The NZ mosque-shooting post that got Tony Mead banned from Facebook, again

 

Tony Mead, whom Facebook had already banned at least once and whose Sandy Hook page on Facebook was taken down, is now banned again. See “The Parkland school shooting post that got Tony Mead banned from Facebook

Facebook also took down Fellowship of the Minds‘ and Dr. Eowyn’s pages last August, when WordPress burned down FOTM. See:

Yesterday, Mead posted a “note” on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/notes/tony-mead/christchurch-nz/10157743306551988?sfns=mo) of his analysis of the New Zealand Christchuch mosque shooter’s video that NZ government has banned.

I read his excellent note last night, but this morning it’s gone.

Poof!

In its place is this misleading message:

The link “may have expired” because Facebook has once again banned Tony Mead, which he confirmed to me in an email.

In the interest of our First Amendment right to freedom of speech and of the press, here is the note that got Tony Mead banned from Facebook:

At 6:00 in he gets out of the car with a rifle in hand. Then he opens the trunk and pulls out another rifle as the one he had in his hand just disappears !

6:27 well dressed couple has no reaction to a man carrying a rifle?

6:39 as he approaches the front of the Mosque, the music has magically followed him from the car!

6:45. The “shooter” has been shooting straight ahead, but the “victim” is laying on the ground to his left. He has his face covered. There is no blood!

6:47 the “victim” is crawling away? Why ?

7:01 the “victims” are already piled up in the corner.

7:04 the guy comes running around the corner TOWARDS the shooter! Who would do that?

7:25 the shooter has fired 20 rounds towards a pile of dead bodies. Not a single bullet hits the wall?

In fact, not a single bullet hits the wall in the entire shooting!

7:52 gives us a clear view of the “carnage” and for some reason there is absolutely NO BLOOD on anyone!!

8:55 as he exits the building the music is playing. Why ? Where is it coming from?

8:58 – 9:06 he shoots at absolutely nothing as the Ejected cartridges disappear into thin air! CGI

10:02 again shooting at nothing. Isn’t he worried that the cops could show up by now?

10:33 returns to the scene for some unknown reason. Anyone would be heading for the hills by now as cops are surely on the way there by now. His absence has allowed for some better staging of the scene as fake blood has been added! There is blood coming only from the victim on the right. The victim on the left has no blood and his whites shoes are even spotless! There was only one “victim” when he left, but now there are two!

10:51 still no blood from the dozen or so victims laying on the floor

10:55 offers a better view of the “dead victims” who have no blood on them and somehow manage to all lay face down! Also note that there is absolutely zero damage to the walls!!

11:06 the shooter decides to double kill some of the dead people just for good measure! We see their bodies jerk with the impact of the “bullets” and yet their clothes remain intact and there is no flesh exposed. At least they tried to jazz it up a little with just a tiny bit of fake blood!

BTW, 11:02-11:06 he shoots directly at the walls and there is not any sign of impact!

11:20 the music resumes! I guess we needed a soundtrack for this shooting!

11:25 one guy in white pants covered in fake blood as everyone else remains unscathed (and face-down)

12:06 is when he shoots the woman. We see her “hair” being struck, but it’s actually a hoodie. It’s just airsoft bullets hitting the hoodie. That’s why there is no blood splatter!

12:50 he shoots at his windshield twice! The windshield doesn’t break

13:22 he places the barrel of the gun against the side window and it break. The glass falls inward.

In summation, I would recommend that everyone watch this with a critical mind. There is nothing scary about it once you realize that it is just stage acting combined with some very poor special effects and an airsoft rifle. Nobody got hurt in Christchurch thank God!

Here is a link to the video which is still up on our 153new.net channel. I also have it downloaded just in case!

https://153news.net/watch_video.php?v=WO4NOH7OD8Y2

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~Eowyn

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Meme of the Day: Democrats = Sack of Ferrets

 

And let’s not forget the freshman ferrets:

…from an article written by Karen Hagestad Cacy

Liberals, Democrats, and Socialist : As Mad as a Sack of Ferrets

Ms. Cacy’s article is well worth the time to read.
Democrats today are as mad as a sack of ferrets


PS: Ferrets are perfectly lovely animals, and don’t deserve to be compared with these demonic democrats.

