BRIEF THOUGHTS

2 May 2019I have been revisiting some links, lately, to double check my information  and be sure I have all the reference details I need.  I have to say that I find it astounding how much has disappeared from access.  One example is a sort of table of contents/index I had a link to which briefly listed from 1607-1834 a a six part "Chronology of Religious Development in America"

I wanted to read more about it, which is why I had kept the link.  Ha!  nowhere to be found.  It is a loc.gov (library of congress) address and it took me to some erroneous unrelated website that looked like it was as layout for a mobile phone.  That layout on a mobile is not as bad as the giant mobile layout on the computer scree which looks like it is designed to not confuse  a 3 year old.

So I simply put in the basic address and added to it from there which finally took me to a website which said the material had been migrated to a different website.  So following that link and doing a search, of course the item I was seeking was no where to be found.  Like everything else online it too seems to have been dumbed down, so that it is not possible to drill down into specific topics, but only to have access to a few that are considered to be of interest to the general public.  Grrr . . .  limiting assumptions about the general public are infuriating.
 
I did keep the short list of contents when I originally found the item.  And reading through it, I once again realized that even though we all know some of the first european colonists were fleeing from religious persecution, there was an over abundance of it going on in the then colonies too - among the colonists - like in Massachusetts and Virginia.  And of course that was why William Penn received a charter to establish religious freedom in the colonies.  It seems The Society of Friends (Quakers) were often being targeted.  And of course that is why I was interested to read what information the Chronology presented, and how it was presented.

As I read through the six categories I wondered about the number of ancestors we have on Dad's side of the family who lived in the Fort Pitt region along the the Ohio River - which was region in OH and PA but also the WV panhandle (still VA at that time) and western MD.  And although they were not Quakers, I wonder if they lived there for that reason.

14 April 2019
Really!  Talk about an assumed attitude of privilege which also embraces ageism!  On a news program, today, a young woman was saying one of the negative side-effects of the metoo movement was that men no longer feel comfortable around young women.  Really?  Really!  I mean Really?!  All I could think was Are you sure you don’t want to rethink and reword that comment?

I agree that the metoo movement has an effect of  making some men uncomfortable because of fearing they could be falsely accused.  Men, in general, do not deserve to have to be fearful because of those in their ranks who are violators, especially those who are serial offenders.  But woman, in general, also do not deserve to be in fear of being attacked by men, because when they report violations they are not believed and those who violate get away with violating instead of being apprehended. 

The problem is with dishonesty, and an unwillingness and inability to discern what is and is not factual to the point of denial which does not result in thorough investigation.  The only people who do not invite investigation are the violators and those who enable them.  That is a truism.

It is the men violating who are at the foundation of the fear some men have of being dishonestly accused, not the  woman who  have chosen to report violations and expect to be believed.   If there was not so much refusal to believe woman to the point of refusal to thoroughly investigate claims, then there would not be so much fear in men who are not violators.  The refusal to believe woman is associated with the high numbers of violators, and repeat violators in particular, especially when those violators have the power of influencing others to the point others chose the corruption of enabling the violators and their offenses.  So, again, I agree there has been an increase in some  men fearing they could be unjustly accused.  I think that is likely to be directly proportional to the amount of women who are unjustly accused simply because they are not believed and their claims are not properly investigated when they do report violations.

The way to minimize fear is for thorough, objective, investigations which are never subject to the corruption of threats and/or  pay-off by violaters who claim their careers and lives will be ruined when they are held accountable.  They, and apparently, the mores of our society have been buying into not ruining the lives of violators, and instead condoning the ruining of the lives of the women who were violated. 

And of course it must be stated that some boys and men have been violated, and that some people have been violated by same sex violators.  But the issue is about reporting violations that are not believed and not investigated which precipitates the issue of  being unjustly accused because of not being believed and there being no investigation.  So logic tells us that the problem is disbelief, and that the only way to alleviated that is to investigate the claim until all the facts make evident exactly what happened.  It really is that simple.

What I do not agree with, and what stinks of privilege and ageism in a young woman, of a certain age clearly old enough to know better, is that she said men do not feel comfortable around “young women” - as if older women invited violation, or acquiesced to and wanted to be violated in their younger years - as if they are not still potential targets of violation along with anyone else violators want to violate and believe they can get away with violating.


6 March 2019
The issue is what to do about grown men and women trying to make sacrificial victims of anyone, let alone those elected to Congress by a constituency who wants the representation of those who are  being targeted as victims by their so-called colleagues. It is even more disheartening when the targeted are naturalized immigrants who have personally suffered from political crimes as much or more than the obviously ill-intended who want to obstruct them from doing their jobs. The valuable knowledge and insight they have, as messengers, into how to prevent political victimizing seems to be a problem for ill-intended obstructors.

It is the epitome of fear and ill-intent, gone wild, which makes evident the difficulty so many have in recognizing the love and merciful compassion that motivates people, naturalized immigrants or not - people who want to prevent others from enduring conditions that created the hardships they have personally endured.

Jim Croce says it much more kindly, in "Lover's Cross", than the actions of those who lust after the creation of sacrificial victims. Even so, his lyrics say it all.

