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Parapertussis Outbreak in Minnesota

Posted on September 22, 2015
If you’ve noticed a rise in whooping cough in your area, then it might not be the classic case of pertussis. Over the past decade or so, healthcare professionals have noticed that many cases of ‘whooping cough’ are actually caused by B. parapertussis rather than it’s genetic ‘cousin’ B. pertussis. The former presents with symptoms almost identical to pertussis, but a bit milder. Here’s a link to this morning’s article about a current outbreak in Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry →

Don’t Let the Little Foxes Spoil Your Day

Posted on September 02, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, Derek and I mentioned the ‘little foxes’ that sometimes are sent by the enemy to distract and discourage Christians. This phrase comes from the Song of Solomon 2:15, which says:

“…catch the foxes for us;
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.”

The word translated as ‘foxes’ actually refers to a burrowing animal, possibly a jackal that ruins the vines by digging into the roots. The Song of Solomon (sometimes called the ‘Song of Songs’) is a picture of the relationship between Christ and His Bride, and it shows how much He loves us and longs to be with us. In this chapter, the Bride is speaking, and she asks her beloved (Christ) to ‘catch the foxes for us’. But how often do we–as members of the Bride of Christ–actually ask Him for help with the ‘little foxes’? Read the rest of this entry →

Leaning on the everlasting arms….

Posted on April 15, 2015

It’s been way too long since my last entry. For those who may not be aware of it, Derek and I moved to southwest Missouri in late February, and we’ve spent the better part of the time since then integrating into our new day jobs as part of SkyWatch TV. Derek is the general manager and co-host for the flagship program, SkyWatch TV, but he also serves up daily news updates with insights into geopolitical aspects of Bible prophecy. We are currently living in a cute bungalow owned by the station’s owner, Tom Horn, but we hope to close on our final home (or so we believe, but the Lord has surprised us before…) within a few days. It’s been a crazy and sometimes exhausting ride over the past few months, but the Lord’s in it, and that’s what matters, so we lean and learn.

Leaning upon the Lord’s mighty shoulders is something I find myself doing a lot this week. Moving to a new job also meant switching health insurance companies, and that has impacted my life dramatically. Our new company is loathe to pay for Lyrica unless my doctor complies with a series of ‘step-up’ therapies that are cheap and often less effective. I’ve been taking Lyrica for fibromyalgia for about 6 years, so stopping ‘cold turkey’ is a challenge. If you also suffer from fibro or neuropathy, then you may also be taking Lyrica. I’ve decided to write about my withdrawal experience for anyone who might also  need to discontinue the med. Read the rest of this entry →

WorldNetDaily Says “Nothing off limits for new Christian prophecy show”

Posted on January 31, 2015
Here’s a link to the very nice World Net Daily article all about the SkyWatch TV network. Derek’s name is misspelled, but oh well! At least we’re in there!

Read the article via Nothing off limits for new Christian prophecy show.

Minority Report Rising: Microsoft Acquires Open-Source Software Firm Revolution Analytics

Posted on January 24, 2015


By Sharon K. Gilbert

Running beneath the cutting edge, brand spanking new sections of the ever-growing and possibly proto-sentient Internet lies a language that few outside the coding world know–it’s called ‘R’, and it is owned by Revolution Analytics. Microsoft has been a major user of this ‘predictive programming’ language, and the company has signaled its future direction by purchasing Revolution Analytics for an undisclosed amount.

“R [is] the world’s most widely used programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics,” asserted Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of machine learning at Microsoft in a blog post announcing the acquisition. “We are making this acquisition to help more companies use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics.”

Future Crime may soon become just one of the many applications for the R language, as pictured in the Tom Cruise film ‘Minority Report’ (poster shown at left). If you’ve not seen–or if you’ve forgotten the major plot of the film, then you should get a copy, rent it, borrow it, or stream it stat. Much of the ‘advanced’ technology demonstrated in this film have already become true, and more are emerging as I type this article. Predictive programming and future analytics have been sold to consumers as innocent software programs that figures out whether or not I want to buy a new widget today, but it is and can be so much more. Watch the film–and then imagine that fiction becomes fact. Because it is.

Read the entire report about the acquisition via Microsoft Acquires Open-Source Software Firm Revolution Analytics 01/26/2015.

The Future of Medicine: Deciphering a Major Clue in the SOTU

Posted on January 21, 2015
Wikimedia Commons illustration of 'tissue on a chip' concept.

Wikimedia Commons illustration of ’tissue on a chip’ concept.

