Teenagers these days. They are just so obsessed with their hoverboards, selfie-sticks and ancient civilization discoveries, that sometimes we worry about the young generation. A Canadian 15-year-old named William Gadoury only furthered our concerns about the next generation, by using historical clues to possibly discover the long-lost Mayan City he calls “The Fire Mouth” by analyzing satellite imagery on Google maps.
Gadoury said that Mayan cities often corresponded with the location of constellations, because of their beliefs about agricultural cycles. Young Gadoury then did something no historian, researcher or archaeologist had thought to. He mapped out where a city should be by adding the location of a new constellation. (Like we said, kids these days!) Sure enough, once he checked out the location via satellite imagery, he found evidence of the ancient culture.
Dr. Armand LaRocque of the University of New Brunswick, who helped Gadoury on the project, told The San Francisco Gate, “Geometric shapes, such as squares or rectangles, appeared in these images, forms that can hardly be attributed to natural phenomenon.” Teenagers!
Additional researchers have yet to confirm the authenticity of the discovery. Discuss
Democracy is under attack, people. Officials in the U.K. have decided to outright ignore the will of the people, and name a new arctic research vessel after an internationally renowned scientist, instead of the name selected by the democratic process via an online poll: Boaty McBoatface.
The distinguished and creative name was far and away the most popular choice of an online survey, which the government arm asked the public to vote in. Despite that, the tyrannical forces of the crown decided that the people’s voice just didn’t matter.
In a statement, the country’s science minister said, “The public provided some truly inspirational and creative names, and while it was a difficult decision I'm delighted that our state-of-the-art polar research ship will be named after one of the nation's most cherished broadcasters and natural scientists.”
In a failed attempt to appease the masses that they willfully ignored, officials will name a small research submarine onboard the ship “Boaty McBoatface.” We should issue a reminder here: The sub is neither a boat nor the mighty vessel that the good people of Britain agreed to vote on when they exercised their democratic right.
This is an outrage. Obviously, people are not handling this well:
Two American men working for the group “Teams for Medical Missions” were found murdered in Jamaica on Saturday. Both 48-year-old Randy Hentzel and 53-year-old Harold Nichols lived int he area where they built homes and conducted evangelistic outreaches while working for the American organization.
According to reports, the two men were both on their way back from checking in on a house the group had been building for a local in-need family when they were attacked. So far, no one has been arrested, but the area is known for having high rates of violent crime. In a statement on Facebook, the group said,
TEAMS for Medical Missions remains committed to serving the people of Jamaica and demonstrating the unconditional love of Christ. Our T4MM family is grieving and we covet your prayers. We serve an amazing God who is able to bring beauty from ashes and it is in Him that we put our trust.
Major Gen. Peter Gersten has a good idea why the terrorist group ISIS has seen nearly a 90% increase in defections in recent months, and why it is harder and harder for them to attract new recruits: They’re running out of cash. The military leader recently told reporters that airstrikes have been targeting buildings where ISIS is known to store its money, resulting in up to $800 million in cash being completely destroyed. He told reporters, "We're seeing a fracture in their morale, we're seeing their inability to pay, we're seeing the inability to fight, we're watching them try to leave [ISIS] in every single way.” Discuss
Saturday night, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake—the strongest in decades—rocked Ecuador. At this point, the Ecuadorian government reports at least 272 people were killed, and another 2,527 injured, mostly in the northwestern coastal areas. President Rafael Correa declared a national emergency and mobilized about 4,600 members of the National Police and 10,400 members of the armed forces. The front page of The New York Times this morning declared that “Ecuador ‘Looks Like a War Zone.’” The paper quoted Viviana Baquezea, a florist from Portoviejo, the provincial capital of Manabí.
It looks like a war zone ... It’s incredible what was happened to us—that our city is destroyed and we’re experiencing such anguish and pain ... We don’t have food or water, there are no supermarkets, and we’re surviving with what we had in our homes.
Twelve Syrian refugees have a new home. This weekend, Pope Francis invited three Muslim families who fled ISIS and violence in Syria to live at the Vatican. The Pope even flew them to Italy on his private plane. According to the Vatican, each of the families had their homes destroyed in bombings during the country’s on-going civil war, and were living in a refugee community in Greece. In a statement, church officials said,
The Pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying on his plane to Rome three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people in all, including six children … All the members of the three families are Muslims …The Vatican will take responsibility for bringing in and maintaining the three families. The initial hospitality will be taken care of by the Community of Sant’Egidio.
The Catholic church leader recently visited a Greek island that has been home to thousands of refugees, who have made the dangerous journey through ISIS-controlled areas in the Middle East to find safety in Europe. There, he met with families, and encouraged them with a message of hope, assuring them that they are not alone. Discuss