Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sun Oct 27th Todays News

ALP having a crisis of honesty. The election is over, so ALP can say what they think and feel. Apparently Gillard, who didn't want Abbott to win, didn't want Rudd to win either. Rudd wanted to win, but didn't expect to, and wouldn't change policies to make the ALP more effective. Shorten can change leaders as easily as his mind, just can't see the point in changing *anything* because the voters expect the ALP to be incompetent and dangerous and that is what the voters voted for if they voted ALP. Some of the ALP's most effective ministers were in fact journalists paid to be independent. While they could always be relied on to spread the meme most favourable to the ALP, they are now confused by conservative policy and don't know how to evaluate the performance of the first fifty days, but believe the ALP were right to jump over a cliff for the NBN, AGW belief, mining tax and general murderous incompetence. The new ALP deputy believes she is a woman, when she once believed she was as good as any man. Penny Wong now believes that debt is bad for government. Conroy now believes that the NBN was badly conceived but the press should be restricted from reporting it. Nick Champion voted with Greens on every issue before the election, and would be still, but the ALP lost and he now says it was not such a good idea to be linked with Greens. Roxon agreed that Rudd was a bastard and should never have been leader, although he had had her full support as PM. 
Bad ALP administration has resulted in corruption of academic progress in schooling. Not merely the calls to lie about global warming and bush fires from senior administration, but the very act of teaching and learning reading has been corrupted by a fad. Average and exceptional children with excellent home support may progress normally with whole word reading, but there is a substantial number of children who don't, and they need a technique for attacking words which current educational standards don't cater for, as evidenced by the substantial number of children graduating from high school illiterate .. unable to write a sentence, or a letter, or read an administrative form requiring their birthdate and signature. Of course, abysmal left wing preaching permeates the courses in all key learning areas. 
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Maxine StaufferSophie MirabellaHelen Le and Duncan Rowland Born on the same day, across the years, along with
921 – Emperor Shizong of (Later) Zhou (d. 959)
1703 – Johann Gottlieb Graun, German violinist and composer (d. 1771)
1782 – Niccolò Paganini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1840)
1811 – Isaac Singer, American businessman, founded the Singer Corporation (d. 1875)
1858 – Theodore Roosevelt, American politician, 26th President of the United StatesNobel Prize laureate (d. 1919)
1932 – Sylvia Plath, American poet (d. 1963)
1939 – John Cleese, English actor, screenwriter, and producer
1952 – Roberto Benigni, Italian actor, screenwriter, and director
1953 – Peter Firth, English actor
1964 – Mark Taylor, Australian cricketer
1978 – Vanessa-Mae, Singaporean-English violinist
1986 – David Warner, Australian cricketer
1999 – Haruka Kudo, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
Matches
312 – Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross.
1806 – The French Army enters Berlin, following the Battle of Jena.
1810 – United States annexes the former Spanish colony of West Florida.
1838 – Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.
1904 – The first underground New York City Subway line opens; the system becomes the biggest in United States, and one of the biggest in world.
1914 – World War I: The British super-dreadnought battleship HMS Audacious (23,400 tons), is sunk off Tory Island, north-west ofIreland, by a minefield laid by the armed German merchant-cruiser Berlin.
1936 – Mrs Wallis Simpson files for divorce which would eventually allow her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, thus forcing his abdication from the throne.
1964 – Ronald Reagan delivers a speech on behalf of Republican candidate for president, Barry Goldwater. The speech launched his political career and came to be known as "A Time for Choosing".
Despatches
939 – Æthelstan, English king (b. 895)
1430 – Vytautas, Lithuanian ruler (b. 1350)
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Labor’s honesty epidemic is a crisis that’s worth having

Piers Akerman – Sunday, October 27, 2013 (12:14am)

LABOR’S transformation into Opposition has brought about a most welcome, if astonishing, outbreak of honesty.
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Kids who read don’t light fires

Miranda Devine – Sunday, October 27, 2013 (12:17am)

