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Drunk sex and consent
Bettina Arndt
 June 14 2024 at 04:16 am
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The whole business is a mess. For years now, our media and sexual consent courses have been getting the law totally wrong about intoxication and consent - with the result that growing numbers of mostly young men are finding themselves wrongfully accused of rape. Two highly significant NSW cases have called out their wrong thinking, drawing on expert forensic toxicology evidence to explain why you can give consent while intoxicated. Just because you can’t remember what happened doesn’t mean you didn’t consent to sex, say these judges. The accused men in these cases were found not guilty because of this vital principle. In addition, the judges awarded costs against the crown and made it clear these cases should never have ended up in court. Both cases attracted headlines and ultimately contributed to the decision by the Crown Prosecution office to hold an audit into whether sexual assault cases are being supported by unsatisfactory evidence. These are important decisions, which should help clarify an issue causing endless strife in personal relationships. Less so, the recent decision by Justice Michael Lee in the Bruce Lehrmann defamation case. Justice Lee concluded this case also revolved around intoxication and consent and made unjustified assumptions about the effect of alcohol on Brittany Higgins’ state of mind and memory. It’s a confusing verdict in this pivotal case which has dominated our news for so many years. The result is it muddies the waters, adding to public confusion about this vital matter which impacts so negatively on many young people. Late last year, The ABC’s 7.30 Report ran a segment claiming to explain the law regarding alcohol and consent. As usual, our public broadcaster was intent on pushing a feminist barrow and didn’t bother to do its homework. Their television story featured Bec, a Tasmanian woman who ended up getting very drunk with a male friend in a bar. She recalls driving back to her house but the next day she couldn’t remember what happened after that. She communicated with the friend, and he confirmed by text that they had had sex. It was her lack of memory of the event which convinced Bec that she had been assaulted and led her to a long ultimately unsuccessful journey to try to get him charged. Naturally, the ABC program was up in arms that Tasmanian police failed to prosecute Bec’s former friend. They dug up an “expert” who claimed that if Bec “can’t remember what’s happened, then there wasn’t consent. And that is a sexual assault”. “Not true,” says a Queensland specialist in criminal law, Ken Mackenzie, who responded with a feisty blog – “ABC gets the law and science all wrong about consent and alcohol.” Mackenzie has been recently buying into public discussion over a number of issues – having resigned from his position on the Criminal Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society. “In law, a person may have consented, even if they do not remember,” he writes, quoting expert evidence to show intoxicated people are quite capable of behaving quite normally even if later they suffer memory loss for these events. Confusion arises over the use of the term “blackout” which is sometimes thought to mean passing out, a loss of consciousness, but in fact, it actually includes a situation where a person is conscious, and interacting with his or her environment but the brain is not creating long-term memories of the events. In that situation, a person might be quite capable of giving enthusiastic consent and not remember it. Mackenzie quotes University of Texas psychologists who have researched blackouts: “An intoxicated person is able to engage in a variety of behaviours, including having detailed conversations and other more complex behaviours like driving a vehicle, but information about these behaviours is not transferred from short-term to long-term memory, which leads to memory deficits and memory loss for these events.” “Blackouts are much more common among social drinkers than was previously assumed, and have been found to encompass events ranging from conversations to intercourse. Fragmentary blackouts occur more frequently than en bloc blackouts, but neither type appear to occur until breath alcohol concentrations are 0.06 g/100ml or greater.” (The general legal driving limit in most states is 0.05%) And here, Mackenzie quotes an alcohol rehab guide: “When an individual blacks out, he or she will continue to hold conversations and engage in activities like normal. In fact, outside observers are typically unaware that an individual is blacked out. Depending on how much alcohol the person drank and how impaired other brain functions are, a person in the midst of a blackout could appear incredibly drunk – or barely intoxicated at all.” The truth about these matters is important, said Mackenzie in discussion of his blog on Reddit: “It's about thousands of people going out drinking at parties and clubs every weekend. Some of them decide to have sex. Some of them consent, and have good capacity to consent, but don't remember much the next day. Those ones weren't raped. Creating the belief that they were leads to misery and fear for hundreds of people.” As he explains, “blackout memory does not mean you were too drunk to be responsible for your decisions. You can be guilty of crimes you commit. You can properly and legally consent to sexual interactions.” All of this was spelt out in two recent cases which ended up at the heart of the stoush between NSW District Court judges and the Crown Prosecutor. In R v Smith the issues were very clear. The case involved a woman who had a regular fuck-buddy she’d been seeing for many months, despite having acquired a new boyfriend. On the occasion in question, the two met up and ended up having a heavy drinking session before going back to his home. The next thing she remembers is waking up in his bed around 9 that night. According to the judge, Peter Whitford, the accused gave a “reasonably detailed, coherent and credible account” of their sexual encounter, which included her pushing his head down towards her crutch which led to him performing oral sex. His text messages to her the next day expressed surprise and concern that she had suddenly left after waking up in his bed. Experts on forensic toxicology who were called by both the defence and the prosecutor agreed that she could have given consent despite her blackout. Dr Pieternel van Niewenhuijzen, the expert for the prosecution, explained that despite the loss of memory people experiencing blackouts “can have conversations, they can drive, they are capable of responding, as though perfectly normally, to external stimuli. …. the person so affected is still capable of functioning in ways that might appear to an observer to be completely normal…. Furthermore, a person in that state may be capable of masking outward signs of intoxication, such as psychomotor difficulties like walking unsteadily and slurred speech; all the more so in someone who is a seasoned drinker." Professor McDonald Christie, expert for the defence, reached similar conclusions: “when a drinker is experiencing a blackout, and not laying down a memory, they may still nonetheless be well capable of functioning in the world. They can carry out everyday tasks, they can engage with people socially, including sexually. He said that whilst they are in a state of blackout, it is possible that people around them, and people with whom they're engaging, may have no appreciation of just how intoxicated they are; all the more so if the person is an experienced drinker and the signs of their intoxication might be masked.” The complainant in R v Smith never said that she didn’t give consent – yet the prosecutors decided to still give it a go. Whitford was scathing about this decision and awarded costs against the Crown. Remarkably similar facts played out in R v Martinez, another case which made headlines last year. I’ve written about this case, where the complainant nine times got totally pissed and had sex with separate men, only to turn around and report them for sexual assault, claiming she’d been too drunk to give consent. All these cases ended up with the men facing a sexual assault charge, although three took a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to lesser offences. Here too, the District Court judge Newlinds called out the prosecutors for pushing through undeserving cases, “drawing the criminal justice system into disrepute.” Here too the complainant instigated the sexual activity but later claimed to have had a blackout. Here too Dr van Niewenhuijzen was called as an expert witness, and pointed out it was quite possible the complainant had given consent, despite her level of intoxication and subsequent memory loss. Here’s Newlinds’ commentary on that: “Her own idiosyncratic definition of sexual assault includes a misguided understanding of the law to the effect that if a person cannot remember having sex with someone else that equates to sexual assault. It goes without saying that is a concept that is not known to the law.” And here too, the jury found the accused not guilty and the judge concluded the case should never have been brought to trial. Newlinds added, “If the jury had known the full picture of the Complainant’s history of accusing men of rape in similar circumstances, the time of deliberation would have been measured in minutes.” The law is clear – intoxicated women may be able to give consent to sex, even if later they can’t remember what happened. There is a spectrum of drunkenness/intoxication. At the extreme end, a person does lose capacity to consent. If they’re passed out, unconscious, then they can’t consent. If they don’t understand what they’re doing or what’s happening, then they can’t consent. The line is expressed differently in the various Australian states and territories. Which brings me back to Michael Lee, the judge who made the recent decision, now under appeal, in the Bruce Lehrmann defamation case. Even though Bruce Lehrmann claimed no sexual activity took place, Justice Lee did not believe him and the case then turned upon whether the sex was consensual. Lee found that Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins, on the balance of probabilities. He believed her when she said she did not consent. He believed her evidence that, at the time Lehrmann started having sex with her, she was unaware of her surroundings - despite the video footage of her chatting to security guards and then tripping along the parliamentary corridor which was surely evidence that she was “well capable of functioning in the world” less than half an hour before she claimed she turned into “a log”. Lee’s discussion of Higgins’ alleged log-like state includes references to “tonic immobility” - a “freeze” response often promoted in the feminist literature on rape but actually based on extremely dubious, flawed science. This is odd because this issue was never raised in evidence, and Lee himself says that he cannot “rely on matters not in evidence” so he had to put it aside and ignore it. If it was irrelevant to his decision, why mention it at all? Hmmm, we note that after the verdict, Higgins thanked Lee for his “trauma informed judgement’ – clearly such references went down well. Although the judge concluded the couple did have sex, there’s much in the judgement to suggest the consent issue was not clearcut. The judge’s own findings – the evidence showing Higgins’ intentions prior to what happened in the Minister’s office: smooching in the bar, happily going with him back to Parliament House - clearly indicate a willingness on the part of Higgins to do something more than to drink whiskey. Lee found Lehrmann was a young man with only one thing on his mind when the pair drove to Parliament House. The same could be said about Higgins, for the same reasons. Lee said he could not believe Higgins about anything, unless what she said was backed up by some other, objectively true, evidence. Yet his interpretation of such objective evidence is most unusual. Take Higgins’ equivocal message to her ex-boyfriend in response to his question in the days after the alleged offence - “Did you hook up in there or did someone take advantage of you?’’ Her response: “Yes, it was just Bruce and from what I recall. I was barely lucid. I really don’t feel like it was consensual at all.” Somehow Lee finds this supports the Higgins’ rape story. It is all very confusing, particularly when we consider the fact that the R v Smith case was making headlines just as Lee was putting together his judgement, yet he does not give any convincing reason for preferring Higgins’ story over the possibility that she consented, fell asleep later and then later had only fragments of memory about what happened. Clearly a defamation decision has no prescribed role in public education, yet it is most unfortunate this hugely publicised verdict has simply added to the public confusion around intoxication and consent. Just one more damaging legacy from the sorry Brittany Higgins saga.
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Violence Against Ecosystems: Paving Nature...
Taminad.Crittenden
 June 09 2024 at 11:49 pm
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In yet another story in this Non-Violence publication documenting the insane movement by leftwing so-called “environmentalists” to make the surface of our planet less natural and more technological (cyborgifying it), a solar power company is planning to chop down Joshua Tree cacti in California’s Mojave Desert in order to combat “climate change”. Joshua Tree cacti in California’s Mojave Desert Although not so rare as to be considered “endangered”, Joshua Trees are considered a “threatened” species. We could install solar panels anywhere in the universe except Earth, and they would not be taking the place of life. But Earth is the only known place in the universe with life. And yet, so-called “environmentalists” are totally willing to degrade Earth’s precious and exceedingly rare life in order to pave over that land with solar panels. Because according to calculations, solar panels reduce more CO2 per acre than trees do as reported in a Columbia University Law School post!* Yay! Cut down the trees to save the planet! After all, “‘rooftops and parking lots are “generally more expensive to develop [solar panels on] than forest or farmland’”. (Ibid.) Basically, that Columbia University Law School post from October 2022 spreads lying lies claiming “At this time, siting solar projects on forested land remains relatively rare”. False lying liars at Columbia University Law School. According to the New York Times earlier in September 2022 (which a competent law school author would have found, but Columbia Law is unsurprisingly not demonstrating competency here), “nationwide, about half of new solar power plants are built in deserts [weirdly targeting the small parts of deserts where trees like the Joshua Tree grow]; more than four-fifths of the rest go on farmland, forestland or grasslands, according to a separate analysis.” It is insane. (To see some images of so-called environmentalists cutting down natural forests to install cyborg-like solar panels, see that same New York Times article.) Environmentalists should be focusing on solar panels in space, and sending that electricity back down onto Earth. Or using geothermal power, and/or nuclear power, on Earth. Stop paving over paradise to put up a parking lot, you stupid environmentalists. Even if you install solar panels over the parking lot, it is still bad because parking lots also degrade natural habitats! There are solar panel farms in Hawai’i. In Georgia. All over America. Paving over tree habitat! Are you happy, environmentalists? You have more cyborg power, and fewer trees. It is almost as if you read the lore behind The Matrix movies, in which sentient artificial intelligence machines initially rely upon solar power on Earth, and decided to make it reality. So now we have environmentalists cutting down trees and forests to pave them over with solar panels. Idiots. _______________ Support Non-Violence writing by tipping me at Ko-Fi.com or by donating some Ethereum digital currency at this public address! 0x5ffe3e60a7f85a70147e800c37116b3ad97afd5e *It is perhaps fitting that this insanity about cutting down trees to install solar panels to reduce CO2 emissions is coming from Columbia University, which is also where some of the most egregious examples of the progressive Left’s support of religious extremism, religious tyranny, terrorism, and genocide against Jews is coming right now. It really should not be surprising that the religious-extremist and genocide-supporting racists running Columbia University spread lying lies to hide the fact that forests are being cut down to install solar panels as well. Also, sure, we should be using a law school as an authoritative source for claims about science and engineering. Not.
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Irish medical bodies almost uniformly against...
angelobottone
 May 29 2024 at 10:37 pm
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The Irish Medical Council recently dropped from its ethical guidelines the prohibition on doctors deliberately killing their patients. It is hard to believe they are not paving the way for euthanasia. However, they made this change without properly consulting their members. However, most of the bodies representing the medical profession in Ireland remain firmly opposed. This was confirmed after the recommendations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying in favour of the practice were published recently. They claim that legislating for assisted suicide is harmful and contravenes good medical practice. The bodies that pushed back against the recommendations are the Irish Association of Palliative Care, the Irish Palliative Care Consultants’ Association, the Royal College of Physicians and the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. The Irish Association of Palliative Care stated: “We do not support any change in the law to legalize euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide. Palliative care should exclude any action or treatment designed to cause a patient’s death.” Instead of euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation, they advocate for “an emphasis on enabling dignified dying, delivered through the provision of palliative care, to help people live well until they die. The focus should be on ensuring that patients have access to resources and information about their end of life and dying.” The Irish Palliative Care Consultants Association also expressed deep disappointment with the majority report of the Committee, claiming that ‘assisted dying’ will inevitably and disproportionately place vulnerable people at risk. “In a progressive and inclusive society, we believe the fears and challenges of life-limiting illnesses, particularly if they lead to a wish to die, should be responded to with better care rather than facilitating an early death. In view of this, we do not feel that legislating for assisted dying is the appropriate answer to address these concerns”. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) said they “oppose the introduction of any legislation supportive of assisted suicide because it is contrary to medical practice.” The RCPI, which has more than 11,000 members, is the largest postgraduate medical training and professional body in Ireland. Dr. Feargal Twomey, Chair of the RCPI expert group and a Consultant in Palliative Medicine, added: “The introduction of legislation on assisted suicide has the potential for immense harm and unintended consequences, and our view is that the potential harms outweigh the arguments in favor of legislation for assisted suicide.” Dr. Twomey, who presented to the Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying last October, stated: “My concern about the inability for safeguards to be maintained leads me to say the only true safeguard is that the law does not change.” Another critical response came from the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. They said that the recommendations of the Committee “undermine Irish society’s strong focus on suicide prevention policy” and believe that Ireland “can do better in providing compassionate care to those who are dying than to introduce assisted suicide and euthanasia.” The consistent opposition from these medical professional bodies, who confront end-of-life situations daily, underscores a profound understanding of the complexities and the ill effects involved in legislating for euthanasia or assisted suicide. Given their expertise and the concerns they raise, it is essential for lawmakers and the public to reflect deeply on these perspectives before taking any decision on these matters.
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thinkspot Newsletter 6/20
thinkspot
 June 20 2024 at 04:35 pm
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Drunk sex and consent By Bettina ArndtLook Who Steamed Into Port - the Adm Gorshkov By ValueSideWho checks the fact checkers? From the point of view of an uneducated layman. Originally published 1st of August 2021 By DrDoomHealth Freedom Amid Political Control By HealthyAndAwakePodcastValues, Urban And Rural By Numapepi208 - The 5 Biggest Takeaways from the Past Year for Divorced Dads By Jude: The Divorced DadvocateJoin the Conversation The world isn't talking about it.. Israel is facing a serious suicide problem By FemmEQXXExploring the historical topic of America’s foreign wars... By HistoryAfficionado616Artificial Intelligence and the Left The problem with AI and the Left is that the Left is desperate for AIs to lie. This led to Google's Gem By Octaveoctave
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Who checks the fact checkers? From the point...
DrDoom
 June 13 2024 at 09:59 am
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How did it happen that the world population became so dumbed down and lazy that they are willing to blindly follow and believe everything which is said by governments and the media while medical specialists are being censored and suppressed? Who checks the fact checkers? From the view point of an uneducated layman. Why does it not bother anyone that no debate is allowed surrounding this world wide epidemic? Why is no one discussing the fact that China has unleashed a biological weapon against the entire planet? Why are people, especially high ranking and well respected scientists being attacked, censored and smeared when ringing warning bells for the rest of us? Why is no one doing their own research? Maybe you, dear reader, can enlighten me, because I am at a loss. The Origin. First China said it is a virus that jumped from animals to humans at a wetmarket a few blocks away from China's top virology lab. The first problem I have here, according to the science we keep being told to trust, is that zoonosis (animal to human infection) takes decades to happen in nature and even on the rare occasion that it does happen, it is extremely seldom and a slow process. All of the sudden this new virus pops up in a wetmarket in Wuhan and infects nearly the entire continent in a matter of months. Then the story changes again, and the origin of the virus is no longer the wetmarket but a sea food market. Then the story changes again, now it is the Americans that released it in Wuhan. China keeps changing the story. Do you know how large the continent of China is? 9 596 960 sq km or 3 705 406 sq mi. I want you, dear reader, to stop for a second and try and visualize how large that is. That is a massive amount of land. So we are to believe, that it is pure and utter coincidence, that this new corona virus, just happened to pop up out of nowhere and started spreading a few blocks away from the Wuhan institute of virology? I am sorry, I cannot believe that. Out of 9 596 960 square kilometers, it just happened to start and spread from there out of all places and we are to believe it is pure coincidence and also; the fact that it wasn't one or two cases or slow spreading as we know is always the case via zoonosis. It was extremely rapid! Let us not be naive and think the Chinese Communist Party is trustworthy and honest. How many times have they been caught lying? How many times have they been caught hacking and stealing information from other countries? Every day they are trying to steal more and more territory from their surrounding continental neighbors. China cares nothing for the global population but only strives to gain more power and control for itself. They have proven to be deceitful beyond measure again and again. It is also pure coincidence that the only country to show GDP growth in 2020 happened to be China. Pure coincidence. Dr. Anthony Fauci It is now common knowledge after the release of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails, that he was well aware that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology which he himself funded. It is known that the virus is manmade. It is known that Anthony Fauci himself reactivated the gain of function research after president Obama cut the funding as it is unethical. Why is no one discussing this little cretins crime against humanity? Every day we see him on the TV telling us all kinds of interesting things such as that it is impossible for the virus to had been manmade and could not have originated from a lab. Then when pushed on the emails admits, oh there might be a slight possibility that it did come from a lab. Remember, masks don’t work, no wait, they do work but one isn’t enough, you must wear 3. Remember how he over exaggerated the expected mortality rate? Remember how foolish he looked when the great apocalypse didn’t come? Credible scientists agree that the odds of contact transmission is extremely low and wearing a mask is about as useful for prevention as a pair of underpants are from stopping a fart. The vaccines are 95% effective, if you are vaccinated you don’t need to wear a mask and you are not contagious to others. No, wait, if you are vaccinated you are only 35-60% protected and still contagious and still have to wear a mask. It is no wonder he is known as Flip Flop Fauci, the man just keeps changing his story whenever he is caught out on his lies. Yet the majority of the population still thinks he is a saint and actual credible scientists with far better credibility speaking out should be censored. No room for debate, it is simply not tolerated. Some digging will show that Dr. Fauci does indeed have close ties to the Moderna vaccine when it comes to funding and promoting of their vaccine. But please, whatever you do, do not fact check the fact checkers. That is not allowed. Also, do not dig around about Fauci, the NIAID and their patents on corona viruses. We do not talk about those. Just believe the fact checkers and do not dare do your own research. Remember, everyone not following the authorized official narrative of the worlds governments must be silenced and crushed. World Governments You must admit, dear reader, it is quite strange that all the governments of the world follow the exact same procedures at the exact same time, almost as if instructed to. Do you recall the mass confusion in 2020 where every government would at the same time instate the same lockdowns and procedures as every other country? Do you remember the back and forth? It kept changing every couple of hours, for weeks on end almost as if someone somewhere couldn’t decide which instructions to give and when? At first all citizens played along, the media did an excellent job of terrifying everyone. No one questioned the ludicrous restrictions placed on us. We were told this virus will wipe out the entire world population within a matter of seconds if we do not comply. Let’s just remember this is a virus with a survival rate of 99.98% depending on your age group and underlying health conditions. While on the topic of governments, did you know that Burundi, Tanzania and Haiti’s presidents refused the experimental vaccines in their countries? Want to hear something strange? All 3 of those presidents died under suspicious circumstances a few months apart. They were, Pierre Nkurunziza, John Magufuli and Jovenel Moise. Again, pure coincidence, I’m sure. The Media Remember in December 2019 and January 2020, how we saw the videos coming out of China, bodies lying in the streets, people collapsing on sidewalks etc etc? Remember the hysteria? Why didn’t we see the same phenomenon in other countries when covid19 finally reached foreign shores? Could it possibly be that it was part of a Chinese fear campaign against the rest of the world? We will never know, we are not allowed to criticize China. At the time of writing this, it is the 1st of August 2021. By the looks of things, the majority of people in my country are over the covid hysteria, as I am sure are most reasonable and sober thinking people across the world, especially those whose lives were destroyed by the needless lockdowns imposed on us. You simply need to look at Sweden to realize that lockdowns were a very, very bad idea. Small businesses and livelihoods destroyed by mass hysteria and over reactions. Let’s not forget the incredibly high survival rate. Day after day for the past 24months we have been told how deadly this virus is, every evening and every morning on the news across the world, COVID DEATHS! COVID INFECTIONS! FLATTEN THE CURVE! In my country Tuberculosis is much more contagious and dangerous than covid can ever dream to be, yet, there are no mass vaccinations for TB, no lock downs for TB, no social distancing and no death and infection counts every hour on the hour. Seems rather strange doesn’t it? Let’s face it, dear reader, the media have been fanning the winds of fear across the entire globe and the majority of people are sick and tired of it. Wash your hands, wear your mask, lock yourself up. Shut up, don’t ask questions and the hell with your rights as a human being! Can you imagine, or maybe you do not need to, what it must be like for a family with small children living in a flat/apartment? Can you imagine the hell those children had to go through with the insistent lockdowns? All the fear and suffering for an illness with a survival rate of 99.98%. As I am writing this the news just came up and announced “Covid is wreaking havoc in (province name) among schools.” Really? Wreaking havoc? Among the least susceptible population? Pay attention, dear reader, to the wording of these news stories. Note the urgency, the drama, the word choices. Spikes and curves, infections, infected, deaths. I find it strange that I have never heard of anyone discussing a bad flu in this manner before. I myself had contracted the virus in early 2020, I have had worse colds than what this thing did to me, and I might add, I indulge in a lot of unhealthy activities. Yet we are led to believe by the media that if you have covid, you are handed a death sentence. My own father was diagnosed with covid just 2 weeks ago. He is 67 years old, unvaccinated and suffers from rheumatoid arthritis as well as severe asthma and is also a long time smoker. Yet, he survived with the mild inconvenience of some coughing and mucus in his chest. No death sentence for him, much to the dismay of the media, I’m sure, seeing as he is a prime candidate according to what we are being told. Another statistic for their death score slips through the cracks. Fear mongering is the name of the game and anyone who does not tow the line or dares to ask questions gets smeared and labeled crazy or a conspiracy theorist. Do not dare discuss that the cause of death relating to covid is because of unknown or underlining health problems in the poor soul that passed on. That is not up for debate, if you have covid, you and everyone you love will die! That is the narrative. The Test The Polymerase Chain Reaction, or, PCR test, was invented by Kary Mullis and he shared the Nobel Prize for it in 1993. Regrettably Mr. Mullis passed away in August 2019. The PCR test was invented by Mr. Mullis to rapidly create billions of copies of a specific DNA sample for research purposes. Mr. Mullis was on record at the time saying that the PCR test should not be used as a diagnostic tool for infectious diseases. What he said was “Human beings are full of retrovirus. We don’t know if it is hundreds or thousands or hundreds of thousands. We’ve only recently started to look for them. But they’ve never killed anybody before. People have always survived retroviruses.” Please bear in mind, this is the man who invented the PCR test and a Nobel Prize winner. Not some crazy person off of the street. Jason Hommel, author of the article “Scientists Say the COVID19 Test Kits Do Not Work, Are Worthless, and Give Impossible Results” explained it as follows, and I do urge you to do your own research, do not just take what he says here as gospel. “PCR basically takes a sample of your cells and amplifies any DNA to look for ‘viral sequences’, i.e. bits of non-human DNA that seem to match parts of a known viral genome. The problem is the test is known not to work. It uses ‘amplification’ which means taking a very very tiny amount of DNA and growing it exponentially until it can be analysed. Obviously any minute contaminations in the sample will also be amplified leading to potentially gross errors of discovery. Additionally, it’s only looking for partial viral sequences, not whole genomes, so identifying a single pathogen is next to impossible even if you ignore the other issues. The idea these kits can isolate a specific virus like COVID-19 is nonsense.” Now, one could go back and forth as to whether or not the virus genome had or had not yet been isolated, I honestly do not know, but when you dig into PCR testing it becomes abundantly clear that it is not the right tool for the job, regardless of what the fact checkers, government and media is saying. But again, we are not allowed to discuss or debate it. The state says it is so and hence, it is. No asking questions, we are told. Even now governments are threatening anyone spreading “false information causing vaccination hesitancy” with arrest. Does that sound just? Does it sound democratic or even logical? Who decides what is and what is not false information? Why not simply disprove whatever it is you deem to be fake news scientifically? Why not have live public debates between doctors, virologists and immunologists? Are they scared of something? Update: So surprise, surprise, suddenly the CDC in America has released the following on their official website (Link): “Level: Laboratory Alert - After December 31, 2021, CDC will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel” and “In preparation for this change, CDC recommends clinical laboratories and testing sites that have been using the CDC 2019-nCoV RT-PCR assay select and begin their transition to another FDA-authorized COVID-19 test. CDC encourages laboratories to consider adoption of a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses. Such assays can facilitate continued testing for both influenza and SARS-CoV-2 and can save both time and resources as we head into influenza season. Laboratories and testing sites should validate and verify their selected assay within their facility before beginning clinical testing.” So replace it with a test that can tell the difference between Covid and any other Influenza, although they are all coronaviruses…weren’t we told for more than a year that the PCR test cannot tell the difference between the two by scientists and virologists who were at the time labeled as spreaders of misinformation? Hadn’t all the fact checkers repeatedly refute those claims? So again I ask, dear reader, who decides what is false news and what is not? The Cure And so we come to the topic which has everyone at each other’s throats. Vaccines. What is a vaccine? The general description of a vaccine is described pre covid as “a suspension of attenuated or killed microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, or rickettsiae), administered for prevention, amelioration, or treatment of infectious diseases.” Should one do some research, one would realize that mRNA technology is a relatively new technology. mRNA is in fact, used for gene therapy. What is gene therapy? According to Wikipedia (which I urge people doing their own research NOT to use as it is a compromised source of information) “Gene therapy is a medical field which focuses on the genetic modification of cells to produce a therapeutic effect[1] or the treatment of disease by repairing or reconstructing defective genetic material.” Without getting too technical, these mRNA vaccines do not have any deactivated virus or bacteria in them at all to activate an immune response and do not work as we understand traditional vaccines. Instead, what they do is to send an artificial blueprint of the covid spike protein into your cells who then decode the blueprint and manufacture the spike protein. This is pretty impressive science. The CDC has a laughably simplified explanation on their website and omits a lot of rather important information regarding mRNA vaccines, mainly, the unknowns regarding the long term effects and unexpected effects. In early stages of the lab trials, the mRNA vaccine was designed with an anchor component to keep the vaccine in the injection site. In the 3 months of testing it seemed that this design was successful and kept the cells localized. It was only later that they realized that this is not the case in real world scenarios, the mRNA cleaves off of the anchor component and spreads into the entire body via the blood stream carrying the mRNA to every vital organ. The problem is that the spike protein is extremely toxic and infects the body’s healthy cells. Once the immune system kicks in it destroys those infected cells. Your immune system is attacking every cell in your body. This is what is not being said. We do not know what the long term effects are going to be, we do not know how long your body will be producing these proteins. We are seeing very serious side effects which is being suppressed by the media. Children who have been vaccinated are having strokes and heart attacks, but we are told it is not related to the vaccines. So it is normal for young people to have strokes and heart attacks? Peoples organs are going into states of constant inflammation because the body is constantly under attack by these proteins. I don’t know about you, dear reader, but to my mind this is rather important information I feel we should be informed about. Does the risk outweigh the supposed benefit? Let’s ask Dr. Robert Malone, who was until recently listed on Wikipedia as the INVENTER of the mRNA vaccine technology (that entry had recently been changed by Wikipedia and does no longer mention Dr. Malone). Discussion 1. Discussion 2. Discussion 3. As you can see, this man is highly intelligent, thoughtful and logical. Yet his warnings are being suppressed and censored, and he is just one of THOUSANDS speaking out against this insanity. Let’s recap here for a moment. The mRNA vaccines do not prevent infection, does not prevent the spread of infection to others, the only positive depending who you talk to is that it prevents serious symptoms. Let’s bear in mind this is for a flu like virus with a survival rate of 99.98% in healthy people. Does this risk make sense to anyone, is it logical to force an experimental mRNA vaccine on the world population which was rushed out in 8 months? Does it make sense to have complete lock downs and crash economies? To my mind this is pure and utter insanity! What makes it worse, is that those few brave enough to speak out against the official narrative and pose serious scientific questions are being suppressed, smeared and censored. If the claims made by medical professionals are not correct, why not debate them, why not point out their erroneous reasoning in the public domain? Why get the media and tech companies to silence them? There is something sinister going on and free thinking people can see it. Will you trust these pharmaceutical companies with their track records of lawsuits? I sure won't. 16/09/2021 Update - Does not protect against Delta variant. Search what is currently happening in Israel with their 80% vaccinated population. My view This article is a brief summary of the discussed topics and I urge you to do your own research, read and listen to everything you possibly can and THINK for yourself. I have read and watched everything I can about this entire business since December 2019. I am not a doctor or an educated person, but what I am observing is disturbing. The most disturbing thing of all to me, is the general populations complacency with the situation. Their willingness to do whatever the government and media tells them to. To blindly follow instructions without a second thought or question and even worse, attack those that dare question the policies and decisions. How did humanity get to this point, or had it always been like this? I am not saying everything is a conspiracy, but at the same token let us not conveniently discard the fact that there were very real unbelievable and monstrous conspiracies that have turned out to be true years after the fact. All orchestrated by the very same governments across the world that profess to have your best interests at heart. Lastly, I do not want to be a human guinea pig, but I also do not condemn people who are willing to take these experimental drugs. What gives you the right to harass me and others like me, to force us to inject things into our bodies that we are not comfortable with? Will it prevent other people from catching the virus? No, it will not. Is it not my right as an individual to weigh the pros and cons and decide whether or not I am willing to risk not getting vaccinated? Un-vaccinated people are no threat to vaccinated people, educate yourself and apply common logic. If anything, it appears that vaccinated people are a much greater danger to un-vaccinated people. This thing is building immunity and resistance to these drugs at an alarming pace. What is the plan then? Get a new dose of whatever concoction they come up with next until eternity? Children are basically untouchable in regards to the virus, yet there is a push to have them vaccinated. It is sick, disgusting and alarming! Yet everyone sits quietly and says nothing. In my personal life I have lost people to Covid. I have also lost 3 friends who did not have covid but did get vaccines and passed away within a couple of days from being vaccinated. So I have to ask myself, which is worse, taking a chance and getting sick with covid which I have had and survived quite comfortably, or risk my life on an experimental drug that I have seen kill 3 of my friends who were perfectly healthy before getting vaccinated? “When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” – George R.R. Martin Food For Thought: https://rightsfreedoms.wordpress.com/2021/07/31/dr-mike-yeadons-final-warning-to-humanity/ https://elcolectivodeuno.wordpress.com/2021/04/02/former-pfizer-chairman-warns-that-vaccines-could-be-used-for-global-depopulation/ https://news.yahoo.com/ultra-vaxxed-israel-debacle-dire-073840050.html https://twitter.com/NationalFile/status/1436466927703138308?s=20 https://endpts.com/breaking-in-a-major-blow-to-vaccine-efforts-senior-fda-leaders-stepping-down-report/ https://rumble.com/vlzr73-dr.-peter-mccullough-the-vaccine-is-failing-in-the-uk-and-israel.html?fbclid=IwAR0WlhSKaw55ryy_B6WVpBYGJviJtm_1jeJvERRJFsNRHreubDFcmTaqeVc https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/french-pasteur-institute-study-shows-how-well-ivermectin-can-treat-covid-19-infection/ https://odysee.com/@BretWeinstein:f/how-to-save-the-world,-in-three-easy:0 https://www.bitchute.com/video/asLkof8tWo9G/ https://odysee.com/@NoNewAbnormal:4/dr-malone-bioethics:1
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The 10 foot rule
liberty5300
 June 04 2024 at 03:54 am
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In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that my daughter is quite the fish. She’s an incredible swimmer. Floaties, noodles, and puddle-jumpers are for “babies.” She’s a “big kid,” apparently (lol). I may be too comfortable with her in the water. However, I did lifeguard for years. And I still (involuntarily) watch the pool for struggling swimmers. I had to occasionally “rescue” swimmers as a lifeguard. My eyes never leave my daughter when she is swimming. If I’m not swimming with her, I sit on the side of the pool, watching her enjoy this perfect environment for free play with the other children. She splashes and bounces up and down in the water. Sometimes she will throw a ring and retrieve it. She’s in and out of the pool frequently, especially if she needs a little bit of my help with her goggles. When our friends meet us there, she giggles and chases her toddler buddies around the shallow side of the pool. She only comes back to me for snacks and hugs. Today, I decided to sit in a lawn chair just a few feet away from the pool, still watching my daughter play with one of her dance class friends. I’ve sat there many times already this year, and I didn’t think anything of it. Sitting by the pool for long periods of time isn’t always so comfortable, and my daughter can spend hours swimming. I would have never expected this to be a problem. Suddenly, I was approached by a young blonde lifeguard with a clipboard in her hand. She was probably pretty young, but her deep voice surprised me. “Is that your daughter?” “Yes.” “You have to be in the water with her at all times.” I focus in on my daughter. She’s bouncing up and down in the water with her dance friend, Taylor. There are several children in the pool, but there are no moms swimming with them. I guess a lot of the kids have “puddle-jumpers” on. [I don’t like those, to be entirely honest. I think it gives kids a false sense of security in the water. Why not teach them to actually swim at an early age? It’s almost like the water equivalent of “bubble-wrapping” your child.] “That’s a rule here? I know she’s little, but my daughter is a really good swimmer.” “Well you have to be within ten feet of her.” So she changed it on me? I mentally measure the distance between my daughter and I. It can’t be more than fifteen feet, the shallow part of the pool isn’t very big. “So you said that parents have to be in the water at all times with kids or within ten feet? Where are all the parents then?” “Well, kids need wristbands to swim by themselves.” What? What’s the point of even hiring lifeguards then? “Well, how do I get her a wristband?” While giggling, she responds, “you have to swim twenty-five yards without help.” The giggling really set me off. It all seemed like a power trip, for her to actually single us out. My daughter wasn’t struggling to swim. We weren’t causing any sort of “scene” or “commotion.” I honestly find it odd that she was paying that much attention to us-like a less than five foot discrepancy to her rule was going to make this huge safety difference. Clipboard girls are the absolute worst. “Twenty-five yards? This part of the pool isn’t even half of that? And it’s shallow!” “That’s the rule, sorry.” I decided to let it go. I didn’t want to ruin my standing at the club. I headed to the side of the pool. I notice that more and more families arrive and I see plenty of kids without wristbands, and without parents. Clipboard girl, at this time, was too busy talking to a male co-worker to notice. I’m not downplaying the potential dangers of drowning. I understand that my daughter is only three, but she truly can swim better than a lot of six-year-olds. And what is with this 10-foot “rule?” I grew up in the nineties. My parents dropped me off at the pool for swim practice, and I didn’t bike or roller blade home until, sometimes, dusk. I can’t even imagine trying to keep my daughter within ten feet of me at all times. I think she has an aversion to it. Do I need to bring a tape measure with me to appease Ms. Clipboard? Do they expect us to buy a leash? What do you think, Thinkspot?
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Who Is Volodymyr Zellenskyy?
David Reavill
 June 03 2024 at 02:55 pm
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He's one of the most recognizable people in today's world. Nearly every day, you see Zelenskyy on television. With his distinctive green shirt and camo pants, he has become a regular on TV news, especially in America. But as famous and well-known as he is today, many analysts feel that his most critical days lie ahead of him. In just 12 days, Zelenskyy will preside over a "Peace Summit." Aimed at ending the Russo-Ukraine War, this Summit was initiated by Zelenskyy, and if successful, it would be the crowing accomplishment of his career. However, as we'll see, the aims and objectives of this Summit go far beyond the current conflict to the very heart of this enigmatic man. So just who is Volodymyr Zelenskyy? Educated as a Lawyer, it was acting that catapulted Zelenskyy to national prominence—and a man named Ihor Kolomoyskyi. One of the wealthiest men in the world (he was number 799 on the Forbes richest list in 2015), Kolomoyskyi's chief interests were in banking and finance. He also owned a TV Production company called 1+1 Media Group, and it was this group that was key in Zelenskyy's rise to prominence. Kolomoyskyi and Zelenskyy hit it off. Zelenskyy starred in several television shows produced by 1+1 Media, including their most popular show, "Servant of the People" (sometimes translated as "Servant of the Nation"). Now, Kolomoyskyi was one of those oligarchs who plagued the former Soviet Union following the decline of the USSR. They rose to wealth and power in the power-vacuum that was created after the fall. As an oligarch, Kolomoyskyi came in the sights of the new leader of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. One of Putin's chief goals was to eliminate all the oligarchs' influence throughout Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe. Kolomoyskyi was squarely in Putin's cross-hairs. “Servant of the People” hit the airwaves in 2015 and quickly became Ukraine's most popular TV Program. The show revolves around its main character, a former High School Teacher who becomes the President of Ukraine. Zelenskyy played the President. It became apparent that Kolomoyskyi had more in line for his budding television star when, just three years after the show began, he formed a new Ukrainian Political Party named, you guessed it, "Servant of the People." The timing of all this was exquisite: the Political Party was formed in March 2018; nine months later, in December, Zelenskyy announced that he was running for the Presidency, and four months after that, in March 2019, Zelenskyy was elected with an incredible 73% of the vote. That's one year from forming a political party to a landslide election victory, a remarkable feat. What platform carried Zelenskyy to such a stunning victory? Peace with Russia! Zelenskyy promised the Ukrainian people he would settle the brewing dispute with his neighbor to the north. Unfortunately, like so many campaign promises, this one fell to ashes less than three years later when fighting broke out between Russia and Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Zelenskyy's world was suddenly falling apart—with Russia and his old friend Kolomoyskyi. Things between the two had been going south for some time, as Kolomoyskyi had sought refuge outside of Ukraine. In July 2022, Kolomoyskyi was stripped of his Ukraine citizenship, something that many legal scholars deemed unconstitutional. A year later, in September 2023, Zelenskyy ordered the Security Service of Ukraine to arrest Kolomoyskyi. At this writing, Kolomoyskyi remains in jail pending trial. However, the Kolomoyskyi arrest is far from the only constitutional crisis that has plagued the Zelenskyy Administration. Currently, the status of the Zelenskyy Presidency is under question. According to the Ukraine Constitution, Article 103: "Regular elections of the President of Ukraine are held on the last Sunday of March of the fifth year of the President's term of authority.” https://www.refworld.org/legal/legislation/natlegbod/1996/en/42875 That means that elections were due on March 31, 2024. However, Zelenskyy declared martial law and would not allow elections on that date. An extension was granted, but that, too, ran out in May. So, while Zelenskyy may occupy the Presidential office, his exact status is questioned. Under the Ukraine Constitution, he is no longer the legitimate President. And that brings us to the importance of the Peace Summit. It's critical for Zelenskyy if he is to continue acting as leader of his country that he obtains some sort of international endorsement- like an endorsement that would come from a multinational peace conference. If leaders of the world would join a meeting organized and led by Zelenskyy, their attendance would be an implicit endorsement. He could use such an endorsement to extend his rule. Although it might not meet the strict "constitutional requirement," in this topsy-turvy world, it may be enough to give Zelenskyy cover to continue in his current role. Thus, the more countries that attend, the better for Zelenskyy's gambit to remain in power. That's also why we've seen the fiery reaction to President Biden's decision not to attend. That was a significant blow to the Summit's credibility. President Xi's decision to skip the summit also drew a rebuke from Zelenskyy. Zelenskyy performs a delicate balancing act and needs all his supporting cast to fall in line. With each country that bows out, Zelenskyy loses credibility, and his grip on the reins of power in Ukraine lessens. The following 12 days may show us how long he can remain Ukraine's (unelected) leader. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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The PetroDollar R.I.P.
David Reavill
 June 10 2024 at 10:54 am
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President Nixon and King Faisal reach agreement leading to the PetroDollar (1974). ** With great sorrow, we announce the death of our dear friend and colleague, the PetroDollar. Petro passed from this financial plane on June 9th,2024, at just 51 years of age. Petro will be sorely missed. Signed, Wall Street, USA ** Although tongue-in-cheek, this reflects the feelings of many on Wall Street, who have already figured out what the loss of the PetroDollar will mean to America’s finances. The PetroDollar was an agreement between the United States and Saudi Arabia to trade oil in US Dollars. It was signed just over a year after the Saudi-led Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) sent the US Economy into a tailspin when it “embargoed” (reduced supply/increased price) oil to America. President Nixon bargained with the Saudi King to sell their oil only in US Dollars. In return, Saudi Arabia promised to keep the price of oil reasonable, and the US promised military and financial support. It was a win-win agreement. Saudi Arabia strengthened its military and financial situation, while the US would not have to face the devastating effects of another embargo. There was one other benefit for the US that would ultimately prove even more valuable than steady oil prices. The Saudis helped create a financial model where not only oil but nearly all international settlements would be made in US currency. Although the US Dollar had been the World’s reserve currency since the 1944 Bretton Woods Agreement, this new Saudi-US PetroDollar Agreement confirmed the Dollar’s preeminent position 30 years later. The Dollar was literally at the top of the financial World. For the next half-century, roughly 80% of all international transactions (trade) were in Dollars. In practice, this meant that the nations of the World would expedite their trades by first purchasing US Treasury Securities so that they had them on hand when they needed to trade with another country. This created an instant demand for US Bonds, Notes, and Bills. That might not have been such a big deal when America had minimal debt, but as our national debt grew, this became a more important component in financing that debt. Even more subtly, this dominance in world finance gave US Securities instant credibility, and as any securities salesman will tell you, credibility is the number one attribute for any financial asset. In short, every nation in the World knew precisely what a US Treasury Security was and how it could be utilized to trade. Although it’s difficult to get a precise estimate of the total size of US Debt held internationally, we do know that the Federal Reserve holds $8 trillion on deposit for foreign countries — nearly a quarter of the current US Federal Debt. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/FDHBFIN It’s not a bad deal when you think about it. The country that likes to spend the most (the US) has other countries lend them the money. For about half a century, this arrangement worked like a charm for the US. However, the Dollar’s preeminent position worldwide changed when Biden became president. Reacting to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Biden slapped a series of sanctions on Russia. Russian sanctions were nothing new; the first sanction on Russia went back to President Obama signing Executive Order #13660 in March 2014. https://www.state.gov/ukraine-and-russia-sanctions/ This sanctions package, and the others that grew from it, were designed by the US State Department to target specific individuals, companies, or organizations and prohibit travel and commerce with these entities. Obama would go on to sign six more such sanctions against Russia. President Trump would continue utilizing these narrowly defined sanctions against Russia; in all, Trump would sign 52 Russian Sanctions. But things changed when President Biden came into office. On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in what was described as a Special Military Operation (SMO). In response, the Biden Administration set out on two tracks to punish Russia. First, Biden promised to supply military and financial aid to Ukraine for “as long as it takes…” A virtually unlimited promise to back the Ukrainian government. Additionally, the Administration began instituting a new type of sanction that went well beyond the limited scope sanctions of the prior Administrations. Most startling, the Administration prohibited certain major Russian Banks (later expanded to virtually all Russian Banks) from using the SWIFT International Settlements System. Designed to be a knockout blow to Russia’s international trade, especially its oil sales, this was the first time the American-led, non-partisan banking system was used as a financial weapon. The assumption was that by removing Russia from SWIFT, it would not be able to sell its oil overseas. Biden would have cut off the chief source of Russian international trade and finance. However, ultimately, Biden shot at the Russian oil trade and hit the PetroDollar instead. Meanwhile, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman saw it all: how the Biden Administration first cut off all Russian oil sales and then tried to ruin all of Russia’s trade financing. MBS had to wonder if America would do this to OPEC’s number two oil supplier, Russia, would they do it to Saudi Arabia? In the end, what the Biden Administration failed to see was that both China and India would line up on Russia’s side and become its most significant customers. Swift and PetroDollar instantly lost 20–40% of their customer base, while Russia went on to sell its oil to the Global South. It is reported that 82 countries in the Global South are lining up to join the BRICS association. Those nations originally included Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Far from breaking Russia, Biden has strengthened BRICS and crushed the Dollar. By embarking on these unique financial sanctions, the Biden Administration put the PetroDollar and the Dollar’s reserve status on the line. At the very least, American leaders should have realized that they transformed the internationally traded US Dollar from a non-partisan, neutral trading vehicle into a financial weapon. Once that line was crossed, there was no going back. Yesterday, the 50-year PetroDollar Agreement expired. It was part of the complex web of global finance that supported the Dollar’s preeminent position as the Reserve Currency. Not a word was heard from either Saudi Arabia or the United States, the two signatories. Perhaps it's an indication of how far the Dollar has already fallen. ** Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Look Who Steamed Into Port - the Adm Gorshkov
David Reavill
 June 12 2024 at 11:57 am
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This is no ordinary warship; it is the pride of the Russian Navy. Admiral Gorshkov is the model upon which Russia will project its 21st-century sea-going fighting force. The ship carries 210 sailors, is 443 feet long, and has 48 cells from which to fire some of the most advanced missiles in the world, including the Kalbir and hypersonic Zircon. Those missiles were sent to deliver a message to Washington. The question is whether this Administration will get the point.The Adm Gorshkov is Russia's most advanced battleship, labeled a Frigate. This designation has a heritage that goes back to the 15th century when the Spanish and Portuguese Navies developed a fast, maneuverable warship capable of striking land or sea enemies. By the 1950s, the US Navy adopted this designation for a new class of ships designed to carry various missile launchers called guided missile frigates. While the Guided Missile Frigate remains an important component of the US Navy, the Aircraft Carriers (designated CVN) are its premier battleships. As we've seen recently, when America wishes to project power, it is with the CVN-designated Carriers. When the Houthis attacked shipping in the Red Sea, it was the Carrier Eisenhower's Task Force that enforced Operation Prosperity Guardian. In the same sense, the Russians have now sailed their flag battleship into Havana Harbor. This is much more than a mere casual port call; it is a direct warning to the Caribbean and Southern US that Russia is on watch. Of course, for those of us who are old enough to remember, the actions this week are eerily similar to the time in 1962 when President Kennedy faced off against the Soviet Union. At the time, the Soviets attempted to place ICBM missiles in Cuba, missiles that were capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Through careful negotiations, Kennedy was able to diffuse this critical challenge by first blockading Soviet Ships from reaching Cuba and bargaining to withdraw US Nuclear Missiles from Turkey, thereby lessening the threat to the Soviet homeland. This latter point is crucial and something that Americans learned of years later. Kennedy recognized that the Soviet motivation was to reduce the American threat aimed at them.Writing in Foreign Policy Magazine, William Burr puts it this way: The Cuban missile crisis was resolved when President Kennedy secretly agreed to remove Jupiter intermediate-range ballistic missiles from Turkey, along with a pledge not to invade Cuba. In contrast, Soviet Premier Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba. https://foreignpolicy.com/2012/10/26/still-secret-after-all-these-years/ Diplomacy had saved the day and preserved the world when it came the closest to a direct nuclear confrontation. Today, the Russian Federation has just parked more firepower at a dock in Havana than the old Soviet Union could have dreamed of. What exactly does Adm Gorshkov have in those 48 cells under its massive deck? We do not know. But we do know that 16 of those cells could hold the technologically advanced Zircon missile, a missile capable of employing a nuclear warhead and achieving hypersonic speed. But even a conventionally armed Zircon, with today's modern munitions, is capable of wiping out an American city. And while there is much debate about the Zircon's range, there's no doubt that Miami, Tampa, and Atlanta are all vulnerable. Unfortunately, the Russian threat to the US mainland may not end with Adm. Gorshkov's departure. The retired US Marine Captain and former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter speculated that the Russians may "leave something behind." By this, he means that Gorshkov may deliver missiles to Cuba, missiles that would remain in Cuba. Last week, speaking to a group of reporters at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, President Vladimir Putin stated that he could deploy missiles within striking distance of Europe or America. Or that he could give missiles to other countries, which Russia could use to strike the EU or USA. In his usual measured way, Putin puts it this way: "If we see that these countries [by which he means the US and Europe] are being drawn into a war against the Russian Federation, then we reserve the right to act similarly. In general, this is a path to very serious problems." Vladimir Putin June 5,2024 https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/putin-says-west-is-wrong-assume-russia-would-never-use-nuclear-weapons-2024-06-05/ And just like that, it's 1962 all over again: Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) versus the United States in a nuclear standoff that could impact the entire world. Back then, America had placed missiles on the doorstep of the USSR. Today, America has permitted Ukraine to fire missiles directly into Russian territory. Russia counters by placing missiles close to the American heartland. In 1962, an American President used diplomacy to see things from the Soviet perspective. Continuous dialog between the two belligerents led first to a mutual understanding of each other's requirements and then to an agreed-upon settlement. Without Kennedy's recognition that American missiles in Turkey were a direct threat to the Soviets, this dispute may have ended in a Nuclear War. Today, a somnolent President barely makes it through his speeches. One wonders if he has the capacity to see things from another's perspective, as Kennedy did so many years before. There can be little doubt that President Biden has crossed a Russian Red Line. Permitting Ukraine to fire American long-range missiles into Russia has taken the Ukraine conflict to the next level. It is an incredibly provocative move. A move that Putin just countered. The question becomes: will Biden consider Jacksonville a fair trade for Belgorod?
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The Distraction Of The Trump Trials
Numapepi
 June 01 2024 at 02:05 pm
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The Distraction Of The Trump Trials Posted on June 1, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the Trump trials are distractions, as are the verdicts. We’re fixated on a meaningless theatrical production while the elite drag us closer to nuclear obliteration. Trump won’t go to jail, he would be murdered instantly. The Secret Service knows that, as do we all, and so they can’t allow it. The only effect of the play is to keep Trump from speaking, campaigning and fixing our attention… while the elite usurp as fast as they can. With momentous treaties being discussed, it behooves the elite to have us looking elsewhere… as they sell us into slavery. Even as our food processing plants burn, trains derail, trans mass shootings multiply, crime is out of control, we’re being replaced, and whole ports are taken offline due to “accidents.” The elite clearly need us distracted. The UN and WHO pandemic treaty are naked attempts to go around the US Constitution and enslave us to an unaccountable globalist elite. While we’re stewing about the guilty verdict, despite the evidence proving innocence, the elite are taking away our Rights wholesale. If that hellspawn is allowed to be born human suffering on a global scale can only result. Let’s examine the last pandemic and the experts actions… First, Covid was created by the experts, then released either by ineptitude or malevolence, either is criminal. Yet no one has been charged for it. Proving the experts are unaccountable. The response was to shut down the economy, force us to wear masks and push a deadly ineffective shot on us. All of which made the pandemic, they created, worse. What’s up with the “accidents” these days? Farms, processing plants and forests burning. As the elite gaslight us and claim it’s climate change. Yes, it was… the Canadian forest fires last year were due to a climate activist starting them. So you could say climate change causes arson. It’s tough to be a chicken but tougher today then ever before. Between the bird flu (probably made in a lab) and farm fires, they don’t stand a chance. Any bird that survives bird flu and so has immunity, is immediately killed, to protect the bird flu. In my entire lifetime, no ship hit a bridge, not once, until last year. Since then bridges have targets on them. They’re hit regularly now… for some reason. One could argue that since people follow their leaders, and ours are inept and evil, our entire society has become inept and evil. Crime is out of control. So much so that robbery is normalized in many cities today. Heck, people are glad simply not to be randomly stabbed at a mall, by some Islamist making a point. Whole cities are being hollowed out due to retail theft. Of course, all this will be moot if the elite start a nuclear war with Russia or China. The detonation of a large portion of the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons over Russian, European and American cities, will bring in a nuclear winter, and the extinction of many species across the world. Burning the world to the ground is a price the environmentalist elite are willing to pay, to cut greenhouse gasses. If they do end the world though, wouldn’t that make our elites the worst people to have ever lived? No wonder they need such a powerful distraction. The trump trials have proven their worth… even if they have politically backfired. People are all worked up over the rigged trial, as we should be at such a perversion of our “justice” system. The elite know this and are willing for the courts to take the reputational hit, to damage Trump… and distract us from their crimes. The state of NY will be economically ruined by this action. No one in their right mind will want to do business there anymore. Only a fool participates in a system he or she knows is rigged. From street crime to nuclear war, we’re being distracted, to give room for the elite to usurp. The trump trials are theater to distract us and politically ruin Trump. Politically they’ve failed, as a distraction… they’ve worked spectacularly. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Screw Goals! You Need An Ideal.
A Wayward Shaman
 June 10 2024 at 09:02 pm
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When I used to set goals for myself, I was rarely happy. I'd work my ass off to reach one goal, barely stop to acknowledge I'd reached it, and then move on to the next. I never understood how to savor a moment. No matter what I might have achieved, it would never have been enough. I was setting myself up for failure, and while it is true that failure teaches us valuable lessons, it can also become oppressive to the point of suffocation. It becomes a strangling fist, collapsing your windpipe one millimeter at a time. At some point, I lost my ability to see the lessons in my failures. I chalked them up to evidence that I simply wasn't good enough to reach my highest goals, and this made me just want to give up. So, I did. At first, it felt like I was finally free. I felt like I could grow wings and fly to a new life somewhere far away from the wreckage I'd already created. This, too, turned into more failure. How, you ask? Because I had no clue where to go or what to do with myself. I was free, all right. Free, and completely lost. Free, and adrift on a stormy sea with nothing but the lifeboat under my feet. What I didn't fully realize was that the boat and the ocean weren't the worst of it, because the bottom dropped out again, and I tumbled into the abyss. A timeless darkness which nothing can penetrate. It sunk it's tendrils into my flesh, merging its ghastly putrescence with my being. I became a hollow, shuffling zombie. A bitter shell of my former self. That's when things got even worse, because no matter how bad things are… they can always get worse. Ideas of self-harm started to seep into my mind. At first, it was just the idea of no longer existing. Not death. Not s*icide (yet). Just, nonexistence. How wonderful I thought it would be to just disappear from the record of life. Eventually I realized that was just a fantasy, and my mind turned my desperation to a darker path. The depression and my broken mind told me over and over again that everyone would be better off without me. Most people would never even notice my departure, after all. I was nobody. *I'm still nobody, but I've turned it on its head, and fully embraced it. I'll get to that, but first things first. When thoughts of self-harm started to become serious, I told my wife what was happening, and how I was feeling. It was hard for her to hear, and thus, damn hard for me to say, too. But, I had to. It was life or death at that point. All bets were off. After that, I got myself into therapy. It was one of the best things I've ever done. Through a combination of therapy, spiritual exploration, research, and time in contemplation (both alone, and with my family), I have found the shaman standing before you now. Truth is, I should've known my role for what it is years ago, but we all have our paths to walk, ya know. It is what it is, and I don't resent it. Some people's skulls are thicker, so it's harder to ring their bells. I am one of those people, but I know it was necessary, now. When I finally broke down and said yes to practicing Spirit Medicine, everything changed. I realized one day in therapy that I didn't need goals, I needed Ideals. I'll give you an example. Here are the Ideals I'm aiming for now: To be the best and most useful human and shaman that I can. To help people in the ways they need most, with a focus on quality of outcome over quantity of people helped. To share my wisdom with as many as I can reach, without regard for the actual number. To remain *nobody, and let the Medicine work through me, as it's meant to be. By setting my sights on these Ideals, there is always something I can do to strive for them. It doesn't matter that I can never truly achieve the Ideal. What matters is that I always have something to strive for. Humans need something for which to strive. A problem to solve. A hardship to overcome. A mountain to climb. An insurmountable mountain is the key to happiness, and an Ideal is just that. No matter how high you climb, the highest peak remains unseen, beyond the clouds, but every step towards it is a blessing in and of itself. Once upon a time, I climbed a physical mountain, solely for the sake of doing it, and I can't conjure a better reason to have done it! It was invigorating, and rejuvenating. A moment shared with my wife which allowed us to bond to each other, and Mother Nature. It was surreal and euphoric, and I will always cherish it. All of that, because I looked up at that mountain and said, “Why the hell not?” From here on out, I'm not even setting goals. I'm just stumbling my way towards my Ideal Self. After all, there's no wrong way to do something you've never done before, and I've never aimed for anything this high in my life. Wish me luck. Hope to see you on the trail.
