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The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Galileo’s prosecution by the Church for promoting the heliocentric theory – that the Sun sits at the centre of the Solar System encircled by the Earth and other planets – is usually portrayed as a landmark battle in the war between religion and science, the moment when Galileo becomes science’s first great martyr.

However, when revisiting the story during our research for our book The For­bidden Universe, we realised that the trad­itional explanations of the Church’s determin­ation to get Galileo just don’t add up. Applying the shameless CGI of hindsight, science historians transmuted him into a modern rationalist-materialist born out of time, persecuted by superstitious – in other words cretinous – men whose intell­ects, if one could dignify them with the term, were stuck in the Middle Ages.

That’s the lazy sod’s version of history. The reality, as forteans would suspect, is that there’s much, much more to it than that.

In fact, although the ‘science-versus-religion’ scenario is still often trotted out to a popular audience, academics have long recognised that it is too modern an explanation. They now see the affair rather as a collision between two obstinate egos, two pathologically ‘right men’: Galileo, who refused to be told what to do or say, and Pope Urban VIII, bitter about Galileo (in his Dialogue on the Two World Systems) having put his views in the mouth of a character named Simplicio. But something is still missing – something that neither side wanted to be seen in the harsh light of day…


Quake rocks Washington area, felt on East Coast

MINERAL, Va. (AP) — The most powerful earthquake to strike the East Coast in 67 years shook buildings and rattled nerves from South Carolina to Maine on Tuesday. Frightened office workers spilled into the streets in New York, and parts of the White House, Capitol and Pentagon were evacuated.

There were no immediate reports of deaths, but fire officials in Washington said there were at least some injuries. 

The National Cathedral said its central tower and three of its four corner spires were damaged, but the White House said advisers had told President Barack Obama there were no reports of major damage to the nation's infrastructure, including airports and nuclear facilities.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered magnitude 5.8 and was centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va.

Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station, in the same county as the epicenter, were automatically taken off line by safety systems, said Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The earthquake came less than three weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and in both Washington and New York it immediately triggered fears of something more sinister than a natural disaster.

At the Pentagon, a low rumbling built until the building itself was shaking, and people ran into the corridors of the complex. The shaking continued there, to shouts of "Evacuate! Evacuate!"

The Park Service closed all monuments and memorials on the National Mall, and ceiling tiles fell at Reagan National Airport outside Washington. All flights there were put on hold.

In lower Manhattan, the 26-story federal courthouse, blocks from ground zero of the Sept. 11 attacks, began swaying, and hundreds of people streamed out of the building.

The New York police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, was in a meeting with top deputies planning security for the upcoming anniversary when the shaking started. Workers in the Empire State Building spilled into the streets, some having descended dozens of flights of stairs.



Another Jesus

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Scriptures warn us to beware of those preaching "another Jesus""...if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might 
well bear with him."

Sol Invictus / Mithra

What would be considered "another Jesus"? The Greek word used in this scripture verse is"allos" meaning different. So what we are considering is a different Jesus; not the Jesus of the Bible, not the only begotten Son of God, but another Jesus -- an impostor.

Today there are worldly wise, philosophers "vain in their imaginations" who using the example of Jesus teach men to disobey Gods commandments. They are preaching "Another Jesus". Many pagan practices that have absolutely no scriptural basis have been accepted, by many believers as the worship of Christ. These practices have not only been accepted but have become commonplace in the organized church. Those who refuse to participate in these practices are considered strange. These practices, introduced gradually by false teachers, have been accepted through tradition and have absolutely no scriptural basis. We have no excuse for ignorance. We have been fairly warned:

    "there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies."

We must search the scriptures to find out the truth. The truth that the ways of the LORD prescribed for His people have not changed, nor will they change. Activities unacceptable to the Lord 6000 years ago are still unacceptable today.

Christ said: "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

The prophesies of the Bible have come true: The time has come when sound doctrine is not endured. People receive teachers who tell them what they want to hear. Things that are wrong are justified, explained away: disregarding the warning, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"

Fables and the traditions of men are substituted for the truth: "After their own lusts they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they turn away their ears from the truth, and are turned unto fables."

"Christianized" pagan activities, traditional inventions of men, are not in honor of the Biblical Jesus.

What Jesus do they honor? "another Jesus".

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Christian Group Will Reconstruct Noah’s Ark as Part of Massive Religious Theme Park

HEBRON, Ky. (The Blaze/AP) — Tucked away in a nondescript office park in northern Kentucky, Noah’s followers are rebuilding his ark. The epic undertaking will be part of an exciting Christian theme park experience.

The biblical wooden ship built to weather a worldwide flood was 500 feet long and about 80 feet high, according to Answers in Genesis, a Christian ministry devoted to a literal telling of the Old Testament.   MORE>>>>>>>

SPEED Exclusive - First National TV Interview With Hmiel Family

The Hmiel family discusses their journey in an exclusive interview on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR Race Hub on SPEED...

It has been a rocky road for driver Shane Hmiel. (Photo: LAT Photographic)



Banned by NASCAR for life after failing three drug tests, race car driver Shane Hmiel was en route to resurrecting his racing career when he suffered a near-fatal accident while trying to qualify for a USAC race in Terre Haute, Indiana. Originally given only a 10 percent chance at survival, Hmiel remains paralyzed but continues to defy the odds.

This week, the Hmiel Family opens up to a national television audience for the first time as a special feature hosted by Steve Byrnes headlines Thursday’s edition of NASCAR Race Hub on SPEED (7 p.m. ET).

“I started working on this in January,” said Byrnes, who first met Shane’s father, Steve, in 1985. “I wanted to go into the interview as open-minded as possible. I didn’t have a point of view. I just wanted to listen … and Shane opened up about everything.

“What I walked away with was, here is this guy in the prime of his life … who had turned his life around and now (after the accident) has every reason to be bitter,” Byrnes added. “But his message is so positive … it inspired everyone in the room.”

Below are select quotes from the program:

On Shane’s drug use>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Click for more>>>

American Minute for August 8th: Richard Nixon resigns Aug 8 1974

AUGUST 8, 1974, televised from the Oval Office, 37th President Richard Nixon said: "Good evening. This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office...To continue to fight...for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the President and the Congress...Therefore, I shall resign...If some of my judgments were wrong...they were made in what I be the best interest of the Nation." Nixon continued: "In the Middle East, 100 million people in the Arab countries, many of whom have considered us their look on us as their friends. We must continue to build on that friendship so that...the cradle of civilization will not become its grave." Nixon continued speaking: "I have taken heart from what Theodore Roosevelt once said about the man in the arena, 'whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly...If he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.'...In leaving...I do so with this prayer: May God's grace be with you in all the days ahead." Privately to his Cabinet, President Nixon said: "Mistakes, yes...for personal gain, never...I can only say to each...of you...we come from many faiths...but really the same God...You will be in our hearts our prayers."