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ESSAY: BURMA'S FORGOTTEN REFUGEES
Mae Li and her husband just had enough time to take their children and escape when the Burmese army attacked in the night and destroyed their village. It was terrifying. “Life in Burma was very fearful. When the military attacked we were very afraid...Here (in Mae La refugee camp) it is better as there is no fear.” Life in the camp is hard, but at least Mae Li has felt safe here, up until now.
International funding cuts, changes in Thai government policy and proposed reforms that may follow the upcoming 2015 Burmese elections have meant refugees could be faced with an impossible decision - stay in the safety of the camps and watch their children go hungry, or return to Burma too soon and risk violence and death. Theirs is a forgotten story, and the Karen a forgotten people struggling for survival as the world looks away.
Mae Li is one of over 120,000 people - Burma’s forgotten refugees - forced to flee their homes to escape death, violence and fear caused by the world’s longest running civil war. Burmese refugees like Mae Li now live in refugee camps on a 500 kilometre stretch along the Thai/Burma border. The camps are home to a diverse range of ethnic groups but the vast majority are ethnic Karen with their own language and customs.
KAREN McGRATH, media and communications oordinator at international aid agency, Act for Peace, recently returned from Mae La refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border. In the first part of a two part article written as the organisation looks to raise support for those living in the camps like Mae La through its annual Christmas Bowl Appeal, she writes of some of the challenges faced by refugees there...| more... |
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13th November, 2014
EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY CELEBRATES AS FIRST EVER PROBE LANDS SUCCESSFULLY ON COMET
A European Space Agency probe has become the first to land on a comet.
The ESA's Philae probe took seven hours to descend to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with the signal arriving back at earth at 4.03pm yesterday (Greenwich Mean Time).
Jean-Jacques Dordain, director general of the ESA, said the organisation and its Rosetta mission partners had "achieved something extraordinary".
"Our ambitious Rosetta mission has secured another place in the history books: not only is it the first to rendezvous with and orbit a comet, but it is now also the first to deliver a probe to a comet's surface."
WORLDVIEW: 13 PEOPLE KILLED EVERY DAY IN UKRAINE CONFLICT, SAYS UN REPORT
A UN report released earlier this month has found almost 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since a ceasefire was ostensibly established there in early September - equating to a rate of an average of 13 deaths a day.
The report from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that despite the ceasefire coming into force on 5th September, "hostilities in the east and related human rights violations and abuses continued" and that, on average, 13 people were killed every day between 6th September and 31st October.
It takes the death toll since hostilities broke out in mid-April to at least 4,042 with a further 9,350 people injured in the conflict-affected area of eastern Ukraine.
The report - which was based on information gathered by the 35-strong UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine - found that in the territories under the control of the rebel groups known as the ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ and ‘Luhansk people’s republic’, "there continues to be a total breakdown in law and order, and a lack of any human rights protection for the population under their control".
DAVID ADAMS takes a look at the findings of the latest UN report on the situation in Ukraine... | more... |
12th November, 2014
SOAPBOX: RETHINKING THE CULTURAL STANDING OF THE COMMUNION OF CHURCHES IN INDONESIA - A NOTE TO THE 16TH ASSEMBLY
The 16th national assembly of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (Persekutuan Gereja-Gereja di Indonesis or 'PGI') - being held between 11th and 17th November in Nias (an island off the western coast of Sumatra) - is going to give more focus on some recent challenges being faced by churches in Indonesia.
These challenges – which consist of political issues, socio-economic justice issues, human rights and ecological issues – have been discussed for months in regional and national consultations which have raised awareness that churches have to keep their eyes open for some crucial problems, namely:
• the process of democratisation at national and local levels;
• the problem of identity-based radicalisation that is being faced by people in many areas;
• a need for strengthening moral values on justice and equality in education;
• actualising a justice-based economy as alternative way to combat systemic greed and inequality in economy;
• organising a co-operative network and common action to advocate ecological justice, including the issue of human rights
BERIL HULISELAN,a member of the theological commission of Indonesia Christian Church West Java Synod and a supporting member of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia's research and communications bureau, provides his thoughts on challenges for the communion's 16th national assembly... | more... |
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KENYA: ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS KILL 28 CHRISTIANS IN BUS AMBUSH
Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility on Saturday for killing 28 Christians traveling on a bus in northeast Kenya.
