Monday, December 15, 2014

Tibs & Dave

Got this picture sent by Christopher marked "Tibs and Dave" and tagged with the line "sent from my Blackberry 10 smartphone" :-)


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Once it was the blessing


I am very blessed to have my two girls thinking and writing down their thoughts at this time of their life.  This composition is from Rebecca.  I thought it worth sharing with everyone.



Once it was the blessing,
now it is the LORD

Jordan thinks that she can live right without God. Julie thinks it too. They see us trying to live right and prospering in many ways thanks to the Lord's hand of mercy even on our livestock and on our possessions, and also on our mental and physical health.

Thanks to the Lord, our families don't fall apart ; the children love each other ; even the women do, and the men work eagerly together in the office. They think that all of this stems from an intelligent way of seeing life, which it does, and from that they deduce that by imitating this way of doing they will reap the same wonderful results.

They don't know that it's not only because we decided to that we are managing to live this way. They don't realize that we've often failed, but that what keeps us together and working and prospering is the Lord and His Word. It's our faithful submission to this Rock that keeps us infallibly united--on the things that matter at least--since we cannot pretend to follow Him while rejecting each other or coveting or fighting bitterly. We sometimes sin, but we always rise again, even beyond seven times. We are often wrongly done by each other, but we always forgive again, we must, even beyond seven times.

Nothing else but our absolute and unreasonable devotion to the Lord's commandments could keep us functioning this way. They don't see it, but I suppose they will find it out bit by bit, hopefully without having to spend their life trying and failing without ever attaining the things that they find attractive with us.

You can't find true love without embracing Love. You can't live truly while refusing to submit to the Truth. You can't live at all, really, if you refuse Life. This Person is everything and although His yoke is easy and pleasant, it is still a yoke, and many don't want to bow under it. As a consequence they can never, ever, enjoy these things, really.

Poor ones. We have to pray for them, and love them, and show them to Christ. They may acquire animals & land, stop ingesting medecine, straighten their lives out, foster good relationships, think in healthy ways, but until they ask Him to be their master, until they forsake their whole life, all their freedom of thought and their own way, they never will manage to be really free. Only He matters, only His Word can save them. This is the only real way to help them : show them Jesus.

And how important it is for us all, and for all of our children, to realize this : that we are happy only because we are attached to Christ. This is what we must pursue and remain faithful to with all our hearts, and not any of the wonderful healthy by-products of his love, like healthy eating, healthy relationships, natural living and the multitude of such points that we enjoy.

And I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge
of Christ Jesus my Lord :
[… that I may be found in him,  and that I may know him. (Philippians 3)

Men [...] have hazarded their lives for
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 15.26)

Neither is there salvation in any other : for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4.12)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

My three boys

Well, the presentation was given this morning in Prague and Raph shot us a couple of pictures of the speech that Jonathan gave; made me real proud of all of them, experts at what their doing! 

Here's the link for the Microtec blog where you can get a feel for the day's activities and here's a picture of all three of them relaxing afterwards.






Thursday, October 23, 2014

Prague conference

Christopher and Raphael left yesterday by car for Paris.  The idea was to leave the vehicle at Charles de Gaulle airport and travel on by plane to Prague for the annual Firebird conference.

Jonathan, on holiday with his family in Sweden, was planning to take the ferry down to Germany and then drive right across country and meet the others in Prague!

Last night we got this note and a picture of the event from Raph:

"Amazing as it seems, we managed to meet up successfully, Roo arriving within minutes of our stepping out of the airport, after having driven over a thousand kilometres from Sweden!"


Sunday, October 05, 2014

La manif pour tous

Not really known for our involvement in the politics of the country, a few of the young people (Lilly, Michel, Christopher, Rebecca, and François) nevertheless felt this event was worth taking a stand on!

So off they went on a bus to join half a million others from all over the country to protest their values -- and we were proud of them !



Friday, October 03, 2014

Cat laugh

If you own (or, are owned by) a cat you'll appreciate this bit of humour.

Take a good look at the face of the cat then read the thoughts he's thinking.  It's priceless!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Raphaël & Camille

Here's a wonderful picture I thought you'd like of the whole of the Neve family upstairs -- what a gorgeous bunch, such a good sample for their younger brothers and sisters, and such a delight to their parents!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day-trip to Chambord

Today, being such a lovely day, Rebecca wanted to spend a little time with Amos (aka "Samoo" to his friends) so she had a day-trip set up for just the two of them to Chambord, with a picnic lunch and everything fun!

Apparently Samoo was tirelessly interested in everything she could explain, historically, about the castle and its famous occupants and they spent three hours solid running up and down stairs and visiting all the rooms -- without the slightest complaint of tiredness!

Afterwards they rented a small motorboat and messed about on the water just in front, near the moats.  When I saw her pictures I just knew you'd love them!

Here are three of the best ...




Sunday, September 21, 2014

Enjoying ourselves!

Some might say we didn't have a lot of heat this summer but since the first of September, this month is satisfying everyone!  Almost no rain for three weeks!

Raphaël & Camille decided to take the children to the closest beach to us and take advantage of the wonderful weather by a dip in the sea.  So off they went with their caravan and spent this weekend at the Île de Ré.  This evening they sent us a picture with this message as we were wondering what time they'd be back:

"Don't know if we'll manage to talk ourselves
into starting home!"
 
Amos, Ruben, Susanne, Claire, Paul, Junia, Christine, and David!
 

Friday, September 19, 2014

How should a 22-year-old invest time?

Here is a wonderful piece I discovered on Quora, the online forum of questions and answers from around the world.

I thought this question was astute and the answer perfectly said. (If you're not familiar with Quora don't waste any further time before you get to know it!  It exists both as a a web-based or Android application -- both have their place and the content is the same.)

The author is a certain Muhammad Rizwzwan Aseem, a Canadian accountant from British Columbia.  I have only taken the liberty of minor editorial changes.


How should a 22-year-old

invest time?

What are things one should be worrying about? What are the things one should not be worrying about as a 22-year-old?

by Muhammad Rizwan Aseem



When I was 22 years old, I spent time going out with my friends, talking to my girlfriend all the time, spending time smoking-up, and generally being an a$$.

10 years later I discovered a secret that helped me achieve and learn more in one year than I had in all the previous 10 years.

Here's the secret for you to apply in your life and get results and success that you've never even dreamed possible.   Invest your time in the following activities and you will gain more power, money, friends, love and affection. 

Your friends will look up to you for your courage to do the things that they've only just dreamed about, your family will look up to you and be proud of your many achievements.   Your colleagues will become jealous of your stratospheric success. They will look towards you for advice on how to become successful like you.

If you don't do these things, ten years down the line you will wonder where all your time went, what you did wrong to become such a failure.  Your friends will forget you as a has-been, and your family will treat you like that 'bum-sibling' they have.

Here are 5 things you should invest your time in everyday to become a success.  But first a WORD OF WARNING...

If you try doing these things at the same time you will fail. So pick one of the things mentioned below.  Learn how to do it. Figure it out. Then spend 1 month to learn how to do this better. Practice it every day for one month before taking on anything else.

