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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sunspots 103

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Humor: Prilosec (used for acid reflux, or other severe cases of stomach acid) says on the package that it is proud to be a partner to NASCAR.

Science: A man has had pig cells in his body, producing insulin, which he needs, for 10 years.

A report of new experiments, designed to replicate the possible production of molecules needed for life from the "primordial soup."

Some interesting findings about brain cells involved in vision -- they can modify their responses, depending on anticipated rewards to the person.

Politics: The U.S. Senate is to consider two bills on supporting embryonic stem cell research, one of them designed to allay fears of those who want no part of killing any human embryo under any circumstances.

An Easter article with President Bush as the Roman Emperor, and Christ as an effective antiterrorist.

A high school teacher in Oregon has been fired for teaching Young-Earth Creationism.

Slate article on Monica Goodling, aide to Alberto Gonzalez. She resigned on Friday. Dahlia Lithwick, the author (who is, I believe, Jewish) says that the problem isn't Christians working in public office, but: ". . . the real concern here is that Goodling and her ilk somehow began to conflate God's work with the president's." Lithwick ends by quoting Psalm 146:3, which, in the ESV, says "Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation." How true, whether their name is Bush, McCain, Thompson, Giulani, Romney, Reagan, Clinton, Kennedy, Roosevelt, Obama, Edwards, Biden, Sharpton, or something else.

Computing: Speculation about what has happened to the Christian Carnival, which didn't show up last week.

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Julana said...

Goodling's Messiah connection surprised me. I thought Messiah was Brethren, which is akin to Mennonite. I would have thought she would have had a little more sensitivity to separation of church and state, and social justice.

Martin LaBar said...

I don't know if Goodling is/was Brethren or not, but Messiah draws from more than just that denomination. In any case, you are right about what she should have thought.