Life is too important to measure by the number of your toys.

After yesterday, Revelations gets into the Beast: the key passage is apropos to the main text, so I am going to double quote. We are going to persecuted. If revelations is correct, at some point the West will lose, and tyranny take over the world: worse the West may win, and go all SJW upon us, and tyranny take over the world.

If anyone has an ear, let him hear:

If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes;
if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain.

Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

(Revelation 13:9-10 ESV)

I would rather it was not my people and my tribe who persecute the people of God, but that is not the way to bet. Yet, we are not to worry.

Instead. we are to count all we have in this life as fungible: things we can walk away from. Everything. Our possessions, certainly. Our spouse, our children, our grandchildren if needed. For they may be the ones who give our names to the authorities, if we have not done it ourselves.[1]

And that means we do not need to worry. We should be cautious, we should protect: but prepping a huge storehouse just in case, closing our eyes to charity, saving for a future that may not come — we should not fall into those traps.

Yes, be prepared, but do not make your plans too rigidly. The assumptions of our society, even the ground we are upon, may change instantly [2].

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

(Luke 12:13-31 ESV)

The straight question was “tell my brother to divide his inheritance with me”. Locally that means “Let me inherit the farm”, or “I deserve half the family farm in my divorce”. Neither are now happening: the farm is in a trust, and that trust is closely held among family, measured by blood.

Because we have institutionalized income transfers to the lazy, the feckless, and those who consider being a locust a human right. This is driven (once you get through the fine words about income equality) by greed — covetousness — and jealousy.

Which I have difficulty preaching on, for I tend to be happy when I see another prosperous, and with a new set of toys, a new house: being happy in this life. When times are peaceful and we have to go to the gym to keep our weight in check, and history is boring, I am quite cheerful.

For these times never last for more than a generation: a life. Winter is always coming.

So let us not watch the financial news and their talk of panic. Let us look at the markets, see how they function — and if they are dishonest (which they are) let us find honest ones. It is far better to live quietly and not have to swim in the sewer. If pride is a besetting sin for some, and lust is for more, then greed attracts a certain kind of weasel who will lie, cheat and steal on the assumption that a fast car, a big house and a trophy wife is what life is about.

As if. Life is not that trivial.
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1. I am fairly certain this blog would put me on the SJW hater list. my only safety is obscurity — I live on a small island in the South Pacific (where it is cold) and I get at most a couple of hundred views a day.

2. Dunedin is seen as geologically inert by NZ standards. It is merely set around a caldera. We are planning (nationally and locally) for global warming — but it is cooling. Far better have enough to get through a tough time, and a functional community, than be an isolated prepper — for the very ground you think is secure can collapse, as it did in Christchurch a few years ago.

The party of SJWs gets pwnd

This is from NZ’s Hansard, and is a public document of question time yesterday. The Greens are the party of SJW in NZ, and they hate the government.

For the non locals, Russel is the co head of the Green Party, and is advocating, as he did in the election, that the Right is practising Dirty Politics. John is the Prime Minister: Mr Eade was a member of his staff Mr Hager alleges gave information to Cameron Slater (Whaleoil) for him to use in his blog.

Hansard

Dr Russel Norman : When did he or his chief of staff become aware that Jason Ede, while employed on the Prime Minister’s staff, in his office, had accessed the Labour Party’s private database without permission from the Labour Party?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY : My chief of staff became aware of the fact that Mr Ede had gone into the part of the Labour website that it had failed to properly secure, that its members apologised to their supporters for this, and that the database was publicly available some time after that event occurred.

Dr Russel Norman : Is the Prime Minister now saying that it is acceptable behaviour for ministerial staff to go into private databases—which they have no right to go into; they have not gained permission to go into them—take the data from those databases, and share it with attack bloggers like Slater? Is that now acceptable, ethical behaviour for ministerial staff?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY : What I am saying is that that part of the website was publicly available for people to go into. What I am also saying to the House is that, no, I do not agree with Nicky Hager being part of an action to steal emails. I do not agree with people coming to the National Party cocktail party and secretly taping our people. No, I do not agree with people secretly taping other activities undertaken by us. I think the member, actually, should pick up a mirror and have a bit of a look.

Take note.

John Key proceeded to say that:

  1. The Emails that Dr Norman was using were stolen,
  2. That the left had infiltrated private meetings to secretly tape conversations (which is not legal, to my knowledge, in NZ: I do know that when one tapes any interviews you need permission to do so).
  3. That the left are using illegal means to access information: his staffer looked at an open document.

