Monday, January 3, 2011

The Book Of Eli - Movie Review, Biblical Scholarship and Phylosophy Discussion

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I just finished watching "The Book Of Eli" and I wanted to share a brief thought...

"The Book Of Eli" (the film, the script, and the story represented in the movie) is a very good representation of how the Bible, and most religious books for that matter, came into being.

Plot Summary in 40 words or less: Denzel Washington carries that book with him everywhere, commits it to memory, and then dictates it to a man who writes it down and prints it on a printing press, presumably to be distributed to the masses for consumption.

Multiply that process times 100, and you will quickly begin to understand why these religious books have contradictions, obvious additions, edits and changes. See my post about Easter for a little more on the topic of Biblical accuracy and apologetics.

For other interesting discussions and theories, check out this post at TheChez.net.
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GOP Promises House Vote To Repeal ObamaCare On Jan 12

Source: CNN Political Ticker

Brad Dayspring, spokesman for incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said, “Obamacare is a job killer for businesses small and large, and the top priority for House Republicans is going to be to cut spending and grow the economy and jobs.”

The claim that "Obamacare" is a "job killer" is based mainly on a new rule that imposes a $2000 per employee tax penalty on employers with more than 50 employees who do not offer health insurance to their full-time workers. Conservatives see this new requirement as a punishment for small businesses if they fail to provide the government mandated health benefits. Conservatives argue that this mandate provides a disincentive for small business growth beyond 49 employees and might even lead some businesses to cut staff to get below 50 employees and avoid the health benefit requirements.

The Republican's Pledge to America includes a proposed tax deduction for small businesses on up to 20% of their business income. Republicans seem to offer little more in the to create new jobs than this 20% tax deduction and the extension of Bush tax cuts. Naturally, the Republicans are counting on "trickle down economics" which requires business owners and the wealthy to re-invest their tax cuts in order to help create new jobs.

In March 20, 2010, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that Obamacare will produce a net reduction in federal deficits of $143 billion over the 2010-2019 period. So, if the Repiblicans are successful in repealing the healthcare reform, then we can expect the deficit to grow by $143 billion. That leaves Republicans with a huge hole to dig out of when they try to cut spending.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read the full article at CNN Political Ticker.
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John Perkins: Dream Big In The New Year

Source: Huffington Post

In this article, John Perkins recommends positave thinking in the new year.

"It is essential to give intent to our positive and healing dreams for the world and not to be taken in by the lure of fantasy in this materially obsessed media world. ... Let's not get caught up by the seductions of media pundits. They are fantasy-weavers who profit by distracting us from a higher sense of being. They want us to try to keep up with the Joneses, neglecting to inform us that the Joneses are merely a fantasy that imprisons our dreams. This is the year to choose to dream bigger than the Joneses, to measure our dreams not by material wealth but by the balance of heart happiness we enjoy no matter what our bank balance."

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read the full article at the Huffington Post.
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The '90s May Hold Lessons For The New GOP Majority

Source: NPR.org

Has the GOP learned from history or will they be damned to repeat it? This NPR news segment discusses the similarities between the 112th Congress that convenes this week and the 104th Congress that begun in 1994.

When the Congress convenes this week, the Republicans will be in control of the House for the first time since 2006 and Democrats will continue to have the majority in the Senate. Some observers see a striking resemblance to the House that was elected in 1994, when a big Republican surge ended 40 years of Democratic rule in that chamber.

Then speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, surprising many with an uncharacteristic tone of bipartisanship. "If each of us will reach out prayerfully and try to genuinely understand the other, if we'll recognize that in this building we symbolize America writ small --that we have an obligation to talk with each other --then I think a year from now we can look on the 104th Congress as a truly amazing institution without regard to party," he said.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Listen to the full segment onNPR
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Facing WikiLeaks Threat, Bank of America Plays Defense

Source: NYTimes.com

On Nov. 29, the director of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said in an Forbes interview that he intended to “take down” a major American bank and reveal an “ecosystem of corruption” with a cache of data from an executive’s hard drive. “It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume,” he said in the interview with Forbes. “For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron e-mails.”

After the interview, Bank of America’s share price fell on the widely held suspicion that the hard drive was theirs. This NYTimes article describes the internal investigation that is underway at Bank of America and how the bank is preparing for leaks of internal documents.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read the full article atNYTimes.com
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