At the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 in preparation for publication of my book "Finding Myself in China" I transferred many original (i.e. - only published at Magic City Morning Star) 'Stories from China' to KingsCalendar.
The Womens Weekly article "Who are the real victims of domestic violence?" is yet another example of pandering to the feminist anti-male agenda. When one gets passed the rhetoric and looks at the 'meat' of the article, you can see what is missed. I wonder how many troubled youth have been subjected to mental cruelty and emotional abuse - the weapons of choice used by female abusers.
Melbourne's Indian community calls for end to domestic violence..15 Indian women a week treated by one psychologist... "The cases that we see are the tip of the iceberg." I am beginning to see much more clearly and now understand that the PC inability to publically acknowledge the truth is tied to feelings of guilt and unrighteousness that would arise if it were to criticize Islamic or other ethnic culture groups. But choosing not to point the finger is quite a different matter than expressly trying to silence the dissemination of information about such abuse.
Those who cannot tolerate opinions other than their own; cannot tolerate expressions of anger and outrage; cannot tolerate PC defined "racism"; cannot tolerate dissent - should move on and read something else. Your hypocrisy has been warned!....And that friends is the ultimate aim of the Muslim community. Naturally your PC adrenalin is kicking in right now and you are going to throw up a lot of just plain rubbish to explain how what is black is not black but white and how what is white is not white but black. The fact is that True Christians want their country to become a Christian Country. True Muslims want their country to become a Muslim Country. What would happen if your country became a truly Christian Country? What would happen if your country became a truly Muslim Country? Do you even have the intelligence to know the difference?
In the States we have access to Facebook, but for the most part it is blocked in China. An American will see that as a huge inconvenience but after an extended period in China they may come to appreciate that China's government wants to have a harmonious society. Because rumors can so easily be spread on Facebook, it is blocked. It is very frustrating for a foreigner to not be able to post on social media and display photos for their friends. It takes a long time for the foreigner to come to know, understand and appreciate that the Chinese government has a good reason for trying to protect their citizens from the potential problems caused by social media.
I teach them how to group together all information that is of Primary importance "To the writer." Those are three very important words - "to the writer" - because most people only focus on their own worldview. Analysis demands that you look at what the writer wrote and meant. In today's politically charged and divided world, what we often get is a load of gobbledygook meant to stir our emotions. We therefore need to read without putting on our emotional and political rose colored glasses. Given what I already know about Palestinian Media, it would be my conclusion that the article was written to inform discerning readers that no one in Palestine actually trusts Palestinian Leadership when it comes to the disseminating of Political information. You may draw your own conclusions.
"We've seen from the paleoclimate record that sea level rise of as much as 10 feet (three metres) in a century or two is possible, if the ice sheets fall apart rapidly" said some scientist. And what did he mean but that this has happened before. I think it important that people learn to pay close attention to the wording of allegedly scientific proclamations. It is important to note that far from the 'apocalyptic certainty' portrayed in the media, scientists are making observations, guessing, deducing and forecasting events which are totally not predictable.
At one point there was a 10 minute recess and a girl came up and asked me if I had 'free time.' I hadn't a clue what she meant until she started asking me questions. She had wanted to know if I had time to talk to her. She was 12 years old and had studied English for nine of those years. She was pleasant to talk to. Sitting beside me through the show however was a young boy. Sometime after the girl had spoken to me he turned to me during the middle of the performance and said: 'Excuse me Mister - Do you like music?' I don't know how long it took him to work it all out in his head, but every so often he would turn to me and ask another question. I never was sure if he understood my answers.
Another friend wrote me out a little something in Pinyin (Chinese written in Latin alphabet) so that I could crack a joke and offer traditional blessings, and on top of that I worked out something else to say and had it checked for grammatical accuracy. In the photograph on the right below you can see me giving the speech. I told the guests that the Groom loves a good joke - so he invited me to the wedding to give a speech in Chinese. It took 30 seconds for the friends of my friends to get my meaning and when they laughed and clapped I told then that it was too late. Chinese are such polite people that one could not possibly know if they understood anything I said, and nobody would be audacious enough to embarass me by telling me that they didn't. "It doesn't Matter! Do not Worry! It's not important!"
You can't claim to be a victim of aggression when it was you yourself who deliberately provoked the attack. Of course in PC terminology the victim may do anything AT ALL and remain innocent as long as they are the ones who come out all bloodied. Democracy is democracy or it is not. If the counter-protestors have a right to protest, why is it that they claim that Reclaim Australia does not have such a right. I suggest that the prominent lawyer grab a dictionary and look up the word incitement. Reclaim Australia in the exercise of its rights and privileges may act like a red rag to a bull, but when the bull charges, it does so because it has been trained to do so. So who is training the PC counter protestors? Living in the People's Republic of China as I do and have done for a dozen years, I have heard many accusations made against the government of this country in relation to its 'control' of the population. I wonder how many Chinese people here would love to have the same right Australians do to protest their government's policies and I wonder how many of them would approve of the anti-democratic movement now flourishing in Australia under the politically correct banner of 'Anti-Racism.' So what is the end goal for the Counter-protestors - Australian Democracy or Chinese Communism?
This tributary is just 'up the road' so to speak, on the edge of town. It is hard to describe. One half of this river bed has been filled in, and the rest of it has been turned into a series of water catchments. Each segment is quite long and each has at one end, water that is just an inch deep. At the other end of each segment it is probably several meters deep. Who knows? But there is a barrier of sorts between each segment, on the other side of which is a 3-5 meter drop, at which point there begins a new catchment area. The photographs were taken at two different times of the year - Winter and late spring, and from different sides of the same place. Extra photographs have been added.
A composite article consisting of three different Photo of the Day postings at Magic City that were never published at Kingscalendar. In No. 1 Baotou POD Pic and Story Composite, we first look at Churches and scenery at Donghe in Baotou, then at a Water Feature in Qingshan in Baotou and then at some shots of Laodong Park just down the road from the water feature.
Are Australians racist or are they becoming racist because they are constantly and falsely accused in their own country of being racist. Now despite the fact that both these events were shown not to be connected to racism, the local media, determined not to let the truth stand in the way of a good story, have continued to dump false guilt onto the public and the world at large...In virtually every instance, the attacker is drunk, and the event takes place in the early hours of the morning when not too many people are around. With Indians now accounting for 70% of drivers, the percentage rate of 'Indians' being attacked is a foregone conclusion. Were they Vietnamese, Chinese, Americans, or Englishmen, the percentage of attacks on Taxi drivers would remain the same. The final note on the report as listed above, is that half of the attackers have been juveniles. This is an indictment on the way in which our kids are being raised, not an indictment of racism. But interestingly enough, no figures were provided in relation to how many 'non Indians' are attacked per month in Australia.