In short, he confronted Russell and told him to take the beam out of his eye. An example for us all: when confronted by the offended, who go all threatening, call their tactics, call them out, and do not step back. The hurt of the SJW is huge.

Diddums. Harden up. And clean your own act up… because the Left as as much if not more dirt than the right. Dr Michael Bassett was in the Labour Government of Helen Clarke, a current saint to the left, and he notes poltics is always in the gutter.

Reading the New Zealand Herald and watching Parliament this week, one could be forgiven for thinking that the 2014 election hadn’t yet taken place. Left-leaning editorial writers and opposition parliamentarians have been busy re-hashing stories that grabbed them during the election campaign as though the voters hadn’t yet passed judgment. It’s worth reminding these people; an election occurred on 20 September, and they lost. The people have spoken. Voters told them that they had weighed up Nicky Hager’s “Dirty Politics” amongst other things and decided his book was either irrelevant to the current state of things, or was a pile of crap. “Dirty Politics” is a corpse, and there’s little sense now trying to resurrect it.

Why would these journalists and lefties, too many of whom are one and the same, want to revive Hager? A few, I guess, want something to keep bashing National with. They are angry at the election outcome. I keep being surprised at how many people believed until the numbers went up that a left coalition was still on the cards. Others possibly believe in St Nicky, and admire his chutzpah in using stolen emails for pecuniary gain. That, they seem to think, is “investigative journalism” at its finest.

There will be others again, many of them young or naïve in the extreme, who actually believe Hager’s story. They have so little understanding of political processes in New Zealand or anywhere else that they think there was something new and especially sordid about Jason Ede acting as a conduit to bloggers, passing information, and discussing tactics designed to put National in a good light. Some won’t know about the methods used by the Labour government while Helen Clark was in office 1999-2008, when press releases and exaggerated criticism of opponents were filtered to “The Standard”, Labour’s electronic broadsheet. Nor will they know about the priming done by cabinet minister Ruth Dyson each morning of her email tree with sleaze that the government wanted to be widely disseminated. The Prime Minister knew all about it. I found out about it: some of Dyson’s stuff was inadvertently sent to me! Some journalists won’t know that throughout her career Helen Clark had a list of journalists she’d ring to exchange gossip. Sometimes she would only hint, other times she’d tell the person on the other end of the phone about what she planned to do to some on her own side who had incurred her wrath. Occasionally she’d plant an idea that the journalist would be encouraged to follow up, hopefully with devastating consequences. A few people in today’s press gallery were involved and are currently keeping their heads down. If John Key rang Cameron Slater in any capacity, what’s the difference? The Herald’s editor might like to tell us?

All of this is called politics. Politics throughout time has been conducted in this manner. The telephone rather than emails used to be the chosen conduit. Earlier still, politicians and editors dined together, or went to country house parties at places like Cliveden to exchange gossip. I used the telephone myself to get my messages out to people.

If you swim in the sewer, you get dirty. Do not go around complaining about your opposition talking to people when you are stealing their information. For the worm can turn: and in politics, inevitably, it will.

The woman and the dragon

The woman and the dragon (not the blog, the passage)

The lectionary readings take us into Revelations, which is one of those parts of the Bible I avoid. I dislike allegory, and find the prophets, with their symbolism difficult. I prefer things to be straightforward: one may not like the teaching, but one can understand it.

So why am I blogging on this? Well it goes back to a post a couple of days ago. Satan is real: there is truly evil in this world.

And fighting evil is our duty. As the nations know their time is short, and become more fixed and adamant that their errors are correct when defeat and destruction are right in front of them, so it is here. Christ rose: that is the defeat of all that is evil, and evil rages while it can.

For it is not the last enemy that will be defeated.

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth. Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

(Revelation 12:7-17 ESV)

The last enemy to be defeated is death.

But in the meantime, note that the opposition will rage. There has been a war against those who are of faith, from the time of Enoch, before the flood, until now.

For the interpretation of this passage is fairly plain. The offspring of the woman are those who hold to the testimony of Jesus: the woman is the Church (or the Christbearer[1], either work). And the war in the heavens mean that evil is contained: but it is contained where we are.

One should therefore pray for Christ to come. But I hesitate: for in this time of evil and when we are opposed souls are being lost. Let us pray that our witness will bring people to contrition, and from contrition to salvation.

I’m speculating, but I think the reason why God delays the endgame is because he is being merciful, and does not want us to damn ourselves: the spirit of this age, however, belongs to the Dragon, to that which is evil, and damn well wants to make sure we are lost.

