Saturday, February 27, 2010

Marital Fidelity What Does It Really Mean?

Most people expect marriage mates to be sexually faithful to each other. This view of marital fidelity agrees with the Bible, which says: “Let marriage be honorable among all, and the marriage bed be without defilement.”—Hebrews 13:4.
IS REFRAINING from sex with other partners the full extent of what it means to be faithful in marriage? What about sexual fantasies involving someone other than your marriage mate? Could a close friendship with someone of the opposite sex become a form of “infidelity”?

Are Sexual Fantasies Harmless?

The Bible presents sex as a natural and wholesome part of married life, a source of mutual joy and satisfaction. (Proverbs 5:18, 19) But many modern experts believe that it is normal—even healthy—for a married person to fantasize about other sexual partners. Are such fantasies harmless as long as they are not acted upon?

Sexual fantasies typically focus on personal gratification. Such self-centered behavior is contrary to the Bible’s advice for married people.

Friday, February 26, 2010

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How to Build a Successful Marriage

MARRIAGE can be likened to a journey, an odyssey that presents many surprises—some exquisite, others painful. Unforeseen “terrain” can present unexpected obstacles, some of which may seem insurmountable. Nevertheless, many people make this journey successfully and happily, with only minor mishaps. Indeed, success in marriage is not measured so much by the highs and lows of the journey as it is by how couples deal with those ups and downs.

What do you think can make the journey through marriage more successful and enjoyable? Many couples feel the need for a ‘marital road map’ to direct them along the way. The most dependable and authoritative “map” for marriage is provided by the Originator of marriage—Jehovah God. His inspired Word, the Holy Bible, though, is not a magic charm. Rather, it contains practical direction that married couples need to follow to enjoy a successful marriage.—Psalm 119:105; Ephesians 5:21-33; 2 Timothy 3:16.

Let us identify some of the Scriptural signposts—key Bible principles—that can help guide you along a successful and happy marital journey.

• Treat marriage as sacred.
• Speak respectfully.
• Cultivate kindness and compassion.
• Show humility.
• Do not hastily take offense.
• Know when to keep quiet.
• Listen with empathy.
• Be reasonable and flexible.
• Make a habit of expressing appreciation.
• Be quick to forgive.
• Stay committed to your mate and to your marriage.
• Self-sacrifice reinforces commitment.
• Effort Brings Rewards

Continue reading How to Build a Successful Marriage

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Welcome To The Homeless Tent City On The Outskirts Of New York

Oregon is first U.S. site for a wave-power farm

The search for clean, renewable energy is turning toward the ocean, but not without some waves of skepticism.
Construction has begun off Oregon on what would be the nation's first commercial wave-energy farm, said Sean O'Neill, president of the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, a Maryland-based trade association that promotes marine energy. It is planned to supply energy to about 400 homes.

"On a national perspective, it's great news. They're making tremendous progress," he said.

Wave power draws from the energy of ocean surface waves, according to Phil Pellegrino, spokesman for New Jersey-based developer Ocean Power Technologies, which is developing the project.

A float on a buoy rises and falls with the waves, driving a plunger up and down, he explained. The plunger is connected to a hydraulic pump that converts the vertical movement into rotary motion, driving an electrical generator. Electricity produced is sent to shore over a submerged cable, he said.

The first buoy will measure 150 feet tall by 40 feet wide, weigh 200 tons and cost $4 million, Pellegrino said.

Nine more buoys are planned to deploy at a site in Reedsport, Ore., by 2012, at a total cost of $60 million, he said.

Continue reading the full story at USATODAY by Tracy Loew

Our Comments:
This seems to be a very inefficient and expensive source of energy for the following reasons:
1) Anything placed in the Ocean will have more wear then say a solar plant in California, Arizona or Texas.
2) This projects costs $60,000,000, divided by 400 homes, works out to $15,000 per. Divide $15,000 by $95.66, the average electric bill, looks like it'll pay for itself in 1568 months, 12 months to a year, that's 130 years to just break even!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How Can You Choose a Good Bible Translation

What different types of Bible translations are available? What is the difference between a translation and a version? What are their strengths and weaknesses?

THE Bible was originally written in ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. So most people who desire to read it must rely on a translation.

Today, the Bible is the world’s most widely translated book—parts of it being available in over 2,400 languages. Some languages have not just one translation but scores of them. If you have a choice in your language, you surely want to use the very best translation you can find.

To make an informed choice, you need to know the answers to the following questions: What different types of translations are available? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each type of translation? And why should you be cautious when reading some translations of the Bible?

From One Extreme to the Other

Bible translations cover a broad spectrum of styles, but they fall into three basic categories. Interlinear translations are at one end of the spectrum. These translations contain the original-language text along with a word-for-word rendering into the target language.

Paraphrase translations fall at the other end of the spectrum. Translators of these versions freely restate the message of the Bible as they understand it in a way that they feel will appeal to their audience.

A third category embraces translations that endeavor to strike a balance between these two extremes. These versions of the Bible strive to convey the meaning and flavor of the original-language expressions while also making the text easy to read.

