Saturday, November 09, 2013

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I am begging the PM of Australia, Mr Tony Abbott  or the Premier of NSW, Mr Barry O'Farrell  to come visit my unit, or send a delegate, soon. I have a claim on the PM's office. Gillard promised to address my issues through channel 7's Sunrise in '07. When she was campaigning in '10, she was escorted by my opponent Jason Clare. Gillard turned to election cameras and spoke of the dignity of work. It could have been a coded message to me. Clare has failed to represent me in parliament, and did not even campaign in '10, by arrangement with local press. I was campaigning on a social justice issue the press declined to report. I have claim on the Premier of NSW's office. A former school friend of mine who worked for some of the most corrupt ALP ministers was part of the office of Premier in '05 when he bragged to me he had written the 2004 NSW Teacher's Code of Conduct which was misused as an instrument to abuse me in '06. The office of NSW Premier has never accounted for its corrupt activity regarding me, parachuting a public servant into a mid level management position to target me for abuse.
I am begging for the visit now, because I am losing things, extraordinary things, and there will never again be an opportunity to acknowledge the loss. 
I have a copy of Gladman's "Control and Teaching." It has pencilled in the front the name JP Rogers, a Principal of Sydney Boys High for some decades in the early 20th century. The book was a textbook given to beginning teachers in the nineteenth century and used in the early to mid twentieth century. A class teacher was given the book, and a class and instructed to teach. It is likely this was Roger's copy. 
I have a copy of Todhunter's "Trigonometry" from 1865. Trigonometry was what the British Empire used to survey India accurately before satellites. The book is probably an early Sydney University student's book. 
I have an education textbook on Motivation, edited by my father, the late Professor Samuel Ball. My dad was foundational educational evaluator of Sesame Street, as well as Pro Vice Chancellor of Sydney University and CEO of the Victorian BOS under Kennett. He wrote the original questions for Sale of the Century (actually, I think my step mum did). 
I have an early numbered copy of "Werewolves of Wynyard"a limited run print of short stories by friends on a theme of Sydney and a fantasy setting. I wrote Big Heart which incorporates elements of student life at a multi cultural suburban high school in the met south west of Sydney. Dealing with drugs and youth culture. 
If I can't give these away, I will have to throw them out. 
What has happened to me is wrong. It is something you will feel ashamed of if you fail to address it while you can. Please, find the time, or send a delegate ..  Dai Le or Zaya Toma are local councillors. 
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THE EGO OF DAVID SUZUKI

Tim Blair – Saturday, November 09, 2013 (3:42pm)

Self-importance comes with the territory when you’re a warmist. After all, you’re saving the planet. Who could be more important than you?
This elevated sense of self manifests itself in curious ways, such as Tim Flannery’s prediction of a universal belief system or his insistence that everybody is always writing about him, Will Steffen’s fear that a retired public servantwanted to shoot climate scientists and Michael Mann’s mistaken Nobel prize claim. But those three are mere junior narcissists compared to David Suzuki, who is now starring as a global climate martyr in a “powerful live theatre and public engagement project” about himself. Peter Foster reviews The Trial of David Suzuki
The event was a cross between a mock trial and a bizzaro Soviet show trial. In show trials the victim had already been condemned. In the Suzuki version, the environmental celebrity’s innocence was never in doubt.
The court’s stage set was a Kafkaesque vision in stark gun metal grey, complete with an oil barrel motif. Its most arresting feature was Mr. Suzuki’s dock, which was high above the judge’s bench, making clear who was in charge. 
Check out the promo shot for Suzuki’s epic act of indulgence: 

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Of course, the notion that Suzuki or any other warmist will ever be tried is ridiculous. A craving for heroic victimhoodleads these people to strange places. Foster concludes: 
The real lesson of this mockery of a mock trial was what it said about the objectivity and openness of Suzuki nation. They reach consensus by having conversations in echo chambers. They try themselves, certain of acquittal. They claim persecution while suggesting their opponents should be silenced. If you want to know what’s wrong with the IPCC, and why there is still no real debate over climate, the trial of David Suzuki exposed it in microcosm. 
(Via John)
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AND MOE HOWARD AS NICOLA ROXON

Tim Blair – Saturday, November 09, 2013 (2:21pm)

George Clooney as Wayne Swan! Jennifer Aniston as Tanya Plibersek! Some enthusiastic casting suggestions at theGuardian for Julia: The Movie. Meanwhile, a number of high-profile candidates are available to play Labor weepersStephen Conroy and Anthony Albanese
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SCIENCE DISTORTED

Tim Blair – Saturday, November 09, 2013 (1:52pm)

Mark Steyn notes these lines from John Howard’s excellent London speech: 
An overriding feature of the debate is the constant attempt to intimidate policy makers, in some cases successfully, with the mantras of “follow the science” and “the science is truly settled”. The purpose is to create the impression that there is really no room for argument; this is not really a public policy issue; it is one on which the experts have spoken, and we would all be quite daft to do other than follow the prescriptions, it is asserted, which flow automatically from the scientific findings.
Writing recently in Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Dr Richard S. Lindzen, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said of those with political agendas who found it useful to employ science, “This immediately involves a distortion of science at a very basic level: namely science becomes a source of authority rather than a mode of inquiry. The real utility of science stems from the latter; the political utility stems from the former.” 
Quite so.
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BATS ROTORED

Tim Blair – Saturday, November 09, 2013 (1:42pm)

“Bats contribute more than most people know to the world’s eco-systems and a healthy environment,” according tothis site. “Bats, in fact, are vital to the restoration and enrichment of our eco-systems, including rainforests and other key ecological habitats. Bats also contribute to human health and well-being by performing essential eco-services such as pollination, seed dispersal and insect control.”
Well, let’s put a stop to all that: 
More than 600,000 bats were killed in the United States last year by wind turbines, according to a new estimate.
The figure, based on a statistical analysis of rates of dead bats found close to 21 turbines, suggests that wind energy could be harmful to certain migratory species. 
It’s also a culinary crisis.
(Via J.F. Beck)
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BLOKE WHO MISSPOKE

Tim Blair – Saturday, November 09, 2013 (1:30pm)

Barack Obama, the bloke who misspoke, now apologises to Americans for his healthcare debacle. The New York Times conceals its embarrassment.
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Just one disputed vote cost Palmer a Senator

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (2:54pm)


Hard to see a High Court not ordering an election now, if true:

