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Muerte de Absalón — Corrado Giaquinto (c. 1760)

The times are turbulent. The current regime was once heralded as revolutionary, and promised to address the shortcomings of the previous administration. But they’ve shown themselves to be no different. Just look at how the family drama plays out before the nation like a bad Soap Opera.

The family is at war with each other, publishing shocking “tell all” books. Have you heard some of the things his own children say about him? Some say that he’s cheated on his wife. That he tried to cover it up with murder.

Justice decays, and with it, society.

But now, his estranged son stands outside the city gate. Whenever he sees someone coming to the King for justice, he intercepts them. “Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you. If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me, and I would see that they receive justice.”

On the “But I have a black friend!” defense

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Middle school students are wonderful. They have this endearing way of illustrating the depravity of man. You make a set of rules for them, and they will follow it to the letter. They will dot their i’s and cross their t’s, especially if that means they get to break the spirit of the law, while obeying the letter.

When we were at summer camp years back, we made a rule — more for our own sake, than for theirs. No shoes inside the cabin. We don’t want the floor getting wet and muddy. I watched in horror one day, as one of the students stood on my co-leaders pillow with sopping wet muddy feet. We were already running low on sleep and energy, and now my friend had a gross pillow. I called out to the student in despair. …

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“Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”

1 John 3:15

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”

1 John 4:20

I deeply suspect many of the stories we’ve read about in the past few weeks stem from racial hatred. And let it be known, Christianity has no room for hate.

But I want you to think about this. …

Mercy Triumphs over Judgement

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“What has been done in broad daylight, must be judged in broad daylight. But not by the governments, or the courts. No, the government itself would never bring justice for cases such as this. And so, we gather here today to secure our own justice.

That this could happen in our time, in our civilized society! Even to speak of it causes our jaws to drop in shock. And yet, are we so surprised to find this happening, given who holds office? He turns a blind eye to it, and therefore encourages it in our society.

I speak, of course, of adultery.

The Failure of Salvation by Justice

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“Hold your breath, these things come in threes…”

In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, America’s racial tensions are once again at the forefront of our headlines. Only six years ago, our country was locked in a bitter debate about what our problems are and how to solve them. Now, we are revisiting them, empty handed.

Around 2017, this video surfaced, and proposed a solution to America’s racial tensions. “If we only understood our privilege,” it speculates implicitly, “we would be able to resolve our differences.”

A group of young college students line up for a race to win $100. They all talk with each other excitedly, smiles on their faces as their leader vies for their attention. This is no normal race, you see. …

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Just thought I’d scribble a few notes down from a small PCB I designed last month. This will be a touch less “polished” than my usual writing, I’m just getting some thoughts out.

A few months back, I dug out my software defined radio out to poke at some old ideas. I’ve always been interested in narrow band radio for digital modes, and P25 has piqued my interest. I looked up the frequencies that my city uses, and scanned around to look at them out of curiosity. I even managed to listen to a few with DSD+.

I’d always assumed P25 was still 4FSK, but it looks like they’ve moved to a hybrid system of QPSK for the control tower, and CPM for the handsets. I had some fun trying to write a little GNU Radio script to lock onto the QPSK channel and had some success… but the spectrum was super noisy, and my receiver had issues locking on phase. …

Venting my frustrations about new web standards

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Come off it Mr. Dent. You can’t win, you know. You can’t lie in front of the bulldozer indefinitely.

A story cropped up this morning on my feed. Someone had discovered that while visiting eBay, their web browser was running a port scan on localhost with WebSockets. Presumably, the browser fed that information back to eBay, so they could do a risk assessment of some sort. Is the user a part of a fraud network?

Needless to say, this is mildly alarming. My web browser could be used to port scan my network? I try to follow security fairly closely, and I didn’t even know this could happen. …

Unpacking the wild claims about Hobby Lobby’s Visions from God

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Everyone hop on the judgement wagon, it’s time to judge Hobby Lobby in the court of Social Media. Make sure you bring your rocks and “Share” buttons, we’re gonna have an old fashioned stoning for a business caught in adultry with capitalism.

If you’re so inclined, here’s your first rock. An article with the headline, “Hobby Lobby founder reportedly told employees a message from God informed his decision to leave stores open amid the coronavirus outbreak.”

Ooh, a leaked memo. How juicy! How outrageous! How despicable. The owners are absolutely insane! Claiming God gave him a vision to stay open during the outbreak! His businesses should be closed! Why are they forcing his employees to work, risking their health for profit? …

How the promise of unlimited betterment shapes our response to COVID-19

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With apologies to Pinker for my alliteration.

I’ve been trying to write something about the Coronavirus for a few days now. Writing has been a wonderful outlet for stress and upset, but I’ve struggled to piece anything together for over a week. Most of what’s worth saying has already been said — and much that isn’t worth saying has been said in abundance.

Given how much the world is hurting right now, I’d like to try and not add to that. So, if you’ll give me the honor of your time, I’ll share with you a little story, and my observations.

A few years ago, Steven Pinker gave an incredibly well received TED talk, titled “Is the world getting better, or worse? A look at the numbers”. Though I agree with many of Pinker’s observations, I disagree with his conclusion. Regardless, I strongly encourage you to watch his talk. I think it gives great insight into this generation’s beliefs, and why we’re responding so poorly to this pandemic. …

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Dear CL,

I saw you in front of some adults today. You were very upset, and said your childhood was being stolen — and indeed it is. No child should suffer like this.

I’m sure some adults in your life have been telling you the “sky is falling”, and that there’s only “a little time left to save the planet”. I’m sure you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. It must be very stressful.

It may help to know that adults have been saying things like this for a long time! I remember when I was in school, a man named Harold Camping claimed Jesus was coming back on May 21st, 2011. He sounded very smart, and even had a radio show! …


Tim K

Tim builds circuit boards in Virginia Beach, and enjoys writing about current events, history, theology, and philosophy.

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