11/19/2017 4:48:32 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Dr. Maria Church
    “Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit,” Peter Ustinov stated. How do we develop this habit? Below are some strategies that I utilize with my private clients to help us live in the state of forgiveness. When we are stuck in a negative space or find it difficult to let go of something (that nagging in your head and heart), let us begin with naming the event and the people involved. Do not rush through this exercise; sit with your thoughts and emotions. Now list all of the people in that scenario for...
  • Najib Speaks Out Against Muslim-Only Laundrette

    11/17/2017 9:36:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has spoken out against the Muslims-only laundrette issue, saying that such exclusivity is wrong. “I don’t believe in exclusivity, let there not be a laundrette only for Muslims. I think that’s wrong,” said the Prime Minister on Saturday (Oct 21). Speaking at a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) Townhall Meeting held in conjunction with the Malaysia Chinese Youth Summit 2017 at Wisma Huazong here, Najib said he believed that Malaysians should however have a choice as long as it did not create a rift in the country’s diverse society. “There should be choice, you don’t want...
  • Finding Unfailing Treasure

    11/17/2017 5:06:50 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Arlie Rauch
    Do you ever watch people? I do. Like at an airport, for example. Or at the mall, when others are shopping. Watching people is a most interesting activity at times like that. I like to read faces. Oh, I’m probably wrong more often than not, but some people appear to spread gloom wherever they go. I’ve even seen a couple go at each other, and it would have been dangerous to get between them; they were arguing about the trip they were taking. But then there are others who radiate kindness and gladness. You may not know them and may...
  • Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws

    11/16/2017 6:37:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2017 12:02 PM EST | Frances D’Emilio
    Pope Francis on Thursday urged lawmakers to ensure that health care laws protect the “common good,” decrying the fact that in many places only the privileged can afford sophisticated medical treatments. The comments came as U.S. lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have been debating how to overhaul the nation’s health insurance laws. In a message to a medical association meeting at the Vatican, Francis expressed dismay at what he called a tendency toward growing inequality in health care. He said in wealthier countries, health care access risks being more dependent on people’s money than on their need for treatment. […] Without...
  • Pope Francis sticks with popemobile instead of $200K Lamborghini

    11/15/2017 8:46:39 PM PST · by dayglored · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 15, 2017 | Morgan Korn
    Billionaires, get out your checkbooks. A one-of-a-kind Lamborghini -- blessed and signed by Pope Francis -- is coming to auction soon. The Italian sportscar maker designed and built a special Huracan for the pope, who officially received it at the Vatican today with Lamborghini executives in tow. The donated car was painted to replicate the Vatican's flag colors, complete with papal-gold accents on the hood, roof and doors. Pope Francis smiled as he signed "Francesco" with a black marker on the car. Sotheby’s will auction off the sportscar, the Vatican said in a statement. The money raised will go toward...
  • Have archaeologists found Buddha's remains? Cremated bones discovered in a 1,000-year-old chest

    11/15/2017 5:51:22 AM PST · by mairdie · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 November 2017 | Tim Collins
    Human remains buried by a pair of monks in China over a millennia ago are claimed to belong to Buddha. Believers say the 2,000 pieces of cremated bones belonged to Siddhartha Gautama, whose teachings became the foundations of the Buddhist religion. The cremated bones were found in an ceramic box with an inscription claiming they belong to Buddha, who is believed to have died 2,500 years ago. The box was found in Jingchuan County, China, alongside more than 260 Buddhist statues.
  • How Nazis courted the Islamic world during WWII

    11/14/2017 4:22:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.13.2017 | Nastassja Shtrauchler
    Tens of thousands of Muslims fought for the Nazis in World War Two. DW spoke with historian David Motadel about whether pragmatism or anti-Semitism drove Adolf Hitler’s overtures and why some Muslim leaders backed him. […]At the height of the war in 1941-1942, when German troops entered Muslim-populated territories in the Balkans, North Africa, Crimea, and the Caucasus, and approached the Middle East and Central Asia, Berlin began to see Islam as politically significant. Nazi Germany made significant attempts to promote an alliance with the “Muslim world” against their alleged common enemies — the British Empire, the Soviet Union, America...