Best fall season in years. Considering this morning, a beautiful sunny dry September morning, busy with every harvester going flat out and the only hiccup being the neighbour who had a fire in his grain bin on one of his combines … still has two in action and the fire occurred in his oldest and much repaired machine.
Last night we had another street fair in front of our place, on the main street of our little town … buskers, and stilt walking butterfly ladies, and jugglers, and booths of foods and crafts, set up by locals and visitors from away.
Ended with a little rock band concert, and a minor fireworks display using left overs from our local 1st of July celebration. I noticed the only folks wearing masks were those from away and “Social Distancing” was honoured in it’s marked absence.
Fear, uncertainty, and doubt, …panic, run, herd-think
What is most apparent, the “salient fact” this morning, is that there is Peace, if we can just withdraw from the noise and distractions the world pours over us all. Absent the never ending drum-beat of drama, tragedy and crisis fed to us by all our media distractions there is real peace. We just have to turn off the world.
And it’s actually pretty easy if you don’t live in a city.
If one lives hours away from the nearest conurbation or even the nearest town of a few thousand, it is actually very easy to pull back from the world … just don’t turn on or connect to anything even remotely media related.
Out here we actually have to choose to connect to anything. Everything, from Facebook, through streaming “entertainment”, through Netflix, and assorted mainstream and not so mainstream media. We are literally drowned in fear, uncertainty, doubt, hate, anger, lust, envy, jealousy, distrust, backbiting calumny, and slander, our “News” and “Entertainment”, like a never ending rock concert, preventing all thought and consideration, driving the herd into a never ending stampede over the cliff of our master’s desires.
Should you have the slightest doubt of the truth of this just take a cursory look at what passes for political, municipal, or even social dialogue as reported in all media in Canada and the good old U.S.A. today, eh? It’s a no brainer … anyone with even 1 neuron firing and 1 ounce of integrity would have to acknowledge the scarcity of polite consideration for the views of others or honest “good will” efforts to understand anyone who doesn’t agree with us.
There is a gulf between what TROTKU (the rest of the known universe) spouts and believes about Christianity and what the Truth is, and about bearing one another’s burdens. I continue to be a little surprised when I discover how many heterodox modernist practitioners and followers still claim to be “christian” and even “catholic” when their daily performance is light years away from what Christ’s Truth was all about.
And under all the screaming, the firestorm of outrage and accusation, the Still, Small Voice goes unnoticed and unremarked.
As one of the commenters in the notes below the video remarked: “This song is a consolation in these Coronavirus times. King Solomon wrote the lyrics 3,000 years ago, Pete Seeger set them to lyrics when I was just a baby, the Byrds popularized the song when I was a teenager. When the Byrds version came out, I was becoming aware for the first time that the world was a place full of pain and injustice, but also full of hope and a will to struggle to make it better. That has not changed. Now that I am old I see that both the pain and the hope will persist. It’s a time to refrain from embracing, but this too shall pass.”
But where is the Hope in a Godless wasteland full of screaming herds living in the never-never?
In the original Lyrics, (Ecclesiastes 3:1-22), many times translated, from today’s first Mass reading:
No One Can Determine the Right Time to Act
1 There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.
2 A time to give birth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build.
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
6 A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit have workers from their toil?
10 I have seen the business that God has given to mortals to be busied about.
11 God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless* into their hearts
so they cannot find out, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.
12 I recognized that there is nothing better than to rejoice and to do well during life.
13 Moreover, that all can eat and drink and enjoy the good of all their toil—this is a gift of God.
14 I recognized that whatever God does will endure forever;
there is no adding to it, or taking from it. Thus has God done that he may be revered.
15 What now is has already been; what is to be, already is: God retrieves what has gone by.
The Problem of Retribution.
16 And still under the sun in the judgment place I saw wickedness, and wickedness also in the seat of justice.
17 I said in my heart, both the just and the wicked God will judge, since a time is set for every affair and for every work.*
18 I said in my heart: As for human beings, it is God’s way of testing them
and of showing that they are in themselves like beasts.
19 For the lot of mortals and the lot of beasts is the same lot: The one dies as well as the other.
Both have the same life breath. Human beings have no advantage over beasts, but all is vanity.
20 Both go to the same place; both were made from the dust, and to the dust they both return.
21 Who knows if the life breath of mortals goes upward and the life breath of beasts goes earthward?
22 And I saw that there is nothing better for mortals than to rejoice in their work;
for this is their lot. Who will let them see what is to come after them? (Ecclesiastes 3:1-22)
David Warren recently posted a wonderful vignette of rural bliss … that is the peace of a life well lived according to the long lost codes of a civilization long gone. Thus we have: “Getting married“, which is really a parable about “rural peace”. We are missing the basic life instruction that “Peace” is in quiet.
There is no peace when we are not taking the time to listen to the silence. And we don’t … because we have been trained from birth not to think, not to contemplate, just listen to what we are yelling at you and do whatever you are told so you don’t “get in trouble”.
Fr. Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalene, O.C.D. ,
Fr. Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. has a good meditation on: “The Gift of Counsel”
“The Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you (Jn 14, 26). This promise made by Jesus is valid for all Christians, including ourselves. The Holy Spirit dwells within out souls to counsel us, to recall to us the instructions of Jesus and to apply them to the actual circumstances of our life.
But how can we poor creatures who are so dull, and accustomed to the clamor of human language, perceive the light murmur of the divine inspirations? God has provided for this with a special gift, the gift of counsel, which enables our soul to understand the quiet interior voice of the Holy Spirit, and to distinguish it from all other voices.
The gift of counsel is a powerful aid to the virtue of prudence. Guided by this virtue, we try to understand how we ought to behave in the various circumstances of life so as to be pleasing to God. However, not always seeing clearly, we often remain doubtful in concrete cases, asking ourselves if this or that action will be more conformable to God’s will. Am I really moved by supernatural motives in this deliberation, or does nature enter in, or self?
The question remains; often even the counsels of wise persons are not sufficient to dissipate our perplexity, to give us the light whereby we may act with security. We need God Himself to enlighten us within, we need the Holy Spirit who, by activating the gift of counsel, brings His divine light to our soul.
The gift is like an antenna which permits us to detect the counsels of the Holy Spirit, most precious and most simple counsels which, overstepping the labyrinth of our reasonings, show us with luminous clarity which road to follow, and make us understand God’s will in an instant.
The more this gift develops in us, the more our soul will open to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and will become more responsive to His inspirations. Because of this gift, although we are but weak creatures, we can address to the Almighty this humble, but daring prayer: “Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth” (1 Sm 3,9).
(from “Divine Intimacy“, by Fr. Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalene, O.C.D. , Copyright 1953 Monastero S. Guiseppe – Carmelitane Scalze, (Discalced Carmelite Monastery in Rome), 2014 edition. day 258, The Motive For Fraternal Charity, pp887-888)
As mentioned previously, I can’t say enough good about “Divine Intimacy“, it is available atBaronius Press Read it daily. Save your soul.
Just a little rough patch, the only way is “underway”. Peace is in the silence …
Two important posts crossed my browsing this morning. The first from David Warren here.
