… On The Feast of Stephen

 

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>> Catholic Activity: Story of St. Wenceslaus

>> New Advent: St. Stephen, First Martyr

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~ THIS IS THE DAY, and the story, of two inspired young men connected by faith and death.

This day, after the celebration of the Joyful Nativity, we count the cost of God’s coming amongst us as one of us: St. Stephen’s Day (sometimes called Boxing Day in English-inspired lands). Faith costs: possibly everything.

Less than two months after the Crucifixion, outside one of Jerusalem’s gates, an angry mob stones to death a young Christian man– who fearlessly preached to the very people & religious leaders who had condemned Jesus to the Cross. Away with him! The dying even forgave his murderers as he died. Looking on was a persecutor of the young Church– one Saul of Tarsus, who would later himself convert and become St. Paul, Evangelist to the Gentile world.

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St. Stephen was the first of so many to witness unto Christ Jesus, the Babe of Bethlehem become Risen King by their life unto blood, called martyrs. Holy Innocent’s Day, also following Christmas, reminds us of the slain babes of Bethlehem, by the wrathful King Herod.

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St. Stephen’s Gate, Jerusalem, where the martyr was slain.

 

Meanwhile, In Bohemia..

Long centuries later, Wenceslaus (or Vaclav) I, Duke of Bohemia (from 921-935) would likewise serve Christ as a martyr. His grandmother had passed onto him the faith before she was murdered; yet many nobles and the establishment powers of Bohemia preferred the old ways of sacrifice, exploitation, murder of each other, and cruel selfishness. Vicious political intrigue was a sport for such leaders.

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Why should anyone care for peasants? Why the gentler ways of the new god, Jesus? Why waste money on busy-body missionaries, and teaching the people, and building churches? Why let the exiled Christian clergy back into Bohemia? Why did the Duke live like a humble man of peace, and not a warlike, powerful, and wealthy noble? Away with him.

Before long, young Duke Wenceslaus (in his latter 20s) was slain on the steps of a church by his own treacherous brother, Boleslaw. And yet the Church and the ordinary people remembered their young duke’s Christ-like love and witness, his service and aspiration for a better way for his own lands, and for the world– and so do we unto this day. The holy Duke is the patron saint of the Czech Republic, and his relics are honoured in St. Wenceslas’ Chapel in St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague (below).

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Though a Duke, Wenceslaus became a inspirational figure for the Middle Ages of the “Rex Justus“, the godly and Christlike Christian king, using his powers for good, to teach & help & raise up all his people, to rule by law and love, a princely ruler whose power comes from vigour and deep piety.

The saintly friends of God Stephanus and Wenceslaus remind us that young people in general and young men in particular deeply need faithful, knightly, courageous, life-inspiring examples and opportunities to serve as fathers, heroes, leaders, helpers, world-changers, God-servers. If we do not allow this– or squander it– then the church and the world are ill-served, and young lives are wasted in idleness or violence or base pursuits, and not in bold witness unto the Babe of Bethlehem, and King of all nations and People, Jesus Christ.

The famous hymn about Duke Wenceslaus was a lovely bit of Victoriana (much despised by hymn-snobs) based on an older legend: a reminder of the kind of man the Duke was, the people and service he loved, and the kind of people we should be, in loving our neighbour. +

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The skull of St. Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia

 

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath’ring winter fuel

“Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know’st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither.”
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind’s wild lament
And the bitter weather

“Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.”

In his master’s steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing.

~ John Mason Neale, 1853, the Hymn based on his ‘Legend of St. Wencelaus

 

 

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All Shall Be Assimilated!

THE ABOVE is a creepy & loooong commercial on YouTube about some rich Mexican tech-boss, saying that 40 million people in Mexico don’t have the internets.

Mr. Mexi-Tecnho-man visionary states this like internet = clean water, food, a place to live, faith in God.

These poor deprived people are obviously cut off from all goodness. And YouTubes.

When he says the “40 million without” thing, I say “Good for them!” No hate, no fake news, vile and violent images, Candy Crush & Trump lovers & bashers, fads and group-think madness, no portable surveillance and tracking, no unhealthy radiation, no easy government and corporate intrusion into every single life, no internet addiction.

The Wonders of Technolog– Wait…

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The Baird ‘Televisor’. View of the Scottish electrical engineer John Logie Baird and his invention, the ‘Televisor’. The televisor was the first commercially available television set. The 30 line, mechanical scanning image did not take up the entire screen, but was in fact only 6cm high and 2cm wide. The televisor allowed enthusiasts to watch periodic broadcasts from the Baird/British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) studios between 1929 and 1932. Baird’s mechanical scanning system was replaced in 1937 by Marconi/EMI’s electrical scanning system. Baird also pioneered colour, stereoscopic and big screen TV, as well as ultra- short-wave transmission. Photographed in 1927.

