Posted by Kendall Harmon

Back in 2004, as Google prepared to go public, Larry Page and Sergey Brin celebrated the maxim that was supposed to define their company: “Don’t be evil.”

But these days, a lot of people — at least the mere mortals outside the Googleplex — seem to be wondering about that uncorporate motto.

How is it that Google, a company chockablock with brainiac engineers, savvy marketing types and flinty legal minds, keeps getting itself in hot water? Google, which stood up to the Death Star of Microsoft? Which changed the world as we know it?

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchBlogging & the Internet* Economics, PoliticsEconomyCorporations/Corporate Life

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Overheard next to me last week while getting a facial on West 72nd Street on the Upper West Side:

Woman in her 80s reclining next to me with green cream on her visage asking her facialist: “So, do you Russians have brisket for Passover?”

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchReligion & CultureUrban/City Life and Issues* International News & CommentaryEuropeRussia* Religion News & CommentaryOther FaithsJudaism

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

State Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, and other lawmakers sent the Board of Trust a letter with legislation attached, threatening to block the policy because Vanderbilt receives state funds.

Wednesday morning, Vanderbilt students from 11 Christian organizations began handing out 4,000 MP4 players loaded with a seven-minute video outlining their objections. The video, also on YouTube, features alumnus Tom Singleton, a retired health-care executive, who said later he won’t so much as renew his football season tickets until the school backs off.

The university’s provost said Vanderbilt stands by the policy.

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchEducationLaw & Legal IssuesReligion & CultureYoung Adults* Economics, PoliticsPolitics in GeneralState Government

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Does America need an Arab Spring? That was the question on my mind when I called Frank Fukuyama, the Stanford professor and author of “The End of History and the Last Man.” Fukuyama has been working on a two-volume opus called “The Origins of Political Order,” and I could detect from his recent writings that his research was leading him to ask a very radical question about America’s political order today, namely: has American gone from a democracy to a “vetocracy” — from a system designed to prevent anyone in government from amassing too much power to a system in which no one can aggregate enough power to make any important decisions at all?

“There is a crisis of authority, and we’re not prepared to think about it in these terms,” said Fukuyama. “When Americans think about the problem of government, it is always about constraining the government and limiting its scope.” That dates back to our founding political culture. The rule of law, regular democratic rotations in power and human rights protections were all put in place to create obstacles to overbearing, overly centralized government. “But we forget,” Fukuyama added, “that government was also created to act and make decisions.”

That is being lost at the federal level.

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchHistory* Economics, PoliticsPolitics in General* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

As war looms between Sudan and South Sudan, Christians of southern origin living in Sudan fear retribution from its Islamic government.

As of April 8, at least half a million ethnic southerners (the majority of whom are Christian) living in Sudan are now considered foreigners if they have not registered for citizenship. Officials in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, gave southerners another 30 days to register or leave the country.

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchReligion & CultureViolence* Economics, PoliticsDefense, National Security, MilitaryForeign RelationsPolitics in General* International News & CommentaryAfricaSudan--North Sudan--South Sudan* Religion News & CommentaryOther FaithsIslamMuslim-Christian relations

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)Executive Council

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)TEC Bishops

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)TEC Bishops

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Read it all and note you can see the ballots there.

Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)TEC BishopsTEC Diocesan Conventions/Diocesan Councils

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Mr. Colson was sent to prison after pleading guilty to obstructing justice in the Watergate affair. After having what he called his religious awakening behind bars, he spent much of the rest of his life ministering to prisoners, preaching the Gospels and helping to forge a coalition among Republican politicians, evangelical church leaders and Roman Catholic conservatives, helping to change the dynamics of American politics.

It was a remarkable reversal....

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Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryDeath / Burial / Funerals* Culture-WatchHistory* Economics, PoliticsPolitics in General* Religion News & CommentaryOther ChurchesEvangelicals

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

With economic growth still anaemic and tax revenue down, governments are hoping that they can find additional funds by allowing more gambling.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing to change the state Constitution in order to legalize commercial casinos.

In Michigan two separate casino development campaigns are under way to persuade voters, who have to approve new casinos, to allow a total of 15 new casinos across the state....

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchGamblingPoverty* Economics, PoliticsEconomyConsumer/consumer spendingPersonal FinancePolitics in GeneralCity GovernmentState Government

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 11:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Close links between the Greek state and the Orthodox Church are turning from a blessing for the clergy into a curse as the debt-laden government struggles to fund the ancient institution, just as impoverished Greeks need its charitable work most.

Starved of money as the state makes huge spending cuts, the deeply conservative church which grew from one of the earliest centres of Christianity is seeking new sources of funds.

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Filed under: * Religion News & CommentaryOther ChurchesOrthodox Church

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 9:34 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Archbishop of York...[this week] gave the keynote address ‘Christian Citizenship Today’ at the Citizenship, Covenant and Christ Conference at Belfast City Hall.

The Archbishop explained: "Any understanding of Christian citizenship must take into account that we are citizens of Christ's Kingdom. We belong to Christ and we owe our loyalty to Him. Yet if we are tempted to conclude that this releases us from obligations as human citizens of a modern state, we need to think again."

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalArchbishop of York John Sentamu

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 8:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Almighty God, who didst raise up thy servant Anselm to teach the Church of his day to understand its faith in thine eternal Being, perfect justice, and saving mercy: Provide thy Church in every age with devout and learned scholars and teachers, that we may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeChurch HistorySpirituality/Prayer

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 7:32 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Grant, O Lord, that we may cleave to thee without parting, worship thee without wearying, serve thee without failing; faithfully seek thee, happily find thee, and for ever possess thee, the one only God, blessed, world without end.

--Saint Anselm

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeSpirituality/Prayer

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 7:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Some boast of chariots, and some of horses; but we boast of the name of the LORD our God.

--Psalm 20:7

Filed under: * TheologyTheology: Scripture

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