Category: Inspiration


Chinese Teen Gets World’s First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant

 

 

 

 

” The use of 3D printers in the medical field took another step forward this week after a group of Chinese surgeons successfully implanted an artificial vertebrae replacement in a patient. The procedure is considered to be the first of its kind.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”  Doctors at Beijing’s Peking University Third Hospital were able to replace the second vertebrae on a 12-year-old boy identified as Minghao. According to China Central Television, Minghao was diagnosed with cancer after injuring his neck while playing soccer. Doctors treating Minghao for the neck injury identified a malignant tumor on the boy’s spine.”

 

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(FULL) Real Life Hero Caught On Video Hero Truck Driver Saves Family From Burning Car

 

 

 

 

     Ignore the time stamp on the video . It is incorrect . This rescue by bystanders took place on August 11th on I-10 outside of Biloxi , Mississippi . Trucker David Fredericksen , whose dashcam provided the video , leapt into action and rescued the driver and her one-year old grandchild moments before the car exploded . 

The Best School Supplies

 

 

” It’s that time of year again—time for parents to wipe away tears of joy as they take household freedom back from the tyranny of teenagers. Just kidding. It’s an exciting but busy time of year for those going back to school (or going away to school for the first time), which can lead to frustration when deciding what’s actually necessary for things like cleaning, dorm life, electronics, food prep, class items, and even elementary school needs.

  Most back-to-school guides are full of gear students can’t afford or shouldn’t even consider in the first place. We decided to continue the tradition of publishing a researched list of the basics for a student’s home, backpack, and lecture hall. Some of our picks stem from the over 50 hours spent on fresh research and testing for this guide, while others are from full-length guides that we’ve specifically filtered for the student set.

  Remember, you may have some of this stuff already—don’t buy anything you don’t need. It’s a better idea to put that money towards student loans or trips back home during the holidays.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Teenagers Created An App To Document Police Abuse

 

 

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” The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, is posing some new questions about law enforcement and the militarization of the police.Three teenagers from Georgia have decided to take the issue into their own hands.

  Caleb Christian, 14, and his two sisters — Ima, 16, and Asha, 15 — are about to roll out an app called “Five-O,” which will let users document police abuse and join together as a community to problem-solve.

  Five-O lets users submit the details of any incident of police abuse and rate the specific officer. The app also has community boards for different counties so that users can communicate and plan responses to any difficulties with local police.

  The idea is to collect data that users can then bring to community activists, the media, and other forms of law enforcement. That way, it’s not just “he said, she said,” Caleb said.”  

 

 

Read more at Business Insider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Swamp Cooler For Burning Man

 

Hexayurt Swamp Cooler for Burning Man

 

 

 

” For those who don’t know, Burning Man is a week-long festival in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event attracts a wide range of creative people from all over the world.

  This year, [Jake] is going to bring his homemade evaporative ‘swamp cooler’ to help battle the heat. His design uses a medium-sized shipping container with two large holes cut out of it and two 200mm PC cooling fans embedded into the plastic. The fans blow air from the outside into the bin. Humidifier filters sourced from a local dump are inserted into the middle of the container. The filters acts as an absorbent material to hold melt-water being pumped in from another cooler chest above.”

 

 

Hackaday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biggest Sport Fishing Boats Ever Made

 

 

 

 

 

Viking 92 Convertible

” The largest Viking to date in its 50-year history is its new 92 Convertible.

  It launches late summer 2014. The first boat will be an enclosed-bridge model, and this will be followed by open-bridge versions. The project was handled by Viking from design, the building of the molds in-house with the aid of a pair of five-axis profiling milling machines and all of the construction aspects. 

  The 23-foot beam not only opens the salon, but transforms into a living room with built-in furniture and appointments like a 60-inch flat screen television that rises on a lift out of the teak cabinetry. An L-shape island in the galley complements the work area and all countertops feature custom-selected granite. A pair of walk-in pantries and a full day head are forward and characterize an excellent use of space. Nearby, a formal dining area accommodates eight guests.”

 

 

Viking 92

SPECIFICATIONS
Length Overall (LOA): 93′ 4″ (28.45 m)
Beam: 23′ 5″ (7.03 m)
Draft: 5′ 10″ (1.77 m)
Gross Weight*: 195,000 lbs. (88,450 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 4,000 gals. (15,141 l)
Water Capacity: 450 gals. (1,703 l)

 

 

 

 

” The 92 Convertible has six staterooms, each with its own private head and shower. The full-beam master suite features a king-size walk-around bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, and his-and-her private facilities. Crew quarters are aft with access from the cockpit. The full-beam area includes a head with a shower, a small galley area, and upper and lower berths in a private cabin.