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1. If one of the Orthodox theologians can explain how this fits with the concept of theodokos I would appreciate it. I think it is not Mary, but instead the Church. But this is revelations: one is speculating.

2. Sunshine Mary (and no, the photo did not come from there) is back reblogging other people, so she is back on the blogroll.

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Against the progressive Lawyer.

This is one of those mornings that the lectionary kind of acts as its own commentary, and as one considers the text, we need to ask who has understanding? Who are the Pharisees of this age? And who are the lawyers? And a rebuke against the prosperity gospel, for many who appear rich are standing on an unsteady pile of other people’s money, or got their seed cash by nefarious means.

Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases. For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed —and though you get praise when you do well for yourself— his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light.

Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

(Psalm 49:16-20 ESV)

True wealth is not measured in the kilograms of gold or silver you have, or the number of your cattle, or the size of your toy chest. It is not measured by the number of letters after your name. It is instead a culture of righteousness, of connections. CKG_2218_NEF_embedded

Consider that the Pharisee is akin to the Puritan or Dominican — he wants people to live rightly. There is a truth within that: Jesus himself said that the Pharisees sat on the seat of Moses. They had their theology fairly together. And the lawyers made case-law, and case-law was binding the people in precedent, while the Pharisees made regulations (for the people’s’ “own good”) that equally enslaved.

While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table. The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner. And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.”

One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.” And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”

(Luke 11:37-52 ESV)

How does this now work in this time? Well, our public religion is no longer Christian: I wish that it was. Instead it is a post modern syncretic blend of atheism and paganism. The modern activists, like the lawyers,, take away the key of knowledge. They do not want us to understand. They do not want us to love, to grieve, to feel shame, to repent, to fail (again) and (again) turn for salvation. They do not want to acknowledge a law: instead they want us to keep regulation upon regulation.

We may not tithe our herbs, but we are vegan and gluten-free.

We may not give to the poor, but we boycott and protest.

We may say there is no law, but we damn those who do not fit into the neat categories of our progressive plantation. For all must obey, all must be slaves.

I am speculating now, but I wonder if the Pharisees and Lawyers of Jesus time will damn us. If the cities Jesus said were under judgment in Galilee will say that they are more justified.

For this generation takes the words of Christ, and has decided that they are not to be spoken, not to be discussed, not to be proclaimed. They have proclaimed that all must be comfortable: we cannot confront, and instead we must remain under bondage in this life, with perdition to follow.

And this is within the church. For we have stopped preaching the law, we have stopped confronting, in the false hope that if we are therapeutic and understanding this will lead to salvation. This is not the case. Firstly, within therapy one organizes people to confront their own errors of thinking. Secondly, the law is needed for salvation: we need to understand, painfully and repeatedly, that we need the Spirit of God to do good, for if we listen to our own desires we will descend into a slothful decadence.

Which is very evident in this generation. If we love God, we will obey his commands. And in this time, that will make us stand out, and standing out, we will attract hatred.

So be it. There are more important things than the approval of those who want to enslave us.

Are the SJWs the Jacobins of this time.

I agree with Lenin. I am an intellectual and a property owner, which makes me middle class, in French Bourgeois, and as such I am hated by all good revolutionaries. And I see the Jacobin terror as an example of the tyranny of the mob: of arbitrary, mass murder. Lenin did not: he saw rivers of blood as part of a revolution. To quote Pravda, from 1917: it is worthwhile noting that you see the beginning of political correctness and Social Justice Revolutionary work here: for the correct historian is the revolutionary, that proletarian who has never got grease on his hands, and only has calluses on his soul.

Bourgeois historians see Jacobinism as a fall (“to stoop”). Proletarian historians see Jacobinism as one of the highest peaks in the emancipation struggle of an oppressed class. The Jacobins gave France the best models of a democratic revolution and of resistance to a coalition of monarchs against a republic. The Jacobins were not destined to win complete victory, chiefly because eighteenth-century France was surrounded on the continent by much too backward countries, and because France herself lacked the material basis for socialism, there being no banks, no capitalist syndicates, no machine industry and no railways.

“Jacobinism” in Europe or on the boundary line between Europe and Asia in the twentieth century would be the rule of the revolutionary class, of the proletariat, which, supported by the peasant poor and taking advantage of the existing material basis for advancing to socialism, could not only provide all the great, ineradicable, unforgettable things provided by the Jacobins in the eighteenth century, but bring about a lasting world-wide victory for the working people.

