Thursday, May 21, 2015

Look Up Watch Your Sky




A confidential government report written in 1951 — “Special Report No. 142: Biological Warfare Trials at San Francisco, California, 20-27 September 1950” — maps out the details of the city’s top-secret bacteria bombing. Through the tests, officials sought to accomplish three objectives: to study the “offensive possibilities of attacking a seaport city with a biological warfare aerosol,” to highlight the vulnerability of the country’s defense against such attacks, and to gain data on how bacteria affected a population.

Nowhere in the report was the welfare of San Franciscans mentioned; the tests proceeded without knowledge or consent from the public.

As leaves turned red, and as San Francisco segued into the smoky autumn of 1950, Edward Nevin lay dying in a hospital bed. A rare bacteria had entered his urinary tract, made its way through his bloodstream, and clung to his heart — a bacteria that had never been seen in the hospital’s history.

Before researchers could hypothesize the bacteria's root cause, ten more patients were admitted with the same infection. Doctors were baffled: how could have this microbe presented itself?

For nearly thirty years, the incident remained a secret — until Edward Nevin’s grandson set out to bring about justice.

What ensued was a series of terrifying revelations: for two decades, the United States government had intentionally doused 293 populated areas with bacteria.

 They'd done this with secrecy. They’d done this without informing citizens of potentially dangerous exposure.

They’d done this without taking precautions to protect the public’s health and safety, and with no medical follow-up And it had all started in 1950, with the spraying of San Francisco.


Mohave County Resident, Mr. Alan Di Cicco, after feeling very ill for a long time, he did test his blood for Barium, Aluminum and other toxic metals. His blood test results were alarming. The maximum levels according to Labcore labs for the BARIUM (a toxic element) is 2 and Quest Labs is 10...
Mr. Di Cicco levels were 150!! 1500% above the maximum levels!

After witnessing the last few years an abnormal traffic of low flight unidentified jets leaving trails that do not disappear, Mr. Di Cicco made some researches and learned about "chemtrails" and "weather modification".

Independents labs test by KSLA news it confirms Barium in chemtrails!

After learning from Mr. Di Cicco's barium results, other residents from Mohave County (Kingman, Golden Valley), and also Phoenix and Texas did the same test for Barium and Aluminum.

The results were shocking. Mr. Di Cicco results were not an anomaly.

12 more people tested for Extremely high levels of Barium in their blood.

For full details and copies of the Blood tests go to http://ExposeChemtrails.com


When highly toxic materials are sprayed into skies around the globe as part of the ongoing climate engineering assault, these materials must inevitably fall to Earth and be inhaled and/or absorbed by every single living organism. The atmospheric spraying programs must  be considered biological warfare. The primary objective of any such spraying operation is irrelevant to the aforementioned scenario, the end result is still the same.

Geoengineering Is Biological Warfare

Thursday Typothetae Typhonic And David Letterman's last Late Show

The Hycopter uses its frame to store energy in the form of hydrogen instead of air. With less lift power required, it's fuel cell turns the hydrogen in its frame into electricity to power its rotors.

 The drone can fly for four hours at a time and 2.5 hours when carrying a 2.2-pound payload. 

“By removing the design silos that typically separate the energy storage component from UAV frame development - we opened up a whole new category in the drone market, in-between battery and combustion engine systems,” says CEO Taras Wankewycz.

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 While debate swirls in Washington D.C. about new encryption laws, the consequences of the last crypto war is still being felt.

 Logjam vulnerabilities making headlines today is "a direct result of weakening cryptography legislation in the 1990s," researcher J. Alex Halderman said. 

"Thanks to Moore's law and improvements in cryptanalysis, the ability to break that crypto is something really anyone can do with open-source software. 

The backdoor might have seemed like a good idea at the time

Maybe the arguments 20 years ago convinced people this was going to be safe.

 History has shown otherwise. 

This is the second time in two months we've seen 90s era crypto blow up and put the safety of everyone on the internet in jeopardy."

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 No one really questions the privacy issues that this raises. It is obvious that some kind of a GPS locator needs to be installed on all of the vehicles and of course big brother will know your vehicles where~abouts at all times. A really great way to monitor citizens and take control in one sense...