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Questioning "Safe and Effective" Narratives
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 31 2024 at 02:23 am
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The term "gaslighting" refers to making someone doubt their own perception of reality, even when they are experiencing that reality firsthand. Many of us have felt this over the past few years, particularly regarding the assertion that certain products were entirely safe and effective. While this is a complex discussion, it is clear to many that there are undeniable harms associated with what was promoted to us during this time. Language manipulation has been a significant part of this process, often occurring in the midst of propaganda battles. This manipulation has even stretched the meaning of "safe and effective" to include products that can lead to death or serious, permanent cardiovascular harms. We need to reflect on our standards. The initial comfort many felt with the "safe and effective" narrative was largely driven by fear. Now that some of that fear has hopefully subsided, it's time to reassess our standards for what we consider safe and effective. So, I ask you: What is your standard for deeming something safe and effective? Despite my personal views, do you still believe these products are safe and effective? If so, why? Let's engage in an open and thoughtful discussion about these critical questions. If you're interested in exploring these issues further or want to start a journey towards better health with a health coach, check out the testimonials on our website to see how we've helped others achieve their health goals. Leave a comment or send me a message to get started with your first session for just $1. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Cult Marketing
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 June 12 2024 at 01:21 pm
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Don't think for one second that marketing executives aren't interested in implementing cult-like tactics. The goals of a cult leader and a marketer are strikingly similar—both seek to influence behavior and build a loyal following. These tactics exploit vulnerabilities of the mind, nudging people towards actions that serve the agenda of the influencer rather than the individual. Consider the infamous example of people drinking poisoned Kool-Aid. The ability to convince someone to do something so extreme is rooted in the same psychological mechanisms that can persuade someone to buy a product. It’s a darkly humorous thought that Kool-Aid executives might have marveled at such persuasive power, jokingly wishing to hire those cult leaders as marketers. This isn't to say that all marketing is inherently evil, but the parallels are worth noting. For instance, look at the intense brand loyalty people have for products like Coca-Cola, where fans get tattoos, wear branded clothing, and attend events. Similarly, newer brands like 'Happy Dad' have cultivated a dedicated following, with people lining up for events and showcasing their loyalty in various ways. It takes two to tango: cult-like marketing tactics and individuals predisposed to becoming followers. This predisposition can arise from various psychological and social factors, making people more susceptible to such influence. Tough question: Are you part of any identity groups? Be honest! How do you prevent falling into these "cults"? What are some of the more concerning ones you see? If you want to improve your health and make individual decisions with a personalized plan, click the link in my profile to learn more about health coaching with Avantia Health Optimization. We offer your first session for just $1 so you can try it out. Also, check out the testimonials on my website to see how we've helped others achieve their health goals. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Values, Urban And Rural
Numapepi
 June 17 2024 at 02:19 pm
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Values, Urban And Rural Posted on June 17, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, a thing urban people don’t understand, is the relationship rural people have with guns. How could they? Having a completely different background. Rural people grow up with guns, chain saws and tractors. They’re simply part of rural life. Urban people, on the other hand, have no experience with a chain saw and so are afraid of them. Tractors are fire spewing monstrous beasts to someone who’s only seen one in a magazine. While the mere sight of a gun literally makes an urban person’s blood run cold. Not all, some go to shooting ranges, and so have a cursory understanding of guns. Not like a rural person though. To someone who grows up with guns, they’re no different than a tractor, chain saw, cheater bar, rototiller, or knife… it’s a tool. I met a woman at an ATM several decades ago. There had recently been a school shooting, and the woman behind me said, how awful it was that the teenager had access to guns. I smiled and told her I grew up with a gun in my closet, with bullets for it on the shelf above. I had used it my entire life. What was odd though… is that, while I had fights in school and suffered teenage angst, not once did it ever occur to me to bring that gun to school and shoot anyone. Color drained from her face and she took a step back from me. Horror and shock mixed with alarm at being so close to a potential killer. I laughed, because from her accent I could tell she was from an urban area of Massachusetts, while I grew up in a rural area in northernmost Appalachia. While rural people are familiar with guns, as tools, urban people are familiar with crowds. Which admittedly, I am not. I would rather be in an open carry bar, with a few people I know, than be in a disarmed crowd of people I don’t. Given my druthers though… I would be in the woods alone with my dogs. Traffic is another thing that vexes me and I’m sure most rural people as well. While a city person is comfortable in mind numbing traffic, but isn’t on a winding abandoned dirt road, in the middle of the night. You get used to what you get used to. We’re most comfortable surrounded by what we grew up with. Which isn’t a weakness, it’s a strength. Because, society needs city and rural people, along with our varying attitudes and preferences. There’s a place for the urban person’s fears and bravery as well as for the rural person’s fears and bravery. When both are given courteous respect, both contribute to the greater whole. A society can be considered the alloy of all the people, or more aptly, a society is a complex system. Each part contributes to the emergent phenomenon that’s called society. As long as there’s an underlying societal myth, binding the people to a unit, diversity is a strength. Since complex systems become robust by it. With freedom of travel and living such a society can self separate. Those who prefer the city life can move to the city and those who prefer rural life can live in the rural areas. Each to their preference and all benefited by it. As long as people stay in their lane and don’t become arrogant. If rural people imposed rural values and standards on cities, the speed limit on residential streets would be 75 miles an hour, burn barrels would be common, and every backyard would have a shooting range. While rural people have the common sense and humility, to know better than to impose rural values on city people, sadly, city people don’t seem to have that level of humility. What’s good for the city is good for the country is their mantra. Proven by their actions. Since national governments are necessarily run by urban people, rural people have urban values imposed on us. Ideas that are every bit as stupid as a 75 mile an hour speed limit on an urban street. Like gun control. Because what makes sense on a city street doesn’t in a forest or farm. But it takes the wisdom a forest bestows to understand it. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Bureaucratic punishment
Bettina Arndt
 June 02 2024 at 03:17 am
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Michael is a typical Aussie kid who grew up in Sydney’s beaches. Confident and cheerful, he was vice president of his school, a popular and good-looking boy who’d spent his whole childhood in the surf. By 18 he was a qualified beach lifeguard. That’s all he’d ever wanted to be. But then, in August 2021, came the accusation. Sexual intercourse without consent. He says that the girl had boasted to friends beforehand that she planned to have sex with him at the party. That she was the one who initiated things, dragging him off to another room where they started making out. But he stopped when she looked distressed after someone barged in on them. Her story was totally different. She claimed he’d beaten her up and forced her to have sex against her will. Her allegations were enough to have him charged and sent to jail for a couple of nights before being let out on strict bail conditions, never to leave home without a parent present, nighttime curfews and so on. For well over a year the whole family was under siege, as the parents struggled to raise funds for expensive barristers and Michael’s distressed siblings supported their frightened brother who spent desperate month after month alone in his room. Mum and dad worried themselves sick about his emotional welfare. Eighteen months later it all culminated in a gruelling 6-week court case, resulting in a unanimous verdict of not guilty. It was revealed in court that his accuser had lied consistently to the court and to police. Naturally, she got off scot-free. But it didn’t end there for this family. Despite the not guilty verdict, Michael discovered there was a whole new phase of punishment about to kick in. Bureaucratic punishment. Even though the lifesaving organisation had kept his position open, for Michael to resume work he needed his “WWCC”- a working with children check which had been cancelled 4 days after he had been arrested. It turned out that the bureaucrats who administer the WWCC – from the Office of Children’s Guardian - set themselves up as another judge and jury. They take it upon themselves to decide if this young man should be kept away from children. Michael plunged into despair as this mob put him through a series of phone interviews, questioning him, interviewing him again and again. For month after month, they left him hanging as they went through the motions, whilst the deadline for resuming his beloved job slipped away. In stepped Michael’s dad, a professional man well versed in bureaucratese, who knew just how to placate the officer in charge, grovelling to her every whim, digging out court transcripts, the testimonials, references, detailed chronology of events – everything that the apparatchik decided could possibly help their deliberations. Seven months after the process began, the officer finally rang him to announce Michael would receive the precious certificate. She told him that without his dogged dad Michael most likely would never have received it. How utterly sickening is that? These anonymous bureaucrats have the power to ruin a kid’s life, even after he was found not guilty in criminal court. It turns out that, more often than not, they choose to never give acquitted men their right to resume their work – as lifeguards, or teachers, paralegals, doctors, you name it. Endless professions in Australia now require anonymous strangers to determine whether these men are safe around children. And they almost always err on the side of caution. It's happening everywhere. Ros Burnett is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford and the author of a series of studies on the impact of false allegations of abuse. One study, which involved 30 people (24 males and 6 women) who were investigated but never charged, or charged but then acquitted, found many who “faced impassable barriers against working with children or vulnerable adults ever again.” The study reported that in the UK the Disclosure and Barring System (DSB) consistently excludes people “who have fallen under a cloud of suspicion” even if they are found not guilty of any criminal offence. The upshot is “damaged reputations and ruined careers. Innocent men and women are left without a career, while institutions lose skilled and caring employees,” report Burnett and her colleagues, mentioning one woman who was forced to step down from a charity she herself had founded after a “safeguarding’’ report “could not rule out all possibility of risk.” I’ve talked to families whose sons had their careers destroyed, even after an allegation was found to be false in court. Well-qualified young men have been forced to shelve life plans to become a pharmacist, or chiropractor, or paramedic, after authorities refused to issue the required certificate. Of course, publicity which names an alleged perpetrator can further derail such career plans. I once found myself pleading with the editors at a Melbourne newspaper, asking if they could take down the four-year-old news report naming the “sex creep” who’d faced charges in a Victorian magistrate’s court. The creep was a university student who’d been accused of “sexual touching” on an interstate sporting trip. That newspaper report has the potential to put the kibosh on any job opportunity that might arise for this well credentialled young man. When it comes to bureaucratic punishment, the public servants take it upon themselves to do their bit to safeguard the community from these “predators”, with no apparent consideration of fair treatment for the people concerned. Five years ago, I tweeted about a newspaper story, commenting on the “poor, sad face” of a teacher shown leaving court after being acquitted of all 13 charges of sexually assaulting three schoolgirls. I suggested he would never recover from this ordeal. I was so right. Soon after that the teacher, Simon Phillips, contacted me and I have been in touch with him ever since, as he sends occasional updates on ongoing indignities he has suffered. It’s just unconscionable how bureaucrats have made him jump through hoops. Like the phone call from a case officer from the Office of Children’s Guardian, which came out of the blue sometime after he’d applied for the WWCC. He received the unexpected call whilst sitting on a bus surrounded by people. As Phillips reports: “She demanded that I explain why I should have the certificate back. Why did the girls make their accusations? What behaviour had I been doing that was wrong? I asked if I could set a time to speak later and in private. The lady said this was my only chance to explain. I received a letter not long after rejecting my application.” After extensive investigation, the group monitoring misconduct for the Department of Education eventually agreed with the court’s finding but Phillips still can’t get that WWCC, despite using a lawyer for subsequent applications. Whenever he applies for jobs, he’s asked about the gaps in his employment. “My response has been to produce a well-crafted letter from my solicitor explaining the case and a copy of my clean police record. It’s very common for the interview to end there. I was told numerous times, ‘We wish to not employ someone with such a past.’” He’s tried concealing his past in an attempt to get work, but a google search of his name brings up all the news reports. Two years ago, he was offered a position at a large media company. “I lasted 8 days as I was let go for ‘questionable past behaviour’. They were smart enough not to put this in print. I was sacked via Zoom.” The only work Phillips has been able to secure involves menial tasks: working as a store cleaner, stock person and now in retail sales. He’s been lucky to find one large employer where a trusted person in management was prepared to vouch for him and they chose to ignore the mud that was still clinging to him. (If anyone is in a position to offer proper employment to this thoroughly nice bloke, I’m happy to pass on your details.) Accusations against teachers are so prevalent that there’s a UK website set up to help teachers and carers who have faced wrongful accusations - Here’s the link. I regularly hear from teachers that students openly boast they can get rid of teachers they don’t like by making false accusations. Here’s a comment from a NSW teacher. “Today I was a relief teacher for a teacher who recently resigned. The Year 10 class were open about what they’d done. ‘Yeah, we called him pedo every day. We broke him.’ I asked them why they did that. A girl replied, ‘He asked me to move to the front of the class. He just wanted to perv on me.’ The teacher who told me this story said the girl was most likely moved because she’s a troublemaker who never stops talking in class, but the bloke would have known he couldn’t win. Either he resigned or she’d set up a complaint about him. Bureaucratic punishment is controlled not just by the Office of Children’s Guardian, and various education departments. There are endless other bureaucrats lining up to get involved. Like the ombudsmen. There’s a Melbourne doctor who found himself facing sexual assault charges after police misinterpreted a confused statement made by his schizophrenic ex-wife. It took years for police to sort out what had actually happened, but by this time the local ombudsman was doing her best to destroy the doctor’s career, excluding female patients from the doctor’s practice and plastering his name and photographs across the tabloids, even after the police had dropped the charges. Just as I finished writing this, I heard from a university lecturer who’d been facing sexual assault charges, despite overwhelming evidence that the accusations were false. To his immense relief he heard a few weeks ago the charges were being dropped and costs awarded against the police. But he called me to say that his WWCC certificate has been suspended “pending further investigation” – apparently this is just in case there’s a student in his class who happens to be under 18. We dangle freedom in front of these people only to snatch away any chance of a return to a normal career or normal life. And once again, the presumption of innocence simply doesn’t matter.
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SCOTUS And Protests
Numapepi
 June 06 2024 at 02:18 pm
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SCOTUS And Protests Posted on June 6, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, if we take the democrats at their word, then they’re are calling for the execution of Supreme Court Justices. Only a few decades ago, when SCOTUS was on their side, they unanimously claimed anyone criticizing any SCOTUS decision, was tantamount to calling for the execution of Judges. They were adamant about it at the time. Going on to say that judges are wise and honest, thus would never allow politics to change the way they rule. Which is why the change in attitude is so amazing. Democrat’s past policies are memory holed… but being an old guy, I remember it. Lately, democrats have actually called for SCOTUS to be controlled by adding members, forcing an “integrity” panel to oversee them and assassination attempts during the ruling nullifying Roe v Wade. In the 1990’s democrats vilified any criticism of a SCOTUS decision as stochastic terrorism. Even TV shows spouted that rhetoric. At the time, SCOTUS was empowering the bureaucracy with decisions that moved legislative power, from the legislature to the bureaucracy. A move democrats hailed as a bold step, towards the administrative state they have scrapped and connived for, for over a century. Many conservatives at the time didn’t like the usurpation of power so we protested. But as in Jan 6 2021, our protests were met with threats of prison. Because protesting a SCOTUS decision was effectively calling for the assassination of Supreme Court Justices. Or so the democrats claimed at the time. Something all sane people are against… but apparently democrats are for nowadays. Today democrats have a love hate relationship with judges. Those who have open double standards are loved, while those who follow the law and most horribly, our Constitution, are despised. Even as democrats laud judge Merchan’s unconstitutional gag order on Trump, the unconstitutional charges against Alex Jones as well as the judge deeming him guilty without a trial, the denial of standing to anyone who felt aggrieved by the 2020 election fraud, the jailing of jan 6th protesters for years without bail or trial, as well as past rulings nullifying our Constitutional protections like Buck v Bell, Korematsu and Wickard v Filburn. Yet, rulings judges hand down that are in compliance with our Constitution and the rule of law, are vilified as partisan and v by democrats. The progressive faction lacks integrity. Judged by their actions and rhetoric. Their only virtue is unchecked power over others. The progressives make up the entire bureaucracy, most judges, media, the Democrat party and half the Republican party as well, making the progressives the faction Madison warned us about in Federalist Paper #10. Why have integrity when you control all three branches of government, the media, congress, the Presidency, and the courts? That would do violence to their self interest. People like animals seek their self interest at cost to others. It’s nature. As a result, when a faction is above the law, they act it. Like we see with democrats today. Ethics and integrity are for those who are subject to public opinion, the law and justice. Not progressives. I say, let’s hold democrats to their own standard. Anything less would be making the entire progressive faction hypocrites. We don’t want that! So, contact your senator and representative, write the media and protest… demanding democrats who criticism a SCOTUS decision… be charged. Especially when democrats protest outside judges homes, as they did during the decision to overturn Roe v Wade. Hold democrats to the same standard they hold us to, don’t abet a double standard… and progressives will stop being hypocrites. Because they’ll have no choice. Obviously they aren’t going to become virtuous under their own power. They’re too corrupt. So it’s up to us to enforce a single standard for democrats as well as republicans. Especially when we’re simply following the democrat’s own rhetoric. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Health Freedom Amid Political Control
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 June 17 2024 at 03:11 pm
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Someone pointed out that some of my posts have a political nature, which might seem off-topic since I'm a health coach. I get that. But today, politics permeates almost every aspect of society—from music and TV shows to news channels, each with their spin. The pandemic especially politicized health. This shift is partly due to perceived encroachment by politically affiliated organizations and government institutions on individual health decisions. I personally stand against this encroachment. The phrase "the greater good" is often used to justify limiting personal freedom for collective comfort, but I believe this is incompatible with true freedom. These arguments are presented as infallible because the consequences, if correct, are serious. What bothers me is the dismissal of opposing views, which can be equally dire. If we all sacrifice some freedom for an idealistic vision, we risk significant influence from government and non-governmental institutions over our decisions. History shows that such encroachments can lead to more egregious actions, and it's reasonable to suspect this could happen again. The crux of the disagreement often lies in trust: some people trust our systems and authority figures, while others do not. Both perspectives are valid. Personally, I believe the best approach is to leave everyone alone and avoid encroachment. However, I remain open-minded and respectful of differing opinions. So, I'd love to hear your thoughts. As always, I ask for respect in the comments. If you disagree with someone, consider a face-to-face Zoom conversation for a more productive dialogue than text on social media often allows. How do we have civil, respectful, and productive conversations on contentious topics? How can we avoid division and foster understanding? If you're looking for a health coach who values open dialogue and respects differing viewpoints, check out the testimonials on our website to see how Avantia Health Optimization can help you. Your first health coaching session is just $1. Click the link in my profile to get started on your journey to better health. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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thinkspot Newsletter 06/06
thinkspot
 June 06 2024 at 04:05 pm
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Irish medical bodies almost uniformly against euthanasia By angelobottoneQuestioning "Safe and Effective" Narratives By HealthyAndAwakePodcastThe Distraction Of The Trump Trials By NumapepiBureaucratic punishment By Bettina ArndtWho Is Volodymyr Zellenskyy? By ValueSide207 - A Divorced Dad's Guide to Handling Bad-Mouthing and Lies By Jude: The Divorced DadvocateJoin the ConversationDid We Create These Campus Protests? By Octaveoctave
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thinkspot Newsletter 06/13
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 June 13 2024 at 04:13 pm
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Violence Against Ecosystems: Paving Nature Over with Solar Panels By Taminad.CrittendenThe 10 foot rule By liberty5300Screw Goals! You Need An Ideal. By A Wayward ShamanSCOTUS And Protests By NumapepiThe PetroDollar R.I.P. By ValueSideCult Marketing By HealthyAndAwakePodcast207 - A Divorced Dad's Guide to Handling Bad-Mouthing and Lies By Jude: The Divorced DadvocateJoin the ConversationExploring the historical topic of America’s foreign wars By HistoryAfficionado616 The world isn't talking about it.. Israel is facing a serious suicide problem among our first responders and soldiers By FemmEQXX
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The Pervasiveness of Health Trackers
Sadhika Pant
 May 28 2024 at 01:23 pm
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Over the past year or so, I’ve been facing a considerable degree of health-related anxiety. This is new for me, as I've always dismissed minor aches, occasional stomach upsets, or period cramps. Recently, however, I've been struggling with recurring feelings that a different part of my body is unwell every few weeks, even though I know it's in my head since I have little to no actual symptoms. I am very diligent about my health, getting comprehensive checkups every six months, and I have a large medical insurance policy that my friends consider excessive. I maintain a healthy lifestyle by going to bed early, working out daily, avoiding alcohol and most processed foods, and eating at home most of the time. Over the past decade, I have lost several family members and one dear friend, and I suspect these experiences have heightened the awareness of my own mortality. I can't completely make up my mind about the pervasiveness of health-related technology at our disposal. On the one hand, health trackers are undeniably useful and keep you focused on healthy habits like completing a certain number of steps a day. Health apps send notifications to remind you when routine checkups are due. On the other hand, this technology can make you overanalyse every muscle twitch. You can book comprehensive blood and urine tests online on a whim, with a phlebotomist arriving at your doorstep at the chosen time to collect samples and deliver the results online. Online consultations are available for the slightest issues. These services are affordable, even without the substantial discounts offered by pharmaceutical companies. Additionally, googling symptoms has become yet another way health information inundates our generation. I rarely fell sick during my childhood, and on the few occasions I did, my family offered homemade remedies. My grandmother taught me to rub warm mustard oil on the soles of my feet if I got wet in the rain to prevent catching a cold. My mother showed me how to chew long (cloves) for toothaches, ajwain (carom seeds) after a heavy meal for better digestion, and elaichi (cardamom) for coughs and colds. At my childhood home, we still grow some of our own vegetables and use neem, gooseberry, and tulsi leaves to make a savoury drink that keeps us warm in winter, while mangoes grown in the backyard are used to make a wholesome nectar that protects against heat stroke in summer. Popping pills and rushing to the doctor at the drop of a hat was not only discouraged but also laughed at. I talk to my grandmother, who must be 93 or 94, (she belongs to a time without birth certificates, so we don’t know her birthdate or her precise age), about the health anxiety that troubles me and many others I know. Some people my age get these tests done every two months, because they can afford it. A bit excessive, if you ask me. If they wait any longer, they start imagining aches in their livers and lumps in their breasts. In their 20s, they own blood pressure monitors, oximeters, and blood glucose monitors, checking their vitals every day, often more than once a day. Additionally, a significant number of them utilise wearables that provide real-time readings. My grandmother seems to think that we don’t work with our hands enough. “At your age, I used to do laundry by hand, and mop up the floor of this huge house twice a day. Good for the body, and good for the mind. Now people pay money to go to a gym to get that same exercise. You get your physical exercise, but your mind is still worrisome,” she says. Perhaps, she is right. Perhaps, we have nurtured a generation of hypochondriacs, even with better medical advancements than any generation before us.
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Plowing Around The Stump
Numapepi
 May 26 2024 at 02:51 pm
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Plowing Around The Stump Posted on May 26, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, elites don’t understand the old saying, “It’s easier to plow around the stump.” Because to a progressive elite, every problem has to be addressed in the here and now. That’s one reason they discredit space technology, by claiming, “There are too many problems on Earth to spend money in space.” Progressives focus on the stump and not the field. Becoming fixated on problems that aren’t that big an issue… until they nurture them into full grown dragons. Their only tool is that of coercion and so they attack all our problems with regulations. If those regulations create more problems than they solve… they can always coerce more. Our elites focus so much on the small they become myopic. So much so that today their lack of vision effectively blinds them. If a problem isn’t growing… it’s retreating. If there’s a stump in your field, and you focus on it, the stump becomes larger than a 200 acre tillage. But if you plow around it the stump rots away. One day you plow right over the stump and eventually forget it was ever there. Obviously, when the stump is fresh and hard, plowing over it would break the plow. That’s why we plow around it. Societal problems are the same. If instead of focusing on problems, we focus on the big picture, the field, the problems will go away. When you buy a dining room set, do you care what religion, race or how the salesman wears their hair? What if you’re selling the dining room set? All the salesman and buyer care about, is price, quality, and if the check is made of rubber. A productive field solves many issues. Stopping productive labor to do unproductive labor, we sacrifice the production we could have done, to do something we could have done when there’s nothing else to do. Because when it’s time to plow… it’s time to plow. To leave a field unproductive for a year, to pry a stump from the ground, is a poor use of labor. You sacrifice the entire production of that field for a year, now, to gain the small production of the stump’s area, tomorrow. Our focus on the microscopic minority with the mental illness called, “trans,” has propagated that mental illness among our most vulnerable… little girls. Like bulimia and anorexia before. Portraying people with mental illness as heroes promotes that mental illness. Which is focusing on the stump instead of the field. The only tool an authoritarian has, is coercion… and so they coerce. Moreover, there’s no more authoritarian faction than progressives. They see themselves as enlightened, wise and the authority on every question. Lacking humility they believe themselves better people than the rest of us. If we only knew what they know, and were as smart as them… we would agree. But we don’t and we aren’t. So when our authoritarian elite see a problem, they stop and apply their omniscient intellect, vast educations and willingness to break a few eggs, to solving it. Regulating all our problems away with the stroke of a pen. If they grow instead of shrink, then more regulations are clearly required, because the hoi polloi haven’t followed orders. If you’re walking through the woods and step on a ground hornet’s nest, do you stop and kill every insect with your fingers, until they’re all gone… or do you move on quickly? Only a fool would go toe to toe with a hornet’s nest… bare knuckled. Yet that’s exactly what we do when we stop to focus on a problem we could simply bypass. No wonder all our societal problems get the better of us. Our elites believe they’re smart enough to force all our problems away, if only they had the political might to do so. They could wipe the white face hornet nest away, bare handed… if only the hands, arms and face didn’t mind a few stings. Nursing welts they stop productive labor, to do unproductive labor, then wonder where the production went. Because our elites focus on the stump instead of plowing around it. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Ten Commandments in schools
Right Away
 June 22 2024 at 12:22 pm
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The recent law regarding Louisiana’s choice to place the Ten Commandments in the classroom has created great uproar and equally great conversation. I have had a few dialogs so far, and I have liked all of them. Embedded in all of them is an unexpected layer of education. Those back-and-forth discussions convinced me that I needed to share. Opponents to the Ten Commandments in public classrooms say that it is a breach of the fundamental law of the separation of church and state. They also fight for a “right for equal time” with others who have ideas of right and wrong that deserve something like “fair amounts of attention.” They see this as forced religion and potentially a source for the government to force upon us dictates that they may not agree with. And some find the Ten Commandments to be offensive. Rebutting one point at a time is childish, so let me start with low hanging fruit and evolve into Truth and theology issues. Truth is a capital letter, here, as I want to speak about absolute truth, not the kinds that are created by man. 1. Separation of church and state. There are a lot of folks who concluded that the State of Louisiana breached a part of the constitution that states “there shall be a separation between church and state.” There isn’t. Google it. What you will find is that Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Dansbury Baptist association, and he used those words. He found issues with government dollars going to a church to be used to pay things like pastor salaries, etc. I agree with him-that is not a fair use nor wise use of tax dollars. Otherwise, you will find that the extremes we have taken on this issue are not verbatim in our founding documents as some of have been lead to believe. 2. Look at the back of your one-dollar bill. There is an image of a pyramid in Egypt. It is there to remind us that we escaped the slavery and bondage of England just like the Hebrew nation did from Egypt. This was a core thought when our founding fathers created the great experiment called the USA. Both the Ten Commandments and the story of the escape from Pharoah came from the Book of Exodus. There is a precedent that I am glad exists. We need that memory, or we can fall back into the same bondage. If we are going to conclude that the Ten Commandments need to stay out of schools, then we need to keep currency out of schools, too. Good luck with that argument. 3. Right and wrong are not created by man. Contrary to intellectual belief, ethics are sourced from the Creator, not from His creation. We do not create right and wrong, and our opinions of it don’t validate or invalidate them. Statements about murder, stealing, lusting, honoring parents, etc., are metaTruths. They transcend cultures and time. They are the bumpers in the alleys of behavior bowling that keep us out of the gutter. 4. We must teach our children right and wrong every chance we can get. The book of Deuteronomy tells us to teach our children so they can find value in obeying so they can prosper. It says, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be written on your heart and mind. You shall teach them diligently to your children impressing God’s precepts on their minds and penetrating their hearts with truth and shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up….you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” It is perfectly logical to include the walls and doors of our classrooms as subsets of what is meant by “gates.” Schools represent a powerful gateway between the home world where we start our existence and the outside world to which we eventually migrate. Not having right and wrong as part of that transition has already led to some disastrous and arguably preventable results if we had only taught our children right and wrong, as often as we could. Yet, this requirement of putting them on the walls has a substantial shortcoming that a dear friend of mine I have known for a long time made me see. There is no reference as to how we will teach what they mean. I can’t consider anything about a conversation of the Ten Commandments relevant without a discussion about the actual text. We are told they were written with God’s finger on stone at the top of a mountain. This is the part of education that we need to include. Without it, their meaning becomes subjective and potentially end up in a mind space that includes “this is one person’s opinion of right and wrong.” This is a conversation about the language that hope all of you find helpful and educational. 1) Eight of the ten start with the word לֹא. It is pronounced “Low” It is made from two letters, and each letter has a meaning. The first letter is Lamed in eight of the ten. There is magic and mystery here worthy of its own essay. Lamed is indicative of the shepherd’s staff. It represents the tool that the shepherd uses to pull back into the herd those who are lost and going their own way. It is a tool of love that does not harm those who have had it placed around their neck, unless they resist with violence. Sound familiar? Contrary to the popular translation of the bible, it does not mean, “Thou shalt not!” with a tone of retribution and an associated penalty that lacks forgiveness and does not create freedom. Low is meant to show the loving hand of the shepherd keeping us from going astray. BTW, the second letter is Aleph. That means God, Himself. He is the one holding the staff. Not an elected body or a debated and agreed upon by the board of education. These were the first two written letters in God’s language, what we today call Hebrew. Low is God’s loving hand trying to keep us from going astray. Someone needs to teach that. 2) Most of them are exactly two words in length. Some have more than two words, but they all can be broken down to two words equivalents. I have some of them hanging in my house, right now! They were written on stone tablets that Moses could carry in both his hands-obviously the language could not be that elaborate. In English, the shortest translation into English is four words. Some take upwards of 40 words. My experience has taught me that anytime there is a disconnect in the number of words needed to translate, that means that the translation doesn’t exist as we want it to. As an extreme example, look at the word “nigger.” It can mean a derogatory slanderous word, a term of endearment, a description for a friend or justify a fight to the death. I challenge you to translate it in a single word with those same meanings in French, or Afrikaans, or Spanish. You can’t. It takes many words and perhaps a 15-minute education to explain to a non-American English speaker to get them to understand the meaning of the word nigger. And in those 15 minutes, you may never get to a place where you explain why white people are told it is never appropriate whereas others use it with frequency and lack of shame. The phrase train-wreck is in the same category. Why don’t we say “car wreck” or “plane wreck” when a system breaks completely? It requires an explanation that is not included in the translation. And why is telling people history of a word not a piece of cake? Why cake, and not pie, by the way? Oh, I digress. In my opinion, the words themselves in the ten commandments require thoughtful instruction. We need people to teach these commandments and what they meant at the time they were given from God to Moses. We need to have a great conversation about language applications today. If kids were asked,” what is an example of the command, “thou shall not murder?” and what that means to them, we might just be amazed at what happens next. Or better said, what stops happening in our schools.
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thinkspot Newsletter 05/30
thinkspot
 May 30 2024 at 03:02 pm
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Does America Still Seek Peace, Or Are Endless Wars Our Destiny? By ValueSideAddressing false theology on tithing By rightawaySmall Revelations By Sadhika PantThe Pervasiveness of Health Trackers By Sadhika PantCurse of Artaxerxes I strikes again By ahol888Stakeholder Control: Giving Renter-Owners Right of First Refusal By Taminad.CrittendenPlowing Around The Stump By NumapepiJoin the Conversation What are the most effective treatments for PTSD, and how do they work? By FemmEQXX
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Yakima, Washington says "NO" to Pride Declaration
Nancy Churchill
 May 25 2024 at 08:01 pm
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(This is a press release from the Deputy Mayor of Yakima, councilman Matt Brown. In the image below, Matt is the bald gentleman in gray sitting next to the Mayor. ) Yakima, WA - May 22, 2024 – In a first for the city of Yakima, the city council voted against recognizing the (now annual) Pride Declaration. In response to the vote, Councilman Matt Brown, one of five council members to vote against the declaration, emphasizes the importance of maintaining the council's focus on its core responsibilities and fostering unity within the community. "As a member of the Yakima City Council, I believe our government functions best when we prioritize our primary responsibilities: public safety, infrastructure, roads, and the overall quality of life for our residents," said Councilman Brown. Focus on Responsibilities Councilman Brown expressed that celebrating individual sexual identities falls outside the scope of city government responsibilities. "Our duty is to ensure that essential services are maintained and that we address critical issues such as crime, homelessness, housing aCordability, and the cost of living." Focus on Shared Values and Culture Highlighting the divisive nature of the Pride Declaration within the community, Councilman Brown stated, "We must focus on celebrating our community's shared values and culture. Building positive relationships and addressing real problems should be our priority. Pride, as it stands, has proven to be a source of division rather than unity." Focus on Individual Liberty “I cannot support the Pride proclamation as it conflicts with my core beliefs and those of many Yakima citizens. Our city is home to a diverse population with strong Catholic and Christian values. While we uphold the right of every individual to make personal life choices, the demand to pass a proclamation that contradicts our fundamental freedoms of thought, speech, and religion is unacceptable." Councilman Brown emphasized that the role of government should be to minimize interference in the personal lives of citizens. "Most of the citizens of Yakima are sensible, hard-working individuals who prefer to live their lives with minimal government intervention. Our duty is to allow people to live their best lives, regardless of their personal and private choices within the law." Addressing the Implications of Pride Month Councilman Brown raised concerns about the implications of Pride Month, stating that it fosters a victimhood mentality. "Pride Month suggests that individuals with diCerent sexual preferences are unwelcome or discriminated against, which is simply not true. The people of Yakima are loving and accepting. We see neighbors looking out for each other, volunteering, and praying for those in need. Love and acceptance are core values of our community." Councilman Matt Brown has served on the Yakima City Council since 2022. He is a pastor, small business owner, and currently serves as the Yakima County Republican Chairman. For further information, please contact: Matt Brown Councilman District 6, Yakima City Council Yakima County Republican Chairman matt@media4sight.net The Rest of the Story: The organization "Yakima Pride" was very upset over this vote: https://www.yakimapride.org/about/proclamations From here, the story got picked up by a Washington independent broadcaster, Brandi Kruse, who posted the clip from the council meeting on her X channel. It's a bit anticlimactic. Watch it here: The comments under Brandi's post were very interesting. Here's some: What are your thoughts about this vote?
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EARL NIGHTINGALE x AKIRA THE DON - I DON’T...
Akira The Don
 May 31 2024 at 09:24 pm
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“People are always blaming their circumstancesFor what they areI don't believe in circumstancesI don't believe in circumstances” Good morrow brave wave-riding individual! Akira here, I have risen with the kind of sore throat that could launch a very authentic Tom Waits covers band, along with a brand new single from next week’s (!) THE STRANGEST SECRET IN THE WORLD album… I DON’T BELIEVE IN CIRCUMSTANCES features the great Earl Nightingale (who was himself blessed with the gift of a deep, sonorous, and distinctly golden voice), as sampled from his 1956 classic, The Strangest Secret. The song contains many powerful wisdoms, and repeated listening will help you integrate them into your being, and then ultimately your actions, which is where knowledge becomes wisdom, rather than just, you know, stuff you heard in a Youtube video or similar. The aforementioned album, THE STRANGEST SECRET IN THE WORLD is released on all platforms on June 7th, and you can PREORDER IT HERE NOW! I DON’T BELIEVE IN CIRCUMSTANCES is out now on all platforms, and you can watch the music video here. No stream tonight, I had a second interesting and with any luck revitalizing procedure that is not a BBL, or any kind of bodily mutilation, along with that aforementioned Tom Waits voice. In good news, I am 97% of the way through the final track on the GOGGINS II album. And it is a flipping MONSTER. HOLD TIGHT FOR GLORY! Remember! THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS! LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! AKIRA THE DON DSPDC, May 2024 ‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎
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Migration And Human Nature
Numapepi
 May 31 2024 at 03:08 pm
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Migration And Human Nature Posted on May 31, 2024 by john Dear friends, It seems to me, people migrating to the US are all for Biden’s open borders, in other words, they’re democrats. Until they get here, then they’ll be all for closed borders, capitalism and freedom. In other words, they’ll become republicans. Because of human nature. When it’s in our interests for the US and Europe to have open borders, we’re totally in on open borders. Once we’re here however, and see the damage being done to our new homes, we demand the border closed. Immigrants want a better life. They don’t want to enter Venezuela as Hugo is taking power. They know better. That’s what they’re fleeing. Democrats may get a vote or two, and harvest mail in votes from those who don’t vote themselves… but pooping in your food to make your political foe sick, isn’t a good long term strategy. Until someone gets here they want the doors open. After paying thousands of dollars, to be trafficked to the US or Europe, they expect a better life than the one they left. Some want welfare, to be above the law, as well as plenty of rape material. To them… Europe is inviting. Others want opportunity to get rich. The US is their primary target. Then there are those who seek the downfall of the West. Both Europe and the US are happy destinations for them. With the added benefit the elite will abet their crimes. Fortunately, the criminals and terrorists are the minority. Maybe only a few hundred thousand or so. The ones looking for opportunity though, they’ll rapidly become republicans. To protect their chance to get rich and keep the money they earned by working hard. It’s human nature. Once someone is here they want to close the doors behind them. This isn’t an odd or out of place reaction. We also see the same behavior in the rich. Once someone gets rich the first thing they do is turn and close the door behind them. Barring others from becoming rich the way they did. Or so said Joseph Schumpeter in his book, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. For the wealthy to close the door to wealth behind them, as well as for immigrants to want to limit immigration once they’re here… is self interest in action. The one doesn’t want competition, the other doesn’t want societal collapse, ruining their dreams. Therefore, despite the hopes of the democrats, the illegal aliens will only vote democrat once or twice at most… before they realize where their self interest is. People migrate across the world for opportunity. A cushy bed might draw layabouts, terrorists and criminals, but riches make the go getter’s mouth water. Don’t conflate the two for a second. There are those coming to America for a better life and those coming to destroy it. The ones seeking a better life will turn on the terrorists and criminals, going after their throats, like Cujo. People are people, the more we have invested in something the more vicious we are protecting it. Those who’ve spent their entire life’s savings to get to America, to have a better life, have everything invested. Giving them skin in the game preventing American societal destruction. Putting migrants at odds with the progressive globalist faction. The faction that’s using migration to poison politics for political power. The upshot is, all the propaganda in the world, allowing illegal aliens to vote, and wide open borders, won’t assure a democrat victory in the electoral process. Certainly not long term. Because of self interest. When it’s in our self interest to want open borders, we’re for open borders, and when it’s not, we’re not. To expect people to vote against their self interest, because they’re ignorant illegals, is a sub optimal strategy. Migrants may not speak English well, know how to read or write, but they know what despotism looks like… first hand. People fleeing tyranny don’t seek more tyranny. So, registering illegal aliens to vote and programming them to vote democrat, may be a winning short term tactic… but will fail in the long term. Because of human nature. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Revisionist History of a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Santino.imagery
 June 19 2024 at 12:45 am
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There's a strange thing going in on the world of pop culture and it's been going on for quite a while now. You may have heard of a new Star Wars series on Disney Plus called the Acolyte. The show is created, written and produced by Leslye Headland and sort rewrites a lot of Star Wars canon. Leslye Headland seemingly wishes to reimagine the Star Wars universe through a feminine lens. It's a real boon for feminists, brought to you by a woman best known for being the assistant to Harvey Weinstein. The reviews for The Acolyte have been horrendous, to the point where even many of the mainstream entertainment news outlets-- normally eager to carry water for Disney-- are being forced to admit it isn't good. To be honest, that doesn't interest me. As far as I am concerned, Disney obliterated any redeeming quality that Star Wars may have had when Rian Johnson turned my childhood hero into a bitter, violent, washed-up old man. Star Wars is dead. What I find interesting though is the lens through which a lot of commentators who have been calling out Disney and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy are viewing George Lucas. To hear these various youtubers, bloggers and sundry commentators tell the tale, George Lucas is the lone voice of Star Wars, the prophet of a galaxy far, far away. As a fan of Star Wars since the mid-80's, I'm old enough to find this bit of revisionist history somewhere between sad and amusing. It is, however totally dishonest. Let me be clear. George Lucas does rightly deserve a lot of credit as a visionary. His accomplishments are vast and important. But while Star Wars would not exist without him, Star Wars is not the singular vision of George Lucas. The original trilogy-- the stories that inspired generations of young men and women to this day, was the result of many minds and ideas. Voices like Lawrence Kasdan, Irvin Kirshner, (George's wife) Marcia Lucas and Princess Leia herself--- Carrie Fisher who did a ton of script doctoring on all of the scripts while shooting the films. Those are just a few of the people involved in making those movies the magic that they were. George-- at the height of his powers--- was the first person to irrevocably tarnish Star Wars. It was George who created the infamous Special Editions. Instead of getting to work on new movies in a timely manner, George re-released the original movies, but with graphic additions of CGI. George's revision of Episodes 4-6 were the cinematic equivalent of serving up a $200 steak with dog food on top of it. He also got rid of the original cuts of the films. Now they're pretty much only available through bootlegs and online piracy. As a result, I haven't seen my favorite films in twenty or so years. And as if that weren't enough, George's next move was to make the infamous Prequels. Sigh. In the spirit of honesty, I have to admit that I like The Phantom Menace. Of the three, it is the only one that is watchable. It isn't a good movie, by any stretch of the imagination. But it is a fun watch. It's also the most detached from the rest of Star Wars. That said, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith are utter garbage. Where the Special Editions scarred Star Wars, the Prequels broke it. The midichlorians, space politics, trade federations, Darth Vader forgetting his droids and worst of all the sickening relationship between Amidala and Anakin. George was reportedly a tyrant on set. The Prequels are fully his vision and he screwed the pooch. I am aware that younger generations love the Prequels. I get it. They were small children when the movies came out. Bright colors, light sabers, magic... it was perfect for them. I get it. It is for that same reason that I will not countenance anyone suggesting that the Cannonball Run films are anything other than comedic masterpieces. The truth is that Star Wars was run pretty ragged by the time Disney bought it. There was still life left in the brand though. Many writers had contributed to the Star Wars extended universe, including novels such as the Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn and games such as Knights of the Old Republic. Dave Filoni has also produced some of the best Star Wars stories since the originals with his shows The Clone Wars and Rebels. But then Kathleen Kennedy and Disney took over. They cut the Taun Taun open and stuffed it with barren stories, trash characters and bleak ideologies. They deserve endless derision for killing the most profitable intellectual property in history. I'm not trying to trash George Lucas. I just wish people would be more honest. George is a personality akin to Stan Lee and Steve Jobs. He's the figure which allowed these great works to be created. He should be lauded for his accomplishments, but not held up as a symbol for things he didn't do.
