Thursday, April 28, 2016

"These nuisances and pests . . ." -- a Trinidadian Talk show host on Power 102 FM goes way too far in cutting off a Jamaican caller

Just now I ran across an Antigua Observer article (taken from Jamaica's Gleaner) [Gleaner link here has security issues] on how a Talk show host on Power 102 FM in Trinidad cut off a Jamaican caller, then said:
 “I expect the immigration officers at PIARCO (Piarco International Airport), and elsewhere, to be even more stringent wid how much of these nuisances and pests, and threateners and criminal elements, they allow to come on our shore”.

He further said: “They have a strong influence on the crime in the community, the police know it, so callers who might … you in the university lecturing, that caller when he leave, he might go home to his house in Westmoorings or wherever, that other Jamaican caller is calling his criminal friends in Jamaica to monitor me and attempting to intimidate me, he may be safe based on what he does.”
This goes way too far, it is patent bigotry and prejudice against Jamaicans as a class.

It needs to be walked back with a very serious and sincere apology, and some serious rethinking needs to happen about how people are being viewed and treated across the Caribbean. END

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sci-tech watch, 28: Back to analogue cores for the digital processor future?

Doug Burger discusses with Microsoft technical people how Moore's Law may be running out of steam (as Dennard scaling has already been broken) so it is worth looking at whether analogue units will be embedded in processors to gain room for faster processing:

Food for thought as we look to the next generation length long wave of economic transformation. END

Thursday, April 14, 2016

1 Chron 12:32 report, 124: Lance Wallnau on the power of message unity and clarity

Yes, the seven mountains vision guy. 

Here he is on the clarity of reformation message to the nations challenge in the face of yet another pivotal US election cycle in which the increasingly dominant radical de-christianisation of our civilisation agenda is poised to make another quantum leap ahead . . . in our ongoing march of folly over the cliff:

Over the cliff:

Or, more analytically:

Well worth pondering.

For instance, here is a flip-chart sketch in which he lays out a key analysis:

In this we first see a confused church leadership/voices pulling in all sorts of directions on various issues and concerns because of want of unified strategic vision and focus. 

The second stage shows what a unified vision and focus would do, create a massive socio-cultural movement of reformation. And yes, in case you missed it, Eph 4:9 - 24 makes it quite plain the gospel message calls for transformation of culture through the gospel as the fulness of Christ in loving grace pervades "all things." Likewise, when the Great Commission of Matt 28:18 - 20 calls us to disciple the nations, baptising them and teaching them to live based on Jesus' commands as Lord and Saviour, it is a call to repentance, renewal, revival and reformation. That is the foundation of discipleship.

Infographic (integrating the seven mountains message as a simple way to capture the "filling all things" challenge and tie it to discipleship foundations):

Seven Mountains?

The third panel shows the challenge of democracy, on the principle that elections are won or lost in the muddled middle. Where, there is an ongoing worldviews culture struggle in our civilisation as radical dechristianisers and even islamists are pulling us this way and that, too often ruthlessly manipulating the confused. 

In such a context, clarity and unity of strategic focus becomes a critical challenge for the church.

Which is precisely what has long been missing.

Here in the Caribbean, the pattern is similar, as the two tidal waves challenge confronts us:

Ironically, we the Christians of the Caribbean have a major strategic opportunity under our missionary mandate, to be the third tidal wave:

Are we open to rethink, regroup and make the most of our opportunities in the face of an evil day? 

Or, will the Lord of the Harvest find us wanting?

So, it is back to the Mordecai challenge.

Why not NOW, why not HERE, why not US?  END

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sci-tech watch, 27: With the RCA Cambio 10.1 inch two-in-one for~ US$ 129, Windows 10 machines move into the educational tablet zone

A few days back, I ran across a new tablet in a local shop, an RCA brand*, RCA Viking Pro 10 2-in-one 10.1 inch Android tablet with magnetic-locking keyboard that looked like an interesting tablet development relative to our education focus. 
 * NB: RCA since about 1985, has been in effect a licensed brand name rather than a separate operating entity. (A fate similar to that of many other formerly great Electronics corporations.)

It is, and I did a web search. 

Very interesting, and as I saw it is going at Amazon (and Walmart too) for ~ US$ 80 [ --> at Walmart], that looks like a very interesting deal.

But the surprise was its sister that, as headlined above moves windows into the edu tablet zone that is of interest to us here at KF blog:  the  RCA Cambio 10.1 inch two-in-one for~  US$ 129. 

