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Measuring Intelligence!

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Why do UNC students 
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They want to measure their intelligence.



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Professor Howdy said...




*UNC is the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Specializing in a wide range of degree programs* including:
B.A. A.H.F.(Advanced Hamburger Flipping), N.U.T., A.P.E., B.R.C.
(Bar Room Conversations), etc. Institution was founded in 1898
for sons/daughters of local Chapel Still politicians that were
unable to qualify for the more prestigious institutions of higher
learning such as Duke, Wake Forest, and N.C. State. UNC
is a trademark of Underachievers of North Carolina...


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well-known but very humble Professor Dr. Howdy.
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All of us, at one time or another, have experienced
the strange physiological reaction of zygomatic
stimulation and subsequent larynx strain.

This strain upsets the respiratory system, which
results in deep, noisy gasps. The mouth opens
and closes as the lungs struggle for oxygen.

The struggle for oxygen causes the face to turn
various shades of red and strange, unique noises
emerge from deep within. What is this strange,
physiological reaction I am describing? It is laughter!

We normally associate laughter with humor. But,
gelotology, the study of laughter, suggests another
trigger for laughter called the incongruity theory.

This theory suggests that laughter arises when logic
and familiarity are replaced by things that don't normally
go together--when we expect one outcome and another
happens. Generally speaking, our minds and bodies
anticipate what's going to happen and how it's going
to end based on logical thought, emotion, and our past
experience. But, when circumstances go in unexpected
directions, our thoughts and emotions suddenly have
to switch gears and laughter emerges out of the tension
between what we expect--and what actually happens.
- - Margaret Manning


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"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.
All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to
us through this book." -- President Abraham Lincoln

"For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill.
The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal
falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and
so cause Him to withdraw his present help from us, we
shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world."
--John Winthrop, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1630

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and
the Bible." - President George Washington

"The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a
power that conquers all that oppose it." - Napoleon

"That Book accounts for the supremacy of England."
- Queen Victoria

"If there is anything in my thought or style to commend ,
the credit is due my parents for instilling in me an early
love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principals taught
in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper;
but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority,
no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and
bury all our glory in profound obscurity." - Daniel Webster (Founding Father)

"The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed."
- Patrick Henry (original member of the Continental Congress)

"The Bible is the anchor of our liberties." - President U.S. Grant

"It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people.
The principals of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom."
- Horace Greeley (Editor)

"That Book is the rock on which our Republic rests." - President Andrew Jackson

"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me
light and strength." - Gen. Robert E. Lee

"Bible reading is an education in itself." - Lord Tennyson (Poet)

"So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin
to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful
citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for
many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year."
- President John Quincy Adams

"The existence of the Bible, as a Book for the people, is the greatest
benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to
belittle it is a crime against humanity." - Immanuel Kant (Philosopher)

"The New Testament is the very best Book that ever or ever will be
known in the world." - Charles Dickens (Author)

"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of
confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the
Sacred Scriptures." - Sir William Herschel (Astronomer)

"There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in
any profane history." - Sir Isaac Newton (Scientist)

"Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences
progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human
mind widen itself as much as it desires; beyond the elevation
and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the Gospels,
it will not go." - Goethe (Author)

"I have known ninety-five of the world's great men in my time,
and of these eight-seven were followers of the Bible. The Bible
is stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurable
distance separates it from all competitors."
- W.E. Gladstone (Prime Minister)

"Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply
due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me
a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart."
- John Ruskin (art critic and social commentator)

"The Bible has been the Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed.
The human race is not in a position to dispense with it." - Thomas
Huxley (Author & Scientist)

"The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever
growing influence of the Bible." - W.H. Seward (Secretary of State)

"America was born a Christian nation. America was born
to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness,
which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scriptures.
Part of the destiny of Americans lies in their daily perusal
of this great book of revelations. That if they would see
America free and pure they will make their own spirits
free and pure by this baptism of the Holy Spirit."
--President Woodrow Wilson

For Christians, the life and death of Jesus are the ultimate
expressions of love, and the supreme demonstrations of
God's mercy, faithfulness, and redemption. Since Christ's
miraculous Resurrection on Easter, more than 2,000 years
ago, Christians have expressed joy and gratitude for this
wondrous sacrifice and for God's promise of freedom for
the oppressed, healing for the brokenhearted, and salvation.
--President George W. Bush

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this
great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians;
not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this
very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum,
prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
--Patrick Henry (original member of the Continental Congress)


