Amazon reported an actual
profit of $513 million (nearly double the amount expected), and next
year Amazon's sales are projected by analysts to be 63% higher than
Microsoft's, which USA Today calls "a good illustration of how growth in
the sector has moved from hardware, software and chip companies
to Internet firms selling goods or advertising online...
Gates helped put Seattle area on the map as a U.S. tech hub, Bezos now
runs the largest tech company in the State of Washington, by far, in
terms of sales."
But Amazon attributed their surprise jump in revenue to a 51% annual
increase in the "tens of millions" of subscribers paying for their
Amazon Prime shipping service (which in San Francisco now even includes delivery from restaurants), as well as a 64% increase from their AWS cloud service, which recently announced a new automated security assessment tool.
Amazon ultimately reported more than twice as much new business as
Google and three times as much as Facebook, according to USA Today,
which notes that now of all the tech companies, only Apple has more
revenue than Amazon, and because of the jump in their stock price, Jeff
Bezos is now the fourth-richest person in the world.
Jeff Bezos bears watching in the next couple of years.
I think we are going to see some fascinating things coming from his direction.
Just how much money is $6 billion?
It's enough that Bezos could, for example, go to a sold-out Seattle
Mariners game and give every single person in attendance
$125,000. (Actually that's kind of a trick example, since the Mariners
don't sell out their stadium.)
It's about the GDP of the African nation of Guinea (with 8 million
people). Bezos picked it up in significantly less time than it took me
to write this article.
It's 24 times as much as he paid for The Washington Post. (On average, he made enough to buy the post in 49 seconds.)
It's enough that he could have bought every Tesla Model S sold last year. Twice.
It's enough to buy the Dallas Cowboys--plus the New York Yankees and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
concerned with the barriers to trade that China's authoritarian regime
might put in place.
Icahn said he wasn't concerned with interference so
much with the country's "relationship" with Apple.
"The thing that I'm
worried about here in China doesn't affect the whole market.
talking about China's economic status right now.
I'm talking about,
could the thing with Apple escalate a little bit?
And if that does, what
does that mean to Apple's profits during the interim?
" Icahn acquired a
stake in the company almost three years ago, calling the investment a
"no brainer." What caused him to sell his 45.8 million Apple shares
(priced at $240 a share) was China's economic slowdown and worries about
how China could become more prohibitive in doing business.
And with Steve gone this move is a "no brainer."
The parties over folks, move along, nothing to see here..."
The Bible does not tell us, but it does tell us that God was before the beginning; that He personally acted in the creation process; that all we see and know of the universe comes specifically from His creative hand.
A study of the earth's surface has led many scientist to believe that it and the universe are very old.
With this the Bible does not disagree.
While the Scriptures do not state the age of the earth categorically, there is some evidence to support the view that the earth went through a long period of inactivity, perhaps as the result of the judgement of God.
The geological ages might accurately describe the earth during that time.
In a segment of eternity, at the beginning of time, God planned and brought into existence both the earth and the universe surrounding it.
God also brought into existence particularly gifted beings called angels.
Spirit beings possessing spirit bodies, they are ageless.
The ministry of the angels seems to have been to fulfill the will of God by overseeing and controlling the star systems and heavenly bodies, and also to control the physical forces governing the earth, such as the seas, winds, rain, etc.
Over this vast multitude of angelic beings, God placed a special being called Lucifer, meaning "Bright and shining one".
This does not refer merely to his spirit body, but also to his mind, his wisdom, his power, his authority.
Apparently, Lucifer was appointed by God as the authoritative leader of the vast host of angels.
An arresting passage in Ezekiel 28:11-19, the subject of which is the Prince of Tyrus, or tyre, reads as follows:
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone [was] thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Thou [art] the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee [so]: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never [shalt] thou [be] any more.
As one examines the passage, it seems very evident that while the Prince of Tyrus actually is addressed (28:2,12), the message beginning with verse 11 goes far beyond an earthly prince to the king of evil who stood behind him and prompted him in his wicked doings, even Satan himself.
Note the superlatives used in this description.
He is said to be full of wisdom, perfect in beauty and in his ways ( 28:11,15).
Coming from the prophet of God, this statement is a revelation of God's estimate of this infernal spirit being.
Moreover, this person is said to have been in Eden, the garden of God (28:13).
