Category Archives: Human Interest

Hate Israel? Hate the Jews?

Sar Kenan, ancient gateway into Israel from the north.
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This earth which God has given mankind sits in a vast universe, mingled with and obscured by trillions of other planets and stars spread out over unimaginable distances.  It is still unknown if this gift, this planet and its people, are unique or if hundreds or millions of other earths with His children are dwelling in locations so remote that they may forever remain undiscovered.

Apollo 11: leaving the moon

Apollo 11 official insigne
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Forty-five years ago today, two men finished walking on the moon after two and a half hours. They then began the second most important part of their trip: coming back alive.

Apollo 11: moonwalk

Apollo 11 official insigne
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Forty-five years ago, two men (Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin) set foot on a different world. It was the greatest moment in the history of exploration, and a moment men had anticipated for nearly a century.

Apollo 11: the landing

Apollo 11 official insigne
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Forty-five years ago this month, with even the days of the week aligning as they did, three men flew a mission called Apollo 11. All three were veteran astronauts, one of the few missions that few with all-veteran crews. NASA needed veterans for this job. Because for the first time, men would land on another world.

Apollo 11: the launch

Apollo 11 official insigne
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Exactly 45 years ago at the time of posting (Wednesday July 16, 1969, 13:32 UTC), Apollo 11 blasted off for the moon. At least one gaming developer rates this as a wonder of the world. One can rightly wonder whether America, or anyone in the world, can ever do this kind of project again. Today begins a day-by-day look back at that historic mission.

Hollywood: deadly values

The Hollywood Sign
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Two days ago, America got a deadly demonstration of Hollywood values, and what they can do to people. But most people won’t think of that. They should.

Blessed poverty

Bradlee Dean discusses what poverty in America often looks like.
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How often can you see across America on a street corner, under a bridge, on a highway overpass, or in front of a store, a poor person with a sign asking for charity from people who can lend a helping hand in a time of need? They hold signs stating, “Homeless and Hungry,” “Have no food or money,” etc.

Autism: looking in the wrong places

Autism spectrum symbol.
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Just last week, on March 24, 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC) released its latest data on autism. After surveying medical and school records from 11 states, the CDC found that autism has more than doubled since the new century began only 14 years ago. Today the condition affects one out of 68 children – five times as many boys as girls. Alarmingly, there was a 30 percent climb in its incidence between 2008 and 2010.

Work is a wonderful thing

What would Mark Twain think of a society that devalues work?
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The second book of three projected volumes of Mark Twain’s autobiography was published October 5, 2013. In his characteristic blend of humor and reprove, Twain wrote, “Any man who is satisfied to be fed by another man rather than by the honest sweat of his own brow should be shot.” Twain recollects, without exception, those he helped did not appreciate his help, never paid back money loaned, and did not change their debased behavior.

Rape, the Whirlwind

A typical Muslim national flag: green with a white crescent and star.
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Sweden is the seventh richest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita  and its high standard of living.  It is famous for supporting the Norwegian resistance during World War II; for helping to rescue Danish Jews from deportation to concentration camps; and for its native son, Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued up to 100,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.