Should We Be Offended By Words That Don’t Conform To Our Beliefs?

Should We Be Offended By Words That Don’t Conform To Our Beliefs?

Comedians Make their Living Making Others Uncomfortable

Some people have very thin skin. We hate people for belittling our beliefs for the sake of comic relief, or for just wanting to be ornery. Jews hate jokes about their idiosyncrasies, and Christians deplore jokes about Christ and the so-called sacred teachings in the bible. Muslins are offended by snide remarks about Allah, or the strange wording in the Koran.

In other words, religion is off limits these days and there is a good reason why it is a taboo subject. Religion is going through a major metamorphosis. The religious wave is finally hitting the beach of common sense, and people are scared to walk on that beach.

Christian Broda knows that religion is not the only topic that raises the hairs on the back of people’s neck. Race and sexual orientation are big no-no’s these days. Incriminating words said in jest, or to make a point send us down a slippery slope of discrimination and bigotry, and that slope may never ends. We try to contain our bigotry using religious righteousness, but, as mentioned, religion has its own issues to deal with.

We don’t have to be offended by words that don’t conform to our beliefs, but we can’t help ourselves. It’s learned behavior and we’re not doing anything to change that behavior.

Filipinos Reenact Bible For Easter

Filipinos Reenact Bible For Easter

The Filipino people are some of the most devoted Christians on the face of the earth, and this past Easter they showed their level of devotion. However, the people of the Philippines may have taken it a bit far. Many Filipino people reenacted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Thousands of people mobbed the wild streets of Angeles.

Many scenes from the Bible were reenacted on street corners and alleyways. Hundreds of people lyed on the ground, and they were actually whipped and beaten. Folks at Anastasia Date have heard that there were also many Filipinos dressed as Roman soldiers. Someone also played the role of Jesus Christ, as he carried a cross through a bloody street.

Easter is a time of grace and recognition towards Jesus Christ, I’m not sure that reenacting every scene of Jesus’ brutal death was a good idea. There are many Filipino people that are severely injured right now because of their devotion to Christ, but I dont know that Jesus would actually want that for them. The Filipino people that were beaten and whipped say that God will see their sacrifice. Hopefully, God sends them a message to stop the self torture. For more information on this story, visit Buzzfeed.

Love Is In The Air At Skout

Love Is In The Air At Skout

I enjoy going on the internet, but I never liked to use social media websites, because I found them to be intrusive and very impersonal. Even though I’m not one to go on social media, I decided that I would check out a network that I found out about, called Skout. I haven’t been on the dating scene in a while, and I figured it was time to try something new, because everything else I was trying, in order to find a date was not working. I signed up for the network, by going onto the website, and I also found out that they had an app too.

I decided to make my profile one that included my picture, because I was serious about finding a date. I wasn’t certain I wanted to find a real relationship, but I would settle for a friendship. After setting up my profile, I started searching through the website, and I put in a specific search, so I could find someone who may interest me. I decided to read some more about the network, because I was confused as to how it worked. I read about the “shake to chat” feature, and I was very impressed by it.

I switched from my desktop to my phone, and I began to use the shake to chat feature. I found one person after another to talk to, and they were in different parts of the world. I happened to find someone who was only about 30 miles from where I lived, and we hit it off right away. Instead of shaking my phone again, so I could get to another person, I continued talking to this man for hours. I didn’t know anything about a favorites list, and I told him we would talk again later.

After learning some more about Skout, I found out that I could check out someone else’s favorites list, but I needed some Skout points to do so. I hadn’t added the guy to my list, and I was fearful that I would never see him again. Lucky me, he said that he had saved me as a favorite, so he found me right away, and we continued talking. He is now a favorite of mine, and we talk every day. I might even say that I love the guy, and we’ve had lunch a few times already. I’m glad I opened up myself to using Skout.

Bruce Levenson leads UCG to future success

Bruce Levenson leads UCG to future success

Bruce Levenson and Ed Peskowitz have worked together since they formed their first newsletter that laid the foundations of the United Communications Group. Since founding UCG through the publication of the Oil Express newsletter, the company has expanded beyond the oil industry and now provides data and real time analytics for a variety of industries across the world. The UCG group of companies has seen a huge amount of expansion and improvement over the last few years that has continued until the group has diversified into a series of areas, including the development of the GasBuddy app and a stand alone company, Tech Target.