ABC election analyst Antony Green says the outcome of the Senate vote in Western Australia would have come down to a solitary vote…
Green says if the missing votes were to be included in the recount, the Palmer United Party… and Labor would have won the final two Senate spots and not the Greens and the Australian Sports Party.
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 
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Electricity Bill gets stamped

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (2:47pm)


Peter van Onselen on the lack of convictions of the new Opposition leader:

(T)he interesting thing about (Bill Shorten’s) passionate claim that Labor won’t be “bullied” into changing its position on carbon pricing is that change was the new Opposition Leader’s initial preference, before the shadow cabinet settled on a stance of blocking the repeal.
Shorten’s office even encouraged news reports in the press ahead of the shadow cabinet meeting to decide what Labor would do, suggesting the opposition was set to roll over on the issue. Business leaders who had met with Shorten in the weeks leading up to the shadow cabinet meeting were told in their private conversations that Labor would likely get out of the way, allowing the Prime Minister to repeal the tax.
In the end, perhaps the shadow cabinet bullied Shorten into defending an approach he doesn’t agree with...
Meanwhile Tony Abbott piles on the pressure three days before Parliament sits again - and debates the carbon tax repeal. In a speech in Western Australia he not only repeats his deadly “Electricity Bill” jibe, but adds that if Shorten keeps siding with the Greens to defend the carbon tax he’ll just be a “carbon copy of Julia Gillard”.
He likes the “carbon copy” line so much that he uses it again at his press conference.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
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Indonesia flexes muscles in boats stand-off. UPDATE: Indonesia wins

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (11:07am)


Indonesia’s nationalists are punishing Australia for claims we are spying on them by refusing to take responsibility for boat people picked up from Indonesian boats in Indonesian search-and-rescue territory:

After 24 hours of discussion over the fate of about 60 asylum-seekers taken last night from a fishing boat on to an Australian vessel, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa yesterday virtually rejected Canberra’s request to return them to Indonesia.
An even more aggressive rejection came from Indonesia’s Co-ordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Djoko Suyanto, who is responsible for top-level liaison with Canberra on people-smuggling issues.
“The Indonesian government never agreed to such wishes or policies of Australia,” General Djoko, a confidant of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, told news outlets by text message.
“Australia already has its own ‘detention centres’ in Nauru and PNG,” he wrote. “That’s where the asylum-seekers should be sent, not to Indonesia."…
The ABC reported last night that a distress call had been made from the asylum-seeker boat on Thursday morning. About three hours later, HMAS Ballarat arrived, but left after assessing that the boat was in no immediate danger. Some time later, the Ocean Protector arrived and found the asylum-seeker boat without power and stayed with it during negotiations between Canberra and Jakarta.
The Weekend Australian was told by Australian officials yesterday that an Indonesian vessel also responded to the distress call, but after examination concluded the passengers and crew did not need to be rescued....
Dr Natalegawa ...  has taken the hardest line against Australia’s alleged spying on Indonesia, in collaboration with the US, a problem that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Bali and Tony Abbott at home tried yesterday to put to rest.
Responding to the most recent allegations last weekend, the Indonesian Foreign Minister warned that his government would have to reappraise its security information exchanges with Australia, citing counter-terrorism and people smuggling.
Yesterday he played down the political linkages between the electronic espionage controversy and boatpeople issues, though not decisively. “I think we shouldn’t be linking one to the other in such a direct manner,” Dr Natalegawa said. “But we’ll take each issue on its merits."…
The shift appears to have taken the new government by surprise because in two recent incidents confirmed by Jakarta - and at least two others known to The Weekend Australian - Indonesia agreed to take back asylum-seekers rescued by Australian vessels from boats in danger of sinking.
Greg Sheridan says there’s not much Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop can do but shut up and let the storm pass:

There is absolutely nothing helpful they can say or do about Australian intelligence activities of the past. Nor can they promise the Indonesians not to do it again. Basically, they must make soothing small talk and let the incident pass.
In some respects, this plays to Abbott’s strengths as a politician. Abbott stands against the tyranny of the constant news cycle, hyper-realised in the endless inanities and unanchored, roaming hatreds of social media....
The Indonesian reaction appears at least a little excessive… So much of the Indonesian reaction is understandable. But there is a challenge to Indonesia’s leadership not to overdo it, in its own interests more than in Australia’s. It is difficult to know whether the strength of the official reaction was driven by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who may want his administration to look respectably nationalist, or by the Foreign Minister, who would like to have a high-level future after the elections next year.
The trouble is that letting the storm pass may mean giving more boat people hope that this government isn’t as tough as it seemed.
UPDATE
Fairfax newspapers help create a crisis and then blame Tony Abbott:

Once again the Abbott government has needlessly antagonised Indonesia. Attempting to return a vessel laden with asylum seekers to Indonesia at a time when the country is furious about Fairfax Media’s revelations of Australian spying activity across the archipelago was dumb.

Idiots.
On the Sydney Morning Herald goes:

Returning boats to Indonesia is hardly critical operationally to stemming the flow of asylum seekers to Australia. It is a purely political policy.
It really thinks Abbott’s resolution on turning back boats makes no difference – when in fact boat arrivals have gone from Labor’s high of two or three a day to none for nearly three weeks.
You have to despair at this level of denial.

UPDATE
Indonesia refuses to compromise and Australia loses. Immigration Minsiter Scott Morrison has ordered the navy to bring the boat people to Christmas Island.
Morrison says the Indonesians were still considering his request to take back the boat people, but he claims he decided the boat people could not wait that long.
Now to see what damage this will do to the Government’s deterrence of boat people. 
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The Bolt Report tomorrow

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (10:37am)


On The Bolt Report tomorrow - Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm.

With Christopher Pyne, John Roskam and former Labor Senator John Black.
And the rudest tweet of the week.