The bus carrying 60 passengers was on its way to Nairobi, the capital, when it was ambushed in Mandera County early Saturday, 22nd November, according to militants and witnesses.
Gunmen reportedly waved down the bus before spraying it with bullets when it did not stop. They then shot a rocket-propelled grenade at the vehicle, before commandeering the bus off the road, survivors said.
The militants were seen ordering passengers to leave the vehicle before separating the travellers into Muslims and non-Muslims.
Passengers said militants then ordered the non-Muslims to reboard the bus.
ESSAY: LILLY - MORE THAN JUST A HUMAN TRAFFICKING SURVIVOR
It’s difficult for me to simply write about Lilly as a trafficking survivor because having met her, I know that certainly isn’t what defines her.
Lilly is the mother of a cheeky little girl. She is a neighbour to the people who pop in as they are passing by. She is a volunteer, who raises awareness about trafficking and improving child health. She is a friend to many.
Yet Lilly has lived through something that few of us could imagine. For 10 years she worked under exploitative conditions, verbally and physically threatened, without receiving proper pay, and with no chance of escape.
Lilly told me that she was only 16 when she was trafficked to work in a rubber plantation on the Myanmar-China border. Like many others, she was lured there under false pretences – promised a teaching job with a good salary. And again like many others, her motivation was providing for her impoverished family – particularly since her father had just passed away.
I won’t do Lilly the injustice of trying to imagine what it would be like to go through something like this, for it’s impossible for any of us to truly understand. But what I can speak to is the value of the volunteer work that Lilly has been doing since being able to return home.
With churches all around Australia observing Abolitionist Sunday this weekend, RUTH DEARNLEY, World Vision Australia’s public advocacy manager, looks at how the life of one trafficking survivor has been renewed...| more... |
MUSIC: THIRD DAY RETURNING DOWNUNDER AHEAD OF RELEASE OF FIRST WORSHIP ALBUM FOR 10 YEARS
It’s about 20 years since Christian band Third Day released their first independent album and, looking back, founding member Mark Lee says he’s grateful “God’s dreams for us are bigger that what we have for ourselves”.
Lee says his goal back then – he was still in high school and working part-time when he founded the band with Mac Powell - was simply to be working fulltime as a musician.
“Fortunately, God had much bigger plans that that…(M)y dreams kind of ran out pretty quick and fortunately God’s vision for things went a lot further than that and it’s been a great ride,” he says.
“So if I could talk to my 20-year-old self, I would say ‘Don’t sell yourself short’ and also ‘Just trust God that He’s got a plan for everything’ because it’s just been amazing...”
Third Day - who have sold more than eight million albums and snagged an endless list of awards including four Grammy Awards and 24 GMA Dove Awards - announced they will be touring eight cities in Australia in February next year with NEEDTOBREATHE and homegrown musician Levi McGrath.
DAVID ADAMS speaks with US-based Third Day's Mark Lee about the band's upcoming tour of Australia and their soon-to-be-released worship album, Lead Us Back...| more... |
G20: CAMPAIGNERS WELCOME NEW PLEDGE TO TACKLE CORRUPTION BUT SAY ECONOMIC GROWTH MUST INCLUDE ALL
Anti-corruption campaigners have welcomed G20 leaders’ “high priority” pledge tackling secret company ownership – a move they say will make it harder for the world’s corrupt to hide.
Transparency International said in a statement issued on Sunday that the adoption of the new High Level Principles on Benefit Ownership Transparency will require company providers to keep information on the people who ultimately own and control companies and other legal entities and share it with law enforcement bodies, financial institutions and foreign governments.
Maggie Murphy, senior advocate at Transparency International – among the organisations calling for a clampdown on the misuse of secret shell companies to transfer and hide proceeds of corruption and tax evasion as well as other crimes, said secret company ownership structures “provide the smokescreen for the corrupt to hide”.
She said it was a “testament to the severity of the problem” that such as politically and economically diverse set of countries as the G20 adopted the principles but added that Transparency International still maintained the most efficient and effective way to share this crucial information is through public registers in all G20 countries.
