400-408 – Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission (urm.org), talks about spending the night on the street with Mayor Riordan, almost running short of turkeys for the first time in their history on Thanksgiving, their Winter Shelters that started last night, the gang injunction he's been working on went into effect November 30th, and their upcoming Christmas Store on December 16th and 17th where parents and kids get to shop for Christmas gifts. Andy needs your help, in the form of money or gifts, to stock the store. Go to urm.org to help.
413-423 – Hugh Ross, founder and president of Reasons to Believe (reasons.org), is both an astrophysicist (with a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Toronto, and research at Cal Tech) and a pastor at Sierra Madre Congregational Church. The author of over a dozen books, including his latest, now in paperback, Why The Universe Is The Way It Is. Today, Hugh translates today's NASA astrobiology announcement.
• Washington Post (12/2/2010) NASA announcement: Arsenic-based life form discovered on Earth.
NASA held a press conference Thursday afternoon in which they revealed the discovery of arsenic-based life forms on Earth. As Marc Kaufman explained:
All life on Earth - from microbes to elephants and us - is based on a single genetic model that requires the element phosphorus as one of its six essential components.
But now researchers have uncovered a bacterium that has five of those essential elements but has, in effect, replaced phosphorus with its look-alike but toxic cousin arsenic.
News of the discovery caused a scientific commotion, including calls to NASA from the White House and Congress asking whether a second line of earthly life has been found.
While speculation had been building of the possible discovery of extraterrestrial life, Melissa Bell brings us back to Earth:
Before you get disappointed, realize that while not as sexy as a little green man, it is a big deal. No other life form exists off arsenic. It had long been the assumption that without six certain essential elements -- carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur -- life could not exist. This discovery shows "life-as-we-know-it could be much more flexible than we generally assume or can imagine," Felisa Wolfe-Simon a NASA biochemist told the Post's Marc Kaufman.
428-437 – Hugh Ross, On the meaning of Christmas.
443-452 – Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship (prisonfellowship.org), host of Breakpoint heard weekdays at 4:55pm (breakpoint.org), co-drafter of the Manhattan Declaration (ManhattanDeclaration.org) affirming the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty, and founder of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview (colsoncenter.org). Chuck updates us on Apple pulling down the Manhattan Declaration app for the iPhone this past Tuesday.
• Chuck Colson (12/2/2010) Sign the Petition to have the Manhattan Declaration iPhone App Reinstated.
• Manhattan Declaration (12/1/2010) Letter to Steve Jobs.
458-508 – Emily Colson, (emilycolson.com) Chuck's daughter, talking about her book Dancing with Max, about her son Max, now 19, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. And, as is often the case, her husband also left her when Max was just 18 months old. In the early 1990's, a child was diagnosed with autism only 1:10,000 instances. Today, it's 1:110 – that's a 100-fold increase!
512-523 – Emily Colson
TH 523 – Don Rohde @ Galpin Ford (818) 262-2092. For the past 38 years, Don has been a sales manager at Galpin, the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 20 consecutive years. Galpin has been family-owned and operated for the past 59 years, and 90% of their business is repeat or referral. Galpin offers Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Honda, Mazda, Saturn, Volvo, Jaguar, and Aston Martin. "In the heart of the San Fernando Valley at Roscoe and the 405, it's Galpin Ford" (galpin.com).
528-539 – Caroline Sandberg Wilson, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Los Angeles (asa-la.org), has raised two children with autism. Her son, Merit, is now 22 and studying filmmaking. And, her daughter, Eliza, is now 19 and studying at Cal State Long Beach.
•• With the severe state budget cuts, the money that had been available for respite is now gone – this presents a wonderful challenge for the church to step up. We need churches to offer respite to special needs families. Plus, please let Caroline know of churches that are doing autism ministry "right." Send her an email through their website.
TH 539 – Robert Micone & Bill O'Connor "The Money Guys" from Applied Financial Planning at 866-SEEK-COUNSEL, (866-733-5268, SeekCounsel.com).
544-554 – Caroline Sandberg Wilson
558-608 – Caroline & Emily
612-623 – Caroline & Emily
628-639 – Caroline & Emily
644-656 – Caroline & Emily
• Mark Krikorian, NRO (12/1/2010) DREAM On: The amnesty-for-illegals crowd has found some sympathetic poster children. — Mark Krikorian is executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, an NRO contributor, and author of The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal and How Obama Is Transforming America Through Immigration.