Perils in Social Engineering


downloadSocial engineering has been an ancient, historic, and current goal throughout earth history. It is something done in every era, and often challenged by social engineering with total different goals. One of the challenges inherent with such engineering is that of unintended consequences.  Goals which some believe are necessary and desirable may have inherent difficulties if implemented.

An excellent example is the desire of a Nebraska school system to equalize sexual preferences and life styles, explicitly stating that to allow gender difference mention in school is “wrong”.

IMG_0944Without speaking to this goal, One day in Huron Woods Middle School class, I was struck with a serious unintended (I hope) consequence.  In our school system, a high school graduate needs two years of a foreign language. If teachers could not make gender differences, students would be unable to effectively and properly speak, for example, French.  French, and all other languages I can think of spoken on earth by significant numbers of people, have gender differences as an necessary part of its structure.  English definitely has that structure (he, her, etc.). We could not even teach English grammar and structure without gender words.

If pursued by school systems, their students will have no opportunity to speak proper English, let alone such foreign languages as may be taught. Talk about being at a disadvantage in the current world community.  Or is this engineering intended to force all other languages to abandon their language structures and embrace this social goal?  Would be rather an arrogance often found in Americans. Good Luck.

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Anonymous group of Chinese hackers release data from central Chinese government sites


 PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 October, 2014, 3:56pm, SOUTH CHINA POST INTERNATIONAL EDITON

UPDATED : Monday, 13 October, 2014, 5:26am
 
 
 
 
 

The Anonymous group of computer hackers yesterday followed up on its threat made on Friday to release data from mainland government websites.

It released hundreds of phone numbers and email addresses of the Ningbo Free Trade Zone in Zhejiang province and a job-search site run by the Changxing county administration, also in the coastal province.

Anonymous took the action shortly after the government denounced the group’s threat of cyberattacks, which were apparently in support of the protesters. The data also included individual IP addresses and names.

It was not immediately clear why the two websites were targeted. The government offices in charge of the websites could not be reached yesterday. The Ministry of National Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also not available to comment.

Anonymous said it had already infiltrated more than 50 mainland government databases and leaked 50,000 user names and emails, saying it was fullfilling promises to “stand and fight alongside the citizens of Hong Kong”. The group earlier targeted Hong Kong sites after issuing a first warning on October 2. In a public video message, Anonymous declared cyberwar on the government and police force for the use of tear gas against demonstrators. Anonymous made some sites either inaccessible or intermittently accessible on October 3.

Michael Gazeley, managing director of security service provider Network Box, said it was difficult to judge “whether [the earlier attacks] really are [the work] of Anonymous to start with” because Anonymous is a loosely associated group.

 
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Nebraska Teachers Told To Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ As ‘Boys And Girls’ Is Not ‘Gender Inclusive’


School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclusive to Transgender
Nebraska teachers are instructed to ask students what their preferred pronouns are.

Children displaying oppressive cisgenderism

A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.

 
The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”

“Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the document says.

The instructions were part of a list called “12 steps on the way to gender inclusiveness” developed by Gender Spectrum, an organization that “provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages.”

Other items on the list include asking all students about their preferred pronouns and decorating the classroom with “all genders welcome” door hangers.

If teachers still find it “necessary” to mention that genders exist at all, the document states, they must list them as “boy, girl, both or neither.”

Furthermore, it instructs teachers to interfere and interrupt if they ever hear a student talking about gender in terms of “boys and girls” so the student can learn that this is wrong.

“Point out and inquire when you hear others referencing gender in a binary manner,” it states. “Ask things like . . . ‘What makes you say that? I think of it a little differently.’ Provide counter-narratives that challenge students to think more expansively about their notions of gender.”

The teachers were also given a handout created by the Center for Gender Sanity, which explains to them that “Gender identity . . . can’t be observed or measured, only reported by the individual,” and an infographic called “The Genderbred Person,” which was produced by www.ItsPronouncedMetroSexual.com.