We followed the bus driver’s suggestion and found ourselves walking through a very beautiful but desolate area which took us forthwith to Jin Ji Lake, but we arrived at a point reasonably removed from public use. After taking a few photos we set off to return to the bus stop and instead, eventually, found ourselves on a main road serviced by buses that none of us knew anything about. The trip to the bus stop however was quite interesting for it took us through a new development area of housing and shops - all far too pricey for any of us hungry guys to even consider stopping for food, but at least the scenery was great.
Well to cut a long story short, I walked all the bloody way to Tiger Hill. With Sweat pouring off me I finally met up with Chen Rongmei who had telephoned 'Meimei' to come and help look for me. The two of them had apparently been driving all over the place looking for me. Hot and exhausted, the three of us sat down in a little cafe, under an air conditioner, and cooled off while we ate a very nice 'overpriced' lunch. After lunch the three of us did the tour of HuQiu, and while I really loved the place, the heat of the day combined with all that walking (before and during sightseeing) gave me an awful headache. All I wanted to do was rest. I even considered booking back into my hotel!
Shaoxing Water Town 2007 by R.P. BenDedek July 23, 2015 (2007 Article transferred from Magic City to Kingscalendar in 2015)
One of the things you often see in China, is people washing their clothes in the nearest body of water, and living by a canal makes it just so easy to wash your clothes. Whilst the location sounds ideal, given the rather 'shaky looking' foundations to the local domiciles, I'm not sure if I would feel particularly safe. And given our western concern to control every possible negative possibility in life, I doubt that anyone with kids would be allowed to live in such a place.I would take this opportunity to point out that if I actually lived in such a place, I doubt that I would be as friendly a resident as were these locals. Can you imagine people day in and day out looking in your back door; watching you wash your clothes; and constantly taking photos of you and waving? I'm pretty sure I know what type of gesture I would be returning.
Female domestic violence deaths equated with 0.00001% of males between the ages of 25 and 54, whilst the number of children at risk was ten thousand times higher and the number of deaths in one state alone was Nine times higher. When you start quoting statistics like these, you begin to understand the undue influence that the 'fundamentalist and sociopathic feminists' have on society at large. Nothing is placed in perspective. As Bettina Arndt pointed out in her 2007 article, the founder of Britain's first women's refuge claimed that the women's movement was hijacked by women promoting anti-male propaganda.
When it comes to Sexual abuse, the vast majority of offenders are Male - and they are usually members of the family or extremely close and trusted friends. Interestingly enough, Biological fathers rate quite low as threats to their children, whilst step-fathers and mother's boyfriends rate high. When it comes to domestic violence, husbands and wives are racing neck and neck to win those stakes and when it comes to other forms of abuse (emotional abuse/ physical abuse), Women generally take the cake - something that the Feminists don't like hearing about at all.
As an Australian I get tired of that tired old line constantly appearing in both domestic and foreign press claiming that Australia is a racist country. As the counter protestors have clearly demonstrated, the Australian people have risen up to declare that they are not racist and that they will not permit racism in Australia. In China, where I have been living and working for the past decade, there is an actual law to punish people whose words and actions are designed to destroy the social harmony of the nation. Now whilst it behooves all people in a secular democratic society to permit people to think and believe what they like, (for to do otherwise would be totalitarianism) we cannot allow minority groups to create social disharmony, division, sectarian violence and perhaps ultimately - civil war.
If activist ideologues are going to paint the male citizenry as 'violent,' then I think it behooves them to be transparent when it comes to the statistics which support their claim. "Why the implied focus on men?" "Can we have the stats on female-to-female violence as well?" "How do the two sets of figures stack up?" What percentage of male-to-female violence is perpetrated by criminals or immigrants holding to the concepts of honor killings? We live in a very politicized era in which activist agendas are basically 'fundamentalist theologies' which appeal to sociopaths -- people who consider their own self-interest the most important aspect of any action and behavior and who completely disregard the possible harm they can cause other people.
When Rudd and Gillard (Labor Party) were going through their games way back when, one could have been forgiven for thinking that the media were in bed with the opposition party. But now that the opposition party (National Liberal Party) is in power, we are seeing the same game played against it. The truth is that all this game playing, no matter the source, damages the country. And since this damaging game play has been going on continuously for several years now, one must ask: "Who is pulling the strings and what do they have to gain?"Why is there a constant threat to the stability of the "Office of Prime Minister?" Constantly targeting Prime Ministers would be a cost effective way of destabilizing a country - Yes?
Toward the end of dinner, some children spotted the foreigner and began coming to the door to say 'hello' 'hello' 'hello,' as they do, and then one little girl entered the room and handed out candy to us all. That was a first, as too was the cappuccino that I drank at a coffee house after dinner. I could swear it was an espresso. Ah! What would a foreigner know! Next morning we headed off to our next destination, the major places of interest of which (according to the 100 rmb entry ticket) are, Little Lotus Villa, Home of Zhang Shiming, Jiaye Library, Qiushuli Place, Home of Liu Tiqing and Ancient Stone Bridges.
Mt. Emei is 3000 metres high, and one can avail oneself of several or all of a variety of methods of ascending and descending the mountain. From a hard slog hike, to an easy access bus ride and from being carried in a cable car to being carried in a 'jampan' (sedan chair) by locals, there are a variety of ways to get around. As a foreigner, I was given special treatment, and the normal price of 220 rmb per night at the hotel, was reduced to just 140 rmb (which was just twice the price that other guests we spoke to had paid.)
The presence of a foreigner, in drawing the usual inquisitive response, also resulted in a stern admonition from the proprietor to the workers to return to their station. Not before I managed to get some photos however. This complex is a genuine operating place of worship, that abounds in monks and other religious persons. It has both very old temples, and some very new ones, some of which are not even completed yet.
This particular area in Suzhou is very scenic. There are plenty of sites to see even if you choose not to pay to enter them. This Stele is made of Shandong Jiaxiang Blue Stone, and composed of stele cap, stele body and stele pedestal. Its facade is engraved with Zhang Ji's (Tang Dynasty) poem To Moor at Night at the Maple Bridge inscribed by Yu Yue (Qing Dynasty); while the back is engraved with The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra in Sanskrit) handwritted by Emperor Qianlong (Qing Dynasty).