The twitter feed.
The place the videos appear.  
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No time to waste. Cut now

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (10:28am)


Action now, please:

JOE Hockey admitted that Australia faces a “growth challenge” over the next two years as the Reserve Bank warned the downturn in mining investment would be more severe than expected.
Slowing economic growth will intensify pressure on the government to come up with additional budget savings, with the Treasurer saying rising health, education and social welfare costs will have to be contained.
The Reserve Bank does not expect any improvement in economic growth for at least a year and, in its latest quarterly review, has slashed its forecasts to June 2015 by 0.5 percentage points because of the combined impact of the mining downturn, budget spending cuts and the high value of the dollar.
Why hasn’t the Productivity Commission already been asked to check the uselessness of the Renewable Energy Target that’s helping to drive up power prices? 
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Abbott ends Fairfax’s struggling travel rorts campaign

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (10:09am)


The Fairfax media claims it’s whipped up “massive public pressure” with its beat-ups about MP travel rorts.
Yeah, right.
True, as I’ve noted before, including in my interview with Tony Abbott, some of the expenses unveiled were highly dubious, and better disclosure was needed to shame MPs into behaving.
But it’s striking how few such claims - and how trivial - the Fairfax campaign uncovered in many weeks of digging, and how determined it was to focus on conservative MPs rather than Labor.
Now, with the well all but dry, Abbott now gives the papers an excuse to declare victory and go home:
The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, will cave into massive public pressure today and set tough new rules on politicians’ travel expenses after a Fairfax Media campaign exposed politicians regularly claiming taxpayer money to attend weddings, football matches and check on their far-flung investment properties.
The strict new measures will clamp down on politicians claiming expenses on weekend stopovers at destinations en route to Canberra. They will also stop politicians employing relatives in parliamentary or electoral offices.
Politicians who have their travel claims rejected will be hit with a fine that is 25 per cent of the total amount, which will be paid back to the Department of Finance as well.
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Obama quietly betrays Israel

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (9:44am)


Obama secretly backed off months ago from sanctions to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program:

The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran’s new president in June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September.
While those negotiations now appear on the verge of a breakthrough the key condition for Iran—relief from crippling sanctions—began quietly and modestly five months ago.
A review of Treasury Department notices reveals that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June.
On Wednesday Obama said in an interview with NBC News the negotiations in Geneva “are not about easing sanctions.” “The negotiations taking place are about how Iran begins to meet its international obligations and provide assurances not just to us but to the entire world,” the president said.
Israel’s prime minister is rightly alarmed, with the US now about to sign a deal with an unrepentant Iran:

“I met Secretary Kerry right before he leaves to Geneva,” said Netanyhau. “I reminded him that he said that no deal is better than a bad deal. That the deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge. But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years. Iran gets everything that it wanted at this stage and it pays nothing. And this is when Iran is under severe pressure. I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal--a very, very bad deal. It’s the deal of a century for Iran; it’s a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community.”
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The lonely president

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (9:36am)


Barack Obama’s slide continues:
Barack Obama has had a difficult year since his reelection victory. His overall job rating stands at 41%, down 14 points since last December. A majority (53%) now disapproves of the way he is handling his job as president.
A man too good for friends:

Obama’s resolute solitude—his isolation and alienation from the other players and power centers of Washington, be they rivals or friends—has emerged as the defining trait of his time in office. He may be the biggest presidential paradox since Thomas Jefferson, the slaveholder who wrote the Declaration of Independence: a community organizer who works alone.
In early 2011, when the president’s most trusted political adviser, David Axelrod, left the White House to return to Chicago to run his re-election campaign, Obama made a surprise appearance at Axelrod’s going-away party in a grand apartment off Dupont Circle on a wintry Saturday night. Clad casually in a black jacket, he spoke warmly, even emotionally, of the aide who had done so much to elect him. Then he made his way quickly around a living room full of Cabinet members, other aides, and off-duty reporters, grasping each proffered hand with a single, relentless, repeated greeting: “Gotta go."…
At a time when the abrasions of office leave any president most in need of friends, Obama is the capital’s Lonely Guy…
From a far earlier age and to a far greater degree than is generally understood, Obama has always been alone. He was abandoned not only by his black African father, whom he later met just once at age 10, but also by his white American mother, who left him as a teenager with her parents in Hawaii to pursue graduate fieldwork in anthropology in Indonesia. At an age when most adolescents are grappling with how to break away from their families, Obama’s had crumbled away from him…
Throughout his tenure, he has generally refused to adopt the practice of every president since at least Gerald Ford by posing for pictures with his guests at the more than a dozen White House holiday parties (except in the case of the receptions for Congress and the White House press corps, who could be counted on to make a real fuss)…
In late September, Obama attended a “dinner” fund-raiser for high donors to the Democratic National Committee at the super-luxe Jefferson Hotel a few blocks from the White House. Each of the two dozen-odd guests had contributed $32,400, the maximum allowed by law. The president’s motorcade left the White House for the hotel at 4:19 p.m. and was back at the White House by 5:25… 
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Warmists caned

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (9:23am)


What is academic Nigel Turvey discussing here on the warmist The Conservation:
Well-trained scientists from prestigious institutions helped spread the [idea]… The catalyst was the consensus that restricted free enquiry. It led to oversimplification and misinformation. It prevented questioning…
Information was to hand in the observations ...  but it was ignored....
Some would argue that consensus among scientists is an unnatural state for minds programmed to question sacred orthodoxies. But one thing is certain: we should be opening the doors of consensus to scientific scrutiny and critical debate, no matter what the issue, if we are to learn anything from the well-intentioned devastation...
Turvey is talking about:

A: global warming
B: cane toads
(Thanks to reader Steve and others.) 
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The beatification of St Julia of Gillard, the famous martyr

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (8:16am)


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The Left gets to write the history, which means even the worst comes out the best. Example:

Rachel Griffiths will play former prime minister Julia Gillard in a television drama cataloguing her tumultuous three years in office… The project is based on journalist Kerry-Anne Walsh’s book The Stalking of Julia Gillard…
How kindly will the film treat our worst PM?
The author of the book on which the film is based uses a fake quote to present Gillard as just a terrific leader just brought down by a wicked press and a scheming rival:
During the election campaign she had stated: ‘’There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead, but let me be clear: I will be putting a price on carbon and I will move to an emissions trading scheme.’’ This is what she announced, but not as far as those in the opposition and hysterical commentariat were concerned.
The announcement was followed by a crash in the polls, fed by a growing cacophony of anti-Gillard media voices who labelled her an untrustworthy liar and a disgrace. Unsurprisingly, the anonymous malicious gripes of Rudd supporters mushroomed in the wake of Gillard’s ‘’betrayal’’ and rapidly became the media focus, diminishing the real story of a remarkably stable and productive minority parliament that was in large part due to her abilities as a negotiator and peacemaker.... That she made no headway rebutting attacks on her honesty and credibility says more about the campaign that was waged against her than her communication skills…
The head of the film project thinks Gillard was a terrific leader just brought down by a wicked press:
It will be the third in a series of dramas on Labor political leaders by WTFN’s director of drama and features Richard Keddie, who was behind the political biopic Hawke for Ten and Curtin for the ABC.
He also directed the successful Your Rights at Work TV commercials for the union movement and directed some of Mr Rudd’s election commercials. 

