Tuesday, February 15, 2011

400-408 – Dan Woolley ( is an APU graduate and internet-guru with Compassion International, and he was in Haiti's Hotel Montana when the earthquake struck on January 12th.  He was trapped for 65 hours, during which he wrote his goodbyes to his wife Christina, and to his two young sons Joshua 6 and Nathan 3.  He credits God and his iPhone for being alive.  He got to share his story with Meredith Vieira on the NBC Today Show back on January 21st (linked below), and he's now out with a new book about the ordeal entitled Unshaken:  Rising From the Ruins of Haiti's Hotel Montana (Amazon).

(:12) Dan Woolley on NBC's Today Show with Meredith Vieira 1/18/2011.

413-423 – Dan Woolley,

(:50) Dan Woolley on NBC's Today Show with Meredith Vieira 1/18/2011, talks about his goodbye note to his sons Joshua 6, and Nathan 3.

• YouTube (1/21/2011) American Filmmaker Dan Woolley Explains How IPhone Helped Save His Life In Haiti Earthquake - HD.

• Today Show (1/19/2011) Buried in Haiti rubble, U.S. dad wrote goodbyes.  But with iPhone info, he treated his injuries and was rescued after 65 hours.

• Wired (1/20/2011) Man Buried in Haiti Rubble Uses iPhone to Treat Wounds, Survive.

428-437 – Dan Woolley,

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458-508 – Wesley J. Smith, is both an attorney and a bioethicist, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, and his Second Hand Smoke blog is available at First Things (  His latest is A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of Animal Rights.  Today we talk about transhumanism and eugenics.

• Secondhand Smoke (2/13/2011) Transhumanists Launch Campaign for Animal Personhood.

// Undermining human exceptionalism may be most easily undertaken indirectly and by stealth–that is by convincing society to elevate other species to our moral status.  And so our old radical friends over at the Institute for Emerging Ethics and Technologies have decided to start an advocacy project intended to raise what we use to call the "higher mammals" (and parrots) to legal personhood, thereby granting them rights equal to our own.  From the IEET announcement:

Owing to advances in several fields, including the neurosciences, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the human species no longer can ignore the rights of non-human persons. A number of non-human animals, including the great apes, cetaceans (i.e. dolphins and whales), elephants, and parrots, exhibit characteristics and tendencies consistent with that of a person—traits like self-awareness, intentionality, creativity, symbolic communication, and many others. It is a moral and legal imperative that we now extend the protection of 'human rights' from our species to all beings with those characteristics. The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, as a promoter of non-anthropocentric personhood ethics, defends the rights of non-human persons to live in liberty, free from undue confinement, slavery, torture, experimentation, and the threat of unnatural death. Further, the IEET defends the right of non-human persons to live freely in their natural habitats, and when that's not possible, to be given the best quality of life and welfare possible in captivity (such as sanctuaries). //

512-523 – Wesley J. Smith

528-539 – Wesley J. Smith 

Here's my summary of our time with Wesley – If your intellectual starting blocks are atheism, philosophical naturalism, and macro-evolution, you will eventually arrive at scientism, speciesism, and transhumanism.  Once you lose "in the beginning God," and "God created man in his image," you will eventually lose human exceptionalism.  A new religion will emerge, a nexus of science, philosophy, and theology, along with choruses of nice sounding moral platitudes about oneness, unity and peace.  But the evil in men's hearts will soon morph this utopian drive to deliver a Brave New World into a hall of horrors.  Nietsche's will to power will manifest, the Uberman will give way to the Last Man, and the result will be the hell of state-sponsored eugenics.

544-554 – (:17) Serene Branson, CBS News reporter at the Grammy's last night (2/13/2011).

• NY Post (2/14/2011) CBS reporter speaks gibberish on-air; may have suffered stroke (video).  CBS Los Angeles reporter Serene Branson had what appeared to be a meltdown during a telecast from the Grammys last night.  Just after anchors went to her, she began slurring her words and making no sense.  Branson was taken to the hospital to determine whether she had a stroke, according to multiple reports.

• LAT (2/15/2011) Speculation about on-air stroke brings us to this lesson: Learn the signs.

• WebMD, What is a stroke?

Symptoms of a stroke happen quickly.  A stroke may cause:

Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or paralysis in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body.

Sudden vision changes.

Sudden trouble speaking.

Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.

Sudden problems with walking or balance.

A sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches.

If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 or other emergency services right away.

• Yahoo (2/13/2011) Man jailed after filming himself driving 140 mph.

554 – Robert Micone & Bill O'Connor "The Money Guys" from Applied Financial Planning at 866-SEEK-COUNSEL, (866-733-5268,

558-608 – Dan Woolley (replay)

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• Peter Wehner (Commentary, 2/15/2011) The Obama Budget.

• Fouad Ajami (WSJ, 2/12/2011) Egypt's 'Heroes With No Names':  We must remember that Mohamed Atta and Ayman Zawahiri were bred in the tyranny of Hosni Mubarak.

• Peter Wehner (Commentary, 2/15/2011) Putting the Egyptian Revolt in Perspective.

• CBS News (2/15/2011) CBS News' Lara Logan Assaulted During Egypt Protests:  CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Separated From Her Crew And Brutally Assaulted on Day Mubarak Stepped Down.   Sexually assaulted!