Dear Sir or Madam: Paul McCartney memoir due out in November

first_img Pinterest Dear Sir or Madam: Paul McCartney memoir due out in November Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articlePartners Life Selects the FINEOS Platform for ClaimsNext articleSaint-Gobain Life Sciences présente des sacs pour la culture cellulaire très efficaces pour l’expansion des cellules T Digital AIM Web Support Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney is finally ready to write his memoirs, and will use music — and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet — to help guide him. “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present” will be released Nov. 2, according to a joint announcement Wednesday from the British publisher Allen Lane and from Liveright in the United States. McCartney, 78, will trace his life through 154 songs, from his teens and early partnership with fellow Beatle John Lennon to his solo work over the past half century. Irish poet Paul Muldoon is editing and will contribute an introduction. “More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right,” McCartney said in a statement. “The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.” Financial terms for “The Lyrics,” which has a list price of $100, were not disclosed. Publishers have long sought a McCartney memoir, even though he has spoken often about the past and has participated in such projects as Barry Miles’ biography “Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now,” and the 1990s documentary and book “The Beatles Anthology.” The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has been equally open about himself, but his 2010 memoir “Life” still sold millions of copies. No Beatle has written a standard, full-fledged account of his life. Lennon published two works of stories, poems and drawings and was considered the most gifted with words, but he was murdered in 1980, at age 40. Ringo Starr’s “Another Day In the Life” is centered on photographs and quotes, because, the drummer has said, a traditional memoir would require multiple volumes. George Harrison, who died of cancer in 2001, issued the scrapbook/retrospective “I, Me, Mine” in 1980. According to McCartney’s publishers, his songs will be arranged alphabetically, and will include McCartney’s comments on when and where they were written and what inspired them. The U.S. edition of the book will be broken into two volumes, contained within a single box. “Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive — drafts, letters, photographs — never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time,” according to Wednesday’s announcement. McCartney has often received more acclaim for his melodies than for his lyrics, but he has written some of the most quoted songs in recent history, including “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude” and “Eleanor Rigby.” Muldoon said in a statement that their conversations in recent years “confirm a notion at which we had but guessed — that Paul McCartney is a major literary figure who draws upon, and extends, the long tradition of poetry in English.” Muldoon is known for such poetry collections as “Moy Sand and Gravel” and “Horse Latitudes,” and also has a background in music. He has given spoken-word performances backed by the musical collective Rogue Oliphant; published a book of rock lyrics, “The Word on the Street”; and collaborated on the title track of Warren Zevon’s “My Ride’s Here.” He even mentioned McCartney in a poem, “Sideman”: “I’ll be McCartney to your Lennon/ Lenin to your Marx/ Jerry to your Ben &/ Lewis to your Clark” ——— TAGS  Local NewsUS Newslast_img read more

Pretty Lights Washes Away 2016 With Stellar New Year’s Eve Celebration

first_imgDerek Vincent Smith, otherwise known as Pretty Lights illuminated New Orleans in an epic, highly anticipated two-day New Year’s Eve event. Held at the Mardi Gras World Ballroom, Smith was joined by live band mates Chris Karns (turntablist), Borahm Lee (keyboardist), Alvin Ford Jr. (drums), and famed lighting designer Greg Ellis (TheLazerShark). The event also featured acts such as Curren$y & The Soul Rebels, Manic Focus, Emancipator, Maddy O’Neal, and an exclusive Chris Karns set.Pretty Lights has one of the largest followings in the electronic music scene. Fans, who refer to themselves as “The Pretty Lights Family,” or “PLF”, have traveled far and wide to attend Smith’s episodic tour that took place in the late summer and early fall of 2016. The intense passion shared amongst PLF drives fans to great lengths in order to witness the spectacle that is the Pretty Lights Live experience. New Year’s Eve was no exception to this as fans from across the country gathered in NOLA for the event, filling the Mardi Gras Ballroom to the brim. Fans were undoubtedly anticipating a spectacular production, but