Think About It
I once heard a person say, "I don’t think my responsibility as a Christian is to get people to believe what I think, but to get people to think about what they believe." It’s one of the smartest things I have heard in a long time. Rather than walking down the street handing out tracts (which I’m not knocking, they are an effective source of evangelism for some), I’ve learned that sitting down for a cup of coffee, asking people about what they believe, and why they believe it creates an easier avenue for faith sharing. Another benefit to this is that we see the person we are sharing with, as a person who has beliefs and reasons, and not just another notch we can carve into our Bibles because they prayed the "sinner’s prayer." It’s rather belittling, and frustrating for a person to be "preached to" about a topic when the "preacher" is unwilling to hear the person’s views. It goes back to the old saying, "nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care." Rather than talk, talk, talk, maybe it’s time to be quiet and start to listen, who knows how much more you will learn.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
- Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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