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Saturday Selections – January 16, 2021

Sea shanties go viral (7 min)

If you have boys who think singing is girly, there’s a new viral trend of men singing manly. For more on this sea shanties trend, and the Nathan Evans performance that started things off, click on the link above.

50 countries where it’s most dangerous to follow Jesus

Every day, 13 Christians are killed, 12 unjustly arrested or imprisoned, and 5 are abducted – so reports the 2021 World Watch List.

Our politics are cracking under the weight of a thinning civil society

“…agitators, after making their violent intentions clear on social media, successfully incited Trump supporters to mob the Capitol. Still, even the most-crafty agitator can only agitate a crowd that is agitate-able.”

This flower can “hear” bees

Bees’ buzzing can actually trigger a flower to increase its nectar output, and the flower’s petals function as a type of “ear” to amplify the buzzing.

Alternatives to Google

Google makes its money by selling users’ information. And it gathers that information a lot of different ways! Here’s alternative services that can provide some of the same features. Annecdotally, it seems like MeWe is becoming an alternative to Facebook, at least for some Canadian Reformed folk.

Is Capitalism all about greed? (5 min)

This video is fantastic, even if it doesn’t get to the root of the issue. Capitalism stands on property rights, which we find in the Bible as well, when God forbids us from stealing (Ex. 20:15). In contrast, socialism presents it as right, and even just, for me to look over my back fence and covet my rich neighbor’s goods (Ex. 20:17). While capitalism has this spiritual benefit (that it can be practiced in a way that aligns with God’s Law), this video highlights its material benefit.

To give one more perspective, a quote from Walter E. Williams (1936-2020): “Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering, and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.”


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