Windows 10 machines are now clearly in the educational tablet zone, especially if we go for say Libre Office as the productivity suite:

Let me clip from a short discussion by Marshal Rosenthal:
By possessing a real keyboard (not software oriented) and a real OS, it bridges the gap between tablet and PC effectively and efficiently as a hybrid that provides the best of both technologies . . . .
[T]he 2 lb. Cambio has a display that's about 10 inches (diagonal) in reality and so provides a bit more space than the more conventionally found 10 inch tablet. The resolution is high enough (1280 X 800) for fine detail to be seen -- be that text or otherwise. There's a microSD card slot for increasing the storage capacity (32GB comes built-in, as does 2GB for memory) and there's also the following outputs which make it suitable for use with accessories that plug in (as there's also Bluetooth, such things as auxiliary keyboards, mice and even speakers can be used): there's a standard USB port (for use with external devices like a hard drive, etc.) and a micro-USB port (for charging) and an HDMI out so you can send the video to an external display or a TV. Sound is conveyed through a built in speaker that provides decent results, in fact the sound is a bit louder than most tablets of this size. Think of the speaker as a casual use, a convenience and just plug in headphones when more quality listening (stereo or otherwise) is desired.

There's also a connection for use with the included keyboard: as noted above, this keyboard has a full set of keys, including those usable with Windows, and there is also a small integral trackpad. The Keyboard doesn’t require being charged by itself and makes a hard connection for a firm fit using magnets as part of the means and then swings over to cover the tablet when not in use or traveling. The keyboard also functions as a kickstand . . .
A video review may be worth watching too:

All in all, a sign of things to come, and obviously something that -- with reasonable care -- is useful right now for home or education or light work purposes. 

For sure, I am taking a closer look. END

Friday, April 08, 2016

How to brainwash a nation (1985)

A four stage process, vid:

A summary of stages:
  1. Demoralize a nation (15-20 years): Expose your ideology to your nation’s “soft heads”.  At the higher stage, the citizens of that country start brainwashing their own countrymen.
  2. Destabilization (2-5 years):  does not care about your patterns.  Essentials are attacked – Defense, Economy and Polity.
  3. Crisis (6 weeks): bring a country to crisis in such a way that violent change happens, which is followed by the next stage.
  4. Normalization (infinite period): This is “tongue-in-cheek” and cynical.  Because Normalization means adherence of the enemy country to your own ideology.  The people who were instrumental in bringing the enemy country to this stage are “lined up against the wall and shot dead”.
This was 1985. END

Saturday, April 02, 2016

The collect, Non Nobis Domine (post Gunpowder plot) . . . .

ALMIGHTY God, who hast in all ages shewed thy power and mercy in the miraculous and gracious deliverance of thy Church, and in the protection of righteous and religious Kings and States, professing thy holy and eternal truth, from the wicked conspiracies and malicious practices of all the enemies thereof; We yield thee our unfeigned thanks and praise for the wonderful and mighty deliverance of our gracious Sovereign King James, the Queen, the Prince, and all the Royal Branches, with the Nobility, Clergy, and Commons of England, then assembled in Parliament, by Popish treachery appointed as sheep to the slaughter, in a most barbarous, and savage manner, beyond the examples of former ages. From this unnatural conspiracy, not our merit, but thy mercy; not our foresight, but thy providence, delivered us: And therefore, not unto us, O Lord, not unto us; but unto thy Name be ascribed all honour and glory in all Churches of the saints, from generation to generation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Video, from King Henry the 5th:

The chronicler, per Hall:

When the kyng had passed through the felde & saw neither resistence nor apparaunce of any Frenchmen sauyng the dead corsses, he caused the retrayte to be blowen and brought al his armie together about, iiij. of the clocke at after noone. And fyrst to geue thankes to almightie God geuer & tributor of this glorious victory, he caused his prelates & chapelaines fyrst to sing this psalme In exitu Israel de Egipto. commaundyng euery man to knele doune on the ground at this verse. Non nobis domine, non nobis, sed nomine tuo da gloriam, whiche is to say in Englishe, Not to vs lord, not to vs, but to thy name let the glory be geuen: whiche done he caused Te deum with certeine anthemes to be song geuyng laudes and praisyngcs to God, and not boastyng nor braggyng of him selfe nor his humane power.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

BREAKING/DEVELOPING: Attacks in Brussels . . . likely in retaliation for capture of a terrorist mastermind

Sky News, live:

Looks like a double suicide bombing at the airport then another attack at a metro station near the EU HQ in Brussels. It seems 26 dead so far, dozens wounded. Orange alert, security lock-down.

U/D, Mar 23: 32 dead looks like 270 injured. ISIS/ DAESH confirms responsibility. Wikipedia tracking article: here.

Developing. END

Thursday, March 17, 2016

My help cometh . . . .