Oregon will become the first U.S. state to test a program to replace their gas tax with a fee for each mile citizens drive on public roads


 The 5,000 people voluntarily participating in the test will be charged 1.5 cents per mile.

 Revenue from gas tax has been on the decline as vehicles get more fuel efficient and as hybrids and electric cars become more popular.

 This measure is an attempt to raise the amount of money the state takes in to pay for infrastructure projects.

 Many owners of those hybrid and electric vehicles are upset, saying it specifically targets them and discourages environmentally-friendly transportation.

 Others point out that those who drive electric vehicles need the roads maintained just as much as people still driving gas-powered cars. 

 Oregon can't tax the miles you drive outside Oregon--the US Constitution explicitly forbids state taxation of anything outside the state.

 They *have* to know not only how far you've driven but where you drove it to impose this tax. Thusly the GPS unit installed in Oregon cars and there goes your freedom from governmental surveillance of where you go and when you go.

That will be just another source of data on you.

 I believe that California is getting ready to implement the same kind of a system, or at least the infrastructure will be in place when they do.
 
If you live in California, start looking at the freeways and you will see those round circles embedded in the road that you see at traffic lights appearing along the freeways every mile or so, one in each lane.

They are the magnetic sensors embedded in the pavement.

They have been quietly installing them on all of our freeways.

Watch this topic drift into what vehicles do more damage to the roads. They will point at the trucking industry because trucks do a lot of damage to the roads. But they also pay a lot more in road taxes. The argument is that electric cars and hybrids are now paying less taxes at the pump because of their lower 'gusoline' usage.

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As Jessie Ventura always says, "follow the money!"
Who benefited from it's construction?


This is a story about how the U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t needed, wasn’t wanted and wasn’t ever used — at a cost to American taxpayers of at least $25 million.

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Very Ugly

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Back during the Hippie days of the 60's a lot of us could survive anywhere in the USA by "dumpster diving." Behind any super market were dumpsters full of eatable food that was thrown out because of expiration dates.

Speaking of such, here is a statement by Connie Frisbee...

Connie Bremer-Murray: 

"As a woman, you worry about bread. You worry about meals. I'd see all these people eating when Calvary's coffers were full.

 And we were poor. [Calvary founder] Chuck Smith never paid Lonnie.

 One day, Lonnie came home and said, "You'll never believe it: they hired somebody full-time to help (Romaine) pastor Chuck." 

That blew him away. 

Chuck and Kay Smith never came by to ask if I needed food.

 I went to the same grocery store she did; it's just that she went through the front door, and I went to the dumpster in the back so that I could feed people. 

There was a disparity between what people believed to be happening and what was happening. 

I think Lonnie paid a huge price for that disparity. 

 But it's not like what happened to Jesus on the cross. It's like we used to say: we haven't bled yet."

 “In the U.S. about 40 percent of all the food never gets eaten and that’s everything from food lost on the farm all the way to the potatoes left on your breakfast platter,” says Dana Gunders, a staff scientist and food waste expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Encryption Dereliction Condition


According to Daniel Mathews, new laws passed in Australia (but not yet in effect) could criminalize the teaching of encryption

 He explains how a ridiculously broad law could effectively make any encryption stronger than 512 bits criminal if your client is not Australian.

Image result for encryption He says, "In short, the DSGL casts an extremely wide net, potentially catching open source privacy software, information security research and education, and the entire computer security industry in its snare.

 Most ridiculous, though, are some badly flawed technicalities. 

 As I have argued before, the specifications are so imprecise that they potentially include a little algorithm you learned at primary school called division.

 If so, then division has become a potential weapon, and your calculator (or smartphone, computer, or any electronic device) is a potential delivery system for it."

Espionage


I was bummed that I hadn't picked up the film pieces that were on the floor, I could have been helpful to the FBI investigation.




 

Way back during the early 1980's a neighbor on the corner across the street from me had me come over and paint out a closet for him because he was moving out.

This was before the age of computers had arrived.

The closet had been painted flat black which I thought was really unusual, even the ceiling and door were painted black.

It took several coats of paint to cover the black.

A few months later the FBI comes to my door asking me questions about the man.

Had I see any unusual activity and such at the man's house?

I never knew the neighbor, he always kept to himself.

He knew that I was a house painter because of my painters truck with my sign on it parked in front of my house.

