28 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-18-17

  1. American world leadership lasted almost exactly 100 years. It started in 1917 with our decisive intervention in World War I. It ends Friday. It was a good run. Good luck to Germany and China.

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  2. Speaking of China…

    Industrialization without adequate environmental protections can be a real health risk. I can remember years ago as a teenager walking a city block in downtown St. Louis and not being able to breathe because the pollution was so bad. My eyes were stinging and watering by the time I got to the hotel. In the years since then, many of our cities have worked very hard to improve air quality. Now I guess it’s China’s turn to find a way to deal with the problem.

    Earlier this month, officials in Beijing announced it would be deploying a new environmental police force to help fight the war against smog, focusing on pollution from open-air barbecues, garbage incineration and the burning of wood and other biomass.

    The city also said it would be closing 500 factories that have been a source of pollution, while 2,560 other companies would be forced to clean up their operations. High-polluting vehicles will also be restricted in the city from next month, the Beijing Daily reports.

    “The root cause of the region’s smog problems, from a long-term perspective, is the unclean industrial and energy mix, which require big changes,” Chen Jining, the country’s minister of environmental protection told the Xinhua News Agency.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/china/articles/chinese-tourists-seek-lung-cleansing-trips-with-growing-air-pollution-smog-in-china/

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  3. Somehow one of my private emails got out and I have been getting all sorts of junk. Before I mark this spam I decided to share what is wrong with out country….

    Good morning to you Kim

    Did you know that the United States Government spends Billions every year in stimulus dollars to help those in need?

    This money is available for assistance with rent payments, food, utility bills, education, employment aid and much more.

    The best part of participating in government programs is that you often never have to pay back a single penny.

    Don’t wait any longer to get the support you need.

    Click below to find local Government assistance you’re entitled to today!

    Tap Here To Get Started Now!

    We hope this helps you.

    Have a great day,
    Rubye Mcclung

    I also decided to share her email just because rubyemcclung@miniexcavator.us via aweber.com

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  4. My point is
    1. I don’t need or want this. I am smart enough to know that there is no such thing as free money and there is a scam in here somewhere.
    2. Someone else might be reeled in.
    3. How did they get my email address to send me this garbage?

    I have “reported it” and marked it as spam. IT’S MY EMAIL ADDRESS!!!!!! I shouldn’t have to dig through garbage to find what is important. I missed an offer on one of my listings one time because the agent emailed it and didn’t call to tell me they were sending it. Three days later they called to see why I hadn’t responded. When I found it there were about 100 garbage emails clogging up my inbox.

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  5. There are a lot of scams and hacking out there. I was reading just last night that the city where I lived in CT just had their account hacked. They paid $2Million to a firm in another city, and the ACH was hijacked by a Chinese firm. The whole 2Mil was lost, but they have recovered about $800,000 of it, and are still working on getting the rest. The FBI is involved.

    http://www.courant.com/community/farmington/hc-farmington-fraud-scheme-0118-20170117-story.html

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  6. Good words, Debra. There are a lot of con artists out there. Some of them work through churches or synagogues. Some target the elderly. Many work online.

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  7. In real estate we have to send encoded messages now because somehow hackers are creating duplicate accounts, so if I send closing information to a client, they can contact the title company and have funds transferred to THEIR accounts!!!! There is also a scam somehow of taking a photo of the check and depositing it in an account and diverting the funds. I am not smart enough to be a criminal…which always makes me wonder…If these people put their brains to work on something good what could they accomplish??????

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  8. We now have that double-verification system on our work emails after hacking problems. Kind of a pain, but worth it. Most of my home emails that are spam wind up in the spam folder (which I should probably check more often as sometimes it snags legitimate ones by mistake).

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  9. @12:47 That one hit home, Michelle. The twins were 29 1/2 weeks. Abigail weighing 2lbs 11oz survived while Amalie was half that and did not. (Abby’s at 3lbs 3 oz now and still doing well in NICU.) I have often wondered where heroic effort ends and experimentation begins. That is a question that would involve not only ethics but medical knowledge.

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  10. Michelle, on the first link, I would agree with the first author and with much of the third author. There is much said in the Bible about keeping one’s word, and the Palestinians were promised a state within the West Bank and Gaza at the same time Israel was promised a state. The excuse for not keeping the promise has always been the bad behaviour of the Palestinian leaders, but Psalm 15:4 answers that argument with this item in the list of the characteristics of those who will dwell in the house of the Lord, “He who swears to his own hurt and does not change.” In other words, there is no virtue in breaking a promise because the one to whom you promised something might misuse it. You still need to keep your promise. Christians, especially in North America, tend to think, due to certain eschatological teachings, that Israel is almost always in the right. However, the Israelis are not any less fallen than the rest of the nations and are just as capable of committing injustice. I support the right of both nations to exist.

