#GoodNewsNextWeek – Kitchen-Based Sharing Economy Cooking Up Change

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James Evan Pilato
May 3, 2016

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: Romans sick of the corruption and crime cleaned up their own streets; a new startup aims to be the Airbnb of the coming kitchen-based sharing economy; and animals are learning how to dismantle their traps. Notes/Links:

Story #1: Scandal-Plagued Rome Becoming ‘Do It Yourself’ City
http://bit.ly/1UtOSc7

“Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”
http://bit.ly/1UtOSc7

Story #2: Kitchen-Based Sharing Economy Cooking Up Change
http://bit.ly/1pXmwdE

Story #3: Young Gorillas Seen Dismantling Poachers’ Traps For The First Time
http://bit.ly/1pXmwdE

#GoodNewsNextWeek Headlines: Cats At Japan’s ‘Cat Cafes’ Now Allowed to Stay Up Till 10
http://bit.ly/1W3dtWh

33 Abused Circus Lions Flown to New Home In South Africa
http://bit.ly/21rspgW

Community Fridge In Somerset UK Offers Free Food For All 🍎
http://bit.ly/1TrTPgD

Oregon Approves First Recreational Marijuana Licenses
http://bit.ly/1rfsfMP

8 Businesses to Open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Hawaii
http://bit.ly/1Z4YXeE

US House Unanimously Passed Bill Requiring Warrants For Email
http://bit.ly/1Thx92u

Binney: NSA Is So Overwhelmed With Data, It’s No Longer Effective
http://bit.ly/1OczUAR

Peruvian Farmer Wins Monumental Battle Against U.S. Mining Giant
http://bit.ly/1SVvouw

#MorningMonarchy: Peruvian Farmer Wins Monumental Battle Against U.S. Mining Giant
http://bit.ly/24uDaAS

Researchers Accidentally Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer
http://bit.ly/26MRnv5

#MorningMonarchy: Scientists Accidentally Create Batteries That Last A Lifetime
http://bit.ly/1TrTWZQ

Playing Music to Babies Helps Brain Development
http://bit.ly/1SJzhRe

The Full Text of the Joint Declaration Of Patriarch Kyril III & Pope…

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
February 20, 2016

A few days ago I blogged about the potential significance of the meeting between the Patriarch of Moscow, Kiriil, and Pope Francis, And in Thursday’s News and Views from the Nefarium I also offered a few remarks suggesting that the meeting may also presage a long-term “break in process” of the Papacy with its standard relationship with the West. To be sure, the Vatican is part of Western culture and politics, and always will be. But the assumption from the oligarchs of the west, especially the past few decades, is that the Vatican will always be firmly in its hip pocket, an assumption no doubt fueled by the strong anti-Communist pontificates of Pius XII (Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli) and  more recently, Pope John-Paul II (Karol Cardinal Woytijla). I suggested in the last News and Views that this is a hazardous assumption to make, especially given the near absence of any reference to the slaughter of Christians in the Middle East, who are, of course, predominantly either Roman Catholic, or from various branches of Eastern Christianity (Orthodox, Nestorian, Coptic, Armenian, and so on).

Crucial for the reader to understand is that the Nestorian, Coptic, and Armenian churches are independent both of Eastern Orthodoxy and of Rome, and hence, their voices are seldom heard unless the Vatican or a major Orthodox patriarchate speaks for them to some degree. This, in part, is what the joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill attempts to do

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The Persecution, The Patriarch & Last And Least, The Pope

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
February 7, 2016

This story was the subject of much discussion in last Friday’s members’ vidchat, and then, after the end of that event, many people sent me this version of the story from Russia’s Sputnik site, and there’s much food for thought here.

But first, I’d like to put all my cards on the table, and explain the title of today’s blog, and why I am emphasizing the Papacy last, and least in the headline, and it is not simply because of my long association in the past with Eastern Orthodoxy, but that is part of it. It has always bothered me – perhaps intensely – that the modern secular West seems almost viscerally afraid of Eastern Orthodox cultures, and especially, of Russia. One person sent me a version of this story from a website, and the title of the article said it all: “Humble Pope To Meet Scandallous Patriarch,” meaning of course, Patriarch Kryil of Moscow.  The scandal here concerns criticism of Kyril’s rather lavish lifestyle that has occurred in Russia. Whether true or not, it was an attitude that I’ve seen before, as long ago as my professorial days teaching medieval history, when one of my textbooks had a chapter (only one chapter!) devoted to covering the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic Middle Ages, in a chapter somewhat rudely and dismissively titled “Europe’s Neighbors.” The meaning was clear: “Europe” meant the societies that emerged from the Christian West, i.e., the from the Latin Church and Papacy; the East remained an inscrutable reliquary, not worth studying in depth and comparing to the West, and this was particularly the case in the study of the major differences in theological formulation – and yes, the differences between the two churches are major, and not minor – that lead to major differences in church government, piety, and ultimately the cultures that emerged in each case.

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Roman Artifacts Found In Nova Scotia

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
December 23, 2015

Mr. K.L. found this fascinating article regarding the discovery of Roman artifacts near the celebrated Oak Island site, long reputed to have contained a lost Templar treasure:

Sword and shipwreck discovered in Oak Island, Nova Scotia suggest Roman mariners visited New World thousands of years before Columbus

The intriguing thing in this article is not so much the discovery of a Roman-era sword, but rather, the linguistic evidence of the language of the local Mi’kmaq tribe:

In an attempt to dismiss skeptics, who may suggest the artifact had simply fallen off the side of a boat in more recent times, Pultizer and his team have dug up numerous other pieces of evidence to support the theory that the Romans made it to the New World more than 1,000 years before Christopher Columbus. These include:

  • Petroglyphs carved on cave walls and boulders in Nova Scotia by the indigenous Mi’kmaq people, which depict what Pulitzer’s team believe to be Roman soldiers marching with their swords, and Roman ships.
  • Fifty words in the Mi’kmaq language that are nautical terms used by mariners from Roman times.
  • An invasive species of plant (Berberis Vulgaris) growing on Oak Island and in Halifax, which was once used by Romans to season their food and prevent scurvy on their voyages.
  • A Roman legionnaire’s whistle found on Oak Island in 1901
  • A metal ‘boss’ from the center of a Roman shield found in Nova Scotia in the mid-1800s
  • Gold Roman Carthage coins found on the mainland near Oak Island
  • Two carved stones on Oak Island that Pulitzer says displays a language from the ancient Levant.

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