Monday, July 07, 2014

Mon Jul 7th Todays News

Former Australian PM Malcolm Fraser has invoked the name of Hitler in describing the new government's successful immigration program and border protection. New parliamentarian and former rich man Clive Palmer has called Queensland Premier Campbell Newman a Nazi. The denunciations are hyperbolic. It is a good thing that people are not drowning trying to start a new life in Australia. Australia is a good place for a new life, but one doesn't want to die coming here, or be exploited by pirates. Fraser had few problems drowning Vietnamese peoples or leaving Zimbabwe peoples at the mercy of a murderous dictator. Palmer is the former campaign manager of Joh Bjelke Peterson .. it is not the case he means what he says all the time, or any time. So what is behind their criticism? Those who are hard core ALP or Green supporters like the sound of the waffle. 

A lot of violence is related to bikies, drugs and organised crime. So it is sadly depressing when a casual murder takes place in a popular shopping mall during the school holidays and it has nothing to do with anything, but a likely dispute over a woman between rivals. Herodotus was dismissive of the Greeks sailing ten thousand ships to regain Helen of Troy. Instead of fighting their rivals, they should be trying to impress the girl. I doubt she is impressed at what happened, the two argued over a cosmetics counter and one stabbed the other multiple times in the chest, and left the knife in the chest of his dying rival, lit a cigarette and waited for police. A chilling and casual murder which can not be tolerated, but must accrue a life term in jail, there being no excuse or alternative. The imaginary Sherlock finding Moriarty excuse not meeting a modern legal standard. 

Issues of justice arise on this day. In 1456, Joan of Arc was acquitted of heresy twenty five years after she was murdered for it. In 1585, the treaty of Nemours meant a policy of tolerance ended. In 1798, US Congress voted to end peace with France. In 1834, four nights of rioting against abolitionists in NYC began on this day. In 1846, US troops began to acquire California from Mexico. The US attempted the draft in 1863, offering exemptions for $300. Two years later, four conspirators were hung for the killing of Lincoln. But today is not entirely without mercy or grace. In 1928, sliced bread was sold for the first time, on the inventor's 48th birthday. In 1954, Elvis made his radio debut. In 1983, a thirteen year old girl became an ambassador for the US in the Soviet Union. It is the birthday of Mahler (1860), Heinlein (1907), Eddings (1931), Ringo Starr (1940) and Bill Oddie (1941)
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For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may>
I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, & with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David & take care.

I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Zommari LerouxNga Banking and Tce Foureleven. Born on the same day, across the years. You share your day with Robert Heinlein, David Eddings, Jon Pertwee and Ringo Starr. In 1456, Twenty-five years after her death, Joan of Arc was declared innocent of heresy in a posthumous retrial. In 1798, The Quasi-War, an undeclared war fought entirely at sea, began after the United States rescinded their treaties with France. In 1963, The police of Ngo Dinh Nhu, brother and chief political adviser of President of South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem, attacked a group of American journalists who were covering a protest during the Buddhist crisis. In 1983, After writing a letter to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov, American schoolgirl Samantha Smith visited the Soviet Union as Andropov's personal guest, becoming known as "America's Youngest Ambassador". In 2005, Suicide bombers killed 52 people in a series of four explosions on London's public transport system. You are time lords, writing history at will. You right wrongs, eventually. Remember, don't mess with the French on land and beware terrorists on landmark days.
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CARBON CHURCH

Tim Blair – Monday, July 07, 2014 (5:50pm)

It isn’t often that a Fairfax environment writer comes up with the funniest line of the week. Congratulations are due to Tom Arup for composing this gem: 
The Anglican Church has told the Abbott government to change its approach to climate change, urging it to respect and base its policy on scientific evidence. 
The comic power in that paragraph is equal to several kilotons of the finest plutonium. Here we have an organisation founded on belief and faith now demanding that selected scientific opinions inform government policy. These same people think they can talk to the planet’s inventor just by putting their hands together.