“She was extraordinarily successful in her performance as a prime minister but not in the media. The media didn’t like her. They went after her and killed her.”
The actor playing Gillard thinks the more we know of Gillard the more we’d love her:
I think Julia would be an amazing role to play. What I find so fascinating is the closer you get to her, the more people love her.
And a special adviser to the film makers is someone they will love the more they get to know her:

Rachel Griffiths will play former prime minister Julia Gillard in a television drama ... with the former PM’s co-operation.
No doubt it will played at schools to give children something to admire.  
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The cars that ate taxpayers

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (7:32am)


Paul Kelly says Tony Abbott has little option. Time to stop throwing good money after bad to prop up a dying car industry:

The local industry’s market share has fallen below 15 per cent. Ford is departing; only Holden and Toyota are left. Total industry support is estimated at between $500 million and $1 billion yearly.
The message from the company to government is summarised by a senior minister: “They want a further $200m to $300m each year in perpetuity. That’s extortion.”
The price of keeping General Motors making cars in Australia is untenable…
Former Productivity Commission chairman Gary Banks recently said: “Every job ‘saved’ in the auto industry by assistance through the government costs Australian taxpayers around $300,000.” Think about that.
This week Banks told Inquirer: “The car industry has been the most successful rent-seeker in Australia’s history, and that’s saying something. The accumulated cost to the community and other local industries has been enormous. Commission inquiries in the past found little merit in arguments for support based on skilled jobs or special technological spillovers.”
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Is there not a planet we should send these people to, er, prepare?

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (7:05am)


Douglas Adams in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe described a rocket filled with people who’d been told they had to go ahead and colonise a new planet:
... “I mean, I couldn’t help noticing,” said Ford, also taking a sip, “the bodies. In the hold.”
“Bodies?” said the Captain in surprise… “Oh they’re not dead,” he said, “Good Lord no, no they’re frozen. They’re going to be revived.”
Ford did something he very rarely did. He blinked.
Arthur seemed to come out of a trance.
“You mean you’ve got a hold full of frozen hairdressers?” he said.
“Oh yes,” said the Captain, “Millions of them. Hairdressers, tired TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards, public relations executives, management consultants, you name them. We’re going to colonize another planet…
“Well what happened you see was,” said the Captain, “our planet, the world from which we have come, was, so to speak, doomed… Yes, ... the idea was that into the first ship, the ‘A’ ship, would go all the brilliant leaders, the scientists, the great artists, you know, all the achievers; and into the third, or ‘C’ ship, would go all the people who did the actual work, who made things and did things, and then into the `B’ ship - that’s us - would go everyone else, the middlemen you see… And we were sent off first,” he concluded, and hummed a little bathing tune…
“Er ...” said Arthur after a moment, “what exactly was it that was wrong with your planet then?”
“Oh, it was doomed, as I said,” said the Captain, “Apparently it was going to crash into the sun or something. Or maybe it was that the moon was going to crash into us. Something of the kind. Absolutely terrifying prospect whatever it was."…
“And they made sure they sent you lot off first did they?” inquired Arthur.
“Oh yes,” said the Captain, “well everyone said, very nicely I thought, that it was very important for morale to feel that they would be arriving on a planet where they could be sure of a good haircut and where the phones were clean.”
“Oh yes,” agreed Ford, “I can see that would be very important. And the other ships, er ... they followed on after you did they?”
For a moment the Captain did not answer. He twisted round in his bath and gazed backwards over the huge bulk of the ship towards the bright galactic centre. He squinted into the inconceivable distance.
“Ah. Well it’s funny you should say that,” he said and allowed himself a slight frown at Ford Prefect, “because curiously enough we haven’t heard a peep out of them since we left five years ago ... but they must be behind us somewhere.”
The queue is now ready to send off another B ship. This time it’s the people behind the great yammering. So many spenders, so few earners - and global warming to give a spiritual dimension to their great meeting.
(Via Tim Blair.)
UPDATE
Reader McScruff is one of many readers to note:

But, if I recall properly, the A & C populations of that planet were wiped out by a ‘particularly nasty virus contracted from a dirty telephone’ because the telephone cleaners had all been sent off in the B ship.
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National Geographic shows “100 metres” Williams exaggerated. But so did the magazine

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (6:40am)


ABC science presenter Robyn Williams has never apologised for claiming in 2007 that global warming could make the seas rise 100 metres this century:

Andrew Bolt: I’m telling you, there’s a lot of fear out there. So what I do is, when I see an outlandish claim being made...so Tim Flannery suggesting rising seas this next century eight stories high, Professor Mike Archer, dean of engineering at the University of NSW…
Robyn Williams: Dean of science.
Andrew Bolt: Dean of science...suggesting rising seas this next century of up to 100 metres, or Al Gore six metres. When I see things like that I know these are false. You mentioned the IPCC report; that suggests, at worst on best scenarios, 59 centimetres.
Robyn Williams: Well, whether you take the surge or whether you take the actual average rise are different things.
Andrew Bolt: I ask you, Robyn, 100 metres in the next century...do you really think that?
Robyn Williams: It is possible, yes.
Now National Geographic tries the same scare, but says a full melting would actually take at least 5000 years, not 93, and raise the seas, 70 metres, not 100:

The interactive maps - released by National Geographic - demonstrate the catastrophic effect Earth’s ice could cause if it melted and flowed into the oceans and seas… Sea levels could rise by nearly 70 metres, devouring cities - such as New York - and even countries while drastically altering continents.,,
“There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would take more than 5000 years to melt it all,’’ National Geographic’s website says.

But even that seems a wild exaggeration, even if we ignore the fact that the planet’s atmosphere hasn’t warmed for 15 years.
Samuel J does the maths involved in a melting of every bit of ice on the planet and concludes:

That means that the surface area of the oceans increases from 361.8 million km2 to 367.98 million km2.
And the average depth increases from 3.68 to 3.75 km (ie 70 metres deeper).
The volume is therefore 3.75 * 367.98 = 1379.9 million km3.
Yet the total volume of water on the earth including ice is only 1366.2 million km3.
Therefore sea levels cannot increase by 70 metres.
If you use the same methodology, it can be shown that the maximum sea level increase is 50.3 metres.
And that assumes that all ice on earth has melted.
The probability of all of the ice on earth melting is many orders of magnitude less than a civilisation-destroying asteroid hitting the earth.
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Sceptic John Howard gets warm review

Andrew Bolt November 09 2013 (12:37am)


Prominent climate scientist Judith Curry reviews John Howard’s speech on global warming, which he called a religion and exaggerated.

