"When he is stripped of the Christian tunic and the classical toga, there is nothing left of the European but a pale-skinned barbarian." ~ Nicolás Gómez Dávila
English is Falling Apart
The only way to grow is to own the consequences of your actions.
Babble is a universal miraculous wrath against you. You, reading this, hoping desperately for some calm in the storm of con-fusion. You, impacted by the age of everything amped to 11.
Babble cannot be underestimated. Grammar will not save us. Nostalgia is no pillar and buttress.
The lesson of Job is that life's afflictions do not merely appear unfair. Job's rather extreme and particular case demonstrates that there are times when they actually are!
This life, with regularity, gives you what you don't deserve.
Also, to this day, it has always worked out for the best.
Chaos is this life experience. No matter how much you research, activate, lobby, stack, shuffle, hack, gamify or seek to atone for it, you will not get to play in "God" mode.
Everyone knows that such is worse than losing in the end anyway. No one loves a broken game.
This lesson of Job awakens the Christian to see the need for psychological discipline in an age of spiritual-psycho-irrational ("demoralization") warfare. (Ahem, the "TV").
Christianity is belief in the redemption of this chaos. Not later. Right now. It goes like this: you are not in control of where you are going. Squandering precious moments discontent with reality is the greatest waste of time one could ever imagine. And "I'm your huckleberry" won't be an easter egg forever.
But the last oracle of David will be.
Until next time,
Be strong, and let your heart know courage. Rev. Fisk
The Milliman Care Guidelines by Jeaninje the Healer, nurse, educator, author, and Discord member
It cannot be ignored. The medical establishment has come under public scrutiny with the advent of Covid-19. National and global institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes for Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization (WHO) are now subject to justifiable criticism. The infiltration of politics and questionable financial gain achieved within the health care industry and specifically the domain of “clinical study” has tarnished these “most-trusted” primary institutions. No longer can I as a clinician say, “According to the CDC…” and have 100% assurance that what I report is honest and unbiased.
In my search for truth, I learned the hard way to: “Never let a good crisis go to waste." But when Dr. Deborah Birx (Trump 2020 White House) announced that all Covid cases were to be reimbursed at a higher rate than any single death (regardless of co-morbidities), I understood that SARS-2 would be a game of political gains. As many physicians, registered nurses, and other clinicians across the country came forward to express their concern with the lockdowns and general over-dramatization of Covid-19, they were quickly silenced.
What does this mean for you who are trying to navigate the extremely lucrative, financially driven health care system? What does it means that your confusion is extremely profitable for United Health Group shareholders, physician practices, and the administration of large hospital systems?
It means your paycheck to premiums, deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses and taxes are being used to pay for an army of "health care services" you do not need. Is there a design?
There is no unbiased "science." But the "MCG" or "Milliman Care Guidelines" (www.mcg.com) endeavor to create guidelines to assist clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of every ailment known to mankind with the intention of putting the needs of the patient first.
I, as a clinician and a Christian, can fully recommend MCG as my number one used resource for determining medical “appropriateness” or “necessity” by both the health care delivery and health insurance industries.
Remember, according to Gallup, registered nurses are the most trusted profession in America for the past 19 years. RN's are also the only entity within the health care industry that makes no additional income based on the decisions they help patients make.
Read that again, and do the math.
Finding the right Registered Nurses to help you navigate your healthspan care and health insurance industry dance is essential. Make sure your RN knows about and has access to the MCG website.
Then, remember, Jesus didn't come to promise affordable healthcare. He came to promise life abundant. Right. Now.
Preparing for Battle by Titus "I am Athanasius" Berndt, face and spokesman of Sons of Solomon
When you send your children away from home, wherever they go they go to war.
I was homeschooled, then attended public high school and a 4-year public university. One of the great benefits of this was that it shattered any illusion that the world agreed with or supported my Christian values. My secular friends had limited contact with confessional Christians, so we often conversed on various points of disagreement. The preparation my father gave me to enter the world of the heathens was biblical catechesis, good discipline, and the ability to think. These tools were sufficient. From the solid foundation of Christian truth, I discovered that my secular opponents had no such preparation, no foundation, no hope, and no defense but denial of the truth.
It's not the school that matters. What matters is the values of the student and their proximity to a place those values are reinforced. No matter the folly occurring elsewhere, a library still holds knowledge, a choir still sings, an engineer still studies math, and a business student still learns management. An economically-capable Christian can obtain a quality education at a public school. But they must have the wisdom to know what is good, the conviction to do what is good, and a church to feed and support them in this fight.
Before you despise public schools as a heathen and unacceptable option, consider why your children need a “higher education” at all. Consider the debt. Consider the community. Consider that no matter where they go, they must be equipped for spiritual resistance against an increasingly hostile world. Consider that you have had many years to prepare them for this fight, and they must carry on after you are gone. And consider that the appearance of a battlefield can help the warrior remember his calling.
