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Gunner Q is correct. The Muslims are starting to go liberal — in Saudi Arabia, the land of the Sharia sponsored Imams and the useful executioners. Women can now leave the place, be economically interdependent and divorce. They should have larned … the Mormons here are a warning. It won’t end well: Earl is briefer and wittier.

My cat food and wine investments keep going up as well. Things really did look up once they got rid of patriarchal oppression.

Earl, Gunner Q.
Trappist Monks making beer, England.

I really need to find something better than a Kindle.

In George Orwell’s “1984,” government censors erase all traces of news articles embarrassing to Big Brother by sending them down an incineration chute called the “memory hole.”
On Friday, it was “1984” and another Orwell book, “Animal Farm,” that were dropped down the memory hole — by Amazon.com.
In a move that angered customers and generated waves of online pique, Amazon remotely deleted some digital editions of the books from the Kindle devices of readers who had bought them.
An Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said in an e-mail message that the books were added to the Kindle store by a company that did not have rights to them, using a self-service function. “When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers’ devices, and refunded customers,” he said.
Amazon effectively acknowledged that the deletions were a bad idea. “We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances,” Mr. Herdener said.

NY Times.

I don’t have to be consistent when it comes to scrapbooks, but Vox called this a few days ago. We are all sinners. I prefer not to celebrate mine.

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When Pastors go Apostate.

We recently reported on the Purity Culture pastor, Josh Harris, who renounced his faith after announcing his divorce. Harris, the former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Maryland — the founding church of Sovereign Grace Ministries — took to Instagram to make his announcement. In his announcement, he had a special apology for LGBTQ people, writing,
But I specifically want to add to this list now: to the LGBTQ+ community, I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality. I regret standing against marriage equality, for not affirming you and your place in the church, and for any ways that my writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry. I hope you can forgive me.⁣⁣

So let’s get this straight. Josh Harris poses with his wife to announce a divorce. Several days later, he announces on Instagram that he has renounced his faith with a “heartfelt” apology to the LGBTQ community. Now, he’s seen marching in a gay pride parade wearing rainbow gear and eating rainbow food. Is there another announcement he will be making soon?

Josh likes Diversity, perhaps. I prefer to listen to BGKB, who spells that die-versity. Because being with your own tribe is kind of comforting. Diversity… less so. It tends to conflict.

Mountain Bike Poster.

I arrived in Van di Sole on Sunday which was also the final day of the Mountain Bike World Cup. I caught the last race which was the men’s elite cross country event. The track was pretty much insane. The competitors raced flat out for over an hour. The cross country event has changed radically from when last I viewed it here a few years ago. Back then it had very little of the ups and downs and mostly comprised flat bits through pretty forest which meant that normal road racing cyclists could come in and clean up.
Not so much any more. I was exhausted just watching it. There were some very serious ups and some even more extremely serious downs. A Dutch guy won the race which was impressive considering Holland’s serious lack of the ups and downs.
The crowd was large, friendly, happy, content, good looking and completely and utterly white. I hate to point this out to the good folks at the downhill mountain bike HQ but there is a total lack of diversity involved in their sport. I spotted one Asian guy and he looked like he was lost or delivering pizza, (probably equal measures of both). It was wall to wall white people; but not just wall to wall white people but wall to wall good looking and healthy white people, in other words, not fat.

Adam Piggott.

The diversity within NZ is starting to offend the woke — who are trying to occupy private property — and consider telling immigrants to go home is reasonable. The press is offended. I’m not, but then I want the local Maori to be left alone and the deal they had to provide for their own to be followed through.

Again, if you are politically active, stop Facebook.

Several live videos were posted to protester Anikaaro Harawira-Havili’s Facebook page on Monday night. One shows a protester getting close to officers and insulting them, while they don’t react.
Towards the end she approaches one officer, who appears to be of south-Asian descent, and suggests he leave the country.
“Another foreigner occupying our whenua in Aotearoa and then not even letting us on our own. F**k off back to your own country,” she said.
A spokesperson for the police said they were aware of verbal abuse and intimidation against officers.
“I would like to acknowledge the professionalism they showed on Monday night and throughout the last two weeks despite being faced with these challenges.
“We are continuing to remind protesters to remain calm and carry out their protest peacefully.”
Police say Monday’s increase in officers was down to suggestions protesters were planning on trespassing.
The tensions are said to have boiled over into a scuffle and protest leader Pania Newton says she was pushed over.

“I was really concerned that there were a number of minors at the front line so I was coming through the gate and a police officer ran over, rammed me with the gate I was coming through, and I did fall to the ground,” she said on Tuesday.
Police reject her claims.
“Despite repeated warnings from police, a large group of protesters attempted to bypass the police cordon.
“Police attempted to stop those trespassing, but protesters pushed their way past our staff.  The protesters eventually vacated the private land and no arrests were made. Police reject allegations that a protester was pushed over.”
Newshub has contacted the woman that posted the video and Newton for comment.

Newshub

However, it is now too dangerous to preach hellfire and damnation. The authorites believe that free speech is less important than people feeling comfortable.

Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Stainton said the police had sought legal advice after the incident.
“Police acknowledge freedom of speech but we also have to consider the right of members of the community to feel safe, and go about their business uninterrupted,” he said.
The Whangārei council is defending its stance and the City Safe security officers who first approached the preacher and asked him to tone it down, then called the police when he refused.
Spokesperson Ann Midson said the council wanted the mall to be a vibrant place with performers and speakers but the public had a right not to feel abused or unsafe.
“We don’t want people to feel threatened, or frightened or hurt or upset, and that’s the approach we take. It’s not heavily proscribed; it’s about keeping the place safe for everybody.”
Ms Midson said Mr Edwards had now asked the council for a letter saying he could continue to preach in the mall.
The council replied saying it didn’t write such letters, just as it didn’t formally approve casual buskers.
But it also reminded the preacher that under its Public Places Bylaw, he did need council consent to hand out his pamphlets.
Ms Poulain of the Free Speech Coalition said that sounded suspiciously like censorship.

Radio New Zealand.

Perhaps we need to give everyone a dose of concrete so we harden up a bit, and allow a certain level of abrasive speech. Because without free speech you cannot correct untrue and offensive speech, particularly when it comes from the authorities. Just do not be like them.