In his post he points to another article which in his own words:
This morning a lady in Australia sent me a link to the best historical essay I have read, on the Internet, in a long time. (It is here, and I would enjoin everyone to read it.) It describes a previous “woke” phenomenon, in Tsarist, pre-Communist Russia; indeed something that contributed powerfully to the subsequent Leninist revolution. It was not just anarchists assassinating police, and anyone they could find in a uniform. Nor was it just the tacit, then active support, given to the anarchists in nice liberal, bourgeois society. It was more the capture of the public imagination by forces not merely irrational, but increasingly satanic, and overtly so.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie …
“As Ontario reported the most new COVID-19 “cases” in more than 3 months Premier Doug Ford said he fears a “second wave” is about to hit. “Is it coming? Yes, I believe it’s coming as sure as I am standing here, and I hope to God I’m wrong. I’d love to be up here a month later and say I was wrong, but it’s coming … ” Ford said in his daily teleconference at Queens Park on Monday”
Curious that one of our “Great Leaders” happened to mention God in a public press conference … nah, must have been just a silly slip of the tongue, a mere “figure of speech”. Funny how this rolls, for 60 years we called this “The Flu Season”. Now it a raging COVID inferno …
Stanford economist Paul Romer said in November 2004 at a venture-capitalist meeting in California. Referring to the increasing competition that America faces from rapidly rising education levels in other countries, Romer said, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”
And this Plandemic is a mini hurricane of opportunity for all the Rob Fords of our bureaucratic culture. We can see what COVID gives elected officials … but what does the COVID “crisis” give a bureaucratic manager?
The word “crisis” is an interesting one, because it evokes such radically different responses:
To an elected official, it’s a mixed bag: a chance to look strong, to create a lasting image in the constituents’ minds, but it’s also a huge risk if things go poorly.
To most civil servants, crises are best avoided; they consume time, derail other priorities, and rarely seem to benefit one’s career or programs.
To someone in the media, it is a godsend. Crises offer opportunities to describe high drama, portray heroes, victims and scapegoats in vivid colors, knowing that many will follow closely what one is saying or writing.
And what about public-sector managers? They most probably view crises the way other civil servants do: high costs, hugely disruptive, little if any gain. What is the big motivator? Fear of liability and accountability … that’s where appointed, serve at the pleasure, “experts” and “expert recommendations” come in. Experts are expendable … there is always another expert just around the next corner.
Are you Isolating? Wearing your mask? Getting tested?
“Before his Ascension Christ affirmed that the hour had not yet come for the glorious establishment of the messianic kingdom awaited by Israel which, according to the prophets, was to bring all men the definitive order of justice, love and peace.
According to the Lord, the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness, but also a time still marked by “distress” and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church and ushers in the struggles of the last days. It is a time of waiting and watching. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 672”
A Two Coffee Morning, courtesy of “Photo Electric Synergy” another Canadian Facebook site.
Continuous Wave or A1A CW transmission, produces an audible audio tone from an AM radio receiver equipped with a a BFO control or beat frequency oscillator. Even as late as the 70’s CW communications was the goto backup, in 5 character coded groups, for encrypted HF RTT or High Frequency Radio Teletype communications.
Founder of The Communist Party of China greets a member of the Communist Party of Canada. The 1970’s were so much fun.
Often, when transmission conditions precluded solid connections and synchronizations with receiving stations due to solar conditions or remote geographical locations or some combination of these in high latitudes, CW became the method of choice and necessity for clearing high priority communications traffic.
We had a book of data to help us optimize frequency selection for the range in nautical miles and the geographical location and Zulu time which we were attempting to communicate over.
Prime Minister Trudeau in action …
In less technologically advanced clubs, like the starved Canadian Navy, satellite communications, etc, were the stuff of science fiction which our American brothers didn’t share with us because of our open affiliation with Communist regimes everywhere.
All courtesy of our Great North Magus, Pierre Eliot Trudeau and his Great Red North socialism. We still suffer from those Communist affiliations under his deviant son Prime Minister Boy Justin.
Anyway, here, for your entertainment, is a little vignette of ancient “CW” competing with modern “Texting” as a communications medium, a little “Blast From The Past” for all the iPhone thumb babies.
Just a little rough patch, the only way is “underway”, land is just a navigational hazard.
Sunday, September 13, 2020 … sitting in the dark … listening to tunes … Ashes to Ashes … born in ashes … called in fire … forged in darkness … for the light of eternity … Quid Hoc Ad Aeternitatem.
“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.
Look at the Israel according to the flesh; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything or that an idol is anything?
No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we?” (1 Cor 1-: 14-22)
This is the greatest civilization ever built … or so we are assured by our betters … and yet … and yet …
We sacrifice to Moloch about 900,000 children a year as a mere “Health Care” procedure in our enlightened Progressive society here in North America and if there were more people in Canada we would certainly sacrifice more per capita than the good ole U.S. of A., just like our violent crime rate and our murder rate are higher per capita than the good ole U.S. of A.
And the few souls left in our churches are all masked up because … the High Priests of “Health Care” tell us we will “have more cases”? Who’s left … listening to the Mass Readings?
How can anyone miss the significance of this, we sacrifice to demons, and not to God, and we become sharers in demons. Our culture of Progressive Brights, our culture of self love and death, our culture of COVID, our culture of masks, and deviance and Gaia worship, cannot drink of the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons, cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
And we cannot stand anyone who disagrees with our daily justification of perversion and murder. and every day millions of spirits shuffle off this mortal coil … are they good spirits … or are they unclean spirits?
Sirach 27:30–28:7 30 Resentment and anger, these are foul things too, and a sinner is a master at them both. 1 Whoever exacts vengeance will experience the vengeance of the Lord, who keeps strict account of sin. 2 Pardon your neighbour any wrongs done to you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven. 3 If anyone nurses anger against another, can one then demand compassion from the Lord? 4 Showing no pity for someone like oneself, can one then plead for one’s own sins?
5 Mere creature of flesh, yet cherishing resentment!-who will forgive one for sinning? 6 Remember the last things, and stop hating, corruption and death, and be faithful to the commandments. 7 Remember the commandments, and do not bear your fellow ill-will, remember the covenant of the Most High, and ignore the offence. (Sirach 27:30–28:7)
Romans 14:7-9 7 For none of us lives for himself and none of us dies for himself; 8 while we are alive, we are living for the Lord, and when we die, we die for the Lord: and so, alive or dead, we belong to the Lord. 9 It was for this purpose that Christ both died and came to life again: so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. (Romans 14:7-9)
Matthew 18:21-35 21 Then Peter went up to him and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ 22 Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.
23 ‘And so the kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. 24 When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents; (a huge amount which could not be repaid in a lifetime) 25 he had no means of paying, so his master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, to meet the debt. 26 At this, the servant threw himself down at his master’s feet, with the words, “Be patient with me and I will pay the whole sum.”
27 And the servant’s master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt.
28 Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow-servant who owed him one hundred denarii (a single day’s wage); and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him, saying, “Pay what you owe me.” 29 His fellow-servant fell at his feet and appealed to him, saying, “Be patient with me and I will pay you.” 30 But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt.
31 His fellow-servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him.
32 Then the master sent for the man and said to him, “You wicked servant, I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me. 33 Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow-servant just as I had pity on you?” 34 And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt.
35 And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.‘ (Matthew 18:21-35)
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice. (Robert Frost)
Forgiveness … Jesus, I trust in You …
Life is a training camp, a journey … and death is just the intermission … before the Graduation.
Our Communist Broadcasting Corporation, aka CBC has begun the walk-back. first is a confirmation that there will be no “Social Distancing” enforcement in schools as the “students” aka “Day Care” occupants return to our massive public daycare centres all over the land, but lockers and water fountains will remain “Locked down” and who knows what will happen in all our “Same Sex” school bathrooms.
The second big item of interest is an un-“trump”eted report that of the 176,000 U.S. COVID “deaths” reported so far, it turns out only about 6% were actually from COVID, and the rest are all from all the usual killers like pneumonia and so on amongst all the usual “health compromised” populations, just like it’s always been for decades, BUT!!! Cases!!! Watch out for those cases. That’s what is going to kill us all this fall!
