Daily Archives: August 4, 2015

Surfing Teahupoʻo, one of the Earth’s biggest waves, while on fire

Surfing Teahupoʻo, one of the Earth’s biggest waves, while on fire



Kentucky sheriff ‘steadfastly’ defends officer who handcuffed 8-year-old

Kentucky sheriff ‘steadfastly’ defends officer who handcuffed 8-year-old


Where the streets are paved with stars: Hollywood Boulevard in the 70s

Where the streets are paved with stars: Hollywood Boulevard in the 70s



Bush: I misspoke on women’s health

Bush: I misspoke on women’s health



Israel rounds up suspected Jewish extremists


MSF doctor tells of ‘horror after horror’ in Yemen


From NPR News

Just How Arbitrary Is Fox’s 10-Person GOP Debate Cutoff? http://n.pr/1OQE6aD

London culture tops Google searches

London culture tops Google searches http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33770969

Rock stacks reveal ‘jumping’ quakes

Rock stacks reveal ‘jumping’ quakes



Amazing Music /performances: Dvorak : In Nature’s Realm Overture op 91

Dvorak : In nature’s realm ouverture op 91

Historic Musical Bits: LISZT Polonaise No.2 (S.223/2) | F.R.Duchable | 1974

LISZT Polonaise No.2 (S.223/2) | F.R.Duchable | 1974

Amazing music/performances: Beethoven String Quartet No 2 Op 18 in G major Alban Berg Quartet

Beethoven String Quartet No 2 Op 18 in G major Alban Berg Quartet

Arturo Zeballos plays SUITE ESPAÑOLA de Gaspar Sanz

Arturo Zeballos plays SUITE ESPAÑOLA de Gaspar Sanz

Alexander Scriabin Piano Concerto f-sharp minor opus 20 – II. Andante

Alexander Scriabin Piano Concerto f-sharp minor opus 20 – II. Andante

Amazing Music/Performances: Schubert Piano Sonata No 9 in B, D575 Andras Schiff

Schubert Piano Sonata No 9 in B, D575 Andras Schiff

Historic Musical Bits: David Oistrakh – Mozart – Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216

David Oistrakh – Mozart – Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216

Saint of the Day for Tuesday, August 4th, 2015: St. John Vianney

Image of St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney, Priest (Patron of priests) Feast day – August 4 Universally known as the “Cure of Ars),” St. John Mary Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Three years later he was made … continue readin

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Shroud of Turin featuring positive (L) and negative (R) digital filters. Credit: Dianelos Georgoudis via Wikimedia Commons.

Shroud of Turin featuring positive (L) and negative (R) digital filters. Credit: Dianelos Georgoudis via Wikimedia Commons.

.- The Shroud of Turin has different meanings for many people: some see it as an object of veneration, others a forgery, still others a medieval curiosity. For one Jewish scientist, however, the evidence has led him to see it as a meeting point between science and faith.

“The Shroud challenges (many people’s core beliefs) because there’s a strong implication that there is something beyond the basic science going on here,” Barrie Schwortz, one of the leading scientific experts on the Shroud of Turin, in an CNA.

Admitting that he did not know whether there was something beyond science at play, he added: “That’s not what convinced me: it was the science that convinced me.”

The Shroud of Turin is among the most well-known relics believed to be connected with Christ’s Passion. Venerated for centuries by Christians as the burial shroud of Jesus, it has been subject to intense scientific study to ascertain its authenticity, and the origins of the image.

The image on the 14 feet long, three-and-a-half feet wide cloth is stained with the postmortem image of a man – front and back – who has been brutally tortured and crucified.

Schwortz, now a retired technical photographer and frequent lecturer on the shroud, was a member of the 1978 Shroud of Turin Research Project which brought prestigious scientists together to examine the ancient artifact.

As a non-practicing Jew at the time, he was hesitant to be part of the team and skeptical as to the shroud’s authenticity – presuming it was nothing more than an elaborate painting. Nonetheless, he was intrigued by the scientific questions raised by the image.  

Despite his reservations, Schwortz recounts being persuaded to remain on the project by a fellow scientist on the team – a NASA imaging specialist, and a Catholic – who jokingly told him: “You don’t think God wouldn’t want one of his chosen people on our team?”

And Schwortz soon encountered one of the great mysteries of the image that still entrances its examiners to this day.

He explained that a specific instrument used for the project was designed for evaluating x-rays, which allowed the lights and darks of an image to be vertically stretched into space, based on the lights and darks proportionately.

For a normal photograph, the result would be a distorted image: with the shroud, however, the natural, 3-D relief of a human form came through. This means “there’s a correlation between image density – lights and darks on the image – and cloth to body distance.”

“The only way that can happen is by some interaction between cloth and body,” he said. “It can’t be projected. It’s not a photograph – photographs don’t have that kind of information, artworks don’t.”

This evidence led him to believe that the image on the shroud was produced in a way that exceeds the capacities even of modern technology.

“There’s no way a medieval forger would have had the knowledge to create something like this, and to do so with a method that we can’t figure out today – the most image-oriented era of human history.”

