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Saturday Update May 4, 2013
St. Monica, Widow
Just a quick note: I don’t know why the coding is included in the recent issues of Saturday Updates. I’ve tried various means to eliminate it but nothing seems to work. The same holds true for the titles which seem to be inconsistent with the title fonts I choose.
On the Lighter Side…
May… Tis the Month of Our Mother…
This is the chief reason that May is my favorite month of the year. I can still recall sitting in the choir loft in our inner city parish every Friday afternoon in May while attending St. Anthony School; the warm afternoon sun streaming through the stain glass casting a myriad of dancing lights throughout the sanctuary and over the altar. The fragrance of the fresh spring flowers wafted on the air from outside in the Marian Garden as birds sang gloriously, seemingly joining in to the refrain as we sang this lovely hymn. It is as vivid to me now as all those decades ago.
This wonderful hymn and also Bring Flowers of the Rarest remain not only among my favorite Marian hymns, but I can still sing the words.
DAVID WOO: The Global Slowdown Is Hinting At A ‘Major Re-Alignment Of The Markets’ — And It Won’t Be Pretty
The commodity market is saying global growth is slowing. The US market is saying US consumers are still going strong. The FX and European sovereign markets seem to believe Mrs. Watanabe is about to embark on a global shopping spree. We think it is unlikely that these markets will all turn out to be right. Something will have to give and a major re-alignment of the markets, the odds of which are rising, will probably not be either smooth or benign, in our view.
“It is probably an understatement to say that lately it has become more difficult than usual to read markets,” writes Woo. “To the extent that these themes reflect market expectations of reality, there seems to be three different versions of reality right now.”
Edit. So the global economy would still seem be in a state of flux. Despite various national administrations claims of recovery, the worldwide economic patient is still reeling from the blow to the economy of 2008, (and the various feeble attempts to deal with it). Be aware folks, preparation is key.
Apparently, although many people see the printing of fiat paper currencies the world over as a discombobulated and uncoordinated attempt by the governments to improve the overall global economic health and also pay the massive debt obligations, it is increasingly clear this is a deliberate attempt to discourage investors, large and small, to abandon the up to now relatively safe government instruments and return to the stock market and other traditional investments. It is hoped that in doing this it will jump-start the worldwide economy. Just like the earlier attempts here in the US to have consumers spend more I predict this effort will largely fail.
rumors of wars…
Syrians Turn to Backyard Refining as War Reaches Oil
Two years after the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, “significantly more” than 4 million Syrians are homeless, short of food and reliant on aid within the country, while an additional 1.1 million have fled abroad, the United Nations says. Syria’s oil exports, which once provided a quarter of all government revenue or about $3 billion a year, have almost completely ended.
Edit. This is a human interest story of the effects of war on the civilian population, who are usually the party that suffers the most from war. While the mainstream media calls it a Civil War in Syria, it is essentially a foreign proxy war waged on Syrian soil to oust a legitimate government. The objective has caused us to ally ourselves with officially declared terrorist in order to achieve a nation compliant with Western aims, which is a rehabilitated and docile Middle East. This end is not only elusive but a delusion as the Islamic terrorist once in power will turn their attention to the end of influence of the West in the Middle East and naturally move to increasing aggression against Israel. We have already seen the embryonic state of this in the Arab States already overthrown in North Africa, principally Egypt, where Sharia Law is being imposed and Christian persecution is on the increase. Further, if you think this has no effect on you remember that any seemingly insignificant disruption in the oil supply line has deep and lasting impacts here at home. This is quite easily seen by this articles citing of the following: “There is also little proof the national coalition has much oil under its control,” David Butter, associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa program at London-based Chatham House said. “It’s all very sketchy.”
Winning High School Runner Disqualified for…Giving Thanks to God?
Last weekend, Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals team member Derrick Hayes was preparing for sweet victory — but, despite his win, the excitement was ripped away after he was disqualified for making an apparently unacceptable gesture.
His offense? His father, KC Hayes, claims that Derrick was punished for offering up a simple praise to God while crossing the finish line. WFAA-TV has more:
Edit. Increasingly within society we are finding examples of intolerance when it comes to the Christian Faith. As an example, this week at Carnegie Melon University there was an anti-Catholic demonstration by an art student mocking the Pope. The college had to deliberate on whether the action was against the principles of intolerance set by the school. Had it been as flagrant against Islam or the Jews it would have been acted on immediately! Meantime, it took five days for the college administration to apologize to any offended Catholics. Of course, the fate of the offending student was not disclosed. When the student body was interviewed none saw reason for offense and simply wrote it off to “well, it’s the art department”. Had a Catholic held a rosary rally against gay marriage I seriously doubt such a lackadaisical attitude would have prevailed among the students. Yes, folks, it is open-season on Christians, most especially Catholics.
