Saturday Update November 10, 2012
Feast Our Lady of Saturdays
Now very shortly I will pour out my wrath upon thee, and I will accomplish my anger in thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and I will lay upon thee all thy crimes. And my eye shall not spare, neither will I shew mercy: but I will lay thy ways upon thee, and thy abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and you shall know that I am the Lord that strike. Ez.7:8-9
On the Lighter Side…
This gives new meaning to stealing candy from a babe.
Cash-free Greek communities take off while economy collapses
Economist Yannis Ioannides of Tufts University, Massachusetts, believes a retreat to rural life provides a “safety net” for young people. “At least they can protect themselves against the market by dropping out of it,” he told Metro.
“It’s not a solution to the crisis — it’s a solution for us,” says Dionysis, 30, a chemist who gave up his life in Athens and closed his bank account, vowing to never return.
Edit. Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes. The indomitability of the human spirit also comes into play as people begin to see that big government not only is no recourse, but also never was meant as a stopgap, safety net or other Newspeak term that may apply to this situation. The fact is that in due course individuals and families will have to depend on themselves, their own creative resources, and their own skills and talents. Better to prepare now while things are relatively stable than wait until dire circumstances force you to act.
If you are blessed to have some old folks around, ask them how they coped during WWII and the Great Depression; then adapt and implement this precious firsthand knowledge to your situation.
Rumors of Wars…
Russian Submarine Detected Near East Coast
A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of the East Coast recently in the latest sign Russia is continuing to flex its naval and aerial power against the United States, defense officials said.
Edit. Well as Yogi Berra would say: déjà vu all over again. Yep! This harkens back to my childhood during the Cold War when we had practice nuclear drills at school, we had public fallout shelters in the basements of city apartment buildings, when Nike missile bases ringing US cities, and good ol’ grade B sci-fi movies about mutant creatures produced by nuclear weapons. This presence off our coast is not the first time recently that Russia has been flexing its formidable muscle. While we dissipate our military might, our treasure, and blood in military misadventures the world over Russia has quietly been rebuilding not only its economy but also its conventional weaponry. These near incursions in to US border areas are meant to warn us of expanding the Middle East conflagration into Iran.
Faith and Morals…
Religious Freedom an issue in U.S. Election
In this case, says Farr, “The Obama administration took, officially, the position that the First
Amendment did not protect churches from deciding who their ministers
should be. That is a real shot across the bow, as far as I’m concerned,
for religious freedom.”
However, “In an extraordinary decision in which all 9 justices
agreed: if the first amendment means anything, it means that
government stays out of how a church decides who its ministers are.”
Edit. This is just one of the many freedoms that are undergoing remodeling since the turn of this century.
Health and Wellness: formerly called Emerging Illnesses (Pestilence)…
12 sickened by stomach virus at NYC storm shelter
Officials say about a dozen people forced from their homes by Superstorm Sandy have gotten sick with a stomach virus at a New York City shelter.
Edit. Where people congregate, most especially under conditions of duress, illness proliferates. Throughout history, the majority of deaths in war, for instance, arise from illness in military camps or refugee centers. This is very simply seen just in the return to school every September as children are once again gathered into classrooms passing germs, viruses, bacteria, and other “bugs” around to their classmates. Even hospitals are not immune to this phenomena as super bugs like MERSA and Legionnaire’s Disease stalk the halls. This is one of the reasons for many outpatient procedures and same-day surgeries. This folks is another reason to prepare to be as self-sufficient at possible so as to avoid places where problems could start.
The Times They are a Changin’…
Boeing’s New Missile Remotely Disables Computers as It Flies By
The CHAMP tests took place in the Western Utah Desert on October 16th. As it flew by a two-story building, its on-board microwave system shut down every piece of electronic equipment running inside the place. In fact, the test went so well that it disabled all the cameras recording the event, too. Oops.
Edit. This weapon is effectively a man-made EMP pulse that can cripple not only enemy troops and arms but can also be used on civilians, say in a riot or other civil disorder. Just imagine if the North African governments had this technology in the so-called Arab Spring uprisings of 2010 – 2011, which were powered by social media on cell phones and Ipads.
Boehner Capitulates: ‘Obamacare is the Law of the Land’
Although the Republican-dominant House of Representatives controls the federal purse strings, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that Tuesday’s election victory by President Barack Obama changed how he will approach the GOP goal of repealing the health reform law, saying that the president’s reelection made it “the law of the land.”
Edit. And so, with a whimper the GOP capitulates; but then again, is there any surprise that the elites from one side of Congress should not give in to the elites on the other? Perhaps, if Congress were forced to accept the same legislation that that it imposes by law on the American citizenry, the outcome would be different? However, they have their own cradle to grave benefits package that is completely different than the rest of us.
Politics and More…
Shocking Truth ~ Breakdown Unavoidable
Edit. . I’ve been watching Charlie McGrath since he was a building contractor from the Midwest struggling to keep his business afloat. He started his YouTube channel to voice his concerns and vent. He has since spruced it up with the background banner (donated by a YouTube subscriber) and the shirt and tie, as well as his association with Rense Media. Much of what he says makes a great deal of sense most especially concerning the changing of the guard at the White House. Should Romney win the problems will not go away but continue unabated. Whether a blue team or red team fan we will continue with the status quo and that is we are in debt way over our heads and there is no way to pay it back other than default. The various QE’s will only extend the problem and kick the can further down the road. The trouble is that road is ending in a precipice.