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Take the best medicine of all for what ails you -- laughter:

"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon
without springs--jolted by every pebble in the road."
~Henry Ward Beecher
"Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects."
--Arnold Glasow
"Laughter is by definition healthy."
--Doris Lessing
"If somebody makes me laugh, I'm his slave for life."
--Bette Midler
"The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter."
--Mark Twain
"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul."
-- Yiddish Proverb
"Laughter is an instant vacation."
-- Milton Berle
"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
-- Victor Borge

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time
to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a
time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a
time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. (King Solomon)

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But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

And this Good News about the Kingdom will be
preached through all the world for a witness to
all people; and then the end will come. Mat 24:14






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Avez-vous su que Dieu vous aime ?
Wußten Sie, daß Gott Sie liebt?
Avete saputo che il dio li ama?
Você soube que o deus o ama?
¿Usted sabía que el dios le ama?


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Four important things to KNOW:

1) For ALL (Americans, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus,
Buddhist, Asians, Presbyterians, Europeans, Baptist,
Brazilians, Mormons, Methodist, French, etc.) have sinned
& fall short of the glory of God.

2) For the wages of above (see #1) are DEATH (Hell, eternal
separation from God, & damnation) but the Gift (free & at
no charge to you) of God (Creator, Jehovah, & Trinity) is
Eternal Life (Heaven) through (in union with) Jesus Christ
(God, Lord, 2nd Person of The Trinity, Messiah, Prince of
Peace & Savior of the World).

3) For God so greatly loved & dearly prized the world
(Americans, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhist,
Asians, Presbyterians, Europeans, Baptist, Brazilians,
Mormons, Methodist, French, etc.) that He even gave up
His only begotten (unique) Son, that whosoever (anyone,
anywhere, anytime - while still living) believes (trust in,
relies on, clings to, depends completely on) Him shall
have eternal (everlasting) life (heaven).

4) Jesus said: "I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, & THE LIFE.
No one (male/female - American, Muslim, Jew, Catholic,
Hindu, Buddhist, Asian, Presbyterian, European, Baptist,
Brazilian, Mormons, Methodist, French, etc. ) comes (arrives)
to the Father (with GOD in Heaven) EXCEPT BY (through)
ME (no other name).

This wonderful loving GOD gives you the choice - - -

(Rev. 3:20)

{Please note that church membership, baptism, doing good
things, etc. are not requirements for becoming a Christian -
however they are great afterwards!!!}


Jesus said, "Wide is the gate and broad is the road that
leads to destruction (Hell, damnation, eternal punishment),
and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow
the road that leads to life (Heaven, eternal happiness,
forever with God), and only a few find it.
--Matthew 7:13-14




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But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
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Here's some blogs that I found
of interest
as I negotiated my way
through cyberspace:


Every Student
Religion Comparison
Around the Well
Danish Cartoons
Arabic Cartoons
Muhammad or Jesus???
Answering Islam
Is Jesus God?
A Short Look At Six World Religions
God's Word in different languages...
How to become a Christian
Who Is Jesus?
See The Word
Watch The Jesus Movie
Spanish Cartoons
German Cartoons
Chinese Cartoons
Italian Cartoons
Greek Cartoons
Japanese Cartoons
Portuguese Cartoons
French Cartoons
Hindi Cartoons
Russian Cartoons


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P U R P O S E of 'Thought & Humor:

But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139


When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

O God, You have taught me from my
youth; And to this day I declare
Your wondrous works. Now also when
I am old and gray headed, O God,
do not forsake me, Until I declare
Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.
Ps 71

Brenda - TX said...

"Tiny Iran"???

This article, passed on by Naomi Ragen, was written by Anne Bayefsky, a
senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Yes, it deals with the American
election process but it is all too clear that the American election has
profound implications for Israel; therefore, it is relevant in this Report
to pass along articles like this - for Israel's sake and for America's.
Read and consider.

"Tiny Iran" - Obama's big learning curve.
By Anne Bayefsky

'It's terrorism, stupid." Nothing short of blunt talk will do in light of
Sen. Barack Obama's comments this past week on Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah.
They are the most significant indication to date of the looming catastrophe
for American national security posed by an Obama presidency.

Here is Obama in his own words, speaking in Pendleton, Oregon on Sunday
night: "Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the
Soviet Union. In Iran they spend 1/100th of what we spend on the military.
If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a
chance."