Levenson was working as a journalist for the Washington Star when he and Peskowitz embarked on the creation of the Oil Express newsletter, which legend has it was formed in either a store room or spare room. Always known for his multi tasking approach, Levenson began working at the Washington Star when he was studying for a law degree and was developing the Oil Express idea. UCG quickly grew to incorporate a number of other newsletters and data providing organizations that are now largely concerned with the distribution of date and analytics via the Internet. UCG used its skills within the oil and gas industries to develop the popular GasBuddy app, which is concerned with providing real time information on gas prices fro consumers based on GPS location or zip codes.

There is more to Levenson than simply the business side of his life, an active person he and wife, Karen, embarked on a camping trip to Antarctica as a form of relaxation. He is also well known as the public face of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise and has played an active role on the NBA Board of Governors in recent years. Philanthropy also plays an important role in the life of the Levenson family with the donations made to the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC designed to keep the tragic events of World War II alive in the minds of the people of the US long into the future.

Scientists Discover Why Paintings Are Fading

Scientists Discover Why Paintings Are Fading

There is an interesting article on the PRI website about how scientists have discovered why the colors in some of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings are fading. The painter used one of the first synthetically produced paints, plumbonacrite, to get the bright red color in many of his works. Often not made correctly in the first place, this paint fades over time to white. Scientists took a tiny fleck of white paint from one van Gogh painting and analayzed it with laser technology and discovered that it was made of plumbonacrite and originally red.

The article explains how the advent of synthetic paints were a big part of Impressionism stated emobile.com. These new paints were part of the industrial revolution, and artists like van Gogh and Renoir were excited about them since they made possible bright new colors. In fact, Renoir even said that Impressionism may not have happened without synthetic paints. Some of Renoir’s reds are also fading today although they contain a different chemical than plumbonacrite.

Media Columnist David Carr dies at 58

Media Columnist David Carr dies at 58

The New York Times has reported the death of its respected and often controversial media columnist and critic David Carr after he collapsed in the offices of the newspaper. Carr had grown to become one of the most important commentators and defenders of the media in the 21st century after a difficult life that included a period of drug addiction and the survival of cancer. Carr died after collapsing in The New York Time offices following a screening and discussion of the movie Citizenfour he had chaired said Haidar Barbouti.

Born in Minneapolis in 1956, Carr spent a large amount of his career working for various alternative media newspapers and writing for Websites before arriving at The New York Times in 2002. He was also the author of an acclaimed memoir, The Night of the Gun, which detailed his personal problems, including an addiction to crack cocaine. After checking into a rehab facility Carr went on to become one of the best known defenders of the media in all its forms and had written a column as late as Wednesday that featured his thoughts on the scandal involving Brian Williams and NBC News.

Dr. Rod Rohrich of Dallas Texas Named Among Top Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Rod Rohrich of Dallas Texas Named Among Top Plastic Surgeons
Culture is constantly changing and it is becoming more common to see people undergo plastic surgery.
Dr. Rod Rohrich of Dallas Texas has recently been named one of the topmost plastic surgeons by D Magazine. He also currently serves as a professor and Chairman in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His specialty is rhinoplasty surgery, which is cosmetic surgery performed on the nose. It is considered to be one of the most difficult to perform in plastic surgery. When it comes to surgery performance, he is known to stress what he calls the three E’s: expertise, exceptional results and experience. He stresses to the public to ensure that the surgeons are board certified, are very adept and have the expertise to perform your surgery right. This is not surprising as he has received many cases in which the surgery went wrong and he had to correct the errors.

In 1991, Dr. Rohrich succeeded Dr. Fritz as Chairman. Since then, much of his academic work has touched on numerous areas of both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Among the many, they have included nasal anatomy and concepts of rhinoplasty, breast surgery, patient safety initiatives and body contouring with liposuction. He has also chaired over 100 symposiums both nationally and internationally and given over 900 presentations on just about every topic of plastic surgery ever thought of. In 2005, he was chosen as the Editor-in-Chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which is a peer-reviewed journal in the field. He has also contributed to over 30 chapters in Plastic Surgery textbooks and edited four textbooks/ books.