Food Stamp Growth 75X Greater than Job Creation
…thus 76 people went on food stamps for every one that found a job,” says Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.
Edit. As I’ve always stated in the pages of CRS the gub’ment doesn’t create the economy; nor is it their responsibility to create jobs, ensure food, water, and shelter. That said, however, they do create the climate through taxes, levies, laws, restrictions, etc. to help nurture economic growth. So far, whether blue or red team, they have failed to see the problem is for our nation to produce real goods …hard assets in the form of industrial production. Instead both groups of pirates have created an environment directly opposed to truly “made in America” real production by fostering a New World Order of distributing jobs, and thus wealth, overseas to achieve a Communistic ideal of equality, fraternity, and Socialistic liberty. Meantime, the American people sit in front of the TV tube opiate, happily oblivious that we are hitting a brick wall at 70 mph in the near future. Until they wake up there is no way to put on the brakes before impact.
Let the Men of Wisdom Speak…
Despite the of late demonizing of His Excellency Bishop Richard N. Williamson, SSPX he has always been a voice of reason and wisdom. Once again, in his most recent Eleison Comments he exhibits reason and lack of malice against those who have so vehemently come against him.
Here is the Web Citation:
Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy claimed another victim! One of my two remaining hives succumbed and died. During and immediately after the storm I was unable to check the hives and replenish stores. Unusually though the hive was empty of stores including the sugar solution that I prepared for them, there were no honeybees present which leads me to believe that they united with the remaining hive, (which is highly unlikely), or they actually succumbed to the dreaded and still unexplained CCD.
In addition, this week’s Nor’easter, named Athena, also seems to have claimed two of my three remaining hens. We had about 8 -9 inches of snow on the ground and I suspect my partridge rock hens being a chestnut color contrasted so sharply against the snow that the hawks that roost here ‘bouts in the woods just couldn’t resist the easy pickins’. Anyhow, their disappearance remains a mystery as I found neither hide nor feather of them and there were no signs of struggle in the snow. I was out for several hours mid-day during the snow and when it came time to lock them into the protection of the coop for the night only one was on the roost. I looked all around in the dusky light but no luck they were not around. The next morning I walked through the hen yard, the garden, and then walked the outside perimeter of the garden yet nothing was found. While I was planning on butchering them this month as they are beyond production age it is no great loss other than fresh organic chicken soup and stew. I will butcher the remaining one and in spring intend to get another 6 – 8 pullets.
Oh well, the best-laid plans of mice and men…!
Putting It all In Perspective & Final commentary…
Perhaps, this is a case of closing the barn door, after the horse has gone, but this last Tuesday was Election Day. Naturally, we were barraged with commercials, phone calls, emails, door-to-door campaign workers, ad infinitum. Indeed, there was a viral video going around of a distraught little girl crying because she was sick and tired of hearing about Obama and Romney. I think she spoke for all of us! Nevertheless, I did notice in this electioneering cycle a startling change of tack. Many Republicans are now quite openly billing themselves as “pro-choice” (read anti-life). Many, in fact, took great pains to get the word out that they believed in a women’s right to choose. Several of those candidates are Catholic, yet despite Church teaching to the contrary, they believe it is a right. Of course, these nominal Catholics using the old cop-out of they personally oppose abortion, but they morally cannot inflict their moral beliefs on society.
The Catholic Magisterium aside, the logic of this escapes me. No one, repeat, no one has the right to kill the innocent, be it a child in the womb, a suffering middle-aged adult, or an octogenarian with dementia. Yet, so much is the Culture of Death imbedded within Western Society, (I’m loath to use the term civilization) that candidates can feel safe in expressing their stand on pro-abortion. Personal beliefs notwithstanding, these alleged Catholic professional politicians, are enabling the proliferation of the Culture of Death. Their hands are as full of blood as the abortionist is; and by extension so is the society which not only allows this abomination but embraces it by this foul deed.
As faithful Catholics, we are obliged to vote our Catholic and properly informed conscience! Indeed, not having a decent choice on my ballet, I held my nose, and like many, many others, voted the lesser of two evils in all cases. One exception was a local Republican Representative who openly and proudly endorses pro-choice. A fiscal conservative, but a social liberal he is really just another Neo-Con, (read Trotskyite).
With the reelection of Barack Obama carried by women, the young, (<30), and shockingly Catholics, the Republicans will be forced to come to terms with the changing demographics or resign themselves to the fact that they will become powerless and even disappear within the next ten to twenty years. Unfortunately, society has imbibed the Culture of Death so fully that it is now ingrained within Society. The only way to stop it, and even this is iffy, is for our Bishops to start to teach the traditional Catholic Magisterium from the pulpits and explain the moral and theological aspects of Catholic Social Justice as regards innocent life. The Bishops, priests, and clergy are the last stopgap to the complete Paganization of Western Civilization. In order to galvanize these Bishops it is necessary to affect the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Nothing short of this will work effectively, so continue to pray the Rosary.
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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