January 28th, 2017

This is the post excerpt…


The Judgement of the Nations
Matthew 25:31-46
The Judgment of the Nations

31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32All the nations will be assembled in front of him, and he will cull them out, one from another, like a shepherd separates sheep from goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left.

34“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who have been blessed by my Father! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, 35because I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. 36I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37“Then the righteous will say to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you something to eat, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or see you naked and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’

40The king will answer them, ‘I tell all of you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’

41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me, you who are accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! 42Here’s why: I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink. 43I was a stranger, and you didn’t welcome me. I was naked, and you didn’t clothe me. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or as a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn’t help you?’

45Then he will say to them, ‘I tell all of you with certainty, since you didn’t do it for one of the least important of these, you didn’t do it for me.’ 46These people will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

Top Stories
American ‘Christianity’ has failed” Stephen Mattson, Sojourners

Mainstream Christianity in America has failed. It looks nothing like Jesus. . . This represents a predominant theme of Westernized Christendom: proclaiming Christian rhetoric while actively — or passively — practicing the opposite in reality

Thousands March Against Trump in Downtown Athens” Martha Michael, Flagpole
Look for the picture me!! I’m Athens-famous!
Weekly Update:
How Corporate Media Threatens Our Democracy: This is a crisis we can no longer afford to Ignore”, Bernie Sanders, In These Times

The very first amendment to our Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press, the right of the people to express their points of view from the rooftops, to allow themselves to be heard. That is something I passionately believe in.

Unfortunately, as A. J. Liebling wrote back in 1960: “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” And the people who own the press, radio and television stations, and book publishing and movie companies are becoming fewer and fewer, with more and more power. This is a crisis that can no longer be ignored.

200,000 liters of oil from pipeline spills near Stoughton, Sask.: Saskatchewan government was notified of pipeline breach on Friday”, CBC News

About 200,000 litres of oil spilled near Stoughton, Sask., last week, the biggest pipeline breach in the province since the Husky Oil spill last summer.

It happened on First Nations land near Stoughton, about 140 kilometres southeast of Regina. The spill covered an approximately 20-metre radius.

Pipeline leaks 138,600 gallons of diesel in northern Iowa” Linh Ta, The Des Moines Register

The pipeline leaked on private agricultural land, said Karen Grimes, spokeswoman for the Iowa DNR. There is a small stream near the leak, but Grimes said no surface water has been contaminated. The Iowa DNR has not uncovered any underground water contamination.

Agonies of Exile: Deported Mothers, Separated From Their Children, Wait in Limbo at the Mexican Border” Natalie Keyssar and Chelsea Matiash, The Intercept

Varona is one of scores of women who have been separated from their children both legally and physically after being deported from the United States. But she has bonded with others facing a similar plight through the activist organization Dreamers Moms. Though their stories vary, the women share a similar fate: They wait in Tijuana, often for years, for a chance to see their families. Some women have lost contact, while others find ways to connect with their children from afar.

This week in Swamp Monsters:

Trump’s Crony Cabinet May Look Strong, but They Are Scared: From climate justice to the Fight for $15, movements had CEOs on the ropes — and we can still beat them” Naomi Klein, The Nation

Exxon for secretary of state. Hardee’s for secretary of labor. General Dynamics for secretary of defense. And the Goldman guys for pretty much everything that’s left. After decades of privatizing the state in bits and pieces, they decided to just go for the government itself. Neoliberalism’s final frontier. That’s why Trump and his appointees are laughing at the feeble objections over conflicts of interest—the whole thing is a conflict of interest, that’s the whole point. . . .  Moreover, a majority of Americans did not vote for Trump. Forty percent stayed home, and of the people who voted a clear majority voted for Hillary Clinton.

Video of the Week:

“A beginner’s guide to hijabs”, Vox

Feigning care for human rights is a tried and true tactic of the imperialist. The use of women’s oppression in Muslim countries as an excuse for imperial violence dates back at least as far as the British colonization of Egypt. In “Women and Gender in Islam,” Leila Ahmed explains how British imperialists who were viciously opposing suffragettes at home were using women’s rights as a moral justification for colonization in Egypt. This orientalist perspective reverberates through and shapes Islamophobia in America and the West today.  As a matter of fact, the hijab had largely fallen out of fashion by the mid-late 20th century, but has seen a recent resurgence in the post 9/11 era as a means of cultural identification. Wearing the hijab is, in many cases, a courageous act in defiance of those who want Muslims to feel unwelcome and afraid.

Odds and Ends

School of Life:
“Thoreau and Civil Disobedience” Alain de Botton, The School of Life

“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is a prison.” — Henry David Thoreau

Lecture of the Week:
“Global Capitalist Update: Fixing Capitalism v Moving to Another System”, Richard Wolff, Democracy at Work

Richard Wolff’s monthly update on capitalism in the world today. He’s a bit of a nut sometimes, but is never short on relevant criticism of capitalism.

