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14
Nov
17

7 Thoughts on the Numerous Recent Moral Failings of Public Figures

Another very insightful article from Jeff Weddle. While Jeff refers to the political situation in the USA, the same principles can be applied elsewhere.

Please take the time to go to the link and read all of Jeff’s post.

I particularly like the last sentence – it sums up the whole issue perfectly.

anti-itch meditation

When Bill Clinton was elected president, I was cleaning floors in the Northwestern College cafeteria. My roommate’s girlfriend came in and told me, with tears in her eyes, that Clinton won.

“Oh,” I said, and went back mopping.

The Clinton years were a fascinating time to be a Christian. I will admit I got caught up in the hysteria. Monica Lewinski, rape allegations, “at least Nixon resigned” t-shirts, etc.

The moral outrage amongst Christians was astounding. Clinton was the devil incarnate.

Oh how far we’ve come, dear church.

“a new PRRI/Brookings poll says. In 2011, 30 percent of white evangelicals said that “an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life.” Now, 72 percent say so — a far bigger swing than other religious groups the poll studied.

Evangelicals no longer think moral…

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09
Nov
17

My Internet and Phone Service Whinge.

Australia is installing something called the NBN (National Broadband Network).

It was infrastructure introduced by the Labor Govt almost 10 years ago and was intended to make high speed broadband available to every home via fibre optic cable.

Labor lost an election and the Liberal/Nationals took over and chose to cut costs by using a combination of fibre optic cable to a central point within a neighbourhood -from which it would continue to the home via existing copper wire phone lines.

This cheaper version means that the old phone system will be disconnected soon and all phone lines to the home will have to be through the NBN. I suspect the original version would have left the option of having the phone via the old copper wire system, since two separate cables would have been hooked up to the home (one for internet, the other for phone) and both would remain on entirely separate networks.

Last week I applied for our place to be switched over to the NBN and yesterday we got sent the DIY modem kit that I have to try to figure out how to connect, so that we can maintain our phone service.

Today, after spending almost 20 minutes on hold, I managed to get through to our phone company to get a few questions answered.

I found out that only one phone extension within our house will work after the changeover (we currently have two phones, so one of those will be useless afterwards). If we want more than one usable phone extension we’ll have to buy a cordless phone that can be connected to the NBN system through WIFI. ($$$$)

Through the NBN, for the first time we will have access to the internet via our home computer. However – the computer isn’t in the room where it can be connected to the NBN Modem so it needs to have WIFI capability. Initial investigations indicate that my computer probably doesn’t have that capability. So if we want to use the internet access (that we have to pay for whether it’s used or not) we’ll probably have more expenditure ($$$$) to get a new computer, or to get the current one altered to make it WIFI compatible.

The cheapest phone plan on the NBN (that includes the internet access we may not be able to use), is about $15 per month more than we are currently paying for our phone service. (More $$$$).
I forgot to add that the NBN modem needs to be connected to the mains power for the phone line to work. Therefore no phone service if there’s a power-cut.
Also, I wonder what difference the extra (continual) power usage will make to our electricity bills. ($$$$ again).

08
Nov
17

Guns or God? (Only in America!)

Hours after the worst massacre at a place of worship in American history, the Texas Attorney General did the unthinkable…[urging] more people to bring guns to church

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/texas-shooting-state-attorney-general-name-bring-guns-church-worst-massacre-gun-worship-a8039851.html

07
Nov
17

The heartbreaking stupidity of America’s gun laws by Richard Wolffe

members of Congress and statehouses on both sides of the aisle and across the country have proved themselves to be delusional cowards. Either they act like nothing can be done to stop gun violence, or they pretend guns make America safer.

Donald Trump is right. This is a mental health problem at the highest level, and our leaders need urgent treatment.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/06/heartbreaking-stupidity-americas-gun-laws-texas

07
Nov
17

If Moses had been more like Charlton Heston.

Onesimus Files

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Who is YOUR God?
Who do YOU follow?
Who receives YOUR allegiance?
Who do YOU trust?

Choose this day who you will serve.

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07
Nov
17

again and again and again…

• 26 people were killed in a Texas church on Sunday, making it the 4th deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
• Three of the deadliest shootings in US history occurred in just the last year and a half.
• The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says gun deaths are going up in the US — 12 out of every 100,000 deaths in 2016 were from guns.

https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/three-deadliest-mass-shootings-us-093700570.html

This Is the Deadliest Year for Mass Shootings in Modern U.S. History

http://time.com/5010973/sutherland-springs-texas-mass-shootings-history/

06
Nov
17

“In Gun We Trust” (again and again and again…)

Yet again America pays the price for it’s love of the gun.

Reportedly the murderer was a white man in his mid 20s.

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. — A gunman walked into a small Baptist church in rural Texas on Sunday and opened fire, killing at least 25 people and turning a tiny town east of San Antonio into the scene of the country’s most recent mass horror.

Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas confirmed the death toll, which has steadily increased throughout the day after the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. He said a pregnant woman and children were among the dead.

Two law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation, identified the gunman as Devin P. Kelley, 26.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/05/us/church-shooting-texas.html

The shooting comes a month after a gunman opened fire on an open-air concert in Las Vegas, leaving 58 dead and 546 injured. After that, Trump showed himself to be reluctant to get involved in the debate around gun control, limiting himself to sending his prayers to the victims and their families.

That was in stark contrast to the rapid and virulent response he had to the truck attack in New York last week, where eight people were mowed down by a driver inspired by the terrorist group Isis. After that attack, Trump called for a crackdown on immigration rules.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/05/baptist-church-shooting-south-texas-sutherland-springs




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