Links To Go (January 12, 2017)

Taking Back Christianese #7: “America is a Christian Nation”

So, in the end, America is a a nation founded on Christian principles and ideas. But it is not a theocracy, nor is Christianity the national religion, nor are all its citizens Christians. So, it is a Christian nation in certain ways, but not in others. And Christians must walk that narrow and dangerous boundary in between.


Eight Myths About Obama’s Opening To Cuba

  • Myth 1: The United States has gotten nothing in return for concessions made to Cuba.
  • Myth 2: Obama rescued the Cuban regime from economic and political collapse that was imminent because of the collapse of Venezuela.
  • Myth 3: The Cuban people do not benefit from tourism; all the money goes to the government.
  • Myth 4: Obama betrayed the Cuban people and Cuban dissidents to partner with the government.
  • Myth 5: The human rights situation in Cuba has gotten worse since December 17, 2014.
  • Myth 6: Cuba is strategically insignificant, so there’s nothing to lose by taking a tough position demanding democracy.
  • Myth 7: The Castros are creating a family dynasty like North Korea.
  • Myth 8: Trump won Florida because Cuban Americans supported his hard line on Cuba.

How Netflix Is Deepening Our Cultural Echo Chambers

But I suspect the impacts, like the viewership, tend to be restricted along the same social and cultural echo chambers into which we’ve split ourselves in the first place. Those effects do not approach the vast ways that TV once remade the culture: how everyone of a certain age knows the idioms of “Seinfeld” (“It shrinks?”), or followed the “Cheers” romance of Diane and Sam, or how a show like “All in the Family” inspired a national conversation about the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement.


Less than half the public views border wall as an important goal for U.S. immigration policy

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, the public views one of his signature campaign promises – the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border – as a less important goal for immigration policy than several other objectives, such as cracking down on visa overstays.


How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency

As the Obama era draws to a close, Pew Research Center looks back on these and other important social, demographic and political shifts that have occurred at home and abroad during the tenure of the 44th president. And we look ahead to some of the trends that could define the tenure of the 45th, Donald Trump.


Secure Your Online Life with the Bible (and Good Security Practices)

However, in practice, the past few decades have shown that there are several problems with these 8-letter strong passwords:

  • It’s hard for humans to remember a truly random set of characters, so we often take a common word and replace a few letter with symbols (a => @, s => $).
  • Because even that is hard to remember, we use the same password for dozens of websites and that makes us vulnerable.
  • An 8 character password that meets the above requirements is actually not as secure as a longer password with all lowercase letters.

The iPhone Remade Apple 10 Years Ago. Now It’s Slowing Apple Down

Now Apple is facing a turning point, and once again the iPhone is the reason—but not in a good way this time around. The smartphone market is saturated. Rivals, especially Google, are building hardware that truly rivals the iPhone. After 10 years, the iPhone can no longer serve as Apple’s growth engine. The company now faces the same challenge it did a decade ago: figuring out what’s next.


7 Writing Tips from Charles Spurgeon

  1. Write to Help others
  2. Write Short
  3. Write for God
  4. Write Clearly
  5. Write to Compel
  6. Write, Write, & Write
  7. Read to Write

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