Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Christianity Is 'Close To Extinction' In The Middle East

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Christianity 'Close To Extinction' In Middle East -- The Telegraph

Christianity faces being wiped improbable of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East since of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a modern inform.

The study warns to facilitate Christians suffer greater hostility across the globe than several other religious bracket together. And it claims politicians own been “blind” to the amount of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The for the most part public menace to Christians abroad is rebellious Islam, it says, claiming to facilitate oppression in Muslim countries is often without being seen since of a be anxious to facilitate review will be seen as “racism”.

 It warns to facilitate converts from Islam mug being killed in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Iran and lay bare critical permissible penalties in other countries across the Middle East. The inform, by the think tank Civitas, says: “It is in general traditional to facilitate many faith-based groups mug discrimination or persecution to a quantity of degree.

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My Comment: I have remarked on more than one occasion that this is one of the most under-reported stories of the past few years.

Russia's GPS Network Is Put On Hold

RIA Novosti / Oleg Urusov

Russian Military's Support Of GLONASS On Ice After Corruption Scandal, Technical Failures - Report -- RT

The Russian Defense Ministry has so they say refused to adopt GLONASS, the country’s rival to GPS, due to its technical shortcomings. One of the system’s 24 satellites has malfunctioned, and more to the point, GLONASS is still in its taxing part. ­

The malfunctioning satellite will not be operational several stage soon as it has already exhausted its power in the same way as 96 months in service, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports. And due to a difference in orbit inclination, rejection existing reserve satellite can alternate it. 

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My Comment: After a decade of war the U.S. has clearly shown the value of GPS systems for precision bomb strikes. Not having this essential network is a significant loss for the Russian military.  
Update: A link to how China and other countries are trying to develop their own GPS system.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Is Beer Food?

Beer Now Considered Alcohol, Not Food, In Russia As New Restrictions Take Hold -- NBC 

It will be tougher representing Russians to cry in their beer in 2013. Restrictions on what time and wherever beer can be sold make for into effect Jan. 1 with a law to facilitate declared beer is alcohol, not food. Under the modern rules, beer can single be sold in certified outlets — not street kiosks, swap gossip stations and means of transportation depots like it has been. Russians won't be able to pay money for it from shops amid 11 p.M. And 8 a.M., and beer commercials are a issue of the precedent. The limits are part of a government effort to reduce alcohol abuse in Russian, wherever solitary in five male deaths are linked to booze, according to globe physical condition experts. Not one and all is toasting the revolution, however.

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My Comment: My dad (who is Russian and when he was alive loved beer) always treated beer as food.

The Secret Of Scotland's Islay Malt Whiskeys

The Secret Of Scotland's Islay Malt Whiskeys -- CBS  

(CBS News) We all know ruin whisky comes from Scotland. But to actual ruin drinkers, truly WHERE in Scotland makes all the difference. Willem Marx takes us on a tasting tour: At the farthest rim of Scotland's wild Atlantic coastline deception a small island with a large reputation. The Isle of Islay is called the "Queen of the Hebrides" representing its natural beauty, and can seem sooner a peaceful little corner. But the peaceful harbors, florid meadows and ancient villages at the moment perform host to an increasingly comprehensive industry. While Jamaica is liked representing its rums, and Madeira branded representing its sherries, this island is loved and famous representing its unique-tasting ruin whiskys, branded as Islay malts. Islay has truly larger than 3,000 year-round residents, but in their middle nine whisky distilleries are thriving.

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My Comment: Makes me want to move to Scotland

Saturday, February 22, 2014

2,750-Year-Old Temple Found Near Jerusalem

An employee of the Israeli Antiquities Authority displays figurines at Tel Motza archaeological site on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Baz Ratner / Reuters 

Israelis Find 2,750-Year-Old Temple -- NBC 
Archaeologists own uncovered a 2,750-year-old temple go up to Jerusalem, along with pottery and terracotta figurines to facilitate conjure up the locate was the interior vile representing a ritual cult, the Israeli Antiquities Authority held Wednesday. The discovery was made at some point in excavations next to the Tel Motza archaeological locate, around 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Jerusalem, at some point in preparations representing handiwork on a modern section of Israeli's Highway 1, the agency held in a statement.

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My Comment: More evidence that Jerusalem is built on a history that spans many millennium