OCEAN POWER, NIGERIA, INDIA BESIDES THE MUMBAI ATTACKS, AND PALESTINE/ISRAEL

Ocean Power Energy Generation (Engeration)

"Ocean currents can power the world, say scientists," by Jasper Copping. November 29, 2008.

It's an interesting concept. I wonder about corrosion and the buildup of life on the devices. I wonder about what all of this would be built out of and just how polluting it all might be. What impact would all the electrical generation have on the underwater environment and life, etc.? Who would build and own these devices?

Nigeria

Nigerian so-called Christian priests and priestesses are pointing the finger at hundreds of mere children calling them witches who must be murdered by their parents. In order to perform exorcisms, apparently these false-Christian leaders are requiring large payments of cash from the poor. These evil leaders ride around in their luxury cars and live in their luxury houses while the rest of society lives in abject poverty.

India

In parts of India, Christians are being severely harassed by fundamentalist Hindus. Reportedly scores of people have died. Some estimates place the figure at perhaps 600 during this last year.

Israel

Some Jews in Israel rightly say other Jews in Israel are terrorists and racists.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz put out an editorial in which they called certain of the Jewish so-called settlers, and especially those near Hebron, "terrorists." It refers to Yisrael Beiteinu as racist.

For a long time now, settlers in Hebron and other areas of Judea and Samaria (and East Jerusalem) have engaged in unruly behavior whose only goal is to violently threaten the Palestinians while undermining Israel's sovereignty. By any official standard recognized worldwide, this is terrorism that sows fear and disrupts the proper management of a state.
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The settlers utter profanities, spit, beat, sow ruin and destruction, while the army turns a blind eye in the best-case scenario and takes part in the worst.
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Only in such a setting could a former ambassador (Danny Ayalon) who recently joined Yisrael Beiteinu, a party that espouses clear-cut racist values, appear as the lawyer for the offending group and warn: "The settlers are part and parcel of us and we must not tear them away from the nation."

The extreme right-wing activist Daniella Weiss also warns that in Hebron "we will not turn the other cheek," and the settlers holed up in the House of Contention openly call for their admirers to aid them in their struggle against the army.

"Standing up to Jewish terrorism." Haaretz Editorial. December 4, 2008.

I commend the editorial staff of Haaretz for their truth-telling in this regard. It is right for them to rebuke their fellow Jews. I wonder if the Jewish Anti-Defamation League will call Haaretz anti-Semitic?

More Israel

Hebron (Palestine) was the scene of recent clashes between the Israeli military and Fundamentalist Jewish so-called settlers. So who are the anti-Semites in this case? 600 troops removed 200 otherwise unruly Fundamentalists. Those Fundamentalists believe that there is no place for any but the ultra-type they represent. All Muslims must go — be driven out. There are many more than the 200. They number perhaps in the millions in Israel if those with strong militant leanings against all Muslims are counted in with them.

There was only what can be deemed much rioting as a result of the eviction of the 200 from a Palestinian building they had occupied.

(See: New York Times)

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  • Tom Usher

    About Tom Usher

    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for stopping in every once in awhile. I know how difficult it is to make the rounds.

      I'm interested to know where your argument with the "pro-Israeli Jews and Gentiles" is primarily taking place. Is it on your blog mostly? Regardless, if you could provide a link, I'd like to see it first hand if possible. Some of my "debates" take place via private email for instance. Therefore, I realize you can't always link to debates without posting private emails.

      I concur with you up to a point. The PLO and Fatah have been used by the Israelis (Mossad). The Israelis have the upper hand (on account of general U.S. backing). Arafat was in a very weak position, and the Israelis certainly never wanted him to become strong enough to actually enforce law and order in the West Bank and Gaza. He was kept in a no-win position so Israel could continue its extremely revolting Likud version of the Zionist Project.

      As for Hamas being terrorists, well, we both know how that term has been twisted like a pretzel. I don't agree with everything Noam Chomsky has to say, but he's been right in saying that if the definition of terrorism used by the U.S. federal government is reflected back upon U.S. practices, then the U.S. meets the definition of a terrorist state. The same applies to Israel.

      By the same token, I don't agree with people who think Noam is deliberately too easy on Israel. I think he believes Israel is weaker in terms of influence in the U.S. than it is. He advocates for organization on the part of the antiwar movement. He should know just how organized those pro-Likud Jews are in the U.S. What he's saying without apparently realizing it is that the peace movement should take a page from AIPAC (and that whole network) that the Likudniks have built up. Of course, that takes money and relatively speaking, peaceniks aren't as materialistic as a group for good reason. There are ways to do things without so much mammon of course. Noam, I'm sure, is referring to those ways as well.

      Do I think Hamas is sponsoring activities designed to raise fear in Jews in Israel to turn public opinion in Israel and elsewhere? Absolutely I do.

