And war continues for the foreseeable feature

It is no secret that the Democratic Republic of the United States of America will continue on the current path of war due to the so called "War on Terror". We have been invading country after country in the name of 9/11 with no fruition. There is even strong evidence that we are not even going after the true responsible parties.

Another issue surrounding the whole affair shows when new evidence is uncovered exposing certain players, it is swept under the carpet.

The American people will continue to have a complete misunderstanding of who the real enemies are or why we are likely to be in a war after the American 2016 elections. Mark Dankof

Will we ever find out who was really behind this tragedy or will we continue to attack scapegoats? Are we really making any headway in the War on Terror?

Photo by The U.S. Army

The ISIS barbarians are at it again

The forces of ISIS continue their wanton destruction of cultural heritage and historical sites.

The Islamic State has destroyed another archaeological treasure – the ancient Mashqi Gate in the biblical city of Nineveh, adjacent to modern Mosul, Iraq, reported United Press International.

The Mashqi Gate, excavated in the 1960s and subsequently restored, dated back to the 7th century B.C. during the reign of King Sennacherib, also mentioned in the Bible. Sennacherib invaded Judah in 705 B.C. during the reign of the Jewish King Hezekiah and laid siege to the city of Jerusalem – an event so momentous, it is told in three different places in Scripture.

Sennacherib himself recorded the military expedition in a bas-relief along the walls of his palace, located near the now destroyed Mashqi Gate. Those original artifacts are safely displayed today in the British Museum.

English: Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria Françai...
English: Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria Français : Temple de Bel, Palmyre, Syrie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISIS has left a path of destruction through the archaeological sites of Iraq and Syria, often destroying major structures with explosives and bulldozers, while salvaging for sale on the black market items more easily transported. The group has only recently been forced out of Palmyra, Syria, but not before destroying the iconic Temple of Bel, the Arch of Triumph and the Temple of Baalshamin in August 2015.

In July 2014, ISIS blew up the tomb of the Prophet Jonah at the Nineveh site, despite the fact a mosque had stood over the shrine since the Muslim conquest.

How many more sites, that are important to the history of the world, will these barbarians destroy? If you erase history, it never happened. Is this the goal of ISIS, to eliminate historical context of the region so that their view of history is the only thing that remains? They seem to be out to show that their religion and culture are the only views that matter in the Middle East.

Learn more about individuals with Autism

Autism is a very difficult disability to understand. Usually, there are no outward signs pointing to an individual having the syndrome. Autism is also not a "one size fits all" syndrome, it is a spectrum of disorders that have to do with developmental, social and behavioral issues. An organization has put together some very useful tools to help others understand what you and you autistic loved one are going through.

English: A little autistic girl.
English: A little autistic girl. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In an effort to ease the fears of and provide encouragement to all people with individuals with autism in their lives, Autism Speaks has created four support tool kits, each designed specifically for the following groups:

Parents | Siblings | Grandparents | Friends

The purpose of each kit is to help teach family members and friends more about autism and its effects on families, and provide resources and support to enable them to lead happy and successful lives with their loved ones with autism. 

This is just a starting point in helping others to understand the Autism Spectrum Disorder, I encourage you to use these resources and grow in your understanding of the disability.

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ARISE 666: THE APOCALYPTIC ICONOCLAST

I have been spending way too much time on the internet lately. The reason is because I have once again glommed on to one my pattern obsessions where I see a pattern happening that usually spirals into the rabbit hole and eventually bring us closer to the abyss.

Clyde Lewis, host of Ground Zero

Those devoted fans who listen to my show know I see patterns in stories and in news items that meet up halfway with my knowledge of history. When I see them combine, I make a hypothesis those winds up approximating and event in the future.

As history unfolds it becomes quite clear that how we interpret it is based on quick glances at a newspaper, a magazine or new program owned and operated by companies that have a controlling political interest in what is being reported.

Outrageous sums of money are being used to fund organized chaos in order to push public opinion towards demanding a highly-efficient if not barbaric force capable of eliminating dissent and culling those who do not agree with the social downturn and despotism.

What we see now is a highly-controlled propaganda machine that is now going to fragment any questioning activity or report. What we will see in future are active agents from within secret intelligence cabals that will create a desired chaos to harden the resolve of those who wish to support the police state.

 

 

Autism has become known as the “cute” syndrome

Thanks to , has become the "cute" syndrome, but is this a true reflection of those on the spectrum?

 Autism and popular culture have had a complicated relationship for a long time. In 1988 the film Rain Man introduced the disorder to the general public. After its release diagnoses in the United States skyrocketed, and so did the presence of autistic characters in pop culture. In the 1980’s there were only two films starring autistic characters. In the next decade there were thirteen. The older the movie or book or show, the less autistic the characters often seem, some of them carry the label ‘autistic’ but with very few symptoms. Instead, the characters are inflicted with some generic mental disability, which when labeled as autism sells more tickets.

Rain Man, however, was nuanced. I’ve always appreciated the story, not just on a personal level, but also as a writer. It told a story set in a time when the common way to deal with a diagnosis was to send it away, to a mental institution. The filmmakers show the institution as a welcoming, safe, comfortable place for the character Ray, but in reality, these places were often run terribly, and kept up worse. A real life Ray would have found his handicap intensified by such a place. Many autistic children born in this era grew up to have severe mental deficiencies because so little of their nature was understood. Dustin Hoffman showed immense respect in his performance, painting a multifaceted character that felt human, but because of his place on the spectrum he is often a nuisance to the story, or worse, a vehicle solely there to move the plot forward. I don’t mean to bash Rain Man, which I consider a great first step, but it’s just that; the first step.

