Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Conspiracy theory of the day
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, is involved in a power struggle with his predecessor, experts say.
"The reason for this fight is that the secretary of state will have a strong influence over the next conclave which will choose the next pope," said Giacomo Galeazzi, a journalist at the Italian daily La Stampa.
if this sounds familiar, it was the plot behind Windswept House
The book gives a scary depiction of high ranking churchmen, cardinals, archbishops and prelatees of the Roman curia, taking oaths signed with their own blood, plotting to destroy the Church from within. It tells the story of an international organized attempt by these Vatican insiders and secular internationalists to force a pope of the Catholic Church to abdicate, so that a successor may be chosen that will fundamentally change orthodox faith and establish a New World Order.This old article on FR website from the Wanderer has comments on this conspiracy LINK
and the really really scary part is that Father Amroth, the exorcist, says that the "unsolved" murder of the girl is related to this devil worshipping cabal...from the CNN story:
Two days after that, hundreds of people chanted "Truth, truth!" in St. Peter's Square, holding pictures of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared at the age of 15 and has not been seen in the past 29 years.
No less a figure than the Vatican's chief exorcist said he suspected the girl had been abducted for sexual reasons, adding: "The investigation should be carried out inside the Vatican and not outside."
Father Malachi Martin sort of went off the deep end with paranoia at the end of his life, but there are lots of long interview on YOUTUBE which attests to these sort of shennanigans.
More worrisome is Michael O'Brien's series of novels on the end times, the most basic one being "Father Elijah", about Vatican intrigues (the others tend to be about ordinary folks with the Father Elijah scenerio being on the edge of the various plots).
The difference is that when I read Windswept house, I get paranoid and fearful, whereas when I read O'Brien's books, I get prayerful.
Trivia of the day
The bones of Adam at the base of the Crucifix – tradition (that’s tradition with a small ‘t’) has it that the Crucifix was planted in the spot where Adam was buried, hence on many older style Crucifixes you’ll see the skull and crossbones at the base of the Crucifix.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The Pain of Abortion
“Poor Baby,” King said, isn’t taking a political side on the abortion issue, but just telling it like it is—for her and, in many respects, for the millions of other women who’ve had abortions but aren’t able to talk about it due to shame, stigma, and the breach in understanding just how much grief surrounds the decision—and lingers well after. Scare tactics and feel-good stories of women who "chose life" don't always quite get at it, she said, neither does the knee-jerk rationale for its benefits. The implications are so much bigger.
headsup Tea At Trianon:
Saturday, May 26, 2012
dryness in prayer
For I discovered . . . that the one way I can pray is with patience. We all approach God differently, and I know that there are those who can do so devoutly, totally, immediately, who can, in a sense, fling themselves into prayer. I can't. I wish I could, but I can't. I've said before that prayer doesn't come easily to me -- it probably doesn't to most of us -- and the only thing I can do is to start to pray and to wait -- to wait at night, for example, until the day runs down and dies. As it always does now; as it did tonight. But there's always the prologue of innumerable false starts -- I suppose this is, for me, the preparation for prayer. Sometimes it takes a long time; sometimes not long at all. But however long or short, it's always there, until finally it goes, and then there comes a calm, a quiet, and at last, prayer . . .
Friday, May 25, 2012
NewYork and death panels
I do not know how death panels ever got such a bad name. Perhaps they should have been called deliverance panels. What I would not do for a fair-minded body to whom I might plead for my mother’s end. The alternative is nuts: to look forward to paying trillions and to bankrupting the nation as well as our souls as we endure the suffering of our parents and our inability to help them get where they’re going. The single greatest pressure on health care is the disproportionate resources devoted to the elderly, to not just the old, but to the old old, and yet no one says what all old children of old parents know: This is not just wrongheaded but steals the life from everyone involved.
And it seems all the more savage because there is such a simple fix: Give us the right to make provisions for when we want to go. Give families the ability to make a fair case of enough being enough, of the end’s, de facto, having come…My bet is that, even in America, even as screwed up as our health care is, we baby-boomers watching our parents’ long and agonizing deaths won’t do this to ourselves. We will surely, we must surely, find a better, cheaper, quicker, kinder way out.
yes, kinder gentler euthanasia.
And the bunk about the "old old" is nonsense: My aunt sacrificed her chance to marry and have a family to care for my grandmother, who died at 62 of hypertension.
