August 16, 2013 Leave a comment
Day by Day Vol I, 4. 8.12.2013 – Published Monday through Friday
NEWS AND VIEWS
Egypt protests: Bloodshed as Pro-Morsi camps cleared
The BBC’s Hugh Sykes says a great cloud of black smoke is hanging over the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque area
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Egyptian security forces have stormed two protest camps occupied by supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, with reports of many killed.Witnesses said they saw at least 40 bodies, but the Muslim Brotherhood says hundreds died.
Armoured bulldozers moved deep into the main camp outside the eastern Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.
Officials say the other protest camp, at Nahda Square, has also been cleared.
Graphic accounts of bloodshed emerged from the protest camps as reporters described wounded protesters being treated next to the dead in makeshift field hospitals.
The 17-year-old daughter of leading Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohamed el-Beltagy was among the dead. Asmaa el-Beltagy was shot in the back and chest, her brother said.
A cameraman working for Sky News, Mick Deane, has also been killed in the violence.
There were reports of unrest elsewhere in Egypt.
Father, we beg Your blessing for the Right to Life, the Unborn, the weak, the sick and the old; all who are finding themselves being targets of the vicious culture of death; that our Lord Jesus bless and protect all who stand up for the Christian dignity of persons. That God enlighten those who are traveling down death’s highway by their involvement, in any way, with either the contemporary death culture, self ism, relativism, or any of the new age errors of our times, that God envelop our culture with His Divine protection and help us both individually and as a nation to true enlightenment, conversion and repentance of our selves and our culture. Help us to turn from our national sin of abortion, and return to, and once again become a Christian nation, on the narrow road, that is, the path to becoming a nation and culture, under God. Amen.
The moral of this story could be “Don’t believe everything you read,” because not only do writers make occasional mistakes, some writers intentionally insert fake facts into their works of non-fiction.
Authors or publishers have a lot of reasons for inserting the occasional fake fact in an otherwise rigorously researched reference book—they may be laying a “copyright trap” to see if anybody uses their book without giving credit. Or sometimes they just do it because it’s fun to trick people.
FAKE SONG. Joel Whitburn compiles music chart history books based on Billboard’s many charts, which go back to the 1930s. A number of his books note a very obscure song called “The Song of Love” recorded by bandleader Ralph Marterie. Whitburn says the song debuted and peaked at #84 on the pop chart for the week of December 26, 1955. However, Marterie never recorded “The Song of Love.” Nor did Billboard put out a chart the week of December 26, 1955. Whitburn included it to track just how far and by whom his research goes. (Ralph Marterie, however, was a real bandleader and made several recordings in the 1950s.)
FAKE MOVIE. The 1980 book The Golden Turkey Awards was one of the first ever to celebrate bad movies for being bad—for example, it renewed interest in the work of ’50s B-movie director Ed Wood, whom authors Michael and Harry Medved say directed the worst movie of all time, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Many of the movies detailed in the book were well-known but others were obscure, particularly Dog of Norway, a terrible animal movie starring Muki the Wonder Hound. But Dog of Norway, it turned out, was a hoax, and two clues to that fact were in book: A dog named Muki is included in the author’s photo, and the book is dedicated to Muki. Source: Uncle Johns Bathroom Reader
First, he saw white-pink clouds against a blue-black backdrop (purportedly the sky). Above the clouds, he claims to have observed “flocks of transparent, shimmering beings arced across the sky.” While he isn’t able to define exactly what he observed, he called them advanced, higher forms of being. The creatures were so content and overjoyed, Alexander recalls, that they created a “glorious chant” as they moved. He also stressed the interconnectedness of everything he observed, writing, “Everything was distinct, yet everything was also a part of everything else, like the rich and intermingled designs on a Persian carpet … or a butterfly’s wing.” On this journey, Alexander said a woman was with him and that she delivered to him very pointed messages. While she didn’t speak in the traditional sense, Alexander was able to understand her every word. The general messages were: “You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever,” “You have nothing to fear” and “There is nothing you can do wrong.”
The woman also told him that she (and others) would show him many things in this new world, but that he would inevitably return to earth. These are only a few of the elements that he described seeing. Just as surprising as what he observed is the change-of-heart that Alexander has had as a resul t of the experience:
Always remember the Lord.
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