Friday, December 13, 2019

Prayer On The Temple Mount

Step by step, the Israelis are taking over control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Jewish-prayer-has-returned-to-the-Temple-Mount-exclusive-610781

Ultimately, this will lead to construction of the Third Jewish Temple. Christians believe (at least some of them do) this also will lead to the Second Coming of Christ. Whatever the case, it's going to lead to more bloodshed.

Why is everything G-d does soaked in so much blood?

The UK Election

Here are some weighty claims from Caitlin Johnstone on the smearing of Jeremy Corbin:

A free and healthy society would not work this way. A free and healthy society would view all forms of manipulation as taboo and unacceptable. A free and healthy society would not allow the will of members of one small elite class to carry more weight than the will of anyone else. A free and healthy society would give everyone an equal voice at the table, and look after everyone’s concerns. It certainly wouldn’t tolerate a few individuals who already have far too much abusing their power and wealth to obtain even more.

You can read the rest @
https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/someone-interfered-in-the-uk-election-and-it-wasnt-russia-b98700a4a12

I think there's a lesson here for all of us who live in so-called Western "democracies". The elites have FAR too much power, and We the People have far too little.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Following The Chinese Model

US Army is building its own rare earths plant:

https://www.jpost.com/International/US-Army-to-fund-rare-earths-plant-for-weapons-development-610563

Reminds me of the industries controlled by the Chinese government. So now we're imitating them?

Scientific Dictatorship ???

Scientists now are recommending extreme measures to deal with people who refuse to do exactly as they say. Here are three examples:

1. https://www.wsj.com/articles/punishing-climate-change-skeptics-1458772173

2. https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/zdoggmd/75915 (punish anti-vaxxers)

3. https://www.defendevropa.com/2017/news/drug-europeans-accept-migrants/

No scientific theory or social policy is absolute, nor do they represent truth to all people for all time.

And all the above issues can be resolved without punishing dissenters or the public at large. As Thomas Jefferson put it so eloquently in his "Tree of Liberty" letter:

The people cannot be all, & always well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century & a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them.

And NO, I am not promoting violence on the part of the people or the government. Those who promote such views on climate change, vaccination, and immigration must win their arguments in the court of public opinion, not through coercion and violence.

Sad that scientists don't understand that.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Jesus, Mary, And Joseph In Cages

Here is a report about a clever "nativity display":

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/12/08/church-nativity-displays-jesus-mary-joseph-cages-separated-border/

Here are my observations about it:

1. According to these scriptures, Joseph and Mary traveled LAWFULLY to Bethlehem, in accordance with an imperial decree:

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Luke 2:1-6 KJV

2. According to the laws at the time, it does not appear that Jesus would have been an "anchor baby", since He was of the house and lineage of David and did NOT have to claim citizenship or residency merely because He happened to be in Bethlehem when He was born.

3. King Herod and his minions wanted to capture and kill Jesus because He was a direct threat to their rule, NOT because He was an "illegal alien".

4. G-d protected Jesus, Mary, and Joseph throughout this ordeal. Is He protecting those who cross our southern border? If He isn't, should we?

In other words, although this "nativity display" is cute, it's a gross distortion of the history and principles involved.

Echoes From World War II

Here is a link to an infamous speech given by Charles Lindbergh in support of the America First Committee's efforts to keep us out of World War II:

http://www.charleslindbergh.com/americanfirst/speech.asp

I couldn't help noticing how his words fit well into today's dilemma - should we be waging war on Russia, Syria, Iraq, Iran ... or on anyone, for that matter?

One can argue that the Nazis HAD to be stopped (just like ISIS and al-Qaeda HAVE to be stopped), but we need to ask a very important question about all three - "why didn't we stop them in their infancy instead of HELPING them to grow into the monsters they eventually became?" None of them would have thrived without the support given to them by the powers that be in the US and UK.

If "isolationism" means not funding monsters that justify and feed our war machine, then I'm all for it.

Fix America First !!!

The Great American Shakedown

Here is wisdom from Chris Hedges:

The liberal class and the Democratic Party leadership have failed, even after their defeat in the 2016 presidential election, to understand that they, along with the traditional Republican elites, have squandered their credibility. No one believes them. And no one should.

They squandered their credibility by promising that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would, as claimed by President Bill Clinton, create 200,000 new, well-paying jobs per year; instead, several million jobs were lost. They squandered it by allowing corporations to move production overseas and hire foreign workers at daily wages that did not equal what a U.S. unionized worker made in an hour, a situation that obliterated the bargaining power of the American working class. They squandered it by allowing corporations to use the threat of “offshoring” production to destroy unions, suppress wages, extract draconian concessions and push millions of workers into the temp and gig economies, where there are no benefits or job security and pay is 60% or less of what a full-time employee in the regular economy receives. They squandered it by forcing working men and women to take two or three jobs to support a family, jacking up household debt to $13.95 trillion. They squandered it by redirecting wealth upward, so that during the Clinton administration alone 45 percent of all income growth went to the wealthiest 1%. They squandered it by wiping out small farmers in Mexico, driving some 3 million of them off their lands and forcing many to migrate in desperation to the United States, a human tide that saw the U.S. right wing and President Trump direct mounting rage toward immigrants. They squandered it by turning our great cities into urban wastelands. They squandered it by slashing welfare and social service programs. They squandered it by supporting endless, futile wars that have an overall price tag of between $5 trillion and $7 trillion. They squandered it by setting up a surveillance system to spy on every American and then lying about it. They squandered it by catering to the big banks and gutting financial regulations, precipitating the 2008 economic meltdown. They squandered it by looting the U.S. Treasury to bail out banks and financial firms guilty of massive financial crimes, ordering the Federal Reserve to hand over an estimated $29 trillion to the global financiers responsible for the crash. They squandered it by not using this staggering sum instead to provide free college tuition to every student or universal health care, repair our crumbling infrastructure, transition to clean energy, forgive student debt, raise wages, bail out underwater homeowners, form public banks to foster investments in our communities at low interest rates, provide a guaranteed minimum income and organize a massive jobs program for the unemployed and underemployed, whose ranks are at least double official statistics. They squandered it by cutting child assistance programs - most drastically during the Clinton administration - resulting in 16 million children going to bed hungry every night. They squandered it by leaving over half a million Americans homeless and on the streets on any given day. They squandered it by passing laws that keep students burdened by massive college loan debt that has climbed to $1.4 trillion, debt they cannot free themselves from even if they declare bankruptcy. They squandered it by militarizing police and building the world’s largest system of mass incarceration, one with 25% of the world’s prison population. They squandered it by revoking due process and habeas corpus. They squandered it by passing massive tax cuts for the rich and for corporations, many of which - such as Amazon - pay no federal income tax, ballooning the federal deficit, now at $779 billion and climbing. They squandered it by privatizing everything from intelligence gathering to public education to swell corporate bank accounts at taxpayer expense. They squandered it by permitting corporate money - an estimated $9.9 billion will be spent this presidential election cycle on political advertising - to buy politicians in a form of legalized bribery that sees corporate lobbyists write legislation and create laws. They squandered it by doing nothing to halt the looming ecocide.

The problem is not messaging. The problem is the messenger. The mortal wounds inflicted on our democratic institutions are bipartisan.

You can read the rest @
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-great-american-shakedown/

Where do we go from here? Do all paths lead down, or is there a "savior" somewhere waiting to make his appearance?

One quote keeps bouncing around in my head:

"No bankrupt nation ever escaped totalitarianism."
-James Finney Lincoln

Seeing what is happening in DC, I can't believe there is any other possible outcome.