It is natural for the bourgeoisie to hate Jacobinism. It is natural for the petty bourgeoisie to dread it. The class-conscious workers and working people generally put their trust in the transfer of power to the revolutionary, oppressed class for that is the essence of Jacobinism, the only way out of the present crisis, and the only remedy for economic dislocation and the war.

Yeah, and the bastards made many saints and martyrs in their bloody attempt to make revolution continue, to the point of burn-out and failure.

Now the trouble is that Leninist logic remains one of the tools of the radical: if you cannot make a person agree with you, they must be silenced: they must be disempowered, they must not have the franchise.

Instead one must continue down the same path of revolution: it may no longer come out of the barrel of a gun, but instead is embedded within the state. The sufragettes now run league tables of feminist progress.

Now the tactics of the left are the same: to obtain power and then freeze out those who are seen as enemies. This is now being seen, not with mere words or threats, but with doxxing — publicising where people live — and making false calls to emergency services, often with the hope that the police will turn up, armed, and arrest the person (or he will be killed by the cop acting, unwittingly, as an agent of class justice, starting a terror. The parallels with the Jacobins are there, but the second aim of getting the general public to mistrust the state is also thought to be useful, as it may set the grounds for further revolution.

however. the cultural Marxists forget that the state is them, and the people who are being mistrusted are them.

The other error Lenin made which the SJW continue is that lenin lied. COntinually. As a revolutionary act. He relied on the Red Army — run by Trotsky, who his acolyte Stalin killed — to enforce this truth. That may work if you control all means of public discourse, but it does not work if there is a single place where people can speak honestly.

For then people will remember, share, and get angry.

NK Jemisin told precisely the same sort of lie, although she lied about me being a “a self-described misogynist, racist, anti-Semite, and a few other flavors of asshole” rather than being “a self admitted white supremacist”. Again, I have never described myself as any of those things. Of course, if we know one thing about the pinkshirts, it is that they have a problematic relationship with the truth.

In any event, what Sparklepunter is trying to do is to “fix-and-freeze” the opposition, in order to DISQUALIFY me, and through me, #GamerGate. But not only is his attempt to do so inept, but the very fact that he made it at all demonstrates how the gamerhating pinkshirts are overmatched. It’s an intrinsically 2GW way of thinking, to make contact, then call in for fire support. But even if he did manage to somehow completely disqualify me – a dubious proposition in light of more than 10 years of failed attempts that have only seen my site numbers grow – it wouldn’t matter any more than a USAF drone strike killing yet another “al-Qaeda Number Two”.

In this regard, #GamerGate and the response to it has been a fascinating illustration of 2GW vs 4GW. And it is an illuminating lesson concerning the truth of William S. Lind’s statement, “almost always, the state is losing.” In this case, applied 4GW marks the end of the media’s ability to control the narrative.

Lenin thought the state could define truth. He was wrong. Truth is not a dialectic. Truth is what is on the ground. And no amount of intersectionality, post modern snark, and SJW temper tantrums can change that. Far better to name the problems we have, test solutions for them, and move on together. The irony that the state is falling away from our discourse as we move from a period of mass media and from mass production to a maker and hacker culture is lost on these people, stuck in the mindset of a Victorian revolutionary. we are moving to a time where there will be a series of commonwealth type groups, shared alliances, and smaller states. The imperial model (shared by the EU, the Soviets, Chinese, Indians and in the USA) carries too big a cost.

Far better we live quietly and care for our neighbours. Let the Jacobins return to the pages of history: let us not repeat their bloody errors. For in the end, the Jacobins who survived being killed by each other were destroyed by the society they tried to expunge.

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Against perfection, for Work, and Scary Christian Ladies,

This morning the blogging has been interrupted by cats. One at my ankles, wanting attention, and one dumped on my chest because it decided one son was a scratching rail and the son does not really want to go to school marked up: besides I’m wearing a couple of layers while the son is trying to get his tie on.

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If anyone thinks life is perfect here, or that I am perfect, I have another word for you: you are wrong. Christ was perfect, and most people could not stand being around him.

For true goodness is terrifying.

As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

(Luke 11:27-36 ESV)

But we seek perfection: not in ourselves, but in those things around us. We want to be seen as perfect, and have that perfect, neat, tidy life. Well, most of life is not like that. It is not the garden, the hedge at the side of the road, but the industrial dump behind it.