Possibly this is a reference to a former Eden which existed before the Garden of Eden was created, the beauty of which lay not in floral splendor, but in mineral radiance.
Further, the special musical ability of this creature is noted.
We have voices and are able to clap our hands to make sound, he had "tabrets and pipes".
Sounds like an organ of some sort was a part of his being.
In addition, this person is described as being "the anointed cherub that covereth" or protects ( 28:14).
God so appointed Lucifer to guard His throne.
Lucifer was a created being, possibly the most amazing, the most gifted of all beings which God had created.
Yet, iniquity was found in this originally perfect being, with the result that God promised to cast him out and to destroy him (28:16).
The nature of his sin and the method of God's judgement against him are described to some degree (28:17).
A careful study of this and other passages seems to suggest to many Bible scholars that the being here depicted is none other than Lucifer, the captain and leader of the host of the angels.
The judgments concerning him are predicted in this passage, but their complete fulfillment awaits the end of the present age and the further development of the program of God.
Annas, The Political Boss Of Judea
Principal Characters Involved Against Jesus
Day Five (Continues)
The Illegal Trial Of Jesus Christ
Ms Suzy, Jurist in this court room:
It was in the year 7 A. D. that the procurator, Coponius, appointed his friend, Annas, the son of Seth, an Alexandrian Sadducee, to become the high priest at Jerusalem. That, incidentally, was the highest appointive office of Jewry.
The high priestly family of Annas held full sway, with only a few brief interruptions, for the following fifty-one years.
All six of his sons followed their father as high priest during that long period of time; and it was his son-in-law, Caiaphas, who, though the dominant influence of this same Annas, held that high office during the time when Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin in A. D. 30.
Although Annas had then become an old and rather feeble man, in his late eighties, he was still possessed with great wealth and political power in Jerusalem.
And there appeared something awesome in the long wisp of snow white hair which constantly dangled before the dark green eyes of this man who boasted of being master of the people.
He was their political boss; and his every thought, word and deed conveyed the height of his extreme egotism.
Moreover, it was generally admitted that old Annas had the most superb intelligence among the ruling elements in all Judea; and he seemed unacquainted with fear or remorse of conscience.
His tyrannical and unholy philosophy was that of "rule or ruin."
He had been quite generous in providing numerous luxuries for his son-in-law, and he was never the least timid about reminding Caiaphas of the lasting and unpaid dept of gratitude which was owing to Annas.
Therefore, it was not unusual for Caiaphas, when he knew it, to unfailingly do the bidding of his father-in-law, regardless of ethics, law, morals, or any consequences, whatsoever.
Annas could not be called a religious man. Being a devout Sadducee, he openly subscribed to the creed that there was no such thing as life after death; nor did he believe in a spiritual world at all.
He believed and taught that future rewards and punishments were absurd, and that everything passed into oblivion and ended at the grave.
Typical of the Sadducees, he boasted that the theory of the resurrection was a base deceit and an utter impossibility!
Everything which Jesus taught in His great ministry of three years, in and around Jerusalem, was regarded by Annas as nothing more than abstractions of a discredited, false prophet.
He had no patience with nor respect for the new, religious theories of the Master.
Therefore, as may be expected, he was one of the bitterest enemies of Christ.
He therefore, had a deep reason and motive, as he thought, for conspiring with his disreputable son-in-law, Caiaphas, and money-mad Judas Iscariot to speedily get rid of the Lowly Nazarene, regardless of the means to that end.
Murder was commonplace with the corrupt individual, and he entertained no scruples whatever about engaging in evil enterprises if, by so doing, he could gain his point, or accomplish that which he desired.
It is noteworthy to remember that those who sold the doves and lambs in the Temple, to be used as objects for burning upon the alters of sacrifice, were the hirelings of Annas.
And it was his bankers who also profited by the usurious exchange of Roman currency into coinage of the temple.
They were there to enrich the already fat purse of their employer; and he could see no wrong impropriety in having them engage in such unholy practices in the Temple, for he did not consider the Temple as a place of prayer.
To him it was no more than a convenient meeting place, where the crowds congregated for their religious practices, and at which the unfair exchanges would be made, to his personal benefit- and other considerations were of no concern to him!
