Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Today is the third Sunday of Advent — a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
The term advent is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. The Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. Thus, for Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives — the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.
Brothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
To rejoice is to gladden; be delighted; and to fill with joy.
Joy is more than happiness. Joy isn’t just a smile or a laugh. It is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart — a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. Joy is something that is deep within and doesn’t leave quickly. Joy comes from God. When we have the joy of the Lord, we’ll know it and so will others.
So on this third Sunday of Advent, despite all the evils that surround us, be joyful.
Have no anxiety at all,
but in everything,
by prayer and petition,
make your requests known to God.
Rejoice in the Lord always!
Jesus, I love You with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.
May the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
Four years and counting since I deleted my FB account. You couldn’t pay me to go back to it.
From Hollywood Reporter: Facebook’s privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended.
The bug disclosed Friday gave hundreds of apps unauthorized access to photos that could in theory include images that would embarrass some of the affected users. They also included photos people may have uploaded but hadn’t yet posted, perhaps because they had changed their mind.
It’s not yet known whether anyone actually saw the photos, but the revelation of the now-fixed problem served as another reminder of just how much data Facebook has on its 2.27 billion users, as well has how frequently these slipups are recurring.
The bug is the latest in a series of privacy lapses that continue to crop up, despite Facebook’s repeated pledges to batten down its hatches and do a better job preventing unauthorized access to the pictures, thoughts and other personal information its users intend so share only with friends and family.
In general, when people grant permission for a third-party app to access their photos, they are sharing all the photos on their Facebook page, regardless of privacy settings meant to limit a photo to small circles such as family. The bug potentially gave developers access to even more photos, such as those shared on separate Marketplace and Facebook Stories features, as well as photos that weren’t actually posted.
Facebook said the users’ photos may have been exposed for 12 days in September. The company said the bug has been fixed.
The company declined to say how many of the affected users are from Europe, where stricter privacy laws took effect in May and could subject companies to fines. Facebook said it has notified the Irish Data Protection Commission of the breach.
The problem comes in a year fraught with privacy scandals and other problems for the world’s biggest social network.
Revelations that the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million users led to congressional hearings and changes in what sorts of data Facebook lets outside developers access. In June, a bug affecting privacy settings led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings. This bug affected as many as 14 million users over several days in May.
With each breakdown, Facebook risks losing credibility with both its audience and the advertisers whose spending generates most of the company’s revenue.
“It’s like they keep getting these chinks in the armor that is causing this trust deficit,” said Michael Priem, CEO of Modern Impact, which places ads for a variety of major brands.
Although Facebook doesn’t appear to be losing a lot of users, Priem said some advertisers have been seeing data indicating that people are spending less time on the social network. That’s raising concerns about whether the privacy breakdowns and problems with misinformation being spread on the services are taking a toll.
Blacks have an expression: “White men can’t dance”.
Looks like this black dude can’t dance either.
On December 13, 2018, Michelle Obama visited Denver, Colorado, to hawk her book, Becoming.
He was at a book-signing, gave a speech at the Pepsi Center, and made a surprise appearance at Children’s Hospital, where he read The Night Before Christmas to the kids and parents.
Mooch was asked what his favorite dance move was. He gave a non sequitur reply that he can’t floss — a dance move popular among kids 12 and under, in which a person, fists clenched, quickly and repeatedly swings their arms from the back of their body to the front, on each side.
Then a kid got up to teach Mooch how to do the “Orange Justice” dance from the Fortnite video game. (People)
Floss and Orange Justice is dancing?
Everything the Left touches turns into sh*t. They’ve succeeded to degrade even dances.
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Renton, a city south of Seattle, has asked citizens and businesses to register their surveillance cameras with the police department so they can get access to thousands of private cameras installed throughout the city.
From the MyNorthwest.com story: “It’s called the Camera Registration Program. Since it launched Thursday, more than 40 homeowners and business owners have already signed up.”
I understand citizens wanting to do this – catch the bad guys. Yet I would be hesitant to participate in this program.
“Sgt. Christy Mathews told KIRO 7 the partnership was the idea of the department’s Community Programs Division. According to Mathews, surveillance images are typically obtained by officers and detectives knocking on doors, asking business owners and homeowners if a surveillance camera might have captured a particular incident.
Now, the locations of homes and businesses that register with the Camera Registration Program appear as blue dots on a satellite map of Renton. Mathews said other police agencies have databases of available cameras on printed pages, but not on a computer-generated map. She believes Renton PD’s is the first.
