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CRISPR, an update

This is pretty cool news as scientist in the United States have used CRISPR on a human embryo for the first time in the US. This is huge news and it’s not like designer babies are on the way. Well CRISPR is a gene editing thing it is sort of like a pair of scissors that go in and cuts a specific bad gene out and allows the other to replace it since we have a matching pair from both parents. CRISPR doesn’t actually edit or modify anything but only to correct what is wrong with existing genes. If these trials continue to yield positive results maybe eventually down the road we’d get closer to eliminating some of the bad genetic mutations that aren’t the greatest things around. Sure this is a huge eugenics issue and hopefully it won’t go all the way to the designer babies like in the film Gattaca but CRISPR can be a valuable tool for the future.

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US Healthcare

If you have been following the news lately you’ve heard of the disappointments that have bedeviled the Republican Party as they have continually failed to repeal the ACA in any form. Now Republicans have claimed for the last 7 and a half year that they needed to get rid of Obamacare but when time had come for them to do anything with it nothing happened and they had no plan to replace it. Bernie Sanders is once again pushing for a universal health plan.  It is pretty crazy that so much anger has been expressed on a topic that we can all agree on everyone should have some type of health care plan so that we all can live a full and productive live. Sanders isn’t the only one who is trying to push some new sort of health care there is even a bipartisan plan for a panel to be held at which they would discuss how to stabilize and strengthen the individual insurance market. These markets are the problem part with health care and if they can figure out something to do with them it would be a step in the right direction. It would help if Democrats and Republicans could put aside their party differences and recognize that they are all citizens of the United States and we need to have better health care.

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Olympics news

To begin NBC has began broadcasting their version of the Olympic Channel which will focus on the Olympics sports that you only see every four year. They’ve begun with showing the FINA Aquatics  championships in July and who knows what else they will be showing. This is something that I thought would make real sense for all the World Championships to be available for the average viewer to watch so we can have some vague idea of how some sports work. Could we have the Youth Olympics or the actual Olympics being broadcast in 2018 live on this channel as well? That would be a huge thing if it does happen. The other big news is that we’ve got hosts for the Summer Olympics in 2020, 24 and 28. After the games in Tokyo in 2020 they will travel to Paris in 2024 (100 year after they last hosted) and finally to LA in 2028. These will be the third time that Paris and LA will host the games joining London as three time hosts.

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Proclamation of the Kingdom

The third luminous mystery is a bit harder to exactly pin point in the Bible since it is in all the Gospels several time, “Repent for the Kingdom is at hand” is the general message from Jesus about the Kingdom. The fruit of this mystery is Trust in God. The beatitudes give us a nice set of guidelines blessed are the poor in spirit or the poor for their is the kingdom of God. This is a radical thing to think of being “poor” when everyone else in society only wants to get rich.  However I find that you learn more from things that cost you less and you get more from these experiences that earn you little. Let us all try to trust more in God this upcoming week and try to bring about the Kingdom here on earth.

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Family Vacations

This past week I was on a family vacation and sure it was a tittle weird. Sure, I wasn’t related to anyone but they are family none the less. We went to the farm which was always talked about but I had never experienced. It was worth the wait but I do find the whole experience still a bit strange as I know all the adults better than their children as I’ve spent more time with all of them than the few times that their children came up/visited their Grandma and most of that time was spent catching up with their aunts and uncles/hanging out with one another so I’ve had a few conversations with them but they are basically “what have you been doing?” Sure I know them but I really don’t know much about them at all. It’s a strange relationship here all around on top of all the invites to go visit the ones out of the country. Sure I would get to know but is this the best solution.

The vacation was fun and all but there were fifteen all together and hanging out with them but as the old saying goes “guests like fish begin to smell after three days.”  This was the first real big vacation I’ve been on in a while as my own family hasn’t done anything in years  but we’ve got a big family as well so reason, but we do gather together quite a bit for parties and the like. However this was enough of a family vacation for a while.

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Nickelodeon’s 90s revival

This upcoming year is going to be a time for many revivals in the form of TV movies. First up this November Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie will come out it takes place two years after the show ended. There is a first look up on YouTube as well as a sneak peak.   It looks like it will be a whole lot better than that Legends of the Hidden Temple movie they made last year.  Sometime in 2018 Rocko’s Modern Life comes back with an hour special which brings back the whole cast to reprise their roles and at Comic Con they had a sneak peak. This has the same feeling of the original show and it’s on this list of shows that i want to watch.  I hope that we don’t have to wait all the way to next November for Rocko to come out. but who really knows. Now if they could only do some other live action shows as well like Are you Afraid of the Dark?, Pete and Pete, or just throw a dart up there at the NickSplat lineup. These were all fun shows and the I’m sure that the fans of the old shows would love to see some of these come back as long as they are good.