When naive old Scotsman John Logie Baird finally invented a workable TV, he was certain this was an unlimited good– education and enlightenment for all! Access to the wisdom and truth of the ages! Social mobility for everyone who wanted it!

Baird could not conceive of “The BoobTube”, porn, tv-addiction, shopping channels, bubble-gum sitcoms, 500 channels and almost nothing on.. or perhaps he’d have spent the rest of his days wrecking his and other inventor’s efforts to prevent the mass-media madness he would help unleash into every home, nook, and cranny.

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Pimping The Webs

Who is helping sell this to Mexico? CHUBB, the giant U.S. Insurance Company. Go figure. Their utopian spiel?

“40 million people in Mexico are not connected to the Internet. Yet. Altan Redes is working to make that happen. In collaboration with multiple financial partners and the Mexican government, they are building a shared wireless network across the country. This will bring the Internet to people in Mexico who have never been connected before. It will provide endless opportunities for continuing education, economic advancement, and a stronger civil society.”

.. and the sun will be brighter, and the grass greener, and the food tastier, and bunnies and flowers will be breaking out all over. Paging John Logie Baird! “..endless opportunities for continuing education, economic advancement, and a stronger civil society.”

Oh yes, things will be different when the internets swamp Mexico– political dissent, social organization, fighting the news-monopolies, radical activism, along with all the addiction and ugliness which will pour into every home computer and smart-phone eating up billions of hours and souls and minds. And the tender technofascist mercies of Google, FaceBook, and Amazon.

Utopia. An awesome idea.. as long as you leave human nature out of the account. ~

So saith,

The Binks

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Honk honk, Smirk smirk?

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What. The. Hell?

~ SOMETIME comedian & U.S. Senator “Al” Franken “honking” a sleeping female member of a tour for the U.S. military? And getting photographic evidence of a sexual assault (legally)… and force-kissing her in a public skit? Brilliance in action.

“By their fruits ye shall know them”, as The Man said.  Here’s the Senator’s squishy apology.. was it for getting caught, or for having been a pig in the first place?  Hard to say with this kind of public character.

Then there’s this horrible sketch ‘comedy’. A peek into a creepy mind?

Make a difference. Why not let good old Al know what you think?

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‘Mistakes’ Were Made

Of course, this is a terrible quandary for the progressive “truth is relative” crowd, isn’t it? If it seems right to Spacey & Weinstein & Franken & their ilk, how can it be actually & objectively ‘Wrong™‘?

Even so, the tribal hooters are springing to the defence of “their” guy, for political reasons.. just like they did for old rapey Clinton, and yelling “Oh YEAH? Republicans!”. . Hell,  yeah Republicans, Democrats, Independents… pretty much a large part of DC & U.S. political culture is all about the crazed sex, power, and getting away with bad things, like spoiled children; like God isn’t watching.

Franken’s crisis is now all part of deposing the evil rapey God-emperor Trump (as they see him).  You know, because he talked about grabbing crotches once.

Awkward questions.

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Click for her story.

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“I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep. I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny? I told my husband everything that happened and showed him the picture.”

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Man In The Mirror

Let’s remember: these are simply uninvestigated accusations, at this point. Let’s not go nuts & grab the torches & pitchforks just yet. Accusers lie, real perps cover up, and not all the accused are actually guilty.

And before we enjoy any more finger-pointing and moral panics, let’s recall that Jesus said it wasn’t enough not just to refrain from adultery– we must also refrain from lusting after others (as objects), and seek rather to love them and do them good, as our neighbour, and co-pilgrims to heaven, and sons and daughters of Our Father.

And we cannot rush to forgive the exact same activities on the part of people we like, either. God’s justice is merciful, but true.. for all, or else for none.

As for the woman above? If he did what he’s accused of, I’d file legal and civil charges against the virtue-signalling “feminist” self-righteous doofus Senator. Cough up, Mr. Giggles.

So saith,

Teh Binks

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Honk. Honk.

It’s LIVIA– Read, Link, Share!

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~ I AM AN ONLINE FRIEND of Donna’s and am excited to see launch of her new project– Livia Magazine. How do we live well in the midst of our times? How do we redeem our days and years to live and be fully and joyfully alive?

In this first article I’ve seen, Donna herself speaks up on a very current matter to her, to modern women and families, and a modern suffering-averse society tending more and more to ugly eugenics, and erasing the blessings of having children with special needs–

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It’s Kitty! An angelic blessing.

‘I am Blessed to be a Special Needs Mother’ – the Unexpected Joys of Having a Child With Special Needs

Wow.. smart, interesting, unflinching, thoughtful discussion about a serious question posed by life in a child-indifferent and disability-hating society– what lives are worth living? How shall we bear our burdens as parents, friends, or supporters of special needs people, as an affirmation of life? Where will we find the blessing in life as it is actually lived?