After the first month is over this will have become your habit and you will be able to do it unconsciously. Then when you add another thing from the list below it won't seem very hard.   Within the year you'll be doing each of these things unconsciously and will have developed an arsenal of habits that will support you for the rest of your life.
The Power Of Creating Good Habits

The biggest secret that man has discovered over the last few decades is the power of habit. Once a habit is established it lasts for a life time.  Developing a habit in the beginning seems hard, but once you master something and include it in your habits, it will be forgotten and you'll just do it easily.

Think about tying your shoelaces. How do you do that? Do you loop each lace and then knot them, or do you loop one and then knot the other lace through the loop.  Each of us ties our shoelaces differently. But once we get this, we'll tie them each time the same way, without even thinking about it.  This is the power of habit. This is the first thing you should invest your time in.

A habit is usually formed when you repeat something in the exact same manner everyday for at least 21 days. Some habits take longer, some shorter.  So to average it out - invest 30 days to establish each habit.

Now, The 5 Most Powerful Habits That Anyone Can Learn

These 5 habits will support you throughout your life.  Whether you decide to become an academic and do multiple Ph.Ds, or are an athlete looking to become professional.

Whether you are a mother looking to give your kids a better life, or a high powered business woman seeking venture capital investment.  These habits are universal.

1. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY

No matter what you do in your life, you will do it in your body. You cannot replace it, get a new one, or trade it in. This is your body and your will live in it.   It might not be the perfect body that you want, but this is the one you have. If you take care of it now, it will take care of you when you are 60, 70 or 80 years old.

The way to take care of your body is simple: Eat less and exercise more.So spend 30 - 60 minutes each day exercising.

This does not mean that you have to join a gym and start pumping weights. It means that you work every muscle in your body.  Spend conscious time to move the muscles in your arms, back and legs. If you can take the time, join a gym and workout using your muscles. Do this because most of us now spend more time sitting on couches than moving around.

The human body was made to move around to do things. That's the first thing to take care of the body. Learn this habit first.  Spend 30 - 60 minutes each day exercising.

The next step in taking care of your body is to eat well. Treat your body like a home. This is the home where you live.  If you bring good things to this home the home will become nicer and you'll enjoy living in it. If you bring rotten stuff into this home the home will decay and you'll hate living there.  So eat good stuff. Eat as much fresh fruits & vegetables as you can everyday. Include a fruit and vegetables in your diet. This will give you the energy that you need.

Play a sport that you like everyday.  This is something that will help you relax your mind. That can get you moving physically and get you out of your head and present in the moment.  Do something that you do physically, like Tennis or Basketball. The benefit of these sports (or other sports) is that you get out of your head and get in the moment.

The rush of the moment will help your mind relax for a minute and focus on the right now instead of being stuck on analysing the past or estimating the future.

Additionally the competition will rejuvenate you. Competition in life is how we grow. The more competition we have the sharper, faster, better we become.

Unfortunately in the current job environment we work in we can't get immediate feedback on competition. Most of the time at work we are working in teams where we need the team to succeed. But our personal success is often based on the failure of other members on the team.

For example, you can't become the manager of your team if everyone in your team also becomes the manager of your team.  So taking up a sport will give you the immediate rush of competition, the instant feedback of success or failure and you will grow.

Avoid junk food. Junk food, as the name suggests, is junk. It's useless, worthless for the body. It doesn't provide the nutrition that your body needs.  If you feed your body with junk food, you will become lethargic, you will lose energy and over a period of time you will gain weight and lose health.

Eat food that is free of preservatives, sugar, corn syrup and overly loaded with salt and carbohydrates.

These sugar and carbs have an addictive effect on the body and will cause you to crave them more and more causing your body to become dependent on these foods.  Good foods will make your body strong and healthy. Addictive foods will make your body lethargic and rotten.

2. TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIND

We are living in a time when we do most of our work using our minds. We sit at desks and computers creating for people using our minds.  Even if this isn't true for you, it is. If you are a construction worker who lays bricks, or a day care assistant who helps kids, this is true for you.

Your mind is the one thing that controls your thoughts everyday and the thoughts that you think create the reality that you see around you.  So take care of your mind.But how do you take care of your mind?

The mind, like anything else, has the characteristics of a muscle. You use it or lose it. And as long as you are using it, it will remain fit and healthy. The minute you stop using it, it will decay and rust.So you keep this muscle active by doing the following.

Read Every Day

There is no difference between the person who does not read the one who cannot read. Spend 30 minutes each morning and night reading.

Read motivational books. Books about philosophy, economics, politics, literature. Read fiction. Read self-help books. Read about parenting, read about health. Read about science and technology.
But read a book not a blog.

A book has a very permanent nature. It is written with a lot of thought and research. It is the gist of an author's life experiences. So read a book everyday.

This will keep your mind stimulated and open to ideas. You will get a number of ideas for each author that you can implement in your life. You will also get opinions from across the globe.  Ideas that would not have reached you if you only spoke to the people you met everday. So read a book. Spend 30 minutes morning and night reading a book.

Write Every Day

The only way to bring your thoughts to reality is to write them down. If you don't write them down they will be lost to the electric impulses inside your brain. So write your thoughts down, write ideas that come to you, write your philosophy about life.

Write ever day. This will help you clear your thought and formulate complete ideas.  If you have a problem. Write it down. You will be able to come up with a solution better, once you've written down the problem.

If you have a crush on someone. Write it down. Write down the things that you like about that person, how it makes you feel, what you would do for them.  All these things when written down will help clarify your thoughts about love and life, about right and wrong.

Writing will help identify truths about your thoughts and define how you think. As you progress in your writing, read about writing better. Then write better.  The better you write, the better you will think.

Develop Your Mind In Other Ways

The more neural connections your mind has the better it is. The faster it can do things, the better it can fight against disease in old age, like Alzheimers.

You can create new neural connections in your mind by doing new things. The more 'new' things you try the more your brain will become developed.
Even if you do something badly - the experience of doing it, learning the rule, trying it out will develop your mind.

Listen to and watch things that will develop you mind. Instead of watching TV, watch TED Talks.  Instead of listening to 'distressing' music, listen to sweet, kind music. Listen to Mozart, listen to Beethoven.

Plan to learn a new skill every year. Pick up playing an instrument one year. Spend time learning this instrument like this will be something that you will play all your life.  The next year learn to play a new sport. Something that you've never tried before. This will both help your muscles improve and improve your mind.

Avoid Junk In Your Mind

Just like your body needs good food to run, your mind needs good fuel to run. If you feed your mind with junk 'input' like mindless television, excessive drama, or constant news coverage whether TV or newspapers, your mind will become lethargic and fatigued.  You will lose the will to do things, since your mind will associate doing things with depressing sad news.

So avoid all news, whether TV or newspaper. Avoid junk TV like dramas on TV. Avoid excessive emotional drama on TV. This will give you space in your head to do things that will help build up your mind.

ake a look at the world news for today. Pick up the newspaper and read the editorials in your newspaper. Then go online and read the newspapers of the country that those editorials were about.  The opinions in those editorials will be completely different.

