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On Aug. 31, 2012, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines published an advertisement in this newspaper arguing the CBCP’s stance against the Reproductive Health bill. Signed by the Most Re...
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Sir +Jess Victoria , please join our Google+ Community : ) https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/114871663447381294654
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A great story of perseverance, creativity, originality and excellence. Happy 80th Birthday LEGO!
 

The +LEGO Group celebrates its 80th Birthday.
Let's take a look back at its history with this short animated film.
Do you remember your first Lego Toy?
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thank you for sharing! their story is proof that not even the worst fires and the hardest of times can destroy a person's determination to succeed. i never owned a lego set but i can relate to the thrill of imagining something, building it with your hands, and watching your idea grow!
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Google Translate on Android now lets you translate text without typing, using OCR technology. Just tap the camera button, point it at the text you want to translate (say, a menu, a road sign—you get the idea!), tap to freeze the picture and then brush your finger over the text to get a translation. Currently, this is possible for Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish—we’re working to expand to other languages, too.
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I finally remembered why Parma ham looked so familiar, like I had seen it before somewhere. 
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Yesterday +Michelle May shared this quote, and I think it's worth talking about. Something I like about this is that it's a meaningful argument from both a theistic and an atheistic perspective. It directly wrestles with the question Euthypro asked: is something good because God loves it (well, the Gods, this is from Plato's dialogues) or does God love it because it is good? If the former, then "good" is completely arbitrary and defined as "whatever the gods happen to like;" if the latter, then divine goodness is arbitrary, rather than a fundamental property of the gods. 

Marcus Aurelius takes the second approach without hesitating. If the gods exist and are good, then they will like you because you have been a good person. If the gods' opinion of you depends on something other than whether you're a good person, then the gods aren't that great and you shouldn't give a damn what they think. And if the gods don't exist at all, then none of that matters, but being good is its own reward.

Plato and Marcus Aurelius were both discussing this in a much older religious context. In more modern contexts, the Christian approach -- that God is intrinsically good, and ought to be worshiped -- dominates the conversation so much that we often forget that there are other ways to talk about this.

Judaism deals with this in a very different way. For one thing, there are many different views of the afterlife in Judaism, no particular consensus on it, and it's not considered particularly central to the religion. Rather, moral behavior and having a close relationship to God are seen as two independent ends in their own right. You want to be a good person for basically the reason Marcus Aurelius says; and you want to be close to God because being close to God is awesome in its own right. It still runs up against Euthypro's dilemma, but at least in this case, the dilemma doesn't affect your individual behavior as much: you want to be good because that's the right thing to do. If God doesn't want you to be good, for some reason, then there are going to be some serious problems here, but the choice is clear: be good yourself.

Part of the way that this manifests is that in Judaism, the divine hand in human morality primarily takes the form of perpetually encouraging humans to make laws, establish codes of behavior, and debate and improve them at length. The suggestion that God, or God's chosen, is automatically good doesn't actually get a very strong basis; to take an obvious example, David, the Messianic king, is an utter dick and behaves in obviously shady ways (e.g. involving Batsheba and her husband). He even gets some divine ass-kicking for it. And sometimes God is a dick, too; how many times does Abraham, or Moses, or someone else, have to talk God out of killing a bunch of people? And they don't even always succeed at it. 

I think that there's a powerful lesson in this: that even God is not always right. The powerful are not good by virtue of their power, and it is expected and anticipated that we maintain our own moral compasses, and speak truth to power when it is needed. 

(I can also give a much more technical theological answer and explanation for this, but I'll save all of your sanity unless someone really wants to argue deep questions of Judaism)

This problem is simply harder in Christianity. Here you have God who is manifest in the world, and who judges people based on their conduct in life, with extremely serious consequences. Christianity doesn't distinguish between the ends of moral behavior and of closeness to what God wants; in general, it tends to prefer the latter. That brings Euthypro's question right to the forefront, and it now dictates how you should act. Most people largely fudge this question by assuming that the two do, in fact, line up pretty closely; but this tends to fail when, e.g., preachers start preaching hate from the pulpits. At this point, there are two basic things you can do: tacitly assume an independent moral standard, and that these preachers are wrong, or align with the preachers and justify hate as good. I would say that the split between people who do the first and the second is basically the split between people I do and don't want to spend any time around.

I'm not as familiar with approaches to this in Islam. I get the sense that the approach is largely more similar to the Jewish one -- not surprising, as they developed side-by-side for millennia -- but does someone with more experience in this have something to add?
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this part i agree with "it is expected and anticipated that we maintain our own moral compasses, and speak truth to power when it is needed." 
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"Those who forget the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat it." 

Remember Ninoy and what he fought and died for. Ninoy's fight was not directed at the Marcoses alone. It is directed at anyone who threatens our country's democracy or rapes the Filipino spirit. Do not forget the people who robbed this nation of their freedom, their vote, their treasures, their dignity and sense of right and wrong. The biggest liars will cry reconciliation and force you to look the other way by devious sleights of hand. I will always  carry Ninoy's spirit  with me proudly...and I will never forget!
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I've watched this dati. Umiyak ako. Bwiset.
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Stupid people should stop wasting valuable air....
 
These people actually....exist...?
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I want!!!
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I'm giving this a try. :)
 
6 Steps to Corn On the Cob Nirvana
Was told this a few weeks ago by someone.  Didn't believe it till I tried it.  Now.. I think its @)(@&#^& brilliant!!! Great corn on the cob with no little hairs all over the place and piping hot.  No making fun of my cutting board - I do have a bigger one.  
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Randi Zuckerberg tweeted: Congrats Wildfire! There are officially now more Zuckerberg family members working for Google than Facebook! #awkward ;)
Mark Zuckerberg's younger sister, Arielle, is now a Google employee.
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