Newark, New Jersey aims to become first American city to implement universal basic income

 

When one wants to implement a system, they usually do research on similar efforts that have been successful. Pssst, demorats: You won’t find one with UBI.

From NY Post: Newark could become the first major American city to roll out a guaranteed income in a bid to slash the city’s sky-high poverty rates.

The city’s mayor, Ras Baraka, is setting up a task force to study if such a program would be possible as one way to tackle the city’s entrenched poverty.

Baraka provided no other details in his State of the City address, which was delivered last week.

“The problems we have belong to all of us, not just a few of us, so the solutions must be collective and not individual,” Baraka said. “We believe in universal basic income, especially in a time where studies have shown that families that have a crisis of just $400 in a month may experience a setback that may be difficult, even impossible, to recover from.”

More than a quarter of Newark residents — 27.8 percent — live below the poverty line, figures from the Census Bureau show. The typical Newark household makes just $35,000 a year, roughly half of the $75,000 average for the entire New York City metro area.

Basic income programs typically provide assistance to individuals regardless of employment status — pitched by some economists as a 21st-century update to classic welfare programs that have been dramatically reduced in recent decades.

High-profile liberals, like freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have embraced the notion as a way to help working-class Americans amid the economic disruptions caused by the growing automation of the economy.

Conservatives quickly derided the idea as a potential big-government boondoggle, pointing out that a Scandinavian country, Finland, quickly abandoned its basic income experiment.

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The Christchurch mosque-shooting video banned by New Zealand government

 

On March 14, 2019, New Zealand sustained its deadliest mass shootings in modern history when a gunman, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, killed 50 people and injured another 50 at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. The media immediately identified Tarrant as that most noxious of all monsters — “an alt-right affiliated white supremacist”. (Wikipedia)

The shootings began at the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton at 1:40 p.m., and continued at the Linwood Islamic Centre at about 1:55 p.m.

Tarrant recorded and streamed the first attack on Facebook Live.

As reported by ZeroHedge, copies of Tarrant’s livestream, along with his lengthy manifesto, began to rapidly circulate on various file-hosting sites following the attack, which were quickly scrubbed from mainstream platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Scribd. YouTube went so far as to intentionally disable search filters so that people cannot find Christchurch shooting materials — including footage of suspected multiple shooters as well as the arrest of Tarrant and other suspects.

On March 16, 2019, two days after the shootings, freelance Ohio-based journalist Nick Monroe retweeted a message from WellingtonLive, a news media company, that the New Zealand government had banned the mosque-shooting video. New Zealanders are told not to download the video. Anyone found to “knowingly” possess a copy of the video will face up to 10 years in prison; anyone who shared the video will get up to 14 years in prison. Corporations (such as web hosts) face an additional $200,000 ($137,000 US) fine under the same law.

Why would the New Zealand government take such extreme measures to prevent its citizens from seeing the video?

As of the writing of this post, the video can be viewed on BitChute, the file-sharing video hosting service. Click here or here.

At the 5:57 mark of the video, the gunman gets out of his car, accompanied by the brisk and cheerful tune of the British Grenadiers, the band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards. From where is the music streaming??? He retrieves a rifle from the trunk of the car, and proceeds to walk into the compound of Al Noor Mosque.

As he enters the mosque, he begins shooting (6:38 mark).

His first victim is a man in a blue top and blue pants, who is shot at the doorway. Note that the man is the only body at the doorway.

The shooter continues shooting as he walks down the hall, into rooms as he passes them, and in two large rooms where more people are assembled. The victims each immediately falls to the ground like a sack of potato.

