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Robots are bad for men

Robotic arms concept (Credit: ra2 studio via Fotolia)If you are a man, beware the robot revolution.  A study published by two Oxford researchers estimates that 47 percent of U.S. jobs could be taken over by robots or computers by 2033.  The study discovered that jobs performed primarily by men are at much greater risk than those performed by women.

For instance, more than 95 percent of the three million truck drivers in the U.S. are men; they could be replaced by autonomous vehicles.  Men hold 97 percent of the 2.5 million U.S. carpentry and construction jobs; their tasks could be replaced by robots.  However, women hold 93 percent of the registered nurse positions.  According to the study, their risk of obsolescence is only .009 percent.  Tasks involving a breadth of decisions and skills in a relational environment are least likely to be automated.  Statistically, such jobs are more the purview of women than men.

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Why Donald Trump is leading the polls

Presidential contender Donald Trump, speaks to the media after arriving by helicopter during the 1st first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, July 30, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Scott Heppell) Donald Trump is the leading Republican presidential candidate by nearly two-to-one.  He is clearly dominating the agenda for tomorrow night's debate.  Why?

According to David Brooks, Trump is a product of our cultural chaos.  A columnist for The New York Times, Brooks is one of the most insightful commentators of our day.  I think he's spot-on: "The times are perfect for Donald Trump.  He's an outsider, which appeals to the alienated.  He's confrontational, which appeals to the frustrated.  And, in a unique 21st-century wrinkle, he's a narcissist who thinks he can solve every problem, which appeals to people who in challenging times don't feel confident in their understanding of their surroundings and who crave leaders who seem to be."

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More church bombings: are you at risk?

A young parishoner stands on N Alameda Boulevard holding a sign advising parishoners that Holy Cross Catholic Church mass is canceled after two churches in Las Cruces, New Mexico were bombed less than 30 minutes apart, Las Cruces, NM, August 2, 2015 (Credit: AP/The Las Cruces Sun-News/Robin Zielinski)Bombs exploded at two New Mexico churches last Sunday morning.  This after church burnings over recent months in Georgia, Minnesota, Kentucky and Delaware.  The shooting last June at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina shocked the nation.  Attacks against Christians and our places of worship are clearly escalating.

Whatever their motivation, these assaults make clear a central fact of our faith: "All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Timothy 3:12).  Not some, "all."  Why?

According to John Allen's The Global War on Christians, 90 percent of religious martyrs around the world today are followers of Christ.  Across history, more Christians have died for their faith than the combined total of all other religious martyrs.  Clearly, there is something uniquely endemic to the Christian faith that engenders persecution.

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What no one is asking Tom Cruise

Actor Tom Cruise greets to a reporter as he is questioned during a press conference for his new movie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation in Seoul, South Korea, July 30, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)Tom Cruise is back in the news with the fifth installment in his Mission: Impossible series.  Last April, he made headlines for a far different reason: the documentary Going Clear alleged that the actor profited personally from the slave labor of Church of Scientology members. Many thought that Cruise's controversial commitment to the church would be part of the media's run-up to his movie's premiere last weekend.

However, the issue has not come up in interviews a single time.  Even Jon Stewart, who won an Orwell Award for "distinguished contribution to honesty and clarity in public language," avoided the subject when he interviewed the actor last week.

Meanwhile, a group of nuns in Hollywood are blocking singer Katy Perry's attempt to purchase their convent.  Their property is for sale, but the nuns looked through Perry's music videos and weren't pleased with what they saw.

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Has missing Malaysia Airlines plane been found?

French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island, which air safety investigators, one of them a Boeing investigator, have identified the component as a flaperon from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, a U.S. official said, July 29, 2015  (Credit: AP Photo/Lucas Marie)"This is obviously a very significant development.  It's the first real evidence that there's a possibility that part of the aircraft may have been found."  So stated Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss yesterday, describing the discovery of debris off the coast of an Indian Ocean island.

Investigators believe they have found part of a plane's wing called the "flaperon," and that it is almost certainly from a Boeing 777 aircraft.  They could not confirm that the debris was from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.  However, MH370 is the only Boeing 777 that has ever disappeared over water.

Even if the debris is proven to be part of the doomed jet, the mystery continues.  The aircraft part was found 1,000 miles away from where investigators believe the plane went down.  And of course, we still don't know what caused the plane to crash.  Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak: "As soon as we have more information or any verification we will make it public.  We have had many false alarms before, but for the sake of the families who have lost loved ones, and suffered such heartbreaking uncertainty, I pray that we will find out the truth so that they may have closure and peace."

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