Paralyzed Man Moves Hand With Aid From An Implanted Chip

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Ian Burkhart, paralyzed in a swimming accident, became the first person to move his own body with help from a microchip implanted in the brain. Dubbed “Neurobridge,” the technology allows the chip to read rudimentary thoughts in the patient’s brain and then trigger electrodes to stimulate muscles in the hand, causing directed motion. From The [Read More...]

Supreme Court: Police Need a Warrant to Search Cell Phones

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They made the right decision in ruling that the police need a warrant to search your cell phone or other electronic devices. Given the way the government (at all levels, from federal down to local) has been behaving lately, you’d think the Fourth Amendment had been repealed. In fact, it’s time for it to be [Read More...]

“In Search of Steve Ditko”

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I took my son and a friend to the Philadelphia Comic Con last Saturday, so I’ve spent the last few days immersed in classic comics. That got me to poking around the web, and I stumbled upon “In Search of Steve Ditko,” a documentary from the BBC in which Jonathan Ross explores the strange world [Read More...]

This Headline Defines Our Times

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Story. Imagine the firemen as the Church and you have some kind of metaphor. [Read more...]

Look What I Got in The Mail!

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  It’s beautiful and big and mine mine mine! This is me: It leads with the complete text of his central work on the topic, Spirit of the Liturgy, and then collects all his papers and homilies on the liturgy in several sections: Typos–Mysterium–Sacramentum, Celebration of the Eucharist, Theology of Church Music, and Further Perspectives. [Read More...]

Francis Returns to the Quote Heard Round the World: “Who Am I To Judge?”

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but in an off-the-cuff interview on an airplane early in his pontificate Pope Francis said, when asked about homosexuality, “Who am I to judge?” Except he didn’t. He was asked about the alleged “gay lobby” of homosexual Vatican employees, and replied, in part, “A gay person who is [Read More...]

Facebook Users: Please! Stop! Doing! This!

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This is a kind of thought virus used to promote a business or product: Companies that want you to pay attention to them come up with some dumb meme and then challenge you to disprove it. It is always something insanely easy to disprove, such as “Name a day of the week that ends in [Read More...]

Woman Killed As Satanic Sacrifice

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At this point, there doesn’t appear to be any organized cultic activity in this case from Greece, but it’s still a disturbing story: Greek police have arrested an Athens man accused of brutally killing a woman in a satanic ritual on Orthodox Easter Sunday. The suspect, identified by local media as Alexandros Papageorgiou, 22, confessed [Read More...]

Always Bring Your Weasel to a Basilisk Fight

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If only this man had remembered to bring his weasel when he decided to draw on a basilisk… From Pliny’s Natural History: There is the same power also in the serpent called the basilisk. It is produced in the province of Cyrene, being not more than twelve fingers in length. It has a white spot [Read More...]

Culture and Colossus: Two Visions of Technology

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Grant Morrison, Professor Emeritus of History at Long Island University (not the comic book writer), offers a superb essay comparing two opposing visions of humanity’s technological past, present, and future: O. B. Hardison, as put forth in Disappearing Through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century, and Neal Postman, in his classic Technopoly: The Surrender [Read More...]

Pentacycles

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From our Failed Inventions files: pentacycles, designed for mailmen in 1882. I can’t understand why they didn’t catch on. [Read more...]

Photos From My Visit With the Dominican Nuns of Summit

Where the magic happens: the nuns make soaps and other things here.

I spent Saturday with the lovely, incredible, joyous, and Spirit-filled nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey. It was a rare gift not only being able to speak with Srs. Mary Catharine and Judith Miryam and meet many of the Sisters, but also getting a tour of the Monastery. [Read More...]

Free Copy of “Life of John Chrysostom” For Verbum

The Life of John Chrysostom by Frederic M. Perthes (1854) is being offered for free by Verbum Bible Software. Get your copy now! [Read more...]

The Latest Federal Power Grab: Navigation Apps

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Government bureaucracy is the kudzu of modern civilization. It’s a smothering, all-consuming, self-perpetuating monster that sucks the life out of everything it touches.  Case in point: for some bizarre reason known only to the infantile minds of government functionaries, Obama’s Transportation Department (go ahead, I defy you to explain why a such thing even exists) [Read More...]

Tinfoil Hats: The Next Generation

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As governments become ever-more cavalier about basic privacy rights, human ingenuity will continue to be applied to thwarting their ability to scan our digital tools. With luck, it won’t all look as ridiculous as this: The CHBL Jammer Coat is a piece of clothing that enables its user to disappear: Google cannot find you anymore. [Read More...]


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