Aussie mum Allyson McConnell accused of drowning sons in Canada March 13, 201210:35AM Mum on trial over 2010 murder of her young sons Prosecutors say marriage problems, wanted to take sons home Accused of drowning them and jumping off an overpass AUSTRALIAN mother Allyson McConnell drowned her two young sons in a bathtub before driving to a restaurant, ordering lunch and then jumping off an overpass onto a busy freeway, a Canadian court has heard. Ms McConnell is charged with the 2010 second-‐degree murders of two-‐year-‐old Connor and 10-‐ month-‐old Jayden in Millet, south of Edmonton. The trial began in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, today. Ms McConnell, 33, formerly of Gosford on the NSW central coast, moved to Canada in 2005, met local man Curtis McConnell and married him in 2007. Prosecutors said the marriage deteriorated, Ms McConnell was angry with her estranged husband and wanted to take their sons back to Australia. The court was told on the day before the boys were killed, Ms McConnell tried to give away the children's clothing and a car seat. After Ms McConnell drowned the boys in the family bathtub she drove to a restaurant, ordered lunch and then left upset, it was alleged. She walked to the overpass and jumped off, suffering numerous broken bones, the court heard. The Crown alleged police searched her home and found a rope tied to the rafters in the basement. The trial continues. Original article: http://www.news.com.au/world/aussie-‐mum-‐accused-‐of-‐drowning-‐sons/story-‐ e6frfkz0-‐1226297934250
Aussie mum Allyson McConnell accused of drowning sons in Canada. This article is about a woman, Allyson McConnell who murdered her two sons; she then went to a restaurant, ordered lunch and jumped off an overpass in 2010. She suffered many broken bones but survived. She is thought to have done this because her marriage was failing and she wanted to take her sons to Australia. This article is about evil because: She would not want to be drowned in a bathtub and that’s what she did to her sons. By doing this she violates the Christian Value of doing unto others, as you would have them do unto you. Though it isn’t know if it was her, her husband or someone else who murdered the children, the act was most likely prompted by revenge, if this was the case, the murder of the two boys goes against the Christian value of not holding a grudge and also breaks the commandment “you shall not kill”. Prior to the drowning of the two children, Allyson McConnell tried to give away the children’s toys, this maybe because she was planning to take her children to Australia or because she had planned the murder. Even if she was trying to give away the children’s things because they were moving, her wanting the children away from her husband suggests a rift between the couple. This rift may have been caused by her or her husband wanting their family to be like someone else wants something that is not yours breaks the commandment “You shall not covet”. The children could also have been murdered by someone who coveted McConnell’s family. All these problems may have risen due to her or her husband thinking they are not equals; this would have led to them feeling unsatisfied, angry and possibly feelings of hatred. Thinking yourself higher than someone goes against the Christian value of not being self-‐righteous. McConnell’s jumping off the overpass shows a lack of self-‐control. Even if she had murdered the children or had found them drowned she should have reacted with calm and self-‐discipline. Calm and self-‐discipline are both part of the “self-‐control” fruit of the spirit. Her attempted suicide also shows that she doesn’t value her life, something she should since life is a gift from God. Cherishing your life because it is a gift from god is part of the “Love” fruit of the spirit. Ifs she was indeed the person who murdered the children, her killing them also shows a lack of the “Love” fruit of the spirit. Thought the article blames Allyson McConnell for the death of the two children, she may not be directly responsible. Below are some possible scenarios: • Maybe someone forced her into it • The husband might have killed them and in shock she attempted suicide • She might have thought that death might be better for the kids than their situation in the world. Even if the above were the case, the article still demonstrates evil because: if she had been forced into it, she should have reacted with self-‐control. No matter how you look at this story Allyson McConnell attempted suicide. Suicide is killing yourself, and by attempting to do so she breaks the commandment “You shall not kill”