I told the FBI what I did see, the black closet.

Then they asked if I had seen any equipment or cameras and such.

I hadn't, but I did see some small film cuttings on the floor of the closet.

I figured that the man was a hobbyist photographer using the closet to develop film.


After the men in black left it dawned on me that my ex-neighbor may have been involved in some kind of espionage or something of the sort like industrial spying.

US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals


 The U.S. government has indicted five Chinese citizens and arrested a Chinese professor on charges of economic espionage

 The government alleges that they took jobs at two small, American chipmakers — Avago Technologies and Skyworks Solutions — in order to steal microelectronics designs.

 "All of them worked, the indictment contends, to steal trade secrets for a type of chip popularly known as a “filter” that is used for acoustics in mobile telephones, among other purposes. 

They took the technology back to Tianjin University, created a joint venture company with the university to produce the chips, and soon were selling them to both the Chinese military and to commercial customers." 

It's interesting to note that the Reuters article keeps mentioning how this technology — used commonly as an acoustic filter — has "military applications." 

It's also interesting to look at another recent case involving Shirrey Chen, a hydrologist who was mysteriously arrested on suspicion of espionage, but then abruptly cleared five months later. 

One can't help but wonder what's driving the U.S.'s new strategy for tackling economic espionage.

Wednesday Morning Bible Studies


Today's lesson is one of the most critical lesson's that the man of God can ever learn. Moving in the Holy Spirit.

 It will teach you why some move forward into the Lord and accomplish great things and why others are left behind in their own pathetic self-centered useless efforts only to fail.


Shekinah Fellowship: Captured By The Holy Spirit (Lord Send The Fire Today)

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You can do it

 

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An ongoing message to the Church of Jesus Christ

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Late Night Final Gleanings

Bigger wind turbines and towers are just part of what the U.S. needs in order to more effectively use wind energy in all 50 states.That was the thrust of a wind energy call-to-arms report called "Enabling Wind Power nationwide" issued this week by the Department of Energy. They detail new technology that can reach higher into the sky to capture more energy and more powerful turbines to generate more gigawatts. These new turbines are 110-140 meters tall, with blades 60 meters long. The Energy Department forecasts strong, steady growth of wind power across the country, both on land and off shore.

 http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/north-america-wind-turbines-kill-around-300000-birds-annually-house-cats-around-3000000000.html

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A software glitch caused the crash of an Airbus A400M military transport aircraft, claims German newspaper Der Spiegel (Google translation). The accident, which happened in Seville on the vehicle's first production test flight on 9 May, killed four crew members. Airbus is investigating the system controlling the aircraft's engines. The early suspicions are that it was an installation problem, rather than a design problem. 

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Space boat won't really catch on with it's measly 29 knots. Why? Jetskis do  69.5181 knots.
But it is quite novel. Where it could work well is in resorts like Bora Bora where jetskis always ruin the solitude of the place.
https://quadrofoil.com/

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Headphones with a video screen that is cinematic at 1280x720 resolution and noise-canceling top audio quality.
http://avegant.com/

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Ok...so we all have gotten used to portable hard drives.
This one is a work of art that you will want to add to your impressive collection.

A French designer with a flourishing reputation, Pauline Deltour takes inspiration from everyday objects, creating useful, sturdy, and poetic works of art.

She added Corning Gorilla glass mirror to all the surfacesof this 1TB portable hard drive.

The resulting look is spectacular for this everyday object turned into visually ever changing reflections.

And you can own it today

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 The Pirate Bay will probably never be the darling of any government; we've seen various Pirate Bay domains cracked down on, and the arrests of site founders.

An anonymous reader writes now with the news reported this morning by TorrentFreak that: the Stockholm District Court has ordered two key domains owned by The Pirate Bay to be seized.

 While the ruling means that the site will lose its famous ThePirateBay.se domain, don't expect the site to simply disappear.

 TPB informs TorrentFreak that they have plenty more domains left in store.

 From the point of view of the down-crackers, It's a hard problem, particularly when it's easy for people to spin up their own instances of the site.

TIL when the co-founder of Pirate Bay was arrested he asked to phone his girlfriend so she could watch his house before leaving with the police. The police allowed him to make the call, but instead he used an app on his phone that immediately encrypted all of his computers at his work and home.