Bright-eyed and bushy tailed
God's good green earth
Farmers have staged a weeks-long protest blocking streets in Delhi, India. India's farmers represent about 50% of the population and new regulations introduced by the government, leave room for large corporations to move in and dominate markets. One spokesman said the farmers “have the resources to mobilize support, and to continue the protest for a long time. They have also been very successful in keeping the protest really focused.” Looks like they cook up a storm too...
Rare earth metals, which are used extensively in fuel cells and batteries, have become a key component in a lot of modern tech gear. Rare earths have become a bargaining chip in international trade wars, with China supplying around 80% of the global demand. Mining companies have been putting pressure on the Biden administration to ramp up production of rare earths in the US to reduce dependence on China, but "green" groups are not happy about it.
A shiny new tunnel has just been completed under the sea in the Faroe Islands. The islands, which lay between Iceland and Norway, are home to many small communities. It is hoped that the tunnel will cut travel time for folks who work in the capital, enabling them to continue living in remote towns.
Historian Tom Holland claims that Martin Luther would have rocked it on Twitter! He repeats the idea that Luther exploited the medium of print to great effect. Holland writes that "Luther... displayed a breathtaking command of all the qualities required to flourish on social media: a genius for aphorism, for invective, for denouncing fake news, for spreading fake news, even for publicly doting on pets. ('Oh, that I could only pray,' he once exclaimed, 'in the way that my puppy stares at meat!')"
All joking aside, Holland's final point is worth considering. He writes that very few of us in the West exhibit Luther’s "readiness to risk death in the cause of holding true to his conscience." It's certainly not easy to stay steady while enduring a tweetstorm, but the example of the good Doctor, under the threat of death gives us courage.
Birdbox: never lose sight of Twitter
Twitter is trialing a "community-driven" approach to curb "misleading information." Rather than slap tweets with a fact-check label, the feature, Birdwatch, will allow anyone to annotate a tweet to "add context". It is an admirable attempt to invite dialogue and actual debate but whether it works or not remains to be seen. If people didn't engage civilly with bad ideas in the past, crowd-sourced moderation of content probably won't change much.
Google is threatening to pull out of Australia. The government there has been forming a policy that would make Google pay to share news content on their platforms, in a bid to help fund news outlets.
Amazon's boss, Jeff Bezos, has spoken out against mail-in ballots. Not for federal elections but for the newly-formed union of Amazon workers! Bezos said that "concerns about security run particularly high" with postal voting. Things that make you go "Hmmm."
A recent study has concluded that tech elites are in a category of their own. After garnering a "lackluster" response to their questions, the researchers scraped and analyzed thousands of tweets from the richest tech barons. The researchers concluded that this group of people can be considered a class of their own: "As a group, they are meritocratically inclined, concerned with the well-being of their fellow human beings and relatively supportive of democratic society."
Yet the wealth and influence they hold seems, at times, contradictory to their stated aims. The authors add: ''They speak with a forked tongue when it comes to providing financial resources and placing them under democratic governance in order to make democracy work. Take taxation versus philanthropy as an example – they like to give away something, but they want to decide what for. And they do not like paying taxes so much." Then again, who does?
A week on Wall Street is a very long time
Adam Ford has a helpful 12-minute video summary of what went down with GameStop (GME) and the financial markets last week. Although a lot of the carnage inflicted on huge hedge funds was at the [diamond] hand of "retail" investors (mostly everyday people), the battle began quietly a few weeks prior.
The Reddit user known as DFV felt GameStop was undervalued and deliberately being squeezed into oblivion by short sellers (those who make money when a company loses value.) After his investment in the company, others followed suit, including billionaire Ryan Cohen, sending the value of the video game retailer "to the moon."
Big confusion, much questions, such cryptic, many happiness... A spoof crypto currency has also seen its value jump in this crazy week on Wall Street. Thanks in part to interest from communities of investors on Reddit, Dogecoin rose in value by 142%.
It seems solid all around. She's completely right about the past coronavirus vaccines (which is why I suspect they skipped animal trials with this experimental treatment). We need to remember that the people pushing this stuff are eugenicists. If it's not vaccines or doomsaying about pandemics, it's the climate or population or name-a-thing. They are Thanos. If they could snap, they would have done it already. Covid and all that goes with it is the closest thing they are going to get to an infinity gauntlet for a while. One statement stuck with me. Around 36 minutes she says, "The more you dig into this stuff the more upsetting it gets." That holds true for anything to do with vaccines, pharma, and healthcare. The petition is a good idea. I think everyone can get behind that. So share that along with this video. -unbiasedmike
Her attitude is correct. The more we persuade people that the COVID regime is malicious (including the vaccine agenda), the better. She says toward the end, "We're not saying it's definitely unsafe; instead, we don't know." Classic abortionist tactic: given uncertainty ("Is this a person?"), err on the side of advocacy ("abort") or indifference ("do what's right in your own eyes"). If you "don't know" if it's safe, don't take it. Period. Everyone always has to be so reflexively defensive when it comes to vaccines. "Remember the word 'experimental,' not 'vaccine.'" How about both? I will make an effort to use the word "experimental" (especially in a technical, specific sense) more often going forward, though. -sporlo
Let us pray: Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright. Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.