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THIS IS NOT A JOKE

Tim Blair – Monday, July 07, 2014 (5:47pm)

Humourless feminist Clementine Ford quotes humourless feminist Laura Bates in support of humourless feminists
The idea of the humourless feminist is an incredibly potent and effective silencer. It is used to isolate and alienate young girls; to ridicule and dismiss older women, to force women in the workplace to ‘join in the joke’ and, in the media, to castigate protest to the point of obliteration. 
Seems a little, er, humourless. By the way:
Q: How many frightbats does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: THAT’S NOT FUNNY!
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BRAKES: A SENATORIAL DEBATE

Tim Blair – Monday, July 07, 2014 (4:05pm)

The federal senate functions as a house of review, standing above the short-term interests of the lowly house of representatives. That is why senators serve longer terms than their lower house colleagues – it removes them from the day-to-day political ruck and allows them to properly consider grave policy issues.
It’s such a great system that it really should apply in all other areas of Australian life. For example, imagine how helpful the new senate might be in offering a thoughtful second opinion on car repair …

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ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCED

Tim Blair – Monday, July 07, 2014 (3:38pm)

Australian feminists support an American sexist. Returning the favour, an American environmentalist supports Australian coal mining, much to the anguish of the New York Times
To environmentalists across Australia, it is a baffling anachronism in an era of climate change: the construction of a 4,000-acre mine in New South Wales that will churn out carbon-laden coal for the next 30 years.
The mine’s groundbreaking, in a state forest this year, inspired a veteran to stand in front of a bulldozer and a music teacher to chain himself to a piece of excavation equipment.
But the project had an unlikely financial backer in the United States, whose infusion of cash helped set it in motion: Tom Steyer, the most influential environmentalist in American politics … 
Billionaire Steyer is currently running an anti-carbon campaign in the US, provoking Australian bewilderment: 
“It’s gobsmacking,” Philip Spark, president of the Northern Inland Council for the Environment, a nonprofit trying to stop construction of the mine, said in a telephone interview. “It’s amazing that such a person could have been involved in this project.” 
Not really. Consider the case of a certain Al Gore.
UPDATE. Power Line were alert to “Democratic money man and environmental poseur” Steyer’s hilarious hypocrisymonths ago.
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Spend, spend, spend Senate

Andrew Bolt July 07 2014 (4:22pm)

Forget financial reform with this Senate, where the Greens, Labor and Clive Palmer rule:
Clive Palmer has dealt a major blow to the Abbott government’s deficit repair job by announcing his party will oppose more than $9 billion worth of savings measures linked to the repeal of the mining tax.
The Palmer United Party leader told the National Press Club on Monday he supported the removal of the mining tax but would not vote for many of the associated savings measures. These include scrapping the Schoolkids Bonus and superannuation rebates for low-income earners.
Scrapping the Schoolkids bonus – which delivers payments of $820 per high school child and $410 per primary school student to families on Family Tax Benefit A - would save the budget an estimated $5.2 billion over four years based on figures from the Parliamentary Library…

Scrapping the [Superannuation Contribution Scheme ] would save an estimated $3.8 billion over four years.
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Clive Palmer deserves more scrutiny than this

Andrew Bolt July 07 2014 (11:16am)

The major parties don’t dare attack Clive Palmer, needing his votes. So more passive parts of the media don’t put him under scrutiny either.
Sharri Markson:

THE ABC and Fairfax have refused to answer questions over their failure to prominently cover court proceedings involving Clive Palmer’s alleged use of siphoned Chinese cash in his election campaign
Documents filed in the Queensland Sup­reme Court in Brisbane on Monday show that $10 million went from the bank account into a Clive Palmer-­controlled company, Cosmo Developments Pty Ltd, in August last year, but it has not yet been established where the money went next… Mr Palmer has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
It’s a story that both The Australian newspaper and Brisbane’s The Courier-Mail published on the front page on Tuesday, and Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph ran prominently the same day.
Yet the ABC and Fairfax Media have not assigned journalists to investigate the issue, nor have they covered with any prominence the court proceedings brought against the resources tycoon by Citic Pacific. The Guardian has also failed to investigate the issue independently, while the commercial networks have only touched on it lightly…
The Nine Network’s news and current affairs director Darren Wick said there was no deliberate strategy not to cover the story and when Mr Palmer appeared in court, “we’ll be across it"… Ten’s news director, John Choueifate, rejected suggestions that the media had rolled out the red carpet for Palmer and said his network covered the story last week as part of a package from Canberra… Seven’s news director, Rob Raschke, said his state bureaus had been “covering the story as part of the daily political cycle over the past week’’.
Reader Peter of Bellevue Hill adds:
To be fair, the Fin Review ran Mark Ludlow’s story on 1 July and also featured Angus Griggs’ extensive piece in the weekend edition. Jessica van Vonderen’s story ran on Lateline on 1 July.
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Waking up to the danger of Philip Nitschke