      Terrorists against terrorists:

      But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast" them out? "therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." (Matthew 12:24-30 KJVR)

      That passage takes some reflection to grasp. It speaks directly to the error in logic of the U.S. government (including Barack Obama), the Likudniks, and the terrorist-wing of Hamas, etc.

      Jesus is a brilliant logician. He's the best I've seen. It's why the worldly powers have done their worst for centuries to try to get the people to listen only to those powers' selective interpretations of Jesus's message.

      Blessings upon your search for truth and the power to speak it, write it, and most importantly to do it (bring forth).

      Tom Usher

    • Thanks for the posting from Haaretz. I have an MA in Middle East history and have been trying (unsuccessfully) to argue with pro-Israeli Jews and Gentiles that the settlements in Gaza and the West Bank (plus those evil walls they put up) are making the problem worse, not better. The PLO/Fatah were kicked out of office because every non-development agreement they had with Israel was broken by Israel. Is it any wonder that Palestinians would elect a band of terrorists who do not want to negotiate with Israel?

    • @Michael -

      Hi Michael,

      I too have my "academic" stories. I answered an essay question by saying the current iteration of Israel should not have been created as it was. That one answer received a 0. It was enough to send the exam grade from A to D if memory serves. I had never received anything but A's in that course. It was the last regular exam going into the final. I was clobbered on the final in that course and the other one by the same instructor. Before that, I had the highest grade going in both classes. What's that tell you? It ruined my 4.0 at that university, and because that professor was so "high up" in the department, I transferred out.

      He regularly referred to the French as "the Frogs." Think "Freedom Fries."

      That professor had more to do with my life than I will discuss in public. His machinations really cost me. Of course, I received a different kind of education that isn't available in any institution of the type he helped to head up.

      I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. (Psalms 119:99 KJVR)

      If anyone believes that there was or is academic freedom concerning the Palestine/Israel issue, think again.

      If you want high grades and don't give a damn about truth, follow the party line. If truth is important to you, then wear your lower grades as a badge of honor.

      "Luck of the draw" one might say concerning which professors one gets, but I don't believe in that.

      So, you're not Roman Catholic, per se. Where do you stand vis-a-vis Jesus if you care to state it openly here — unsure?

      Glad to have you commenting here, networking, seeking, etc.,

      Bless you, Michael.

      Tom

    • Thanks for answering Tom,

      Most of my arguments have been with people I know - I have not yet approached it on the Blog yet, though that's in the pipeline down the road. I think the most vociferous argument I had was with a Jewish professor of mine who I admired greatly; we have so much in common and approach problems in a similar way - upon visiting an archive, we both gravitated to the old books just to touch them and "feel" history. So I was very surprised when this very kind, very tolerant person suddenly got wild-eyed when I criticized the walls that Israel was putting up. He railed against the "animals" that are Palestinians and that they're lucky they aren't "rounded up" and put in a displacement camp in the Negev desert. TO which I replied, "you mean like Jews were in Germany?" We haven't spoken since.

      While in grad school, I was learning Arabic and there was an Israeli exchange student attending the class who mocked some of the cultural impact of what Arabs call "The Disaster" - the 1948 independence of Israel and the subsequent displacement of the Palestinians. He also took pride that one of his great uncles was in the Irgun and had "helped make Israel strong." Unlike some of the other students, I tried to understand his position (his parents immigrated to the US because of suicide bomb attacks on Tel Aviv when he was a child, but had returned a few years after the Yom Kippur war) but he couldn't see that bulldozing the houses of Palestinians in response to RPG attacks was overboard. He still took Arabic, but I suspect it was in order to "know thine enemy" than for any other reason.

      My own mother was worried that I was going to "go Muslim" when I entered into Grad school, learned Arabic and lived in Egypt for a while. As a devout(ish)Catholic, it was evidence I had fallen even further from the faith; it was bad enough I haven't been to church in over 20 years, but then she started going on about how Muslims were attacking Jews and Christians all over the world. I tried reasoning with her - in fact a conversation I had with her gave birth to FearlessHistory two days later - but it was all in vain; no amount of evidence or facts, or reasoning could make her change her position.

      Its like being Diogenes at a used car lot sometimes, but I love the chance to challenge people's thinking and provoke them into thoughtful introspection. Ironically, I got the most encouragement from another Jewish professor who, herself, came under fire from the pro-Israeli lobby for her speaking at a Palestinian perspectives conference; she no longer works at my alma mater because of it.

    • @AngelBaby -

      Hello AngelBaby,

      It is sad.

      I agree with you up to a point. We must qualify. I'm sure you agree that we can't condone religions that demand violence or greed or other harmful spirits. We must object to them and reject them. Where they end up on account to their spirits is not for us to decide. If we fail to object and reject, we do a disservice to all. So, with that qualification in place, we can be one soul of many parts.

      Thanks for stopping in and braving this, what many believe to be, a highly charged "political" blog. As you no doubt have surmised, I hold that Jesus's message is a message of political-economy: The political-economy of God that is to come to Earth, as the New Earth.