It is difficult to argue against Howard’s 5 broad conclusions regarding climate policy; they seem eminently sensible
The nexus between religion and global warming is an interesting one.  The dogma associated with global warming was discussed in a number of my previous posts...
(Thanks to reader Steve.) 
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First off, Tacloban City is devastated. The city is a horrid landscape of smashed buildings and completely defoliated trees, with widespread looting and unclaimed bodies decaying in the open air. The typhoon moved fast and didn't last long-- only a few hours-- but it struck the city with absolutely terrifying ferocity. At the height of the storm, as the wind rose to a scream, as windows exploded and as our solid-concrete downtown hotel trembled from the impact of flying debris, as pictures blew off the walls and as children became hysterical, a tremendous storm surge swept the entire downtown. Waterfront blocks were reduced to heaps of rubble. In our hotel, trapped first-floor guests smashed the windows of their rooms to keep from drowning and screamed for help, and we had to drop our cameras and pull them out on mattresses and physically carry the elderly and disabled to the second floor. Mark's leg was ripped open by a piece of debris and he'll require surgery. The city has no communication with the outside world. The hospitals are overflowing with the critically injured. The surrounding communities are mowed down. After a bleak night in a hot, pitch-black, trashed hotel, James, Mark, and I managed to get out of the city on a military chopper and get to Cebu via a C-130-- sitting next to corpses in body bags. Meteorologically, Super Typhoon HAIYAN was fascinating; from a human-interest standpoint, it was utterly ghastly. It's been difficult to process.
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Initiation. — at Paul's Valley, OK
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Another week has flown past.......and here is another completed handmade Diamond Engagement Ring.....featuring a triple excellent cut Round Brilliant Cut Diamond with a channel set band — at Diamond Imports.
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Picture: YouTube/RobBlissCreative
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Allyson Christy.
"According to a recent UN-commissioned report, 115,000 people have been killed in Syria and millions of others have been displaced in the past two years. Approximately 4.4 million Syrians are now living in extreme poverty, with half of the country unemployed.

Syria’s neighboring country, Israel, has been quietly aiding refugees, both sending supplies and providing Israeli hospital care and medical treatment to wounded Syrians – children and adults – caught in the crossfire.

The Israeli non-profit, IsraAid, has sent approximately $100,000 worth of supplies throughout the past year, and other Israeli groups comprised of private citizens, such as Hand in Hand, have also collected and sent clothing and supplies to Syrian refugees located in Jordan. IsraAid recently sent sacks of dry goods filled with lentils, powdered milk, pasta, and tea to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

The question remains whether the international community will take a loud and effective stand on the Syrian situation, or will allow Assad to continue to exert brutality and violence against his people." - Anav Silverman/Tazpit News Agency
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I met Secretary Kerry right before he leaves to Geneva. I reminded him that he said that no deal is better than a bad deal. And the deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge.

But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years. Iran gets everything that it wanted at this stage and pays nothing. And this is when Iran is under severe pressure. I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal, a very, very, bad deal.

It’s the deal of a century for Iran; it’s a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community."

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Here’s a sneak peek from ‘The Day of the Doctor’ – and the Doctor and Clara are shown something that doesn't seem possible...http://bbc.in/1hSQdET #SaveTheDay
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Over 1550 people of all ages and faiths from 54 nations are joining together to show their support for Israel at our virtual (online) rally. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the people and leaders of Israel at this critical time.

Israel is on the front lines in our struggle to defeat terrorism and prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Remember -- the opposite of love is not hate -- it is apathy.

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The Storm Front

I shot this out of my window while doing 80+ mph along Hwy 44 between Chickasha and Newcastle, Oklahoma back on May 21st.

The day before this kicked my butt in Paul's Valley, and the news of Moore being obliterated dampened my excitement about storm chasing for the time being.

So I wasn't searching for a storm to chase on this day... I was actually heading to my favorite BBQ drive-in in Spencer before heading to DFW to catch my flight back home when I saw this black mass to my left.

It was a lovely little chase that saw some great structure and thankfully didn't produce a tornado over the metro areas... but that was yet to come a week later.
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We must share some tragic news regarding Iran. Today, Iran's deputy foreign minister said that the P5+1 world powers, including the United States, have "accepted the framework" of proposals made by Iran in the Geneva talks.

The agreement would "slow down" elements of Iran's nuclear activity in return for the easing of sanctions on Iran.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said the Geneva proposals "would ease the pressure on Iran" in return for empty concessions that would still "allow Iran to retain the capabilities to make nuclear weapons". He called this a "mistake of historic proportions" which must be completely rejected.

We agree with Prime Minister Netanyahu that only a complete elimination of Iran's nuclear program is acceptable. Now is the time to keep the pressure on Iran by increasing the sanctions.

We URGE you to sign the petition to President Obama and world leaders to keep the pressure on Iran. Once you sign, it is critical to send it to everyone you know via email, facebook, twitter and any other means.

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The international community must keep the pressure on Iran by imposing harsher sanctions and demanding that its nuclear program be completely dismantled. A nuclear Iran is a threat not only to Israel but to the entire free world.

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Father,I thank You for Your faithfulness even when I am unfaithful. Thank You for drawing me close to You when I feel discouraged. Today, I choose to lift up my eyes to You for You are my source of strength and help. You are the Author and Finisher of my faith in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Our God is so loving, so merciful, so faithful. Even when we become too discouraged to believe, God does not forget what He promised. Maybe you feel discouraged today. Maybe your life hasn’t turned out the way you had hoped. Maybe you prayed, believed and worked hard, and it didn’t work out. Now you’re thinking, “Hey, I’m never going to be happy again. I’ll never be married. I’ll never accomplish my dreams.”

Remember today, not only does God remember you, He remembers the promise He placed within you. He knows what He’s destined you to do. You may have already said, “Forget it; it’s never going to happen.” The good news is that you don’t have the final say. God has the final say, and He says, “What I started in your life, I’m going to finish.” That dream you gave up on, God didn’t give up on. He remembers you, and He is with you, leading you and guiding you to the place of victory.God bless you.
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Hours after Secretary of State Kerry went on TV and warned of a potential violent Palestinian 'third intifada', this. 