So while it's great to be exposed to different points of view, you won't get them in the news. The news will only report the 'bad' news, using shock, anxiety and fear.

A better way to get exposure of other people cultures, mental stimulation, and discover what's going outside your own home is to travel, or meet other people.  You wont miss what's happening in the news - people will tell you anyway.

Avoid all of the news, political, celebrity, current affairs. Nothing in the news will impact your life on a daily basis. If there is something that impacts you - you will hear it form your friends and family before you see it on the news.

Excessive news will only stress a 22 year old and make them feel like they can't do anything, or become indifferent to the sufferings of others. A better idea is to discover issues afflicting the community where you live.  If you do see a TV show that is good - write down what you like about the show, then go out and experience that for yourself. Go meet people do some stuff in the real world.

This will give you the habit of becoming an action taker, getting in the game, instead of sitting on the sidelines watching others.
If you like House of Cards - go volunteer with a political campaign to learn what really happens there, instead of watching someone else version of real life.

If you like Mad Men, intern for an advertising agency in your town. Learn in the real world - not sitting on your couch. Sure your friends will have a lot of opinions about what 'cool' stuff you're missing out, but while they are warming the couches, you will actually be having more fun than they are.

You'll be living - not watching life from a couch.  So avoid junk food for your mind and give it the resources to build itself.

3. TAKE CARE OF YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

How do you get a friend? By being a friend.


You are born with very few people in your life. Your parents. Your siblings. Your grandparents if they are still alive. Your cousins if you are close to them.  Every other relationship in your life you have to go out and create. You make friends along the way. Some of the good, some of them not so good.

These friends that you make in your journey through life will become your support system. the people you meet everyday, from the grocer, to the kid working at the corner store.

Sure, at 22 you're probably thinking, 'Who cares about these people!' but down the line it is these people, these relationships that will matter most to you in your life.  Here's a way to take care of your relationships with others:

Remember Birthdays and Anniversaries

Even if your friends tell you they don't celebrate birthdays. Even if your family become sullen when you call them for anniversaries. Remember them.

Even though people say they don't care, everyone cares about their own special days. When you remember their birthday and anniversaries, they will remember your kindness.

But it doesn't end there. Remember the special moments in their lives. If they had a kid, remember the date and call them, or write them a card on that occasion.  Yes, even in the day of email, and texting. A phonecall or a card have a HUGE impact over a Facebook message or text. Over the years your kindness for others in the form of remembering their special days will snowball and you will become a powerhouse.

It good to know that some one cares about you - both for them and for you, when you are in trouble, or they are.  Remember when they had hard times in their lives. If they were close to their grandparents and they recently passed away. Remember them on that day. Help your friends get over these moments.  When you need them, when your loved ones leave you, your friends will be there to catch you before you fall.

Forgive Them Before They Ask For Forgiveness

In the long scheme of life small things don't matter. It doesn't matter if your friend forgot to tell you first about their new job. Or they didn't tell you about the girl they were proposing to.

Be a gentleman and forgive them in your heart even before they ask for forgiveness. Then let the incident go. They will realize you are a big hearted person and treat you like that.  But when you do this - don't resent them after. Really forget the incident and forgive them.

This is more for you, than for them. If you keep holding onto every single hurt that any one has done for you then your baggage will become so heavy you won't be able to go through the door.  You'll be stuck inside your own head and no one will want to be around you. No one will want to trip on your baggage.

But if you do forgive them and forget the incidents you will be free. Your carefree nature will be reflective in everything that you do and everyone will want to be around you.

Avoid Emotional Vampires

No matter how good you are to people, occasionally there will be some who are vampires. They suck all the time and energy out of you.  Sometimes you will encounter them at your workplace. Some of them will be your childhood friends, or even a member of your family.

No matter what you do, you can't change them, you can't help them improve, you cannot guide them.  So the best thing to do with people like this is to avoid them. Though it might hurt you in the beginning, the best thing for you and them is to avoid them.

You can be kind and make an excuse for not meeting them, but that will only last so long. So take the bigger step and let them know that they are an emotional strain on you - and you'd much rather hang out with more positive people, like people who support your goals, your dreams, your aspiration. People who share your ambitions and values. These are the people who will really help you grow.

The vampires will get hurt - but there is no better way to deal with them. The sooner you take care of them the better.

Really dig deep and find out the people who bother you in your life like that and then stop meeting them and hanging out with them.

CAUTION: If it turns out that everyone in your life seems to be a vampire you either need to change them all, or look inside yourself and change yourself!  Most likely, the conclusion will be to change yourself and your attitude towards them.

4. TAKE CARE OF YOUR FINANCES

No matter how you grew up, in abundance or poverty, it is your duty to take care of your own finances.
Even if you parents have taken care of them for you, even if you have a trust fund, even if you have an empty bank account: you are responsible for it. It is your responsibility to take care of your finances.

If you take care of your finances starting today they will take care of you when you most need them. When you are old, or sick, or sending your kids to school, or helping a parent through sickness. Your finances will help you.

If you don't take care of your finances you will end up in debt. Your shoulders will droop and your mind will be gripped by thoughts of money. You will end up living the life of an indebted servant, where you have to work to pay of your debts.  But how do you take care of your finances?

Get Positive Cashflow

To begin taking care of your finances you need to have more income than you spend. You need to have more money coming in to your bank account than you are spending.  Most people don't learn this until after they get their first job or after they've maxed out their first credit card.

As long as you have a positive cashflow you can get other things in your life a lot easier. If you don't have positive cashflow in your life spend the next year or two getting a positive cashflow.

Spend the next 15 minutes figuring out how much money you spend, include rent for the house you live in (or your contribution if you're living with parents), utilities, groceries, car, internet, other monthly expenses, insurance, and monthly spending on shopping & entertainment.

Once you have your expenses take them out of your income. If you have no income - then you have a negative cashflow. Do whatever you can, teach other people, pick up a second job, mow lawns. Do whatever you have to do to get this to positive cash flow.  What do you do after you have positive cashflows?

Pay Yourself First

Every cent you earn will be spent by other people for you. The government will want its cut in the form of taxes. The bank will ask for the mortgage payment, insurance, car payments... and so on until you don't have anything left in your account.  So before this happens, pay yourself first.

Get into a retirement scheme where they take 5 - 10% from your salary and put it into a gratuity and provident fund. Then when you get your salary, take another 5 - 10% and put them into another account.

This account is your retirement account - also known as 'Hands Off' Money.  This is the money that will give you the courage to say no to anyone you want to.  Because you have this money sitting in your account - you won't become a slave to anyone, no one will control you.

But a word of warning... You can't just get a small amount and then stop. This is a lifetime practice. You have to keep adding to this account. Until it become big enough that you can invest this into assets that make money for you.
This is money that you only spend on assets that make money. Like a house you put up for rent, or government bonds, or dividend funds, or buying a profitable business etc.

Financial Sinkholes To Avoid

If anything sounds too good to be true - it probably is.  Here are a few things to avoid when you're taking care of your finances.