Alaskan beauty queen goes bald for good cause (CBS/AP) ANCHORAGE, Alaska -‐ The Miss Alaska pageant requires contestants to perform a public service project. Under Debbe Ebben's silver tiara, is evidence of hers. The reigning Miss Chugiak-‐Eagle River has raised more than $4,000 for children's cancer research for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, and last weekend, she delivered on a promise to people who pledged by allowing her brown tresses to be buzzed off. She's proud of raising money, but the underlying message is for children who lose their hair because of cancer treatments. "You're proving it's OK to be bald, regardless of whether you chose to be or not," Ebben said. Ebben, 23, stands 5-‐feet-‐4 inches tall, and her official talent is playing the piano. She has been entering pageants affiliated with Miss Alaska since 2007. She used scholarship money to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks for four years. She was motivated to get involved with St. Baldrick's by another beauty queen, Miss Virginia 2008 Tara Wheeler. Near the end of her reign, Wheeler decided to raise $50,000 for St. Baldrick's and pledged to become a "shavee" if she reached her goal. "She inspired me to get involved with them," Ebben said. "She did it kind of on the side after her reign. I decided to make it my entire personal platform." Ebben was looking for a different kind of community project. "It's my job as a title holder to make a really bold statement, and to be someone that people can look up to, and make an impact on the community. And that was really why I fell in love with it. It was something that was different. It was something that was unique. It was something that I could do and accomplish in a community and was something that everyone could get involved with." Everyone included her mother Julie, who also pledged to shave her head. Debbe Ebben's turn began with auctioning off ponytails of her hair. "It looks like I'm the Who from Whoville," Ebben said. Ebben has not decided whether to grow her hair out as the Miss Alaska Pageant approaches in June, with the chance to compete in the Miss America Pageant. She may, she said, rock the current hairdo. She doesn't think stubble will hurt her chances. Ebben's experience, along with her work with Children's Miracle Network, a Miss America cause, has shaped more than her hair. Instead of engineering, she's now studying to be a "child life specialist" working with children in hospitals. Original article: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-‐31749_162-‐57398984-‐10391698/alaskan-‐beauty-‐ queen-‐goes-‐bald-‐for-‐good-‐cause/
Alaskan beauty queen goes bald for good cause A 23 year old beauty queen shaves her head for charity. This article is an example of good because it demonstrates: • “Be Humble”. This girl recognises that cancer victims are people just like her, but have had to give up things due to cancer. Though her shaving her head was voluntary and cancer victims don’t get to choose to keep their hair, her willingness to give it up shows that she considers them her equals and that if it means she can help them she will give up something really valuable to her. • “do unto others as you would have them do to you” she shaved her head because she knows that if she had cancer she would want someone to help raise funds to try cure her of the disease.
What the water gave me Time it took us To where the water was That's what the water gave me And time goes quicker Between the two of us Oh, my love, don't forsake me Take what the water gave me Lay me down Let the only sound Be the overflow Pockets full of stones Lay me down Let the only sound Be the overflow And oh poor Atlas like a beast of a burden You've been holding on a long time And all this longing And the ships are left to rust That's what the water gave us So lay me down Let the only sound Be the overflow Pockets full of stones Lay me down
Let the only sound Be the overflow 'Cause they took your loved ones But returned them in exchange for you But would you have it any other way? Would you have it any other way? You could have had it any other way' Cause she's a cruel mistress And the bargain must be made But oh, my love, don't forget me Though I let the water take me Lay me down Let the only sound Be the over flow Pockets full of stones Lay me down Let the only sound Be the overflow Lay me down Let the only sound Be the overflow Pockets full of stones Lay me down Let the only sound Be the overflow
What the water gave me This song is about the suicide of Virginia Woolf. Woolf committed suicide by throwing herself into an overflowing river with her pockets filled with stones. The song is full of desperation and makes references to mythology. The song does not reflect Christian values or the 10 commandments. The main theme in the song is suicide; this directly violates the commandment “you shall not kill” and the “Love” fruit of the spirit. The song then goes on to say that Atlas is like a beast of burden, always burdened with the weight of the world. From this we know that the Atlas is being looked down, it is a Christian value to not be self-‐righteous.
“Cause they took your loved ones but returned them in exchange for you but would you have it any other way? Would you have it any other way? You could have had it any other way' Cause she's a cruel mistress and the bargain must be made” From the above lyrics it is implied that the songs subject worships someone who wants the subjects life in exchange for another’s. God would not ask for a subject to sacrifice themself for someone, so the songs subject is worshipping a false god, this is an infringement of the commandment “You shall have no other Gods beside me.”