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iPhone Users Bandwidth May Not Be The Real Issue

Ars Technica over the weekend published a fascinating piece which theorizes that a lack of raw bandwidth may not be the real issue behind the trouble the Apple (AAPL) iPhone is creating on the AT&T (T) network in densely populated areas like New York and the Bay Area.

The real problem, Ars Technica says, is that the iPhone - and other modern smart phones - disconnect from the network whenever possible to save power.

“The fact that almost all of the complaints from iPhone users come from the U.S. suggests that AT&T’s network is at least partially to blame,” the story asserts. “In fact, users in other countries have told Ars that they don’t experience the kinds of problems that U.S. users often report. Well, other countries except one.”

Continue reading Apple: Bandwidth May Not Be The Issue For AT&T iPhone Users By Eric Savitz

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How Is Your Thyroid?

"SARA was deeply grieved over the loss of her baby during her first trimester. About a year later, she lost another baby. Several medical tests failed to reveal the cause. As the years went by, Sara started to gain weight, even though she monitored her food intake and exercised regularly. She also developed cramps in her legs and an increased sensitivity to cold. Finally, blood tests and an ultrasound of her thyroid gland revealed that Sara had a disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a possible cause of her miscarriages.*

Like most people, Sara had rarely given thought to her thyroid. But her deteriorating health revealed just how important that gland is.

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland situated in the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid has two lobes that wrap around the trachea, or windpipe, and the whole gland weighs a little under an ounce. It is part of the body’s endocrine system, a group of organs and tissues that produce, store, and secrete hormones—chemical messengers—directly into the bloodstream."

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Does Russia have Cheerleaders?

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The Collapse Of Microsoft's Mobile Business

"Microsoft finally showed off its newest mobile platform this week, Windows Phone 7 Series, which is set to ship by the end of the year. In any event, for Microsoft, the new product can't come soon enough. After an early lead in the U.S. smartphone war, Microsoft has lost much of its market share and almost all of its relevance, as BlackBerry maker Research In Motion and Apple's iPhone have taken over."

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Russian Giant And His Tiny Wife

"Here’s a guy you don’t ever want to pick a fight with: Nikolay Valuev, who, at 7 feet tall, absolutely towers over his opponents (before pummelling them to oblivion). But in fact the Russian giant is a sensitive soul who wooed his wife with love poems and likes a bit of Miss Marple. His wife is tiny [5ft 2in] and they have two small children."

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Russian girls and their cars

Every one knows that Russian and Eastern European Girls are the best! See what cars some of them drive.

"Russian blogs this post went viral. It was called “Our girls - Their Cars”, many have left comments like “Yep, our cars are not cool, but they don’t have the girls as cool as ours!”."

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Narcissism Often Prods A Cheating Heart

"What motivates cheaters? What are they thinking? How can smart people do such stupid things? With John Edward's recent confession of infidelity, these questions are all over the news. Oprah is even doing a show on why men cheat.

Most people believe that when partners cheat, it's a symptom of a bad relationship. They ask, "What was he or she not getting at home?" You can even find experts urging scorned women to snap men out of their doldrums by surprising them with something sexy . . . to be more "kittenish" so their tomcats are less likely to prowl. What a bunch of sexist hooey!

I'm not saying that adding some spice to your usual routine isn't a reasonable antidote for sexual boredom. But it won't keep a cheater from being unfaithful if the motivation for the infidelity is a fundamentally flawed self-esteem accompanied by an insatiable thirst for attention, novelty or excitement. Narcissistic entitlement, devoid of empathy, is often at the heart of infidelity. The narcissist seductively idealizes the new love interest while denigrating what they have at home.

So what are cheaters thinking?" The answer is - they're probably not. The truth is that we don't usually cheat because of something missing in our partner; we cheat because of something missing within ourselves.

But regardless of the motivation, there is no justification for an affair."

Read the full story by Dr. Sandra Scantling at

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Apple's Mac OS X is less secure than Windows (or not)

One of the main problems with many technology writers is that they don’t understand the technology they write about. Apple seldom says anything about Mac security and only points out the facts about Windows security. Did I mention that 99.99 percent of all exploited vulnerabilities occur on Windows PCs?

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Microsoft on IE8 Exploit: 'There Is No Patch', And there never will be.

Microsoft's security advisory 3 February 2010 revealed their investigation of a 'reported vulnerability' in IE affecting 'customers running Windows XP or who have disabled Internet Explorer Protected Mode'. They advise they can partially mitigate the threat by isolating IE.

The very fact that resident malware can still 'destroy data on the user's machine' means you as a Windows user have no protection at all. As soon as the black hats uncover another hole in the web periphery, the story will repeat itself.

The very fact Microsoft are attempting to 'isolate' their web interface is a tacit admission the system itself is defenceless. Take a deep breath now while you can. The next attack is right around the corner.

And you have to abandon IE, no matter the version or the version of your 'OS'. There is no patch.

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