Wednesday, June 27, 2012

All Around the Web: Links For Your Wednesday - June 25, 2012

Dr. Denny Burk - Fred Luter: ABC News' Person of the Week |

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Dr. James MacDonald - 4 Myths Attacking the Church Today |

1: The Word of God is not sufficient. The Word of God does not have all of the answers that people need for the complex problems of the twenty-first century man. Instead of the message of the Word of God, we need psychology—literally, the study of the soul.

2: The Word of God is not sophisticated.If you really want to reach people—boomers, GenX’ers, post-moderns—you need a more sophisticated hook than the Word of God. 

3: The Word of God is not settled. The Word is still emerging—the message is still changing.

4: The Word of God is not sure or reliable. Christ is not unique, and His unique message is to be rejected in a world of pluralism.

ZD Net - Charging your iPad only sets you back $1.36 in yearly electricity costs | Yet another reason to get an iPad.

There are many things you can complain about when it comes to the iPad — from the less-than-stellar working conditions of the supply chain Apple hires to make its tablets to the high prices the company charges for them — but apparently your electricity bill shouldn’t be one of them.

According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), you should be able to pay what it costs to charge your iPad annually with the coins in your change jar. The EPRI conducted lab tests that led it to conclude that a person charging his or her iPad every other day would pay $1.36 in yearly electricity costs for the privilege. Even if you’re like me and need to fully charge your iPad nearly every day, it’s still probably cheaper than a single trip to Starbucks.

Gospel Ebooks - Why Amazon Kindle? |

15. Permanent Storage
14. Family Book Sharing
13. Massive Selection
12. Book Lending
11. Book-like Experience
10. Mobility
9. Font Size Adjustable
8. Long Lasting Battery
7. Social Sharing
6.  Read it NOW
5. Book Samples
4. Audio Reader
3. Its the Future
2. Multi-Platform
1. Cheap Prices

The Atlantic - The Incredible Resilience of Books |
So here we are, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, and publishing faces what everyone in the industry agrees are its greatest challenges yet. The overwhelming power of Amazon, both in print and e-book sales, makes the days of Walden and Dalton feel quaint by comparison. Amazon is also making a determined foray as a publisher and producer of audio books.("The Amazon Effect" by Steve Wasserman in a recent Nation is an especially well-reported piece, notable for its balanced tone of judgment.) The Department of Justice's spring lawsuit against five major publishers and Apple charging collusion in price-fixing represents an enormous hurdle for the industry as it reinvents itself to provide maximum flexibility across the multiple platforms in which books can be made available. The consensus is that the Department of Justice, perhaps lacking an understanding of how the industry is evolving, seems ready to grant Amazon potentially even greater power than it already has to set prices as it chooses. While three of the publishers -- Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster -- settled the case rather than run up enormous lawyer bills and open-ended legal distraction, Penguin and Macmillan (and Apple) have refused to accept those terms and have submitted fierce refutations of the allegations. With time running out for public comment on the lawsuits and the proposed settlements, criticism has come from across the publishing spectrum. At last count, there were more than 150 letters filed, with an equal number expected before the deadline of June 25.

For all these existential matters in play, the mood at the recent annual gathering of the industry known as Book Expo was strikingly upbeat. The floor of New York's Javits Center (a venue that does not get any more appealing as it ages) was full for all three days of the fair. There were scores of educational sessions devoted to every aspect of the digital transformation. Many of them attracted packed rooms of authors, booksellers, and publishing staffers intent on making sense of subjects that were once the domain of engineers, such as DRM (digital rights management), the as yet unsettled policy for controlling the reproduction of e-books once they are downloaded, to limit piracy. Given that the role of chain stores once loomed so large and no longer does, predicting the future of publishing in the age of Amazon's dominance is little more than a considered guess. Google, which has digitized millions of books, currently is tied up in court cases, but may yet emerge as another major factor in how books are distributed. And, somewhere in the nether regions of technology and entrepreneurial energy, an equivalent force for publishing may be in development. . . . 

Book readers have proven their devotion to the written word for centuries. How they will do so in the years ahead remains uncertain in a variety of ways. But books are here to stay.

Tullian Tchividjian - The Gospel For Christians

The Blaze - Report: Romney Campaign Officially Vetting Paul Ryan for VP | I think Paul Ryan stands a good chance of being the nominee, but it comes with some risk. If he chooses Ryan, then Romney will have to run on the Ryan budget plan and make it central to his campaign. With Obama having such a bad month, this may not be the best campaign choice, but it may be a good VP choice.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has submitted paperwork to the Romney campaign and is officially being vetted for the vice presidential nomination, National Review reported late Friday afternoon.

Citing unnamed sources, writer Robert Costa said he was “reliably informed” of the development with the House Budget Committee chair.

Ryan endorsed Romney earlier this year and has repeatedly joined him on the campaign stump. Ryan’s camp declined to shed any light on the revelation, telling National Review, “Respecting their campaign’s internal process, we’re not going to comment.”

AP - Pawlenty says to look elsewhere for potential VP | You can take this for what its worth. Mitch Daniels is the only "short-list" candidate (according to the "experts") that is officially out after he became the president of Purdue University.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (puh-LEN'-tee) says he's told Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to look elsewhere for a running mate.

Pawlenty, who competed briefly last year for the GOP nomination before dropping out and endorsing Romney, says he thinks he could serve the Republican ticket better in other ways.

Pawlenty says being asked to run as vice president with Romney would be an honor.

But Pawlenty tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that he's "encouraged people who asked this question in the campaign to look at other prospects."

The New York Times - Political Scientists Are Lousy Forecasters | Political forecasters and political predictions made in the media are like weather predictions and weather forecasters . . . except with a worse track record.

It’s an open secret in my discipline: in terms of accurate political predictions (the field’s benchmark for what counts as science), my colleagues have failed spectacularly and wasted colossal amounts of time and money. The most obvious example may be political scientists’ insistence, during the cold war, that the Soviet Union would persist as a nuclear threat to the United States. In 1993, in the journal International Security, for example, the cold war historian John Lewis Gaddis wrote that the demise of the Soviet Union was “of such importance that no approach to the study of international relations claiming both foresight and competence should have failed to see it coming.” And yet, he noted, “None actually did so.” Careers were made, prizes awarded and millions of research dollars distributed to international relations experts, even though Nancy Reagan’s astrologer may have had superior forecasting skills. 

Political prognosticators fare just as poorly on domestic politics. In a peer-reviewed journal, the political scientist Morris P. Fiorina wrote that “we seem to have settled into a persistent pattern of divided government” — of Republican presidents and Democratic Congresses. Professor Fiorina’s ideas, which synced nicely with the conventional wisdom at the time, appeared in an article in 1992 — just before the Democrat Bill Clinton’s presidential victory and the Republican 1994 takeover of the House.

The Blaze - ‘Mom, Dad, I‘m a Democrat’: The Worst Attempt at Outreach to Republicans You’ll See This Week | This is just cheesy and ridiculous. Like Republicans really don't want everyone to have health care, etc.

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