How does one begin a course for a presidential candidate in Terrorism 101?
Where has Obama been for the past three decades during which the greatest
threats to peace and security have moved beyond the sphere of state actors
operating alone? After 9/11, why doesn't Obama recognize the capacity of
relatively small entities to wreak havoc, at comparatively little cost, on a
nation as large and strong as America?

Despite Obama's claim to be a foreign-policy realist, his fancy
foreign-policy footwork contains as much realpolitik as a dancing sugar-plum
fairy. Obama is keen to explain his hankering for an early heart-to-heart
with Iranian President Ahmadinejad - with whom he would "be willing to meet
separately, without precondition during the first year of [his]
administration" or his desire to engage in "direct presidential diplomacy
with Iran without preconditions." His strategy so far has been to deny the
undeniable transaction costs of an unconditioned presidential get-together:
the undeserved legitimacy conferred on a would-be mass murderer, the time
lost while a nuclear-weapons program continues in full swing, and the
betrayal of brave local dissenters.

"Tiny" and not "serious" move us another step closer to the edge.

The unfortunate reality is that Iran not only poses a serious threat
already, but it does stand a chance of carrying out its dire program.
Ahmadinejad, in addition to his professed affinity for genocide, is funding
terrorist proxies in Lebanon and Gaza who believe they have started the job
and are committed to finishing it. The message Obama sends in denying that
Iran has "tried to pose a serious threat to us" is that a grave threat to
the peace and security of Israel is not a threat to the peace and security
of the United States. Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, of "Israel Lobby"
fame, would be proud. But even the anti-nuclear-anything activists in the
Democratic party should begin to worry about a president who thinks the
consequences of an Iranian nuclear strike on Israel can be confined to the
locals.

Official U.S. policy holds Iran to be a state sponsor of terrorism, along
with Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Not only has Iran tried, and is
trying, to pose a serious threat to us, in some ways it is a greater threat
than that posed by the Soviet Union. The terrorist organizations or
non-state actors whom these rogue states sponsor are not subject to the same
economic and political pressures that could be brought to bear on the Soviet
Union. Madmen and religious fanatics driven by a belief in the imminent
reappearance of the 12th Imam following worldwide chaos, or visions of
virgins in post-suicidal heaven, or who just hate us more than they love
their children, are not susceptible to the rational calculus of Mikhail
Gorbachev.

But according to his recently reported conversation with New York Times
columnist David Brooks, Obama believes the problem with Hamas and Hezbollah
is that the poor things don't "understand that they're going down a blind
alley with violence that weakens their legitimate claims." We need to hear
more about where in the governing Hamas Charter (with its overt
anti-Semitism and manifest dedication to the destruction of Israel), and
Hezbollah's takeover plans for Lebanon, Obama finds legitimate claims. And
the solution according to Obama? "The U.S. needs a foreign policy that looks
at root causes of problems and dangers."

Hezbollah Leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah couldn't have said it better
himself. Oh, wait: He has said it himself. Remember Iranian proxy Nasrallah
in Beirut on September 30, 2006, just after he sent 4,000 rockets into
Israel: "This experience of the resistance, which must be transferred to the
world, relies on faith, conviction, trust, and the moral and spiritual
willingness to give sacrifices. Also, it depends on the thinking, planning,
organizing, training and armament, and as is said: dealing with the root
causes." Surely, Obama ought to know that invoking the language of "root
causes" to illuminate the behavior of Hamas and Hezbollah plays into the
nefarious strategy of these terrorist organizations and their sympathizers.

How about the tiny factor? On the one hand, we could all hum tip-toeing
through the tulips along with Obama and Tiny Tim. On the other hand, we
might cast our minds back to "tiny" anthrax envelopes or think about "tiny"
suitcase bombs or "tiny" nanotechnology innovations in chemical and
biological weapons. I also wonder how all those developing countries,
allegedly ready to embrace us once again with a President Obama, will enjoy
the big boy's view of their tiny status.

Coming from a man who aspires to bear the single greatest responsibility for
the peace and security of the free world, the resemblance to "peace for our
time" is the least of Obama's problems. The real problem is a book with a
name like "Terrorism for Dummies" would have to become bedside reading at
the White House.

Professor Howdy said...

The Challenge of Attention in the Digital Age

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 1:54 am ET



George F. Will once remarked that, if you are going to read a liberal
journal, you should read The American Prospect. I read several, but few are
as stimulating (and sometimes infuriating) as TAP. Evidence of the
magazine's stimulus to thought comes as it offers a May 19, 2008 essay by
Courtney E. Martin. The essay demands attention -- and it is all about
attention and attentiveness.

