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How did we get here: Part 3 | Instant News

By Jim Thompson
HCP columnist

So where did Christopher Columbus get the idea that he could travel west to go east; that is, let Europe go west and end up in India? In fact, it has been a very old understanding that the Earth was round when he departed.

The man who embraced the idea that the people of Columbus’s day still thought the Earth was flat was none other than Washington Irving, in his fictional work, “The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus” published in 1828. One may have known that Irving was pulling away . readers’ feet after reading “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.

One of Columbus’s contemporaries made many astronomical observations that led to an understanding of the structure of the universe.

This is Nicolaus Copernicus from Poland. Copernicus is known for his theory of “Heliocentrism,” the idea that the Earth and other planets revolve around the sun, not the other way around (all revolve around Earth).

Copernicus was highly educated and lived from 1473-1543. Still, Galileo would prove Copernicus right.

Shifting gears, but still in the same era, we have the next two leading theologians. Martin Luther was born before Columbus discovered America and died afterward. His life spanned 1483-1546. Another theologian, a little younger and a little less famous, is Menno Simons, who lived from 1496-1561.

Martin Luther, of course, started the Protestant Reformation, even though he didn’t want to. He just wanted to fix a few things (about 95 of them, nailed to the church door in Wittenberg in 1517) in the Catholic Church.

Martin Luther had a number of radical ideas at the time. For example, salvation comes through grace, not works. In addition, he had the radical idea that parishioners should be able to read the Bible in their own language. In several of his later works, Luther held unfavorable views of others who were not his thinking, including Jews, Roman Catholics and Anabaptists, among others.

Which brings us straight to Menno Simons.

Menno Simons is a Roman Catholic priest from the Low Countries (Netherlands, Belgium and others). He also disagreed with the Roman Catholic Church and was part of the Protestant Reformers. Today, his followers are called Mennonites.

Sound familiar?

People of this heritage are also called Anabaptists, but I will leave it to my Mennonite friends to explain this precisely, as I fear I will not get this completely right. These men managed to have enemies all around – the Roman Catholic Church, the followers of Martin Luther, and the government. Terribly persecuted, they were driven from central Europe via Switzerland. I have visited a well where one of his followers was martyred in Bern, Switzerland.

If you have the privilege of visiting the Mennonite Church today, you will find them singing at a very slow pace in honor of their martyred ancestors. In the days of Menno Simons, they would sing when someone was killed (I think drowning was the favorite punishment of the persecutors) and the opposition in attendance would dance and laugh. Therefore, they decided to sing slowly, blocking their tendency to dance.

Today, Mennonite and other “Old Order” religions can be found in the United States, Canada, Belize, and other South American countries. There are still a few Mennonites in Russia, although many fell victim to Stalin’s purges in the 1920s and 1930s.

The persecution of the faithful has a long history. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (by John Foxe – 1516-87), with its almost constant updates, is an interesting read for those who wish to see one side of the story of the persecution of Christians.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro Middle School and the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Duluth, Ga. Dan is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He can be reached at [email protected]


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The Brains Trust: Dementia – ‘That’s a secret we’re trying to hide’ | Instant News

Dementia is perhaps the biggest and worst understood problem in New Zealand. This is rapidly growing in our aging population – almost everyone will have a family member or know someone suffering from some form of the disease. It is already the number one cause of death in the UK and for women in Australia and a similar trend is likely to occur here.

But we don’t talk much about dementia. Maybe it’s understandable because the conversation can hurt. Many patients find their own children and grandchildren unrecognizable because they are reduced to childlike states with only memories from their youth. The family members in turn watched helplessly as they got lost by their parents and grandparents. They see their loved ones become frustrated and frightened because they have forgotten how to perform basic daily rituals.

Herald reporters Mike Scott and Carolyne Meng-Yee decided it was time to start talking about the “D-word,” as Meng-Yee put it, in The Brains Trust, our six-part online video series funded by Broadcast New Zealand. In the article below, she reminisces about how she and Scott came up with a plan to uncover the disease and tells the story of a devoted caregiver and scientist looking for a cure. And as Meng-Yee explained, for him and Scott this was more than just a story – it was personal.