Just as women need the comforts of home and hearth more
and will end up trying to turn the office into a home if their natural homemaking impulses are deranged, men will easily be content with a lean-to and a few handfuls of nuts and berries if they have no chance for a family or membership in a properly ordered male collective. Pro-family is usually going to be pro-male provision. Even in societies where getting food is easier, the men still provide things like the primary family buildings or fortifications. So it’s not really an exclusively modern or capitalist notion, again, as some try to claim. Men build the grass huts even if women are growing much of the food.

Given this requirement, promoting marriage without pursuing goals for male employment at all income levels is a hollow gesture.

Well, I photograph nature. But I also photograph those very huts, which are abandoned on our farms, and the dumps around Dunedin. One plays with light: one finds beauty within the imperfections. One does not look for perfection.

Now, within the church there is always work to do[1]. And there is work for all: some of us bear witness in our work or our families, others serve by cleaning. Lewis once berated himself for being angry that he was distracted by a woman scrubbing the floors of the church: for her prayer was her work, and it could be far more righteous than his was.

Those of us who are intelligent and verbal are not more righteous than those who have a simpler faith, and qualifications are not a sign of sense or holiness.

[And, speaking as a bloke, can my female co workers keep their pinterest projects at home and not at work? I appreciate feminine crafts and have seen them move to the quality of high art at times, but I do not want you touching my work space. It's a complete mess, but when I file things I lose them forevermore].


None of us has been promised a perfect life
. None of us has been promised a tomorrow. And it’s not as if this world is all there is – not for any of us. Someday I’ll have a mansion… and maybe our Lord will put it on a windswept moor where I can stomp ’round the heather with my faithful dog rampaging somewhere in the distance…. or maybe He has something better. I’m not tied to a life that is merely mortal, and “as good as it gets” is not up to me.

If I were to die tonight…. the regrets I would have are the times I totally flubbed my Christian witness. The people I left thinking, “Hypocrite”. I would care about the work left undone in my children’s lives, and leaving my husband to mourn. I would be sad about those folks that I hadn’t yet witnessed to, and those I had somehow offended.* But that’s it. The last breath in this world is the last breath I take in hell. I’m looking forward to the rest of eternity.

So – today I’m here to remind you (and me) that our purpose is for today. To do the good work that is before us with the strength in our hands and the joy that is in our hearts. I’m here to remind you that pursuing “perfection” is fine if it’s God sending you on the errand because something lacks in your heart – and isn’t fine if it’s something that you’re doing so you can make *yourself* good enough.

I won’t regret a moment of kindness, I won’t regret the opportunities to refresh people’s minds about Scary Christian Ladies. (Okay, I like being a very confusing Scary Christian Lady).

Let’s look at the beginning of the passage. The woman blessed Mary, for her womb and her breasts nourished Christ as an infant. Indeed, that was her work: raising small children is a full-time occupation, and this is why grandmothers often visit after the child is born to keep the family going while a woman discovers this strange new being.

Us men don’t need much. We can and will manage with very little. At times we have to. But we don’t seek a perfect situation in this time: instead we work to make good and beautiful things, and shine light in a time of darkness.

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1. A quick word on work. Work is good for you: retirement is bad for you. A man needs a reason to get out of bed, a project. And if society does not provide rewards to him and his — instead removing such, using such agencies as the family courts turning what should be a lifelong covenant (I mean marriage) into something fungible do not be shocked when you find men working the winter and spending the summer playing. They have been kicked out of society. It is the duty of the church to become a little less pretty (well, a lot less) and challenge men, bring them back, and give them something to work for.

Administrivia and Labour Day Linkage.

It is Labour day, so I spent the morning doing work in Cochrane and working on some emails, and then this afternoon I have spent more time working on the blogs. In the hope that things speed up, I have changed the theme at shattered light. And I have moved this theme to Tonal: this is an ultraminimalist theme that hides much of the backdoor stuff. Might as well do some work, as the entire Labour day story is nothing more than a myth, as Rodney Hide notes (Hat tip Cameron Slater)

The Labour Day bunk dates from the start of European settlement. Carpenter Samuel Parnell arrived at what we now call Petone aboard the Duke of Roxburgh. The Duke was just the third migrant ship to Wellington. Parnell was newly married, 30 years old and had travelled from London in search of a better life. He found it.

On-board was shipping agent George Hunter, who asked Parnell to build him a store. Parnell agreed but on the condition that he work only eight hours a day. Hunter wasn’t happy. Eight-hour days weren’t the custom in London, but he had little choice: there were only three carpenters in Wellington. Hence was born the eight-hour day. The practice caught on. For more than 100 years we have celebrated the eight-hour day as a victory for trade unionism. We know it as Labour Day which, on the fourth Monday of every October, is a public holiday.