were awed as their expectations were surpassed by a milestone.The event offered two ticket options, general admission and VIP, referred to as the “PLF” pass. The venue was enough to amaze concert goers, however those with PLF passes were given an experience like no other. PLF passes included access to the so called “Pretty Lights Mansion,” that featured an open bar and exclusive sets. The Mansion was beautifully styled and fit to the New Orleans aesthetic. Upon entering, crowd goers were presented with mirror-decked hallways and white-washed pillars. These vintage style hallways led to an outside area shrouded by a dome cover, designed to mimic the deepest and clearest starry night sky. The heavenly aesthetic of the dome included bubbling ponds with lily pads, trees laced with Spanish moss, cobble stone pathways, and old-style shacks for fans to rest and have a drink. With outgoing staff members, merchandise pick up, and exclusive sets, those with access to the Mansion were given the royal treatment. Although the Mansion was a spectacular addition to the event, everyone in attendance was graced with an unprecedented production entirely unique to the Pretty Lights Live Experience.Ellis, “TheLazerShark”, famous for his unique lighting design and ephemeral touch to stage production, graced The Ballroom with a five-dimensional visual experience. With the integration of advanced physics, the Pretty Lights Team exceeded traditional 3-D visuals through the use of holograms, sublime strobe lights, and crystal induced diffraction, the stage production transcended beyond audio-visual comprehension. PL live events are notoriously equipped with Ellis’s “Lazer Cage”, a series of horizontal laser beams that create a glowing illusion of a cage around the stage. Production took the famed laser cage to new heights with a feature that has yet to be used in any PL event, a waterfall that flowed gracefully in front of the stage. This waterfall expanded to nearly 6 stories and bubbled down in an ephemeral mist adding a multi-dimensional visual experience.The allure of the Pretty Lights live experience is marked by its mystery and the tracks that will be played. Fans debate over upcoming setlists, and requests are posted online in hopes of receiving the gift of a rare song. Many music artists have a rolodex of tracks that get recycled throughout various shows, however Smith has a completely different method. As he insists he is not a DJ, Smith puts his skills to test with the help of his bandmates. With each set being so different, fans rejoice with each song that is played for it is is rare and its renditions can only be heard in a live setting.Night one was fit to tease the crowd, including both tracks that are trademark to a PL set and those that are rarely heard as well. As many tracks surfaced and teased fans, the production induced such visual stimulation to take center stage. PL played many of his trademark tracks such as “Out of Time” and “Done Wrong”, while also teasing rare tracks throughout.New Year’s Eve was charged with the yearn to leave 2016 behind and enter the new year. A new energy was amongst the crowd and the basis of family was evident. As the ballroom was decked with glitter and fluorescent sequins, the crowd came together to fill the air with love. The end of 2016 reared its head as Smith filled the room with energy. Throughout rarely played tracks such as “Country Roads”, and “After Midnight”, Smith took to the mic to proclaim “We are in 2016 about to move into 2017, we are trying to charge you up, charge ourselves up, we are trying to get by.” This proclamation along with the ephemeral rain wall charged the room with a unique energy, this energy was pulsating with static love. On the cusp of midnight, Smith paused a heavy jam of “I Can See It in Your Face” to begin the final countdown into 2017. While the crowd anxiously belted the countdown, the seconds leading into 2017 were gloriously relieving. As the clock struck midnight, balloons fluttered from the sealing while misty cannons blared in rejoice. The Pretty Lights Family shared love to everyone, exchanging hugs and kisses to all those around. PL rang in the new year with a jam of “Future Gospel” led by Lee’s progressive synthesis as the rain wall washed away the negativity of 2016. The set came to a close as “Finally Moving” came on, a PL staple laced with soulful violin. Smith took moments to allow the crowd to belt the famous lyrics and as rain poured down the room was filled with bliss. The set ended with a bolting rendition of “I Know the Truth” and the crowd was wild with excitement.Moments of question passed, and as the crowd grew doubtful, Smith and his bandmates took back the stage for a high energy encore. Tracks such as “My Only Hope” were laid down in addition to rare renditions of Nirvana, “Anytime (Love