      May your guardian angels be pure, guide you, and protect you always.

      Tom

    • Hi Tom,

      no I have no problem with stating my relationship with Jesus - I don't consider myself a Christian at all. I like his philosophy, but not the religious aspects. Of course, I do the same with Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and all the other religions too.

    • @Michael -

      Hey Michael,

      What is the "philosophy" less the "religious aspects"? Elaborate on "religious aspects."

      I could assume a number of things here, but it's better to just ask you.

      Helpful?: Religious aspects as in 1) "traditional organized" in the commonly used sense or 2) metaphysical...?

      Tom

    • It is so sad to hear of all of this. If we could just accept every ones views on their personal beliefs about God this would not be happening. We need to accept people for who they are, we don't have to all be the same. It is time for peace not more upheaval!

      Love and Blessings,

      AngelBaby

    • Thomas James

      I have been frequently told that the borders of Israel according to Moses is from the Nile River which is in Egypt to the great river the Euphrates which is in Iraq. Although this is a large tract of land it is nothing according to the vison of Jesus who envisioned the entire world as belonging to him and who ordered the sending out of missionaries.

      Like Israel America had a simular large tract of land that was to be colonized which spanned from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. And there was a real issue of who owned this land as it was claimed by the Indians because they were the original settlers and it was also claimed by the colonialists as God's land that belonged only to Christians. So the colonialists rather than peacefully sharing the message of Jesus with the native Indians instead assumed the the Indians were much too savage to convert so they set out to either exterminate the Indians or to put them on reservations. ironically our conflict with the Indians would still be much the same as the Mideast conflict but it was the Indians who decided to give up warfare as they thought it was stupid to sacrafice any more Inidan lives just to make the white man go home. Sadly we treat Indians today as if they were terrorists by keeping them on reservations even though they are just as Christian as the white man.

      • Hello Thomas,

        Welcome back.

        There is an element within Judaism that holds with the geographical borders of the coming Israeli Empire you describe — from river to river. Many Muslims hold that the two blue stripes on the Zionist flag represent that. Many Jews reply that the two stripes refer only to the stripes on their garments. What was the garden but also a place between rivers? What is the water? What is the blood and wine, etc.? Jesus speaks to these things to those of the softening heart.

        If only those same Jews would comprehend how Moses believed that hearts were too hard to take and hold the Promised Land. If only they would come to understand your point that the real Promised Land is the whole Earth, with the operative word being "whole," as in wholesome. If only we would all come to realize that the New Earth and New Heaven are one and all that there is — the whole universe — every dimension.

        If you speak with American Indians on the subject of the land, you will often find that many of them believe (and I believe them about it) that the concept of land title as promoted by Whites was literally foreign. They shared the land under the Great Spirit, who I believe is God (with qualifications). Some Indians hold with a story of an enlightened Indian who taught almost an identical faith in love, peace, and truth as did Jesus.

        The history and culture of Indians as told in the mainstream attempted to deprive them of their spirituality. They had their warriors. They made that usual error. They were though no less able to grasp as individual people the true message of Jesus than were the members of any other peoples. The Lord knows that many Whites have shown a strong revulsion to the teaching of giving and sharing, peace, and sexual purity (harmlessness, etc.).

        Greed and covetousness is the spirit that dealt with the Indians. Fortunately, there were better angels at work too and still are.

        As for the reservations, even those will be taken away by the insatiably greedy. However, the Indians who overcome will receive their reward. Of that I'm positive.

        Blessings to all,

        Tom

    • Hi Tom:

      By philosophically, I mean the message of loving one's neighbor, helping the poor, being humble, practicing moderation, being tolerant - the stuff that all religions are based on (Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity share similar overarching themes).

      by religious, I mean the whole virgin birth, son of god, raising the dead, turning water into wine, other "miracles" etc. The timing of his birth and death are suspiciously tied to Pagan Germanic and Roman celebrations as well as Zoroastrian celebrations. There's also the whole question of why only a 1/3 of his disciples had their letters and story of his life collected to become the new testament. And then there's some inconsistencies in the translations that went from Aramaic, to Koinae, to Latin, to the vernaculars, etc. Finally, I include dogmas, rituals, and the trappings of church-going, etc.

      • Hey Michael,

        Does this mean that you are a materialist in the same sense Marx used the term, meaning you don't believe in anything spiritual?

        Are you agnostic or atheist?

        Did you ever believe? I don't mean just going through the motions because your parents or parent or others involved you as a young child.

        Do you believe Jesus lived as you and I in the flesh, or is he a completely fictional character (a myth)?

        What would it take for you to believe?

        Lastly, why do you think I want the Christian Commons to come to fruition? Is it right? Why has no non-Christian ever proposed such a thing that I can see? What's going on here? Is it meaningless?

        Tom