Saturday Update October 20, 2012
Feast St. John Cantius, Confessor
Be still and see that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth. – Ps.46: 10
On the Lighter Side…
US OLYMIC DOWNHILL SKI GOLD MEDAL FORFITED
American Lindsey Vonn had to forfeit her Gold Medal on Friday, JUNE 15, 2012. The International Olympic Committee announced that it had taken back the gold medal previously awarded to American skier Lindsey Vonn and given it to U.S. President Barack Obama. Olympic officials said Obama deserved the medal more than Vonn, because no one has ever taken a country downhill faster than he has.
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Global Food Reserves Have Reached Their Lowest Level in Almost 40 Years
Sadly, the truth is that food prices have already been steadily rising in the United States in recent years. We have come to accept this as “normal”, but these horrible price increases are really squeezing the budgets of middle class families and we certainly don’t need food prices to start going up even faster.
Edit. Sadly, the forces of darkness will use this situation to spread the Culture of Death around the globe, through birth control, abortion, and euthanasia. Rather than helping people to help themselves through providing instruction on how to raise food at home, they will continue to rely on the Big Ag industry to selectively provide or withhold food supplies to manipulate markets to the highest prices. Now we have the GMO seeds with their predator gene to stop reproduction of the parent plants so we must go hat in hand to the patent holders to get next year’s supply of seed stock. …and so it goes when God and His laws are taken out of the reproduction process. If you haven’t yet made plans to do so get prepared for a backyard vegetable garden for next year. Better yet, see about some backyard rabbits and hens. Learn canning and other ways of stocking up. Whatever self-sufficiency you can accomplish now do it before things become more scarce and more expensive.
Rumors of Wars…
Syria conflict ‘could set whole region ablaze’
The Syria conflict risks setting the region “ablaze”, International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has warned, as clashes broke out across the border with Lebanon.
Beirut bomb kills anti-Syrian intelligence official
A prominent Lebanese intelligence official opposed to President Bashar al-Assad was killed in a huge car bomb in Beirut in another sign that Syria’s civil war is dragging its volatile neighbor into the conflict.
Edit. What a segue, the first article vindicates, illustrates, and proves the second. This is only the beginning.
Faith and Morals…
E. W. Jackson: Blacks, Christians, Godly must leave the Democrat Party!
Edit. Where are our Catholic Bishops? In times past it was they who stood for the Truth… now they leave it to the Evangelical Protestants to call Christians to rally to the banner of Christ. The Novus Ordo Church is morally bankrupt.
Health and Wellness: formerly called Emerging Illnesses (Pestilence)…
Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers
According to Michael Doyle, a microbiologist from the University of Georgia, using feces to feed fish and shrimp is quite common in Asia. Many fish and shrimp that we eat spend their entire lives swimming around in a disgusting pool of animal feces…
Edit. Why! O…why, in this land of plenty, do we have to import much of anything? The simple answer is Globalization. Our government, in accord with UN mandates, treaties, and trade agreements, override the health of American people for the sake of the New World Order.
The Times They are a Changin’…
Concerned Roman Hoarded Gold To Protect Against Hyperinflation At the Outer Reaches of Roman Empire
…judging on the sporadic nature of his bury, this gold bug from the 4th century, was totally freaking out about currency devaluation and government taxation.
Edit. Well you can chalk this up to the more things change the more they remain the same. It seems that during times of declining empire people flee to basic raw materials as a hedge against future uncertainties. To be sure, this illustrates that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.
Politics and more…
Planned Parenthood: 96 years of sex and death
The advent of the birth control pill has been cited by many sociologists as the catalyst of the “free sex” era of the 1960s and 70s. This brought with it an explosion in sexually transmitted viruses and other sexually related diseases – a problem still with us some 50 years later.
Edit. . Birth control and abortion have been so inculcated within our Western Society that even among Catholics it is considered a woman’s right. In addition, most Catholics, even those who attend Mass regularly no longer follow the Church’s teaching on sexual morality whether inside or even outside of marriage. Depending on what surveys you read the overwhelming majority of Catholics use artificial birth control. Moreover, many who use Natural Family Planning do not know the strict parameters necessary for its use according to Catholic Magisterial Teaching, as given in Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Casti Cannubii, in 1930, through Pope Pius XII’s various speeches in 1951 and on to Popes Paul VI in Humani Vitae, 1968 and Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Indeed, I’ve heard many Novus Ordo Catholics publicly state that the use of birth control is between husband and wife and God; …no other. Yet, the Modernization of Vatican Council II is directly responsible for this type of “Catholic” mentality. So ingrained is the birth control and abortion mentality in the Catholic Church that the bishops in their recent spat with the Obama regime had to fall back on “Freedom” as a basis of argument instead of the fundamental immorality of contraception. Perhaps they themselves don’t believe that birth control and abortion are intrinsically immoral evils.