    If one looks at the ages of the judges and the kings in Old Testament, and the maps of the approximate territories of that time, the realization comes that at no time did the Jews have exclusive possession of the land that is called Israel. The Philistines lived in Gaza; the Jebusites, even after they were driven out of Jerusalem, still lived in the surrounding area (see the account of David buying the threshing floor of Araunah in II Samuel 24); the Gibeonites, who became the Nethinim, who were avenged by God with a three year famine in Israel after Saul attempted a genocide on them in violation of the oath of Joshua to them; the Kenites, later called the Rechabites, were permanent strangers in the land of Israel after their ancestors helped guide the Hebrews through the wilderness.

    It is often argued that the Jews are under the special protection of God, but the Gibeonites and the Rechabites were also under the special protection of God. The Rechabites were promised a perpetual existence of their descendants. How do we know that their descendants are not among the Palestinians? We can’t, and even if they aren’t, the Palestinians are still human beings, made as much in the image of God as the Israelis. Some among them are Christians, as the church has lasted there since the Resurrection and Pentecost. As James says, “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” (2:8-9). The sin of partiality is not just in preferring rich to poor, it also is in preferring one ethnic group over another.

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  11. On the article about premature births, removing life support is more like choosing not to take chemotherapy. One still dies of natural causes. It is not the same as actively administering drugs or procedures which will cause death. This distinction is important – it is one that has come up in the whole discussion of assisted dying. I was there when my uncle was taken off life support and died minutes later and I have no doubt it was the right decision. When I was a small child, one of my older siblings’ playmates broke his neck in a freak farming accident. His spinal cord was severed too high for him to survive without being on a respirator for the rest of his life. He was a professing Christian as were his parents, and both he and his parents decided that he would be taken off the respirator. I still remember my parents going to the funeral. In West Africa, we didn’t use CPR, because CPR never works on its own, it is a very temporary support measure until a defibrillator and other life support equipment becomes available. There was no sense in breaking people’s ribs doing CPR when there was no life support medicine and equipment to revive them. The church denomination I currently attend does not have trouble with someone choosing to refuse or discontinue treatment and allowing nature to take its course. They do have a problem with actively administering substances to cause death. I agree.

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  12. Roscuro, quite a number of years ago I edited a book about end-of-life treatment and I’ve always been thankful for the clarity it gave me. When my mom asked me to take her medical power of attorney and she specified that she wouldn’t want to be kept alive on a respirator (except as a very temporary measure), I said I understood. When I told my sister, she said she couldn’t make such a decision. I said maybe that is why Mom asked me. I was glad I didn’t end up having to make a decision (especially in our large family, someone would have been likely to second-guess me) but I was satisfied that someone might need to make it and that she trusted me to do so.

    Sometimes I see people fretting because some relative (someone they know to be within two or three days of death) isn’t eating or drinking anything, and I like being able to reassure them that is OK . . . the person doesn’t need to eat or drink and it is fine if she doesn’t want to. YOu aren’t starving her or dehydrating her by allowing the body to shut down naturally.

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  13. The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and environmentalist group Earthjustice have partnered to put on Facebook Live’s first-ever tel-a-thon as counter-programming to Friday’s presidential inauguration. Dubbed the “Love-a-thon,” the event will be held from 12:30 p.m. ET until 3:30 p.m. ET and will feature a variety of celebrities, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jane Fonda, and Judd Apatow.

    Who are these people and why should I care?
    I have heard of Jane Fonda. She sat on a N. Korea aint-aircraft gun. And she made a famous movie, but I forgot which.
    I suspect tis will be the last-ever-Love-a-thon.

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  14. From one of our elders on FB today (“famously hard to predict” – I like that)

    The strong presumption by the world that their point of view is fact and that anyone that doesn’t agree is crazy, has always been the case. It’s been that way for thousands of years. It’s a witness to the fact that the more things change, the more they stay the same. People haven’t really changed from the garden until now. They still do all the same things, think all the same things, say all the same things. It’s why our 2000 year old book is every bit as relevant today as it was back then. And don’t let it bother you. At least, not much. It’s neither under your control nor do you have the power to break the spell. Only the Spirit of the living God can do that, and his motions and intent are famously hard to predict. He does as He wills with the starry host of Heaven and with the Earth below. Who can ask Him why He does what he does? With man, we are all doomed and only worthy of pity, but with God, all things are possible.

    “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

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  15. What happened today that would prompt a Facebook friend, mother of a severely disabled child, to write, “So, children like mine aren’t worthy of adequate health insurance or an education?” What did I miss?

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  16. Kizzie — Don’t know about healthcare but Betty DeVos said it was up to the states to decide on education for special needs children despite the fact the federal law guarantees it. She refused to say special education would be federally protected.

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