In an audio interview, Professor James Fetzer, a former U.S. Marine second lieutenant, and Dr. Scott Bennett, former U.S. Army Psychological Operations Officer and State Department Counterterrorism Contractor, made the following observations:

  1. Fetzer said the semi-automatic rifles deployed by the mosque shooter are fakes made of plastic, designed to make noise.
  2. Bennett points out the video shows no bullet holes and no exploding glass because no solid projectiles were used by the gunman, which means nothing solid impacted the victims’ bodies, which means “no living person was legally killed or wounded”.
  3. No blood spatter on the victims, walls, or furniture.
  4. In a real shooting with real bullets, especially when civilians are shot, they would be in a state of hysterical, emotional shock. Panic-stricken, their bodies flooded with adrenalin, they would violently flail, run or crawl away. They do not simply fold up and fall to the ground like sacks of potatoes. Read more about Dr. Bennett’s forensic analysis of the shootings on James Fetzer’s blog.

Back to the mosque gunman’s video.

The gunman repeatedly returns to the hallway and rooms to shoot the people who had already fallen.

At the 8:34 mark, while the gunman was in the hallway, strangely there are strobe lights flashing in another room.

At the 8:45 mark, gunman leaves the mosque.

There are now two bodies lying in the doorway — the gunman’s first victim and another man, probably the man seen running at the 8:10 mark, then shot three times (8:14 mark). Note the absence of blood around the feet of the first victim and the head of the second man.

At the 8:56 mark, the gunman is outside the mosque’s front gate and begins shooting down the street. At the 9:06 mark, the gunman turns around and shoots down the street in the other direction. Curiously, the video shows shell casings being ejected from the semi-automatic, but the casings then disappear into thin air. No shell casings are on the ground, most likely because this footage was actually taken not on the street but before a “green screen”, which explains why we see shell casings being ejected but no casing actually falls to the ground.

The gunman then returns to his car and exchanges the rifle for another. He then inexplicably returns to the “crime scene” and walks back into the mosque, past the bodies of two victims in the doorway.

Remember the screenshot at the 8:45 mark in the video of the two bodies in the doorway when the gunman left the mosque, showing no blood?

Now, there is blood.

Between the 8:45 and 10:32 marks, in one minute 47 seconds, suddenly there’s a big pool of blood at the feet of the first victim and the head of the second man.

The gunman walks down the hallway and into rooms, shooting at the bodies that are already crumpled on the floor to make sure his victims are really dead.

As the screenshots below show, the bodies now show blood (circled in yellow).

At the 11:42 mark of the video, the gunman finally leaves the mosque.

H/t Vivian Lee and Jim Fetzer.

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~Eowyn

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Colorado governor signs law that gives state’s electoral votes to national popular vote winner

 

Over two years later, butt hurt from Hillary’s loss still alive and well.

From MSN (via CNN): Colorado could be part of voting history next general election day, joining 11 other states looking to ensure that their electoral college votes echo the will of the American majority to elect the next president.

Gov. Jared Polis (demorat) signed a law Friday that would allot the state’s electoral college votes to whichever candidate won the national popular vote. The Washington Post previously reported the law’s signing.

The trend comes as Americans have shown greater support in recent years for a more democratic presidential election process, without the translational risks of the electoral college. But the daunting requirement of changing the Constitution, where the electoral college is formally codified, has posed a challenge to both public and political support for the issue.

The state’s legislation would only take effect if enough other states sign on to secure the cumulative 270 electors needed to elect a president, and Colorado’s votes raise the current total to 181 electors. Most states have winner-take-all laws in place dictating that their electors go towards whichever candidate takes the state’s popular majority, while Maine and Nebraska opt to proportionally split their electors based on the vote.

The eleven other states that have signed on — California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state — as well as the District of Columbia and now Colorado, make up the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. New Mexico, which has five electoral votes, sent a bill to the governor’s desk to elect the president by popular vote and may soon join the group as well.

And the electoral college had been contentious not long ago. In 2016, President Donald Trump won the presidential vote with 306 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232 votes. But Clinton won the popular vote, garnering 48.5% of the vote to Trump’s 46.4%.

