The thing about the bottom is that from there you have nothing left to lose. Nothing to fear. Nothing to hold onto.
Filling up the sins of a people until the time of wrath is God's justice. But it is also his patience, buying you back and saying, "Come out of her, my people."
I have had momentary Harry Potter/Luke Skywalker moments wherein I surmise that I might be the long lost, hidden, protected, soon-to-be-revealed son of the king of the universe who needs me to grow up early and join the war by living a totally unexpected and awesome life that compels me to set down my petty worries and take up the arms of vivid, integral life.
Then I remember that because I am washed in the name of Jesus it is absolutely true.
Till angel cry and trumpet sound, The Mad Christian
A kerfuffle broke out in various quarters of the internet over a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted early in the USA's rollout of COVID vaccinations and aimed to gather data on the potential danger of mRNA vaccines to pregnant women. Somewhere along the way, a claim was made that the study found miscarriages occurring in 82% of pregnancies. LifeSite News, a website trusted by many Mad Christians to bring true information about vaccines and abortion also reported this sensational headline.
Rev. Fisk thought something smelled funky, requesting fact-checking by the Us-the-Chill brain trust— they did not disappoint. Bill, a resident number-cruncher summarizes as follows:
"Here's what we're given:
Researchers publish study in NEJM that claims (and here I'll quote directly) 'Preliminary findings did not show obvious safety signals among pregnant persons (sic) who received mRNA Covid-19 vaccines.'
Claims circulated that said the researchers were failing to acknowledge that their own numbers reveal that 82% of those receiving the vaccine had a miscarriage. Further claims are that MSM won't cover it because it doesn't fit the narrative. Etc. "
Bill also suggested that the study's design is a little confusing to the non-statistically minded, but concluded: "This particular study does not sway me one way or the other. I cannot, based on this study alone, claim the vaccine to be low risk, nor can I claim it to be high risk. Not enough information."
It is sad to see LifeSite publish this news, when a little digging might have given them pause, and yet it shows that you can never check your brain at the door when assessing news today. The fact-checkers have not been without their biases, but in this instance, PolitiFact (yes, the one Facebook relies on for its "Truth-O-Meter") made a fairly good summary of the situation. LifeSite has since pulled their article on the study, stating that it needs reviewing.
There is a quip, attributed to Mark Twain, about lies being able to travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. The amount of information presented to us every day is one thing, but the speed of a Twitter feed turnover is akin to a digital autobahn. Whether half-truths and lies start with an Instagram post, a conservative news outlet, or a government agency, we need to take time to assess them.
If something fits our narrative too cleanly, it is wise to be a little suspicious. Those without hope in the world cling to any information that endorses their worldview. Being on the "right side of history" is the self-justifying project of the modern man and morsels of half-truth are tasty - for a time. But Mad Christians do not need the world to fit into neat categories, because we know whose world it is. God's trustworthy word says it best, "The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps." ~Proverbs 14
Not the Bee broke the news that the San Francisco Gay Mens' Choir had released what it called a "satirical" song titled "A Message from the Gay Community." The lyrics say: "We're coming for your children, it happens bit by bit, we'll convert your children and you won't even notice it." The video was ratio'd and also pulled from a number of sites, as commenters piled on and commentators responded (Andy Ngo and Ben Shapiro).
But we know this is not a new idea for every ideology that goes against reality must continually distract using propaganda. Breaking down the family and indoctrinating children is a standard M.O. for any regime. The Sexual Revolution may be a slow one, but the infiltration of LGBT content into children's TV programs has been deliberate and sly. RealClearInvestigations also noted the way anti-racist messaging is being pushed on kids by corporations and media.
So, Mad Christians, know what your little ones are being exposed to and do your duty in teaching them the truth of God's Word. God will strengthen you for this important task.
The Pentagon has canceled its $10bn JEDI "cloud computing" contract with Microsoft. The contract has been bogged down in legal wrangling since Amazon contested the Microsoft appointment in 2019. But, given the changing nature of the cybersecurity landscape since then, the Department of Defense says it is reconsidering what the criteria for the contract will be.