IT’S not making excuses, but there’s a good chance that the juveniles who allegedly lit the fires that engulfed NSW last week have problems with reading.
The best predictor of juvenile delinquency is illiteracy. Being unable to read means you are disenfranchised from society and condemned to a life on the margins. Little wonder, with illiteracy entrenched among Australian youth, we are seeing angry youngsters who express their rage with a match - or, more often, by quietly committing suicide or spiralling into drug addiction. It is a problem that has vexed Rev Bill Crews since he first started burying the street kids who turned to his Ashfield Uniting Church for help in the 1990s. The common denominator was all had endured seven years of primary school without learning to read. Once they reached high school, they were lost.
If there is one way the state can make a difference in people’s lives, irrespective of parental quality, it is by providing a good education. And the most important component of a good education is learning to read. From that, everything else flows.
Yet our education establishment continues wilfully to obstruct the systematic, phonics-based approach that all evidence has proved is the best way to teach children to read.
There is a pretence that phonics is incorporated into the system but it is the same lip service authorities give to bushfire hazard reduction. A little bit here and there which amounts to a pile of nothing.
Just as green ideology is behind the reluctance to prevent bushfires in the only way known to man so, too, is ideology behind the resistance against the teaching of phonics. How ideology infected reading instruction is explained in a brilliant new paper by researchers Jennifer Buckingham, Kevin Wheldall and Robyn Beaman Wheldall for the Centre for Independent Studies: “Why Jaydon can’t read: the triumph of ideology over evidence in teaching reading”.
Billions of dollars have been spent in the last decade on remedial literacy programs in schools with zero improvement. The myth of Labor’s Gonski reforms, endorsed by the Abbott Government, is that huge amounts of taxpayer money will magically fix the problem. But evidence says otherwise.
Spending on schools increased by more than 40 per cent, with the result the reading skills of Australia’s Year 4 students were the worst of every English-speaking country tested in last year’s Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).
One quarter of these children of Labor’s “education revolution” were unable to read at the minimum standard for their age group.
Yet, Buckingham says, “with exemplary teaching … more students can achieve higher levels of reading achievement and fewer will fail to learn to read, irrespective of family background. (But) too many children are not receiving exemplary instruction.”
What works is “a highly structured, sequential and explicit method that teaches (children) how to construct words from the smallest language ‘building blocks’ of letters and letter combinations, and their corresponding sounds,” she says.
But an almost “religious” rejection of this approach emerged in universities and teacher training institutions in the freewheeling 1970s, which held that children should not be subjected to stringent instruction because it would kill their love of learning.
Instead, by simply being exposed to books, they would pick up reading by osmosis. This so-called “whole language” approach encourages children to guess words and ­rewards them for effort, rather than accuracy.
The problem is only about a third of children will learn this way, according to Wheldall. One third will need extra help and another third (especially boys) never will learn, regardless of intelligence.
Despite conclusive evidence it doesn’t work, “the whole language approach has dominated the teaching of reading in Australian schools over the last 30 years …” Reform of teacher education is a start, Buckingham says, urging compulsory effective-reading instruction.
Education ministers seem fixated with refurbishing buildings and erecting school halls. But get reading right and it wouldn’t matter if children were taught in a grass hut.

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AL GORE IS NOT A CARP

Tim Blair – Sunday, October 27, 2013 (2:39am)

A fun exchange with Georgina Dent on Sky’s Friday Live, after Al Gore was named in the program’s “snakes and ladders” segment: 
Georgina: “Look, I wouldn’t put him in the snake category. I think that …”
Tim: “Lower?”
Georgina: “… I’m with him, that it’s fine to …”
Tim: “Some kinda carp?”
Georgina: “ … to back this up, that we have always had bushfires …”
Tim: “Some kinda speech-capable bacteria?”
Georgina: “ … that happen, and there is scientific evidence that it is because of rising temperatures.” 
I can’t find a clip of our chat on Sky, but it’s worth seeing for Georgina’s determination to make her point despite persistent heckling.

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TAKE ACTION

Tim Blair – Sunday, October 27, 2013 (2:34am)

Fine words from the Prime Minister
“Let’s be under no illusions the carbon tax was socialism masquerading as environmentalism,” he said.
“That’s what the carbon tax was.” 
Quite so. Meanwhile, warmy Bernard Keane asks the kids to rise up: 
Our youth are entitled to wonder whether, in the absence of genuine political action, they should take some direct action of their own. Action to shut down the loaders and ports that export coal. Action to shut down coal-fired power plants. Actions to shut down the electricity-greedy industries we prop up, like aluminium smelting. Such action will be expensive, and damaging, and inequitable, and dangerous … 
… and, if it knocks out Victoria’s coal-based electricity system, it will shut down Crikey and we won’t be able to read Bernard Keane. Storm those power stations, children! 

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LIFE IMITATES PJ

Tim Blair – Sunday, October 27, 2013 (2:19am)

Author PJ O’Rouke in 1979: 
You have to get a car that handles really well. This is extremely important, and there’s a lot of debate on this subject – about what kind of car handles best. Some say a front-engined car; some say a rear-engined car. I say a rented car. Nothing handles better than a rented car. You can go faster, turn corners sharper, and put the transmission into reverse while going forward at a higher rate of speed in a rented car than in any other kind. 
V8 Supercar driver Russell Ingall following his fifth place in yesterday’s Gold Coast 600: 
Drove it like a rental car. 