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Sleeper Cell Migration
Numapepi
 June 04 2024 at 03:11 pm
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Sleeper Cell Migration Posted on June 4, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, if migrants are paying 10k each to be shuttled across the border, that means we’re getting middle class people seeking a better life… as well as paid agitators. No starving migrant has 10k to drop… proving the point. A few million people at 10k each adds up to quite a sum of illegally acquired money. Moreover, illegally acquired money is corrupting. Which means our governments are corrupted by it. The national security apparatus should be our allies in limiting mass migration… but they’re not. The three letter agencies are participating in the crime. We know our enemies are infiltrating sleeper cells into the US and Europe. They’d be foolish not to. So what we have in our immigration system, is a Hegelian strategy to enrich the elite, and create chaos in the homeland. Human smuggling is a profitable enterprise. Enabled by the US elites open borders policy. I have to wonder how much money the smugglers are kicking back to the elite? With the revelation of the NIH getting payola from the companies they regulate, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, I suspect the payoff is enormous. If not purely in money some is probably in sex slaves or adrenochrome. Our elites like adrenochrome like a chicken likes grasshoppers. Since bureaucrats are the ones abetting the crime against humanity, that is human smuggling, I bet they’re the ones getting the biggest payoffs. Like Fauci did during the plandemic. One thing we know, is that once a crime is exposed, it always turns out to be larger in scope and deeper in horror than what we initially see. You would think the vaunted CIA would also have this information? That people are paying 10k each to be trafficked to the US. While our enemies are using our open borders to smuggle in sappers. The people seeking a better life are irrelevant. Only the terrorists count. The CIA is supposedly far more intelligent than I, since it’s in their name, intelligence agency. Ignoring their past failures, like, “WMD in Iraq is a slam dunk…” for example, they should be up on everything national security. It’s their single job. Yet the CIA is silent about flooding the US with sleeper cells? Why do you suppose that is? Clearly, it’s a violation of their job description, to facilitate terrorist cells in the US. They probably have a plan that’s so wicked smaat we just don’t understand it. I wonder how much chaos the sleeper cells will cause once they’re triggered? I’m sure they’ll activate to insure maximum chaos. To enhance their effect. The CCP has camps set up in Central America, facilitating the sleeper cell integration into the migrant herd. Terrorists have already activated, the media has been silent about it though. With multiple attacks on our military bases, this year, sooner or later one will get through. Remember the substations that were attacked a few years ago? I’m thinking they were small scale trial runs. Imagine the disaster the destruction of a dozen critical substations would do? It could take out the entire US grid for perhaps months. Coupled with home invasions, random terrorism, military bases taken over… and you have a recipe for canceling the election. Maybe the plan is to create chaos in the homeland, to traumatize us, so we’ll demand to be tyrannized. That’s a plan the CIA can get behind. Absolute power has been a goal of the bureaucracy since Woodrow Wilson. The problem for our future oligarchs, with ushering in a despotic global administrative state, is the US and history are powerful examples against it. So they have to go. The US is resilient due to our Christian faith and our belief in the American way. Establishing atheism as the state religion was the first step. Perverting history and our kids was the next. Now bringing in enough migrants, who are criminals, have no connection to the US, no skills, are opposed to Christianity, and ideally, sleeper cells to be rooted out by despotism, is a fast track to their utopia, and our Hell. Sincerely, John Pepin
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The Charging Elephant Of History
Numapepi
 June 07 2024 at 02:26 pm
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The Charging Elephant Of History Posted on June 7, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, history is like a charging elephant, and we’re riders who only set atop it for a mere moment, before being swept off, and replaced by the next generation. That’s why education is so important. My generation did a terrible job guiding the charging elephant, and providing education for the next generation, as proved by the times. Hopefully the next few generations will do a better job at controlling it and inculcating ethics, wisdom and humility to their progeny. The elephant of history runs on emotion. The rational part only an afterthought. As a result, history hurtles past in a blinding blur as we try our utmost to keep from falling off, and being trampled… like so many other civilizations before. To do so we need ethics, wisdom and humility. One of the tools we need to control the elephant is ethics. Hypocrisy being the most unethical and utterly corrosive to our ability to control the future. The hypocrite goads the charging beast into the bushes, and in doing so, is swept off and trampled by history itself. Why? Because hypocrites and villains can’t control themselves let alone a charging elephant. How can one guide a beast when they can’t control their own proverbial arms and legs? As we become ever less ethical we become ever more spastic until we get moral ALS or Lou Gehrig disease. Because villains are lost in their own heads and become unable to use their own moral digits. Moreover, the corrupt could care less about the speed, direction or path of the elephant… only that they drive it. Another tool is wisdom. Because wisdom allows us to see the future. Imagine trying to drive a car blindfolded? How would that work? What if the blind driver is brilliant? Would that help? Because that’s exactly what guiding the charging beast of history is like when we, and especially our elite, lack wisdom. How does wisdom allow us to see the future? Because wisdom is the ability to understand what’s going on around us. Intelligence is often confused with wisdom but they’re utterly different qualities. Intelligence is the ability to connive while wisdom is the ability to recognize conniving. Scheming is helpful when swindling someone but wholly useless when driving. The ability to see and recognize danger is far more important. Humility is the key to unlocking both ethics and wisdom. Arrogance, the opposite of humility, is both blinding and debilitating. The arrogant connive to get power, wealth and prestige, while the humble forswear wealth, power and prestige, lifting those burdens from them. Unfortunately, the elephant is guided by the arrogant and not the humble. Because the blind and spastic arrogant have to be in charge. Their egos are tied up in it. Egoism is an attribute of arrogance. Egoists can’t see beyond their own wants. Moreover, egoists lack the ability to control their own actions. Take the example of Biden. He has never been held to any standard, is unwise to the nth degree, and humility is a thing he’s never experienced… and so he’s guiding the elephant into the brush. Along with the other world leaders. Time goes by whether we notice it or not… and with it our lives. Every ten years you look back and wonder how ten years could possibly have gone by so fast. Worry not, the next ten will go by even faster. Which makes the ability to control the charging elephant of time all the more critical. Sadly, that elephant has been guided by arrogant, stupid and unethical elites. Which is why we’re hurdling towards the end times. The humble, sage and ethical are barred from guiding the beast by the elite. Because in their egoism, the elite don’t care how badly they screw up… only that they’re in charge of it. As Milton said, “It’s better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven…” the road map of the elite. Maybe it’s time to teach our kids wisdom, humility and ethics? So we don’t have to live in Hell. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Comments on a Commencement Speech
Octaveoctave
 June 04 2024 at 09:15 pm
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Consider the following statement from an MIT commencement ceremony 25 years ago: “If you feel the urge to create and discover and to do something that will bring you fulfillment and happiness, do it now while you're young. You will never have more energy or enthusiasm, hair, or brain cells than you have today.” -- NPR’s Car Talk host Ray Magliozzi ’72 speaking with his brother Tom Magliozzi ’58 at MIT’s 1999 Commencement 25 years ago. This is sort of a clever and mildly humorous piece of advice. And it has some validity. But it is mostly nonsense.[1] Most young people in STEM do not have that option. They are faced with a collosal struggle to survive, in a brutal, unforgiving hostile environment. Sure, everyone would love to be able to "create and discover" "stuff", and "do things that will bring them fulfillment" and satisfaction and "happiness". However, the sad cruel crude unvarnished reality is that only a tiny minority of STEM graduates have anything even remotely close to that option or opportunity. It is possible that effectively none have it, or at least that they will not have it for an extended period of time. Most will probably never experience this. First off, these graduates most likely do not have the resources to pursue these kinds of goals. And even if they are in possession of the resources, from having inherited money or something, many do not yet have the experience or the wisdom or the training to attempt this. They have been cast adrift in a sea of challenges. They will be forced to make terrible heart-breaking choices, over and over. Of course, some will "make it" and eventually succeed. But most will not, unfortunately. Consider, for example, Albert Einstein. Einstein was far more gifted than almost any of the students listening to that commencement address in 1999. Einstein produced some of the most innovative, novel, exciting work imaginable in physics in his early twenties. In one year, his "miracle year" of 1905, Einstein produced several publications that were each worthy of a Nobel Prize. However no one took any notice. Einstein could not secure any jobs at all after his graduation from ETH in 1900. Finally, through a personal friend's connections and some string-pulling, a couple of years later Einstein was hired in the degrading position of a low level patent examiner in 1904. Einstein was stuck in this low-paid tedious position until 1913. With tremendous effort and sacrifice, Einstein in his spare time continued to do the most brilliant work in theoretical physics on the planet. Einstein's 'General Theory of Relativity' was completed and published in 1916. One of its predictions was empirically verified in 1919. But even then, this theory remained controversial, undervalued and unappreciated for many years. Einstein's professor Hermann Minkowski at ETH in Zurich rated Einstein as incredibly mediocre. In interviews, Minkowski said that he was surprised that such a dull student could produce these kinds of results.[2] I have learned that this is typical of the evaluations of many of our most promising innovators and revolutionary scientists. This sort of account is incredibly common.[3] In fact, it is almost as though whomever the mainstream celebrates and whatever topics the mainstream is excited by are almost certainly suboptimal choices, in hindsight. The "concensus" opinion about just about everything and everyone in science and other STEM fields is almost invariably wrong, in the long term. Yet, the "mainstream", in spite of all evidence to contrary, displays nothing but smugness, hubris, condescension and unwarranted infinite confidence in their own judgement. The main places where American STEM R&D takes place are academia, government facilities, commercial laboratories and nonprofit institutions. But unfortunately, none of these currently present particularly good options for young people who want to "create and discover". There are exceptions of course, but the pickings are pretty slim and even seem to be getting worse. At various times, people have attempted to create alternatives so that those who did not have private wealth (like the "gentleman scientists"[4] of previous centuries) could support themselves while innovating and exploring. This was the original goal of various countries' patent systems, the Nobel Prizes and the Research Corporation of America. None of these really succeeded in the way they were intended to, over the long haul. However, there are plenty of examples of systems that worked for a short period, anyway. In addition to patents and assorted prizes, there is a long history of royal patronage supporting gifted young STEM people. Also, there has been some successful private patronage, like that of American financier Alfred Lee Loomis.[5] In addition, there have been companies that encouraged innovation,[6] like those that Edison created. But none of these has really panned out as one might have hoped, when the results over long time periods are studied. During and after World War II, government R&D support became more prominent in the US. Some of this structure was created through the advice and counsel of MIT Professor Vannevar Bush. A lot of the R&D support was associated with national defense, which annoyed some people. And a few commercial entities engaged in R&D as well. Over time, cost-cutting and belt-tightening eventually lead to most of these companies eliminating R&D, at least of the long term variety.[8] The nondefense US government funding for STEM comes from places like HHS and NSF and NASA and USGS and part of DOE. There is a marked difference between these R&D funding programs and that of DARPA (sometimes known as ARPA), which is nominally defense-related, but often so early stage that the results are of more general interest. Part of the reason for this is that DARPA makes efforts to have active technical people managing their programs, and rotates them in and out of their permanent STEM positions in just two or three years. This prevents the funding officers from becoming a bit "stale" and treating these jobs as sinecures. Also, there is a tendency for the least competent available technical people to be selected for these funding officer positions, in organizations other than DARPA. The results that DARPA/ARPA obtains are so much better than conventional government R&D programs that now there are some attempts to emulate it with HARPA/ARPA-H and IARPA and possibly other agencies. It remains to be seen if these imitation DARPA programs will be as successful as the DARPA programs themselves. Another issue is that in the last few years, NSF and probably other agencies have been corrupted by an immense amount of woke ideology. More and more funding has been directed away from research and development and towards all kinds of social justice nonsense. There is constant churn in the commercial space, as companies evolve. A new generation of commercial technological titans has emerged in the last few decades. Most of their R&D is of a short term nature, as one would expect. However, it is possible that substantial long term support for R&D might develop in Big Tech. Government entities do not have a great track record for supporting long term R&D in their own facilities either. Part of the difficulty seems to be their stability,[12] and inability to focus on the most productive talent. This creates watered-down environments where excellence is almost impossible to maintain. So the government tries to compensate by partnering with academia or nonprofit entities such as Federally Funded Research and Development Centers. Unfortunately, some of these partnering efforts have effectively evolved into soft money sweatshops.[13][14] Although it might give managers and funding officers a feeling of control and confidence, soft money positions are not particularly conducive to producing thoughtful long term research. There is too much short term pressure and that drives out almost any opportunity for creative investigation. Consider the discovery of the neutrino at the Department of Energy Laboratory at Los Alamos by Fred Reines and Clyde Cowan in 1956. This is an example of a government laboratory that more or less dropped the ball on a piece of long term research. This discovery was associated with lots of short term technological advances. The technologies the two investigators created in the 1950s in the hunt for this particle are still in active use today. But the two discoverers, Reines and Cowan, whose work was later recognized by the Nobel Prize Committee, were effectively driven out of Los Alamos by their immediate supervisors. The managers thought the work of Reines and Cowan was all worthless nonsense that no one should care about. The managers, who were all effectively incompetent technical people with careers consisting only of mediocrity and failure, thought they knew better than the investigators Reines and Cowan about what Reines and Cowan should be working on. The Los Alamos government managers insulted the discoverers of the neutrino, and therefore Reines and Cowan left within months. Another important venue for R&D in the US is academia. Academia in the US has fallen on hard times for a variety of reasons. One is that almost no academic institutions are governed or controlled by actual academics anymore. This has been accompanied by an immense increase in the number of administrative staff.[15] Also, the tuition costs in academia have gone up much faster than inflation for the last 35 years or so. There has also been a steep plunge in tenured and tenure-track faculty and "hard money" university positions.[13] More than 75% of the "faculty" positions in the US are now adjunct positions. Typically, adjunct positions are low paid, unstable and do not come with benefits. Also, there has been a concerted effort to drastically lower the standards for faculty hiring and for student admissions. Both of these present substantial problems for the health of R&D. Even after one has a supposedly secure faculty position, there is no guarantee that the young scholar will be able to pursue any serious ideas or do any substantial thinking. One tenure-track offer I received required a minimum of 80 hours a week of committee work, before the actual "work" (consisting of teaching and preparation and research and publishing and fundraising) was even started. Several positions I either held or was considering had substantial fund-raising requirements. However, in actuality the contracts the funding agencies had with the university were just window-dressing. These were immediately violated as soon as the money arrived. The nominal overhead rate of 50% was closer to 95% or more in practice because everyone stole from everyone else's funds, illegally and with no consequences. People with more "political pull" inside the university used these resources to create personal slush funds for parties and girls and maintenance on campus buildings and all kinds of other illegal unapproved nonsense. The principal investigators were just hung out to dry; the analogy I was told at the time was that we were like cows that were intended to be "milked". If we offended the wrong people, we would effectively be "slaughtered" or eliminated with no qualms or forethought whatsoever. Another problem, that is common to almost all of the American R&D efforts, is a tendency to be "penny wise and pound foolish". So even though legal contracts might exist for long term research at academic institutions or at FFRDCs, the managers blithely ignore these with no consequences. The "worker bees" have effectively no recourse, because the managers have been essentially endowed with almost infinite power over the "worker bees". There is an over-emphasis on "safe" short term thinking and an avoidance of long term thinking and planning, as too "risky".[16] If one looks at Irish Physicist John Stewart Bell's inequality (first published in 1964) and the people who experimentally verified it a few years later (John Clauser et al in 1969, Alain Aspect in 1982, and others after), one can see evidence of a problem. Bell could not tell his CERN employer what he was doing, so he conducted this work in secret. It was ignored after it was published by almost everyone. And when a few young men (such as Aspect and Clauser) tried to verify it experimentally, they had to do it in secret as side projects because there was fear that it would destroy their careers. These efforts to experimentally validate the Bell inequality resulted in John Clauser, Alain Aspect, and Anton Zeilinger being awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics. John Wheeler, a well-established physicist, pushed this reasoning even further, and found that no one was interested in it. Wheeler's talks on the subject were relegated to the "kook sessions" at physics meetings along with assorted buffoons like philosophers and other "nuts". Now this area has been recognized belatedly as something of value and Nobel Prizes have been awarded for it. But just a few decades ago, no one in their right mind would have even touched these problems. And now this work is the foundation of the burgeoning field of Quantum Information Theory that might lead to all kinds of exotic new technologies. Also, I have been astounded to discover that in one STEM field after another, anyone attempting to innovate was severely punished by the "mainstream", including their own STEM R&D management. Even at pharmaceutical companies, those doing R&D have to frequently hide their advances and innovations from their management for fear of the consequences. It is sort of amazing; people have jobs where they are paid to innovate, but their management effectively forbids them from innovating. This is a problem. Another issue that innovative young STEM explorers face is being mistaken for "cranks". All of STEM, particularly physics, and some of the more glamorous parts of mathematics, draw an assortment of amateur pseudoscientists like moths to a flame. And in some situations, it can be difficult to differentiate between a true innovator, and a crank. If the ideas being presented are novel and unfamiliar, and the person evaluating them is not particularly well-versed in the area or insightful, it is very common for mistakes to be made. Other issues that the young investigators confront are associated with time and age. There has long been an overwhelmingly strong suspicion or assumption that scientific and mathematical research is a young person's game.[17][18] However, it is not clear how accurate this actually is.[19] Of course, for very complicated ideas, the investigator might first get a glimpse of a discovery or an innovation at an early age. And if this concept is involved enough, or sufficiently confusing, it might take many years or even decades to unravel its meaning. It might not even be possible in a single lifetime. So what appears to be productivity later in life could just be a continuation of an extremely drawn-out research program. Many ideas have to be fought for. The establishment and mainstream impede progress, in many instances.[20][21]Notes [1] The Magliozzi brothers did not really have STEM backgrounds, but humanities and business backgrounds, even though they got their bachelor's degrees at MIT. The older brother, Tom, did some fairly conventional engineering work and some teaching before resorting to working at a few odd jobs like house painting. Ray, the younger brother, did some teaching as well. Then the two brothers decided to concentrate on a repair business that evolved into an auto shop, and some consulting. The Magliozzi brothers had, and still have, an auto repair shop. They had a source of income. And they supplemented it with a radio show and book publishing and articles and columns. They had a certain level of stability that most young STEM graduates could not imagine or hope for. Granted, they did not have much freedom to really innovate and explore, and they might have regretted that. But even when they were younger, did they really have the ability to innovate? That is far from clear. So what was their advice really worth? Was it just a joke, or sour grapes, or what? It is probably not a great idea to take advice on innovation and "pursuing big ideas" from people who have never done it or even tried to do it. [2] Here are a couple of relevant quotes: "The mathematical education of the young physicist [Albert Einstein] was not very solid, which I am in a good position to evaluate since he obtained it from me in Zurich some time ago." -- Hermann Minkowski "Oh, that Einstein, always skipping lectures... I certainly never would have thought he could do it." -- Hermann Minkowski [3] The book "Loonshots" by Safi Bahcall lists a large number of these examples. This is only a small sampling. One could also mention plenty of other examples like the invention of the Blue LED and the discovery of the neutrino and the development of the digital wrist watch. [4] This is not to suggest that there were not "lady scientists" or female contributors to the STEM enterprise during this early period. A prominent example is mathematician Lady Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) who was probably the first example of a computer programmer that humanity ever produced. Eunice Newton Foote (1819-1888) married a wealthy lawyer and conducted substantial scientific investigations. She was also an inventor. But a career in STEM was undoubtedly at least as challenging for women during this period as it was for men. I suspect it was probably even more difficult for women to make headway in this profession at the time. [5] Edwin Land, who founded Polaroid Corporation, created the Rowland Institute after his retirement. The Rowland Institute did not remain independent and was eventually folded into Harvard University. There have been many similar stories over the years. Jim Simons has recently been a powerful philanthropic force in STEM. However, how this support will evolve after Simons' passing remains to be seen. [6] The 3M Corporation is a notable exception. The mechanism that 3M uses to prod innovation is to require that middle managers for various 3M divisions derive most of their revenue from recent inventions. This creates an incentive that forces innovation. However, there is a substantial difference between these short term commercial improvements and inventions, and long term research that revolutionizes entire fields. Of course, there can be overlap between these two goals. Also, some short term advances can have long term implications.[7] [7] Long term revolutions in a field almost invariably result in a plethora of short term innovations and other beneficial "spin-offs". [8] For a few decades, there were two exceptions to this pattern; Bell Labs and IBM. Between the 1940s and the 1980s (and possibly before 1940 and after 1990), these two prominent commercial US companies were involved in a substantial amount of long range R&D. Both of them provided more or less stable long term funding for R&D. IBM was effectively a monopoly, and AT&T Bell Labs was a regulated monopoly. By law a certain fraction of AT&T's profits had to be directed into R&D and a certain fraction of that funding had to be reserved for long term R&D. Eventually, even Bell Labs and IBM were not able to sustain this focus on long term R&D, for numerous reasons, like the loss of monopoly status and mismanagement.[9] Bellcore, a spinoff from Bell Labs, faltered.[10] Bell Northern Research, another organization associated with Bell Labs, slowly devolved. NEC in Japan, which was also connected to Bell Labs and AT&T at some point, managed to take a different path and retain some innovative capacity. But NEC is mostly disconnected from what is going on in the West. [9] Consider this post on Linked In, by former NASA administrator Dan Goldin and a response by Astronaut Charles Camarada: Industrial R&D labs https://www.linkedin.com/posts/dansgoldin_a-big-impact-we-can-make-in-this-new-industrialization-activity-7199746551051689984-gX1U/ Post by Dan Goldin, former head of NASA 𝘐'𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘮𝘺. 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘙&𝘋 𝘓𝘢𝘣𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘉𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘓𝘢𝘣𝘴 𝘶𝘴𝘦[𝘥] 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴. 𝘊𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴, 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘙&𝘋 𝘭𝘢𝘣? -Comment by Charles Camarda, Astronaut and Research Engineer: 𝘞𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘕𝘈𝘚𝘈 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘊𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘕𝘈𝘚𝘈 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘺𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺. 𝘕𝘈𝘚𝘈 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘞𝘗𝘈𝘍𝘉 [𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵-𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘈𝘪𝘳 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘉𝘢𝘴𝘦] 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰 𝘪𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘧𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘴. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘚𝘖𝘈 [𝘚𝘖𝘈=𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘵, 𝘰𝘳 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘖𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘈𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦] 𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘧𝘰𝘳 30-40 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘰𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘨. 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘉𝘰𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘐𝘵𝘴 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦/𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦. [10] Lots of industry consortia like Bellcore failed. Sematech and US Memories petered out. A group of Swiss watch manufacturers banded together to do R&D, created the digital timepiece based on quartz crystal oscillations, but through poor management decisions did not reap any benefits from this advance.[11] [11] Even R&D labs associated with individual corporations like Xerox PARC and Polaroid and Kodak ran into trouble. All of these corporations were unable to capitalize on their own innovations that they had funded and nurtured. [12] In the case of government R&D, it is frequently the case that the stability of the environment that is corrosive to the innovative spirit. This is sort of the opposite problem that commercial R&D enterprises exhibit, which is too much instability. [13] So-called 'hard money positions' are those for which the salary of those involved does not depend directly on the awards of contracts and grants. Most contracts and grants come from the government. Some are given by private industry. In rare cases, foundations and other entities might deliver contracts and grants. Postions associated with salaries that are directly paid by contracts and grants are called "soft money positions". As a rule, soft money positions are far less stable than hard money positions, and therefore are frequently viewed as less desirable. Traditional US academic faculty positions come with 9 months a year of hard money support. The final 3 months a year are normally funded through soft money, that is, from grants and contracts. Typically a large fraction of the grant or contract will be skimmed off by the academic institution that is involved. For example, at least half or 50% of these resources are taken by the institution to provide its facilities for the work. [14] There are numerous examples of these types of organizations, but I might mention assorted "Applied Physics Labs" located on or close to assorted academic campuses, and managed by these institutions. However, every university has a plethora of soft money positions associated with it, because this is one of the ways that these institutions fund themselves. They skim off a lot of the funding that is raised for the research done by people who are paid by soft money grants and contracts. Another organization that is sort of unique in that it is part of the US government, nominally, but almost completely funded by soft money grants and contracts is the Naval Research Laboratory. None of these soft money entities exhibit much stability. Bell Labs itself, or at least what is left of it currently, is basically a soft money shop now. It is unlikely that it will ever regain its previous stature under these conditions. [15] There are more administrative staff than students at both Yale and Stanford, and probably some other schools as well. This is a shocking development, and a very bad sign. [16] 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘺 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘥, 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘈𝘕𝘋 𝘴𝘰 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘈𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘶𝘱 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘬. 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘥’𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴, “𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘢 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘥𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘴. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘵, 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘸.” from https://foolwithaplan.wordpress.com/tag/henry-ford/ [17] "𝘕𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘩𝘪𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘴, 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘯’𝘴 𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦. 𝘛𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘰𝘺𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘴. 𝘞𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴. 𝘞𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥’𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘴. 𝘕𝘦𝘸𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘨𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘶𝘱 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘢𝘴𝘮 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦; 𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘥 𝘯𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘵 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳. 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘭𝘭, 𝘧𝘭𝘶𝘹𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘸 𝘰𝘧 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 1666, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘳 – “𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘺 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦”. 𝘏𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘭 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘺 (𝘵𝘩𝘦 “𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘰𝘳𝘣𝘪𝘵” 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘺-𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯), 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵. 𝘎𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘺-𝘰𝘯𝘦, 𝘈𝘣𝘦𝘭 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘺-𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯, 𝘙𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘫𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘺-𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦, 𝘙𝘪𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘺. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳; [𝘣𝘶𝘵] 𝘐 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘫𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘺. 𝘈 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘪𝘹𝘵𝘺, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘴." -- G.H. Hardy (1877–1947), in 'A Mathematician's Apology' [18] "𝘈𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘴, 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦, 𝘢 𝘧𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘳. 𝘏𝘦'𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘩𝘦'𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘴 30𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳." -- Paul Dirac [19] IS THERE A CURSE OF THE FIELDS MEDAL? https://web.math.princeton.edu/~kollar/FromMyHomePage/fm-essay.pdf An essay by JÁNOS KOLLÁR [It appears that early recognition leads to a decrease in productivity.] [20] Consider the so-called "Planck's principle": "𝘈 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘩 𝘣𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘶𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘵... 𝘈𝘯 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤 𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘺 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴: 𝘪𝘵 𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘚𝘢𝘶𝘭 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘗𝘢𝘶𝘭. 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨: 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩." —  Max Planck, Scientific autobiography, 1950, p. 33, 97 In common parlance, this is frequently paraphrased as "𝘚𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦". [21] "𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯'𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘫𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 [𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘴] 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘫𝘶𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘪𝘴𝘯'𝘵 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵. 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘮 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘺. 𝘚𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘫𝘶𝘥𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘣𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵." -- Kary Mullis
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The Bird Flu Plandemic
Numapepi
 May 25 2024 at 03:10 pm
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The Bird Flu Plandemic Posted on May 25, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems odd to me, it’s now normal for a twenty five year old, to die of a random heart attack. Back in the day, four years ago before the vaccine, such an occurrence was extremely rare, and usually instigated by cocaine. Today, it’s common as a six penny nail. Even the elite are dropping like flies. Sports figures having heart attacks, newscasters are dropping dead on air, as random people are getting turbo cancers. All this death and the media could care less. Maybe because they’re culpable in it? No murderer would call attention to his or her crime. That would be stupid. Even more stupid than forcing people to take an untested shot with untested technology. Experts being experts, I’m sure they will have learned from Covid, the next time they launch a plandemic. Like Bird flu. Hardly a day goes by when some famous person hasn’t died of heart failure. The liberal press avoids all mention of it, and when confronted by the deaths, they redirect the outrage to Trump. Because they don’t realize, when a finger is pointed at someone else… three point back. The media that calls itself unbiased ratcheted up fear with daily reports of the death count, need for more ventilators and how transmissible Covid is. They went on to claim how safe and effective the shot was. Vilifying anyone with a different point of view… as killers. Now we know who the real killers are. The media willingly became the propagandist arm of a system, they knew had created a deadly virus, set it upon mankind, then foisted an even more deadly shot on us, to “protect” us from their monster. Remember when the elite forced people to take the vaccine else face the consequences. Which could include loss of job, inability to travel and social ostracism? That was quite a trick. They shut down the nation’s economy until we knuckled under and took the untested deadly shot. The more shots one took, the more deadly Covid is. People were arrested for walking on the beach alone. Because their vitamin D count might elevate and lower their risk of disease. Working out at a gym was verboten. Many were criminally charged for such anti revolutionary behavior. People were banned legally from seeking succor in a house of worship. Churches were deemed off limits. Even as the experts agreed, rioting and burning down America, was a good use of people’s free time. Turns out the experts were wrong about a lot of things. Covid didn’t come from a pangolin, the vaccine wasn’t safe nor was it effective. Their hubris in forcing people to take the shot led to millions of deaths. Even more than the ventilators caused during Covid. Their creation of Covid in a lab was the inciting incident that caused the pandemic in the first place. Had they not been doing gain of function, Covid would never have occurred. Then again, the population wouldn’t have been culled either. Perhaps that was the goal? To cull us grazing masses? Because, I’m not a scientist nor am I smart, but I knew any technology that would be implemented on the large portion of humanity, should probably be tested in lab animals first. Mrna technology was… and it resulted in disaster for the subjects every time. Today the experts are regaling us of the dangers of bird flu. The USDA spent millions researching if cooking meat kills bacteria and viruses in it. They could have saved the money, Ally Oop the Caveman could have told them that. Then again, it’s free money, taken from you and I. The media is shilling the terror of Bird flu. Kills one in four the press claims. Heck, they better get more ventilators if they want to make that number stick. Judged from last time though… if the media says up, the truth is down. I wonder what new exciting medical disasters the experts have in store for us this time? Lock downs are sure to come. Maybe the new shot, they pull out of their derrieres, will solve the myocarditis and turbo cancers their last one caused… by killing us all. Sincerely, John Pepin
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The Scent of Rain
Sandra Long Toups
 May 30 2024 at 02:36 am
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The Scent of Rain (Originally posted May 2024) Glorious yet ominous wispy clouds summon the scent before and after rain. Engulfed days of misty, foggy, melodramatic haze. Oh, mighty winds of Father Time, Blowing and whispering warnings of yesteryear, an omen of grave portent. The biblical flood a requisite, emblematic of barbaric earthly sin. Cleansing, replenishing, rebirthing humans, beasts, and land. White dove descends offering an olive branch to all tribes of man. Present state of grace for human species to evolve, likewise plants anthesis. Forgiving all sinful acts, everything abhorrent. Yet, indifference to redemption, flesh enticed, excessive earthly temptation, Humanity’s free will determines its destination. Dated cliché relentless phoenix rising out of its ashes, a rebirth for truth, justice, or revenge, thirst for blood never quenched, never satisfied, never content. Perhaps courageous or caviler, shamelessly unrepentant, persistent in errors, doubling down on moral failings and decay nowadays, is unequivocal especially among those political. Regard yourselves supreme, nine crooked court jesters in black robes bought and paid for by one Harlan Crow. Not to be outdone by one who sits in Peter’s Chair at Vatican City, in a jeweled accessory white robe. A new beginnings end, unpredictable behaviors, repeating transgressions akin to Cain and Abel. A generation born for such a time as this, the foolish MAGA hypocrites, worshiping an antisemitic deceitful grifter, a traitor, and the vile woke delusional crowd denying basic truths and biology, arrogantly walking on the wide path theatrically in full display carry lamps as props lacking oil. Even with nuclear WWIII staring you directly in the face you continue to debase yourselves, stiff-necked, living in unimaginable disgrace. Too late in the game to pretend, we have eyes to see, and ears to hear, we all know full well how this will end, who will be the victor, who will take the spoils. Nothing new under the sun, history repeats itself, betrayal, and revenge empty equal endeavors. Labor lost, fruitless toils. The few wise not deceived bear their cross walking down the narrow path carry lamps rich in oil poised to meet the Bridegroom. Diligent in duty so to hear heavenly Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant; Enter into the joy of your lord.” I would walk to the ends of the earth barefoot, in the rain, without sleep, or sustenance, just to meet Jesus Christ, greatest advocate, my savior, my mentor. I would throw myself on the ground becoming a human footstool for Yeshua Hamashiach’s feet, The Beloved, Rose of Sharon, but be that as it may, such an honor, I cannot portray, I am not worthy. It’s equitable to convey as I attest, my entire being is jealous of the ground Messiah, Immanuel, The Bright Morning Star, walked on. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Most heavenly, righteous, and holy, above all flesh and everything earthly. The things we do for those we love goes without saying. A gentleman I used to date once carried me across a mud puddle so that I would not get my shoes dirty. To this very day, I will always treasure that special moment and his genuine undying love for me. A beautiful memory from a mud puddle, a remnant stemmed from the rain. Life’s surprising simple pleasures of love, caring, serving and respect are most profound, nothing lost and all to gain. It bears repeating and cannot be evangelized enough not to lose hope, keep hold of love and faith in Father God, family, and loved ones especially in turbulent times. The full measure of vitriolic aggression from all over the world is overwhelming, loudly in full display. Babylon will be forced to drink the full serving of God’s justified fierce wrath. Unfurling before our eyes and in our path, all foretold in biblical prophecy. People becoming lovers of self and money. Arrogantly mocking God, turning against one another, father, mother, sister, brother. Wars and rumors of wars. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, unquenched revengeful thirst. Going against the descendants of Ishmael, your older brother from another mother. Jews, a people viciously hunted and slaughtered, now too few, once felt unwelcomed and now it’s the Palestinian refugees everyone loathes. There is no room for Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. Not in Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, or Iraq. Iran financially supports, supply’s weapons and combat training to Hamas and Hezbollah yet the innocent refugees are left to pick up the pieces and are in utter shock. Heinous crimes committed against Jews. Terrorist leadership knew their intentions. Civilians are not Hamas or Hezbollah. We recognized the international humanitarian protection to civilians including occupied territories in the Geneva Convention. In 1951 Israel signed the oath. Does Netanyahu also suffer from amnesia? What two state solution? Politicians need to stop all the pretention. Live by the sword, die by the sword. The simple obvious duality throughout life, the first will be last and the last will be first. A bloody reckoning, genocidal horrors reshaping the land, Gaza’s massive graveyard of innocent civilians, the ghosts of women and children will forever haunt the desolate terrain. The Abraham Accords was like building an arch without a keystone. It is collapsing from lack of support and legitimacy. There is only one Chief Cornerstone who can bring credence and authentic peace to the Middle East. Trump, you deceitful greedy serpent, traitor to all and friend to none disguised your lips with flattery, double talk, filled your pockets full of money only to betray the Holy City. You gave Russia Israeli Intelligence. Trump, you hypocritic, you menace! Government leaders’ footprint of utter betrayal and bitter revenge, ignoring the warnings and mishandling the brutal terrorism acts at the cost of innocent defenseless lives on both sides, raining endless waterfalls of tears drowning in sorrow. Nonetheless, to some extent, we have hope in our fellowmen, to a greater extent, faith in Almighty God’s guidance for future tomorrows. Jews, long suffering, oppressed, and exiled, you are the apple of His eye. “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.” – KJV Isaiah 9:10 Twice the Holy Temple was destroyed, a third will arise with a false ringleader. No doubt, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran are to blame in equal measure. The entire world is left with the impression that it’s perilous to cross the fine line between justice and revenge. Netanyahu did not blow the shofar, does not have a strategic plan to stop Hamas, Hezbollah, or Iran. He showed the terrorists all the cards in his hand. A great leader protects its people first and foremost through prevention by listening to the pre-warnings. A great leader knows how to methodically recalibrate and free the hostages without losing the war or their values, by self-preservation that binds its people and its Holy Land. Because we are God’s people. We are above the fray. Recently, his far-right nutty minister called for using nuclear weapons in Gaza as an option. Israeli people are not to blame for their incompetent leadership. Netanyahu has lost all credibility. Thus far, 90% of those killed by Israeli IDF are all civilians. Is this justice or pure bloody revenge? Justice is honorably seeking closure by obliterating the disgusting terrorists of Hamas and Hezbollah, but there is no honor in killing thousands of civilians, the innocent women, and children. There is never a right way to do the wrong thing. Under the Geneva Convention, civilians in the realm of war and occupied territories are protected by 159 articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention adopted in 1949 after WWII. Civilians must be protected from murder, torture, or brutality, especially from discrimination because of race, nationality, religion, or political opinion. In 1951, the newly established state of Israel ratified the Geneva Conventions along with 196 countries. This is legal certified international humanitarian law. Are you now divorced from reality, seeking a disunion? Why does anyone need to be reminded that it is wrong to kill innocent defenseless civilians? We are not Hamas or Hezbollah. We are above such animalistic behaviors. No one can deny the barbaric horrific crimes against Israel and it has a right to defend its people and integrity. Every human has a right to exist. It is a fact that Jews are an endangered people. No human horrors can ever compare to the Holocaust. That being sad, no form of genocide is ever justified. We are to forgive so we can be forgiven, love our neighbors as ourselves. The loss of human life and all hate afflicts the heart and soul. Love must prevail, if only for the sake of love itself, because that is what it means to be human, created in the image of God. God is love, therefore, be persistent. Don’t become the monster you yourselves set out to destroy. The world is watching in horror and the majority will hold you accountable as well as Hamas and Hezbollah. Global onlookers won’t hold back, they won’t be coy. Justice is always warranted but revenge never brings satisfaction, it hardens the heart, destroys the soul, fills one with regret, nightmares, and misery. Revenge is the continued destruction to self and others, going full circle to no avail. You dig your own grave and create your own living hell. If a man seeks to ruthlessly and unmercifully kill all his enemies including innocent defenseless women and children, than he too becomes the monster he set out to destroy. Romans 12:19 “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. The demographic in the Middle East is much more complicated to say the least. Wars cannot kill the ancient ideologies of many tribes. The only mathematical certainty is that nuclear weapons WILL destroy all of mankind. Many countries have nuclear weapons attempting to play Russian Roulette. Our own country is now advocating building a mega 10-billion-dollar nuclear weapon. At the same time, we are supporting two wars and face another government shutdown. We cannot pass bills to feed our children, but we can build a 10-billion-dollar bomb. Where does any of this make sense? Where’s the logic to such absurdity? What’s the rhyme or reason? Government committing the ultimate crimes against humanity, final execution, ultimate treason. While others like Iran, with evil intent, and Saudi Arabia, both having realistic nuclear ambitions. At the end of the day, all Muslim countries, including Russia, China, and South America will come against Israel and America. It will be a killing season. We are in a dangerous point in history where the entire world is on fire. If nuclear weapons are used everyone loses. Have we reached a point of no return? We are created to handle hardships but cannot survive the rains of nuclear bombs. Human flesh will melt, eyes will disintegrate in their sockets, people microwaved, horribly burned alive. All will lose, no one will survive. Is the next phase for humanity one of blistering scorching heat? Fire, brimstone and hail, everything all at once. From men’s own free will, going nuclear, and from the heavens above. Volcanoes erupting, fires spreading, earthquakes penetrating the thickness of earth’s atmosphere dividing the oceans and lands. Being Christian, and part Jew, I stand with the people of Israel, but my heart breaks for all of humanity. The world impatiently waits for the conflict to subside, for some sort of resolution, perhaps a realistic two-state solution avoiding a nuclear holocaust which would most certainly be the last war fought and all will be lost and nothing gained. If this isn’t the continued beginnings of WWIII then let’s hope it’s all just a nightmare instead of our now upside-down reality that no one should become accustomed to. Cooler heads must prevail unless mankind has a death wish, to which I want no part of. I want a continued wonderful happy future for my children. Maybe God will bless me with grandchildren one fine day. Is it wrong to want a chance at love again, to dance and sing in the rain? If we go nuclear, there will no longer be sunrises or sunsets, no more baby’s smiles, no puppy dogs, no more children laughing and playing, no music, no singing, no dancing, no laughter, no sunny days at the beach, no Grand Canyon, no waterfalls, no birds chirping, no flowers blooming, no breathtaking nights sky, roses or butterflies amongst the most beautiful things of nature and life. Never to experience the gift of the scent before and after the rain ever again.
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Solving Societal Problems
Numapepi
 May 29 2024 at 02:34 pm
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Solving Societal Problems Posted on May 29, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, if it’s true that, “You can’t solve a problem with the same mindset that created the problem…” as Einstein said. Then all the problems we have, that were created by government, cannot be solved by government, and to try will only exacerbate them. One of the reasons government is unable to solve the problems it creates, is the people in charge are so far above the law, they look down on us. Another, is that the incentive is for government to grift from problems, not solve them. Often government created them for a reason. Maybe government is simply the wrong tool? No matter why government is unable to solve the problems it creates, it still can’t solve the problems it creates. So trying over and over, then failing, over and over, seems a solution begging to be replaced. When people are above the law they naturally look down on the rest of us. Like ants. What do you do to ants? You step on them. So, the elite exploit law to control us, not themselves. The elite decide who is charged and for what. Today they openly choose the person to be charged, then find the crime. As in Trump’s case. Let’s face it, law is an ideal weapon. Those targeted have no recourse, other than violence, and violence simply justifies their abuse at the hands of the law. Law was, is and indeed always has been, the realm of Thrasymachus. So the elite are not as much unlikely to use law to solve problems they created but are certain not to. You don’t use the claw to pull nails from your construction… you use the hammer to drive them in. Problems are fasteners to a corrupt system. Why should government solve problems when they’re so lucrative? Government doesn’t go to all the work to create problems for nothing. There’s always a reason. That reason is to increase their power, wealth and privilege. Any other rational is mere rhetoric. Every government law has a label, like it’s a good thing, but when passed does it’s literal opposite. That’s because they’re supposed to harm, not help, the benevolent sounding name is deception. Like 230 of the decency act… was supposed to enable websites to block child porn… but in fact abetted CP, while it was used to censor conservative content. Twitter was a cesspool of CP until Musk bought it and rooted the CP out. Problems provide bureaucrats with well paid jobs and retirements, and so, bureaucrats aren’t fixing them anytime soon. You can drive a screw with a hammer, and you can get it back out with the claws, but a hammer and claw lacks the subtlety that’s a screwdriver. Government is like a hammer. It’s clumsy and has but one function… to coerce by force. It can make war, force laws on us or it can remove them… but it’s always and everywhere by force. That’s a point the libertarians get right. A law must apply to everyone (other than the elite) and so is brute force. Now, brute force is helpful when brute force is required, but when finesse, or personal attention is needed, brute force is harmful. No law can make people more moral, bureaucracy is a poor substitute for a father, and law cannot feed the hungry. You simply can’t legislate your way out of poverty, epidemics or despotism. Because government has but one mindset. It was worth a try, to use government to solve problems… but it failed. History is adamant on this issue. The free market, fraternal organizations and individuals solve societal problems… government creates them. We follow our governments around cleaning up the messes they make. Until government becomes too big and the messes too extensive to be cleaned up, then civilization collapses… to be started anew. Governments create problems by ineptitude, stupidity and malevolence. Public servants and politicians created our problems, and won’t solve them… but are only too happy to try. Einstein was a smart fellow they say. Which means, the answer is less government, and more free markets, freedom, fraternal organizations, individualism… and we need leaders who will lead by example. Sincerely, John Pepin
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To be, or not to be, racist!
Sandra Long Toups
 June 01 2024 at 02:19 am
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To be, or not to be, racist! (Originally posted January 2022) ¡Viva La Raza! Be proud of who and what you are, my papá always used to say. And never hijita let your heart go astray. “¡Viva La Raza!” He always used to scream. It all seems as if it were just yesterday, as I reminisce the horrid, everlasting dream. The covetous coyote promised papá a better way. Somehow, he never saw the light of day. I’ll see you and your mamá soon he once wrote. But it was the last I heard from him. So, may I quote, “¡Viva La Raza!” For the bravest man I know, my papá. Whose search for a better way of living cost him his life. If he could only see the dignified woman I’ve become. Taking great pride in my culture and in all that I’ve done. Prosperity, how sweet the sound. Lured my papá, now he is homeward bound. God forgive us from all prejudice I pray. Yet, I am not ashamed to say, there is only one difference, that’s on the out, which is color and shouldn’t count. My color is beauty, my color is tan. And if any prejudice being wishes to comment on that note, with their lack of knowledge unaware of who I am, with all due respect, here is a famous quote – “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!” I found an old book in one of my bookcases, where the above poem I wrote as a teenager was published on a dare over 30 something years ago. It was not written on my personal life experience but rather on what I witnessed growing up in the tragic life of others. Unfortunately, racism and reverse racism both exist, but not everyone is racist. Both are equally wrong on every level. Hate is hate, sin is sin, wrong is wrong, crime is crime and there is absolutely no right way to ever do the wrong thing. That said, perhaps each race shows some favor to its own kind because in some way, it is equivalent to loving oneself. Life is a precious gift to be treasured. To some, it’s a sweet dream going by too fast and to others, it’s a long-lasting walking nightmare, full of hardships and regrets. Life is but a dream, a vapor of misty fogs, a drama of error, comedy and tragedy. Human life experience is an ongoing unveiling mystery until knowledge is acquired and understood when wisdom is applied and mostly appreciated once we put our egos aside and become truthfully acquainted with ourselves and others. There is only one race and that is the human race which Almighty God created in His own image but with a splash of different shades of hues. The Caucasoid, aka white, the Negroid aka black and the Mongoloid aka yellow. Color is beauty in song out loud, color engulfs nature, it’s the flavor of food and life. Color is passion, poetry, love, all emotions expressed, music, dance, art, creativity, and it’s what dreams and ambitions are made of. God created the most breathtaking colorful and exquisite sunrises and sunsets. He sewed beautiful colorful delicate skirt petals on flowers and stitched a quilt of many shades of green grass to cover the pastures. His heavenly sky is filled with diamonds and all precious gems galore to light up the nights sky. The vast oceans are filled with trillions upon trillions of colorful creatures which decorate the ocean from within from sea to shining sea.Color is like a beacon of light guiding us through the darkness. Color is a baby’s smile, the blushing of human skin while making love, it is nature’s beautiful masterpiece of awakened life.Color is the feeling of joy and love in our heart. Color is coming to the realization of understanding the meaning of life, Almighty God, ourselves and others. Color is not meant to be feared, rather it is to be understood, embraced and appreciated. After all, we see life with our eyes of color. How boring would life be without color, if only black and white. If everything is white, no other image can be noticed, causing a hazardous whiteout. If everything is black, no other object can be observed in pure darkness causing a dangerous blackout. If everything is yellow, it’s a stagnant fearful cautious anemic life without adventure or growth. Colors, like people, complement each other and all are important and rely on each other. Colors are intertwined to create color. We live and experience life because generations of different ethnicities before us did the same and so on. Each ethnic group has something of value to contribute to humanity both as a group and as individuals. We are a beautiful and complicated species with each generation leaving a footprint path to follow, learn and succeed. Not everyone is racist. Racism comes from lack of knowledge, fear of the differences, the unknown, greed to be superior and from unwarranted hate for others. That said, we obtain success and advancement through our own merit with applied knowledge, skills, perseverance, determination and intelligence. Afterall, human survival is based on survival of the fittest both physically, mentally and intellectually because we all have different strengths, abilities ,skills, passions, gifts and talents. Also, there are plenty of natural born haters no matter the race because hate does not have a particular skin color. There is good and bad in every race because it has to do with individual morals and values and not the color of skin. Hate originates from a disturbed poisoned mind, fear, arrogance, and a harden heart. Some fears manifest from the unknown, lack of knowledge, immaturity or lack of adventure. Unfortunately, one’s heart can easily turn into stone for not forgiving, having resentment, manifesting revenge or jealousy within. Something inside us dies when we don’t forgive and the smell of rot reaches God’s nostrils. We no longer see clearly because hate has blinded us from realism with a veil of darkness we ourselves provided. Racism creates a gestapo personality and births radicalism. If our intention is to harm our fellowman, we become collateral damage. Racism, hate and all prejudice darkens our light, the sun, and all of nature suffers. Racism is a poison one consumes everyday and even with small doses will eventually consume you until you die. Hazlitt – “Prejudice is the child of ignorance.”Someone once said, “If we seek revenge, we might as well dig two graves. Bacon – “In taking revenge a man is but equal to his enemy, but in passing it over, he is superior.”We are to love our neighbors as ourselves and treat others as we would want to be treated. Matthew 5-7 The Sermon on the Mount. Truth, lovingkindness, integrity, humility and respect go a long way. Racism is a sin and it’s as old as dirt. Hate and racism holds one back, drains resources and handicaps potential growth. We can overcome any and all challenges that come our way if we speak truthfully, eliminate hate and above all, learn to humbly love bountifully. We must have faith, respect and trust in others so they can repay the favor. Matthew 18:3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
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Dawkins Vs Ali...
DarrylN
 June 03 2024 at 12:03 am
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""Theological BULLSH*T!" Richard Dawkins Challenges Ayaan Hirsi Ali's New-Found Christianity - YouTube Dawkins centres first on the nonsense of Christianity being obsessed by sin. Ali counters that Christians obsess on love and redemption and renewal and rebirth. As a Christian, I give the first point to Ali. Ali the offers a counter punch against Dawkins and his mockery of Christians. Dawkins goes back to the idea that Christianity believes in nonsense, like resurrection. For Ali, she sees the question of different planes of perception and that believe is a choice. Then she switches to pragmatic reasons for believing Christianity as a moral counterweight to what is happening with Hamas taking the space that Christianity has being exorcised from. Dawkins offers NOTHING in response. The moderator questions Ali about literalism and the general answer that Ali gives is that the story is all. Dawkins counters that Christianity is nonsense, and goes to the idea of creator of universe, and how huge and false that idea is. He rejects Creator as scientific hypothesis End of argument<full stop>> Moderator asks about whether Dawkins is moved emotionally. He says he is. He likes Jesus and music. Ali counters there is no consensus on what consciousness is, and that the full measure of the universe goes beyond strictly the material of Created universe. Ali again goes to the pragmatic, and how it is better to believe in something than nothing. Christianity offers the recipe, the Way to connect and to civilize. Dawkins answer to that is "So what"? Ali, why should atheists, which offers nothing, mock Christianity for offering something. Faith complements science. Dawkins backs down from mockery, but faith doesn't make it true. Ali, It is not the comfort that makes it true, but whether there is something or nothing is unproveable. ....."Theological BULLSH*T!" Richard Dawkins Challenges Ayaan Hirsi Ali's New-Found Christianity - YouTube
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Identity And Social Justice
Numapepi
 May 27 2024 at 02:16 pm
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Identity And Social Justice Posted on May 27, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, in the West, as “social justice” took the place of justice, “identity” has taken the place of individualism. In both cases a good was perverted to an evil. Justice, or equal treatment became social justice, and now means unequal treatment… the opposite of justice. While identity, focusing on social recognition, has taken the place of individualism, the ability to stand outside the social norm. Again, perverting individualism to its opposite. This is a channelization tactic the progressive faction uses within their greater strategy of manipulating the language. With this tactic in hand, the globalist faction of progress, toward world despotism, can do evil and call it good. Then vilify anyone who points out the evil and especially those who prove it pragmatically. Pragmatism is a tool to discern the good from the bad. Its simplicity is only matched by its effectiveness. The pragmatic simply examines the outcome of an idea or action, and from that, decides if the idea is good or bad. There’s no weighing motivations, ideology or political favor. The pragmatic only weighs outcome. Was the result good or bad? When applied to individualism versus identity we clearly see a pattern. People and societies that embrace individualism, enjoy a rising standard of living, are healthy and have little social discord. Ideologues that embrace identity politics on the other hand, enjoy societal strife, economic ruin and suicide becomes the largest cause of death among certain groups. Measured pragmatically then, individualism is good, and identity politics is bad. When an imp wants to do evil, but needs it to appear good, they couch their words in euphemisms. Justice, a good we all understand and gives definition to hypocrisy, is replaced by social justice, a term that means, “some are more equal.” The opposite of justice. Then apply their new phraseology to society and societal norms. So, while an action may be just… it may not be socially just. Put another way, an action that treats everyone equally, by definition, doesn’t privilege the favored group. The politically favored. Therefore is a violation of social justice. The same is done to individualism and identity. The individualist believes in a host of ideas that coalesce into individualism. While the identityist focuses on a single attribute of individualism and conflates it to the whole. Identity is how we appear in society. While individualism is the ability to disappear from society. Identity politics then seeks to force society to favor certain identities and despise others. Especially those identities disfavored by the elite. The exact opposite of individualism’s freedom to be who and what you are. The identityist is politically limited in acceptable identities. Even as the individualist has unlimited options. In this way identity politics dovetails nicely with social justice. The one enhances and benefits the other. Both limiting the people and unlimiting the elite. The elite need injustice masquerading as justice to set the stage for the double standards needed, to get society to favor certain identities, and disfavor others. Thus destroying justice and individualism at the same time. Identity is all about how you identify… not who you are. It’s a mask. A fabrication designed to trick us. A mere tactic in the progressive faction’s large tool kit of manipulations, to make good seem bad, and evil appear good. We know this by judging identity politics and indeed social justice by their fruits… not their intentions. Knowing this, it’s our obligation to point it out, condemn identity politics as well as social justice, for a return to justice and individualism. The true beneficial ideas, perverted to their opposites by the progressive faction, in their arrogant lust for power over mankind. Ridicule is a powerful sterilant. It exposes absurdity. Mock social justice and identity politics. By doing so, you inoculate humanity from these pernicious manipulating mind viruses… identity and social justice. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Does America Still Have A Representative...
David Reavill
 June 07 2024 at 03:12 pm
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US Civil Defense Logo, discontinued in 1972. This nation was founded upon a unique idea, one that had rarely, if ever, been tried before. It was the concept that the people should elect the head of government and that the head of government should represent the people. We say it every day, so often that it becomes a mere recitation: " We have a representative government," but we rarely, if ever, think about it. Implicit in this is the concept that our government and the people ought to be in harmony. After all, a government that truly represents the people will have the same values, aims, and objectives as the country's populace.But that's not how America has worked for at least a generation. Today, Americans and sometimes our proxies are sent off to wars in faraway places, something that most Americans find abhorrent. We face endless war, with all its associated evils. Our country's treasures and lives are risked in winning victories that don't matter to the people. Whatever you can say about these wars, whether they were justified or not, the fact remains that these were not wars that the American people voted for. We've never elected a representative that said: "I'm going to take you to war." We always elected representatives that say: "I'm going to make peace." And then they take us to war. The current occupant of the White House is a classic example. In his 2016 Campaign for President, Biden's Platform read: "Biden will end the forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, which have cost us untold blood and treasure. As he has long argued, Biden will bring the vast majority of our troops home from Afghanistan and narrowly focus our mission on Al-Qaeda and ISIS. And he will end our support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen." As the Poynter Institute's Polifact correctly points out, the President does deserve some credit for ending the war in Afghanistan. However, the recklessness of our withdrawal created unnecessary havoc and degradation for those left behind, as they fell, once again, under the brutal rule of the Taliban. But the thought that Biden has brought "an end to the endless wars...in the Middle East" is preposterous. As the most visible and active supporter of one of the belligerents in a struggle between Israel and Hamas, the Middle East is now on the precipice of a major regional war, a war that threatens to morph into a global conflict. Of course, nothing was said about Ukraine in Biden's campaign platform; it was not on anyone's radar. Although it was an uneasy peace at best, Ukraine was not at war. Today, half a million Ukrainians are dead, while Russia has suffered as many military killed in action (roughly 50k plus) as America suffered throughout the nearly 20-year Vietnam war. Americans had voted to get the "adults" back in charge and bring peace. What they received were two new conflicts that have brought us closer to all-out thermonuclear war than ever before. Does the Ideal of a Representative Government Still Exist in America? Many historians agree that the last time we faced such a global threat was during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. It was the only other time that the two great nuclear superpowers squared off against one another, threatening to use their vast stockpiles of weapons. Fortunately for America, the Soviet Union, and the world, the Cuban Crisis was resolved peacefully, with ultimately no "shots fired." Thus, this Crisis should prove a model of cooperative resolution between these two countries. But is it being followed by the Biden White House? Regrettably, it is not. Recognizing that he was the representative of the people, President Kennedy took to the television airwaves to report to them on the current status of an unfolding geopolitical standoff. Kennedy saw this as a critical opportunity to bring the people on board and garner support for his actions. But it was more than just a political briefing; it was his duty as "Commander in Chief" to inform those who had elected him. Today, we have a President who fails to recognize his obligation to inform the people. There has been no President Biden address from the Oval Office presenting an outline of America's objectives in either the Ukraine or Gaza conflict. Kennedy prepared the country for the various consequences of a potential Soviet/US conflict. We recognized that the situation might evolve into something life-threatening, and while many reported that the American people were frightened, I don't think it's fair to say we were confused. Americans understood that we must prepare for the worst. During the Cuban Crisis, many began putting away additional food and supplies. A boom in fallout shelter construction began and would go on for many years. Public shelters were designed and built, with locations clearly marked. Overall, the nation had an extensive Civil Defense Structure that was available and prepared for any eventuality. Unfortunately, over the years, those shelters have been abandoned. The cynics among us "poo-pooed" the idea of preparing for war. Today, only the mega-wealthy build massive shelters designed only for themselves and their families, while the average man and woman are expected to survive on their own. The concept of community-wide shelter and provisions is not even suggested. On the other hand, it is reported that Russia has built extensive community shelters and stands ready for any attack on the Russian homeland. It is estimated that virtually all Russians living in a major city will be able to find shelter should an attack occur. Americans have proven resilient, capable, and able to withstand tremendous deprivation. We have withstood war, famine, and plague. We can do it again, but only if that partnership between our representatives and we, the people, is re-established. Don't gaslight us by saying we have nothing to fear. We recognize that there are at least two conflicts, Ukraine and Gaza, with now a third, Taiwan, that could, at any time, bring death and destruction to America's homeland. In today's world, we must prepare for any eventuality. What we need are American leaders who keep us informed about the risks, not just the rewards, of these "endless wars." Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Food for Thought: Are We Being Set Up to Fail?
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 26 2024 at 06:33 pm
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Let's face it, our environment has set us up to fail. Most options around us are low-hanging fruits that lead us towards poorer health. Junk food, mystery ingredients, artificial light, toxic media, and so much more, are as convenient as possible. Some say "oh that's just greed" and the thinking on this topic stops there. But I often wonder if it's more than that. Could it be about keeping people sick and weak? It's certainly possible. Historically, there have been instances of the government being in control of the food supply and it led to starvation, such as Mao's Great Leap Forward. But with food subsidies and shady ties with food companies through lobbyists, it's not unreasonable to view our situation as the inverse—the government might be actively causing harm to the population by making unhealthy foods cheaper and more accessible. And let's not forget that a lot of our food is knowingly sprayed with chemicals that have been linked to cancer or have harmful ingredients that are banned because of harms in other countries. I know people really love to defend these systems I'm criticizing, but things aren't adding up for me. All of this government intervention doesn't seem to be helping very much, as indicated by the health crisis we're facing. Of course, government intervention isn't the only variable here, but it's one glaring part of the problem that should be easy to solve. What steps can we take to be more mindful of the food we consume and its sources? How can we support healthier choices in our communities? What role do you think personal responsibility and government policy should play in addressing these issues? At Avantia Health Optimization, we empower individuals to navigate these challenges and make healthier choices for themselves and their families. Check out the testimonials on our website to see how we've helped others achieve their health goals. If you’re ready to take control of your health and learn more about living a healthier lifestyle, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message to get started with your first session for just $1. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Conservative disrespect towards veterans to...
ahol888
 June 08 2024 at 10:10 am
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The actions of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak over the past month have proven that he no longer wants to be in office. Over two weeks ago, PM Sunak called for a snap election for the people to elect a new Prime Minister on July 4. With less than a month to go, he is almost 20 percentage points behind Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer in the latest poll. (It's ironic that this election is on American Independence Day because Americans wanted freedom from Tory leadership in 1776. British voters will now have a chance to free themselves from Tory leadership that has been in power since 2010.) If Sunak really wanted to stay the PM, then he could have waited until 2026 for his full four-year term to run its course. Instead of using the next two years of the remainder of his term to continue to work on the many issues within Great Britain, he is cashing out knowing that he will lose this snap election. To ensure that the British people can clearly see that PM Sunak is out in about a month, he guaranteed that he will not be re-elected after what he did yesterday. He chose to ditch the 80th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy early in order to record a television interview. All that he had to do was to stay a couple of more hours before going back home. This example is one of many in which conservatives from around the world have shown disdain towards military veterans. Former US President Donald Trump disrespected military prisoner and former US Senator John McCain every chance that he could get over the years. Back to Sunak, British D-Day veteran was absolutely disgusted that he disrespected war veterans like himself to the nth degree. "These men made the ultimate sacrifice and you couldn't even sacrifice a whole afternoon?" That quote embodies the conservative way. I got mine -- screw you! BaBa
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Free Expression or Government Censorship?
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 26 2024 at 06:34 pm
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It's kind of hilarious that someone like Mark Zuckerberg would claim to stand for free expression when his platform, Meta, heavily censors. They deny this on podcasts, but behind closed doors, they'll admit it takes place. Now, of course, Meta is a private company that can do as it wishes. However, there have been instances where they have taken action against users' posts at the behest of government requests. This is unconstitutional and certainly against the idea of freedom of expression. So it is hypocritical for Mark Zuckerberg to make such a claim. In fact, many people have left the Meta platform for others where free speech truly flourishes. This leads me to my question: What platforms do you use the most and which are your favorites? Where do you feel you are most free to express yourself? Speaking of platforms and freedom, if you're looking to take control of your health journey without the noise and censorship, I invite you to try your first health coaching session for just $1. Check out the testimonials on my website to see how I've helped others achieve their health goals. Join me in a space where your voice and your health matter most. Click the link to get started today! Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Life is Precious, and Fragile.
A Wayward Shaman
 June 02 2024 at 11:22 pm
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I took an innocent life not long ago. It was a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing. One of those moments that feels completely out of your control, and yet you feel fully responsible for the grisly results. I ran over a chipmunk on my way to work. I didn't see it until it was too late. I tried to swerve and miss it, but my tire moved directly in line with the creature’s path instead, and collision ensued. The most horrible thing about the ordeal is the fact that from a physical point of view, running over that chipmunk felt no different than running over a soggy stick. The car and its tires knew no different. Had I not seen it dash across my lane of travel, I may not have either. Instead, my mind is emblazoned with the moment that poor animal met its demise at my hand. It triggered me deeply - in the truest sense of the word - resonating against the sharp, icy walls of childhood trauma, and ringing throughout the entirety of my life. I'd rather not tell you all the details of said trauma. It's rather gruesome and quite sad. Also, triggering as fuck. So, no thank you. I'll save it for the poor lady I pay to be tormented with those details. She's got the skills to cope with it. Instead, what I'd like to share with you all is the stark realization which this triggering moment incited within me. Not long ago, I came across the Stoic bit of Wisdom which reminds us to ignore the legend of a thing in order to observe the reality of it. For example, the beautifully cooked Thanksgiving turkey on your table, surrounded by all your favorite sides, and dressed up in its Thursday best... it's just a dead bird. The Legend is the presentation. The fancy table cloth, fine dining ware, and silverware. Even your mother's recipe for the bird is part of it. All of these things combined create the Legend of the Thanksgiving Turkey. It's a dead bird on a plate. In the vain of opening our eyes to reality, note that I used the word dead. An animal - a living, breathing creature - was killed in order for it to be served to you on a plate. What's more, some poor soul had to make the sacrifice of killing that turkey. The taking of a life involves two sacrifices. One of them is, of course, the life taken. The other is made by the person killing said creature. It inextricably changes a person to take the life of an animal. Both of these sacrifices deserve to be acknowledged. In the U.S. alone, more than 36 million cows were slaughtered for food this year, and it's only June. In 2022, 194 million kilograms of beef went to waste. How many have gone to waste, and will go to waste this year? Grilling season hasn't even started where I live, but when it does, I'm sure those numbers will go up. People are as apathetic about food waste as they are the deaths of the animals they consume. The numbers above only pertain to beef and cattle. They say nothing of the many other animals slaughtered in the name of feeding humans. Chickens are killed at a much higher rate. There are enough of them killed every year to serve one full chicken to each human being on Earth and have millions left over. Yet, people are starving in the streets of the United States, and all over the world. The problem seems fairly clear to me. It's greed. Plain and simple. And greed is born of fear. A deep-seated fear which drives a person to believe that they must amass the most wealth they possibly can, at all costs. The fear that if there aren't 50 million supermarkets ready to sell 500 million pounds of meat at any given moment, I will starve. Factory farming becomes the only solution to provide the copious amounts of dead animals needed to sustain the situation described above. The thing is, we don't need the situation described above to exist in order to survive. We don't even need it to be content and live comfortably. Instead, what we really need is balance. We need respect. We need to live in Love and treat all Life with respect, as the Native Americans did. They believed that each animal's sacrifice was a gift and should be treated as such. Every life taken was given a moment of reverence and appreciation. In doing so, the hunter who has taken the creature’s life is allowed to grieve as he gives thanks. The hunter processes the trauma of killing the animal by giving thanks and respect. It is a way of sealing the wound so that the hunter may move on and hunt again with compassion and respect, instead of regret. I'm not suggesting that we should all stop eating meat. But, what I am saying is that we need to have respect for the lives we take in the name of keeping ourselves alive and healthy. Rather than consuming meat in excess or throwing away our leftovers, we should execute a little restraint. Cook and eat smaller portions so there is less overall waste. Find ways to donate unused food like Panera Bread does. At the end of the day, all of life is about balance. When the scales tilt too far in either direction, bad things happen. We humans, as a species, need to seek balance with Mother Nature. To treat her and our animal brethren with respect and Love. If we can do that, we can literally change the world. This world could use a little change. Let's make it happen.
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STEM and The Humanities
Octaveoctave
 May 29 2024 at 08:56 pm
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Of course, there are lots of bits and pieces of poetry and prose and notable quotes associated with STEM. Some are mildly amusing, like the children's novels of mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson written under his pen name "Lewis Carroll", such as 'Alice in Wonderland'. Here is another interesting snippet entitled "Siphonaptera" by mathematician and logician Augustus De Morgan: Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum. And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on; While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on. This lead to mathematician Lewis Fry Richardson's contribution: Big whirls have little whirls That feed on their velocity, And little whirls have lesser whirls And so on to viscosity ... Among the samples in the article: Poetry inspired by mathematics: a brief journey through history https://www2.math.uconn.edu/~glaz/math2720f18/Handouts/Glaz_Poetry-Insiped-by-Mathematics.pdf is this nice quote: ‘The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man.’ -- David Hilbert Physicists have also contributed some works as well such as: (1) "Age is, of course, a fever chill That every physicist must fear. He's better dead than living still When once he's past his 30th year." -- Paul Dirac [1] (2) "The world may be utterly crazy And life may be labour in vain; But I'd rather be silly than lazy, And would not quit life for its pain." -- James Clerk Maxwell, from his book 'Segreto per esser felice' (meaning, 'Secret to be happy'), 1858 (3) "Nature is written in this grand book Which stands continually open Before our eyes But cannot be understood Without first learning To comprehend the language In which it is written.[2] Without which It is impossible. To even understand a word Without which One is just wandering In a dark labyrinth." -- Galileo Galilei Also, although Spinoza was not a physicist, he was a favorite philosopher of Albert Einstein. And a choice quote from Spinoza is "What many people call God, few call the Laws of Physics." -- Baruch Spinoza These physics examples and similar information are drawn from the article: 5 Poems Written By Famous Physicists https://www.wondersofphysics.com/2020/09/poems-written-by-physicists.htmlNotes [1] Dirac is renowned for having exhibited a very difficult personality. I can confirm that his daughter, who I knew, shared his same personality traits and was almost insufferable. Einstein described Dirac as "an awful balance between genius and madness." I think this might apply to Dirac's daughter as well. [2] Galileo stated that this was a language whose words were composed of geometrical shapes like triangles and circles. One could interpret Galileo as intending to imply that unless one uses mathematics, no one can understand natural phenomena.
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Blow the Shofar!