An Israeli couple were lucky to escape with their lives after their car was firebombed. The car was burnt to a crisp; it's the 3rd attack on Israelis in under 24 hours.

Read More: http://www.timesofisrael.com/couple-in-west-bank-hurt-in-firebomb-attack/

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Israel Alert Newsletter 5 Kislev 5774November 8, 2013
 
On Thursday evening November 28, 2013 (Thanksgiving Day!), the 2nd night of Chanukah, American and Israeli families will join Israeli soldiers on the IDF's Chatmar Shomron Military Base to celebrate Chanukah and say "Thank You" to our beloved Israeli soldiers. This army base is just a short distance from Shechem, one of the most violent and dangerous Palestinian-run cities in Samaria, known in Arabic as Nablus.
The event will feature music, dancing, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, Chanukah sufganiot (jelly donuts), and of-course, the "Lighting of the Menorah". Shechem is the biblical city in which our patriarch Abraham (the first Israeli 'settler') stopped, when he journeyed from Haran to the Land of Israel. The soldiers on this base are from the Givati Brigade, a superior fighting and counter-terrorism intelligence unit. They greatly deserve our expressions of Thanksgiving! Wanna join or watch the party? Learn How! 
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Terrorists in Gaza have fired nearly 15,000 rockets into southern Israel. As Hamas rockets explode in Israeli towns, blackening the sky and darkening the spirit, an Israeli artist is working hard to brighten up the day with sparks of light. He is turning the darkness of terror into a source of light - in a very literal way!
Yaron Bob, the artist, lives in the shadow of terror in a southern Israeli village near the border with Gaza. Yaron takes the remains of Kassam rockets and transforms them into beautiful Menorahs. In his words, "I take the Kassam, the instrument of death and I change it, I transfer it into something of beauty." Yaron's project is truly a modern day version of "beating swords into plowshares" (Isaiah 2:4).
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The evening of November 27th begins the 8 day celebration of Chanukah - the Jewish Festival of Lights! Chanukah commemorates the revolt of the Maccabees, (possibly the first ever Israel Defense Forces in history!) against the wicked king Antiochus.
It wasn't enough for Antiochus to simply control the land and people of Israel - he wanted to control their SOULS! Make no mistake, unlike Haman, Hitler, Torquemada, and Hamas, Antiochus had no specific interest in killing any Jews, he simply wanted the Jews to convert.

The Chanukah Story and Our Holiday Traditions
During the Second Temple period, the Syrian Greeks infiltrated Israel and seized power. They tried to impose their cruel Hellenistic culture on the Jewish people, defiling every holy thing and forbidding Torah learning.
Their goal was to eliminate the Jews' connection to G-d and to indoctrinate the Jews with immoral values in a futile attempt to deny the existence of the Creator. This dubious plot began with prohibitions against keeping central laws of the Torah, such as study and circumcision.
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“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.””Joshua 24:15 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord."
Colossians 2:6
The life of faith is represented as receiving--an act which implies the very opposite of anything like merit. It is simply the acceptance of a gift. As the earth drinks in the rain, as the sea receives the streams, as night accepts light from the stars, so we, giving nothing, partake freely of the grace of God. The saints are not, by nature, wells, or streams, they are but cisterns into which the living water flows; they are empty vessels into which God pours his salvation. The idea of receiving implies a sense of realization, making the matter a reality. One cannot very well receive a shadow; we receive that which is substantial: so is it in the life of faith, Christ becomes real to us. While we are without faith, Jesus is a mere name to us--a person who lived a long while ago, so long ago that his life is only a history to us now! By an act of faith Jesus becomes a real person in the consciousness of our heart. But receiving also means grasping or getting possession of. The thing which I receive becomes my own: I appropriate to myself that which is given. When I receive Jesus, he becomes my Saviour, so mine that neither life nor death shall be able to rob me of him. All this is to receive Christ--to take him as God's free gift; to realize him in my heart, and to appropriate him as mine.
Salvation may be described as the blind receiving sight, the deaf receiving hearing, the dead receiving life; but we have not only received these blessings, we have received Christ Jesus himself. It is true that he gave us life from the dead. He gave us pardon of sin; he gave us imputed righteousness. These are all precious things, but we are not content with them; we have received Christ himself. The Son of God has been poured into us, and we have received him, and appropriated him. What a heartful Jesus must be, for heaven itself cannot contain him!

Evening

"The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?"
Mark 14:14
Jerusalem at the time of the passover was one great inn; each householder had invited his own friends, but no one had invited the Saviour, and he had no dwelling of his own. It was by his own supernatural power that he found himself an upper room in which to keep the feast. It is so even to this day--Jesus is not received among the sons of men save only where by his supernatural power and grace he makes the heart anew. All doors are open enough to the prince of darkness, but Jesus must clear a way for himself or lodge in the streets. It was through the mysterious power exerted by our Lord that the householder raised no question, but at once cheerfully and joyfully opened his guestchamber. Who he was, and what he was, we do not know, but he readily accepted the honour which the Redeemer proposed to confer upon him. In like manner it is still discovered who are the Lord's chosen, and who are not; for when the gospel comes to some, they fight against it, and will not have it, but where men receive it, welcoming it, this is a sure indication that there is a secret work going on in the soul, and that God has chosen them unto eternal life. Are you willing, dear reader, to receive Christ? then there is no difficulty in the way; Christ will be your guest; his own power is working with you, making you willing. What an honour to entertain the Son of God! The heaven of heavens cannot contain him, and yet he condescends to find a house within our hearts! We are not worthy that he should come under our roof, but what an unutterable privilege when he condescends to enter! for then he makes a feast, and causes us to feast with him upon royal dainties, we sit at a banquet where the viands are immortal, and give immortality to those who feed thereon. Blessed among the sons of Adam is he who entertains the angels' Lord.
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Today's reading: Jeremiah 43-45, Hebrews 5 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 43-45

1 When Jeremiah had finished telling the people all the words of the LORD their God—everything the LORD had sent him to tell them— 2 Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying! The LORD our God has not sent you to say, ‘You must not go to Egypt to settle there.’ 3 But Baruch son of Neriah is inciting you against us to hand us over to the Babylonians, so they may kill us or carry us into exile to Babylon.”
4 So Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers and all the people disobeyed the LORD’s command to stay in the land of Judah. 5 Instead, Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers led away all the remnant of Judah who had come back to live in the land of Judah from all the nations where they had been scattered. 6They also led away all those whom Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had left with Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan—the men, the women, the children and the king’s daughters. And they took Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch son of Neriah along with them. 7 So they entered Egypt in disobedience to the LORD and went as far as Tahpanhes.
8 In Tahpanhes the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 9“While the Jews are watching, take some large stones with you and bury them in clay in the brick pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh’s palace in Tahpanhes.10 Then say to them, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will send for my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will set his throne over these stones I have buried here; he will spread his royal canopy above them. 11 He will come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword to those destined for the sword. 12 He will set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt; he will burn their temples and take their gods captive. As a shepherd picks his garment clean of lice, so he will pick Egypt clean and depart. 13 There in the temple of the sun in Egypt he will demolish the sacred pillars and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt....’”

