John 20:24-31

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

In John 20:24-31 Jesus has just revealed Himself as the risen Savior and released the Holy Spirit on them.  And He gave them the authority to impact the people they touched.  But one of the Twelve was not there when Jesus came, and Thomas is really struggling with Jesus as the resurrected king.  “But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.” He hears from the rest of the bunch that they had seen Jesus, and he just isn’t buying their story.  He has to see some evidence himself before he will believe.

Thomas, whom we often call doubting Tom, wants physical evidence. “But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I…

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‘White Whores’: Islam’s Unwavering View on Western Women

PJ Media (Editor’s note: All historical quotes and facts in this article are sourced from the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West.) A British woman going by the pseudonym of Kate Elysia recently revealed the extent of her sexual victimization by Muslim men. While this included the usual—such …

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Nigeria police arrest traditional priest after laying a curse on pertrators of violence

  • 21 August 2018
St Philip Catholic Church OzobuluImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe killing of 13 people at the St Philip’s Church last year was thought to be connected to rival drug gangs

A 94-year-old traditional priest has been arrested in Nigeria after cursing the alleged perpetrators of a recent spate of violence.

Anazo Ilomuanya was hired by a group of youths attempting to end killings affecting Ozubulu town, in the south-east of the country, police say.

The police arrested the traditional priest after local people complained.

The conflict, thought to be between rival drug gangs, led to the killing of 13 churchgoers last year.

It is believed that the perpetrators mistakenly thought the intended target of the attack was attending the St Philip’s Church.

At the time, police said the shooting was the result of a feud between Nigerians from Ozubulu who were living abroad and that the violence could be linked to drug-trafficking.

Map showing location of Ozubulu in Nigeria

“The youths of the town, under the name of Concerned Indigenous People of Ozubulu in seeking a means to end the killings, consulted the traditional priest to lay curses on the people involved,” police spokesperson Haruna Muhammed told BBC Igbo.

But others in the town were unhappy and reported the priest and the youths to the police, Mr Muhammed added.

Those arrested are due to appear in court, but it is unclear what they will be charged with as it is not a crime to lay a curse on someone under Nigerian law.

Running the Church on Hail Marys – Crisis Magazine

“This attitude of resignation with regard to truth lies at the heart of the crisis in the West, the crisis of Europe.”  ∼ Pope Benedict XVI “You can’t run the Church on Hail Marys.”  ∼ former Vatican Bank president Archbishop Paul Marcinkus As jarring revelations about the contemporary episcopacy continue to come to light, it …

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Thousands of Miles of Internet Cables Could Be Underwater by 2033

Buried fiber optic cables are at risk, as most are not designed to be underwater permanently.

Buried fiber optic cables are at risk, as most are not designed to be underwater permanently. SHUTTERSTOCK

Thousands of miles of fiber optic cables in coastal communities may be underwater within 15 years due to rising sea levels, threatening internet access for millions of people, according to a study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oregon.

The study, titled Lights Out: Climate Change Risk to Internet Infrastructure, combines sea level rise projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with data from the Internet Atlas, a global map of the internet’s physical infrastructure.

Researchers found that 4,067 miles of fiber conduit and 1,101 data centers and connection points will be “surrounded by water” in the next 15 years. Heavily populated coastal areas, including New York City, Seattle, and Miami, are most at risk, as are large-scale internet service providers, including AT&TCenturyLink, and Inteliquent.

But the effects would not be limited to just those areas or providers and could potentially disrupt communications across the globe. Some damage could occur sooner than the 15-year threshold, according to study authors Paul BarfordCarol Barford and Ramakrishnan Durairajan.

“The results of our analysis show that climate change-related sea level incursions could have a devastating impact on internet communication infrastructure even in the relatively short term,” they wrote. “Given the fact that most fiber conduit is underground, we expect the effects of sea level rise could be felt well before the 15-year horizon.”

Fiber-optic cables buried underground are designed to withstand some degree of water and severe weather, but most are not waterproof and were “not designed to be under water permanently,” the study says. “Water, humidity, and ice have long been recognized as threats” to cables and can cause various kinds of damage, including a reduction in strength of signal, corrosion and fiber breakage.

Seawater inundation projected for Miami by 2033 and its effect on internet infrastructure. Undersea cables, long-haul fiber cables, and metro fiber cables are shown in the red/green/black lines respectively. Anything in the blue shaded areas is estimated to be underwater in 15 years due to climate change induced sea level rise as projected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Credit: Paul Barford, UW-Madison)

Mitigation techniques exist—among them special coatings (known as “cladding”) and gels—but those only enable cables to function “for decades under normal/expected environmental conditions,” the study says. Sea level rise exacerbated by climate change does not fit that profile, and much of the country’s infrastructure is aging, which increases the risk of damage.

“The fact that a great deal of conduit infrastructure was deployed over the past twenty years and is aging means that all seals and cladding are likely to be more vulnerable to damage, especially if they are underwater,” the study notes.

Researchers said their analysis should be considered conservative “since it does not consider the threat of severe storms” that typically result in temporary storm surge and water levels higher than the predicted average. (Network disruption during mega-storms, including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, are examples of temporary but significant damage.) It also “does not consider any efforts to harden or fortify communication infrastructure since we argue that this will only be feasible in relatively small geographic areas.”

Likewise, it’s difficult to project the effectiveness of countermeasures like sea walls, but mitigation efforts and planning are important, researchers say. The study recommends that municipalities begin discussing ways to reduce risk, measures that can include creating a backup and alternate routes that “reduce the impact of coastal infrastructure failures” and hardening critical infrastructure in vulnerable areas.

That could mean investing in hardened enclosures for underwater cables, the study says, or creating “mechanisms, protocols, and systems to enable new methods for risk-aware and reliable routing, and policies for spectrum re-allocation so that first responders can communicate with minimum or no interruption.”