Andrew Bolt July 07 2014 (9:05am)

The new morality

EUTHANASIA guru Dr Philip Nitschke is furious the ABC has finally pinged him for actually helping the healthy to kill themselves. 

“Attacked by rabid Christians & journalist jackals!” he tweeted last week.
But you don’t need to be rabid or even Christian to consider Nitschke dangerous.
For 20 years Nitschke, founder of Exit International, has had largely positive coverage from a media which too often assumed he’s just helping the dying and the suffering.
Only now does he seem in trouble, with the Black Dog Institute, the Australian Medical Association and beyondblue publicly denouncing him.
This follows the ABC’s revelations last week about Nitschke’s dealings with Nigel Brayley, a healthy 45-year-old Perth man who’d told the doctor he did not have “a terminal medical illness”, yet wanted to commit suicide.
(Read full article here.) 
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An image we couldn’t show you

Andrew Bolt July 07 2014 (9:02am)

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Several aspects of this case suggest more concern with the rights of the child rapist than that of the community:
VICTORIANS have been put on high alert after a child rapist was able to walk out of the “Village of the Damned” — the Ararat home to some of our worst sex ­offenders. 

Andrew Darling, who raped a 13-year-old girl, ...  triggered an alarm after cutting off his electronic tracking bracelet shortly after 2.30am yesterday…

It is the second time in five years he has been hunted by police, after previously breaking his parole just a day after being ­released from jail.
Police issued an image of Darling at 10am, warning he was a danger to the public, but told media that publishing those details could breach suppression ­orders ­intended to protect his rights.
It was only three hours later the force released a statement confirming media could pass the warning on to Victorians...
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Not Tamils, and not disappeared - as the ABC claimed

Andrew Bolt July 07 2014 (8:52am)

Eric Abetz calls out the ABC’s Fran Kelly for a vile analogy:
Greens leader Christine Milne on the return of asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka, Friday:

PEOPLE are disappeared in white vans. Anyone who stands up against the regime could find a white van outside their home, they’re dragged into it, they are either tortured and dumped or not found again.
Eric Abetz attempts to regain some sense of proportion with Fran Kelly on Insiders yesterday:

KELLY: Since when does our government disappear people?
Abetz: Look, we don’t disappear people, and with respect, that sort of description does you no credit.
ABC boss Mark Scott keeps insisting that it doesn’t matter if all the hosts of his main current affairs shows are of the Left because that bias doesn’t show.
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They appear!:
Not just returned, but not even from the Tamil minority the Greens insist is persecuted:
The Abbott government has confirmed that 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who attempted to reach Australia by boat have been handed over to Sri Lankan authorities…
According to Mr Morrison, 37 of the returned asylum seekers were from the Sinhalese majority and four were Tamil Sri Lankan nationals. Only one of the asylum seekers, who was Sinhalese, passed screening to seek asylum but chose to return to Sri Lanka with the other asylum seekers…
Mr Morrison has not commented on the status of another boat of asylum seekers, said to carrying about 150 asylum seekers, which was reportedly intercepted by Australian authorities around a week ago.
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So why did Christine Milne holiday on an island that Malcolm Fraser likens to Nazi Germany?

Andrew Bolt July 07 2014 (8:49am)

WHY have the Greens — and leftists such as former prime minister Malcolm Fraser — made Sri Lanka their favourite villain? 