In the olden days, we had more cripples and brain damaged folks but never mind.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
ESPN anti Catholic rant shows us the future
the problem: The writer, who is of mixed Filipina and Italian parents and was brought up in California, says she is a "Filipina". No, she is a "FilAm". She wasn't brought up here and elsewhere admits she doesn't know the language.
I point out that the PC need to blame Confucius more than Catholics, but it didn't stop the inevitable comment saying if you are against gay marriage you are a bigot.
Never mind that gays are tolerated and accepted here in the Philippines, because the Americans and American influenced gay brownshirts are trying to say that the "rough trade" in Manila with it's occasional deaths from lovers' quarrels are due to homophobia.
Yes, remember this.
Catholics are bigots.
Believing Protestants are Bigots.
Good Muslims are bigots
Good Chinese atheists who follow Confucian ethics are bigots.
Africans who follow traditional morality are bigots.
Native Americans who frown on same sex marriage are bigots.
The Hunger games
My granddaughter loved the movie but said it was "shaky" and dark (video darkness) But Orson Scott Card (a sci fi writer) points out that the "hand held" blurry way of photographing it was actually the way they could show everything yet not be graphic.
The books are even better, because the triology balances out the story.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
check page 109 and the following pages...Doublas "broke" with the communists, associated with someone who used to be in the KKK, his paper on eugenics, and his admiration for how the Nazis improved the economy....
Here is a pdf article on the mental health reforms.
In some ways it is a whitewash: it notes Douglas' eugenic background but insists he changed his mind.
And it insists that Sigurst "toured the province" before writing the report on how to reform medicine, but as I pointed out, the tour/meetings and writing of the report took less than 30 days. This is impossible, and suggests what was done is that there was already a plan, and the tour/meetings were merely to confirm the report or maybe adjust it a tad.
Finally, it includes a report on the LDS experiments.
a CBS article on the California sterilization program.
a google book on eugenics in psychiatry Keeping America sane...there is a section on how the immigrants were feebleminded and filling up jails and asylums...that might be why Mrs. Caswell and others note all those immgrants from eastern europe being sterilized. check before and after page 179.
so what about the Indians and Metis?
try the oxford handbook of the history of Eugenics LINK
Civilization and disease, by Henry E. Sigerist
the book was listed as based on lectures givein in 1915 but here is an outtake:
SE AND THE LAW
psychiatrist, sterilized a woman who was suffering from a sexual
neurosis. In 1892 he castrated individuals for purely eugenic
reasons. Castration, however, was a serious matter because the op-
eration upsets the endocrine balance. The new methods of steriliza-
tion inaugurated in 1897 and 1898 by Kehrer in Heidelberg and
Ochsner in Chicago, namely, the severing, tying, or occlusion of
the Fallopian tubes in the woman, of the vas deferens in the man,
represented a great advance because they are relatively minor
operations which have no ill after-effects.
As soon as sterilization began to be practised by physicians as
a measure of preventing hereditary diseases, the legal question
arose. Sterilization , obviously, could be abused. If society was to
be protected, some legal regulation was necessary. The Catholic
Church has always taken a very drastic stand against all forms of
sterilization , finding its strongest sanction in the papal bull Casti
connubii of 1930. Legislation, therefore, was enacted primarily in
Protestant countries and, in Europe, first in the Swiss canton of
Vaud in 1921. An amendment to the Public Health Act declared
that an individual suffering from an incurable mental disease or
from feeble-mindedness could be sterilized. The operation had
to be authorized by the Public Health Council, which in turn
would act after having sought the expert advice of two physicians.
In the United States Indiana enacted a sterilization law as early
as 1907. It was declared unconstitutional in 1921, but new laws
were passed in 1927 and 1931. The situation was similar in other
states, and the question came before the Supreme Court in 1926.
Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes' opinion was very important.
He said: 2*
It is better for all the world if instead of waiting to execute de-
generate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their im-
becility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from
continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vac-
cination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes.
alas, when I tried to get the text for the following pages, the OCR wasn't working. so here are images of the pages
Monday, May 21, 2012
eugenics take two
The essay is here
Sunday, May 20, 2012
...More than anything else, what brings down Blue Model organizations is that the money stream starts drying up. This is what has happened in the UMC. Personal giving among Methodist church members has declined markedly. Much of the decline can be attributed to the ongoing recession, yes, but not all. Besides, charitable giving is as much a matter of habit as devotion. Even households that have recuperated from the recession have not, on the whole, returned to the prior level of giving, mainly because it is no longer a habit....