 The governments trying to seize Pirate Bay
What appears is a new Logo.

Pirate Bay is a Lernaean Hydra for now.

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  4 major cancer charities a sham: only donate 3% of 187 million to victims - all owned by one family

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Arnold The Way We Like Him Best!
And you can be in it with him...


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Ok...It is 1965 and i read in Popular Mechanics magazine that one day TV's will be thin. This is at a period of time when TV's are CRT's with large box enclousures.

Then I read that the TV's will be so thin they will be able to hang on walls.

And now I am told that they will be on walls like wallpaper.

Guess what, it is now a reality! 

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 Audi's new $20,000 carbon fiber bike weighs just 12 pounds

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 Found in Vegas

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 Dude, don't blow my cover!

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 TIL of a bank heist in which the robbers got away with $30 million cash, and carefully covered their tracks by wiping down everything down in their townhouse before they left; however they forgot to start the dishwasher and so their fingerprints were found on dirty dishes.

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The Hyperloop Is Coming To California

Atheist's Argument Number 101

The atheists' logical argument


What I have found is that atheists like to say that their arguments against God's existence specifically exclude the God of the Bible as a God who could exist.

 However, in reality, atheists produce generic arguments against a generic God whose characteristics and creation do not match those that are described in the Bible.

Atheists may not accept what the Bible says, but they cannot say the God of the Bible cannot logically exist and then ignore what the Bible has to say about the characteristics of God.

 If the atheist states that the God of the Bible is logically impossible, he cannot pick and choose which arguments from the Bible to accept in order to "prove" his point.

 Let's formalize the atheist's arguments:


God is all-powerful, loving, and perfect.

A perfect, loving God would create a universe that was perfect (e.g., no evil and suffering).

The universe is not perfect but contains evil and suffering.

Therefore, God does not exist. 

Learn more:

Visual Bible Graph

Visualizing the Bible, awarded an Honorable Mention in Illustration, depicts all 1189 chapters of the Bible as a bar graph with the length of each bar proportional to the number of verses in the chapter.

Above this, arcs represent 63,779 cross references between chapters; different colours denote varying distances between connected chapters.

 Created by Chris Harrison of Carnegie Mellon University and Christoph Römhild of North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church.

  2 Timothy 3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Old News from Sunday, October 05, 2008


What is a Blog? The Lines Continue To Blur

Wikipedia defines blogs as:

A Blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.
The Blogosphere is the collective community of all blogs. Since all blogs are on the Internet by definition, they may be seen as interconnected and socially networked. Discussions "in the Blogosphere" have been used by the media as a gauge of public opinion on various issues. But as the Blogosphere grows in size and influence, the lines between what is a blog and what is a mainstream media site become less clear. Larger blogs are taking on more characteristics of mainstream sites and mainstream sites are incorporating styles and formats from the Blogosphere. In fact, 95% of the top 100 US newspapers have reporter blogs (see The Bivings Group).

Today, blogs are everywhere —even presidential candidates have blogs. The blog has forever changed the way publishing works —now anyone can be a publisher. The issue is no longer distribution; rather, it's relevance.

Bloggers create 900,000 blog posts a day worldwide, and some of them are actually making money through search ads from Google. and Amazon referrals through Amazon Associates program etc. Blogs with decent traffic and a voice are also getting snapped up by blog-ad networks, which in turn package them as niche audiences to advertisers.

You are on a blog right this instant. Notice that I do this freely, no monetizing of any sort.

To see an example of monetizing check out this excellent example and see if you can pick out how many sources of income there are:


The nice thing about doing this freely is you can spend a lot of time on it or you can take a break now and then. When you do it for your income you have to be at it daily.

When I spend a few days working here, like I have this weekend, it is rewarding to see the numbers of visitors increase. You can see that yesterday (Sat) the visitors increased because I posted throughout the day. And today you can see the same thing happened:


Notice that the days that I only post a few items the visitor hits are less. You can see that if someone were to try and make an income from blogging it is a lot of work and chair time at the keyboard.

You have to enjoy it to spend a lot of time on it. I enjoy it. And apparently others do also because they keep coming back. We vote by click, after all. Successful blogs, such as Zen Habits, tend to balance the more fast-food type posts with longer, more complex ideas that will presumably keep readers coming back—although there are plenty of people who make a living posting just about anything.

