When I was in my 20's I suddenly became very interested in Israel. I should mention by way of preface that I am probably the most unobservant Jew you will ever meet - I think the last time I was inside a synagogue was when my friend's son died and I attended the funeral service; I was married to a Christian woman for 23 years and attended church with her.
Israeli consulates here have what is called the "Aliyah" program - if you are Jewish (e.g., your mother is Jewish) they will welcome you to return to the ancestral homeland, usually to work on a Kibbutz. I had drifted, going to community college, having a lot of fun, learning to play jazz (flute and string bass), but I was unfulfilled. So off to Israel I went - to Kibbutz Na'an, south of Tel Aviv.
It's a vibrant community of some 2000 plus residents that raises oranges and vegetables and also has a sprinkler factory that makes the Na'an lawn sprinklers that most everyone has seen. While there you spend half the day at an Ulpan- learning to speak and write Hebrew, and the other half of the day working. I worked in the orange groves, in the factory, in the Hadar Ochel (the kitchen) washing dishes, and other jobs. Everything is communal - you don't eat breakfast in your room or apartment - you go to the communal dining hall.
You get all the things you need - clothing, health-care, entertainment. Kibbutz people are only about 2 percent of the Israeli population, but they produce over 90 percent of the food. That's how Israel got started as a nation- they made the desert bloom, literally - with irrigation and advanced technology.
But the most important thing I learned while living in Israel is the work ethic - something that is sorely missing in American society. It shows you, in no uncertain terms, that you must work and contribute; that there is no free lunch as in the welfare/ food stamp state of America today.
When I returned to the states, I was motivated. I returned to school and earned a Ph.D. in economics. I became an expert computer programmer. And most importantly, partly because of what I learned living in Israel on a kibbutz - I became a conservative.
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Recently Townhall had an excellent article on this subject. Liberals love to bring out the theory of “income inequality” to address every perceived problem in our culture – whether it’s global warming, breast cancer, riots in Sweden, France, or the disappearance of the arctic ice shelf – it’s “income inequality” that is the culprit.
To sum it up:
1) Income Inequality is “settled” science.
2) The world will end if we don’t address it.
3) Rich people and government types- our betters- agree on this.
4) We must do something about it immediately.
Much of the hype about income inequality in the Western world is more about the changing dynamics of society and the make-up of households than it is about income.
The Pew Trust recently released a report that shows that one of the prime movers behind income inequality isn’t income at all, but the growing number of single mother household, which have rocketed from 7.3 percent of all households to 25.3 percent of all households since 1960.
While noting that 40 percent of all households now have either a woman earning more than a man or a woman as sole provider, the study also says there is a huge difference between married households and single mother households.
“The income gap between the two groups is quite large,” says Pew. “The median total family income of married mothers who earn more than their husbands was nearly $80,000 in 2011, well above the national median of $57,100 for all families with children, and nearly four times the $23,000 median for families led by a single mother.”
So, in other words, traditionally married couples, with moms as breadwinners, enjoy a household income that is 40 percent higher than the national average and nearly 400 percent higher than single moms.
Of course, the only people surprised by the finding are liberals. See? it’s your fault that single mothers are poor. And your fault that Africans can't have air conditioning. We need, it seems, to follow the European model, because, yeah, that’s working out so well right now.
The liberal agenda’s favors seduce the people a little at a time, always playing on their regressive longings to be indulged. Favor by favor, accompanied by the constant drumbeat of entitlement propaganda, the otherwise intelligent citizen is led to an increasingly erroneous conception of the proper role of government in a free society. Like a child molester, the liberal politician grooms his constituents until their natural cautions against yielding power in exchange for favors dissolves in reassurance.
Under the creed of modern liberalism the individual citizen is not called to maturity but is instead invited to begin a second childhood. Like the child at play, he is given, or at least promised, ultimate economic, social and political security without having to assume responsibility for himself. The liberal agenda requires him to remain in an artificial environment--the daycare program of the grandiose state--where he need not become an adult, take responsibility for his own welfare, nor cooperate with others to achieve what the state will give him for nothing.
Our Founders envisioned a state that would focus on society honoring the principles of rational individualism, where the citizen’s choices will be influenced by ideals of individual liberty, self-reliance, personal responsibility, voluntary cooperation, moral realism, and respect for the rights and sovereignty of others. If they saw America today, they’d be turning in their graves.
"I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently,” said Michael Shulan, creative director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Eventually they decided on 3 photos instead of just this one. Shulan didn't like three photographs more than he liked one, but he went along with it.
So we had a bunch of maniac terrorists drive 2 planes into the WTC, killing over 3,000 people, and all this asshole can think about is his personal little libtard view of how America will look best? Up yours, pal!
The way of thinking sociopaths have is deeply different from anyone else and thus, their reasons for their abnormal behaviors are vastly different from anyone else's. Generally, they can't be helped as they believe their way of thinking is right.
Remember that although it may not be a person's fault that he or she is a sociopath, this individual is still responsible for his or her actions, and you do not need to fix those issues or damage your own life by staying around.
Remember that it is never your fault.
If someone you know has a sociopathic personality, forgive them the best you can and move on. This can be difficult for a relationship, but the one without the disorder is suggested to try loving them from a protected absentee distance. Not many couples live happy relationships because people don't tend to change from these disorders, but the best thing you can do is try to forgive and move on for your own safety and well-being.
Sociopaths are less prone to emotion and so can use it against others. It is most effective to deal with people in terms they understand; if you must deal with a sociopath, don't get your emotions involved.
Sociopaths are great actors and liars
Sociopaths understands others' emotions but do not care at all.
Unless you are more capable than they are or you are able to see through them right off, avoid them and beware of any influence they have on you. Realize that the sociopath does not care who gets used or hurt, because sociopaths have no conscience or scruples against taking gross advantage of your kindness and goodwill. A key characteristic of a sociopath is that they can not comprehend that others have feelings or can be hurt by their actions. This is particularly evident in repeat cheating behavior by married men or women seeking short - term gratification outside marriage.
Sociopaths are mental, emotional and psychological terrorists. And just like real terrorists, if they have no weapons, their impact will be minimal.
This message has been brought to you by someone who had a relationship with a sociopath, realized there was something very wrong, and got out of there!
Have you ever wondered, "why did the person I was with cheat so much? Has this person any clue how much their actions have hurt me?"
Not all sociopaths are unfaithful. But a large proportion are. Simply being unfaithful is not part of the criteria for sociopathy, in fact it’s not even in the DSM checklist. But many sociopaths are unfaithful; why is this?
Why do sociopaths cheat?
Poor impulse control
Lack of guilt
Lack of empathy
To boost narcissistic ego
Lacking in emotional connection
Additional source for supply
The sociopath rarely cheats because he/she has met the love of his life. He cheats, because the opportunity is presented to him. The sociopath will take on the persona of people that they are around, so being close to other people gives new dimension to their own personality.
Quite simply, the sociopath cheats, because he can. Without guilt or remorse, there is no reason not to. He doesn't particularly make long term plans, and tends to act within the moment if an opportunity arises.
Remember that the sociopath does not have the same moral compass as non-sociopathic people. Other people learn that cheating is bad, as it hurts people. It causes pain. The sociopath doesn't learn from past mistakes and will repeat the same behavior over and over.
When you first discover that your sociopathic partner has cheated, it can be devastatingly heart wrenching. The sociopath is a liar and deceptive and to your face will do anything to protect the lie. Often the usual signs of infidelity will be absent. This is because the sociopath is used to being deceptive and lying, and feels more comfortable with the lie than the truth. The sociopath also feels little or no guilt, remorse or shame. So will continue to lie, and unless you are smart, will not be caught out (unless he/she wants you to find out about it).
It is likely that when the truth comes out that the sociopath will blame you (nothing is ever their fault), making you feel even worse. Many people uncover not just one affair, but a multitude of people that the sociopath was having affairs with.
Get out of the relationship and establish a No Contact situation
Realize that this is not your fault, the sociopath would have cheated before and will cheat again
Understand that not even all sociopaths cheat, but those that do will continue to repeat this behavior
A sociopath who cheats and betrays will always do so
Remember nothing you do will change him/her, you can only change yourself!
Brought to you by somebody who is a lot wiser.
A clever man (or a clever city or state government) can survive and even appear to prosper for awhile on very limited resources. He can live on borrowed money, shifting from creditor to creditor as bills come due, going ever deeper into debt. Promises flow from him, and plans for recouping his fortunes and producing great wealth. Many will extend credit to him because he puts up a good front, weaves fascinating justifications for his failures, and paints seductive word pictures of his prospects.
There comes a time, however, in the affairs of the cleverest of such men when their confidence game no longer works its magic. A "credibility gap" appears; the promises, instead of attracting further credit, have all become notes falling due. Notes are presented for payment; credit is not extended; the debts cannot be paid. When that happens, a man is bankrupt. Any resources he has are taken from him to satisfy, as far as they will, the claims of his creditors.
Such is the plight of Detroit and of a long list of other cities in the United States, virtually all of which have been caused by decades of frivolous, unsound progressive liberal fiscal policy (or lack of same). "liberals" have promised world peace through international organization (first the League of Nations and then the United Nations), a modus vivendi with communists through concessions, the good will of all nations that would result from foreign aid programs, recovery from depression by inflation, a balanced budget with increased taxes, a balanced budget through reduced taxes, the solution of the farm problem by government programs, the solution to crime and delinquency through housing programs and aid to the poor, security in old age by way of social security taxes, quality education as a result of higher taxes, peaceful labor relations by way of government empowerment of labor unions, the rescue of small business by antitrust action, the revival of cities by pouring government credit and money into them, an end to monetary problems by a Federal Reserve System, better transportation service at lower prices by government regulation, the restoration of a "balance" between rural and urban inhabitants by farm subsidies, and so on, almost endlessly.
So the news that the city of Detroit is declaring bankruptcy may not surprise many observers who were aware of how economic decline, shrinking population, the burden of huge public employee contracts and political corruption was leading inevitably to this outcome. But it might come as something of a shock to the vast majority of Americans whose only thoughts about the subject prior to today were framed by the demagoguery on the issue that came from President Obama’s reelection campaign. As we all recall, Democrats spent a good deal of 2012 telling us that “General Motors is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead” and hounding Mitt Romney for saying that Detroit would be better off going bankrupt rather than being bailed out by the federal government. But we have just learned that all the sunny talk about what Obama had accomplished *did nothing to save the city*.
It's time for a big change in America. Progressive liberalism has run out of time. The "fit has hit the shan", so to speak, and now it's time to clean it all up and return to the concept of fiscal soundness that this great country was built upon. But we won't get any of that by electing Democrat politicians.
Did the Bible "originally state" that there is a place like Hell? In the Old Testament, there was no "place of eternal damnation." There was Sheol, where everybody--good or bad--went after they died.
Things got messier from there. When the Hebrew text was translated into Greek, "Sheol" was replaced by "Hades." Then, when evolving Jewish and Christian beliefs began to emphasize resurrection, Hades became a place where only the nasty folks went.
OK, so there were two different names for this place. Now let's introduce a third, Gehenna, which early Christian teaching said was a fiery hell to which the wicked would be sent after judgment. The root of the word refers to the Valley of Hinnom, a location "south of Jerusalem, where trash fires burned incessantly and where ancient human sacrifices had been offered to Canaanite gods." The Book of Revelation took this a step further by saying those evil folks would be "thrown into a lake of fire."
So far, no mention of "Hell." That changed when the Bible was translated into English. Many versions render Sheol, Hades, and Gehenna as Hell. The New Testament also refers to "weeping and gnashing of teeth" and a place where the "worm never dies and the fire is never quenched," and things like that.
Catholics and all of those who believe in the various versions of the Bible believe that we have one shot in this life and what we do in this life will determine whether we go to heaven or hell. Bishop John Shelby asserts that hell was invented by the church to control the masses of people. He argues that people are essentially terrorized from childhood into believing that if they did not follow the dictates of the church, they would go to hell. It is a means of making people dependent on the church.
This is religious dogma, and I reject it. I believe in God, but for scientific, not theological reasons. I had one Christian woman right here on Google+ try to tell me that if I didn't accept Jesus as my savior, I would go to hell. I tried to explain to her that I am Jewish, and organized Judaism existed for 3,700 years before Christ was even born. She didn't want to hear about it. Religous dogmatism can actually be dangerous to your health; it suppresses the natural human ability to use critical thinking skills.
Einstein confirmed that space and time are just as physical as matter. That's why space and time can be altered by gravity, and space produces particles. Space actually is something not nothing. Space can be stretched and manipulated. Einstein's equations show that space, mass, and time are all various forms of energy. Einstein showed that the universe couldn't be eternal. It had a beginning. Einstein believed, because of science, in the existence of God behind the origin and order of the universe. He didn't believe in a personal (theological) God, but he did believe science pointed to the existence of an all-powerful and intelligent Creator. Of course, then you get the question of who created God. But I'll leave that one be.
This message has been brought to you by the letters G, O, and D.