And Then We Shall Die

Strozzi: Prophet Elijah and the Widow of Sarepta

1 Kings 17:7-16 contains one of those arresting sentences  that show the depth of suffering and living death people can reach before being restored to life by the Lord: [Elijah said] “Please bring me a little water in a vessel so I can drink.” As she went to bring (it), he called to her: “Please bring [Read More...]

Ambassador Sworn in on a Kindle

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Suzi LeVine, incoming US ambassador to Switzerland, was sworn in using  a Kindle displaying a page of the 19th Amendment (which gave women the vote). It’s jarring, of course, in that way new things are, and we have to wonder if a president’s iPad will one day have the same mystique as Lincoln’s Bible. H/T: [Read More...]

Three-Parent Babies Now Only Two Years Away

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Let’s start with the money quote, and then get down to the details: “Are these techniques safe in humans? We won’t know that until it’s actually done in humans. Until a healthy baby is born we cannot say 100% that these techniques are safe, if you think back to when IVF was a new technology [Read More...]

Richard III’s 3D Spine

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Because nothing is really real until it’s modeled in 3D, a team at the University of Leicester created a 3-D model of King Richard III’s spine. Here it is (hold down the left mouse button and move the cursor left or right to rotate): The bones have been subjected to more detailed analysis since their discovery, [Read More...]

Taking the Devil Seriously

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The reality of the devil was one of the hardest things for me to accept when I returned to the Church. When I made my choice to assent and submit to all the Church teaches, I knew I had a long road ahead of me. I knew that much pride and intellectual vanity and modernist [Read More...]

Bones of the Irish Viking King

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Okay, so I’m covering this story partly because it lets me use a headline that sounds like a Robert E. Howard story, and Robert E. Howard was The Greatest Writer Ever Yes Even Better Than Shakespeare. Did Shakespeare ever do anything that could be illustrated like this by Frank Frazetta? Game, set, match, Mr. Shakespeare. [Read More...]

Google Reveals Its Prototype Self-Driving Electric Car

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Here it is: Ha! Just kidding, here it is: This is the first scratch-built, rather that retrofitted, Google car. It has no steering wheel or user-controlled brakes. So … good luck with that. Google engineer Chris Urmson explains why this is teh awesomes: But what happens if you’re riding in a self-driving car with no [Read More...]

Amazon Is Selling Abortifacients

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Amazon is now selling the abortion drug Plan B. Take a look: The reviews are a glimpse into the depths of a morally ruined nation. I would say that “It’s not a baby if I don’t think it’s a baby” is merely an example of the magical thinking you find in children, except children, when [Read More...]

Apple Nixes App About Female Masturbation

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Steve Jobs was always adamant about keeping the App Store porn free. Of course, anyone with a mobile browser can tap a gusher of porn on their Apple mobile devices, but Jobs didn’t want to be part of selling sexually explicit material. Whether or not HappyPlayTime is porn is probably in the eye of the [Read More...]

Islamists Destroy Ancient Assyrian Artifacts

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APSA2011: Project Syria Heritage has a new report detailing the wholesale destruction of Assyrian antiquities at the hands of the radical Muslim terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in Syria. Believed to be 3000 years old, the Assyrian statues and artifacts were plundered from Tell Ajaja. [Read more...]

Our Antibiotic-Resistant Future

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Global warming doesn’t frighten me. This does. The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive Changing climate may or may not be a catastrophic issue for the world, but almost any attempt to address it is wildly impractical and guarantees only one thing: transferring vast amounts of money [Read More...]

David McCullough’s 5 (And More) Lessons For History Students

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Great stuff from a fine writer and historian. I just finished McCullough’s 1776, and it’s everything popular history should be: vivid, gripping, detailed, and with a sharply defined sense of people, place, and incident. “Don’t do boring.” Good advice! [Read more...]

An Ancient Fetal Mummy

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There’s a popular misconception that high mortality rates made life cheap in the ancient world, particularly where children, infants, and the unborn were concerned. The evidence, however, doesn’t support this. Mummified fetuses have been discovered before, most notably in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Ancient Egyptians clearly regarded the unborn as human life to be mourned, [Read More...]

Satan: A Small Skirmish Won, But the Battle Goes On

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This has been an interesting week for the devil. Something extremely grave prompted Catholics to action: the proposed desecration of the Eucharist in a Satanic ceremony.  We can’t be naive about this: it goes on with some regularity, although how much no one can say. Satanism is secretive, and they don’t advertise what they do. [Read More...]

Faust Disapproves of Satan: Harvard Pres Responds to Black Mass

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Harvard University President Drew Faust released the following statement today in response to plans for a Black Mass on campus: The reenactment of a ‘black mass’ planned by a student group affiliated with the Harvard Extension School challenges us to reconcile the dedication to free expression at the heart of a university with our commitment [Read More...]


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