Monthly Archives: August 2014

The image of the ‘Woman Riding The Beast’

http://euobserver.com/institutional/115965
Ministers ponder creation of EU super-president
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BY ANDREW RETTMANAndrew email
BRUSSELS – Ideas kicking around in a reflection group of select EU foreign ministers include merging the roles of the EU Council and European Commission presidents.

A senior EU source told this website following a meeting of the club in the Val Duchesse stately home in Brussels on Thursday (19 April) that the new supremo would have more power than either Herman Van Rompuy or Jose Manuel Barroso do today but also more “democratic legitimacy” because he or she would be elected by MEPs.

In other reforms, the new figure would “streamline” the European Commission into a two-tier structure.

Every EU country would still have its own commissioner with their own vote in the college of 27 top officials.

But as in certain national administrations, some commissioners would have more than one dossier while others would be the equivalent of ministers without portfolio.

The new super-president would also chair General Affairs Councils (GACs) – monthly meetings of foreign ministers which discuss internal Union affairs.

“I have heard experts who say that it [the Van-Rompuy-Barroso merger] could be done without changing the [Lisbon] Treaty … there is no appetite for a new Treaty,” the EU source said.

The EU Council President post was created by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009.

But the Lisbon architecture is messy: Van Rompuy, for instance, oversees debate on EU fiscal reform, while Barroso’s commission puts forward its own ideas and implements final decisions.

Van Rompuy and Barroso also represent the Union at international summits.

But Van Rompuy is top dog in terms of protocol, while the EU “high representative” – Catherine Ashton – does day-to-day foreign relations.

Manwhile, the GAC – an increasingly important policy-making body – is still chaired by a national minister from the rotating EU presidency.

The reflection group was formed by German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle in Berlin in March.

It plans to meet two more times before the summer recess and to circulate a discussion paper at EU27-level in September.

The other countries in the club are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain. The French minister did not attend Thursday’s session, however.

The Val Duchesse event also included talks on “eurobonds” – the idea of mutualising EU government debt, a controversial one in Germany, where voters are hostile to paying more to borrow money so that weaker economies in the south can pay less.

“It could be acceptable for new projects but not to guarantee bad ones from the past, or old bad debt,” the EU source said.

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The image of the ‘Woman Riding The Beast’ will replace pictures of windows and doors on Euro banknotes as a security and deocrative feature. She will first appear on the €5 note in May 2013, with other notes introduced in ascending order in the next few years. Europa’s face will be shown as a watermark and as a hologram. Until now, Euro notes carried pictures of windows and doors in various architectural styles in a symbol of openness designed not to offend national sensibilities. The new notes will also carry an emerald-coloured number. The first series of banknotes will circulate alongside the old ones. But the old notes, first introduced in 2002, will eventually cease to be legal tender.
“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:3)

The image of the ‘Woman Riding The Beast’ also appears on a huge painting in the European Parliament building and is a huge sculpture outside the European Union Council of Ministers Office, both located in Brussels, Belgium.

Each of the European Union member states were given the opportunity to design their own coinage, so not all Euro coins having the same monetary value bear like images. The “2 Euro” issued by Greece and the “5 Euro” (a collectable coin) issued by the Netherlands have the image of the ‘Woman Riding The Beast’. The center of both coins where the image appears is cast in gold. A possible reference to the ‘golden calf/false idol’ constructed by Aaron in Exodus 32:
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Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: A multicenter randomized trial of uncertainty and certainty of receiving intercessory prayer

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients A multicenter randomized trial of uncertainty and certainty of receiving intercessory prayer 5 January 2005
Herbert Benson, MD, Jeffery A. Dusek, PhD, Jane B. Sherwood, RN, Peter Lam, PhD, Charles F. Bethea, MD, William Carpenter, MDiv,Sidney Levitsky, MD, Peter C. Hill, MD, Donald W. Clem Jr., MA, Manoj K. Jain, MD, MPH, David Drumel, MDiv, Stephen L. Kopecky, MD, Paul S. Mueller, MD, Dean Marek, Sue Rollins, RN, MPH, Patricia L. Hibberd, MD, PhD

Abstract
Background
Intercessory prayer is widely believed to influence recovery from illness, but claims of benefits are not supported by well-controlled clinical trials. Prior studies have not addressed whether prayer itself or knowledge/certainty that prayer is being provided may influence outcome. We evaluated whether (1) receiving intercessory prayer or (2) being certain of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with uncomplicated recovery after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

Methods
Patients at 6 US hospitals were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: 604 received intercessory prayer after being informed that they may or may not receive prayer; 597 did not receive intercessory prayer also after being informed that they may or may not receive prayer; and 601 received intercessory prayer after being informed they would receive prayer. Intercessory prayer was provided for 14 days, starting the night before CABG. The primary outcome was presence of any complication within 30 days of CABG. Secondary outcomes were any major event and mortality.

Results
In the 2 groups uncertain about receiving intercessory prayer, complications occurred in 52% (315/604) of patients who received intercessory prayer versus 51% (304/597) of those who did not (relative risk 1.02, 95% CI 0.92-1.15). Complications occurred in 59% (352/601) of patients certain of receiving intercessory prayer compared with the 52% (315/604) of those uncertain of receiving intercessory prayer (relative risk 1.14, 95% CI 1.02-1.28). Major events and 30-day mortality were similar across the 3 groups.

Conclusions
Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from CABG, but certainty of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with a higher incidence of complications.

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This study was supported by the John Templeton Foundation. The Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation supported the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation site only.

http://www.ahjonline.com/article/S0002-8703(05)00649-6/abstract

Photos: 60 Classic Rockers Still (Unbelievably) On Tour

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Don’t stop believin’! It’s a state of mind for classic rockers who tour on the basis of nostalgia. Every summer, they flock to amphitheaters, arenas, state fairs, and casinos to relive their glory days—and show that they still (sorta) got it. Some do, but for every Springsteen and McCartney, there are bad hats, bad dye jobs underneath said hats, and cash-fueled desperation. Who’s aging gracefully while still refusing to retire?! Here is every classic rock act still on tour right this very minute

BY JILLIAN MAPES

July 31, 2014

The Water is Wide – James Taylor

“The Water Is Wide” (also called “O Waly, Waly”) is a folk song of English origin, based on lyrics that partly date to the 1600s

The water is wide, I can-not get o’er.

And neither have I wings to fly.

give me a boat that can carry two,

And both shall row, my love and I.

A ship there is and she sails the seas.

She’s laden deep, as deep can be;

But not as deep as the love I’m in

And I know not if I sink or swim.

I leaned my back up against an oak

Thinking it were a trusty tree

but first it bended and then it broke

Thus did my love prove false to me.

O love is sweet and love is kind

The sweetest flow’r when first it’s new

but love grows old and waxes cold

And fades away like the morning dew.

James Taylor – The Water Is Wide Lyrics

The water is wide,

I can’t cross over,

And neither have I wings to fly.

Build me a boat

That can carry two

And both shall row, my love and I.

There is a ship

And she sails the sea.

She’s loaded deep,

As deep can be.

But not so deep

As the love I’m in,

I know not how I sink or swim.

Oh love is handsome

And love is fine,

The sweetest flower

When first it’s new.

But love grows old

And waxes cold

And fades away like Summer dew.

Build me a boat

That can carry two

And both shall row, my love and I,

And both shall row, my love and I.