The Camera Registration Program is volunteer-only and does not allow police officers to see images in real time.
It simply lets investigators know a camera is in the area and that its owner is willing to cooperate with police officers. Those officers can then “log in from their cars and see there are three houses in this area, and the suspect fled this way, so maybe these three cameras will show something,” Mathews explained.”
What if for some reason you don’t want to turn over your camera data (i.e., you’re doing something embarrassing or your child may be implicated in a crime; or maybe you are coming back from the gun range and unloading your car and now authorities may inquire about safe gun storage)?
Will the police obtain a warrant and compel your turn over camera data?
As with most things related to government and high tech, I would not trust anyone with my personal data AT ALL.
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A very disturbing video from the Michael Anderson Show. From his description:
“This video shows an activist group called “Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights” hosting a pro-abortion rally titled, “Holy Ground: Blessing the Sacred Space of Decision” at Your Choice Healthcare, a non-surgical abortion facility. The event consisted of calling on “God” (Satan or some sh*t to be honest) to bless abortions while praising those who perform the procedure,“We want to show there are people of faith who support bodily rights” said Elaina Ramsey, executive director of the organization. The group also plans to conduct these ceremonies at the six other abortion clinics in Ohio over the next year, according to The Columbus Dispatch.”
Hollie McKay reports for FoxNews, Dec. 13, 2018, that as the crisis in Venezuela’s socialist dictatorship deepens with mass hunger, starvation and a lack of medical supplies, there is no comfort even for the dead.
Venezuelan opposition leader Julio Borges, who has been living in exile in the Colombian capital of Bogota for the past nine months, told Fox News: “What is happening is medieval. People are ‘renting’ caskets for a service, but giving them back. The same casket is being used over and over again because people cannot afford to buy one. And then they have to wrap the body in plastic bags for the burial. Others don’t have money for a land plot, so they are burying loved ones in their back garden.”
Other Venezuelans concur. They say the use of “common graves,” along with backyard burials, is becoming standard.
According to Julett Pineda, a Caracas health journalist, funerals in Venezuela cost more than 132 times the average minimum wage earned per month of around six dollars per person – making a final farewell far out of reach for most who would need years of savings to cover costs. Pineda told FoxNews: “Funeral services are too expensive. Coffins are expensive, as well as paying for a place in the cemetery and everything that comes with it: the chapel for the service, the plate. People cannot have a decent funeral.”
Many resort to cremating the dead because cremation costs roughly a third of burial costs. Guillermo Aveledo, a political science professor at the University of Caracas, explained: “In poorer areas, plywood coffins are sometimes being used. Former middle classes can rent a proper coffin for the wake, but prefer cremation, which is cheaper.”
But even the process of cremation has become problematic because of the acute lack of natural gas to properly incinerate the bodies, despite the fact Venezuela has some of the largest energy reserves in the world.“In some very isolated places, people get used lots for burial, which creates sanitary problems,” Aveledo said.
The shortage of hearses is also an issue. There are fewer and fewer of them available, and the acute fuel shortage – wait times at some gas stations can be as long as 24 hours – makes it harder to keep them running. In some extreme cases, impoverished Venezuelans drag their dead for days in the sweltering sun to reach the Colombian border, where locals assist them with some kind of burial.
Alexander Lopez is a disabled Venezuelan who injured his right leg three years ago in a motorcycle accident. His wounded leg became infected a year later and had to be amputated because of the lack of affordable medicines and medical professionals. Lopez fled Venezuela six months ago to find work to support his son, 19, and daughter, 11, because he could no longer sit by as his family was forced to scour through trash for food. Lopez now sells keychains, incense, and trash bags for a few cents each in Cuenca, Ecaudor.
Two months ago, Lopez’s son was killed in a motorcycle accident. For weeks, the body languished at the morgue as family members were unable to afford the bus fare and boat to collect the remains. Lopez’s former wife and mother of their son, used her law enforcement connections to cobble together some money. But when she got to the morgue, the owners would not release the body – demanding the standard morgue fee plus a bribe, totaling $150, an amount that far surpasses an average month’s earning. “Everyone in Venezuela is so desperate for money, even the morgue will manipulate the people,” Lopez wept, holding up his son’s photograph.
After days, Lopez’ family finally put together enough money to pay the morgue, and a further $88 to pay a local gravedigger, but there were no funds for a service, no memorial plaque or tombstone. Lopez said softly: “Even with all that, “the dead in Venezuela are still worth more than the living. I am worth nothing to that government.”