Well, Gee! We might find that BLM killed more people than COVID after all the dancing and prancing and pontification are said and done. Time to start suing the morons so that they can spend more billions of our tax dollars defending their navel gazing idiocy.
“Sacrament of Tears”, Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Mortualia”, 2012.
150625-N-SN160-356 EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Jun, 25, 2015) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, join their signature Delta formation with the Canadian Air Demonstration Squadron, the Snowbirds, for a photo shoot over Evansville, Ind. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Lindsey/Released)
This is not a “Feel Good” post. This is more of a cranky, uncharitable, old man post, and its about 5000 words, so way too long for easy reading, but at least it’s a personal purge so I can relax and sleep. If you are looking for a snappy 1000 word “Feel Good” post you will have to look somewhere else.
So the Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadron are cleared for action again after a months long grounding due to an unexpected crash of one of their antique aircraft. Above is an inspiring image from 5 years ago when no one had an inkling that we would all willingly, at the command of our Progressive Overlords, and accompanied by the chattering chorus of their gibbering minions in the media, walk in lockstep into the metaphorical ovens of their COVID terrorism, and BLM, and ANTIFA, which inform our every action these days.
Love Trumps Hate …
All these new terrors are just so much more terrifying than all our old fears of “Global Warming“, “Climate Change“, islands of plastic garbage in the Pacific Ocean and all purpose Gaia worship. Now instead of sacrificing our economy to Gaia we willing sacrifice our entire way of life and our freedoms to the deadly “Casedemic“.
I am curious who can tell me just when was the last time anyone anywhere actually saw or heard reported any statistics dealing with “DEATH“, and “Actual Hospitalization” because of “Real Symptoms“. Anybody? Anybody?
Come ON class … probably 4 or 5 months at least since ALL the media and ALL the authorities and ALL the universities, and ALL the Social Media pundits just gave up on “DEATH” as the scare tactic of choice. NOW the NEW WORLD ORDER refers only to “CASES”, and “OUTBREAKS”, and “HOTSPOTS”!
And all of these stats are based on a “test” for a “possible Virus” that is of questionable value at best, even when testing for bacteria – a much larger and easier identified target, and this notorious unreliability of the “TEST” has all been common knowledge in the medical and clinical research community for over 15 years now.
As usual, size matters, Bacteria are waaay larger than Viruses which have yet to be proven to actually exist since all research extent fails Cox’s tests. We haven’t even proven the existence of the critters we are blaming all this Casedemic on but we have no problem scaring the shit out of millions of ignorant people.
And the PCR test technique is designed to detect bits of genetic material from bacteria which are millions times larger than the as yet unproven and undetected “Viral cause” of COVID. The “COVID Virus” test is TOTALLY dependent on amplification and detection of amplicons.
And we haven’t even established any connection between the yet-to-be-found “Virus” and the “disease”. But why would the general left-wing “feelings” crowd be interested in anything like facts and truth. It’s way smarter and easier and just more enjoyable to read Karen on Facebook and the rest of terrified control fanatics and then feel all warm and superior ranting about COVIDIOTS who won’t “Mask Up”.
So here is a primer from 18 years ago before the government realized that they could use this “test” to grow Fear uncertainty and Doubt in an easily panicked and lead population of low information voters. “Dammit All”! We have to defeat Trump somehow before Bernie and Bidden die on us, and since we can’t do it with brains we will stampede the herd into voting against the evil overlord Maximus Trumpicus.
He caused all this to just to make money, right, feely people? Better read this article soon before it joins the legion of deleted documentation shining a light on the “Fraud” being pushed on us all. Because that’s what is really going on here … intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain, or to deprive a victim of a legal right.
From the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health we have extracted: “… The application of PCR to clinical specimens has many potential pitfalls due to the susceptibility of PCR to inhibitors, contamination and experimental conditions. For instance, it is known that the sensitivity and specificity of a PCR assay is dependent on target genes, primer sequences, PCR techniques, DNA extraction procedures, and PCR product detection methods.
Even though there are many publications concerning basic protocols of a PCR assay, including DNA extraction and preparation as well as the amplification and detection of amplicons, PCR detection of bacteria in clinical specimens such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has not yet been reviewed.”
“… In particular, a diagnosis based on detection of a few bacteria in clinical specimens by using PCR must be carefully evaluated technically as well as microbiologically. …
Since PCR is based on DNA amplification, false-positive or -negative outcomes may easily occur. …
Since clinical specimens have PCR inhibitors, such as hemin, which binds to Taq polymerase and inhibits its activity (10), DNA purification is important to avoid such effects. In fact, inhibitors are detected frequently in CSF specimens (14), and boiling of CSF is not sufficient for removal of inhibitors which affect the detection of microbes by PCR (9). ….
The classical DNA extraction protocol is based on purification with organic solvents like phenol-chloroform, followed by precipitation with ethanol. The precipitates obtained from CSF containing only a few bacteria may contain too little material and may not be visible. Therefore, handling of these precipitates may require guesswork, particularly during the washing of the precipitates. Thus, it seems likely that the resulting yield of bacterial DNA from CSF with only a few bacteria may not be consistent. …
… Some commercially available extraction and purification kits based on a solid-phase purification protocol are listed in Table Table1.1. These kits eliminate not only guesswork but also labor-intensive phenol-chloroform extraction steps. However, there is only limited information regarding bacterial DNA isolation from clinical specimens, particularly CSF, with these commercial kits.
In fact, the developers of the test themselves in testifying before the Congress clearly stated that the “test” being used to identify “cases” could not actually be used for these purposes because of false positive rates as high as 80%. So who benefits from all this terror and control, and all these “CASES“? Well, just listen to the news people, it’s all being done to protect us from a deadly “case count”. And who pays the WHO and all the other authorities? They sure aren’t doing this out of the goodness of their heart, are they?
It is a virtual certainty, based on 60 years of empirical experience, that whenever every source of information and authority agree on something, anything, we can bet anything on that “something” or “anything” being dead wrong. And all this is only possible when there is no moral compass in the culture, when there is no way possible for John and Jane Doe to tell the difference between right and wrong between moral behaviour and immoral behaviour, when it all relative and it just depends on … well … something, you know what I mean?
We have lost all sense of “sin” and everything is now reduced to “feelings” and it is all “the other’s” fault. “Evil” has become “anyone who disagrees with me“, and I have to make sure I am part of the “in” crowd and we all know that I am now the pinnacle, the crowning glory of the universe, right?
The image above, of spectacular flight, is a tribute to virtues and abilities now lost to our civilization … courage, will power, determination, grit, hard work, self discipline, and sheer brain power … these virtues may yet return, … but not as long as the shrieking howler monkey tribes occupy the battleground.
These virtues, are all sadly lacking in most of our pink and brown and black and yellow monkey tribes these days, and we find ourselves wrapped in the mad-coat straight jacket of a utterly corrupt and immoral Progressive Socialist government bureaucracy which we can never change.
found on “Being Liberal” … Can’t you just feel the love … Golem loves you precious …
With 1.7 million “Likes” … Be Afraid … Be Very Afraid .. I’d guess that pretty much defines conservatives, right? We are all just afraid and we don’t understand and it is better to just kill us while we are still babies, right? That’s where narrative goes.
So, imagine a universe where authority can be wrong. Sometimes, a person in authority can be mistaken. A person who believes a lie, and who repeats the lie, does not do so out of malicious intent! And yet, he is repeating a lie!
Sometimes people and authorities believe things that are later proven to be untrue and they act on those things with a clear conscience because it’s “for our own good”. If you forced these folks to take a lie detector test they would pass because they actually do not know it is a lie.
There are books, books written as recently as a few years years ago, books you can still find in the library, which include untruths. Did those writers lie to you? No, they’d told the truth, as they’d known it. But future generations discovered that their concept of the truth had been very limited, and knowledge is still advancing. And that is just the mild form of misinformation.