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Snow last year, fires this. Guess which is “global warming”?

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (2:55pm)

Blue Mountains, October 2012 - and snow.



The ABC does not mention global warming once:

The Bureau of Meteorology says snow falls have occurred right along the Great Dividing Range and as far north as Queensland’s Granite Belt…
The bureau says the unseasonal weather has been caused by a low-pressure system which is expected to move north throughout Friday.
Blue Mountains, October 2013 and fires blaze in a heat wave:



This time the ABC mentions global warming again and again and again:

EMMA ALBERICI: Now, the former Rural Fire Service Commissioner Phil Koperberg says the fire in the Blue Mountains isn’t the worst we’ve seen, but it’s certainly the first time bushfires of this magnitude have happened in October… Are bushfires in October part of the pattern of extreme weather events noted in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?
DAVID BOWMAN: ... So, circumstantially, this is very worrying because it is consistent with the climate change signal.
(Thanks to reader Simon.) 

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Abbott just as women-friendly as Insiders

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (2:45pm)

Reader Peter spots a symmetry:
Guests on Insiders since the election: 24


Female: 4
Percentage of women as guests since election: 16.6 per cent



Individuals in Abbott’s Ministry (not including parliamentary secretaries): 30
Female: 5 Percentage of women in the Abbott Ministry : 16.6 per cent 

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Steffen was all for googling until Greg Hunt did it

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (2:29pm)

When Environment Minister Greg Hunt mentioned he’d checked Wikipedia ”just to see what the rest of the world thought” about our bushfires, green activists pounced and pretended Hunt himself used Wikipedia for research on global warming. He was verballed and selectively quoted for political purposes.
One of those grabbing the chance to monster Hunt was Professor Will, of Tim Flannery’s Climate Council. Now watch the video.
In 2007, Steffen tells his class he Googles for his research and invites artists to inform us about environmental issues.
In 2013 he damns Wikipedia and tells us to listen only to the true experts - meaning people just like him. Google guy.
(Thanks to reader Stuart.) 

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SBS: Sex Broadcasting Service

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (8:42am)

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SBS explains why taxpayers give it more than $200 million a year:

SBS was founded on the belief that all Australians, regardless of geography, age, cultural background or language skills should have access to high quality, independent, culturally-relevant Australian media.
The multiple language programs available through SBS Television, Radio and Online ensure that all Australians, including the estimated three million Australians who speak a language other than English in their homes, are able to share in the experiences of others, and participate in public life
Public life or pubic life?

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(Thanks to reader Dan.) 

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Labor MP: deals with Greens don’t work

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (6:01am)

I don’t think Tasmanian Labor backbencher Brenton Best is wrong:

[Premier Lara] Giddings recently stated she would consider continuing with power sharing [with the Greens], if necessary, after the election in March next year.
It was the last straw for Mr Best… The MP reiterated to the ABC that it was time for her to go.
“This arrangement’s not working. It’s upsetting the average person on the street ... the truth is I think it’s time to move on and I don’t think we should do this again - it’s been a failed experiment,” he said…

“I was disappointed when it was announced that we were all in lockstep behind the Greens if there was the chance of minority government in March next year and I don’t support that.
“I think if my colleagues were able to reflect on it and they were given the choice in March next year they wouldn’t be supporting an arrangement with the Greens again - it doesn’t work.
(Thanks to reader Correllio.) 

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How the UN picks its “scientists”

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (5:52am)

The United Nations demonstrates again that politics and ideology count for far more than real science. From Lubos Motl:

Six days ago, the UN boss Ban Ki-moon announced 26 members of a Scientific Advisory Board for the U.N. that will be hosted by UNESCO: 
UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board to strengthen connection between science and policy
I learned about this news story because Fabiola Gianotti, the former spokeswoman for the ATLAS collaboration at CERN (who led the discovery of the Higgs boson), is one of the 26 folks who were appointed – one of the 3-4 “real top scientists” in the board.
Otherwise I must say that the selection underscores the world organization’s political and ideological distortion of the scientific process. You would expect that if scientists are advising the world organization, they should be representative of the scientific community, kind of.
However, you don’t need to look too carefully if you want to see how the members of the board were actually being identified.
First of all, either 14/26 or 13/26 of the members are female. Nothing against that but this – clearly politically correct – proportion has nothing to do with the actual composition of the scientific community which is vastly different, closer to 1/6 than to 1/2.
Second, the nationality of the members is extremely far from the distribution quantifying where science (and most of science) is actually being developed at the beginning of the 21st century. Just look at the homelands of the 26 members:


South Africa, U.S., Barbados, Philippines, Australia, Oman, Ethiopia, Russia, Italy, China, Germany, Bulgaria, Argentina, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Brazil, India, U.S., Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, France, Kenya, Israel, Malaysia, Egypt.
Well, this distribution may reflect the number of votes that countries have in the UN but as a collection of representatives of the world science, it is just silly. The U.S. will have two people in the board; one of them is female and one of them is an (Asian) Indian American. But the actual percentage of science that is being advanced in the U.S. is closer to 1/2 than to 1/13…
The disciplines of the scientists are heavily distorted, too. About 1/2 of the members are involved or marginally involved with various types of environmental, ecological, climatic, “sustainable”, or biodiversity activism. This gives a huge overrepresentation to this class of folks whose net contribution to science is safely lower than 1/10, much less than 1/2 indicated by the composition of the board.
Explains a bit about the UN’s IPCC, too…
(Thanks to reader mobihci.) 

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Abbott preaches warming scepticism to US

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (5:46am)

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is revealing his inner climate sceptic nicely - this time to the Washington Post for Americans to mull over, too:
Mr Abbott also told Americans the arguments around climate change had become too “theological” - Australia had had fires and floods since the beginning of time.
“We’ve had much bigger floods and fires than the ones we’ve recently experienced. You can hardly say they were the result of anthropic global warming,’’ he said.
“This argument has become far too theological for anyone’s good. I accept that climate change is a reality. And I support policies that will be effective in reducing emissions, but I do think there is too much climate-change alarmism.”
Portraying climate change as a theology for many believers is absolutely correct. 

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Who’d know? People smugglers or Fairfax reporter?

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (5:32am)

Hmm, who to believe? Fairfax, which credits Labor for the fall the boat arrivals, or the people smugglers who blame Tony Abbott?

‘’Tony Abbott makes a beeline in my arse,’’ says people smuggler Reza Kord on a secretly recorded phone call recently.
It’s a particularly rude piece of idiom in the Farsi language, apparently, but just one of the unkind things being said about the new Australian Prime Minister among people smugglers and asylum seekers in Indonesia.
If Australia’s aim was, in Julia Gillard’s words, to ‘’smash the people smugglers’ business model’’, then the recent policy changes have done the job…
In Cisarua, it’s Abbott copping the blame.
‘’All Australian prime ministers have been chosen for two terms,’’ one people smuggler was recorded saying recently. ‘’Two terms means six years. Without any doubt, for six years, Australia’s door will be shut for asylum seekers.’’
The irony here is that it’s not Abbott’s policies, but Kevin Rudd’s uncompromising final stand - the Papua New Guinea and Nauru options - as well as Indonesia’s decision (under pressure from Labor) to stop Iranians using visas-on-arrival to get to Indonesia, that have stopped the people traffic in its tracks.
So, why is Abbott being accused of making the beeline? Because his tough talk - known in the finance industry as ‘’jawboning’’ - has almost fully convinced the people smugglers and their customers that this time Australia means it.   

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Fairfax digs deep in past to find Liberal expenses

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (5:24am)

It’s odd that Fairfax’s manic pursuit of the expenses “scandal” concentrates almost exclusively on Liberals, and is now so short of material that it goes after Liberals who were ministers in a government that ended six years ago:
Senior figures in the Abbott government were among those who enjoyed ‘’free’’ travel on VIP military aircraft to fly to Canberra for parliamentary sitting weeks, amassing a taxpayer bill of more than $2 million, Defence Department records reveal.
Former ministers in the Howard government including Peter Costello, Nick Minchin and Amanda Vanstone used ‘’special purpose’’ VIP military flights to commute to Canberra with private staff members, despite having unlimited business-class air travel with Qantas as part of their ministerial perks.
Not a word about Labor ministers and members of far more recent history. Is that because they are pure, or would Fairfax need to open its other eye?
UPDATE
Remember these travel rorts or goof offs of Labor Ministers?
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Apologies, I missed this line:

Beyond prime ministerial travel - including then acting prime minister Wayne Swan’s trip to the 2010 NRL and AFL grand finals - Fairfax Media could not find systemic use of VIP jets by Labor MPs during the Rudd and Gillard governments.