In the UMC, the Old Guard are the boards and agencies and the spin-off movements and various constituencies of the church. These are 100 percent American and almost all white. The Young Turks are non-U.S. Methodists, mainly Africans, whose numbers are growing rapidly at the same time that domestic American Methodists continue to dwindle. In 2008, 30 percent of delegates came from outside the United States; this year it was 41 percent. No one doubts that in 2020, foreign Methodist delegates will be the majority and that may well happen only four years from now.
With over 4 million and soon to be 5 million members, the African churches are now too large to ignore. A few liberal activists, in their blogs, complained about Africans from impoverished countries who don't contribute dollars into the denomination now having so much power. But disenfranchising the poor is not a successful battle cry for progressives. Some U.S. liberals quietly try to paint the Africans as primitives who reject enlightened Western liberalism. ...
Inevitably the growing African membership will alter these preoccupations with American leftist themes. They believe the church's role is primarily evangelistic, not political.
That last part is important; because the problems here in the third world are corruption and problems due to personal irresponsibility (e.g. HIV).
That is why, at the end of my essay ridiculing the tiny "Lady Gaga" protest here, I noted that the press was missing the really important story:
An evangelical upsurge in Asia that could reform the culture of corruption of East Asia.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Was the Soros crowd hitting Pac man because he might become president?
It’s the PacMan vs the PC which tries to explain why gays are part of Pinoy cultures, but gay marriage is not, and that the big fight right now is the US and their UN/EU cronies trying to impose a US type of promiscuity is okay/push contraception even for teens/abortion mindset on a country that is suspicious of this.
Gay marriage here is not an issue, so why the fuss?
Michelle Malkin, a FilAm writer, notes that it was a set up, by the Soros funded progressive groups, and names names.
But I think it goes further than that.
Supsup lost the Miss Universe program for saying she wouldn't marry a man outside her religion.
Manny has recently found Jesus, and is active with the Catholic bishops opposing the RH bill....
The problem? No one in the US press seems to be following the RH bill fight, so why was he targeted?
the answer: Because if he runs for president, like Erap, he will win in a landslide.
The might be a preventive strike against him.
Why does Obama fail to Understand American culture?
that discusses the three views of family life: that of Obama, the isolated "Julia" with a government to help her, the Confucian/Asian variety of extended family that has both obligations and help, and the American communitarian view, where small intermediate organizations help.
Gay marriage, like Obama's health care bill, will destroy the churches that won't go along with him and the intermediate community organizations run by church related groups. However, for Asians, the family is the big issue. There is no place in Confucian family life for gay marriage, and no one would care if the government instituted it because rule of law is weak.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
a good article on forced abortions in China funded by US money can be found at PJMedia.
a report on ex president Fujimora's forced sterilization campaign can be found HERE.
A BBC report on population control that includes information about Indira Gandhi's program of forced sterilizations can be found HERE.
Iran's Islam friendly family planning program is reviewed HERE.
Bengaladesh's grass roots approach is described Here.
Under the present family planning program, that encourages natural family planning, prolonged breast feeding, "traditional methods" and supplemented by private and NGO supplied contraception, over the last 20 years, the Philippines fertility rate has gone down from 7 to 3.1 in 2008 and is probably lower today. Replacement fertility is 2.0.
When 30 percent of women have no trained birth attendent, the question is if one needs
China's forced abortions
The hearing centered around the ongoing case of human-rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who is still being held in a Beijing hospital along with this family.
Smith called Chen “among the bravest defenders of women’s rights in history.”
As a result of trying to defend women against forced abortions and forced sterilizations, Chen, who escaped from house arrest to the U.S. Embassy last month, has suffered “cruel torture, degrading treatment, unjust incarceration, and multiple beatings,” Smith said.
But it was the last woman to testify on today’s panel that painted a picture of the violence from which Chen was trying to rescue Chinese women.
Mei Shunping, born in Tianjin, China, 20 years before the one-child policy was introduced by the People’s Republic, told the committee that she is just one of many women “whose lives were destroyed by the policy — the women that Chen Guangcheng tried to help so courageously.”
Mei was married in 1981, and gave birth to a son two years later. At the time, women were supposed to automatically get an IUD implanted or husbands were to be sterilized after the first child’s birth. Doctors refused to implant the IUD in Mei, though, for medical reasons.
“Without the IUD, I became the prime target for surveillance by the factory’s Family Planning Commission,” Mei said. “From 1983 to 1990, because of the one-child policy, I had to have five abortions.”