Dr. Jerry Pournelle, 2005
Authority is also often more interested in maintaining itself than determining the truth. A person(s) who clings to his/her authority – which may or may not be based on a known lie – is unlikely to want to do anything to weaken it. This reminds me of Pournelle’s iron law of bureaucracy: ...in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.
I am also reminded of Santayana’s “those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.” in the sense that the vaults of history are crammed full of “authorities” who viciously resisted any form of change when their beliefs were questioned, and in the end they turned out to be wrong, even dead wrong, but that didn’t stop them from making millions of people miserable, or even dead in support of their lies, in support of their power and greed.
I think we are up against the same sort of situation now when dealing with our health care system, our government, our social programs, the “religion” of climate change, “pandemic, virusphobia and so on and so forth. Government bureaucracies IN AND OF THEMSELVES are fatally cancerous. They just grow back, like cancer, no matter how much we cut out.
Carbon Free Canada … where’s your mask, Boy?
King Ralph made major surgery back in his day and completely eliminated government debt but now we are right back where he started, bigger and more bloated than ever before, and more in debt.
Progressive government is a cancer … It is in the NATURE of public bureaucracies. Government bureaucracies are always and everywhere inevitably fatal. They always kill the host because no economy in history has had a bottomless well of resources for them to take.
Yes, courage, will power, determination, grit, hard work, self discipline, responsibility and accountability, and, yes, sheer brain power, are essential factors in every successful civilization, and as Robert Heinlein once remarked:
“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded—here and there, now and then—are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. “This is known as ‘bad luck’. ” – Robert A. Heinlein
He says it so much more elegantly than I, in my grey tribe arrogance, “Viva Grey Tribe!”
You don’t even get a hand launched glider into the air on “feelings” and “emotion” and “fairness”, but it’s plenty good enough for launching Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, Hatred and Corruption, Rapine and Murder.
I mean who the Hell cares about a few more innocent victims when we murder almost a million children a year in North America and pretend it’s all about “Rights” and “Health Care”.
And all of this evil rushing forward amidst a crashing continuous media drumbeat of “feelings” and “emotion” and “fairness”, where literally everything from COVID to rioters killing and burning and looting is the fault of the Police and Trump. Yes! Boy Justin walks on water but Trump is evil, and anyone who doesn’t wear a facemask is a “Covidiot”, and anyone who believes in God is a primitive superstitious peasant.
Yes, “feelings” and “emotion” and “fairness” work very well to launch our current reign of terror, of BLM and ANTIFA and our daily soup of terror and violence and (Evil Overlord Laugh) BWAHA HA HA HAAA our DEADLY Case-demic. It’s really all about “Cases” not deaths, and its enforced by “Social Shaming” … but what about the people who don’t use Facebook???? Oh My …
Who needs a real “killer disease” when we can make up something that “the proles”, the “low information voters”, will believe totally and wear their little “Slave Masks” and shame the thinking public into going along with everything because of “Social Pressure”, ALL POWER TO THE INVINCIBLE SOCIAL MEDIA MACHINE.
“Thugs rampage in the streets of Portland, Chicago, Seattle, smashing and setting fires and looting, for joy and profit, and they are called, on television, “protestors.”” and … “We find a media that have inverted and given a false account of virtually every issue that arises in our politics and law, from the phony “Russian conspiracy” to abortion, transgenderism, and of course – gasp – “climate change.”
The passion over the climate comes from people who have long rejected the notion of moral truth, and taken “the environment” as their religion and as their substitute source for moral righteousness. This is in part a new paganism with a worship of the earth. If it shows a lingering concern for human lives, they are the lives threatened by rising waters in the future.
Let’s just kill all those stupid COVIDIOTS while they are still babies … it’s just so much simpler.
But then the question naturally arises: Why such a concern for humans not yet living, when set against the 800,000 living beings destroyed every year in this country (U.S.A.) in abortions? And yet, the party that now declares itself the party of “light” and hope, against the darkness of the current president and his administration, finds no darkness in its willingness to defend and promote these killings as a deep “right,” which can brook not the slightest restraint.
As Orwell would have it, “war is peace” and “peace is war.” Everything is inverted.”
But this is the face of true evil. The day that the world of ISIS and BLM and ANTIFA (is ISIS still a thing with the media?) and the rest of the shrieking screaming, drooling, Pink Tribe Progressives can put together something even remotely like the Air Demonstration Squadrons we see in my opening picture, or even develop the technology to record a picture like this, then, and only then, will they have joined productive human civilization, ready for the stars. In the meantime it’s all destroy and kill and burn and terrorize, cut them up for parts, and O, don’t forget “feelings”.
Children of Dark or Children of Light? We choose …
Is it not even more terrifying than “Death by Red Bat Flu” to realize that these very screaming howler monkey tribes who believe that 800,000 child murders are a “right” and a “Health Care” issue, are the ones now responsible for implementation and enforcement of our new religion of Masks. They handle all the research, all the results, all the pronouncements, all the information, all the “Proof”, and all the social engineering directed at shaming the actual thinking public into complying with the latest sponsored idiocy.
It is desperately sad to observe that the the old saw often thrown my way over the years in discussions, about being too “black and white” was never truer than now. There are really only two categories of humans … black or white, darkness or light, children of GOD or children of Satan. And the children of GOD are ordered by Christ, our True Master, to love those children of Satan, to love our enemies. And make no mistake, that is what they are, the earthly manifestation of the Enemy in all his insidious evil.
I hope we can get off the planet before it is destroyed under us by those legions of losers. Or … alternatively, I hope that at least we, the Remnant, manage to set up independent republics here and there where numbers warrant, our own little Benedict Option with easily defended borders where everyone is welcome.
BUT of course, the iron clad criterion for citizenship is:
#1: Prima Fascia evidence of real life Service and Sacrifice (eg. multi-tour military service with honourable discharge or equivalent non military service – equivalency to be determined by a panel of expert “citizens” and no one else)
#2: The criterion for eligibility for candidacy for political service is “citizenship” and candidate acceptability determined on a scale relating brain power and willingness to work and accept basic subsidiarity and accountability in a hierarchy (no free rides ’cause you’re smart and/or good looking and/or related to someone and/or are a political hack, and so on and so forth). Wanting the position is an automatic fail. Only one position, one term, per person, per lifetime. No exceptions.
#3: No person regardless of sex, creed, parentage, wealth, or belief system gets an exemption for any reason from #1 and #2. No person covered in #3 gets any say whatsoever in how the republic is run or what kind of programs are offered. Folks covered by #3 get normal respect for human life as normal human beings and as they have been recognized for, Oh … several thousand years … Natural Law is the foundation of civil law in this republic.
Albertastan Border Security detail…
Any pink tribe emoticons who find they don’t like this setup, or objects to any of the above or decides he or she or it wants his or her or it’s “rights” and “privileges” as our current society recognized same gets an escorted free ride to the nearest border crossing, 1 litre of water, a hamburger, a map showing how to get to the nearest “other” pink tribe place and an solid understanding that if they are still in sight in an hour they will be shot and left for the coyotes so at least some critter will benefit from their carbon footprint. Well, maybe not shot, just … well, maybe paint balled until they are out of sight.
Now, In thinking about this visceral, rather childish, unloving, uncharitable jingoism which I have just indulged in, I am remembering a Catholic priest friend whom I respect greatly who taught me much. He reminded me that Dorothy Day said something like “How we feel about the least likeable people we know is how we feel about God”. Catholics believe that Jesus died for ALL men, even those we most dislike and despise. If one fails at this test one is failing to follow Christ’s orders… just gotta get up again and keep trying.