"I Can’t Hang Upon No Lover’s Cross for You"

I consider the song to be about all who intend to make a self-sacrifical victim of anyone who truly loves them - be it spouse, significant other, parents, siblings, children, extended family, friends, strangers as criminals hired to victimize . . . no matter who - it pertains to all victimizers.

21 June 2018
Between paying for internet access which has increasingly  become slower than molasses in January and using a hellish standard keyboard instead of my usual ergonomic keyboard, online access has become a chore especially when it is necessary.

And of course not accessing Facebook daily leaves the feed full of everything other than people, except for a few posts from people who have also posted on the same topics.  As a way to connect with friends, family, and colleagues it has become nearly dysfunctional.  Is that because of how I have it configured?  Perhaps.  For their protection I do not categorize people as family or close friends which Facebook has no need to know. 

Facebook's one-dimensional advertising driven  AI structure is tedious.  And cheapo keyboards included with desktop computers should have been replace by ergonomic keyboards as  standard issue with desktop computers, long ago. 
Anyone who writes needs one.  Radiation screens on monitors also should have always been standard issue.  And as far as no more net neutrality goes, when we don't get the access we pay for . . . also driven by first using bandwidth to serve advertising before content - then the price needs to be drastically lowered.  How about pricing that fluctuates - specifically decreases in coordination with limited undependable very slow access?

19 May 2018
I wonder how accurate a comment is that was made by a Brit being interviewed today in the lead up to the wedding of Prince Harry and his Bride.  I watched in the early hours of the morning - of course.  The woman said that in actuality it didn't cost individuals in Britain more than one pound a year to support the monarchy.  It was part of a comment about how the monarchy had been losing favor, but that with the younger royals having more influence, it has been evolving and seems to be regaining favor - that being non-political, it is a bridge between the past and the future.

No one does the continuity of tradition like the British because of the monarchy. And the fact is that the monarchy does financially support a lot of worthwhile charities. I can see the diplomatic value in the continuity of a monarch who officially represents the best manners, diplomatic protocol, intentions, and cultural traditions of a nation to other nations while being the keeper and protector of them, nationally - for the Commonwealth in this case (especially if the cost is no more than one pound per individual a year) all accomplished - apolitically.

16 February
I signed up for the 3 month trial version of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).  Wow. Some good journalism.  So refreshing.  Have really been enjoying it.

However . . . I notice that I am receiving a "version".  I guess it is the western version, since that is the only other version that I have seen identified.

Because of the front page coverage this morning, I wanted to compare the normal version with the version I received and with the online version.  Well, I've only found the online version.  However, there is not a huge photo and article glorifying the shooter in Florida yesterday, like there is in the western version.

First, I am encouraged that other folks are also pointing out that glorifying the crimes and criminals in the media serves no good purpose.  But it does not seem to change the "culture" of priority media focus on violence, death, and destruction.

Secondly, I truly wonder why the "version" of the WSJ I am receiving does that when the online version does not.  I don't know if the "normal" version does, but I find no justification for the Western version doing so.  Is it an assumption that is the sort of news we want, which it is believed will sell WSJ in this region?  Our local papers and news can be depended on to provide an overdose of that for folks who, shamefully, feed off of such negativity.

Thirdly, what a strange coincidence that the terrorist attack at NSA yesterday morning was so quickly eclipsed by something worse.  I don't know if it was no longer mentioned on t.v. news, later, since I refrained from putting it on.  But it was given two paragraphs in WSJ on page two, mostly saying it was not a terrorist attack - even though an unauthorized vehicle entered and fired a weapon. 

Really?  So if it was not terrorism then what was it?  Oh . . . yes, must keep in mind we are not "supposed" to concern ourselves with that - given our attention has been redirected to worse crimes of terror by shooters, glorified in the news - and nebulous "shots fired", elsewhere.

At least we can give WSJ credit for not glorifying that incident.  However, there is a difference between a pertinent news report and the glorifying of crimes and criminals.


7 January 2018
Episode 106 – Nassim Haramein on Unified field theory – physics, the connected nature of everything and more - podcast.

10 November 2017
Once you experience the joy and empowerment of being 100% present in your own life it becomes very difficult to be deprived of what is essentially the acknowledgement of your individual right to know God's will in your own life better than anyone else imagines or claims to know it, for you.

2016
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5 May 2014
The Honeysuckle Vine is thriving and blooming this year, thus, so it seems, are the bees thriving because of it.  It came to my attention several years ago that some folks consider the Honeysuckle Vine to be little more than a pesky weed.  I don't.  It's doing no harm in my yard, and because it clearly is supporting the bee population, I'm happy to provide a home for it.

The fragrance is strong and overwhelming, as is it's tendency, but after the vine not having done much for the past two years, I don't mind.  Why did it not bloom the previous two years?  Was it because of a too ambitious pruning?  Did it need a prolonged time of cold, like this past winter?   Maybe, like an Apple Tree, it does better every other year?  I simply don't know.  But this year it seems to really be doing it's part to support the bee population.  It is located directly outside the backdoor, so when going in and out, frequently, during the day it's a real joy to hear the vine abuzz with the activity of busy bees.