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IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies in horror crash at Pocono Raceway

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies after suffering a head injury at Pocono Raceway

Justin Wilson, 37, suffered a head injury on Sunday after debris broke off Sage Karam's car when he spun into the wall during the closing laps of the penultimate race in the IndyCar Series. The British former Formula One driver was swarmed by the safety crew after he was struck in the head and his car veered left and directly into an interior wall at the raceway in Pennsylvania. He went into a coma after the crash and died on Monday evening. He is pictured with his wife Julia and their two daughters, main, and inset his car can be seen veering off course. Read More....IndyCar driver and father-of-two Justin Wilson dies after suffering a head injury in horror crash at Pocono Raceway


Vatican Adviser Says America’s Founding Document Is Outmoded, Reveals Global Game Plan

Declaration-of-independence-broadside-croppedDeclaration-of-independence-broadside-cropped (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The plan is quite simple. And it should scare you.


Top Vatican adviser Jeffrey Sachs says that when Pope Francis visits the United States in September, he will directly challenge the “American idea” of God-given rights embodied in the Declaration of Independence.


Sachs, a special advisor to the United Nations and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is a media superstar who can always be counted on to pontificate endlessly on such topics as income inequality and global health. This time, writing in a Catholic publication, he may have gone off his rocker, revealing the real global game plan.

The United States, Sachs writes in the Jesuit publication, America, is “a society in thrall” to the idea of unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But the “urgent core of Francis’ message” will be to challenge this “American idea” by “proclaiming that the path to happiness lies not solely or mainly through the defense of rights but through the exercise of virtues, most notably justice and charity.”

In these extraordinary comments, which constitute a frontal assault on the American idea of freedom and national sovereignty, Sachs has made it clear that he hopes to enlist the Vatican in a global campaign to increase the power of global or foreign-dominated organizations and movements.

Sachs takes aim at the phrase, which comes from America’s founding document, the United States Declaration of Independence, that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”



King James Bible's 400-year reign

The first page of the Book of Genesis from the...The first page of the Book of Genesis from the original 1611 printing of the King James Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Its cadence is found in the speeches of Abraham Lincoln and the lyrics of Paul Simon. Renowned narrator Alexander Scourby and country music legend Johnny Cash have recorded spoken versions of the text. It's estimated that 1 billion copies have been printed since the first volume rolled off the press in 1611.

The King James Version of the Bible, also known as the "Authorized Version," marks its 400th anniversary in 2011, and by any measure, it has had a lasting impact on the world and on the language into which it was sent. The "authorized" moniker comes from a title-page declaration that this Bible was "authorized to be read in churches."

"The sheer poetry of the King James Version, not to mention its almost half-millennium of absolute authority, militates against its slipping into obscurity any time soon," declared Phyllis Tickle, longtime religion editor at Publishers Weekly magazine.

Even noted atheist Richard Dawkins has praise for the volume: "You can't appreciate English literature unless you are to some extent steeped in the King James Bible. There are phrases that come from it — people don't realize they come from it — proverbial phrases, phrases that make echoes in people's minds," he said in a video released by the King James Bible Trust, the British organization that is one promoter of the 400th-anniversary celebrations due next year.

"Not to know the King James Bible is to be, in some small way, barbarian," Mr. Dawkins added.

Indeed, many of its phrases have entered everyday use, among them: "my brother's keeper," "salt of the earth," "give up the ghost," "scapegoats," "an eye for an eye," "casting your pearls before swine," "scarlet woman," "writing on the wall" and "the blind leading the blind."

"A house divided against itself," Lincoln's signature sentiment, was translated that way 250 years before Lincoln was elected president.

Geof Morin, communications director for the American Bible Society, whose New York headquarters will host a King James Bible exhibit next year, called the King James "still relevant" in the age of Twitter and Facebook.

"It was the Bible staring Thomas Jefferson in the face," Mr. Morin said. Its words, he added, were "in the speeches of Abraham Lincoln. It's the language we still use today. It's part of the American psyche, of how we see ourselves as a nation."

