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Browser Issues: This Blog and More

April 30, 2014 4 comments

imageA few of you have reported a problem with narrow comments that get truncated on the right. I have submitted the problem to WordPress, the company that hosts this blog. I am still waiting for an answer. 

In the meantime, I have noticed that the problem seems to be limited to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The problem disappears on my computer when I use Chrome or Firefox.

Incidentally, and I doubt there is any connection, this problem appears on the the most current releases of the same browser that Homeland Security is recommending we not use until Microsoft makes some corrections to solve some serious security issues.

From Homeland Security:

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Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a use-after-free vulnerability, which can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a use-after-free vulnerability. This can allow for arbitrary code execution. Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11 are affected.

Note that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild. Although no Adobe Flash vulnerability appears to be at play here, the Internet Explorer vulnerability is used to corrupt Flash content in a way that allows ASLR to be bypassed via a memory address leak. This is made possible with Internet Explorer because Flash runs within the same process space as the browser. Note that exploitation without the use of Flash may be possible.

Impact

By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.

And this just drifted in from Word Press.

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Categories: News & Views

Newly Discovered Very Early Image of Jesus?

April 30, 2014 7 comments

imageThe Huffington Post is reporting, Earliest Jesus Depiction May Have Been Discovered In Ancient Egyptian Tomb:

A team of Catalan archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be one of the earliest depictions of Jesus in an ancient tomb in Egypt.

The researchers uncovered an underground structure in a series of buried tombs that date to the 6th and 7th centuries. Among the Coptic, or early Christian, images painted on the walls was what lead researcher Josep Padró described as "the figure of a young man, with curly hair, dressed in a short tunic and with his hand raised as if giving a blessing."

"We could be dealing with a very early image of Jesus Christ," Padró told La Vanguardia.

Archaeologists believe the tomb belonged to a well-known writer and a family of priests in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, according to The Local.

The researchers removed 45 tons of rock to access the tombs, which are situated among several sites Padró has been excavating for the last 20 years.

The drawing is under lockdown while researchers begin to translate the inscriptions surrounding it.

In 2011, archaeologists working near the Sea of Galilee discovered a 2,000-year-old booklet with what was then thought to be one of the earliest depictions of Jesus. The booklet reportedly bore the inscription ‘Saviour of Israel’ and was found in a cave in Jordan among other ancient artifacts.

There is more at Spanish team finds hidden ‘tomb of Jesus

Categories: Archaeology, History

Press Release: Trinity Broadcasting Network Names Headquarters

April 30, 2014 Comments off

popular exhibits in building include . . . life-size copy of the Shroud of Turin

imageCOSTA MESA, CALIF. (April 29, 2014) — Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest religious broadcaster and America’s favorite faith-and-family channel, announced that its international headquarters in Costa Mesa, California has been named the Dr. Paul F. Crouch Sr. International Centre in honor of the global Christian network’s late founder, who passed away on November 30th of last year.

Originally dedicated as Trinity Christian City International on TBN’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 1998, the picturesque facility and campus house the flagship studio and production center for the Christian network launched by Paul and Jan Crouch on May 28, 1973 with one low-power station in Southern California. Today TBN reaches a potential viewing audience of well over one billion individuals and families through 37 domestic full-power stations and 27 international networks reaching every inhabited continent via 87 satellites and 20,000 television and cable affiliates.

“My father, Paul Crouch, had a God-given vision to reach every corner of the earth with the gospel message through the miracle of television,” said TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch. “Through God’s power — and with the help of countless partners all over the earth — he was blessed to see that vision come to fruition, and had the joy of passing the baton on to a new generation to carry that vision forward. He was a true trailblazing broadcast pioneer and it is fitting that this global center for Christian television be named in his honor.”

Along with re-naming the facility after its founder, TBN has unveiled the Dr. Paul F. Crouch Sr. Memorial Room, which is open to the public and features many historically significant exhibits and items from the life and ministry of Dr. Crouch.

In addition to serving as TBN’s international headquarters and the flagship studio for its award-winning daily Praise the Lord music, ministry, and talk show, the Dr. Paul F. Crouch Sr. International Centre is the public face of the network and a welcoming destination each year for thousands of friends and partners of TBN. Among the popular exhibits open daily to guests are:

– TBN’s famed Virtual Reality Theater, an unforgettable viewing experience which features some of TBN’s most popular and impacting big-screen films, includingThe Revolutionary, One Night With the King, Carman the Champion, and The Omega Code.

– A dramatic, interactive recreation of the Via Dolorosa, the street in the old walled city of Jerusalem upon which the suffering Savior carried His cross to Calvary.

A life-size recreation of the Shroud of Turin, which many Christians throughout the centuries have believed is the actual burial cloth of Jesus.

– Beautifully manicured gardens and magnificent fountains, along with spectacular murals and artwork throughout the building — including an inspiring reproduction of the classic statue of Michael the Archangel defeating satan.

Guests can also take a tour behind the scenes at the TBN flagship studio and may even participate as part of the audience in a live taping of TBN’s Praise the Lord program.