The Stock Market - Most people will tell you to invest in it - but don't. Only invest in a S&P Index Fund at best, if you really want to. Even though some friend of yours will tell you they have a big tip on a stock that could make you millions - don't invest.

Investing in the stock market as a habit is not a very productive habit. Some days you'll do well, other days you won't do too well.  When you do well you'll be on top of the world, when you don't do too well, you'll become anxious, stressed, even suicidal.

If you made 50% one year, did you make another 50% the next year. Probably not. Which is systematic. If you could make 50% each year, you'd be Warren Buffet.  It is the job of people on Wall Street to make money investing, yet they sometimes fail. They are professionals, very good at their jobs. 99 out of 100, professionals will beat a hobbyist.  On Wall Street you are always playing against a professional. In a sport you will play most days with people on your own calibre. So you’ll win some, you’ll lose some. In the stock market you’ll lose a ton.

Business Opportunity - If someone tells you that you can make a million dollars in 3 years by investing a small amount of money, or any other such scheme - don't listen to them. Shut the door, bang down the phone, kick them out. If it's a friend - stop meeting him again.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't do your own thing. If there is a business that you think you can run - go for it. Just don't fall for Biz-Op schemes.

Lottery Schemes - If you ever hear that you've just won a cruise, or are tempted to buy a lottery ticket, or that you will earn X number of points. Run away - don't walk, run away.

Credit Cards - Yes, even the lovely credit cards. These are probably the worst things invented since the dawn of time. Credit cards don't increase your spending power - they just make it seem that your spending power has increased. You still have to pay for what you bought, plus interest.

It's great that you pay your bill in full. Most people don't. This habit of paying for full on a credit card is great but there is a flaw in this habit...  The average credit card debt in the US is $7,000. Most people can't pay that off every month so someone is paying for very expensive credit card debt.

Someone did think that they could make the complete payment every month, then got stuck in and is now paying less than the whole payment.  Points, miles, bonuses is a way of getting you to spend on your card, until you get behind on payment. You might not - someone close to you will. The system is more patient and disciplined than you can ever be.

A better alternative is to save for what you want - then when you have the cash then go buy the thing that you wanted to buy.  This has 3 benefits:

1) The thing will in all likelihood be cheaper by the time you've saved for it

2) There will be a newer shinier model that you can now buy based on the money you saved.

3) You will realize that you didn't want it in the first place anyway and were buying it on an impulse.

These sinkholes mentioned are all just ways to get a single $1 out of you. Don't give them the dollar. It represents a part of you, of your life. You might think what's the big deal about a dollar, but a dollar properly invested can become the greatest fortune in the world.

Read the story about how the Native Americans sold Manhattan for $1, and how much that dollar would be worth today invested properly. Hint: It is worth more than the value of all the buildings, land, and businesses in those buildings on Manhattan - put together.

5. TAKE CARE OF YOUR COMMUNICATION

The biggest problems in the world arise because of mis-communication. People mis-understand each other.  Spouses fight because they don't understand what was being said.  Employees get fired because of a communication error.  Friends fight because of something that was mis-understood.

Communication errors cause major problems in relationships between friends, employees, board members and even countries.  So take care of your communication. Become a communication master. Become some one who can communicate clearly and effectively. Not just in your speaking, but in your writing, in your thoughts.  But how do you improve your communication?

Communicate At The 6th Grade Level

Yes, at the 6th grade level. This is one of the most important things you can do for your communication. If you can explain things to a 10 year old you can explain them to anyone.

You might think that most 'educated' people will get turned off by this. But the truth is even most educated people think at the 6th grade level. Only when they are reading research papers, or grading a  Ph.D thesis will they get into the 'educated' mind and think this is stupid.

Just by communicating at this level, your communication will be understood every time. Your kids will understand you, your parents will listen to you, your employers will 'get' you.  In fact, by communicating at this level every one around you will think you are wise that you are able to explain complex ideas in the simplest of manner.

Learn The Vocabulary Of Whatever You Are Doing.  By learning the vocabulary of what you are doing you will learn faster. You will be understood quicker. Your responses will be on point.

Every profession, sport, online forum, clique, has a different vocabulary. The faster you learn this vocabulary and use it in your conversations the quicker you will rise.

If you play tennis, learn every thing that the pros are saying. Learn their meaning and then when you talk to your friends at tennis using this vocabulary it will enhance your game.

The same applies to your profession. The sooner you learn the vocabulary of the profession the faster you will progress. But this isn't a technique, use it to enhance your overall vocabulary.

Putting It All To Work For You

These habits when put into action will enhance your life profoundly.

You won't feel it when you turn 23, or even when you are 24. But as you spend more and more time on this, you will progress and your results will multiply and compound.  Each day that you spend doing these activities your results will increase ten-fold.

By the time you turn 30 you will have more friends who love you, more employers who want to hire you, and more energy than you can imagine possible!  But on top of that because your life is built around a number of activities, not just your job, you will be more fulfilled and happier in life.

I know even starting at 27 yrs old and implementing these in my life - by the time I turned 33 the results I was getting was more than I'd ever imagined.

It still amazes me the way my life keeps changing every 6 months to a year.  Every year. The results will speak for themselves when you apply these tips.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Dutch Intellectuals Apologize to Putin


A letter sent by a prominent Dutch Professor to Russian president Vladimir Putin has attracted much media attention in Europe.  The letter was written by Professor Cees Hamelink and signed by dozens of Dutch intellectuals and professors. Below is the letter in its entirety.



Dear Mr. President Putin,

Please accept our apologies on behalf of a great many people here in the Netherlands for our Government and our Media. The facts concerning MH17 are twisted to defame you and your country.

We are powerless onlookers, as we witness how the Western Nations, led by the United States, accuse Russia of crimes they commit themselves more than anybody else. We reject the double standards that are used for Russia and the West. In our societies, sufficient evidence is required for a conviction. The way you and your Nation are convicted for 'crimes' without evidence, is ruthless and despicable.

You have saved us from a conflict in Syria that could have escalated into a World War. The mass killing of innocent Syrian civilians through gassing by ‘Al-­‐Qaeda’ terrorists, trained and armed by the US and paid for by Saudi Arabia, was blamed on Assad. In doing so, the West hoped public opinion would turn against Assad, paving the way for an attack on Syria.

Not long after this, Western forces have built up, trained and armed an ‘opposition’ in the Ukraine, to prepare a coup against the legitimate Government in Kiev. The putschists taking over were quickly recognized by Western Governments. They were provided with loans from our tax money to prop their new Government up.

The people of the Crimea did not agree with this and showed this with peaceful demonstrations. Anonymous snipers and violence by Ukrainian troops turned these demonstrations into demands for independence from Kiev. Whether you support these separatist movements is immaterial, considering the blatant Imperialism of the West.

Russia is wrongly accused, without evidence or investigation, of delivering the weapons systems that allegedly brought down MH17. For this reason Western Governments claim they have a right to economically pressure Russia.

We, awake citizens of the West, who see the lies and machinations of our Governments, wish to offer you our apologies for what is done in our name.
It’s unfortunately true, that our media have lost all independence and are just mouthpieces for the Powers that Be. Because of this, Western people tend to have a warped view of reality and are unable to hold their politicians to account.