Mei noted the workplace surveillance put in place to prevent unapproved births and the corresponding punishments for getting pregnant.
“My factory’s Family Planning Commission used three levels of control: at the factory level, in the factory clinic and on the factory floor. If one worker violated the rules, all would be punished. Workers monitored each other. Women of reproductive age accounted for 60 percent of my factory floor. Colleagues were suspicious and hostile to each other because of the one-child policy. Two of my pregnancies were reported by my colleagues to the Family Planning Commission,” she said.
“When discovered, pregnant women would be dragged to undergo forced abortions—there was no other choice. We had no dignity as potential child-bearers. By order of the factory’s Family Planning Commission, every month during their menstrual period, women had to undress in front of the birth planning doctor for examination. If anyone skipped the examination, she would be forced to take a pregnancy test at the hospital. We were allowed to collect a salary only after it was confirmed that we were not pregnant.”
“Tell President Obama to respect a woman’s choice to practice her beliefs…not his.”this especially goes for Obama's pushing his sexual mores on countries that still rely on strong family ties and customs to care for each other.
Here, Senator Manny, aka Pacman, who recently found religion, is now under attack. (via Drudge)
In Paquiao's case, it might backfire.
Right now, the church is being attacked for opposing an RH bill to "control population" by pushing it to the poor ingovernment clinics (as opposed to supplying it via the private sector, as it is now). Along with this is a new "sex ed" course in public schools, and in the wings, legal divorce and abortion.
PNoy is trying to counter the Catholic opposition to these bills by courting the Evangelicals, a group that includes many businessmen and middle class people and does use birth control.
And everyone, including the Pope, is worried that soon there will be an explosion of abuse or similar charges against the church here in the Philippines, in order to destroy it as was done in Ireland (where 257 cases of abuse over 85 years was blown out of proportion to destroy people's beliefs).
But when it comes to gays, who are not really discriminated againt here in the sexually easy going Philippines, it is the Evangelicals who also would be more strict.... the result of gay bigotry against the hero of the Philippines might result in his support by that influential group also (like Estrada, he is a populist from the people, not a scion of the rich families, like Arroyo or Aquino and most of those who run the Philippines).
The old Lefty Bishop Cruz comments here pretty well gives the problem: Making population control the cure all, because they see fewer poor people the way to eliminate poverty when corruption and bribery is the real reason for poverty...
I've worked in third world countries, and we provided contraception to space children to protect the lives of the mother and child was part of our outreach. But this was voluntary, and not government mandated, and used local "pill ladies" to supply contraceptives...
But once you get governments involved, you get human rights abuses, since it makes children the enemy to be eliminated....and programs in such diverse places as India and Peru (not to mention China) have resulted in horrific human rights abuses, where the governments, not the women, making the choice.
as for "same sex marriage": the problem with this is that this idea is based on the modern feminist idea that gender is a social construct, and that there is no difference between men and women. And this gender confusion in the US is simply not backed by either custom or biology. To make things worse, many people here are aghast at the promiscuity of our TV shows...what we see on some shows here would make Nero blush...
Societal and religious leaders point to the poor state of women in the US, who are abandoned to raise their children alone, suggests the modern deconstruction of gender is not a good idea, and indeed, might be working against the stability of the family.
Poor people who have experience know this, which is why Obama's gay rights agenda is so abhorrent to poor countries, that see this as an attack against the family...
update; I edited the article and tried to make it clearer and posted in on BloggerNews LINK
Monday, May 07, 2012
God and time
Eternity can be thought of different ways.
First, eternity can be completely independent of time. Something eternal in this sense is entirely outside of time. St. Augustine, who was a Neoplatonist in this sense, thought of God this way....
The Greeks, from Parmeides to Plato to Plotinus all wrote about eternity. Christian ideas of eternity were explored by authors like St. Augustine (+430), Boethius (+c.526), Eriugena (+c.877), St. Anselm (+1109), St. Thomas Aquinas (+1274).
When we say in these prayers that God is sempiternus we do not thereby believe as Catholics that God is “everlasting” in the sense of being in time, that is all points of time, but without beginning or end. God is eternal in the sense of being beyond time, entirely transcending time.
if you say "so what", it is because you aren't an astrophysicist.
God is outside the space/time continuum, and so even if you posit 12 dimensions, he is there...
and interestingly, sci fi author Orson Scott Card mentioned in an essay on a different subject that the God of the LDS is inside time...that figures, since the deity of the LDS resembles Zeus more than Jehovah...