Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Tomb of Jesus Found: Truth or Hoax

Brace yourselves for what is likely to be a cultural and religious firestorm that will start on Monday February 26. 27 years ago, in a suburb of Jerusalem, construction workers unearthed a 2,000 year old cave with 10 caskets in it. Archaeologists were called in and the caskets were removed. Finally, after nearly 30 years of DNA testing, Biblical studies, and translating the names on the caskets, scientists are preparing to reveal what they firmly believe to be the remains of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and his family. The press release, which is scheduled for Monday, will take place in New York City where three of the caskets have been flown in and will be on display. The caskets on display are believed to have belonged to Jesus, Mary (the Virgin), and Mary Magdelene. The release comes before a documentary will be aired on TV stations around the world, including the Discovery Channel. Even more interesting is that the find suggests that Jesus had a son, Judah, as one of the caskets was entitled "Judah son of Jesua." This event will definately ignite a cultural and religious debate that targets the very roots of Christianity itself, which is largely based on the belief that when Jesus died, he was resurrected. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds in the months and even years ahead.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Real ID Act

A few years back, bill HR 418 was drafted in the wake of 9/11 and then went stagnant. It was revived and then attached onto a military spending bill. The bill, later titled Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005 by Congress, was passed on May 11, 2005 without protest. Seems normal in the world of politics, but HR 418 wasn't what one would call "pork." HR 418 has now become known as the Real ID Act, which is causing a stir in some states and going completely unnoticed in others. The fact that it is going largely unnoticed is quite disturbing.

The Real ID Act was proposed after the September 11 terrorist attacks and at its core requires ID cards to be uniform nationwide. Although as (among others) has stated, Real ID threatens to turn America into a "police state." Though this sounded extreme to me at first, especially coming from a web site that prophecies WWIII, it has since started to bug me, like it has many other Americans. The ID is aimed at stopping illegal immigration and preventing terrorism (both noble causes), but is ultimately giving the government unparalleled leverage over its own citizens. When the act takes affect in May 11, 2008, anyone not carrying a Federally approved ID will not be able to enter government facilities, get Social Security checks, and board airplanes, just to list a few. The restrictions and purposes behind Real ID would make it a National ID System. (Though this is still disputed)

The problem with a National ID System is that it gives the government unparalleled power in being able to track its citizens. Some have dared to say that it gives the government more power than Stalin could have ever dreamed of. Either way, the concept of a National ID System is Orwellian in nature, and threatens to push the U.S. closer to a society dominated by Big Brother.

Despite coming into a quiet existence, state governments and the media have started to pick up on Real ID. States like Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont, Maryland, and Washington have started debating the legality of the act and Maine has already rejected it. There has even been some talk of its legality being questioned on Capitol Hill. If the act is repealed on a national level, it will be a significant victory.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Haven't posted in a while; here's what's coming

I've been getting questions about when I'm going to update again, and I always respond "when there's something wrong in the world." The problem with a blog called "Where is the Humanity" is that when you've expressed your opinion on all the subjects assiciated with a lack of humanity, and stopping short of just saying "The world is evil, the end" you run in to a bit of writer's block. Seeing many blogs aren't centered so tightly around their title like this one is, I'm going to loosen up a bit. As soon as my fingers get better from having some troublesome warts removed, I'll update the blog more frequently covering a broader range of subjects, including providing info on Presidential hopefuls for 2008 (not overbearing, otherwise it'll get old really quick, especially for me!) Feel free to send me some ideas of what I can write about and maybe we'll even get a discussion/debate going.