In the News – 26th October 2010

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Extreme Surfers For Christ – October 05, 2010 (Inspire Magazine)

For the 18th year running the extreme sports missions organisation Christian Surfers UK have held their big outreach surf contest, the Jesus Surf Classic. 

 The organisation was able to attract more than 100 of the UK’s top surfers to the North Devon’s Croyde Bay, providing a great opportunity for Christian Surfers ‘to be a Christian presence and witness’ in the inspirational world of the surfing community.

Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments in Texas – October 26, 2010 (SWBTS)

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas has just added three Dead Sea Scroll fragments to its existing collection of three, making it the most sizeable group of scroll fragments to be held by an institution of higher education in the US. SWBTS acquired the new fragments from a European private collector through a gift from a friend of the seminary. The new fragments contain parts of Deuteronomy 9:25–10:1, Deuteronomy 12:11-14, and Psalm 22:4-13.

Did ‘Molecular Tinkering’ Cause Evolution In the Cell? – October 25, 2010 (ICR)

In a study published in the online scientific journal PLoS Biology, the team gathered evidence to support their hypothesis that nuclear receptors evolved through “molecular tinkering.” They wrote, “Our findings indicate that NR LBDs evolved their functional diversity by tinkering with a ligand-dependent transcriptional activator.” However, the authors overlooked a few important considerations, each of which would make their conclusion premature.

China Denying The West Its Rare Earth Metals – October 19, 2010 (The New York Times)

China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted some shipments of those materials to the United States and Europe, three industry officials said this week. The Chinese action, involving rare earth minerals that are crucial to manufacturing many advanced products, seems certain to further intensify already rising trade and currency tensions with the West.

Openly Gay Recruits Allowed In Military – October 19, 2010 (CNN)

The Pentagon has advised recruiting commands that they can accept openly gay and lesbian recruit candidates, given the recent federal court decision that bars the military from expelling openly gay service members, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.

Loving Baby Audrey – February 01, 2010 (

“I knew I would love you when I met you,” Angie later wrote in a letter to Audrey. “I knew you would become a part of me. What I didn’t know was that instead of feeling like it was a brief encounter, I felt like the world stood still. . . . I didn’t feel like I lost a baby; I felt like I said goodbye to someone I had always known.” – A very real story about the joy and pain of a couple dealing with their baby’s fatal birth defects.

Cancer Rare In Ancient Mummies – October 15, 2010 (

A study into the mummies of ancient Egypt, as well as classic literature and other sources, indicates that cancer is most probably a man-made disease. Pointing to the extreme rarity of tumors in mummies, and their inability to study what such a growth might have been, the researchers at Manchester University say that cancer is a modern day problem. “The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer-causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialization,” Professor Michael Zimmerman said.

Prop 19 To Legalize Marijuana On Calif Nov Ballot – October 19, 2010 (Pacific Justice Institute)

Edwin Meese III, who served as United States Attorney General under President Reagan, explains, “Legalizing marijuana would serve little purpose other than to worsen the state’s drug problems – addiction, violence, disorder and death. Nor would such legalization produce a tax windfall for the state; rather, it will end up costing Californians billions in increased social costs.”

No Jail For Restaurateur – Just Pizza Donations To Mission – October 19, 2010 (International Business Times)

A Supreme Court judge in Buffalo has ordered a restaurateur convicted of sales tax evasion to serve pizza to the city’s poor instead of serving time in prison. Joseph Jacobbi, owner of Casa-Di-Pizza, a popular pizza restaurant in Buffalo, had pleaded guilty to third degree grand larceny in April and risked facing a prison term of up to seven years for evading sales tax. But instead of sentencing Jacobbi to prison, the State Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia ordered Jacobbi to provide 12 sheets of pizzas every Tuesday to the Buffalo City Mission for 52 weeks. “I will leave the choice of toppings up to you,” Buscaglia told Jacobbi, Tuesday, according to The Buffalo (N.Y.) News.

2012? Mayan Calendar Incorrectly Converted Anyway – October 18, 2010 (LiveScience)

Not that it means anything in the first place, but the Mayan “Long Count” calendar may not end on Dec. 21, 2012 (and, by extension, the world may not end along with it). If the calendar doesn’t end in December 2012, no one knows when it actually will — or if it has already. A new critique, published as a chapter in the new textbook “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World” argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years.

Appeasement Foreign Policy Still Doesn’t Work – October 06, 2010 (National Review Online)

Appeasement — failing to support the Iranian freedom protestors, ignoring the abuses of the Cuban and Syrian totalitarian regimes, and keeping silent about the destruction of democracy in Venezuela — has resulted in even more animus, just as appeasement of the unhinged and dictatorial always does. One might almost conclude that dictatorships hate American freedom, the global stature and power of the United States, and our propensity to oppose aggrandizement, and that they do not much care who happens in any given year to be in the White House.

Taliban Demoralized By Surge – October 12, 2010 (The Washington Times)

“There are already some early signs of a beginning of a momentum shift in our favor,” retired Army Gen. Jack Keane told The Washington Times. Gen. Keane offered two observations as evidence. First, most commanders with whom he spoke said they are encountering Taliban who want to stop fighting and reintegrate into Afghan society. “That’s a big deal,” he said. Second, “There’s evidence of erosion of some of the will of the Taliban. We pick it up in interrogations, and we also pick it up listening to their radio traffic and telephone calls in terms of the morale problems they’re starting to have,” Gen. Keane said.

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