Today's New Testament reading: Hebrews 5

1 Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. 3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.4 And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,
“You are my Son;
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“You are a priest forever,
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Gideon, Gedeon

[Gĭd'eon, Gĕd'e on] - a cutting down, he that bruises or great warriorA son of Joash of the family of Abiezer, a Manassite, who lived in Ophrah and delivered Israel from Midian. He is also called Jerubbaal, and judged Israel forty years as the fifth judge (Judg. 6; 7; 8).

The Man of Might and Valor

Without doubt Gideon is among the brightest luminaries of Old Testament history. His character and call are presented in a series of tableaux. We see:
I. Gideon at the flail. The tall, powerful young man was threshing wheat for his farmer-father when the call came to him to rise and become the deliverer of his nation. History teaches that obscurity of birth is no obstacle to noble service. It was no dishonor for Gideon to say, "My family is poor."
II. Gideon at the altar. Although humble and industrious, Gideon was God-fearing. His own father had become an idolator but idols had to go, and Gideon vowed to remove them. No wonder they called him Jerubbaal, meaning "Discomfiter of Baal."
III. Gideon and the fleece. Facing the great mission of his life, he had to have an assuring token that God was with him. The method he adopted was peculiar, but found favor with heaven, God condescending to grant Gideon the double sign. With the complete revelation before us in the Bible, we are not to seek supernatural signs, but take God at his Word.
IV. Gideon at the well. How fascinating is the incident of the reduction of Gideon's army from thirty-two thousand to ten thousand, then to only three hundred. Three hundred men against the countless swarms of Midian! Yes, but the few choice, brave, active men and God were in the majority. God is not always on the side of big battalions.
V. Gideon with the whip. Rough times often need and warrant rough measures. The men of Succoth and Penuel made themselves obnoxious, but with a whip fashioned out of the thorny branches off the trees, Gideon meted out to them the punishment they deserved.
VI. Gideon in the gallery of worthies. It was no small honor to have a niche, as Gideon has, in the illustrious roll named in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, where every name is an inspiration, and every character a miracle of grace.
Preachers desiring to continue the character-study of Gideon still further might note his humility (Judg. 6:15); caution (Judg. 6:17); spirituality (Judg. 6:24); obedience (Judg. 6:27); divine inspiration ( Judg. 6:34); divine fellowship (Judg. 6:36; 7:4, 7-9); strategy (Judg. 7:16-18); tact (Judg. 8:1-3); loyalty to God (Judg. 8:23); the fact that he was weakened by his very prosperity (Judg. 8:24-31).
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November 8, 2011
Lessons from the Battlefield
Today's Truth
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).
Friend to Friend
In my early years, I was a rough and rowdy tomboy who climbed trees, skipped rocks, and made skid marks on the asphalt with my glittery pink banana seat bike. My backyard was the envy of every kid in the neighborhood. It came equipped with a drainage ditch across the back border that separated us from a vacant, thickly wooded lot. The ditch tunneled beneath six city blocks through concrete pipes large enough to stand up in and walk through, and culminated in a very large crater we dubbed "The Canyon." How do I know you could stand up in them? You guessed. We did it.
To the kids in the neighborhood, the ditch was a virtual wonderland filled with all kinds of creepy, crawly critters to be discovered. I felt like the luckiest kid around to have such an attraction right in my own backyard.
On the other side of "The Canyon" lived another neighborhood that was a bit rougher than ours. We dubbed the boys who lived there the "Canyon Boys." Great animosity existed between the Canyon Boys and the boys in our neighborhood (of which I thought I was one).
One day the warring factions decided there was going to be a big rumble between the two. The time: 2:00 p.m. The place: the drainage ditch bordering my backyard. The weapon of choice: dirt clods.
We boys gathered in my yard on the east side of the ditch as the enemy gathered in the vacant lot on the west. We gathered our ammo, hunkered down behind mounds of dirt and trees, and waited for the first shot to be fired. Then it began. Clods of hardened mud flew left and right. At some point during this heated battle, I peeked out from behind a tree to throw a grenade, and something hit me square in the forehead. I wasn't sure what it was, but it didn't feel like dirt. As blood poured down my brow, I looked on the ground and saw the culprit. A brick.
"You cheated!" I yelled at the enemy forces.
Fearing I had suffered a fatal blow, the enemies ran for their lives. My buds ran to get my mom (who had no idea what was going on in the backyard), and I was whisked away to the hospital. The doctor shaved a patch of hair from my forehead, sewed my skin back together, and placed a patch over the wound. Oh, it wasn't as nifty as a broken arm or a broken leg, but having your head spit open by a rival was pretty cool.
Some of my hair never grew back in that spot and I have a scar to remind me of a few facts about fighting foes.
  1. The enemy cheats.
  2. The enemy slings more than just dirt.
  3. The enemy has great aim.
  4. The enemy's attacks sometimes leave scars.
  5. The enemy is not playing a game.
I don't fight with bullies anymore-at least, not the human kind. But I do have one nemesis that challenges me regularly. The Bible calls him the "great deceiver," "the accuser," "the devil," "the evil one." Interestingly, the same lessons I learned from that dirt clod fight apply to him today.
What about you? Do you know how to fight the spiritual battles in your life? Ephesians 6:10-20 is a great place to start.
Let's Pray
Dear Lord, today I put on the full armor of God to stand against the enemy's schemes: the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the sandals of the gospel of peace. I also take up the shield of faith in one hand and the sword of the Spirit in the other. Now I'm ready to take my stand.
In Jesus' name,
Amen.
Now It's Your Turn
Additional Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
Let's pray for each other today. Visit my Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/sharonjaynes and share your prayer request. Then pray for the GiG sister whose entry is listed below yours. Let's lock shields and march into battle together! (Have I told you lately just how much I love doing life with you?)
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Belittled
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"The Lord is near." Philippians 4:5b (NIV)
Trapped like a firefly in a Mason jar. Stifled, I peered out, watching others' dreams and hopes and joys twinkle and fly by my stagnant ones. My own desires sat dusty in my valley of pain.
Little by little, my happy-go-lucky heart flickered. Sadness cupped his hand over what dim light was left as I acknowledged out loud the depths of my disappointment.
Extinguished. Exhausted. Expectant no longer.
"I'm so sorry your dreams are dashed," my friend offered. "Wish I had known sooner how painful this disappointment has been. Woulda been an honor to walk it out with you."
"Thanks. But a broken heart is silly. Especially in light of others' pain." Our friend's husband had just passed away; he endured months of heartbreaking illness. Now she endured the grief of his death. Who was I to be sad about a mere breakup? I would not add white noise to the blaring symphony of sorrow around me.
Silenced by self-doubt. Belittled by unworthiness.
I diminished my pain, fearing it insignificant compared to others seemingly more important pain. I belittled my pain and in the process, belittled God's care about my pain. Healing had been offered, yet I walked away from it, from the One who longed to tend my wounds.
Years of wisdom, scrolls of mercy, flashed in my friend's eyes.
She took my hand and we journeyed back. Back to a time when she lost two children. Someone told her to check her pain at the door. Keep it in perspective to others' pain.
She took my hand and we journeyed back. Back to a time when pain was acknowledged and sifted through, not simply tucked in a dark corner. She turned from the pain to the Lord who administered healing from the grief of empty arms and empty cribs.
She took my hand and we journeyed forward. "Don't belittle your grief. Your pain is genuine. This valley is real. You must acknowledge the Lord is near and accept His help to get out."
My friend granted permission to feel my ache and loss. Drastically different than her own, yet no less honest. Not till that moment did I realize I'd held my pain at a distance, shunned for perceived absurdity. Petty stuff my broken heart stood certain God didn't have time to worry about it.
Yet truth resonated in my friend's words. No one loves us like He can, like He will. No one offers healing like He does. And no one stands as near, willing to catch our tears. So precious, He saves each and every one.
Friend, is it perhaps time to acknowledge your pain? To become aware of the Lord's care and always-there presence?
The grace of God and of friends in the valley is needed. Counting stars during the long, dark night of our soul is more comforting with others beside us. The first ray of light often is glimpsed by them anyhow. If you are longing for a close companion, pray for one. Perhaps joining a small group, calling an acquaintance for coffee, or helping a neighbor will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
No matter what other voices have said, your pain is valid.
Seasons of pain come. And they also leave. Don't miss that. Pain is not meant to linger indefinitely. God cares deeply and longs to heal you. No pain is too great ... or too little. Often we just need a trusted companion to remind us He is near. He heals. He longs to undo the lid on our Mason jar; release our dreams and hopes and joys. And fly next to us, out of the valley.
Dear Lord, thank You for loving us enough to go through the grief of Your Son, Jesus, dying on the cross. He bore our pain. He knows our pain. He heals our pain. Thank You. In His Name, Amen.
Related Resources:
There is much pain associated with poverty. You could help alleviate this pain by sponsoring a child throughCompassion International!
Visit Samantha's blog for her friend, Jane's, story of healing from the loss of her twins.
Application Steps:
Do you cram your pain down, figuring it is simply 'white noise' in a world of hurt? Do a word search onBibleGateway for "near, nearness, close" to remind you of God's nearness and desire to hear your heart.
Could it be God is asking you to be that friend you long for to another? Call her today.
If you are in need of healing, reach out to a trusted friend or counselor. Remember the Lord has always been near and is your healer.
Reflections:
"The simple statement, 'God is for us', is in truth one of the richest and weightiest utterances that the Bible contains." J.I. Packer
Power Verses:
1 Corinthians 13:7, "[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." (NIV 1984)
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance." (NIV 1984)
© 2011 by Samantha Reed. All rights reserved.
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Matthews, NC 28105
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What's so great about Abram's faith?