Just feel the love …
He (Jesus) was absolutely serious about “Love each other as I have loved you” That is undeniable, but Oh – So – Hard to put into practice in every day life. And the undeniable fact that everything the 90%’ers take for granted was developed by the 10%’ers for their own purposes doesn’t make “loving each other as I have loved you” any easier. I have a huge stumbling block “Loving” those murderin’ savages “as Jesus loves me”.
The actuality and the potential of the mostly reviled and unsung “Grey Tribe” in our society goes unremarked day to day even as they maintain and develop all that makes our modern riches possible and usable. We depend upon them all, utterly, and daily.
Now, I know I am a grey tribe geek. And at times I am an arrogant prick. That’s my curse, my thorn, as Paul put it. I daily live in a reality neither perceived nor appreciated by the majority of those I know, mostly love, and interact with on a daily basis. I have lived more or less comfortably with this hierarchy of ability and perception for all my thinking life, that is, from about 10 or 12 years old on. This often brought me into “differences of opinions with others. My sister sometimes calls me an A..hole … I reply “A man should stick to what he is good at”.
By the time I was about 16 I had learned, with the help of strong “encouragement” from a strict and powerful father, who WAS still in the family and definitely WAS the head of the family, that I had to learn to “play nice” with others, and that regular folks really don’t like having the error of their ways, their own “issues and perceptions” pointed out to them, as when I would tell my father that he was wrong “because …”.
Good Days …
One of his parting bits of advice to me when I left home to join the military at a tender age was “Always remember son, you will have good days and bad days, but, if you have more than one Ass-hole in your life, it is probably you!
Behave yourself and pay close attention to Sergeants”. While I often ignored much of my dad’s advice at times, that one stuck with me and has saved my life many times. Another useful bit of advice was “never give up, never give up, never give up”. I miss ya Dad.
Bad Days …
I have had a mostly happy life with my “lower deck mates” regardless of their abilities and shortcomings and over the years have gradually become aware of how I, and we, must appear to our Commander in Chief and his Son. He made us as we are with all our various talents and abilities as well as our lack thereof and our failings.
Looking at all things visible and apparent to me, and the observed state of society these days is seems that being able to think is probably not the only talent that matters, although I believe it is an essential ingredient of any successful society.
I suggest that “thinking” without “self sacrifice and love” is even worse than not thinking at all. Not thinking at all is probably the most common human state these days and has most likely been the common state of most of mankind for all of history. We can see real time evidence of what that gets us in ISIS land and BLM land, and ANTIFA land, these days in full brutal living colour.
Imagine a world where literally every media experience you have is the result of someone putting their magical slant on how they would like things to be. You don’t really have to imagine it, because that is what our daily lives are made up of here in the west. Pink reality is an accidental side-effect of the grey search for knowledge.
Let’s think for a moment about this web page here. Not just the information and images on the web site, but the fact that the website exists at all and is easily accessible by millions of viewers at the click of a button. WOW! This image was not dreamed up by some Hollywood graphic artist at the request of his producer or director and realized on his computer. Literally every single aspect about this page, both the contents and it’s accessibility are the direct result of some grey tribe experiment, mostly for purposes having nothing to do with this web page.
I spent almost 8 years as a ship’s radioman in the 70’s and I know a bit about radio. Radio waves and light waves travel at the same speed. We used to consider it a long connection working Halifax from Gibraltar on CW (Morse Code for you noobs). These images above and at the site weren’t faked up in some studio but rather were built up from a bit-stream of data travelling at 186,287 miles per second. The tech developed to do this work accidentally gave us Pandora and all the other Feelings fantasy that so many mistake for reality.
TRIVIA QUESTION: How fast does light travel from the Sun to each of the planets?
Light travels at a speed of 299,792 kilometres per second; 186,287 miles per second. It takes 499.0 seconds for light to travel from the Sun to the Earth, a distance called 1 Astronomical Unit. below I list the light travel times from the Sun to each planet:
Planet Distance in AU Travel time
Mercury 0.387 193.0 seconds or 3.2 minutes
Venus 0.723 360.0 seconds or 6.0 minutes
Earth 1.000 499.0 seconds or 8.3 minutes
Mars 1.523 759.9 seconds or 12.6 minutes
Jupiter 5.203 2595.0 seconds or 43.2 minutes
Saturn 9.538 4759.0 seconds or 79.3 minutes
Uranus 19.819 9575.0 seconds or 159.6 minutes
Neptune 30.058 14998.0 seconds or 4.1 hours
Pluto 39.44 19680.0 seconds or 5.5 hours
And all these tools and everything that supports them has to be invented first and developed into a prototype and then turned into a production model and so on just so the grey tribe can conduct their experiment. And the rest is just fallout.
The pink tribe entertainers see an opportunity in these tools developed by grey tribe folks for their experiment. They see an opportunity to produce a product which other pink tribe types will enjoy watching and using and will pay good tax-payers money for the privilege because the experience reinforces their magical thinking.
Because any time one is using something that one does not understand for whatever reason for any purpose that person is indulging in the use of “magic”. And just like for Harry Potter, there is a cost for everything, but especially for the use of magic. Always remember that we are standing on many shoulders without which we are simply groveling in the mud and the blood and the beer.
The grey tribe does what they do, “to boldly go where no-one has gone before” to borrow a pink tribe fantasy phrase, for the sheer joy of learning and exploring the unknown, to confirm their predictions and expectations or to show where they are off the mark. Supporting and developing all of civilization is just something they do incidentally, on the side as it were, so they can continue to do what really interests them.
The grey tribe types understand that they are searching for the pig, not the lipstick on the pig. They understand that the pig has some semblance of reality, measurable and provable, and they can build upon what they learn in order better describe the pig, to reach ever more rarefied heights of knowledge and produce still more stuff which trickles down to the pink tribe masses who believe that the lipstick IS reality.
before the “arts” were subordinated to a darker power … and David Warren puts an interesting spin on the Horizon event here.
So it gives me pause to realize that I am seriously expected to love these pink tribe folks as Jesus loved me. He created the pig and the lipstick and everything else from just … well … nothing. And He had to create “nothing” first because He was everything. That kind of love is truly something awesome … truly beyond human comprehension. Kinda puts all our pride and ranting and prancing around in perspective. Dust to dust and all that.
A Two Coffee Morning, courtesy of “Photo Electric Synergy” another Canadian Facebook site.
I have been thinking about just what it is that distinguishes slaves from masters. The slavery of the progressive revolution is not exactly like Roman slavery, or Greek slavery, or southern cotton plantation slavery, or even modern Islamic slavery. It seems a common contemporary view that slavery is something, a status or state in life, which is forced upon unwilling victims, who are definitely not us.
“Traditional” slavery is an attempt to dehumanize people and treat them as domesticated consumable assets like beasts of burden such as horses, cattle, oxen, etc. Slaves are forced to work against their will, using violence or the threat of it, with no pay.
At the simplest level, slavery produces a continuous state of conflict between the slave and the master. The master forcing or coercing the slave to perform a service or function for the master from which the master derives material reward. Like beasts of burden, slaves are treated as commodity that can be bought and sold, and disposed of when there is no further utility to be had.
In some societies and eras, such as 18th and 19th century North America, the commodity value of slaves increased dramatically. At other times and places, such as today, the commodity value of slaves is minimal; they can’t be sold for much and are simply considered “disposable people”, or disposable assets like packaging or raw materials.
The Mark of The Slave …
Another characteristic of slavery from ancient Babylonia, Greece, and Rome through the early 20th century to the modern 21st, is the masters attempt to physically distinguish slaves from free people. Most instances of slavery were and are not based on the concept of race. We see this in the ancient world, as well as in 20th century state slavery in Germany and Russia, and modern slavery. When masters could not easily identify slaves as such, they branded them, shaved their heads, made them wear special clothing or badges, or used some other physically distinguishing characteristic to “mark” them as slaves, including such things as where they live and how they travel and how they are permitted to behave “Socially”.