You Left Behind)”, “Cream State of Mind”, and finally “Yellow Bird.” Ending his finale with “Yellow Bird” set the tone for the rest of the evening; fans were filled with the glowing warmth of love as hugs were exchanged in the midst of delightful sways.As the night came to a close, the crowd exited the venue and into a heavy monsoon. The Mississippi river was boiling as a deep fog began to surface. Crowd goers danced in the rain, while some ran for cover. Regardless of action, Pretty Lights continued to wash away troubles as the sky released its own waterfall.Pretty Lights 12/30/16: New Episodic Jam 1, Out of Time, Easy Way Out, transitioned into Gotta Stay Fly (Jim Jones), Laser Rain Put Me Up, Where I’m Trying to Go, A Million Tomorrows, Hot Like Dimes, Drift Away, Freestlye, Make You Feel, There is a Light, Fly Like an Eagle, More Important Than Michael Jordan (MITMJ), Only Yesterday, We Must Go On, If I Could Feel Again, More Important Than Michael Jordan (tease), Done WrongPretty Lights 12/31/16: One Day They’ll Know (Odesza Remix), Country Roads, Time (Remix), Prelude 3 into Freestyle, Total Fascination, Hot Like Sauce (Rustified Remix), I Can See It in Your Face, Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1., Prelude 4 into Wayfaring Strangers, Ladies of the Canyon Sample, Solar Sailor into I Got 5 On it, After Midnight, Low Orbit, Wisdom of Antiquity, Brain Reaction (Teaser), Color of My Soul (Paul Basic Remix), Solamente, Freestyle into Maybe Tomorrow, King of Rock, Rush Jam, Future Gospel, Understand Me Now, Looking for Love (but not so sure), Prophet & Culprate, Hip Hop Hooray (SuperVision), Finally Moving (Slow), I know the truth (Closer)[Photos by Djivan Schapira] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Coming soon – PSAT testing is coming soon

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016Thursday- SaturdaySee sports schedule below.Today’s lunch — Chicken Patty/Spicy Chicken Patty, Hamburger Steak, Salad.Tomorrow’s lunch — Hot Dog, BBQ Pork on Bun, Salad.Today’s News: *Students who came to the Clay Target meeting and want to be on the team must have their registration money paid by the end of the day on Friday and must be registered online by then as well. See Mrs. Chase with questions. If you have not paid but registered , you will be removed from the team, unless arrangements are made.*Varsity Tennis is dismissed at 10:45 today- JV Tennis at 1:45 and Volleyball at 2:20.*The football bus will leave at 4 p.m. tomorrow.*Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet tomorrow at 7 a.m. in Coach Ginter’s room (207). Come check it out and enjoy donuts and juice. Also, if you are interested in going to the fall FCA Conference in Rock Springs, registration is due soon. See Coach Ginter for details.*Circle of Friends applications can be found outside Miss Gray’s room (503). Please return the application by September 23rd to Mr. Ginter or Ms. Gray.* Sophomores and Juniors- The PSAT will be given here at WHS on Wednesday, October 19th at 8 am. Cost is $15. If you are interested, please sign up with Mrs. Hatfield in the counselors office by  September 20th.*There will be a hunter safety course on September 24th and 25th.To register go to . Students that want to participate in shooting sports must have the hunter safety certificate to be on the team!  Please see Mrs. Chase if you have any questions.*Students- Please turn in lunch money to the cafeteria BEFORE School!Guidance Office News: Visits during lunch:Thursday- Sept 8th- Bethany CollegeThursday- Sept 8th- Emporia StateTuesday- Sept 13th- Bethel CollegeWednesday- Sept 21- Marine Sgt. Patrick HatsisThursday Sept 22- Baker UniversityTuesday- Sept 27th- Pittsburg StateThursday- Sept 29- University of KansasMonday- Oct 10- Fort Hays StateMonday- Nov 14- Kansas State UniversityWednesday-Nov 30- Washburn UniversityToday is National…“National bring Chocolate to a WHS Secretary Day” orNational Ampersand DayFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Ship Aurora: A Treasure For Sandy Hook Wreck Divers

first_imgDan Lieb, president of the New Jersey Historical Diver’s Association, was the man for the job.Teacups that were found after the discovery of Ship Aurora.“It’s amazing that in only 22 feet of water, something as fragile as china, packed in with hardware and coal and asphalt, actually managed to survive over a hundred years of hurricanes and nor’easters,” he said.The organization, which is an assembly of amateur historians and archaeologists, has aided in the discovery of unidentified wrecks off the Jersey coast since 1992.Lieb conducted all the behind-the-scenes work, such as framing and measuring the vessel, while using his background in historical research to track the ship’s roots all the way back to Maine, where it was built in 1824.Some of the artifacts were sold off to keep the recovery expedition afloat, yet Filippone had one ultimate goal in mind throughout the process.