Sermon Podcast: Goin’ Fishin’

Jesus called disciples from all walks of life: fishermen, tax collectors, scholars, freedom fighters, Jews, Greeks, oldies and youngsters. In their footsteps our mission is not to be pleasant and convenient but edgy and true.

Listen to a sermon by the Rev. Daniel Haas based on Jonah 1:1-6,11-17 and Mark 1:16-20. It was delivered at Provo Community United Church of Christ on January 29 2012.

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Twitter with less censorship

Twitterwitter recently added the option of withholding content in specific countries, while keeping that content available for the rest of the world. There has been a lot of outrage about what is allegedly censorship.

Now please give the folks at Twitter a break, in reality there is going to be less censorship:
“Until now, the only way we could take account of those countries’ limits was to remove content globally.” Now deletes will be limited to countries that “for historical or cultural reasons, restrict certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content.”
Now what’s wrong with that?


Gingrich’s Kennedy Moment

1962: Kennedy’s eternal speech at Rice University on September 12th, 1962 setting the goal of the space race during the 1960’s.

2010: Obama grounding NASA
For the first time since John Glenn flew in 1962, the United States will have no access of its own for humans into space — and no prospect of getting there in the foreseeable future.

2012: Gingrich brings inspiration back


Sermon podcast: Personal Demons


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Listen to a sermon by the Rev. Daniel Haas commemorating Health and Human Service Sunday based on Deuteronomy 18:15-20 and Mark 1:21-28. It was delivered at Provo Community United Church of Christ on January 22 2012.

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Wikipedia half-wrong

I don’t mean the accuracy of some articles of the world’s most important encyclopedia but its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18. The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate.

Here is the problem that I see:

Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #sopa
Jimmy Wales

Protesting, opposing and stopping SOPA is a very good cause that I fully support:

“SOPA requires online service providers, Internet search engines, payment network providers, and Internet advertising services, upon receiving a copy of a court order relating to an AG action, to carry out certain preventative measures including withholding services from an infringing site or preventing users located in the United States from accessing the infringing site. Requires payment network providers and Internet advertising services, upon receiving a copy of such an order relating to a right holder’s action, to carry out similar preventative measures.”

In plain English: Whoever builds and maintains the road on which bank-robbers escape is considered and accomplice, which is ridiculous.

PIPA on the other hand does something useful:

“PIPA authorizes the Attorney General (AG) to commence: (1) an in personam action against a registrant of a nondomestic domain name (NDN) used by an Internet site dedicated to infringing activities (ISDIA) or an owner or operator of an ISDIA accessed through an NDN; or (2) if such individuals are unable to be found by the AG or have no address within a U.S. judicial district, an in rem action (against a domain name itself, in lieu of such individuals) against the NDN used by an ISDIA.”

In plain English: Overseas websites that offer pirated movies for download will be blocked.

To sum up: SOPA Nay, PIPA Yea, Wikipedia should limit its protest to SOPA only.