Yes. I have public posts. But think of all the stuff you're missing by not telling me you exist and want to be my friend. Sign my guestbook and say "hullo".
If you are already a friend, you are already on the readership list. Thank you for your patronage. Пожалуйста объявите здесь, чтобы быть добавленными к моему списку друзей. Вы будете моим другом?
...and tell me why you think that is a good idea.
If you just "friend" me, it is not likely that I will see that for a long time. If I don't know you, I likely won't be making it mutual since you didn't introduce yourself.
If you do not have a Live Journal account, then get one
. They are free and LJ won't spam you.
If you simply wish to comment on a post anonymously, you don't have to have an account for that.
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There is a great need for end-to-end encryption for ALL communications. Your aunt Edna's bunions may not be high on the list of things that you may think require encryption, but that is not the point. You are not a criminal so have nothing to hide is also not the point. The point is that no matter how banal, how mundane, vapid or trite a topic is, IT IS NO ONE'S BUSINESS BUT YOURS and the people you are sharing it with.
Look into PGP, AES, VPN, OTR (used for instant message), snail mail, and other techniques for sharing your data and communication. The phone apps are out there, too, but we ALL must use them and we must use them every time.
Use of encryption makes you look suspicious? Worry less about what your government thinks of you and soon your government will begin to worry more about what you think of it. Encryption is not suspicious if EVERYONE is using it for everything.
"Policing is only easy in a police state." ~Austin HillGerman researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls.
"When we think that God's law is His way of robbing us of pleasure we are no different from little kids who identify sin with getting into trouble. As we mature in faith we should begin to see more clearly the rational basis for divine commandments. As this happens we begin to see the Lord's instructions as delightful aids to health, happiness and the kind of pleasure that lasts." ~Hieromonk Maximos, "Psalm 16: Pleasures for Evermore", Theosis, November 2014, Vol. 3, Number 3, pg 40.
"God's rules are there to indicate the limit beyond we have turned away from him and hurt or broken communion with him. In other words, God's commands serve our communion with him." ~Father Michael Lee, "Christianity: rules or relationship?"
I went to confession on Saturday like a good Catholic should. After confession I went to buy groceries. My cart was full of groceries and I had four dollars in my pocket. A woman with a child in her arms accosted me. "Excuse me, I am really embarrassed to ask but my boyfriend and I just had an argument. He kicked me out and I am trying to get to Phoenix...", pleaded the woman.
I gave her a compassionate look and interrupted her, "I am sorry. I'm so sorry."
She looked away and I moved on, loaded my groceries in my car, and left. I felt nothing for her. She didn't register. Other panhandlers have registered with me. I once bought a cup of coffee for a man who was clearly a meth addict. I gave $20 to a homeless man one night who was asking for money for a hotel. There have been numerous other cases. I give generously to organizations that exist for the express purpose to help people in need. This woman didn't register with me and it bothered me that she didn't. Whether or not she was legitimate was one her. Here was a person asking for help and I knowingly refused for some reason.
I went to Divine Liturgy the next morning. I am sexton for my church and stayed after to help stuff envelopes for the upcoming bake sale and perform other duties (as assigned). The other parishioners had left and I used the opportunity to discuss the situation with my pastor. The discussion went on for some two and a half hours. He was a bit animated since he hadn't had a discussion like this since seminary many years ago.
It comes down to being moved by the Holy Spirit. This is something to be wary about since it has most certainly been abused as an excuse to do what one wishes. I was not moved to help this woman. We discussed the possible reasons why.
She crossed a "barrier"; I was at a vulnerable moment. Her story had many holes in it: Does she really have no local friends or family that could help? There's no bus between my town and the one she wanted to go to. She'd never be able to raise the money for a taxi ride that far. Why didn't she go to a church for help? What about the baby?
Yes. The baby. It took us an hour to reach this point:
1) REPHRASE THE NARRATIVE
2) ALTER THE PARADIGM
First point: "I have made very bad decisions in my life. I am reduced to begging and thus have put my infant child in danger. Please help."
Second point: The CHILD needs help. I must call Child Protective Services. They can investigate the situation and find out if she is running from an abusive situation and get her REAL help.
I now know what to do. I can have compassion and TRULY help people while filtering out those who just want a handout. Cash is not the help most beggars really need. They need to be given the tools to elevate themselves out of their situation (I have a plan for that as well). I just need to rephrase the narrative and alter the paradigm.
These two techniques work on other situations as well, especially in politics.
While I was peacefully and quietly going about my life, the Universe did a paradigm shift.
The device tested by NASA was not efficient but was intended to only demonstrate a principle. NASA does not even appear to know how it works. Mind you, this will not produce enough thrust to leave the planet, but it would be very useful for orbital correction or deep space missions.
Every rocket engine design to date has been a reaction engine: fuel in, exhaust out. This engine, seemingly against the known laws of physics, has removed the penalties associated with those two things.
The questions of "why does it work" and "can it be scaled up" need to be answered, now.Go build your own
Looking for the "right gal", gentlemen? If you found one you think you'd like to marry, then you had better think again before you do. If she falls into one of the following categories, then you should seriously examine your relationship. You might want to leave her, immediately. Likely, she will have one or more or these traits, regardless of who you choose. Most women exhibit these several of these traits at various times. However, if she falls solidly into these extremes, then it may be better to run away.13 Women Men Should Never Marry
I have been trying to do the Pre-Nativity fast (Philip's Fast
). I am trying for meatless. This is a bit of a dry-run for Lent. So far ... not so good. It is difficult to find alternate sources of protein that don't involve soy or hemp (soy contains phytoestrogens and I have concerns about hemp protein and drug screenings). I bought some quinoa and lentils at Sprouts and I'll start experimenting with them. The monastic ideal is no meat, dairy, or egg.
