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One-Liner Wednesday — On Bad Terms

This, That, and The Other

“No one has ever doubted that truth and politics are on rather bad terms with each other.”

Hannah Arendt, political philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

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Trivia: Native American Right to Vote

Gifford MacShane, Author

#trivia #NativeAmerican #boardingschool #votingrights

The U. S. Department of the Interior just released a study of the almost 500 “Indian Boarding Schools” that operated from 1819 to 1969, including the Carlisle Indian Industry School here in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Over 7,000 children attended this school; its most famous student was Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, who won two gold medals in the 1912 Olympic games.

Most of the reporters I’ve heard have also mentioned how long it took for Native Americans to be able to vote. Most of them have also given their readers/viewers incomplete information.

So I’ve got atrivia question for you:

Who was President of the United States when all Native Americans were allowed to vote?

A.) Dwight D. Eisenhower

B.) Theodore Roosevelt

C.) Richard M. Nixon

D.) Calvin Coolidge

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From the old box: The case for Black English

How many times did not change the impact of a word used. One time you had to use a word because a previous word was considered not right. But later than new word or other words became also considered wrong. As such in our lifetime we had to change already four times the word to talk about coloured people with a brown skin.

The case for Black English

Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker, 15 May 2017

The most energetic but also the most frustrating section of ‘Talking Back’ is a short treatise on the word ‘nigga.’ McWhorter takes the customary care in distinguishing the word from its uglier, older cousin, ‘nigger,’ but he pushes the distinction further than most: for McWhorter, these are not simply two separate English words, let alone two pronunciations of the same word; they are, rather, words that belong to two different dialects. ‘Nigger is Standard English and nigga is Black English,’ he writes, matter-of-factly. ‘Nigga means ‘You’re one of us.’ Nigger doesn’t.’

This interpretation helps to explain the odd power that ‘nigga’ wields over blacks and whites alike when said aloud. Richard Pryor’s use of it in his standup act in the seventies was radical not simply because street lingo had made its way onto the stage: Pryor had swung open the door between alternate cultural dimensions. Blacks suddenly felt at home – ’up in the comedy club,’ somebody might have said – and whites relished the brief peek into a room they rarely saw. Something similar happened, and keeps on happening, with hip-hop, many of whose practitioners use the N-word as a kind of challenge to white enthusiasts. It’s become a familiar joke: when the music’s loud, and emotions are high, who dares recite, in full, the lyric that eventually alights on ‘nigga’?

That ‘nigga’ is not only one of our most controversial words but also one of our funniest is revealing, and worth puzzling over. McWhorter doesn’t allow himself the pleasure. The word’s power – and therefore its coherence, its licitness as language – is impossible to understand without a glance at the history of race-rooted subjugation in America. The emergence of Black English is owed in part to straightforwardly linguistic factors: McWhorter convincingly cites the phenomenon of recently enslaved adults straining to learn a new language, plus a syncretistic importation of vocal gestures picked up along the trail of forced migration. But it also developed as a covert, often defiant response to the surveillance state of slavery. Grammatical nuance, new vocabulary, subtleties of tone – these were verbal expressions of racism’s mind-splitting crucible, what WEB Du Bois called ‘double consciousness.’ As Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has written, black vernacular is a literary development as well as a linguistic one. ‘The black tradition’ – from ring shouts to Ralph Ellison – ‘is double-voiced,’ Gates writes, in the introduction to his seminal study, ‘The Signifying Monkey,’ echoing Du Bois. The humor associated with black language play – with jokers like Pryor and Bernie Mac – directly descends from this multivocal tradition, and from the trouble that made it necessary.

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From the old box: Free Speech, but Not for All?

Free Speech, but Not for All?

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P5 The Empire we’re in: Individualism & Consumerism

In the previous weeks, the government had made sure that the anti-vaxxers had no reason to demonstrate and/or smash things up.

12-storey floor of retail area inside of Berjaya Times Square shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mainstream churches have also opened their doors to the general public, but as before, the Corona Crisis, the huge shopping centra are and remain the main ‘worship temples’. There, in those shopping malls, people feel most at ease and satisfied that they can buy anything they want to own again.
For them, the big shopping mall is a sacred place to pay homage to their god (Mammon), money.

Consumerism has gone so far that lots of people when they buy something are even not interested in what the ecological footprint might be of what they buy.

Even though most people have become slaves to money, and therefore slaves to their employers, it is up to the Church to make those people realise how they have gone off the rails with their way of life and money-making.