Lack of medical attention and resources has fueled a spiking death rate in Venezuela. People are dying from the most common and treatable infections and diseases, like the common flu.
Violent crime is also on the rise. Last week, two ex-major league baseball players – free agent Luis Valbuena and former player Jose Castillo – were killed in a crash after their car collided with a rock. Authorities believe the rock may have been deliberately placed in the road, as part of a robbery scheme. A Venezuelan humanitarian worker explained: “People throw rocks in the hope of stopping the car so they can steal it. In this case, it ended horribly… Even if these men had survived, there are not adequate means in the hospital to save them.”
Then there is the looting of cemeteries. Most cemeteries are public municipal lots, but the dearth of public safety exposes the tombs to looting, and mourners and visitors being mugged.
Venezuela has descended into such chaos that no one knows how many people have died because the government doesn’t have the resources to keep track of the dead. So the people are trying to do that. In Caracas, a group of journalists visit the morgues at the end of each week to count the dead, trying to determine how many died from organized crime and from “other” causes like disease or malnutrition.
There’s no indication the situation will improve any time soon. Despite once-brimming oil wealth that had Venezuela as the richest country in Latin America, the Nicolás Maduro-led government – which continues the socialist policies of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez – has pushed the nation’s economy into dire freefall, upended by massive hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages.More than three million Venezuelans have fled the country since their country began spiraling out of control three years ago.
But the government continues to deny Venezuela is in crisis, and instead blames its economic woes on domestic political opponents and the United States.
Here’s the FoxNews video:
Meanwhile, Hugo Chavez’s best bud and faux humanitarian Sean Penn is still no where to be seen in Venezuela.
Instead, he was spotted dining with disgraced PBS-CBS host Charlie Rose, whom Penn continues to defend, in the swanky Frenchette restaurant in Tribeca, NYC, where the menu is in French and a rib-eye steak (“Cote de Boeuf”) costs $134 per serving.
From The Sun: The 49-year-old, named as Mr. Zhou, was working on the night shift at a porcelain factory in Hunan province when he was struck by a falling robotic arm.
The accident resulted in him being impaled with foot long, half-inch thick metal rods, the People’s Daily reported.
He was first taken to a local hospital before he was transferred to the Xiangya Hospital of Central South University due to the severity of his injuries.
Six steel rods fixed on a steel plate pierced his right shoulder and chest, and four penetrated elsewhere in his body.
During the operation, doctorsfound that one of the rods missed an artery by just 0.1mm.
The rods also prevented doctors from carrying out X-rays before the operation.
“They were relatively big so there was no means of getting fitting the patient into the X-ray machine while the nails themselves could have caused interference with X-rays,” said Wu Panfeng, an associate professor of hand microsurgery.
Surgeons worked through the night to take out all of the rods in Mr. Zhou’s body.
His condition is now described as stable and he will undergo treatment and physiotherapy to assist his recovery, and he is already able to move his right arm.
Mr. Zhou was lucky not to suffer the same fate as American factory worker Wanda Holbrook. The maintenance technician was killed by rogue robot who had veered into the area she was working in and crushed her head.
The 57-year-old was inspecting machinery in an area where components were assembled when the robot “took Wanda by surprise, entering the section she was working in”, court documents filed at the time said.
In 2015, another car industry worker, this time in Germany, was also killed by a robot. The unnamed 22-year-old man was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot at a Volkswagen plant when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate,
Last year, a construction worker miraculously survived after he was electrocuted, thrown from his workstation and then impaled through the anus by a four-foot steel bar.
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Singer, actor and producer Francis Albert Sinatra was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century, and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150million records worldwide.
Sinatra was a political activist, beginning with his campaign for the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt. For someone with extensive and close ties to organized crime, it is curious that so many U.S. presidents chose to be friends with him. Sinatra was especially close to President John F. Kennedy, often inviting him to Hollywood and Las Vegas, where the two would womanize and party together. Beginning in the early 1970s, Sinatra switched his support to Republicans, endorsing Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. In 1985, President Reagan presented Sinatra with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The extent of Sinatra’s criminality is now more fully revealed in the FBI’s declassified 1,300-page case file on the actor/singer. The case file is prefaced with these remarks:
Francis “Frank” Albert Sinatra (1915-1998), singer and actor, appears in many FBI files. He was the target of many extortion attempts that the FBI investigated. Sinatra also appeared in FBI files in connection with his contacts with racketeering investigation subjects and his early involvement with the Communist Party in Hollywood. The dates of these files fall between 1943 and 1985.