Our hopes are focused on your wisdom. We want Peace. We see that Western Governments do not serve the people but are working towards a New World Order. The destruction of sovereign nations and the killing of millions of innocent people is, seemingly, a price worth paying for them, to achieve this goal.

We, the people of the Netherlands, want Peace and Justice, also for and with Russia.
We hope to make clear that the Dutch Government speaks for itself only. We pray our efforts will help to diffuse the rising tensions between our Nations.

Sincerely,

Professor Cees Hamelink


http://theinfounderground.com/smf/index.php?topic=18601.0

Thursday, September 04, 2014

News from Evangeline

This blog helps us keep in touch with family and friends all over the world, and that sure is nice!  Last night I just got an inspiring picture and a little news from Eva over in Nepal so I thought you'd all like to see it!

She says,

"It's been nice to see all the recent posts on the blog! I've enjoyed reading them and seeing the photos, too. Thanks for reviving it :)

Attached is a photo of the girls and I doing a 500 piece puzzle together -- lots of fun!
Love, Eva"

And here is the picture she sent :


Please remember to pray for her and her darling girls!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

School friends

I'm starting to miss "little" Olly though it's only been a couple of days!  I'm going to pick him up Friday on the train to go through the ropes with him to make sure he understands everything.  I guess I'm a bit protective but I tell myself he's only 13 -- though he's mature for his age.

I was glad to see this picture that Rebecca took of him and a family friend Martin, last Sunday when we dropped him off.  I'm sure he's adapted by now and is having a great time.



I picked up his train tickets for the month yesterday ; he'll be taking a direct train from Château du Loir at 09:51 and arriving at Sées an hour and a half later at 11:23.  He's supposed to have eaten a picnic lunch by the time he arrives at school ready for his first class at 12:45.

The return is after the last class on Friday which ends at 15:20.  He'll have a little wait since the direct train doesn't leave before 17:47 but it's little quicker and gets in here at 19:08 -- only an hour and a half later.  I think the schedule and discipline will be an immeasurably good thing in his life.

I think instead of driving I'll take the train up there by myself -- a nice train ride on a sunny day won't do me any harm!  I'll let you kow how it goes...


Monday, September 01, 2014

Love the brothers


This was written by our Claire and sent out to everyone by email this morning. I can add nothing to this gem but gladly share it.

Dear brothers and sisters,

Something has been on my heart lately, and I have felt led to write about it to everyone. I don't mean to teach anybody anything they don't already know, but simply to encourage everyone.

I'll jump right in.

The thing about the truth is that when you know you have it, you don't mind if others don't fully grasp it. If we have seized this eternal truth, that God is love and that we as his children must love too, then we are liberated from trying to make people agree with us. We brothers and sisters don't have to agree. Seven of us makes a big family. With our spouses it will one day make fourteen, without counting children and in-laws. 
It would be difficult for us to try to stay in agreement on every point. But we don't have to. We simply have to love each other as fellow Christians, as brothers and sisters in the flesh and in Christ. Yes, it's fun to all like the same things. It's fun to have a family around you who understands the Bible the same way you do, who thinks the same things about health, science, history, politics. But it is not necessary. It is necessary that we love one another right through our differences and see the value each person has in the eyes of God. "For he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" Love people as they are. Don't try to change them in order to love them. Don't love them in order to change them. Just love. Love because God loved first, because God is love. Love Olly as he is. Don't make it your project to change him. Make it your project to love him and be his friend.

This is the most important issue of our lives. It is more important than our reputation in the community or with our friends, than the education of our children, than our health, than any of the choices we have made over the years for our lifestyle. Think of the importance which is placed on love in the New Testament. Think of how much Jesus, Paul, John and the others talked about it. Upon our love for each other depends whether we make a success or failure of our entire lives, for all eternity. Think how long we will have, after our death, to regret not having stayed close together in our spirit. Eternity is long enough to look back at every moment of our lives. It is long enough to bitterly regret and to ask : why? Why should we prefer our pride to helping our brother? Maybe it was because of reputation, maybe we were annoyed at him, maybe we had been entertaining thoughts unworthy of a Christian so that when the test came, we failed. And we have all eternity to regret.
 
But it's not too late yet. Every one of us is still here. Every bitter word, every offence can be undone. Don't let time settle on the matter. Don't let the devil rob you of your brother or sister. Each one of us has six brothers and sisters, plus parents, spouses, nieces and nephews. God has given them to us. If a quarrel has separated you from one of them, you are the loser and the devil has won. Your pride remained intact, but you lost what could have been such a wonderful blessing in your life. You'll never get a new one to replace him. You'll never have another brother or sister. But the old one is still alive. Go see him. Love him. Ask God for the strength to make up. He will grant it to you. Then you will have made a step forward and the devil a step backwards.
Love.

Love Raph. Don't wish he were some other way. Love him because he is him.
Love Lilly. You may not understand what happened. Maybe you never will. But maybe that doesn't matter. You don't have to understand to continue loving.
Love Roo. You don't have to think like him. You don't have to live the way he wants to live. You have to love him because God gave His life for him.
Love Becky.See everyone's wonderful qualities. Becky has childlikeness. Remember all the Bible says about being childlike. Maybe you think this wasn't what was meant. Never mind.
Love Becky.
Love Christopher. He is the only one of him who exists. He is so precious in the eyes of God. It's more important to live out our love for him daily than it is to raise animals, succeed at work, acquire new skills.
Love Olly. Though he is still a child, remember that he will one day be a man and that his man's memory will reach back to his childhood, to the kindnesses shown, to the acts of love you have done for him. These acts will seal him closely to us and ensure his place in our midst.

If anyone is going through difficulties and seems distant, we don't know when they will get out of it and become one of us once again. We don't even know whether they ever will. Because of this we must love them in advance.

Raph and Camille know what it is to have a big family. They know how much they would like for every one of their children to grow up loved and surrounded by the others. They want their children to stay close, even after they will be gone, as we all do. Let us therefore remember that we are the ideal towards which these children will almost inevitably strive. If we fail to keep our love alive, our children will not even try to do so, because they will firmly believe it is impossible, even if we tell them it is. And if in half a century, when Amos and Ruben are 55, there is no more love between them than there is between worldly brothers and sisters, for example, then our lives will have been a failure. We may still go to heaven, but we will have had a useless life. There is so much good to be done in the world. This is the reason we did not go straight to heaven when we became Christians.

Amos and Ruben are best friends, not because they are the same age, but because their parents are so close. Because their fathers spend their days working together and their mothers spend their days helping each other. If we adults fail to love each other enough, Amos and Ruben will most certainly follow in our steps. If David does not hear of Raph's love for Lilly his sister, despite all that happened, think what could happen between him and Susanne later on. These lovely children will one day be adults and our sample will either help them or hinder them in their challenges. Our sample will not be without effect. It will most certainly have an effect, for better or for worse. Christine must know that Becky loves Olly, or what might happen between her and Paul, when the angelic charm of infancy will be dispelled and the man will be revealed?