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International Chess Day

Today is International Chess Day the day that the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded way back in 1924. If you have a chance break out a Chess board and play a game either with a friend or even against the computer online. I’ve been a fan of Chess since I was a kid and that movie Searching for Bobby Fischer came out. Now I haven’t gotten that crazy about chess sure I’ve analyzed my games taking notation of past game, one of my roommates in college had a chess clock and we’d play like 5 minute games at midnight with some beer or wine, those were some fun times. I have got to get a clock at some point. So Happy Chess Day everyone.

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News Roundup

First off Family Guy has released a nine minute Adam West tribute on YouTube. It’s a nice tribute for a wonderful actor.

Next Disney had their huge  D23 convention this past weekend and there is tons of news coming out.  Incredibles 2 starts shortly after the end of the original, Wreck it Ralph 2 will spoof Disney Princesses and the internet, the Live action Aladdin has been cast with Will Smith as the Genie, The Jungle Cruise ride will be getting it’s own movie with The Rock, there was also talk about Star Wars and the next Avengers movie but I expect to see/hear more about those at the SDCC. The coolest news was about a Star Wars hotel at Walt Disney World as well as a whole Star Wars land Galaxy’s Edge coming to Disney World and Disneyland

Finally, there is a new Doctor on Doctor Who and spoilers it’s a woman. The Doctor is Jodie Whittaker, she was on Broadchurch and in the film Attack the Block. Now sure it is great that The Doctor is female but I hope that’s not the whole plot. It seems likely that we might get a male companion for the first time since in all seriousness Adric as they seem to like the romance aspect of the Doctor and Companion over their first couple of episodes. I really hope that they don’t make that big of a deal over the fact that the Doctor is now female since we’ve gone through this with Missy (The Master) a couple of years ago and they didn’t make such a big deal about it.

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Wedding at Cana

The second Luminous mystery is the wedding feast at Cana, the place where the first miracle took place. It is found in John’s Gospel (2:1-11) the story goes that Jesus and Mary were invited to a wedding and the party ran out of wine. Mary told Jesus to do something about this and he said “My hour has not yet come”, so Mary goes to the servants and tells them to do what he tells you. The servants fill up containers with water and then give it to the chief steward. The steward after tasting it goes to the bridegroom remarks that usually the best wine is usually served first. The fruit of this mystery is to Jesus through Mary. The whole Mary thing is a tough part for Christians to understand about Catholics but Mary is a conduit between mankind and to Jesus. As these words of Mary are the last time we hear from her in the Bible “Do whatever he tells you.” This is something that we need to remember we need to listen to what Jesus says.

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Fatima 100 (July)

On 13 July 1917, the children shepherds yet again were visited by the beautiful lady. This time around the children had a vision in which they saw three things, the Fatima Secrets and these weren’t nice things. The first two secrets were first written by Sister Lucia in 1941 in her third memior, the final one was kept a secret until 1944 when she wrote it down and it was eventually sent to the Vatican, which finally revealed it in 2000. The lady told them to continue praying the Rosary adding the Fatima prayer, to come back next month and the next until October when the Lady said she will tell them who she it.

The first secret that they saw was a vision of Hell “…we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now following back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (it must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me do). The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals….”

The second secret comes from the first the Lady continued “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pope Pius XI. When you see a night (28 January 1938) illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.” To prevent this, she asks for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If these suggestions are heeded Russia will be converted and there will be peace if not Russia will spread “her errors throughout the world” yet in the end “My Immaculate Heart will triumph. Now this secret has some problems with it as there is the mention of Pius XI who wasn’t Pope until 1922.

The final secret is different as it starts with an Angel with a flaming sword, it cried out “Penance, Penance, Penance!” while pointing toward the earth. “Then they saw a bishop dressed in white (the Holy Father) along with a crowd of other bishops, priest, as well as men and women religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks…before reaching the cross the Holy Father went through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.” Now the Vatican has implied that this is about the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II on 13 May 1981, however added to this reveal was a commentary by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) which he says “the vision is not to show a film of an irrevocably fixed future. Its meaning is exactly the opposite: it is meant to mobilize the forces of change in the right direction.”