The Internet has always been very good at counting page views but not so great at assigning value to what's actually in those pages.

Friends Don't Let Friends Read Bad Content. If you didn't like what I do here you wouldn't be here.

As a Christian I do some Gospel and some current events as well as try to post stuff that I find interesting along with anything else in between. I have fun.

I used to nudge a few others to try to get them to post stuff here. I don't do nudging any more. You wouldn't believe how many people I have extended an opportunity to, only two showed up and participated for awhile although there has been one or two who did contribute once or twice.

You know, you can blog. Look up Blogger in Google to open a free account. Try it.

Not that it matters, currently my blog is worth $1,129.08 according to Technorati. Been as high as $1600. Goes up and down like the stock market.
Speaking of the stock market, fasten your seat belt.

At Knotts Berry Farm there is this ride that justs drops you, your stomach pushes on your head as gravity does its job.

 I think that the market will open with a gravity drop Monday morning.
But to who...LOL...oops...was just wondering to myself to whom this web blog might would be worth $1,129.08...

Certainly not I. :)

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Note 5/19/2015:

The stock market did drop tremendously on October 06, 2008!

Wow how did i know that was going to happen when i mentioned it the day before on October 05, 2008?

Interesting.

On Monday October 6, the stock market would start a weeklong decline in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average would fall 1,874 points or 18.1%.

While the exact cause of this crash may differ from those of 1929 and 1987, they share one common element - they all began in October.

The Black Week began on October 6th and lasted five trading sessions. 

During that week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average would fall 1,874 points or 18.1%. 

In that same week, the S&P 500 would fall more than 20%.

Verification of the historical existence of Jesus of Nazareth


The proper name Jesus /ˈdʒiːzəs/ used in the English language originates from the Latin form of the Greek name Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous), a rendition of the Hebrew Yeshua (ישוע), also having the variants Joshua or Jeshua. In a religious context the name refers to Jesus, the central figure of Christianity.

Thallus

Thallus was a historian who lived in the middle of the first century C.E. His writings focus partly on the historical events of the Roman empire of the first century C.E. We do not have his original works, written around 52 C.E., but we do have the writings of men who referred to his work.


Julius Africanus, an early church father, writing in the year 221 C.E. wrote about the writings of Thallus. In a document written by Julius Africanus, there is a discussion about the darkness that was recorded by the writers of the New Testament at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus.


"Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land." [That is, from noon to 3:00pm.] (Matthew 27:45)


Now the skeptic might easily dismiss this event, recorded in the gospel of Matthew, as mere dramatics, an attempt to dress up the crucifixion event with some supernatural imagery. However, the darkness which occurred at the time of a full moon was recorded by Thallus.


Africanus notes that Thallus had attempted to explain away the event:


"Thallus, in the third book of his history explains away the darkness as an eclipse of the sun, unreasonably as it seems to me."


Africanus, writing in the year 221 C.E., had access to the writings of Thallus. Thallus in his third book wrote that this darkness, which occurred during the reign of Caesar Tiberius, was a result of an eclipse of the sun. Africanus makes the point that this could not have been a solar eclipse, because the crucifixion took place at Passover, which always occurs during a full moon. During a full moon, there can be no solar eclipse, and Africanus recognized this.


An interesting aspect of this reference is that Thallus does not try to deny the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, the occurrence of his crucifixion nor the historical fact that the darkness occurred. He presents Jesus of Nazareth as an historical person, and the darkness as an historical event. His motive in writing about the darkness is to explain it as a natural event.


Philopon

Philopon, a sixth-century secular historian, wrote regarding Phlegon as well. He wrote:


"And about this darkness...Phlegon recalls it in his book The Olympiads."


Like Thallus, Phlegon verifies the historical existence of Jesus of Nazareth and the historicity of the darkness which occurred during the reign of Tiberius Caesar. These common threads occurring in the writings of two men who were not Christians, is powerful evidence that Jesus is an historical figure and an unnatural darkness(not an eclipse) occurred during his life.


