Daily Archives: September 12, 2013

(Post-Gazette) Carnegie Mellon developing driverless car of the future now

Route 19 north in Cranberry is crowded with three lanes of cars zooming during Tuesday’s lunch hour. A metallic gold 2011 Cadillac SRX with four passengers is on the clogged highway, smoothly traveling at the 45 mph speed limit. Suddenly, danger looms — a black Jeep slowly enters the roadway right in front of the Cadillac. The Cadillac quickly brakes without losing control, slows down and continues moving, avoiding crashing into the rear of the erratically driven Jeep.

Now that was a pretty nifty piece of driving — especially by a computer.

Yes, that’s right, the Cadillac was totally, completely driving itself (with onboard human monitoring, to be sure). It stopped at stop signs and red lights, safely entered traffic on cross streets, made turns (using turn signals, natch), changed lanes to pass cars, and slowed down and accelerated at appropriate times, all the while choosing the most efficient route to a pre-programmed destination.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Education, Science & Technology, Travel

A BBC Interview with TEC Bishop Mary Glasspool–Q&A: What is it like to be a woman bishop?

As the Church in Wales looks at whether to allow women to be bishops, the Right Reverend Mary Glasspool, talks about her role as assistant bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles since 2010.

Her diocese is part of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, the country’s Anglican Church.

She started by describing her day-to-day job and went on to explain what she believes women can bring to leadership positions in the Church.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Episcopal Church (TEC), Religion & Culture, TEC Bishops

In Genesee County, Michigan, area Muslims become faith ambassadors after terrorist attacks

The terrorist attacks that happened 12 years ago…[yesterday] changed several things about the world, like airport security and the national sense of safety ”” not to mention the subsequent wars touched off at least in part by the events.

For Muslims like [Iman] Meyer-Hoffman, non-Muslims around her suddenly took an interest in their religion, as it is widely believed a radical Islamist group carried out the attacks.

Michigan is home to one of the largest populations of Muslims in the U.S., with The Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. The Fenton area is home to several families that attend the mosque in Burton.

Read it all from yesterday’s TC Times paper.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., History, Islam, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, Terrorism

Utah Episcopal Bishop Scott Hayashi takes a stand against anti-Mormon humor

The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi, Episcopal Bishop of Utah, is a smiler.

He loves to laugh, and those who know him best say he can tell a joke with the best of them.

But there is one form of humor that always puts a frown on his face.

“I don’t like jokes that are hateful toward any one group, especially jokes that are hateful toward a religious group,” he said. “In my baptismal covenant I pledged that I would ”˜work for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.’ Statements of hate, regardless of who they are generated against or how humorously they are intended, are not part of what it means to me to be faithful as an Episcopalian. So I say, don’t do it.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Christology, Episcopal Church (TEC), Ethics / Moral Theology, Inter-Faith Relations, Mormons, Multiculturalism, pluralism, Other Faiths, Pastoral Theology, Religion & Culture, TEC Bishops, Theology

(ENS) An Art. on the Illinois Court Ruling against the New TEC Diocese that upholds Trdl. TEC polity

Read it all and note the wording very carefully.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Church History, Episcopal Church (TEC), Law & Legal Issues, Parish Ministry, Presiding Bishop, Stewardship, TEC Bishops, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Quincy, TEC Polity & Canons

Your Prayers requested for Today's Clergy Day in the Diocese of South Carolina

It happens at St. Paul’s, Summerville, S.C., from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00.

Thank you.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Ecclesiology, Episcopal Church (TEC), Ethics / Moral Theology, Evangelism and Church Growth, Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry, Soteriology, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: South Carolina, Theology, Theology: Scripture

(Reuters) Muslim rebel clashes spread to second southern Philippine island

Fighting between security forces and rogue Muslim rebels seeking to declare an independent state escalated in a southern Philippine city on Thursday and spread to a second island, officials said.

U.S.-trained commandos exchanged gunfire with a breakaway faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) holding dozens of hostages in Zamboanga City, on the southernmost island of Mindanao, army spokesman Domingo Tutaan said.

The violence illustrates the security challenge potential investors face in the impoverished south of the majority Roman Catholic country despite a strong nationwide economic performance in the second quarter.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Asia, Inter-Faith Relations, Islam, Muslim-Christian relations, Other Churches, Other Faiths, Philippines, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic, Violence

Thursday Mental Health Break–The Gregory Brothers Wonderful Country Version of "Wrecking Ball"

Listen to the whole thing–I stumbled onto this by accident this week and I just love it–give it a couple of seconds at the beginning because it does not start cleanly; KSH.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Humor / Trivia, Music

A Prayer for the Feast Day of John Henry Hobart

Revive thy Church, Lord God of hosts, whensoever it doth fall into complacency and sloth, by raising up devoted leaders, like thy servant John Henry Hobart whom we remember this day; and grant that their faith and vigor of mind may awaken thy people to thy message and their mission; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Church History, Episcopal Church (TEC), Spirituality/Prayer, TEC Bishops

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Eternal God, whose majesty is revealed in mercy: Grant that as we draw near to thee thy truth may set us free from the bondage of our own thoughts and desires, and that as we abide in thee our prayers may be an instrument of thy righteous will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Scripture Readings

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High; and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.

–Psalm 50:14-15

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial–9/11 fallout: Americans must take stock of threats to freedom

The 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York, Washington and Somerset County by al-Qaida terrorists reminds the United States of the life-changing aspects of what happened that day.

It is useful that Americans are probably more vigilant as a result of the fatal assaults. Unfortunately, repeated words of caution and fear are frequently used by politicians and others to further their own ambitions.

The length of the ensuing Afghanistan War and the Iraq War, with the loss of life and expenditure of resources, is attributable to the 9/11 attacks. It is inconceivable that the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama could have initiated or maintained either conflict if there had been no 9/11 and resulting U.S. insecurity….

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., History, Law & Legal Issues, Politics in General, Terrorism, Urban/City Life and Issues, Violence

(Washington Post) 9/11/2013: How we remember

Take a look at all the pictures and note there is an autoplay option.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * General Interest, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., History, Photos/Photography, Terrorism, Urban/City Life and Issues, Violence