We hear every year of the union movement’s long, hard struggle. It wasn’t easy winning the eight-hour day, we are repetitively told. Without unions, greedy employers would have us working every hour, every day. It’s a myth. The so-called victory had nothing to do with unions. It was simple supply and demand. The demand for skilled labour was high in the new and growing settlement. The supply was low. Parnell could have negotiated more pay. But he chose fewer hours. That was his choice. That was the free market. Every Labour Day we should be remembering how the eight-hour day was “won”: it was by two men negotiating, no third party involved.

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One of the things that is happening in my life is I am going more analog — in part because of the nasty habit people have of trolling through ideas. My best ideas are often put on a white board or written up as emails. I am learning to put these thoughts down on paper: in particular when doing analyses (which I was doing this morning) noting the results in a lab book. I prefer bound notebooks: I lose bits of paper and I have too many of them. In addition, despite using Google calendar for years, the analogue method of sorting things out works better, and is a little more secure.

In this time, when everything is online and ultraorganized, going analog is a quiet means of taking back control. Now, at present I intend to continue to blog online particularly the lectionary, but the longer essays may take a few days to work out, and some paper. For once it is on a computer, secure it is not.

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Notes on the master of Chluthu and the Cathedral.

Let us go today for what is difficult, hard to interpret, and difficult to comprehend. The first passage challenges us, for it talks about demonic opposition, and includes a fair amount of wisdom, none of which we want to hear. Paraphrasing Lewis, there are two errors when it comes to the spiritual: one is attribute everything to demonic possession, and the other is to deny the existence of Satan and the opposition. Now most people think they do not believe in Satan or the dark forces, but in effect, when the meme of Chluthu is in our society, we do. We prefer to think of it as fiction. And today’s passage strips that away from us[1].

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You may not believe in Satan. You may think you are a member of the accepted religion of this day: Atheistic positivism, as preached by Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. But you have horror books and movies. And you look at Social Justice Wimps persecuting those who are currently unfashionable with approval. But if there is an opposition, you have to work out who it is.

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It is clear from the text that the master of the opposition is the Lord of Flies, Lucifer, the lightbringer. But he uses the power of the institutions, and as they swing society away from righteousness: it has been said that Chuluthu swims to the left, but it is deeper than that. If you like, Chuluthu is interested in what we think, not our brains, and in controlling our thoughts: perhaps not by force (pace 1984) but by making ungoodthink without a vocabulary.

Anyway, let’s define this vague charge. What do we mean by Orwellian?

I’d say a fair definition of an Orwellian government is one whose principle of public legitimacy (Mosca’s political formula, if you care) is contradicted by an accurate perception of reality. In other words, the government is existentially dependent on systematic public deception. If it fails in its mission to keep the lie alive, it at least stands some chance of falling.

The basic premise of UR is that all the competing 20th-century systems of government, including the Western democracies which came out on top and which rule us to this day, are best classified as Orwellian. They maintain their legitimacy by shaping public opinion. They shape public opinion by sculpting the information presented to the public. As part of that public, you peruse the world through a lens poured by your government. Ie: you are pwned.

We are pwned. We are 0wnzrd. And we like it. We do not want to be told to repent. We do not want to reform. We do not want to be challenged. And in that state of sloth we will be defeated.


Now he was casting out a demon that was mute
. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

(Luke 11:14-26 ESV)


Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff
, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”

These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire. And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.

(Revelation 11:1-14 ESV)

Now, how does the cathedral treat the kirk? The Cathedral, please note, is not the kirk, although parts of the church belong to it: the kirk (using the scots word here) is the faithful, the church invisible, and the reason why there is unity in our salvation, our faith, despite divisions bought on by scholastic speculation and rejected reformation[2]. The Cathedral, however, is the publick religion, the seat of power, those who try to be relevant, use relativistic morality, and dump those of use who struggle daily with their desires in a hell where there is no sin, no ability to repent, and therefore no ability to be saved, and be restored.

If one loves Christ, you will obey his commands. If you love your spouse, you will pay attention to their needs: by provision and by service: if you truly love your spouse, husband, you will be driven to prayer so you can lead in righteousness, and if you truly love your spouse, wife, you will also be driven to prayer for your husband, that he leads, and that you follow, for the sake of Christ. This is the teaching of the church from the beginning: however, it is now hate speech.

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So consider carefully what one does and what one teaches. If one moves towards mindfulness and meditation, and spiritual purity, are you making a nice clean brain for Chulthu to much down on? Jesus did not give his warning in vain.

