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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking June 27, 2017
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking June 27, 2017
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • Inteligencia emocional para niños. Guía práctica para padres y educadores - Mireia Golobardes Subirana & Sandra Celeiro González June 27, 2017
    ¿Cómo podemos enseñar a los más pequeños a gestionar sus emociones? ¿Cómo ayudar a nuestros hijos a mejorar en sus relaciones con los demás? ¿Cómo facilitar a nuestros alumnos su capacidad para identificar sus emociones y la de los demás y favorecer relaciones sanas y positivas, con empatía y respeto? ¿Cómo contribuir a que padres y profesores puedan también […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein June 27, 2017
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku June 27, 2017
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • EnCambio - Estanislao Bachrach June 27, 2017
    EnCambio te va a permitir alumbrar los procesos por los cuales te comportás de determinada manera con el fin de dejar atrás aquellos hábitos y conductas que ya no te sirven. El objetivo es que aprendas del potencial que tiene tu cerebro para cambiar y la capacidad que tenés vos para modificarlo. Este año cambio de trabajo, empiezo el gimnasio, bajo esos kili […]
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  • El gran diseño - Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow June 27, 2017
    Aun antes de aparecer, este libro ha venido precedido, en todos los medios de comunicación, de una extraordinaria polémica sobre  sus conclusiones: que tanto nuestro universo como los otros muchos universos posibles surgieron de la nada, porque su creación no requiere de la intervención de ningún Dios o ser sobrenatural, sino que todos los universos pro […]
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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova June 27, 2017
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach June 27, 2017
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day June 27, 2017
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels (Unabridged) – David Limbaugh

The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels (Unabridged)
David Limbaugh
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Price: $14.95
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An Estimated 50,000 Syrians Have Now Left Eastern Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Weeping, hobbling on crutches or dragging suitcases, hundreds of survivors of a devastating government bombardment and siege left the last sliver of opposition-held Aleppo on Thursday, an evacuation that sealed the end of the rebellion’s most important stronghold and was a watershed moment in Syria’s 5-year-old civil war. For the opposition, it was a humiliating defeat. A smiling President Bashar Assad called it a historic event comparable to the birth of Christ and the revelation of the Quran. A U.N. official described it as “a black chapter in the history of international relations.” Traumatized residents filtered out to green government buses on a chilly day through Aleppo’s streets lined with flattened buildings. Years of resistance were stamped out in a relentless campaign over the past month that saw hospitals bombed, bodies left unburied and civilians blown apart by shells as they fled for safety. “We struggled for six years. We were supposed to be the ones to get them out, not them us,” said one tearful woman who held a baby, speaking in a video posted online by an opposition activist. She explained that it wasn’t the bombardment that forced them out. “We left because we feared for our honor from the regime,” the unidentified woman said. Under a surrender deal brokered by Russia and Turkey, tens of thousands of residents and rebel fighters are being evacuated to opposition-controlled areas in the surrounding countryside, a process likely to take several days. They said it was too dangerous to go to government-held areas, where they faced potential retribution from security services alleged to carry out arrests and torture of opposition sympathizers. Many are of fighting age and don’t want to be drafted into the military. “We slept in the streets. It’s shameful,” a unidentified man said in an opposition video. “Where is the world?” Leaning on crutches and sobbing uncontrollably, he described fleeing the bombardment. “You don’t know if it’s an airplane or shelling or rockets. You never know,” he added. Eastern Aleppo rose in revolt against Assad in 2012 and battled since then with the western, government-held part of the city in one of the most horrific and destructive fronts of the civil war. The rebels’ hold in Syria’s onetime commercial powerhouse was a major point of pride, and at times it seemed an invulnerable part of what was once a growing opposition-held patch of territory in the north. But government forces finally surrounded eastern Aleppo and then battered it to pieces. The air and ground campaign by Syrian troops — backed by Russian warplanes and forces from Assad’s regional allies — relentlessly wore away at the enclave. Hundreds of civilians were killed, and tens of thousands fled to government-held areas. The pocket was reduced to a few blocks packed with the bloodied, exhausted and demoralized but also die-hard opposition forces. For Assad, the victory puts most major cities under his control and raises hopes for the beginning of the end of the revolt. “History is being made,” an upbeat Assad proclaimed in a video on social media. “What is happening is bigger than congratulations,” he said, calling it comparable to Christ’s birth and the revelation of Islam’s holy Quran to Muhammad. Twenty buses with Assad’s picture displayed in the windshields and 26 ambulances carried the civilians, including more than 50 sick or wounded, from the devastated Ameriyeh neighborhood. They drove through government-held districts to Rashideen, a rebel-held area outside Aleppo, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian state media said. Hundreds of government supporters cheered the convoy on as it crossed through government territory. Referring to the rebels, the state’s SANA news agency said 951 “terrorists and their families” were evacuated. An estimated 70,000 civilians are waiting to be evacuated, said Mohammed Abu Jaafar, the head of the forensics department in the enclave. He added that a “tremendous crowd” showed up at the buses Thursday. Anadolu Agency—Getty Images Civilians trying to flee from East Aleppo, which has been under siege by Iran-led Shiite militias and Assad regime forces, wait to be evacuated from the Amiriyah District of Aleppo, Syria, on December 15, 2016. Some of the evacuees burned belongings that they couldn’t take with them, said Wissam Zarqa, an English teacher and an opposition activist still in eastern Aleppo. “Maybe most of them are happy that they are going to safety. Some of them are angry that they are leaving their city. Some people want to leave ASAP,” he said. “As for me, I will try to leave Aleppo as late as possible.” Online video showed hundreds crowding around the buses at the departure site. Many lugged suitcases or dragged bags behind them. Fires were kindled in barrels for warmth as the wounded sat in wheelchairs and others hobbled on crutches. Photos circulated online showed the graffiti on destroyed buildings: “Love will bring us back. 15/12/2016,” and “Under each building destroyed, a family is buried with its dreams. Bashar and his allies buried them.” Once the evacuees arrived in rural areas, opposition gunmen and locals gathered and chanted, “God is great” — less in defiance than in gratitude for their survival. A Syrian opposition figure said local councils in Idlib and Aleppo provinces have been trying to find housing for them, but he said many will have to stay in camps. Turkey, which supports the opposition, promised to treat the wounded, according to Brita Haj Hassan, a member of Aleppo’s local council, speaking from exile in Brussels. Syrian state TV said a separate convoy of 29 buses and ambulances moved to Foua and Kefraya, two nearby villages loyal to the government, to evacuate the sick and others who were subjected to a siege by rebels. Iran had demanded to tie the evacuations from Foua and Kefraya with Aleppo’s. Syrian rebels say any evacuation of those villages is supposed to be accompanied by one from Zabadani and Madaya, two besieged opposition-held towns west of Damascus, according to an agreement between the government and rebels. The U.N. denounced that deal. In Geneva, U.N. humanitarian aid coordinator for Syria Jan Egeland said the international body was had been locked out of the evacuation plans and pro-government forces have blocked some aid vehicles from entering rebel-held districts. An estimated 50,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo, he said. “It took 4,000 years to build Aleppo — hundreds of generations. One generation managed to tear it down in four years,” Egeland said. “We feel all strongly that the history of Aleppo through this war will be a black chapter in the history of international relations,” he said, adding that the city “gave to world civilization, and world civilization was not there to assist the people of Aleppo when they needed us the most.” ___ Associated Press writers Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Jamey Keaten in Geneva and Dominique Soguel in Istanbul contributed. […]