TIME FOR THE G20 TO MAKE "CONCRETE COMMITMENTS" IN ADDRESSING INTERNATIONAL TAX DODGING - FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL
The G20 Leader's Summit kicks off in Brisbane tomorrow. JOHN BECKETT, national coordinator of Micah Challenge Australia, says the world's poor must not be forgotten in any action against international tax avoidance...| more... |
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OPEN BOOK - HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: AN OATH
These are the words of Jesus which we hear when we share the bread and wine of our communion, remembering Jesus' suffering together. Those words go back to that simple Passover meal when Jesus gave Himself in service to His disciples. He washed their feet. He, their Rabbi, was their servant. His Father was in the process of making Him their Master, their Lord, but by serving them He showed us what it means to live in God's world with authority. We now love and serve one another, just like Jesus loved us and served us.
Jesus shared the Passover meal. He arranged it and He served it. It took place in a house He had rented. No-one was left out. It was a serious time. My hunch is that young Mark was there, too, and when the bread and wine were passed around, Mark heard Jesus speak these words as he took his bit of bread and sipped his sips of wine. Jesus shared this Passover meal with His friends. He invited all to participate. As I wrote this I looked carefully at all Gospels; it seems likely that Judas also shared in this most sacred meal.
BRUCE C WEARNE continues his look at the Gospel of Mark with some verses from the Last Supper... |
LIFE'S TOUGH QUESTIONS: IS PERSONAL FAITH IN JESUS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD?
Let me ask you a quick question to help start us off.
What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? What happens to them after they die? The infant who dies as a baby or toddler (too young to ever comprehend faith or embrace Jesus Christ)? The person in a far off land who never hears the Christian message?
Most Christians would probably not say "they go straight to hell because they never invited Jesus into their heart". Most Christians would usually say something like: "We are not 100 per cent sure, because the Bible shows us the sure way of salvation (faith in Jesus Christ) but it does not go into detail about what happens to others who don’t ever get a chance to respond to Jesus personally. We know that God is a just and loving God of mercy and grace. He probably has some other option that we are not privy to the details of. For example, with a baby, if one of the parents is a believer, then maybe the faith of that parent is enough to cover the infant till they are at an age where they can decide for themselves or not'.
Would that be a reasonable answer to the original question?
In the first of a five part article, JIM REIHER gives his view on the questionofwhether a personal faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to God... |
SIGHT-SEEING: EXTREMISM - A BATTLE OF WORLDVIEWS
Undermining faith groups won't help us fight extremism. On Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron addressed Australia’s Federal Parliament en route to the G20 summit in Brisbane. His speech predictably affirmed the bonds of common history and values which link these two prosperous and liberally democratic nations.
“Coming here is like visiting family,” said Mr Cameron. “We have enormous affection for each other. It is hard to think of another country to which the British people feel so instinctively close.”
As a proud Australian who also holds British citizenship and lives in the UK, I would agree with that sentiment.
The UK Prime Minister also highlighted the fact that in contemporary terms Britain and Australia are bound by the fight against a common enemy in international terrorism.
He spoke of the “extremist narrative” which is giving rise to new dangers, pointing out that while respecting mainstream Islam, governments need to challenge this radical narrative.
Writing from London, MAL FLETCHER says politicians like UK Prime Minister David Cameron need to remember that the most powerful weapon in tackling extremism is to replace it with a "more positive and convincing narrative", not undermining religious groups...|
LIFESTORY: WHEN THE BULLETS STOPPED BOUNCING...
At first glance, Suzanne Spence doesn’t look like she was a police officer. With a slight build and only 164 cm tall, she certainly doesn’t fit the image of a policewoman.
“I joined the New South Wales (Australia) police force when I was 19 after they lowered the height restrictions and loved it,” Suzanne says. “It was what I had always wanted to do and although I wasn’t big and tough, I was determined to prove myself. I was probably a bit naïve, but I had a real passion to do the best job I could,” she said.
Because she didn’t look like a typical policewoman, Suzanne decided to try undercover work after she finished her three years on the beat. “I liked the work initially, but then found it hard to distinguish between my undercover work and who I was as an individual,” she says.
Reluctantly resigning from the police after a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Suzanne Spence thought her working life was over. But, as she tells MARTIN JOHNSON, after a remarkable series of coincidences she now helps train International Justice Mission staff in investigative skills as they seek to fight slavery and oppression in developing countries...|
POSTCARDS: BAPTIST PASTOR IN ARGENTINA NARROWING ESCAPES ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
A local church reaches out to victims of substance abuse, opens a shelter for battered women and works to rescue minors from prostitution and sex trafficking.
In most places in the Americas, such compassionate community service wins admiration and respect, sometimes even an award from the mayor’s office. In Rio Tercero, Argentina, this kind of activity just might get you killed.