Despite controversy, Lincoln Superintendent Steve Joel has declared that he is “happy” and “pleased” with the training documents.

“We don’t get involved with politics,” he told KLIN Radio’s Drive Time Lincoln radio show.

“We don’t get involved with gender preferences. We’re educating all kids . . . and we can’t be judgmental,” he said.

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter at National Review Online.

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Who decides just what is an Anglican?


Canterbury buries the instruments of unity

Author:

George Conger

The Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed the authority to determine who is Anglican. In a wide ranging conversation with the Church of Ireland Gazette, the archbishop offered his appreciation of the ecclesiology of the Anglican Communion, placing his office in the center of the church’s polity.

He further stated he saw the Anglican Church in North America as an ecumenical partner, not a member church of the Anglican Communion.

While Archbishop Justin Welby’s comments about the ecclesial relationship between the Church of England and the ACNA break no new ground, his defense of his appointment of an ACNA priest to an honorary post in the Church of England by asserting the priest’s orders were valid as they were conveyed by the Episcopal Church of the USA raises the question of the validity of the ministerial orders conveyed by ACNA’s bishops. The archbishop’s comments also appear put paid to the notion of four instruments of unity within the Communion, down grading the Anglican Consultative Council in setting the parameters of the Anglican world, placing the primates in a consultative role, while elevating his office as the arbiter of Anglicanism.

At the start of his 3 October 2014 interview with the Church of Ireland Gazette Archbishop Welby noted that he was surprised to learn that “virtually everywhere I have gone the analysis is that the definition of being part of the Anglican Communion is being in Communion with Canterbury  …  I haven’t faulted that [view],” he said adding that “most provinces of the Anglican Communion valued their relationship with Canterbury …  [And that] there remains in the overwhelming parts of the Communion an attachment to Canterbury.”

However, the Anglican Church in North America was not part of that particular fellowship. The ACNA is a “fellow member of the church of Christ in the world,” but added the “ACNA is a separate church. It is not part of the Anglican Communion.”

It is not clear from his definition whether by making communion with Canterbury the defining mark of being Anglican, the archbishop was saying that the Churches of the Porvoo Agreement (Church of Iceland, Church of Norway, Church of Sweden, Church of Denmark, Church of Finland, and the Baltic Lutheran Churches) were Anglican, while the ACNA was not. Nor was their mention of membership in the Anglican Consultative Council, which had also been seen as a mark of membership in the Communion.

Asked if the appointment of Dr. Tory Baucum to the position of Six Preacher at Canterbury Cathedral was a sign of reconciliation with the ACNA, Archbishop Welby stated Baucum’s past membership of the Episcopal Church, not his current status as a member of the ACNA, validated his appointment.

“Tory Baucum was ordained before ACNA emerged, many years before, and is a validly ordained with Anglican Orders and for that reason was eligible to be a Canterbury Six Preacher.”

The archbishop went on to say in his discussion of the ACNA:

“We are committed ecumenically to reconciliation of the churches, to visible unity this is John 17 particularly the last few verses. That is a profound commitment, a profound emotional and theological commitment. Where there is the possibility of reconciliation with ecumenical partners, ACNA is clearly an ecumenical partner, it is a fellow member of the church of Christ in the world, as with all ecumenical partners we seek reconciliation.”

Asked to comment about reports the 2018 Lambeth Conference had been cancelled, or that he was rethinking holding a conference, the archbishop said:

“I am not rethinking. I am following through with what I said to the primates when I was installed as archbishop, which was that by the end of 2014 I would seek to visit them all in their own country, their own home, discuss what it would look like, and make up collectively make up our minds on that. We are bang on schedule for that.”

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A breadless Jesus? Check out this eucharistic patten from 4th century


 

WoW with bradyThis find is possibly a reasonable representation of Jesus before convention firmed up the usual bearded version.  His garb is also different. Fortunately, what Jesus looks like is not relevant to salvation.