Health and Wellness: formerly called Emerging Illnesses (Pestilence)…
Congress Prepares $100 Million Bipartisan Flu Tax
In February, identical bills were introduced in the House and Senate to add seasonal flu vaccines to the IRS code as taxable. The legislation would exact a 75¢ per dose tax on any “vaccine against seasonal influenza.” Given that the Centers for Disease Control projects that 135 million doses of flu vaccine will be used this year, the government’s take on flu vaccines alone is over $100,000,000 per year.
Edit. Yet another good reason to forego vaccinations.
You Knew It Was Coming…First Vaccine Announced For Autism
A first-ever vaccine created by University of Guelph researchers to control autistic symptoms is here. The medical propaganda matrix has once again come full circle with their patented problem-reaction-solution. Although there is no study which directly links vaccines as the cause of autism, there have been hundreds of others with correlations. Even if scientists are dismissive on the causation front, why do they continue to explore methods which are misinformed, misguided and completely ineffective?
the times they are a changin’…
AGENDA: THE GRINDING DOWN OF AMERICA
We’ve gone from Norman Rockwell’s America to Hugh Hefner’s America.
Edit. This is an excellent synopsis of where we’ve been and where we are going since the Revolution of the 1960’s. The reference to the Skousen’s The Naked Communist is a must read for all those concerned with our trajectory to Neo-American Socialism. Two caveats in regard to this video it is written from an Evangelical Protestant point of view with the result of a great deal of Americanism. It is clear, however, that they describe the tactics of Communism accurately.
Politics and more…
Bloomberg Says Interpretation of Constitution Has to Change
Speaking on April 22, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the Boston Marathon bombing forces us to change our interpretation of the constitution. He cited the left’s success to date in eroding the 2nd Amendment as giving him confidence such re-interpretation is possible.
Bloomberg focused on how reinterpretation will allow us to trade more of our privacy for “a level of security greater than [we] did back in the olden days.” This means more surveillance measures on buildings and cross streets, or, as Bloomberg put it, “more cameras and that kind of stuff.”
Edit. It was obvious to many that the assault on the 2nd Amendment over recent decades was only an opening volley on our God given liberties.
Let the men of wisdom speak…
“We would have to re-enter this Conciliar Church in order, supposedly, to make it Catholic. That is a complete illusion. It is not the subjects that make the superiors, but the superiors who make the subjects… Amongst the whole Roman curia, amongst all the world’s bishops who are progressives, I would have been completely swamped. I would have been able to do nothing… [As for the Pope appointing conservative bishops] I don’t think it is a true return to Tradition. Just as in a fight when the troops are going a little too far ahead and one holds them back, so they are slightly putting the brakes on the impulse of Vatican II because the supporters of the council are going too far… the supposedly conservative bishops are wholly supportive of the council and of the liturgical reforms… No, all of that is tactics, which you have to use in any fight. You have to avoid excesses… [Asked about signs of benevolence to Tradition] There are plenty of signs showing us that what you are talking about is simply exceptional and temporary… So I do not think it is opportune to try contacting Rome, I think we must still wait. Wait, unfortunately, for the situation to get still worse on their side. But up till now, they do not want to recognize the fact… That is why what can look like a concession is in reality merely a maneuver to separate us from the largest number of faithful possible. This is the perspective in which they seem to be always giving a little more and even going very far. We must absolutely convince our faithful that it is no more than a maneuver, that it is dangerous to put oneself into the hands of the conciliar bishops and Modernist Rome. It is the greatest danger threatening our people. If we have struggled for twenty years to avoid the conciliar errors, it was not in order, now, to put ourselves into the hands of those professing these errors. (Archbishop Lefebvre, Interview, Fideliter, 1989)
It was a week of good and bad news here at Hunny-Bunny Farm. The good news is that Jack, the wonder dog, seems to have made great strides in his recovery. So much so that I filled in the hole in the yard which would have been his final resting place; there are still some issues with his albumin levels so we cannot yet rule out permanent kidney damage. Meantime, we have him on one medication, as well as, the required subdural injection of 2 liters of electrolytes twice a week.