Perhaps a more inclusive definition of slavery might be that a master has autonomy and free will and a slave has neither. Notice also that while we commonly associate “slavery” with a state in life which is forced upon unwilling victims, it is in fact much more common for “slaves” to voluntarily submit themselves to this status because it is “easier” or perhaps the only concept they have of “normal life”, as we see today for the vast majority or workers in North America and Europe and China, and all the little “Stans”, in fact pretty much everywhere you see socialism, progressivism and totalitarianism as the culture.
It doesn’t seem to much matter whether slavery is forced upon a person, as in the case of Islamic sex slaves, or one submits oneself to the strictures as a minimum wage, hand to mouth labourer, of any sort, be it a sex worker, a burger flipper or an office cube drone. One way of looking at all “work” is that we sell ourselves, our energy, time, and talent, on a daily basis for some kind of return. That return may be as great as having power over many other slaves, or as little as the comfort of believing that we are part of the “IN” group. As in ancient slave societies the higher the skill and talent of the slave the higher the position and reward. The lower the skill and talent the lower the position and the less value attached to that person.
One way of looking at all “work” is that we sell ourselves, our energy, time, and talent, on a monthly, weekly, daily or even hourly basis for some kind of return, either simply for a place to live and bread to eat or for more if our value added is somewhat higher. Even as in ancient slave societies the higher the skill and talent of the slave the higher the position and reward. The lower the skill and talent the lower the position and the less value attached to that person. At the lower end, whether one is a cube serf or a street peddler or hooker or drug pusher, you find the disposable people, the throw-aways and outcasts, our western society’s “Untouchables” or “Barukamin”. Slavery is a state of mind.
Slave Minister …
“The highest position slaves ever attained was that of slave minister… A few slaves even rose to be monarchs, such as the slaves who became sultans and founded dynasties in Islām.
At a level lower than that of slave ministers were other slaves, such as those in the Roman Empire, the Central Asian Samanid domains, Ch’ing China, and elsewhere, who worked in government offices and administered provinces.
The stereotype that slaves were careless and could only be trusted to do the crudest forms of manual labor was disproved countless times in societies that had different expectations and proper incentives.” “The sociology of slavery: Slave occupations” Encyclopaedia Britannica
George Soros and Justin Trudeau, Davos, Switzerland. 2016 … check the attentive body language … the “Master’s Voice” don’t cha think?
There are a very limited number of “Masters” in our “New World Order”, our “One World” future. Even today we see that as high as one may have risen in today’s society, up to and even including Ministers and Deputy Ministers and Directors and Executives of all shades and quality, all have become slaves to something, we all have our Masters because we value the things of this world. The more one has, the higher one has risen, the more they have to loose and they more they become slaves, out of fear of that loss. And the love passes up and down the food chain in proportion to our attachment to the rewards of this world.
Up close and personal we are seeing our Prime Minister and all the hierarchy of bureaucrats and followers slavishly following through on promises to their “Masters and Mistresses”, who granted them office, appointment, and the keys to the treasury, with the expressed expectation of being duly rewarded for such favours with the obedience of the slaves.
No surprise that we are become as slaves to our possessions, our passions, our bad habits, our addictions, drugs, alcohol, sex, our desires both open and secret. We are slaves to our fears, fears of loss of possessions, status, influence, beauty, friends, respect, health, power, and so on endlessly. Anything, or any person, that has the power to influence our life and our actions, what we say and what we do, that can force us to do and say that which we would rather not, is just one more slave chain.
So, as our title asks: “Fraud or Hoax?” From the “Great and Powerful Oz”, the “Wickedpedia”, we have: “In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain, or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (i.e., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation), a criminal law (i.e., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong.
The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver’s license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A hoax is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim.
In common law jurisdictions, as a civil wrong, fraud is a tort. While the precise definitions and requirements of proof vary among jurisdictions, the requisite elements of fraud as a tort generally are the intentional misrepresentation or concealment of an important fact upon which the victim is meant to rely, and in fact does rely, to the harm of the victim. Proving fraud in a court of law is often said to be difficult as the intention to defraud is the key element in question.
A security guard, wearing a protective facemask to protect against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, browses his mobile phone as he secures the entrance of a nearly empty shopping mall in Beijing on February 27, 2020. – The novel coronavirus has spread to more than 25 countries since it emerged in December 2019 and is causing mounting alarm due to new outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. (Photo by Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)
As such, proving fraud comes with a “greater evidentiary burden than other civil claims.” This difficulty is exacerbated by the fact that some jurisdictions require the victim to prove fraud by clear and convincing evidence.
The remedies for fraud may include rescission (i.e., reversal) of a fraudulently obtained agreement or transaction, the recovery of a monetary award to compensate for the harm caused, punitive damages to punish or deter the misconduct, and possibly others. In cases of a fraudulently induced contract, fraud may serve as a defense in a civil action for breach of contract or specific performance of contract. Similarly, fraud may serve as a basis for a court to invoke its equitable jurisdiction.”
So how are we to understand the “Great Red Bat Flu Pandemic of 2020“. Notice that the drumbeat has changed from beating about hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of hospital admissions, to simply “New Cases”. “New Cases” is the latest mutation of the Fear Uncertainty and Doubt with which our Slave Ministers are whipping us into compliance with surrendering our civil rights, “behaving” ourselves, and obediently preparing for “The Second Wave”.
Ultimately, when the fraud is perpetrated by the very authorities who have the duty to protect their charges from fraud, there is no recourse for the victims. In some cases this fraud is so successful that the victims do not even know that a crime has taken place and they have voluntarily given up their freedom to the fraudsters because of fear.
The only freedom lies with having nothing to loose. Freedom lies only in understanding that this whole mad rat race is just one more training mission, one more drill, on the way to real life. We find it impossible to be our authentic selves as long as we hang on to “this world”. We cannot “Win” in this world, caring about the “Things of This World”. We are strangers in a strange land, pilgrims returning to our true home. We must stand for Truth and not loose sight of our spiritual reality in spite of the hurricane of corruption and denial surrounding us.
The Broken Blade …
Aragorn: Stand your ground, stand your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes, the same fear that would take the heart of me.
A day may come, when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves, and shattered shields when the age of men comes crashing down!
But it is not this day! This day we fight! For all that you hold dear, on this good earth, I bid you stand, men of the west!
Today is +20 and cloudy … is this a weird summer or what? A week ago it was +10, pouring rain and howling a gale enough to blow roofs off and now it’s back to “normal” weather … what ever that means, well maybe that’s over the top, but it rather does focus the mind on the fact that we have very little control over all the things around us that matter and any control we think we have is only one crisis away from being lost.
Stephen Covey 2010 …
So continuing on from my “Sins of The Tongue” post last week, so many of my posts over the years have been whining about things that I perceived to be wrong with the world and our culture. What can we do about it? Frankly, very little. This is obvious at an instinctual level but was articulated by Dr. Stephen R. Covey in his analysis of our circle of control vs our circle of concern.
In short, he posits that normally we have a much larger circle of concern than circle of control and hence are worried about things in the larger sphere over which we have no control and this lack of control and the anxiety thus created causes all kinds of problems for us.
To find balance and peace we have to discover that place (head space) where our circle of concern matches our circle of control. So we can’t fix the world. So what? We can fix ourselves. Lets start with fixing ourselves, that is well within our circle of control. We venture into perilous waters when we fail to master ourselves.