She certainly asks an important question: Do today's college and university
students really care about the life of the mind?

She writes:

According to Josh Waitzkin, a 2003 graduate of Columbia University, not
much. When he returned to his favorite political theory professor's course a
few weeks ago, he slid into a seat in the back of the lecture hall and
opened up his trusty spiral notebook. As he stared down at the sea of
students, he realized how much had changed in the few short years since he'd
been gone.

Professor Dennis Dalton began his lecture on Mahatma Gandhi's mass
civil-disobedience campaign following the Amritsar massacre, focusing on the
Indian activists' persistence in staying attuned to their own inner morals
despite the crush of British imperialism. The students flipped open their
laptops and started clicking away. A few solely took notes, but many flipped
back and forth between multiple windows: shopping on Amazon, cruising
Facebook, checking out The New York Times Style section, reorganizing their
social calendars, e-mailing, playing solitaire, doing homework for other
classes, chatting on AIM, and buying tickets on Expedia. Josh kept a list
because he was in such disbelief.

Was it just a random day, a random classroom, a particularly restless group
of college students? Or was it a profoundly sad statement about the state of
our distracted minds and the biggest challenge facing all of us in this
24/7, high-tech time: the crisis of attention and intention?

Courtney Martin identifies the state of our distracted minds as the primary
cause of intellectual neglect. The static and noise of everyday life and the
information overload combine to rob the mind of the capacity for
attentiveness -- and attentiveness is something Martin rightly believes is
necessary to a happy and wholesome life. Of course, the ability to focus the
mind is an intellectual skill absolutely necessary for a good education. A
distracted mind is not a mind ready for the most demanding intellectual
challenges and tasks.

How bad is the problem? Courtney Martin explains:

Everyone is vying for our precious attention--political candidates,
Victoria's Secret, tech manufacturers, restaurant chains, YouTube, cleaning
product companies, media outlets, children, The Gap, parents, blogs,
friends, JetBlue, even pets. The average adult sees 1,000 advertisements a
day. Internet users spend 32.7 hours per week online and about half as much
time watching television (16.4 hours). Teens, not surprisingly, are most
likely to participate in what tech experts call "concurrent media
exposure"--using various media simultaneously. Among this crush, how well
are we staying attuned to our own inner morals? How intentional are we about
whom we let sap our energy, at what times, and in what ways?

Take those Facebook-surfing students, missing out on a potentially
life-changing lecture about war and courage. Their diffused attention isn't
criminal, but it certainly doesn't do justice to professor Dalton's
lectures, their own potential for learning, or the $51,976 they or their
parents are paying for a year of Ivy League education. They mirror something
very real in most peoples' lives--the sense that your life is happening "to
you," instead of feeling truly intentional about how, with whom, and on what
you spend your time. How many times have you complained about how long you
spent emailing -- as if some ambitious demon inhabited your body and kept
incessantly pecking away at the keys?

The rise of mass media and the culture of entertainment shaped the minds of
generations now at mid-life and older. Today's generation of college and
university students faces a far greater array of attention demands -- most
of them now cellular and digital. Many teenagers and college students seem
to experience genuine anxiety when they miss a few minutes of digital
activity. (In fairness, their Treo and Blackberry toting parents are often
almost as distracted and inattentive.)

Ask any educator and you will hear the horror stories. College professors
look out at the tops of heads as students are bent over keyboards. On some
campuses, faculty members are in revolt over students surfing the Web and
maintaining their Facebook pages during lectures. The learning experience is
transformed even if the students are taking notes on their laptops. Eye
contact between the teacher and the students is often almost totally lost.

As Courtney Miller reports, Josh Waitzken wrote a letter to the students he
observed when visiting Professor Dalton's class. This section of his letter
should be seen and savored:

I understand that your minds move quickly and we are all impacted by a fast
paced culture, but do you realize the horror of shopping online while Dalton
describes…mothers throwing their children into a well to avoid a barrage of
bullets? What are you doing? There comes a day when we must become
accountable for our own learning process…Take it on. This is your life. What
is the point of neurotically skipping along the surface when all the beauty
lies below? Please seize the moment and listen deeply to Dalton's final
lectures. Close the computers. Stop typing madly and soak in the themes he
develops…Learning is an act of creativity, not mind-numbing, tv watching
passive receptivity.