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Switzerland – The former minister’s ransom statement caught the attention of prosecutors | Instant News

(MENAFN – Swissinfo) Swiss federal prosecutors are examining whether a former government minister violated an official secret act by claiming that Switzerland had paid a ransom for the hostages.

This content is published on 26 February 2021 – 15:53 ​​26 February 2021 – 15:53 ​​swissinfo.ch/mga

Moritz Leuenberger, who served in the cabinet between 1995 and 2010, recently told the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper that “if the hostages have been released, payments may have been made”.

Switzerland’s official position is not to pay to release the hostages and Leuenberger has denied his remarks, blaming the newspapers for the clumsy words.

But the Office of the Prosecutor General (OAG) has confirmed to Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA that they are considering prosecution. The OAG has sought advice from the Ministry of Justice on whether to take criminal action.

Leuenberger gave an External Link media interview on February 6, which focused on themes lying on the political and personal realms. His comments immediately drew criticism.

He later said that no ransom payment had ever been made in the government during his tenure. ‘But sometimes it can be assumed that something may have flowed through another channel. However, the government denies this. I think it’s a legitimate lie. And that’s my main message. ‘




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Secret market arrangement in Karachi to sell stolen cell phones | Instant News

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Karachi police on Saturday revealed that there was a market in Liaquatabad Number 10 where confiscated cell phones were sold.

A press release issued by a police spokesperson said the information was obtained from two street criminals who were arrested by the Karachi Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU).

According to officers, they were captured by SIU from the PIB Colony, and illegal weapons and other valuables were taken from their possession.

As per the details, both of them were ordinary criminals and had been previously arrested for being involved in other crimes.

The authorities further said that the defendant used to sell gold jewelery that was confiscated at the PIB Colony.


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Saeed Ghani dismissed claims of Ali Zaidi’s secret video recording during a KTC meeting | Instant News

KARACHI: Sindh Education and Labor Minister, Saeed Ghani, said no classified video was recorded from the last meeting of the Karachi Transformation Committee (KTC), held on January 16, which featured a dispute between Sindh’s chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, and the federal minister. , Ali Zaidi, added that the video of the session proceedings had been routinely maintained because some of the participants attended the meeting via video linking arrangements.

Speaking with the media at the Karachi Press Club on Monday, the Minister of Education and Labor Sindh said video footage of the KTC meeting would be made public if needed to expose the disorderly behavior of Ali Zaidi, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs.

He said Ali Zaidi had been under mental stress and that was the reason the federal minister had issued a statement against the chief minister of Sindh. He advised the federal minister that instead of investigating the Sindh CM case, he should first ask the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues questions about the recent sugar, wheat, medicine, petroleum, LNG and natural gas scams, which led to massive losses of billions of rupees for the Pakistani people.

Answering questions, he said the arrest of incumbent CM Sindh was unlikely, as Murad Ali Shah would continue to be chief executive of the province for the remainder of his term. He claims that a reference to liability has been filed against CM Sindh because he has demanded that the province be granted its constitutional rights, including its constitutional rights, including the entitled share of natural gas reserves and the National Financial Commission Award (NFC). He said the Sindh government had done record-building in Karachi, showing the federal government’s poor performance well in front of the people of the province and the whole country.

Ghani accused PTI’s Haleem Adil Sheikh of having been nominated as the new leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly, capable of showing a more disdainful attitude than previous opposition leader in the DPR, Firdous Shamim Naqvi. Responding to the question, Saeed Ghani said that media people should investigate allegations against one of the activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement who along with some of his party colleagues from Landhi and Korangi, and the former MPA MQM, joined the Pakistan People’s Party. last Saturday. He claimed that the political activist, at issue, had been picked up by the Sindh Rangers about five to six years ago and that he had been released following an investigation.

The PPP leader said his party was not an investigative agency that carried out investigations before accepting people on his lap. “We will definitely investigate this matter if today some disclosure is made on this matter”. He said the Sindh government still had the desire to have the Pakistani Steel Mill operational once again. He claims that the current government should be held responsible as PSM losses have increased to Rs42 billion during the current regime.


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