It is up to the believer in the One True God to show people that there are much better ways than the worship of money, by which people are chained.

After the war in the Middle East seemed to have come to an end there was again a new war, the Russians invading Ukraine, we can see that Gog stood up and tries to go south to enlarge its world to get back a Great Russia or USSR. Others wonder who or what that “One World Government” seeking world domination might be.

Many do not want to know about God and His commandments and laugh at the idea of one world government or theocracy. The idea of living in the last days seems for many ridiculous whilst others think we can clearly see the signs indicating we are close to the times of the return of Christ, of experiencing the end of the world, there was something dramatic, inspiring, exciting about it all.

 

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Material gain to honour God

Your position about materialistic desires having conquered the world

Looking for the consummation of presents

The Proper Place of Excess

Earth’s pandemic and T-shirts for young people

The meaning of life – Finding purpose

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Additional reading

  1. Looking at an era of international “youth culture”
  2. Looking on what is going on and not being of it
  3. Not everything has to be reciprocated with money
  4. An other trait for faith in Jesus and his God
  5. Good to make sure that you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy
  6. Hamas the modern Philistines
  7. The post-Christian world
  8. Today’s Thought “Flee these things” (May 24)
  9. Today’s Thought “Keep your life free from … ” (June 06)
  10. Today’s thought “Flee these things. Pursue …” (November 23)
  11. Mark 10 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 10:23-31 – The Difficulty of Money
  12. Not created to be on our own (Our world) = Not created to be on our own (Some View on the World)
  13. Missionary action paradigm for all endeavours of the church
  14. True riches
  15. Count your blessings
  16. Sign of the Times and the Last Days #1 The Son of man revealing
  17. Sign of the Times and the Last Days #2 Wars, natural disasters, famine and false Messiahs
  18. Last days and destruction of the flesh
  19. Hope For, But Not In, Evangelicalism

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Related

  1. P1 This might not be the End, but it sure feels like it / A.J. Hendry
  2. What Does Larry Cohen’s THE STUFF Say About How Easily We Are Manipulated and Our Weaknesses Exploited?
  3. America’s Shopping Addiction
  4. The case against consumerism: Part 1 – The real cost of our everyday purchases
  5. Extreme individualism is on the rise
  6. Individualism and Individuation
  7. Individualism in the Age of Social Media
  8. Covid Evidence: Supply Vs Demand Shock
  9. Community or Consumption: Social Ecology in Greater Manchester
  10. Consumerism’s Effect on Creating an Addictive Society – Pt. 3
  11. Time for a radical farewell to overconsumption
  12. Is sustainable consumption fundamentally an issue of inequality?
  13. The Money Problem
  14. The control of money is where the true power lies – but only because of the way we think
  15. On conspiracies, apocalyptic Christian nationalism, and how bad eschatology is ruining the world / Michael Frost
  16. Tightened Covid curbs spark protests, riots across Europe
  17. Be prepared – last-days spiritual warfare is intense
  18. Is this how the End of the World begins?
  19. What Shall Be The Sign Of Thy Coming? And Of The End Of The World?
  20. Food For Thought
  21. A Gate out of hell
  22. In the Miso Soup
  23. Quote of the day (20-Apr-2022)
  24. Make more pies
  25. Which attitude is better for our society?
  26. The importance of the individual and the individual vs the group
  27. Relationships help with resilience, not individualism
  28. 4/1/22 – Individually Individual
  29. Buying Stuff for Stuff
  30. Dang, I shopped.
  31. The Free Gift!!
  32. Green Consumerism: Who Cares About The Environment?
  33. faith in Christ for each other
  34. A Saviour for the world, the Samaritans, and our individualistic selves (Growing Deeper with John 4:27-42)
  35. Saved from what? (And For what?) [Sermon]
  36. Breaking free
  37. How to Buy Less and Buy Better with the Less But Better Method
  38. J.B Mackinnon’s The Day the World Stops Shopping: Book Review

When Lambs Are Silent

This is part 5 in a series where we will be exploring and imagining how faith communities, and our community in general, may need to evolve in order to adapt to our changing times. You can find part 1 herepart 2 here, and part 3 here.

In our last piece we discussed how our society, though regarded as secular, is very much shaped by its own God’s that demand allegiance and require our worship and sacrifice. We named these as Individualism, Consumerism and White Supremacy. In our last piece we dealt with the latter, in this article we will be talking about the former two.