Sandra Long Toups
 May 31 2024 at 01:46 am
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Blow the Shofar! (Originally posted October 2023) Ezekiel 33:6 “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.” To ddebow, thank you for reading my post, it’s humbling and I appreciate your kind words but even more so, your lengthy, insightful, and worthy comments. You mentioned that perhaps you’re not the intended audience, but all, without exception, are welcome to read my posts. Thinkspot provides a platform for freethinkers and Christians which I’m extremely grateful. As Christians, extending an olive branch for peace is a given as Jesus Christ is our greatest example. I welcome you taking issue with some of my points of view and will respectfully address them honestly and to the best of my ability. Your inquiry to know the reasons stemming from my opinion article or better yet, the product of reasoning, the inclination for such written thoughts, is a welcoming breath of fresh air. My deepest thoughts and prayers for you and your family and may your sons fight like lions against the evils of Hamas and Hezbollah. May the Lord send them back home to you as you sent them. However, with all due respect and with the sincerest empathy for loss of life during this wartime, I’m absolutely and positively calling out Benjamin Netanyahu for not heeding the multiple warnings before Israel was attacked. Since Netanyahu is denying the allegations, and a legal investigation on the matter at hand hasn’t taken place, I have to say allegedly. That being said, there is no doubt in my mind that Netanyahu knew of the terrorists attacks beforehand making a conscious decision to ignore the multiple warnings causing the most horrific of outcomes with unending intertwined global ramifications. Betrayal is not only the cause, but also the consequence and in this case, a war. The coverup is always worse than the crime because it is the evidence leading to the original crime that could have been prevented. The Israeli people were under a misconception, and a false sense of security. Netanyahu made a catastrophic choice to ignore the warnings, and for that, he is liable. He knew. Your people did not. Multiple news outlets such as The Times of Israel, BBC News, Newsweek, New York Post, Politico Magazine, The Guardian, India Today, Financial Times, etc., all have reported the explosive allegations that Netanyahu was personally informed of the terrorists attacks beforehand by Egyptian Intelligence, the Israeli intelligence, the defense minister, chief of staff, the head of Shin Bet and from several independent writers. (Ben Birnbaum – Politico) Israeli and Egyptian Intelligence personally called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informing him that “Hamas is planning something big” yet he denies the clarion phone calls, factual occurrences from multiple professionals. National security has to be paramount, especially when your country is constantly at high risk of frequent attacks from an area that is known for hating Jews. How on God’s green earth is it possible for the most guarded piece of land on the planet to get attacked so easily and barbarically? Was it because Bibi was actually asleep at the wheel? His miscomprehensions and miscalculations underestimating the evil inhumane actions of Hamas and Hezbollah have cost Israel dearly in monumental ways many cannot yet come to grips with. The grotesque atrocities are certain to leave a stain on humanity’s footprint. God doesn’t choose great egotistical men to lead, but rather chooses humble, honorable men capable of discernment that can listen to and lead his people who in turn become great men for the history books. Who took down Goliath? It was little David. Government leaders are elected and employed by the people under contract and under oath to perform certain duties, accept responsibilities and obligations, such as keeping country and its citizens safe from domestic and foreign terrorist threats and attacks. Betrayal is the breaking of or a violation of a contract, trust or confidence between individuals, an agency, or establishment. The government is an agency and Netanyahu is an individual who has betrayed his people. He was well aware of the imminent danger (as you well know is always present) and neglected his obligated duty under contract by the people and for the great people of Israel. Even now, he isn’t being honest, which is another form and extension of his betrayal. When people betray others, and country, they also betray themselves and will end up being betrayed. They end up digging their own graves in the process. To say it was a surprise attack after multiple credible officials claim to have warned Netanyahu is pure poppycock. There is always a calm warning before the storm. An intelligence gathering of threatening harmful information, algorithm chatter, and even whispers heard loud and clear through the grapevine. These warnings are not to be ignored when it pertains to national security and the lives of its people. Even the most incompetent of leaders know this. Is it too much to ask for leaders to do their basic job? How much loss of life and innocent blood must be shed before leaders act like governing adults and take actual responsibility. Luke 12:48 “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Benjamin Netanyahu’s number one job is to keep Israel safe. He failed, perhaps because he was preoccupied with judicial reform which has upset the applecart in Israel. Their once beloved trusted Bibi is now drunken with power as the majority of global politicians have become. I’m certain you are aware of the violent protests that took place in Israel with thousands of people all in chaos against Netanyahu’s overreach of power regarding judicial overhaul. In July, the first major law was passed barring the Supreme Court from striking down decisions by parliament it deems “unreasonable.” Netanyahu doesn’t want any judicial oversight which is what keeps the government in check to avoid corruption. Taking the power away from the Supreme Court and granting full control to said leader. That is not how a democracy is governed but rather the beginning stages of a dictatorship disguised as democratic reform. Julius Caesar was betrayed and assassinated because he himself betrayed the people of Rome by declaring himself a dictator for life. Caesar’s power, ambitions and arrogance surpassed his humanity. In America, Trump tried to overturn a legitimate election by attempting a coup to destroy Democracy, our Constitution, all branches of government; Judicial, Legislative, and Executive, and abolish the FBI, making himself a dictator. When a leader attempts to or worse, succeeds in removing all checks and balances and abolishing the rule of law, the warning trumpet should have been blown like yesterday. I don’t know if you recall all the warning signs ignored before the Benghazi siege and deadly attack by members of al-Sharia on September 11, 2012. As the world watched in horror, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was barbarically murdered. Christopher Stevens sent multiple warnings and pleaded for help to no avail from his own government and from Libyan officials. He died along with three other Americans. Hillary Clinton acknowledged the horrific failures in security only after the fact. Her negligence and remorse can’t bring Stevens back to his family. His lifeless body was returned in a box. That is unacceptable. We are living in a time were world leaders have gone wild, are running amuck and hunger limitless power. They are wannabe dictators for life, egotistical maniacs, demagogues drunken on power, legends in their own minds and addicted to theatrical drama. People sense an unsettling global unrest and fear the thickness of lies and corruption like a dark cloak overshadowing the sun because of the lack of truth, honor, and justice in our government. The majority of citizens react to the chaos that is engulfing society. They emulate encouraged behavior and are a reflection of current leadership. I am a Christian conservative, but although it’s beyond heartbreaking witnessing people living sinful lives, and sometimes the mind is not capable of processing all the senseless horrible crimes against humanity, I cannot force anyone to live Godly. I can share God’s word and lovingkindness, but I cannot force or shove my religious beliefs on anyone because force and demanding something of someone is not love. God is love. Jesus Christ did not force or shove his beliefs on anyone. He gives us a choice because we have free will. Almighty God grants us free will, to choose right from wrong. The majority of politicians along with global corporate industries are governed by profits, greed, and corruption. God has been trying to get humanity to live properly and make the right choices. However, because men have free will, they will do what they choose to do with their free will. Laws are put in place for everyone’s benefit but we cannot govern the heart and soul of a man because “Men are not piano keys.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky. Jesus tells his disciples that leaders should not exercise authority over them. Matthew 20:25-29 Jesus called them together and said. “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give life as a ransom for many.” Therefore, a society cannot prosper and grow under dictatorship, authoritarianism, fascism, or communism. You stated that it wasn’t the Japanese student that warned FDR of intentions for a takeover of the Pacific because everyone already knew about it, according to you, it was foreknowledge yet no one did anything about it for decades. Really? Not everyone has eyes to see because we are all blind until our eyes are open. Some people choose to live life wearing rose colored glasses. Well, if everyone knew about it and did nothing, that’s negligence and betrayal to themselves, God, and country for willful complacent behavior of ignorance. Nothing in this world is by coincidence and the people who cross our paths in life is always for a reason. If it were not for people like the student mentioned above or people like Billy Mitchell warning of foreseen dangers of a very possible and imminent threat to Hawaii then what’s the use of everyone knowing of dangers, wars, and attacks if and only a handful of people speak up. And even worse, being ignored and no one heeds the warning. Just like the deadly fires in Hawaii; the damaged power lines, the dry conditions and the warning sirens failed while hundreds died and thousands more left homeless. This can be applied to everyone, everywhere and at any time. Furthermore, your comment about it not being a Japanese student who initially warned FDR in 1902 but was common knowledge at the time by everyone concerning Japan’s 100-year plan only proves my point. What are the odds that a Japanese student met FDR while he was studying at Harvard and talked about Japan’s takeover of Asia and the Pacific. FDR was in office from 1933 to 1945. He had 39 years of knowing behind him when the fatal event happened. Then there is Billy Mitchell in 1910 writing about the friction between Japan and the US that would lead to war and again writing his book about how Japan could carry out an attack on Hawaii in 1924. Yet you say it was common knowledge. FDR became president during one of the most horrible times for the United States in its history. The Great Depression. It only ended ironically the same year that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. It is my opinion that FDR did know about the pending attack by Japan and used the attack to commit the US to the war and at the same time to pull the US completely out of the depression era. It worked on both accounts and for only the cost of 2,403 lives and maiming almost 1200 at Pearl Harbor alone. September 11, only cost 3,000 lives and untold injuries and maimed people. And now Israel and Hamas, over 1400 Israelis were killed and as of today close to 7,000 Palestinians have been killed. The cost keeps creeping up, but it appears that deaths are ok because the intended outcome needs to happen. Really? This is pure betrayal as well. When is allowing death ever ok for the betterment of mankind. One human soul lost is one too many. In 1934 an editor and publisher by the name of Fernand Sorlot was working at a small publishing company, the Nouvelles Editions, and just so happened to come across Hitler’s Mein Kampf and published a translated French version. He was shocked of Hitler’s plans and warned French officials, but they dismissed him. Winston Churchill wrote a “Private and Secret “ June 1938 Warning letter concerning the Nazi threat, stating that “By ignoring the German Threat, the British People are living in a Fool’s Paradise.” We warn and give out the Clarion Call for democracy, for respect and for love of country and our fellowman, but to not heed these warnings has already proven how devastating war can be. Unfortunately, global government leaders are broken and too corrupt on power and greed to better serve the people. They need to get a grip and focus on the job at hand. Politicians used to misbehave every now and then and shamefully resign. Not anymore. Now world leaders are shameless and none of them repent, doubling down on corruption, not resigning, and demanding higher wages while children go hungry. Even the US Government, the House majority, the MAGA’s who call themselves Christians, threatened to shut down the government, ousted the Speaker of the House for three weeks, but somehow passed a bill giving themselves a pay increase, while declining free lunch for kids in school and over the next several months they will be cutting the pay of our soldiers who are stationed overseas and in Hawaii. Talk about hypocritical wells without water. All governments appear to be turning upside down. Those who are not prepared, once again, do not heed the warnings. For those who go all out or do nothing, this is not what God teaches us that we should do. Society is lacking self-awareness. People cannot lose the relationship with the truth and cannot afford to be divorced from reality. However, with that being said, you can’t fix stupid. It goes without saying that we empathize and stand with Israel and we condemn the evil terroristic actions of Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel has a right to defend itself but it has to be with a strategic plan because there is a fine line between seeking justice and revenge. If a man kills all his enemies does that guarantee him a lifetime protection of no future enemies? No, it does not because the snake is always lurking to see whom it may devour. If it does anything, you become a bigger target, a challenge, an antihero of sorts with a bullseye on your back. It should never be confused with revenge because revenge is mine says the LORD. Romans 12:19 “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Modern day leadership is part of the axes of evil. Perhaps they should all take a good look in the mirror before, during and after war. Perhaps, they will easily come to the conclusion that they too have become part of the situation that needs to be righted. Israel is surrounded by enemies. Is Bibi going to kill them all, including their women and children? Perhaps after ruling Israel for over 16 years, making him the longest-tenured prime minister in the country’s history, Netanyahu is now suffering from a form of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, wanting to keep Israel weak, vulnerable, needing to depend only upon him to have all the answers. Be under his control instead of God’s so he can become the nurturing Godfather/Demagogue. You also mentioned something regarding doomsday stuff. I believe in God and in the Bible, but I don’t set dates. I’m not a doomsday prepper. I enjoy every day God gives me. Only Father God knows the day and the hour. I am not sure I understand where you are going with that. However, in Matthew 24:36 KJV, it reads “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” I live by faith, trust, and everlasting love for God. He is my refuge. Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with your wherever you go.” My favorite bible verse. I think I recall you mentioning that my words were dangerous and wrong. I understand that you are under emotional distress because of the war and that sometimes our experiences shape the nature of our thoughts or possibly a poor choice of words that did not reflect our meaning was misunderstood, but we all need to be more supportive and empathetic towards one another especially in times of war. No man is an island and above all God said to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are all branches of a tree supported by roots. We don’t support ourselves, rather we support one another, and lean on each other when needed. Hope is a good and beautiful thing and should not be lost, but it must be accompanied by truth. It must also be understood that false hope is nothing but lies with betrayal. We all want, need, and should believe in all things that are good, but unfortunately, we are not living in a Kumbaya moment. I’ve merely touched the surface of your reply because I am a busy mom and its homecoming week for my son and I am busy making decorations for school and baking cookies for a fundraiser. Hopefully I’ve cleared up some of the issues you stated. We are supposed to pray for our leaders and have faith in others, but we are also called to be watchful and not be deceived. You are correct. We don’t always get it right, but we do try and we do not give up.Shalom
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Don't Trust Government
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 June 01 2024 at 03:10 pm
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Someone once called me a grifter for attacking our institutions, which I find quite hilarious for a few reasons. Firstly, those who throw around names like that are often projecting their own insecurities. They embody what they accuse others of being. Secondly, people love categorizing others as a way to avoid critical thinking. This ties into heuristics and biases within the brain, topics I often discuss here. The term "grifter" has become so diluted, much like many words that gain popularity in culture. It now seems to mean anyone with a different political view who promotes their ideas. True grifting is about capitalizing on trends opportunistically, and that's far from what I do. Let me share my story to illustrate this. At 13, I downloaded George Carlin’s stand-up comedy on Napster. This was a pivotal moment in my life, marking my first significant shift in consciousness. Carlin taught me to question everything and challenge authority, which was the opposite of what I had been told. His message resonated deeply with me and has driven everything I've done since. Questioning everything and challenging authority are fundamental to who I am. I’m not sharing this to defend myself against accusations—honestly, I don’t care what others think of me. I've been called worse. Instead, I see this as an opportunity to share my origin story. I am extremely passionate about my messaging and the values I promote. Have you ever been mislabeled? How did you handle it? Where do you think the real grifters are? What are you passionate about? What woke you up or changed your perspective? At Avantia Health Optimization, we welcome those who challenge authority, and skepticism is something we encourage! Check out my site for testimonials and more about my journey. Your first health coaching session is just $1. Click the link in my profile to get started. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in
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The CCP’s Expansionist Aims
Numapepi
 May 30 2024 at 02:27 pm
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The CCP’s Expansionist Aims Posted on May 30, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, if I were the psychopathic totalitarian ruler of China, and I wanted desperately to conquer Taiwan, I would implement a plan similar to the one Whinny the Pooh is. I would take out my target’s primary allies, and instill so much fear in others, that no one comes to their aid. One of the main goals of the invasion would be to capture the TSMC semiconductor plants. So the invasion would start with paratroopers landing there… during a distraction. The thing about any sea born invasion is… it’s a logistical nightmare. Supplying an army from a beach without infrastructure to offload freight is impossible. That’s why during the Normandy invasion, a vital goal was the deep water port of Cherbourg. The CCP will have to use a similar tactic… else fail. The European countries are already tied up in their war to conquer Russia, and their internal migrant issues are hollowing out their civilizations from within… taking them out of the order of battle. All the CCP need do is help foment the chaos in Europe, and even with conscription, the EU won’t be able to field an effective force anytime soon. Plus, the migrants won’t fight, leaving only natives to fight… who are in demographic collapse as you read this. They aborted their children and so have none. The elites there think the migrant replacements will fight for them, but I suspect the elite will be replaced, by the migrants. The moment the natives are deleted. Whether by war, abortion or vaccine, the European race is on its way out. So the CCP doesn’t have to worry about a European army in Taiwan. North Korea would attack the South to tie up the US troops stationed there. Moreover, with the US in a three or four fronted war by that time, there will be no reinforcements coming to Korea, let alone Taiwan. Supplies of ammo will be all but gone, since the US elite sent them to Ukraine. Rendering the tip of the spear pointless. There may be a few remnant US troops trapped on Taiwan but their numbers will make them irrelevant. Meanwhile the vaunted US navy will be tied up protecting the homeland, in Korea and the Middle East, so won’t have even a carrier group to throw at China. Perhaps Whinny the Poo’s greatest ace is Biden. His bought and paid for puppet. That 30 million wasn’t for honey… or was it? Which means the US can easily be taken off the chessboard by wise strategy. Japan has to be cowed. Because Japan still has a navy and army. Who knows if this generation is as tough as their grandfather’s was, but who’s foolish enough to see? The CCP. So if Japan can be intimidated into remaining sidelined, along with the Philippines, the invasion will be smooth sailing. Other than the perpetual chaos and disruption of plans that accompanies kinetic engagement. Should Taiwan destroy their ports at the outset of invasion, as well as the TSMC semiconductor plants, the invasion will have gone sideways. Because even without allies, every inch of Taiwan is an improved position, due to terrain and cities. An army lacking supply in such a situation, faces the same fate as Germany’s 6 Army at Stalingrad. Expansion by war is a high stakes game. Employing Alexander’s tactic against the Indian King Porus when crossing the Jhelum river, would be the final strategy… as the CCP is doing now. By constantly maneuvering troops in a threatening way, Whinny hopes Taiwan will become lackadaisical about it… then the CCP will strike. With the US and Japan out of the way, the Philippines will probably take the “safe” path, and stay out of it. Should the invasion of Taiwan go as hoped. The Philippines will be the next target of the CCP’s drang nach osten. Since I’m not the psychopathic nutcase despot ruler of China, this is all conjecture. He may decide to change course and make China a Constitutionally limited republic, or become a peacenik. Maybe space aliens will land. No matter, reflecting on the past, we can see the future, through a mirror darkly. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Organized Crime And Appearances
Numapepi
 June 09 2024 at 02:26 pm
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Organized Crime And Appearances Posted on June 9, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, when one is in organized crime, appearances are paramount. No matter if the organization is the Yakuza, the Cosa nostra, or government. Appearances are important because they convey the idea of legitimacy to the otherwise illegitimate. That’s one reason gangsters constantly say they’re legitimate businessmen, as bureaucrats claim to be public servants. Copying religion, organized crime endeavors to blind us with splendor. Moreover, anything that threatens that air of legitimacy, must be crushed without mercy. Because, should the veneer of legitimacy and authority be scratched, exposing the rot beneath, the organization will quickly succumb to public outrage. Such organizations understand and manipulate us through our eyes. Only when we’re unaware of it though. Part of the reason organized crime is so successful is they play on our awe of splendor. Confucius himself called attention to the way splendor can influence us, and make the sublime seem real. Parades, congress and court, are all acts of splendor. They capture the imagination and beguile the soul. Keeping us mesmerized by the eye candy and ignoring the world around us. In that way splendor makes us unwise. Plus, when confronted with the amazing, we give authority to the astounding. The more amazing the more authority we give. The US President’s annual State of the Union Address, a gangster’s birthday party is magnificent, as is any court of law, is nothing but splendor. The splendor is to give them authority in our eyes. Because the whole thing is effectively organized crime. We give authority to that which appears authoritative. This is why banks are marbled, courts are bedecked with wood paneling, and a gansta’s teeth are adorned with gold. Old mobsters were always decked out in pictures. Even when at home playing croquet. They dressed the part to convey who they were. Remember John Gotti? The Teflon don. Have you ever seen a picture of the man when he wasn’t dressed to the nines? You haven’t, because if someone took an unflattering picture of the Teflon Don, they would find themselves in cement shoes, wading the bottom of “Oyster Bay.” Because mobsters not only make sure to look the part but to protect their appearance. Just as a congressperson wears suits, a judge a robe, and the President… depends. It’s paramount that those appearances are kept up… no matter the cost. That’s why when someone would criticize the Soviet Union, the State would deem them mentally ill, and imprison them in a psychiatric ward. For political madmen. Just as the US and Europe are beginning to do today. A judge in his underwear lacks authority, a mobster with a stained tee on isn’t as respected, just as a President who poops his pants at a D Day gathering, appears to be a tottering old fool. So these things are kept from the public at all costs. If a judge needs a courtroom and robe to have authority then anything that gets in the way is a crime. Contempt of court. Woe be it to the photographer taking unauthorized pictures of a Don. Just as a mockingbird media will protect a poopy pants President. The way to defend against our innate tendency to give weight to appearances, instead of merit, is to give weight to merit instead of appearances. Of our senses, it’s our eyes we give the most credence to. Despite knowing how easily they’re manipulated. Instead, listen to the words, use your heart to feel, taste their food, smell the perfumed odor, and apply intelligence to discern lies and manipulations. Remember, the judge is in his underwear, the Don wakes up with disheveled hair, and the President’s sphincter is weak. Try not to be taken in by appearances. “Appearances deceive,” and so they’re not to be trusted. So when confronted by splendor and appearance, look under the veneer, to the heart of the organization… and treat it accordingly. Organized crime is nothing but criminal. Sincerely, John Pepin
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The Flower And The Fruit
Numapepi
 June 02 2024 at 01:51 pm
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The Flower And The Fruit Posted on June 2, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, a flower is beautiful but if you trap it in the flower state, you will have foiled its purpose. A flower attracts bees, who pollinate it, and gives way to fruit. Without the flower there is no fruit. Without fruit there is no future. Rather than abort the fruit to maintain the flower, why not increase the number of flowers? If one so loves flowers? The foundational philosophies of post modernism progressivism all have this flaw. They would cut the flower, and preserve it for a week or two, then throw it out for another. Since science advances along with philosophy, and our philosophy has stagnated due to our childish fixations, this philosophical innovation would enable greater advances in science as well. There is a time for everything and everything has its time. The world would be pretty crowded if every flower that ever existed was still here. Indeed they would lose their beauty. Moreover, if the fruit they bore was aborted… the animals they fed would starve, and the plants they begot wouldn’t sprout, so the world would have died long ago. Each generation of flowers generating fruit, which in turn created more flowers, that created more fruit. Of the two, the flower or the fruit, one could argue the fruit is the more important. Except that the fruit requires the flower as the flower requires the fruit. Eliminate the fruit to protect the flower and there will be no more flowers. Proving, aborting the fruit is like when the CCP killed all the bees, and now the Chinese have to hand pollinate their plums. Our culture has become mesmerized with the idea of trapping flowers in their flower stage. The younger the better. Our elites have no interest in fruit… they only like flowers. So our cultural elites push permanent flower-hood as the utmost ideal. Those flowers that are no longer pretty are discarded for new ones. While our government subsidizes aborting the fruit so the flower can remain fresh. Even passing laws to make it easier to abort the fruit. Everywhere there are advertisements how a flower can stay young looking. We have eschewed the fruit for the flower in a childish lust for beauty. Not seeing the beauty in the fruit, the tree and the soil. We’ve become fixated on our immature notions and so we’re stuck. Trapped in our own idealist phantasm of the ideal. Before we can move on as a culture, we have to leave behind those childish notions of trapping flowers, and embrace the fruit stage of life. Some attributes are pleasing while others aren’t. Nevertheless, all attributes that are good should be embraced while those that are bad should be avoided. How do we know the good from the bad? Pragmatically. The pragmatist sees the beauty and value in the fruit while the idealist only wants to admire the beauty of the flower. In the past we as a species have had to put behind us some pretty pernicious and pathological notions… before we could move ahead. Human sacrifice, bloodletting and the magic of a severed chicken leg for example. Our fixation on the flower at cost to the fruit is just such a notion we need to give up. Our technology has opened up vast realms of possibilities for us… those possibilities are only available if we wise up as a species, and start loving all stages of life. While the connection may not immediately seem apparent, the connection is a hard shunt. Just as without language, arcane ideas can’t even be imagined, and lacking the scientific method science retrogresses, and without a rational pragmatic view of the world, further advancement is unthinkable. We see it today. Science isn’t what it used to be under the modernist paradigm. Thousands of unreproducible papers a year have to be retracted from prestigious journals. Why? Because science has become idealistic and not pragmatic. How can we tell? Our expert’s fixation on maintaining flowers at cost to the fruit. That’s how. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Elite Jokes
Numapepi
 June 12 2024 at 01:19 pm
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Elite Jokes Posted on June 12, 2024 by john Dear friends, A bureaucrat and a clergyman died and went to heaven. After accepting them, Saint Peter led the clergyman to a small room with only a table, chair and bed. The bureaucrat became worried at this. Until Saint Peter stopped at a huge mansion, teeming with angelic servants. The Bureaucrat asked why he got such a nice place while the good clergyman’s was so humble. Saint Peter said, “You have to realize, we get thousands of clergymen a year… but you’re the first bureaucrat we’ve ever seen.” What do you call a bag of feed? A feedbag, What do you call a bag of groceries? A grocery bag. What do you call a bag of scum? Joe Biden. Men are bold, adventurous and a bit pathological, while women are nurturing, protective and a bit neurotic, and progressives are just bat shit crazy. Government is a system so the unproductive can control the productive, the stupid can command the wise, and the parasite can call itself the host. Entrepreneurs innovate technology, scientists innovate knowledge, and lawyers innovate ways around the law. I saw that rioters surrounded the White House the other day, they chanted violent slogans, engaged in iconoclasm and beat police… and no one was arrested. Good thing too, anti Americans have Rights! George Soros, Biden and Rothschild could care less about nuclear war… they’re to senile to know better. Biden was driving through an Indian reservation and came upon some Cherokee banging drums. He told his driver to stop. Biden asked them what they were doing. One Cherokee said, “We bang on drums and the echo from that mountain gives us deep insights about ourselves.” Biden asked if he could see. The Indian asked the heavens, “How do I get rich?” He banged the drum. The echo said, “Thrift…” Biden asked if he could try? The Indian handed him the drumstick. Biden shouted to the heavens, “How can democrats win the election?” He banged on the drum as hard as he could. The echo responded, “Drop out…” Mothers are loving as fathers are protecting… and the state is both smothering mother and drunken father. Government staunchly protects freedom of opinion and expression… as long as you express protected opinions. Sincerely, John Pepin
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The Group vs The Individual
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 27 2024 at 12:47 pm
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It seems peculiar to me that there is a frequent push for celebrating group identities. My suspicion arises from studying group psychology versus individual psychology. Groups are much easier to control, and there's substantial evidence to support this in the context of physical crowds. My interest in this topic began with works like "The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind" by Gustave Le Bon. However, in today's digital age, crowds can be virtual, existing without physical proximity. While communities and trusted circles are important, we must be wary of the individuality we lose when we align too closely with groups. This phenomenon is particularly evident in areas like race, gender, and religion. My intention is not to disparage any group but to highlight the vulnerability we face when we align with groups without careful consideration of our individual values. Group identities can be manipulated to divide us, using tactics like divide and conquer. By influencing the group's direction, we might be inadvertently swayed by association. This is often seen when politicians partner with influential celebrities or group leaders to sway the celebrity's fan base towards their own agenda. I want to emphasize that I respect all races, genders, religions, and everything in between. However, my respect is grounded more in individuals than groups. Individuals can be judged and respected based on their values, whereas groups can be overtaken and subverted. This is why vigilance is crucial. How can we ensure we are not susceptible to group influence? How do we maintain our sense of individuality and stay true to our personal values? Reflect on instances where you've stayed true to yourself, and consider how you remind yourself of your core values. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Elitists Banning Democracy To Protect Democracy
Numapepi
 June 19 2024 at 02:06 pm
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Elitists Banning Democracy To Protect Democracy Posted on June 19, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, in Germany, elitists are threatening to ban populists, to protect democracy. In their singular void of self awareness… despotic elitists are calling the populist AFD, a threat to democracy. People who openly avow that populism, (the ignorant grazing masses seeking their own interest), is evil. They must believe the opposite then… only the interests of the elite count. Which changes the nature of their rule from aristocracy to oligarchy. As the elite in Europe count on the miserable education system inculcating ignorance to the kids. People who don’t know what aristocracy or oligarchy are, won’t recognize them. Because if they’re told they live in a republic, but that word is never defined, any form of government becomes a “republic.” Even elitist despotism. A republic requires more than one element. It’s the alloy of two or more traditional forms of government. Monarchy, aristocracy and democracy is the most common blend. A government where one person makes all the decisions with unlimited power is called a monarchy, or tyranny, if he or she rules for their own benefit instead of the benefit of the whole. Aristocracy is when a cadre of people are tasked with rule. Which becomes oligarchy when that cadre rule for their benefit at cost to everyone else. Our elites have softened the names aristocracy and oligarchy, becoming administrative state. To make their elitist despotism more palatable. Democracy, the form of government the elite pretend to love, is where the people make the decisions. Not an elected representative. That’s a republic. An administrative state is an aristocracy. “Call a kitten what you will, but if a cat had a litter in the oven, I wouldn’t call ’em biscuits.” – old Yankee lore. The aristocrats are the bureaucrats, public servants, judges and the think tanks that put ideas in their heads. In our case… oligarchs. Does anyone really believe the elitist parties in Germany are banning the AFD because it’s a threat to the people? Only the deluded. They want to ban the AFD because it’s a threat to their unlimited power. The masses are no longer ceding to being despotically ruled. It’s the voice of the people saying, “Enough is enough!” Now that’s a voice the elite want silenced. Banning the party that represents the people, and only allowing the people to vote for elitist parties, is one seriously corrupt thing to do. Democracy is literally the voice of the ignorant grazing masses. Banning parties then is effectively ripping out the people’s tongue. In Europe, the masses have had their teeth removed to facilitate chewing pablum, and now with no tongue, the folks being replaced will soon have no option other than to choke on it and die… as the elite apparently want. The trouble is, people tend to get irate at being targeted for extermination. Even those without voice or teeth to gnash. Because everyone has a brain to exercise. That brain can be much more dangerous than a tongue, or teeth, because it can devise far more deadly mechanisms than a fang. Back people into a corner, and they may come at the elite voiceless and toothless, but with an obsidian dagger in hand. Banning a political party is the naked application of elitist power against populism. It’s the elite telling the people who we can vote for and who we can’t… or else. Enforced by violence their edict against democracy defines despotic. If one knows what the word despotic means. The elite can call their unjust egoistic actions anything they want… but we still have eyes, despite being ordered not to use them. If their scheme works and the AFD is banned from running in this election, that action will seal the pressure relief mechanism that is democracy. Building pressure until the whole thing blows. If it does, Germans are notoriously smart. If cornered… who knows what sort of obsidian the Germans could come up with, and fashion into an implement to protect themselves from an out of control elite? Sincerely, John Pepin
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Government doubles down on what amounts to...
angelobottone
 June 19 2024 at 11:36 pm
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A Bill that will allow surrogacy is currently being debated in the Seanad as it reaches the final stages of approval. The Government tells us it will not recognise commercial surrogacy, but in fact it will do so by allowing big payments to surrogate mothers under the heading “reasonable expenses”. The Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2022 addresses numerous issues related to artificial reproduction, such as IVF and embryo experimentation, which have deep ethical problems. However, another controversial aspect of the Bill relates to commercial surrogacy, which is banned in all EU countries. In a previous blog, we raised serious concerns about an earlier draft of the Bill. With its progress in the Oireachtas, some approved amendments have exacerbated these issues, making the situation even worse. An older version of the Bill would have banned payment of agencies or professionals who liaise with the surrogate mothers and organise the financial transactions with the commissioning parent(s). The big change in the new version of the law is that while payment of intermediaries is still banned in Ireland, it allows for the payment of intermediaries overseas. This double standard was criticised by a document of the Attorney General's office in 2022 but the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has ignored these warnings. By permitting the payment of intermediaries abroad, the amended Bill is further endorsing a disguised form of commercial surrogacy, as these intermediaries often charge premium rates for their services. The Bill purports to ban commercial surrogacy within the state, however, a closer examination reveals a loophole-laden framework that permits a multitude of “reasonable expenses” effectively transforming what is claimed to be altruistic surrogacy into a commercial endeavour under a different guise. The scope of what constitutes “reasonable expenses” has been expanded in the new version of the Bill and includes numerous categories that significantly blur the line between altruistic and commercial surrogacy. First, the Bill permits compensation for any loss of income the surrogate mother might incur due to her pregnancy. This can include a period of up to six months around the time of birth. If you are in a demanding, but low-paid job on casual hours and you are offered what amounts to a steady wage for up to six months, how is this not commercial, in effect? The period can be extended to 12 months if the surrogate is not able to work because of medical complications. In practical terms, this provision means that a surrogate could receive a substantial sum if she has a well-paying job, thereby creating a financial incentive rather than merely covering a loss. In the amended version of the Bill, the definition of loss of income has been expanded to include any “net loss” and this applies not only the surrogate mother but also the woman who donates the eggs. Moreover, the Bill allows for the reimbursement of pre-natal and post-natal medical expenses. The extent of these expenses can be substantial, encompassing everything from routine check-ups to more complex medical treatments and procedures. Given the high costs associated with reproductive medicine, these reimbursements alone could amount to significant sums. Travel and accommodation expenses related to medical appointments and the birth process are covered by “reasonable expenses”. This provision opens the door to potential exploitation. For instance, surrogates living far from top-tier medical facilities could claim extensive travel expenses, including frequent trips and extended stays in comfortable accommodations, all funded by the intending parents. The Bill includes allowances for various supportive services. Surrogates can be reimbursed for housekeeping or childcare services if they are unable to perform these tasks due to their pregnancy. Maternity clothing and pregnancy aids are similarly covered, further increasing the financial support provided to the surrogate. Counselling services, both legal and psychological, are another category of “reasonable expenses”. The surrogate mother and intending parents must receive independent legal advice, the costs of which are to be borne by the intending parents. These legal fees can be quite high, especially if involving extensive consultations or complex legal procedures. In practice, not only the surrogate mother but many other professionals involved in the surrogacy arrangement will be compensated under the broad heading of “reasonable expenses”. The cumulative effect of these allowances is that the surrogate mother could receive a considerable amount of money. This comprehensive financial coverage effectively transforms surrogacy arrangements that are presented as purely altruistic into something that provides significant financial benefits to the surrogate mother. (In Canada, a surrogate mother can receive between $18,000 and $35,000, which is €12,000 to €24,000.) In conclusion, while the Bill claims to ban commercial surrogacy, it does nothing of the sort in practice as it endorses commercial surrogacywhen it happens abroad. Moreover, its broad definition of reasonable expenses, when it happens in Ireland, creates a framework that is equivalent to commercial surrogacy in practice. The Government is taking us for fools and the latest version of the Bill is even worse than the older version in this regard.
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Father's Day from the perspective of the...
Right Away
 June 16 2024 at 11:33 am
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With Father’s Day pending, I want to share a lesson from the Every Man A Warrior (EMAW) course. Four weeks of the 30 total weeks discuss parenting and fatherhood. The author believes it reflects the relationship between God and us more than any other. Marriage, money, making your life matter, handling adversity, Knowing God, etc., are also topics in the course, but parenting includes the greatest number of pages of education. It was a wonderful lesson as a student, and I enjoy it even more now that I am leading two classes. HISTORY: In the United States, Father’s Day is a relatively new concept, dating back to 1910. However, the tradition of celebrating fatherhood has a much deeper history, spanning over 1500 years in the Coptic tradition. IMPACT: The cultural emphasis on fatherhood is echoed in the Bible, where the impact of fatherhood is highlighted in one passage, perhaps more than any other. “Children get their self-image from what they believe Dad thinks about them.” Proverbs 17:6. A father’s opinion of his child cannot be undone by anyone. Mothers can’t provide first aid for a damaged self-image if the child knows his father thinks poorly of him. It leads him to act out. Psychology tries to undermine that the mother can fill in this hole, but the best they can do is provide secular coping strategies. Dad's opinion matters the most. My dad hated the things my brother did, and he was public with his opinions of him. My brother ended up in jail. His son (my nephew) ended up in jail on two different occasions. I have since served as my nephew’s father, and I have seen the healing that can occur when a new dad steps up and does the job of teaching, instructing, and speaking to them. But make no mistake. Fatherhood impacts a child’s self-image more than any other factor. Let’s go through some questions and answers on Father’s Day topics. WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL JOB OF A FATHER? “The words spoken to a child will determine his or her destiny.” Proverbs 18:21. Just like God said in the beginning was the word, with children, it is our words that most change the children’s destiny. To answer the question, we say a father’s job is to speak words to his child. WHAT WORDS DO WE SPEAK, THEN? “Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord?” Ephesians 6:4. Another translation of that passage is, “It is a Father’s God-given responsibility to train his children.” Homeschoolers can use this justification to “do it themselves” when it comes to academics. The highest level of this point is that the stuff that really matters must not be outsourced. Fathers need to do it. WHAT WORDS? YOU DIDN'T ANSWER THE QUESTION! “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home, when you walk along the road, when you lie down, and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9. A better question might be when we don’t talk about God's words and his precepts. My nephew and I just got back from a fishing trip. He talked continuously to his children about what God revealed to him while he caught all those fish. They listened. It was cool to listen to. THERE IS NO FATHER WITHOUT CHILDREN. WHAT IS THEIR ROLE IN THIS? There is much more guidance for the children than for the parents. Children tend to be rebellious and think they know what is best. Certainly, they lack life experience. It is a no-brainer that God included more words for the children than he did for the parents. And if they do what God tells them to with regard to how to treat their parents, there is great revelation and joy for the children. “Children, obey your parents, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that you may enjoy the fruits of a long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3 WHAT IS THIS FRUIT FOR THOSE WHO HONOR THEIR MOTHER AND FATHER? “And the glory of children are their fathers.” Proverbs 17:6 Simply put, children who learn to obey their parents find glory in their older years for their obedience. They find glory in their fathers. Find a child who doesn’t find glory in their fathers, and you have found a child with a deep disobedience that has not been repented. I hate saying that, and I hate hearing that. The truth tends to be that way. WHAT SHOULD PARENTS AVOID? There is a verse that references parental behavior to avoid. It comes after three verses focused on commands for the children and has multiple translations. The one my wife likes to reference is “Fathers, do not exasperate your children,” and she stops there. The three verses before and afterward don’t receive the same reverence. God wants us to speak to our children but not nag them or force them to have a negative emotional response. REFLECTION AND APPLICATION: With both of my children grown and gone, I can see the truth of scripture as I examine their life outcomes. Exposing this as part of my discovery and healing represents a moment of great honor and sadness all at once. My youngest son is biologically my only son. He serves in ministry and is passionate about the Great Commission. He honors his mother and father. He loves Jesus. I have great pride in him and have zero concern for his soul. He is humble and proud about what he does with his time on Earth. My oldest son had a different outcome. He is biologically not my own, but I certainly raised him like he was. I gave him more opportunities than I ever had. Yet, unlike his younger brother, he does not honor his father and his mother. I think poorly of his ongoing choices and have been black and white with him, with my disdain for how he treats me. And, until there is repentance, I am patiently embracing my role as father of the prodigal. I have received ample counseling on this front, and I am comfortable with my identity here. I just hate waiting for him to get the message. Why is there a poor outcome with one son and an exceptional outcome with the other? Why was one capable of honoring his father and mother, but the other could not? Integrity mandated I go back to the Every Man a Warrior course and review the wisdom. There was an entire chapter about turning the hearts of lost children. I re-read it. It was simple yet profound. It suggested that turning the hearts of lost children to God the Father is the best way to get the children to turn their hearts to their earthly father. Earlier, I mailed my son his high school bible, which had been at the house for years. I got no reply or even an acknowledgment from him. Later, I invited him to an event with people he knew and, I believe, respected. He read the invitation and said no. I expressed gratitude that he felt that it was appropriate to acknowledge his choice to reply, perhaps hoping for an opening to see if he had matured. Crickets. As I shared these exchanges with my mentors, they offered some wise counsel and insight. The youngest son verified this on a visit when he tried to tell the older one about his ministry, and the older one would not engage him. He said he changed the topic. When the heart and passion for the Father above are absent, we should expect the heart for the father on earth to be absent. I treat those words as words to live by. I still pray for both children, and their walks with God are a part of that prayer. I pray for their spouses and their well-being and that they develop a passion for sharing the Lord with others. I can’t let the enemy convince me that God’s promises won’t come true just because I don’t see anything today.
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Regulating Prosperity Away
Numapepi
 June 14 2024 at 02:05 pm
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Regulating Prosperity Away Posted on June 14, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, almost everyone undervalues the destruction that regulation causes to the economy. Think of an economy like an onion. Each layer representing an industry. The most profitable ones at the core and the least profitable ones on the outside. Marginal businesses make up the skin. Regulation then sloughs off a layer at a time until only the core is left. As we all know, the core of an onion doesn’t last long in the sun, without layers over it, and a hide protecting the whole. Skinning the onion is what regulation does. No one cares that the rind is pulled off by regulations. Those people are barely making it anyway. Then, layer by layer, regulation peels the economy to its core. Until the core rots and the economy is gone forever. Then regulation will have taken us into the poverty paradigm. When a firm is barely making a profit, even a tiny amount of regulation or raise in taxes, shifts the budget into the red. Then those businesses fail. Because only corporations with elite backing can lose money for decades and stay open. The employees of the destroyed firms get laid off and are added to the unemployment lines. The firms that sold them products lose a customer and become less profitable. Even if the regulation or increased taxes don’t directly effect them. The space becomes vacant, allowing for a more profitable firm to take up residence… or to add to urban blight. The destruction of that marginal industry makes all other industries less profitable, and therefore, more subject to the destructive effect of additional regulation. Shrinking the onion and allowing rot to enter it. Regulation disrupts the creative destruction cycle. While it fosters destruction it stifles creation. Each new regulation is a brick added to the wall in the way of business creation. When starting a business is easy many will be started. When business creation is difficult however, few will be started. The paradigm of business failures isn’t changed though… most still fail. There are simply fewer to start with, so fewer exist in five years than would have. Part of how creative destruction works, is that as businesses fail, the infrastructure they owned becomes available cheap. That infrastructure is then bought by an entrepreneur to start his or her business. If regulation increases the cost so much, no matter how cheap stuff can be bought, the cost is so high, they can’t start new firms. The incentive structure for creating regulations is perverted. The elite who pass regulations aren’t effected by them. They do however profit from passing them. How? By political power, standing and monetarily. Monetarily by the requirement of bribes to get around them. Which is the normal paradigm in highly regulated economies. The regulators standing in society is increased along with the political power they wield. Regulation is the exercise of power over others. Power over others generates respect, if only to keep on the good side of the tyrant. So regulation grows and never shrinks. As does kudzu. Anyone, like Trump, who seeks to cut regulation then is a mortal danger to the regulators. And we see what they do to people they view as threats… the elite wage open lawfare against them. Because the incentives are perverted, we can’t expect the elite who pass and benefit from regulations… to solve the problem themselves. No one cuts their own pay to help another. Especially psychopaths. Like our elites. Moreover, we know from experience the regulators will go to criminal lengths to crush anyone in their way. Proven by their handling of Trump. That their profit comes at cost to everyone else only makes it more sweet… If creative destruction is obliterated, so be it. If the economy is skinned to its core, all the better, a rotten core is easier to control anyway… So, while the regulators understand their power, the rest of us are ignorant of it. We childishly believe we need regulation, like a dog needs heart worm. Wake up to the evil of regulation, demand it be cut, and your children will be richer for it. Sincerely, John Pepin
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The Good, the Bad, and the Obvious
Sandra Long Toups
 June 11 2024 at 06:09 pm
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The Good, the Bad, and the Obvious Luke 19:10 KJV “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” It’s been a while since I shared my opinions and takeaways on domestic and global matters. As an American Christian conservative woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, voter, friend to all underdogs, pet owner and best cookie baker ever, it’s both an honor and a privilege to express my First Amendment right to write. Especially in such perilous times when women are being blamed for the majority of society’s failures by cowardly counterproductive men attempting to use religion in order to degrade women. Guess they are not familiar with Mary, Queen Esther, Ruth, Deborah, Judith, etc.... these women were chosen by Almighty God to play an important role in humanity. They were courageous, resilient, powerful, brave, graceful, humble, and inspiring. Perhaps backwards thinking former NBA player and present Trump butt kisser Royce White thinks they were “too mouthy.” Royce White is under the delusion that Trump won the 2020 election. He sounds like a basket case that got hit on the head by too many hard balls. Men and women should work together to find solutions to problems. It’s obvious both political parties have become extremely toxic causing our country collateral damage especially when others want to remedy the situation instead of throwing gasoline on to an already out of control fire. Men and women are both important to each other and in their own right. They need to love and respect one another. “I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning As sinners that we are, relentlessly seeking redemption, love, adventure, some form of happiness, peace, justice, belonging, legacy, or perhaps a greater purpose to life, we don’t always get it right but we certainly keep on trying, that’s for sure. Each day only validates that not one soul is perfect and we all fall short of the glory of God. Life is a precious adventurous gift, a mixed bag of goodies, with triumphs, trials, and tribulations, a beautiful, quilted collage of art. Each generational individual makes a contribution to humanity. We all have free will and choose different paths in life. Some choose the narrow path filled with sacrifice and hardships which births positive outcomes from the fruits of our labor. The very essence of a force for good, truth, and love. Others choose the wide path filled with selfish instant gratification, deception, greed, lies and malevolence. So, it’s simply fair to say some are good apples and some are rotten to the core. That being said, adults learn to respectfully agree to disagree and try their best to get along as functioning civilized people. Christians practice the belief of praying for their enemies and all lost and conflicted souls. Reciprocity is beneficial as a means of learning from one another. Empathy towards our neighbors’ points of view is profitable because no one is perfect or all knowing. Just as life’s adversities humbly motivates improvement introducing us to our true selves; it causes us to see the plank in our own eye and not just the sawdust in our brother’s eye. No doubt a humbling experience making us sprint to God for mercy. Too often I see present similarities of the Pharisee and the Publican parable in today’s politics. The arrogant Pharisee thought himself too self-righteous and asked nothing of Jesus Christ. The despised Publican asked Jesus Christ for grace, mercy, and forgiveness. As Christians, have we forgotten the parable of the Good Samaritan? A traveler was robbed and beaten, left for dead. Soon after, a priest and a Levite saw the injured man but ignored him, denying him help. Later, a Samaritan stopped and helped the injured man by cleaning his wounds, taking him to town and paying for his care. Everyone is our neighbor and politics should not matter. It stands to reason for Republicans to help Democrats and vice versa. Anyone that tells you otherwise doesn’t follow the true teachings of Jesus Christ. Romans 16-17 “I appeal to you brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.” It’s insufferable how day after day the world is bombarded with the monstrous hateful querulous, demanding, caustic and divisive actions of “MAGA Nazi Karen” Marjorie Taylor Greene, who curses more than a drunken sailor and had the blasphemous gall to say Jesus Christ was a convicted felon. No!!! Jesus Christ was not a convicted felon but Trump is. Jesus Christ is without sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “Christ was without sin.” Trump and his fascist cultist hateful MAGA Nazis caused me to leave the Republican Party. The vicious hate, vitriol and hypocrisy casts a shadow on all that is good. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a divisive, vulgar, fascist Hitler loving anti-American out of the closet racist Nazi. Let’s not forget bad behaving heartless, ignorant, arrogant bigoted “MAGA Nazi Karen” Lauren Boebert who once threw a pin honoring a child victim from Uvalde school shooting in the trash and said maybe if Jesus Christ and his followers had AR15’s he would not have been crucified. Wow!!! She is beyond disgusting. Politicians are in bed with the NRA making millions because they love making money instead of doing the right thing. I believe in the 2nd Amendment but realize gun control reform is essential. AR15's are military weapons and Billy Bob and Peggy Sue, who are not in the military, should not have military style weapons. Maybe, politicians should do their job and call for gun reform. It’s obvious to any follower of Jesus Christ that hell has a special place for these ugly, hateful, heartless harlots, aka “MAGA Nazi Karens.” Unfortunately, our tax dollars are supporting these ignorant hateful fascist racists people who have the audacity to claim self-righteousness through Christian Nationalism. Please stop voting incompetent destructive people into leadership positions either Democrats or Republicans. The majority of the time mistakes occur because we don’t pause to think and reflect, causing us to miss the forest for the trees. Hasty and adamant decisions do make us fools creating bleak and the most egregious outcomes. If we allow arrogance to surpass our humanity, we have already failed before we begin. Disagreements shouldn’t rise to levels of anger, hate, or physical harm, violence of any kind, or discrimination towards others. After all, every human is a creation of God. He created us all different because that’s what makes us unique and beautiful creatures. Jesus Christ came to save man from sin not destroy or discard man like trash. Even just one lost sheep matters to Jesus Christ. No man, especially the corrupt power-hungry hypocritical politicians have the right to play God, but God. We are surrounded by positive and negative energy all day long. The choices we make in life through free will determines our destination. The forces of good and evil, the bad and the ugly, order and chaos, love and hate, forgiveness and resentment, gratitude, or greed, humility, and arrogance, the lost and saved are akin to night and day because if we don’t love our neighbors as ourselves or forgive so we too can be forgiven, we will not find peace or enter the kingdom of heaven. True Christians don’t hate or promote violence towards others like Trump and his MAGA cultists. True Christians choose love for humanity aka agape love which is God’s greatest and highest form of love for humanity. The pharisees akin to the fascist MAGA Christian Nationalist can wear crosses around their necks all day long, spewing hate, projecting on social media, threatening anyone that disagrees with their golden calf idol Trump or their fascist views all the while arrogantly proclaiming to be self-righteous. It’s obvious that the delusional and destructive leftist Woke are just as bad but at least they aren’t claiming to be holy and self-righteous like hateful MAGA. Nonetheless, as vile, and contemptuous as MAGA are, we must pray for them. You see, heaven is a place and a reflection of love, truth, and everything good and kind. Every good emotion and good selfless deed we cultivate and manifest is in heaven. Love, kindness, faith, forgiveness, compassion, generosity, humility, and sacrifice for the fruits of our labor, that’s heavenly. Hell is a reflection of hate, evil, harden hearts, stiff necks, lies, revenge, resentment, arrogance, unforgiveness, selfishness, greed, racism, jealousy, authoritarianism, fascism, communism, Marxism, vile and all vitriol emotions and practices. The world of poisonous corrupt politicians have brainwashed, infested, and contaminated the globe, turning constituents from all political parties into heartless, hateful mindless zombies. No human has the right to control your thoughts or mind unless you willfully surrender. Trump is guilty on all 34 felony convictions of falsifying business records/fraud. Trump is officially a convicted felon and his MAGA cultists are losing what little ownership of their mind they have left. Yes, it’s the first time a former disgruntled federal government employee, aka a former American president has been convicted on criminal felony charges. That’s because Trump is the worst corrupt politician in all of American history. Trump basically cheated his way to the People’s House in 2016. He attempted an insurrection January 6, 2021, by guiding and encouraging his MAGA cultists to attack the United States Capitol attempting to steal the presidential election. And he is planning to steal another election because lying, cheating, and stealing is all he knows. He is a danger to our democracy! Trump promotes hate and violence. He has given people permission to come out of their Nazi racist closet and hate their neighbors and betray the true teachings of Jesus Christ. Please pray for the fascist cultists MAGA and for the lost leftist Woke crowd denying basic truths. Both extreme parties have lost their way. MAGA Trump cultists and the leftists Woke crowd are brainwashed mindless zombies. They are like blind army ants going in circles into a self-destructive death spiral from exhaustion and lack of pheromones. So, Trump is now officially a convicted felon and might go to prison. Now his cult followers are beyond delusional going round and round a revolving glass door spiraling out-of-control. Expressing dangerous and chaotic behaviors threatening to kill everyone that doesn’t agree with them and their golden calf idol Trump. Seeing what surrounds them is clearly obvious, but their ignorance, arrogance, and hate blinds them and keeps them circling the wagons and seeking to destroy democracy. They are blinded by pure hate and can’t see beyond Trump madness until their hate exhausts them or God forbid, they start a civil war with their neighbors. Certainly not Christian behavior. It’s as if they are looking directly at the clear glass wall knowing their neighbors are on the other side but still feel the need to climb over and start a self-destructive civil war. Americans fighting Americans. Hate has poisoned their minds and hardened their hearts all for an orange conman wannabe dictator. Fascist Hitler loving Trump is claiming that if he was convicted anyone can be convicted. Well, it’s common knowledge that if one breaks the law, one will probably most likely get convicted of felony crimes. Break the law, become a felon, pay a fine and go to jail. It’s not rocket science, it’s the law. No one is above the law. “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana Just as the mighty wind sometimes holds its breath before a storm, we too sometimes need to inhale before we exhale our opinionated words and storm of emotions for the reason being that on rare occasions words don’t come so easy because the action is too abhorrent for any reaction. At times, words will abandon our mouth and so all we have left are tears to express what the heart and mind cannot convey. My heart is pleading for some kind of rational understanding because our nation is on the cusp of becoming a fascist country under dictatorship rule. Perhaps not all-powerful men in leadership are so wisely astute. While life sometimes presents scenarios that are out of our control, choosing democracy over dictatorship/authoritarian rule should be a no brainer especially if men are portraying themselves as scholars. It’s obvious these fake conservative men from The Heritage Foundation wants to dismantle the Federal Government. The FBI is what keeps American citizens safe from domestic and foreign terrorists. Guess Trump, The Heritage Foundation, and MAGA are the new fascist terrorist. These people are either lost and scared or greedy heathens because they are advocating for America to have Trump as their dictator-in-chief along with advocating and authoring Project 2025 aka Presidential Transition Project which calls for dismantling the government, ending democracy and all freedoms, creating free slave labor with Trump as Hitler reincarnated. MAGA and the corrupt Supreme Court justices want to grant this monster presidential immunity so he can go on a political opponent killing spree. Have you learned nothing from the bible or history or have you conveniently forgotten to remember? The Egyptian Pharaoh was a theocratic dictatorship with absolute power. Have you read about Moses freeing the Israeli slaves from Egypt because people want freedoms and democracy and don’t want to live under dictatorship or authoritarian rule. What about when Moses went to receive the Ten Commandments and the people became restless and made a golden calf to worship. Well, it seems MAGA morons are akin to the restless and lost heathens God made drink the melted gold. Are you even familiar with scripture regarding how the Israeli people worshipped other gods as spiritual adultery which led to a broken covenant between the Lord and Israel. MAGA is repeating the blasphemous history against God. Don’t you dare call yourselves Christians, Americans, or scholars for that matter!!! Do you even know God? You cowards have no faith, hope, or love for God or your neighbors. You are traitors to God, to America and to your neighbors. No man can promise a utopia society because there is no such thing on earth. Utopia would be Heaven; a place you guys will probably miss and never get to see. The humble, weary, poor, and homeless beggars will make it to Heaven, that’s for sure. Mathew 5:5, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the humble for they shall inherit the earth. God put us on earth for His purpose. Life is a test and you cowards failed miserably. The snake is always lurking amongst the people of God. We put on the armor of God and fight the dragon every single day because life is challenging and no one is promised a rose garden because man was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. You cowards want to take your ball and go home or hide in some man-made concrete hole. Well, God put man on earth and that’s our timeout for our eviction from Eden. You have made Trump your golden calf but you are either too stupid to know, too blind to see, or too corrupt to care. You men are cowards because America was founded on the rights and principles of individual freedom for all becoming an experiment of democracy through a constitution believing that everyone is treated equally. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” While we are all different individuals, we are all afforded basic human rights. The right to human freedom. America left England to be free from monarch rule and now some are embracing a Trump dictator fascist regime. Are people that ignorant of history? Have they forgotten prior dictators who killed millions, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Leopold II, Franco, Tojo, Kim II Sung (father of Kim Jong II) and countless others from Ethiopia and Nigeria…America is broken, she is anemic and is experiencing civil unrest and turmoil from both extreme political parties. The left are lost with their woke nonsense denying basic biology and self-mutilating madness refusing to acknowledge reality and the MAGA fascist racist morons want to reincarnate a Hitler regime. On top of all this, our once respected Supreme Court Justices are bought and paid for greedy heathens. Still, there is no justification for destroying the entire nation including its foundation which is democracy. Every family and organization has problems, disagreements, and arguments, it doesn’t mean we destroy each other including the house. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater. This reminds me of the movie The Stand, by Stephen King. Trump is a carbon copy of the protagonist evil, destructive, manipulative, narcissistic Randall Flagg, an accomplished sorcerer, and a devoted servant of the Outer Dark. Honestly, the majority of these millionaires and billionaires are only going along with such ludicrous and dangerous ideas because of money and empty promises from conman Trump. Trump is promising them tax cuts and that’s all they care about. Careful what you wish for because might get it and regret it. Might I suggest they rethink having a dictator because if Trump becomes a dictator, he will surely do away with all basic human rights and steal their money. Who or what is to stop the monster they help create. Trump will confiscate your bank accounts, your property, wives, yachts, mansions, golf courses and daughters along with your little golf cart as well. And if you dare disagree with him, you will cease to exist or he might feed you to hungry dogs like his BFF Kim Jong Un. Speaking of dogs, Kristi Noem, the Republican Governor of South Dakota killed her family puppy dog Cricket because it killed a chicken after she was trying to train it to hunt birds. So, basically, she killed her precious family puppy dog, Cricket, for doing what she trained him to do. Yeah, cannot make this crazy stuff up. Guess she is no longer a contender for Trump VP. And she also killed a goat because it smelled bad. Trump is probably scared she might point a gun at him because after all, he is a smelly old goat. Kristi Noem is a psychopath! No one in their right mind kills precious puppy dogs. Animals are amazing and puppy dogs are the most loving and loyal pets. Dogs are family members. She has deep rooted hatred issues towards innocent vulnerable animals. Who can say that her colleagues or the Indigenous people aren’t next and, in all honesty, she needs to lay off the Botox and lip fillers. Pray for her to get the help she so desperately needs. Around the World in 80 Days or less… Ann Coulter certainly doesn’t hide her crass behavior and racist beliefs. She had the audacity to tell Vivek Ramaswamy on his own show that she didn’t vote for him because “he is an Indian.” (Honestly, as I type this I can’t stop laughing because this is so crazy and outrageous happening in 2024. Two horrible people being utterly stupid, clueless, and lacking all self-awareness) Ann Coulter said she would never vote for an Indian even though Vivek was born in Ohio. And Vivek sat there and accepted her rude, vile and racists remarks. Talk about Harvard and Yale degrees going down the tubes. What a waste of an overeducated zombie. Grant you, if she would have just said I didn’t vote for you because you are an annoying arrogant hypocritical little weasel that cannot be trusted with the nuclear codes and an overeducated conman clown guilty of a pump and dump medical scheme that made him millions who plays tennis without a shirt offending everyone in the country club by exposing scary bushy chia-pet chest hair, that I would understand and respect. But instead, she threw the racist slap to his face and actually, Vivek turned the other cheek so to speak. So, I guess that’s kind of Christian of him even though he is Hindu. Unfortunately, it’s not her first and it won’t be her last hateful remark towards others. Several years ago, I called her out on Twitter because she was body shaming a couple of young girls with a little extra baby weight. I’m just a mom, but I defended those young girls from Ann Coulter’s disgusting resentful remarks. Ann Coulter is jealous because she is old, used and dried up. Nothing but an old has been. Ann Coulter needs to stick to actual facts if she is going to continue pretending to be an intellectual. What if someone said they will never read her crappy books because she is a “white unmarried old skanky hag.” What if someone said they don’t want to interview Ann Coulter because she is a “white ugly dried up old hag with an extremely long loose goose neck” with an Adam’s Apple to boot. Anyway, Ann’s annoying raspy voice always sounding constipated as if someone has to force her stupid words out of her old dried piehole. Someone please give her some fiber with her water. And what if someone says they don’t have any respect for her because she is the “town’s white bike every man rides around the block but never marries.” “An old white unmarried racist long loose goose neck skank.” Bless her little heart. Please pray for hateful racist Ann Coulter. Hate makes you ugly on the outside too. How do you like them apples, Ann Coulter? So much is happening in the world it’s almost hard to keep up. It seems that the American Supreme Court justices are all corrupt. Corruption at such high levels means the downfall will be disgracefully epic. It’s a shame because the justices are supposed to respect the rule of law and they must be impartial. It seems the world is turning against Israel. I stand with Israel but I am against corrupt war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu. He has lost sight of reality and is killing innocent women and children. Justice and revenge are two separate things. Under the Geneva Convention Protocol, women and children are protected in times of war. The president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash May 20, 2024. It’s a mixed bag because he was a cruel ruler. And Mexico has elected Claudia Sheinbaum its first female president. Let’s hope she serves her people well and that the Cartel doesn’t interfere. Steve Bannon is finally going to prison. He along with Trump pocketed the wall money donations. Grifters got to grift. Alex Jones has to face the ramifications of his lies regarding Sandy Hook by selling his Infowars assets to settle a lawsuit with Sandy Hook families. The world is rapidly changing. Everything and everyone changes with time. We grow, evolve, learn and the more we know, the more we seek Almighty God hoping for His mercy. We have to have faith in God, others, and ourselves and love our neighbors as ourselves. 1 Corinthians 13:13 “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” “God’s in heaven; all’s right with the world.” – Robert Browning I stand with God and Democracy.
