A Dichotomy

If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and perfectly good, why do we pray to him to intercede in our lives? A human father is finite and fallible — he may not know that his child needs help; he may be unable to give it; or, conceivably, he may not care enough to make the effort. But an omnipotent, omniscient, infinitely good god is incapable of these failings. We’re already certain that he’s aware of our problems, that he cares about us infinitely, and that he’s able to help us if he chooses. So why do we pray?

“That the believer desires divine assistance in various situations is perfectly understandable,” writes Roberts Wesleyan College philosopher David Basinger. “But that a believer would feel the need to request such assistance from a being who is more knowledgeable, concerned and powerful than he or she is not.”

More Wisdom From Poor Richard’s Almanack:

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

Caesar did not merit the triumphal car more than he that conquers himself.

Where Sense is wanting, everything is wanting.

None are deceived, but they that confide.

Approve not of him who commends all you say.

Despair ruins some, Presumption many.

‘Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

Suspicion may be no fault, but showing it may be a great one.

Men take more pains to mask than mend.

As charms are nonsense, nonsense is a charm.

As sore places meet most rubs, proud folks meet most affronts.

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.

Honours change manners.

Without justice courage is weak.

A good man is seldom uneasie, an ill one never easie.

A wicked hero will turn his back to an innocent coward.

It is Ill-manners to silence a Fool, and Cruelty to let him go on.

6000 Year Old Temple Found In the Ukraine

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A massive prehistoric settlement has been uncovered in the Ukraine consisting of a large temple, human-like figurines, and animal remains, which dates back to around 4,000 BCE. According to Live Science, the town once covered an enormous 238 hectares (588 acres) and would have contained more than 1,200 buildings and nearly 50 streets.

The ancient settlement, which researchers are calling a ‘mega-site’, was first detected by geophysical survey in 2009 near modern-day Nebelivka, but only now have excavations revealed some of its incredible structures and artifacts.

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“The high-resolution plot shows the features of a typical mega-site plan structured around two concentric circuits of houses, with mostly empty space between the circuits, almost 50 internal radial streets, a scatter of features outside the outer circuit, enclosed within a boundary ditch, and an apparently ‘empty’ core area,” write the study authors in the research report published in the journal Antiquity. “…one such ‘mega-structure’ suggests the presence of public buildings for meetings or ceremonies, acting as focal points for several clusters of houses.”

The temple was made of wood and clay and measured about 60 by 20 metres (196 by  66 feet) in size. It had two levels and was surrounded by a galleried courtyard. The upper level was divided into five rooms, which were once decorated with red paint.  On top of a platform on this level, archaeologists found numerous burnt bones of lamb, which are possibly associated with sacrifice.

The lower level of the temple was riddled with animal bones and pottery fragments, and contained the remains of eight clay platforms, which may have been used as altars. The structure and layout of the temple has been likened to other temples of the same era found in ancient Middle East cities, such as those in Anatolia and Mesopotamia.

Also within the temple, archaeologists unearthed small gold ornaments, most-likely used in the hair, bone ornaments, and unusual human-like figurines, which are depicted with beak-like noses and unevenly positioned eyes.

Fragments of figurines, some of which look similar to humans, were also found at the temple. Like findings at other Trypillian sites, some of the figurines have noses that look like beaks and eyes that are dissimilar, one being slightly larger than the other.

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The age and structure of the ancient city, along with the distinctive figurines, link the site to the Trypillian culture (a modern-day name), which is believed to have extended over an area of around 35,000 square kilometers, incorporating parts of present-day Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, between 5400 and 2700 BCE.

The Trypillian culture established cities to accommodate up to 15,000 inhabitants, being some of the largest settlements in Neolithic European history.  The illustrations on decorative items and other artifacts retrieved confirm that the society was matriarchal and that the people living in these settlements farmed the land using ploughs, produced handicrafts and had a form of religious belief regarding mankind’s origins and the afterlife.

Researchers have noted that there are indications that the inhabitants of these settlements would burn the entire village every 60 to 80 years and then build on top of the ruins. There is no explanation for this practice, but one location in Romania has as many as thirteen levels of foundations that were built upon. Like other Trypillian cities, the newly-discovered settlement also showed evidence of having being burnt down after it was abandoned.

Water Needed To Produce a Pound of Various Foods

Tomatoes require 25 gallons of water per pound

Watermelon needs 28 gallons of water per pound

Onions require 33 gallons of water per pound

Cauliflower and broccoli use 34 gallon of water per pound

Potatoes and spinach use 35 gallon of water per pound

Strawberries require 42 gallons of water per pound

Oranges need 67 gallons of water per pound

Garlic uses 71 gallons of water per pound

Grapes use 73 gallons of water per pound, about 30 gallons per glass of wine

Lemons and limes need 77 gallons of water per pound

Apples require 99 gallons of water per pound.

Blueberries need 101 gallons of water per pound

Corn uses 146 gallons of water per pound

Cherries use 192 gallons of water per pound

Rice needs 200 gallons of water per pound

Wheat uses 219 gallons of water per pound

Asparagus requires 258 gallons of water per pound

Cheese uses 381 gallon of water per pound

Eggs need 396 gallons of water per pound

Chicken uses 520 gallons of water per pound

Walnuts in the shell use 590 gallons of water per pound

Butter needs 666 gallons of water per pound

Pork needs 720 gallons of water per pound

Tea uses 1065 gallons of water per pound, one cup of tea uses 8 gallons of water

Pistachios use 1365 gallons of water per pound

Beef requires 1850 gallons of water per pound

Cinnamon needs 1865 gallons of water per pound

Roasted coffee beans use 2270 gallons of water per pound, 34 gallons per cup

Vanilla beans use 15180 gallons of water per pound

Oscar Wilde Quotes

1. I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

2. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

3. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

4. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

5. The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

6. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

7. What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

8. A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

9. When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.

10. There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

11. Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

12. Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

13. True friends stab you in the front.

14. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.

15. Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

16. There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

17. Genius is born—not paid.

18. Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

19. How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?

20. A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.

21. My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.

22. The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

23. I like men who have a future and women who have a past.

24. There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.

25. Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.

Dyson Humidifier

Winter is known for being particuarly dry and for being the peak season for colds and flus. A humidifier can help both conditions, but the devices are also ripe sources for bacterial growth -putting people with dry skin, dried out nostrils and the sick with a dangerously high chance of catching an infection. 

Dyson, who has already revolutionized the vacuum game is now introducing a new take on the humidifier, by adding in a UV sanitizing light that kills 99.9% of all bacteria in the water before it is added to the air. The inventor says his device is the first humidifier to use UV technology to kill bacteria before it is circulated into the air, making it the most hygenic design on the market. 

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“The problem with current humidifiers are that they harbour nasty bacteria which when the machine is turned on, is then blown around the room,” Dyson said. “Experts say it’s actually more dangerous to breathe in this bacteria than drink it!”

The Dyson humidifier can hold an impressive three liters, so you will no won’t need to refill it constantly like many other humidifiers. The machine can run 18 hours without a refill and even has a built-in sleep timer so you can save electricity when you aren’t using it.

A humidity and temperature guage can automatically adjust the humidification level, but the device also has a manual control that can be operated with a remote control. The humidity can even be turned all the way off, allowing the humidifier to operate like a traditional fan, so it can be used year round.

The humidifier was released to the Japanese market yesterday and will be introduced to the UK next year. No release date has been announced for the US as of yet.