Is it to better pretend that boat people from its Tamil minority are genuine refugees?
Is it so they can now attack Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a criminal for sending back two boats with 200 [alleged] Tamils intercepted a week ago?
I suspect so, because the Left’s self-pleasuring rage is almost pornographic, with Fraser even tweeting the return is “redolent off (sic) handing Jews to Nazis in 1930s”.
(Read full article here.) 
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Another busy weekend in the world of Islam

Andrew Bolt July 07 2014 (8:18am)

Kenya:
Gunmen fired indiscriminately at homes, burned down a church and raided a police station in two attacks on Kenyan coastal towns overnight, killing at least 29 people…

The Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which last September attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Yemen:
Clashes between Shiite rebels and tribesmen allied with the government have killed at least 35 people and wounded 40 others in some of the fiercest fighting to hit the country in months, a Yemeni security official said Sunday.
The rebels, from the Houthi tribe, have been battling tribesmen from Yemen’s largest tribal confederation, the Hashid, which is backed by an army unit and allied with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islah party. The Houthi are backed by smaller tribes.
Nigeria:
Boko Haram insurgents have attacked Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, killing many people.
Damboa is about 87 kilometres from Maiduguri and about 40 kilometres to Chibok where over 200 female students were abducted by the insurgents nearly three months ago.
The latest attack, according locals in Damboa, left at least 12 soldiers, 4 policemen and 4 members of the civilian JTF dead.

Syria:

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an al Qaida-splinter group, has rousted as many as 30,000 people from an eastern Syrian town after recently capturing it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Sunday.
The people were forced out of their homes over the weekend… Shahel, a town in eastern countryside of Syria’s oil-rich Deir al-Zour province, was a stronghold of the al Qaida-linked Nusra Front, which has been deadlocked in battles against the ISIL… The ISIL has recently proclaimed the establishment of an “ Islamic Caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq, and changed its name into the “Islamic State.”
Iraq:
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Islamic militant sect, ISIS, which has been rampaging across the north and west of Iraq since last month, has been demolishing sacred sites such as shrines and mosques around the historic northern city of Mosul in Nineveh province.
Photographs from the area posted online under the banner “Demolishing shrines and idols in the state of Nineveh” depicted mosques being turned into piles of rubble – explosives deployed against Shiite buildings - and bulldozers flattening the shrines. 
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Israel’s shame

Andrew Bolt July 07 2014 (8:15am)

