Smartphone kill switch will be flipped on July 2015

This is wonderful!

http://www.androidguys.com/2014/04/16/smartphone-kill-switch-will-flipped-july-2015/

I’ve never lost a phone, but this is a fantastic example of the industry solving a problem WITHOUT government intervention.

My Favorite Bands – Dallas String Quartet

I’m always shocked when I realize that I have become attached to a new musician or musical group – and why.

If you are not familiar with Dallas String Quartet, you should be. Their music is a classical-pop fusion that I find delicious. I love classical, but I quickly grow tired of it. I hate pop. Mix the two together, and you have something old but different. I really enjoy it.

DSQ Electric – Rolling in the Deep:

I also appreciate the way the musicians are completely self conscious about the camera.

Jesus didn’t care about being nice or tolerant, and neither should you | The Matt Walsh Blog

The propagators of the Nice Doctrine can be seen and heard from anytime any Christian takes any bold stance on any cultural issue, or uses harsh language of any kind, or condemns any sinful act, or fights against evil with any force or conviction at all. As soon as he or she stands and says ‘This is wrong, and I will not compromise,’ the heretics swoop in with their trusty mantras.

They insist that Jesus was a nice man, and that He never would have done anything to upset people. They say that He came down from Heaven to preach tolerance and acceptance, and He wouldn’t have used words that might lead to hurt feelings. They confidently sermonize about a meek and mild Messiah who was born into this Earthly realm on a mission to spark a constructive dialogue.

The believers in Nice Jesus are usually ignorant of Scripture, but they do know that He was ‘friends with prostitutes,’ and once said something about how, like, we shouldn’t get too ticked off about stuff, or whatever. In their minds, he’s essentially a supernatural Cheech Marin.

via Jesus didn’t care about being nice or tolerant, and neither should you | The Matt Walsh Blog.

ht: Timothy Hammons via Facebook.

Bryan Caplan on College, Signaling and Human Capital – EconTalk

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Bryan Caplan of George Mason University and blogger at EconLog talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the value of a college education. Caplan argues that the extra amount that college graduates earn relative to high school graduates is misleading as a guide for attending college–it ignores the fact that a sizable number of students don’t graduate and never earn that extra money. Caplan argues that the monetary benefits of a college education have a large signaling component rather than representing the value of the knowledge that’s learned. Caplan closes by arguing that the subsidies to education should be reduced rather than increased.

original source:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Caplansignaling.mp3

Water on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus? Science News Flash

Original source:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/c450913.r13.cf2.rackcdn.com/snf20140404hr.mp3

Description:
You might have seen: New York Times, A Moon of Saturn Has a Sea, Scientists Say; http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/04/science/space/a-moon-of-saturn-has-a-sea-scientists-say.html

When you outlaw guns

This video demonstrates precisely what happens every time you try to outlaw guns:

Police alarmed at gun numbers:

For those of you who are slow on the uptake, When you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns…. EVERY TIME!

Obama White House Takes Tough Stance Against Russia

CNN Breaking News:

The United States and six other Western nations voted to effectively kick Russia out of the G8 in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a White House statement said.

Whew! I was beginning to think that President Obama had a weak foreign policy….

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov downplayed the significance of the move.

“G8 is an informal organization that does not give out any membership cards and, by its definition, cannot remove anyone,” he said at a news conference. “All the economic and financial questions are decided in G20.”

…. Because they do!

Orientation

Here is a simple spiritual discipline. Pray for people as you talk with them; pray for people as you see them in everyday life. Perhaps say a benediction for them silently: “May God bless you and keep you, May God’s face shine upon you, and give you peace.” This orients you to love God and people.

– Douglas Groothuis

Would Someone Please Explain “Clean Energy” To Me?

As I have said before, it is not clean, and it is hardly reliable enough to be considered “energy.” It is the great destroyer – destroying the environment, wildlife, jobs and the economy. “Clean Energy” is an oxymoron of the highest order.

IBD – The Dark Side Of Solar Power

A Very Good Screed Against the Hebrew Roots Movement

“A Nail in the Coffin of the Hebrew Roots Movement” http://feedly.com/k/1bchLhF

The notes I would add are: The HRM conveniently ignores all of the scripture that Green Baggins points to. In my very limited personal interactions with HRM advocates, I also noted that they actually believe that the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew – even though not a single manuscript has ever been discovered to substantiate that claim.

Another thought on seeking happiness from our marriage

As I thought more about the wrongness of seeking happiness through marriage, and expecting our marriages to make us happy, I suddenly realized the obvious: Anything we look to for happiness is our god! So, when we look to our spouse or our marriage to provide our happiness or make us happy, we are worshiping that person or that relationship. We have become idolators. In that misdirection, no matter how faithful we are to our spouse, we become adulterous toward God.

Don’t take what God has made holy and defile it by misplacing it in your priorities, or by making it an idol.