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Thinking Out Loud

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I have nothing to write today. I am lost in the world of Internet radio and may not come up for air for several weeks.

I love radio. I’ve always loved the medium. I got to do some work briefly in radio a few times, and despite the slick, formatted medium it has become, I really miss it. The more “live” the better.

So you can imagine my surprise a few days ago when I discovered DeliCast.com, a well-maintained working portal to radio stations in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, as well as Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia.  For each country, you can sort alphabetically, by popularity, by city of origin, and by format.

The format sorting is especially interesting: News, talk, electronic music, alternative rock, house music, classical, music of the ’70s (why?), and of course various stations tagged as religion, gospel, and Christian.  I’m currently…

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A Divisive Figure, Leaders Mourn and Rejoice Sharon’s Death


World

Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister and war hero who lionized a generation of Israelis and enraged Palestinians, as well as some of his most staunch supporters, was remembered as a controversial and commanding figure following his death Saturday at the age of 85. He died from a massive stroke.

For Israelis who sought to strengthen their country’s borders in a series of wars with its neighbors after the nation’s 1948 founding, Sharon is remembered as a war hero and staunch Zionist. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed his “deep sorrow” over Sharon’s death, calling him “a great warrior and military leader,” the Jerusalem Post reported. President Shimon Peres called Sharon “a valorous soldier and a bold statesman who contributed much to the security and building up of the State of Israel.”

World leaders friendly with Israel also chimed in to express their condolences. French president Francois Hollande credited…

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4 Hospitalized, Dozens Seek Treatment After West Virginia Chemical Spill


U.S.

Four people have been admitted to a Charleston hospital after a chemical leaked into a West Virginia’s public water treatment system Thursday, state authorities said Saturday.

The conditions of the hospitalized West Virginia residents’ are not yet known, reports the Associated Press, but approximately 32 people  have sought treatment at area hospitals for nausea and vomiting.

Up to 5,000 gallons of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol was leaked from the Freedom Industries plant into Elk River, forcing businesses, restaurants and schools to close. The water system needs to be flushed until the concentration of tainted water is low enough before it can be treated, which could take days, officials said. 

Until then, roughly 300,000 people in nine counties are without tap water for drinking, bathing, or washing. Some area stores had run out of bottled water, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other companies were replenishing the bottled water supply Saturday.

[AP

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India Makes Gun for Women as Defense Against Rape


World

An Indian gun manufacturer has made its first gun intended to help women defend themselves against sexual violence.

The lightweight titanium alloy revolver is designed to fit easily in a handbag and was named in tribute to Nirbhaya, the pseudonym of a 23-year-old victim of a 2012 brutal gang rape that took place on a bus, reports the Times of India.

The gun was released on Jan. 6, and has received 20 orders. It is priced at 122,360 rupees, or around $2,000. Reports of sexual assault rose 6.4% in 2012 from the previous year, but some incidences are due to increased reporting, police say.

[Times of India]

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Abbas Says He Won’t Make Concessions on Jerusalem


Terry McAuliffe Sworn In as Virginia Governor


U.S.

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe made a plea for bipartisanship during his inaugural address Saturday, as well as pitched an expansion of Medicaid in the state under the federal health care reform law, the Associated Press reports.

McAuliffe, a big-time Bill and Hillary Clinton campaign financier, fought a difficult campaign and narrowly beat Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. He has appealed for an expansion of Medicaid to 400,000 low-income Virginians under the Affordable Care Act, as well as new ethics rules in the wake of a federal investigation into thousands of dollars of gifts and loans to outgoing governor Republican Bob McDonnell.

Virginia will face “serious economic headwinds” during his upcoming tenure, McAuliffe said during his address, and he is determined to avoid partisan gridlock.

“Common ground doesn’t move towards us, we move towards it,” he said.

[AP]

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Pregnant woman forced on life support


CNN Newsroom

Brooke Baldwin talks to guests about the legalities of maintaining life support against the wishes of a pregnant woman’s family.

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Discouragement


S.P.I.R.I.T Ministries

LighthouseI believe we all can relate deeply when I speak of the word discouragement. Just like anything else in life it has an opposite. The opposite being encouragement. Through my experience I have learned it is a matter of choice. What do we do when we feel discouraged? Where or who do we run to? Do we continue to frequent our old play grounds or do we run to God? I hope we all can say that we run to our heavenly Father seeking the truth that we may be filled with joy unspeakable.

I would like to share this with you. Jeremiah 29:11 says; For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. What a wonderful promise my friends, and we should hide this promise in our hearts that we…

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