This week I was able to plant the new asparagus roots in the asparagus bed. The previous bunch was nearly played out. Asparagus has a life of between eight and ten years and last year was a period of decline for them, although I was rewarded with a spear from the old stock while digging in the new. The variety I bought was a purple one. I bought them at the Torrington, CT Agway which was selling bundles of 20 for $11, certainly a bargain if you can find them in the nurseries today.
I was able to clear up much of the main garden of winter debris yesterday so I will be planting many of the colder season crops today. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the red mustard plant reseeded nicely and I have an abundance of plants concentrated in a corner of the garden. Mustard leaves add a good deal of zest to a fresh salad and the grandkids had a good time harvesting it, along with other greens, for our weekly after-Mass Sunday dinners.
I was able to put a good dent in the paving project thanks to a young man hired to help with the very laborious and tedious gorilla-work which this project entails. We will be able to accomplish much in the coming week, so that the pool, at least, can be opened this month.
Now for the bad news! First none of the Florida White Rabbits kindled as expected this week. Yes, not a single doe kindled. I will have to rebreed them sometime this coming week. Perhaps the first kindling and the hutch box added to their pens have now stimulated the breeding instinct in them, which has happened before. The problem is it set the whole season off by a month.
Since I was involved in the paving project I didn’t have much opportunity to clear the main garden of debris and the few weeds that had installed themselves last year were growing by leaps and bounds. In an effort to enlist help in the weeding I opened the gate leading from the hen yard to the garden to allow the hens the opportunity for fresh greens, as well as, thoroughly clean the garden. All day they delightedly toiled and made short work of the weeds.
In the evenings just after sundown they return to the hen house to roost, thus, the phrase the chickens coming home to roost, usually said in context of results of actions. This usually works very well; however, the chickens come back in their own time which is at dusk just before twilight. If I try it any earlier I usually wear myself out with an hour long chase around the henyard.
Now it also happens that many predators are what is called crepuscular, that is active in the twilight. Well now I guess you can see the rest of the tale here. That evening, as I began to make my way down to the henhouse I spied the bushy tail of ole Reddy Fox scampering off into the neighbor’s property. She apparently has a den in the woods just on the other side of the neighbors. She was actually in the garden and I thought at first I arrived just in time, but I had merely caught her in the act of killing a chicken. She bolted when she saw me but the hen was dead … gone to the Final Roost in the Sky. Well, I thought, one chicken is not much and comforted myself with that thought until I saw the tell-tale signs of further predation. She apparently had arrived about ten minutes before me and had already taken two others back to her lair; I suspect there are young ones to be fed, because she always retreats to consume her prey. At any rate, the three remaining chickens were panic stricken and rushed to meet me at the fence. It didn’t take much to urge them into the safety of the henhouse and close them in for the night. The hen’s carcass that remained I tossed into the woods, from where it was gone the next morning.
All the events of the past week here at Hunny-Bunny got me to thinkin’ just how precarious the lives of farmers, sod-busters, colonists, and other pioneer types really must have been. While I was disheartened and depressed to have so many obstacles this season, with greenhouse heating problems, whiteflies, stunted seedlings, late onset of spring, etc. these were nothing compared to the vital problems of our pioneer ancestors where one late spring or early winter, animal predation, pestilence, or other setbacks meant the difference between life and death. Yet, despite this our ancestors persevered which is a testament to their strong character and their trust in Divine Providence.
In summary things are moving along although over a month behind. I plan to buy started plants for the summer season crops just to catch up a little. These will be set in the gardens within the coming week or ten days. I will start some seed in the greenhouse, mostly the medicinal herbs to get a jump on their development. Hopefully, this will give me extra time to get all in order and back on a more seasonable timetable.
Putting It all In Perspective & Final commentary…
Once again though all seems quiet and peaceful, at least relatively, during this spring season, much is seething both secularly and religiously just beyond the surface. As most readers know I don’t traffic in rumor and therefore will not publish based on hearsay, there are subtle changes occurring which will become more evident as spring progresses. Once a verifiable event occurs I will publish it for all to read. Meantime, follow the advice of St. Matthew at the beginning of this issue, that is watch ye, and pray. We cannot make informed decisions without following this admonition.
Suffice it to say we must diligently pray the Rosary for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
So pray fervently and without tiring the Rosary for this purpose as time and events are moving quickly.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.
Caveat: I’m not in any way 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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