Day's Headlines: March 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Israel Pulls Funds; May Encounters Reality; The Uniting Begins; Think Turtle; SAM the Builder; and Memories of AI


Prime Minister cuts funding to UN israelnationalnews

Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry to cut $2 million from Israel's payments to the UN, in light of the hostile proposals adopted by the UN Human Rights Council last week.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Paganland; Genderless; Data Vault; Reused in Orbit; Biocomputer; Another Engine; and 50 Away


Iceland's pagans enjoy dramatic rise bbc

National Statistics Bureau figures show that followers of the Asatru Association still lag far behind the established Lutheran Church, which accounts for 237,938 or almost 70% of the population and has remained stable for decades. But the total of Icelanders who revere Odin, Thor and the Goddess Freyja has leapt 50% since 2014 to 3,583, with more than twice as many male as female faithful...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Human AI; Apple's Bubble; Christian Hate Speech; Employing Stay-at-Home Moms; Virtual Ads; Projected Reality; Japan Wants the Bomb; and Russia's Marching


Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI theverge

The company, which is still in the earliest stages of existence and has no public presence whatsoever, is centered on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Appointed to Suffer, Resolved to Obey: Christ's Submission to His Father (Mark Jones)

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Appointed to Suffer, Resolved to Obey: Christ's Submission to His Father

This week's sermon is, again, from the Shepherds' Conference held at the beginning of this month. We often think of the Suffering Servant passage (Isaiah 52:13-53:12) when we think Christ in the OT, but Mark Jones faithvan gave a fascinating reminder of Christ's willing (and eternal) submission to the Father from a couple chapters earlier in Isaiah 50:4-6

Friday, March 24, 2017

Warping Science with Print; Younger DNA; Spinach Heart; Muscle Metal; Printing Human Cartilage; Artificial Sun; Absolutely Not Zero; CC'd Singing; and Real (Scary) Chatbot

Today is an unusual day where almost every article I found of interest was basically just research of something interesting!

Also - I can't believe I forgot to mention it a couple days ago, but this week I've officially been putting up this crazy, text-only blog for a year :) Here's that first post: March 22, 2016


How the media warp science: the case of the sensationalised satnav theguardian

There’s a famous cliché which says “If you like sausage, you should never see one being made”. Well, earlier this week I saw how a science news story occurred, from experiment to media coverage, and I think the same applies here.

Note: the author's almost too casual with some of his language...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Boycotting Human 'Rights'; Nikki Schools UN; Not Just Evolution; Google's Heel; Smile, You're in Carlsbad; Gorsuch in the Machine; and Robo Cop


Furious, US Boycotts UN Cabal Bashing Israel Over 'Human Rights' breakingisraelnews

Mark Toner, the department’s spokesman, posted a statement on the department’s website, saying that not only will the US boycott the meeting, but it intends to vote against all five the council intends to pass this week.

Also see Trump Admin To Boycott U.N. Council Over Anti-Israel Agenda freebeacon

Monday, March 20, 2017

Brand Culture; Aborting God's Decision; Brexit Away (Finally?); Viable Target: Air Defenses; Rocket Progress; Those Dancing Feet; and Paperback Not So Dead Afterall


It’s Time for Every Brand to Pick a Side time w!

Five weeks into Donald Trump's Administration, and at a time when expressing cultural values can end decades-long relationships in the time it takes to post 140 characters, consumers and employees are looking for new ways to be heard, represented and served. They’re increasingly voting with their voices, their choices and their wallets. Brands need to take heed, or pay the consequences.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

If The World Hates You: Preaching Christ in the Face of Hostility (Albert Mohler)

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If The World Hates You: Preaching Christ in the Face of Hostility v a

This week's sermon link is from Shepherd's Conference 2017, which I had the opportunity to attend a couple weeks ago. There are few evangelical leaders today who are as much in touch with the current state of changing culture as Albert Mohler albertmohler. Listen (or watch) as he breaks down John 15:18-25, showing that the "if"s are actually "sinces", with the conclusion of expected persecution as our part of the world distances itself from any remaining pretense of Christianity.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Designed Baby; First 3 Parent Embryo; Where Even the Milk is Racist; Banning JWs; UN's Apartheid State; Quran Says Jews Out; BDS in Germany; Israel and Syrian Exchange; Volcano!; Growing Bloom; Water Bear Glass; Store GPS; and Self Driving Doubt


Chinese researchers announce designer baby breakthrough foxnews

Chinese researchers used a genome editing technique called CRISPR to rid normal embryos of hereditary diseases that cause blood disorders and other ailments, according to New Scientist. Experts who reviewed the project told the publication that, even though it involved just six embryos, it carries promise.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

'Beware of Jews' Retraction; Growing China; Stretching Philippines; AI Audit; Finding Recalled Cars; Brain 10x Faster Than Before; Google Filtering Hate; Sunscope; Third Arm Support; Defending Against the Hurtful; and Texan Bathrooms


Artist behind 'beware of Jews' sign apologises for causing offence theguardian

Franck Allais, a freelance photographer, said the contentious sign was part of an artistic project, which includes depictions of a woman pulling a shopping trolley, a man pushing his wheelchair and a cat.

Allais said he intended the project to be a comment on identity and that the sign in Stamford Hill, one of the largest Hasidic communities in Europe, was not an antisemitic statement. He said he was left shaken by the offence he had caused.

I posted the original story of this 'antisemetic' act yesterday on the previous blog, but appears that I (as well as several others) jumped to conclusions about the intent. I appologize for my part in passing the original story around.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Liberty Stumble; Gorsuch Review; Children Arte Their Future; Apes' Personhood; Child of Three; Pro-Life Scrub; Atom Bit; 3D Skyscraper; Power, 10% Off; and Japan's Tour


WATCH: University Students Stumble over Who Has Freedom to Live and Work According to Beliefs v

Don’t like President Trump? It’s fine to tell people you won’t write a speech supporting him. Muslim singer? No one should force you to perform at an Easter service under threat of government punishment. But for a Christian creative professional, photographer, writer, or artist, it seems they must live by a different standard. To get a sense of just how confusing this issue seems to be for some, we visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison to hear what students have to say.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Denial in Graffiti; Boy Dolls; Garfield's Male???; Eno the Binary Chatbot; Religious Liberty in South Dakota; Calls for Even More Abortion; Muddied god; and 3D Printed Grenade Launcher

I know it has been a couple weeks since my last post! I had the opportunity to attend Shepherds Conference a couple weeks ago, which took all my time (and energy!). Last week I played catch up to make up for being off the previous week, and decided to give myself an extra week off from this blog for some breathing room.

But don't worry: In my absence it appears the world has continued to spin...along with the media, politicians, and even tech gurus :) I'm glad to be back, and look forward to getting back in the swings of things.

BTW: There were several great speakers at Shepherds! I hope to post links to a few of them here once they make the media available.


Seattle synagogue vandalized with Holocaust denial graffiti cnn

Temple De Hirsch Sinai was spray-painted with graffiti calling the Holocaust "fake history," Rabbi Daniel Weiner said.