What a sight to observe! Droves of Jews, trudging daily into the Temple to offer up their sacrifices, and being forced to purchase their lambs and doves, and exchange their coins, with Annas' agents- since he had a monopoly on that sordid business.
Annas, like the countless thousands in Judea, had also heard of the miracles of Jesus; especially how He brought His friend, Lazarus, back to life from a four-day-old grave!
That, of course, served to greatly irritate the old man beyound description.
All of His preaching and teaching that life, after death, was sheer nonsense, was now placing him in a ridiculous position before his followers.
But there was no denying that such a thing had really occurred; since it was witnessed by hundreds of reputable Jews who quickly spread the news throughout the land.
Indeed, in his declining years, he was forced to admit that his conclusions about the resurrection had been completely repudiated by this unknown, humble Man of Galilee.
The pride and prestige of Annas was found to be on the wane.
Something must be done, and quickly, to dispose of this trouble-maker whose miracles and teachings were the source of a deep-rooted embarrassment!
Then, to increase the consuming fire of enmity, word reached Annas that Jesus had on the previous Monday morning, in Jerusalem, bodily forced the money-changers and dove and lamb sellers from the Temple.
To say that the old man was incensed and bitter would be to describe the situation rather mildly. He was outraged, humiliated beyond endurance and determined to "get even" with his enemy, the Christ!
Thus, we see that the cleansing of the Temple by Jesus was considered a direct challenge to the power and authority of Annas and his group of Sadducees.
They immediately determined to retaliate for the turmoil which He had created by that spectacle in the Temple.
The rage of Annas caused him to burst into tears as he beheld his hirelings being chased from the Temple and into the busy streets of Jerusalem, dodging the sturdy lashes from the whip in the strong arm of Jesus!
It was shortly after this episode that Annas, with his son-in-law, Caiaphas, entered into the sordid, cheap and unholy conspiracy with Judas Iscariot to betray the Master, in the nighttime, for those thirty pieces of silver!
And where was Jesus first taken, after the unlawful arrest, outside the Garden of Gethsemane, near (5 minutes) Jerusalem? John gives the answer:
"Then, the band and captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound Him, and led Him away to Annas first; for he was the Father-in-law of Caiaphas, which was high priest that same year."
Taking Jesus first to Annas was no mere coincidence.
It had been planned that way, by the terms of the conspiracy.
Having personal knowledge of the fact of the arrest of Jesus was all that Annas needed for the moment.
For then, he could secretly arrange with Caiaphas, the high priest, to call a quick, nighttime meeting of the Sanhedrin, create a quorum of only twenty-three members, carefully chosen, then begin the trial of the Christ, while his friends in Jerusalem, to celebrate the Feast of the Passover, were still asleep!
Thus they could terminate His ministry by condemning Him to death before His friends could learn of the tragedy! And that is exactly what they did!
Annas, devoid of principle, and with a heart black to the core, willingly connived with Judas and Caiaphas for the cold-blooded murder of the Son of God!
During the time of the trials of Jesus, Tiberius held the high office of Emperor of Rome. He had appointed Pontius Pilate to the office of Governor of Judea.
It is interesting to note that, under existing Roman laws, any Roman citizen, having been found guilty of any offense, in any court in that country, had the right of an appeal directly to the Emperor.
We remember that the famous convert, Paul, was given this privilege after his conviction.
But since Jesus of Nazareth was not a Roman citizen, he did not have this right of appeal, even if He had had the opportunity to do so, after His unlawful "trials" before the Sanhedrin and before the Roman Governor, Pilate.
The Emperor, in reality, played no significant part in those trials of the Christ; but it will be well to keep in mind that he had the unquestioned power to summarily remove from office this man, Pilate, whom he had appointed to serve in his stead as procurator or Governor.
And, being a political puppet of the Emperor, we will note that Pilate was sorely afraid of his political boss in Rome, and kept constantly on guard so that he might not offend the man who was responsible for Pilate's appointment.
Pilate was a native of Seville, one of the larger cities in Spain, wherein all of the inhabitants enjoyed the coveted privileges and rights of Roman citizens.
History tells us that he was a vile traitor to the cause of the Spaniards; that when Spain fell to the greatly superior Roman warriors, his father served as a famous general on the side of the Romans.
Shortly thereafter, he courted and married a woman by the name of Claudia, whose mother was the daughter of Augustus Caesar.