Throughout the lockdown there has been calls to open various shopping centres, lament’s that we have not been free to shop, to browse and buy. And in Auckland last week, as Covid restrictions began to ease, the great Temples of this age…

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A Friend Like You

Purplerays

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    A Friend Like You

    There’s lots of things
    With which I’m blessed,
    Tho’ my life’s been both Sunny and Blue,
    But of all my blessings,
    This one’s the best:
    To have a friend like you.

    In times of trouble
    Friends will say,
    “Just ask… I’ll help you through it.”
    But you don’t wait for me to ask,
    You just get up
    And you do it!

    And I can think
    Of nothing in life
    That I could more wisely do,
    Than know a friend,
    And be a friend,
    And love a friend… like you.

    By Anon.

    Artist Inge Look.

            Text and image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook https://www.facebook.com/531188960392510/posts/2082553225256068/

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            They want us to be afraid 🇺🇦🌻🇺🇦❤️🇺🇦🌻🇺🇦

            Purplerays

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              “They want us to be afraid.
              They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes.
              They want us to barricade our doors
              and hide our children.
              Their aim is to make us fear life itself!
              They want us to hate.
              They want us to hate ‘the other’.
              They want us to practice aggression
              and perfect antagonism.
              Their aim is to divide us all!
              They want us to be inhuman.
              They want us to throw out our kindness.
              They want us to bury our love
              and burn our hope.
              Their aim is to take all our light!
              They think their bricked walls
              will separate us.
              They think their damned bombs
              will defeat us.
              They are so ignorant they don’t understand
              that my soul and your soul are old friends.
              They are so ignorant they don’t understand
              that when they cut you I bleed.
              They are so ignorant they don’t…

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              Wanted: Russian revolution to topple tyrant


              ” Wanted: Russian revolution to topple tyrant.
              Internal applicants welcome.”
              Simon Tisdall.

               

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              Нет войнe. No war

              Ines Udelnow

              Friedenstaube vor Peace-Zeichen. Demonstration gegen den Krieg in der Ukraine, Berlin, 27. Februar 2022

              Weil in heutigen Zeiten gerne polarisiert, polemisiert und absichtlich missverstanden wird: bei der Demonstration heute ging es nicht “gegen Russland” oder gar “gegen Russen” und auch nicht um die Wiederbelebung eines alten russischen Feindbildes. Vielmehr war es ein Statement gegen Putins Angriffskrieg auf die Ukraine und für deren staatliche Selbstbestimmtheit und Souveränität. Positiv gedacht wurde auch der Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der russischen Zivilgesellschaft, die sich in immer größerer Zahl offen in Russland gegen den Krieg aussprechen und damit im Zweifel Repressionen in Kauf nehmen.

              Im Übrigen beteiligten sich auch etliche Russinnen und Russen und deren Nachkommen an der Kundgebung in Berlin (und sicher auch in anderen Städten) und stellten auf diversen Schildern und Plakaten klar, dass sie sich von Putins durch absolut gar nichts gerechtfertigtes Kriegstreiben distanzieren und sich mit den Menschen in der Ukraine solidarisieren.

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              Нет войне

              We must not forget that it is often the leaders of a country who use the inhabitants only as cannon fodder. Even when Russia invaded Ukraine, there were Russian conscripts who thought they were going to a training camp and would certainly not have to fight against their blood brothers.

              Along both sides of the fighting parties, parents will not see their children alive again. At both camps, there were casualties for no gain. War always involves loss of life and is always a regrettable fact that would have been best avoided.

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              Remember (an acrostic poem)

              Ines Udelnow

              English translation below / Перевод на русский язык см. ниже

              Angesichts des brutalen Angriffskrieges, den Russland – ein Land, dem ich mich familiär und freundschaftlich verbunden fühle – vollkommen gegen die Ukraine begonnen hat und der furchtbaren Folgen, des Leides, der Angst, der Zerstörung und der vielen Toten, fällt es mir schwer, meine Gedanken auf etwas anderes zu richten als auf den Krieg.

              Ich hätte eine ganze Reihe von Fotos aus dem erwachenden Frühling, die ich zeigen könnte, aber mir steht der Sinn nicht danach. Statt verlinke ich ein Lied des in der gesamten ehemaligen UdSSR und darüber hinaus bekannten und von vielen verehrten Sängers und Schauspielers Wladimir Wysotskij, der eine Reihe von Liedern über und gegen den Krieg geschrieben hat. Ich bin mir sicher, würde er heute noch leben, dann gehörte er zu denen, die aufstehen und ihre Stimme gegen diesen Krieg erheben.

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