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Faith & Beliefs / King Herod spoke softly but was he kind?
« on: February 01, 2023, 04:00:24 PM »
Mathew 2:1-11 details the 3 visitors who followed a star to Jesus' place of birth:

...Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”...

We read this like watching a movie. But I wonder if the Magi knew of Herod's intention.

England's religion was mostly pagan among the inhabitants there. But around A.D. 597 and A.D. 664, Christianity slowly took over that from the other parts of Europe.

"Christianization was an important landmark in the history of the English language because it brought England and English speakers into the only living intellectual community of Europe, that of the Latin Church. England immediately adopted the Latin alphabet, and English was soon being written down extensively...

...In the second half of the tenth century, inspired and supported by the ongoing Benedictine Reform on the Continent (Europe), three English formed monastic rules, brought in better-educated clergy, had new churches built, established schools, and encouraged the copying of both English and Latin manuscripts.
"--C.M. Millward  (A Biography of the English Language)

Hmong religion was mostly animism and ancestor-worshipping, resembling most Asian and Native American practices. But around A.D. 1905 to A.D. 1952, Christianity slowly took over that from Europe.

...three Western missionaries.. .in 1952 reformed Hmong language by developing the RPA (Romanized Popular Alphabet)--which is the same system used by England back in A.D. 664 or so--and Hmong language was never the oral tradition like before again.

General Discussion / Crispy pork
« on: January 26, 2023, 03:22:31 PM »

I went to Scheels and liked two but they were overpriced for me.

Then I went to Cabela's and was recommended the President. But I didn't like it enough to spend $70.00 on it.

Dic k's had a reel by Professional at a reasonable price range that I bought. It does match my rod but something just
doesn't feel right about the match yet.

So, I stopped at Joe's today and was introduced to the Vanford and another one by Daiwai. Real smooth and nice looking.
But I told the guy there I wasn't ready to spend $239.00 or $179.00 for a reel yet.

I'm going to wait a bit and see if I might want one of those at Joe's. I can return Dic k's to its Woodbury location.

General Discussion / Suni's fans and classmates are in awe!
« on: January 23, 2023, 01:59:47 PM »
She tossed herself into the air twice and landed safely each time. She bumped Auburn from second place to first at this final.

General Discussion / Fight at the gym
« on: January 22, 2023, 08:55:24 PM »

The octopus in this video is too focused on the crab, it has forgotten about its own safety.

Check out Judge Lake's hearing on it.

"...I know what you mean," the judge tells the man.

Local & National News / Maine wins its first Megamillion jackpot!
« on: January 14, 2023, 04:07:23 PM »
Never before has Maine won any jackpot in either the Powerball lottery or the Megamillion lottery.

Yesterday, the winning Megamillion jackpot ticket was bought in Lebanon, Maine, the news says.

General Discussion / Recent research: alcohol is no good, whatever level.
« on: January 14, 2023, 02:13:42 PM »
Scientists say that alcohol forms acetaldehyde that both “damages your DNA and prevents your body from
repairing the damage,” Dr. Esser explained. “Once your DNA is damaged, then a cell
can grow out of control and create a cancer tumor.”

“If somebody drinks less, they are at a lower risk compared to that person who is
a heavy drinker,” said Dr. Farhad Islami, a senior scientific director at the American
Cancer Society. “Even two drinks per day, one drink per day, may be associated with
a small risk of cancer compared to non-drinkers.”

Past research that showed that alcohol was good for health came out of studies
involving people who were active in exercising, etc.

Now, it's clear that any level of alcohol is bad.

By Dana G. Smith (The New York Times)
Jan. 13, 2023

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