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The Challenge of Islam
Dr. Mohler offers some level-headed thinking about Islam and about President Obama’s remarks about it. “I criticize President Obama, not for stating that America is not at war with Islam, but for failing to be honest in clarifying that we do face a great civilizational challenge in Islam. Islam is, in effect, the single most vital competitor to Western ideals of civilization on the world scene.”


The Hunt for Gollum
Ray Fowler brings a bit of information about a movie by fans and for fans that takes place in the world of Middle Earth. “he production values look impressive for a home-made film. (I read somewhere they did this for only $3,000? That doesn’t seem possible.) Started over two years ago, the 45-minute film will be available for free download or live streaming at the official Hunt for Gollum website on May 3, 2009.”


Of Kellie Martin and Breast Pumps
6YearMed brings another funny little tale from the hospital. “Last week, I took care of a little boy referred from a few hours away by a doctor who visits his Amish community. The beginning of our encounter could have truly been a scene out of a made-for-TV-movie starring Kellie Martin.”


Missing the Woman I Fell in Love With
I enjoyed this poignant article by Josh Lerman (posted at Parenting.com). “Somehow in the past ten years or so since our first daughter was born, in the mad swirl of breastfeeding and colic, of Pull-Ups and wipes, dinners and playdates, car repairs and sweeping, versions of each other that we used to take for granted — versions of our relationship — have gone missing.”


The Paul Edwards Program
Yesterday I was a guest on the Paul Edwards program, talking about technology. I was on after a rather interesting interview with atheist Christopher Hitchens. The audio is available here if you feel like listening in. I came on around an hour and a half into the program, I believe.


Editing Memory
The Times has rather an interesting article about a scientific “advance” that is really spooky in its potential ramifications. “Suppose scientists could erase certain memories by tinkering with a single substance in the brain. Could make you forget a chronic fear, a traumatic loss, even a bad habit.”


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