It is not difficult to see that plastic surgery is not only Dr. Rod Rohrich’s career, it is also his passion in life. Over the years, Dr. Rod Rohrich has dedicated his life to the satisfactory of his patients and students alike. Even more importantly, he is also dedicated to ensuring that it is done right and safely. That being said, Dr. Rohrich is a true leader in his field and believes in providing only the best of services in both the field and academically.

Your Next Doctor’s Visit Could Get Crowded

Your Next Doctor’s Visit Could Get Crowded

In a usual physician’s visit, you hang around for some time, get your needs checked, and use some few minutes alone inside a room with a doctor. It is private, but as Lee G. Lovett notes, it’s also brief. A number of doctors, aggravated with a relentless plan of a 15-minute or so, one by one visit, are testing with meetings with a group of patients.

As per the American Academy of Family Physicians, approximately 10% of family physicians already provide shared healthcare appointments, meetings that gather at least a dozen patients that have similar health conditions to convene with a physician for a period of 90 minutes.

With stress from government as well as insurers to lower the cost of medical care whilst treating the rising number of people that have medical cover, patients are able to look forward to group appointments to become exceedingly common. “It’s efficient. It’s economical. It’s high-quality care when it’s done right,” says Edward Noffsinger, a psychologist based in California who developed the model back on the 1990s at Kaiser Permanente, the biggest Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in the state.

In group visits, examinations as well as tests are also carried out privately, although patients talk about their illnesses with their group members. The hypothesis is that every patient is able to study from the experiences of fellow group members, and physicians are able to have sufficient, more stress-free discussion rather than hop scotching to 3 or 4 examination rooms in one hour.

Jonathan Veitch, College President and Community Advocate

Jonathan Veitch, College President and Community Advocate

Jonathan Veitch arrived at Occidental College as president in 2009 and soon came up with a strategic plan for the school. His plan included not only constructing and renovating buildings, but increasing civic engagement, enhancing the arts in the community, starting global literacy programs, and creating partnerships with cultural organizations of Southern California.

President Veitch, 59, came to Occidental from The New School’s Eugene Lang College where he was dean and also taught American literature and cultural History. It was there that he also developed a strong interest in innovation and engagement with the surrounding community. He saw community relations as very important.

Prior to his tenure at the New School, he was a professor in the English department at the University of Wisconsin.

A native of Los Angeles, president Veitch came from a famous Hollywood family. He was the son of John Veitch, president of Columbia Pictures international productions. His step-father was actor Alan Ladd. He graduated from Stanford University and received his PhD from Harvard University in the History of American Civilization. During his academic career, he wrote several books and articles. He wrote the award-winning American Superrealism: Nathaniel West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930’s and Colossus in Ruins: Mythic Geographies and Lost Histories in the American Provinces. He was the associate editor of Contemporary Literature from 1992 to 1997 and editorial consultant for American Literary History from 1993 to 2000. Articles of his have appeared in The American Quarterly, Los Angeles Times Book Review and The Boston Review.

In addition to building renovations on campus, he was able to place a one-megawatt solar power installation, the largest in Los Angeles, placed. The school provided outreach programs and worked to enhance education in the area. Under president Veitch, the student body became more diverse, both nationally and internationally.

Jonathan Veitch has a wife, Sarah, and three daughters.

Plans Announced For Future of the Forecastle Festival

Plans Announced For Future of the Forecastle Festival

 

The City of Louisville, Kentucky recently reached an agreement with the founder and promoters of a local music festival that will permit the event to remain at Waterfront Park for at least the next five years. The three day Forecastle Festival during recent years has attracted more than 60,000 participants, some 58% of them drawn from outside of the Louisville metropolitan area. It generates an estimated $14 million in support for area businesses and residents.

The Forecastle Festival was founded by Captain J. K. McKnight in 2002 stated Lins Andrade. It promotes art, music and environmental concern. This year’s preliminary lineup of 47 performers includes both musical groups and stage acts. The event will occur from July 17th through the 19th in Waterfront Park, a sprawling 85-acre park located in the midst of downtown Louisville, Kentucky along the Ohio River.

Last year, the festival drew people from 49 states and 10 other nations. The celebration has grown considerably since 2002, when it occurred in a much smaller venue in Louisville. Louisville maintains a vibrant cultural life, with over 10,000 acres of parks and recreational spaces located within Louisville County and adjoining Jefferson County and their environs, plus some nine major museums.