More heartbreak in Oregon

Another heartbreaking shooting to remind us of our self destructive frame of mind. I just believe that this phenomenon is not a singular activity. Just like the Police shootings or even black on black crime for example , people tend to copy one another when stress overflows in their lives. We must all emulate lifestyle characteristics that will lift up and edify those who are influenced by our behavior.

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Obama on mass shooting: ‘This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America.’ – The Washington Post
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3 reasons why you’d livetweet

Not a twitterati, thanks for the lesson

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I love livetweeting things.

Most of the time, I livetweet for fun and recreation. Those of you who follow me on Twitter have been privy to the joys of co-watching Eurovision, or vicariously experiencing B-grade horror flicks (or C-grade, if you’re lucky).

Increasingly, however, I’m also livetweeting in my current work role. It’s part of an overall strategy to make events and researcher connections more visible and accessible, and dovetails with a ramped up social media (including blog) presence overall.

With my research network hat on, I’ve also livetweeted a fair number of events that would interest that membership. Doing so makes member activity more apparent to one another, and to those checking out what the network’s about. The network is unfunded, and depends almost entirely on social platforms for presence and members’ connection.

So, what does livetweeting mean?

Livetweeting is defined as capturing and reporting on an event…

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Writing for scientific publication: 3 common mistakes

The Research Whisperer

Marc BaldwinMarc D. Baldwin is the founder & CEO of Edit911 Editing Service. He is also Professor of English at Hillsborough Community College and a published author.

You can find more of his writing and editing advice on the Edit911 blog.


One of the most important things you will do as a scientist or researcher is publish your work. It isn’t just a matter of sharing information—an integral part of the scientific process—it’s also about furthering your career.

Publishing your work in a scientific journal is a requirement toward earning a graduate degree at some institutions. Beyond graduation, getting published is necessary for a career in academia and, increasingly, in industry as well.

I have proofread and reviewed hundreds of original manuscripts in my career as a research scientist and lecturer. I’ve noticed over the years that most mistakes can be placed into a few simple categories. In this…

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Officer Darren Wilson has reportedly initiated the process of resignation from the force to take pressure off his fellow officers and the department, according to media reports. Michael Brown’s father, meanwhile, has called for calm.
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Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in talks to resign as grand jury decision nears
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Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson is reportedly in the final stages of a decision to resign from the St. Louis suburb’s force, even as America anxiously awaits the decision of a Missouri grand jury on whether to charge Mr. Wilson in the August killing of black teen Michael Brown.

Wilson has told his colleagues that he would resign from the Ferguson Police Department, sources told CNN, in order to take pressure off his fellow officers and the embattled police force, which endured nationwide criticism after its heavily armed military response to the violent protests following the shooting in August.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson also told The Washington Post on Thursday that Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force with a clean disciplinary record, most likely would not return to the department even if the grand jury decides not to indict.

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“I don’t see it happening,” Chief Jackson told the Post in a brief interview, calling it a “personnel matter.” Wilson remains in seclusion and is on paid leave from the Ferguson department.

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Though Wilson has been negotiating his resignation with the department, he has told associates he’s concerned that leaving before the grand jury decision might appear as an admission of guilt, CNN reported. Even so, sources say, he could announce his decision to resign as early as Friday.

The grand jury could also hold its final hearing on Friday as it continues to gather evidence in the case. It must decide whether to charge Wilson with murder or manslaughter, or to clear him if they find he was acting in self-defense.

Wilson’s fatal shooting of Mr. Brown has roiled black communities across the United States and continues to divide the country on racial lines, according to recent polls. Protesters and some witnesses say Brown had his hands raised in surrender when he was shot. However, Ferguson police maintain that the teen attacked the police officer and rushed toward him during the altercation.

Michael Brown Sr., the slain teen’s father, pleaded for peace Thursday in a video statement, telling the country he doesn’t “want my son’s death to be in vain.”

“My family and I are hurting. Our whole region is hurting,” Mr. Brown said. “I thank you for lifting your voices to end racial profiling and police intimidation, but hurting others or destroying property is not the answer.”

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard Monday as authorities geared up for the grand jury’s decision. After Wilson shot and killed Brown, protesters, some engaging in violence and looting, clashed with heavily armed police.

If the grand jury reaches a decision on Friday, however, it will give authorities at least 48 hours before issuing a public statement to prepare for the aftermath of the decision, CNN reports.

Benefits of a heart right with God

Deuteronomy 10:16-19 (KJV)
16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.
19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

This message asks if repentance, once attempted is permanent or possibly temporary. The above scripture is speaking to the carnally minded, those of us that know we are unsure of our conversion. It tells us that the benefits of being right with God are realized when we “circumcise our hearts, when we allow ourselves to change, stubbornness dissipates; we are no longer “stiff-necked.” Why or how does this transformation happen? Because God is reliable, trustworthy, strong in character, and a complete provider therefore we are commanded to emulate His character by living according to His example. Every time we repent from old worldly behavior we transcend hard hearted decisions and stiff-necked resolutions and begin to minister to the fatherless, the widow and the stranger just as the Christ came to see about us!
The writer calls us “stiff-necked,” because we are stubborn and unwilling to change our direction, unwilling to see things from a new perspective, consequently He is stern and likewise immutable in his admonition to us to really change! He warns us by educating us about His character, “a God of God’s…mighty and terrible,” and someone who cannot be bribed!
We must remember that we are “prepared for blessings” and for likewise blessing those in need (fatherless and widows). Romans 2:29 says, “No, man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God!”
This message’ significance is found in the inward parts of our being. “To Develop Our Heart’s for God” we must know the characteristics of a true believer; one who has a truly transformed heart. First our hearts must be renewed, we must repent e.g. be converted. Second we must circumcise our hearts by cutting away our old selves, our past attitudes, our old mannerisms, including people, places, and things. The old man must die, or vice versa, we die to him.
Thirdly, we must constantly guard our hearts (the center of our life) by renewing our minds daily through devotional study and prayer, which should lead to a likewise action. Fourthly, we must strengthen our spiritual life by doing Christian Work; we must learn to walk in it! And finally the ‘benefits of those with a heart that is right with God’ is that we are not without a spiritual and earthly reward, God has set aside a divine commendation, “praise is not from men, but from God!”