We have an enormous responsibility, not only toward each other, but toward our children. Raph and Camille's children will admire and follow us, and my children will admire and follow them. The consequences of how we act today are almost immeasurable. Let's not fail. too bad for our pride. Too bad for that extra thing you really want. Too bad if you're so sure you're the only one who's right. Maybe you are. Jesus didn't say, This is my commandment, that ye be right about everything as I have been right about everything.

On the eternal scale, when you will see your children and grand-children bickering and arguing, you will turn to your brother and say : " I don't care any more about what was my life-time project. I don't care about that issue that annoyed me for my whole life and that caused unkindness and contention between us. I was right about it but I don't care any more. I just love you." But you will be powerless to act on earth. You will have to watch and regret for all eternity. And that big all-important thing will seem so small. This matters more than the success of Microtec, more than building a house, more than learning to do all the interesting arts and crafts from before. These things must serve our main purpose, which is to live in Christian harmony. If they seem incompatible, we know which must surrender. Think then, on the grand scale of things, what a glorious and Christ-like action it would be, to be conciliative to such an extent that you would give up your life-project for the brothers. Lay down your life for the brethren. "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you love one another."

The good news is that it's easy. It's so much easier to love than it is to hate. Sometimes your pride has to suffer, but always remember that's a good thing. Jesus is humble and lowly of spirit. Ask him in when you know you can't love. The old man can't love, but the new man can't help loving. When Jesus comes in and overwhelms you, you can't help loving. You feel so free. You don't have to hold on to that grudge. You don't have to join a camp. It's so easy, so empowering to love. You don't have to remember the detail of what unkind thing he said, of how hurt you are, of how wrong he is. Just love. Love with child-like simplicity. Love each other for your own sake, because every one of us needs our love, whether they admit it or not.

Lilly needs our love. Camille and Debbie need our love. Christopher and Olly need our love. Love each other for our parents' sake. They forsook all and made themselves strangers for life so that they could raise a Christian family. We have been the purpose of their lives. Let's not disappoint them. Love each other for our children's sake. They need a model. When we will be gone, our good sample will remain to help them through the confusion of the world. Love each other for the world's sake, because they cannot believe in Christianity unless they see that it truly exists. Love each other for God's sake. Because God loves each one of us so much that we cannot love him truly without loving each other.

We love each other, not because any one of us has anything loveable in him, but because God loved us so much that he considered us worth dying for, so that it would be blasphemous to despise someone who means so much to God. Notice God doesn't love someone because they are good, kind, loveable or right. God loves every last sinner. God loves people because He is who He is, not because they are who they are. We all have terrible faults. No one of us is good, kind, loveable or right. Every one of us is wrong on at least one issue. Don't love your brother because there's something about him that makes you love him. Love him because there's something about you that makes you love him. It's not too late. Just do it. Crucify your pride. Love.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

La rentrée

Like thousands of other children his age, Olivier went to his new school today as the new term gets underway!

Except that most schools probably don't start on a Sunday.  Olly's did!  It's the Institute Croix des Vents -- Saint Joseph, located an hour and a half from us (due north, toward the beaches in Caen) in the village of Sées.  You might have guessed, it's a traditional Catholic School, a boys-only school, and a boarding school.  He'll be taking the train Monday mornings and returning Fridays thus spending four nights with the other 143 students in the dormitory!

Something all new for him and for us but a change we think will be very positive all around!  Here's a (not very good) picture of him yesterday with Claire in his new uniform and tie! (Notice his height compared to his sister!)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Paul

Or, as Raph put it, "Tibbs à la plage"  (We gave up long ago trying to figure out a meaning behind Raph's strange nicknames!)

He's one cute little guy, though...


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The big fishermen!

Some news from the holiday-front up in Brittany came in last night!

And we've been waiting for a post like this for some time: Olivier and David, whose patience knows no bounds, have finally struck pay-dirt (to mix my metaphors)!

Raph, proud father and also intrepid fisherman that he is, is seen in this recent photo basking in the boys' reflected glory. Result : twelve delicious-looking mackerel!



Monday, August 25, 2014

The happy chappy!

(That's pronounced "shappy" as in chaperone!)

The young people were clowning around the other day and Claire got this great shot of Christopher pretending to chaperone Rebecca and François!  I thought you'd enjoy it -- I did!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recent travels and old friends

We've been very busy, as you can see by yesterday's picture post!  And we are all very happy with the upcoming changes!

I've been so slack in recording events lately I had even thought of abandoning the whole project as something done and finished.  Thank you to all those who provided encouragement to keep it up a little longer.  So here's a little catch-up post for you!


Two weeks ago, while Rebecca, François, Claire, and Olivier went to Poland to attend the European Young People's Christian Conference in Male Ciche, Sarah and I spent a wonderful couple of days in the Netherlands with our dear friends the Scheepens, who gave us such a warm welcome! 

It was so good to see Kees & Frances and Bas again.  We also got to renew our acquaintance with the Zemps from Switzerland, whom we hadn't seen for several years.

Of course, when they knew they were passing through Switzerland, the young people couldn't miss the opportunity to pay another visit to the dear singers-songwriters, the Grandjeans (see lovely picture below of Hélène and Samuel, taken on the balcony of their home).



Above is a picture-memory of Kees, along with Hans & Esther,  at a part of his vast pig farm.  It really is quite impressive the care and attention to detail he has put into his porcine husbandry.

Finally, one more shot of the whole crowd in Eindhoven with us at that time...


Saturday, August 16, 2014

An announcement

The front

The inside

The back

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Our visit to Franche-Comté

Today, after a phone invitation from Michel, we all packed up and decided to pay them a visit at their new home in the region of France known as Franche-Comté.  I cannot tell you of our anticipation and of our joy when, after a seven-hour drive, we were able to meet them all again and set things aright that had long been skewed and misplaced!
Lilly and Michel received us so warmly and with much love.  It was so good to see Jérémie, Jemina, Ketzia, and little Theophile.  I'm sorry to say I didn't have the presence of mind to take a proper (as Aunty would say) family photo but here's one that they sent me just a few weeks ago.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Congratulations!

Here's Christopher's conservatory results at the end of his second cycle of violin : Mention très bien.  If you've heard him play you won't be surprised!



Friday, July 04, 2014

Claire's bac!

Sport
10
Grec ancien
13
Science de la Vie et de la Terre
14
Latin
17
Philosophie
17
Allemand
17
Physique
18
Anglais
19
Mathématique
20

Ce qui donne la mention : "Très Bien"

Moyenne =17,86

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Thoughts on non-resistance

I've just listened three or four times to a debate put on in Boston recently.  The issue at stake was the "Just war" idea and (as crazy as it may sound) whether Christians should fight.  The participants were (copied from the web site):

On one side of the question, arguing for were two Christian scholars;

  • J. Daryl Charles (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) teaches in the Honours Program at Berry. He has written 14 books on ethics, Christian engagement in the public square, and just war.  He is widely regarded as a leading authority on the Christian just war tradition.  His books include Between Pacifism and Jihad (InterVarsity Press Academic, 2005), War, Peace, and Christianity (Crossway, 2010), The Just War Tradition (Intercollegiate Studies, 2012), and America's Wars (forthcoming).
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  • Peter Kreeft (Ph.D. Fordham University) is professor of philosophy at Boston College.  He is the author of over 67 books on philosophy, theology and Christian apologetics.  A gifted thinker and speaker, he speaks at universities and churches all over the world.  He draws inspiration from influential figures such as Socrates, Thomas Aquinas, and C. S. Lewis.  His books include Making Sense Out of Suffering (Servant Books, 1986), Socrates Meets Jesus (InterVarsity Press, 1987), and a Handbook of Christian Apologetics (InterVarsity Press, 1994). 