And within the faith, be aware that sycretism is not merely an issue of bringing the ancient idols within the church, but that the West worships deeply, even with child sacrifice, at the altars of Apple, Mercedes, Chanel and to a false God we call spirituality or self esteem.

The forces behind the Cathedral would trample the temple. They will be destroyed. Do not be them, and do not be like them.

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1. The Chulthu images are from here. I’m with Stross on this one: if such an entity exists (Stross correctly says being an author is making up believable lies) I would be waiting for it with a shotgun.
2. And sometimes, divisions have been caused by Scholastic speculation AND corruption. There is a reason Calvin stuck close to the text. As should we.

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The sycretic, idolatrous, eucharist.

I am not a morning person. For those who do not believe this, I submit this gallery of webcame photos taken over the last couple of days, some to the amusement of by family. The only cute thing in them is the cat.

This is a holiday weekend, and we all have slept in (which is why it is now 0930 and I am doing this when I should be in Kirk). But when I looked at the text for today I thought about being with friends last night. Listening to a woman who is a righteous SJW, saying that the Hager is cool, and the Slater is scum. And talking about old Ken Russell movies.

I wonder if we still have idols. I wonder about syncretism, that the worship of other things infects us. And I consider that this passage is still appropriate on three or four levels.

I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

(1 Corinthians 10:15-24 ESV)

I deliberately used the word Eucharist in the title, because this passage is one of those that discusses the theology of communion and the Lord’s supper. The nature of what participation in the body of Christ is has exercised theologians over the centuries. Us reformed say it is symbolic (which is why all things are lawful makes sense) but there is clearly a power in the symbolism.

What matters much more than our understanding of what is there is that we are recollecting Christ in the bread, christ in the cup, and no other. On this all branches of the church are clear. There is no place for worshipping any God but the Almighty as expressed in his Triune nature.

And yet it happens. We allow people to bring in native spirituality, nature worship: and a profound irony is that the churches which are overtly liturgical have moved further down this path than others. Despite clear instructions, we have pandered to the neuroses of the politically correct, to our detriment. As Ann B. put it some time ago (and Yes, I think this is the third time I have quoted this).


I like being a female. I thank God that he made me a girl
. I like that I don’t have hair growing out of my face (much). I like that the circumference of my wrist is 5 5/8ths inches and that the most that I have ever been able to bench press in my life is 135 pounds. I like wearing skirts and dresses and feminine shoes and hats and makeup. Furthermore, I wish that I had someone to submit myself to, to ask and consult and rely upon for provision and decision-making. I realize that the fact that I do NOT have a husband is not an asset to me, but rather a profound poverty and deficiency. I can accept this state in life. What I cannot accept is some 65 year old self-absorbed androgyne in a bad polyester pantsuit and hideous sandals who fancies herself my psychological better wringing every last shred of feminine consolation out of my life, and destroying my culture, my country and the Church. I resent having to act like a man because you have castrated all of the men, who now keep their shriveled balls in a jar atop their television sets. We have had enough of you and of your cultural poison. Repent and retire, or may you rot in the deep cinders for what you have done.

Well, Ann, I disagree. I’m a bloke, and I like being a bloke. Besides, I’m not Cathastic, and I am asking my friends to pray for discernment. A sensible woman knows the fear of being single, and does not see divorce as liberation, but instead a road to penury.

Within the Kirk we have the great honour in participating in a union with Christ and with each other. In the communion we become one. During that time we need to focus on Christ. For most of us, we should be in the pews, worshipping and praising God for the fact that we can even approach the table. To demand more, as many lay people do, is to place your feelings in a greater place than God.

Although witchcraft is obvious (and exists in the church, to our shame) the worship of our feelings is the natural religion of our age, and this also idolatry is. Do not be part of it: do not follow it.

Eve’s curse and Gamers

Let us start with a thesis. Most men don’t want to be women, or be feminine. We like the feminine, appreciate it, but don’t want to join it. We appreciate the effort women take into preparing things — from clothes to food to decorations — that we really do not care that much about.

We just want to be comfortable, and get on with our fun. We like gear. We like finding things: from taking photos of the aurora to wildlife to those who prefer to interact with nature using a rod or rifle, or those who tinker with their road bike or car, men enjoy playing with things. And we prefer to be left to do it with mates: women can join but on our terms.