That's an order
President Biden has signed a "sweeping" executive order, aiming to boost market competition, reduce the "stranglehold" of monopolies, and increase transparency for consumers. The order covers a lot of industries, including airlines, shipping, meat packing, pharmaceutical companies, and internet providers. Also, with several anti-trust bills being considered by Congress, The Hustle contemplated what a Big Tech break-up might look like.
Former President Trump is leading a class action against Big Tech, saying he is suing Facebook, Google, Twitter, and their CEO's to bring an end "to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing, and canceling that you know so well." Grab the popcorn.
Speaking of the Capitol... The FBI came in for derision last week after revealing they had seized a "fully constructed U.S. Capitol Lego set" from a man arrested for rioting on January 6th. It's unclear whether the man used the Lego to plan his violent activities, but the tweets and memes are priceless.
Got any more bright ideas?
A member group of the World Economic Forum has recently suggested that the world requires a great "metabolic reset." The group says the world needs "fundamental and structural changes in the way we engineer foods," with a focus on gut, brain and liver health. Moving away from processed foods and sourcing locally-grown produce is something Mad Christians can agree to. But as with most things the folks at Davos propose, it is a top-down approach with international elites assuming they can solve all the problems if they just have more control.
The targets set by WEF action groups call for a "50% worldwide cut in red meat and sugar consumption and a doubling of the consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and legumes between 2020 and 2050." There is also a lot of enthusiasm for "personalized nutrition," with tech companies lining up to develop apps and algorithms to "identify what people should eat and avoid, and keep track of what is in their cupboards, refrigerators, and online shopping carts." I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid you can't eat that.
While we're talking about diet, Pinterest has banned weightloss and diet ads as well as "weight-loss language or imagery, testimonials about weight loss, and references to body mass index, or BMI, among other content" from its platform. CBS says it is part of the "broader body-positivity movement" which accepts "people of all sizes."
Several outlets have reported that grocery stores are stockpiling food and cleaning supplies in "anticipation of rising prices and demand."
An interesting article from Vox faces up to our habit of throwing out a lot of food and how expirations dates are not an exact science.
British rapper, Zuby is proving to be a sage in our age. He recently nailed it with some modern proverbs in a tweet thread called "20 Things I've Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The 'Pandemic'." Check out these gems..
"Propaganda is just as effective in the modern day as it was 100 years ago. Access to limitless information has not made the average person any wiser."
"Most people care more about looking like they are doing the right thing, rather than actually doing the right thing."
"It's easier to fool a person than to convince them that they have been fooled."
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The Captain COVID Crunch channel in Discord is a place for open conversation regarding all things COVID. One Discord member posed a question asking why the COVID vaccine was deemed "bad." Here's what sporlo says it come down to.
I managed to listen to all 5 segments of LifeSite's "Unmasking COVID-19: Vaccines, Mandates, and Global Health" on a roadtrip last week. As always, I'm not saying every single word must be accurate or consistent [see above], but by far this presentation as a whole is one of the best treatments of COVID I've heard. It's very wide-ranging, though it focuses on the "vaccines."
In light of information like this, my opposition to the offered injections currently has very little to do with statistics per se. It's the whole climate, with seemingly alarming statistics simply the icing on top.
And similar to some people, I don't believe there is any ethical way out of the abortion problem. The industry needs abortion, or else refuses to wean itself off the desire for abortion, even if it didn't need it.
My opposition to the injections also flows from the very fact that the regime is forcing it so hard. If it weren't such a sticking point for the regime, I would not be so opposed. As it is, these kinds of stories ought to steel us against their offers and demands.
Let us pray: O Lord, You granted Your prophets strength to resist the temptations of the devil and courage to proclaim repentance. Give us pure hearts and minds to follow Your Son faithfully even into suffering and death; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.