Last night’s ‘State of the Union’ speech contained loads of platitudes, congratulatory back-pats, and perhaps a few misleading statements (jobs numbers, for one—and the implication that Americans are better off now for another), but that’s not what I intend to write about this morning. Instead, I’d like to take a long at a little bomb our President dropped that may indicate the direction healthcare is heading in the near future.

Here’s the quote:

21st century businesses will rely on American science, technology, research and development. I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time. In some patients with cystic fibrosis, this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable. Tonight, I’m launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes — and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.

The President loves doing as much as he can to circumvent Congress, so he’s signed memoranda, letters, and executive orders on an almost daily basis. Now, the ‘Precision Medicine Initiative’ has not yet been signed (or at least, it is not showing up as such on the Internet—the only references are to last night’s speech), but if it is signed, then we can probably see how it might be structured by looking at the current budget requests from the National Institutes of Health. Read the rest of this entry →

Project Blue Book Collection Now Available for Free!

Posted on January 14, 2015

Project Blue Book staff in 1963 – Wikimedia Commons

Love looking at old UFO photographs? Well, it’s your lucky day! The Black Vault, an incredible resource for examining declassified government documents, is now offering free access to loads of old Project Blue Book images from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Head on over and begin searching now!

Project Blue Book Collection – Powered by The Black Vault.

Scientists try to find the Holy Spirit with an MRI machine

Posted on January 10, 2015
Does the human brain ‘light up’ in response to religious experience? Scientists at the University of Utah are using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in their quest to pinpoint God.

According to a report at Sci-Tech Today, Jeff Anderson and Julie Korenberg are hot on the trail of the elusive map of the soul.

“It amazes me how one of the most profound influences on human behavior is virtually completely unstudied,” Anderson said. “We think about how much this drives people’s behavior, and yet we don’t know the first thing about where in the brain that’s even registered.”

By asking participants to pray for 5-6 minutes, the researchers hope to find specific areas of the brain that respond to a ‘religious’ experience. It is said that Solomon was the wisest human to ever live, yet he realized that mankind will never discern the limits of God:

When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night), and I saw every work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and though the wise man should say, “I know,” he cannot discover. – Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

Searching for evidence of God within the biological form of mankind is futile. God’s connection to His children is without measure. We are not bodies with souls that may be searched out, but souls that currently inhabit bodies. One day, this corruptible will take on a brand new form that will never wear out, age, or fail.


CNN intern releases video that Ted Turner ‘wanted to be run during apocalypse’

Posted on January 06, 2015
Synchronicity is at work here–as usual. Carl Jung taught that the world reveals its underlying connectedness across time/space through curious ‘coincidences’ he called synchronicity. Yesterday, I wrote a post about how we are standing at the mirrorpoint in time. Now, I find that on the same date (1/5/15), the Daily Mirror posted this article about the music clip Ted Turner wants played ‘at the end of the world’ (Nearer My God to Thee).

We are moving quickly into a changed world, and the Lord is about to move. Are you ready?

Read all about Turner’s music clip via CNN intern releases video that Ted Turner ‘wanted to be run during apocalypse’ | Daily Mail Online.

Printing Humans: Controversial DNA startup wants to let customers create creatures

Posted on January 06, 2015
This is where genetics and scientific hubris is leading us: toward a horrifying future where anyone can print a creature based on unique DNA. Startup digital DNA company, Cambrian, will digitize your dream and ‘print’ the DNA you requested so that anyone with the funds can edit existing DNA or produce a ‘creature’ from scratch. At least that’s the marketing gimmick.

Is this really possible? Truthfully, geneticists are on the verge of getting there. The new CRISPR system of gene editing provides a robust means to insert new genetic information with relative precision (I say relative, because many researchers fear that ‘mistakes’ will likely occur from time to time, which means the new ‘gene/s’ may insert into the wrong position, possibly destroying a functional gene). Digital DNA design is certainly possible, and it’s become an industry standard. However, 3-D printers provide a new frontier that have the potential to lead to hu-bot creations that echo scifi thriller plots.

Honestly, the future is terrifying, because mankind really does have the potential to achieve almost anything. What is it that God said in Genesis?

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Gen. 11:6) [emphasis added]

Mankind’s foolishness mixed with a God-given uniqueness that makes us mini-creators is dangerous. God intervened at the tower of Babel, and I pray He intervenes before science achieves Molecular Babylon. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Read about the new startup via Controversial DNA startup wants to let customers create creatures – SFGate.

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