Five for Friday: Lee Strobel Movie, Millennials and GMOs, Endangered Giraffes

CHICAGO, IL (December 9, 2016) — Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.

Lee Strobel’s ‘Case for Christ’ to Be Movie

Whether there will be a case for watching this movie remains to be seen, but the cast is filled with great actors.

From the article: “’The Case for Christ’ comes from the makers of ‘God’s not Dead,’ Pure Flix and Triple Horse Studios. It stars Mike Vogel (‘The Help’), Erika Christensen (‘Parenthood’), Academy Award-winner Faye Dunaway (‘Bonnie and Clyde’), Academy Award nominee Robert Forster (‘Jackie Brown’), L. Scott Caldwell (‘Lost’), and Frankie Faison (‘The Wire’).”

Millennials Have False Views of GMOs

pew-chartIn response to a recently released Pew Research Center study, the author wonders why so many millennials are needlessly concerned about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) affecting health but not about eating meat, which has shown to be far more detrimental to physical well-being. The author also points to an article published last year that goes into more depth on the topic.

From that article: “The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have all declared that there’s no good evidence GMOs are unsafe. Hundreds of studies back up that conclusion. But many of us don’t trust these assurances. We’re drawn to skeptics who say that there’s more to the story, that some studies have found risks associated with GMOs, and that Monsanto is covering it up.”

Transportation Proposal Envisions Phone Calls on Airline Flights

You know how being trapped listening to some loud-mouthed jerk make a phone call as soon as your four-hour, body-knotting flight lands can push you nearly over the edge? Well, imagine an entire flight of that. As if flying isn’t hellish enough.

From the article: “Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said anything short of a ban on calls ‘is reckless.’ Flight attendants have said previously that they fear the calls could lead to fights between passengers who want to make calls and passengers who don’t want to listen to the conversations. ‘It threatens aviation security and increases the likelihood of conflict in the skies. It threatens safety for crews and passengers,’ Nelson said.”

Giraffes Facing ‘Silent Extinction’ as Population Plunges

giraffesYet another large, beautiful creature that is endangered. When will humans realize this can’t continue?

From the article: “The steep decline was one of the headline statistics from the report, and is driven by ‘habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting,’ it states. Elsewhere, of the 742 newly recognized bird species in the list, 11% are considered threatened—and 13 already listed as ‘extinct.’”

Legislation Would Stop Ticket Scalpers’ Bots

If you can’t get behind this legislation, then you’re probably a ticket scalper.

From the article: “An investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office earlier this year highlighted just how hard it can be for regular consumers to get tickets to popular events. A report on the investigation pointed to a Dec. 2014 U2 concert at Madison Square Garden. The show, like many others, purported to have a 4-ticket maximum. But within a minute of the tickets going on sale, one broker was able to purchase 1,012 tickets, likely by using automated bot software that does the purchasing for them.”




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