Interestingly, Mr Charles comes from an Anabaptist (Quaker) background whereas Mr Kreeft is a noted Catholic apologist.

Defending the historic teaching of the Church (non-resistance) were:
  • David Bercot is an attorney (J.D., Baylor University), author, and speaker.   He has numerous books on the subject of the early church, where he emphasizes the simplicity of biblical doctrine and early (pre-325 AD) Christian teaching over what he would call the complex and compromised body of theological understandings built up over the centuries that have come to be thought of as orthodoxy.  His most well known books are Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up? (Scroll Publishing, 1989), and A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs (Hendrickson, 1998). 
  • Dean Taylor and his wife Tania were both in the U. S. Army when they realized that, as committed Christians, they had to come to grip with Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount on loving one's enemies.  They ultimately left the Army in a new and sincere quest for truth, determined to follow Jesus Christ under the banner "no compromise."  Mr. Taylor is a widely sought speaker who regularly addresses the question, "What if Jesus really meant every word He said?"  His best known book is A Change of Allegiance (Radical Reformation, 2008). 
Not surprisingly Mr Bercot and Mr Dean represent the Anabaptist position fully and besides knowing them personally, thought they did an excellent job of presenting the simplicity of Jesus' words and actions.

If you'd like to hear this debate (or get a copy) you can go to this link:

http://www.followers-of-the-way.org/justwar2014.shtml

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Best day out ever!

Today we all went to the Vendée to see a theme park we've heard much about and which everyone claimed was "without equal" and was even voted "best park in the world" in 2012!

It's called Le Puy du Fou and is located just two hours from us--all the more reason for taking a look at what is on offer.  But we were not prepared for the wonder, fantasy and sheer bliss of the place.  If that sounds over the top they were the words that came to our minds when we ere asked for our appreciations!.  Set in over 45 hectares you never feel crowded even though there must be thousands there at any one time.  A truly unforgetable experience!  If you in the area, don't forget to take it in!  But be advised that you can't possibly see it all in only one day!

In the medieval village

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Thanks!

Today being my birthday, Olivier had decided, with his mother's help, to prepare a special meal for the whole family at noon — candles and everything!  He made some feuilleté sarthois and salad for everyone and a great dessert.

As the meal was ending someone handed me today's mail that was just in and right on the top was a letter from Michel full of pictures!  We haven't heard from him in awhile and it was so good to see pictures of their children—three down and another on the way, apparently!

Here's the lovely picture of the children.  Jérémie (5), Jemima (3), and little Kétsia (2).  Thank you so much for sending it, Michel.  You made my day; they are an adorable bunch!

Jérémie, Kétsia, Jemima

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Ruben


A light-hearted post today with the picture that inspired it.  Yesterday Christopher decided to take a walk to the lake and stopped by Bala's place (Ruben, to you) to see if he wanted to come along.

Apparently he talked non-stop the whole time and kept Christopher quite amused.  Once at the lake he decided to climb a tree but it didn't last long.

The caption for this pic was from the little one:

"Oops-a-daisy, my stuck!"


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The elderly are the lucky ones

No, this is not an April fool's joke but a very thought-provoking and sobering article I read on line.  I saw it in a couple of places and thought of you and wanted you to read it.  Just because we live in the Kingdom of God on earth doesn't mean we must close our eyes to fairness, justice, and truth.  Some would say, it's just the opposite: Jesus IS the truth.

It's a bit long, compared to my usual posts, but worth printing out and meditating on.  The credits are at the bottom of the text.



TIME IS RUNNING OUT

ON A FUTURE HAT GETS SHORTER BY THE DAY

How can anybody who calls themselves a decent person support what the United States is doing, not just to unsuspecting innocents overseas, but to well meaning people inside America who have only tried to be good citizens and raise happy families.  What have those people done wrong to merit such abusive treatment by those who are supposed to protect them?

There can be only one answer: The USA is no longer run by Americans.

The furore over Barack Obama's birth certificate is really just a karmic signifier — only an alien could totally erase Constitutional protections, canonize homosexual perverts, and murder people without ever explaining why he's doing it. 

Unrestrained immigration has polluted the population with uneducated immigrants who believe free lunch is their God-given right.  Our leaders deliberately spend so much money on ostentatious foreign vacations and get filthy rich on illegal under-the-table deals that Americans can't help but learn that corruption is the American way.

Our children aspire to be drug-dealing pimps with yachts, and our universities and our entertainers back them up and urge them on, while misled mothers and absent fathers weep in a world and a country that have abandoned them.

There can be only one answer, and one name for the usurpers who have polluted every aspect of both American life, and the life of the world, where everyone now lives in fear of a government knock on the door, and worries when the moment will come when everything they have ever worked for will be snatched away on some trivial technicality — or even for no reason at all — as the powers that be use every unjust law at their disposal to impoverish every single person who has not agreed to be a snivelling pawn in support of their ruthless conspiracy against humankind.

That one answer can be nothing but the Jews, who dominate and pollute every aspect of human existence, from the self-destructive pig music that turns our children into rutting vandals contemptuous of everything that has provided them with good lives, to the empty words of politicians who force us to believe their obvious lies, and teach our children that this is the way to live — to conspire in the lies that rob others, as long as we don't get caught.  This is, after all, the Jewish philosophy.

The single most egregious lie I've ever heard in my life was Barack Obama, the current U.S. president turned overt dictator, describing Russia's recent reuniting with Crimea as worse than the tragic U.S. invasion of Iraq.  What a sacrilegious joke to tell about the thousands of American lives — and millions of Iraqi lives — that have been wasted over the lies that American citizens failed to challenge, even though they knew they were lies, but were too impotent and cowardly to oppose.

To start with, Russia's reclamation of the Crimea, because Ukraine had been taken over by an illegal coup engineered by the U.S. New World Order, resulted in two deaths, one on each side. By comparison, the illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq cost 2 million lives, at least.

Obama, whose legitimacy hinges on a falsified birth certificate that a corrupt judicial system will not address, criticized Russia for invading Crimea to steal its resources, while insisting that America did no such thing to Iraq.  Everybody in the world knows the U.S. stole and is still stealing billions from Iraq by commandeering that shattered nation's oil industry and imposing a permanent state of revolution fuelled by well-paid American and Israeli mercenaries.