“Throughout TBN’s first forty years my father emphasized how crucial our many friends and partners around the world are to the ongoing success and fruitfulness of this broadcast outreach,” said Matthew Crouch. “We are privileged through the Dr. Paul F. Crouch Sr. International Centre to share his vision and to continue that outreach across the earth.”

About the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks

With 27 networks and growing worldwide, the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks is the world’s largest faith-and-family television group, airing a broad range of church and ministry programming, Christian music, family friendly movies, children’s programming, and shows for teens and young adults 24 hours a day to every inhabited continent via 87 satellites and 20,000 television and cable affiliates. In addition, TBN’s most popular global networks are available on computers, smart phones, and other mobile devices, and over 25,000 hours of entertaining and inspiring On-Demand programming is accessible via TBN’s innovative online network, iTBN.org. To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, log on to www.tbn.org.

Media Contact
Colby May, E-Mail: cmay@tbn.org; Tel: 972-313-9500

Categories: Press Coverage

April Newsletter for the St. Louis Shroud Conference

April 29, 2014 1 comment

imageThis appears as the April Newsletter for the conference scheduled for October 9-12, 2014:

Posted by St. Louis Shroud Conference Administrator on Monday, April 28, 2014

We are now about 5 1/2 months away from the conference. The Most Reverend Michael Sheridan, a St. Louisan who is currently bishop of Colorado Springs, will be presenting a talk on the theme of the conference: the Shroud being the controversial intersection of faith and science. The day and time of the talk will be announced at a later date.

Also attending the conference is Prof. Bruno Barberis, Director of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin. The Center was founded in 1959 and is the scientific consultant to the Papal Custodian of the Shroud – the Archbishop of Turin – and of the Turin Shroud Committee. It promotes hundreds of round tables and meetings on the Shroud, both Italy and abroad. Prof. Barberis will likely be presenting 1 or 2 papers. Also in attendance will be several members of the Shroud of Turin Research Project team that studied the Shroud for five days in 1978.

Numerous abstracts have been submitted, and the final program will be announced around the beginning of June. If you register before June 1, you get $30 off the registration fee. Plan to join us for what promises to be an exciting conference.

Categories: Event

Sabotage?

April 29, 2014 17 comments

imageDanusha Goska, in  a comment posted on the Holy Shroud Guild Facebook page, weighs in on the possibility of sabotage or error in the 1988 carbon dating.

April 25 at 4:47pm

I have to ask … to what extent does anyone talk about falsification or simple error in the 1988 carbon dating? In other words, to what extent do people interested in the Shroud discuss whether or not it is possible that someone sabotaged that test, or that the labs tested the wrong cloth, accidentally or on purpose?

For myself, sabotage or error strike me as entirely plausible, but I wonder to what extent others mention it.

Ian Wilson treats this thought as if it were taboo, but Thomas de Wesselow acknowledges that it is possible.

Discovery Promoting Shroud Video on Feature About Two New Saints

April 28, 2014 17 comments
Categories: News & Views, Video

Did a single thread get tested in 1982. Is it important to know? And why?

April 28, 2014 19 comments

imageAs I was making a pot of coffee this morning, Jason Engwer was posting a fascinating and important article to Triablogue: The 1982 Carbon Dating Of The Shroud Of Turin.

Once I got to these two paragraphs I couldn’t stop to refill my cup:

There seems to be widespread agreement, among the accounts circulating, that this dating test on the Shroud took place in the early 1980s (my sense is that the large majority say 1982) in California, involving one thread from the Shroud near the area of the 1988 carbon dating, producing two dates differing by several centuries for each end of the thread, one date being close to the time of Jesus and one several centuries later. For example:

"[John] Heller took me back to the train station that evening [in 1984], and as we sat waiting for my train back to New York City, he told me in strictest confidence about a secret C-14 run that had already been made on a thread from the Shroud. He said . . .

Most people, in quoting others, use ellipsis to truncate a quote, feeling perhaps that what follows is not so significant to them. I mean something else. I’m advertising: go read the whole article. But, if you haven’t done so yet, this should inspire you to do so:

It seems to me that Adler’s behavior at the Turin workshop in 1986 supports his credibility on this issue. (The Turin workshop was a meeting, attended largely by scholars in relevant fields, that had the objective of formulating plans for the upcoming carbon dating of the Shroud.) During the course of the meeting, Adler argued for taking samples from multiple places on the cloth and advised that the cloth’s edges and water stain areas be avoided (Harry Gove, Relic, Icon Or Hoax? [Bristol and Philadelphia: Institute of Physics Publishing, 1996], 153; William Meacham, The Rape Of The Turin Shroud [Lulu, 2005], 74-5). Those recommendations would undermine the significance of the sample allegedly used in the 1982 test. Why would Adler lie about a test in 1982, yet try to persuade the Turin officials to conduct the later carbon dating in a way that would so much undermine the purpose of his lie?

Haven’t jumped over yet? “Here’s my tentative conclusion. . . “, writes Jerry. Not fair fast scrolling to the bottom. Read every word up to Jerry’s conclusion. Now read the conclusion..

So what do you think? Did it happen? Is it important?

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