“I had the policy when we were working it that I wanted it to go to a museum,” he said. “Anything that was unique would go to the museum, anything two or more we’d split up; this way, I wanted to keep it intact.”For Harber, he believes that it was a perfect storm that brought the trio together.“We were very lucky to be available, and the weather was right for the initial work on it,” he said. “We had a clear stretch of weather, the visibility wasn’t bad, and we got a lot of work done in a short amount of time.” Transporting the china back to port presented its own set of challenges.“We had all of this china on the boat, and no way to really secure it on our boat,” Anthony said, grinning to Filippone. “And the ride home, you had to be careful or you’d break half of it, because he doesn’t know how to drive.”While the china surely peaked their interest, other meaningful and historical pieces from the wreckage were recovered, ranging from construction tools to pre-Civil War surgical equipment.After a late night of diving, Kenny Harber shows off some blue and green china excavated from the hull of the Ship Aurora.Each man had his own favorite find. Harber’s was a fully intact brass octant, a nautical tool used to measure distances on the sea. Anthony laid claim to a brass chronometer, which he claimed could work to this day if given to the right clockmaker.For Filippone, he recovered the medallion of Stephen Thomas, one of the ship’s passengers, which was made to commemorate his service in the Battle of Trafalgar.The three-man crew received help from locals who accompanied them on expedition dives. Of those who helped, one was crucial in the identification of the ship. After the divers went public with their discovery in 2007, they were connected with Debbie Whitcraft, who was in the process of finalizing the Museum of New Jersey Maritime History.Along with family and friends receiving some of the china, and the guys keeping a few pieces for themselves as well, nearly all of the recovered tableware now rests in that museum in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island.The book, which Filippone has titled “Tattered Rails,” in reference to a newspaper article’s description of the site the morning after the ship sank, is paddling on to the next phase.“Joe and I wrote the script, but I sent it down to Beach Haven and they’re going to put it together,” he said, during a Sunday morning coffee hour with his partners. “Right now, I don’t know how big this book is going to be, because we have 447 pictures, but I want it to be intact; everything possible about the ship into one.”“I think it’s a wonderful idea to do the book, I think it’s a really, really good idea,” said Lieb. “It’s a wreck that nobody had ever heard of certainly in recent memory, or certainly over the past 150 years.”center_img By Jay CookHIGHLANDS – That old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” for the most part, rings true. Yet for three local scuba divers, that adage could instead read “one man’s wreck is another man’s treasure.”Gary Filippone, Joe Anthony and Kenny Harber are turning their diving expedition between 2002 and 2007 into a book, in which they’ll talk about how they took hundreds of boat rides and retrieved thousands of artifacts from a Sandy Hook shipwreck.A Highlands resident and veteran wreck diver with 43 years of scuba experience under his weight belt, Filippone claims he has never seen anything like what he first came upon on July 1, 2002: a shipwreck 1,200 feet off the shores of Sandy Hook, in only 19 feet of water during low tide.What he encountered was Ship Aurora, a 106-foot shipping vessel, bound for New York City from Liverpool, England. The ship sank on Nov. 27, 1827, after a storm threw the three-mast ship off course. Of the roughly 40 voyagers on board that night, six crew members perished as they went down with the ship.Immediately after passing through the tolls into Sandy Hook, Filippone used Area A, which has a fenced-in parking lot, on the barrier peninsula as a reference for finding the wreck each trip out.What was left in the high-dynamic area, which has a high rate of ground swells and rough waters, were the remains of the ship sans a mast and sails, most likely cut loose during the storm.“I believe this is one of the top 10 American wrecks in the country, talking historically,” Filippone said over an early morning cup of coffee at Water Witch Coffee in Highlands, where the trio met each morning before their dives.Using Filippone’s 23-foot center console boat named “Sea Monkey,” he and Anthony, a resident of Atlantic Highlands, began to further investigate the ship only a week later. Filippone brought his spear gun down, and after missing a shot and it clanking off of Ship Aurora’s hull, they noticed something shining in the sand.The recovery of artifacts from Ship Aurora.