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The Rise And Fall Of Civilizations
Numapepi
 June 10 2024 at 02:58 pm
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The Rise And Fall Of Civilizations Posted on June 10, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, our Constitutional Rights are only as robust, as the ethics of those tasked with protecting them. Otherwise they’re only ink on paper. Even the ideas it contains, the American societal myth, is only as marshaling as they’re taken seriously by the elite. Civilizations are founded on a societal myth. That “myth” is the founding ethos, way of life and right action in that civilization. All civilizations have them, and as they maintain them they rise, and once they abandon them, they fall. Sparta was unconquerable as long as they followed the perverted laws of Lycurgus. Once they coined money in gold instead of iron, and gained an eye for luxury, they were lost. Therefore, requiring ethical action and attitude from the elite is paramount in preserving our civilization. The Constitution is merely pretty prose printed on friable paper. No matter how profound or sublime the ideas, someone has to believe and enforce them, even if only upon themselves. A law that’s not enforced isn’t even a suggestion. The US Constitution both limits and allows. It limits by the fact it only allows what it allows. Which is why Madison argued against the Bill Of Rights. Saying, if the Constitution doesn’t explicitly give the power to regulate playing jacks, then government is barred from regulating playing jacks. A sound argument, as long as the enforcers follow the rules, but they don’t. As in Wickard v Filburn where SCOTUS said, all human actions effect “interstate commerce,” and so the federal government can tax and regulate anything and everything… without limit. The American societal myth is also called, “The American Way.” It’s an ethos of self reliance, humility, honesty, thrift and entrepreneurship. So armed, a society can become wealthy beyond imagination. In government the American way is, honest and fair laws, adjudication and enforcement. The American founding ethos can be discerned by reading Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac. Every nation has a societal myth. Not being British it’s not my place to describe the British Societal Myth. You can rest assured they have one. Just as does Russia, France, India, China, Japan and every other nation. Each society has it’s own societal myth. Moreover, as long as they maintain that societal myth, that society thrives. Once they abandon their societal myth, that society flounders, and dies. When confronted with the constitutionality of a law or bill, a politician’s reaction is telling of their attitude towards our Constitution, and our Societal Myth itself. If the question is taken seriously, then we can presume that politician or elite, takes our founding ethos and Constitution seriously. If however, they scoff and laugh, as if asked if moon maidens are real, then we can be pretty sure they consider our societal myth and Constitution, as profound as moon maidens. This is of terrific concern to anyone who wishes to preserve their civilization. Because the elite are the ones tasked with maintaining our Constitutional Rights and the societal myth itself. If they despise them, then the elite will work to undermine them, and our civilization will falter and die. The elite aren’t the elite because they deserve to be. They are the elite because they rose through the ranks of mankind by hook or by crook. As dross floats to the top. Like dross, they’re useless at anything but floating around. Which is fine since that’s their only ability. If however, they don’t believe and hold dear our foundational ethos, and Constitution, then they’re dangerous. We’re just as guilty as the elite when we tolerate such people. Because we’re too lazy to write a letter to our representative, senator, courts, and the executive. Our silence is tantamount to acceptance. The elite take their orders from someone, if not us, then malevolent forces have their way. Speak up. Our civilization depends on us forcing the elite to follow our Constitution, and at least pretending to believe in our Societal Myth. Sincerely, John Pepin
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The War on Critical Thought
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 June 03 2024 at 02:16 pm
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An interesting trend in our culture is that many social media companies and organizations have taken it upon themselves to "protect" the population from critically thinking for themselves to determine the truth. Evidence of this is seen in the censorship efforts aimed at shielding your mind from information deemed too sensitive for you to handle. Additionally, governments worldwide have launched campaigns to address what they refer to as a "misinformation emergency." Make no mistake, the core of these efforts is the notion that you can't think for yourself. If something is truly false information, it should be left to critical thinkers to sort out. "If something can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth." However, these information control operations often appear to be about slowing or stopping the spread of truthful information that might jeopardize existing power structures. This is never openly stated but is often done under the guise of "protecting the public from malicious information". This is why I firmly believe in the First Amendment right in the United States—freedom of speech and expression. We have the freedom to say things that people might not agree with. The idea of centralized control of the truth is inherently tyrannical, regardless of the arguments behind censorship. So, what do you think is the answer to this increasing encroachment from these systems in our culture and society? What do we do about it? What do you personally do? For me, it's about fostering critical thinking, questioning narratives, and advocating for transparency and open dialogue. We must support decentralized media, engage in meaningful conversations, and educate ourselves and others about the importance of free speech. Building communities that value these principles is crucial. If you want to discuss this further or learn more about how to cultivate a critical and healthy mindset, leave a comment or send me a message. You can also check out the testimonials on our website to see how we've helped others achieve their health goals and start with a health coaching session for just $1. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Previewing the End: John 1:1-18
Cam
 May 31 2024 at 11:07 am
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In John’s introduction to his gospel, we learn an interesting truth about God and about Jesus. John opens his gospel using simple terms, but they share a very powerful and profound message. In the opening verses of this introduction, John tells us: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him. Not one thing that exists was made without him. He was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity.” (John 1:1-4 GW) John describes the Word as being with God in the beginning, as bringing the world into existence, and as being the source of life in the world. But John then shares a profound idea that we might miss if we are reading too quickly. This idea sets the stage for all of the gospels, and really for all of history: “The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it.” (John 1:5 GW) If the Bible has a theme verse, this would be a strong contender the top spot. While there are great verses about God’s love, this verse speaks not only about His love, but also His power, and it shares the ultimate conclusion: Darkness never overpowers light. Darkness is the absence of light. It spreads easily and effortlessly when a light goes out. But darkness cannot put a light out. If a light is present anywhere, the light wins over the darkness every single time. It is this truth that John applies to Jesus and His ministry: the dark spiritual forces of Satan are no match for the light that Jesus is. What Jesus did for us is a light that shines through history and it will never be extinguished, no matter what Satan tries. John draws us to the ultimate conclusion of history in this unassuming verse: No matter what it looks like today, when history ends, Jesus wins. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Yuval Noah Harari - A Useless Hack
Sandra Long Toups
 May 30 2024 at 02:47 am
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Yuval Noah Harari - A Useless Hack (Originally posted September 2022) “Free will, that’s over. Free will is a dangerous myth.” – Harari It is my free will to call Yuval Noah Harari the biggest hack and imbecile on the planet due to his biased work not being authentic, but a superfluous betrayal and mockery of humanity and God. “The sin both of men and angels, was rendered possible by the fact that God gave us free will.” – C. S. Lewis Almighty God granted free will to Adam and Eve and free will has existed ever since. Adam and Eve made a conscious decision where the end result of their choice became humanity’s fate. I don’t know if Harari is familiar with a few historical figure’s point of view on free will, but I will share; Aristotle – “Free will and moral responsibility is determined by our character.” Plato – “Once an individual has mastered one’s self, only then can that individual express free will.” Socrates – “Free will and self-control are one and the same.” Marcus Aurelius – “Meditation instructs us in practices to restore our power of free will.” Aquinas – “Intellect and will have command over free will.” As humans, we are faced with multiple decisions on a daily basis where the outcomes from the choices we make, whether it’s choosing door number one, two or three, all have different consequences determining our fate. Therefore, we must have self- control, discipline and most importantly, think, before expressing our free will. After all, free will is a choice and is akin to independent thought, our mind thinking for ourself. Once we make a choice by our free will, we choose our fate because all choices by free will have a cause, an effect, and the consequences are positive or negative based on our decisions and choices. We make a conscious choice to be good or bad, love or hate, kill or steal, be lazy or be productive, choose God or Satan, heaven, or hell. The decisions and choices we make, be it because of our own personal experience and perception, basically all comes down to free will. That said, since everything and everyone is intertwined, the universe harmoniously sends us signs/signals/symbolic daily maps to guide us into what truly matters. But it’s up to the individual to make a conscious choice based on free will. Even though many times we make painful life regretting mistakes, that’s the beauty of ever growing and evolving. It’s how truth sets us free and molds us into the most beautiful versions of ourselves. At the end of the day, we all seek redemption along with courage to seek and conquer new life adventures. That’s the ecstasy of life. We’re not just mindless beings floating around in the ether. Harari claims animals and humans are useless and irrelevant. He is wrong again because everyone and everything has a purpose and a reason. Everyone and everything is independent and at the same time, dependent of others and nature. In the words of Harari the hack, he equates free will to what shirt to wear, movie to watch or show to be on. He is obviously clueless to the concept of free will. Socrates understood that the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Harari claims knowledge but displays ignorance. Consequently, Adam and Eve, of their own volition, sealed humanities fate where the repercussions were that man had to work the earth, laboring and bartering for their needs, wants, services, goods, their supply and demand, creating a free market which eventually evolved into capitalism. Capitalism is a form of survival because man had to fish and farm to eat, to live and to prosper. We cannot expect men to be responsible and prosperous if we constantly provide to him (Socialism) what he must provide for himself. No longer will free manna be falling from the sky. A free market system/capitalism was the outcome because we need to work for what is needed in life and not kill or steal from our neighbor for our survival and necessities or rely on government to be anyone’s sugar daddy. Capitalism works because it provides economic opportunities for success through private ownership for profit and incentives with healthy competition. According to Harari the hack, “Capitalism did not defeat communism because capitalism was more ethical, because individual liberties are sacred or because God was angry with the heathen communists. Rather, capitalism won the Cold War because distributed data processing works better than centralized data processing, at least in periods of accelerating technological change.” Again, Harari, as a person of history you are clueless. Unfortunately, communism is still alive and kicking. China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea and Viet Nam are all Communist countries. The cold war you refer to only ended because of a failed corrupt communist society. Capitalism IS more ethical and allows for individual liberties whereas communism suppresses creativity, invention and doesn’t allow for private ownership. The only thing you got right is calling communist heathens for their ability to keep man under their thumb. Harari, you are being facetious in your suggestions concerning distributed data processing being the reason for winning the cold war. Your reference only alludes to Socialism without calling it Socialism. Using AI terminology to confuse the masses is a new low. Not everyone can see the forest for the trees, and you use this against those who can’t; fellow humans you call unnecessary and useless and are primed to hack. You are shameful. Capitalism is more ethical than communism because capitalism promotes free-market, incentives with financial gains, healthy competition of supply and demand, stimulates economic growth by the private sector which creates jobs. By advancing in the private individual’s interests, the community’s interests also prosper with jobs and economic growth. It’s a basic win, win for humanity. Every time Harari speaks regarding history, he is having a stupid word orgy in his own demented mind. Again, Capitalism works because it allows the individual to choose (free will). Furthermore, it is because of capitalism that societies have advanced so rapidly industrially and technologically. Communism is based on dictatorship hacking a free society with an iron fist based ultimately on illegal control of a people and a nation by demolishing and dominating one’s freedoms at all costs. It suppresses and oppresses free thinking thus hacking one’s free will. Communism destroys the possibility of a world to flourish under a free society and only wants free slave labor turning men into machines to function at the will of a dictator. Free will was basically birthed in the Garden of Eden. God provided free will and it was and will continue to be redeemed. By Harari making a false statement that free will is over and a myth, he is denying the fundamental fabric of humanity’s reality and doesn’t comprehend its basic conception and the rules of life. Free will is based on one’s own ability to think with one’s own mind and choose to act by individual autonomy. He is basically stating that man is no longer a free being, no longer whole, unable to think, to choose, to decide, to experience, perceive or exist as an individual. Harari the hack is by far, more dangerous than Karl Marx because Karl Marx just wanted to abolish all private property. Harari is much more radical and sinister because he wants to abolish and alter your mind, body, heart and soul. He wants to render free will nonexistent and kill all forms of individualism and humanism. Each human is a perfectly imperfect beautiful, unique, loving, amazing, marvelous, authentic, creative, talented, purposeful, exquisite, aiming, quirky and ever evolving mysterious creature. Tampering with God’s creation is a fool’s errand to say the least. Harari wants the elites to hack and redistribute, control, rewire humanity and create a new value scale system from artificial man-made manipulation of its own kind. Hacking is illegal and governments/world elites cannot take our mind, heart, and soul. He further states that Artificial Intelligence (AI), is the greatest revolution in history. I beg to differ because human creation was and is the greatest revolution for mankind. Harari is in a delusional state of mind. A Historian that does not understand history or a Historian who is attempting to rewrite history. Yuval Noah Harari is ignorantly promoting AI so the elites may play God. His egotistical rhetoric regarding altering humans/transhumanism, is nothing but nonsensical verbiage. Transhumanism is the theory that humans will evolve with the help of technology. Humans being literally connected to AI and allowing AI to control their everyday lives. Harari is too brainwashed and hallucinatory to realize he is also a human, hence promoting his own demise. He reminds me of and resembles Gollum aka “Precious” from The Lord of the Rings. Harari, like “Precious”, is an evil, obnoxious, and vile little weasel that is attempting to kill humanity and steal our heritage. He is a shameless liar, and a traitor; a miserable creature making millions pandering false propaganda through his book of fiction. He has a fantasy of being immortal here on earth. Similar to the character “Precious” who extended his life beyond natural biological limits, causing his mind, body and soul to become psychotic, corrupt, demented, and twisted. Just like “Precious,” Harari has lost and betrayed himself. His demented and wicked work would be laughable if it were not dangerous in the hands of his elite friends where his loyalty and servility is placed with people such as Klaus Schwab, aka “Sauron.” Harari should go back to whatever hole from hell he crawled out of. As an advisor and sidekick to Klaus Schwab, he is advocating for the elites to have total government control of humanity through AI in direct defiance of any belief in God, individualism, and personal autonomy. Klaus Schwab is the executive director of The World Economic Forum who has stated “You will own nothing, and you will be happy.” Perhaps Klaus Schwab should lead by example and try living in a 500sqft one-bedroom apartment with no AC, no heater, eating one meal a day after 12 hours of labor commuting on a bicycle so as not to leave a carbon footprint. Schwab and Harari’s arrogance surpasses their own humanity. As for promoting the corporations and the elites to play God, sorry Harari, the title and job of Almighty God is already taken. Your nefarious intentions are nothing new. Satan attempted this and he was thrown out of heaven. Harari claims many past tyrants such as Hitler, his Gestapo and the KGB pursued the creation of transhumanism, but lacked the knowledge, computing power and did not fully comprehend biology. Really Harari, really? Hitler attempted, experimented, and purposefully killed millions of people he regarded as useless much in the same way that you, Harari, thinks of humans now. Harari shamelessly advocates that our leaders adopt a Hitler like mentality using AI as a weapon against the massive populations of the world. He is mimicking Hitler by already claiming most humans are unnecessary, useless and have zero value. The Nazis sterilized approximately 700,000 mentally handicapped people, killed over 100,000 disabled people, exterminated over 6 million Jews, experimented on children like lab rats and for extracurricular activities, killed Christians and Gypsies. Hacks like Hitler and Harari don’t believe in God, instead pursue to be Godlike and attempt to create a delusional utopia. Furthermore, he claims past generations lacked computing skills. How on God’s green earth has an educated Historian never heard of Ada Lovelace; an 1800s English mathematician and writer. As the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was the first human coder and a female to boot. Ada Lovelace’s work included a mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytic Engine. “She was the first to recognize that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. Ada Lovelace is regarded as the first computer programmer.” Harari is instigating world elites to dominate in a more radical fashion than past tyrants and using our own data footprint against us. He claims the elites can re-engineer the future of life itself and informs us that humans are hackable and useless animals. Humans have forever been engineering and re-engineering progress for centuries. We do not need AI to systematically erase humanity if they cannot foot the bill. He is pushing for the selective hacking of humans on a massive level declaring that corporations are already capable of doing so and refers to them as “Digital Dictatorships.” Engineering life by hacking our own minds is a nightmare of its own accord not to mention illegal. Harari insists that science is replacing evolution by natural selection with evolution by intelligent design. We are the natural humans designed to evolve and select with our free will. Humans’ evolution created AI. News flash Harari, we were already created by intelligent design. It was done by Almighty God. Humanity’s natural AI, Almighty Incarnate, the Alpha and Omega, Our Savior. Or, in case you just got it backwards, IA, for I Am instead of AI. God is the great I AM and there is nothing artificial about His intelligence. Intelligent design is also supported by authors David Berlinski and Steven Meyer as well as Yale Professor and computer scientist David Gelernter, all of which debunked Darwin’s theory of natural selection On the Origin of the Species in favor of Intelligent Design with their books The Deniable Darwin and Other Essays, David Berlinski, Darwin’s Doubt, Steven Meyer and Giving up Darwin, David Gelernter. These authors provided substantial data proving that Darwin was ahead of his time but got it wrong. Darwin had no clue about molecular biology and how the actual intelligent design of a cell was misunderstood. “The cell is an unbelievable complex machine. Darwin had no idea of molecular biology and believed that cells came together and formed plants, animals and humans. It was good enough for Darwin, but it was wrong.” (Davide Berlinski) Steven Meyer stated “The Cambrian explosion 70 million years ago (saw) a huge number of animal body plants. A body plant is a unique configuration of body parts and tissues that arrive abruptly into the fossil record with no discernable connection to earlier precursors or earlier ancestors.” Darwin’s theory was survival of the fittest, natural selection. The explosion of fossil records of the Cambrian period could not substantiate Darwin’s conclusions. These fossils just showed up giving credence to intelligent design and not natural selection. Darwin did not and could not understand molecular biology as at the time of his existence it was not known nor understood. “Darwinian evolution is gradual, step-by-step. Yet in the ‘Cambrian explosion’ of around half a billion years ago, a striking variety of new organisms – including the first ever animals – pop up suddenly in the fossil record over a mere 70-odd million years.” (David Gelernter) Darwin did explain the small changes in life that could take place over time, thorns on a rose, adapting to heat or cold, but he missed the big picture. It’s basic knowledge that humans, animals and plant life adapt to their environment, even if the environment evolves, all mentioned evolves with it. Darwin’s theory was based on one man visiting one island that he never returned to. Everyone just ran with his theory which has been proven to be technically flawed. The world/universe is a beautiful and vast mysterious place, and it certainly takes more than visiting one island, one time, to figure out the beautiful intricate origins of life. If someone lives only inside a box or one room without exploring outside the box, one truly never lives and misses a lot. We must live and think outside the box. The origin of building new biological life has only one explanation; Intelligent Design. One must create proteins and genes in specific exact orders for new life to be propagated. God created humans to evolve, and humans make choices through thought processes and free will. By advocating transhumanism to dangerous levels to the point of no return, destroying the beautiful authentic organic life created by God and replacing it with inorganic life aka AI, is about as stupid as stupid is. God created humans with the ability to evolve and to grow through His intelligent design. Humans don’t just have a stagnant restricted life cycle. We have generation after generation to learn and improve. We are born to grow and evolve throughout the entirety of our life on earth. We grow and mature from pre-natal life experiences, becoming a fetus, to infancy, to child, teenager/adolescence, mature adulthood, and senility human to death eternity in heaven or hell. We grow through life by our own free will through the choices and paths we take. We play many roles throughout our lifetime. We have many different gifts and talents to contribute. Harari claims that no living organism has changed within four billion years. He says nothing mental has changed in the basic rules in the game of life. That is completely ignorant and utterly false. Harari states AI is superior to humans. Wrong, humans created AI. AI is a man-made machine. Humans can pull the plug on AI and or remove its battery. AI can short circuit, and reverse programming is possible not to mention hackable (take it from China). An EMP will wipe out all electronics. AI can’t experience human emotions. AI can only systematically calculate outcomes and make choices based on the input of data. It cannot predict human’s emotions. Humans change with time, not to mention we change our mind about things through our own processes, experiences, and perceptions. We evolve and experience actual life through different cycles. AI is not organic or unpredictable, it doesn’t experience, it computes. Humans have the ability to think outside the box, especially if someone or something determines it has us figured out, we can change our minds or change course and sometimes change the rules of the game. Humans have a heart and soul. We shed tears of love, immense joy, heartbreak and sorrow. Humans have a sense of humor so we use our free will and laugh at Harari (again if his message was not so threatening). Humans are passionate sexual beings. We are the only living creatures that blush. Humans can reproduce their own kind as carbon copies of themselves. Where two can make one. Can AI do that? Absolutely not! Humans have a soul and a conscience. Humans are unpredictable because we change with time and think differently as adults as when we were teenagers. We have emotions. We fall in and out of love. We laugh, cry, shout, sing, dance, smell, touch, feel, express, taste, perceive, calculate, estimate, create, invent, play, have compassion for our fellow kind, free will, a conscience and a soul. We love and care for one another and will protect our families to the end. Humanity is one huge family. No way on God’s green earth will we allow AI to take over our mind, body and soul without a fight. Humans have fought for liberty since the beginning of time. So bring it on! AI is programmed. Humans can easily pull the plug on AI by simply unplugging the machines, removing the batteries, reprogramming or removing the chips or submerging AI in water and basically drowning the drones. Harari wants to replace beautiful unique humans with machines. Humans have a thinking brain. AI has a chip. Humans have a heart, they feel and experience life. AI has a chip. AI has zero emotions and can’t experience life. It’s programmed and programmed by humans. Humans have blood vessels and veins. AI has wires. Humans have the precious blood of life. AI has hydraulic fluid or oil. Harari wants to illegally hack humans. He wants to create a one size fits all false utopia. He wants a one flavored, One World Order, controlled by the elites. Those that don’t comply will basically be put away given drugs, a basic income and video games. He states free will is over. What a hack! Harari is basically stating that man is no longer free to think for themselves or even exist as man. He further makes outlandish claims that we’re at the point where the majority of humans will have no value to society. The non-elite will become unnecessary and useless. Much in the same manner as Hitler did before and during WWII. He claims everything is being digitalized and monitored. Yeah, everybody and their grandma already knows this Harari. With that said, AI advancement is a positive process when used in assisting humankind. Technological advancement is always a good thing, however, using AI to replace or modify the beautiful, authentic, mysterious and unique human creatures is beyond ignorant. We are the natural humans that were created to evolve and make choices with our own free will. Through human evolution we created AI. Harari has the audacity to pass judgment on his own species stating that the rise of AI will make humans economically unnecessary, useless, and politically powerless. He declares that technology will be used to enhance and upgrade humans leading to a different species of humanity having different futures and creating a new speciation. The incivility of this imbecile wants to elicit control of human DNA/brain, body, and life by the global elites, governments, and corporations and create a new species. AI will never be a species. AI will never have the heart we find in humanity. He is quoted as saying that “very soon we will have the technology to really have a total surveillance regime in which you can survey the entire population down to your blood pressure and your brain activity every minute of every day.” Are the elites so bored and uninteresting that they must be obsessed with our every move including looking up one’s butt!? Perhaps they’re perverts as well. As if all this wasn’t so stupidly exhausting, He continues to mock Almighty God by saying we don’t need God or fear of floods and droughts. Maybe you should take notice of all the global natural disasters taking place across the globe all at once such as floods, droughts, fires, heat waves, mass animal deaths, birds dropping to their death from the sky, etc…I think God heard you mocking Him. Galatians 6:7 KJV “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whosoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Harari the hack, claims that AI and the created algorithms will know us better than we know ourselves. Have you seen the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report? Again, your nefarious intentions are nothing new. He is a hack who claims AI is superior to humans. Klaus Schwab stated – “A great leader has brains, vision, soul, values and a heart.” Sorry Harari that disqualifies AI for futurist and all-powerful leadership. It looks as if your mentor the old man Klaus Schwab aka “Sauron” contradicted your statement of AI leading the new era. There are millions upon millions of machines that have been intelligently and intentionally designed. Human cells are machines deliberately created by a higher being aka Almighty God. AI might be able to store and retrieve more data faster than a human, but it doesn’t technically “Think” because humans have “thought” how to program AI. AI doesn’t have a soul, free will or a conscience. Harari claims AI can out smart humans, but humans are unpredictable creatures, can change their minds and we are very mysterious. The evolution of humans has been taking place for thousands of years. We, humans, have created AI through the evolution of our own intelligence and the processes of AI and its advanced technological means is only possible by the ability of programs written. Again, all by humans. God created humans to evolve. We don’t remain babies for our entire life. We grow, we evolve. He is mocking God by saying we are much better than God from the bible. He claims we can make God as angry as we want and we can out smart God. He claims that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is fake news and animals, and humans are insignificant. Psalm 14:1 “Only the fools says in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!” He states that whatever free will is, it is over and that man is no longer free. God gave us free will. The ability to choose right from wrong. The ability to change our minds, to laugh, to cry, to love. All granted to us all by the creator of all things as well as humankind. That is what makes us human. AI cannot grant any of this. We are beautiful, unique and mysterious souls. Yuval Noah Harari, you’re a hack! All throughout history it has been proven that the masses will eventually stand up to corrupt government, authoritarian leadership, dictators and tyrants and revolt. Whether it be over human rights violation, freedom of speech, right to bare arms, over taxation, rise of food shortages and costs, fuel shortages, water shortages or even hacking humans into submission through AI transhumanism. We say bring it on!!! Mankind will not go down without a fight! Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Patrick Henry – “Give me liberty or give me death!”
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Navigating an Unhealthy Environment
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 28 2024 at 03:48 pm
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I often say that our environment is filled with low-hanging fruits that are easy to grab but often lead us down unhealthy paths. There are many reasons why our surroundings are set up this way, but it’s something we must be mindful of when considering our health. If we passively accept our environment as it is, we lack mindfulness, intention, strategy, and the values needed to make healthier choices. Simply stumbling into whatever environment we find ourselves in is a recipe for failure. Our environment offers many unhealthy temptations, like junk food, long hours of sitting and playing video games, endlessly scrolling through our phones, and using substances like alcohol. This is the society and culture we live in, which means it's up to us to be more conscious of our surroundings and our values. For example, choosing a healthy snack over junk food because you value long-term health over immediate gratification can make a significant difference. The media and marketing often push unhealthy ideals, teaching us to diet to be thin, hate our bodies, and seek quick fixes. The key is to cultivate awareness, mindfulness, intention, purpose, and a strong sense of values. Knowing what you want your environment to look like is crucial for setting yourself up for success. What changes have you made to align your environment with your values? How do you stay mindful of your surroundings and their impact on your health? What are some of your strategies for resisting unhealthy temptations in your environment? At Avantia Health Optimization, we empower individuals to navigate these challenges and make healthier choices that relate to their values. Check out the testimonials on our website to see how we've helped others achieve their health goals. Send me a message or click the link in this post to get started with your first session for just $1 today and take the first step towards reclaiming control over your health. @andrewcoatesfitness Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Health Choices vs. Industrial Agendas
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 26 2024 at 06:33 pm
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It's no secret that many of our biggest American industries support each other. While some may deny this, those paying attention realize that the big food industry collaborates with the medical industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and even the government. These partnerships create conflicts of interest and build an industrial complex that significantly affects our lives, environment, and culture. To have more control over our lives, we must recognize that these industrial complexes exist and are highly motivated to influence us in ways that align with their agendas. These forces not only work within their own industries but also team up across industries. This collaboration makes it crucial for us to understand that as individuals, we can only do so much. To truly counter their influence, we need to be aware of who is on our side and establish a strong support system, including family, friends, and local or online communities. Additionally, hiring a health coach can be a vital step. A health coach's sole job is to be your partner in health, helping you combat the efforts of marketers, propagandists, and big industry players, so you can set up your environment for success. What steps are you currently taking to reduce the influence of these industrial complexes on your life? How do you ensure that your health choices are truly your own and not influenced by external agendas? In what ways have you found support in your community to help make healthier choices? At Avantia Health Optimization, we empower individuals to navigate these challenges and make healthier choices for themselves and their families. Check out the testimonials on our website to see how we've helped others achieve their health goals. Send me a message or click the link in this post to get started with your first session for just $1 today and take the first step towards reclaiming control over your health. Image credit: @drjabanmoore Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Changing Our Hearts: Luke 20:27-40
Cam
 May 29 2024 at 11:06 am
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We have covered most parts of this passage in previous journal entries, but there is still one piece left: the crowd’s reaction – which has been recorded in both Luke and Matthew. Matthew tells us broadly that, “When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.” (Matthew 22:33 TNIV) We see here Jesus taught things from a completely different perspective than the perspective the other religious teachers taught from – and this new perspective, including the truth it contained, was astonishing to those in the crowds. But that is not the only reaction. Luke’s reaction verse brings a little more information about how those who brought Jesus the question responded to His answer. Luke says, “Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.” (Luke 20:39-40 TNIV) Luke frames the leaders as caught off guard. About the only response they have is a perplexed compliment, as if to say, “We’d never looked at that passage that way before.” While Jesus taught, He seemed to always be trying to shift people’s perspective from an earthly one to a heavenly one.Instead of looking at a situation from where we are on earth, look at it from heaven’s perspective.Instead of looking at life in the immediate moment, whether that is the current hour, day, week, or year, look instead from the viewpoint of heaven – the viewpoint of eternity.Instead of looking at the scriptures as a collection of verses that we can pick and choose from, look at all verses and passages as pieces of an eternal story of how God is moving and interested in this world. Luke concludes this passage with the comment that from this point on, no one dared to ask Jesus any more questions. It would seem that at this point, after numerous challenges and questions, and Jesus always being a step ahead with a perfect response, that the religious leaders and teachers would have already picked up on the futility of trying to trap Him. But instead, it takes Jesus perspective shifting the entire foundation of the Sadducee school of thought to wake all the religious leaders up to the idea that He saw life, scripture, and truth from a completely different perspective. At this point, they give up trying to trap Him and begin the early stages of thinking about killing Him. They realized that they would not be able to discredit Him, so the next best solution would be to get rid of Him by taking His life. However, the irony of that move is that Jesus actually came to give up His life. In our own lives, are we too caught up in thinking at things from our human perspective? What would happen if we saw life through God’s heavenly, eternity-filtered perspective? Would that change our hearts to be more like His? This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Facing Judgment Day: Matthew 10:5-15
Cam
 June 07 2024 at 11:06 am
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At the close of Jesus’ instructions to His disciples before He sends them out on a missionary journey during the middle of His time on earth, Jesus tells them how they are to interact with the towns they meet. Jesus first described what they were to do, and then He described what they shouldn’t take with them. Jesus finishes by describing how they are to interact with the people and towns they come to. He says, “When you enter a town or village, look for someone who is willing to welcome you. Stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, greet those who live there. If that home welcomes you, give it your blessing of peace. If it does not, don’t bless it. Some people may not welcome you or listen to your words. If they don’t, leave that home or town, and shake the dust off your feet. What I’m about to tell you is true. On judgment day it will be easier for Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.” (Matthew 10:11-15 NIRV) In His concluding remarks, Jesus makes a statement that is almost startling. “On judgment day it will be easier for Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.” (Matthew 10:15 NIRV) Jesus closes by basically saying that anyone who refuses the messengers who God has sent them is in worse shape than the worst towns in the ancient world. Sodom and Gomorrah were so bad that God personally intervened and destroyed them. Jesus basically describes those who refuse to listen to the messengers God has sent as being in worse shape than these horrible, ungodly locations. Within this idea, I see two themes present. One theme is a warning; the other theme is a promise. The warning I see in this idea is that those who don’t pay attention to God’s messengers have no hope for the future. While it may appear on the surface that they are wise to reject God, when judgment day arrives, they will have no defense. However, with this warning is a promise for another group of people: Those God has sent as messengers. God’s messengers throughout history have not been received well. Those God has sent will always have people who oppose them. Since God’s messengers always faced opposition, and since Jesus Himself faced opposition, I see no reason to believe it will be any different in the future. God’s messengers will face opposition. The promise for God’s messengers in this idea is that even when we are rejected, God will stand up for us when judgment day arrives. God will fight for those who claim Jesus and His sacrifice. All of God’s followers have an advocate in Jesus. Jesus paid the ultimate price and faced ultimate rejection when He was crucified. None of it was what He deserved, but He chose it for you and for me. When history finally ends and judgment day arrives, Gods followers and His messengers will know that they chose the right side. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Mom Brain
liberty5300
 June 15 2024 at 03:44 pm
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Artist: Mark Arian Yesterday, one of my students made a silly comment. “It’s good for you to help me with my work. If your brain is still going, you won’t get dementia being a stay-at-home mom.” I laughed. I thoroughly enjoy working with this student. She has a great sense of humor. I do, however, find it quite obvious (based on her statement) that she has never had kids of her own. You see, my daughter is three now, and she’s beginning to ask questions. It’s really not easy. She’s kind of picky. If I don’t sufficiently answer, she will just ask me again. I’ve realized I must simplify things and package them in a way that she can understand. I must take into consideration what she already knows. And if it’s a really complicated concept, I’m sometimes forced to get a little bit creative. What can be deferred or left out? Should I “zoom out” first or “zoom in?” What can I use to fill in a large understanding gap, temporarily? I want my answer to be as informative as possible, but still remain compatible with a three-year-old level of resolution. I’m inclined to give her the best answer I can within my own capabilities. What is my incentive? More questions, of course. I’d like to nurture her curiosity, if possible. I experienced more (and another level) of this while swimming today with a friend and her three children. Two of them are boys, age six and eight. Their little sister is almost three and she and my daughter are buddies from Mommy-and-Me classes. Her sons are absolutely adorable. They kind of latch on to my daughter and I when we see them at the gym. “I’m a big kid,” my daughter proudly told the boys this afternoon with her hands on her hips. They playfully teased her at the edge of the pool when, suddenly, their sassy little sister made an entrance, screaming for her older friend. My daughter squealed back, jumping into the shallow end in anticipation. “I know multiplication. Challenge me,” the youngest brother suddenly demanded. My daughter and her friend were momentarily distracted by some toy boats and mermaids. This boy was something. I gave him about ten problems. He answered so quickly I had to increase the level of difficulty. He’s only six. “Keep challenging me,” he chirped. I gave him every single problem I could think of. I was certain I could trick him, but he never missed one. My daughter eventually returned. She watched us as we went back and forth. She was puzzled. “I know two! Two? Five?” My daughter recognized some of the numbers and she repeated them, trying to copy her older friend. She can count to twenty, but that’s the extent of it. I’m sure she thought we were speaking a different language. “Challenge me more!” This kid was insatiable. His mom laughed at our endless multiplication drills in the pool. I think she enjoyed having someone else take over for a little bit. I took a break after the last round. My brain hurt trying to come up with the most difficult problems possible, and very quickly. My daughter and I walked to a shady area to eat some watermelon. She then looked at me, quite concerned. And then she asked one of the most difficult questions (to answer) that I’ve encountered so far. “Mommy, what were you and the boy doing?” Oh no. What do I get myself into? Nurturing curiosity sounds great until I’m trying to think of a way to explain multiplication to a three-year-old (lol). Maybe I’ll start with explaining addition first. I know my student was only joking, but the irony is that we work our brains quite often just being around children. I honestly find that teaching in parenting is equally as intellectually stimulating as teaching and tutoring undergraduate and graduate students.
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Who Are You?
A Wayward Shaman
 June 02 2024 at 08:32 pm
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Who are you? Such a simple question on the surface. Yet, the truth is, you and I are as difficult to define as the very fabric of the Universe. After all, we're made of the same stuff, are we not? Ghosts piloting meat suits made of stardust. We are all Consciousness experiencing Being in a three-dimensional world. That is the root of our existence. This three-dimensional space with its seemingly unidirectional flow of time into the future, is but a classroom in which we can learn and grow. Outside of this space, time is an ocean, and not a stream. Just as Consciousness is an ocean, of which we are but a drop. A drop containing the Whole. Because existence is Holographic in nature. As Above, So Below, and all that. Lately, I've been experiencing a deep crisis of meaning in my life. When I was a child, I knew that one day, I would leave my mark on the world. Over time, that knowledge morphed into a desire to write stories and share them with others. I attempted to do so as an Indie writer, self-publishing my work. It bottomed out, and with it so did my Life's Purpose. All the meaning bled away, leaving me cold and lifeless. I'm not the only one, either. Others are going through this same experience. They're feeling devoid of meaning and lacking in substance. Their lives a bland imitation of actual living. The only people capable of true life, are those who've made something of themselves. The high achievers. If you're not one of them, then you're nobody. That's the feeling. That's where it starts, at least. And slowly over time, it becomes the soul-crushing realization that you're doomed to spend the rest of your life working for some corporate monstrosity for pennies on the dollar. Eking out a meager paycheck which barely keeps you alive, but will never allow you any more than that. That's when things take the darkest turn of all, and you begin to question why you continue living. What's the point when all hope is lost, and your fate is sealed? You'll live forever in a black and white limbo until your body gives out, and death sets you free. This is depression, and the story it tells is a lie. But, here's the Truth. Yes, the Truth with capital T. Nothing in all of existence would be the same without you in it. Every moment you live and move in the world, you influence the things around you. You set new pendulums in motion with every action. The sad part of this Truth is that you will never know the depths of your influence in the world. You can never truly know it, because you cannot see all the ways in which your ripples will interact with those of others. But, rest assured that they do, in fact, cross paths constantly. I'll give you a few examples of this pattern of interference, not only to illustrate my point, but to hammer home the Truth of it. During my spiritual journey, I've encountered several important figures. People whose words reached out to me from various times and places to inform my very existence as I knew it. People whose lives and choices influenced my own in ways they will never know, but became crucial in my decision to pursue medecine work with what's left of my life. I've never known their names. Perhaps they've been lost to history. But their moniker, "The Three Initiates," lives on in perpetuity, under the banner of The Kybalion. Their decision to forego credit for preserving and passing on the wisdom of The Seven Hermetic Principles, is perhaps crucial to their success in this endeavor. Because of their decision, I never once questioned the validity of their words or the veracity of their claims. I simply felt their resonance within my inner being and allowed it to guide me. I've since felt that same resonance several times over when encountering new information or perspectives. Every time, I feel as though The ALL has drawn me further into the depths of its beautiful mysteries. I know that there are questions whose answers will always evade my human understanding, and I love it. Whomever those Three Initiates actually may be, they will never know their impact on my life. Nor will they know the impact they've had on all of existence through the reach of their anonymously authored text. Their choice to remain anonymous, gave me courage to follow suit, and become a shaman without a name. In the more recent past, I stumbled across another YouTube channel called, "After Skool." Their channel is a wealth of knowledge, gathered from an unending list of intelligent souls. Their video on Sacred Geometry is one of my favorites, and I've linked it here so you can see and enjoy it for yourself. The team at After Skool will likely never know me in any way, but our paths have still crossed in a meaningful way. Our trajectories have been altered by the interaction. Mine, Moreno than theirs, but the fact remains. My most recent mentor is none other than Mad Bear Anderson, the great and powerful Tuscarora medicine man. He and I may never meet in this three-dimensional world, but our paths have still crossed, and he has still passed his wisdom on to me. The world still rings with the ripples of his actions during life. He worked powerful medicine and took action, even when others dared not. He is an example for us all to follow, and I hope that I can become a student of which he would be proud. The TL;DR version: You can never know the depth of your influence in this world, but nothing would be the same without you. You are loved.
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It's The Inflation Battle: The White House vs...
David Reavill
 June 15 2024 at 01:54 pm
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Fed Chairman Jerome Powell before Congress. ** Inflation—we see it everywhere: when we go to the grocery store, out to eat, or fill up the car. Prices are higher everywhere, and so much so that it's having a real impact on our standard of living. So, what are our government leaders doing about this problem? How are they helping resolve this bout of inflation? It's an interesting question, and you may be surprised by the answers. What's fascinating about today's inflation is that it began right out of the blue, almost instantly. From 1990 until H1 2020, inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), was less than 2%, with two exceptions. During H2 2005 and H1 2008, the CPI rose above 2%, but it quickly retreated after that. Inflation wasn't our problem; deflation was. There was a real danger that the economy might fall into a deflationary spiral, like that experienced in the Depression of the 1930s. Back then, people simply did not have any money to purchase goods and services. Businesses closed for lack of customers. The nation was in a vicious cycle: Fewer jobs meant less money in the economy, which meant closed businesses, which led to fewer jobs. You get the picture. As we've discussed before, an economist named John Maynard Keynes proposed that the government "prime the pump" by putting money into the economy by hiring workers and creating various subsidies and grants. Franklin Roosevelt picked up on the idea and is credited with bringing the nation out of the Depression. Incidentally, the country fell into the same "Depressionary Spiral" in Q1 2020, the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This time, it was state and local governments that shut down businesses, but the results were the same: lost jobs, lower economic activity, and a burgeoning Depression. However, this time, Washington pursued the same solution that Roosevelt used nearly a century ago: put money into the system. Remember those stimulus checks? Their aim was to bring us out of those economic doldrums. Economists call this prime-the-pump strategy fiscal stimulus. It involves the government giving money to citizens and businesses to promote economic activity and return to a growth phase. As we can all see, fiscal stimulus works reasonably well during troubled times when economic growth falters. After all, we did return to an expansive economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. But Fiscal Stimulus is no panacea; it's not a solution to all our economic problems. In fact, when Fiscal Stimulus is applied during a time when the economy is already growing, this added stimulus translates into inflation. Too much of a good thing can do more harm than good. That's how Keynes sees it. Keynes was adamant that government stimulus is a strategy governments should use sparingly. What's more, he felt that the debt that would be created should be paid back as soon as the country was back on its feet and able to sustain commercial growth. Unfortunately, the current Administration hasn't read the rest of Keynes' book. They are intoxicated with spending and stimulus, and they've made that a permanent feature of government. You've read that under President Biden, the Federal Government spends a trillion dollars every 100 days. But like pushing on a string, this excessive stimulus has morphed into inflation. The stimulus was great at bringing us out of the COVID-19 depression, but we're beyond that now. Now, it only brings inflation. Current government spending has one other dimension that makes it particularly harmful. And the White House doesn't get all the blame; Congress is equally guilty. In the world of Keynes and Roosevelt, it was assumed that all government spending would go to the American People. This is why Roosevelt created programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). However, much of today's government spending goes offshore. Those tremendous military aid packages, which are being used to fight wars in Ukraine and Gaza, provide little, if any, stimulus to the American people. Yet, it will be the American people who will pay for the debt created. This brings us to the chief manager of our finances: the Federal Reserve Board. The nation's central bank is responsible, by Congressional mandate, for maintaining stable prices (in other words, low inflation) and promoting full employment. But how can you do that when across town is the biggest spender in history, promoting inflation daily? The Fed is in a real bind. We saw it this week when they announced their latest interest rate decision: no change. What else could they do? Yes, the economic numbers all look like they're slowing: GDP and inflation are both down, while unemployment rose last month. But who knows what the inflationist-in-chief will do next? In the supporting materials for their Meeting, the Fed provides a Summary of economic projections. Within the Summary is the so-called "dot plot," a record of what each Fed Governor sees as an appropriate interest rate. All 19 dots fell below the current 5.5% interest rate, while 8 "dots" (governors) thought the current interest rate should be below 5%. In other words, when asked individually, the Fed Governors felt that interest rates should be lower, some much lower ( a drop of more than 50 basis points). Yet they're frozen by an Administration that won't control its spending and thereby won't curtail inflation. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Identity and Feelings in Current Society
snowlord
 June 20 2024 at 11:58 pm
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I recently read an article that was a brief expository analysis of the link between identity and desire made in our changing culture. The author, while in grad school for English literature, registered for a course in science fiction. Little did he know at the time that he had actually registered for a class in lesbian science fiction. I won’t go into the sixteen-week challenge he faced, but suffice it to say that the traditionalist student eventually elicited a response of “that’s beautiful” when the heterosexual doctoral candidate, at the professor’s request, explained his views and the wonderful marriage he had, per what he believed was the design for that institution from the beginning. All was not lost. That particular account aside, I was led to ponder this association as our current culture regards it. Essentially, we in the West are now subjected to a paradigm that the two aspects of the human condition are inextricable from each other and that neither one should be understood as intrinsically bad (though with clear and solid walls around that limited territory). There is a sense in which that relationship is true, but it’s not my intent in this space to get into that argument. Basically, it is believed – and taught at many levels – that the “acceptable” linkage in this realm is not to be tampered with or challenged – the correct response is affirmation of that union. The outcome of this philosophy is becoming deeper and more extensive all the time. What was once considered universally understood about, we’ll say, woke ideology, is now crossing previously-thought impenetrable boundaries. I’ll touch briefly upon two specific aspects of this encroachment. First, sexual desire and gender identity were thought to be the purview of adults only – heteronormatives might not like the greater “outing” of these other proclivities/genders, but they could look away and not let the issue concern them. However, it could have been predicted, but largely wasn’t, that eventually, those adults who are attracted to children also have to be affirmed to some degree as products of their genes and environment. How this might play out is frightening to meditate upon. If care is taken in the interaction, might it actually be a good, maturity-developing one for the minor, too? Second, whether in a comment on Thinkspot or elsewhere – I can’t remember – I tried to take this concept to another direction, theorizing that a time would come when, say, those who have an inbred inclination for taking what doesn’t belong to them would be seen not as law-breakers, per se, but as those who are merely living out what moves them, which they can’t control. I asked if there would come a time when supermarkets would be required to designate an aisle or two to “Klepto-Americans.” I thought it a bit facetious at the time, just a fanciful parable of our era, but lately I see this starting to come true. In California, as I’ve heard, the minimum value for theft to be considered a felony has been raised to well over $900. Many states are now recognizing the “rights” of squatters who inhabit a rental without paying rent. I’d bet that a part of the justification of such changes in law could be construed from the implication that white privilege is unfairly derived from the capitalist system (also racism), which wrongly enriches owners and impoverishes consumers and renters. Thus, “takings” can be construed as a corrective “tax” or “penalty” on the business owner. How much worse can these things get? In contemplating possible scenarios, I decided to try to incorporate some dark humor to address this unravelling phenomenon. What if our language were heavily tweaked to instill “newthink?” This might not be an effective tactic, but I’ll give it a whirl. Pace, Webster’s and OED, but be prepared for some revisions to your dictionaries in scary days to come. Try these on for size…. Skleptember – the ninth month, designated for klepto-pride Blocktober – the tenth month, when college students are encouraged to take over campus property, classrooms, and staff offices (for woke and racist causes only) Nofember – the eleventh month, hallowing the determination of the indeterminacy of the definition of woman and validating the entry of males into female sporting events Dissembler – the twelfth month, honoring estimable liars (exclusively, those on the left) Kleptocracy – the USA’s valid form of government, as opposed to the illegitimate form set in the Constitution by the country’s privileged founders Ciskleptsia – one whose inclination to steal was assigned at birth (the first positive use of the prefix “cis-”!) Apopkleptic – hateful rage against those who identify as thieves Klept palate – a taste for that which has been pilfered Kleptomania – a term now in disuse meaning strong urge to rob (but just as the term “manic/depressive” has been changed to “bipolar,” “kleptomaniac” has been changed to “bi-stoler,” indicating one who sometimes owns items by thievery and sometimes lets others steal from him) Wickedpedia – a banned term describing supposed wrongful pedophilia Orthopedics (new definition replacing the old) – those who rightly desire children sexually (antonym of heteropedics, which is an oxymoron) Encyclopedia (new definition replacing the old) – the all-around knowledge of sexual attraction to children Emopeds – those who have strong feelings for children (not to be confused with small electric motorcycles that are climate-friendly) Pedantic (new definition replacing the old) – fun foreplay lark with children by those attracted to them (akin to pedofeelya) Pedometer – small device to measure frequency of intimate contacts with children, to enable the wearer to maintain healthy levels of interaction Peder Pan – endearing cartoon character created to convey the “worldwide” dominance of sexual attraction to children Spedos – tight activewear, not only for swimmers, but also for competitive tyke-riders Oped – one blood type of those attracted to children Pediatryst (accent on second syllable) – a secret love affair with a child Space would fail me to go on with terms like Klepto-Bismol, Well-klept secret, Klepticemia, Impede, etc., so I’ll give it a rest here. This limited Kleptxicon and Peder’s Digest will have to do for now. [Please note:the above terms and definitions have not been examined, or approved, by the Sardonix Institute, LLY (Limited Liability Youthers – and you can check the whole anagram there).Reader reactions may vary.]
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Evaluating Judicial Candidates
Nancy Churchill
 June 12 2024 at 08:53 pm
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In Washington state, judicial races are nonpartisan. The argument supporting a nonpartisan designation is that judges should be unbiased and neutral in their interpretation of the law. I think that’s a nice fantasy, but in reality, everyone has a bias, including judges. If judicial bias didn’t exist, appointments to the U.S. Supreme court would not be so contentious. We all know that judges have a bias, and we know that often the bias is either strongly conservative or strongly liberal. At the Supreme Court level, justices generally have served on lower courts for many years, and there are years of written legal opinions to help the public determine if a justice has a conservative or liberal bias. Even then, it’s impossible to predict the future based on past opinions, but at least it’s a starting point in the process of evaluation. Unfortunately, in local county races, there’s no such shortcut, as the people running for district or superior court judge positions are often new to the bench. In this circumstance, a nonpartisan designation creates a substantial handicap for the voters. How is the voter supposed to choose between two judge candidates with no prior record on the bench? If there is a prior record for a sitting judge, how does the average voter unearth it and understand it? In addition, Washington has a code of judicial conduct which applies to judicial candidates. This code restricts candidates from expressing opinions about matters or topics that may come before the court. How does the voter learn more? This year, I’ve made an attempt to develop some questions that voters can ask judicial candidates that would help us determine their implicit bias. These questions require that the voter do two things. First, you have to make an effort to research these questions yourself, and determine what answers to these questions would best fit your political point of view. Next, you’re going to have to call each candidate and conduct a short interview either in person or on the phone. Once you have answers from each candidate, you can share your findings with your friends and support your favorite candidates. Interview Questions for Judicial Candidates Icebreaker questions: These are personal background questions. Where did the candidate grow up? How long have they lived in the area? If they’ve moved into the area, where are they from originally and why did they move here? Are they married, divorced, have children, grandchildren, etc. Since this is a personal interview, you can share some of your background and start building a relationship. The goal is an honest and respectful dialogue with the candidate. Education questions: Where did the candidate get their undergraduate degree and their law degree? Take notes so you can research the schools later. When and where did they pass the bar exam? Did they work their way through school? If so what did they do? Do they have student loans and have the loans been paid off? What type of law was their favorite during law school? What did they find appealing about that type of law? Employment history: Where has the candidate practiced law and for how long? How long did they work at each place of employment? Are they in a law firm, or do they run their own practice? What type of law have they practiced, have they gotten the opportunity to practice their favorite type of law? Have they worked as a prosecuting attorney or as a defending attorney or both? If both, which side of the courtroom do they prefer and why? Why run for office questions: Why did the candidate decide to run for this position? Can they explain what types of cases they will be hearing if they win the seat? A strong candidate can explain exactly what types of cases are brought to that particular court, either District Court, Superior Court or even the state Supreme Court. Legal Foundations: What is your preferred school of constitutional interpretation? This question requires the voter to make an effort to learn a bit about the practice of law. Voters can learn more about constitutional interpretation at this legal research site. As a voter, what do you think is the most appropriate method of interpreting the U.S. Constitution? This will help you decide if the candidate fits your criteria. Qualifications needed to practice law: The Washinbgton Supreme Court recently approved an alternative pathway to licensure. What does the candidate think about that? Should new lawyers need to pass the bar exam or not? What do you think about this? Does the candidate agree with you, and if not can they justify their opinion? The Supreme Court questions: Who is the candidate’s favorite Supreme Court Justice and why? Which supreme court justice current or past does the candidate admire the most, and why? The boundaries between branches: What does the candidate think about politicians who don’t respect Court rulings? An example is President Biden ignoring the Supreme Court’s ruling on student loan relief. Alternatively, what does the candidate think about courts that don’t respect lawmakers? An example of this is the Washington Supreme Court’s McCleary Decision, where the court mandated a level of funding for the schools, which was a controversial overreach into the business of the legislature. Research now, vote confidently later As you can see, researching your judicial candidates will require that you learn a bit about the law as well as making time to conduct interviews with the candidates. I’ve used these questions to interview some judicial candidates in Ferry County, and I felt that these questions provided me with enough background information to make an informed decision in the race. Please let me know if you find these questions useful. I’d love to get your feedback on them and the interviews that you conduct. Support Dangerous Rhetoric Nancy Churchill is a writer and educator in rural eastern Washington State, and the state committeewoman for the Ferry County Republican Party. She may be reached at DangerousRhetoric@pm.me. The opinions expressed in Dangerous Rhetoric are her own. Dangerous Rhetoric is available on thinkspot, Rumble and Substack. Sources: 1) Constitutional Interpretation, Heinonline blog, https://bit.ly/3xmp9yu 2) Supreme Court Approves Alternative Pathways to Lawyer Licensure in Washington State, https://bit.ly/3yWKlMb 3) Current Supreme Court Justices, https://bit.ly/4ehvfRn 4) History of the Supreme Court, https://bit.ly/3XhYFsH 5) Biden’s Student Loan Boast: The Supreme Court ‘Didn’t Stop Me’, WSJ, 2-23-24. https://on.wsj.com/3yRiaye 6) Following the money: How the Washington Supreme Court changed how the state funds education. https://bit.ly/4cbkKNM
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Teaching with Parables: Mark 4:1-9, 13-20
Cam
 June 21 2024 at 11:13 am
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Immediately before sharing the parable of the farmer scattering seed, both Mark and Matthew introduce this portion of their gospels with an interesting statement. Mark transitions into the parable by saying “He taught them many things by parables…” (Mark 4:2a NIV) Matthew transitions into this section by saying, “Then he told them many things in parables…” (Mark 4:3a NIV) Both gospel writers then start into sharing about the parable of the farmer scattering his seed. I don’t believe it is an accident or a coincidence that both Matthew and Mark place this parable as the first one immediately following their introductory statement. The reason I believe this is because immediately before sharing what the parable means, Jesus makes an equally interesting statement that is relevant for our “parables” discussion. Mark captures this transition statement by telling us Jesus rhetorically asks the disciples, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?” (Mark 4:13 NIV) Both Mark and Matthew included this parable to open up Jesus’ big shift into teaching with parables. While this may not have been Jesus’ first parable He ever shared, it seemed to fit both gospel writers’ narratives to include it here before sharing more of Jesus’ parables. Jesus’ shift into teaching with parables is a significant shift for us to pay attention to. All too often, when communicating, we feel that the information is enough – and sometimes sharing our information is all that is needed to inspire life change. But this only happens when there is something prompting the person to change from their own past and experience. When Jesus shifted into using parables, He opened the door for multiple layers of meaning, and He began speaking to multiple audiences at different levels of education simultaneously. By creating stories that had characters illustrating the truths Jesus wanted us to learn, Jesus becomes a role model for us when communicating. The parable of the farmer scattering seed has so many applications that it is startling to think about. While it touches on spiritual truth, it also shares how people who hear any message or any information can process it before applying or rejecting it. It opens the door for us to understand that some information, regardless of how it is packaged, will never reach a percentage of people who are unwilling to learn or change. But the real brilliance of using parables or stories is that they get remembered. Whether we realize it or not, most of Jesus’ teachings that we remember are the ones that have been wrapped within parable and/or stories. In the introduction to Jesus’ parables, Mark expands our perspective about Jesus teaching with parables, and it is something that everyone of us can use when communicating with others. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Migration Proves Communism Evil And Capitalism...
Numapepi
 June 13 2024 at 03:48 pm
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Migration Proves Communism Evil And Capitalism Good Posted on June 13, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, action betrays even self delusion. We’re self interested, and we do what we believe is in our self interest. We don’t work hard to harm ourselves. Do you? Judging from history and modernity, people everywhere and of all stripes believe it’s in their self interest to live in a capitalist country, and not a socialist or communist one. How do we know the one follows from the other? Because where communists control a nation, people are willing to risk death to get out. China, North Korea and Venezuela for example. And where do they go? To another communist country? Cuba? Nope, they go to Capitalist ones. Like the US, Canada and Europe. From this, we can conclude that capitalism is favored by the people, while communism is favored by the elite. Judged by what we do. Why do I say communism is favored by the elite? Judging by their actions. No command and control idea is offered they don’t accept. Because elitists believe the elite should control. Of course communism is a cherished subject in academia. I bet a plurality of professors would agree that, “real communism has never been tried…” and what they mean by real communism, is that they themselves haven’t been the despot in charge. Then it would work. Every arrogant expert believes he or she could run the command and control economy. While having le petit dejeuner in Paris, il pranzo in Milan and dining in NYC. Judged by their actions, those at the top favor communism, while those at the bottom favor capitalism. That’s why I say the elite favor communism. If the experts and elite who favor communism are right… why do so many poor people flee it, at risk to their very lives? No capitalist nation has border walls to keep people in, they have them to keep people out. Meanwhile, all communist nations need secret police, else everyone would flee. Venezuela for example. Communism took it from being a wealthy country to a basket case in merely two decades. Today people flee across the deadly Derrien gap to get out of that Hell hole. Risking rape, murder and screw worms to get free. Ask yourself, how many people a year apply to immigrate to North Korea? China has immigration of companies, drawn by government subsidies, no regulation and low taxes. So, communists can bribe people into their systems, but no one goes willingly… and leave the first chance. Migration flows prove unquestionably which system is better. Judged pragmatically. Since we’ve pragmatically proven capitalism the better system, and the elite claim to be pragmatic, why don’t they accept it? Because the elite and experts are not pragmatic… they’re ideologues, who claim to be pragmatists. Playing with philosophy like Thrasymachus played with Justice. Making them their opposite and in doing so illustrating their weakness. The weakness of justice is that it can be used to rationalize the unjust… and the weakness of pragmatism, is that ideologues can take it away from actual pragmatists, by propaganda and censorship. Nevertheless, migration proves incontrovertibly, that capitalism is preferred over fascism and communism, by the people. Judged by action and not election. Why are the experts and elites ideologues? Because the education system makes them so. Zealots serve someone else purpose, while pragmatists serve their own. Elites in training are carefully diverted away from why people immigrate and emigrate, and to the intentions of the rulers. Intentions are an easy way to vilify someone. Simply claim their intentions are evil, since we can’t read their minds, we’re so controlled. When a brainac claims communism hasn’t been tried, socialism is more fair, and experts should call the shots… ask them why people flee those places then? Why do folks always go to nations with freedom and capitalism? Judge people by their actions, and not their rhetoric, and you’ll be closer to understanding the truth of things. Migration then proves communism evil and capitalism good. Sincerely, John Pepin
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America's Dereliction of Her Duty and The...