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Abbott unleashes

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (5:10am)

After 50 days of buckling down to work, the Abbott Government is on the political attack.
First yesterday:

Mr Abbott said [Labor under Bill Shorten] could help abolish the carbon tax… “That’s what people will be thinking every time their power bill comes in until the carbon tax goes - that’s Electricity Bill who’s responsible,” Mr Abbott said…
Now this:
KEVIN Rudd will be ordered to reveal the secrets of his deadly home insulation program before a judicial inquiry to be commissioned by the Abbott Government.
Draft terms of reference exclusively obtained by The Sunday Mail reveal the judicial commission will demand answers of the top echelons of the former Rudd government.
Matthew Fuller, Rueben Barnes, Mitchell Sweeney and Marcus Wilson died between 2009 and 2010 while installing insulation in the former government’s rush to save the economy after the global financial crisis.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt, who has previously called for Mr Rudd to release all correspondence between him and his ministers, wants the report finalised by June 30 next year. He also wants evidence given publicly and not behind closed doors.
And for dessert, Abbott attacks Labor in an interview with the Washington Post:

“Welcome to the wonderful, wacko world of the former government,” he said.
“I thought it was the most incompetent and untrustworthy government in modern Australian history.”
Asked to expand on his argument, Mr Abbott said the former government made a whole lot of commitments, “which they scandalously failed to honour”.
“They did a lot of things that were scandalously wasteful and the actual conduct of government was a circus.
“They were untrustworthy in terms of the carbon tax. They were incompetent in terms of the national broadband network,” he said.  

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Keane’s child soldiers

Andrew Bolt October 27 2013 (4:51am)

Crikey’s Bernard Keane urges children to do his dangerous fighting for him:
In a world governed by Rudds and Abbotts and Hunts, in which a functional carbon pricing scheme will actually be removed and replaced with a nonsensical scheme even the creators of which know is a joke, our youth are entitled to wonder whether, in the absence of genuine political action, they should take some direct action of their own. Action to shut down the loaders and ports that export coal. Action to shut down coal-fired power plants. Actions to shut down the electricity-greedy industries we prop up, like aluminium smelting. Such action will be expensive, and damaging, and inequitable, and dangerous....
Keane is encouraging children to break the law and cause economic damage to others. He is licencing them to shut down a $40 billion a year export industry, and never mind the savage consequences to workers or the will of the majority of their citizens. He is urging them to hurt other people with illegal activity he knows is “inequitable and dangerous” - and which he should also know will actually make not a blind bit of difference to world temperatures, anyway.
Oh, and he wants all this done by “our youth”. Keane himself will stay at home.
Alarmist, vandal ... and hypocrite. 

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The unvieling of the official William Jefferson Clinton presidential portrait (HL)


The Lewinsky Legacy lives on forever and ever.>

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Obsessed with #wholefoodshouse #organics#susperstore #amazing — at Wholefoods House.
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TEST YOUR CRITICAL THINKING
There is a very, very tall coconut tree and there are 4 animals, a Lion, a Chimpanzee, a Giraffe, and a Squirrel, who pass by.

They decide to compete to see who is the fastest to get a banana off the tree.

Who do you guess will win?

Your answer will reflect your personality.
So think carefully…
Try and answer within 30 seconds !!!
Got your answer?
Now scroll down to see the analysis...
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If your answer is:

Lion = you’re dull.

Chimpanzee = you’re a moron.

Giraffe = you’re a complete idiot.

Squirrel = you’re just hopelessly stupid.

*Note

A COCONUT TREE DOESN’T HAVE BANANAS.
Obviously you’re stressed and overworked.
You should take some time off and relax!
Try again next year.!

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I chose lion .. reasoning that the others would surrender any banana to survive .. dull, but effective - ed
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He has taken enough drugs to see things others don't. - ed
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"The mind is the attribute of man. When man is born, he comes into existence with only one weapon with him- The reasoning mind." | The Fountainhead
.. the brain grows on you - ed
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not a great distance between winning and losing, and yet a gulf. Evidenced by Iron Man Tony Stark. - ed
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Pastor Rick Warren

Attraction is easy. Love is hard. Love is hard because it’s the opposite of our natural selfishness. It’s putting others’ needs before my own. (Great Photo by James Stilley)
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Miranda Kerr
Good morning Friends! 
Miranda Kerr For #grazia #magazine 
The article name is: Miranda kerr Australia's Wonder woman #fashion #shoot #mirandaphotos
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Memorial to the grounding of Soviet submarine S-363 (U 137)