  Propulsion choices include offerings by Caterpillar and MTU. The communication, navigation and entertainment electronics package will be designed and installed by Viking’s sister company, Atlantic Marine Electronics. The first open-bridge boat will have a tuna tower designed and fabricated by Palm Beach Towers, another Viking subsidiary.

http://www.vikingyachts.com/ “

 

 

 

If Viking is not your cup of tea , how about a Hatteras ?

 

 

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Hatteras 90′

” Hatteras’ largest sport-fishing boat is the 90C. The boat was built in 1995, with the first boat delivered in 1996. This was a series of convertibles Hatteras produced at the time, the first one was in 1992, which was an 82C.

There were a total of 23 boats from the series built and sold from 1992-1998. At the time, it had largest diesel engines on a sport-fishing boat — the Deutz 16v-620 engine with 2,900 break hp.

Another unique feature of the 90C is that Hatteras built a bridge upon a bridge, meaning a flybridge on top of an enclosed bridge. There was only one like this built in its fleet.

The biggest challenge with the build process was the draft of the boat due to the large horsepower. Hatteras Engineering and Michigan Wheel designed a hybrid propeller specific for this model.

http://www.hatterasyachts.com/ 

 

    Of course the comparison above is not quite fair as the Viking 92′ is a current production boat while Hatteras , at present , “only” makes sportfish up to 77′ in length … see below .

 

 

 

 

 

Length Overall 76’10″/ 23.42 meters
Length Overall with Bow Pulpit 80’2” / 24.43 meters
Beam 22′ / 6.71 meters
Draft 5’3″ / 1.60 meters
Freeboard Aft 3’5” / 1.04 meters
Headroom Most Areas 6’6” / 1.98 meters
Freshwater Capacity 380 gallons / 1,438 liters
Fuel Capacity 3,000 gallons / 11,356 liters
Holding 255 gallons / 965.28 liters
Weight Displacement 175,000 lbs / 79,348 kilos
Height Above Waterline to top of Console 20′ / 6.10 meters
Waterline Length 66’ / 20.17 meters
AVAILABLE OFFERED AS ENCLOSED BRIDGE ONLY

 

 

Hatteras 77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other fine fishing machines represented in the Marlin Magazine article include Jim Smith , Merritt , Rybovitch , Paul Mann and others . See them all here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

911 Tells 80-Year-Old Woman To Put Gun Down During Home Invasion

 

 

 

 

 

 

” An 80-year-old Florida woman grabbed her gun and called 911 during a home invasion. While the burglars were breaking a window to her residence, the police dispatcher told her to “put the gun down.” Huh?

  As N.J. Logan was upstairs resting from recent hip replacement surgery in her Holmes Beach, Fla. home, she heard a racket coming from the main level, according to MyFoxTampaBay:

  I kept hearing a commotion, like there were people walking around down there. It is a little frightening. You know that you don’t have the security that you thought you had.

  Logan was all alone — her husband was playing bridge at a friend’s house. That’s when she took matters into her own hands. She grabbed her gun and dialed the police emergency number as she headed downstairs.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women Who Love Fishing, Tackle And Boats

 

 

Tuna:

 

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” Jennifer landed this 120-pound yellowfin tuna off Panama in May 2014. She caught the tuna on a Black Hole Cape Cod special 250g jigging rod and Avet MXL Raptor reel with 65-pound Fins braid. Panama yellowfins can amass so thick around bait schools that it’s possible to motor right into the school and watch tunas fly through the air next to the boat.”

 

 

 

Little Tunny:

 

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” Cynthia landed this nice little tunny on a recent trip. The little tunny is often confused with similar species, mostly because it has different nicknames in different regions and looks like other tunalike fish. Find out the difference between a tuna and a bonito.”

 

 

See the other 23 pictures at SportFishing Mag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Offers Readers The Opportunity To Vote For First Woman On The Dollar Bill

 

 

Woman Dollar Bill Poll

 

 

 

” Eleanor Roosevelt? Harriet Tubman? Beyoncé? Cast your vote in the poll below.

  Is it time to put a woman on our paper currency? President Obama went on record today saying it’s a “pretty good idea.” During a speech in Kansas City, Obama said he received a letter from a young girl asking why there aren’t any women on American paper money. (Dollar coins with Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea are still in circulation, but they are no longer being minted, and Martha Washington appeared on a paper note in the 19th century.)

