Population Control

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Articles like this drive me nuts! The population growth scare/myth as been around since the late 1960’s. Interestingly enough, people have continued producing children, the population has continued to grow, and we have yet to experience a catastrophic food shortage. So what gives?

As a Christian, I know that the Bible mandates that we as humans go forth and multiply (Genesis 1:27-28). So it makes sense that the Devil, the ruler of the Earth, would try and stir up something that goes against God’s Word.

The article concludes:

“We want to minimize population growth, and the only viable way to do that is through more effective family planning,” said Casterline.

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The Checkpoint – 2/16

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A good Wednesday morning to everyone out there. All two of you. Yeah, I see you in the back sir, thanks for stopping by once more.

As I’m cruising around the web this morning, I thought I’d share a few links worthy of your time. Enjoy!

Sometimes video game designers smoke crack...

Over on 1up.com, Jeremy Parish has been running a series entitled Departing Salute, The Best of the DS. Feel the Magic: XY/XX not withstanding, Parish’s farewell game list for the DS highlights some of the best games on the system.  I highly recommend this informative read, especially if you have somehow managed to miss the gaming goodness of the Nintendo DS.

Steam has been having a random sale this week. Every day a new game is offered (Monday – Batman: Arkham Asylum; Tuesday – Just Cause 2). Both games featured so far have only cost $7.50. Makes me wish I had saved my allowance money!

In a news piece that didn’t surprise me at all, Gamespot reports that the movie based on the game BioShock was unable to find funding. That was one trip I wouldn’t have taken anyways.

Is anyone out there still playing Final Fantasy 11? I’ve been thinking about checking this game out again and was wondering if it was worth it.

Nice Guy Gamer has a great post on video games and battling anxiety. Check it out!

I think that’s about it for today. Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to leave a comment if you do as it keeps me writing.

 

Standing Their Ground: Chick-fil-A

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Being a California native, I had never heard of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A until I moved to the South. It was then that I was quickly won over by their great tasting chicken sandwiches and excellent dipping sauces (Chick-fil-A sauce is the best!). Defying my So-Cal logic, I soon learned that Chick-fil-A was closed on Sundays in order to let their employees have a day of rest. What a great idea! Although I can’t imagine a place like In-In-Out being closed on a Sunday. The money loss alone, for Sunday sales, would/ must be huge. Over the course of time, I also learned that Chick-fil-A is a company run on the Christian values of its founder, Truett Cathy.

Recently a dispute between the gay rights community and Chick-fil-A has formed over what some might view a simple donation. CNN’s Belief Blog had a post on this back on February 4th.

The current controversy erupted when some college campus and gay rights groups blasted the restaurant chain for donating free food to a Pennsylvania organization opposed to gay marriage.

The Human Rights Campaign, a major gay rights group, launched a letter writing campaign to the company, while the Indiana University South Bend went so far as to temporarily suspend Chick-fil-A service in its campus dining facilities.

The fallout provoked Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy to defend his company in a Facebook video and in a written statement.

“In recent weeks, we have been accused of being anti-gay,” Cathy said in a written statement last Saturday. “We have no agenda against anyone.”

“While my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage,” the statement continued, “we love and respect anyone who disagrees.”

The blog post on CNN continues on to talk about how Chick-fil-A may have to change their Christian core values as they expand out of the American South.

I absolutely love it when a minority group goes up in arms over a very simple action. But it’s discrimination I tell you! Guess what people, sometimes other people are going to have differing views than you. As a Christian, I am hardly ever surprised when a nonbeliever believes in something different than me. That is just life. All I ask is that the same “tolerance” be extended both ways. I hate that word…

So what if we flipped this story on its side, and gave the gay rights activists some free food, do you think that those against gay rights would be protesting? Maybe. I happen to not buy into all of this “green movement” stuff. I’ve seen Wall-E, I know how it all ends, and I am quite happy living on lounger in space. (Note: Wall-E is not a movie about the “green agenda” but a love story. I used this example as a joke) Due to my unpopular environmental beliefs, do I boycott companies that push what I see as a radical agenda?? No.