Now I am not going to repeat the title here, but it showed a room in which plant roots are used to grow new plants. Unfortunately, whilst the caption may have been strictly correct in an Agricultural context, the words also constituted a very vulgar idiomatic expression in English. As the particular slide lit up on the big screen, there was an audible gasp from numerous people (including Chiara and I), followed by muted laughing and serious attempts by individuals not to break into hysterics.
Moving to Suzhou by R.P. BenDedek February 21, 2015 (2007 Magic City Article transferred to Kingscalendar)
I had been told many times that if I could be a successful teacher in Hubei, then I would find it so easy to teach elsewhere in China. I never understood what that meant, until I came here. These kids are a joy to teach, even though their English level is no better than the kids in Hubei. It really feels like I have been transported to a different country.
I have to say it was a great honor to meet him, an honor that might have had more significance had I only known in which of the photo ops I actually did meet him. I'm guessing it was the guy who had both an English and Japanese translator trailing him.... Turning the camera on, I raised it and began to focus the lens. Just then a wave slapped against the side of the boat and my friends and I got drenched as water spurted up and in through the open window. By the time I recovered, wiped the lens dry, got the camera working, and focused, I had little time left to do a reasonable video, and no time at all to take any more still photographs.
Dr. Ben-Shahar made a statement to the effect that people need to understand that it is from the journey itself that we derive pleasure, not the destination. In order to find balance in life, people must stop and take time out to look at the day's events, and see the joy that was in it. Far too often we only reflect on flaws and failures, rather than on joys and successes. True happiness is found in the many small moments in our lives, and we have to remind ourselves daily of all the things we are grateful for and appreciate.
I watched one old man stand next to me and urinate into the garden. I watched a policeman running around trying to catch a street urchin who momentarily took refuge beside me. I watched an official of some sort ask for identity papers of two locals who threw their cigarette butts on the ground and was in the middle of a funny debate with a Tibetan woman about my lack of desire to buy a crucifix, when a policeman appeared and chased her off into the distance.
They carefully explained that the ticket office is moved, and that I must 'go over there'! I looked at the guy, looked 'over there' and said: 'There's nothing @#$%^ over there!' He laughed and said: 'Come! I'll show you!' And he did. 'Over there' was a place a couple of hundred meters 'over there where they are digging' and you could get 'over there,' by a little walkway that they had prepared. Ah! I went back and got my bicycle and headed off to go 'over there,' but when I got 'over there,' I found myself on a main road, and had to ask a policemen where to go. Finally someone who could help me. He kindly pointed out that the ticket office was 'over there'!
Celebrating 100 years - Suzhou Agricultural College: Chinese Education: Jiangsu Province: Centenary. This year marks the founding centennial of the Suzhou Polytechnic Institute of Agriculture, and yesterday Sunday 11th November 2007 there was an all day celebration of the event.
The Sichuan region is designated as a global hotspot for biodiversity, ... 12,000 species of plants and 1,122 species of vertebrates, the area includes more than half of the habitat for the Earth's wild giant panda population.
It is uncertain what caused the following event, but something on the pylon hit one of the windows. The people in the immediate vicinity fled their seats, and as the ship continued reversing, the window buckled and smashed, sending shards of glass everywhere. One man received a cut to his arm, and while not bleeding profusely, nevertheless was bleeding. A young boy was covered in glass, and although unhurt, had to be deftly 'de-glassed'. I felt someone's hand on my back pocket. Always cautious, I was walking with my hands in my pockets, specifically to keep the cloth on the seat of my pants tight. I tightened my grip. When this did not seem to discourage the brazen (and inept) thief, I quickly sidestepped to the left, and left him both surprised and embarrassed. He dropped his head so I could not see his face, and quickly retracted the jacket that had covered his hand to conceal his actions. He disappeared quickly.
After following the pathway around the mountain we were faced with a choice of either a path downward or a trail upward. We chose the upward trail, and hoped to find something. After climbing over boulders and headed in the direction of some boys sitting atop one, we arrived at a spectacular viewpoint. We had an almost 360 degree view of Mudu. While we were marveling at the view before us, I heard a few voices off in the distance behind us. When I turned to look, I was surprised to find that there was a ridge there, completely jam packed with people taking in the 'better view.'
Between September 1st and October 5th quite a number of things have happened, not the least of which is that the city Sign has disappeared. Over a period of days I saw the sign being dismantled and had assumed that they were going to 'refresh' the place so to speak. One evening on my way home from visiting Judy, the traffic at the roundabout up from the school, was stopped. The road was blocked off with a rope, and a number of people in hard hats were running around. I had no idea as to what was going on and as there were only two of us left on the bus I decided to walk the rest of the way. A very officious 'hard hat' started signaling me to go back. A student ran up to me and warned me that it was dangerous to proceed.
China has become "home" for me, and I love living here. Of course, even though I absolutely love Hong Hu ("You are crazy!" say my students), and had hoped to stay here for many years to come, I know it is time to move on. China is still a backward country, and still suffering the effects of Communist propaganda. Nothing changes fast here, and very few people are willing to "do anything" to bring about change, even when they know that change is both necessary and beneficial. Every foreign teacher knows the reality of the statement: "Teaching in China is the most frustrating job ever!"
We were also treated to a demonstration of 'Shaolin' arts. Not only did the performer put himself through the hoops (pardon the pun) but got Sam up to 'trip the lights fantastic!' When they called for volunteers to take part, Sam eagerly volunteered. Never ones to miss an opportunity to see a foreigner make a fool of himself, the Chinese MC readily accepted Sam's offer. The tiny performer took one look at him and said: 'Whoa! How heavy is he?' Just to see if he could do what he wanted, he picked Sam up in a bear hug. That was certainly entertaining. What Sam thought when the guy grabbed him front on and lifted him, I have no idea!
Not only do I consider that it smells like Methylated Spirits, but the taste is surely as bad. I argued and argued and argued before finally agreeing to just one glass. That little half full glass just knocked me off my feet. When I finally got home, I basically just collapsed on the bed - fully clothed - and passed out. But at least I had another wonderful night’s sleep.
There are a lot of cultural barriers that will anger you and drive you insane, but if you are willing to look beyond that (and the snot blowing) maybe you will get lucky and be able to work it all out. Me, I'm still trying to work it out. Even though I am Chinese, I do find it difficult to understand the people here. It also challenges me to discover who I am as a Chinese person. At home, American Born Chinese (ABC's) take a lot of crap from all sides. Not Chinese enough to fit in with the other Asians, and not American enough to be like everyone else.
