Michael Fairfax

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Johnny Cash’s Train Songs Are the Only Thing My Toddler and I Can Agree On

My toddler son has decided that what he cares most about in this world is trains, or, as he calls them, in exclamations that range from joyous to angry to plaintive, “choo choos.” This choo-choo phase has changed my media diet, but I’ve tried to set some boundaries. No to Thomas the Tank Engine and …

Trains

'Homeless Jesus Christ' sculpture unveiled in Manchester

A new sculpture depicting Jesus Christ sleeping rough has been installed in Manchester city centre.<p>Jesus the Homeless, by the Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz, depicts a figure lying on a bench. Its pierced feet indicate it is Jesus.<p>The sculpture is situated outside St Ann's Church and has been …

Christianity

Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers are 'unable to tell the time'

Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said.<p>Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on …

Education

Common allergic conditions linked to mental health

In a new, large-scale study, eczema, hay fever, and asthma are linked to an increased risk of developing mental illnesses. The study backs up …

Psychiatry

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Genetics

Pioneer doctor Asperger was Nazi collaborator who 'sent children to their deaths'

The pioneering Austrian paediatrician whose name came to describe patients with Asperger’s syndrome was in fact a Nazi collaborator who sent children to their deaths, new research reveals.<p>Hans Asperger has for decades been regarded as a hero in the field of autism treatment and research, said to …

Autism

German theatre offers free seats to spectators wearing swastikas

German prosecutors said Wednesday that they would not investigate a theatre offering free tickets to people who wear a swastika during a play named after Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, because of artistic freedom laws.<p>A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in the southern city of Konstanz, or …

Star of David

How the Vietnam war created America’s modern “white power” movement

Read this historian’s origin story of “white power” activism in the US.<p>“They believe in a racial nation that would be transnational in scope ... based on the idea that white people are the chosen people.”<p>That’s how University of Chicago historian Kathleen Belew describes the ideology of the “white …

Vietnam War

Electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani explains synthesizers on kids TV show (1980)

On this 1980 episode of 3-2-1 Contact -- the excellent PBS kids TV show about science -- legendary experimental electronic musician Suzanne Ciani …

North Carolina

German bishops ask Vatican for clarity on Holy Communion

Cologne, Germany, Apr 4, 2018 / 03:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven German bishops have written to the Vatican, asking for clarification on the question …

Catholicism

As Time Goes By by Derek Taylor review – life in the Beatles’ magic circle

A new edition of the memoir by the band’s amiable press officer who witnessed Beatlemania and took notes as the breakup happened<p>“Spring is here and Leeds play Chelsea tomorrow and Ringo and George and John and Paul are alive and well and full of hope. The world is still spinning and so are we and …

Literature
Geology

Trump Falls Apart In Front Of The World When Asked About Russia

During a joint press conference at the White House with the leaders of the Baltic States, Trump came unhinged and fell apart when asked about …

Russia

Meet Nadia Boulanger, “The Most Influential Teacher Since Socrates,” Who Mentored Philip Glass, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Quincy Jones & Other Legends

We recently featured a video of Brian Eno giving controversial advice to artists: “don’t get a job.” Easier said than done, of course, but he makes a …

Flute

50 Years Later, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Is Still A Cinematic Landmark

Near the beginning of Stanley Kubrick's <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, a big black monolith appears in an African desert, leaving a group of prehistoric ape-men standing there baffled. And that was pretty much the reaction that greeted the film itself when it premiered 50 years ago this week.<p>Nobody was …

Science Fiction

Lutheran View of the Mass / Catholics & Lutheran Worship

April 3, 2018 by Dave Armstrong<p>Pastor Ben Maton (Lutheran – Missouri Synod [“LCMS”] ) serves at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlottesville, …

Theology

Medically assisted death allows couple married almost 73 years to die together

Open this photo in gallery<p>When George and Shirley Brickenden tell the story of how they met, it’s like watching a charming little play unfold – one the couple might have workshopped for seven decades.<p>It was Christmas in Halifax, 1944. He was in the Navy and she was in the Air Force. Mr. …

Empathy

How the Christian movie series God’s Not Dead fails to be Christian

The hugely popular trilogy isn’t really about Christianity. It’s about a persecution complex.<p>Perhaps the most surprising moment in <i>God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness</i> <i>—</i> the third installment in the wildly popular and commercially successful Christian movie franchise — comes when the beleaguered …

Faith

One of the ugliest things a Christian can do

Pope Francis has a message to make you think again about this "little sin."<p>Gossiping … it’s one of those sneaky little vices that pushes into the …

Christianity

"Nightmare Bacteria": What You Need to Know About Antibiotic-Resistant Germs

"There's good news and bad news to report."<p>Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are the new normal. Whether it’s super gonorrhea or whatever’s found in …

Public Health

Typeface elegantly combines Braille and English characters

Braille Neue is a dual typeface designed by Kosuke Takahashi that overlays Braille and English into one simple font. For sighted people who do not …

“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettThe idea that we learn better when taught via our preferred modality or “learning style” – such as visually, orally, or by doing …

Pedagogy

The “biblical” defense of Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels

King David, President Trump, and using Scripture for political purposes.<p>To social conservatives, particularly evangelicals, the Stormy Daniels saga presents an ethical quandary: The president they’ve tasked with defending Christianity against the “secular left” allegedly cheated on his third wife, …

Donald Trump

When Jews were fleeing the Nazis, they found an unexpected refuge in Japanese-occupied Shanghai

The city became a Jewish cultural hub, with spots like the White Horse providing homesick refugees with schnitzel, apple strudel, and news from …

Nazi Concentration Camps

John W. Jones: The Runaway Slave Who Buried Nearly 3000 Confederate Soldiers

John W. Jones was as close to a sinless man as you could find—with the exception of the time he lied to his mother.<p>It was a late June evening in 1844 …

Great Depression

Ringo Starr Wears Custom Varvatos for Knighting Ceremony

The designer created a morning suit-style outfit for the former Beatle.<p>Just call him Sir Richard Starkey.<p>On Tuesday, Starkey, better known as Ringo …

Stormy Daniels is America's first lady — it just makes sense

I have some interesting news: The real first lady of the United States of America is Stormy Daniels.<p>I’ve gone over this in my mind, backward and forward, and basic logic dictates that I’m right.<p>Hear me out:<p>Donald Trump is president of the United States.<p>Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie …

I’m a scholar of the “prosperity gospel.” It took cancer to show me I was in its grip.

What happens when faith and hard work aren’t enough?<p>There’s a branch of Christianity that promises a direct path to the good life. It is called by many names, but most often it is nicknamed the “prosperity gospel” for its bold central claim that God will give you your heart’s desires: money in the …

Betsy DeVos Calls “60 Minutes” a Waste of a Half Hour

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Furious about her treatment on the CBS news-magazine program on Sunday night, Betsy DeVos spoke to reporters on Monday, and called “60 Minutes” a “total waste of a half hour.”<p>“I had never watched ‘60 Minutes’ before, but I can tell you this, I will never watch it …