‘Do You Believe?’ Breaks New Ground For Faith Films

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Christian films usually play it safe. With few exceptions, they deal with a sanitized, predictable world intended to make everyone feel comfortable. “Do you Believe?” is one of the exceptions, maybe the best exception.

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National Geo Is Wrong About Who Is Waging The War On Science

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I’ve been a fan of National Geographic since I was a kid. Back then, you couldn’t directly subscribe to the magazine. Someone had to nominate you for membership in the National Geographic Society. My aunt did that for me, and I am grateful.  But now, I feel the magazine has let me down.

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Raw Milk Farmer Wins Round 1 In Court; Second Decision Later

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It was one of those days when the courthouse was full in Grand Marais, Minnesota.  An overflow crowd turned out to see how their neighbor — the owner of the popular Lake View Natural Dairy — would fare against the state Department of Agriculture.  The agency had hoped to enforce a $500 a day fine against the business for refusing to allow an inspection.

In this “David and Goliath” contest, David Berglund and his attorney convinced Judge Michael Cuzzo to stay the order to inspect. That means no fine. At issue was Article 13, Section 7 of the Minnesota constitution which states, “Any person may sell or peddle the products of the farm or garden occupied and cultivated by him without obtaining a license therefor.”  As you can tell by the spelling in the last word of that sentence, that passage has been around for more than a century, when bureaucracies would never have dreamed of being so intrusive.

According to Berglund’s attorney Zenas Baer, “From what I hear it is a decision that has national implications and is being watched quite closely by a considerable number of groups on a national basis.  It’s not only the farmer’s right, it also includes the consumer’s right to be the second half of the transaction. You can’t sell and peddle anything unless you have a willing consumer on the other side of the transaction.”

It certainly sounds like Berguland has his supporters.  They know what they’re getting and believe in the proven health benefits of raw milk. Some even travel over 200 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul to stock up.

Despite the good news for Lake View Natural Dairy last week, there’s still some uncertainty. Judge Cuzzo is taking up to 90 days to make a final ruling. So we don’t know if this past week’s victory was only a temporary measure to let excited feelings calm down or an indication that the state agency has to pull back for good.

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‘Marigold Hotel’ Sequel Will Catch You In The Heart

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Making a movie sequel can be risky. In most cases, it is not as good as the original. But The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is good enough to be a stand-alone film.

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University Announces Fee For Students Who Opt Out Of Its Health Plan

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It’s bad enough that Americans are fined if they refuse to buy insurance meeting Obamacare’s guidelines.  Now, a major university is getting into the act.

David Skorton, the president of Cornell University, has sent an email to students announcing a $350 fee for students who opt out of the school’s health care plan.

Skorton writes: “Although introducing a new fee is never desirable, moving to a model that includes a health fee — a standard in college health nationwide — will make student costs more predictable and encourage students to seek the care they need.”  It goes into effect this upcoming academic year.

Skorton expects that 70 percent of undergrads, 10 percent of grad students, and 30 percent of professional students will be affected, netting the University an estimated $3.9 million.  It turns out that Gannett Health Services, which services the needs of students, has been operating at a deficit.

Unlike Obamacare, students who get “fined” will be eligible for a $10 co-pay covering most Gannett visits.

News of the fee resulted in a sit-in Monday, but the president had already made up his mind. He told protestors that nothing can be done about the fee.

It’s not a bad deal for the university, which charges students $2,352 to opt in this year.  If they opt out, the school will soon charge $350.  It makes you wonder if that kind of model would work for a college cafeteria — charging a higher fee for students who eat in the dining hall and a lower fee for students who eat off campus.

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