As I have said, the meat is always fresh. If it is fish that you want, it will either be swimming around in the tank just inside the door, or floating 'belly up.' The vegetables while appearing a little wilted are usually fresh, having been purchased that morning in the markets, or as need requires, from one of the passing vendors. When this article was originally publish Hong Hu had no KFC, MacDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, lamb, cow beef, wheat bread, butter, cheese, cream or any of those things we take for granted in the west. If you want THAT sort of food you have to go to Wuhan where for 60 RMB you can order a hamburger in the Qin Chuan Hotel. In ShenZhen from memory, the pizza in the Pizza Hut cost about 100 RMB.
I have at various times over the years had people write me emails to bitterly complain about my writing - or rather - my politically incorrect and 'racist' comments. The first section of this article about the new classes, is one such sticking point for the self-righteous crowd, but I would like to make a small point about the 'fact of the matter' which was explained in that section. Unlike so many Politically Correct idiots, I choose truth over ideology, and the truth was what I spoke to the students. Standing my ground in order to accomplish the purpose of my employment (as opposed to doing any old thing to keep students happy and in the process justify the collection of my salary) turned out to be the first step in a productive career of teaching in China. The classes mentioned were the very first steps I took on a long road to learning how to teach Chinese students.
I want to state at the outset, that this will be a politically incorrect article. Throughout my stories, I have received the odd piece of hate mail telling me that I should not be in China and that I need to drop my western arrogance, and accept the Chinese as an "ethnic group." Well, in fact I do accept the Chinese for who they are, collectively and individually, but this does not mean that I should lie, paint a false picture, or gloss over the realities of daily life here in rural China.
I gathered up a spatula of cream from the birthday cake, and slammed it into birthday boy's face. I paid for that exercise dearly, for, as he stumbled back in shock, he knocked the soft drink and some of the cake and cream onto the floor, which, in the ensuing panic, was quickly transported all over the living room as students ran in different directions. And of course, being Chinese boys, when it was time to go, they just got up and left, leaving me with everything to clean up. Nevertheless I did have fun, and we did spend some real quality time talking.
Muslim Children Call for End to Democracy in Australia. When you vilify people for objecting to Muslims, their dress, their beliefs and their customs, how can you yourself then be justified in vilifying Muslims. If we were to object to Muslim parents teaching their kids about jihad, about the overthrow of democracy, the damnation of feminists, homosexuals, abortionists, Jews and Christians, then we must of necessity object to what Roman Catholics, Evangelical Protestants, Baptists, Jews, Democrats and Republicans (in America), Labour, Liberal and National Party members in Australia, Feminists, Homosexuals and pro-abortionists teach their children about their beliefs.
Whatever one may think about homosexuality and/or gay marriage, the reality pointed out in the article received for publication is exactly what I tried pointing out way back in 2005. PC activists are not egalitarian; what they demand for themselves is not what they grant others. I have many times pointed out that Political Correctness in essence is nothing more good manners, non-discrimination and the Bible's 'do unto others.' But as I have repeatedly pointed out over the years, "The most vocal people in the support of these types of laws, are in fact not the least bit interested in stamping out 'racism or discrimination'. The whole purpose of the law is to prevent you from expressing your right to freedom of expression."
Political Activism: Political correctness is just one tool in evidence of an underlying cancer slowly eating away at Western Democracy. Children are turning away from 'our' traditions, because they have failed to give them 'inner emotional stability'. Finding no ability to put their 'faith' in what Modern Society offers, they seek something 'more substantial' and more emotionally satisfying. So afraid are we of not being perceived as 'righteous', that we gladly crucify those amongst us who are not afraid to say what they think; and to further assuage our guilt we find ways of 'excusing' the terrorists. And then when the brutality of those we support becomes so personal and intense that we can no longer excuse it, we must find some politically correct 'sanitary' and acceptable means of expressing our disgust.
Whether dining 'alfresco' or in a private room in a posh hotel or in the common back alley restaurant; in the meal room at school or at the take away stand in the street, or even in private homes, meals are an informal communal activity. They are a pleasant adventure, except for the food - until you get to know what to eat that is! Of one thing you may be sure however; the meat will always be fresh. Killed and bought or bought and killed that very day, and in some cases, killed to order; it is always fresh.
There are no pleasure cruises on the river in Honghu or amusement parks as can be found in the larger cities. Chibi park and museum is not that far away but the costs involved make it a special occasion activity, as is also taking a trip out to or on Hong Hu lake. Young people spend a lot of time in internet cafes (illegal for under 18's - ah! but it doesn't matter!), watching TV, playing ping pong, or hiring VCD's and DVD's, all of which are pirated and completely crappy to watch AND frustrating when it finally claps out as you get to the climax of the movie.
Wuhan is divided into three cities, Hankou where the main bus and railway stations are located, Hanyang where the cruise ships dock and where the hotel is, and Wuchang where the big lakes are. The bridge from Hanyang to Wuchang is called the Chang Jiang No. 1 Bridge. These photographs were taken in the Amusement Park section in Zhongshan Park. One often encounters such Amusement Parks in the larger city parks e.g.: Ba Yi Park Baotou City Inner Mongolia. On this occasion I was accompanied by Guo Heyun, a young boy who attached himself to me after following a group of foreigners around the streets of Wuhan.
When you read the history of Islam, you find that nothing much has changed since the Prophet moved off the scene. The two opposing camps of Islam that immediately arose thereafter, are still slogging it out today. As the article points out, on one side you have Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and on the other, Qatar and Turkey. And as one brilliant 'specialist' so accurately pointed out (though not in these direct terms): when Islam is divided theologically and politically, it is impossible to resolve the many crises in the Arab/Muslim world.
Summer Camp consisted of two different 12 day sessions, teaching each class once every two days. On the day of the 4th class during the first camp, I was advised that the parents had complained about my teaching. 'They think that what you teach is useless (like having the students stand and actually speak English), and that you should teach 'new words' (that they will never use if they don't actually speak), and that you should teach them about Australia".
In accordance with the Vatican II changes, the church in China has reformed, and despite the bamboo curtain, it has remained abreast of events in the west and in particular, the Roman Catholic Church. They even receive regular English periodicals from Canada entitled 'Michael.' Whilst they acknowledge the political realities for the church in China, and despite some Western religious perceptions that they are not truly 'Catholic,' they maintain that they are 'one in Spirit' with their western brethren.