Being ruled by our passions results in all kinds of trouble and difficulty. So that path which falls within our circle of control and which should fall within our circle of concern is to conquer oneself and regulate one’s life without determining or directing oneself through any tendency that is disordered or perverted.
We have been created. Notwithstanding all the fairy tales about primordial slime and chance conjunction of amino acids and lightening strikes and so on and so forth there has never been one wit of actual Empirical Evidence, that is to say the information received by means of the senses, particularly by observation and documentation of patterns and behavior through experimentation, to support that “story”. It is all conjecture and speculation, and it stems entirely from man’s desire to be the Supreme Being (Actual) and answerable to no one, to remove that highest authority standing in his way of doing and thinking whatever he wants.
Even Darwin, the formulator of the theory of evolution by natural selection, in 1859, never dreamed or intended for his “theory” to become a “quasi factoid”, the foundation of and justification for the narrative denying of the existence God, any more than the developer of the “COVID Virus test” currently being used by “authorities” to test for COVID believed that his test could be used for that purpose. In fact he denied that it could be used for that purpose in testimony before congress. It’s really all about changing the focus of where “authority” lies … denial of a higher authority than our current crop of government and business masters. and always, always, always beating the drum of fear uncertainty and doubt to reinforce the whip hand of the masters.
All these unproven “theories” have morphed into “Every right minded person knows this to be true”, just ask Karen on Facebook.
St. Thomas Aquinas
In the rest of this post I have paraphrased from sources (I think) which I must have read long ago because I can find no reference to this information anywhere else. I think I first wrote about this back in 2015 and the Wayback Machine has returned no idea of where I got it, but it has a flavour of Thomas Aquinas. Nevertheless, here it is:
We have been created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save our immortal soul. And all the other things on the face of the earth are created for man, that they may help him in prosecuting the end for which he is created. From this it follows that man is to use them in as much as they help him on to his end, and ought to rid himself of them in so far as they hinder him from achieving it.
For this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things in all that is allowed to the choice of our free will and is not prohibited to it; so that, on our part, we do not seek health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honour rather than dishonour, long rather than short life, and so in all the rest. We should constrain ourselves in desiring and choosing only what is most conducive for us to the end for which we are created. We strive to become inured to the desires for material goods and pleasures such that they do not obscure or interfere with the path to self control.
So in examining the ways in which one can go wrong, misbehave or actively do evil it is convenient to appreciate the concept of mortal and venial sin (Big sins and Little sins). As in the physical world where there are mortal dangers which can and will kill us, and lesser or venial dangers which can injure us and make us sick, so too in the spiritual and personal world of sin there are mortal sins and venial.
A serious, grave or mortal sin is the knowing and wilful violation of God’s law in a serious matter, for example, idolatry, adultery, murder, slander. These are all things gravely contrary to the love we owe God and, because of Him, our neighbour. We know these are wrong and serious and we know they are a violation of both God’s law and of the natural law which stems from God and is know by all beings.
it is also obvious that we can sin by thought, word and deed. To purify oneself I presuppose that there are three kinds of thoughts in me: that is, one my own, which springs from my mere liberty and will; and two others, which come from without, one from the good spirit, and the other from the bad.
Now it appears that there are two ways to obtain merit in the bad thought(s) which comes from without, namely: Firstly, a thought of committing a mortal sin, which thought I resist immediately and it remains conquered. Secondly, when that same bad thought comes to me and I resist it, and it returns to me again and again, and I always resist, until it is conquered. This second way is more meritorious than the first. A venial sin is committed when the same thought comes of sinning mortally and one gives ear to it, making some little delay, or receiving some sensual pleasure, or when there is some negligence in rejecting such thought.
There are two ways of sinning mortally. Firstly, when one gives consent to the bad thought, to act afterwards as he has consented, or to put it in act if he could, and secondly, when that sin is put into act. This is a greater sin for three reasons: first, because of the greater time; second, because of the greater intensity; third, because of the greater harm to the two persons.
But what about sinning in word, that is “Sins of the Tongue”? Obviously, there are many, many ways to sin by word. One must not swear, either by Creator or creature (that is to misuse an oath when overwrought or angry), if it be not with truth,necessity and reverence. By necessity I mean, not when any truth whatever is affirmed with oath, but when it is of some importance for the good of the soul, or the body, or for temporal goods. By reverence I mean when, in naming the Creator and Lord, one acts with consideration, so as to render Him the honour and reverence due.
It is to be noted that, though in an idle oath one sins more when he swears by the Creator (as in anything created on earth – that is animals, people, or material phenomena) than by the creature, it is more difficult to swear in the right way with truth, necessity and reverence by the creature than by the Creator, for the following reasons.
Firstly, when we want to swear by some creature, wanting to name the creature does not make us so attentive or circumspect as to telling the truth, or as to affirming it with necessity, as would wanting to name the Lord and Creator of all things. Secondly, in swearing by the creature it is not so easy to show reverence and respect to the Creator, as in swearing and naming the same Creator and Lord, because wanting to name God our Lord brings with it more respect and reverence than wanting to name the created thing. Therefore swearing by the creature is more allowable to the perfect (the well developed and disciplined mind) than to the imperfect (the passionate and undisciplined mind) , because the perfect, through continued contemplation and enlightenment of intellect, consider,meditate and contemplate more that God our Lord is in every creature, according to His own essence, presence and power, and so in swearing by the creature they are more apt and prepared than the imperfect to show respect and reverence to their Creator and Lord. Thirdly, in continually swearing by the creature, idolatry is to be more feared in the imperfect than in the perfect.
What about habits and patterns of speech? Consider how one must not speak an idle word. By idle word I mean one which does not benefit either me or another, and is not directed to that intention. Hence words spoken for any useful purpose, or meant to profit one’s own or another person’s soul, the body or temporal goods, are never idle, not even if one were to speak of something foreign to one’s state of life, as, for instance, if a religious speaks of wars or articles of trade. But in all that is said there is merit in directing well, and sin in directing badly, or in speaking idly. Nothing must be said to injure another person’s character or to find fault, because if I reveal a mortal sin that is not public, I sin mortally; if a venial sin, venially; and if a defect, I show a defect of my own.
But if the intention is right, in two ways one can speak of the sin or fault of another. Firstly: When the sin is public, as in the case of a public prostitute, and of a sentence given in judgment, or of a public error which is infecting the souls with whom one comes in contact. Secondly: When the hidden sin is revealed to some person that he may help to raise him who is in sin — supposing, however, that he has some probable conjectures or grounds for thinking that he will be able to help him.
So we come to sinning by act or deed. Taking together the Ten Commandments, natural law, the precepts of the Church and the recommendations of superiors, every act done against any of these authorities is, according to its greater or less nature, a greater or a lesser sin. Our acts are an example. One commits no little sin in being the cause of others acting contrary to the authorities.
So what is a method for “looking into the mirror” and making a general examination of our conduct, words and thoughts? It is contained in five points.
First, to give thanks to God our Lord for the benefits we have received.
Secondly, to ask for the grace to know our sins and cast them out.
Thirdly, to ask an account of our soul (to remember our conduct) from the hour that we rose up to the present, examining hour by hour, or period by period: and first as to thoughts, and then as to words, and then as to acts, in the same order mentioned above.
Fourthly, to ask pardon of God our Lord for the faults.
Fifthly and finally, to firmly resolve to amend one’s ways with God’s help.
Look into the mirror and consider the five steps as many times a day as seems necessary to facilitate remembering one’s conduct, perhaps at every meal and break at first when getting used to this pattern. Thus do we examine our life.