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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house."
Haggai 1:9
Churlish souls stint their contributions to the ministry and missionary operations, and call such saving good economy; little do they dream that they are thus impoverishing themselves. Their excuse is that they must care for their own families, and they forget that to neglect the house of God is the sure way to bring ruin upon their own houses. Our God has a method in providence by which he can succeed our endeavours beyond our expectation, or can defeat our plans to our confusion and dismay; by a turn of his hand he can steer our vessel in a profitable channel, or run it aground in poverty and bankruptcy. It is the teaching of Scripture that the Lord enriches the liberal and leaves the miserly to find out that withholding tendeth to poverty. In a very wide sphere of observation, I have noticed that the most generous Christians of my acquaintance have been always the most happy, and almost invariably the most prosperous. I have seen the liberal giver rise to wealth of which he never dreamed; and I have as often seen the mean, ungenerous churl descend to poverty by the very parsimony by which he thought to rise. Men trust good stewards with larger and larger sums, and so it frequently is with the Lord; he gives by cartloads to those who give by bushels. Where wealth is not bestowed the Lord makes the little much by the contentment which the sanctified heart feels in a portion of which the tithe has been dedicated to the Lord. Selfishness looks first at home, but godliness seeks first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, yet in the long run selfishness is loss, and godliness is great gain. It needs faith to act towards our God with an open hand, but surely he deserves it of us; and all that we can do is a very poor acknowledgment of our amazing indebtedness to his goodness.

Evening

"All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again."
Ecclesiastes 1:7
Everything sublunary is on the move, time knows nothing of rest. The solid earth is a rolling ball, and the great sun himself a star obediently fulfilling its course around some greater luminary. Tides move the sea, winds stir the airy ocean, friction wears the rock: change and death rule everywhere. The sea is not a miser's storehouse for a wealth of waters, for as by one force the waters flow into it, by another they are lifted from it. Men are born but to die: everything is hurry, worry, and vexation of spirit. Friend of the unchanging Jesus, what a joy it is to reflect upon thy changeless heritage; thy sea of bliss which will be forever full, since God himself shall pour eternal rivers of pleasure into it. We seek an abiding city beyond the skies, and we shall not be disappointed. The passage before us may well teach us gratitude. Father Ocean is a great receiver, but he is a generous distributor. What the rivers bring him he returns to the earth in the form of clouds and rain. That man is out of joint with the universe who takes all but makes no return. To give to others is but sowing seed for ourselves. He who is so good a steward as to be willing to use his substance for his Lord, shall be entrusted with more. Friend of Jesus, art thou rendering to him according to the benefit received? Much has been given thee, what is thy fruit? Hast thou done all? Canst thou not do more? To be selfish is to be wicked. Suppose the ocean gave up none of its watery treasure, it would bring ruin upon our race. God forbid that any of us should follow the ungenerous and destructive policy of living unto ourselves. Jesus pleased not himself. All fulness dwells in him, but of his fulness have all we received. O for Jesus' spirit, that henceforth we may live not unto ourselves!
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Today's reading: Jeremiah 9-11, 1 Timothy 6 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 9-11

1 Oh, that my head were a spring of water
and my eyes a fountain of tears!
I would weep day and night
for the slain of my people.
2 Oh, that I had in the desert
a lodging place for travelers,
so that I might leave my people
and go away from them;
for they are all adulterers,
a crowd of unfaithful people.
3 “They make ready their tongue
like a bow, to shoot lies;
it is not by truth
that they triumph in the land.
They go from one sin to another;
they do not acknowledge me,” declares the LORD.
4 “Beware of your friends;
do not trust anyone in your clan.
For every one of them is a deceiver,
and every friend a slanderer.
5 Friend deceives friend,
and no one speaks the truth.
They have taught their tongues to lie;
they weary themselves with sinning.
You live in the midst of deception;
in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,” declares the LORD....

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Timothy 6

1 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.
False Teachers and the Love of Money
These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs....
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Iddo