Sandra Long Toups
 May 31 2024 at 01:36 am
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America’s Dereliction of Her Duty and The Encroaching Darkness of WWIII (Originally posted October 2022) “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein Nuclear proliferation is no longer a fear. It is here. The Doomsday clock is now 100 seconds before midnight. It was Albert Einstein’s equation E=mc (Energy equals mass times the speed of light, squared) that helped J. Robert Oppenheimer develop the atomic bomb and both Oppenheimer and Einstein lived to regret it. Einstein made this purported quote concerning the development of nuclear weapons and if used on a massive scale could very well end humanity. It was Einstein who suggested to President Franklin D. Roosevelt to pursue the development of atomic energy. Although Albert Einstein was not directly involved in the “Manhattan Project,” the development of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he did write a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging him to speed up the experimental work on the development of the atomic bomb due to Germany halting the sale of uranium from Czechoslovakia. Einstein warned FDR what one bomb could do to one port and its surrounding areas would be devastating. In between the writing and the delivery of this letter from Albert Einstein to FDR, Germany took over Poland and World War II had begun. Einstein regretted signing and sending the letter to FDR stating, “had I known that the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb, I would have never lifted a finger.” Einstein is forever linked however to the development of nuclear fission due to his infamous equation E=mc² determining how energy is released. Everyone knows this made the atomic bomb possible. Einstein is considered the first father of the atomic bomb. The second father of the atomic bomb is American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who also lived to regret creating such an apparatus of mass destruction. Oppenheimer began lobbying and making suggestions that an international committee needed to take control of this unbelievably powerful nuclear material to prevent nuclear proliferation with the Soviet Union. The irony of where America finds herself today was based on Oppenheimer’s and Albert Einstein’s greatest fears and regrets. It’s 8 AM, where will you be when Putin drops the nuclear bombs? President Vladimir Putin claims that Russia has the right and will not hesitate to use nuclear weapons against Western or NATO countries for any interference with the Ukraine conflict creating a nuclear holocaust. This will be the second apocalyptic holocaust by another madman. As the first madman wrote in his tell-all book “Mein Kampf” foretelling the plans that laid ahead for Europe nearly one hundred years ago, Vladimir Putin’s plans have been very loud and clear. Putin’s constant toxic threats are worrisome but mostly alarming since he claims he isn’t bluffing. He did not lose his train of thought when making threats nor does he suffer from cognitive decline issues, and he did not stutter when he announced a nuclear threat. Putin’s abhorrent threat was told as a statement of fact. Therefore, America and NATO should no longer misinterpret or miscalculate his intentions because a nuclear Armageddon is theoretically certainly possible and not merely a sensationalized hypothetical scenario. “Every man is a volume, if you know how to read him.” - Channing. America and NATO have misread Vladimir Putin long enough. Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s ex-president and current Deputy Chairman of the Security Council has not only claimed an Armageddon Nuclear event but has reinforced both Putin’s warnings and threats to America and NATO of the use of nuclear weapons regarding the Ukraine conflict. All the while Putin continues threatening the West with an upcoming winter freeze stating many will die. In reality, Putin need not threaten the use of nuclear weapons because he already has the upper hand by using his gas resources as a weapon. At least for now. It’s his carrot stick. America and NATO underestimated Putin. Vladimir Putin has an old Soviet Stalin guard mentality. He has zero respect for America and our culture. In retrospect, America’s slap-on-the-hand strike with sanctions against Russia was too little too late. Russia’s guaranteed wealth is in its oil, gold, wheat, and gas where Putin plays the puppeteer for all of Europe and the West. Therefore, it was no surprise that the sanctions backfired. Putin benefitted financially from the sanctions, and America and Europe are the ones suffering. Now America wants to double down on the sanctions that are not working. How stupid is that? If the global nuclear war drums were not beating loud enough already, retired general and former CIA director, David Petraeus, has stated that the US would destroy Russia’s entire military in Ukraine and sink its naval fleet if Putin uses nuclear weapons which only exacerbates the situation that will ultimately lead to mushroom clouds emanating from the earth. Putin plans to mobilize a million-man army to assist their brothers in arms against the West in Ukraine. Recently, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un offered Russia 300,000 troops to assist in their conflict. Putin vehemently stated that many will die if the United States and its allies do not back off in their support for the defense of Ukraine. America miscalculated its opponent and now Russia has the upper hand with several allies such as China, Iran, North Korea, Turkey (NATO member), Cuba, Venezuela, Belarus, and India on their side. When and if a country is going to war, one has to be well aware of his opponent’s capabilities, their weapon arsenal inventory (Russia is number one in nuclear warheads and the US is number two) military size, financial stability, people’s loyalty, endurance, and terrain. You must know whom you are fighting. Unfortunately, America’s military has been softened by the infection of the leftist woke society’s weakness. Russia and China, the bear and the dragon do not care by which pronoun you call yourself; their soldiers are relentless hardcore killing machines. Our own authoritarian derelict administrative leadership is obviously incompetent and in way over their heads as they made ludicrous decisions and grave missteps leading our country to the point of no return by pushing Russia into a corner bringing both countries to the brink of a nuclear war with radioactive fallout for generations to come. Our own government’s ignorance reflects their misguided thought process or lack thereof. We know every action has a cause and an effect, a consequence, generally in the form of another reaction or even retaliation. There is always a penalty for errors made, but in this case, the consequences, the price to be paid, the cost, will be millions upon millions of lives lost. Nuclear war is a no one wins scenario. Regardless of what the media has been saying, Putin has a strategic plan that he has executed meticulously by paying attention and thus far has been playing brilliantly giving him the upper hand. The West and NATO are now merely pawns in his and China’s game of chess. Putin laid claim and declared victory in four Ukraine regions. Basically, he announced checkmate with his Ukraine referendums and the annexation of these four Ukraine regions; Donetsk with 99%, Luhansk with 98%, Kherson with 87%, and Zaporizhia with 93%. All voting to be part of Russia. Putin’s decision has been rendered and he is now blaming the United States for sabotaging the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 Baltic gas pipelines which is highly probable and repercussions are coming. How many more excuses does Putin need to go full nuclear on the West amid the rising tensions in Ukraine where it has been reported that Russia has lost upwards of 60,000 soldiers at the hands of weapons provided by the West? Putin’s threats are real. His astute and serious mannerism is of a man that says what he means and means what he says. So, the probability of a nuclear WWIII event and the horror of nuclear radioactive fallout is all but guaranteed so far. With that being said, Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations has stated that there is space in underground facilities for all of the Russian population including the Moscow Metro which was specifically engineered to withstand a nuclear explosion. Putin already has his family secured in a luxurious secret Siberian underground bunker. Putin has no problem killing Americans, Europeans, and those he deems traitors to their Motherland while protecting his family, friends, staff, and citizens with massive nuclear bunkers. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for America, the most powerful and richest country in the world. The West only has top-of-the-line nuclear bunkers for the elites and politicians. They exclude its citizens who built and are the backbone of this once great nation. America is derelict in her duty to her citizens by failing in dialogue, escalating tensions leading to the brink of a full-on nuclear war, and leaving the majority of our people in the open to be microwaved alive with generations of nuclear fallout from nuclear explosions. All because they could not do their job. The Biden administration not only continues to miscalculate Putin and China but has now poured billions of dollars and equipment into Ukraine for that clown Volodymyr Zelensky and his cronies while American citizens are in a recession, with an increasing unemployment crisis, overpriced fuel, food shortages and hanging threats of a freezing winter. On top of all that, we have an increasing homeless crisis where many cities in the US resemble third-world countries, and after many years we can’t even manage or solve California’s Skid Row crisis. Our government has the audacity to pretend to care about another country’s crisis when they cannot even take care of their own or God forbid, build nuclear bunkers for its citizens. If they genuinely cared, they would have not been asleep at the wheel, would have done their jobs, earned their overpaid salaries, and Putin and China wouldn’t be ahead of the game. Our government has put us in grave danger, and we are on the cliff of a nuclear disaster of epic proportions. In no way shape or form has the American people agreed to give Biden and his administration a blank check to tax us like cash cows and play Russian roulette with our lives? Our leadership should fix this debacle they helped create and do their jobs. If they fail to do so, good men and women are going to die in vain over a war initiated by egotistical, narcissistic, rich, elitist temper tantrums. Nuclear war should never be an option. So, if or when Russia and China drop nuclear bombs our way, the only likely survivors of the radioactive fallout will be the elites, the politicians, and the cockroaches. All the same creatures. When the elites and politicians run out of food, they will not hesitate to hoard and eat the cockroaches like chicken nuggets as if they were feasting on caviar or filet mignon just to guarantee their miserable disgusting existence. The American people will be left behind to witness and experience their bodies being x-rayed/microwaved from the inside out, burning and melting their eyes and tongues, as they try to gasp for air that burns their lungs to no avail. Ever seen what happens to a raw egg in its shell after being in a microwave? It explodes and goes everywhere. Imagine what burning radiation of 6,000° Celsius will do to your body. In a matter of seconds, you will cease to exist, tiles will blister and anything flammable will burn in microseconds. Molten lava has a temperature of 1,250° Celsius. Burning radiation is nearly 5 times hotter than molten lava. I can’t stress or evangelize this enough, get ready, it is paramount that you get your house in order. Get right with God. Hug your children and tell them how much you love them. Tell that special someone you’ve loved in secret how you feel. Hope that our leaders come to their senses and go back to open dialogue but prepare for the worst. Those not closest to the impact will have a slow death for generations to come. Their children and their children’s children will have deformities and a cancerous future. Life as we knew it will cease to exist. Most Americans are not emotionally, physically, or mentally prepared or equipped for their country’s grave mistakes and certainly not ready for what is coming their way. Russia and China have been planning this for years. Massive land grab, winner takes all. America couldn’t see the forest for the trees and now the Doomsday Clock is closer to midnight. China is using Russia’s takeover of Ukraine for finalizing plans to take and reclaim Taiwan which has been in the works for some time. This Taiwan situation is so fluid now that Taiwan, the US, and China are exchanging threats daily. Apparently, President Biden has advised corporate leaders in Taiwan to remove all their assets because China is about to take Taiwan. It is like everything is happening at once. We must pull our heads out of the sand and entertain this very plausible nightmarish and imminent nuclear threat and ask ourselves relevant and probing questions about our survival. Do you believe that President Vladimir Putin will or will not push that nuclear launch button? (Even though the launching of nuclear weapons is much more complicated than pushing a button, the answers to this question are still the same). Will the United States and NATO follow suit in their support of and the defense of Ukraine? Who will blink first? And just to add another dash of crazy as the world’s mad leaders are going bonkers, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un just launched a Ballistic Missile over Japan. Now the US and South Korea are conducting even more serious drills. Could this perhaps be another distraction or a decoy for the real McCoy? The answers to these questions rest in two small words with huge implications and ramifications, yes or no. Two words that can and will have such a huge impact on the survival of our world not to mention the survival of mankind. What the heck is going on with American leadership? The president’s number one job is to keep Americans safe from foreign and domestic terrorists, right? Some Constitutional law scholars might disagree because their ambiguous interpretation of the commander-in-chief’s number one job is as follows, “The supreme responsibility of the president is to protect our system of government, not the safety of individuals or even their physical security.” I guess protecting the American people is above the president’s pay grade. So why on God’s green earth is our president escalating the situation towards a nuclear war when he knows full well that he does not have nuclear bunkers for any of his citizens? President Biden, you are a shameless and spineless coward who is derelict in your duties. You have allowed the burning of hundreds of food plants eliminating our food sources. Killing our cattle causing a shortage of beef and milk. Encouraging us to go green advocating eating bugs and fake corn that cannot be properly digested. No thanks. You’re advocating for the global elimination of hydrocarbon fuels and wanting all to use electric cars, yet you know again full well that the current electrical grid system cannot handle it. Your administration encourages people to stay home (quiet quitting their jobs) but you raise taxes. Enough with the crazy already. Do your job. Go back to the dialogue table and negotiate a deal to stop the nuclear war from happening. Do your job!!! Most American people are asleep. They have drunk the government Kool-Aid and have become sheep for the slaughter while being fed homegrown propaganda and lies by their government and the media. Most Americans will be caught off guard. After a litany of botched Covid-19 issues, a recession, mass unemployment, race wars, political divisions, an intoxication of tsunami-like domestic and foreign crises, woke stupidity, which is nothing but artificially manipulated garbage, high food and fuel costs, shortages of food and fuel, natural catastrophic disasters and unpredictable severe weather patterns, not to mention a ridiculous threat of futuristic AI takeover, and now the beginning stages of WWIII going full on nuclear. We are constantly being bombarded and drowning in a medley of psychological warfare. So, it’s no wonder most Americans are ignoring or taking the possibility of WWIII with a grain of salt. After the Covid-19 government botched job, most of the public became desensitized and no longer sees or feels a sense of urgency where there should be one. Most have lost clarity and cannot recognize or understand what is in front of them. It is because we cannot recognize what we cannot see that causes us to overlook what is in front of us. Most Americans have decayed their minds with reality tv, Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s garbage, instead of keeping up with what’s going on around them in the world. The real reality. They are divorced from reality by constantly being fed sugar-coated lies. Americans have been dumbed down by their government or by their own choice, they can’t or won’t decipher what is best for them, their family, or their country. Surrendering common sense and lack of research seems to be the root cause for all the special kinds of stupid and nonsensical nonsense. So, it’s 2 AM or 8 AM and where will you be when the nuclear bombs fall? I highly doubt the bombs will fall at 2 AM because most will be asleep. Putin and China despise Americans and won’t want us to die peacefully in our sleep. They want us to know it's them. They want us to see and feel their wrath at that gotcha moment. They will attack us while we are having our morning coffee, driving to work, or taking our kids to school. When school buses are full of kids or when grandparents are out walking the dogs. When your wife is out jogging or buying groceries. While lecture halls are full of college students. They want us to hear that boom, the flash of light from the explosion that blinds you the moment you see that huge mushroom cloud. They want us to suffer the ramifications of a full-on nuclear attack followed by nuclear radioactive fallout. So, wake the heck up people! Open your eyes so that you might see. Think, so that you may be informed to make the right decisions and speak up so that you may be heard. We need to learn the lessons of the past so that we may stop this nuclear war from happening. Again, I cannot emphasize this enough, nuclear war should never be an option. Nuclear Disasters: Hiroshima August 6, 1945, Nagasaki August 9, 1945, Three-Mile Island March 28, 1979, Chernobyl April 26, 1986, Fukushima March 11. 2011 After the creation of the first two atomic bombs, code-named Little Boy and Fat Man, that was dropped on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, (under President Truman) killing over 200,000 Japanese citizens, J. Robert Oppenheimer considered himself a destroyer of the world and a contributor to the massive deaths of innocent people in the two cities. Nagasaki was a secondary target. The city of Kokura was the actual target of the second bomb, Fat Man, but cloudy skies saved the citizens of Kokura, and the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The threat of the United States using a 3rd atomic bomb forced Japan to surrender effectively ending the war against Japan. To this day you can see shadows in concrete left by persons in their everyday life in Japan on the morning of August 6 and August 9 who were incinerated by boiling light leaving a shadow of their once existence etched permanently in the concrete. J. Robert Oppenheimer became vocal against the creation of the Hydrogen bomb. President Harry Truman dismissed Oppenheimer who was later blackballed and labeled a sympathizer of the communist regime due to his concern and his circle of friends. A year and a half after the US tested the first Hydrogen bomb in November 1952 Truman dropped Oppenheimer’s security clearance. The U.S.S.R. first tested its Hydrogen bomb in August of 1953, followed by the United Kingdom in May 1957, China in 1967, and France in 1968. Nuclear proliferation was off to the races. The irony of where America finds herself today. Albert Einstein’s equation, E=mc2, not only lead to the invention of the atomic bomb which effectively ended World War II against Japan, but it also led to where the world finds itself in the present day. While all the nuclear war rhetoric is surprising and shocking it is not inevitable if cooler heads do not prevail and rational minds go back to the talking table. All sides need to redirect their positions to find some common ground toward a new productive dialogue instead of these destructive connotations. We are all aware that there is usually never any compromise between good and evil because most of the time such compromise is impossible. An exception must be made in this case or millions of good honest people will die. Unless the world leaders want to blow themselves up to smithereens, by all means, go right ahead. Perhaps they can all take a private plane with a one-way ticket to Jeffery Epstein’s private islands and blow themselves out the wazoo! Both Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer regretted their roles in the development of the atomic bomb. The irony of what they feared the most with such weapons of mass destruction has now become our bleak reality and our worst nightmare. To date, Russia has over 6,300 nuclear warheads with the United States coming in second with over 5,400 nuclear warheads. Nuclear weapons already deployed, those ready to launch by Russia, are nearly 1600 with the US having over 1600 nuclear warheads ready to launch. And if that isn’t scary enough, there are approximately 13,000 nuclear warheads worldwide that we currently know about with 90% of them belonging to RUSSIA and the UNITED STATES. The other 10%, CHINA currently is known to have 350 nuclear warheads in its actively expanding nuclear arsenal, France 290, United Kingdom 225, Pakistan 165, India 156, Israel 90, and North Korea has an estimated 40 to 50 nuclear weapons. Why would anyone in their right mind want to purposely use nuclear weapons against our fellow man? Perhaps their next nuclear bomb should be named Morons. We know what the consequence of doing so will be. The shadows of missing disintegrated Japanese citizens from 77 years ago speak for themselves. The birth defects that followed were horrendous and lasted a generation. Only recently have radiation levels reached normal levels expected on the earth. Radiation levels were much lower on these two bombs than the nuclear accidents that took place around the globe. On Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania there was a partial meltdown of Reactor Unit 2 which released radioactive gases. This partial meltdown (rated a 5 on the International Nuclear Event Scale - concern for further consequences) caused health issues such as a metallic taste in their mouths, vomiting, nausea, hair loss, diarrhea, erythema, killed animals, damaged the environment, and was considered the most significant nuclear accident in the US. In Chernobyl, Ukraine (I have no problem handing Chernobyl back to Putin) Reactor #4 had a complete meltdown (rated a 7 - maximum severity which is the worst possible accident) resulting from a power surge and fire that released massive amounts of radiation into the surrounding areas. Nearly 100 people were known to be killed by this accident including several future deaths resulting from exposure. Cancer patients became numerous and mutated animals were common and deformities prevalent. Radioactive fallout in this area will keep Chernobyl uninhabitable for another 20,000 years. In Fukushima, Japan, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake (the current strongest in Japan) and subsequent tsunami caused a power loss resulting in the loss of three reactors. This was also rated a 7 and the accident released massive amounts of radiation. The plant and surrounding area are indefinitely uninhabitable. Radiation is a killer. Again, why on God’s green earth would anyone in their right mind want to use nuclear weapons when even nuclear accidents are beyond horrific? To do this intentionally is just unconscionable, to say the least. We have reached the point of no return. If cooler heads do not prevail nuclear war is imminent, and it is the worst of all possible scenarios. Unless the psychopathic leadership goes back to the table and engages in relevant dialogue doom is certain for millions of people. Never have the stakes been so high and so detrimental. The entire world with the exception of our leadership knows that Putin is not bluffing and he won’t back down. Putin has threatened to use nukes ad-nauseam. Putin is not just fighting Ukraine; he is also fighting America and NATO. Will he or won’t he push the red button? Again, those two small words, yes and no, have huge implications and ramifications for the world. I can assure you that the United States and NATO will not be sitting idly by nor will China, North Korea, or Iran. Will America follow Putin’s lead and play the deadly nuclear war game of annihilation? There will be no last man standing. Anything is possible and anything can happen because anything positive and or negative happens all the time. Making a choice to go full-on nuclear is the foolish governmental systematic destruction of massive populations. We have forgotten to live life in harmony with each other and with the universe and so we have been witnessing and experiencing the ramifications of our idiotic choices. Although we have inherited traditional knowledge from our ancestors, acquiring many achievements such as the industrial revolution, math, science, medicine, and technology, unfortunately, the one thing that fails to change is that most humans don’t learn from their mistakes and thus history repeats itself. So here we are, at the brink of a global nuclear disaster with two teams, both flawed and somehow when the scales of justice are weighed, are equally at fault. This reminds me of the political “Dead Zone” moment when a politician is about to be shot and he picks up a baby to save himself and the baby takes the shot. President Biden is holding Americans, NATO, Zelensky, Ukraine and nuclear weapons as his “Dead Zone” moment. President Zelensky is holding America, NATO and the Ukraine people as his “Dead Zone” moment. President Putin is holding his gas resources, nuclear weapons, China, the Russian people and Ukraine as his “Dead Zone” moment. President Xi Jinping is holding Taiwan, Putin, nuclear weapons, his own citizens, and North Korea as his “dead zone” moment. Where does this leave the innocent citizens of these countries? (the innocent sacrificial baby) Will the real leader stand up and do his job? Foolish politicians and foolish kings. Where is King Solomon when you need him? 1 Kings 3:16-28 (Bible Gateway) Solomon Makes a Difficult Decision “One day two women came to King Solomon, and one of them said: Your Majesty, this woman and I live in the same house. Not long ago my baby was born at home, and three days later her baby was born. Nobody else was there with us. One night while we were all asleep, she rolled over on her baby, and he died. Then while I was still asleep, she got up and took my son out of my bed. She put him in her bed, then she put her dead baby next to me. In the morning when I got up to feed my son, I saw that he was dead. But when I looked at him in the light, I knew he wasn't my son. “No!” the other woman shouted. “He was your son. My baby is alive!” “The dead baby is yours,” the first woman yelled. “Mine is alive!” They argued back and forth in front of Solomon, until finally he said, “Both of you say this live baby is yours. Someone bring me a sword.” A sword was brought, and Solomon ordered, “Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.” “Please don't kill my son,” the baby's mother screamed. “Your Majesty, I love him very much, but give him to her. Just don't kill him.” The other woman shouted, “Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.” Solomon said, “Don't kill the baby.” Then he pointed to the first woman, “She is his real mother. Give the baby to her.” Everyone in Israel was amazed when they heard how Solomon had made his decision. They realized that God had given him wisdom to judge fairly.”
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On Grief, Regret and Resolution
Sadhika Pant
 June 20 2024 at 10:57 am
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My friends find themselves at that stage in life where death lurks around the edges, occasionally reaching out to snatch away a parent or grandparent. In those moments of loss, words of comfort seem feeble, almost pointless. You'd think that having lost six kin in the past ten years would grant me some mastery over grief, some ability to soothe it. But grief is a stubborn beast. It doesn't get easier with practice. Yet, through these dark times, a particular realisation has dawned on me. One common regret among people who’ve lost a close one, is the memory of conflicts with the departed—arguments, harsh words, moments of irritable snapping. When they’re gone, those left behind torment themselves with these memories, sometimes for years. I know this regret well. My relationship with my father in his final years was particularly stormy. I had one too many arguments with him. Some over little things, and some over big things now made little with perspective. Underneath, was a very emotional bond, much more emotional than the one I had with my mother (that’s not to say I loved her any less). Reflecting on those years, I see now that I was naive and immature, foolishly idealistic and overly righteous. Perhaps, I was not entirely wrong in my arguments from an objective view, but too much practicality turns out to be most impractical as I’ve come to learn. No, objectivity is best left unattempted. I also ponder whether I would have acted differently given more time. I doubt it. Even now, knowing full well that loss and regret are inevitable, I don’t treat my loved ones any differently. The days of discord remain, and so does the regret that follows, despite knowing I’ll one day mourn them and regret those moments. Of course, it goes without saying that we should treat our loved ones with respect and kindness, no matter how much time remains. This is a 'white truth.' The regrets born from unkindness, ingratitude and estrangement, from abusive behaviour and broken family bonds are perhaps deserved. But I'm not here to dwell on these black-and-white truths. I want to talk about the greys, the subtle complexities that define most human relationships. I’ve understood that It's not wise to judge my interactions with loved ones through the lens of hindsight, anticipating how I might feel once they're gone. I love a great many people. There are moments of irritability, arguments that escalate, and conflicts that end in tears or harsh words. The silver lining is that we find resolution. I prefer to live through these ebbs and flows in my relationships rather than constantly striving to be faultless, merely to spare myself future guilt upon their departure. Such a bond wouldn't ring true. Without lows, how could highs be reached? There will be days when I won't be my best self; I’ll be an inconvenience to those dear to me, and vice versa. Together, we shall pull each other up—some days it will be me doing the lifting, and some days it will be others lifting me. And hopefully, one day all that lifting will give me strength and courage to bear the full weight of loss and all it brings forth. Give me regret and guilt when it comes, for some is inevitable. But never again will I trade the richness of the here and now for its smallest portion. “When you can't run, you walk, and when you can't walk, you crawl, and when you can't do that... you find someone to carry you.” - Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly.
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BRUCE LEE ENTERS THE MU… THERE IS NO OPPONENT!
Akira The Don
 June 14 2024 at 05:41 pm
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Brothers and sisters, make some noise for the immortal BRUCE LEE, who makes his long anticipated Meaningwave Universe debut with this week’s instant-classic new single THERE IS NO OPPONENT In the MU Venn diagram, this would likely be the circle where Alan Watts and Jocko intersect. Or one of the places. There are many rooms in the mansion, and many pathways in the MU, which is now coming up on 600 songs on DSPS… and more in those rare places… THERE IS NO OPPONENT is out now on all platforms, and you can watch the video here. MEANWHILE! The new instant-classic Meaningwave album, THE STRANGEST SECRET IN THE WORLD is commanding rave reviews amongst its early listeners, as it sets out on its voyage to change the lives of millions. Thanks to all of you who’ve listened, and particularly those of you who have shared it. If you haven’t listened yet, what are you waiting for? IN OTHER MEANINGWAVE NEWS! The next month or so of releases have been confirmed: Can’t wait for you to hear all the glory that is coming your way! LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! AKIRA THE DON DSPDC, June 2024 ‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎
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The Draft
Numapepi
 June 16 2024 at 01:51 pm
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The Draft Posted on June 16, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, a draft would be a terrible thing, because it would further empower an insane elite. Anyone who’s read any of my articles understands how utterly out of control our elites are. So we have to ask ourselves, do we want lunatics to have even more power? Only a fool would answer yes. The draft would allow them to bypass public sentiment and impose their will without feedback. Why do I say this? The volunteer army is a form of democracy. If society approves of the job the elite are doing, many will sign up… and if the public disapproves of the elite, few will join. As we see today. Why would anyone go to fight, possibly die and risk their immortal soul… to benefit dirt bags? On principle alone we need to vociferously condemn any draft… as it’s a means to more war. The elite love war. It’s empowering, enriching and glorifying. Their investments in the military industrial complex pay off handsomely. Even as their reputations get a boost for being a “wartime” this or that. Further, during war, the unlawful edicts of the elite are to be followed to the letter, else we’re charged as traitors. War ticks all the boxes for a psychopath. Since they have no empathy, humanity or soul… the death, suffering and lost potential wash right off them, like filthy water from porcelain. Since the elite adore war, and find it so profitable, we can’t expect them to stop waging it anytime soon. The draft only allows them to bypass the reticence of the people, to join a war effort that doesn’t defend our nation, it’s to make the elite more elite. The perpetual unwinnable wars have a chilling effect on recruitment. I say unwinnable, because to win a war, the elite have to want to win it. When the elite, as ours, only want the fire to continue, they’ll feed it, but never douse it. As we see nowadays. Remember the lost decade in Iraq? Where American boys fought, were maimed and died, to give Iraq to the Islamists. The debacle in Afghanistan proved the elite aren’t serious about winning… only fanning the flames. Because what sense is there in maintaining a trillion dollar military if no one else has any weapons? So the elite solved that problem, and gave our mortal enemies, the Islamists, 80 billion in weapons systems. That should justify another few hundred billion in defense spending… and a host of new unconstitutional regulations on speech. Now the elite are marching to Moscow. Even as NATO is sending weapons to Ukraine to fight a lost war, that’s cost 500,000 people their lives, with an uncounted number of people maimed. Russia has all but won the war. Ukraine could sue for peace and get some semblance of a nation back… but the elite won’t tolerate the war ending. So they want to institute a draft in Europe, Canada and the US, to send our kids to die for their dreams. As our children are sent to feed the cannon, our replacements will stay behind to take the jobs, homes and wives of those who died serving their country… with a gun pointed at their front, and at their back. A draft only applies to citizens, by definition. Even as our weakness makes war with the CCP more likely. With the horrible economy making it impossible to create a family… wouldn’t you think people would line up to join the military? Apparently not. Recruitment is way down. Maybe because of the debacles, the perpetual war or the corruption of the elite, but people just aren’t joining in the numbers the elite need to feed the war machine. So they need a draft. Ideally including women. Because you can’t replace a culture without eliminating the women as well. Those who avoided the enlarged hearts from the covid shot will be drafted. That’s why I say we need to shout to the heavens, we do not comply. We will not accept a draft of our kids. We will not further empower a lunatic fringe elite. Because a draft puts a gun at our kid’s backs as well as their fronts… and only a fool would allow that! Sincerely, John Pepin
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Post #43 – Constructed Felon Donald J. ...
Ralph Blanchette
 June 01 2024 at 12:57 am
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Constructed felon Donald J. Trump: You don't always get what you want... ....when words fail, continued. ....................................................................... .....when words fail, continued. ....................................................................... [...a. Thinkspot says: For shorter text please use conversation. ...when words fail, continued. .......................................................................Don't care for short posts? Would you prefer a long post that is short on truth or buries its truth in unnecessary verbiage?I can do this as many times as Thinspot likes....] [b. Thinspot says: For shorter text please use conversation. ...when words fail, continued. .......................................................................Don't care for short posts? Would you prefer a long post that is short on truth or buries its truth in unnecessary verbiage?I can do this as many times as Thinspot likes....] [c. Thinspot says: For shorter text please use conversation. ...when words fail, continued. .......................................................................Don't care for short posts? Would you prefer a long post that is short on truth or buries its truth in unnecessary verbiage?I can do this as many times as Thinspot likes....] [d. Thinspot says: For shorter text please use conversation. ...when words fail, continued. .......................................................................Don't care for short posts? Would you prefer a long post that is short on truth or buries its truth in unnecessary verbiage?I can do this as many times as Thinspot likes....] [e. Thinspot says: For shorter text please use conversation. ...when words fail, continued. .......................................................................Don't care for short posts? Would you prefer a long post that is short on truth or buries its truth in unnecessary verbiage?I can do this as many times as Thinspot likes....] [f. Thinspot says: For shorter text please use conversation. ...when words fail, continued. .......................................................................Don't care for short posts? Would you prefer a long post that is short on truth or buries its truth in unnecessary verbiage?I can do this as many times as Thinspot likes....]
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Before the Rooster Crows
Sandra Long Toups
 May 31 2024 at 01:39 am
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Before the Rooster Crows (Originally posted October 2023) Matthew 26:34. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” By various accounts of multiple news agencies, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, was warned by Israeli intelligence and Egypt three days prior to the October 7th brutal Hamas terrorist attacks by land, sea and air which sent thousands of rockets into Israel against innocent civilians, babies, women, and children in the Promised Land, Genesis 17:8. Netanyahu has denied being warned of the Hamas attack and as always, eventually the truth will always rise to the top. George W. Bush was warned by American intelligence in the summer of 2001 weeks before the September 11th attacks that Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorists were planning to hijack and fly planes into buildings within the United States. Regardless of the controversial Covid-19 views, Trump was warned by Fauci in 2017 of a ‘Surprise Outbreak.’ China, American scientists, the World Health Organization, and several officials within the Trump administration warned him countless times regarding the spread of Covid-19. America had three decades of warnings regarding a Japanese attack. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his administration knew of the imminent Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor prior to December 7, 1941. In 1902, FDR, while attending Harvard University, was informed by a Japanese student about Japan’s 100-year plan to take over Asia including the Pacific. In 1910, Billy Mitchell, a war veteran stationed in Southeast Asia, wrote that the friction between the US and Japan would eventually lead to a war and again in 1924, he wrote in his book “Winged Defense” telling about how Japan could carry out an attack on Hawaii. Still, no one heeded the warning. Thus far, the Israel and Hamas war is in its 16th day and the death toll has reached 1,400 Israelis and over 4300 Palestinians including over 15,000 injuries with hundreds being kidnapped and held hostage by the terrorists. Nearly, 3,000 people died on September 11, 2001, with thousands injured and many first responders having died or still dying of cancer and other health complications from the attack 22 years ago. The most recent number of American deaths from Covid-19 is near 1.14 million people reported by the World Health Organization. The total deaths of Americans from Pearl Harbor was 2,403 and 1,178 injuries. All the above mentioned were not surprise attacks, rather, these were neglected warnings. This goes way beyond dereliction of duty, this is betrayal. Allegedly, Julius Caesar didn’t heed repeated warnings from Spurinna, a seer, regarding the impending danger to his life on March 15th, the Ides of March, Caesar’s betrayal, and assassination. Citizens rely on, and trust their overpaid federal government employees, aka leaders, to do their job and keep their country safe from domestic and foreign terrorist attacks, invasions, or pandemics, and basically keep the lights on, etc. “Each betrayal begins with trust.” – Martin Luther Unfortunately, weighing heavily upon our hearts, is the senseless realistic universal knowledge that antisemitism is still globally alive, terrorizing and killing a group of people just because they exist. The Jews continue to be an endangered people. As of 2023, the world Jewish population is 16.1 million. That’s 0.2% of the eight billion plus worldwide population. A group of people always under threat, looking over their shoulder, is no way to live. It’s a never-ending Jewish nightmare; reliving the horrors of the Holocaust. Hamas and Hezbollah don’t want peace because they hate all Jews and Americans. They view both as worthless infidels and indoctrinate their children in grade schools to hate Jews and Americans. These barbaric terrorist organizations, Hamas, and Hezbollah are pure evil. Their mission is to eradicate the Jewish people off the face of the earth and create an Islamic state. With that being said, not all Palestinians are terrorists. The majority just want to coexist, live their lives, and raise a family. Approximately 74% of Palestinians don’t want Hamas’ rule. In 1987 Hamas was created through a Palestinian uprising (intifada). Hamas, a Muslim brotherhood, is committed to the destruction of Israel, the creation of a Palestinian state and refuses to accept the outcome of the six-day war two decades earlier, is a Sunni Political Islamic Military Resistance Organization. In 1967, Israel won the six-day war against a coalition of Arab States, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan taking over the Palestinian territory of present-day Israel. Hezbollah was established in 1982 after the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon and the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) for the attempted assassination of the Israeli Ambassador to England. Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shia Islamist Political Military Terrorist Organization. The PLO controls the West Bank and Hamas controls the Gaza Strip. According to the State Department, both terrorist groups, Hamas, and Hezbollah, are supported by Iran with hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid yearly, along with military training, and weapons. Qatar and Turkey also finance and support these terrorist groups. Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran are the oppressors of the Palestinian people, not Israel. Betrayal lurks, like a snake in the grass hissing or from a friend one is kissing. Such as in the snake poem Trump read after praising Hezbollah for being very smart for attacking Israel after the Hamas attacks while criticizing Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump has no empathy. Trump is the vicious poisonous snake which he reads about in the snake poem. He is the snake America let into the White House. “… she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight, but instead of giving thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite….You knew I was a snake before you let me in….” – Al Wilson. Sometimes betrayal can look like the mural of Trump and Netanyahu kissing, painted by the Australian artist Lushsux on the wall that separates the West Bank and Israel. Protect your women and children, guard your borders, lock your windows and doors lest the snake comes at an hour you don’t expect. Betrayal comes in many forms, shapes, and sizes. From enemies, neighbors, family, lovers, colleagues, and political friends it disguises. Betrayal is often sealed with a kiss. Judas, betrayed Christ for thirty silver coins with a kiss on the cheek. Brutus kissed Caesar’s hand yet he and his conspirators brutally stabbed Caesar multiple times, bathed in blood and betrayed his friend. Brutus later convinced his conspirators to walk in the Roman marketplace parading their bloody bodies and swords in the name of peace, freedom, and liberty. Both Judas and Brutus shared the same suicidal fate at the end. Hamas beheaded innocent babies, burned civilians alive, raped and killed women and children, parading their bodies in the streets, all in the name of oppression, their religion, vengeance, peace, freedom, and liberty. All the while chanting, “Death to Israel! Death to Americans!” These are vitriol lies from the pits of hell that Hamas and Hezbollah continue to tell. Betrayal can happen in the blink of an eye, disaster strikes, worst nightmares become horrific realities. In one hour, a country can be brought to ruins, to its knees in disbelief of the devastating totality. Israel has the right to defend itself. These attacks on civilians is abhorrent, barbaric, beyond disturbing of unspeakable cruelty. Hamas paragliders descended like vultures into the Israeli music festival killing young concert attendees like sheep for the slaughter. Killing approximately 260 people, taking hundreds of hostages, and causing a terroristic chaotic frenzy. The audacity of Trump for stating Hezbollah is “very smart” for firing missiles at Israel after the Hamas attacks is reprehensible. Talk about betrayal, adding insult to injury. Trump, what a hack!!! Whether it’s a literal serpent kiss, a hypothetical kiss to prove a point, or a warning sign of things to come, that which is prophetic biblically, Israel was also attacked from the North, and many nations will turn against Israel including their supposedly present allies. Julius Caesar’s last words from Shakespear’s play, “Et tu, Brute?” Ezekeil 38 includes Israel, Iran, Russia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. Trump is no friend of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, or anyone for that matter because he only loves himself, money, and power. He associates with Holocaust deniers, supports, and spreads antisemitism, and admires Hitler, who is responsible for killing over six million Jews. Sometimes things are not what they seem, especially in the world of domestic and global politics. Trump hosted the signing of The Abraham Accords on September 15, 2020, with no intention for peace. The nations he strung along were Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan. Trump’s only intention was for PR stunts, his image, make fake history, and increase his financial gain. Jared Kushner was the major player in The Abraham Accords, not Trump. Trump took credit because he was president. To this day no one knows why his son-in-law Jared Kushner received two billion dollars from Saudi Arabia. Trump has multi-million-dollar golf deals with Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-backed LIV Golf League made an agreement to merge with the North American PGA Tour and has announced its $50 million dollar championship will be played at Trump’s National Doral Golf Club. Talk about entanglements and an equal opportunity opportunist. Whitewashing all those Saudi bloody crimes against humanity with greenbacks. What a treacherous game to play, only in the USA. Trump’s continued threat to our national security and his continued traitor tactics against America are despicable. Likewise, Hitler signed the Munich Agreement on September 30, 1938, with no intent for peace. There is never any trust or honor amongst thieves, dictators or others malign. After all, Hitler also made a deal with Stalin. Proving betrayal is as old as the serpent. In 1917 Britain gave assurances to the Zionist regime to establish a Jewish state. The Balfour Declaration caused a notable disruption to the Palestinian people. This declaration’s intention was to create a Jewish state for the Jewish people. Israel was finally restored in 1948 declaring its independence. Israel established territorial control over the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, Sinai Pennisula and Gaza Strip from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria. However, it must be noted that it was God who gave the Israelites their Promised Land. In Genesis 17:8 it is stated, “And I give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” With that being said, when the Jewish people began committing idolatry, God allowed the Roman Empire to conquer the land of Canaan. The Romans, after putting down a rebellion in Judea, renamed the province of Judea to Syria Palestina creating thousands of years of future conflicts. God eventually allowed the Jewish people back into their Promised Land 70 years later, but until this decisive battle is over, Ezikiel 38 war, conflicts, death, and destruction will continue. Is this the beginning stages, the catalyst of the War of Armageddon? Only time will tell. Matthew 23:39 KJV – For I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.” What else can one say that has not been said already about this Israel Hamas war. I hesitated to share my two cents, just a mom rant, because the loss of innocent life is just so heartbreaking sometimes one has no words. Everyone has their thoughts and opinions which is everyone’s is right. However, truth and facts are not a matter of opinion. The world is upside down. Russia is fighting Ukraine, China is chomping at the bit to take Taiwan, Israel is now at war with Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran is ready to join the fray, it is all intertwined. Unfortunately, one day, all nations will go against Israel. “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Albert Einstein “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.” – KJV Joshua 24:14 Find your faith. Find God. Find peace. Shalom.
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Dereliction of Duty in American Politics
Sandra Long Toups
 May 31 2024 at 01:22 am
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Dereliction of Duty in American Politics (Originally posted September 2023) “They should rule who are able to rule best.” – Aristotle Remember when in 1974, the Watergate scandal, forced Republican President Richard Nixon to resign? Let’s not forget the Democratic Presidential nominee Gary Hart’s scandalous extramarital affair with Donna Rice in 1988. Reaching a new low and not to be outdone, Democratic President Bill Clinton, in 1998 with one of the most embarrassing of all for “not having sex” with cigars and intern Monica Lewinsky causing him to be impeached for committing perjury and obstruction of justice. This incident is allegedly said to have caused real-life horrific Wag the Dog ramifications in bombing the Middle East during this presidential sexual scandal. Perhaps the most elementary was in 1992 by Republican Vice President Dan Quayle for his inability to correctly spell potato, basically ending his hopes of a presidential career. Then in 2004 came Democratic Presidential nominee Howard Dean with his overly enthusiastic flamboyant famous “yeah!” aka “the Dean Scream,” which cost him his presidential political ambitions. In 2006, Presidential Democratic nominee, John Edwards, the “pretty boy with perfect hair and smile," impregnated his mistress during the campaign, while his wife, now deceased, was battling cancer all the while supporting his presidential nomination. Edwards' narcissistic behavior cost him his political ambitions. And last but certainly the most infamous narcissist of all, former President Donald Trump. The twice impeached and four-time criminally indicted shameless former president who blatantly and lawlessly was seeking 11,780 votes, who sexually abused Jean Carroll amongst other crimes, and is still deceiving the people of America with false claims of voter fraud and a stolen election along with aspirations of four more years even though as I stated over a year ago, that by engaging, participating and or supporting the January 6th “insurrection,” Trump is disqualified from running for the office of president by Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. These occurrences, all of which have taken place as facts within the past 50 years, and we have not even begun to talk about presidents and presidential candidates prior to 1974. Many great presidents and nominees could make this list as well, but we cannot continue to cry over spilled milk when the very essence of our future is at stake. “Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.”- Immanuel Kant I was impressed with Vivek Ramaswamy until I wasn’t. After watching the GOP Presidential Debate, I came to the conclusion of just how naïve and ill-prepared Vivek is regarding foreign affairs. The American President has the power to issue executive orders, sign treaties, and determine foreign policy. Vivek’s answers were quick, some truth, some contradictive, some lies, and some, where it seemed he had learned repetitive knowledge without actual expertise or experience with a huge serving of governmental mimicking theatrical scrambled eggs. Basically, Vivek wants to be nothing more than a Trump wannabe, a Trump mini-me. Essentially, one can easily identify how corrupt a person, or mostly a politician is by the size of his bank account. Vivek gives me the Sam Bankman-Fried FTX Crypto guy vibes and there is no difference between Vivek Ramaswamy and Elizabeth Holmes from Theranos Inc., with the fraudulent blood tests scheme and Vivek’s fraudulent Alzheimer’s medication that did not work. Vivek is a copycat, a carbon copy of Trump’s divisive and failed politics. Even though Vivek claims he wants to bring the nation together using the same status quo, foreign policies have to be understood, believed, and executed without error or at least zero to minimal collateral damage and not just repeated rhetoric from someone’s political ideology. Is Vivek perhaps trying to appease the GOP and Trump to alleviate guilt from the guilty Trump cult that the GOP has become? Watching and listening to Ramaswamy, I couldn’t stop thinking about the character, Dr. Andrew Fassbach, from the movie World War Z. Dr. Andrew Fassbach was a young intellectual Harvard graduate who was an inexperienced, naïve virologist hired by the United Nations to find out the root cause of the virus that was destroying humanity. In the movie, Dr. Fassbach is arrogantly verbally trying to school Gerry Lane, played by Brad Pitt, who is a highly experienced retired investigator for the United Nations. Lane has the experience and has seen firsthand how the environment can destroy humankind and Dr. Fassbach only speaks of how Mother Nature can be the worst serial killer of all. To make a long story short, when Dr. Fassbach was sent into a real-life crisis, he manages to accidentally trip, shooting and killing himself within seconds of his first mission, never getting off the plane. The experienced Gerry Lane/Brad Pitt doesn’t seem at all surprised even referring to the Harvard doctor as “just a kid” earlier before departure. While Vivek is an intellectual Harvard and Yale businessman, he does not have the experience on how the political world works. It is one thing to be confident, but Vivek is arrogant and cocky. The irony of an 18-year-old excited wide-eyed Vivek in 2003 asking presidential candidate Al Sharpton a question regarding political experience or lack thereof. Verbiage, “written words are merely concepts and you must go through the experience.” – Saint Augustine. Knowledge is merely a concept of learned thoughts that become ideas, evolving into theories from education that can only be proven to be truths through experience. Experiencing said ideas and truths surpasses the knowledge of them. Letting Vivek run the country at this time is like giving the keys of a Lamborghini needing repairs to an overly enthusiastic, overzealous anxious teenager, who has never driven a car before. While knowledge always overshadows ignorance, experience will always overpower knowledge. Does America have time for a novice on-the-job training politician? The answer is no. Perhaps if the world was not already in such chaos, with war drums loud and constantly beating from Russia, Ukraine, China, North Korea, and Iran to name a few, Ramaswamy could be our guy. Years ago, America had to deal with a major crisis every few years here and there. But now, it’s around-the-clock chaos, crisis, wars, and rumors of more wars. Vivek is a little too excited, power-hungry, and naive because he is somewhat clueless regarding how the real world works amongst its leaders, dictators, global allies, and enemies. Unfortunately, his overeducated knowledge doesn’t equate to wisdom which comes from experience. Perhaps if he listened more and ran his mouth less, he might familiarize himself with world political affairs. The world is intertwined and for him to repeat Trump's rhetorical nonsense is beyond naïve. I do agree with a lot of what he said, but his ignorance regarding foreign affairs or policies is incongruous, to say the least. It’s not easy to run our own country, but as the leader, one must be well prepared, and well equipped to handle any outside crisis affecting our nation. To me, the most important job of a president is keeping America safe from enemies abroad and staying in tune with our allies is paramount. Vivek appears obnoxious and rude because he speaks over people, rarely letting others have a say. A leader must be not only a good listener but a great listener. Therefore, how can he possibly be a good leader? He has much to learn. Guess Harvard and Yale failed him in the social and listening skills department. Vivek believes a conspiracy theory that our own government was involved in the 911 crisis and suggests censorship was the cause of the January 6th insurrection which is ludicrous because Trump and his minions were the masterminds of the January 6th insurrection. When Vivek was being interviewed by journalists using his own words, Vivek shamelessly pushed back by insulting and telling them that their ignorance or misunderstanding was what the issue was rather than taking responsibility and accountability for his own words. It’s disappointing because I had hopes for Vivek. The more he spoke, the more I listened, and the more informative I was as a voter that he is not what America needs, at least not at this point in time. America is akin to the Titanic and is quickly sinking. Perhaps our only life raft is someone like Chris Christie or Nikki Haley. Unless God forbid, Kamala Harris finds a way through the backdoor by finding a way to find a way or Michelle Obama decides to run for president bringing back the Obama’s continuing decline of American morals. After Trump ran and won the first time, the door is wide open for any clown to waltz right in. I can’t get over that painting of a female president in the background of both the Democratic presidents and the Republican presidents by Andy Thomas which was shown in my article “Cruella” Kamala “de Vil”, First American Female President, Thinkspot, August 2022. “Our civilization will sink to a state like that which is found among the bees, ants, and other insects – a state wherein the male is ruthlessly killed off. In this matriarchal empire which will be established the female rules. As the female predominates, the males are at her mercy” – Nikola Tesla America is not short of political government theatrics, that’s for sure. That being said, electing someone who is ill-prepared and not experienced is hazardous to our country. Vivek says he will just find a way to persuade Putin to no longer be BFFs with Xi. Wow! Really? I guess Vivek hasn’t heard of BRICS. A well-established, organized, and powerful economic group of world leaders which was established in 2010. Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa are not to be toyed with and Vivek’s verbal “rapability” cannot dismantle BRICS. Vivek’s naïve outlook on Tawain and his misunderstanding of Israel’s importance is beyond comprehension. If he goes along with the Republican’s ignorant idea of going to war with Mexico in order to win the war against fentanyl, he is in for a rude awakening. It takes a special kind of stupid people to think that bombing Mexico is justified. It requires open dialogue with the Mexican Government, a strategic plan along with Mexico’s permission to fight the drug cartels and not its citizens or the Mexican Government. The ignorant Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Lindsay Graham, and John Neely Kennedy thinking they can just bomb Mexico proves American politics is run by morons. John Neely Kennedy once said, “Mexicans would be eating cat food out of a can and living in a tent behind an Outback Steakhouse restaurant if it were not for their nation’s proximity to the US and Mexico should be invaded because of the drug cartels.” Where do I begin? First, Kennedy’s disgusting and racist remarks to our allies are beyond ignorant. Perhaps the only one behind an Outback Steakhouse with a Mexican in a tent is his wife Rebecca because I’m certain the ignorant disgusting wrinkly old man Kennedy can’t even satisfy his own wife because he is full of hate on matters he knows nothing about. The war on drugs is more complicated because America supplies Mexico with guns and Mexico supplies America with drugs through the cartel supplied by China. Yeah, make that make sense. Drugs are brought in because the doors are left open by greedy politicians making millions supporting the NRA. And let's not forget Trump and Steve Bannon who pocketed the money and never built the wall. So, if you want to blame somebody start looking in the mirror. Good luck invading Mexico as they will fight you with the guns, we provided them. Secondly, if you go to war with Mexico, they might just reclaim their land that America stole many years ago so no need to worry about proximities. If these are the same Trump policies and agendas that Vivek will continue, the American people will not comply. The war on fentanyl is an American problem as well. The majority of the dealers are Americans. The manufacture of fentanyl begins in China. Work with the Mexican Government to fight the drug cartel, cutting off the pipeline from China and eliminating the drug’s high demand. There is only a supply because of the demand. Offer American citizens incentives such as jobs, skills, and education, giving them a purpose and aim for their own life without drugs. Experience matters and understanding foreign affairs matters even more. Therefore, Vivek Ramaswamy no longer has my vote. Vivek, I too play tennis when time permits. I’ve seen your moves and they don’t impress me much. I’m certain I will never run into you, but please put on a shirt when playing tennis because no one wants to see that chia pet chest hair of yours. On another note, the majority of my readers are probably wondering why I’m so hard on the Republican Party. I’ve been a Christian Conservative Republican my entire adult life up until Trump. I actually voted for Trump the first time only to find out he is nothing but a criminal, a fraud, and most devastating of all, is how he has deceived the church and divided our once great nation. Now I’m a Christian Conservative Independent. I cannot be a Democrat because my beliefs, values, and views differ. Republican Conservative Christians are supposed to know better because we are God’s people. We are supposed to be the party of law and order, fiscal responsibility, and Christian values. However, since Trump took office, the Republicans have become the party of hate. Republicans went from funding the police to defunding the FBI. Trump even wants to abolish the Constitution. Jesus Christ said to pray for your enemies not promote hate. The Democrats have already crossed the line and some have jumped over the cliff because they have a reprobate mind. The Republicans of today are following suit. There is no difference between the woke delusional moral deception and hate. Sin is sin and hate is hate. We are supposed to hate sin, not the sinner. Republicans now only hunger for Trump's chaos and divisiveness even when other politicians are offering a better way; a more down the straight and narrow line with the Republican values. However, Republicans are now rejecting what they once believed and stood for. They just want to fight fire with fire. The Republican Party has become too stupid to realize that common sense is needed more now than ever before. Go back to the moral basics in our modern times. Stand on truth, and everything else will fall into place. The youth of today cannot relate to all the daily nonsense and they see the GOP as a bunch of hateful lazy old rich hypocrites with nothing in common and nothing to offer. Humble yourselves to God and your constituents. In my humble opinion, it is my belief based on historical facts that the Democratic Party is advocating Socialism and Communism Governance while the Republican Party is promoting and advocating Authoritarian and mostly dangerous Fascism Trump Governance. “Without deviation, without deception, without any ifs, buts or whereases, freedom of speech means you shall not do something to people for views they have, express, speak or write” – Hugo L. Black However, both political parties have drunk the crazy Kool-Aid, just different flavors. The ideology that America has stood for freedom, liberty, and justice for nearly 250 years is on the brink of collapse. The current path we are on can only be stopped by those whom we put into office. We are running out of time. We need to wake up before America ceases being a free nation under God. We cannot lose the spirit of America. “The Spirit that prevails among Men of all degrees, all ages and sexes is the Spirit of Liberty.”- Abigail Adams
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The Closeness Problem in Science
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 June 02 2024 at 09:55 pm
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Let's face it, science isn't always correct. There are numerous famous examples, especially related to pharmaceutical mishaps, that illustrate this. This brings us to the idea that science is a process. And processes aren't perfect, especially those involving imperfect humans. I refer to this as the "closeness problem," sometimes called the "too close to the elephant problem." This concept suggests that if you are so close to an elephant that your eyeballs almost touch it, you wouldn't necessarily recognize that it's an elephant in front of you. You only see the color and texture of the skin up close. To see the whole picture, you need to take a few steps back to reveal the full elephant. Specialization in science, health, and medicine often forces this closeness problem perspective. While there is significant value in a specialized approach, it leaves plenty of gaps that can create problems. You'll often hear scientists in a particular specialty make definitive claims that contradict the experiences of many individuals. I say this not to discount the scientific process but to assert that we should also consider other aspects outside that process, such as experience and anecdotal evidence. A healthy sense of skepticism towards the institutions that might use the scientific process—or the appearance of a scientific process—to create a perception of truth and authority is essential. So, how do you ensure you're getting truthful information and not being misled by science? In what ways do you seek personal experience on a topic to learn more about it? At Avantia Health Optimization, we understand that thinking critically about health can be challenging. We encourage a balanced approach that values both scientific evidence and personal experience. Check out my site for testimonials and more about my journey. Your first health coaching session is just $1. Click the link in my profile to get started. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in
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FDA Approved Does Not Mean "Safe"
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 June 13 2024 at 05:03 pm
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The FDA has a history of allowing drugs to enter the market after minimal testing, often manipulated with statistical trickery. Nearly one out of every three drugs approved by the FDA has a new safety issue detected following approval, according to a Yale-led study (2017). This highlights an inherent flaw within the system. Notable examples include Vioxx and thalidomide. Today, many argue that a similar situation is unfolding with the novel products from companies like Pfizer and Moderna. There have been clear instances of serious harm, leading to withdrawals from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. Yet, some still adamantly defend these products, seemingly ignoring the reasonable concerns raised by studies and credible medical professionals. This fervent defense may stem from cognitive dissonance, embarrassment over initial recommendations, simple ignorance, or some other reason. However, questioning these products is not unreasonable, especially as more evidence of harm continues to emerge. The system appears inherently broken, routinely putting out drugs that are eventually withdrawn, casting doubt on the initial claims of safety and effectiveness. I'm not here to tell anyone what to take or avoid, but I firmly believe these products should be questioned. Given the evidence, it’s difficult to trust that they are as safe and effective as initially claimed. But hey, I am not a medical doctor— These are just my thoughts. So what do you think? Is it a problem with the system? Is it a problem with the drugs themselves? Or do you have completely different thoughts? I'd love to hear them. If you'd like to work with a health coach who will listen to your concerns without dismissing dissenting ideas, please click the link in my profile to learn more about how Avantia Health Optimization can help you. Your first health coaching session is only $1, so you can try it out. Also, don’t forget to check out the testimonials while you’re on the website! Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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A Traumatized Nation: One Man's Deliberate...
Sandra Long Toups
 June 01 2024 at 02:22 am
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A Traumatized Nation: One Man’s Deliberate Destruction (Originally posted April 2023) “Shower upon him every earthly blessing, drown him in bliss so that nothing but bubbles would dance on the surface of his bliss, as on a sea…and even then every man, out of sheer ingratitude, sheer libel, would play you some loathsome trick. He would even risk his cakes and would deliberately desire the most fatal rubbish, the most uneconomical absurdity, simply to introduce into all this positive rationality his fatal fantastic element…simply in order to prove to himself that men still are men and not piano keys.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky Each person has free will to choose right or wrong, love or hate, be authentic or fake, forgive or become bitter and resentful, to be truthful or a liar, to be faithful or betray others, country or oneself. No one is perfect and to err is human. So, do we act out justly if we want justice or is justice a given to those who act unjust? Is there some form of gratification in self-destruction, self-infliction or do some want to feel pain to remind themselves they are still alive, relevant or significant? Are most crimes committed from a lack of knowledge, lack of self-awareness, forms of revenge, selfishness, hate, anger or arrogance? Is it from a delusional state of mind, misguided perceptions and passions, greed, power or recklessness? Perhaps it’s boredom caused from life’s abundance, a utopian fantasy lifestyle, an affluent life with no accountability, surrounded by enablers, yes people or overindulgence with too much free time? Too much of a good thing too soon can cause a malfunction in one’s perception. Do we become blindsided or choose to look the other way even when heading down a cliff just to prove that we can by choice? Why do we get tired of a good, moral, and wonderful life especially when we are beyond blessed? Can someone be too stupid to realize one’s good fortune before they make bad choices that sometimes have severe consequences and cause irreversible harm along with unintentional collateral damage? Laws are established for everyone’s benefit but unfortunately not everyone abides by the rule of law. We cannot force man to do what we want him to do even if it’s for his own benefit because man is not a piano key; we can lead a horse to water but we cannot make him drink. We are a nation of laws and order. That being said, Lady Justice is both blind and sometimes wears a false face. However, sometimes Lady Justice is right and laws are put in place for good reason and public safety. We have to have faith in our legal system because there are good judges, attorneys, and citizens performing their civic duty. Can improvements be made? Sure, but for now this is what we have in place and everyone has to abide by the rule of law because no one is above the law. A man will break the law if he chooses to and face the consequences. We cannot make a man do the right thing just because we want him to. Sure, as a collective functioning society we have laws and order set in place to advance and prosper, but even with laws, criminals will commit crimes simply because they can. A man will do what he chooses to do with his free will. Life is not lived by the dictation of others. We are born free to live in a free society where democracy, not fascism or authoritarianism, is the norm for all to live, succeed, and fail if we choose to. Just like a woman cannot make a man love her or be faithful to her if he cannot do so. Men are not piano keys just like life isn’t black or white and even if they were piano keys, they set the rules, on their terms on how they will be played because man’s human nature is not designed for a utopian life. It’s not rational to think life or even man is perfect. The thought itself is flawed and drowns in dystopian nightmares disguised as utopian dreams we fall asleep to hearing sweet lullabies that we sometimes sing to ourselves. A dream in neverland where no one grows up or gets old is not for the wise but the simple minded and fearful. “Our fears do make us traitors.” – Shakespeare. We must liquidate fear and hate, trust in God, ourselves, and others as we travel our life’s journey. Man is built for adventure, challenge, heartache, growth, desire, love, passion, goals, inventions, achievements, and falls just to make the climb, as rising up being even sweeter and worthy of life’s effort. Perhaps the inner man, our subconscious, is more adventurous and more irrational when asleep just so the rational man can survive when awake, being his own superhero and conquering life’s challenges and demands big or small, exciting or mundane, because that is just life. If we are scared and stiff during a car wreck, we are more likely to die than to survive. We should embrace life not fear it. We shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. Add a dash of humor and spice to your life so you don’t feel the need to join a political cult one day. Don’t put yourselves or others on such high pedestals because the fall will be the greatest and the hardest. Arrogance is man’s greatest folly. Unfortunately, the Trump cult are willing victims thinking Trump is their savior who can create a utopian society. First of all, there is no such thing. Secondly, Trump is a just a common man or more simply put, a conman. He thrives on the idea that he is bigger than life itself and is in a delusional state of mind thinking he is above the law. No one human is above the rule of law. We all are held accountable by our actions and rewarded by our own merit. The MAGAs are delusional and are traitors to themselves, their country and to Almighty God/Jesus Christ/Yeshua Hamashiach . Once crimes are committed along with life’s regrets, some will have plenty of time in jail pondering such questions in their cell, their Plato’s Cave, because they put themselves in this cave, chained to the Trump crazy train in a blind and blissful ignorance not knowing reality, not realizing one man shouldn’t have fascist or authoritarian rule over them. It won’t really matter if they are still prisoners in their own mind from their own actions or lack thereof. In Plato’s Cave the prisoners sat and observed the shadow play on the walls of the cave, convinced that their fantasy was reality. The roadway, the fire, the sunlight perhaps the road not taken that put them in the cave in the first place. Our life unfolds before our eyes by the consequences of choices we ‘ve made. We have only ourselves to blame for our mistakes. It is better to learn from our mistakes than to keep repeating them due to arrogance or being too proud to admit we were wrong. I am a Christian conservative and was a Republican my entire adult life. I voted for Trump the first time only to realize he is no Republican. It is even more heart breaking knowing he has deceived God’s people. I will always be a Christian but now I am a Conservative Independent and can never be a Democrat because my views and values differ. The MAGA republicans are no longer the party of RWR. It’s a shame because RWR was mine and my late father’s favorite president. Unfortunately, both parties have become too extreme and too toxic, and many are leaving the parties to become independent because we do not partake in hate and corruption and the delusion of wokeism. The Trump followers and enablers are akin to the prisoners chained up in Plato’s Cave constantly living in a delusional state of mind not recognizing reality and only they can break the chains of freedom from the ignorant rhetoric Trump spews out daily. No man can promise a utopian society with safe cities because that is the beginning stages of fascism. They are so enamored with their golden calf that they cannot see the forest for the trees and would not even recognize the real Jesus Christ if He came down tomorrow in the clouds. When one such as Trump is raised with a silver spoon in his mouth, a chip on his shoulder, a heart of stone, a corrupt mind, and especially without any accountability with a mobster like mentality which is the foundation of his wealth, loving no one but himself and money, life will eventually catch up to you and you will find yourself old and alone in a cell or in Plato’s cave talking and playing with your own shadow because there will be no one who wants to play your game anymore. Life has a funny way of putting us in our place when our heads become much too inflated. All the air in the room is consumed and at the same time we begin drowning in our own grandiose arrogance as delusions become reality. Even if Trump does not go to jail, Mar-a-Lago will become his Plato’s cave. Many have testified against Trump because they realize the emperor has no clothes and there is no honor among thieves. Former President Donald J. Trump has been indicted. Manhattan, NY District Attorney Alvin Bragg concluded that he had enough documented evidence, witness corroboration including text and phone records to present his case to a grand jury. On March 30, 2023, twenty-three members of the New York grand jury reached a conclusion after several weeks of deliberation, that there were 34 separate felony counts giving credence to indict the former president in an unprecedented and historical turn of events proving the coyote can catch the roadrunner. It’s the first time a former American President has even been indicted. He has been charged with various violations of campaign finance laws. We did have an American vice-president, Spiro Agnew, under President Richard Nixon, resign after pleading no contest to felony tax evasion. Nixon replaced him with Gerald Ford in the eleventh month of his second term. Nixon eventually resigned from the office of President due to the Watergate break-ins 9 months later in August of 1974. Ford became the only non-elected president and vice president in the history of the United States. Ford was defeated by Jimmy Carter is 1978 but during his presidency Ford pardoned his friend and former boss Richard Nixon. What a political tangled web we weave. Other former presidents such as South Korea’s ex-president Park served prison time for abuse of power, bribery, coercion and leaking government secrets and former French president Sarkozy received jail time for breaking and attempting to cover up campaign finance laws. After years of abusing the rule of law, former disgraced twice impeached, President Donald J. Trump, has been criminally indicted. He will be booked, have his mugshot taken, fingerprinted, thoroughly searched, and given a booking number. Why and why now? Some might say that the Democrats are afraid of him being reelected as president again, but truth be told, no one is above the law, nor is anyone immune to persecution for breaking the law and karma forgets no one. Trump made his own bed, now he must lie in it. Some might even argue that Trump is being wrongfully charged and are claiming the Two-Tier Justice System. They cannot be more wrong and confused because the Two-Tier Justice System is about the rich vs the poor, the elites vs the working class, the haves vs the have nots etc. It’s about not letting the elites constantly get away with breaking the law. Trump is lawless and keeps getting a free pass. Trump is the elite and expresses fascist and authoritarian tendencies. By claiming he is being wrongfully accused and persecuted, demanding a free pass and even resorting to threats is a new level of corruption. This has nothing to do with political persecution and everything to do with no one being above the rule of law. The MAGA movement has become a cult. They are worshiping Trump and comparing him to Jesus Christ, our real savior. Matthew 24:4 Jesus answered, “See to it that no one deceives you.” Trump is no savior he is a conman, a charlatan and has deceived the church. Trump has become their Golden Calf. Exodus 32 and 1 Kings 12 in the Old Testament, worship of the golden calf is seen as a supreme act of apostasy, the rejection of a faith once confessed. Most want justice and say enough! Trump is facing multiple charges such as falsifying business records, breaking campaign finance laws, making payments to his former attorney Michael Cohen for facilitating a $130,000 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election for an affair that happened back in 2006. He is also facing charges for stealing documents and an illegal not so perfect phone call regarding 11780 votes. Trump also faces rape charges brought on by E. Jean Carroll and must appear in court later this month. Basically, all of Trumps mobster style tactics with his tangled web of lawlessness is now being exposed at lightning speed. Karen McDougal, a former playboy model, was also paid hush money for having an affair with Trump. Trump’s best friend and owner of the National Enquirer, David Pecker was involved in the “catch and kill” scheme. Basically, he paid Trump’s mistresses off and killed the story to benefit and protect Trump. Trump will surrender himself and will be arraigned for his criminal indictment on April 4th. It will then be up to the judge and jury whether he will be convicted of these felony crimes. On another ridiculous note to the ladies, Stormy Daniels a porn star slept with old man Trump and received $130,000 in 2016 as hush money. That’s basically less than 10,000 a year, way below the poverty scale. Karen McDougal, a former playboy model, slept with old man Trump and was paid $150,000 in hush money which is basically 15,000 a year and still under the poverty scale. Melania Knauss a regular Slovenian and NY model married Trump. Trump’s net worth, 3.2 billion. Ladies, please respect yourselves don’t become porn stars or a playboy bunny and know your self-worth is immeasurable. If it don’t have a ring, it don’t mean a thing. To all the ladies, please love yourselves enough not to become someone’s fling! Don’t aspire to become porn stars or a playboy bunny, do better and be better because you are setting an example to yourselves, to your daughters and other women. Use your brain power and become doctors, lawyers, judges, scientists, teachers, geophysicist, astronauts, writers, etc. Even sometimes good women with standards fall for bad guys. Please know your self-worth and let’s go forward not backwards and do so with dignity and grace.
