Thursday, January 29, 2009

Shot of the Day for January 29, 2009

Lunch is served!! (Pine Warbler)
By Flickr Member Jim Vail Photos

Here is a story that I found on the Christain News Wire that I found of interest. On the website this story would be filed under Ministry Focus.

January 29 Posts from Mary

Blog Confession Lands Saudi Convert in Prison

Five months after the daughter of a member of Saudi Arabia’s religious police was killed for writing online about her faith in Christ, Saudi authorities have reportedly arrested a 28-year-old Christian man for describing his conversion and criticizing the kingdom’s judiciary on his Web site.

Click here to read the rest of this story.

Blagojevich ousted as Illinois governor

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was removed from office on Thursday after the state Senate unanimously convicted him on impeachment charges, including an accusation he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

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Money-saving tips for travel tightwads

One summer, early in my traveling career, I took my mother with me on my work-related road trips. Not because she was great company, but because with her in tow I could get a senior discount on motel rooms. As you can imagine, there were some serious downsides to that scheme, but at the time it seemed to make sense.

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Alaskans brace for volcanic eruption

A volcano just 100 miles from Alaska's largest city has stirred back to life after nearly 20 years of tranquility, sparking a round-the-clock eruption watch, seismologists said Thursday.

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Chicken Wing Worries: Super Bowl Shortage?

Buffalo's football team won't have a place in this year's Super Bowl hoopla, but don't worry, its chicken wings will.

Amid unnerving media reports that spread from here to New York City and even Seattle about a potential shortage of the Buffalo-born appetizer heading into the big game, authorities say yes, production is down and yes, prices are up.

"But there's plenty of wings," assured Richard Lobb, spokesman for the National Chicken Council in Washington.

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Recovery, when it comes, will be slow and weak

As the government advances historic measures to revive growth, the data point to an economy that is getting worse. It’s far from clear the government actions — including a massive stimulus program and major intervention in the banking system — will stem the slide and restart the economy by year-end.

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Good News Stories for January 29 from Mary Beth

The Proper Role of Science: Exposing Scientism

"In his inaugural address, President Obama said he would 'restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality.' By this, many suspect he means to spend taxpayer money on embryonic stem cell research, which destroys humans at the embryonic stage."

More of Chuck Colson's commentary here.

Gazan Children Return to School

"Thousands of Gazan children returned to school this past Saturday when schools reopened their doors for the first time since the escalation of violence on Dec. 27, 2008. The global humanitarian organization Save the Children is assisting them by providing school supplies, setting up child-friendly spaces and arranging psychosocial support as they begin to rebuild their lives."

Read the whole story here.

Steelers' Polamalu: 'Faith is foundation'

"The Pittsburgh Steelers, playing in their seventh Super Bowl on Sunday, will go for an unparalleled sixth NFL title.

If the Steelers defeat the Arizona Cardinals, strong safety Troy Polamalu will have a stake in that achievement, yet he has a perspective that transcends any title game."

Click here for more information.

Obama plans to broaden faith-based office

"President Barack Obama plans to appoint Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old Pentecostal pastor and political strategist who handled religious outreach for the Obama campaign, to direct a revamped office of faith-based initiatives, according to religious leaders who have been informed about the choice."

The rest of the story awaits you here.

Milwaukee's appeal goes beyond suds and cheese

"You already know it has a dazzling art museum. And barrels of beer. And cheeseheads. But our affection for Milwaukee runs deeper than the vats of suds in the Miller foam factory."

Visit the full story here.

Cute high-tech beanbag is smarter than it looks

"You might think you've already got enough Internet-connected gadgets in your life. You're wrong. Thanks to cheap silicon chips and the popularity of Wi-Fi wireless networking, it's easy to build Internet access into pretty much anything. Even a vinyl-covered beanbag."

Curious? Click here.

Have a Good News Day!

Thursday, January 29, 2009 Good News Posts from Margaret

What's Behind the First 3D Super Bowl Ads (PC Magazine)

"Who or what is InTru3D? That's the message of one of the first two Super Bowl ads to be displayed in 3D, which will feature Intel, DreamWorks, and Sobe.

Two spots will debut on Sunday: a 30-second trailer for the DreamWorks animated movie, Monsters vs. Aliens, and a second spot highlighting Sobe LifeWater energy drinks. A 3D-encoded version of the NBC show 'Chuck' will be shown the day after the Super Bowl."

Read more about this here...

It's your due

"In all the hoopla surrounding the current stimulus package, it's easy to forget that other stimulus bill -- the one in 2008 that resulted in a good-sized check for many U.S. taxpayers.

Forgetting about that earlier stimulus, and any of the other major tax changes in 2008, could mean missing out on some much-needed cash when you file your tax return this year."

Read more here...

Tadpoles could help develop skin cancer drugs

"A compound that blocked the development of the distinctive markings of tadpoles in experiments could help to prevent the deadliest form of skin cancer, British scientists said on Thursday."

It may be able to stop the uncontrolled movement and growth of the pigment cells in tadpoles and humans that cause melanoma, they said."

Read about this study here...

Changeable handbag a fashion chameleon

"When it comes to transferring the contents of one handbag to another, you aren't the only one who finds it frustrating."

Michelle Romero, however, decided to do something about it."

Read more here...

Ministry sees encouraging growth in Myanmar

"Myanmar is facing a food shortage due to the destruction of Cyclone Nargis and a rat infestation that destroyed crops."

Read how Vision Beyond Borders is helping...

Shot of the Day for January 29, 2009

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