What She Said…

Sounds pretty good, huh? Binks thinks so. As most of you know, I calls ’em like I sees ’em– if this was crap, I’d say so, friends or not. I think Livia Magazine is the beginning of something really good.

So please support this project with your stories, your hits and reading and sharing and pondering. Pass on the articles to people who might need to read them, and gain a better perspective on all the topics Donna puts out there. Seek to live well, and to encourage others to do likewise.

So saith

Teh Binks

 

She Blindsided Me With Science!

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~ RECENTLY, Canadian Governor General Julie Payette exploited her position for a bully pulpit, abusing her role & authority as a chance to tell off the peasants.

Some pundits have chimed in:

>>> Rex Murphy: Governor General appoints herself umpire of questions of faith and science

>>> CBC Opinion: In what universe is it appropriate for a Governor General to deride people for their beliefs?: Urback

>>> CTV: Trudeau applauds Payette for standing up for science in convention speech

>>> Brian Lilley: GG Payette stepped way out of line

Yeah. It has been stepped in.

So the ever-humble Binks wrote the GG the following, partly stolen from a past blog post wherein I bashed some smarter-than-thou guy. Enjoy, peasants!

So saith,

Teh Binks

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Prime Minister with a certain Science-worshipping woman. 

 

Your Excellency:

Congratulations on serving as Canada’s new Governor General, and representing the Queen to Canada, and Canadians to the Queen. It is an historic and storied role. Representing all Canadians is a wonderful opportunity.

Thank you for speaking out for science recently, at the 9th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference on Wednesday, November 1. Canada has long led the way in technology, innovation & invention, and in medical fields, amongst many others.

However, during your remarks it is reported that you said:

“”Can you believe that still today in learned society, in houses of government, unfortunately, we’re still debating and still questioning whether humans have a role in the Earth warming up or whether even the Earth is warming up, period,” she said.

“And we are still debating and still questioning whether life was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process let alone, oh my goodness, a random process.

“And so many people — I’m sure you know many of them — still believe, want to believe, that maybe taking a sugar pill will cure cancer, if you will it!

“And every single one of the people here’s personalities can be determined by looking at planets coming in front of invented constellations.”.

Your Excellency– as I understand it, your role it to speak to and represent all Canadians– including those who need to use non-prescription supplements, those who believe that there is no contradiction between science and religion, those who are not convinced– on actual evidentiary bases that climate change as popularly represented is primarily anthropogenic, or whatever other beliefs are out there which you seem to have slighted in your comments.

The following distinguished people have believed there is a divine being: Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato. Einstein. Moses & Jesus. St. Thomas Aquinas. Galileo. Leonardo. Sir Isaac Newton. Nicholas Copernicus.

The following Noble Laureates in Science are also people who had some kind of agnostic or actual faith in God (mostly Jewish & Christian)–

http://www.adherents.com/people/100_Nobel.html

Also include the following Christians who were– or are– leading inventors & scientists in their respective fields-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christians_in_science_and_technology
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Catholic_scientists
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Roman_Catholic_cleric-scientists

My father was trained in the fields of computers, nuclear physics, general medicine, and the difficult specialty of pathology & medical examination. He served Canadian communities up and down the Annapolis Valley for two decades, as did his immigrant Scots father– also a Pathologist– did for 30 years prior. My father was also a Christian. He had no difficulty believing that God both created and was creating– through his created things and beings– all that is.

As a Canadian, I do not feel anyone in such a position as Governor General of Canada should be– or be seen to be– alienating or dividing our country, or possibly provoking and insulting Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, or those who follow aboriginal beliefs.

I hope this letter finds you well, enjoying your opportunities for the betterment of our Country, and richly blessed in all you do. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Yours very sincerely,

Etc., etc., so on and so forth.

UPDATE– VICTORY!  😉

Dear Mr. Binks,

Thank you for sharing your views and suggestions with Governor General Julie Payette.

Responses to specific inquiries can be expected within three weeks. All emails will be read, but general comments and opinions may not receive a response.

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Monsieur Binks,

Nous vous remercions d’avoir transmis vos points de vue et vos suggestions à la gouverneure générale Julie Payette.

Veuillez prévoir trois semaines pour l’obtention d’une réponse à une demande précise. Tous les courriels seront lus, mais les opinions et les commentaires généraux ne recevront pas automatiquement une réponse.

Apple Stole My Button!

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~ MORE ENMUZZLING? So what’s the deal? Is AppleCorp helping YouTube muzzle the masses?