Chinese is a difficult language to learn, only because words sound alike and are written the same in Ping Ying (English alphabet), but each has a different inflection or tone. In Chinese characters of course, they are all different. An example of this in English might be for instance, 'I am going to present this present to the manager.' There is a pronunciation difference between the two words that are written the same and sound alike. In Chinese, this occurs with each word, for each 'word' can be inflected 4 different ways.
If you don't like the Islamic ban on Alcohol, then don't go to Islamic countries. If you don't like the way a country dictatorially controls the actions and beliefs of a people, then also don't go there. Likewise, if peoples from such places cannot accept the social norms of our Western Society, then they should also not come here; and just as it is not permitted to force western values onto any other society including Islamic Society, it is also wrong to force Islamic or other norms onto our Western Societies.
I have hated it, enjoyed it, felt ambivalent about it, but through it all I have never felt lonely - "God please give me some time to myself!" I have in the process however, learned a lot. Which is more than I can say for QC. I don't know how many times I warned him of the danger of drying clothes in front of the heater. Finally he has learned his lesson. While I was away with Zhan Yan in ShenZhen in May, there was a fire in my home. I did not know it of course, and it took three weeks of sitting on those "black" chairs in the dining room before I noticed the black marks.
She came from a town called Jian Li (on the other side of the Yangtze river), and her husband came from Feng Kou, just a few kilometers down the road. She was three when the Japanese left China, and remembers them as nice people who were kind to her family. During the period of the KuoMingTang (KMT) her husband had been involved in 'underground/illegal' work and activities of some kind. At liberation in 1949, he became a Government officer at Jian Li and worked very hard. Many people who knew him however, and resented his high position.
You may not like some of the things I have written here and may form whatever opinion that you wish. That after all is the measure of democracy. I too have my opinions about politically correct storm troopers and armchair experts; and it is this: "Come to China for few years - that'll wake you up!"
The photograph was taken in January of 2009 - 5 years after the original story was written. We left FengKou by the northern entrance to the town and made our way along the highway to the HengJi turn off which is at a place called 'Wugou.' It took about 20 minutes at most to arrive there, although the driver first had to stop and ask a local where the turn off was. The rear compartment was so closed off from the front that I had no view at all, otherwise I could have told her where to turn.
Henji is a little village some distance from Wugou which is on the Main Road into Honghu. Both places fall under the jurisdiction of Fengkou Town which is a part of Hong Hu City Hubei Province China. The central/administrative town for Hong Hu is "Xindi" which sits on the banks of the Yangtze River about 20 kilometres away from Chibi village and town on the other side of the river
We cannot undo all the wrongs that have already been inflicted on our societies, but we can make a personal choice to stop acting like a dumb sheep being led along by 'would be' political masters. We have to stop judging right and wrong on the basis of "feelings," and start relying on solid facts. And if the facts are not that solid so that a matter can be determined beyond a reasonable doubt, then we must refrain from passing judgment. The basis of the legal concept of 'beyond reasonable doubt' is the idea that it is better that a guilty man go free than an innocent man be punished. In today's world, that concept has been turned on its head and every man - and I use that language advisedly - is considered guilty until proven innocent.
Society in general (half of which are 'false guilt' laden men) see men as responsible for every societal evil; male teachers can't be trusted, male police officers are storm troopers, men are chauvinistic, sexist, lecherous, deviates, perpetrators of domestic violence and rape, child abusers, pedophiles, and don't even rate in the child nurturing stakes; men are uncaring, unemotional, or soppy sooks if they cry.
The following week we had a visitor to our class. A female teacher who wanted more practice. Someone asked me who she was and I said that since she was sitting right there in front of the student asking, that that student should ask the question of the visitor. This started a chain of events that led me to ask the student from the previous week, to ask the visitor a question. A little later I prompted him to ask another question. Subsequently he asked another three questions and joined in the conversation. You could see the sheer delight on his face, and he kept looking at me with obvious pride and a sense of achievement.
These articles by Jeff Wallace and Ned Witting, and their author's respective books ("In God We Trusted" - "Political Gridlock"), together with an article published May 23rd at Magic City written by Ed Fuelner titled Fostering "Informed Patriotism" focus on some basic issues concerning which all Americans ought to be cognizant.
"Finding Myself in China:" They like to chop the bone into a million pieces and then cook it with whatever meat is still left attached. It's rather like eating glass, and as for using chopsticks to take the little slivers of bone from your mouth, forget it! You just have to spit it out, because if you put your fingers to your mouth, everyone has fits. I had no idea how it worked, and it was no use trying to read the buttons on it because they were all in Chinese. So we spent the night rugged up tight, under quilts made for the average sized Chinese male. Consequently we froze our buns off. Not that it mattered much because despite the fact that the beds came with western mattresses, they were as hard a wooden planks. Actually, the reason for that was that they actually sat on wooden planks. So between the cold, the hunger, and the hard beds, I don't think either of us got much sleep that night.
Now you are probably wondering what these folk thought of this foreigner running around taking photos. Well, while it was my fondest wish to take photographs, I had no intention of turning up with Camera in hand. So you can imagine my reaction when a couple of old ladies (whose photographs I had taken the day before) grabbed hold of me and instructed me (through sign language of course) to go get my camera and take photos. I, being respectful of my elders, dutifully obeyed
If you ask me to choose between the peace I have in my heart here in China, and the arrogant, purile, angry and vindictive behavior that I see in everyday activities in the West, then I would have to choose China, because the western emotional state is 'NOT HEALTHY - NOT NORMAL' and certainly does not reflect the ideals that Western countries claim to own. We are taught that if we say all the right words we will find ourselves living in a paradise of non-discrimination and loving acceptance of all. In reality however, Western people are filled with various forms of angst and will use any excuse to lash out at anyone who offends them. Look through the comments section on any internet site, be it a blog or mainstream newspaper, and you will see the anger and the hatred, the lack of respect and the cynicism, the intolerance for anyone who in some way or another offends my concept of MY HUMAN RIGHTS.
Honor Diaries addresses the abuses women and girls face in Muslim-majority societies: forced marriage, female genital mutilation, denial of education, restriction of movement and -- the ultimate -- honor killings.The film's story is told by nine courageous women's rights activists who witnessed firsthand the oppression women endure and profiles their efforts to affect change in Muslim-majority societies.Shame on the American universities for succumbing to the totalitarian, hypocritical, undemocratic, unrighteous and unjust demands of Islam. (And if CAIR and other organizations are not representative of Islam then it is high time for Muslims to declare it so. An irrelevant action at best.)