“Picture a sand mound in your head,” Anthony said. “And then you just take a big fan and blow the top of that off; and all you see is blue and green edges stacked for feet.”Those edges turned out to be roughly 2,200 total pieces of Staffordshire and shell edge china, surrounded by mounds of roofing slate manufactured for New York City rooftops.“You wouldn’t have thought that there was much of anything in there, except the ship was a deep hull,” said Harber, who also lives in Atlantic Highlands and is the coffee shop’s property owner.He was surprised by how much was waiting to be found inside.From May through October for the next five years, the three divers worked Ship Aurora, excavating and removing thousands of teacups, pitchers, plates, platters and bowls; and it was no piece of cake.Using milk crates with rope and lift bags, the china was hoisted from the sea where it had rested in nearly perfect condition for 175 years.last_img read more

VIDEO: Leicester City captain Wes Morgan plays the Yes/No game

Wes Morgan has taken time out from Leicester City’s title challenge to play the Yes/No game.The club captain was presented a number of questions, and he had to answer them all without using the words Yes or No.Much like the Foxes’ season in the Premier League, Morgan was nearly faultless, messing up just twice.Despite an incorrect answer straight away, the centre-back recovered for a strong finish.You can watch the 32-year-old take on the challenge above…

“Tortured for Christ” Illustrates the Dreadful Impact of Bad Ideas

first_imgWas Charles Darwin in any way responsible for the torture of Christians 90 years later?Yesterday (March 5), for its 50th anniversary, the Christian Ministry Voice of the Martyrs premiered its movie Tortured for Christ in theaters across America. The movie is a dramatization of true events in the life of Richard Wurmbrand, a Lutheran pastor imprisoned and tortured for 14 years in communist prisons in Romania in the 1950s. The film crew was allowed to use the actual prison where the events took place: episodes of extreme brutality and unspeakable horror, including vicious beatings, deprivations, hanging upside down while being poked with hot irons, being held in solitary confinement for 3 years, suffering from tuberculosis without treatment and being left to die. And why was Pastor Wurmbrand treated so? Because of his Christian faith. His allegiance to Christ did not allow him to compromise with the Stalinist plan of ‘registered’ churches, which became puppets of the regime, controlled and dominated by the State. His love for the brethren did not allow him to betray them, even when it might have reduced his own beatings and tortures. He watched other prisoners whose fate would be even worse: 25 years or more of imprisonment and torture.Pastor Wurmbrand’s wife Sabrina was also arrested and sent to a hard labor camp for 3 years, the guards leaving her two children behind to fend for themselves. Along with hundreds of other women prisoners, she was forced to move heavy wheelbarrow loads of soil every day in the cold outdoors for a useless canal project. At one point, when she stumbled and fell, the guards mocked her for getting dirty, and threw her into the icy cold river. She barely got out alive as they laughed at her and mocked her faith: ‘Where is your God now to save you?” Throughout their ordeals, Richard and Sabrina shared the love of Christ to the other prisoners and to the guards. How could gentle, innocent people be treated this way?As Russian communists swept into Romania in 1948, they brought with them the ideology that had turned the Soviet Union into a house of horrors. Atheism became the state religion. The contrast between the Christians and the communists, as revealed in the film, cannot be overstated. Communism turned men into monsters. At one point during his beatings, Wurmbrand cries out to the guard, “Have you no pity for a fellow human being?” The guard laughs, explaining that since there is no God, there is no good or evil. He felt liberated, he said, to express all the evil in his heart. His ideology led him to rather enjoy the power he could exercise over other men, knowing there would be no consequences. At another point, when a guard rails on Wurmbrand for being caught in prayer again, telling it was useless to pray to his imaginary God, he shouted (paraphrased), “Your wife is a prisoner, your children are without help, you will not get out of here alive; what are you praying for?” The guard’s look of rage and consternation at Wurmbrand’s answer illustrates the contrast of ideologies: “I was praying for you.”Wurmbrand certainly would have died unknown after spending more years in the dark, damp prison, had not a prisoner