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Justice League 4K - doing justice to the DC comics universe?

Justice League 4K - doing justice to the DC comics universe?
Warner Brothers’ ongoing attempts to play catch-up with the Marvel cinematic universe continues with Justice League, their version of The Avengers, in which a group of superheroes teams up to fight a super villain bent on mayhem, conquest and destruction.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, March 17, 2018 - Full Story

Thor Ragna-rocks in its 4K disc incarnation

Thor Ragna-rocks in its 4K disc incarnationMarvel’s third Thor outing is one “Val-helluva” way to get into the 4K disc market, and it’s also the best of the Thor outings to date.

And it’s a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously and even imparted quite a few laughs on its audience.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, March 17, 2018 - Full Story

Vatican Advances Fake Letter to turn Conservatives Against Church Tradition

What can be called an insidious attempt to use Benedict XVI to advance Pope Francis’ radical post-conciliar agenda has been exposed.

Vatican Advances Fake Letter to turn Conservatives Against Church Tradition
Early in the week the Catholic world had been abuzz over a letter sent by Benedict XVI to Vatican communications director Monsignor Dario Vigano, in which the former pontiff purportedly criticized Church conservatives for their “foolish prejudice” in not recognizing that “Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological formation.”

By David Martin - Thursday, March 15, 2018 - Full Story

A brewer’s tale of proteins and beer

A brewer's tale of proteins and beer
The transformation of barley grains into beer is an old story, typically starring water, yeast and hops. Now, in a report in the Journal of Proteome Research, scientists are highlighting another character in this tale: proteins. The results could someday lead to a better, tastier brew.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - Full Story

Literacy Experts: Are They Ready To Apologize Yet?

Berys Dixon is the Education Establishment's worst nightmare
The people in charge of literacy in most English-speaking countries are literacy’s worst enemies. This counterintuitive turn-about has to be one of the planet’s more bizarre stories.

By Bruce Deitrick Price - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - Full Story

Graham is Gone—Are the Two Power Prophets Next?

Graham is Gone--Are the Two Power Prophets Next?
Since the passing of Billy Graham a plethora of voices has chimed in, each attempting to ascertain exactly what Graham’s death means in today’s world.

Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship, and television’s Sid Roth are all saying that Graham’s death may create the “spark” for a national and perhaps an international revival.

By Rev. Michael Bresciani - Monday, March 12, 2018 - Full Story

I Won’t Die Sinning

I hope to die praying
Shortly before sundown, we drivers finished cultivating my father’s Mississippi Delta cotton fields, and no sooner had we parked our tractors than a long, steady, soaking summer rain began drumming on the shed’s tin roof — just what the bolls needed to finish filling with fiber.

By Jimmy Reed - Monday, March 12, 2018 - Full Story

How cats and dogs are consuming and processing parabens

How cats and dogs are consuming and processing parabens
Many households can claim at least one four-legged friend as part of the family. But pets that primarily stay indoors can have increased rates of diseases, such as diabetes, kidney diseases and hypothyroidism compared with those that stay exclusively outside.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, March 12, 2018 - Full Story

Timely Reflections on the Third Secret

Timely Reflections on the Third Secret
With the crisis of faith ever intensifying, it behooves the Catholic hierarchy to reflect on a historic statement made forty-one years ago by Pope Paul VI. On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s last apparition at Fatima, the pope said:

By David Martin - Sunday, March 11, 2018 - Full Story

Invoke St. Gertrude for Gardens

Invoke St. Gertrude for Gardens
All good Irish along with many other envious mortals celebrate 17th March as St. Patrick’s Day. Even the English agriculturalist William Cobett admitted, “The Irish people are brave, generous, hospitable, laborious, and full of genius.” Better still for the horticultural fraternity, it is also the day dedicated to St. Gertrude of Nivelles (d.659) virgin and abbess whose name is invoked for gardens. Ask then, as they did in Finian’s Rainbow, ‘How Are Things in Glocca Morra?’ and maybe, just maybe, leprechauns like Og will answer, or so maintains Irish tribal folklore

By Wes Porter - Saturday, March 3, 2018 - Full Story

How Can You Stay So Optimistic?

How Can You Stay So Optimistic?
People ask often me “How can you spend so much time following the news and writing on the bizarre twists and turns of our political theater of the absurd and still remain so happy and optimistic?”

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Friday, March 2, 2018 - Full Story

Can And Will

Can And Will
At her country store, Maya Angelou’s grandmother tolerated a few customers who were chronic complainers, but no matter how tough things got, her outlook on life remained positive, and she instilled that attitude in her granddaughter.

By Jimmy Reed - Friday, March 2, 2018 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Moth Orchid Care

Moth Orchid Care
Moth orchids—Phalaenopsis—are everywhere these days. From supermarket to local grocery store if you want one, you won’t have far to go.

By Wes Porter - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Where is Fulton Sheen’s Sainthood?

Where is Fulton Sheen's Sainthood?
The Catholic religion inducts and celebrates its saints, and I would like to know what the holdup is regarding the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979). Why is he not yet a saint?

For those who do not know, Fulton Sheen hosted an extremely popular television show in the 1950s. A number of its episodes can be watched on the internet, so those who were born long after Fulton Sheen’s passing can catch a glimpse of what the man was like.

By Jim ONeill - Sunday, February 25, 2018 - Full Story

Potager du Roi: The King’s Vegetable Garden

Potager du Roi: The King's Vegetable Garden
Planning for a home vegetable garden this spring? Spare a thought for the French Sun King’s Potager du Roi at Versailles. Louis XIV (1643-1715) needed his 25 acres to support his vast court numbering some 10,000 nobles, officials and servants of every rank and pomposity.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, February 24, 2018 - Full Story

Poisoning by Plant Cyanogens

Poisoning by Plant Cyanogens

Late last year a California visitor to Montreal was hospitalized with cyanide poisoning after treating himself to a package of apricot kernels. He survived. A week later it was reported that a 70-year-old Vermont retirement home resident had been arrested for attempting to poison other residents with home-made ricin. None succumbed.

By Wes Porter - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Pope Francis using respected charity foundation to bail out corrupt medical institute

Pope Francis using respected charity foundation to bail out corrupt medical institute
Last summer, Pope Francis asked the U.S. based Papal Foundation to direct $25 million to the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), a dermatological hospital in Rome that has been plagued with corruption and financial scandal for years.

By David Martin - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Full Story

Behold history’s worst Olympic halfpipe run. ...Also, oddly, one of history’s best

Meet Elizabeth Swaney
Meet Elizabeth Swaney.  She’s a thoroughly average skier, probably no better than anyone you could find at your average, regional, Mount Trashmore.  Unlike your average skier, she just competed in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in women’s ski halfpipe.

Thanks to her ability to read the rules, she figured out a way to qualify while having little actual ability.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

A Crawfish Cook Calamity

A Crawfish Cook Calamity
That warm, spring Mississippi Delta Saturday was ideal for doing anything outdoors, but the calamitous way it turned out was less than ideal.

By Jimmy Reed - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

The Latest Buzz on Neonicotinoids

The Latest Buzz on Neonicotinoids
Controversy has accompanied neonicotinoid pesticides ever since their commercial introduction in the mid-1990s. Discovered by Japanese researchers at a Bayer lab in Tokyo while working on an earlier, 1970s, pesticide created in California, it was released as imidacloprid in the 1990s. Within a decade it, along with clothianidin, also made by Bayer, and thiamethoxam from Syngenta, were accounting for 25 percent of all global insecticide sales.

By Wes Porter - Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Full Story