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New Zealand mosque shootings: the John Podesta connection

 

On March 14, 2019, New Zealand sustained its deadliest mass shootings in modern history when a gunman, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, killed 50 people and injured another 50 at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The media immediately identified Tarrant as that most noxious of all monsters — “an alt-right affiliated white supremacist”. (Wikipedia)

Strangely, there is a John Podesta connection to the New Zealand mosque shooting.

John Podesta, 70, is a major Democrat Party honcho. He was:

  • Bill Clinton’s White House chief-of-staff.
  • Barack Obama’s White House advisor.
  • Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman.

Here are his connections to the Christchurch mosque shootings:

(1) John Podesta just happened to be in New Zealand 5 days before the mosque shootings.

To begin, New Zealand is enmeshed with the U.S. Deep State, being a member of the Five Eyes spy network — a powerful intelligence club made up of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

As reported by MSN.news on March 10, 2019, Podesta was in New Zealand for a Global Progressives event. He was interviewed on TV by a pliant and fawning Newshub political correspondent, Tova O’Brien, who extolls Podesta as “one of the most powerful in U.S. Democratic politics” and “someone who understands too well the influence and damage hacking and fake news can do.”.

Promoting the Russian election-meddling meme that Democrats never tire of, Podesta said he agrees with New Zealand intelligence’s warning to Parliament last month that their election is also vulnerable to a serious cyber attack from Russia and China. Podesta said:

“Vladimir Putin must be sitting in the Kremlin saying this is the best return on investment I ever got – I’ve got a pliant president of the United States. I’d say very worried. I don’t see why they couldn’t do it. And there are other state actors as well. There are other actors in the region including China that may have a high degree of interest in being able to penetrate what the private conversations of people in NZ politics and NZ Government are looking at.”

Calling the country a “juicier target”, Podesta said New Zealand should guard against hacked information being weaponised as fake news: “What’s new is this weaponisation – the use of social media to spread discord, lies, dissatisfaction – that’s I think what you’ve got to look out for.”

To watch the interview, go here.

(2) The same symbols on Podesta’s palms were painted on mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant’s semi-automatic gun.

The (UK) Sun reports, March 15, 2019, that “Crazed Brenton Tarrant scrawled the names of modern terrorists, ancient military commanders and far-right symbols on his guns and magazines of ammunition before going on a rampage in New Zealand,” including the words “For Rotherham” — an apparent reference to the paedophile ring run by British-Pakistani men in the Yorkshire town in recent decades.

What The Sun missed are two other symbols painted in white on Tarrant’s semi-automatic gun: that of a fish and the number 14.

Below is a pic of the gun. I painted the red circles around the two symbols.

Where have we seen the fish symbol and number 14 before?

On John Podesta’s palms! (H/t tweeter Jordan Sather)

In December 2016, I did a post on just that: “Those cryptic markings on John Podesta’s palms“.

While there may be an innocent explanation for the no. 14 and fish markings on Podesta’s palms, some see an occultic meaning. Whatever the meaning of the two symbols, it is curious, to say the least, that the perpetrator of the deadliest mass shootings in modern New Zealand history just happens to sport the same symbols on his semi-automatic gun.

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~Eowyn

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Animals: MS-13 members stab 16-year-old 100 times for wanting out

 

Supposedly calling people “animals” is not a good thing. In this case, “animals” is too kind of a word.

From NY Post: Five MS-13 members stabbed a 16-year-old fellow gangbanger 100 times because he wanted out of his crew — and then drove his corpse to Virginia, where they torched it, the victim’s mother said.

Maryland cops identified the victim, Jacson Pineda-Chicas, after releasing a photo of a tattoo on his left arm, Fox News reported.

The teen’s mom told NBC4 in Washington that she and her son fled El Salvador after he was strong-armed to join MS-13 there.

When her son’s sadistic gang pals accused him of talking to cops, and threatened to kill his family, he offered himself up, the mom told the outlet.

“He had to take knives to defend himself, and screwdrivers,” she told the station. “He had razors and he told me, ‘Mom, I’m going to defend myself with them, but it’s not going to be enough.”