Tacitus

Cornelius Tacitus, born circa 52-55 C.E., became a senator in the Roman government under Emperor Vespasian. He was eventually promoted to governor of Asia. Writing in the year 116 C.E., in his Annals, he writes of the burning of Rome in 64 C.E. And how Caesar Nero had tried to stop the rumor that he (Nero) was behind the destruction.


"Therefore, to scotch the rumor (that Nero had burned Rome) Nero substituted as culprits, and punished with the utmost refinements of cruelty, a class of men, loathed for their vices, whom the crowd styled Christians.

 Christus, the founder of the name, had undergone the death penalty in the reign of tiberius, by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilatus, and the pernicious superstition was checked for a moment, only to break out once more, not merely in Judea, the home of the disease, but in the capital itself, where all things horrible or shameful in the world collect and find a vogue...

They [the Christians] were covered with wild beasts' skins and torn to death by dogs; or they were fastened on crosses, and, when daylight failed were burned to serve as lamps by night.

 Nero had offered his gardens for the spectacle, and gave an exhibition in his circus, mixing with the crowd in the habit of a charioteer, or mounted on his car.

 Hence, in spite of a guilt which had earned the most exemplary punishment, there arose a sentiment of pity, due to the impression that they were being sacrificed not for the welfare of the state but to the ferocity of a single man."


This amazing document verifies that Jesus, or Christus, was a true historical figure, that he lived and was killed during the reign of Caesar Tiberius, that he was sentenced under Pontius Pilate and that by about 64 C.E., Christianity had spread rapidly throughout the Roman empire. Tacitus verifies that Christians were viciously tortured by Nero only 32 years after the death of Jesus of Nazareth.

 The historical validity of this letter by Tacitus is doubted by very few scholars. According to some scholars, Tacitus is:


"Universally considered the most reliable of historians, a man in whom sensibility and imagination, though lively, could never spoil a critical sense rare in his time and a great honesty in the examination of the documents." [Amoit, Francois; Brunot, Amedee; Danielou, Jeah; Daniel-Rops, Henri. The Sources for the Life of Christ. Translated by P.J. Herpburne-Scott. New York; Hawthorn Books, 1962, pg. 16.]


Emperor Hadrian

During the period when Hadrian was emperor of Rome, 117-138 C.E., there continued to be tremendous persecution of Christians. Serenius Granianus, the governor of Asia at that time, wrote a letter to Emperor Hadrian asking for his advice regarding how he should handle the Christians. Hadrian wrote back to Serenius' successor, Minucius Fundanus, his response. This letter was preserved by Eusebius.

This is an excerpt;


"I do not wish, therefore, that the matter should be passed be without examination, so that these men may neither be harassed, nor opportunity of malicious proceedings be offered to informers. If, therefore, the provincials can clearly evince their charges against the Christians, so as to answer before the tribunal, let them pursue this course only, but not by mere petitions, and mere outcries against the Christians. For it is far more proper, if anyone would bring an accusation, that you should examine it."


This fascinating letter from the Roman emperor himself verifies the historical existence of the church, the belief that Christians were trouble-makers, that Christianity was illegal at that time, and that Christians would be taken before a counselor simply for admitting that they were Christians. Though not a specific reference to Jesus of Nazareth, this very early historical reference to the church, its illegality in the Roman Empire and the persecutions (malicious proceedings) are powerful evidences for the rapid spread of the church within one generation of the life of Jesus. Therefore, this increases the reliability that Jesus was an historical figure and that the events surrounding his life were extraordinary, so much so that people were willing to die for the belief that he was the Messiah.


Lucian of Samosata

Lucan of Samosata, a Greek satirist, wrote a remarkable statement regarding the church in 170 C.E.


"The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day-the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account... 

You see, these misguided creatures start with the general conviction that they are immortal for all time, which explains the contempt of death and voluntary self-devotion which are so common among them; and then it was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the Gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws.

 All this they take quite on faith, with the result that they despise all worldly goods alike, regarding them merely as common property."


That is quite a testimony. This letter confirms that Christians worshipped a crucified Jewish sage, that they faced death bravely, and that they despised worldly attributes. He explains this on the basis that Christians believed they were immortal and would spend eternity with God.


Mara Bar-Serapion

Mara Bar-Serapion, a Syrian and a stoic philosopher, wrote this letter to his son from prison sometime after 70 C.E.


"What advantage did the Athenians gain from putting Socrates to death?

 Famine and plague came upon them as a judgment for their crime. What advantage did the men of Samos gain from burning Pythagoras? 

In a moment their land was covered with sand. What advantage did the Jews gain from their executing their wise King? 

It was just after that that their kingdom was abolished.

 God justly avenged these three wise men: the Athenians died of hunger; the Samians were overwhelmed by the sea; the Jews, ruined and driven from their land, live in complete dispersion.

 But Socrates did not die for good; he lived on in the statue of Plato. Pythagoras did not die for good; he lived on in the statue of Hera. Nor did the wise King die for good; he lived on in the teaching which he had given."


This letter refers to Jesus of Nazareth as being the "wise King." The writer is obviously not a Christian because he places Jesus on a par with Pythagoras and Socrates. Consequently, the writer can hardly be described as biased in his reference to Jesus and the church. Therefore, it is a valuable historical reference regarding the historicity of Jesus. There are many other non-Christian historical sources for Jesus of Nazareth but since space is limited we will move on to rabbinical sources.


Ancient Rabbinical References to Y'shua (Jesus)


Of all the ancient historical sources for Jesus of Nazareth, the least favorably biased would have to be rabbinic in origin. There are actually quite a large number of such references to Jesus of Nazareth. The problem with the rabbinical writings is that they use names like "such and such" and "so and so" or "that man" when they refer to Jesus of Nazareth.

 Consequently, some of the references are considered to be unreliable. During the middle ages and the early renaissance, the Talmud and Midrash were cleaned up with the removal of most of the references to Jesus of Nazareth.


As expected, the remaining references to Jesus are very unflattering. However, they do verify a number of important historical facts that the gospels proclaim regarding Jesus of Nazareth. As mentioned earlier by Shlomo Pines, no one doubted that Jesus was an historical figure up until about two to three hundred years ago.

 The myth theory was created and perpetuated by atheists, agnostics and embraced by mainstream Judaism during the Renaissance.


In the Babylonian Talmud, which was compiled between the years 200-500 C.E., in Sanhedrin, 43a, there is a fascinating reference to Jesus of Nazareth:


"It has been taught: On the Eve of the Passover, they hanged Yeshu. And an announcer went out in front of him, for forty days saying: 'he is going to be stoned because he practiced sorcery and enticed and led Israel astray.' Anyone who knows anything in his favor, let him come and plead in his behalf.' But, not having found anything in his favor, they hanged him on the Eve of the Passover."


This is considered to be one of the very reliable rabbinical references to Jesus ("Yeshu"). The writer here verifies that Jesus of Nazareth was an historical figure, that he was crucified on the Eve of the Passover, and that he did miracles, referred to as sorcery.

The supernatural events surrounding the life of Jesus were not denied, but verified. The miracles of Jesus were simply explained away as being from a demonic source, i.e., sorcery.


According to Jewish law it is illegal to perform capital punishment on the Eve of the Passover. However, this record verifies something that we wouldn't expect to find in a rabbinical source, the fact that the Sanhedrin acted illegally in condemning and crucifying Jesus on Passover.

Consequently, this reference is even more valuable in terms of validating the historicity of Jesus. Certainly, if any passage should have been edited from the Talmud, it should have been this one. The fact that a passage which points out an illegal action was retained in the Talmud makes it a credible and valuable source for the historicity of Jesus.


In the Talmud, Sanhedrin 43a, it says,


"Our rabbis taught that Yeshu had five disciples: Matti, Necki, Netsur, Burni, and Toda."


Now one of those names we can recognize, Matti, the disciple named Matthew. Again it is considered by historians to be another reliable reference in the Talmud for the historicity Jesus of Nazareth.
Pliny the Younger

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Pliny the Younger, the provincial governor of Pontus and Bithynia, wrote to Emperor Trajan c. 112 concerning how to deal with Christians, who refused to worship the emperor, and instead worshiped "Christus".
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"Those who denied that they were or had been Christians, when they invoked the gods in words dictated by me, offered prayer with incense and wine to your image, which I had ordered to be brought for this purpose together with statues of the gods, and moreover cursed Christ — none of which those who are really Christians, it is said, can be forced to do — these I thought should be discharged. Others named by the informer declared that they were Christians, but then denied it, asserting that they had been but had ceased to be, some three years before, others many years, some as much as twenty-five years. They all worshipped your image and the statues of the gods, and cursed Christ."