The only difference here - albeit a big one - is that at least Israel does feel shame, and has arrested the suspected killers:
The Israeli police have arrested a group of Israeli suspects in connection with the kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian youth from East Jerusalem who was found beaten and burned in a Jerusalem forest last week, a spokesman for the Israeli police said Sunday…
The police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said there was a “strong possibility” that the motive for the killing was “nationalistic,” indicating that it was a revenge attack by right-wing Jewish extremists for the recent kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.
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G’day,
This is the second posting of this cartoon. An important edit was required in the cartoons tag line. Forest for the trees stuff, Zeg.
THE SHOW HAD TO GO ON!!!
Well, now that the initial shock is dying away and like many broken hearted fans of this bloke, yep I really did respect him once upon a time, I was thinking that Rolf Harris was not just another convicted PEDO that got away with his vile acts of betrayal for years and years but like several other recently exposed kiddie fiddlers he was an entertainer!
Sure, there is no doubt that some religious organisations have protected their pedophiles for years and one can never excuse that and I am not saying that all Clergy are guilty nor am I saying that all in the Entertainment Industry are also guilty or compliant. I believe that the vast majority of people in both practices are normal and just as disgusted as the rest of us.
You can certainly understand the denial and deceptive reasoning for the protection of these evil clergy and just what a bad look such terrible behaviour would donate to the cause of Christianity, again I say a warped reasoning, BUT what about the industry that has for years gone out of its way to lampoon and mock Christianity, always taking the high moral ground on these issues? 
Well, as it occurs to me, their hypocrisy has no bounds as they are just as guilty for protecting their own pedophiles. Harris’s ill treatment of little girls has thankfully been exposed and he will spend the rest of his life as a pariah and hated man but what about those who for their own personal reasons are as guilty as the perpetrator by turning a blind eye to what they knew was happening? When does justice find them? ……. I guess God will sort them out!
I just thought it was a side to this whole tragic event that none of my contemporaries were exploring.
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G’day,
Well, now that the initial shock is dying away and like many broken hearted fans of this bloke, yep I really did respect him once upon a time, I was thinking that Rolf Harris was not just another convicted PEDO that got away with his vile acts of betrayal for years and years but like several other recently exposed kiddie fiddlers he was an entertainer!
 Sure, there is no doubt that some religious organisations have protected their pedophiles for years and one can never excuse that and I am not saying that all Clergy are guilty nor am I saying that all in the Entertainment Industry are also guilty or compliant. I believe that the vast majority of people in both practices are normal and just as disgusted as the rest of us.
 You can certainly understand the denial and deceptive reasoning for the protection of these evil clergy and just what a bad look such terrible behaviour would donate to the cause of Christianity, again I say a warped reasoning, BUT what about the industry that has for years gone out of its way to lampoon and mock Christianity, always taking the high moral ground on these issues? 
Well, as it occurs to me, their hypocrisy has no bounds as they are just as guilty for protecting their own pedophiles. Harris’s ill treatment of little girls has thankfully been exposed and he will spend the rest of his life as a pariah and hated man but what about those who for their own personal reasons are as guilty as the perpetrator by turning a blind eye to what they knew was happening? When does justice find them? ……. I guess God will sort them out!
I just thought it was a side to this whole tragic event that none of my contemporaries were exploring.
Godspeed
Zeg
Freelance Editorial Cartoonist/Caricaturist
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"Secretary of State John Kerry was the personification of the incredible shrinkage of America this week as he maintained his obsessive focus on getting Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians. 

In a Middle East engulfed by civil war, revolution and chronic instability, Israel is the only country at peace.

The image of Kerry extolling his success in "narrowing the gaps" between Israel and the Palestinians before he boarded his airplane at Ben Gurion Airport as millions assembled to bring down the government of Egypt is the image of a small, irrelevant America.

And as the anti-American posters in Tahrir Square this week showed, America's self-induced smallness is a tragedy that will harm the region and endanger the US." - Caroline Glick

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Egyptian turmoil strikes a blow to Gaza’s Hamas rulers - The Times of Israel
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A focused pursuit of legacy creation on the heels of a failed Administration's foreign policy directives, amid domestic and international scandals; and meanwhile, Israel's back is again to the corner with the all-too-familiar loaded and pointed revolver, whilst regional fires continue to rage, spreading unrest, destruction, human suffering and dangerous chaos.

Who dares to step forward, undaunted by self-serving agendas from all-around and expose underlying political shams?

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From my trip to Nevada yesterday, monsoon chasing with Miguel De La Cruz. First image edited on my new monster of a computer built byDarvin Atkeson along with a couple new editing tricks taught by him as well. Feeling Happy! — inNevada.
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World's First Virtual Shopping Store opens in Korea. All the Shelves are infact LCD Screens. User Choose their desired items by touching the LCD screen and checkout at the counter in the end to have all their ordered stuff packed in Bags.

We are updating out instagram page 24x7, you can join us there too : http://instagram.com/unbefacts
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Pareidolia is a mental phenomenon that allows us to see faces and other objects in completely unrelated settings.
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Boeing 777 crashes at San Francisco International Airport [photos] ==> http://twitchy.com/2013/07/06/boeing-777-crashes-at-san-francisco-international-airport-photos/

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Pastor Rick Warren
If you want to be a bridge to Jesus you must be willing to be walked on.
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Wax sculpture by Artist Sam Jinks!
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An ‎#IDF battalion is developing cutting-edge techniques for battling Hezbollah terrorists. Based on years of experience, the methods were tested this week in Israel's north. Read more:http://goo.gl/0o6bg 
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first rate kid .. how has he survived this long? - ed
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Submerged tree in the Green Lake.

