It’s the Economy, Voter!
This week we’ve been looking at the impact of faith in this
year’s election with David Kinnaman of the Barna Group, who helped lead a study
that breaks people into five different faith segments – but no matter where
they land in terms of faith, the economy is still the biggest issue on their
minds. And health care and taxes are
important, too, because they also impact economic policy. There are a lot of
other factors influencing voters too.
For links and the full interview with David Kinnaman See the links on
the right side of this page.
Gendercide All Around the World
“Gendercide” is taking the lives of millions of girls ever
year, especially in China
and India. It’s the willful abortion of an unborn child,
simply because it’s a girl, and a new documentary is exploring some of those
stories. Evan Grae Davis is the Director of the documentary film “It’s A
Girl.” He says the reality of life as a
girl in these countries is so devalued that girls are not only aborted, but
often simply killed—after they are born—in order to accommodate their preference for boys. Dowry killings
are another form of the abuse, whereby if a girl does not have an adequate
dowry to present her husband, she is often found not fit to live. And families often
prefer boys so they can RECEIVE the dowry from a worthy girl’s family. Screenings
are coming to Family Life Nation over the next month or so, including Tucson next week. Find out
more with the links to your right.
String Cheese Recall
If you pack a little string cheese in your lunch, you should
know that Kraft is recalling some of theirs.
The Kraft Jalapeno String Cheese with a “Use By” date of November 23rd
is being taken off shelves because the plastic wrapper sticks to the cheese,
making it hard to know if you got the whole wrapper off.
Drone Strike at Afghan/Pakistan Border
Another possible blow to US/Pakistan relations after another
drone strike reportedly killed 5 people near the Afghan border. At least that’s what Pakistani intelligence
officials are saying. Four missiles
struck a house where a lot of militants are suspected of hiding out. One of those groups, the Haggani Network, is
among the biggest threats to peace in Afghanistan.
is recalling close to 7.5 million vehicles because of a faulty power window
switch. It affects more than a dozen
2005 to 2010 models and is just the latest quality snafu at Toyota, which continues to try to fix its
reputation after a series of massive recalls over the past couple of years.
Feds to Issue Warning About Counterfeit Air Bags
If you’ve had to have the air bag replaced in your vehicle
over the past 3 years, you may want to get it checked out again. The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration is getting ready to issue warnings about counterfeit air bags,
which may have been installed during that time frame. According to auto industry officials who have
been briefed on it, tens of thousands of car owners may be affected.
Poll ID’s More Religious “Nones”
About one in five of us now say we have no religious
affiliation in America. That’s the highest number ever polled, the latest
coming from the Pew Forum On Religion and Public Life, which calls them
“nones”. They say the number has now hit
46 million people, much of that growth in the under 30 population.
Family & Relationships
Furnace Season is Fire Season for Many
If you live in the northern parts of Family Life Nation,
chances are your furnaces have already been tried out at least once. That’s one of the big reasons that October is
Fire Awareness Month, and Fire Captain Grant Cesarek says there’s one simple
thing everybody can do to be safe. He says the biggest focus is smoke detector
safety. Don’t forget to change the smoke detector batteries. Pick a date you’ll
remember, like birthdays or anniversaries or the start of a sports season. Some
of the other things on the check list:
Make sure you have 2 ways to get out of your house; That everybody knows
the escape plan; and make sure your address is visible from the street.
In Your Job Search, Keep Your Emotions in Control
If you’ve been out pounding the pavement looking for a job,
you know all too well that there are a lot of ups and downs in that
process. But a new study by the Academy of Management suggests that one of the
biggest mistakes job seekers make is not keeping their emotions in check. The study says too many start off the job
search angry, then become too confident, and finally frustrated. None of those are good.
General Motors is making plans to hire 15-hundred high-tech
employees as they get ready to open a new Tech Center
in Metro Detroit. That’s one of four
opening across the nation, and it signals a shift for GM – which will now keep
a lot of its tech jobs here in the US.
They’re taking applications at GM.com.
Group Weight Loss Programs Rated as Good As Professional
If you or someone you know needs to lose a lot of weight,
you may find Weight Watchers just as successful as those more expensive
clinical programs. US News and World Report says
group-based weight loss, like you get with programs like Weight Watchers,
produce just as much weight loss as those run by professionals.
A Tomato A Day May Help Keep the Cardiologist And
To prevent a stroke – eat a tomato. A new study suggests the lycopene in tomatoes
acts as an antioxidant, reduces inflammation and prevents blood clots. They say it cuts stroke risk by as much as
Technology Makes Your Medical Records More Mobile
Take two aspirin and text me in the morning. With healthcare providers mandated to move to
electronic medical records, there have been growing concerns among patients
that their confidentiality will be compromised.
The answer to that: More
technology. A company called Imprivata
is working with hospitals that makes healthcare workers swipe an ID badge, or
use a fingerprint to gain access to records – which should help doctors forward
patient information to others when they have to send them away, like to a
specialist. About 60 hospitals have
beta-tested the program, called “Cortext”.
Meningitis Outbreak Small But Still Dangerous
The meningitis outbreak that has killed eight people and
sickened 105 others nationwide is NOT contagious like the viral or bacterial
forms, but there still may be as many as 13,000 people exposed. The Centers For Disease Control says they
don’t expect that many people to get sick, but they’re also trying to be
realistic about the potential impact.
That outbreak started with a contaminated steroid that some people take
for back pain.
Regions Differ regarding Angioplasty
The doctors say you’ve had a heart attack and there’s some
blockage. The question now is do you
have a stent put in? That may depend on
where you live. Dr. Karen Joynt says her
study found public reporting has a big impact on angioplasty procedures, “Public
reporting probably does have some effect on how physicians and hospitals select
patients to receive these procedures, that in states with public reporting
patients are slightly less likely to receive these procedures if they’re having
a heart attack.” More in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association.
It's A Girl
You've heard of China's one-child policy. Well, The United Nations estimates that as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of so-called "gendercide." That is, children are killed, aborted, or abandoned, simply because they are girls. Evan Grae Davis is doing something about it as the Director of a new film called "It's A Girl." He spoke with FLR's Steve Tanner about the film and the issue of gendercide.
The film is screening next week in Tucson with more screenings coming all across Family Life Nation, including perhaps, your church or theater. Davis hopes the exposure of the issue through this film will motivate people of faith all around the world to work to eradicate the horrific practice of gendercide.
Find out more about the issue of gendercide, this film, and your opportunity to see it at itsagirlmovie.com. And hear Steve's complete interview with Director Evan Grae Davis via the link at right.
How Much Impact Does Your Faith Have On Your Vote?
It’s the economy. No,
it’s social justice. No, it’s the
sanctity of life. There is no shortage
of opinion as to the top issues this election.
Earlier this year, the Barna Group did some research on those issues –
and how much of a role faith plays in it.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we’ll look into the
specifics of that survey with David Kinnaman of the Barna Group, who tells us
they break people down into 5 faith segments: Evangelical Christians, Non-Evangelical
Christians, Notional (or cultural) Christians, Non-Christians, and Skeptics
(atheists and agnostics). Stay with us over the next several days as we delve
deeper into that study from the Barna Group. And you can hear Dennis Hutchinson’s
entire interview with David Kinnaman, president of Barna Research, by clicking
the link to your right, on this page.