Track of the Week:
China Girl, live” David Bowie

“Iggy pop and i were a couple of very naughty boys, who went to Berlin to learn how to be good. I remember one morning after a particular mischievous night out we both met up at a coffee bar we used to frequent and we discussed the doings of the night before, and Iggy, or Jim, related the most extraordinary events. He said he’d been to a punk club, it was the anniversary of the building of the wall, and he went to a punk club that were holding an anniversary party and they’d built an entirely accurate replica of the Berlin wall and at the stroke of midnight, 50 savage demented punks leapt on this wall and tore it to pieces with their mouths and teeth and fists. Smash smash. He said it was the aftermath that was the most affecting, because there were, after this had happened, after they’d demolished the wall, there were small groups of them in the corners pitifully crying. Tears streaming down their faces. I though that was an incredibly moving thing and a real memory of Berlin. The Berlin I knew at the time anyway. This is a song I wrote with Jim around that time, and i guess this one is about invasion and exploitation…”

Oh, Little China Girl
Oh, Little China Girl

[Chorus 1]
I could escape this feeling with my China Girl
I feel a wreck without my little China Girl
I hear her heart beating loud as thunder
Saw the stars crashing

[Chorus 1]
I’m a mess without my little China Girl
Wake up in the morning wheres my little China Girl?
I hear hearts beating loud as thunder
I saw the stars crashing down

[Verse 1]
I’m feeling tragic like I’m Marlon Brando
When I look at my China Girl
I could pretend that nothing really meant too much
When I look at my China Girl
I stumble into town just like a sacred cow
Visions of swastikas in my head
Plans for everyone
Its in the white of my eyes

My little china girl
You shouldn’t mess with me
I’ll ruin everything you are
I’ll give you television
I’ll give you eyes of blue
I’ll give you a man who wants to rule the world

[Chorus 2]
And when I get excited
My little China Girl says
Oh baby, Just you shut your mouth
She says … sh
She says
She says

[Chorus 2]
And when I get excited
My little China Girl says
Oh baby, Just you shut your mouth
She says … shhhhhhh
She says
She says

Nations (Additions in BOLD)
Rachael and I have embarked on a years-long ambition to memorize all the nations and capitals. I’m adding 10-15 each week and posting it here so you can join us and/or help us by throwing us a pop quiz from time to time!

South America
Argentina — Buenos Aires
Bolivia — La Paz
Brazil — Brasilia
Chile — Santiago
Colombia — Bogota
Ecuador — Quito
French Guiana — Cayenne
Guyana — Georgetown
Paraguay — Asuncion
Peru — Lima
Suriname — Paramaribo
Uruguay — Montevideo
Venezuela — Caracas

North America
Belize — Belmopan
Canada — Ottawa
Costa Rica — San Jose
Cuba — Havana
Dominican Republic — Santo Domingo
El Salvador — San Salvador
Guatemala — Guatemala City
Haiti — Port-au-Prince
Honduras — Tegucigalpa
Jamaica — Kingston
Mexico — Mexico DF
Nicaragua — Managua
Panama — Panama City
Puerto Rico — San Juan

Belarus — Minsk
Bulgaria — Sofia
Czech Republic — Prague
Hungary — Budapest
Moldova — Chisinau
Poland — Warsaw
Romania — Bucharest
Russia — Moscow
Slovakia — Bratislava
Ukraine — Kiev
Albania — Tirana
Bosnia and Herzegovina — Sarajevo
Croatia — Zagreb
Cyprus — Nicosia
Estonia — Tallinn
Latvia — Riga
Lithuania — Vilnius
Macedonia — Skopje
Montenegro — Podgorica
Serbia — Belgrade
Slovenia — Ljubljana
Turkey — Ankara
Belgium — Brussels
Denmark — Copenhagen
Finland — Helsinki
Austria — Vienna
Greece — Athens
Kosovo — Pristina
Netherlands — Amsterdam
Norway — Oslo
Sweden — Stockholm
Andorra — Andorra la Vella
Malta — Valetta
Monaco — Monaco
Switzerland — Bern
UK — London
France — Paris
Germany — Berlin
Iceland — Reykjavik
Ireland — Dublin
Italy — Rome
Liechtenstein — Vaduz
Luxembourg — Luxembourg
Portugal — Lisbon
San Marino — San Marino
Spain — Madrid
Vatican City — Vatican City


Morocco — Rabat
Algeria — Algiers
Tunisia — Tunis
Libya — Tripoli
Egypt — Cairo
Mauritania — Nouakchott
Mali — Bamako
Niger — Niamey
Chad — N’Djamena
Sudan — Khartoum

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