That Pilate's mother-in-law, Julia, had theretofore intermarried with several men before taking on Tiberius Caesar; and therefore, Pilate was found to have married the step-granddaughter of the Roman Emperor. Later, because of this marriage, he was appointed procurator, or Governor, of Judea, by the then Emperor, Tiberius Caesar.
Pilate was a man of extreme violence, who frequently delighted in causing much ill-treatment and murder to many of the Jews within his jurisdiction.
It is recorded that he alone was responsible for the cruel execution of hundreds of innocent Jews.
Being the Governor of Judea, he had full jurisdiction over civil, criminal and military matters within his domain; and was answerable only to the Emperor for the welfare and general behavior of the Jews located within Judea.
While he had no interest in nor love for the Jews, he feared the ever-present possibility that some of them might, with justification, report him to his political benefactor, the Emperor, and be able to obtain his removal from that high office.
Many of his predecessors had been removed, summarily, for slight causes.
So he kept his ear to the ground in order to detect any rumblings or outbursts of dissension over the way he conducted the affairs of State.
Once, when he had been warned that a group of Jewish citizens had planned to confer with him, making some kind of complaint over harsh treatment accorded them by him, he deliberately had a band of his soldiers to conceal large knives under their garments; and when the helpless group came within reach, he gave the arranged signal, and they were brutally cut to death!
While Jesus was a Jew, Pilate had no reason to entertain malice toward Him.
He just did not like any Jew. But, during the second "trial" of Christ, before Pilate, the Governor showed no evidence of enmity.
On the contrary, he tried four separate times to release the Master by insisting that he had found Him guilty of no wrongdoing.
The authors of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, place a sense of mercy into the heart of Pilate, revealing his temporary unwillingness to have any part of the crucifixion.
Still, we cannot overlook the important observation that Pilate, when courage and honor and bravery was at stake, showed the pallid flag of fear by vacillating and finally giving in to the demands of the mob that the Christ be surrendered to them for crucifixion.
Yes, when time came for Pilate to assume an important role in the most powerful drama in all the world, he revealed his craven cowardice.
He had, indeed, the great fault of playing to the demands of the mob, and sacrificing his self respect and power of office, through fear of retaliation.
He lost control of his merciful impulses when threats to report him to the Emperor were imminent. He didn't have the moral courage to stand his ground!
We learn that, according to popular legend, the Emperor became greatly alarmed over witnessing the complete darkness which enveloped the Roman world at the moment of the crucifixion of Christ; and that he then ordered Pilate to proceed to Rome and give explanation for his conduct toward Jesus, and, as a result of this investigation, he was condemned to die as a vile murderer of innocent blood.
The sting of blame, and the penalty for playing the role of a coward, cost Pilate not only his high office, but also his life!
My once very small southern California farm town has grown up to the point that a presidential
wannabe has made a stump stop here.
Being not a political type for the most part I had no interest in the matter as such.
But while viewing my local evening news I was shown a group of people milling around and damaging a police vehicle.
My first thought was that it might be Mexicans who were opposed to the views of Mr. presidential wannabe.
After an air shot of the out of control crowd the cam view switched to a ground view and there were several in the out of control crowd wrapped in the flag of Mexico and others were waving smaller versions of the same.
My thought was that their actions would only fuel the flames of polarization against themselves as
being a lawless bunch of people who are not supposed to be here as has been suggested by Mr. presidential wannabe.
It is most interesting when the world's issues show up at one's doorstep.
I strongly suspect there were provocateurs peppered among the crowd who enticed the crowd to civil disobedience.
"Police clashed with hundreds of protesters outside Donald Trump's rally in Southern California on Thursday night.
least one police car was smashed up as hundreds of demonstrators – many
of them waving Mexican flags – took to the streets outside the Pacific
Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, Orange County where Trump was speaking.
protesters flooded the street outside the amphitheater with some
stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring
their opposition to Trump - bringing traffic to a halt and creating a
tense standoff with authorities.
Trump supporter was pictured with a bloody face after clashing with the
anti-Trump activists, many of whom appeared to be young Hispanic
violence in Southern California where Latinos make up a large segment
of the population suggests Trump may face more of this in the days to
come, as he campaigns ahead of the state’s June 7 primary.
currently leads Kasich and Cruz in the California polls, with an
estimated 45.7 per cent of voters, according to Real Clear Politics."