Police in Prince George’s County said Pineda-Chicas was killed in a home 60 miles away in Landover Hills, Md., that belonged to Jose Ordonez-Zometa, 29, the head of a Virginia branch of the MS-13, Fox News reported.

The teen’s body was dumped on the side of the road in Stafford, Va., March 9, cops said.

Ordonez-Zometa is also charged with participating in the vicious slaying. Police said the other suspects were Jonathan Castillo-Rivera, 20; Kevin Rodriguez-Flores, 18; Christian Martinez-Ramirez, 16, and Jose Hernandez-Garcia, 25, the report said.

“To hear somebody was stabbed 100 times … pretty much speaks for itself how violent the attack would have been,” Maj. Brian Reilly said at a Friday news conference.

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Obama’s half-brother Malik asks if Michelle is really a man

 

Malik Obama is Barack Obama’s older half-brother. The two share the same biological father, Kenyan Barack Obama Sr.; Malik’s mother was Obama Sr.’s first wife, Kezia.

Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Malik met Barack for the first time in 1985. The brothers were best men at each other’s weddings. Barack brought Michelle to Kenya three years later, and they met with Malik again while meeting many other relatives for the first time.

Although Malik lives in the Obamas’ ancestral home in Nairobi, he is a frequent visitor to the United States, and a consultant in Washington, D.C., for several months each year. Malik has dual citizenship in Kenya and the United States. In the 2016 presidential election, Malik was vocal in his support of Donald Trump, and attended the third presidential debate as one of Trump’s guests.

Given who he is, it is noteworthy that Malik Obama is publicly questioning whether former First Lady Michelle Obama is actually a man.

On March 14, 2019, Malik Obama tweeted a 3-word question: “Is Michelle Michael?

Regular readers of FOTM already know the answer to that question because we’ve seen with our own eyes Mooch’s “package” swinging in its pants while dancing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, which was aired on CBS on March 16, 2015.

And then there’s Mooch’s package again swinging in his white camisole jumpsuit as he bounces down the stairs of daughter Malia’s Harvard University dorm on August 22, 2017. See “Michelle Obama is a man: See the junk moving in his pants“.

What’s that swinging in Michelle Obama’s pants?

It runs in the family: Half-brother Malik Obama himself is something of a fraud. See “Tax-exempt charity of Obama’s half-brother is a fraud“.

H/t Bongiornoc

~Eowyn

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“The Rock” faces backlash after having Army tank named after him

 

Photo from Instagram

Some people go out of their way to find butt hurt.

From Yahoo: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s popularity has landed him a new recognition that he’s pretty pumped about. Many of his fans, however, are upset.

Over the weekend the actor shared the news that a tank in the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss has been named after him. According to the local El Paso Times, the name was selected by soldiers for the Blackhawk Squadron, who last year named another tank “Dropped as a Baby.”

News of the new tank’s moniker got back to Johnson, who shared his “salute of respect and gratitude” over the honor.

The proud and “grateful to the bone” star had nothing but good things to say about the tank, which he called “heavy-duty, bad-a**, sexy AF and built to take care of business.”

And while plenty of his followers were equally impressed, some didn’t think it was an honor worth celebrating.

“Having a death machine named after [you] seems cool until it’s used against beings that don’t truly deserve it,” read one comment. “I think they should name a few nukes after you and really get you excited. Maybe they will make a new gun modeled and named after you that can one day be used against innocents. Or maybe just the bullets. Gosh, so many death machines out there, you must be stoked.

“Wow … getting your name on a kill machine,” another person wrote.

“Those poor people in some random oil-rich country ain’t gonna know what’s hit ’em,” added a commenter. “You’re obviously not stupid to know what you are representing or what this machine would do and to who — unfollow!” a disappointed follower chastised the star.

“How are you OK with people getting killed with your name?” a critic asked, while another wrote, “Not sure having a destructive weapon named after you is such a great honor.”