On the evening of 21st October, an unidentified gunman pumped multiple rounds from a 9mm handgun into the passing car of Rev Marcelo Nieva in an apparent attempt to assassinate the 35-year-old pastor of Pueblo Grande Baptist Church.
Providentially, neither Pastor Nieva nor his passenger, church member Daniel Carreño, suffered injuries in the attack.
In their report to Federal Police the following day, Pastor Nieva and his attorney, Alejandro Zeverin Escribano, accused “paid hit men with ties to drug traffickers who have infiltrated the Cordoba police, and who seek vengeance for our pastoral action” of carrying out the assassination attempt.
Morning Star News reports on how one Baptist pastor in Argentina is standing strong for the Gospel despite what appears to be an attempt to take his life... |
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IN HIS HANDS...
16th October, 2014 This is the story of a very ordinary person with no claims to any special attributes or exceptional virtues but who is bursting inside to tell what the Lord has done for her.
I am recounting this with a heart full of deep gratitude. I am humbled by the fact that a spiritual being, maybe a guardian angel or the hands of the almighty God, saved me from serious harm on two occasions. I have remained silent for too long and it would dishonour and diminish the work of our Lord if I did not tell the story.
I was 12-years-old, living in Caracas in Venezuela, when I joined the girl scouts, and remember vividly my first excursion. Armed with all the required scout “gear” - including a medium size machete - we set out to conquer Mount Avila, a 2,740 metre high mountain. In 1977, when this excursion took place there were no such things as mobile phones or GPS equipment.
TANIA NEALE tells of two occasions in which she credits God with saving her life... |
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Launched several months ago, Godinterest is, as the name suggests, a Christian take on the popular social networking site Pinterest. Like the original, Godinterest - a "visual discovery tool" - is based around picture boards and allows users who sign up to pin up images they like for others to see. The site was developed by Londoner - and Christian - Dean Jones and, according to a press release issued at the time of its launch, is aimed at those who love the idea of Pinterest but are looking for place that provides a "safe, family friendly Christian alternative" as they share images of everything from food to devotional posters to pets.
DAVID ADAMS looks at a Christian take on Pinterest... |
A HELPFUL MANUAL ON HOW THEOLOGY CAN INFORM YOUR ACTION PLAN
In my church tribe, the Baptist Union of Victoria, we are planning research into congregational transformation, multicultural ministry and missional leadership development. These are identified pressing needs. There is literature we can draw on and case studies we can investigate.
Qualitative research methods promise to help us go deep in our analysis. But we are eager to work with (rather than just for) our churches and stakeholders, learn from other denominations and organisations, include postgraduate research students and emerging scholars, and ensure our research leads to real and lasting change rather than just a report and maybe a publication. Talking about God in Practice and its Theological Action Research (TAR) offers a process and model that are ready to adapt for the practitioners and budding researchers among us.
DARREN CRONSHAW reviewsTalking about God in Practice: Theological Action Research and Practical Theology... |
BEYOND SIGHT AN INSPIRING STORY OF FAITH PUT TO THE TEST
Don’t be too quick to simply dismiss this as just another surfing film.
As the title suggests, the film tells the story of blind Brazilian surfer Derek Rabelo and his determination to surf one of the world’s most dangerous surfing breaks, that of Pipeline in the Hawaiian Islands.
Directed by Bryan Jennings of Walk on Water fame - who met Derek while promoting his film Walking on Water, Beyond Sight retraces the history of Derek’s birth and early years as, undaunted by his blindness, he drew upon the expertise of friends as he learned to surf and took on bigger and bigger waves before, accompanied by a support team from his home, he eventually surfed Pipeline.
Despite realizing his dream, Derek, who was named after Pipeline surfing legend Derek Ho, hadn’t been able to surf through a barrel at the surfing break and so vowed to return the following year to do so.
On screens in Australia this weekend, DAVID ADAMS looks at Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story... |
HILLSONG DELIVER - AGAIN
Peaking at number two on the ARIA chart following its release back in June, this album continues the long list of high quality and celebrated releases that we’ve come to expect from Hillsong Church. Recorded live, it has a huge sweeping ‘stadium’ sound offering plenty of depth, while still leaving enough space for the listener to breathe. The instrumental arrangements are beautiful - there are moments you feel like you are swimming in pools of silk! No Other Name brings the listener on a seamless worship journey. Beginning with ‘This I Believe (The Creed)’, the listener brought into a space of meditative reverence and awe. Joel Houston and Jonas Myrin provide a wonderful highlight with the nine minute epic ‘Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)’, which is followed by title track ‘No Other Name’.
ROBBIE TOWNSEND reviews Hillsong's No Other Name...|
20th November, 2014
THE TCM UPDATE: THIRD DAY RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA NEXT FEBRUARY...
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DAILY INSPIRATION, AND DIGGING DEEPER INTO THE BIBLE... DVO (short for 'devo' or devotional) is a Christian daily devotional that provides you with inspiring wallpapers for your device each day. Not only do you receive inspirational wallpapers to share by social media, but they each come with verses and a devotional to reflect on. The devotionals are provided by PKTFUEL which was founded by the husband-and-wife pastor team of the Hope Unlimited Church in Australia.
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TRENDSPOTTER: SPEAKING THE 'LANGUAGE' OF EMOJI
Originating from Japan, emoji are "picture characters" used in messaging systems, the use of which has spread to the four corners of the globe. Emerging in the late Nineties, there are hundreds of different emoji ('e', meaning picture in Japanese and 'moji', meaning character) - from cartoon-like faces sporting a variety of expressions to hand signals, popular foods, buildings and more obscure ones like money with wings. The emoji can represent either emotions or activities and interpretation of their meaning isn't always as simple as it may at first appear: as explained in a recent article in New York Magazine an emoji showing a man in a business suite levitating can convey the emotion of 'jumping for joy' or 'mystery'. In other words, context counts.
DAVID ADAMS looks at the rise - and rise - of our use of emoji...|
SIGHT HELPDESK: HOW THE RIGHT PAPER CAN MAKE YOUR IMAGES POP
Inkjet printers are great for printing homework and 6 x 4 glossy photos, but you are limiting them if that's all you print.
In fact, while researching for this article I discovered quite a lot of papers that can be printed on. Papers that aren't paper in the familiar sense, but are made of cotton instead of wood pulp. Known as rag, the paper is often used for archival purposes due to its longevity.
Printing on fine art rag paper can make your images stand out from the glossy paper you'd normal print on. With no reflection on the matte papers, you can see every detail as it's meant to be seen. And with little absorbency compared to photocopy paper, your photo won't have the crinkled look that's usually the case with that paper.
When using these kinds of papers though, it's a good idea to be aware of the weight because domestic inkjet printers can be limited to 300gsm which means 300 grams per square metre. In comparison, photocopy paper is generally 80gsm. Basically, the heavier the paper, the thicker it is. And the thicker the paper, the more difficulty it may have getting through your inkjet's rollers.
Looking to get the most out of your printer? ALAN TAYLOR takes some different papers for a test run...|
KNOW IT ALL: G20
The G20 Leader's Summit in Brisbane is less than a month away. So before we get all carried away with the hype, we're taking a quick look at what the G20 is all about...
• The G20 started in 1999 with a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in the wake of the Asian financial crisis.
• The first Leader's Summit was held in 2008 and the leaders have met eight times since, annually since 2011.
• The United States is the only country to have hosted the Leader's Summit twice - in Washington, DC, in 2008, and in Pittsburgh in September, 2009.
DAVID ADAMS provides a quick primer on the G20...|
SEE YOU THERE! SIGHT'S NEW TRAVEL DEALS COLUMN...
Sight is unveiling a new travel deals column for our Australian readers. Every week, we'll try and bring you a new deal that might be of interest.
This week - spend Christmas in Salzburg, Austria, with a side excursion to a memorial service at the Silent Night Chapel on Christmas Eve.
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This wordcloud represents the words contained in a oft-quoted passage from the Bible (with the more frequently used words shown in larger type). The challenge for you is to identify the passage - which book and chapter does it come from? Follow the link to see the answer... | more... |
THE WEEKLY SNAPSHOT
7th November, 2014
The heavens declare the glory of the Lord! by TONY KERRIGAN
Sunset taken over Curlewis from Drysdale on the Bellarine
Peninsula, Victoria, Australia.
In Sight's Weekly Snapshot, we'll endeavour to publish an image from somewhere around the globe every week. To see this image in a larger scale and for details of how you can submit images, follow the link...|
THE BIG PICTURE: LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
It’s hard to get too worked up about the fate of an ISIS soldier. He’s a bloodthirsty killer and a fanatic with whom you can’t reason. Most of the world has quietly agreed it’s best to hunt him down and have him killed efficiently. And just how cruel and dangerous ISIS is can be seen by the willingness of the Western media to endorse this plan. Beheadings, eye gouging, crucifixions, the mass slaughter of people because of their ethnicity or religious belief – all these are part of the sweat and grime of war for ISIS. Then, when a town falls and there’s a lull in the fighting it’s time for raping and maiming to make clear to the beaten and conquered all that Allah requires. And women are to be treated with special severity. Passed around as war trophies amongst the ISIS soldiers for amusement or sold in the marketplace for $US10 dollars, their fate is grim.
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THEY SAID IT
"Because I have not had to go to the Great Barrier Reef and I want to come back, and I want my daughters to be able to come back, and I want them to be able to bring their daughters or sons to visit. And I want that there 50 years from now."
- US President Barack Obama in a speech made at the University of Queensland on 15th November, 2014 (as quoted on Whitehouse website)
"My office did send a briefing to the White House after President Obama's speech about our commitment and capacity to preserve the Great Barrier Reef. I thought it important that he actually had the facts and the details of what we're doing to support the preservation and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef, and we are committed to it."
- Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, speaking to the ABC on 21st November, 2014. Ms Bishop said she had briefed US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell a couple of days before President Obama's speech and had "outlined to the US secretary of the interior in considerable detail Australia's commitment and capacity to preserve the Great Barrier Reef". (as quoted by the ABC)
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THIS WEEK ON THE WEB
13th November, 2014
The sea of poppies around the Tower of London representing British and Commonwealth military fatalities of World War I has been a poignant reminder of the great cost of war. But Quakers in the UK have taken the concept a step further and created a map showing the area needed if every death as a result of the war - military and civllians alike - was included. You can see the map here and find out more about the project here...
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DOING THE DIFFICULT...
20th November, 2014
As computers developed, programmers looked for something difficult for them to do to prove their sophistication compared to humans.
Surely chess was one of the most complex things humans did. If a computer could beat a chess master - that would prove their superiority.
Soon computers were defeating grand masters. But a funny thing happened along the way. Programmers tried to get computers to do simple things like walk, or catch a ball; things we do automatically; and they struggled.
Musings is a regularly updated, column featuring short snippets reflecting on daily life from a Christian perspective...|
THE WORLD'S BIGGEST SAND-CASTLE?; A SIZEABLE GINGER-BREAD VILLAGE; AND, SUPER-HEROES RETURN TO THE 16TH CENTURY...
It's a spectacular sandcastle to be sure. But is it the world's tallest? American professional sandcastle artist (yep, there is such a job) Rusty Croft built a towering city-like 'castle' on the sands of Niteroi, Brazil, not far from Rio de Janeiro, earlier this month, using 20 truckloads of sand and taking a week to do so.
ADAMS writes about the odder side of life...|
THE MYSTERIES OF KHIRBET EL-MAQATIR
A tiny excavation that started with a handful of people in 1995 has become one of the largest excavations in Israel and may help Bible scholars determine not one but two Biblical locations. The site known as Khirbet el-Maqatir is located about nine miles (14 kilometres) north of Jerusalem.
Bryant Wood, of Associates for Biblical Research, began the excavation to search for evidence to support his belief that Maqatir, and not the nearby site of et-Tell, was the location of Ai, the city conquered by Joshua after the destruction of Jericho.
In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, GORDON GOVIER writes about findings on one of the largest excavation sites in Israel...|
AN END...AND A NEW BEGINNING...
What's on my mind?... Thanks for asking, Facebook.
Time to say goodbye to Just Been Thinking after many years, stops and starts. Thank you for your attention over the years, readers. Thank you for your endless commitment, encouragement and patience, David Adams- editor extraordinaire.
And now...I migrate back across to sightmagazine.com.au to begin a Coach Column, sharing insights in the area of human behaviour and life design.
The final instalment in ANN
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THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS IN JERUSALEM FOR FEAST OF TABER-NACLES... Despite the recent tensions in Syria, over 5,000 Christian pilgrims from nearly 100 nations will descend on Jerusalem for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles.
The festival began last Friday evening in Ein Gedi at the Oasis Hotel and continues to Jerusalem's International Convention Center for the remainder of the week of Sukkot. The weeklong celebration is expected to generate $US16 million in revenues, and is the largest annual tourist event to Israel.