With rumors circulating about how Apple may do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack
on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing
"industry singling a strong desire to move from analog to digital.
For instance, a future pair of headphones could monitor one's
pulse or inner-ear temperature for fitness tracking, something that
could only be possible if the headphones were connected to a smartphone
via a USB-C cable.
What's also worth mentioning [quoted from 9to5Mac]:
USB-C already supports analog audio transfer through sideband pins
simplifying the engineering steps necessary to swap 3.5mm with USB-C in
In the second quarter, Intel should have a finalized
USB-C standard for digital audio transfer.
Intel does note that the
transition from analog to digital will be expensive as the headphones
have to include amplifiers and DACs, but scale will offset the early
costs over time.
Keith Gordon Green (October 21, 1953 – July 28, 1982) was an American gospel singer, songwriter, musician, and Contemporary Christian Music artist originally from Sheepshead Bay, New York. Green is best known for his strong devotion to Christianity and his unwavering efforts to stir others to the same. Notable songs written by Green and/or his wife, Melody Green, include "Your Love Broke Through", "You Put This Love In My Heart," and "Asleep In The Light", as well as the popular modern hymns "O Lord, You're Beautiful" and "There Is A Redeemer".
The story I heard was that he was on a private airplane about to take off.
They had made a foolish decision to fly any way, even though they were aware that they were overweight for the planes capacity.
To much baggage and passengers aboard.
They thought that somehow God would override the natural lays of aviation on their behalf.
I was told that it was Keith that had made the decision to fly inspite of the weight overage factor.
They were wrong...
"Keith Green died on July 28, 1982, when the Cessna 414 leased by Last Days Ministries crashed barely after takeoff from the private airstrip located on LDM property.
In order to give visiting friends an aerial tour of the LDM property and the surrounding area, the small plane carried eleven passengers and the pilot, Don Burmeister.
Green and two of his children, three year old Josiah, and two year old Bethany, were on board the plane, along with visiting missionaries John and Dede Smalley and their six children.
All on-board the seven-seat aircraft were killed.
Among several causes, the NTSB determined that the crash was largely due to pilot error.
With eleven passengers on-board, the aircraft was considerably overloaded at nearly 450 pounds (202 kg) overweight.
Additionally, the plane's lift-off from the runway was ruled to be premature.
The NTSB further determined that Last Days Ministries, as lessee of the aircraft, had not complied with their insurance company's requirement that the pilot attend a Cessna pilot training school before operating the aircraft.
Keith, Josiah, and Bethany Green are interred at Garden Valley Cemetery behind the Garden Valley Baptist Church, less than a half-mile from Last Days Ministries property.
He was survived by his wife and two daughters, the youngest of whom was born after Green's death."
"Principal Characters Involved Against Jesus Christ"
Day Five (Continues) The Illegal Trial Of Jesus Christ
Ms Suzy, Jurist in this court room:
Ms Susy adjust her glasses and walks to the center of the room.
She calmly begins her dissertation of the moment...
Of all the men mentioned in the story of the trials and subsequent crucifixion of the Christ, it must be admitted that Caiaphas, the high priest, was the most despicable.
And, in making this appraisal of him, we are not unmindful of the treachery of the great betrayer, Judas Iscariot. To be sure, the high priest was even more corrupt.
For eleven years, from 25 A. D. he remained in that lofty position in Judea; and was at all times completely devoid of ethics, honor, fairness, and common decency!
And his close friendship with Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor, was grounded upon the proposition that they had this much in common- a deep hatred for the Christ, whose teachings they scoffed with an abiding venom.
Both were political cowards- men who dreaded the thought of having their heads removed from the public trough!
As the presiding judge of the Jewish court, called the Great Sanhedrin, he was required to take a solemn oath, under the existing Jewish laws, to at all times assume an attitude of impartiality toward every accused person brought before the court; and to manifest complete indifference as to the results of any trial therein; that he would not serve as the presiding officer should there arise a case in which there existed enmity toward the accused.
But not that fellow!
Being unable to restrain himself, and hide, to some appreciable degree, his deep prejudice toward and hatred of Jesus Christ, we find him even before the arrest was made, conspiring to murder Christ- and seeking false witnesses to appear before the court, against the Master!