..a particular point was stated in different ways at different times about how FEAR of those with political power caused otherwise good and honest people to err both by both commission and omission. People who exercised their freedom of thought, belief and speech became targets of those who believed that they had no right to those thoughts and beliefs and certainly no right to speak about them. And such was the fear of so many people, that they willingly succumbed to the pressure of the powers that were, to turn against their friends, family and work colleagues.
Having seen my Spring Break plans fall through the cracks two years in a row, I was really happy this year to finally get away. It's not that the trip was meant to be some exciting holiday. It was just a chance to get to some warmer weather and away from some of life's distractions, like people wanting me to spend my free time teaching English to their kids. Apart from one day at the beach, I spent ninety percent of the time in my apartment or in the hotel office next door. That might not sound too exciting to some people, but for me, it gave me much needed time to work and relax.
The Town Councilors ordered a group of town representatives to follow the Skinheads to determine from whence they had come, and then sent a deputation requesting that the offenders be turned over to Hairyhead justice. The Skinhead officials apologized profusely for the damage that had been done, and promised that the offenders would be dealt with according to Skinhead law. They went to great lengths to explain that the situation was not really the fault of the Skinheads, but of the Hairyheads who ought to have known better than to allow the boy to live as one of them. This you see is forbidden in law.
I called that asshole a dirty rotten liar because he is a dirty rotten liar, not because I hate Islam or Muslims. By some people's definition of Islamophobia, saying anything nasty about a Muslim should be a crime - even if it is true. You think I made that up didn't you? The fact of the matter is that it has twice already been declared in a court of law the 'truth' is no defense in a 'hate speech' trial. My fear is that my own country has become so weak, gutless and godless that one day it will become an Islamic Republic. My fear is quite rational. Do I blame Muslims for this? No!
It seems that Israel has conspired to keep the truth from us. Watch the video and see how Israel treats Muslims, Druze and Arabs of all persuasions. But what is Egypt today? First and foremost it is an Islamic Country, one that has been struggling to catch up with Western economic success. But it is not exactly a success story
"Anyone with a little intellect knew that the appointment was a farce but farce is standard fare for the U.N." In United Nations Rising Hypocrisy I wrote: "It seems rather strange that the United Nations staff fear for their lives, when in Palestine at least, the United Nations (and the rest of the world so it seems), thinks that all the problems, violence and poverty in Palestine are caused solely by Israel, and that Palestinian 'soldiers' are brave freedom fighters." In 2005 whilst studying in Wuhan City China, I was talking with a group of Muslims from Middle Eastern countries and I asked them what would happen if Israel agreed to all the demands placed on it. They burst out laughing and said: 'There would be no Israel!'
One book that came to our attention is called 'Insula - Island of Hope'. It is a collection of stories written by Latvians who spent time in a refugee camp in Germany. Ventis and John Plume were born in Latvia prior to World War II, to a forest ranger and his wife. The Soviet regime in 1941 had their father listed for deportation to Siberia.
Immediately that we turned off the main road, we found ourselves on a rocky, pothole ridden dirt track weaving all over the place between thick foliage, and to our left and right were apparently new but derelict buildings some of which were unfinished, and all with smashed windows. It did not look promising at all. As we snaked our way down hill, we finally arrived at the river. And the museum? "Where is the museum?" - "Oh! It's on the other side. You have to take the ferry" says our driver.
A kid is a kid is a kid, no matter what the ethnic, financial or family background is, but they all have something in common; they are all influenced by their parents example and by whatever they're taught! I pray the story is the focus. I pray the story effects the readers in a positive manner. I pray the story is helpful to those that it relates to and mostly I pray that the message of "Daddy Loves You" gets the recognition it deserves. God knows I wish I had an answer for all the lost, lonely and angry guys out there. Something which I also took from your book "Daddy Loves You", is that the process of reconciliation does not always work out quite as we would like it to.
Muslim belief is that ultimately everything is Allah's will. Whether they approve or disapprove of the Kenyan massacres is irrelevant. It is Allah's will! Whether ordinary Muslims approve or disapprove of those terrorists is irrelevant. It is Allah's will! Whatever a Muslim may say with his lips, his true meaning is hidden in the back of his mind. It is Allah's will! Every Muslim, like every other true believer in every other religion, dreams of seeing the world converted to their god. For the Muslim therefore, every action that leads to the defeat or conversion of the infidel must be Allah's will.
Most websites are like mine in that their "Google Ad Income" is chicken feed. It does not pay your costs or make you rich, but what it does do is make Google Rich. All that chicken feed from millions of websites adds up to a heck of a lot of money for Google and I for one have no intention of rewarding Google for punishing me. That is perverse! I'm not a masochist. I have come to the decision that the only thing I can do is take a page out of Comrade Google's 'Little Red Book' and say: 'Screw You!'
Life is too short to spend bemoaning all the opportunities missed; all the injustices done you and all the mistakes you intentionally or inadvertently made. Life is also too short to spend your time trying to justify yourself to people who only want to find fault in you. If and when you have an opportunity to restore a relationship then you should do so. But - When you keep suffering because of certain people or certain behaviors, it is time to board the train and go see the sights elsewhere - and leave your baggage back at the train station.
I have come to the decision that the only thing I can do is take a page out of Comrade Google's 'Little Red Book' and say: 'Screw You!' Comrade Google didn't like the way the Communist Government of China kept changing the rules. Comrade Google would not submit to a 'totalitarian authority'. Comrade Google decided to pull up stakes and leave. Is there a lesson to be learned in that?
Pilar Rahola -- To fight against anti-Semitism is not the duty of the Jews, it is the duty of the non-Jews. I am not Jewish. Ideologically I am left and by profession a journalist. Why am I not anti-Israeli like my colleagues? Because as a non-Jew I have the historical responsibility to fight against Jewish hatred and currently against the hatred for their historic homeland, Israel.
Every time Israel takes action against Hamas in Gaza and starts blowing up tunnels, the 'western activists' start gushing tears from their eyes and blood from their hearts. The purpose here today is simply to provide information to counter the irrationality of 'agenda driven' activists who seek to control the emotions and minds of the silent and somewhat mindless majority. I am still 8 years old, hospitalized in critical condition. Screaming from pain. Bandaged from head to toe. And my head is not the same. No longer full of golden long hair. The head is burnt. The face, back, the legs and arms, burnt. I am surrounded by family members, but my mother is not with me.