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The One Who Knows You Best: Luke 10:21-24
Cam
 June 04 2024 at 11:04 am
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Tucked away in a prayer Jesus shared within the earshot of His disciples is a very powerful and profound statement. While we are quick to focus on the second side of the idea Jesus shared, the first side is really just as powerful – perhaps even a little more. In verse 22, Luke records Jesus saying, “No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Luke 10:22 GNT) We tend to focus our understanding of this verse on how Jesus is the only way we can truly know the Father, and while this is completely true, this truth comes as the second half of the big statement. When setting up this statement, Jesus shares how the only One who truly knows Him is God the Father. The disciples had spent lots of time with Him, and of those on earth, they probably knew Him the best, but their knowledge was nothing like the knowledge God the Father in heaven had. This huge idea extends to everyone alive today and to everyone who has ever lived – and that includes you and me. While your friends, family, and other significant people in your life know you, their knowledge of you is nothing compared to God the Father’s knowledge of you. God even knows you better than you know yourself. This means that He knows your thoughts, your hopes, your dreams, your mistakes, your anger, your passion, and really every other thing you have ever thought, said, done, and/or forgotten. And even with all this knowledge, God still loves you. We know this because Jesus came to this earth to give His life for people like you and me. While humanity was actively sinning, Jesus came to show us that God still loves us. God knows us better than we know ourselves and He has chosen to love each of us regardless of our mistakes. The only question that remains is whether we will accept His love and love Him back, or if we choose to reject the gift He has freely offered to us. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Medical Stubbornness: A Threat to Your Health
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 June 16 2024 at 04:54 pm
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I find it peculiar that some medical professionals haven't changed their views on these novel medical products one bit, even as new evidence emerges. This rigidity reminds me of past medical catastrophes like thalidomide and Vioxx. As these disasters unfolded, many doctors and pharmacists defended these harmful drugs until the last minute, despite growing evidence of harm. This isn't about agreeing with my perspective; it's about the essence of science, which is open-mindedness and adaptability. In the face of new evidence, we must be willing to reconsider our positions. It's concerning when professionals are so fixed in their thinking that they cannot acknowledge potential mistakes. Trusting your doctor is important, but make sure they have earned that trust by demonstrating a willingness to stay updated and consider new information. Blind trust can be dangerous, as history has shown us. I've had the privilege of speaking with some excellent doctors on the Healthy & Awake Podcast. Even among them, there are varying opinions, but what they all share is an open mind and adaptable thinking. These are the qualities that make a healthcare provider truly trustworthy. What experiences have you had with medical professionals who were rigid in their views? How do you ensure that your healthcare providers are trustworthy and open-minded? If you're looking for a health coach who values critical thinking and personalized care, click the link in my profile to learn more about Avantia Health Optimization. We empower individuals to take control of their health through informed decisions and tailored strategies. Start your journey with us today and get your first health coaching session for just $1. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Manifestation of Love and Truth Through...
Sandra Long Toups
 May 31 2024 at 01:17 am
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Manifestation of Love and Truth Through Humility in The Midst of War (Originally posted November 2022) “Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi It is fair to say that both love and truth are the cornerstones of humanity’s foundation; the fundamental fabric and roots that bind and cement functioning societies. Love is the conduit to truth, faith, hope, friendships, compassion, humility, and kindness which are all sweeter and fruitful if shared and can humanize even the most perverse narcissistic egos. As we have been witnessing and experiencing birth pangs, the beginning stages of WWIII, both sides claim their own interpretation and perception of the truth, deceiving the masses, and halting all hopes for dialogue in the midst of this maddening crescendo into mayhem. We know that hope and truth not only hang in the balance but also lie somewhere in between, in the middle of the chaos and all the loud rhetoric. 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” With that being said, sometimes love is complicated, the truth, however, is not. Although the truth is also a building block and an extension of love, it’s an independent ethical agent, with its own moral authority and supreme governance of what matters. The truth will set us free even from ourselves. Therefore, truth is the bedrock we all must stand on, live, fight, and some die for. Truth does not bend the knee to lies, nor does it discriminate or compromise. Truth has universal geographical authority over all of humanity, its regimes, regions, heritages, customs, borders, ethnicities, economies, sciences, technologies, generations, religions, and time. Love and truth will always prevail, rise above the fray, and float to the surface. Neither can be held down, held hostage, hidden in the dark, disguised by false light, or obscured by a shroud of ground landscape clouds we call fog. Truth and love cannot be masqueraded by hypocrisy, false religion, or by idiotic woke culture man-made fabricated laws. Truth and love are undeniable validation in comparison to none. The truth is not open to interpretation or one’s matter of opinion, it is what it is. We all seek love and truth in one form or another. It is the eye of the needle that stitches the fabric of humanity. Love and truth are the essence of life. The telling of our life’s story; our contribution, and our human footprint. “Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.” – Rabindranath Tagore. Our very existence becomes a priceless work of art: A uniquely raw colorful stitched and patched-up quilt mapping our life’s experiences, our journeys, adventures, mistakes, misfortunes, and triumphs as well as our birthright through our heritage from this thing called life. We’re all intertwined, interconnected, and even tried and tied to the hip of Mother Nature through Father God. We are exquisitely and masterfully created to be harmoniously balanced both independently and dependent on one another so as not to drown by our own stiff-necked pool of arrogance lest our heads explode. We are all a beautiful and unique work in progress making foolish mistakes along the way fine-tuning our melody in life. For no one is good but Almighty Father God. Satan is the father of lies and just like his minions, they can’t handle the truth because it burns through them like Holy water confirming and exposing the hateful evil, and twisted demons that they are. The war between God and Satan is already won. The devil just doesn’t realize he’s already lost. Good will always triumph over evil as truth overshadows lies. It doesn’t matter what title or status you hold in life or if you are entitled by inheritance by simply being the firstborn, last-born, or someone’s golden child. Just like the scripture reads regarding Joseph and his coat/robe of many colors which had approximately twenty-nine colors making it more of a gifted quilted robe: a patchwork gift of art through love. Joseph was his father’s favorite son whom God blessed him with in his later years. Joseph had a special talent. A gift of foretelling and interpreting future events through dreams from God. His father, Jacob, gifted him a coat of many colors that symbolized and signified his birthright and hierarchy. His brothers became jealous and sold him to traders into slavery. Joseph bounced back and ended up in Egypt where he was granted high status by the Pharaoh who found Joseph useful, acknowledged and appreciated his gift and talent because of his ability to interpret dreams and saving Egypt from a famine crisis. It didn’t matter that his brothers tried to cancel and sabotage him. It was a fruitless endeavor. They took away his beautiful coat of many colors soaking it in goat’s blood and lied to their father telling him that a savage beast had killed him. Unfortunately, his brothers were the ravaging beasts who from the beginning were seeking to destroy and devour their own brother because of their jealousy. None of the outer dressings, material things or added accessories could take away from Joseph’s inner goodness, nobility, his inner gifts and talents, his self-worth, inner values, or the purpose God had for him. It is the inside that matters not the outside. The outside is just a shell. Our value, our worth is who we are inside. Ironically, Joseph’s brothers found him in Egypt where Joseph granted his brothers grain during the famine. None of his brother’s nonsense or shenanigans derailed him from accomplishing his purpose in life. Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us.?” We must humble ourselves, love our neighbor as ourselves and forgive our enemies so we too can be forgiven and exalted through faith and perseverance. We must be a beacon of light and hope in someone’s dark life. If one cannot show compassion or empathy for his fellow man or even his enemy, one has failed as a human. “Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.” – Voltaire. Above all we are to love in the best of times and the worst of times, during peace or war and especially those that are difficult to love not excluding our enemies. It’s no herculean task to be kind to our friends or those we like and like us in return. Rather, it’s a greater thing to stretch out a helping hand, break bread with the homeless, and share dialogue, music, or a warm smile with our enemy. The Parable of The Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37 is an example to live by. Jesus Christ gave the example of the Good Samaritan, a person showing compassion and mercy to his fellow man, a Jew which was a known enemy. The Jews and the Samaritans hated each other. Jewish travelers would go many miles out of their way to not cross into Samaria. In the story Jesus spoke about a Jewish man that was left for dead on the side of the road by robbers. A Samaritan found the man who had been beaten and robbed and took him to an inn paying for his care. Other people, such as a Jewish priest and a Levite also saw the unfortunate man but showed no compassion or mercy and left him lying on the side of the road avoiding him instead of helping him. The Good Samaritan, knowing the man was Jewish, took care of him and even paid for the injured man’s medical care. We must love our neighbor as ourselves. The Good Samaritan didn’t avoid life’s unpleasantries or tragedy but instead embraced it and made a difference in someone’s life. He chose to be a beacon of light by helping a stranger, a known enemy, which in reality, was his neighbor. Everyone has a purpose in life, big or small. Everyone matters in life, rich or poor, Jews or Gentiles, the just and the unjust, friend or foe. Matthew 5:45 Jesus said, “So that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust.” Our actions and decisions in life not only affect us but affect everyone and everything around us. Love and truth are basically the universal rule of law that brings harmony and some form of balance to the chaos of living in a flawed world full of sinners. Sinners who seek to be redeemed, loved, and transformed into a better version of themselves whilst living amongst the snakes and monsters known as dictators and authoritarian leaders. Those that attempt to discard the truth will feel the wrath in the midst of storms through vilified repercussions. The truth travels through space and time, evaporating into the clouds, and recycling itself with each generation. As the earth exposes its buried skeletons and the sunken ghosts from the deepest of oceans, the winds still whisper the echoes that outlasted the last breaths, cries, screams, and permanent shadows from all those who died in vain for senseless horrific wars created by so many clueless, careless, selfish, and senseless elites. The truth rains down upon us crying tears of heartache and sorrow filling up rivers and oceans causing regrets and hardships. After picking up the pieces from the aftermath of war, love and truth prevails creating strength through perseverance, forgiveness, humility, and success, surviving through war and then peace. Love and truth aren’t always pretty and sweet. Sometimes it’s ugly and harsh, but necessary. Most importantly, it reminds us, encourages us, and guides us to feel, recognize and remember the pain that sometimes accompanies authentic love and the raw truth with each raindrop that falls, and each tear we cry. In the name of love and truth, a veil is lifted providing a rebirth of clarity and focus as we acknowledge, as we take personal responsibility to learn, grow, and to move forward by avoiding the future’s past mistakes of mass genocides and wars. The truth will hold our feet to the fire one day and no one is immune because the truth is meant to set us free from ourselves and our shortcomings and not just from a corrupt government. The truth teaches us lessons we were not aware we needed to learn. Like love, the truth is meant to humble us, humanize, inspire, encourage, and motivate us to aspire to be better versions of ourselves and see the beauty in others and mostly see the glory of God by seeking forgiveness through redemption and mercy. We can only experience love and see beauty because of the humility of truth that enlightens and abides in the essence of our existence and all that surrounds us daily. With that being said, lately, world leaders seem to be attempting to rewrite, reform, and reinvent the truth. They have misinterpreted and manipulated the basic and fundamental origin of truth and proclaimed their own versions of what is true regarding land, resource ownership, and the threat of a nuclear war. Hence, corrupt world leaders construct their own rule of law regarding what truth is for their own benefit. Aligning false mechanisms in place, creating a false narrative to justify their lawlessness which manifests into irreversible colossal mistakes for its citizens and other nations into war. World governments have come undone at the seams, creating a globally unstable atmosphere with its bewildered citizens being thrust into the beginning stages of a nuclear Armageddon. World governments have forgotten past war devastations and the senseless loss of human life which powerful, greedy egotistical narcissist elites start and good honest men and women, the regular working-class fight and die for. Supposedly, the rule of law is discussed, written, passed, and set in place by so-called intellectual world leaders and politicians so societies can live in a civilized world, thrive, and prosper through economic growth for future generations. So why on God’s green earth are world leaders advocating a nuclear war? Why the sudden need for total destruction and devastation? I’m aware of, but do not advocate that the old system must by destroyed in order to reign in the new system aka New World Order, but an all-out nuclear event is total annihilation. As Christians, we know exactly who is running the show and have no fear because we know God is in control. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” The truth is a universal element of expansion with limitless measures of resilient endless possibilities. It goes hand in hand with love which is followed by respect, kindness, and hope. When all these elements are perfectly aligned, it creates a lovely, beautiful, harmonious rhythm which not even war can destroy or dismantle from the heart and soul of humanity. Love can and does overcome anything, even the devastations and hardships of war. It can change the direction and course of time from a straight systematic line to a full adventurous circle of life, through lovingkindness, humility, forgiveness, compassion, and understanding so we can thrive in the joys of the gift of life. Unfortunately, the majority of the population are comfortably numb, in denial, that we have been experiencing the beginning stages of WWIII. God forbid someone gets anxious and fires the first nuclear missile because hell will absolutely reside on earth when that happens. What will remain? Death and radioactive fallout are the worst outcome but eventually, nature and life will reinvent itself anew providing the sign of hope for a rebirth of order from chaos, life from death, and light from the darkness. The echoes of the dead will again surpass their last cry-outs from the unwanted and unwarranted nuclear war that will haunt us for decades, but the spirit of humanity will find a way to survive. Just like the beautiful, delicate, colorful, vulnerable yet resilient tiny flower with all its petals unfolding, growing in between and out of the cracks in the cement amongst all the devastation and ruins. Therein lies the beauty and hope amongst all the destruction and chaos. Hope, faith, love, truth, and humility will fill our broken hearts so that we can appreciate what remains instead of the great loss. Humanity will again find beauty, music, and art while rebuilding society, and doing so in the aftermath of war, is in and of itself, a work of art. The love and beauty of humanity can be found during the most horrific events of mankind which has already been proven during and after WWI and WWII. I’m reminded of the true story, The Pianist, an autobiographical account written in 1946 by a Polish-Jewish pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who was a Holocaust survivor. The film was produced by Roman Polanski with Adrian Brody playing the pianist. It was wintertime in Nazi-occupied Poland. The temperatures in the Warsaw ghetto were freezing cold, snow was falling, the conditions were horrible, and the atmosphere was ominous. Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish pianist of Jewish descent, was hiding in an abandoned building when he was found by a German officer, Captain Hosenfeld. The officer asked him what he was doing there and as Szpilman stood, a mere shadow of his former self, frightened for his life, cold and hungry, told the German officer, “I am, I was a pianist.” This is what war does to you. It degrades and dehumanizes you. You forget or question your identity of your present and your previous life. For those who are not killed physically, it can kill your human spirit. War can rob man of his life, but in reality, it can never obtain your soul, your gift, your talent because talents and gifts are our individual contribution to society even after one is deceased. Hosenfeld asked him to play something and Szpilman played Chopin’s Nocturne. Suddenly Szpilman began to express his inner emotions through his fingers on the piano keys. He began to thaw out from the freezing cold. He forgot his hunger, his fright, his surroundings. He forgot he was in a warzone proving that music, beauty, and art can resurrect your heart, mind, body, and soul. He was freezing, scared, and starving but once he began to play the piano it became his sustenance because man does not live by bread alone. Szpilman forgot where he was. As his fingers flow on the piano keys, the beautiful sound defied gravity, holding my emotions hostage, if only for a moment in time, waiting to exhale, holding my tears back until that last harmonious melody touched my heart ever so gently. Until I hear it once more, be still my heart for the sound of music rejuvenates the depths of my soul and restores my faith in humanity. This was my favorite scene in the movie because it’s a reminder that not even war can destroy the love of music or genuine human compassion. The melody is beyond beautiful that it ceases my heart from beating as the tears that traveled to the depths of my heart and soul escaped and are now gently falling down my face to their final destination reminding me of the glorious, beautiful melody of music we need in life. Chopin is my favorite composer. He was born in the romantic era and I’m but a hopeless romantic in love with all that is the beautiful humanities of life. The irony of Szpilman choosing to play Chopin’s (a Polish Composer) Nocturne to a Nazi officer is bewildering. Szpilman, a talented pianist, was degraded to living under horrific conditions and adapting to a life akin to a feral cat and all because of a senseless war. He was always fearful, hungry, cold, and hiding, searching for a place to lay his weary head and rummaging through the garbage for morsels of food. The look of someone’s face when they are hungry is beyond heartbreaking. The hunger pains can’t be hidden because we can see it in the hollow, sunken, and empty eyes that were once full of hope and life. The German officer’s humanism was exposed unbeknownst to a frightened and confused Szpilman. In reality, the German officer, Hosenfeld, once a school teacher, was against Nazi policy and obviously having a heart for music, chose to spare Szpilman’s life by befriending him and becoming a beacon of light and hope for Szpilman during the darkest time in his life. “Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry W. Longfellow. Lovely harmonious melodies of music, art and beauty are essential to humanity, becoming another form of sustenance for our heart, mind, body, and soul in order to thrive and prosper. Hosenfeld brought Szpilman bread and jam gifting him a heavy coat for the cold winter. Szpilman survived the Holocaust. Sadly, he passed away in the year 2000 after a fulfilling life as an accomplished composer and pianist. Unfortunately, after the war, Hosenfeld suffered miserably and died in a soviet prison of war camp, but this one act of lovingkindness in a time of war provided life to one where others had failed. Hosenfeld was a Good Samaritan. Music inspires and touches the heart in ways that touch the soul. Life is a testament of humanity’s perseverance and strength especially in times of tribulation and war. War is nothing but pure destruction of life as once lived. Szpilman and Hosenfeld were united by their appreciation and love of music. Music was the element where enemy was befriended and a bond was formed. Friendship especially in a time of war is a social regeneration. They found and shared a commonality of love and interest of music and were no longer enemies. Life is one’s weal and woe. War affects everyone, it can either bring out the best in someone or the worst. There are losses on all sides, the worst being losing loved ones. God bestows upon us gifts, talents, personalities, and strengths so we can not only survive for ourselves but become a beacon of light and hope to others reinforcing the Good Samaritan parable. It is essential to have love, truth, and hope along with beauty, music, poetry, literature, art, and dance to express and share the inner beautiful essence of humanity. Love, truth, and beauty are all around us. It manifests even in the darkest of times or just when we are about to give up hope. It’s that little light of mine I’m ‘gonna’ let it shine moment that recharges us and humanizes us jump starting our hearts and souls and reminds us just how resilient we truly are. It’s a flicker of love, truth, hope and lovingkindness from the people we least expect it from, and all is great with the world once more. The Good Samaritan was the sparkle of hope and light in the midst of darkness for the Jew who was robbed and beaten being left for dead. The Pharaoh was Joseph’s Good Samaritan, by releasing him from prison in the midst of darkness by appreciating his (God given) gifts, talents, and inner light. The Nazi German Officer Hosenfeld was Szpilman’s sparkle of light and his Good Samaritan in the midst of darkness. He befriended Szpilman by sharing a love of beautiful classical music by the greatest composer of all time, Chopin. Love and beauty are meant to be shared. Always be a Good Samaritan, pay it forward and if we all focus on love and truth everything else will fall into place and work out. Embrace life to the fullest and take heart that each day is a precious gift from God. Life is beautiful even in the midst of chaos. Embrace every day with hope because every day is an adventure waiting to happen when you walk out that front door. And remember when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance… I’m reminded of a country song by Lee Ann Womack, I Hope You Dance: I hope you never lose your sense of wonder, You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger, May you never take one single breath for granted, God forbid love ever leave you empty handed, I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean, Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens, Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance, And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance. I hope you dance…I hope you dance…
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We Are What the Soul Becomes
Sandra Long Toups
 May 30 2024 at 01:55 am
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We Are What the Soul Becomes (Originally posted October 2023) Humble me, feed my soul sweet agape love reaching the heavens above, Enthralled in the depths of my heart. That I might not only live, get by or survive, but thrive. Let my thoughts, words I speak and write compliment thee oh soul. Guide this writer’s hand, become the scarlet ink bleeding out my pen. Confessing secret journeys of where I’ve been. A blank sheet of paper, vulnerable, naked naiveté, a clean slate. Yet unworthy and unassuming, nullified here I stand Lord, melting before you. A candle burning at both ends working night and day keeping sin away. Such is life in the 21st Century tinderbox, a generation with eyes wide shut going to and fro in disarray. A canvas resembling winter wonderland hues to express rhythmic blues. Submerged, baptized from head to toe, find me worthy a sage, increase my knowledge as I grow. In complete surrender to you Lord, falling on my face, praying you anoint me with your holy grace. Through contemplation, fasting, self-reflection, praying for guidance, and crystal-clear perception. By faith rendered fate, sole destination, enthusiastically waiting to enter heaven’s gate. I don’t need a castle or a mansion in the sky, prepare a little corner in heaven to reside. Like a bird’s nest all woven and warm, for as you take care of the many birds, Lord, surely you will take care of one. Summon comfort, reassurance, peace, and hope. Be still my heart for it’s His voice I hear. Abandon fear, unavoidable death’s dimension when time draws near. Till death do us part, one day bid you adieu. This outer human flesh, mortal vessel wrongly worshipped, understood even less. False imagery, judging the cover, a book never read. Protect the soul at all costs, it’s the only non-physical entity of value, The soul survives, Heavenly Father God adopts when we die. Unpretentious life, too awkwardly honest, a hopeless romantic from which I derived. I am my father’s child. His nurturing spirit epitomized. Once a delicate budding rose, A native flower much sought after, a blooming desire. Life’s travails wrote her prose. Spontaneous human element, lessons learned with a dash of witty humbling satire. So, above all, the crux, the gist, the only advice left to give is to love, to forgive. Embrace each day God gifts passionately leaving you craving more. Ride the ocean waves, parachute out of a plane, dance in the rain. Who cares if others think you insane. You, whom He raised, Sing a song of love and cheer, it will sooth your shivers and fears. Sing a joyous melody, vocal trumpets reaching the heavens above, serenading Almighty God as He is worthy to be praised. Jog for miles barefoot on the beach, Dig your toes in the sand, gently excavate, inhale and exhale, feel the bare essence, the cool gentle breeze, the breath of life. With God everything is possible, relentless faith, true believers are unstoppable. Life is your oyster; nothing is out of reach. Reflect, rejuvenate the soul, collect, go forth, cherish childhood memories. Reminiscing of running carefree, barefoot on the lawn, in the dark collecting summer fireflies and putting them in a jar, those were the best romantic summer nights by far. Perhaps collecting butterflies or bouquets of fresh flowers from mother’s garden. Placing flowers in a vase, offering them water, appreciating from where they came. Redolent of my mother who so eloquently did the same. Sitting drinking her ginger and clove tea admiring the beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers from her garden. The fruits of her labor. Indulging in life’s simple pleasures also instilled in me. Among other things, gardening, drinking ginger and clove tea with a huge serving of nostalgia and a spoonful of honey. I am my mother’s daughter; beholden to her dearly. Love butterflies and roses to such a degree, a miniscule tattoo, a butterfly resting on a red rose adorns below my knee. To this day, mother thinks it’s a stick-on tattoo and father, bless his soul, died and never saw his goody-two-shoes Christian daughter’s regretful graffiti. Regrets are always a few too many. Discover reasons to smile, even if only for a little while. Cementing lovingkindness in your heart builds a strong foundation for your faith so that neither hate nor thieves break in and steal, Guard what is most valuable, precious, worthy, virtuous, and real. Sew and stitch together the holes in your heart with the threads of forgiveness, and compassion to avoid bitterness causing desolation. Take romantic walks in the park, greet the moon and stars at dark, nights twilight sky sure to put a twinkle, a sparkle back in your eyes. Fall madly, crazy, deeply head over heels in love even if your heart gets torn apart. Tennyson wrote, “Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” Ignoring love or passing it by becomes folly. Love is so ridiculously worthy, adult’s confectionery afternoon delight. Love feels like Christmas, selfless giving and receiving, lively, cheerful, grateful, happy, and jolly. Love tastes like sweet manna from heaven. Love’s milk and honey. Love lightens the heaviness of life like fluffy white marshmallows that melt in your mouth. Hunger for the palate of love, be grateful, be satisfied. Gaze up at the sky, God patiently waits to hear from you. Convey a little prayer, don’t be shy. Love floats in the air, especially for those in despair. It only requires trust, faith, dedication, and time. Innumerable regrets and greater shame, In those who cannot love beyond the self. Existential issues, matters of the mind, heart, body, and soul. Perhaps superficial greed is to blame or so I’m told. Souls are diamonds in the rough polished and shined through God’s love, grace, and glory. That’s humanity’s story. So, we live, so, we die. The soul is the echo that outlasts our last breath, our earthly goodbye. Hope everyone’s fate is to reach heaven’s gate. Shalom chaverim!
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Manipulating Language, Thought And Action
Numapepi
 June 21 2024 at 03:22 pm
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Manipulating Language, Thought And Action Posted on June 21, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the left’s ability to manipulate language, allows them to flip right into wrong and good into evil. In doing so they control thought itself. This strategy to manipulate the masses has worked astonishingly well. Control what people think of a thing and you can make the most evil palatable. Edward Bernays noticed the low spot, dug the channel, and others have widened and deepened it since. In Nazi Germany there were propaganda films, justifying the heartless extermination of the mentally retarded… in the name of compassion! With public support the Nazis systematically then liquidated the mentally retarded. Manipulation of language then precedes that of thought and then of action. Which makes the manipulation of language more dangerous than bank robbery, murder and wire fraud. There’s the example of the nuns in Canada saving orphans, who’s reputation was turned from selfless and nurturing, to mass murderers… by the media. The result has been multitudes of retaliatory church burnings. The story was eventually discredited as a hoax… but the churches still lay in ashes. Stochastic terrorism at it’s most effective. In this case, we see the good flipped into evil, by media propaganda. Next that language effected thought, creating anger and ideas of just retribution for the perceived evil. Lastly the manipulation of language and thought culminated in arson. Literal destruction of places of worship… without consequence for those truly responsible. This is but one example of multitudes in the media, where the innocent were set upon, due to lies. Puritan is now a negative word. It’s a pejorative. Because we all know that adherence to God and his laws is too zealous. Better to be zealous about abortion. Mangling the word has had many benefits for the manipulators however. Any good act, thought or even compassion itself, can be denigrated as “puritan.” Humility can become a negative if it’s puritanical. No one wants to be puritan in their thinking… better to be cosmopolitan. Because, the slut life is far better than having a family, cooking Christmas dinners and sleeping with the same man. Sure, you die alone, lonely and hopeless, but at least you weren’t puritanical about it. The perversion of that word is but one example. Gay used to mean happy, now it means homosexual. Mixing happiness with homosexuality is pure manipulation. The left gets around establishing atheism as the State religion, in direct violation of the US Constitution, by claiming it’s not a religion. Which is another manipulation of language. As Kung Sung Lung (an ancient Chinese philosopher) once said, “A white horse is not a horse but a black or yellow one is…” He used language to prove the impossible, establishing language as a poor medium of communication. When is a white horse not a horse, or a religion not a religion? When the elite want it so. Therefore, even as the elite claim the state must be atheist, and thus hostile to Christianity as the predominant religion, atheism isn’t a religion… and so establishing it as the state “philosophy,” is acceptable under the non establishment clause of the US Constitution, in Amendment One. By changing the definition of words elitists work great mischief in the world. Stochastic terrorism, relabeling as a political expedient, and establishing their religion, (atheism) as the state religion, for example. This has been a profitable tactic for the progressive elite for so long, they’ll never give it up… willingly. People are noticing the manipulations though. Manipulation of language and thought must be done in the dark. Once seen, the slight of hand becomes obvious, and the mark becomes aware. Giving us a window of opportunity to make manipulation of language as hated as cigarettes… by vilifying it so much. Any hint of language manipulation, should be considered by the people, like lighting up a Lucky in a bureaucrat’s office, blowing smoke in her face, and using her floor as an ashtray. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Nostalgia And True Texas Grit
Sandra Long Toups
 May 31 2024 at 01:13 am
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Nostalgia And True Texas Grit (Originally posted June 2023) “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville “Call me Ismael. Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating circulation.” – Herman Melville Call me a Texan. It’s a hot summer day in Texas as I drive the long narrow and winding road, with all the hills, twists, and turns; the middle of nowhere, in the wilds, where coyotes and deer play hide and seek. A place not on any map, but a true place that is imprinted in our heart, soul, and mind. So well hidden in the woods, not even Google’s Street View cars could find their way during the day or especially at night. A place one goes to unwind and reminisce of simpler times. A place, nowhere on the map, that exists within us. Our life’s journeys, experiences and relationships that one must come to terms with because we must get lost in order to be found, a rebirth. A place in the wilderness where the Israelites were lost, wandering for 40 years because sometimes it takes a generation to get it right, to reach that promised land. Or a place of torment and self-affliction where Captain Ahab was wandering the sea for 40 years led by pure vindictiveness becoming his own monster while chasing Leviathan. Are we at war with ourselves wrestling the demons and monsters within trying to get back home, the perception that of a hero, Odysseus or Moses with his virtue and his steadfast faith? We should not be simply surviving, floating aimlessly in a vast ocean of emotions because we are conquerors, slaying and overcoming the Leviathans and Cyclops of the world which held us back from reaching our goals, our destiny and inheritance. Perhaps it is a place to hide from the rest of the world as outcasts often do by choice or at times without any choice such as rejected homeless orphans and widows labeled as misfits by societal standards, labeled as Lazarus types and are automatically shunned. The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Ishmaels, Josephs, Lazarus’, Jobs, Noahs, Jonahs and John the Baptists of the world once exiled, eating locusts in the wild to survive and once beggars on earth while dogs licked their sores, will be granted a place at the wedding table. The once ridiculed, mocked, not believed, seeking validation and redemption will be validated by the highest authority. A place where the Jew and the Samarian will drink from the same well. A place where the taxpayer and tax collector are friends because the price has already been paid and no debt is owed. They will never again go hungry or thirsty because theirs is the bread of life and the rivers of living water flow through their veins and with just one drop of holy water from the fountain of everlasting youth they are cleansed and made whole. A place where the blind see, the oppressed, meek, and mute speak and are heard. A place where the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the sick are healed and the broken-hearted are loved. By faith, they will walk on water, take strolls in the streets of gold, and eat from every fruit tree of life because theirs is a higher understanding, a humbled knowledge wider and deeper than any ocean or sea. They will have castles in heaven befriending and walking with lions, tigers, and bears and swimming in the crystal heavenly waters with white sperm whales, orca killer whales, great white sharks, and dolphins. A place where Leviathan cannot be found, never to deceive or hurt anyone again because this sea serpent and dragon of old has been outcast and slayed this time by our heavenly Father, as a sharp sword proceeded from His mouth slaying the beast once and for all saving us from the belly of the whale as he saved Jonah because we proved ourselves loyal to the very end, taking a leap of faith, by accepting Yeshua Hamashiach’s precious living sacrificial blood, grace and mercy, by true grit, undefeated perseverance and a hunger only the humble, meek, homeless, exiles, outcasts, and society’s misfits understand. This wonderous true place, not on any map, a magical fantasy island were dreams come true or an island of misfits praying for miracles to happen is a breath of fresh air to get a new perspective on life, where humility, compassion, gratitude, and lovingkindness are in abundance. We all have a true place, nowhere on the map, where we’ve ventured and conquered unknown waters or traveled to the most beautiful, spectacular, and dangerous places on land that symbolically challenged and molded us through our journey in life. On my long drives to and from this hidden place, nowhere on the map, I can’t help but contemplate Pequod’s diverse crew of broken men that went along with Captain Ahab’s toxic defiant obsession to seek and destroy the infamous white sperm whale, Moby Dick. That was when the Rubicon had been crossed. What should have been a successful and prosperous whaling voyage and an equal opportunity for the crew, became a catastrophic nightmare due to Captain Ahab turning into a dictator, changing the minds of the crew involving them in Ahab’s personal war of vengeance with Moby Dick, and attempting to change the natural law of the sea. Harvesting the sea for fish and oil out of necessity, only hunting what is needed, is a natural progression of man and sea that is not done out of greed, revenge or for control. Going against this natural progression of the laws of nature, was being forced upon the crew by the obsessive Captain Ahab, much in the likes of a later day Stalin, by dictating and attempting to control how things would be done on the sea hindering the progression of the natural laws of the sea or things in general. There is a difference between a captain leading his crew versus controlling his crew. Captain Ahab, the leader of the ill-fated Pequod, wanted all to have his own vision/one mindset that wasn’t for oil but pure revenge in killing the infamous white whale. The sea doesn’t care if a man is a king or a servant, a captain, or a castaway, it commands respect. The white whale took one of Ahab’s legs on a previous voyage which further enraged Captain Ahab. He felt less of a man and no longer cared if he lived or died. Hate and revenge consumed him. His only purpose in life was fueled by his destructive behavior, becoming his own monster. Revenge was the only desire keeping him alive. “Towards thee I roll, thou all - destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” – Herman Melville/Moby Dick. Ahab’s impediment was not a missing leg, rather it was his own loveless heart not knowing how to forgive. His sin of being a blasphemous tyrant was from thinking he controlled the sun, sea and all living creatures emanating from blind hatred and revenge turning his heart into stone. His obsession was wanting something he could not possess because the white whale belonged to the sea. He was a tormented soul whose disability was his inability to forgive and let go because of his arrogance. Captain Ahab’s crew all came from diverse backgrounds. Ishmael’s thirst for adventure in search of his inheritance, his noble humbleness seeking to belong, put him in Ahab’s path. Queequeg, believed to be a seer, was befriended, and recruited by Ishmael because of his kind servitude and helpful spiritual nature. Starbuck, his first mate, being a family man with his sensible voice, common sense and wisdom brought a semblance of balance to Ahab’s demented turbulent behavior which almost compelled Starbuck to kill Ahab at some point because he knew he was going to get them all killed but could not pull the trigger because he was a fisher of men. Unlike the evil one, Captain Ahab, whose demented, wicked, selfish, and arrogant soul with a relentless thirst for revenge eventually became the fate of the Pequod. Ahab’s arrogance surpassed his humanity by once boasting of striking the sun if it insulted him. His anger and need for vengeance cast a shadow that blinded him and took him to such a dark place enabling the white whale to lure him so far out into the sea never to return. That is what hate and revenge will do to men. It takes them to the point of no return. Captain Ahab never realized he died long before going to his last voyage to sea. Ahab was a zombie, dead on the inside but old and crusty on the outside, still carrying his dead body weight around, with his worn-out whalebone peg leg and his evil soul, causing havoc and chaos like a dark storm cloud wherever he went. Ahab was a demon disguised as captain of the Pequod who put his selfish needs and wants before the safety of others even if it meant taking the entire crew down with him, which ultimately happened leaving only one sole survivor, Ishmael. God’s promise to Ishmael was to raise up a great nation of his own therefore, Leviathan could not claim him during that dreadful voyage at sea. Death could not touch him that day and the irony of a disinherited exiled man in the desert or sea with a burning desire to belong, floating on a coffin, was both a sign and a confirmation of the miracle in the desert and at sea from that day forward. Much in the same way that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The Scarlet Letter”, about Hester, the mother of Pearl, her illegitimate child, both exiled by society, was finally acknowledge by her father, the priest Dimmesdale. At the end of the day, we are all just trying to get it right and seek redemption. Proving even exiles have a true place on the map. Ahab was doomed from the start. Blinded by vengeance because he was unable to love or forgive. Therefore, he could never find that true place, not on any map, because that special place is in the map of our hearts and our souls. Ahab’s spirit comes from the depth of Hades where everyone is heartless and was engulfed with bitterness, revenge and hatred. He was dead on arrival because love is stronger, deeper, and older than the sea. Ishmael’s voyage was in search of hope and belonging. Ahab’s voyage was one of evil control, wicked hatred, full of revenge and destruction. Each man fulfilled his own destiny. “No man or woman born, coward or brave, can shun his destiny.” – Homer. This true place, nowhere on the map, where the prairies are painted with the states beautiful Bluebonnets fully bloomed, Indian Paintbrushes, lovely and delicate Buttercups, covered in Indian Blankets, Showy Primrose, Scarlet Sage, and sporadic bouquets of Baby’s Breath sprinkled with morning dew as if gasping for air, the rebirthing of nature’s gentle echoes. Driving past several oil rigs pumping that rich black Texas gold, I noticed a diverse crew of men working on an oil rig wearing hard hats, heavy steel toe boots, white shirts and blue jeans covered in soot dripping in sweat from the Texas heat and humidity with the sun relentlessly beating down upon them. The men however, seemed undeterred from completing their mission. I again reminisce about the diverse crew of misfits aboard the Pequod as they set off for a three-year whaling voyage looking for oil, unbeknownst to them, would be their most challenging and horrific whaling voyage of all time where the sea would become their burial ground. The crew of the Pequod also worked hard under harsh outdoor elements, freezing days and nights, freezing rain, catastrophic deadly storms followed by the unrelentless sun pummeling down upon them. When you go to work, especially when you go to work looking for oil either on land or at sea, one never knows the adventures waiting for you when you walk out that front door. What choices you will have to make to survive. However, nothing could prepare you for or compared to the true story of Captain Pollard and the whaling vessel, the Essex, and his starving crew members at sea as they decided upon who to cut and eat next. After a whale had destroyed the Essex, they resorted and succumbed to the horrors of cannibalism. The shame and guilt of men surviving on other human flesh is an unspoken abomination. Many men have died seeking the valuable commodity of oil both on shore and from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Man’s quest for oil never ceases. The crew set off on their adventures journey to hunt whales for oil with a side serving of revenge in the case of one Captain Ahab’s missing leg. A story of true grit, perseverance, wanting to belong, revenge, service, spiritual awareness, or lack thereof and malevolence. Men vs. beast with nature’s beautiful but harsh elements deserving respect. Within the beasts’ own massive and powerful habitat known as the wilds of the sea. Ishmael, being the sole survivor, realized even outcasts and misfits are sometimes smiled upon and graced, have a place in this world, not on any map, where destiny takes the wheel towards their destination with miracles and adventures waiting to happen because even those exiled matter. The monstrous white whale had the home advantage, the hierarchy of the sea, the whale, is the king of its jungle. Back then they killed whales for oil, but the practice declined because of men working on oil rigs were drilling wells producing petroleum and in turn, kerosene as well as a multitude of other products used by society today. In the late 1980’s a moratorium for commercially hunting whales was put in place. However, some countries such as Japan, Norway and Iceland continued to hunt whales for meat, teeth and other profitable uses. Presently, the woke crowd wants to stop drilling wells for oil. Does this mean they are going to start massively killing whales again? Whales, however, have other ideas Recently, Orca killer whales have been seeking revenge of their own proving Ahab was in over his head and was outsmarted by a mammal with higher intelligence and integrity. Moby Dick realized that these ships were killing many whales and became the “white angel” of the sea by destroying several ships including the Pequod/Essex. Since May of 2020, there have been more than 300 incidents in Spain and Portugal of organized orca ‘killer whales’ attacking and sinking boats as well as yachts. Apparently, a whale was trapped by a boat, and managed to escape by striking and destroying the ships stern and rudder. These orca killer whales are teaching each other the methodical method of sinking the ships having mastered their plan and pattern. They aren’t killing the people only destroying the boats that pose a threat and danger to their species. They basically disable the yachts and boats. In some circumstances, the older mature whales teach and instruct the younger whales. They have become increasingly hostile sinking ships out of vengeance and so the saga continues. The story of survival of the fittest, protection of family, and revenge, never gets old. As I continue driving, every now and then I’ll pass fruit vendors along the way. Trucks fully loaded boasting delicious Texas size sweet watermelons and strawberries galore tempting me to stop. I pulled over to the side of the road. I noticed two young children, assuming they were the vendors because they resembled him. They reached for a strawberry to eat while the vendor seemed too busy noticing me and my car sizing me up or so I thought because he quicky slapped their tiny hands and made them put the strawberries back. The vendor flirtatiously asked me what my name was, and I sarcastically replied, “My name is Nobody. That is what I am called by my mother and father and by all my friends.” – Homer. The children’s little innocent faces had the look of hunger in their eyes one cannot deny. Their clothes and hands let me know they labored in the fields. I purchased a large watermelon and two baskets of strawberries. I handed the second basket of strawberries to the children and paid four times their worth, so the vendor wouldn’t take the berries from them as they quickly ran to the shade of a large oak tree, sitting down to eat the berries. I noticed what looked like squirrel and rabbit traps as well as bones under the tree. That’s when you know you are deep in the heart of Texas. With my peripheral vision I noticed a slithering rat snake climbing up the tree most likely in search of a bird’s nest with eggs left waiting to be devoured. Some snakes wander in the summer heat. The intense heat is relentless and ice-cream cones can quickly melt running down your fingers in seconds after leaving the ice-cream parlor. Heat so hot moms place water jars outside with tea bags making sweet sun tea and could bake cookies on the hood of their trucks while the kids play four-square in their driveway. Most stay cool by swimming, boating or staying indoors. One has to be careful and be respectful of the sun because if we stay outside in the sun too long our skin will burn and start to blister. After several hours of driving, I finally reached my destination. Nana’s place seemed like an oasis in the desert, a hidden Garden of Eden in the middle of nowhere. The sweet aromatic grounds were sprawling with azaleas, roses, birds of paradise, Indian hawthorns, impatiens, marigolds, petunias, Mexican heathers, blue bonnets, hibiscus, yellow trumpets, Texas sage, lavender, lilies of the Nile, day lilies, Texas sweet almond bushes, an apple tree, a fig tree and a grand old pecan tree. In the middle of her property was a humble but quaint cabin like the Pequod. The treasure resides inside because Nana is a kind and authentic old soul. The Texas heat was also in full bloom. The bible reads the sun shall not smite thee by day however in the Book of Revelation it reads “the sun was given power to scorch people with fire”. Let’s hope today is not that day as it’s already claiming Nana’s face and life. I see you Shemesh, Helios, giant white ball of light you Apollos. One day you will become a leviathan of the land, you serpent of old. Abaddon in Hebrew meaning destruction and Apollyon in Greek meaning destroyer. God protects His people no matter if our journey is by day or by night. We are all just trying to get it right and at the end of the day, we all seek redemption and only God knows our fate by land or by sea, by fire or flood, by sickness or unjust reproach. Be humble as Job and not arrogant, vengeful, or blasphemous, as Ahab seemed beyond blasphemous according to first shipmate Starbuck. “Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.” – Ahab. I began walking up to the porch of my friend’s cabin with my hands holding a large watermelon and a basket of strawberries, along with a special gift I made for my friend. I worked hard on this project in between running my errands and sometimes after my jogs. I had made Nana a tiled table for her porch. One of our dogs, a Siberian Husky broke several of my flowerpots and instead of throwing away the broken pots, I broke them into even smaller pieces and made a mosaic table for Nana. In the center I used the white broken pieces creating a white whale since Moby Dick is Nana’s favorite book. She is obsessed with the story almost as much as Ahab was obsessed with the whale itself. My dear old friend walks out the front door wearing the Prada straw hat that I wore on a previous visit. She really liked the hat, so I gifted it to her. Nana was holding her protection bat resembling Lucille, Negan’s bat from ‘The Walking Dead’. It reminded me of Queequeg, full of body tattoos, holding a spear, his weapon of choice. Sometimes Nana can be a little scary looking. Once she realizes it’s me, she puts down her bat and greets me with a warm smile and crying tears of joy because it has been a while. I call her Nana even though she isn’t my biological Nana. Guess one can say we adopted each other. I needed a Nana and she needed a daughter. I met Nana years ago while my family and l were vacationing in Galveston. Yes, Nana used to live by the beach. One day, needing more beach snacks for the family, I quickly went into a store and this lady that looked homeless was trying to purchase a few food items but appeared short on cash. The girl at the register was rude and quickly became impatient. I offered to pay for her groceries. The lady thanked me. As I paid for my snacks, I noticed she was being told to leave the premises because the homeless aren’t welcome here and are bad for business as Galveston is mainly a tourist beach. I approached her and we spoke a bit. I told her if she needed anything else from the store to let me know because my family and I were staying at the Galvez. I went on my way as my family was waiting on me but not worried or surprised because helping the homeless is a passion of mine. The homeless woman was across the street from the Galvez waiting until my family and I were heading out to the beach. We took her to lunch at Miller’s Sea Wall Grill. A family favorite. She told me some of her hardships. I gave her my number and got her some assistance. There was something about her. The look in her sad eyes let me see a tiny glimpse of perhaps a broken heart and soul. It was more than a look of hunger. The deep sadness of losing hope in mankind and herself. It was the look of a broken soul that broke my heart. I couldn’t unsee what I saw and made it my mission to help. Long story short, Nana has had a hard life. She grew up in an orphanage and when she married, her husband was abusive. She was afraid to leave because she grew up with no one. He beat her regularly and abused their two children. One day, her husband took the kids fishing. She waited and waited but they never returned because the ocean had different plans and took their lives. They all drowned. In the blink of an eye, the perils of the sea made her a widow and motherless. She was devastated because she loved her children more than life itself. She began wandering all along the seawall, crying day and night for her children as if the sea could spit them back out full of life. She could no longer hold a job and lost her apartment and became homeless. She was further abused living in the streets. Finally, with some assistance, she was given housing in the city where she was mugged and almost left for dead. She had had enough, but her Catholic upbringing wouldn’t let her give up. She didn’t know why God still gave her breath or how it was possible for her heart to continue beating with life because the pain was unimaginable and she felt lifeless. With everything that she was going through, Nana was still determined to survive and not be a victim of circumstance. Life knocked her down, but she just kept getting right back up even if sometimes she had to force herself out of bed. Crying one night in total despair she dropped to her knees to the floor and called out to God and asked Him to help her because she was losing hope in humanity and almost losing her faith. God heard her prayer that night, she wiped her tears, went to bed and woke up the next morning and went into work at the Quik Mart. While working one night at the convenience store, she purchased a scratch off lotto ticket and won fifty thousand dollars. It was more than enough for her to buy a few acres of land and she wanted to move as far away from the ocean and city as possible. One of the few things that Nana brought with her from Galveston was an old book, Moby Dick. She purchased the book at a garage sale and used to read a few pages at bedtime to her two children. The words she did not know or understand, she improvised, and her children loved the story about Captain Ahab, Ishmael, Queequeg, Starbuck, the Pequod and the huge whale Moby Dick. Nana has fought the demons of leviathan. The worst being losing her children. She had been hunted and beaten to a pulp in the streets by someone like Ahab and beat down by the harsh outdoor elements from being homeless. She finally took her sword along with her will to live and slayed the beast and freed herself from the belly of the whale. Time really stands still for no one. Nana was looking really old and tired. Not even the deep sunken wrinkles she wore underneath her makeup, her warpaint, could hide the cancer lesions and scars on her face. I recognize her less and less as old age and cancer are competing in claiming the kind natured Nana. That being said, Nana is feisty at times and has a little bit of Ahab in her because if she gets upset, she will curse you out like a sailor. She will cut, slice and dice you before you realize you’ve been cut. She is also a bit like Ishmael and Starbuck because her kindness and faith keep her on the straight and narrow path and she will repent and ask for forgiveness later when necessary. Despite our differences in age, backgrounds and demeanors, we get along great. I have my who’s who yuppie friends in the city, the housewives club, the book club, which are basically a bunch of middle-aged women who drink wine and gossip, and my friends from my childhood but Nana lives in a true place not found on any map. She isn’t pretentious and she’s honest to the core. No nonsense, nothing fake about her, true Texas grit. Sometimes I need to get offline and take that long drive away from my comfort zone. Almost two weeks ago, I was sunbathing in my backyard and lounging by the pool dancing to the best rock n roll band in the world, The Rolling Stones, in what some call a prestigious neighborhood, but I needed to visit Nana and so here I find myself. Nana’s wrinkles and scars are her relentless badges of honor. They are the road maps of her life’s journey that brought her to her true place, not on any map, her hiding place, her refuge. She’s been through a lot and weathered several storms. She will always avoid the ocean because it swallowed her precious children. I can’t ever imagine the pain of losing one’s children because that’s a parent’s worst nightmare, and her husband was a leviathan monster. Now cancer is taking its shot and only Nana knows when she is ready to give up the ghost. Nana has true grit. She always felt like an outcast, always wandering in the desert and the seashores without a home or inheritance until she trusted God completely and made a friend. She is the sole survivor of her family just like Ishmael was the sole survivor of his voyage because that was God’s promise. Beating cancer is her quest as Ishmael, Queequeg, Starbuck and Ahab fought the white whale. I was thinking of Queequeg with all his tattoos and his ready for battle spear, a kind soul recruited by Ishmael. Two men heading to sea, only one man returning. Two work the field, one will be taken, and one will be left as we all have different journeys in life leading us to our own destiny. I finally sat down while Nana put away the watermelon and strawberries in the kitchen. There is no air conditioning in her cabin. Just an old fan resting on a chair and the open windows that would welcome a little breeze from time to time. I was quickly melting in place. I could start to taste my own salty sweat with the hint of lipstick. I’m trying hard not to move too much in my mini floral sun dress. The back of my thighs and legs are beginning to stick to the plastic covering the antique red velvet sofa. My eyes were unable to ignore the enormous deer mount on the wall. I can’t escape it looking at me no matter where I am in the room. To my right is a massive velvet Jesus tapestry with the Ten Commandments as if to remind me of my heritage and my Baptist roots. To my left is a curio cabinet with everything garage sale grab. Directly in front of me hangs a large golden over-sized mid-century starburst clock staring back at me like a cyclops with spider eyelashes. Looking down is no relief for my eyes as the busy pattern on the linoleum floor is hypnotizing like looking into the toy kaleidoscope I had as a child. If it’s not broken Nana won’t replace it. So, it was wall to wall nostalgic décor from Nana’s time. Nana is in her nineties, really thrifty and set in her ways. Being here visiting Nana took my mind off my own thoughts. Nana is old, has cancer, and lives alone with her five stray adopted cats. A calico cat named Ishmael, a white Persian cat named Moby Dick, a grey cat named Queequeg, a white cat with black spots named Starbuck and a hellish black cat name Ahab. She’s fighting cancer but she won’t quit as God has restored her faith in Him, humanity, and herself again. In reality Nana is perhaps stronger because she knows how to be alone with her thoughts in the attic of her mind or buried in the deep basement of her soul. “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Pascal. As I sit there, now glued to the sofa, my thoughts start to wander, and I begin feeling rather silly for being concerned over my so-called romantic life and all the naive mistakes I’ve made. Realizing I’m not the first person ever to be made a fool of and certainly won’t be the last. I won’t chase the white sperm whale. The sea and all the loose harpy mermaids can have him. Enough with my ridiculous silent thoughts, I’m here to visit and cheer up Nana. Nana noticed I was quiet. She asked if I was okay and of course I said all was fine, but my eyes began to water and a few tears rolled down my face. Without me saying a word Nana figured it out and said he isn’t worth it if he doesn’t know how beautiful and amazing you are dear sweet girl. Save your tears child because each tear carries the weight of mighty oceans causing one to drown in sorrow. She said everything was going to work itself out and was going to be okay. I told her I know. Chin up, move forward and always respect yourself. Reassuring Nana all was okay and it wasn’t really his fault because he is just being himself and I too played along until I couldn’t. While betrayal is the worst, sometimes we betray ourselves by convincing ourselves that someone we think we love is someone he is not. Even though sometimes good women with values and standards fall for bad guys, they soon realize they are worthy of true love and respect as we each make our way in life. Nana and I decided to play a game of scrabble. Years ago, I tried teaching Nana how to play chess, but she does not care for it. She loves to play scrabble and uses Hillbilly words and I sometimes use Spanish words I haven’t taught her yet. She used all seven of her tiles on her first round. Of course, she used her Hillbilly terminology such as vittles, britches (using all seven tiles again), tater, git, fixin, yall, and even used the word nana to name a few. I used the Spanish word Esperanza which means hope. Yes! Call me Esperanza because I don’t want to lose hope. My biggest word score was from the word ‘enjoying’ with a triple word score and double letter worth 63 points. Nana’s biggest score was from the word britches with a double word score and 25 points. I did win 371 to 149. Nana was kind enough to offer me a slice of her homemade pecan pie. I said yes and thank you even though I was a little worried because Nana has lost her sense of taste and smell. Her cooking is either too sweet or too salty, but when in Rome, or in that true place nowhere on the map… Nana asked me if I wanted her to read a few pages from her favorite book Moby Dick and I said of course Nana. For years Nana has been reading pages of her favorite book to me with each visit. On my journey to Nana’s cabin I think about Ismael, Ahab, Queequeg, Starbuck, the white whale Moby Dick and Nana’s true Texas grit. She sits on her rocking chair reading, and I’m stuck to her sofa as the plastic is now part of my skin, but I’m having watermelon, strawberries, Texas tea and over the top sweet pecan pie so it’s not so bad. I’m grateful for my friendship with Nana. She is an authentic beautiful kind soul. There will never be another Nana because new souls don’t replace old souls. Each soul has its own journey and destiny. Moby Dick is more than a tale about a whale, boats and men. It’s about one’s life journey, their challenges, adventures, searching and finding their place in life. Most can relate to Herman Melville’s story because the world is filled with misfits, orphans, castaways, self-educated people, some wandering, searching for a place, nowhere on the map, to call home. It’s about taking a leap of faith, knowing and finding the courage to take on the challenges in life, not quitting, never holding a grudge, not being vengeful or hateful and becoming masters of our own domain. When Captain Ahab and Moby Dick were staring directly into each other’s eye, Ahab, in his quest for revenge, had become a monster in his pursuit of chasing a monster and realized he was having to give up the ghost right then and there because he was in over his head. In reality, Moby Dick, the white whale, was not a monster and was just defending itself in the sea. Ahab’s weakness was thinking his strength was equal to or greater than that of the white whale. It was no match. Ahab’s perception was warped, and his miscalculation was off the charts to say the least. “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Nietzsche. Looking into the abyss will let you know what you are made of. You can take control of your own faculties. Are you capable of eating your fellow crewmate out at sea if starving to death? Are you capable of cannibalism if it means survival? We must no longer be afraid to conquer what is right and let go of what is wrong. Grant yourself geographical authority to explore the vast oceans and lands. Don’t tie yourself up with hate or revenge and go down with the beast. Don’t be afraid to achieve your destiny because you will only betray yourself like Jonah who was swallowed by the whale. He was afraid of going into Nineveh because he feared the unknown. Follow your heart no matter where it leads you because love is real. Love is not a lie and most of all, love is that important. Appreciate the gift of life, keep things as simple as possible. Sometimes it’s so easy to overlook the beauty in nature that surrounds us, the beauty in others and in ourselves. We sometimes forget or become accustomed to the most wonderful and phenomenal things in our daily life which are tiny miracles unfolding right before our eyes that go unnoticed if your heart and soul are not open to seeing them. Herman Melville was right, it’s not down in any map; true places never are because true places are in the many places our hearts take us. Never be afraid to find your place, nowhere on the map, but the place that is in your heart, mind and soul. The people we meet and the friends we make help us through our journeys in life. Our most unpredictable adventures are waiting to happen if we just apply true grit, take a leap of faith and never give up no matter the circumstances in life. Breath is life and every living creature matters in the land and sea. Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
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TV and Media: Shaping Our Reality
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 29 2024 at 10:36 pm
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The power that TV and media have should not be taken for granted. Going back to the days of radio, we can remember the panic caused by the reading of "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells, which led many to believe there was a real alien invasion. Although this incident was based on a misunderstanding, it highlights how powerful media can be in influencing behavior. If something as simple as audio from the radio can have such influence, it follows that TV would have even more power. Television is a central part of American homes, with everyone having their favorite shows and being exposed to its programming. I say "programming" both in the sense of TV programming and in how our brains are programmed by what we watch. Every time our brain experiences something, it is being programmed. The TV we watch inevitably leaves an imprint on our brains, which has serious implications because we aren't in control of every message that appears on the screen. The broadcasters are in control. Whenever we watch TV, we leave ourselves a bit vulnerable to influence, especially if we aren't aware of this concept. TV and media broadcast messages in ways that serve their own agendas, nudging us towards potentially false conclusions and manipulating our worldview. We might hear false things presented as true, shaping our perception of reality. I'm not saying to never watch TV. Personally, I can't help but watch "Curb Your Enthusiasm" over and over. However, we should try to limit our TV consumption and be as mindful as possible to protect ourselves from undue influence. What are your favorite shows, and how do you think they might be influencing you? Have you ever noticed changes in your thoughts or behaviors after watching certain TV programs? How can you become more mindful of the media's impact on your life? At Avantia Health Optimization, we help you become more aware of these influences and provide strategies to counteract them, so you can live a healthier, more intentional life. Check out the testimonials on our website to see how we've helped others achieve their health goals. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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"The Science" Isn't The Same As "The Truth"
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 June 15 2024 at 11:02 pm
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Science isn't the same thing as "the truth." Science helps construct arguments, and some arguments are better than others. You might have one strong scientific argument that contradicts another equally strong scientific argument. This is why you see a lot of contentious debate on hot topics, such as COVID-related issues. Often, the well-educated side is presented with a strong scientific argument and they take it and run with it. However, due to heuristics, biases, and cognitive dissonance, it can be tough for people to change their minds, even when they might be wrong. This is why understanding the scientific process is crucial, but it's also important to realize that a scientific conclusion is not infallible truth. It's just a conclusion based on a series of studies, which can be flawed or manipulated, especially when industries like pharmaceuticals get involved. They can manufacture studies, consensus, and the appearance of certain conclusions. Therefore, an argument based on science means very little to me when it disregards other opposing scientific arguments. This becomes even more problematic when presented by people who appear dogmatic and possess a religious fervor for their position. Given this complexity, how do you reach your own conclusions? How do you parse scientific data? If you don't do it yourself, who do you trust to help you interpret the data? At Avantia Health Optimization, we understand the challenges of navigating scientific information. If you want to improve your health and make informed decisions, check out the testimonials on our website to see how we've helped others achieve their health goals. Your first health coaching session is just $1. Click the link in my profile to get started. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Trust Should Be Earned
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 June 19 2024 at 12:03 pm
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Trust is something that should be earned. The story in this image highlights the corruption of some giant pharmaceutical organizations. A few years ago, it seemed like everyone wanted to believe these companies had good intentions, but history proves otherwise. Many of these companies have caused serious harm with their products, leading to numerous lawsuits. In some instances, there's evidence showing they knew about the harms even as they continued to market the drugs. An example is Bayer, which knowingly distributed HIV-contaminated drugs to third-world countries. These companies often seem ruthless, caring more about their bottom line than about your health or delivering on their promises. Part of their business model likely takes into account these huge fines, which pale in comparison to the billions of dollars they make in profit. It’s crucial, when it comes to your health, to be highly skeptical of companies offering products that could have dramatic impacts on your well-being. This is about more than just the companies; it's about your discernment. Only you can look out for your health in the most serious way because nobody else will prioritize your health as you should. You make decisions that affect your health—what food you eat, what pharmaceuticals you take or avoid, and when to exercise. The worst thing you can do for your health is to outsource those decisions, especially to a nameless, faceless multibillion-dollar company. I'm not saying all pharmaceuticals are bad all the time—clearly, some have helped many people. Nonetheless, many of these organizations have a very questionable history. So how do you scrutinize companies before deciding whether to trust them? Have you had experiences with products from these companies that you trusted at first but later changed your mind? If you want help from someone you can trust, like a board-certified health coach, consider starting your first health coaching session with Avantia Health Optimization for just $1. Check out the testimonials on my website by clicking the link in my profile to learn more about how we have already helped others and how we can help you. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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SPECIAL WEEKEND THOUGHT: 👉 Praying for Love,...