Maimonides


Maimonides was a very highly revered thirteenth century rabbi. There was a saying back during the thirteenth century that, "there was never a greater man than Maimonides except Moses." He was given the nickname, Rambam.


Maimonides wrote a fourteen volume work called the Mishne Torah. In this he made multiple references to the historical existence of Jesus of Nazareth. However, in the year 1631, Catholic and Jewish authorities censored the fourteenth volume, removing all references to Jesus. It was censored because there were multiple derogatory references to Jesus of Nazareth.

 During the Spanish inquisition certain members of the Catholic church used Maimonides' work, and his negative references about Jesus, to justify the killing of Jews. Consequently, these references were removed from most of the extant volumes of Maimonides' writings.


An excerpt from the uncensored versions of the Mishne Torah is a remarkable historical reference to Jesus:


"Jesus of Nazareth who aspired to be the Messiah and was executed by the court was also [alluded to] in Daniel's prophecies (Daniel 11:14), as 'the vulgar [common] among your people shall exalt themselves in an attempt to fulfill the vision, but they shall stumble.'

 Can there be a greater stumbling block than Christianity? All the prophets spoke of the Messiah as the Redeemer of Israel and its Savior, who would gather their dispersed and strengthen their [observation of] the Mitzvot [the commandments]. 

By contrast, [Christianity] caused the Jews to be slain by the sword, their remnant to be scattered and humbled, the Torah to be altered and the majority of the world to err and serve a god other than the Lord. Nevertheless, the intent of the Creator of the world is not within the power of man to comprehend, for his ways are not our ways, nor are his thoughts, our thoughts. 

[Ultimately,] all the deeds of Jesus of Nazareth and that Ishmaelite [Mohammed] who arose after him will only serve to prepare the way for the Messiah's coming and the improvement of the entire world [motivating the nations] to serve God together, as [Zephaniah 3:9] states: 'I will make the peoples pure of speech that they will all call upon the Name of God and serve him with one purpose.'"


Here Maimonides, writing in the thirteenth century, verifies that Jesus of Nazareth was executed by the Sanhedrin, that he aspired to be the Messiah, that he was referred to in the prophecies of Daniel as one of the sons of the lawless, and that Jesus of Nazareth led many astray.


It is fascinating that Maimonides calls Jesus and his church "a stumbling block." I don't think Maimonides remembered that the Tanakh states that the Messiah would be a stumbling block to both houses of Israel.


He will be as a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem."(Isaiah 8:14 )


Surely Jesus of Nazareth was an historical figure and his life, message, ministry was a stumbling block to the Jews of his day.

They Are watching You

Belgium's Privacy Protection Commission says that Facebook tramples on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodges questions from national regulators.


 They have issued a set of recommendations for both Facebook, website owners and end users.

 Net-Security reports: "The recommendations are based on the results of an extensive analysis of Facebook's revised policies and terms (rolled out on January 30, 2015) conducted by the inter-university research center EMSOC/SPION, which concluded that the company is acting in violation of European law. 

 According to them Facebook places too much burden on its users to protect their privacy, and then doesn't offer simple tools and settings to do so, and sets up some problematic default settings.

 They also don't provide adequate information for users to make informed choices."

 Facebook loves your content for free!

 Modern technology has given those in power new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance self-defense is defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices.

Class 1 defense tools: 


Privacy Badger was born out of our desire to be able to recommend a single extension that would automatically analyze and block any tracker or ad that violated the principle of user consent; which could function well without any settings, knowledge or configuration by the user; which is produced by an organization that is unambiguously working for its users rather than for advertisers; and which uses algorithmic methods to decide what is and isn't tracking.
 Privacy Badger

disconnectme

HTTPS Everywhere

AnonymoX 

Class 2 defense tools (might be too much security for most people):
 
  Edward Snowden endorses NoScript as a countermeasure against state Surveillance State.

No Script

Even better:
uMatrix


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Is This Real?

Brad Hall joined YouTube last month and has since uploaded three videos, all of which are sneaker reviews. But his genuine love of shoes is somewhat at odds with his impossibly monotone voice.