  Well, if Congress is taking suggestions… who do you think should get the honor? Take our poll: “

 

 

    Two things strike us about this poll … firstly that Ayn Rand Is the runaway leader but even more-so the fact that Time Inc included her in the first place . Ayn Rand rocks … Go cast your ballot . We don’t imagine that these are the results that either Obama or Time had in mind .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Celebrities Risking Worldwide Scorn By Supporting Israel

 

 

 

 

” My new heroes and heroines are not great leaders or deep thinkers. I’m inspired by the courage of comedienne Joan Rivers, radio shock jock Howard Stern, plus a small knot of uncommonly brave celebrities.

  These awesome dudes and dudettes have risked worldwide condemnation by publicly supporting Israel’s right to defend itself from relentless rocket attacks by Hamas terrorists.

“ If you are anti-Israel, you are anti-America,’’ Stern, 60, declared last month on his Sirius XM show. “It’s the only democracy over there. It’s the only friend we have who’s willing to fight and stand up for what’s right.’’

  Rivers, 81, let ’er rip to TMZ.com. “Let me just tell you, if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out,’’ she said. “ If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey.” Well put.   Simon Cowell, 54, is the English-born music producer who rose to fame as Mr. Nasty on “American Idol,’’ “Britain’s Got Talent’’ and “The X Factor.’’  

  Last October, he did a mitzvah. In a bit of charity that came to most of the world’s attention only recently, Cowell donated $150,000 to the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, an organization formed by Holocaust survivors that pays for the education and care of Israeli troops and supports families of slain soldiers.”

 

 

    Andrea Peyser has more on the small , but growing group of celebrities with the wisdom and fortitude to support the only free country in the mideast .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Coming Digital Anarchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The rise and rise of Bitcoin has grabbed the world’s attention, yet its devastating potential still isn’t widely understood. Yes, we all know it’s a digital currency. But the developers who worked on Bitcoin believe that it represents a technological breakthrough that could sweep into obsolescence everything from social networks to stock markets… and even governments.

  In short, Bitcoin could be the gateway to a coming digital anarchy – “a catalyst for change that creates a new and different world,” to quote Jeff Garzik, one of Bitcoin’s most prolific developers.

  It’s already beginning. We used to need banks to keep track of who owned what. Not any more. Bitcoin and its rivals have proved that banks can be replaced with software and clever mathematics.

And now programmers of a libertarian bent are starting to ask what else we don’t need.”

 

 

Hmm , what don’t we need ? 

 

 

” Imagine driverless taxis roaming from city to city in search of the most lucrative fares; a sky dark with hovering drones delivering your shopping or illicit drugs. Digital anarchy could fill your lives and your nightmares with machines that answer to you, your employers, crime syndicates… or no one at all. Nearly every aspect of our lives will be uprooted.

  To understand how, we need to grasp the power of the “blockchain” – a peer-to-peer ledger which creates and records agreement on contentious issues with the aid of cryptography.

  A blockchain forms the beating heart of Bitcoin. In time, blockchains will power many radical, disruptive technologies that smart people are working on right now.

  Until recently, we’ve needed central bodies – banks, stock markets, governments, police forces – to settle vital questions. Who owns this money? Who controls this company? Who has the right to vote in this election?

  Now we have a small piece of pure, incorruptible mathematics enshrined in computer code that will allow people to solve the thorniest problems without reference to “the authorities”. “

 

 

Read much more on the coming of digital liberty at the Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

 

 

RoboShipbuilder <i>(Image: Daewoo)</i>

 

 

 

” Workers building the world’s biggest ships could soon don robotic exoskeletons to lug around 100-kilogram hunks of metal as if they’re nothing.

  At a sprawling shipyard in South Korea, workers dressed in wearable robotics were hefting large hunks of metal, pipes and other objects as if they were nothing.

  It was all part of a test last year by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, at their facility in Okpo-dong. The company, one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, wants to take production to the next level by outfitting staff with robot exoskeletons that give them superhuman strength.

  Gilwhoan Chu, the lead engineer for the firm’s research and development arm, says the pilot showed that the exoskeleton does help workers perform their tasks. His team is working to improve the prototypes so that they can go into regular use in the shipyard, where robots already run a large portion of a hugely complex assembly system.

  The exoskeleton fits anyone between 160 and 185 centimetres tall. Workers do not feel the weight of its 28-kilogram frame of carbon, aluminium alloy and steel, as the suit supports itself and is engineered to follow the wearer’s movements. With a 3-hour battery life, the exoskeleton allows users to walk at a normal pace and, in its prototype form, it can lift objects with a mass of up to 30 kilograms.”