Delaware: Town Hall Discussing Cannabis Regulation Next Tuesday

If you are in the area, I received the following alert out of Delaware: The Coalition to Regulate Cannabis in Delaware is holding a town hall forum next week on ;Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m.. Come join MPP and the coalition to hear from: — Neill Franklin: Executive director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition — Tom […]

Delaware: June 7 Town Hall Scheduled To Discuss Cannabis Regulation

I received the following alert out of Delaware. Neill Franklin is one of my personal heroes. Attend if you are in the area, and spread the word: I am pleased to inform you that the Coalition to Regulate Cannabis in Delaware is holding a town hall forum on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Come […]

Minnesota’s 4/20 Event – Standing Together Against Prohibition

If you are in Minnesota, you should check out the 4/20 event below: The march will begin from the Capitol steps and travel down John Ireland Blvd to Rice Street, where the march will head North to University Ave, ending at Christ Luthern on Capitol Hill (105 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55155). We […]

Minnesota’s 4/20 Event – Standing Together Against Prohibition

If you are in Minnesota, you should check out the 4/20 event below: The march will begin from the Capitol steps and travel down John Ireland Blvd to Rice Street, where the march will head North to University Ave, ending at Christ Luthern on Capitol Hill (105 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55155). We […]

The Pope ‘Minds His Own Business’