I’ve been fascinated by Socrates’ bold statement that “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He doesn’t fool around, no “nuances” for Socrates. He doesn’t say that the unexamined life is “less meaningful than it could be” or “one of many possible responses to human existence.” He simply and clearly says it’s not even worth living. Why does he make such strong, unequivocal statement? Socrates believed that the purpose of human life was personal and spiritual growth.
We are unable to grow toward greater understanding of our true nature unless we take the time to examine and reflect upon our life. As another philosopher, Santayana, observed, “He who does not remember the past is condemned to repeat it.”
Andrew W. Saul PH.D. writes: “NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF A MILLION men died in the Civil War. All other U.S. wars put together add about another two-thirds of a million soldiers killed. That means that about 1,350,000 Americans have died, totally, in all the wars in U.S. history.
Yet we lose close to that number of Americans each year because of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Nearly 10 million soldiers were killed in World War I, charging machine guns and getting mowed down month after month for four terrible years.
The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention report that there are now 8 million cancer deaths worldwide in just one year. That rate is over three times as many deaths from cancer as from machine guns.
A different approach is needed immediately. (Andrew W. Saul PH.D., Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease: 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition . Turner Publishing Company)
William L. Anderson writes: “Wherever one turns, whether it is on the broadcast news or the Internet, we are bombarded with Swine Flu stories. Government tells us not to “panic,” while it simultaneously engages in activities meant to spread widespread fear.” (Ed. Note: This article appeared at the height of the “Swine Flu” pandemic in 2009 – remember that one over ten years ago? Has anything changed in the interim except the new “Official” name for the latest FEAR UNCERTAINLY AND DOUBT craze?
Indeed, asRobert Higgs has written, the very basis of government rests upon cultivating human fear: “The people who have the effrontery to rule us, who call themselves our government, understand this basic fact of human nature (about fear).
They exploit it, and they cultivate it. Whether they compose a warfare state or a welfare state, they depend on it to secure popular submission, compliance with official dictates, and, on some occasions, affirmative cooperation with the state’s enterprises and adventures.
Without popular fear, no government could endure more than twenty-four hours. David Hume taught that all government rests on public opinion, but that opinion, I maintain, is not the bedrock of government. Public opinion itself rests on something deeper: fear.”
If one wishes to “test” Professor Higgs’ proposition, one needs to look no further than the actions of the Centers for Disease Control, which claims to be in a constant state of readiness in order to protect us from the next pandemic. At the CDC, it always is 1918, and an outbreak of “Spanish Flu” or something like it is just around the corner.
A visit to the CDC’s website shows that the CDC has placed the latest outbreak of Swine Flu (2009) front-and-center. News reports monitor the every word of the CDC “experts” who are bombarded with questions about whether or not this is the “Big One.” My sense is that the “experts,” the media, and everyone else in the Flu chain will be disappointed when this turns out to be another overblown “crisis” that governments have foisted upon us right-and-left.
One must remember that for many years, the CDC has been creating vast emergency “plans” that are supposed to swing into action the minute that a rumor is afloat that someone, somewhere, has the flu. Politicians and media figures also want a cut of the action and make sure that they keep the issue before us, telling us “what we need to know.”
Actually, what we need to know is that government is the last thing we need in our faces if there is a real pandemic. That is because governments played a major role in creating the conditions that turned the “Spanish Flu” situation of 1918 into a world-wide tragedy that led to the death of millions. If government is to trot out its “war emergency” model as the way to “protect” us from the flu, perhaps we need to be reminded of how well that model works – in making sure lots of people become sick and die.
Most people don’t remember 1918 as the year the flu pandemic began; they remember it as the year that World War I ended. This was the “War to End All Wars,” or so it was called, when a more appropriate title might have been the “War to Permanently Expand the State.” More than 10 million soldiers died on the battlefields of Europe and millions of civilians died deaths of starvation or were killed in the crossfire.
So where are we now?????
Well! Virtually all our media sources have stopped reporting “Deaths” and “Hospital Admissions” attributed to COVID-19. They have switched “en-mass” to just reporting “new cases”, which “new cases” includes any positive test result regardless of symptoms, and almost no one is currently reporting COVID-19 deaths.
Behind the scenes, the facts are that there are relatively few deaths from COVID-19. No fear to be had there anymore … we just are not dying enough … not enough casualties! So the media and government are now desperately trying to attach the fear associated with mass deaths to the situation of “number of cases”.
So far, a CBC News tally of COVID-19 deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 8,863. That is barely worse than a bad New Year’s Eve driving accident record. BUT!
InCanada, in a normal year, that is to say, every year, medical errors account for (at least) 28,000 deaths yearly, according to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute which campaigns to reduce that number. Errors are said to be the third leading cause of death in Canada after cancer and heart disease, and every minute and 18 seconds someone is injured from unintended medical system harm.
So far, according to a mortality analysisby Johns Hopkins University’s Corona-virus Resource Center, about 6% of the nearly 1.7 million people who have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the U.S. have succumbed to the disease. That’s 102,000 deaths attributed to “Coronavirus “related” disease”. In any other years these deaths would be reported as due to Flu and Pneumonia and wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow..
But also according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, same as in Canada.
These 250,000 deaths are the “lowest number” conservative documented “reported” numbers with some authors claiming that at least twice that many deaths due to medical misadventure that go unreported to protect the medical establishment.
So way more people in Canada and the U.S.A. die every year from “Medical Oopsies” than from anything related to “Coronavirus”,the purported cause of this particular “Red Bat Flu”, and the supposed causal relationship has never been even remotely proven. Do the math … the real threat here is the Medical System. People are dying of COVID-19 because they went to the hospital when they developed symptoms.
Even the inventor of “the test” whose work won him a Nobel Prize, has testified before Congress that this type of “test” cannot be used for testing what they are claiming to test because it doesn’t actually “test” for any virus but rather for DNA snippets that are “theoretically” associated with the existence of “theoretical” viruses which might be associated with some disease symptoms, and the more times the test is repeated (recooked) the higher the likely-hood of a “Positive”.
So, back to Andrew W. Saul PH.D. “Nutrient therapy, properly dosed and administered, can be the answer to many chronic medical problems. The list is far longer than the deficiency diseases. A drug in either low or high doses cannot act as a vitamin will, but a vitamin in large doses can act as a drug. Very high blood concentrations of vitamin C, for example, are selectively toxic to cancer cells.
Nutritional supplementation is not the answer to every health problem, but it does not have to be. The standard is not perfection; the standard is the alternative. Drug medicine is increasingly obsolete. The centre has shifted. It is pharmacy that is the alternative if nutrition fails, and that is rarely.
Roger J. Williams so well said: “When in doubt use nutrition first.” Dr. Frederick R. Klenner said: “Vitamin C should be given while doctors ponder the diagnosis.” And long ago, Sir William Osler, a medical doctor, said: “One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.” Dr. Abram Hoffer said: “Drugs make a well person sick. Why would they make a sick person well?”
Applying the body of knowledge accumulated by orthomolecular physicians and researchers can be done. We’ve all been taught that anything that is safe and inexpensive cannot possibly be really effective against “real diseases.” It is time to rethink that, and especially to see what has already been accomplished.
Improbable does not mean impossible. Physicians who categorically rule out nutritional therapy mimic their forbearers by overreliance on patent remedies. Much of “modern medicine” may be defined as “the experimental study of what happens when poisonous chemicals are placed into malnourished human bodies.”
Someday, health care without orthomolecular nutrition therapy will be seen as we today see childbirth without sanitation or surgery without anesthetic. Here in Part Three we present the vitamin therapies and nutritional approaches pioneering physicians then and now are using to successfully treat many of our most common chronic diseases. —A.W.S.
Andrew W. Saul PH.D., Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease: 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition . Turner Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.
Please God let there be more than a few neurons firing out there in the digital universe. Jesus I trust in You.