The Tempting of Jesus

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Tel Aviv City Hall building lit up “in solidarity” with Russia following the St. Petersburg terrorist attack

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”But he answered, “It is written,

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How To Love A Woman Who Has Been To Hell

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There is a blog post making its way around on the internet, “How To Love A Woman Who Has Been To Hell and Back” “How To Love A Woman Who Has Been To Hell and Back” 

It is a well written post and I am sure many victims of a narcissist/psychopath can relate, obviously; by the amount of times it has been shared and shown up on friend’s FaceBook feeds; but I take issue with a lot of what it contains. After reading it and thinking about it, more and more I kept thinking, “So, because you were hurt, you now have a license to go around hurting others?” What about the man who was hurt by a narcissistic woman? Almost all narcissists complain about how they were taken advantage of and abused by their previous partners, it is almost a challenge to the new target to try harder, love…

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Pat Collins’ Silence: the sounds of wind, water, bird song, and the past conjure the spirit of place

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Two films with the same title were released in 2016. Martin Scorcese’s Silence (which I have not seen) received all the attention, but there was another Silence, directed by the Irish documentary film-maker, Pat Collins. An undemonstrative film, it will not be to everyone’s taste, being slow, meditative and melancholy, and having little in the way of a story. But I loved it and, thanks to MUBI streaming, I have watched it twice.

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USA: SMITH: Use Goldman Act to bring abducted children home

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b9327034959z-1_20170405162811_000_gv6hvkr3f-1-0Tonight, millions of Americans will kiss their child good night and fall asleep knowing that they will be able to do the same tomorrow. Unfortunately, for an alarming number of parents, this version of the American dream is impossible — for now — as their children are half way around the world, illegally abducted to a foreign land, leaving the American parent left behind and struggling to understand what can be done.

Between 2008 and 2015, nearly 10,000 children were abducted overseas by a parent and, in almost every case, cut off from contact with the left behind American parent.

The Hague Convention, signed by 97 countries, was designed to offer an orderly process for the return of these children to the country of “habitual residency,” or where the child had been living long-term before abduction. However, despite U.S. and international law being on side of the left behind…

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LONDON: SFO fails AGAIN to PROSECUTE TWO SENIOR EX-BARCLAYS EXECUTIVES After 6-Week Trial Costing Taxpayers Millions After They Stole Millions – NOW THATS WHAT BANKS CALL BUSINESS – @AceNewsServices

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#AceNewsReport – Apr.06: Two former Barclays Plc Libor traders were acquitted by a London jury of manipulating the key interest-rate benchmark following a six-week trial, ending another chapter in a case that has cost firms $9 billion

Ryan Reich and Stylianos Contogoulas were found not guilty of conspiring with others to manipulate the U.S. dollar London interbank offered rate from 2005 to 2007 after four hours of deliberations. The case was a retrial for the pair after another jury was unable to reach a decision in July.

“VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!! The truth always wins,” Contogoulas tweeted shortly after the verdict was read out Thursday. The panel had told the judge that it had found Reich not guilty a day earlier.


Ryan Reich and Stylianos Contogoulas

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Jason Alden/BloombergThe trial took six weeksthen this happened

The verdicts add to a patchy conviction rate for the U.K. Serious Fraud Office in…

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Adriano Design’s Futuristic Stationary Bike

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Adriano Design has a striking new stationary bicycle, and it’s like nothing else we’ve ever seen. Unveiled for Milan’s Design Week, this acrylic and wood design would look just as good in a museum as in your home gym. Called the Fuoripista, it features a Brooks saddle and iPad integration, and gives this bike both a classic and futuristic look, all at once.  No word on pricing, but judging from the looks, it’s not going to be cheap.


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