Fr. Othohippo

‘Beardless Jesus’ found in Spain

Ancient plate

Archaeologists in Spain say they have found one of the world’s earliest known images of Jesus. It is engraved on a glass plate dating back to the 4th Century AD, reports from Spain say.

The plate is believed to have been used to hold Eucharistic bread as it was consecrated in early Christian rituals. It measures 22cm in diameter and fragments of it were unearthed outside the southern Spanish city of Linares, ABC newspaper reports.

Scientists working for the FORVM MMX project found it inside a building used for religious worship in what remains of the ancient town of Castulo. The find made scientists “review the chronology of early Christianity in Spain”, FORVM MMX project director Marcelo Castro told El Mundo newspaper.

The pieces were in an excellent state of preservation – 81% of its original area has now been pieced together by scientists.

Hands holding an ancient plate

In the image, Jesus Christ is flanked by two apostles, believed to be Peter and Paul. “The scene takes place in the celestial orb, framed between two palm trees, which in Christian iconography represent immortality, the afterlife and heaven, among other things,” ABC writes.

El Mundo notes that Christ looks very different from later depictions: he has no beard, his hair is not too long and he is wearing a philosopher’s toga.

Ancient plateA reconstruction of images on the plate
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Is this what Christians can expect in our school systems in the future? Here, it is now.


California School Accused of ‘Purging’ Christian Books

By Todd Starnes , CP Op-Ed Contributor
September 24, 2014|8:09 am
  • Todd Starnes
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    Todd Starnes is a regular contributor of FOX & Friends and FoxNews.com. He writes a weekly column for Human Events and TownHall.com.

It’s hard to imagine that any school would have a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust.

But Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message.

“We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute.

Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent who discovered what they called a “Christian purging” of the charter school’s library.

“She was told by one of the library attendants that the library has been instructed to remove all books with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company,” read a letter PJI sent to the public charter school. “The attendant advised that the library would no longer be carrying those books. Indeed, our client was told that the library was giving those books away, and she actually took some.”

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Among the books deemed inappropriate, the PJI said, was “The Hiding Place” the biography of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who was imprisoned by the Germans for helping Jews escape the Holocaust.

“It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors,” said Brad Dacus, president of the religious advocacy group. “This is a major sweep by this charter school to eliminate the religious viewpoint. Libraries cannot engage in an open purging of books simply because they are of a Christian perspective.”

Dacus said the charter school must reverse “their ill-conceived and illegal book-banning policy.” If they fail to do so, he said, PJI is prepared to take further legal action.

So why would a public charter school take issue with books written by Christians?

I figured Superintendent Hermsmeyer would be more than willing to set the record straight and explain the book purging. It seems I figured wrong. I gave her 24 hours to return my calls, and as of this writing, she has not done so.

But she did reply to the letter she received from Pacific Justice Institute. And what she told them was a bit alarming.

“We are a public school, and as such, we are barred by law from purchasing sectarian curriculum materials with state funds,” she wrote. “We only keep on our shelves the books that we are authorized to purchase with public funds.”

I’m guessing Harry Potter is OK but Frodo is not.

Pacific Justice Institute said the charter school has violated the First Amendment. They cited a 1982 Supreme Court ruling that said “local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books and seek by their removal to ‘prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion.'” If you’d like to read the entire case – it’s Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico.

Hermsmeyer denied they were discriminating against Christian authors or publishing companies. 
”At no time, however, have we discriminated against Christian authors or publishing companies who create secular educational materials,” she wrote.

Heaven forbid the children find a Bible in the library.

It’s quite unfortunate that the charter school endorses the banning of books.

“Some of the greatest literature of Western civilization comes from religious authors,” Dacus said. Are they going to ban the sermons or speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?”

I oppose all book banning. If a book offends you, don’t read it.

The way I see it – book banning is just one step away from book burning. And I don’t mean to pour gasoline on the fire, but we all know what regime did that.

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