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This was the genesis of the RSA, the brotherhoods and secret societies, the pub, the cabin, shed. It was a place to go and do things. Where one did not have to watch one’s language, and where stuff got made. But there is an imperative, from ancient days, that the woman will rule, even though it generally makes them unhappy.

Feminism at its core is envy of men and a desire to usurp their position. It would be difficult to overstate just how deep this feeling is. This isn’t just about the apex fallacy, it is about a deep desire to “be one of the guys”. Any group of men getting together to create or enjoy anything will result in women wanting in. The only question is which category the women belong to. Some will want to try to experience the manly enjoyment/pride directly, and will take real steps to be (like) one of the guys. These are the ones who tend to defend the male space. They don’t want it ruined because they want to experience it. But others (a much larger group) will realize that they can’t actually experience this, and will then set out to stamp out what they can’t have. The first category inadvertently paves the way for the second, assuming they don’t themselves shift priorities mid stream.

This is Eve’s curse played out over and over again. If you don’t get this, you can’t really get what motivates feminists, nor why they will forever be miserable.

It’s staggeringly depressing to realize that there shall never be a safe sanctuary for a male-only space. Not a place where men “meet together to plan to subjugate women” (as if they honestly want to waste what little time they have on the mortal coil worrying about a bunch of self-entitled brats), but a place where they can breathe and express their innermost thoughts in a free marketplace of ideas without immediate shutdown. What was once a vibrant, diverse community where robust ideas, thoughts, values, and paradigms could be shared and exchanged in a marketplace free from feminine bigotry has now been mutated and corrupted. I’m afraid there isn’t enough resistance against this type of hegemonic malcontent. Major game studios love to kowtow to PC agenda. Of course they don’t realize that the grand majority of the consumer base that funds their businesses is OVERWHELMINGLY male.

I’m not so despairing. Most of the big spend in computers is driven by two groups of nerds: heavy users of large data (bioinformatics and particle physics being examples, where one experiment produces a few terabytes of data) and gamers. One group uses large clusters of parallel computers, using optimized versions of linux. The other spend as much on a graphics card as most consumers spend on their entire system. And both groups are overwhelmingly male: when it gets to hard math most women don’t want to go there or cannot go there (which explains why there are introductory statistics courses in Master’s programmes, and the existence of SPSS). I see this as a function of flatter distribution (bigger standard deviation) among men: there are a lot more men who are intellectually impaired, and somewhat more men who are 3 and 4 sd above the norm, particularly when it comes to mathematics.

GamerGate is clearly winning. Advertisers correctly understand that GamerGate is a broad-spectrum movement of gamers who do not trust the games media and oppose the interference of the SJWs attempting to, in LW1’s words, “make gaming more diverse and inclusive.” Intel’s reaction is particularly important because they are much more keenly attuned to the gaming market than most big corporations, because they depend upon it more heavily than most people realize. I worked closely with them on the release of their MMX chips in 1996 and 1997 – I was one of 12 CEOs (and with Ubisoft and Epic, one of three game dev CEOs) brought in to spend a day consulting with Andy Grove concerning Intel’s marketing of the MMX prior to its release – and they will never, ever blow off gamers. And they also understand that the games media is not to be confused with the gaming community itself.

Microsoft knows this in its bones. They have worked incredibly hard to make Windows 8.1 (and 10) not be awful for gamers. They are terrified of Steam OS and its alliance with Canonical making DirectX redundant, and OpenGL the interface of choice. The gaming press and the blogosphere are ephemeral: I’d wager that most SJWs are either using an Apple product or a generic laptop — not something optimised to frag at over 60 fps, and that costs a lot more — gaming laptops are around 2K on discount in NZ, while a generic consumer laptop goes for around 500 dollars.

And this is why I think the Gamers are winning this round of the culture wars. Firstly, most gamers want to play their game and they don’t want the rules changed so they cannot have a decent kill:death ratio. So if the publishers make games that do not appeal to the nerd hindbrain, they will not buy them. Secondly, there is serious money here, and it is not with the consoles in the big box stores but in optimized rice boxes and laptops made by Alienware. And the makers of these things, knowing that there is the profit in a time when CPU cycles are commoditized, will listen to the gamers.

The SJW have come up against the cyber equivalent of gravity. Note Linus and how he deals with the SJW.

At the hard end of tech, people are not going to play by ideological rules, but by what works. When SJW try to correct the uber-nerds who are at the cutting edge, they are ignored… so by way of Background, this is Linus’ boss.

For what it is worth, Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Steve Jobs (Apple) were just as impatient, and just as abrasive. SJW please note: when reality intrudes, models break.