Lunchtime Links: January 14, 2010

The world is mobilizing to help the people of Haiti dig out from underneath the rubble of Monday’s earthquake. There are multiple resources and opportunities for giving.

The FBI has issued a warning to generous Americans who want to aid Haiti quake relief efforts, urging people to be aware of potential scams designed to benefit from the tragedy.

Mindful of soaring deficits and an anti-Wall Street mood, President Obama wants a new 10-year tax on the country’s largest banks to cover a projected $117 billion shortfall in the government’s financial crisis bailout fund.

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) has been established law for decades now. While the law addresses many government and public buildings, churches and other religious places of worship are largely beyond its scope. Those still creates a hit or miss situations in many locations for accessibility for wheelchair-bound worshippers.

The blockbuster film Avatar is filled with religious allegories blending components of different faiths. A central theme of the film, whether spiritual consciousness comes God or through shared experiences in life and the environment, is a source of debate.

It’s not just NBC struggling to keep its big stars happy. Fox made an equally risky move by letting Simon Cowell leave American Idol at the end of the season.

Are the current Dallas Cowboys building an offensive juggernaut similar to the one that carried them to three Super Bowl wins in the 1990s? Maybe. The combination of Tony Romo, Miles Austin and Felix Jones is drawing comparisons to the “triplet” group of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith.

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