Saturday, March 10, 2012

Remembering: Alexander Graham Bell and The Telephone

On March 10, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell's voice was discernibly transmitted through wires into another room. "Mr. Watson, come here; I want you." After a year of work, success was his.

While a teenager, Bell began to carry on his father's work of teaching methods of how to speak to the deaf. By 1873 he was a professor at Boston University. When not teaching he began experimenting with transmitting sound waves and telegraph lines. He was convinced that voice could be transmitted as well.

In 1875, he hired Thomas Watson a mechanic. Two years later, in 1877, he founded the Bell Telephone Company, and the telephone went commercial. He sold the company in 1878 and went on to continue inventing, including the graphophone which would recorded sound and the photophone which transmitted speech via light rays. Bell used the royalties from his inventions to support organizations that taught oral education for the deaf.

Over 100 Rockets Fired at Israel

Palestinian terrorists have fired at least 135 rockets from Gaza, at Israel, since Friday. 74 of the rockets landed in Israel, whilst Israel's Iron Dome defense system knocked down 28 of the 31 rockets in it's area.

Eight Israelis have been wounded by the rockets. Luckily none have been killed.

This latest barrage is in retaliation for Israel killing a terrorist leader, after evidence had been found that he was planning an attack against Israel. Expectations are for the barrage to last at least through Monday, leading to highest alerts possible being issued by the police.

The Israeli Defense Force has launched counter strikes into Gaza, that have killed at least fifteen. All IDF fire has been aimed at sites where rockets have been launched, and where intelligence has shown to be staging areas or the location of the rocket production.

You Can't Wear Your Cross or Crucifix

The British government has backed two court decisions that stated employers had the right to terminate employees for refusing to take off a cross or crucifix. In doing so, the they have shown that other religions are considered to be above Christianity and violated religious freedom.

A spokesperson for the government stated that it is legal, as the wearing of a cross or crucifix is not required by religious laws. Whereas lawyers for the plaintiffs said religion includes doing things that are not a requirement of the faith. They went on to add that Christianity does not receive equal protection, and that the government persecutes Christians while it defends other religions.

Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, said that, "The irony is that when governments and courts dictate to Christians that the cross is a matter of insignificance, it becomes an even more important symbol and expression of our faith."

The cases are now being taken to the European Court of Human Rights.