The political commentator’s argument was unequivocal. He said that the pope should restrict himself to spiritual and religious matters and stay out of politics. According to him, the pope should mind his own business. The pundit’s ire (and I didn’t catch his name on the radio) was provoked by Pope Francis’s most recent encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. In it, the pope calls for all of humanity to unite to care for our planet and all that dwell upon it, especially the poor and most vulnerable. There are many things in Francis’s open letter to the world which commend its reading and study, and I will speak to just a few of them in this blog. But before I do that, I want to address the commentator’s argument that the pope should mind his own business. According to Christian theology and the deepest streams of the Judeo-Christian traditions, there is nothing that is more the pope’s business (and, indeed, the business of all Christians) than the stewardship of God’s creation and our theological and spiritual reflection and proclamation regarding God’s creation. The pope, to use language the pundit might understand, is “minding his own business” when he speaks of the environment. The Bible begins with God’s creation of the heavens and the earth. The Psalms bear testimony to the wonder of God as Creator and the glory of God’s creation. The opening of the Gospel of John reiterates this message. Jesus himself repeatedly calls upon us to be stewards of God’s creation. Christian scripture climaxes with promises related to God’s redemption of a creation that groans for God’s restorative grace. Along the way, we, as God’s agents (i.e., God’s stewards) upon this earth, are charged to care for this world which God loves and for which Christ gave his life. (Remember, for example, the verse most of us learned as children, “For God so loved the world …”, John 3:16). The political commentator, and perhaps others, may resent Pope Francis’s entry into the conversation about global climate change and other topics regarding the environment. But the pope’s entry into the conversation reminds us that the current debate has been distorted and politicized in ways that are not only counter-productive, but also irresponsible. Francis is reclaiming the discussion of the environment for Christian theology in a manner that is both responsible and spiritually appropriate. His letter begins by evoking the proclamation of that other Francis. The encyclical begins: “‘Laudato si’, mi’ Signore’ – ‘Praise be to you, my Lord.’ In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. ‘Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs. “This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she ‘groans in travail’ (Romans 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Genesis 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.” [Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home (Vatican City: Vatican Press, 2015), 7] There are several striking things about Pope Francis’s letter. First, it represents a powerful example of practical theology, allowing the resources of sacred scripture and the theological wisdom of the ages to engage a subject of real and immediate concern. Second, the letter presents profoundly biblical reflection, not only providing wisdom from biblical sources, but also recasting the contemporary discussion in biblical categories. Finally, it offers good news, both hope for our planet and hope for a humanity recalled to responsibility for “our common home.” Francis’s letter arrived in my mailbox this summer just a few days after I finished reading another book on our human “home” by another Francis – in that case a study of prehistoric Britain by the archaeologist, Francis Pryor. While Pryor, an atheist, might find it hard to agree with any number of things any pope has said, on one thing he would agree with Pope Francis. In the words of Glynis Jones, another prehistorian Pryor approvingly quotes: “Home is not the house, but where the garden is.” (Francis Pryor, Home: A Time Traveller’s Tales from British Prehistory (London: Allen Lane, 2014), 80. Of course, the “garden” to which Pope Francis draws our attention is the one which is co-created and nurtured by God and humanity as symbolically represented in the creation stories of Genesis. As Francis writes: “The creation accounts in the Book of Genesis contain, in their own symbolic and narrative language, profound teachings about human existence and its historical reality. They suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor and with the earth itself. According to the Bible, these three vital relationships have been broken, both outwardly and within us. This rupture is sin. … It is significant that the harmony which Saint Francis of Assisi experienced with all creatures was seen as a healing of that rupture.” (Francis, Laudato Si’, 47-48). I have mentioned before the value of what is commonly called The Daily Examen, a form of prayer popularized by St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. The Examen provides a form of meditative prayer in which we daily recall to mind the fact that we live every moment in the presence of the God who created us in love and desires above all else to share this love in and through us. The Examen asks us to recall specific things for which we are grateful and to give God thanks for them. It also asks us, in this context of remembering the love, grace, goodness and generosity of God, to examine our lives, reviewing the large and small things we have done, those things through which we experienced the loving presence of God and those things which we regret. Laying our failings and regrets before God, we ask for God’s forgiveness, and we pray for God’s Spirit to empower us to live and to express God’s love in our lives. If anything, Pope Francis’s most recent encyclical confirms that he is not only worthy to bear the name “Francis,” but that he is a student of Ignatius and a Jesuit. Laudato Si’ is an “Examen” addressed to the whole world, inviting us to examine our lives and our consciences in the presence of the God who created us and all things in love and who calls us to lovingly and responsibly care for this world. The explicit call to repentance that is essential to this encyclical is at the heart of the good news of Jesus Christ. In this matter, our repentance not only will allow us to participate in the redemption of the world, but in our own redemption as children of God. At the close of the encyclical, Pope Francis invites us to pray two prayers. I will close with the opening lines of the first of these: “All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.” (Francis, Laudato Si’, 158.) (The edition of Pope Francis’s encyclical used in this blog was published by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Huntington, Indiana. It includes a study guide. I hope you’ll consider using it in adult study groups in your church.) — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]