And that is not the end to his corruption.
Next we note that he, the presiding judge of the court, personally makes the charges against Jesus of "blasphemy," and then has the gall to announce, in open court, that there was no need for witnesses!
Then, as further evidence of his utter unfitness and complete lack of judicial temperament, he begins to tear his own garments from his shoulders to his waistband.
Matthew records how Caiaphas conducted himself as the presiding Judge of that court: "Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying: He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now ye have heard His blasphemy! What think ye? They answered and said: He is guilty of death!"
When Jesus replied to the direct inquiry as to whether He was the Christ, the Son of God, and gave an affirmative answer, He was denounced as a blasphemer.
And, with the open approval of this same high priest, the members of the court, in complete disregard of existing laws, deliberately and cowardly spit into the face of Jesus,
(Jurist pauses with tears in her eyes and obviously choked up with emotion)
and buffeted Him; and others smote Him with the palms of their hands, saying:
"Prophesy unto us, Thou Christ, who is he that smote Thee?"
And with all of that display of rage and temper and ill-will, the high priest was not yet contented.
He can now be seen leading the bound and bleeding Christ over to the palace of Pilate, in the dire hope of obtaining a speedy approval of their unholy and unlawful verdict that the Christ should die, because of the accusation of blasphemy!
And, before the procession starts upon its journey for the second trial, they place a sharp crown of thorns upon the head of the Master and strike Him several blows upon the head, so as to insure the deep embedding of the thorns into His precious brow. Hence, He is led to Pilate, because His eyes are by now filled with blood!
What a judge!
What a trial!
Somewhere, in the old Jewish law, there is this wise and true maxim: "A disreputable and corrupt judge is to be no more respected than the sweat from the blanket of a jackass!"
Indeed, Judas Iscariot betrayed his best friend for filthy silver- and in full remorse, hanged himself- but this Caiaphas committed the greater sin.
He utterly and forever disgraced the high office of high priesthood through his cowardly and vile conduct as the presiding official in the supreme court of Jewry!
Moreover, he became a deliberate law-violater in the following respects:
1. He knew that his heart was filled with poisonous enmity for the Master, but continued to serve and to preside at that trial, after having taken an oath that he had no such enmity toward the accused.
2, His oath to be fair and impartial was made a mockery when he admitted being a party to the corrupt conspiracy with Annas and Judas to have Jesus betrayed into the hands of His enemies, in the nighttime.
3. He raped the law when he personally preferred the charge of "blasphemy," after Jesus had merely admitted being the Son of God!
4.He winked at justice and blinded his eyes to fairness and decency when he went out in search of those "false witnesses" to testify against the accused, in his own court.
5. Being learned in the law- which was a prerequisite to his assuming the duties of that high office- he pretended ignorance of the law which required the production of two witnesses, whose testimony must be in agreement, as to all material details embracing the charge against the accused.
6. He ignored the Jewish legal mandates that no trial be had at night, nor during the feast of Passover; or on a Friday!
7. It was he who called for the vote of the death penalty, and unlawfully recorded it, when the Jewish law, with which he was entirely familiar, prohibited the imposition of the sentence of death. The Roman conquerors had, long before, denied them such authority.
8. He painted a picture of bestiality and contempt by deliberately tearing his own robe in the court room, and then permitting his cowardly cohorts to spit into the face of the prisoner; to strike Him, and ridicule Him with other modes of cruelty, such as forcing into His brow that thorn-covered crown-as a symbol of Kingship.
And it was he who, before Pilate, raised the loudest voice for the release of Barrabas, and for the demand that Jesus be crucified.
Still not appeased, he gave minute directions to the Roman soldiers for that commission of further acts of brutality while Jesus was prostrate and suspended on the cross!
One can easily get a mental picture of the smirking countenance of Caiaphas as the Christ begged for a few drops of water to cool the raging fever of His parched throat, and received, instead, a sponge soaked in vinegar, while awaiting for his helpless victim to give up the Spirit!
How do you suppose that the high priest really felt on that Friday afternoon, on Calvary's hill, when, standing at the foot of the cross, he heard fall from the lips of the dying Christ that sincere and fervent prayer for forgiveness- upon the premise that His murderers knew not what they were doing?