Cam
 May 25 2024 at 11:12 am
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“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11 NIV) Recently morning, I opened up one of my apps and saw their verse(s) for the day: Philippians 1:9-10 (yes; I included verse 11 above intentionally). While I’ve read these verses many times, they hit me as especially relevant for our lives as followers of Jesus. In these three verses, Paul shares some key characteristics he wants God to develop among Christians. First, Paul prays that our “love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight”. In this phrase, Paul prays for something that doesn’t happen naturally to many people. For too many people, the more knowledge and insight we gain, the less love fills our hearts. The more we learn about someone, something, or some situation, the less love we are tempted to have for it. Sometimes we can empathize with people facing situations that happened through no fault of their own, but the moment we learn the victim did something to bring about the situation they are in, the temptation is to love them less. However, Paul prays that our love will grow with more knowledge and depth of insight. This can only happen when we are focusing on Jesus. Studying about Jesus and what He did for us grows love in our hearts. The more knowledge and depth of insight we have about Jesus, the more love grows and develops in our hearts, and the more love we can share with those God brings into our lives. Also, the closer we grow to Jesus, the better equipped we will be when discerning what is best, pure, and blameless. The stronger our connection with Jesus, the more fruits of righteousness can grow in our lives. Paul wraps up this thought by reminding us that this love, knowledge, insight, discernment, and fruits of righteousness are not for our benefit. Instead, all these traits are to bring glory and praise to God. When loving others, it's easy to fall into the trap of loving too narrowly. The temptation many of us face is loving others in a way that helps them today while infantilizing their future selves. In contrast, others, in the name of “tough love” appear to act in a very unloving way today, framing this as loving the other person’s future self. As followers of Jesus, remember to love like Jesus loves. Jesus repeatedly loved others in ways that balanced helping in the moment while also helping the future individual. When Jesus challenged individuals, He was calling them to grow beyond where they currently were. The love Jesus modeled for us extends a hand to those in need today, while desiring the best outcome for them both today and tomorrow. Paul prayed we would grow in love, knowledge, and insight. This prayer is one worth repeating and incorporating into our lives as we look forward to the day Jesus returns! 🙏 📖 ✝️ 👍
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Variance, Victimhood and Violence - He Said,...
Sandra Long Toups
 May 30 2024 at 12:40 am
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Variance, Victimhood and Violence - He Said, She Said (Originally posted October 2021) “Men and women have roles – their roles are different, but their rights are equal.” – Harri Holkeri Both men and women are fascinating and complicated creatures, complete opposites, differences in their affectional nature, but nonetheless equally and vitally important to one another. Each with something of value to contribute. It is said, “Man is superior to woman, as man; and woman is superior to man, as woman; and both of them together are superior to either one of them separately.” The differences are in their intrinsic properties where men and women both have different boiling points and are equally malleable in their own way. The same can be said for intrinsic values as well. Their agreeableness on creativity, social justice, nature and their connection with society and life in general can change rapidly and daily. The intrinsic human values of truth, beauty, goodness, temperance and courage also differentiate between men and women. However, when they express mutual respect and love harmoniously and complementary to their value, it is beneficial to both. Mutual respect, love, companionship and success is sought by both men and women. Therefore, what is sought by both men and women is beneficial. Genesis 2:7 “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:22-23 “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” Woman was created out of man’s rib signifying she is by his side and near his heart as a loving and equal partner. Humanity, nature (nature is a place, i.e. the Garden of Eden was the first nature in the pillars of creation) and the planet are all intertwined, sharing common elements, perfectly and exquisitely connected created separately by design by Almighty God Abba the Father. The world is a whole unit comprised of remarkable, creative, brilliant, quirky, peculiar and resilient individual creatures known as men and women. We are authentically different individuals especially as men and women. “Men and women aren’t the same and they won’t be the same. That doesn’t mean that they can’t be treated fairly.” – JBP I equally agree with Jordan and Holkeri. Men and women are totally different creatures and yet equally important. Whether a whisper or a roar, both should be heard. No one should be crucified for speaking their mind. After all, a nagging conscience is worse than a nagging woman or man. The mind acts and the heart reacts; as the mind is rational and the heart is emotionally driven. As individuals we cannot build one up by tearing down the other in the process. Men and women need to work together in harmony not against each other; both are different as night and day. They both have different but genuine experiences along with different points of view to offer the other. The moon and the sun embody perfection and are not in conflict with one another. They do not compete for the spotlight, instead each radiates its own authentic light playing a very important role which is keeping the earth’s luminaries lit. By day, the sun provides us glorious sunrises, afternoon sunshine, playful sun shadows and beautiful breathtaking sunsets. By night, the moon provides romantic moonlight and dancing moon shadows for the lost and lonely. The stars shine both in the day and night whether they are seen or not. An object of the awareness does exist independently of the awareness. Most fail to realize that men and women’s differences are their greatest common denominator for harmony and success; equally contributing to the social economic developmental of our society. One cannot exist without the other and both bring a harmonious balance to life. Furthermore, God created man to be man and woman to be woman. There is no in between. God does not make mistakes. Humanity makes mistakes when they go against their natural being creating confusion within themselves. To deny your own true self, what God made you to be, is to live a lie and to live a lie is failing yourself in the utmost fundamental manner. Victimhood: Victimhood is a relentless sad state of mind. It can manifest into creating a self-oppressing equal opportunity opportunist for those who constantly play the victim card. Unfortunately, everyone has experienced some type of suffrage and victimization. “The masculine spirit is under assault. It’s obvious.” – JBP. We are all flawed beings living in a flawed world. However, it is not just the masculine spirit under assault, it is also obvious that the feminine spirit is under assault as well. It is both men and women which abuse and victimize each other. “In revenge and in love, woman is more barbaric than man.” – Nietzsche. “No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful than the man who is anxious about his virility.” – Simone de Beauvoir. If not broken, victimhood is a vicious cycle displaying several elements that can sometimes lead to unnecessary self-inflicted sorrows and hardships. Victimhood has a stench of stagnant sewage water from the lack of flushing out one’s unpleasant past experiences, denying the possibility of a survivor scenario. Humans like water, will rise and recede based on the level of its source. Men and women will only reach the potential they aspire according to their choices in life. After all, the mind comes secondary to one’s will to succeed. Past individuals such as Elizabeth Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott, an American Quaker, took action and started the Women’s Rights Movement and played vital roles as advocates for women and the anti-slavery movement in the mid 1800’s. However, today their great and noble cause has been hijacked by the out of control radical leftist liberals; turning women against men and vice versa and turning woman against woman. It is a sobering assessment of what’s been taking place globally. Their Cancel Culture agenda is hypocritical and destructive. They are attempting to destroy Judeo-Christian values. They have successfully hijacked the educational system and are fundamentally demolishing all that is righteous and family oriented. All this being disseminated, let it be known that not all men and women are corrupt and not all men and women will play the victim card. So, we’ve come a long way from the Garden of Eden and were thrusted into a maze of madness with our enemies inside like land mines. Realizing we can’t change all that is wrong in the world, we can pray for others but at the same time, we must have a methodical strategic plan to avoid the hysterical rhetoric from the left and choose not to become a victim. Our individual lives are the seeds we plant in our garden, which we maintain and plow for harvesting fruit. Yes, it requires hard work, dedication and effort, but all good things are certainly worth the effort. By refusing to be victims and overcoming hardships we can choose to become a survivor. Take the story of Rumpelstiltskin for example; it’s basically a story where an innocent girl is victimized and betrayed three times but overcomes victimization. She overcame defamation of her character, being a hostage and bribery. The first betrayal and victimization was by her own father. He defamed her character with lies by telling the king she could spin straw into gold. The second victimization and betrayal against her was by the greedy narcissistic king who held her hostage in a chamber against her will to spin straw into gold and if she did not do so, he will put her to death. The third victimization was by a malevolent little weasel imp aka Rumpelstiltskin who delighted in the miller’s daughter’s dilemma and bribed her for gifts and eventually her first-born child. He took advantage of an already victimized girl and as long as she gave him what he wanted he would spin straw into gold. Instead of playing the victimhood card, the miller’s daughter chose to become a survivor. The king eventually marries the miller’s daughter, not because he loves her but for selfish reasons. She bears his child and the imp appears to claim his gift. The imp enjoys victimizing the queen and instead of holding her liable for breach of contract, he wants to continue this game of torture and tells the queen she has 3 days to guess his name in order to keep her child and if she does, he will disappear forever. The queen sends a spy and finds him dancing arrogantly boasting his name in song. After 3 days, he appears to what he thinks is a victory and to claim his prize, but the queen tells him his name is Rumpelstiltskin and the imp vanishes. The miller’s daughter was victimized by her father, the greedy king and Rumpelstiltskin. The miller’s daughter thought outside the box and solved her own problem becoming a survivor to victimhood. It is evident that both men and women have experienced being victimized and suffer hardships. However, in my opinion, women have it just as hard as men and in some situations, much harder. An example where women have it harder than men is the homeless crisis. First of all, being homeless is hard on men, women, children and pets. I personally go into the city and help the homeless and I know first-hand how difficult it is for women more so than men. Young girls have monthly menstrual cycles, they get raped and become pregnant or were pregnant when they ran away or were evicted from their home becoming homeless. The older women, go through menopause and basically have their own bodies wrestling against them, making them more vulnerable to mental illness and an easy target for physical and verbal abuse while living in the streets. There are times when people need a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, encouraging words, a hug and a compassionate heart. I must confess that when I give the homeless a hug, at times, I’m the one that needs a hug the most and they don’t realize it by my outward appearance. We all want a chance at redemption. Unfortunately, girls and women face multiple life threating issues daily. From 2008 to 2009, approximately 25% of the women were married as child brides. In 2015, 1 in 3 girls marry by age 18 and 1 in 9 marry by age 15. In 2018, 1 in 5 women marry as children. Even though India has made some progress in banning child marriage for under age 15, South Asia stills shows 40% of all child brides. So, it’s obvious that enforcement and implementations are laxed concerning the issue of child bride laws. In the United States, Delaware and New Jersey were among the first states to ban child bride marriages. Child brides lose their childhood and generally do not reach their potential as adults because they are required to take on that role at such an early age having their future robbed and chosen for them. Another ordeal faced by women and perhaps the worst crime against females, is the horrific tragedy of honor killings. It is reported that over 5,000 honor killings occur every year internationally. Approximately 1,000 occur each year in both India and Pakistan, including 12 reported honor killings every year in the UK (http://hbv-awareness.com). There are even news stories in the US of honor killings taking place. Sadly, these numbers are generally considered severe underestimates. There is no honor in this barbaric crime!!! There is no honor in taking the lives of members of your own family!!! Domestic Violence: (Ref: Fifty years of lies about domestic violence, Bettina Arndt) Every kind of violence whether it be physical, emotional, verbal or psychological is unacceptable. Since we are focusing on domestic violence, both men and women victimize one another. However, men are the major perpetrators in violence against women. Those are the facts. However, in some situations, women do not get a free pass and are just as guilty as the men. To suggest that the majority of domestic abuse being perpetrated by men against women and children is incorrect and that women are the main culprits in “DV” just “aren’t” true and is simply negligent. Yes, both men and women are guilty of abusing each other. Statistics, however, indicate men to be the majority in number as the abusers against women. According to the National Statistics Domestic Violence (ncadv.org), 1 in 4 women, 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical and/or sexual violence. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner. 1 in 10 women have been raped. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims to severe physical violence. Estimates published by the World Health Organization shows that 1 in 3 women are subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner (who.int, Violence Against Women). Although there is a leveling taking place of domestic violence being reported both by males and females which is sad in itself, the increase being reported as abuse of males perhaps is due to society contributing to the demise of male masculinity and feminizing men. The radical leftist have diluted the masculine identity combining it with feminism. Raquel Welch stated “there “aren’t” any hard women, only soft men.” No matter what, men are physically stronger than women, they lack self -control regarding anger issues and to say that women are the catalyst of the abuse is wrong. Both men and women should be able to walk away and cool off but mostly men because they are the stronger physical being and can cause the most physical harm and a man should never exalt into that which is common to beast and manifest into violent beastly behavior. It is like taking an army tank against a Volvo. Any well-dressed man, no matter how educated or sophisticated he acts outside the home, when at home, if he beats his wife without self-control or a conscience is nothing more than just a ravishing filthy beast. Furthermore, to also suggest or imply that all Domestic Abuse cases have been on a 50 year long run of lies is in and of itself a lie. Halloween is around the corner and I guess several folks will be wearing Pinocchio costumes. While the system is flawed, I believe that the majority of the social and judicial network advocacies against all domestic violence are somewhat balanced. Otherwise, we would have more chaos and extraordinarily little to no order. Are there cracks in the foundation in need of repair, sure but no need to demolish the entire building. “You don’t throw out the baby with the bath water”- Thomas Murner. Amendments and new regulations are a necessary mandate for continued progress in all communities in regard to the pursuit of justice in domestic violence for both men and women. I agree there are several fraud cases, but not all are fraudulent or lies. That is just like saying all Cancer Fundraising Organizations are easy cash cows and they are fraudulently raising money for selfish needs and are not doing so to help the poor souls with cancer and if they have cancer it is their own fault or they asked for it. Should we free all the prisoners who killed and maimed their wives or slaughtered their entire families because it was really the women’s or family’s fault and falls into the 50 years category of lies? Sadly, these families are dead and cannot defend themselves. It is very unfortunate that some innocent men and women are wrongly imprisoned but that is why we have a justice system and advocacy groups. All domestic violence is unacceptable. Most times men try to justify their bad behaviors because they are the main bread winners in the family. If you feed and shelter someone but slap and beat them, they are going to remember the slapping and beating more so than the food and shelter you provided them. Almost all advocacy fund raising organizations have some form of fraud because there is always a snake in the grass and some rotten apples. The system has flaws, but we must have some faith and hope and never give up fighting for innocent people. Men and women are equally important and should be treated as such. Mothers love their sons and daughters equally and want nothing but the best for them. Boys and men need positive male role models. They crave a father figure and Jordan is the most loving, caring, compassionate, encouraging and intelligent father figure out there for all the lost boys and men. Jordan is a wonderous gift to humanity. He has nothing but lovingkindness in his heart. When I see him crying my heart aches and I wish I could wipe away his tears. He has all that weight on his shoulders simply because he cares for others and wants the best for everyone. Basically, no one is perfect. We all make mistakes; we do and say things we live to regret. We make wrong decisions that have consequences. Men and women need to guide each other through redemption and reduce domestic violence drastically. Men and women were created for each other and are part of each other, God, their families, communities and basically all of humanity. We are all connected and destructive behaviors affect those around us. We all leave a footprint for future generations. Women need to be better than the past mistakes their mothers made because they are the caretakers and caregivers of the family. Love, endurance, grace, beauty, compassion, kindness, humility and respect are attributes women are bestowed by God. Men need to better understand and embrace their manhood. Manhood comes not just from outer physical strength but more so from your inner thoughts and outward actions. Integrity, self-respect, respect for others, self-control, kindness, love, humility, gratitude and compassion goes a long way more so than violent behavior. Real men do not hit women and real ladies do not hit men! At the end of the day, it is just the individual looking in the mirror. Almighty God the Father will judge all men and women equally according to his or her deeds. Love and truth are eternal and will always be the main resolution components in our lives. A heart without lovingkindness, truth, humility, forgiveness, and compassion cannot understand itself or relate to others.
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In Response to The Quantum Mechanics of...
Sandra Long Toups
 May 30 2024 at 12:11 am
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(Originally posted July 2021) “If you don’t have a leg to stand on, you can’t put your foot down.” – Robert Altman With all due respect Mr. Herskovitz, because we all have our own thoughts, opinions, points of view and expressions, I found your article repugnant and full of holes like swiss cheese. Therefore, I respectfully disagree with you regarding your views on abortion and the pseudoscience of fetal viability. Every fetus is life and holds the building blocks of humanity as you and I both began our own life. Therefore, a fetus can become a viable source for humanity. Man cannot play God. Atoms meet, join and form molecules forming life/two sex cells unite and form life. Life begins at conception. Almighty God, science, history, and tradition determines that fetus’ are, from conception, both person and human beings, thus firmly supporting an interpretation that the unborn meet the criteria of “person” under the 14th Amendment. The process of two cells uniting developing and replicating the parents is phenomenal. A heartbeat is life. A fetus has a heartbeat at 5 ½ to 6 weeks. Breath is life. A fetus can breathe at ten weeks. Furthermore, in my opinion the truth of the matter is a moral issue and not a cultural issue. By stating abortion to be a cultural issue, further inflames, divides and confuses the issue at hand. Society is conducted by principles of ethics, moral obligation and the rule of law. All that is upheld as morally good and righteous in the world comes from values and a faith in something much bigger than our selves. Perhaps Mr. Herskovitz you are attempting to impose your general viability opinion to justify killing the beginning of human life, the most fundamental fabric of our society. Perhaps you are being a tad naïve and dogmatic not seeing the forest for the trees. At the very least, your article is convoluted like a twisted and mangled ball of yarn and patronizing to pregnant women. You stated, “If you believe the fetus is a person then the mother is not.” So, you are implying that the egg is real but there is no chicken. That is beyond absurd. Basic example: If the mother is X and the fetus is Y, Y is independent of X. The mother is impregnated; therefore, Y exists. The action, experience and purpose already occurred whether X acknowledges Y or not, Y still exists. Trying to formulate a new law from an old case, regarding viability without fully grasping the harmonious existence of creation, nature and God is narrow minded and simply reckless. So, when did we start setting standards for killing babies and how low and far do we set the bar or will there soon be a no- holds- barred for abortion? Your article makes Roe v. Wade seem like child’s play because you are not only advocating abortion, denying the fetus’ mere existence as human but also want to eliminate the fetus because you recognize modern technology/science can allow earlier survival of the fetus outside the womb. Clearly proving our past behaviors predict our future behaviors. Society is engulfed with several lazy but healthy people that refuse to work and are dependent on government assistance, do you kill them? Toddlers are not viable, do you kill them? Majority of the elderly and the handicap are not completely viable, do you kill them? Most cancer patients are not viable, do you kill them? The homeless and extreme impoverished are not completely viable do you kill them? Let us hope your next article does not suggest a purge. Have we become so empty and heartless so morally corrupt to the point of no return? Humanity, nature and all existence are intertwined and we are all dependent on one another. Mr. Herskowitz abortion is murder. Sin is sin. However, in the case of rape and incest, showing empathy is completely rational behavior. Incest and rape are barbaric criminal acts as is murder/abortion. Incest, rape and murder/abortion cause irreversible emotional, sometimes physical, mental, and psychological damage. Society has a duty to support victims of crime and exceptions can be warranted. To dance around or turn a blind eye to the common sense factor is hypocritical and negligent. That said, society compartmentalizes sin or accepts it in small doses and passes laws to minimize the self-destructive behavior of humanity because we are flawed creatures. You are correct in that abortion carry’s grief, pain, guilt and emotional harm. However, I strongly disagree with you that a fetus has no rights because a fetus is human life and all humans have basic rights. Your example to have a surgeon kill the mother’s sister, husband or anyone else in the room is weak and irrational and has no merit. Perhaps, according to your irrational logic, why not kill the father for impregnating the said mother. After all, he is no innocent bystander and is half responsible for creating life. Both the mother and the fetus are independent and dependent of one another as we all are. You mentioned an article from the NY Times and speaking of New York, On January 22, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law The Reproductive Health Act allowing women to legally obtain an abortion within 24 weeks of the start of a pregnancy – “or at any time when necessary to protect a woman’s life or health.” Cuomo has given permission for mothers to kill their babies. The Democrats passed the act into law because they controlled both legislative houses. The Senate passed it 38-24. In the Assembly, it passed by a 92-47 margin. The Reproductive Health Act had been blocked for years by Republicans when they controlled the State Senate. That bill is an immoral fundamental right. Because of the terms in the Reproductive Health Act are stated as a Fundamental Right, future legislation cannot defund abortion. State legislation cannot deny, restrict or regulate it because abortion is a Fundamental Right. Taxpayers can no longer choose. Furthermore, a medical licensed physician need not be present. So, if Jane Doe wants her boyfriend John Doe to help abort their baby, it is okay. John Doe is not a doctor and most likely will make mistakes and the procedure might not be in a clean sanitary setting. If any one female dies from any abortion complication or infection not performed by a doctor which Cuomo signed into law, he should be held accountable and imprisoned. Children are our most precious beings, a blessed gift from Father God and our future. Isaiah 49:15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” Psalm 127:3 “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” We are murdering future doctors, presidents, teachers, scientist, professors, lawyers, court judges, astronauts, policeman, fireman, nurses, farmers, inventors, artist, composers, authors, singers, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers. Cuomo’s mission statement: “To enhance the economic security of low-income families, assist individuals in accessing benefits and services, and enhance child well-being and reduce child poverty.” One way to reduce child poverty is to protect the life and health of the mother by allowing the mother to abort her baby. Thus, the baby does not become a burden to the state living in poverty. This could be for the child’s own well-being. Not to allow it to live. Save money for the state. Killing babies to improve a state’s budget is unconscionable and reprehensible. So, using New York as an example is not a good idea. Trying to justify this crime of moral turpitude through a baseless “scientific consensus on general viability” is by no means a rational case to not call abortion murder. It is murder. I guess crucifying Jesus Christ was not good enough. Two-thousand years later, you now want to kill both mother and child.
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Bank Reserves Are The Key To Economic Stability
David Reavill
 June 21 2024 at 04:57 pm
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"In a highly leveraged economy, collateral/reserves are essential." US Treasury Building. ** In this article, I’d like to pull back the curtain and delve into how financial institutions operate and why we’re headed for a collateral or reserve crisis. I was a Financial And Operations Principal (FINOP) for several brokerage firms for many years. Although the specific rules and regulations differed, Banks, Insurance Companies, Brokers, and other financial institutions function under similar accounting and regulatory frameworks. We all have a fiduciary responsibility to treat our customers adequately, and we may all lend money to our customers. For banks, these loans may be in the form of mortgages or credit cards; for brokers, they may be margin loans. While some of these loans, like credit cards, may not require any collateral or reserve on your part, they require that the lending institution maintain certain levels of capital reserves. All are precise and carefully monitored by the Regulations, be they the Securities and Exchange Commission for a broker or, in the case of a commercial bank, the Federal Reserve. So, how do things look today? To answer that question, we’ll need to gain some perspective. Over the last 16 years, the country has been through two major financial crises. Each crisis had a profound effect on our financial institutions. The first was the great Financial Crisis of 2008–9. During that time, the Bank Reserves went negative for the first time since the Great Depression of the 1930s. That meant the Federal Reserve had to lend them $330 million net to “bail them out.” At least one major Bank, Citibank, was technically insolvent. However, tapping the Fed’s line of credit avoided a major financial meltdown. Citibank survived. But the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury didn’t stop there. They went on to pump money into the financial system—$2.8 trillion went into the Bank’s capital reserves/collateral. Next came the COVID-19 pandemic. Again, Banks were threatened, and the Fed and Treasury pumped in money. This time, the bank’s capital was pushed up to $4.1 trillion. That’s quite a nest egg. You can see why all the Regulatory Requirements have been met over these four years. With $4.1 Trillion in their back pocket, the banks haven’t had to worry. The Fed reports on any trouble within the Banking Sector through its published Stress Index. Since the COVID-19 crisis, this Index has been consistently less than zero (less stress is a good thing) most of the time. Interestingly, the Stress Index recently turned higher (more stress). While it’s impossible to call this a trend (the Index is too volatile), it bears watching. However, two dynamic factors at work are likely to significantly impact our financial outlook. First is the sheer volume of loans outstanding. The Fed currently estimates that total loans and leases on the books of commercial banks are $12.4 trillion, double the level of 2010. Obviously, businesses and individuals have been tremendously moving to increase their financial leverage. Consumers have been leading this charge, more than doubling their personal debt in those 14 years. The responsibility for managing this massive mountain of debt rests squarely with the banks, and it becomes progressively more difficult as the size and number of loans increase. Fortunately, this has been a time of extraordinary few delinquencies. Fewer than 1 1/2% of all bank loans are in collection, and historically, a meager percentage of non-performing accounts. As recently as the 1990s, non-performing loans were about double the current level. What would happen if delinquencies returned to their historic level? The banks would be left with over a billion dollars in bad debt. Debt that would have to be written off as a loss. It would sink bank reserves and create the need for an infusion of capital to meet regulatory requirements. A cash call that could either be met through the capital markets (sell stock) or, in the worse case, through a direct contribution by the Federal Reserve and US Treasury (a “bailout”). So, we must ask ourselves: Are current low delinquency rates due to a strong economy or attributable to the Fed’s money printing? If the latter, now that the Fed has curbed its Quantitative Easing (money printing) and especially because of higher interest rates, will we see a reversion to historic delinquencies? It’s not an idle question: in addition to the consumer debt, most of which has to be paid monthly, about $600 billion in Commercial Real Estate Mortgages will come due this year. And we know that the Office Sector, in particular, is having difficulty. One last point: the impact of the Fed’s move to higher interest rates will continue to work its way throughout the system. Old loans must be “rolled over” at dramatically higher rates. Loans that could be serviced quickly, with customers meeting interest and principal payments, may become out of reach for some. Consumers have already seen interest rate hikes to their credit card payments. Now, institutional real estate and commercial and industrial loans will also be in the pinch. But that’s on the borrower’s side. What about the banks? Will the banks continue to have the reserves/collateral to support those loans? If we get those higher delinquencies, the most probable scenario is that the banks’ capital may fall below regulatory requirements with any combination of increased delinquencies (write-offs) or decreased income (fees/interest). Our financial outlook is guarded; preliminary indications are that the economy is slowing, which generally means lower income. Combined with those higher debt payments as old low-interest debt is rolled over to new higher debt, this will squeeze many highly leveraged corporations and individuals into falling behind in their monthly payments. This combination of lowered income and higher interest expense is a sure-fire formula for a banking crisis. Although the banks are sitting pretty with $3.2 trillion in non-borrowed reserves today, most of these resulted from those over-the-top stimulus payments following the COVID-19 pandemic. But non-borrowed reserves were nearly $4.2 trillion just two years ago. The banks have spent almost a trillion dollars in reserves in the last 24 months. Even though these have been the best of times (lowest delinquencies). What will happen if the economy turns down and many bank customers cannot meet their debt payments? Epilogue As we move closer to a cashless society, banks’ role will become even more vital in the country’s economic function. Credit and debit cards, and eventually, a digital dollar, will only work within the framework of the banking system. Banks thereby become the indispensable cog in the machinery of our finances. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Corpus Christi
Colin Helms
 June 10 2024 at 05:49 am
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Sacraments On 02 Jun 2024 the church celebrated the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which in that old efficient language, Latin, is simply Corpus Christi. This feast day has much of my parish talking about the Sacrament of the Eucharist, in which Jesus Christ manifests in the form of unleavened bread and otherwise undistinguished wine. The authority on what this means and how it happens is Thomas Aquinas, to be found at length in his Summa Theologica. While on an airplane, I browsed through his treatment, and I offer my notes. Sacraments are visible signs that cause the invisible effects they signify. Washing with water, for instance (a sign), imprints the baptismal character it signifies. Aquinas terms this characteristic of a sacrament "signified and sign". Baptism has an effect, it cleanses the subject of it spiritually. This mystical characteristic of a Baptism, Aquinas terms "signified but not sign". signified and sign (actual body) signified and not sign (mystical body) Even in Baptism water doesn't cause its spiritual effect by its own nature, it is the power of the Holy Spirit within the water that cleanses the spirit (signified and not sign). Baptism is one Sacrament but the Sacrament of the Eucharist is supreme among all the sacraments of the church. In the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ are to the bread and wine as is the Holy Spirit to water in Baptism. The appearance of bread and wine is the sign in the Eucharist, the cause of its effects is the actual presence of Jesus Christ within them. Thus you cannot properly state that communion is a remembrance of the Passion of Christ and the bread and wine mere symbols (or signs) of his broken body and shed blood. The actual presence of Jesus Christ is necessary in the bread for Eucharist as is the power of the Holy Spirit in water for Baptism The Eucharist is different than the other sacraments, it contains that which is holy in and of itself: Jesus Christ. Baptismal water on the other hand contains only a power to make something else Holy. The Eucharist consists in the consecration of the material it uses. What is "signified and sign" is the body and blood of Christ existing in the sacrament's own matter, bread and wine. That which is "signified and not sign" is caused in the sacrament recipient by consumption of the consecrated bread and wine. The significance caused by consumption of the Eucharist is the unity of Christ's mystical body with his people, in his church. Plain food nourishes by being changed into the eater's own body. Spiritual food changes the eater into itself. Transubstantiation Transubstantiation is the word Aquinas used to describe the instantiation of Christ in his body and blood within the bread and wine of the Eucharist. More recently, the term Consubstantiation has come into use, perhaps because the Latin meaning of trans is "across" whereas the meaning of con is "with" Human beings cannot directly perceive the actual body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist. But those who share this sacrament should have Faith in God's authority. The Bishop or Priest in his ordination is granted authority by the church (Matthew 28:18) to act in the stead of Jesus Christ when he repeats the words Jesus used at the Passover supper the night before his crucifixion, "This is my body which is given up for you". The body of Christ is present in the sacrament of the Eucharist not in the way that a thing is present in a place. Christ must be actually present on thousands of altars simultaneously each Sabbath. The body of Christ does not travel through space to exist in the sacrament. But rather the altar bread in each place becomes another thing entirely. The bread that is in each place is converted into Christ's body by the Celebrant reciting the words of Jesus Christ, where the Celebrant is an ordained Priest or Bishop. Likewise the wine is changed into Christ's blood. Consecration of the bread and wine occur at the instant the Priest (or Bishop) completes the so-called "Institutional Narrative". It is obvious this change called Transubstantiation is like no other in nature. The substance of the bread is not destroyed or converted into another substance, its very identity is changed. The actuality of Transubstantiation rests upon the power of God to name his creations. Jesus Christ is God. The ordination of a Priest grants him the authority to act in the place of Christ. In the Institutional Narrative, the Celebrant is projected back to that original Passover night, standing amidst the disciples in the upper room, in the place of Christ, at which point he simultaneously utters the words the son of God speaks, "This is my body ... This is my blood."Aristotle and John Thomas Aquinas had the unique historical role to re-introduce Aristotle's Metaphysics to the western world. The writings of Aristotle, Plato, and other important thinkers of the Ancient Hellenistic traditions were preserved by the Mohammedan culture of the Holy Lands. The European Crusaders of the 12th century were the first western people to engage the Mohammedan caliphate since Mohammed had swept the Byzantine empire from Palestine in the eight century. Much of this science and philosophy had been lost for four centuries in Europe. St. Thomas was given the task of evaluating the Aristotelian texts brought to Europe by the crusaders in order to determine whether they contained heresy and should thus be censured. In his study of these ancient texts Aquinas recognized the Aristotelian conception of matter as compounds of substance and form provides a rational basis for the Eucharistic miracle of Transubstantiation. It is worth pointing out that Paul, James, Apollonius, Luke, who laid down the fundamental doctrines of the first century church, as well as the later Jerome, Origen, Augustine would have been steeped in these Hellenistic schools of thought as part of their own education. The key idea in Aristotle's development of Metaphysics is the distinction of substance from form, for example that a house may be constructed from bricks, mortar and timber, but that the form of a house is a conception that is separate from the particular matter making up the house. As Aristotle further developed this idea, he came to identify the form with a third independent category of existence, which he called the essence. Thus the essence of a house may be captured by entirely different substance in different circumstances. The house, early in its life cycle exists as a set of plans and bill of materials and in fact the essence of "house" may be freely applied to many different plans and materials. When during mass the Celebrant invokes a consubstantiation of bread into Christ, he does not call forth the fleshy substance that composed his body in the first century, but instead calls upon the power of the Holy Spirit to superpose the form of Jesus Christ onto a new substance of bread. The substance of the bread is then with the form of Christ, it becomes identified with the body of Christ, who foreshadows this miracle in John 6:51, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” The sign of the Sacrament is bread which gives life to flesh, the significance of the Sacrament is Jesus the bread come down from heaven who gives life to the spirit. This process of con (with) substantiation (noun converted to verb) makes the substance of bread identical with the substance of the body of Christ. This can only happen because God is unlimited in his power. He is the creator who makes light, the seas, the sun, moon and stars in the sky, who separates the land from the seas, creates all plants and animals on Earth, creates man himself and does this all starting from formless void. God has the power to freely create substance, define the form of all things, and consubstantiate the substance with the form in accordance with the essences he conceives. It is this power that the Priest invokes, in the place of Jesus, during the recitation of the Institutional Narrative, "This is my body ... This is my blood". It is God who makes the substance of Christ's Body identical with the substance of the altar bread, by the power of the third person of his trinitarian form, the Holy Spirit. When the church eats of this bread, the recipient's flesh is unified with the body of Christ such that throughout the world all recipients are unified with Christ. Just as Jesus prays in John 17:21. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. God's power is unlimited.
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Oh Life
Sandra Long Toups
 May 30 2024 at 02:17 am
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Oh Life (Originally posted August 2023) (Friday Night Poetry Rant) Oh life, in heartbeats I calculate time. As it is a mathematical certainty all are born appointed to die. God’s appointed time, seasons, and judgments are not without cause. All of creation is a new beginnings end. Palingenesis, a rebirth. Just as the sun rises and sets, All sinners have regrets. Life is a role we all play, Making mistakes along the way. Life is short. No rewind, no replay. No substitute for seconds, minutes, hours, or days. Life is sometimes strange and it’s a stage. Wearing costumes and make-up to perhaps masquerade The sorrow, torment, insecurities, and pain Of forbidden love in shame and all that is mundane. Oh, twisted fate of Christianity’s loyalty, discernment, and guilt. Moments of clarity. Though loving him was never a regret. The few words spoken, that awkward first kiss, the innocence bliss Naive daydreams, now diluted thoughts, A faraway memory, a distant reminisce. Logically I must move on, be done. Never to love, to hold, never to be mine All roses have thorns and all flowers eventually wilt. Sometimes it rains in the sunshine. As seasons come and go Those flowers grow and patiently wait, Blooming once more from gentle droplets of rain And rays of sunshine, smiling, upon them. The flowers hope they reach his lips once more. But only time will tell. Perhaps the flowers are meant for someone else to adore. Alluring desires Of humanistic instincts and behaviors, Human nature, a mystery of old. No one is immune to life sufferings. No, not even the avoidant types! Lacking emotional communication for fear of commitment. Our mere existence compels us to engage. Oh life, what is the rhyme or reason. Of such mortal desires and absurdities. The heart, a stronghold not to be toyed with. The outrage of love daring to be ridiculously so utterly stubborn and bold. What was I thinking of going in blindfold? A Pandora’s Box flooding the heart with unknown emotions yearning for his touch. Sending heatwaves causing the body to melt like wax. His intellectual charismatic charm, his smile, and noble acts. Oh, the vicissitudes of love, like Summer, Spring, Winter, and Fall Love’s poor wretched souls, Les Misérables. Destiny knows no bounds or discrepancies, It just is and answers the call. The outcome serves a purpose, Sometimes unbeknownst to us all And at times greater than us as life unfolds before our eyes. Oh life, with all your twists and turns, a rollercoaster, or a magical carpet ride. Where alternative reality in a parallel universe collides with the wilds of actual life Proving truth is stranger and wilder than fiction. Taking us to our destination, as I calculate time, going by too fast, too surreal. Sometimes it feels like we’re in a reality show in reality. From the outside looking in and vice versa. Tell me counselor should I refrain, object or appeal? Go with the flow they say. Objection! I’m not a Barbie girl, living in a Barbie world, nothing about me is fake or plastic. Though I am fantastic. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve, they say. Guess honesty is no longer in fashion. Emotional doors constantly open and close, Immature games people play. Causing confusion and distraction. Making us wonder if who we seek is seeking us. Fearful of commitment some find a way out through the back door, or windows, Even dismantling the family unit, the home, the very structure, brick by brick, just to escape. Love is an honor, a privilege. Love is meant to be shared and embraced, not feared. You reappeared in my life, but then you disappeared. Won’t ask you to stay if what you want is to leave. This time, no one will cry, no one will grieve. So, on that note, Hasta la vista baby, Vaya Con Dios, Arrivederci, so long until we meet again, or not, who knows… Ciao. Oh well, c’est la vie and que sera sera. Oh life, we are bestowed with free will, the protagonist, Of our life’s story creating our fate. It is the greatest gift. The greatest show on earth. So, bring in the clowns, Because at this point, this late in the game, there ought to be clowns. The good Lord knows I dated and married two. Some go through life divorced from reality, some from love. We shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. Sometimes we ought to laugh when we want to cry. Fill your heart with laughter, Sing a song of joy. Lest we shrivel and die prematurely. A broken heart, soul and spirit causes the bones to dry. As Augusta Evans said, “Life does not count by years. Some suffer a lifetime in a day, And some grow old between The rising and the setting of the sun.” Therefore, love, be joyful in spirit. Cherish each moment as if it were your last. Laugh, forgive, be kind, compassionate! And playful as little children. Don’t give in to sin or sorrow. No one is promised tomorrow. Live in the present for future tomorrows. Learn to let go of misfortunes from the past. The past is spent and tomorrow begins Bringing new challenges with unforeseen ends. Don’t worry too much of unknown deficits As life is mostly about healthy balances. Embrace life and love, don’t fear it. Unpredictable bumps in the road, challenges, and adventures Is what dreams are made of in reality. Repatriation of every atom and molecule, Every cell, enzyme, skin and bones. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. Minus the souls atoned, entering the throne. The Master sculptor, He who molded the potters clay, He who breathed life into the nostrils Of the just and the unjust. Those He finds worthy will receive a new name Written on a white stone. Therefore, let it be known His living and loving words were shared And foretold to all sinners Both young and old, Rich and poor, To all generations in all corners of our world. Pick up your cross, dare to walk Down the narrow path Of truth, righteousness, responsibility, and duty So that your name is written in the Book of Life. Oh life, you smiled and danced with me Through all of my youth of yesteryears, Even in the worst of times. The chiming of stars in the night sky Witnessing the beautiful synchronicity Of life’s rhythmic harmonious melodies. Reaching for the heavens above. A certainty, making the angels rejoice and smile. Oh life, in heartache, blind betrayal! From callous individuals with rivers of tears And sorrow, I calculate time. The trials and tribulations of Job times in my life, Avoided strife, chose love and humility To the best of my ability. From the foundation of blessed hope, Of God’s promises as heavenly heirs Christians belong to the highest Monarchy, As a princess of the highest, nothing compares To His lovingkindness, His guidance In my life’s journey as daughter, sister, mother and wife. Oh life, the tiny specs of sand in the hourglass that calculate time are flowing fast. Mere mortals can only grasp a minuscule fraction of time To dilute shortcomings, miscomprehensions or perhaps some distorted grand delusion There is no debate here nor any confusion. Only God truly understands time as He is The Master, The Creator, The Father of Time. We are merely tiny specs of sand in a vast universe and the infinite celestial heavens above. Oh life, several times you chewed me up. You spit me out and shook me to my core. So that I could sparkle and shine like a diamond for others to see All God’s glory that abides in me. Polished my edges, Preparing my narrow, righteous path, That leads to life. Lay for ourselves treasures in heaven, Where moth, nor rust destroys And no thieves’ transgression. For where your treasure is, your heart is. You separate the wheat from the chaff. Testing our limits just to refine and define our boundaries. Unfortunately, the delusional woke fragile, often offended, crybaby, lazy zombies! Are nothing but flukes walking down the wide and broad path, Laying themselves treasures on earth, Where moth and rust destroy and thieves steal. A fool’s paradise, leading to destruction. Satan’s crooked bites of deception All his evil wrath. Rebuke!!! God’s light ever so bright, Darkness vanishes upon sight. Oh life, you’ve broken my heart many times You left me alone to pick up the pieces. Or so I thought. But I was wrong because I wasn’t alone. You promised to be with me wherever I go. In darkness, you were the moon shadow protecting me, Even when I couldn’t see. Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil because you are with me. You carried me along the way and took life’s heavy burdens to the cross with thee. You shook, and slapped the nonsensical nonsense I was drowning in. Breathless, barefoot, and gasping for air I always run to Jesus Christ in despair. For He alone can restore my soul. He is my refuge, my strength. In Him I find comfort. He inspires and rejuvenates my spirit. He resides in my heart, mind and soul. His words are written in the notebook of my heart Lest I betray myself and fall short of His glory. Long suffering days and nights Confirms my strength and my faith. My loyalty as a Christian is to Almighty Abba Father God Yeshua Hamashiach. Serving the King Of Kings and Lord Of Lords. Because if God is for me, Does it matter who can be against me? Oh life, you raised me up from the ruins. You helped me to see beyond Today and every day thereafter. You sorted me out and helped me find My way when I was lost. Feeling alone like a stranger In a strange place with every disaster, every danger. Now realizing that rejection on earth Is merely a redirection, A confirmation of God’s promise and glory. The shepherd protecting and guiding, His one little lost sheep that went astray. He rejoices. Making me feel loved and worthy Of being one saved out of ninety-nine. Therein lies the beauty, The purity, and simplicity of love. You saw me at the altar, Knowing I would falter. We are all vulnerable human creatures, And already guilty by association. We all took a bite of the forbidden fruit. For there is no one who can throw The first stone in accusation Lest you’re a clown wearing rose colored glasses in front of a funny mirror Distorting the reality of your perception. Oh life, remind us we are built, To handle hard times, When we haven’t a clue. Monitor portions of healthy justified anger As a dysfunctional society is quickly spiraling down the sewer From all the injustice by the woke zombie stupor Making Sodom and Gomorrah Seem like child’s play. So, expect God to rain fire To the inhabitants of earth. We cannot unsee, deny our eyes Nor be oblivious to rampant chaos. Even the first hippie philosopher The most cynical and misunderstood of all, Diogenes, Said he, “Carried a lamp in daylight in search of an honest man, But only finding frauds and hypocrites.” He lived each day as if it were Woodstock, Wise, but uncaged, unkept, a wild animal. His dissidence impressed Alexander the Great Saying, “If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.” Because even dogs know what is in front of them, But still sometimes they return to their vomit. The bible reads that in the last days Men will be lovers of self, Of money, of arrogance, abusive behaviors, Disobedient, and unholy. Surely, the woke putrid zombies Being haunted by intrusive thoughts, Running amuck and destroying All that is righteous, good, and true. Are we witnessing the great apostasy, Infiltrating the church, schools and societies Rejection of God, truth and basic biology? Oh, fools of reprobate minds, Stiff necks and harden hearts. Woke zombie mobs and elite mob bosses With their ignorant arrogance Misleading innocent children. The horrific human trafficking Unwarranted neglect Hurting innocent children, absolute regrets. It hurts the heart and soul Because the mind can’t comprehend such hideous crimes. These monsters will rapidly descend With a milestone round their neck. They will cease to breathe No longer be a threat. As the waters swallow them whole Leviathan awaits Ready to devour their rotten flesh and souls. Horrors committed, disgusting and corrupt On the little ones, they will receive tenfold. Torn limb by limb crying out in torment, Anguish and total despair As Leviathan devours the lowest of carbon lifeforms who dare. This will be repeated, rewound, and replayed For all eternity. They will seek death, but never find it! Only hearing their cowardly screams and cries. The echoes of Hell. No mercy given, no mercy received. Gird your loins Stand strong in Christ. Your Christian independent action is required. Pick up your cross, sword and staff, Have faith, part the waters, and take a stand. We are to be wise as serpents, And innocent as doves. God’s appointed times, seasons, and judgements are not without cause. Moses and Queen Esther were called by God For an appointed time, a season, For God’s specific reason. Moses and Queen Esther Bestowed with earthly royalty. However, at the end of the day, their loyalty Was to the highest Monarchy. The Kingdom of Almighty God. When time came calling, Both were faithful and true To their Hebrew, Jewish virtue. Moses freed the Hebrew slaves from Egypt During Passover. Queen Esther saved the Jews from Haman’s destructive forces During Purim. Moses told God he wasn’t eloquent. However, God reassured him. Moses wasn’t afraid of physical confrontation, Rather he feared verbal communication. Moses told God that he was slow of speech and tongue, Even though God gave him the words to utter. Moses lacked confidence, was it because he was a stutterer? God doesn’t beat around the bush. He told Moses, “Who gave human beings their mouths?” All of creation is by design. God chooses people and challenges us, Taking us out of our comfort zone So others can see His glory. For what is the purpose of doing easy tasks? It’s easy to love those who love us It is harder to love those who hate us. We all feel inadequate and nervous from time to time Such is our story. Perhaps not so eloquent From a lack of knowledge or experience. Deeds through faith being more valuable Than words we speak are divine. For if we do God’s deeds, The spoken word is manifested As we are tried and tested. If one says he is eloquent and sophisticated But with arrogance Looks down upon his brethren, Than he is not what he claims to be. He thinks he knows but knows not. Moses underestimated the sinful nature of humanity And was quick to anger. God knows His creation better than we know ourselves. God is slow to anger. God sees the best in us. His love is agape love. He knows all have potential. If only we take a leap of faith And trust Him completely. Eloquence, sophistication, confidence, and beauty, Comes from the inside. Knowing God’s unconditional love, His truth abides within us. Our Christian heritage, The gift of everlasting life Through The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost. There is no greater regret or shame Than to die without loving or serving God and others. Service to others is one of the greatest honors bestowed upon us. So, shake off the dust, wipe your feet, Straighten your crown, Put on the whole armor of God So that you may stand against the wiles of the Devil. Never retreat. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, But against principalities, against powers Against rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness. Pick up your bloody cross and go forward. As Christians, we’ve already won the war Because Almighty Father God knows no defeat!
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Autumn Has Fallen
Sandra Long Toups
 May 30 2024 at 01:52 am
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Autumn Has Fallen (Originally posted November 2021) I greet thee again my seasonal friend. Three months hath Autumn; September, October, November. Romantic reminisces of love so long ago one Autumn day; Alas, love took a dagger, scarred and betrayed my heart and went astray. Life’s synchronicity, Like an injured sparrow with a broken wing, Heal thyself and fly towards spring. Your compass rose with all its thorns will lead to maturity, understanding and sensibility. Will you remember me now that Spring and Summer are past and no longer near. The taste of my sweet nectar, the splendor of walking barefoot on a warm blanket of grass. The morning fog, grounds misty morn cloud landscapes playing hide and seek where nothing is clear Will you find me once again now that Autumn has fallen, its leaves of montage like broken colored glass. Nonetheless, each year Autumn is faithful and true, bestows its abundance of beautiful landscapes and tranquil starry nights, with all its colorful harmonious grandeur restoring my heart. O splendid Autumn days and nights Your crisp air rejuvenates the depths of my soul, inspires and re-kindles my heart, stimulates my mind and awakens my body upon sight. Heavenly and sweet are the cherished moments of Autumn’s cool breeze as the enchanting winds blow and gently brush my long soft hair putting my mind at ease. Another solo morning, I drink my Pumpkin Spice Latte. A picturesque rustic park bench invites and awaits me. Unaware, two mischievous squirrels entertain me as they vivaciously chase each other up a sprawling Red Oak tree. Temptation and playful youthful desires lured me into a bountiful bed of Fall’s Proverbial Flowers. There I lay, vulnerable in the white cashmere sweater he gave me, forming leaf angels on the ground. It made me smile if only for a little while, it was liberating, I was free. Colors galore of Autumn shades all in promenade decorate earth’s floor. Leaves of deliciously tempting shiny apple reds, glorious glowing golds, sun kissed yellows, pumpkin oranges and cinnamon spice nutmeg browns. An exquisite delicacy for the palate of taste, delightful aromas and tranquil sounds. Gazing at the sky, a parade of clouds softly passes by. Raindrops begin to fall. Drizzles of droplets caress my petite face, giving me butterfly kisses; but his kisses are what she misses. Winds increase, the Red and Sugar Maples, Red and White Oaks along with Crepe Myrtles start to sway, bouquets of leaves descend upon me, showering me with fragrances of youthful nostalgia in the air. A beautiful and spontaneous combustion of leaves to behold. Surrounding me, forming a magnificent magical vortex of Autumn hues, engulfed in another dimension in a moment in time, enjoying the natural delicate high; Autumn leaves forming angel wings so that I could fly. Dance with us O sweet Ma Chérie I twirl like a little girl swaying in the breeze. O princess that I am, I waltz with elegance like a mature majestic queen. A butterfly transformation ever so sweet as natures nectar is pristine. O Autumn leaves and me, such sophisticated prestigious dancing in my dirty cashmere sweater and worn out jeans, barefoot in the park, dancing morning, noon till dark. Enamored and lost in the moment, I can hear Chopin’s Spring Waltz, Mozart in the Rain and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Sheer fantasy! Autumn has fallen on me, like a comforting warm camouflage quilt of many shades, stitched together full of life’s memories and adventures galore. You have made me to believe in love once more. Love has a reason and purpose as do the seasons. Autumn, natures faithful friend, nature’s ecstasy! Sandra Long Toups
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The Silence on Vaccine Withdrawals Speaks Volumes
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 26 2024 at 06:32 pm
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I find it interesting how quiet some people are about the recent AstraZeneca news. From the start, these products were celebrated as 100% safe and effective by the media, with harms being incredibly rare, urging all of us to use them for the supposedly greater good. Any suspicious inquiries or concerns about possible health risks were met with pejorative terms, name-calling, dismissal, and marginalization. Headlines celebrated the fact that these products were legally free from liability, again for this greater good. Fast forward to today, we now know that these products can cause serious health harms, to the point where they have been withdrawn from the market. This follows the earlier withdrawal of the Johnson & Johnson product. Recently, even Chris Cuomo and former CDC director Robert R. Redfield acknowledged that more serious harms happened than expected. In true scientific practice, hesitations and skepticism are welcomed. But what we experienced felt more like propaganda. The question now is, where do we go from here? Those same skeptical voices have raised concerns about the products still on the market, and some of these voices include very credible and respectable medical doctors. So, what comes next? What do you expect to unfold in the months ahead? Were you someone who initially bought into the narratives and have since changed your mind, or do you still hold onto those ideas despite the evidence of harms? Let's have a conversation about these important questions and explore how we can navigate the complex landscape of health information together. At Avantia Health Optimization, we prioritize your well-being without dismissing your concerns. Whether or not you were affected by these products, I'm here to help you achieve your health goals. We challenge the status quo in health and remain skeptical of media narratives that have proven misleading. If you're interested in discussing this further or getting started with your first health coaching session for just $1, leave a comment or send me a message. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Caving In to the Crowd: Luke 23:13-25
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 May 28 2024 at 11:02 am
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In Jesus’ trial before Pilate, each of the gospel writers focuses on the event in a slightly different way. In Luke’s gospel, we see Pilate trying to give a judgment that tries to balance his belief in Jesus’ innocence and the crowd’s demands for death. Luke tells us that Pilate called everyone together and said to them, “You brought me this man. You said he was turning the people against the authorities. I have questioned him in front of you. I have found no basis for your charges against him. Herod hasn’t either. So he sent Jesus back to us. As you can see, Jesus has done nothing that is worthy of death. So I will just have him whipped and let him go.” (Luke 23:14-17 NIRV) Luke tells us that Pilate kept trying to convince the crowd, but he was ultimately unsuccessful. “But with loud shouts they kept calling for Jesus to be crucified. The people’s shouts won out. So Pilate decided to give them what they wanted.” (Luke 23:23-24 NIRV) Pilate really wanted to release Jesus, but keeping peace in the region, especially with this irrational and angry crowd, was more important than the life of an innocent Man. Pilate bends to the pressure of the people and gives them what they wanted. I wonder if Pilate ever looked back on this decision with regret. We may never know, but in our own lives, each of us faces the pressure to do what we know isn’t right. Pilate clearly stated that Jesus was innocent of the charges, but even though Pilate tries to distance himself from the crowd’s demands by washing his hands (which Matthew includes in his event), Pilate cannot avoid responsibility for Jesus’ death. The crowd’s demands won out because Pilate decided to give them what they wanted. In this action, Jesus’ death was not only at the hands of the Jewish leaders and the Jewish people, but also at the hands of the Roman leaders. When Pilate caved in, he symbolically brought Rome (representing all non-Jews) into the group of those responsible for Jesus’ death. In Pilate’s decision during Jesus’ trial, we can learn a valuable lesson: The only way to truly live a life free from regrets is to always do what we know to be right in the time – regardless of the consequences. Pilate failed to do so in this trial, and this event likely clouded the remainder of his rule in Judea. We don’t have to make the same mistake he did. In our own lives, even when it is difficult, we should choose the option that we know in our hearts is right. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Last Chance to Change: Matthew 21:33-46
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 June 19 2024 at 10:56 am
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Have you ever said something would happen, and then did things to help prompt that something to happen the way you described? This could be describing how a leader casts a vision, and then works to bring their vision into reality, or it could be describing a pessimist who only sees the bad in life, and cannot seem to break free from his/her bleak reality. Well Jesus also had a few self fulfilling prophecies, and in this passage’s parable, Jesus implies that He is “the Son” in this parable, the religious leaders are the evil tenants, and that they would ultimately put Him to death. (Matthew 21:33-46) But ringing all through this parable is a much bigger truth: Because the religious leaders were hearing Jesus’ voice, they still had the opportunity to change and become God-respecting tenants. Just because God has spoken judgment on someone/something doesn’t mean that it is too late. Just think about Jonah and Nineveh for a clear example. More than likely, God’s proclamations are warnings that something big will happen if nothing changes. We could think of it like a parent saying “This is your last warning”, but coming from God, this definitely carries a lot of weight, and God has a track record of following through with the things He says (unlike many parents today). In the parable, the tenants had the option of respecting the owner’s son, but they chose instead to kill him. This is a masterful illustration that Jesus uses because He strips away all the politics, all the history, and all the biases that the people had – including the religious leaders’ views as well. In one simple illustration, Jesus sums up the big problem with the religion in that region: the rules supporting the religion had replaced the focus on a relationship with God. But with this illustration, Jesus is also saying, “You still have the chance to change.” By hearing Jesus’ voice, they could choose to once again respect God over their rules surrounding Him. However, while they didn’t, the truth of this parable now lives with us. While we are able to recognize that we have God’s good news, we have the responsibility to be God-respecting tenants of this good news, and return a portion of the blessing God has given to us. This discussion is about much more than just money. It also involves our time, talents, and relationships as well. God has blessed us with all these things and more, and it is wise of us to remember His role in everything we do. In this parable, Jesus is also saying to you and I, “You still have the chance to change. You still can choose to place Me first in your life. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life that leads to Heaven.” This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.

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