sábado, 7 de julio de 2012

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A Movie Obama Doesn’t Want You To See
The main stream press has largely dropped the issue about Obama versus the Catholic Church over First Amendment rights.  This issue has cut deeply into Obama’s catholic support, but it’s not ending there.  The Jewish vote is dropping off the Obama radar screen fast, in part related to Obama’s strained relationship with Israel but also due to the HHS mandate on birth control and abortifacients.  Orthodox Jews, like the Catholic religion do not support abortifacients and only limited birth control, so the HHS mandate affects the Jewish religion as well.  With the Catholic, Christians and Jewish electorate starting to turn away from Obama and his heavy handed techniques, the last thing Obama wants is a movie that depicts a government trying to control religious freedoms.
Enter the new movie in theaters now…For Greater Glory.  Click on the link below to view the trailer.
Due to time constraints I was unable to attend this movie, but will soon as other blockbuster movies (Spiderman) will push this movie out of the theaters.  Because I want this post up before the movie exits theaters, I am going to borrow most of the film review from HotAir.com.
The setting of the movie is Mexico circa 1920′s and the Mexican President Calles is putting his foot down on the Catholic church forbidding masses to even be held.  Any person associated with the church, example Knights of Columbus are usually arrested, quickly sentenced to death and shot.
The movie stars Andy Garcia as General Enrique Gorostieta who helps the rebel Catholics and Eva Longoria as his devote Catholic wife.   For Greater Glory tells the story of the Mexican government’s attempt to stamp out the Catholic Church under President Calles (played by Ruben Blades), and the uprising that followed, a civil war that killed 90,000 people. Calles attempted to enforce the anti-clerical laws put into Mexico’s 1917 socialist Constitution by demanding the expulsion of foreign priests, banning public demonstrations of faith (including the wearing of clerical garb), and making criticism of the government by priests punishable by five years in prison. A boycott organized by the Catholic Church prompted Calles to get even tougher, and open war broke out.  Enrique Gorostieta, a general who had fought for the winning side in the revolution, chose to lead the Cristero rebellion.
When we went to the theater last night, I was pleasantly surprised to find a half-full theater.  By the end, we could hear audience members crying behind us, which started in earnest with the martyrdom of Jose, a difficult scene which recalls Braveheart in some aspects, as does the rest of the film.  No one left the theater until the credits were almost finished, and almost everyone stuck around all the way to the end.  People barely spoke until they got out to the hallway outside the theater. That was a testimony to the power of For Greater Glory.
Like most good historical films, For Greater Glory challenges the audience to consider the meaning of history and the conflicts involved rather than just give a rote retelling.  The scenes between Garcia and Cabrera are especially good, as they touch on the very nature of faith and the conflict between faith and the fallen world.  What does it mean to serve God?  Can great good eventually come out of great evil, and if so, why?  How does one serve God in evil times, or even in merely contentious times?  Is religion a pastime for Sundays, or a way of life for every moment of our lives?  The film doesn’t provide the answers as much as it shows the main characters struggling with the questions, and actors such as Garcia, Cabrera, Kuri, and Verastegui provide vibrant  performances to spark contemplation of these questions among the viewers. That alone makes it worthwhile for me, but it’s a gripping film regardless. 
It is a 2 hour and 20 minute movie, but sounds like it is well worth the time invested.  Granted the situation in Mexico under President Calles was much worse than American Catholics under President Obama, but the religious freedom issue is the same.
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viernes, 6 de julio de 2012

Unconfirmed Sources


Pat Robertson Extradited To Venezuela To Face Terrorism Charges
Unconfirmed source report that television evangelist Pat Robertson has been extradited to Venezuela. Venezuelan authorities requested the extradition in the wake of Robertson's suggestion that American agents assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to stop his country from becoming a "launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."
Robertson said before he was turned over to Venezuelan police that he stood by his comments and vowed to "fight that dirty little terrorist Chávez with every once of my god given strength." Robertson was placed onboard a Venezuelan Airlines jet and flown to Carcass to stand trial on terrorism charges.