Read more at New Scientist

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Jury sides With Man Who Fired At Cops After They Forcibly Entered Wrong Home

 

 

 

Brandon Watson

 

 

” After battling authorities for more than a year, a Portsmouth, Virginia, man was handed a verdict of not guilty by a jury who determined that he did not, in fact, act recklessly when he fired a warning shot at officers who attempted to make forcible entry into his home, only to later discover that they had gone to the wrong house.

  The incident, which happened last January, unfolded while Brandon Watson and his wife were watching late-night TV and heard noises coming from the back yard.

“ She said, ‘Oh my gosh, someone is in the backyard,’” Watson told reporters. “The noises got closer and then she heard the clicking of the backdoor handle.”

  At that point Watson ran to grab his gun, which was legally owned.

“ We ran upstairs very quickly,” Watson recalled. “She saw guys in all black.”

  Watson didn’t immediately call 911 because he couldn’t find his cell phone. However, he wasn’t about to let anyone come into his home and possibly harm his family either. So he ran back downstairs, gun in hand.

  Watson called out into the darkness, saying, “Who is that? I have a gun.”

  He received no response, but instead then saw a red laser aimed at his chest.”

 

 

 

So the man did what any law-abiding , self-reliant citizen would do to protect his home and loved ones …

 

 

 

” At the point, still not knowing who was trying to get into his home, Watson fired a warning shot through the window and ran across the street to seek help from his neighbor, a Virginia State Trooper.

  Then things became even more confusing for Watson. As he ran out of his house he was confronted by authorities who told him to drop his weapon. He complied.

“ They said, ‘We just got news you shot at an officer.’ I said, ‘An officer? Nobody came to my door. What do you mean an officer? I didn’t know there were any officers in my backyard,’” he said.

  According to Watson, the cops never announced who they were or why they were there. And the officers, responding to a call from Watson’s neighbor about a possible break-in, had apparently gone to the wrong house.”

 

 

 

     Not only did Mr Watson have the intestinal fortitude to engage in armed conflict in defense of home and hearth , he refused to knuckle under to a judicial system rigged to favor the prosecutors and police and forced a jury trial . The jury is to be commended for making a bold statement with regard to the sanctity of the home and the increasing lawlessness of the “law” .

 

 

 

The judge found Watson guilty, but the matter was far from resolved. Watson appealed the decision and a mistrial was declared by the second judge. Watson then requested a jury trial.

“ This can’t be doing your job. You come in my backyard, try to open my door, open my window and flash red laser beams on my chest because you thought I was the burglar, and I thought you were the burglar,” Watson said.

  And apparently the jury, who deliberated for a total of 47 minutes, agreed.

  In fact, the jury felt Watson actually showed restraint by only firing a single warning shot.”

 

 

 

     That last line is a fabulous statement on individual rights … Mr Watson “showed restraint by only firing a single shot”  … You gotta love it …

 

 

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About Halfway Through This Video It Becomes Obvious Why Bank’s New Ad Has Received Almost 3 Million Views in Just Days

 

 

 

 

 

” TD Canada wanted to say thank you to their customers this year in a way they felt was “unique and distinctive.”

“We thought we’d really kick it up a notch,” said Chris Stamper, SVP corporate marketing at TD Canada Trust.

  And that they did.

  The bank posted a video online showing them morph an ATM machine into what they called an “automatic thanking machine,” stunning pre-selected customers by dispensing a unique gift to each of them.

  But the bank wasn’t finished yet. The video has undoubtedly gone mega-viral because of what happens in the second half. That’s when the bank kicked it up several notches and delivered an additional, heartfelt gift to each of the customers.”

 

The Blaze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Blood Test Can Now Detect Cancer

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In a first, British researchers have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not.

  Early results have shown the new test gives a high degree of accuracy in diagnosing cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients with melanoma, colon cancer and lung cancer.

  The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures, researchers said.

” We found that people with cancer have DNA which is more easily damaged by ultraviolet light than other people, so the test shows the sensitivity to damage of all the DNA — the genome — in a cell,” explained professor Diana Anderson from the University of Bradford’s School of Life Sciences.”

 

Times Of India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery: Posters In NYC, D.C. Call Clintons ‘America’s Lannisters’

 

 

 

” A new Clinton mystery has hit New York City and Washington, D.C. with the surprise display of posters declaring the Clintons as “America’s Most Dangerous Family” and “America’s Lannisters.”