But before the KJV — as the version is known by many readers and scholars — came into America's consciousness, it had to arrive on the scene at all. That happened following a contentious 1604 meeting at Hampton Court palace, when a young James VI of Scotland, newly crowned as James I of England, was trying to iron out differences between the Church of England and a dissident sect known as the Puritans.

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515 chemicals women put on their bodies every day

Women and beauty products - it's a love affair that's been going on for centuries. And no wonder. There's nothing like a new lipstick or favourite perfume to make us look and feel good. Or so we thought...

In fact, according to a new report, most of our favourite cosmetics are cocktails of industrially produced and potentially dangerous chemicals that could damage our health and, in some cases, rather than delivering on their potent 'anti-ageing' promise, are causing us to age faster.

Research by Bionsen, a natural deodorant company, found that the average woman's daily grooming and make-up routine means she 'hosts' a staggering 515 different synthetic chemicals on her body every single day.

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Bob Woodward: Clinton Emails Remind Me of the Nixon Tapes

English: Richard Nixon boarding Army One upon ...English: Richard Nixon boarding Army One upon his departure from the White House after resigning the office of President of the United States following the Watergate Scandal in 1974. 日本語: ホワイトハウスを去るリチャード・ニクソン (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, one of the lead reporters into the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon administration, said that Hillary Clinton’s private emails reminded him of President Nixon’s secret tapes on Monday’s Morning Joe.

After months of refusals, Clinton agreed to turn over her private server to the FBI after another inspector general found top-secret material on her emails.

“In a way, [it] reminds me of the Nixon tapes,” Woodward said. “Thousands of hours of secretly recorded conversations that Nixon thought were exclusively his, that he was not going to get them.”

Host Joe Scarborough said that many people at the FBI and the intel community are asking the same question.

“Why did they allow Hillary Clinton and David Kendall, her lawyer, to decide whether they were going to turn over that classified information or not?” Scarborough asked. “I think this is unprecedented.”

“Hillary Clinton initially took that position,” Woodward said. “I’m not turning this over. There’s going to be no cooperation. Now they’re cooperating. But, this has to go on a long, long time. And the answers are probably not going to be pretty.”

Hiroshima When Hell Came to Earth

HiroshimaEarly one August morning, Tsutomu Yamaguchi was preparing to return home from the town where he had spent the last three months on business. Employed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan as a draftsman, he had been working over the summer on a shipbuilding project. He was heading out on a bus to the station with two of his colleagues when he realized he had left something behind. His friends continued on while he returned to the company dormitory to retrieve it. Once he did, he began walking back toward the shipyard.

Mr. Yamaguchi remembered the day well: “It was a flat, open spot with potato fields on either side. It was very clear, a really fine day, nothing unusual about it at all. I was in good spirits.”

But that would change in an instant for him and the approximately 245,000 others in Hiroshima that day—Aug. 6, 1945. The Americans had dropped 720,000 leaflets two days earlier warning that the city would be obliterated—but no one paid any heed. Now the reality had come.

 “As I was walking along I heard the sound of a plane, just one. I looked up into the sky and saw the B-29, and it dropped two parachutes. I was looking up into the sky at them, and suddenly … it was like a flash of magnesium, a great flash in the sky, and I was blown over,” he explained ( quoted by Richard Lloyd Parry, “The Luckiest or Unluckiest Man in the World?” The Times [London] website, March 29, 2009 ).

The plane he saw was the Enola Gay. It just completed its mission of dropping the first atomic bomb ever used in a military operation.

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The Study That Proved Vaccines Caused Autism-like Symptoms

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and his book, Vaccination: The Great Illusion
Catherine J. Frompovich
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The study that showed vaccines were responsible for causing autism-associated or autism-like symptoms from mercury in vaccines was done by CDC epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten using the CDC's massive Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) and presented at the Simpsonwood Conference Center (Atlanta, GA area) in June 2000 with only 52 vaccine manufacturers invited to discuss the problem and how to change the science.