. . . from The LORD:

Psalm 121, King James Version (KJV)

121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

And for those in need of the reminder, this is written in martyr's blood over the doors of Jamaica's House of Parliament:

. . . the unjustly shed blood of a man who out of concern gently spoke unwelcome truth to power. END

Friday, February 26, 2016

Matt 24 watch, 287: Military analyst Victor Davis Hanson on the issue of post conflict stabilisation in rimland wars

Victor Davis Hanson is an expert military analyst (and writer well worth reading) in the USA, and in a Townhall article on The Tough Choices of Overseas Intervention he has some sobering words regarding stabilising conflict interventions by the USA as a keystone maritime global power acting in Spykman's rimlands that are open landwards and sea-wards around the Eurasian landmass:
The belated entry of the United States into World War I saved the sinking Allied cause in 1917. Yet after the November 1918 armistice, the United States abruptly went home, washed its hands of Europe's perennial squabbling and disarmed. A far bloodier World War II followed just two decades later.

It may have been wise or foolish for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to have intervened in Vietnam in 1963-1964 to try to save the beleaguered non-communist south. But after 10 years of hard fighting and a costly stalemate, it was nihilistic for America to abandon a viable South Vietnam to invading communist North Vietnam. Re-education camps, mass executions and boat people followed -- along with more than 40 years of communist oppression.

The current presidential candidates are refighting the Iraq war of 2003. Yet the critical question 13 years later is not so much whether the United States should or should not have removed the genocidal Saddam Hussein, but whether our costly efforts at reconstruction ever offered any hope of a stable Iraq.

By 2011, Iraq certainly seemed viable. Only a few dozen American peacekeepers were killed in Iraq in 2011 -- a total comparable to the number of U.S. soldiers who die in accidents in an average month.

The complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops in December 2011 abruptly turned what President Obama had dubbed a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant" Iraq -- and what Vice President Joe Biden had called one of the administration's "greatest achievements" -- into a nightmarish wasteland.
He adds NATO's intervention in Libya to the list (standing in, one supposes for much of the effect of the Arab Spring events which seem to have had inputs from agitprop interventions).

 The pivotal issue is that at least since the 1860's, if a US military action does not seem a great success within about 3 years (obviously tied to the 2 and 4 year US election cycles), pressure mounts to withdraw. Where, it is notorious that the geostrategic insight of public at large, journalists and editors as well as of too many American politicians and advisors, is patently poor and short-sighted. Quagmire, get out -- leaving those so unwise as to have supported the US holding the bag and paying the price of now facing an enemy able to frustrate out the US all alone.

Cumulative message: do not ally oneself with the US unless one can so over-match the opposition that within 3 years the US support can go home. (Save for a relatively small remainder in secure bases. And one has to bargain hard for that stabilising onward presence; it is irrational idiocy to try to drive it out if your interests and those of the nation align well with those of the USA and the wider West as main maritime and now aerospace powers. Translated: does your economy depend on stable world trade and/or a reasonable tech base, and/or do you value liberty and limited government? However, the past seventy years have shown that there is no shortage of such misguided nativism.)

Unless, one can build the sort of defence against patent global threat case that led to formation of NATO. 

Failing that, have an exile strategy in one's back pocket or become a mini superpower as independent of the USA as possible.

The USA, geostrategically, is as unstable as water.

The Royal Navy, C18 - 20, was a far better bet for long term support; never mind the price tag of colonial domination. (If you are poor and threatened, you are going to face some pretty unpalatable options: the least worst/evil choice.)

 That is not a good pattern in an era where Africa is going to be in long term play and African states on the whole are weak, unstable and prone to chronic problems of underdevelopment and truly awful governance. With, the Caribbean as an extension of Africa in the Americas.

 Meanwhile the ongoing apostasy and accelerating, increasingly bizarre decadence of our civilisation is eating out its heart and gradually is alienating the very people who are most needed to provide a sound defence against enemies foreign and domestic. Back to clay and iron toes, partly strong and partly weak but fundamentally incapable of genuine unity.

All of this brings me back to the cube of governance model I put together some time back, as a framework for pondering governance trends and challenges:

The centre zone was only achievable and sustainable after the rise of printing, mass literacy and newspapers in a context of reformed, Biblically anchored Christian faith as general community view enabled a critical mass of public support for a democratic consensus.

The ongoing decay of that consensus in our civilisation due to the eating out of its spiritual heart sets up chaos of anarchic character leading to a panic and cry for order to provide security. The result is predictable: oligarchy and/or tyranny joined to a breakdown of justice. And, loss of credibility, legitimacy and commitment.

The Romans 1 world looms -- with barbarians at then inside the gates:
Rom 1:19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[g] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. [ESV]
The geostrategic prospects for our time are grim. Realism rather than fantasy should drive our decision-making, but history shows that such is the exception not the rule.

The dynamics of ill-advised business as usual face us, flashing warning-signs all the way:

But, are we inclined to actually listen, or are we hell bent on stubbornly following business as usual, folly as usual . . . egged on by those who tickle our itching ears with what they astutely figure out that we want to hear?

The lemmings have a word for us:

 So do the crabs in a barrel -- by way of a further example not to follow -- even as they are headed for the boiling hot pot:

 The Ac 27 test stands there in front of us, the question is whether we will listen. END