This week's reading: Genesis 15:6
The Bible makes Abram's faith the model for us all. (See, for example, Ro 4Gal 3Heb 11Jas 2.) The surprising thing is that Abram never saw a Bible, had no church, possessed no creed, took no sacrament, heard not even one of the Ten Commandments and perhaps knew little about life after death.
Yet Abram's faith shows us what really matters. He heard the voice of God and dared to simply believe he could trust him when he spoke. He risked his life, his security, his reputation, his future and even his son on the word that came from the God whom he could not see but in whom he believed. Can there be anything better to demonstrate that it is by faith, and faith alone, that we are saved?
We now have the Bible, the church, the creeds, the sacraments and the Ten Commandments. But God still looks for the basics-God still looks for hearts that will risk all to trust in him.
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Everything New - A Weeekly Devotional

GOD’S ATTRIBUTES- HE KNOWS

Because God is personal, he is a knowing being. His mind perceives truth and defines truth. He embraces us with a knowledge that is not just stored information in a Super-Divine File, but is an extension of love. His knowledge holds us.
"O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain" (Psalm 139:1-5).
Psalm 147:5 says God's "understanding has no limit." "Nothing is hidden from God's sight" (Hebrews 4:13). When you pray, you can be assured that "the Father knows what you need before you ask him" (Matthew 6:8). He knows the number of hairs on your head. He knows you better than you know yourself. God's omniscience is our comfort.
Because God's all-knowing character is an extension of his personality, the Bible is not a mystery book of hidden secrets, and ministers of the gospel of Christ are not soothsayers or crystal-ball gazers. This knowledge is about the way things have been, about the way things are, and about the way things will be-as they must-depending on how we respond to God's direction.
Christianity is not a horoscope with saints names attached. It is a way of life and a view of the world as it was, is, and will be. Many things that God knows remain secrets or mysteries to us. But many other things are uncovered, especially the consequences of the weighty spiritual and moral decisions we make every day.
God knows everything. Only God knows everything. And only God knows everything about us. That should give us healthy fear (respect), and great assurance.
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About The Author - Mel Lawrenz serves as minister at large for Elmbrook Church and leads The Brook Network. Having been in pastoral ministry for thirty years, the last decade as senior pastor of Elmbrook, Mel seeks to help Christian leaders engage with each other. Mel is the author of eleven books, the most recent for church leaders, Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement.
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