“Think about it: in your pocket, you have a camera, and a computer, connected to each other in one little device,” he said.

“The shroud has become one of the most studied artifacts in human history itself, and modern science doesn’t have an explanation for how those chemical and physical properties can be made.”

While the image on the Shroud of Turin was the most convincing evidence for him, he said it was only a fraction of all the scientific data which points to it being real.

“Really, it’s an accumulation of thousands of little tiny bits of evidence that, when put together, are overwhelming in favor of its authenticity.”

Despite the evidence, many skeptics question the evidence without having seen the facts. For this reason, Schwortz launched the website http://www.shroud.com, which serves as a resource for the scientific data on the Shroud.

Nonetheless, he said, there are many who still question the evidence, many believing it is nothing more than an elaborate medieval painting.

“I think the reason skeptics deny the science is, if they accept any of that, their core beliefs have been dramatically challenged, and they would have to go back and reconfigure who they are and what they believe in,” he said. “It’s much easier to reject it out of hand, and not worry about it. That way they don’t have to confront their own beliefs.”

“I think some people would rather ignore it than be challenged.”

Schwortz emphasized that the science points to the Shroud being the burial cloth belonging to a man, buried according to the Jewish tradition after having been crucified in a way consistent with the Gospel. However, he said it is not proof of the resurrection – and this is where faith comes in.

“It’s a pre-resurrection image, because if it were a post-resurrection image, it would be a living man – not a dead man,” he said, adding that science is unable to test for the sort of images that would be produced by a human body rising from the dead.

“The Shroud is a test of faith, not a test of science. There comes a point with the Shroud where the science stops, and people have to decide for themselves.”

“The answer to faith isn’t going to be a piece of cloth. But, perhaps, the answer to faith is in the eyes and hearts of those who look upon it.”

When it comes to testifying to this meeting point between faith and science, Schwortz is in a unique position: he has never converted to Christianity, but remains a practicing Jew. And this, he says, makes his witness as a scientist all the more credible.

“I think I serve God better this way, in my involvement in the Shroud, by being the last person in the world people would expect to be lecturing on what is, effectively, the ultimate Christian relic.”

“I think God in his infinite wisdom knew better than I did, and he put me there for a reason.”

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today’s holiday: Nebuta Matsuri

Nebuta Matsuri

Nebuta Matsuri, the main festival of Aomori Prefecture in Japan, features processions of huge, elaborately painted papier-mâché figures called nebuta. In the capital city of Aomori, the nebuta figures, up to 49 feet wide and 26 feet high, depict ferociously scowling samurai warriors. Illuminated from within by candles, they glow as they are carried through the streets at nightfall. Spectators wear hats made of flowers and dance in the streets. More… Discuss

The man does better who runs from disaster than he who is caught by it. Homer

The man does better who runs from disaster than he who is caught by it.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Louis Vuitton (1821)

Louis Vuitton (1821)

In 1835, Vuitton moved to Paris, where he became an apprentice malletier, or trunk-maker, crafting luggage for the French aristocracy. In 1854, he founded the company that would become a worldwide fashion icon. By 1885, the company had opened its first store in London. He introduced a line of innovative traveling trunks, and his designs soon became the subjects of widespread imitation—a trend that continues even today. What percent of the items bearing the Louis Vuitton monogram are counterfeit? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Evesham (1265) Would you have read this article if you were not visiting EUZICASA TODAY?

Battle of Evesham (1265)

In 1258, English nobleman Simon de Montfort joined other barons in forcing King Henry III to accept the Provisions of Oxford—often considered England’s first written constitution—which limited the power of the monarchy. When Henry renounced the Provisions, Montfort led a force against him, defeating the royalist army at the Battle of Lewes and becoming England’s de facto ruler. Less than a year later, he was killed by Henry’s son Edward at the Battle of Evesham. What happened to his body? More… Discuss

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port. Located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of South America, it is the most heavily industrialized city of Argentina. It is a major food-processing center with huge meatpacking plants. It was first settled in the 16th century and was subordinate to the Spanish Viceroy of Peru. The criollo citizens of Buenos Aires successfully ousted the Spanish Viceroy in what year? More… Discuss

word of the day: twelvemonth


Definition: (noun) A year.
Synonyms: year
Usage: But wilt thou not give me another twelvemonth to pay my debt? Discuss.



The fishing hole Sketch

National Park Service Buries Report on Effigy Mounds Scandal: A STATE OF DISGRACE!



The National Park Service has shelved a blistering internal report that details a “decade of dysfunction” as the agency allowed dozens of illegal construction projects to cause significant damage to an ancient Iowa burial ground that Indian tribes consider sacred.

Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence

Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence



Two Mac viruses strike at the heart of the platform’s secure image

Two Mac viruses strike at the heart of the platform’s secure image



From France 24 :

US lawmakers to vote on Iran deal disapproval resolution



Bonobos’ clue to speech evolution

Bonobos’ clue to speech evolution



First 3D-printed pill approved in US

First 3D-printed pill approved in US



Hackers target internet address flaw

Hackers target internet address flaw