swap allowed him and Sabrina and their son to emigrate to America. Shortly afterward, Wurmbrand wrote, in tears mixed with Sabrina’s tears, his best seller, Tortured for Christ. Until this book, most Americans had no idea what was going on behind the Iron Curtain. He founded Jesus to the Communist World to help rouse awareness and support for the persecuted church behind the Iron Curtain. The organization was later renamed Voice of the Martyrs. Today, VOM continues the mission, helping persecuted Christians in 68 countries including North Korea, where unimaginable tortures under communism continue to this day under guards who have lost any sense of pity or human dignity, and where atheism, relying on Darwinism, remains the state religion.In the opening moments of the movie, three names are revealed that led to these events: Darwin, Nietzsche, and Marx. Since Nietzsche was a Darwinian, and Marx looked to Darwin for the scientific justification for his views, the fingers of history point to the remaining one man who pushed the domino that started a chain reaction reaching to the horrors of that Romanian prison. That one man was Charles Darwin. Was there ever a more dramatic illustration of the proverb, “Ideas have consequences”?In this commentary, I want to ask if Darwin can be held responsible for what happened to the Christians behind the Iron Curtain. I also want to pre-empt some of the objections. You can already hear angry atheists in your mind’s ear, complaining that the Bible endorsed slavery and genocide, or that Darwin himself, a Victorian gentleman, would have been horrified at what happened to Richard Wurmbrand. Others will say that torture and imprisonment are as old as humanity, and were committed by all kinds of regimes, including religious ones. Christians, in fact, tortured people in the Inquisition, committed holy wars, and enslaved people. It is completely unfair, they will object, to accuse Darwin for these atrocities. Well, is it? When is the founder of an ideology responsible for ‘unintended consequences’ of an idea?I would say that it depends on the idea, and the purpose for which it was promoted. Consider, for instance, Oppenheimer’s response to witnessing the first nuclear blast under the Manhattan Project. He was appalled at what they created, saying, “Now we are all sons of bitches.” Was he responsible for the nuclear standoff in the world today, and for the deaths and sufferings of the Japanese victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? No; he was obeying orders under the President’s plan to end the most destructive war in human history. The Allies’ strategic calculations had mercy as their goal, fighting fire with greater fire, to put out the fires of war lit by evil regimes, so that they could no longer spread their terror around the world. (Incidentally, the Axis powers had their ideological roots in Darwinism.)Is torture ever justified? Many would say no. Others would allow it in extreme circumstances. Consider a hypothetical case where a mad scientist makes a doomsday machine that will obliterate all life on the planet, and only he knows the secret code to deactivate the machine. If there were a chance he would confess under torture, would it be justified in that case? What about the American practice of waterboarding of terrorists that led to information that prevented attacks that would have killed many people? Americans are understandably divided about the question, and we offer no position. The important point is the reason for the debate: to save innocent lives against a great evil. The object is mercy for the greatest number.What about historic atrocities justified by perpetrators on Biblical grounds (e.g., the Inquisition)? The Apostle Paul admonished his student Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). The Bible can be twisted and misused. Distorting God’s word has been a plague on the people of God throughout history. One needs to follow the flow of revelation in context and in its entirety to understand God’s will and the proper application to new questions. Cults fail to do that, drawing on proof-texts to justify deviant doctrines. Who could get torture out of the Sermon on the Mount (love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you) or the love chapter of I Corinthians 13? The faith chapter of Hebrews 11 shows the people of God through history enduring torture, not perpetrating it. You don’t get an Inquisition from the teachings of Jesus. Indeed, its victims were often the true heroes of the faith who wished to spread the message of God’s love against a corrupt, powerful religious institution that had strayed far from the Word of God. The Bible’s greatest ideal is the balance of love and truth. We decry the abuses of the Bible that have been used to justify great evils, but argue that the Bible