As a background Margaret Sanger was an atheistic “Free Thinker” of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her eugenic ideas were formulated through witnessing the migration of Irish refugees from the Great Irish Hunger onward. She looked at their depths of poverty not with charity, that is seeing suffering Jesus Christ in all men, but from the point of view of the teeming masses that use resources meant for her privileged class. Originally, her concepts of eugenics were her game plan, she even lauded Adolph Hitler, and his various eugenic experiments in Nazi occupied Europe, that is, until public sentiment turned against Hitler as WWII spread. Planned Parenthood changed its tack and decided to pursue a Feminist Agenda of Woman’s Rights to achieve the goal of eugenics and “free love”. It is ironic how they use “Parenthood” in the title of their business, (and make no mistake it is big business), when they do everything in their power to prevent parenthood.
Obama Throws Hillary Under The Bus – Clintons Furious
It seems that there is a legitimate reason for the Obama administration to throw Clinton under the bus on this one and it seems that everyone is on board with it, including Vice President Joe Biden.
Edit. It seems to me if the shoe fits wear it! …and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy … er, I mean lady … er, I mean woman.
Let the Men of Wisdom Speak…
Nobody really knows what will work to get the economy back on course. And nobody-in fact, no central bank anywhere on the planet-has the experience of successfully navigating a return home from the place in which we now find ourselves. No central bank-not, at least, the Federal Reserve-has ever been on this cruise before. Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher, Harvard Club,
Edit. While the above quote is not exactly a wise man speaking, it certainly is the truth which is a refreshing change from the less than candid statement from the previous tight-lipped movers and shakers in politics and economics. …and so the ship of fools glides on.
Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
This week at Hunny-Bunny Farm I was devastated to learn that I’ve lost 2 hives; strong hives at that. Despite the relatively mild autumn so far and the subsequent abundance of flowers, it would appear that my hives starved to death. Yes, apparently the flowers that bloom at this time of year, asters, goldenrod, etc. don’t produce enough pollen or nectar to sustain them for the upcoming winter storage. I put off sugar and pollen substitute feeding because I saw all this activity and assumed, (yes, I know about “ass-u-&-me”), all was well; together with the stores of honey, I knew they had in August, all should have been fine. However, on opening the hives this week to both, begin feeding and winterize, I found the supers empty of stores. I quickly installed feeders for a 50% – 50% sugar-water syrup, and protein powder for a pollen substitute in the remaining two hives. I’m sure these two remained only because they had robbed the stores of the other now defunct hives. Mea culpa, through my benign neglect in making assumptions these bees met an early demise. So I’ve learned a costly lesson from this: 1) always check hives every ten days, regardless of what you may assume; 2) begin feeding substitutes when the asters bloom and the goldenrod has reached the tawny yellow color, which would be about September 10th.
Meantime, I’ve put back my winter squash into basement storage and I received my mushrooms, which I’ve started in a dark part of the basement. For the moment the only things being produced are my greens in the greenhouse and the ‘shrooms. These two “crops” plus the stored veggies should last us until January or February 2013. This coming week I will harvest the kale and potatoes and within the next two weeks slaughter the hens and a couple of rabbits for the freezer.
Putting It all In Perspective & Final commentary…
I’m sure by now most of the readership is familiar with the term commonly used by preppers: WROL. For those who may have seen it but don’t know, the meaning of this it is Without Rule Of Law. Many contend that when the dollar collapses, among other things, Western Civilization will descend into a Mad Max chaos, with little to govern society except might makes right. While this may happen in some very, very localized areas from time to time, history has shown that societal governance does not like a vacuum. Examples of this can be seen in the various riots I’ve witnessed in my lifetime: the burning cities of the US in the late ‘60’s; the student takeovers also of the 60’s; the LA riots; the various blackout riots throughout the nation; etc. Eventually, some sort of order is restored and though life may markedly change, there will be order within the chaos. The recent histories of Argentina, Zimbabwe, Greece, and others easily come to mind. As can be seen, this “order” is not necessarily ideal nevertheless; there will be some governance and the police presence to enforce it. The nature of man, like any social animal, is toward order and control.
That said, in future we will not be witnessing WROL but a type of EROL, that is, Extra Rule Of Law. Draconian laws will be passed to ensure that there is a central control to prevent the Mad Max scenario. Indeed, we are already seeing bits and pieces of it in much of our laws already and by police actions within society in the form of NDAA, and the militarization of our law enforcement, and other manifestations. Another aspect, which often falls under the radar but is a reality, is the so-called Executive Orders from the Executive Branch of government. Onerous provision have been made for confiscation of weapons, stockpiles of food, means of transportation in a declared state of emergency have already been emplaced if and when the need arises.
So, yes, there will be roving periods of chaos ranging from hours to days, but governance and enforcement will regain some form of control. Keep this in mind should under chaotic conditions you be called to defend your family, home, or goods. You will be accountable for your actions when order is restored! Therefore, be very circumspect and prudent in your actions and reactions in various circumstances.
Caveat: I’m not in anyway giving or advocating any medical or financial advice but merely informing you of the controversies involved in this topic and the dilemma they present to the thinking Catholic in our times. I do not intend to give medical or financial advice or take any responsibility for anyone else’s health, medical or financial positions and decisions and as always encourage everyone to be fully informed, through personal research and contact a professional advisor before making any medical or financial decisions.
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