Here is what Dr. Verstraeten found:
We have found statistically significant relationships between exposure [to mercury in vaccines] and outcomes. At two months of age, developmental delay; exposure at three months, tics; at six months, attention deficit disorder. Exposure at one, three and six months, language and speech delays--the entire category of neurodevelopmental delays. 
Dr. Verstraeten also discussed previous studies showing a link between mercury and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Instead of doing the right thing about what was going on, they powwowed over two days to change the science, sending Verstraeten back to redo his work. However, here are some of the statements made by some of the Simpsonwood conference members:
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Graph of monthly trade balance figures of the ...Graph of monthly trade balance figures of the US since 2000, in billions of US dollar, to be updated monthly, used in Handelsbalans, source of the figures: US Department of Commerce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Since Bush I, when some of us began to argue loudly that a mindless ideological pursuit of free trade would imperil America’s industrial base, the total of U.S. trade deficits in goods with the world is approaching $10 trillion – 10 thousand billion dollars!

Might this humongous dumping of foreign goods into the U.S.A., killing our factories, and the liberation of our transnational elite to close plants, outsource production and bring foreign-made goods back free of charge into the U.S. market, have had something to do with killing the middle class?

The U.S. median income stopped growing in the mid-1970s, the same time we began to run 40 straight years of ever-expanding trade deficits.

And how are we doing with China?

Well, if one reads the weekend Wall Street Journal, Feb. 9-10, on page A3 in the lower left-hand corner is a box with a story headlined, “Trade Gap Shrinks 21 Percent as Oil Imports Decline.”


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If this was a business, people would go to jail...  Once again, BIG Government is the real problem behind almost everything (except for Big Business which is equally corrupt)...

 People kayaking in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., last Thursday, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The river is now closed indefinitely, with visitors warned to stay out. CreditJerry Mcbride/The Durango Herald, via Associated Press


DURANGO, Colo. — The Animas River is the cultural soul of this patch of southwestern Colorado, a sort of moving Main Street that hosts multiple floating parades a year and is typically bustling with rafters and kayakers. Schoolchildren study the river. Sweethearts marry on its banks. Its former name, given by Spaniards, is el Río de las Ánimas, the River of Souls.

But since Wednesday, the Animas has been grievously polluted with toxic water spilled from one of the many abandoned mines that pockmark the region — a spill for which the Environmental Protection Agency has claimed responsibility, saying it accidentally breached a store of chemical-laced water. Continue reading the main story


Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in GQ: T&A gets you to #1!

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REPEATING THIS STORY FROM 2010.... The Time is fitting, as we are led to believe that she is above reproach in her questioning of Trump!

Your eyes aren’t fooling you: that really is Fox News’s Megyn Kelly in the most recent edition of GQ Magazine.

The blonde-haired, and pregnant, anchor of “America Live” sat down with GQ’s Greg Veis for the December issue. The article’s title is to be expected: “She Reports, We Decide She’s Hot.”

While the magazine has not yet made a link available for the story, TVNewser does have some excerpts, including the magazine’s description of the conservative host:

Abhorred by the left, adored by the right, frequently pinata’d by The Daily Show, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has become the very blonde face—and legs—of the network. And she’s okay with that.

In the magazine interview, she boasts about Fox’s ratings: “You may have heard that we’re number one—we’re pretty good at advertising that.”

And also manages to discuss fan mail:

Some of them [letters] just say, ‘You’re hot”—which, you know, I don’t find insulting. [laughs] But the ones that go a little over the top get deleted right away.

You can read more from TVNewser and in the December issue of GQ.

NASCAR LEGEND BUDDY BAKER, 74, dies of cancer

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Buddy Baker won 19 races and ranks 14th in NASCAR history with 38 poles in his 700 career starts from 1959-1992. ISC Images & Archives/Getty Images



Buddy Baker, noted for a 34-year career in NASCAR's top series that produced 19 victories including the 1980 Daytona 500, died Monday morning from lung cancer. He was 74.