Obama's feigned outrage over the failure of a Ukrainian coup that he himself engineered was the very opposite of the truth of the situation, something Americans and people all over the world have come to expect from a poseur politician who has shown himself totally incapable of acting like the commander in chief of a large nation.

But as with all American presidents, blaming a figurehead actor like Obama fails to identify the people who really run the country, and they are clearly the Jewish bankers who have bankrupted the American treasury and remain out of jail only because of the overwhelming U.S. advantage of sophisticated weapons against everyone else in the world, and by the grace of a corrupt judicial system that wreaks havoc on the poor while concealing the colossal crimes of the rich.

You could say this is what the world has become, but in truth this is what it has always been — no truth from anyone in an official position of power in the United States.  By not grandiosely revolting against this criminal farce, the vast majority of Americans continue to demonstrate their despicable cowardice and unconsciousness for all the world to see.

They will get no sympathy from the rest of the world when it call comes crashing down, as it surely will.

You are not who you think you are

Do you really understand what's going on? Do you realize that your thoughts are not your own. They've been installed in your head. Actual history is very different from what you think you know.  In fact, you haven't had a real clue about history for the past one hundred years.

Masquerading in breathless heroics and reverential rituals, America is the bloodthirsty Soviet monster it always accused Russia of being.  America is making war all over the world and claiming that it is protecting the world.  In the past 20 years, the U.S. has utterly destroyed three countries — Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.  It has severely savaged three others — Syria, Pakistan and Yemen.  And it has morally crippled every other country in the world, all of whom are scrambling to keep their money and keep their people from starving.

But there's something both tragic and insane about these unwarranted attacks on all these countries that proves everyone in America has become intractably insane.  America has invented the enemies it presumes to be attacking, as is most recently so painfully obvious in Syria.  All the people tortured at Guantanamo and renditioned overseas to sadistic regimes that enjoy castrating people were innocent. America created all these crimes, then blamed innocent people for all of them, then tortured the innocent people they accused of committing all those crimes that were really concocted and very often executed by this evil American government, just like they are now torturing their own citizens by depriving them of the means to keep themselves alive.

Al-Qaeda is a deadly joke America has played on the world, and turned into an ubiquitous and deadly bad guy the villainous New World Order can use as either friend or enemy in each and every war it decides to start.

The people who run Al-Qaida also run the White House, they run Wall Street, they run every criminal in the world.  And they are about to take your life.

All because, as an American, you are not in control of your own mind.

All your life, you thought you knew what was going on, but you didn't.  You believed your authority figures. And they lied to you.

World War I was won after the British promised the Jews a homeland in Palestine, and Jews in the U.S. passed the income tax to fund it.  There was no German monster.  There were clever Jews who had taken over the U.S. political system with their lawyers, their newspapers and their bankers.  The Federal Reserve and the income tax were created to guarantee funding for the war.  Jewish newspapers like the New York Times praised the corrupt men who crafted this demonic legislation and led America into a century of endless wars and financial crashes.

World War II was started when the Jews declared war on Germany after Hitler has regained Germany from the Jews who had stolen it after World War I.  With America mired in a Jewish-created Depression and Germany thriving because Hitler had evicted the Jews from his economic formula, the Jews were forced to declare war to maintain their worldwide financial hegemony, which they maintain today.  This Jewish declaration of war against Germany led to the greatest war in history, thanks to the Jewish leadership of the U.S. and England, and later led to the creation of Israel.

Fast forward past the significant assassinations of the 1960s, the shipping of all U.S. manufacturing overseas and the demolition of the Twin Towers and you have a thoroughly dysfunctional society run by homicidal maniacs intent on eliminating a large part of its population who aren't eligible to be slaves in the new society they envision.

Now, because you have a homosexual president, homosexual Supreme Court justices, and homos throughout the government apparatus covering up God knows what, you have open recruitment of homosexuals in our elementary schools, with special ceremonies that promise rewards and special recognition if you will just decide to be gay.  The larger reason for this is because it atomizes families and guarantees a lower population rate and deranged and sickly children raised by gay couples, just what the power brokers want to keep everyone dependent on the government.

You think you know what's going on.  I think it's time you thought again, because these facts are very far from the most important issues.

The elderly are the lucky ones

While everyone is spending so much time fretting about geopolitical follies and insurance policy fiascos, the big clock of human survival is ticking ever so much louder.  While sophomoric social critics insist global warming is a hoax, the anguished analyses of Guy McPherson and Dane Wigington have created a debate category that renders all the other subjects of conversation utterly meaningless.

The comment you hear from so many astute observers these days is perhaps the saddest statement you will ever hear in your life.  It is: "We are lucky to be old."  The sentence that usually follows that always explains how tough we have made the future for our children by our irresponsible treatment of the world we live in.

Many studies have already pointed out that future generations will come nowhere near attaining the relative opulence most of us in the Western world have enjoyed throughout our lives, but the geophysical observations of McPherson that conditions for the maintenance of life on this planet are likely to disappear before 2050, and the constant fire alarm messages of Wigington noting that geoengineering — those infernal chemtrails in everyone's skies — are choking the life out of the planet, guaranteeing that your children will not achieve average lifespans and their children are most unlikely to even reach adulthood.

Factor in the worldwide Jewish Monsanto conspiracy that has created a food supply guaranteeing universal death and infertility in three generations, and then add in the deadly impact that Fukushima's radioactive trail of death is having on the West Coast of North America, and you have the certainty that life for these next few sickly generations of humans will in no way compare to the generations of free humans that prospered before their own own poisons and their own greed overtook them.

McPherson, whose recent book "Going Dark" provides one of the most depressing reads you could ever imagine, frequently points out that nothing can be done about the conditions that have been created by the untrammelled profit motive, and that the only thing left to do is make peace with your family and friends before the world becomes too hot to grow anything.

Wigington holds out the faint hope that immediately stopping geoengineering MIGHT begin to remediate some of the damage that has been done.

In any case, the misery and difficulty facing the next generations will be much greater, much more daunting and much more lethal than any humans have ever faced this side of the great flood.

Top it all off with the fact that the powers that be want this kind of die-off so they can create the kind of plantation planet they desire and you have the worst possible environment in which to hope for a decent future for your children.

Yet this is what we have created, and our children will pay for it with their diminished lives.

There is no way to stop what's going to happen, because our government is working for it to occur, fat cats getting rich off the tragic misery of the masses.

Those of us in the masses who don't like how this picture has turned out owe it to ourselves and the people we love to see that the fat cats don't get to enjoy one bit of their ill-gotten gain, and to that end, no vestige of this so-called government should be allowed to remain intact before nobody can breathe anymore.

The elderly are the lucky ones.  They won't be around to see when the world goes completely mad and the die-off begins in earnest.  And the young are now tasked with saving the lives they have brought into the world under the worst possible conditions in human history.



John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida, constantly trying to figure out why we are destroying ourselves, and pinpointing a corrupt belief system as the engine of our demise.  Solely dependent on contributions from readers, please support his work by mail: 6871 Willow Creek Circle #103, North Port FL 34287 USA.

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http://www.darkmoon.me/2014/the-elderly-are-the-lucky-ones-by-john-kaminski/
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