Saturday, December 14, 2013

Headlines below the fold

China ups the threat matrix by trying to stop a US ship returning from helping after the international waters.
original link since Gateway is a political blog.

Headline in the Manila Bulletin: Philippines signs defense deal with Japan
The article mentions the 200thousand Pinoys working there...most are caregivers or work on ships but some have married local men.

China is not just grabbing land: They are grabbing areas that affect the air lanes near Japan and the sea lanes in the West Philippine sea that are vital for shipping to Japan and Korea.

Hell might not be freezing over, but Jerusalem is expecting 20 inches of snow.

And this is causing power outages...sigh.

Drudge includes a headline that notes the pope is still Catholic. 
"...Mary’s embrace showed what America – North and South – is called to be: a land where different peoples come together; a land prepared to accept human life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age; a land which welcomes immigrants, and the poor and the marginalized, in every age. A land of generosity,” said the Pope.

the Mexican Madonna shows a woman who is metziso, and dressed in local costume. She is also is not only the patron of the Americas but the patron of pro life causes, because in contrast to the female Aztec deity who was given human sacrifice she is our loving mother.
 and notice the part about immigrants?

Update: Get Religion links to this WAPO editorial that notices
… Yglesias caveats his praise: “There’s a lot of stuff about Jesus in his thinking that I can’t really sign on to.”
Yes, that pesky Jesus stuff. But there’s just one problem: Without Jesus, there is no Pope Francis. If Francis’s embrace of the disabled, focus on the poor and mercy for the sinner sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because you’ve heard it before. From that Jesus guy. …
Francis is doing the work that Jesus not only modeled, but that has been practiced by countless Christians in his name for millennia. To Catholics, Francis may feel refreshing, but he isn’t surprising. We’ve seen his example at work in Catholic homeless shelters and hospitals, though the humble service of the priests, brothers and nuns who taught us, in the lives of anonymous heroes and canonized saints. It’s the Christianity we’ve learned in our CCD classes and read in classic spiritual texts. It’s the Christianity that’s inspired for 2,000 years.

Librivox book of the week: Dog Ghosts.


back to the future:
UKGovernment opposes universities segregating men and women for speeches, lectures, separate schools, or classes.
but private clubs are okay.
Well, I hope so.

The bank here just gave me an unrequested local credit card. Heh. Yes, the local Waltermart mall has large shops that take credit cards.

But what is this Bitcoin I keep talking about?
Wikipedia entry.

I though the trek was called off because of bad weather, but apparantly it was just postponed, because Prince Harry and his fellow vets have reached the south Pole.

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