Buddy Baker won 19 races and ranks 14th in NASCAR history with 38 poles in his 700 career starts from 1959-1992. ISC Images & Archives/Getty Images

The 6-foot-6 Baker, the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker, was known for his all-out style, one that allowed him to win four times at Talladega, four times at Charlotte, twice at Darlington and twice at Daytona. He ranks 14th in NASCAR history with 38 poles in his 700 career starts from 1959-1992. He had 202 top-fives and 311 top-10s.

In 1998, the "Gentle Giant" was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers.

He finished in the top-10 in the standings five times with a best of fifth in 1977. He raced mainly for his family team at the start of his career and then for several car owners, including Ray Fox, Cotton Owens, Richard Petty, Nord Krauskopf, Bud Moore, Harry Ranier, the Wood Brothers and Danny Schiff.

Baker was the first driver to exceed 200 mph on a closed course when he did it in 1970 at Talladega Superspeedway.


RUSH: The Orders to Take Out Trump Must Have Gone to Fox, Not the Other Candidates


RUSH: It was just 24 hours ago, ladies and gentlemen -- a mere 24 hours ago -- that I was behind this very Golden EIB Microphone informing you that I had come across a bit of news.  The bit of news was that big-time Republican donors had ordered to take out Donald Trump in the debate last night. 

We all made a mistake.  We assumed that the orders went out to the candidates.  But the candidates did not make one move toward taking Donald Trump out.  The broadcast network did; the candidates didn't.  I mean, let's review.  The first question from Megyn Kelly to Trump was, "You've called women fat slobs, pigs, whatever," and he said, "No, just Rosie O'Donnell."  The place starts laughing and so forth, but she's not amused, and she tells him, "No, it's more than that."

She keeps going on and on and on about it, and says, "Is this the right kind of temperament?" Whatever it was.  Trump was clearly caught entirely off guard by it, and even today he said, "I'm not... I don't know when I've ever said this stuff."  Who knows if he writes all of his tweets that he posts.  You know, this is the danger that when you start going in the social media stuff and tweeting stuff and maybe you hire somebody to do it for you.

I happen to know Trump does not use a cell phone, folks. He does not do e-mail, for this very reason. I was told long ago when I first started playing golf with the Trumpster, he does not use a cell phone, or at least he doesn't do e-mail.  I was kind of surprised, frankly, when I saw that he started tweeting. My first question is, "Does he write these tweets himself or does he have somebody on his staff doing it just because it's hip and it's hot and he wants a presence in it?"

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The timebomb under Yellowstone

Experts warn of 90,000 immediate deaths and a 'nuclear winter' across the US if supervolcano erupts

A supervolcano in the heart of America's northwest has the potential to blanket the US in a 'nuclear winter'.

If it were to erupt, the Yellowstone supervolcano would be one thousand times as powerful as the 1980 Mount St Helens eruption, experts claim.

While it has lain dormant for more than 70,000 years, scientists say that we can't rule out the possibility eruption this may some day take place - although they say the chances are extremely slim.

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The Grand Prismatic hot spring in Yellowstone National Park is among the park's many hydrothermal features created by the Yellowstone supervolcano. Experts say there is a one in 700,000 annual chance of a volcanic eruption at the site
 The Grand Prismatic hot spring in Yellowstone National Park is among the park's many hydrothermal features created by the Yellowstone supervolcano. Experts say there is a one in 700,000 annual chance of a volcanic eruption at the site


The volcano at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana sits atop a huge reserve of molten rock and last erupted 640,000 years ago.

It is one of the largest active continental silicic volcanic fields in the world. Silicic is used to describe magma or igneous rock rich in silica. 

Experts say there is a one in 700,000 annual chance of a volcanic eruption at the site. 

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Jobs shock: 100% of female employment gains taken by foreigners since 2007

All of the employment gains among women since the recession hit in December 2007 have been taken by foreigners, even at a time when the numbers of U.S.-born women surged more than 600,000, according to new federal statistics.

The jobs data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed gains in the "employment level" among "foreign born women" and losses among "native born women."

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The charts show that 9.041 million foreign-born women held jobs in December of 2007 compared to 10.028 million today – or a gain of roughly 1 million jobs.

In contrast, 59.322 million U.S.-born women held jobs in December of 2007 compared to 59.258 million today – or a loss of nearly 64,000 jobs.

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Record 93,770,000 Americans Not in Labor Force...

Participation Rate 38-Year Low...

Record 56,209,000 Women Not Working...

The Plot to Destroy Nixon

By Patrick J. Buchanan

In his new biography “Being Nixon: A Man Divided,” Evan Thomas concedes a point. Richard Nixon, he writes, “was not paranoid; the press and the ‘Georgetown set’ really were out to get him.”

Carl Bernstein’s review found Thomas’ book deficient in its failure to chronicle the “endemic criminality” of the Nixon presidency.

Yet, recent revelations suggest that “endemic criminality” is a phrase that might well be applied to the newsroom of The Washington Post when Bob Woodward and Bernstein worked there.

Consider. In “All the President’s Men,” Woodward and Bernstein admit that, in collusion with Post editors and with the approval of Post lawyers, they approached half a dozen Watergate grand jurors.

Admitting this was a “seedy venture,” they assured us no grand juror had violated his or her oath, and they got nothing.

Yet, from recent books by Jeff Himmelman about Ben Bradlee, Max Holland about Mark Felt, a.k.a. “Deep Throat,” and Geoff Shepard’s “The Real Watergate Scandal: Collusion, Conspiracy, and the Plot That Brought Nixon Down,” out today, the truth is otherwise.

Woodward and Bernstein deceived us about not breaching the grand jury.

They had. The source identified in their book as “Z,” a “woman … in a position to have considerable knowledge of the secret activities of the White House and CRP [Committee to Re-Elect the President]” was a grand juror.

Notes of Bernstein’s co

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Ya’alon: Israel ‘not responsible’ for Iran nuke scientists’ lives

Defense minister hints assassinations may resume, says Israel considering air strikes against nuclear facilities

As the world moves closer to ratifying a nuclear deal that Jerusalem says won’t keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear arsenal, Ya’alon told German newspaper Der Spiegel that Israel would do anything necessary in order to assure Tehran does not get atomic weapons, including taking military action. 

“Ultimately it is very clear, one way or another, Iran’s military nuclear program must be stopped,” Ya’alon said, according to a retranslation from an interview published in the German daily. “We will act in any way and are not willing to tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. We prefer that this be done by means of sanctions, but in the end, Israel should be able to defend itself,” the defense minister said.

He added that he was “not responsible for the lives of Iranian scientists,” according to Der Spiegel, which will publish the full interview on Saturday.

Ya’alon further stated that Israel was considering carrying out airstrikes on Iranian military facilities, the German paper reported.

Iranian technicians work at a facility producing uranium fuel for a planned heavy-water nuclear reactor, outside Isfahan, 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, in 2009. (photo credit: AP/Vahid Salemi)

Iranian technicians working at a facility producing uranium fuel for a planned heavy-water nuclear reactor, outside Isfahan, in 2009. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

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Family files wrongful death suit against Tony Stewart

Rumble in fort wayne, memorial coliseum, fort ...Rumble in fort wayne, memorial coliseum, fort wayne, in, december 26, 2008 - nascar driver tony stewart looks over his #2 munchkin chassis before winning the 60 lap midget feature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The family of a young driver struck and killed by Tony Stewart's car on an upstate New York sprint racing track filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NASCAR star Friday.

The lawsuit was filed as Stewart returns to Watkins Glen International on the one-year anniversary of the fatal crash.

The lawsuit accuses Stewart of gross negligence, saying he gunned his engine and put his car into a skid as 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. walked onto the track after a crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014. The car struck Ward, and he was killed.

A grand jury declined to indict Stewart, who at the time called it "100 percent an accident." There was no comment from Stewart, who was with his crew in the garage before a final practice Friday afternoon. Stewart-Haas Racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup team Stewart co-owns, also declined comment.


Pope Francis, climate change, and Sunday sacredness

Climate change

It’s official. Pope Francis released his long awaited, controversial, and much debated encyclical on the environment. The central issue being addressed is the threat of global warming to the environment and its impact on the poor, the family, and the world’s economy.  Undergirding his thesis is humanity’s need to protect and take care of creation. Before its ‘official’ release, the world was presented with a ‘leaked’ version that accelerated discussions on the issue. Religionists, politicians, and scientists were offering their take on the impact of Francis’ encyclical on the climate change debate.

Jeb Bush, Roman Catholic and recently declared Republican candidate for the presidency, disagrees with his pope’s position on climate change. He declared, “I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home…religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm. Those words are eerily reminiscent of the late John F. Kennedy’s declaration to a gathering of Protestant ministers in Houston, Texas in September, 1960 as he sought to convince the electorate that as a Roman Catholic, he will not run the country according to the teachings of his church, but rather on the basis of the country’s constitution. He was cruelly assassinated in Dallas, Texas before the on-looking world three years later.

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Punch cartoon (1907); illustrates the unpopula...Punch cartoon (1907); illustrates the unpopularity amongst Punch readers of a proposed 1907 income tax by the Labour Party in the United Kingdom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Largely ignored by the news media is that in his 2011 book, “Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again,” the billionaire laid out a plan to completely transform the tax code, with a uniform proposal for all Americans to pay lower taxes.

Trump’s revenue prescription, which he labeled his 1-5-10-15 income-tax plan in the book four years ago, could form the basis for his campaign’s tax proposals.

In the book, Trump decried the current tax code: “Imagine your paycheck was 40 percent higher than it currently is. What could you do with 40 percent more wealth? How many jobs and opportunities for others could you create?

“The longer you really think about it the madder you will get,” he wrote, “especially when you consider the waste, fraud, and abuse the federal government traffics in as it inflicts its self-defeating policies on hard-working Americans.”

Here’s Trump’s proposed income-tax plan:

  • Those making up to $30,000 will pay 1 percent.
  • Income from $30,000 to $100,000 results in a flat 5 percent.
  • $100,000 to $1 million income will be taxed at 10 percent.
  • On $1 million or above will be taxed 15 percent.

“It’s clear and fair,” wrote Trump. “Best of all, it can be filled out on the back of a postcard and will save Americans big bucks on accountants and massive amounts of time wasted attempting to decipher the tax code.”


Biblical Bread: Baking Like the Ancient Israelites

Experimental archaeology at Tell Halif, Israel

Cynthia Shafer-Elliott   •  07/29/2015  from BAR


This summer, a team from the Tell Halif archaeological excavation decided to make their own tannur (oven) and bake bread in it. Here, William Jessup University students Rose Kania and Jessica Rentz and Tell Halif supervisor Tim Frank make the clay mixture out of which the tannur will be made. Photo: Courtesy of Cynthia Shafer-Elliott.

In his book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, well-known food author Michael Pollan observes a curious paradox regarding cooking within American culture: “The less cooking we were doing in our own lives, it seemed, the more that food and its vicarious preparation transfixed us.”1 In other words, the further away we get from our food—both in growing it and cooking it—the more of a central role it plays in our society. Pollan points to the massive popularity of TV shows devoted to food and celebrity chefs as proof of our fascination with food.