And what reaction, if any, did Caiaphas have when the earth began to quake, and the lightning began to strike, and he knew that Jesus had died- and he heard one of the murderers, a Roman soldier, say: "Truly this Man was the Son of God!"
The world will ever remember, with justified disgust and contempt, the sad spectacle of that vicious, immoral, cruel, inhuman, cowardly, prejudiced, unfit, disreputable "judge" of the highest Jewish court who delighted in leading the frenzied mob in its base acts of brutality and cold-blooded murder!
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Linux based live operating system that can work on any computer. The
Tails OS can be booted from pretty much any removable device like a DVD,
USB or SD card. The main benefit of Tails is that it has built-in
pre-configured applications that provide a web browser, IM client, email
client, office suite, image and sound editor and other applications.
Tails does use the Tor network by routing all internet connections
through Tor, but Tails provides excellent additional security and may
serve to keep you anonymous where Tor might otherwise have been
compromised. The main benefit is the fact that even if you are caught, it leaves no evidence: Use anywhere but leave no trace
Tails on a computer doesn't alter or depend on the operating system
installed on it. So you can use it in the same way on your computer, a
friend's or one at your local library. After shutting down Tails, the
computer can start again on its usual operating system. Tails
is configured with special care to not use the computer's hard-disks,
even if there is some swap space on them. The only storage space used by
Tails is the RAM, which is automatically erased when the computer shuts
down. So you won't leave any trace neither of the Tails system nor of
what you did on the computer. That's why we call it "amnesic". This
allows you to work on sensitive documents on any computer and protect
you from data recovery after shutdown. Of course, you can still
explicitly save some documents to another USB or external hard-disk and
take them away for future use.
is a full alternative to Tor. It acts as an anonymous overlay network,
"a network within a network" and can protected against dragnet
surveillance and monitoring from ISP's or other third parties.
is another Tor alternative, similar to I2P it offers a full alternative
to Tor and allows you to anonymously share files, chat, browse, and
publish, "Communications by Freenet nodes are encrypted and are routed
through other nodes to make it extremely difficult to determine who is
requesting the information and what its content is.
is fairly similar to Tails, meaning that it utilizes Tor but with a
focus on security and usability, "Subgraph OS is designed to be
difficult to attack. This is accomplished through system hardening and a
proactive, ongoing focus on security and attack resistance. Subgraph OS
also places emphasis on the integrity of installable software
packages." There are several layers between Subgraph OS and Tor such as a
Metaproxy, firewall and hardened kernel.
is yet another software similar to Tor, it is a Linux based OS on a USB
stick. It can be used on any computer and any data saved is
automatically encrypted. It's easy to use and seems to be geared toward
iPredia OS, again is a Linux based OS that automatically encrypts and anonymizes network traffic.
another Debian GNU/Linux based OS. JonDo has pre-configured
applications to be used for web surfing, has Torbrowser, Thunderbird,
Pdigin and other programs.
Lightweight Portable Security
LPS is a Linux based OS that boots from a CD or USB and can then be mounted onto the local hard drive.
is an anonymous Linux operating system based on the Tor network and
works by isolation. It is impossible for DNS leaks or malware to find
the real IP address of a user, "Whonix consists of two parts: One solely
runs Tor and acts as a gateway, which we call Whonix-Gateway. The
other, which we call Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated
network. Only connections through Tor are possible."
isn't a full scale privacy software and shouldn't be relied on to
protect you by itself. You should run it in addition to other programs.
Peerblock allows you to control who your computer interacts with: PeerBlock
lets you control who your computer "talks to" on the Internet. By
selecting appropriate lists of "known bad" computers, you can block
communication with advertising or spyware oriented servers, computers
monitoring your p2p activities, computers which have been "hacked", even
entire countries! They can't get in to your computer, and your computer
won't try to send them anything either. And best of all, it's free!
offers a number of privacy options for browsing and search for desktop,
iOS and Android devices. It's no replacement for Tor or other privacy
software but it can be useful for your phone and browser, "We crawl the
web to find the companies that track people, then Disconnect blocks
those companies' tracking requests in your browser." As with Peerblock,
Disconnect is a supplement, not a replacement.
isn't a full replacement for Tor, but it can serve to provide messaging
services. Tox offers private and encrypted IM, video conferencing and
calls that is fairly easy to use.