American Education is actively turning young Americans into terrorists. The speaker is Brigitte Gabriel (pseudonym), a Lebanese American journalist, author, and activist. Within the video she produces documents which purport that despite so called separation of State and Church, Islam is being introduced to school children at school, and via injection of big dollars into universities all over the USA, Students are being taught to hate the USA.
Politicians care only for themselves and nothing for the truth unless it suits their purposes. What they do call truth is usually nothing but lies! The general population - never seem to notice when radicals of all nationalities, religions and persuasions turn to 'ad hominems' rather than to logical debate when someone disagrees with them. The honest man will argue his point honestly. The perverted man ignores the argument and attacks the man (ad hominem) as though truth is not found in discovering and weighing the evidence and facts but in the character and 'Politically Correct Nature' of the person speaking them.
"When you have heard the evidence, you realise that this is a person who's so determined to win that he or she will say anything," said Justice Collier, who has been a judge for 14 years and is retiring at the end of the month. "I'm satisfied that a number of people who have appeared before me have known that it is one of the ways of completely shutting husbands out of the child's life."
Some time ago someone asked me to check out something "IMPORTANT" on YouTube. So I did, and while checking that out I noticed a link to something else and something else and something else. Then today I spent several hours of dedicated but haphazard 'research' into a variety of 'SECRETS' about what is going on in this world. Well actually, it wasn't so 'dedicated'. You see, today I have a completely free day. No classes to go to, and no one making demands on my time, which should have meant that I am finally free to catch up on some much needed work on my website. What it really meant was that I just shut down and didn't want to do or think about anything. So I decided to watch a movie but before I started to do that, I decided to finish watching something on 'Agenda 21' - and that put paid to watching any movies.
Palestinian suffering on the other hand, continues no matter what happens and how much support they receive from the United Nations, the European Union and the Arab countries. The Palestinian Leadership dream of Nirvana is for their people (not they themselves) to be martyred for the cause and fly up to Allah. The Jewish dream is to turn Israel into a land flowing with milk and honey, and to enjoy the fatness thereof. Their dream is not to survive, but to LIVE AND PROSPER. Israelis don't dream of migrating to the US.... Ultimately, Israel's existence is living proof that HE who scattered them across the face of the earth 2000 years ago has in fact called them home. And I believe that idea is the fundamental cause for both Muslim angst and the blatant anti-Semitism of the 'anti-God' culturally Marxist, politically correct, activist agendas.
This article is not about 'putting women or gays in their place' but a warning about the day not far off, when they will indeed be put in their place by a people determined to take over the world at any cost. I speak of course of Islam. The Western World is asleep or otherwise so preoccupied with its politically correct agendas. that it doesn't see the forest for the trees.
You may draw what conclusions you will from these events and this commentary, but the fact remains, that 'Guns' are not responsible for violence - people are! Those who seek to kill, will use whatever is most readily at hand to accomplish the act. The question that should be addressed is WHY there is so much violence NOW in this day and age.
Although I have covered the issue of how long Joshua was Judge of Israel in other articles, today I thought that I might touch the subject again, and to make it easy to find, give it the 'How Long' title that many students use in their google searches. The biggest problem in relation to Israel's Period of the judges, is that the Chronological Data provided in the Book of Judges is excessive within the overall chronological claims of the Bible.
The subjects who watched more television than the other children and teenagers were more likely to have a criminal conviction and were also more likely to exhibit antisocial personality traits in adulthood. One can take away the weapon of first choice, but that does not prevent violence, especially the violence perpetrated by those with criminal or antisocial personalities. The report listed above shows that some people 'are more likely' to become criminals than others but television surely cannot be totally to blame for antisocial and criminal behavior. It is not a mature society that produces many times over, people whose response to hurt, rejection and anger is to run amok killing innocent people going about their daily lives. Proverbs 22:6 says: Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it. Who is training our children up?
(Originally a 4 part article) On January 14th 2010, I commenced my trip back to Australia. The temperature at that time was varying between minus 15 and minus 20 degrees. It was for this Aussie, despite living in China for 7 years, truly cold. I flew from Baotou in Inner Mongolia to Beijing and stayed one night in the Beijing Aulympic Airportel. The Hotel is located very close to the airport. The fees were very very very low and that suited me fine. I did not expect however, that the hotel would be as nice as it was. Next day I flew to Hong Kong where I connected with a Qantas flight travelling to Brisbane Australia.
When we arrived, we noted that this place really was a resort centre. It had wave pools and other interesting things for people to enjoy, and even accommodated school tour groups with dormitory style accomodation. Opposite the breakfast room was a swimming complex, in the front of which was a very interesting sign. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to bring my .38 Smith and Wesson. When we went in for breakfast, we saw that the next room was set up for a wedding, and discovered that it was 'our' wedding reception. Taking a 'sticky beak', I noted that there were no knives on any of the tables. 'Ahah! Thank God I brought that solid clear plastic knife with me!'.. The whole time before and after the actual church service, the local beggars were inside the church hitting everyone for money. Oh the guilt of refusing a pittance for the poor in the house of God, but I was advised to give no one anything, for that would be more effective than the 'last trump' for the dead. All the beggars would arrive. Not that this mattered at all. Who was carrying money?
By the time I got home and did the packing for the trip, the morning had long gone and it was around 2 pm when I head off to Wivenhoe dam with my camping and fishing gear, for some solitary piscatorial adventures. I arrived at Wivenhoe and began preparing my tent, air mattress, cooking gear etc etc, before heading off to a 'special' spot for some surface action. This area, for the first time in years, has trees semi-submerged by the recently rising water levels. The sun is already low in the sky as I get close, but before I get there, I notice the swallows circling and diving just above the water, near the bank. This is a sign that they are chasing insects. I also notice fish breaking the surface as they too attempt to catch whatever insects land on the surface. I turned off the sounder and moved silently to within casting distance and began flicking surface lures, but to no avail.
A Male Steward came off the plane and walked over to me and said: "It's alright! We aren't going to leave without you! Calm down! Catch your breath!" The 'So and So' was right. It was still another 30 minutes before we took off! I on the other hand was watching the driver through his rear view mirror. He seemed to be blinking an awful lot and his driving was a little erratic. Not that that is unusual in China, but when you are on the highway and you have 3 or 4 lanes to choose from and very little traffic, you would think that you could drive in at least one or two of those lanes for more than 500 meters at a time.
The 'elites' of the south can keep their big metropolitan lifestyles. The people from my part of Australia love the peace and serenity to which we have grown accustomed. And if the heart of Brisbane does not offer enough to see within walking, biking or river ferry distance, we only have to jump in the car and drive for an hour in any direction, to visit some of the best scenery in the world, in Queensland, The Sunshine State.
