The Psychology of Terror: Politically Correct Guilt: Psychological Compartmentalisation: Boiling Frog: Commander of Rome's imperial naval base at the Bay of Naples and one of the foremost scholars of his day, Pliny the Elder was unimpressed by the clouds of smoke and incandescent ash which Mount Vesuvius belched 1,926 years and five days before Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana.
New Orleans's inadequate levees were disasters waiting to happen, as numerous learned forecasts attest. Warning signs aplenty existed yet scientists who highlighted them were regarded as bothersome doomsday-mongers, out to rain on Big Easy's merry Mardi Gras parade.
Nothing new here. Tacitus already documented this syndrome in antiquity.
Commander of Rome's imperial naval base at the Bay of Naples and one of the foremost scholars of his day, Pliny the Elder was unimpressed by the clouds of smoke and incandescent ash which Mount Vesuvius belched 1,926 years and five days before Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana.
As Pompeii townsfolk began fleeing in horror, Pliny bathed, dined and allayed the fears of his companions, assuring them that Vesuvius's leaping flames were nothing but bonfires left by ignorant panicky peasants.
Nowadays supercilious Pliny knockoffs 'cocky military types and prolific know-it-alls' dictate Israel's agenda and, like their precursor, persistently downplay all that should profoundly alarm us. They too accuse benighted commoners of disturbing their peace.
Pliny's spiritual heirs and their ever-obedient media mouthpieces not only dismiss the significance of the portents of danger that our Vesuvius ceaselessly spouts, they deliberately divert attention from and deny resonance to its thunderous retching, misrepresenting it as inconsequential minor hiccups.
That's why Israel's talking heads and self-satisfied scribblers studiously ignore the ominous saber-rattling, triumphant gloating and bellicose exhortations for our annihilation emanating incessantly from next door, ever since Gazans saw Jews bulldoze their own villages. To them it's incontrovertibly an admission of defeat.
THERE'S ALMOST no Palestinian headliner who hasn't thrown this in our face, while we bathe, dine and go to sleep as if we haven't a care in the world ?just like Pliny. To expose such self-deception is somehow disloyal and hence minimal print space and even less airtime are devoted to the unmistakable forewarnings shouted at us.
It's not just PA politics. It's the fiefdom's popular sentiment. A few days ago female relatives of suicide bombers celebrated "the flight of the Zionist enemy from Gaza." Amid whoops of victory they held a press conference and advised Israeli mothers that "the only way to protect their children is to leave this country. Jews don't belong here. Our martyrs cleansed some of our land of Jewish presence and we'll decontaminate all the rest The retreat from Gaza roused us. We'll be dormant no more. What the world saw is the beginning of the destruction of the Jewish state."
THIS MIGHT be considered mere bombastic balderdash, were our own society vigorous and vigilant enough to preserve itself. But we turn deaf ears even to sounds of falling masonry inside our beleaguered fortifications. While Arabs outside bay for our blood, Jews within champion the Arab cause. Some make it their calling to promote irredentist Arab claims not only to Israel's post-1967 territories, but also to what's solidly behind the ostensibly sanctified and undisputed Green Line.
Outfits like Zochrot (directed by males like Eytan Bronstein, the feminine Hebrew misnomer notwithstanding) are dedicated to challenging "Zionist collective memory," by superimposing Arab propagandist narratives upon it.
They replace Israeli street signs with pre-independence Arabic ones and conduct tours to erstwhile Arab hamlets like Sumeil (at the corner of Arlosoroff and Ibn-Gvirol in Tel Aviv), Jamussin (near Shikun Bavli) or Sheikh Munis (on the Tel Aviv University campus). The inescapable implication is that Israel's hold even on its Dan Region heartland is tainted.
Zochrot isn't a demented whim that can be safely overlooked. Its activists aren't loonies but trendsetters. What at any point in our annals appears like an unthinkable leftist excess, is sure in time to become the mainstream mantra. Some of us can still vividly recall when the notion of a Palestinian state was (justifiably) a non-starter in our midst.
Those were the not-too-distant days in which draft-dodging was dreadfully shameful in this society. The few who shirked IDF duty covered up the dishonor or were ostracized. Today, in Sheinkin's more progressive and enlightened circles the latest fad is to evade service and to crow about it.
Workshops and courses instructing prospective recruits and their parents in the fine art of finagling discharges on psychiatric and other pretexts are conducted openly, advertised and boasted about.
The left-wing New Profile, for instance, offers guidance to 16-year-olds on how to elude conscription by any means, including bamboozling army shrinks or pleading pacifism. The seven-year-old movement whose objective is to "de-militarize Israel" offers countrywide networking, hot line and legal aid to make dodging common and acceptable. New Profile maintains it's as legitimate as tax consultants who tip clients on how to win rebates. It has garnered effusive accolades overseas, most notably in Europe.
None of this appears to much perturb local opinion-molders (who just recently rigorously rebuked disengagement-objectors).
And so we sit below our rumbling Vesuvius, oblivious to spewed fragments of pumice and flashes of lightening. Some of us even applaud the fury, while others sabotage our collective defenses. At this rate our future seems as secure as Pliny's own. Hours after he pooh-poohed the raging volcano, he awoke frantically to a dawn blacker than night and was shortly thereafter asphyxiated by a blanket of dense sulfurous fumes.
Article courtesy of Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar
The exodus from slavery to freedom via Mount Sinai, where we received the ethical code according to which we must act in the Land of Israel, to the destiny of bringing divine morality to the entire world, is exciting and heavy; it is laden with responsibility, but also a great challenge. These lines are written between the blasts of the sirens of Holocaust Memorial Day and Yom Hazikaron for the soldiers, by members of the second generation of Holocaust survivors.
“The lesson is that we must be able to defend ourselves by ourselves, in the face of any threat and against any enemy,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, and that is very true. But it’s not enough. The other lesson of the Holocaust, which burns as brightly as the eternal flame, is the great call that should be heard ringing across the nation: Jews, come home.
This conviction is revealed by the fact that 76% of Israeli Jews want Israel to permanently retain sole responsibility for security in all of Judea and Samaria. Eighty-eight percent say that Israel must permanently control the territory bordering Ben-Gurion Airport. Eighty-one percent insist that Israel must permanently control the land that bordering the Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem highway Route 443.
Mao Wenwen reminded me that when she was my student I would often refer to her as Mao Zedong. I do that sometimes – calling students by the names of famous or infamous people. Paying honor to me as her English teacher Mao Wenwen provided me the coffee free of charge (courtesy of the management). She also invited Johnny and me to come inside and take a look around, and once I did, I decided that I wanted to come back to take photos. Receiving permission from the owner, all I needed was the chance to get back.
I’m sure if you understand what Sociology is that you would find my statement rather strange for it leads to the question of what impact the King’s Calendar Research Result has on society and societal problems. But before we go look at that aspect, I want to talk about the personal aspect – MY aspect.
The demolition came as row between the church and government escalated over allegations the church refused to pay a £450 arbitrary road usage fee. Pastor Zhang Di was summoned for questioning last month and accused of assaulting police officers and attacking a village official. So when I read reports as in the link you sent and see the ACTUAL TRUTH in the middle of the article, I know that there is a lot more going on than is being reported.
Well obviously I am misrepresenting the meaning of the protester here. What they mean is that they support the right of one section of society to have and to hold their own culture and beliefs and they do this by protesting against another section of society’s right to have and to hold their own culture and beliefs.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]