itself is the greatest force for mercy and justice that the world has ever seen. The ongoing work of Voice of the Martyrs is a good example.What about Charles Darwin’s responsibility? Atheists, Darwinians and materialists will undoubtedly express outrage at the suggestion that he was in any way responsible for the tortures in that Romanian prison that occurred well after his death. Darwin was a gentleman who opposed slavery and even gave money to merciful causes. By all accounts, he was mild and well mannered, with many friends. He can’t be blamed for what happened after his ‘scientific’ theory about biology any more than Jesus can be blamed for the Inquisition and cults, right?This is where the content of the message makes all the difference! When asked by an honest inquirer, Jesus summed up the “Greatest Commandment” as twofold: “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind”, and (“like unto it,” i.e., of similar importance), to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:36-40). Jesus followed up by saying, “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets,” meaning that the entire revelation of God flows from those principles. These commandments provide a measuring rod for all lower issues. It would be a huge strain to rationalize any evil practice from these principles. Maybe for the case of the doomsday machine, but little else. That’s why Richard Wurmbrand loved his fellow Christ followers too much to betray them, and paid a high cost in his own pain. That’s why he preached to other prisoners about the love of God, knowing he would be beaten for it. That’s why he prayed for his enemies. It’s impossible to imagine Wurmbrand treating the guards the same way they treated him as long as he followed Jesus’ commandments.Now consider Darwin’s message. It wasn’t simply a biological theory. It wasn’t limited to the origin of species, like finches on the Galapagos. It represented a major change to the Western concept of the world. Instead of love, Darwin offered selfishness. Instead of mercy, Darwin exalted ambition. Instead of humility, Darwin offered pride (survival of the ‘fittest’). Instead of truth, Darwin offered meaninglessness. Instead of purpose, Darwin offered happenstance. Instead of human exceptionalism, Darwin presented animal instinct. In place of scientific integrity, Darwin excused imaginative storytelling. Instead of responsibility, Darwin offered determinism. Instead of fixed morality, Darwin offered evolving social behaviors.It would be hard to find two ideologies more completely opposite at every level than the teachings of Jesus and the teachings of Darwin. When you consider the inherent propensity for evil in Darwin’s message—the exaltation of meaningless, selfish, unguided pursuit of “fitness” (whatever that is), it really doesn’t matter how “nice” Charlie was as a Victorian gentleman. He served up a dish of poison that contained in its very molecular structure the seeds of terror. The content of ideas matter to the downstream consequences. When Christians show mercy and love, they are acting in line with the teachings of Jesus rightly understood. When torturers in a Romanian prison beat Wurmbrand senselessly with no remorse, they were acting in line with the teachings of Charles Darwin. That guard shown in the movie was perfectly justified, given his dependence on Darwinian understanding of the world, to exercise raw power over his victims, inflicting as much pain as he could, for his own pleasure. Why? Because as Darwin taught, there was no God as Creator. Hence there was no such thing as good and evil, and there would be no consequences for his evil actions. So was Charles Darwin responsible for the torture of Christians in communist prisons? Look at it this way. What would you think of someone who served poisoned fruit to people, and then said, “It’s not my fault they got sick”? Darwin was warned what his ideas might produce. His geology professor, Adam Sedgwick, after reading the Origin, warned Darwin that his theory, which obliterated man’s moral nature, would produce dire consequences. He said, “humanity, in my mind, would suffer a damage that might brutalize it, and sink the human race into a lower grade of degradation than any into which it has fallen since its written records tell us of its history.” (Visited 749 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Road Improvement Programme Allocated $330 Million

