The UN Security Council debates gays and ISIS: Why this is a bad idea

What a shame that a nation which prides herself as under God is exporting and forcing homosexuality and lesbianism and unnatural sex on other countries

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Photo from an Islamic State Facebook account: from Vice Photo from an Islamic State Facebook account, republished by Vice

I. Questions

On August 18, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL or by its Arabic acronym, Da’ish) assaulted history. They beheaded an 82 year-old archaeologist, the resident expert on the ruins in the occupied city of Palmyra. Two days earlier, on August 16, Syrian government warplanes assaulted daily life; Assad’s pilots bombed a crowded market in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus. They killed at least 96 people; hundreds more were wounded.

Here is a Google summary of searches worldwide for “Douma” and “Palmyra” over the past week. (I’m sorry for the graphs; they’re dull when so much shiny gore is available online.)

Worldwide Screen shot 2015-08-22 at 10.25.35 PMYou see a small crest of interest in Douma at first, like a stone dropped in a swimming pool; but Palmyra’s a tsunami. And when you look up searches for “Assad” and “ISIS” last week, it’s like a local creek against the…

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Song of Solomon 8

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Song of Solomon 8 has our maiden expressing her desires for her love.  “I would lead you and bring you into the house of my mother”. The maiden wanted to enjoy the intimacy of married love with her beloved, but to enjoy within the approval of her family. There was nothing impure or secretive about their love.  They express it openly and with great passion and desire.  While reading this chapter may make some blush, it describes the intimacy that God created when He made man and woman one through the bonds of marriage.

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases”.  This idea is a plea to leave her romantic dream and desires uninterrupted. It can be understood both in the context of relationship and in passion.  That is the reality of the kind of love…

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Musings on Life & Experience

the-boat-and-miss-liberty--Jan Wayne Fields

Photo Copyright: Jan Wayne Fields

Here we are for another week. Today we’re on board a virtual ferry on our way to Liberty Island. Our hostess for this excursion is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words, not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt is a repeat requested by Russell Gayer and supplied by Jan Wayne Fields. Thanks, Jan, and Russell.

To read the other stories by the group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


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Intro to Poetry: Day 3

Write of Passage

Today’s topic is Friend. And the poetry form to try, if I like, is an acrostic.

After dozens of false starts, I finally settled on this taunting acrostic…

…although it seems to have little to do with “friend.” I should have made that more clear. Oh, well. Back to the drawing board.

Just heard thunder and then rain.

One extraordinary brain

Sits at his desk, focused in;

Evening sets on this sin.

Perhaps in my dreams I’ll remember

His birthday’s the eighth of September.

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Start up: Brexit v open data, 3D-printed dead fingerprints, smartwatches slow, Kickass kicked, and more

The Overspill: when there's more that I want to say

Baidu has a figure for Apple’s revenues in the past quarter – based on smartphone movement data. Photo by kwramm on Flickr.

A selection of 8 links for you. Spongy. I’m charlesarthur on Twitter. Observations and links welcome.

What does Brexit mean for open data in the UK? • The Guardian

Marc Ambasna-Jones:


“The Government has invested a lot of money in open data but then people were asking, ‘what do you do with it?’” says Ian Hetherington, founder and CEO of 3D mapping software company eeGEO. “What’s the visualisation strategy? The data is useless unless you can visualise it.”

Now there are further concerns over the future of the UK’s open data culture. “Cabinet office policy on open data was in the doldrums well before the referendum,” says open data campaigner Owen Boswarva when asked whether he thought Brexit would give the UK’s open data movement a kicking…

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