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Posted by Jim Rector on November 25, 2008

Just thought I’d share a few interesting links. Some may interest you, some may not. One thing for sure, they do interest me.

Canon 5d Mark II should be in US stores today
Man do I have serious camera envy with this one. According to Ron Galbraith Shipments of Canon’s newest full-frame digital SLR should commence today. Announced back in September this is a ground breaking camera. It has over 21 million pixels, it’s full-frame (Image sensor the same size as 35mm film.), and 1080p video capabilities. The video samples are unbelievable.  Canon USA.

Self-destruct your laptop
Lenovo has come up with a unique way to foil laptop thieves. They’ve added technology to their Montevina laptop line that will allow you to text message a destruct code to your stolen laptop. The code will shut down the laptop and from there disk encryption will take over to protect your data. The only catch is the stolen laptop needs to be in a WWAN (wireless wide area network.) to receive the kill signal.

SBC: The widening divide
Tom Ascol has written SBC and Calvinism: Three events that widened the divide on the Founders Blog about three events that is precipitating the widening divide between Calvinists and Arminians in the Souther Baptist Convention. I won’t restate his article so head on over there and read it for yourself. It’s intersting no matter which side of the issue you fall on.

Find me the verse
Dan Phillps over on the Pyromaniacs blog has a good post Sanctification challenge: find me the verse. He asks four very direct questions looking for Biblical answers to these questions. His point is to:

(A) to make the simple and pointed still more simple and more pointed, and thus (B) better to serve those who serve the Body as pastors:

Civically Illiterate
Before things will get better in this country politically we must educate the masses. How to do that (You’d have to somehow go around the education system.) I don’t know. A post Civically Illiterate by Joseph Lawler at the American Spectator is telling and scary.

How can you vote responsibly if you don’t know the meaning of “free enterprise”?

That is the question posed in “Our Fading Heritage,” the survey on civic literacy released by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The report found that only 54% of college graduates can correctly identify a free enterprise system as one in which individual citizens create, exchange, and control goods and services.

Of course, this statistic reflects the civic understanding of college graduates. Those without a college degree fare even worse.

Most damning of all, perhaps, is that self-identified elected officials score lower on average than the general public. So not only are our politicians illiterate in matters of political history and economics, they are less knowledgeable than the already lamentably ill-informed average citizen. Fifty-four percent do not know that the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war. They tested worse than everyone else in the subjects of First Amendment freedoms, international trade, abortion, and many more. “The blind leading the blind” has never seemed more appropriate.

Well, that’s all for now.

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