first_img By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter A total of $330 million has been allocated to the Road Improvement Programme in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives.             With funding support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the project aims to promote the creation of a self sustainable system for the provision of safe and reliable national road network.             It also seeks to support the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing in the implementation of a new framework for administering the main road network; strengthen the core activities of planning, programming and budgeting for the road sector; and the maintenance, design and construction of roads within the national network under the auspices of the National Works Agency (NWA).             For this fiscal year, the money will be used for procuring equipment, goods and services necessary to facilitate the institutional strengthening of the Road Safety Unit; continue and achieve 100 per cent completion of civil works – continuous bushing along approximately 270 kilometres of the 300 kilometre-long Northern Coastal Highway corridor.             Achievements to date include: procurement of office equipment; procurement of goods and services to facilitate road markings and signage; award of maintenance contract to undertake the routine maintenance of continuous bushing along sections of the Northern Coastal Highway; and the training of 20 Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing/National Works Agency staff in Project Management.             The project, which commenced in April, 2010, is slated to end in March 2015, and is being implemented by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.last_img read more

St. Ann and Trelawny say they are Ready to Deal with any Disaster

first_imgOfficials of the St. Ann and Trelawny Municipal Corporations say preparations are in place to mitigate the impact of potential natural disasters, including floods and hurricanes.They note that even before the start of the hurricane season in June, “problem areas” were identified where various measures, such as the cleaning of drains and gullies, were carried out.“If we learnt anything from the hurricanes that battered several Caribbean islands last year is how vulnerable the region, including Jamaica, is to natural disasters,” said Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, His Worship Michael Belnavis, in an interview with JIS News.“There is no such thing as being overly prepared because one never knows, especially as we are now in the peak of the hurricane season, when a sudden disaster will strike,”  he added.Mr. Belnavis  said in order to mitigate the impact of any disaster, they have to collaborate with local agencies, such as the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Jamaica Red Cross.He also noted that it is the job of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation to address “all aspects” of man-made and natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes and freak storms.Over in Trelawny, Mayor of Falmouth, His Worship Colin Gager, said the Municipal Corporation also works with its Disaster Committee to develop plans to mitigate against disasters.Councillor Gager said there are some flood prone areas in the parish that require special attention and that there is also collaboration with ODPEM to get the parish in a state of readiness.“A lot of work has been put into enhancing our readiness for disasters, including hurricanes. We feel satisfied that we have been putting things in place and that we are ready to assist our people in the event of a hurricane, which is usually accompanied by flooding,” he said.For his part, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the Ministry has been meeting regularly with the Municipal Corporations across the island since the start of the hurricane season and has been stressing the need for preparedness.“We are in the peak of the hurricane season and we just have to prepare ourselves as best as possible for all eventualities,” the Minister told JIS News.last_img read more

Hussen announces new pilot to boost immigration in rural and northern Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is launching a pilot program to boost immigration in rural and northern communities struggling with labour shortages and population decline.The vast majority of immigrants to Canada settle in bigger cities but municipal leaders in smaller towns and communities have been calling on Ottawa to do more to help them attract newcomers.They believe immigration is key to helping their communities fill labour gaps as more people leave small town Canada for urban centres. Rural and northern communities that want to be part of the pilot will have to prove they can welcome and integrate newcomers and their families, with employers taking a big role in this effort.The pilot is designed after an Atlantic immigration pilot, which has seen success in growing the population and filling labour market needs in the Atlantic provinces.This new program is expected to welcome just under 3,000 people, or about 100 newcomers and their family members, per community. The Canadian Presslast_img read more