23
Mar
17

More Terror.

At the time of typing, it is being reported that five have been killed and 40 injured in a London terror attack, (one of the dead being the attacker himself).

This morning when I first heard about it reports were of four dead and 20 injured, some of them “catastrophically”.

Events like this present a contrast between the worst and best of human acts. The worst is clearly the evil, murderous intent of the one causing harm; while the best is often seen in the response of those first on the scene, giving aid to the victims, sometimes putting themselves in harm’s way. In this case one of the latter group lost his life, stabbed multiple times by the perpetrator.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/23/mps-honour-the-memory-of-pc-keith-palmer

Alongside these extremes there are the opportunists who will seize the chance to “stir the pot” and turn events like this into self-promoting propaganda, pushing agendas that intensify suspicion and hostility.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/22/donald-trump-jr-tweet-london-mayor-sadiq-khan

But what about the average citizen, no matter where we live, no matter what the threat? (Remembering that the dangers we face in the west are minimal when compared to what is suffered daily in other parts of the world *).

Can anywhere be considered safe when acts of terror no longer need bombs and guns? When commonplace vehicles, either cars or trucks can be used as weapons against average citizens?

People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world

What IS the world coming to? How should we react?

when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass …

…when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near…

…Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man

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* See here for a view of this year’s terrorism looking beyond “the west”, while also recognising the effects of military strikes on civilian populations that aren’t included :

https://storymaps.esri.com/stories/terrorist-attacks/?year=2017

23
Mar
17

“The scars of mandatory detention”. (from ABC Radio)

Jamila Jafari was 5-years-old when her family, from the minority Hazaras, fled Afghanistan.

They ended up in Woomera detention centre in South Australia. She witnessed one of the most dramatic chapters in Australia’s refugee policy – the 2002 Australia Day riots.

Now 21, Jamila Jafari has told her story in a new book called They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention.

Caution. Parts of the testimony on this audio are very disturbing.

from this link.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/the-scars-of-mandatory-detention/8376414

21
Mar
17

Truth is not the only casualty (the white “evangelical’s” choice)

Samuel Oakford, investigative reporter for the journalistic project Airwars, reports that the number of civilian casualties in U.S. airstrikes has been escalating since Donald Trump took office two months ago.

DONALD TRUMP: The other thing is with the terrorists. You have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They—they care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.

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The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to make it easier for the CIA and the military to target terrorists with drone strikes, even if it means tolerating more civilian casualties, U.S. officials told NBC News.

The military already has declared that parts of Yemen and Somalia are war zones — “areas of active hostilities” in Pentagon parlance — which means the U.S. has greater latitude to launch strikes even if civilian deaths are possible.

That is part of a broad policy shift underway, U.S. officials say, to grant the CIA and the military more autonomy to target and kill al Qaeda and ISIS militants without presidential sign-off in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan.

“Some of the Obama administration rules were getting in the way of good strikes,” said one U.S. official briefed on the matter.

The Obama administration put in place a rule that no drone strike could take place outside a war zone unless there was a “near certainty” that no civilian would be harmed.

full article:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-admin-ups-drone-strikes-tolerates-more-civilian-deaths-n733336

Another site of interest:
https://airwars.org/civilian-casualty-claims/

 

18
Mar
17

Alternative Facts? Or the Power of Positive Thinking?

“We have a president capable of standing in the rain and saying it was a sunny day,” John Oliver recently observed on Last Week Tonight, as he called Donald Trump a “pathological liar”. But what if he isn’t lying? What if his press secretary, Sean Spicer, is correct when saying that Trump really believes that what he says is true?

It should be clear by now that Trump doesn’t subscribe to a conventional notion of truth, related to verifiable facts and an independently existing reality. For Trump, truth is subordinate to attitude, an attitude that can be modified at will. This whimsical notion comes straight from Norman Vincent Peale, an American minister and motivational speaker who was close to the Trump family, even officiating at Trump’s first marriage, with Ivana. In his 1952 bestseller, The Power of Positive Thinking, Peale presents a simple and “workable philosophy” to help people live more effective and successful lives. The technique is simple: “prayerise, visualise, actualise”. By using this technique you can overcome defeat and take control over the circumstances of your life

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/27/not-lies-donald-trump-truth-norman-vincent-peale

16
Mar
17

Making [ your nation ] Great Again. The Sequel

What are the priorities and practices of man’s nationalistic politics and where does YOUR heart lie?

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

(Isaiah 5)

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

(James 1)

Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?  But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?

(James 2)

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

(Matthew 6)

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

(1 Tim 6)

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Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

15
Mar
17

Kenyan’s chickens coming home to roost.

Who would have thought that a Moslem African, masquerading as a Hawaiian born, American President could be so devious?

Lucky that Trumpism has arrived so the Alternative Facts can be brought to light via his favourite media source.

 

” conservatives are pushing another conspiracy theory—that President Obama helped bring down Pope Benedict 16th—to replace him with a more sympathetic pontiff, Pope Francis.”

 

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/pope-francis-and-obama:-a-peculiar-conspiracy/8355226

 

 

10
Mar
17

David Pawson: Letter to the Church at Pergamon

 

note the armchair-like shape of the altar.

 

The teaching in the video below, about the letter to the church at Pergamon (Rev 2), came up in the comments section of an earlier thread, regarding its reference to the altar of Pergamon (now in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin). Pawson associates that altar with the throne of Satan, mentioned in Jesus’s letter

 

 
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,

‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’

 




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