FBI Director James Comey’s war on privacy is completely out of control.
Comey’s recent crusade against Apple is just the latest
of many attempts to curtail our civil rights and invade our privacy in
the name of national security - he has been endangering communities and security technology for decades.
He was instrumental in creating the vast domestic spy program that exists today. After 9/11, he authorized Bush’s massive, illegal domestic surveillance program and approved torture techniques like waterboarding. 
Only 42 percent said they
support capitalism -- there was a margin of error of 2.4 percentage
When asked what alternative system they would prefer, there
wasn't a clear winner.
Just 33 percent said they supported socialism.
When talking about politics or economics, it can get complicated and the
poll does little to shed light on what parts of capitalism young people
dislike or what parts of socialism young people like.
It does appear to
suggest young people are frustrated with the status quo and are more
focused on the flaws of free markets.
Socialism is under major duress in some countries right now.
Foreign refugees have come to them and are putting a major strain upon their socialist system.
Free housing, medical care and food and no jobs.
There are only so many beans in the jar to give away before the socialist system starts to collapse ...
And then there is the uptick in crimes from the newly arrived immigrants.
Academically, socialism works.
Without greed, jealousy, a competitive
spirit, and other emotions that make up the complexities of the human
spirit, it’s accepted by most experts that a system of a tyrannical form
of socialist government functions.
The idea, though, that all individuals will be satisfied with their
own possessions regardless of how hard they work, and that others should
determine what they earn based on a collective need, is rejected
through so many living examples of failed government.
After a dozen years of dramatic growth — led first by the iPod and Mac,
and then the iPhone and iPad — Apple is expected to report that March
quarter sales declined 10 percent year over year to around $52 billion.
We truly miss you Steve!
Apple is "outdated" and losing momentum in China, billionaire
entrepreneur Jia Yueting told CNBC in his first international television
"Apple only has individual apps.
This was the right choice
during the first generation of mobile net, when CPUs [central processing
units] and the mobile network speeds were not fast enough," Jia said.
"However now we're moving into the next era of mobile internet, these
problems no longer exist.
Moreover, having separate apps just means
great obstacles in the user experience.
We hope to break down these
One of the most important reasons [for slowing sales] is that
Apple's innovation has become extremely slow," he said.
The New York Times reports that the Department of Defense's Cyber
Command unit is mounting cyberattacks against the terrorist
The Cyber Command unit aims to stop the organization from
spreading its message.
The Times reports:
The goal of the new campaign is to disrupt the ability of the Islamic
State to spread its message, attract new adherents, circulate orders
from commanders and carry out day-to-day functions, like paying its
A benefit of the administration's exceedingly rare public
discussion of the campaign, officials said, is
to rattle the Islamic
State's commanders, who have begun to realize that sophisticated hacking
efforts are manipulating their data.
Potential recruits may also be
deterred if they come to worry about the security of their
communications with the militant group.
"We are dropping cyberbombs,"
Robert O. Work, deputy secretary of defense said.
A new study says that if the extra green leaves prompted by rising CO2
levels were laid in a carpet, it would cover twice the continental USA.
Climate skeptics argue the findings show that the extra CO2 is actually
benefiting the planet.
But the researchers (Spin Doctors) say the fertilization effect
diminishes over time.
They warn the positives of CO2 are likely to be
outweighed by the negatives.
The lead author, Professor Ranga Myneni
from Boston University (Chief Spinner‘obfuscation index’ Master ) , told BBC News the extra tree growth would not
compensate for global warming, rising sea levels, melting glaciers,
ocean acidification, the loss of Arctic sea ice, and the prediction of
more severe tropical storms.
A new study has also shown that ever since Americans first heard the
term global warming in the 1970's (A Lie, link to "Coming Ice Age" 70's spin), the weather has actually improved for
most people living in the U.S.
A leaked copy of a UN report on global warming says that scientist’s
claims that global warming was going to destroy us were drastically
The Daily Mail reports that in 2007 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) claimed that the planet’s temperature was going
to rise 0.2 Celsius every decade, a claim that governments and
scientists all across the world have relied on to make their own
But now the new report says that the climate only
warmed at .12 C per decades since 1951, a rate far, far below what
everyone was told.
The new report also notes that scientists had to admit that their forecasts were wildly out of sync with the truth.