Te wo tsunago The whole world is a family, we are all connected, even if you’re different we are still friends and no matter what just reach out and I’ll be there for you, are the basic themes in Te Wo tsunago. This song is an example of good because: it promotes people to: respect each other, do to others, as you would have them do to you, not be self-‐righteous and not hold grudges among other good things. The songs promotion of respect and acceptance can be easily identified from the lyrics “No matter what time, a bond connects us” this says that no matter what time you are from, we are all people, and that we all go through the same feelings and experiences. The songs promotion of self-‐respect and acceptance is furthered by the lyrics “its ok for everyone to be different. We are all friends.” The meaning of this is pretty much the same as the other example, the difference is that the second set of lyrics say that we are friends even though we have differences, though this may seem contrasting to the first set of lyrics, it is not because the first set says that we are connected but not that we are the same. The song acknowledges that as human beings we make mistakes but, we shouldn’t let those mistakes hold us down. This attitude is expressed through the lyrics: “If you feel trapped by your life, come with me”. To not let the mistakes of the past hold one down, one has to forgive and by forgiving one follows the Christian value from Mark’s Gospel of not holding grudges. This song is actually a promotion for the movie, ‘Kamen Rider OOO: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals’. Though the movie has elements of evil in it, it is still represents good Christian values, because it demonstrates that evil corrupts but by following good values you can make the world a better place and be happy.
Te wo tsunago Ole! Let’s join hands!
Ole! Let’s join hands!
Ole! Let’s join hands!
Ole! Let’s join hands!
Ole! Let’s join hands!
Ole! Let’s join hands!
This world is a big family
To show that we are all equal
No matter what time, a bond connects us
After a fight
That’s why you should lookup
Apologize to one another
If you feel trapped by your life, come with me
Ole! Lets join hands!
And we’ll travel together
The world is a big family
It’s ok for everyone to be different
If you’re unable to carry your burdens alone
Were all friends,
[This bit isn’t really translatable; meaning is something along the lines of let go of your ego]
Ole! Let’s join hands! Ole! Let’s join hands! Ole! Let’s join hands! To show that it is important
If you cant ask out loud, show it with your eyes, To those you trust
Ole! Even when it’s raining
The lines that connect us, crosses in every direction
Ole! [I can’t come up with a proper translation; direct translation “more that infinity”]
Raise your voice; share your problems with me
Ole! It’s clear that The world is a big family As time passes, a new day comes, And it’s a new beginning every day Just for your smile Fight once again, become stronger, just hold my hand It’s what everyone wants It’s time for actions not words Let’s dace, its paradise!
Just hold my hand! Ole! Let’s join hands! Ole! Let’s join hands! Ole! Let’s join hands! To convey that it is important Ole! Even when it’s raining Ole! ! [I can’t come up with a proper translation; direct translation “more that infinity”] Ole! Its clear that The world id a big family!
Doctor Who The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord, a time-‐travelling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor who explores the universe in a sentient telepathic time machine called the TARDIS that flies through time and space, whose exterior appears as a blue police box from 1963 London, when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, he faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help people and right wrongs. [Wikipedia] This show is an example of evil, because the doctor’s companions come to view him as Godlike. The doctor during his very long life has killed on many occasions as well as not living a moral life among other offenses. Through the course of the series the doctor’s companions and some common people come to view him as a godlike idol, who can be relied on to save them in times of need. According to Jesus the most important of all the commandments is worshipping God alone. The doctor’s companions among many others view him as someone almighty and godlike when he is not. Though he usually values life, the doctor has killed many times to protect something he values, or to destroy something he plain despises. Through these actions the doctor breaks the commandment “you shall not kill”, the Christian values of ‘respecting all people’, ‘humility’, not being self-‐righteous’, ‘not holding grudges’ and ‘forgiving others’. His attitude and actions towards the cyber men and daleks are examples of situations where he shows total disregard for the aforementioned Christian values. In an episode set in the distant future, Liz 10 a descendent of Queen Elizabeth say that her famous ancestor wasn’t in fact a “Virgin queen” this suggests that queen Elizabeth had an affair with the doctor. Though it is not known if he was married before or after the affair with queen Elizabeth it can still be considered adultery because they consummated their relationship out of wedlock. This shows that the doctor breaks the commandment “you shall not commit adultery” as well as the Christian value of honouring God with your body.
Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film is a dramatization of the story of Erin Brockovich, played by Julia Roberts, who fought against the US West Coast energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company.[Wikipedia] • •
This film is an example of good because it is a dramatization of Erin Brokovich’s fight for equality. These Christian values and commandments are expressed in the film: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you” Erin’s interest in the case started because she had previously been in a car accident and had lost a personal injury lawsuit. From this experience she would have learned that no one wants to be wronged and would have been inspired by this to make sure all the people whose health was suffering because of the companies inconsiderate activities gained justice. “Be generous with your time and money” she took on the case because of personal interest and without charging fees. On some occasions she went on investigations when she was unwell, by doing this she expresses the values of selflessness and humility.
Charlize Theron adopts a baby boy CHARLIZE Theron has adopted a baby boy, her rep told The Insider today. The new mum named her son Jackson but no additional details were provided. The 36-‐year-‐old actress first revealed last August that she hoped to have children. "I want a baby. If it would happen tomorrow I would be very happy. There are so many unwanted children on this earth and it's our job to care for them. And if we don't we're doing the world a disservice," the Monster star told Germany's In Touch magazine. The Oscar winner is currently single. Theron, a native of South Africa, was in a long term relationship with Irish actor/director Stuart Townsend from 2001 to 2010. Original article: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-‐news/charlize-‐theron-‐adopts-‐a-‐baby-‐boy/story-‐ e6frfku0-‐1226299984592
Charlize theron adopts a baby boy This story is about an actress who adopted a baby. This article demonstrates the ‘be generous with your time and money’ Christian value. By adopting this baby Charlize Theron shows that she is willing to give up time and money to care for this child who otherwise would have grown up with financial troubles and without knowing a parents care.
No jail for mum who scammed scammers A BRISBANE woman who fleeced Nigerian scam artists by stealing more than $30,000 from their internet car sales racket will not spend any time in jail for her crime. Sarah Jane Cochrane-‐Ramsey, 23, was employed by the Nigerians as an "agent" in March 2010 but was unaware they were scam artists, the Brisbane District Court heard today. Her job was to provide an Australian bank account through which they could funnel any payments they received through their dodgy account on a popular car sales website. Cochrane-‐Ramsey was to keep eight per cent of all money paid into her account and forward the rest to the Nigerian scammers. However, the court heard she kept the two payments she received -‐ totalling $32,350 -‐ and spent most of it on herself. The car buyers who were ripped off reported the matter to police, who traced the account to Cochrane-‐Ramsey. Police inquiries found her employers were based in Nigeria but had been using a web server in New York to run their dodgy car sales listings. Cochrane-‐Ramsey, who has a five-‐month-‐old child, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated fraud late last month. Judge Terry Martin described her as having a "dishonest bent" after hearing she had a history of stealing and property offences. He adjourned the sentence until today to allow her time to provide further details of money she claimed was in a bank account that would allow her to make some repayments. Her barrister, Harry Fong, told the court she gave police more than $15,000 when she was arrested, and has provided a further partial repayment of $5000 in the past few weeks. He said his client was prepared to repay the rest of the money at a rate of $100 per week when she returned to work. Cochrane-‐Ramsey wept in the dock as she was sentenced to a two-‐year jail term. However, Judge Terry Martin released her immediately on parole, saying it was unnecessary for her to spend any actual time in custody. Judge Martin did not order Cochrane-‐Ramsey make any further repayments, saying her responsibilities as a new mother would make any such order "untenable". Original article: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-‐news/no-‐jail-‐for-‐mum-‐who-‐scammed-‐ scammers/story-‐e6frfku0-‐1226300256337
No jail for mum who scammed scammers A 23-‐year-‐old woman was employed by Nigerian scammers, her job was to provide them with a bank account to receive money from their scams, she was to keep 8% of the money and forward the rest to her employers. However she kept two of the payments. When her employers found out they told the police. She was sentenced to two years in prison but was immediately released on parole. This is an article about evil because: • •
The woman and her employers where cheating people, going against the Christian value of honesty The woman and her employers made money from stealing. This breaks the commandment “You shall not steal.”
Both parties have not done to others as they would have others do to them. It is a Christian value to do u