If you take a drive north of Brisbane, depending on your route you can pass through Montville, Maleny, Lake Baroon, and all the other attractionsin this area of the Sunshine State of Queensland. All the towns and villages are quite close together. For instance, Steve Irwin Way is the road you need to travel to Austalia Zoo. Noosa, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Caloundra, are on the coast and from there you can travel to Fraser, Bribie and Moreton Islands. Actually, to get to Bribie Island you don't need to take a boat. You can just cross the bridge.
The exact distance from the heart of Brisbane to Lake Baroon is unknown to me, but I can estimate that it is around 90 kilometers. It's a small manmade lake which in parts is at least 34 meters deep. This I know for a fact, because my brother, the penultimate sportsman who never likes to leave anything to chance, has a sonar device installed in the Kayak (our mode of transport for the occasion) that lets him know not just the depth of the water, but where the fish are, and whether or not it is worth the effort to circle the area in an effort to catch something.
Marxists believe that the existing society must be destroyed in order to successfully establish the new order. They believe that society, like the Phoenix must die so that out of the ashes can rise the new Phoenix. I don't think that they realise that it is the same bird that rises, not one with a new design. Cultural Marxists pay no attention to the lessons of history, and it is we who will suffer because of it. We must begin to question what we have been taught. We must begin to see where our societies are headed. And most importantly, we must stop being bystanders who believe that there is nothing that they can do. (History, accelerated by science, is compressing itself, and our misfortunes, into ever tighter spirals. Can we cope? We can if we recognize the fact that man's astonishing technological progress presents just as many dangers to society as opportunities; and if we remember that utopia, or the Kingdom of Heaven, or whatever you choose to call such a state of grace, is not something that we confer on our society with science or social institutions, but forge within our souls by an act of devotion to some thing or principle greater than ourselves: Wm. B. Fankboner
The evening went well for the guests, and the foreigners were as pleased to have been invited, as were the guests to gawk at them. The whole thing must have cost a pretty penny, some or most of which would have been recouped through the Chinese custom of given 'Red Bags' of money. The trick for the Bridal couple is to get more than they paid out. Under normal circumstances they would end up in the black, but on this occasion one could only wonder. As for the foreigners, they all enjoyed themselves immensely. Whilst some caught up with friends and others of us made new acquaintances, all of us had a wonderful time
The Scene is made up of stones weighing 5,000 tons and the water inside comes from purified lake water with 8 meter falling. The stones, water and wave plowing create a mountainous atmosphere as described by Wang Wei and Meng Haoran "Clear water runs on stones" and "Adventures in the stone gate". When Chen Yu and I finally arrived back at the North Entrance, a group of young people spotted me and began calling out. It turned out that two of them were Chen Yu's students. The following photo is one that Chen Yu took using my camera, as the boys (none of whom were known to Chen Yu) posed with me while their friends took photos using their cameras
Once we were in the studio, and without receiving any advice, instruction or prompting whatsoever, I, as the 'first monkey up', or 'first cab off the rank' (whichever expression you like), found myself walking onto the set to be greeted by the presenter. I bowed, greeted her in Chinese, turned to the audience and greeted them, and then, with 'deliberate nonchalance', sat down on the sofa provided. Thank heaven that it was a pre-recorded show and was not 'live to air'. And thankfully when they aired the program they didn't show what happened when I sat down
With the official greetings over, we were presented with a variety of performances from local artists and international guests, including an American man and his family. This family presented a narrative from a Gospel about the birth of Jesus, and then went on to present some musical renditions of Christmas Carols. Another foreigner, who performed a Chinese fan dance, was Helen, a Ukrainian with an American Accent. She is also an English teacher in Dong He District Baotou. We chatted for a little while at the end of the night. The other performances included an Arabian - Chinese dance performed by a group of girls balancing rice bowls while they gyrated around the place. They were all young and beautiful and adept in their craft
My 'less than trusting' Chinese friends (currently scattered far and wide throughout China), are not so excited. They tell me that not only are private schools well known for their abuse of and cheating both foreign and National teachers, but one should not trust a Chinese boss to keep his word. While in fact no one has actually informed me that I will be paid overtime, the provision is in my contract and I don't see how it can be 'forgotten'. I doubt that the franchisee could ever have become such an illustrious business woman (She has businesses in China and in Canada) had she not been an ethical manager
It turns out that Yang Bin attended some special 'Arts' High school where the subjects were song and dance routines, and didn't these guys belt out some fantastic songs. Skinny little dweebie boys with deep, rich voices that would hold their own against any professional out there on the circuit. And then there was the girl. Whew! No point even trying to tell you what she was like. If you are not familiar with Chinese singing stars, then you wouldn't understand how fantastic she was. Even Yang Bin sang a song and later danced the 'Jive' with his 13 year old cousin. He also did a quick Jive with Wu Peipei
The Ancient Roman and Greek Empires are now but ruins. The British Empire which began to bud with Elizabeth I Rex and came into full bloom in the reign of Queen Victoria, is now reduced to just a 'Commonwealth of Nations'. And the Empire of the United States of America? The U.S. is only 400 years old (depending on how you define 'U.S.') whilst England is 1000 years old. Americans would hardly define themselves (at least as far as world politics goes) as an 'Imperial State' or an empire, but if one did, then surely that too would be very young, perhaps no more than 100 years.
Unfortunately (and even today in the Christian world this still applies), people mistakenly believe that they can ‘earn the grace’ of God by doing those things which a righteous man does. The fallacy in this type of thinking is obvious when you consider how many (self-proclaimed) righteous, loving, tolerant, non-discriminatory, immigrant welcoming, anti-Trump’s wall, anti-homophobic and anti-islamophobic people there are in the world who would not for a moment hesitate to beat you up, shout you down, hound you, stalk you, curse you, call for your death, seek to have you fired from your job and generally act like nazis toward you simply because you voted for Donald Trump.
When counter protesters set out to impede, provoke and confront an opposing ideological group, what results is what one would expect to result and only the idiotic, mindless, anally retentive and just plain stupid person would claim that it is not their fault that the protesters got upset or took action against them. But who are we kidding here? Counter protesters don’t believe in righteousness or otherwise. They are just rabble – SS troopers – sent in to do their master’s bidding. Give them all a baton and gun and see how quickly they will turn into killing machines to rid society of all its evils – starting with Donald Trump of course!
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.
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]