“You were one of my favorite actors,” a fan added. “So disappointed now seeing this. We keep making [these] machines to kill people and you are proud one of them has your name … wow.

Some commenters also found the post to be in bad taste following Friday’s terrorist attack at two New Zealand mosques (which has WHAT exactly to do with an Army tank?), in which 49 people were killed.

Johnson hasn’t responded to the backlash. In the meantime, the 1st Armored Division has issued an invite for him to visit Texas and personally ride in his namesake tank.

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I’m sure Johnson isn’t losing sleep over this “backlash.”

To those spending their time admonishing Johnson, I offer this salute to their efforts into shaming him:

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Sunday Devotional: ‘This is my chosen Son; listen to him’

 

Luke 9:28B-36

Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen.

Modern Christology, the systematic study (“ology”) of Jesus Christ, is a product of the Enlightenment, distinguished from the pre-modern variety in its purpose and intent. Instead of studying Christ as the object of religious devotion or faith, modern Christology means to study Jesus as a figure in history, i.e., Jesus the man instead of Jesus the Christ.

Modern Christology’s historical reconstructions of Jesus have regularly been put forward as challenges to faith. In a speech in 1996, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said, “The identification of only one historical person, Jesus of Nazareth, with . . . the living God, is now relegated as a relapse into myth. Jesus is consciously relativized as one religious leader among others.” The result is an erosion of faith even among the clergy. As examples:

  • A survey in 2002 found that a third of the clergy in the Church of England doubted or outright disbelieved in the physical resurrection of Christ. No doubt the percentage is much higher today, 17 years later.
  • At the 2017 Christmas midnight Mass, Fr. Fredo Olivero of the Church of San Rocco di Torino in the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy, substituted the syrupy Italian pop-religious tune “Dolce sentire” for the Creed, explaining, “Do you know why I do not say the Creed? Because I do not believe it. . . . After many years I understood that it was something I did not understand and that I could not accept. So let’s sing something else that says the essential things of life.” (Source: George Weigel in First Things)
  • Not to be outdone, Fr. Paolo Farinella of Genoa, Italy, announced in the leftist Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, that Christmas is just “a fairy tale from the nativity scene with lullabies and bagpipes, the exclusive support of a capitalist and consumerist economy”. (First Things)

Having studied some of the writings of modern Christologists, what I find curious is that, in their search for the historical Jesus, these theologians and scholars pay scant attention to an important concept in law which is critical to the testimony and determination of truth.

That concept is “percipient witness.”

According to Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary, a percipient witness is “A witness who testifies about things he or she actually perceived. For example, an eyewitness.”

The apostles and disciples were the percipient witnesses of the historical Jesus. Their accounts are contained in the four canonical Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. And it is their behaviors, lives, and deaths that provide the most compelling testimony of not just Jesus the man, but Jesus the Christ. The above passage from Luke 9 is exactly that — an account by sane, percipient witnesses of having seen Jesus with two long-dead men, Moses and Elijah, and hearing a voice from the cloud saying, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”

The Milky Way as seen from New Zealand

The world we live in, Earth, is part of a solar system, at the center of which is a star called the Sun. Our solar system is part of a galaxy called the Milky Way.

Astronomers say there are about 1 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Deep-field images from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest there are about 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe, or about 10 times more galaxies than previously thought.  Christopher Conselice, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, said there are about 100 million stars in the average galaxy. (Space.com)

1 million = 1,000,000.
100 million = 100,000,000.
1 trillion = 1,000,000 millions or 1,000,000,000,000.
2 trillions × 100 millions = 20,000,000 millions or 20 trillions.

That means there are about 20 trillion stars in the Universe. Put another way, there are 5 to 10 times more stars than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of planet Earth. (Universe Today)

Then there is something even more mind-boggling: The above calculations are about the observable Universe. According to the theory of cosmic inflation, the size of the entire Universe is at least 3×1023 times the radius of the observable Universe.

So when the Creator of this unimaginably vast Universe says “This is my chosen Son; listen to him”, we’d be crazy not to listen.

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn