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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Opus 2020-076: A Glimmer

If you are looking for a ray of hope on the Chinavirus you have one this morning.

I am not interested in headlines and the filters put on by media or bloggers.  I try to look for raw numbers and try to interpret them myself.  With that in mind, I confess that I don’t know any more than anyone else, probably less.  One of the sites I find that gives numbers is Worldmeter.  If you have not seen it yet and want data, check it out.  I don’t pay a lot of attention to the number of cases because that is totally dependent on how much testing is being done and how reliable the tests are.  Interesting but not telling us much.  I also discount numbers that come from China or other countries with totalitarian governments.  What I focus on is the number of deaths each day.

Yesterday we had a major turn-down in death reported in both the Untied States and the world.  It could be only a blip.  It could be a lack of reporting.  It could be the unicorns have finally been corralled.  It is still a ray of hope.  Here are the numbers for new deaths in the US starting on March 24:

March 24    225
March 25    247
March 26    268
March 27    400
March 28     525
March 29     264

As you can see we seemed to be spiking on the 27th and 28th and then had a dramatic drop on the 29th.  One day does not a pattern make.  Don’t break out the sparkling cider yet.  But it is still a positive step. 

Keep washing your hands and avoid unicorns.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-075: Y2K and C-19

I have seen several references to the scare over Y2K.  For those with short memories that was the fear that when the calendars in the computer innards rolled over to the year 2000 they would reset at 0 and throw everything in our culture in the blender. 

Obviously there was nothing noticeable that happened.  Up to that point we are agreed but I am seeing more and more people acting like it was not a real problem, just hype, and then they compare it to the Chinavirus panic. 

I am of the opinion that there was a problem based in Y2K.  It did have the potential to wreak a lot of havoc.  When the concern was acknowledged the geeks got to work looking for a fix.  We will never know how much of a problem we might have had but I think we would have had one.  So don’t put Y2K in the same box with the virus scares.

On the other hand, when this is done we need to find the balance between accepting that we were brought to a slow boil by the media and that some of the things done did help to contain the spread of the disease.  The big, unanswerable question will be, “Was it worth the price?”

If you are on the government dole already and comfortable in your cocoon, you give it all a two thumbs up.  If you work for a living, manage to keep it together, the economy recovers and life become normalized we will say, “Maybe.”  If the damage is enough to bring us to our knees and strip us of our liberty and potential for prosperity, then, “No.”

Remember, even when we are over the hump it is a good idea to wash your hands.  That goes double if you are in a state with a lot of Democrats.

homo unius libri

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Opus 2020-074: New Terms: That’s Left

I was reading at the DB Daily Update site on my I-pad and came across a statement that got me to thinking.  When I tried to reference it on my computer I was informed that I could not get there unless I accepted their cookie policy.  Since I try to avoid going there when I can I will try to relate what I can remember.  The statement had something to do with something being right or should we say “left”. 

We need a new phrase to account for woke comments.  I am suggesting “that’s left” instead of a lot of arguing.  When we say “that’s left” we mean that they are so ridiculous that our minds are stupefied at their obtuseness.  We mean that we acknowledge that they are not open to facts, logic or any kind of reason.  We acknowledge their disconnect and the concrete it is set in.

We can have variations on this like raising a fist and saying “left on, brother!”  Obviously it will become better to become a left hand fluid gender person than a right hand man.  How about “Might makes left”?

Wash your hands and watch out for unicorns.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-073: Quarantine Meditations

Being retired and having a reasonable supply of necessities, I have not had to change my lifestyle much during the time of social distancing.  I am an introvert and feel no confinement be staying home.  It is my default setting.  But for those of you going stir crazy I came across this in my reading today.
(Psa 88:8 KJV) Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
If you feel isolated, you are not alone.  Relax and enjoy it if you are retired.  If you are younger then pray that the leaders of the free world realize we will have more people starving to death than will be touched by the virus if you are not allowed to go back to work.

Wash your hands and stay away from unicorns.

homo unius libri

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opus 2020-072: Headlines: Justice on a Roll

At first I thought it was the Babylon Bee.  I went to Whatfinger and could not find it so I did a Google search on Nicolas Maduro being indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice.  The first three sources of the story were the New York Times, The Washington Post and Al Jazeera.  Since those sources are satire sights for the left I am still not sure.  But lets go with it.

We, that being Attorney General William Barr, are indicting Mudaro for drug trafficking?  Really?  With Hillary and Comey still walking the streets?  With John Kerry undermining the U.S. government in his globe trotting?  With all of the rampant corruption in our government and media we are spending our time on the Tyrant of Venezuela? 

Does this mean that we are going to allow the U.N. Courts to begin going after Americans in political witch hunts?  This could really open a can of worms.

We need to see some serious priority shifts in the Government and some adults to think about the implications of their theater tactics.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-071: Ode to Old: They’re Everywhere

One of the indicators of losing it mentally is feeling like there are bugs crawling all over you.  I am beginning to see where this might come from.

When you reach a certain age you begin to have what are called “floaters”.  The doctor explained it as particles detaching from your retina and floating around inside your eye until they break down and essentially go away.  This can take quite a bit of time.  He assures me it is normal and nothing to worry about.  It is expected to start when you are around 60.  He said I was fortunate that it didn’t hit me until I was 70.

Easy for him to say.  It has taken my brain a long time to compensate for the masquerade.  I keep thinking there are bugs flying or squirrels running along the road.  I am gradually adjusting.

Then there was a real bug.  Now my brain is starting to say, “See.  I told you so.  You should listen to me.” 

At least I think it was real.  I assembled a fly swatter from some paper and went hunting.  He was real but I could not get him to settle on anything that would not break.

Now that I know it is not dementia, I can wait.

homo unius libri

Friday, March 27, 2020

Opus 2020-070: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

It amazes me how many bloggers who were once prolific have stopped posting.  There are blogs I used to check every day and when I get to them now I find the last post was in January.  I hope this means that they have found something better to do with their time and moved on.  I hope it does not mean a major difficulty in their lives.

When you get down to it, blogging is not a lot more than ego expression.  We have things to say.  Our wives won’t listen.  So we tell the world about it.  I sometimes wonder if I would have much in the way of stats if they turned off the bots.

homo unius libri