In the News: ABC on Sunday morning was shuffling through the past years big news stories. One they mentioned was the bravery of Malala Yousafzai. She is the Pakastani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban. With a combination of powerful western medicine of the kind the Taliban views as a form of sin, and a powerful will to live and recover, Malala has become, according to ABC, a powerful spokesperson and founder of an organization pushing education for girls and women around the world. She has turned bitter lemons into sweet lemonade and deserves applause and appreciation.
Opinion: The old men and the rabid young jihadists pawing through ancient documents to interpret them as justifying killing and maiming innocents and "others" should instead be looking to Malala Yousafzai for guidance. Malala should be considered a prophet. She has the potential to return the Islamic world to the modern reality and rational relevance. Islamic scholars of a thousand or so years ago were on the forefront of investigative thinking and theorizing. A program run on SDPB-TV was titled something like "One God..Three Religions--Jewish, Christian, and Islamic. A scholar of the Koran says that the Taliban and others are a radical fringe of the religion and are distorting the religion for political purposes and profit to themselves. A British theologian noted that ALL religions should come with the same kind of warnings on tobacco. Religions can be hazardous to your mental health and physical well being or existence. Those who claim to wear a god on their sleeves and use that to justify political policies are trying to present themselves as unerrant messengers of their god or gods and since religions demand unthinking faith feality separated from reality, the combination is very dangerous.
Local Weather: The new year weather seems a bit like "new boss same as the old boss". The "trace" of predicted snow for this area turned into a few inches. Fluffy and "dry" so a broom will clean 3 inches of it without much effort. Weather gadget shows currrent Winner, SD temperature is 7F degrees. Wind is 1mph and apparently chill factor is same as actual. Relative Humidity around 76%.
** Stay tuned even if comparing your own weather with our local weather is producing intense schadenfreude -- Doug Wiken