The Green Lake or Grüner See is a lake in Austria that dries out almost completely during fall, is used as a county park in the winter and is famous for the underwater park which forms during the spring due to the snow meltdown.
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Agriculture may have arisen simultaneously in many places throughout the Fertile Crescent, new research suggests. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/76wu

Ancient mortars and grinding tools unearthed in a large mound in the Zagros Mountains of Iran reveal that people were grinding wheat and barley about 11,000 years ago.
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Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman Doctor Who
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“Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment—not discouragement—you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.

"Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”

From "A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living"
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The Lord will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land...You will be like a well-watered garden. Isaiah 58:11
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Radical faith in God and radical love for people are behind Saddleback's 30 yrs of non-stop growth.Both require risk-taking.
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“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil."
Proverbs 1:33
Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, he punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while he did this, he took care that his own chosen ones should be secure. If all other brooks are dry, yet shall there be one reserved for Elijah; and when that fails, God shall still preserve for him a place of sustenance; nay, not only so, the Lord had not simply one "Elijah," but he had a remnant according to the election of grace, who were hidden by fifties in a cave, and though the whole land was subject to famine, yet these fifties in the cave were fed, and fed from Ahab's table too by His faithful, God-fearing steward, Obadiah. Let us from this draw the inference, that come what may, God's people are safe. Let convulsions shake the solid earth, let the skies themselves be rent in twain, yet amid the wreck of worlds the believer shall be as secure as in the calmest hour of rest. If God cannot save his people under heaven, he will save them in heaven. If the world becomes too hot to hold them, then heaven shall be the place of their reception and their safety. Be ye then confident, when ye hear of wars, and rumours of wars. Let no agitation distress you, but be quiet from fear of evil. Whatsoever cometh upon the earth, you, beneath the broad wings of Jehovah, shall be secure. Stay yourself upon his promise; rest in his faithfulness, and bid defiance to the blackest future, for there is nothing in it direful for you. Your sole concern should be to show forth to the world the blessedness of hearkening to the voice of wisdom.

Evening

"How many are mine iniquities and sins?"
Job 13:23
Have you ever really weighed and considered how great the sin of God's people is? Think how heinous is your own transgression, and you will find that not only does a sin here and there tower up like an alp, but that your iniquities are heaped upon each other, as in the old fable of the giants who piled Pelion upon Ossa, mountain upon mountain. What an aggregate of sin there is in the life of one of the most sanctified of God's children! Attempt to multiply this, the sin of one only, by the multitude of the redeemed, "a number which no man can number," and you will have some conception of the great mass of the guilt of the people for whom Jesus shed his blood. But we arrive at a more adequate idea of the magnitude of sin by the greatness of the remedy provided. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, God's only and well-beloved Son. God's Son! Angels cast their crowns before him! All the choral symphonies of heaven surround his glorious throne. "God over all, blessed forever. Amen." And yet he takes upon himself the form of a servant, and is scourged and pierced, bruised and torn, and at last slain; since nothing but the blood of the incarnate Son of God could make atonement for our offences. No human mind can adequately estimate the infinite value of the divine sacrifice, for great as is the sin of God's people, the atonement which takes it away is immeasurably greater. Therefore, the believer, even when sin rolls like a black flood, and the remembrance of the past is bitter, can yet stand before the blazing throne of the great and holy God, and cry, "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea rather, that hath risen again." While the recollection of his sin fills him with shame and sorrow, he at the same time makes it a foil to show the brightness of mercy--guilt is the dark night in which the fair star of divine love shines with serene splendour.
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Achish

[Ā'chish] - serpent charmer.
  1. Son of Maoch and the king of Gath to whom David fled (1 Sam. 21:10-14; 27:2-12).
  2. A king of Gath, who reigned about forty years later than No. 1, in Solomon's time (1 Kings 2:39, 40).
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Today's reading: Job 32-33, Acts 14 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Job 32-33

Elihu
So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. 3 He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him. 4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he. 5 But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused....

Today's New Testament reading: Acts 14

In Iconium
1 At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. 3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. 4 The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles. 5There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them. 6 But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country, 7 where they continued to preach the gospel....
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