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jueves, 5 de julio de 2012

Unconfirmed Breaking News * Vatican

BREAKING NEWS – Rome, Italy – 
A father very concerned over his child’s safety, shows her to Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope assured the man that his daughter will be safe around priests, because she’s too young and the wrong gender.
http://unconfirmedbreakingnews.com/?s=benedict+xvi

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miércoles, 4 de julio de 2012

The Collective Intelligence Revolution


Gaming is an important part of society today, and many see the evolution towards homo ludens(playing man) as its major characteristic. Now researchers from around the world are organising the first international conference dedicated to “Harnessing collective intelligence with games“, to be held in September this year in Germany. The conference is aimed at deepening our understanding of harnessing large groups of participants to perform certain tasks through games, an emerging catalyst of collective intelligence.
On the agenda will be crowdsourcing, crowdsolving and human computation, among many other phenomena. They’re all variants on the same increasingly prevalent theme: the combination of human intelligence capabilities and digital computing power. Human beings still have a superior capacity for certain faculties such as aesthetic judgment, intuitive decision making or critical thinking. But unlike computers that require only a little electricity to operate, humans need to be constantly motivated in order to continue contributing. Motivation they could find in games and their mechanics.
For Markus Krause, a PhD student at the University of Bremen working on collective intelligence and its public uses, human and machine must work closely together.
The combination of human intellectual capabilities, and the power of computers to store and disseminate data, can be a very effective model for helping out humanity.
The term crowdsourcing (the use of many people to accomplish a task) was born in an article byJeff Howe in Wired in 2006. While the word itself may have been new, the phenomenon it described had existed for a long time.
It was crowdsourcing that got Luis von Ahn, now an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, thinking about CAPTCHAs in the early 2000’s. If you’ve ever opened an email account or filled out a form online, then it’s likely that you know about CAPTCHAs. They are quick tests which allow systems to differentiate a human user from a computer, preventing robots from sending out automated responses, polls, phishing and any other malicious spam or data retrieval activity.
The test is based on the analytical capacity of the human brain. Two sets of letters are presented, often distorted to make their analysis possible for humans but difficult for robots. At a TED conference in 2011, Luis von Ahn explained how he had reflected on the possibility of using the time spent deciphering CAPTCHAs for a specific purpose, something that would be useful for everybody.
200 million CAPTCHAs are typed every day worldwide. With an average of ten seconds per CAPTCHA, that’s 555,000 hours per day. During those ten seconds, your brain does something extraordinary. It realises something that computers are incapable of realising. I then asked myself if we could do something useful for those ten seconds. There are problems that computers can not solve. But, somehow, we could divide that problem into segments of ten seconds, and every time someone types a CAPTCHA, it solves part of the problem. From now on, when you type a CAPTCHA, not only are you identifying yourself as a human, but you are also helping us to digitally scan books.
Thus was born reCAPTCHA, acquired by Google in 2009. Each time Google Books digitally scans a book, a certain portion of the text (usually around 20%) can’t be decrypted by the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software Google uses. With the two sets of letters proposed in each reCAPTCHA, there is a CAPTCHA already verified by OCR which identifies you as a human, and some text from a book that you will decrypt. For Luis von Ahn, the software is a real success. 

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martes, 3 de julio de 2012

If you don't like sense of humor you'd better skip this...

Wacky Weekend Question –
Should pastors that die and go to heaven receive unemployment checks?

COMENTARIO: Hay algunos tele-evangelistas que no creo que vayan a estar ahí arriba, porque tratan de engañar al sistema y conseguir mañosamente el dinero del trabajador también.  
COMMENTARY: There are certain televangelists that I don’t think will be up there, because they would try to game the system and get workman’s comp too. 
''Out of curiosity one time, I went online to see if they actually had a church of Satan. I found one and called them.''
''When the secretary answered the phone I said, “Out of curiosity, what do you guys pay a month for heat?” She was about to tell me, but when she realized what I was implying, she hung up. I was surprised by her rudeness, because I always thought people that were going to hell had a sense of humor.'' (Oops!) 

 Unconfirmed Breaking News * Com 
BREAKING NEWS – New York City, New York – Actress Katie Holmes files for a divorce from Tom Cruise after a five year marriage.
Holmes’ attorney states that their split had nothing to do with ongoing rumors that Cruise is (?????), but she said it did create a problem when he repeatedly maxed out her Victoria’s Secret credit card and refused to give an explanation.

BREAKING NEWS – Mexico City, Mexico – 
Enrike Penʹya Nʹeto Revolyutsionnoĭ institutsionalʹnoĭ partii, poluchaet izbran prezidentom Meksiki.
On skazal, chto ekonomika budet yego glavnym prioritetom, i on obeshchal nyeustanno rabotatʹ , chtoby snizitʹ vysokie raskhody na dostavku narkotikov v Ameriku. О, мой Бог! (russian)  



Enrique Peña Nieto del Partito Rivoluzionario Istituzionale, viene eletto Presidente del Messico. Ha detto che l'economia sarà la sua priorità assoluta, e ha promesso di lavorare instancabilmente per ridurre l'elevato costo di spedizione stupefacenti in America. (Oops!) 
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Oh my God! (english)  * Oh mon Dieu! (french) * Oh meu Deus! (portuguese) * Oh mein Gott! (german) * О, мой Бог! (russian) 

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