This is good advice for us all, regardless of age. We are al living
distracted lives that promise only to grow more complicated and distracted
in years ahead. The discipline and stewardship of our attention is a matter
of great and unquestionable urgency.

Join the revolution and refuse the seductions of the mind-numbing allure of
all things digital -- at least long enough to think a great thought, hear a
great lecture, enjoy a quality conversation (with a real, live face-to-face
human being), listen to a great sermon, visit a museum, read a good book, or
take in a beautiful sunset.

People who cannot maintain mental attention cannot know the intimacy of
prayer, and God does not maintain a Facebook page. Our ability to focus
attention is not just about the mind, for it is also a reflection of the
soul. Our Christian discipleship demands that we give attention to our
attention.

Professor Howdy said...

Pythagorean theorem : 24 Words

The Lord's Prayer : 66 Words

Archimedes' Principle : 67 Words

The 10 Commandments : 179 Words

The Gettysburg Address : 286 Words

The Declaration of Independence : 1,300 Words

The U. S. Government regulations on the sale of cabbage : 26,911 Words

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*1883: Standard Time Zones Adopted in U.S.A.

The actual local time, or "sun time" constantly changes as one moves
either east or west. With the arrival of railroad travel, the
situation raised problems for railway lines and passengers trying to
synchronize schedules in different cities. The need for a system of
standardized time was evident, and eventually a system proposed by
Charles F. Dowd, a school principal in New York State, was adopted.
Under Dowd's system, North America was divided into four time zones,
fifteen degrees of longitude, and one hour of "standard time" apart.
At noon on Sunday, November 18, 1883, the new system went into
effect. It became the basis for the international system of time
zones we're familiar with today.

Ron Hutchcraft said...

The Bait and the Catch




I used to work with someone on our team who was a fanatical fisherman!
He actually told me about a boy who was starting very young down that same
road, or stream as the case may be. At that point, James was only three
years old, but his dad had already taught him to fish! The first time they
went fishing together Dad gave him a cricket to use as bait. Well,
beginners luck - James caught himself a little sunfish with that cricket.
And then, just for fun, Dad decided to let his boy try some serious bait -
what fishermen call stink bait. It's got something like pieces of liver in
it. Now, I personally wouldn't bite on it, but they weren't trying to catch
a radio host. Wouldn't you know it! Little James reeled in a seven pound
catfish! When Dad tried to get him to go back to the cricket bait - no way,
Dad! He had discovered what kind of bait attracts the big ones!

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Proverbs 31:30-31.
This whole chapter is actually God's description of a woman who is, in the words
of the chapter, "Worth far more than rubies." Who has, as it says, "noble
character," who ends up with a husband who "has full confidence in her," and
who, "takes his seat among the elders of the land." Hey, she caught a good
one! Well, here's her idea of attractive: "Charm is deceptive and beauty is
fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." And then it
says, "Give her the reward she has earned." The woman God praises and the
woman a quality man praises is a woman who focuses on having a heart that's
right.

Physical appearance, or some kind of social manipulating - that's an
increasingly radical blueprint for being a woman when we live in a world
that glorifies the physical, the sensual, the sexy. But, many women don't
seem to understand what little James already knows - the kind of bait you
offer determines the kind of catch you get!

Sometimes you'll hear a woman making the all too accurate complaint that
"all men care about is the physical." Most women I'm acquainted with are
not interested in being a sex object to men, or a thing rather than a
person, or body parts rather than a whole person. They want a relationship
with men, not a sexual game where they're just another conquest. And that's
in line with what God wants. In I Timothy 5:2, He commands the young men to
"treat the younger women as sisters with absolute purity." But apparently a
lot of women don't understand how hard they're making it for good men to
think pure, because a woman is more stimulated by touch than by sight. She
may not understand the message that she's sending; the triggers that she's
activating by what she wears, how she moves, how she flirts.

Frankly, too many women are wearing things that are too tight, too low, too
high, or just not enough! Since that's the way of getting male attention, I
guess they'll attract the fish that just want that kind of bait. And thus,
the tragedy of our superficial, mostly physical, usually sinful, mostly
doomed relationships.

In I Peter 3, God describes the package that a truly beautiful woman offers.
He says, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment. Instead, it
should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty." Those who carry
the radiance and the innocence of an inner Jesus glow offer the beauty that
Hollywood can never match.

So, don't go for that bait that draws the little fish. Even a little boy
knows if you want the best, you need to offer what attracts a quality catch.



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