  Pulled by advertising bikes over the weekend, the posters use themes from TV’s “Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards” in portraying BillHillary and Chelsea Clinton — and advisor James Carville — as evil, though they don’t indicate exactly what the advertising is for.

  One of the ad posters appears similar to the style of the hit Netflix series, “House of Cards.” The poster is in black and white and shows Bill and Hillary under an upside down U.S. flag, the sign of distress. That poster reads, “America’s Most Dangerous Family.” “

 

 

Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sand-Based Lithium Ion Batteries That Outperform Standard By Three Times

 

 

 

 

 

” Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material: sand. Yes, sand.

” This is the holy grail – a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to produce high performance  anodes,” said Zachary Favors, a graduate student working with Cengiz and Mihri Ozkan, both engineering professors at UC Riverside.

  The idea came to Favors six months ago. He was relaxing on the beach after surfing in San Clemente, Calif. when he picked up some sand, took a close look at it and saw it was made up primarily of quartz, or . “

 

 

Phys.org has the story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Someone Tried To Shame Her Body With Graffiti, But This Teen Took An Awesome Photo Instead

 

 

 

” When 14-year-old Carleigh O’Connell heard that a gibe about her body had been spray-painted on a cement block for her whole town to see, she responded in the unlikeliest, but most awesome of ways: She snapped a photo while posing proudly with the graffiti.

  She then shared the image on social media and told her mom, Daryl, to do the same.

  She wanted the image to go viral. She wanted to turn the story around.

” [Carleigh] decided that she was going to be stronger than hurtful words on the concrete and that she was going to be proud of her figure,” the teen’s mom wrote in a Sunday Facebook post. “She also told me that she feels complete sympathy for the teenagers across the country who face this everyday. She understands and wants all of them to find strength inside to rise above the nastiness and be empowered by who you are, how you are made and what is in your heart.” “

 

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See The So-Called ‘Honest’ Slogans Poking Fun At Some Of The World’s Biggest Firms

 

 

 

 

The Bic lighter must be the most pocketed item ever created … 

 

 

 

 

 

Who hasn’t experienced the giant bag of scented air posing as a flavored snack ?

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody’s a jock nowadays …

 

 

 

If only we could get this kind of truth in advertising in our politicians , then maybe we could institute some real change .

 

See more at the Daily Mail and follow the source at Honest Slogans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feds Booed In California City After Standoff On Illegals

 

 

 

 

 

 

” An overflow crowd in a Southern California community where protesters turned back Homeland Security busloads of immigrants gave a harsh reception to federal officials behind the decision to bring them to Murrieta in the first place.

  Local politicians calling for secure borders proved far more popular with the crowd Wednesday night.

” Send them back! Send the back!” the special-meeting crowd chanted, shouting down Chief Border Patrol Agent Paul Beeson after he took responsibility for transferring the Central American children and families to Murrieta from Texas, where the numbers are too much for facilities to handle.

  On Tuesday, the buses were rerouted an hour south to San Diego after they were met with flag-waving protesters in Murrieta.

  The Wednesday night crowd, gathered at a high school auditorium that seats 750 in the desert city of 100,000 people, groaned when Beeson said four of the immigrants had to be hospitalized, two with scabies and two with fevers.

  And Beeson conceded that he did not know where Tuesday’s immigrants nor several more waves slated to arrive from Texas in coming days will end up.”

 

 

   Here’s an idea how we get can get the illegals out of our country: All we need to do is put a few guns on the buses and have them accidentally cross the Mexican border . That way the Mexican government can imprison them indefinitely just as they have done to our Marine , Andrew Tahmooressi .

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This Arborist Really Knows His Business

 

 

 

 

   This man is a master . How many people do you think would even attempt a challenge of this sort ? Somehow I think the arborist’s insurance man would have a heart attack if he saw this video . Well done … well done 

A Most Pertinent Question From Erich Bridges At The Baptist Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” If you want to stand in the room where America as an idea was conceived, visit Montpelier, where James Madison grew up, lived most of his life and died.