In the latest iOS update on the iPad (bought in loving memory of my techie Dad), something went missing which had been there in every single previous operating system I’d used on it. The Youtube “Share With FaceBook” button in the Apple iPad YouTube App. No, seriously.

As all of you who follow Teh Bink’s every word, deed, thought, and passing whim will know, in the cool of the evenings whilst I rest on the fainting couch, I was in the habit of posting a few, nay, even a half-dozen YouTube videos I found interesting, topical, or cool via the iPad.

Then comes the latest update. No button.

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Shut Up, They Explained

Sharing awkward information is one of the things the controlling elites hate about social media; GoogleTube is working on hiding news on Las Vegas, Twitter is punishing people by bannings and the like. The news & views sorting-algorithms all tilt hard to the left. The great silencing may be approaching. Only kitty-pictures, fake news, and bad jokes in the new Utopia.

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New Social Media Corporation ‘Level Playing Field’.

Not saying it’s a conspiracy, but such ‘accidental’ censorship is damned weird, and makes no sense. It’s also really inconvenient for people who use Apple for stuff… maybe it’s time for a mini-laptop, where Goog-Apple-Twit-Tube can’t block me from sharing videos– yet.

Or, it could just be more digital global wars… is Google pressing Apple to slight FaceBook, via limiting YouTube on iPads? Might well be.

Anyone else noticed this new ‘feature’?

Asketh,

The Binks

SkyNet Update, 2017

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~ WELCOME TO 2017— and the great muzzling. Such as the YouTube Smiting YouTubers Policy.. brought to you by bullying goofy greedy corporations! Let’s boycott them! Who?

HSBC, AT&T, Verizon, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson; in Europe, VW, Toyota, Tesco, ITV, Aviva, and many more. You know, lying, monopolizing, money-laundering, mileage-fudging, terror-supporting, NSA-cooperating heroic companies like these.

Why All The Fuss?

What content, exactly? HATE!! What ‘hate’? Must be pretty horrible, to demonetize them (i.e., take away their ad revenues).

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“So, it’s not the ISIS recruitment videos or pirated content that caused the mass exodus of brands, but suddenly popular YouTube channels with “homophobic extremists,” and hate preachers. I do hope they mean the videos showing ISIS soldiers dropping blindfolded men off rooftops, but I doubt that’s what they mean.”

Got it? Corporations are trying to police online free speech, especially the politically incorrect, unpopular, or religiously traditional. Terror? Death to all Juice sermons? ISIS-associated AntiFa hate-screeds?  Murder of gay Iranians? Those videos are not being blocked or fiddled with in any way, of course. Only certain offensive topics.

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The current YouTube CEO preens:

“We know advertisers don’t want their ads next to content that doesn’t align with their values. So starting today, we’re taking a tougher stance on hateful, offensive and derogatory content. This includes removing ads more effectively from content that is attacking or harassing people based on their race, religion, gender or similar categories. This change will enable us to take action, where appropriate, on a larger set of ads and sites.”

Even videos mentioning the new policy, or criticizing Google or YouTube will get demonetized (of course). As with so many free speech fascisms, truth, freedom of speech, facts, or fair opinion are not legit defences or reasons to the speech-killers. There’s also talk of actual censorship, with videos deleted, made private, or hidden behind digital walls as bad content.

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The Fallout

Then, hard-Leftist Google bought up YouTube. The company was pressured to make nice with video content by some very big corporations. The new inhuman algorithm for picking nice videos ensues, along with many YouTubers losing money for allegedly  potentially ‘offensive’ content.

ALL guilty until proven innocent, until they appeal.. until their next video. Even formerly acceptable older videos by the same Youtuber on the same current topics or games as before? Demonetized & demonized! DONK!

THEN, you get to send an appeal, to be reviewed by an actual human. One appeal per each video, 2-4 days processing. Some YouTubers now have literally hundreds and hundreds of vids just demonetized by the SKyNet algorithm.

The social media purge doesn’t help, either. It’s a mess all ’round.

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He dared discuss recent news, people, issues, and controversies! DONK!!

The Less Mighty Jingles

English YouTuber Paul Charleton goes by the nom de web “The Mighty Jingles”. I’m a longtime fan & subscriber.

In his case, ALL the recent work of this huge YouTuber (over 500K subscribers) — DONK!!! — he has had to do for free, because YouTube’s algorithm has smited almost everybody, and all of his recent videos, which cover… a handful of electronic games, with an avuncular lashing of humour and history.

Listen to his clear explanation.

Hence the “Adpocalypse”: Normally, YouTubers are paid by advertisers through YouTube for the views each video receives. More views, more $$$ for YouTube & their creators. Before. Now, everything is different, and worse.

After all, political silencing has always been a goal of GoogleTube, no? ~

Thus saith,

Teh Binks

 

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