[Ĭd'dō] - affectionate, festal, favoriteor his power.
  1. Father of Ahinadab, and one of Solomon's purveyors at Mahanaim (1 Kings 4:14).
  2. A descendant of Gershom, son of Levi (1 Chron. 6:21). Called Adaiah, and ancestor of Asaph the seer (1 Chron. 6:41).
  3. A son of Zechariah and a chief in David's time of the half tribe of Manasseh east of Jordan (1 Chron. 27:21).
  4. A seer who denounced the wrath of God against Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and who wrote a book of visions (2 Chron. 9:29; 12:15; 13:22).
  5. Grandfather of the prophet Zechariah (Ezra 5:1; 6:14; Zech 1:1).
  6. A priest who returned from Babylon (Neh. 12:4, 16).
  7. The chief at Casiphia through whom Ezra obtained help. He was a Nethinim (Ezra 8:17).
  8. A man who put away his foreign wife (Ezra 10:43). Jadau is a corruption of Iddo.
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October 26, 2011
Getting to the Root of the Problem
Today's Truth
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man (or woman) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV).
Friend to Friend
Several years ago I owned a car that continually overheated. The first time I saw the little red needle pointing to the big H on the dashboard, I assumed it meant the car was hot. It was in the middle of August and frankly, I was hot too, so I wasn't terribly alarmed. I decided to mosey on down to the dealership about twelve miles away to have it checked out. Big mistake.
After about a minute or so, steam began billowing from under the hood, the engine began knocking angrily, and the little engine that could, decided it couldn't any longer. It died in the middle of a busy intersection on a Friday afternoon in 5:00 traffic. The car was towed to the dealership where the mechanic delivered the unfortunate news.
"Mrs. Jaynes, you see that needle that is pointing to the 'H'?" the repairman asked. "That means that the engine is runnin' hot. When you see that, you've got to stop right away. Since you kept goin', you burned up your engine. It's a goner. You'll have to get a new one."
"That sounds expensive," I moaned.
"Oh, it'll be about four thousand dollars," he answered, while continuing to poke around under the hood.
Four thousand dollars! And all because I didn't stop the car when it overheated...all because I didn't heed the warning signs. It was a painful and costly lesson.
The mechanic installed a new engine. You can imagine my alarm when I noticed that little red needle pointing to H a few weeks later. This time, I stopped right away. Once again, my car was towed to the dealership. Once again, they made adjustments, gave reassurances, and sent me on my way.
Over the following weeks, my car overheated three times. Each time, it was towed to the shop and the mechanic made adjustments. Finally, I said, "No more." I got rid of the car.
The trouble was, the mechanic never fixed the cause of the problem, but only tinkered with the symptoms. He fixed first one thing and then another, but never got to the root of the problem to find out why the car was overheating in the first place.
How like us. We continue to tinker, fixing one flaw and then another, but never getting to the root of the problem. Many times when reading the Bible, we want the "how to-s" without the "why for-s." In this age of instant messaging, instant food, and microwave cooking, we want a quick fix without understanding the deep truths of Scripture. We say, "Just tell me what to do and I'll do it." "Give me a ten-step program and I'll check off the steps one by one." But in order to experience lasting change - we must begin with ultimate truth.
When we dig deep into Scripture, we discover the root cause of our problems and God's amazing solutions.
Let's Pray
Dear Lord, I have been tinkering with my problems long enough. My hot button has gone off more times than I care to admit. Would you please show me the root cause of this problem? You are the Heavenly mechanic and my engine is in need of repair. I open my hood (heart) to You and pray that you will help me run like a well-Holy Spirit - oiled machine.
In Jesus' Name,
Amen.
Now It's Your Turn
When is the last time your emotion meter hit H for Hot?
What was the problem?
Now look at your answer. Did you blame it on someone else? If so, you are tinkering, tinkering, tinkering. (I love you, girlfriend.)
Think...pray...now answer the question again. What was the problem?
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October 26, 2011
What's Wrong with Me?
Renee Swope
"And he said, 'Who told you that you were naked?...'"Genesis 3:11a (NIV)
Do you ever ask yourself: What's wrong with me?
One day I noticed how many times I do. When I lose my keys, when I'm mean to my husband, when I don't keep a commitment, when I'm late for a meeting, when I yell at my kids, when I forget to do something important-the list goes on.
It dawned on me that every time I asked, "What's wrong with me?" I was actually telling myself something was wrong with me. Then I would try to figure out my elusive fault so I could change it.
I realized what I needed to change was the way I talked to myself. I didn't want to keep convincing myself something was wrong with me every time I asked, What is wrong with me?
That's not what God wants us doing to ourselves. However, we have an enemy who loves to cast the shadow of self-doubt over us. He tries to get us to focus on all that is wrong with us (real or perceived), instead of anything that is right with us.
Scripture tells us that when Satan lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). The word lie means a falsehood with theintent to deceive. Satan intends to deceive our hearts by getting us to take our eyes off of who we are in Christ and focus on our flaws-then spend our days figuring out how we can hide them.
One of his goals is to get us to believe lies that leave us feeling inadequate and unsure of ourselves. It's just what he did with Eve in the garden. In fact, I wonder if Eve might have thought, What's wrong with me? when she became aware of her inadequacy.
Then the eyes of both [Adam and Eve] were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden...and they hid from the LORD God...But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"
He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." (Gen. 3:7-10, NIV 1984)
In verse 11 God responds with a question, asking Adam who told them they were naked. In other words, "Who told you that something is wrong with you?" By asking this, God acknowledged there was someone casting shame on them-and it wasn't Him.
I believe He wanted them to be aware of their enemy who was whispering lies into their hearts, causing them to move away from Him and from each other. God also wants us to be aware that we have an enemy who is constantly trying to convince us that we're inadequate and that something is wrong with us.
Sadly, we often go along with Satan's lies and live like they are true. Rarely do we stop to ask, "Who is saying these things? Who is causing me to doubt myself? Is it me? Is there something from my past that led me to believe this? Or is it the enemy of my soul disguising his voice as my own?"
But we can change that today. First, we need to realize Satan's schemes are the same for us as they were for Eve. Second, we need to determine we are not going to keep falling into his traps. Instead we can refute his lies and accusations with truth. If we have put our trust in Christ as our Savior, we can stand on these promises:
• When we feel defeated, God says, "In all these things [you] are more than [a conqueror] through him who loved [you]..." (Rom. 8:37, NIV)
• When we feel worthless, God says, "You are precious and honored in my sight, and . . . I love you." (Isa. 43:4, NIV)
• When we feel inadequate, God says, "'You are my witnesses,' declares the LORD, 'and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.'" (Isa. 43:10, NIV)
Lord, help me recognize the enemy's accusations and my own self-doubts. Please remind me of Your unconditional love and help me turn away from the lies so I can listen to and live in Your Truth! In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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This devotion is taken in part from chapter 6, "When Doubt Whispers, 'You're Not Good Enough'" in Renee Swope's book: A Confident Heart. To find out more or order your copy, click here.
Visit Renee's website for a link to download these promises and more to print and carry with you. Also, enter to win a copy of A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Live in the Security of God's Promises.
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Application Steps:
When you have thoughts of doubt or self-criticism, instead of assuming something is wrong with you, turn towards the One who created you and say: "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14 (NIV 1984)
Reflections:
When I feel like I've messed up, do I turn to God for His thoughts about me, or do I beat myself up with my own critical words? Would I talk to someone else the way I talk to myself?
Power Verses:
Psalm 138:8, "The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever-do not abandon the works of your hands." (NIV 1984)
© 2011 by Renee Swope. All rights reserved.
Proverbs 31 Ministries
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Sermon on the Mount: A model prayer and some perplexing advice