Below are some notable discoveries revealed in the FBI Case File:
(1) Sinatra was Psychologically disturbed
In his physicial examination for Selective Service, Sinatra was diagnosed with “severe psychoneurosis” and “emotional instability”. During the psychiatric interview for his physical examination, Sinatra said he was “neurotic, afraid to be in crowds, afraid to go in elevator, had somatic ideas and headaches,” had been “very nervous for four or five years,” and awaken “tired”.
Sinatra received a 4-P classification because of an ear ailment. The FBI looked into Sinatra’s Selective Service because of an anonymous letter claiming that he had paid $40,000 to procure a 4-P classification. The FBI concluded that Sinatra was properly rejected from military service. (Source: Part 1 of FBI Case File on Frank Sinatra)
On November 26, 1938, Sinatra was arrested in Hackensack, NJ, on a charge of “seduction” (sexual intercourse under the promise of marriage), which was dismissed after the complainant was discovered to have been married (and thus could not have been seduced under the promise of marriage). On December 22, 1938, Sinatra was arrested on a charge of adultery. The complaint was dismissed after a grand jury returned a “no-bill”. Sinatra’s attorney at the time, Harry L. Tone, became a U.S. Congressman representing the 7th district of New Jersey. (Source: Part 1 of FBI Case File)
FBI memo of March 15, 1971 names Sinatra as among those (9 of whom were members of La Cosa Nostra or mafia) who were “involved in an attempt to extort $100,000” from former stockbroker Ronald Alpert “by the use of physical force and by threatening Alpert’s life”.
Another FBI document, on July 22, 1971, names Sinatra as among a list of 11 names who had engaged in “interstate transportation in aid of racketeering-extortion”. (Source: Part 1 of FBI Case File)
(4) Loan kickback
In 1963, the FBI conducted a criminal investigation of Cal-Neva Lodge’s securing a $8 million loan from the Teamsters Union Pension Fund. Cal-Neva was a casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Sinatra, a principal owner of Cal-Neva, denied any payment of kickbacks. The investigation was closed when the Teamsters Union Pension Fund rejected the loan application. (Source: Part 1 of FBI Case File)
(5) Association with organized crime
Frank Sinatra was known for his mafia connections, associating with known mobsters including Ralph Capone, Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Mickey Cohen, the Fischetti brothers, Sam Giancana and many other mobsters. Sinatra was suspected of being a courier of mob money for Las Vegas casinos.
As an example, an FBI informant “of unknown reliability” claimed that Sinatra was Chicago gambler Capone’s nephew, and that Capone “brought Sinatra out of obscurity by buying him a night club job and paying representatives of the press for favorable publicity” (source: Part 3 of FBI Case File). Another account claimed that Chicago mobster Joe Fischetti was instrumental in getting Sinatra started in show business (Part 11 of FBI Case File). Sinatra also was a major stockholder of the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas. According to the FBI’s Salt Lake City Office, many of Sands Hotel’s stockholders worked for notorious gangsters and racketeers (Part 5 of FBI Case File).
According to one FBI source, Sinatra enjoyed being surrounded by hoodlums and would himself be one if he had the courage. (Part 12 of FBI Case File)
Below is a summary of Sinatra’s “long association” with “prominent hoodlums and racketeers” in the FBI memorandum of April 17, 1964 (source: Part 6 of FBI Case File):
In 1955, the FBI conducted a “security-type investigation” which found that Sinatra’s name had either been lent to or associated with 16 communist-front or communist-infiltrated groups during the early and mid-1940s. The investigation, however, did not uncover any information that Sinatra himself was a member of any Communist Party or communist front organization. (Part 11 of FBI Case File)
(7) The Kennedy Connection
Sinatra knew President John F. Kennedy’s father, Joseph Kennedy, and was said to have used his mob connections to get JKF elected President.
Sinatra knew and introduced Judith Campbell, JFK’s alleged mistress.
Curiously, Sinatra seemed to have known Jack Ruby, who killed JFK’s alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
Allegedly, Sinatra’s “associates” got JFK’s brothers, Ted and Bobby Kennedy, “in compromising situations with women”.
The “My Way” singer met John F. Kennedy in the late 1950s and worked on his presidential campaign. FBI files alleged they engaged in wild sex orgies with women in hotels across the country.
Agents wanted to bug Frank’s Palm Springs home, but their request was denied.
The feds investigated Frank in a “White Slave Traffic Case.” They believed he provided girls for wild sex orgies with JFK and other celebs — and reported “unnatural sex acts” took place at the parties.