The future looks great!

The gay community needs to learn when and how to pick its battles. Just because an opposing group got some free food is no reason to get up in arms. Heck, we don’t know what would have happened had the gay rights group asked for food first in the first place.

Quite whining people. You have a hard enough sell to the general public that the gay rights movement is just like the civil rights movement. A lifestyle choice is the same as a racial choice. Awesome logic.

I congratulate Chick-fil-A for standing behind their core values. It certainly doesn’t look like being close on Sunday has hurt their company in the least. In an age of wishy-washy politicians and Internet opinion, I applaud Chick-fil-A for standing in the gap.

Sincerity

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16 The people answered, “We’d never forsake God! Never! We’d never leave God to worship other gods.

17-18 “God is our God! He brought up our ancestors from Egypt and from slave conditions. He did all those great signs while we watched. He has kept his eye on us all along the roads we’ve traveled and among the nations we’ve passed through. Just for us he drove out all the nations, Amorites and all, who lived in the land.

“Count us in: We too are going to worship God. He’s our God.”

19-20 Then Joshua told the people: “You can’t do it; you’re not able to worship God. He is a holy God. He is a jealous God. He won’t put up with your fooling around and sinning. When you leave God and take up the worship of foreign gods, he’ll turn right around and come down on you hard. He’ll put an end to you—and after all the good he has done for you!”

21 But the people told Joshua: “No! No! We worship God!”

22 And so Joshua addressed the people: “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen God for yourselves—to worship him.”

And they said, “We are witnesses.”

23 Joshua said, “Now get rid of all the foreign gods you have with you. Say an unqualified Yes to God, the God of Israel.”

24 The people answered Joshua, “We will worship God. What he says, we’ll do.”

Joshua 24:16-24 (The Message)

I read this passage last week during a devotional time in the morning. I was struck by the sincerity of the Israelites. However, as history would show, the Israelites continually would stumble and walk away from God. Thankfully God is a God that judges the heart; thankfully, He pursues us even when we don’t want to be pursued. In reading about the Old Testament struggles of the Israelites, I often feel myself wanting to scream at them, “how can you walk away from God when he just did ________?” I mean, these people experienced firsthand being led out of slavery in Egypt. I repeat, slavery! As much as I want to scream, I know that I am no better.

Looking back, I can see what God has done in my life. I can see how he led me across the United States in order to meet my wife. I have experienced rich blessings from God and yet I forget about those things while bogged down with everyday life. Issues at work, trouble with those around me, these things consume me and leave me wondering where God is in all of it. The thing is is that I fail, like the Israelites, to remember what God has done in my life. My heart is truly sincere in wanting to know God and follow him; my flesh, on the other hand, is indeed weak.

For the Love of Flight

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Sadly, Jasmine decided to ditch me...for some guy named Aladdin.

Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling

Through an endless diamond sky…

Flying through the forests near Shattrath, I was suddenly struck with the thought that flying in World of Warcraft is lame. I mean, don’t be me wrong, I love the ability to take flight at any time. In fact, I absolutely dislike having to dismount from my flying mount. If I could fly everywhere in-game, I would. That said, the flight mechanics/ physics in WoW are rigid. Flap, flap, flap.

Locked and loaded for a bombing run. The Ewoks won't know what hit'em.

As I flew just below the forest canopy, I wondered why my mount doesn’t increase speed when flying downwards. Why doesn’t the flying mount have the same physics that govern airplane movement? Imagine the excitement this could bring to the game! Aeriel PvP, quests that involve air races,  and dogfighting are but a few ideas that a flight mechanic overall could bring about.

In the end, I want my time spent soaring to not only be a convenient way to get from point A to point B, but to add to the storytelling and adventure.