There is more to Autism than the savant and this should be seen more in popular culture.

Read more at The “Cute” Syndrome: A Survey Of Autism In Popular Culture « The "Cute" Syndrome: A Survey Of Autism In Popular Culture - Wrong Planet Wrong Planet.

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People are People

When it comes to all the in the world, there is one song that always comes to mind for me. People Are People by Depeche Mode. To me, it spells out everything in one short, catchy tune.

Martin Gore penned lyrics that convey a message that people shouldn't judge one another. The lyrics question and condemn unfound hate. The song asks that humans put an end to superficial differences and unjustified violence or prejudice. Gore touches upon racial discrimination, homophobia, and religious intolerance in simple, easy to understand words.

I have many friends who, by only being who they are, take the brunt of other people's intolerance on a daily basis. It is time to end the hatred and learn to accept someone for who they are. Remember, people are people, and should be treated as such, no matter what.

Put in Jail For Taking A Screenshot With Your Phone

Millions of people every day use SnapChat thinking what they are sharing will only live briefly on a server and go away quickly. They forget that the App is linked to the internet and what is shared there, stays there, no matter what. This has led to the UK to use their copyright laws to discourage people from saving what is shared on the service.

The UK is warning that taking a screenshot of explicit images on Snapchat could lead directly to jail.

selfie photoUnder the laws of the United Kingdom, use of an image someone else created (that selfie on SnapChat) without the consent of the creator is illegal. Even so, you should always think twice before sharing any pictures wit the App, ou never know where that compromising photo may end up.

H/T You Can Now Be Put in Jail For Taking A Screenshot With Your Phone

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April is Autism Awareness Month

is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, and occurs in about one out of every 68 births. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries.

Take some time this month to learn more about Autism and what you can do to help someone you know affected by it.

Learn More About Autism

Kids Health: a website that explains autism in simple language for kids.

Growing Up Together: a printable 4 page brochure, explains autism and how to be friends with someone with autism,  from Autism Society

Growing Up Together: Teens with Autism: a printable brochure for Teens, from Autism Society

First 100 Days Kit: a printable tool kit to aid families in getting the critical information they needed in the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis from Autism Speaks.

Learn about autism with an online autism 101 course/tutorial from Autism Society

Printable Crafts, Bookmarks, Coloring Pages, and Activities for Children

Autism Awareness Ribbon
Autism Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Autism Awareness Ribbon Symbol

Autism Awareness Bookmarks and Pencil Toppers

Autism Awareness Door Hangers

Autism Awareness Pinwhe
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“I Love Someone with Autism” Paper Dog

“I Love Someone With Autism” Paper Car


Autism Awareness Symbol Coloring Page


Autism Awareness Word Search


Autism Awareness Crossword Puzzle


Puzzle Piece Butterfly

Jesus’ Teachings On Women

What were ' views on ? The Bible certainly doesn't say... not since the Church censors got through with it. But if you read between the lines, you get a hint of his respect for women.

In many of Jesus' illustrations, women are presented as positive role models of faith, which men should follow. For example:

  • The Queen of the south, who was wiser than the first-century Jews (Matt 12:42)
  • The woman mixing yeast into dough (Matt. 13:33), who is presented as an illustration of the way that the kingdom of God works
  • Women working when Christ returns, some of who are ready and others are not (Matt. 24:41)
  • Ten virgins, of whom five were prepared and five were not (Matt 25:1-13)
  • The widow of Zarephath, whom Jesus used as an example of a Gentile that God favored (Luke 4:26)
  • The woman who found the coin she had lost (Luke 15:8-10). In this parable the woman plays the role of God, just as the shepherd did in the preceding parable and the father does in the following parable.
  • A persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8), a model for disciples to imitate in prayer
  • A widow who gave everything she had (Luke 21:1-4).

poorwidowIn Luke 11, an anonymous woman called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you" (v. 27). Jesus did not deny that his own mother was blessed, but he said that the real blessing is given to "those who hear the word of God and obey it" (v. 28). A woman's spiritual worth is based on her response to God, not in performing biological functions. Women are saved by faith, not by bearing children.

Jesus did two important things for this woman, He gave her His undivided attention by listening to her comment, and He mildly corrected her and pointed her toward further spiritual understanding. Jesus does not deny His mother's place of importance, but goes beyond it to a wider spiritual truth.

Conservative and liberal commentators are generally agreed on this: Jesus treated women well—despite the male-dominated culture in which he lived. He treated them respectfully, was sensitive to their needs, used them as good examples of faith, and included them in his ministry in several important ways.

 

H/T

Women in the Teachings of Jesus | Grace Communion International

And if you read the Gospels that were cut out of the Bible, you get a startling view of his love and admiration for his most enlightened disciple, Mary. There are even indications that he considered Mary more spiritually advanced than he was. To explore this further, consider reading The Gospel of Mary.

 

H/T Jesus' Teachings On Women * Wicca-Spirituality.com