Today's reading: Matthew 6
Matthew 6:33 "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Matthew 6, a continuation of the Sermon on the Mount, contains the Lord's Prayer, perhaps the most famous prayer of all time. This model prayer by Jesus captures well the message of the kingdom: "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). Jesus seeks to bring the two worlds together, and the Sermon on the Mount explains how.
At first glance, some of Jesus' advice may seem downright foolish: Give to everyone who asks, love your enemies, turn the other cheek, grant interest-free loans, don't worry about clothes or food. Can such idealism ever work in the "real," or visible, world? That is precisely Jesus' point: Break your obsession with safety, security, thriftiness, self-righteousness. Depend instead on the Father, letting God take care of the personal injustices that come your way, trusting God to look after your daily needs. In a nutshell, the message of the kingdom is this: Live for God rather than for yourself.
The message applies to rewards as well. Most of us look to friends and colleagues for our rewards: a slap on the back, a raise, applause, a generous compliment. According to Jesus, far more important rewards will come in God's heavenly kingdom. Therefore, the most significant acts may be carried out in secret, seen and rewarded by no one but God.
Future Savings Account
As Jesus explains it, we are accumulating a kind of savings account, storing up treasures in heaven rather than on Earth-treasures great enough to pay back any amount of suffering in this life (see Matthew 6:19). The Old Testament has dropped a few scant hints about an afterlife, but Jesus speaks plainly about a place where "the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father" (Matthew 13:43).
In their quest for a kingdom, the Jews of Jesus' day have been looking for signs of God's approval in this life, primarily through prosperity and political power. Beginning with this speech, Jesus changes the focus to the life to come. He discounts success in this visible world. Invest in the future life, he cautions; for rust, a burglar or even an insect can destroy all the accumulated things of this present one.

Life Question

  • Among the people you know, who best puts these principles into practice?
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At Issue - Obedience

Today's reading: Genesis 6:22
Noah did everything exactly the way God told him. Can the same be said of you? If you're honest ... probably not. But do you want it to be true? Do you love and respect God enough that you genuinely want to obey him 100 percent? Let's assume that you do-but you find it's easier said than done. Don't get discouraged. Remember that God has an endless supply of mercy and forgiveness. Confess your failure to him, and know that he will forgive you and give you the grace to try again ... and again ... and again. Just don't give up!
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