This is an interesting observation that forces me to ponder my own fascination with food, which goes beyond watching the food network, surfing Pinterest for new recipes, or serving a meal to my family or guests. Food as a subject boiled-over (pun intended) into my academic research interests, too. In general, I study the cultural context of ancient Israel both as it is found archaeologically and as it is reflected in the Hebrew Bible. More particularly, I am curious about the daily lives of the ancient Israelites. Some questions about daily life that interest me are: How did the ancient Israelites live? What did they eat? How did they cook it? In the early days of my research, I found that there was a lack of information on what the ancient Israelites ate and how they prepared it. Fortunately, interest in food is now a subject of research within both Biblical studies and the archaeology of the Southern Levant (which includes ancient Israel).


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More than two dozen Iraqi Chaldean Christians forced from their homes by ISIS have been detained at an ICE detention center in California for six months after crossing the border from Mexico.

The San Diego Union reported July 31 that 20 of the 27 Chaldeans at the Otay Detention Center in Otay Mesa, California, have American family members living in Southern California who are willing to sponsor them.

Family members have been holding weekly vigils and rallies to draw attention to the detentions. Large U.S. Chaldean Catholic communities reside in San Diego and Detroit.

The family members say they’ve been given few details on why they’ve been detained for so long, despite being refugees from Middle East terror.

“These aren’t people who just decided to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. These are people saying, ‘we have nowhere else to go,’” Mark Arabo, a spokesman for the Chaldean community, told the San Diego Union.

“It seems like the border is open to everyone unless you’re an Iraq Christian fleeing ISIS,” Arabo told Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Monday. “Obama is to blame, Congress is to blame, and the U.S. State Department is to blame.”

The Chaldean Christians are being held “without any logic or explanation; they’ve escaped ISIS only to be imprisoned by ICE. These are 20 innocent Christians who escaped a holocaust only to be imprisoned by ICE,” Arabo said. “These are people we should be celebrating not imprisoning.”

What do YOU think? Is Barack Obama biased against Christians? Sound off in the WND poll

Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, confirmed that 27 Iraqi nationals are in custody but she told the Union she couldn’t comment on individual immigration cases.

The extended detention of the Iraqi Christians represents a stark contrast from the way the wave of Central American women and children were treated when they massed at the border last summer. The overwhelming majority were detained for a matter of days or weeks, then released and given a hearing date to appear in immigration court.

Former Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia is now an advocate for persecuted Christians.

Former Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia is now an advocate for persecuted Christians.


Are Deadly Infections an Indicator of Worse to Come?

Almost lost in the deluge of news of advancements in the medical world is the revelation of new strains of bacteria that challenge all we have learned over the past century about fighting disease organisms.

A strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known medically as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, has jumped to the forefront of the medical world's attention due to one very disturbing fact—their near-total resistance to an entire family of drugs known as carbapenum antibiotics makes them nearly impossible to treat once they infect a patient.

Emerging recently in hospitals and nursing homes, they attack the most vulnerable—weaker and elderly patients. And once they get a foothold in a hospital or nursing home, they are virtually unstoppable.

In the face of these and other rising health threats on a national and global scale, we need to consider what's happening and where our primary focus should be.

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Essential Oil Claims – The Dangers

English: Glass vial containing Cedarwood Essen...English: Glass vial containing Cedarwood Essential Oil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BY Eric Hall

I am going to focus specifically on one essential oil blog which came to my attention through a Facebook post about making your own “dry shampoo.” Why did I click on it? Sigh. Well, I did. I ended up at an essential oil seller making not just bogus claims, but downright dangerous claims. Of course, this seller protects herself with the standard FDA fake medicine disclaimer. Let’s look at a few of the more dangerous suggestions on the site.

Let’s meet Dana. Dana says she is doula and certified by DONA international. A doula is basically a coach for the birthing process. It does not signify any medical training. Yes, before you comment, I know there are nurses and other medical professionals that also serve as doulas. But she does not reveal any medical training. So in essence, she is a coach for the birth. She says:

My mission is to provide women with the information they need to make confident decisions about their labor, the emotional support to motivate them to the next level and the physical comfort to embrace their birth experience.

Based on the information on her website, she isn’t doing a great job of informing.

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