  Montpelier is a beautiful place, nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. On clear days, you can see the peaks rising in the distance through the second-floor window in the library of the restored plantation house. I stood in that spot recently and trembled at the magnitude of what took place there, in the mind of one man. “

 

 

 

 

 

” You can imagine Madison looking out that very window for inspiration during the months he spent alone there before the historic summer of 1787, poring over his own books and the many volumes of history, philosophy and politics sent to him by his friend and political ally Thomas Jefferson. When he emerged from his self-imposed intellectual retreat, Madison carried the ideas that would form the basis of the U.S. Constitution and its first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights

  Without those founding documents, our nation — which was then a shaky confederation of former colonies on the verge of squandering their hard-won independence from England — would not exist. And you would not enjoy the right to speak, worship, vote and assemble with others as you please. Neither would untold millions of other people across the world, freed from their chains by the ideas Madison not only forged but ceaselessly labored for, wrote about and campaigned to see ratified.

  To be sure, the encouragement of Madison’s great mentor Jefferson (who also wrote a little something called the Declaration of Independence) was crucial. So was the instant credibility George Washington brought when Madison persuaded the beloved revolutionary general to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Many others contributed to the basic principles that went into the Constitution, both during Madison’s formative years in the Virginia legislature and during the long, hot summer of the convention itself, where he spoke more than 200 times. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” But without Madison in his finest hour, where would we be today?

” As a framer and defender of the Constitution he had no peer,” historian Garry Wills wrote. “No man could do everything for the country — not even Washington. Madison did more than most, and did some things better than any. That was quite enough.”

  He would go on to serve two terms as president, lead the young country through the War of 1812 and live until age 85, the last of the Founding Fathers to pass off the scene. Yet in that pivotal year of 1787, James Madison was 36 years old. And he was far younger when he began grappling with the ideas that would make him the “Father of the Constitution.”

  I highlight Madison’s youth at the time in order to pose a question: Where are the Madisons of today? More specifically, where are the spiritual Madisons?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” We keep hearing that the Millennials, born after 1980, are leaving churches in droves (or never joining in the first place), that they are wary of making commitments to faith communities, government, school, marriage or any other institution. They like having unlimited options, we’re told, and prefer digital social networks to joining or forming the groups that traditionally have held society together. 

  The Pew Research Center supplied more confirmation of those attitudes in its study released March 7, “Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends.”

” The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood,” the study reported. “Now ranging in age from 18 to 33, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry — and optimistic about the future. … [H]alf of Millennials now describe themselves as political independents and about three in 10 say they are not affiliated with any religion.”

  Pew said Millennials are “at or near the highest levels of political and religious disaffiliation recorded for any generation in the quarter-century [it] has been polling on these topics.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

” You have to give Millennials credit for being optimistic about the future, given the crummy economic and career prospects they’ve been handed. Maybe that’s the natural energy and hope of youth. The grim economic outlook of recent years, not to mention massive student debt, also explains part of their reluctance to get married and enter into other major social or financial commitments. The issue of trusting others, however, is revealing.

” Millennials have emerged into adulthood with low levels of social trust,” Pew reported. “In response to a longstanding social science survey question, ‘Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?’ just 19 percent of Millennials say most people can be trusted, compared with 31 percent of Gen Xers [born from 1965 to 1980], 37 percent of [the Silent Generation, born from 1928 to 1945] and 40 percent of Boomers [born from 1946 to 1964].”

  People tend not to interact with those they don’t trust — and definitely won’t willingly work with them, join churches or other voluntary organizations with them, or cooperate with them to keep civil society functioning. 

  Perhaps you’re a Millennial believer in Christ, but you’ve decided to take a pass on being part of a local church. It’s an outmoded institution encrusted with irrelevant traditions, you say. You’re “spiritual but not religious,” so you intend to worship on your own or with a few close friends. You plan to do ministry and missions that way, too, rather than bothering with bulky religious organizations that might waste your time and money. 

  It’s your choice. But consider this: What if James Madison had decided to go it alone after the American Revolution? He could have stayed at Montpelier and enjoyed his big Virginia plantation — and let others worry about a fledgling nation on the edge of collapse. Instead, he rolled up his sleeves and plunged into the long, exhausting task of dialogue, debate, compromise and coalition-building that went into creating the United States of America out of the competing interests of 13 ornery colonies.

  The church, a far older institution than the United States, is also the body of Christ. Christ commands that we not only worship, serve and proclaim the Gospel alongside other sinners saved by grace, but that we love them.

  In order to form a more perfect union, we must commit ourselves to renewing the imperfect one we have. We need you to be a part of it.”

 

 

 

Thanks to the Baptist Press and author Erich Bridges for bringing this thought provoking piece to us .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Glorious Awakening

 

Glorious Sunrise - Benjamin Williamson

 

 

    Prints of this wonderful photo and many others like it by Benjamin Williamson can be viewed and purchased at Fine Art America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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