The world is made of meat. Being a vegetarian is hard because most regular stores just don't carry many options. It seems vegetarian options are still mostly specialty items. Combine this with my weightlifting and I have some serious protein needs that are difficult to fulfill with non-soy vegetables.
However, the point of a fast is discipline
, not to find substitutes so you can be in technical compliance. I have been eating dairy and egg (reserving egg only for breakfast), but no bacon or sausage... and no alcohol. I have been eating fish, again for the protein and in the tradition of a fast, but I like fish so that is not much of a discipline.
The fact is that I could easily give up all meat if I had an adequate protein substitute. A fast should not harm you. Alcohol? I stopped drinking about a week before the official start of the fast. I have had not a drop in about a month. There is booze in my house but I haven't even been tempted a little. Easy-peasy. So, what to fast? Giving up food is not seeming like much of a discipline for me. I'll have to find some other way to practice self-control.
I feel for you vegetarians. A life without meat is a hard thing to do. The world is against you, tries to starve you, and charges you extra for your pains.
A friend asked me about my employment. I told my friend "The Ministry of Sporks. I am a tine counter!" Hey... it's a job. Spork regulation is a must! I have had to reject a number of spork designs featuring only one tine. Folks, a spork with one tine is called a "spoon". I have to refer them to the Ministry of Useful Cutlery and Table Settings.
I didn't mention that I also moonlight for Killjoy, LTD. as a party disorganizer.
"Not given, not blessed by God, it was food whose eating was condemned to be communion with itself alone and not with God. It is the image of the world loved for itself..."
"When we see the world as an end in itself, everything becomes itself a value and consequently loses all value, because only in God is found the meaning (value) of everything, and the world is meaningful only when it is the 'sacrament' of God's presence. Things treated merely as things in themselves destroy themselves because only in God have they any life. The world of nature, cut off from the source of life, is a dying world. For one who thinks food in itself is the source of life, eating is communion with the dying world, it is communion with death. Food itself is dead, it is life that has died and it must be kept in refrigerators like a corpse."
~ Schmemann, Alexander. "For the Life of the World", 2nd ed. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1973. Print.
Here is a good case for asking The Lord's blessing whenever and wherever you eat lest you be in communion with that which is dead.
I just read a news article about a McDonald's restaurant in Detroit experiencing an employee walkout. The employees are on strike because their low pay is unlivable at $7.40/hr.
So why are they penalizing the company that provided them a job?
They SHOULD be protesting the Federal Government's fiscal policies that have devalued the money to the point where one cannot support a family on that much pay. These demonstrators are protesting the wrong people.
I have read a lot of relationship advice books in my time of being married. I have listened to counselors. I have read relationship articles on the Internet and in magazines and in newspaper columns. There is lots of advice on how to improve your marriage relationship and not much of it good, even though good intentioned. The topics cover everything from having more and better sex, communication, how to argue and fight fair, be more passionate, tips for dating and vacations together, reignite romance and passion, improve your marriage in 40 steps, how to meditate, take a pill, get some exercise, make time for yourself. Some advice is to just get divorced, but that is not an improvement, that is quitting and is most often the worst possible advice.
All this misses the point. Communication is not the problem. Sex is not the problem. Spending quality time together is not the problem. Raising well-behaved children is not the problem. These are all SYMPTOMS, and is why they don't really work. Aspirin may cure the headache, but it doesn't cure that aneurysm causing it. Most relationship advice centers on personal fulfillment; but marriage is not about that.( Wall of text behind the cutCollapse )
"The Dark Night"
It is a Batman flick on DVD I unwrapped tonight. Describe in one word: "tedious".
I gave up. If I can leave the room and not care or be bothered to hit the pause button then it just sucks.
The National Security Agency, NSA, taps your phone, reads your email, peeks at your pictures, snoops your social networking, and does so on a global basis. I think they have missed their charter. They should be reorganized into a force for true good.
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The Catholic church in the United States produces a "Little Black Book" of Lenten devotionals and meditations. The one for today covers some speculation over what Jesus wrote (John 8:8-9). There is one part that got me on my rant box:
"... This isn't unique to the Church, but seems true of any
organization. Think about immigration laws. Which way has
the drift been? Away from softness ("Give me your tired,
your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free")
and toward severity. ..."
The author seems to be setting up a presumption that the United States is trying to block all immigration and is drawing a moral equivalence between legal immigration and illegal. The USA is singularly the most accommodating country in the WORLD when it comes to immigration. The United States has very few tests which will deny someone the opportunity to become a citizen. It recognizes the strengths that come from non-citizens who yearn for a better life and seeks to promote opportunity for that goal. All that the country asks is that it be done in an orderly fashion.
There is a massive chasm of distinction between illegal immigration and legal citizenship. The two are not equivalent. Illegal immigrants:
* steal the hope and opportunity that was promised to those who followed the law
* present the bad face of immigration causing a stain upon and perpetuating negative stereotypes of those that entered legally
* often use identity theft to obtain work
* depress the wage structure by working for less and for cash-only
* encourage human trafficking by creating a market for it
* cause environmental damage to natural areas by leaving a trail of garbage and human waste on major ingress routes
* unnecessarily place their lives at extreme risk by traversing desolate areas
* and present a national security risk
If a country does not know who is entering its borders, how can that country best serve the needs of those entering its borders? The immigration problems of the United States are not one of stopping immigration, it does not seek to do that, but finding a way to prevent ILLEGAL immigration. The rhetoric flying about by the pro immigration reformists is directed to efforts at legitimizing unlawful and destructive behavior.