Lectionary for the woke.

Last year I was going through a fair amount of turmoil, much of which I could not write about. Much of which relates to human resources, and regulation of speech. We have a liberal polity. But we have an example of how to deal with a liberal polity.

The Sadduccees did not survive the destruction of Jerusalem. They were the party of the elite: they did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, or angels, or demons, and doubted the prophets. They certainly despised Christ, for he did not descend from a Maccabean or priestly branch, and had been raised in the low rent part of Israel.

And their reaction to the Apostles was to silence them. Remove their platform, Imprison them.

Autumn colours, Central Otago

17 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. 18 They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, 20 “Go, stand and [a]speak to the people in the temple [b]the whole message of this Life.” 21 Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach.
Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the [c]Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought. 22 But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back, 23 saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what [d]would come of this. 25 But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” 26 Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).

Acts 5:17-26

Luke says that these rulers were jealous, and I do not doubt that. The Romans, cynically had called the voice of the people the voice of God before the Augustan age (now past) and all politicians fear the crowd. The Pharisees knew that they would lose any election.

(One of the things I have seen is that liberal theologians desire and fight for the places on the committees of power, and the position of honoour. Pastors who believe generally don’t care: they are too busy feeding the flock. The Pharisees were quite imperfect, but they cared for the people, not power, and that lack of drive meant they were the perpetually out of power.

However, modern Judaism is based on the Torah which is the teaching of these Pharisees written after Titus scoured Israel and made Palestine).

However, this is not merely that. This is why the name of Christ, to modern progressives, is like Voldemort: never to be uttered. In case they turn to Christ, and be healed. Despite the fact that they are turning to Christ.

This is not a time to cower in fear of the Senate and their troops. It is a time of harvest. Preach the word, and let the people declare their loyalty. Rulers included. their useful minions, the woke, included. Their eternal fate is in their hands.

Daybook

It appears that the Skeptics are at it again. The high church of Atheism reports, correctly, that that transhuman project is as doomed as cryogenics. But they have no understanding of the spiritual.


Of persistent attempts to freeze human bodies for potential later long-term reanimation, Dr Shermer said “I’m not recommending it – it doesn’t work”.
A currently more popular view was that of “mind-uploaders”, who believed all of a person’s vital data, including memories and perhaps genetic information, could eventually be “uploaded to the cloud” and stored forever.
Dr Shermer said the “really scary large” amount of information required was impossible to be gathered and stored.
Other limitations also meant the unique features of each person could not be captured in this way.
He took a more practical view of immortality, and favoured living well for a good lifespan.
“Don’t worry about 500 years, just get to 100 with a healthy life,” he said.
During a vibrant question and answer session, he took issue with reported sightings of ghosts in English castles, and said “they never go to 7-Eleven” convenience stores.
Old buildings tended to creak and move about a great deal, and imperfections in older generations of video cameras tended to generate some ghost-like images at times, he said.
Dr Shermer founded The Skeptics Society, and is editor-in-chief of its magazine Skeptic.

John Gibb, Otago Daily Times.

Chris Trotter talks about the professional and managerial class (PMC — a good term) trying to tax the tradesmen. The comments suggest that he is hitting a raw nerve: and as a reformed person with credentials I see the stench of secular puritans. Tradesmen do it hard in NZ. The credentials get salaries.


The impressively credentialled members of the PMC, large numbers of whom are employed by the state, turn up for work every day and are paid every fortnight. All the necessary deductions for tax and ACC have been taken care of by their employer. If they’re teachers, nurses, social-workers, or just plain, common-or-garden civil servants, there’s a very high probability they’ll be members of a union. Regular pay-rises and improved working conditions are expected – and delivered.


Life for the small business owner is very different. In addition to plying their trade and/or providing their service, they are saddled with a great many other responsibilities. They have to take care of their own tax payments – as well as the tax payments of any staff they may employ. Then there’s Kiwisaver and ACC payments to sort out. They must conform to the provisions of OSH legislation and deal with the infernal complexities of the RMA. For many, being able to pay their bills depends upon other people paying theirs – and getting some debtors to cough-up can be a nightmare.


So, Guyon is right. Not all income is made the same. Which is why not all income is taxed the same.


Which leaves the PMC with a problem. They are only too aware of the need for increased government spending on health, housing, education and the environment. After all, so many of their jobs are about providing these public goods. On the other hand, they have a lifestyle to maintain; overseas trips to pay for; kids to finance into university and home ownership. Yes, their salaries may be large – but they’re fully extended. They are not keen on paying higher income tax. Not keen at all.


It might not be so bad if all these tradies; these restaurateurs; these independent contractors were caring and responsible citizens. But dammit! What’s with all these monster SUVs? Haven’t they heard of global warming? And the things they say! Honestly, it borders on hate speech. Sexists, racists, homophobes: the whole kit and kaboodle. To call them “deplorables” would be to seriously understate the problem. And then they get to retire with a cool million bucks – tax-free.


No bloody way!

CHRIS Trotter, Bowalley Road.

Not just in NZ. The same idiocy is occuring among the woke everywhere, and everyhere they are ruining everything. There needs to be a party for the workers and tradesmen. it used to be Labour or the Democrats. But that is not radical enough. Instead, image matters more than substance, and the parties ar run by people who make the three stooges look lie Nobel Laureates.

No, these three are artisanal Democrats, designed to appeal only to a select few elitists on college campuses or living in big blue cities on the coasts (By the way, be sure to welcome your new illegal alien arrivals thanks to the Trump administration – remember, these undocumented workers will make your cities stronger, better places n’ stuff!). They are bespoke leftists, perfectly curated to achieve Peak Wokeness.

They are the wave of the future, or at least of the 12 years we have left before the world ends in a climactic climate change catastrophe because selfish monsters like you won’t give up your Jeep Cherokees and Big Macs.
Now, most of the zillion Dems running for the chance to get shellacked by Trump in two years are not particularly bright, but they do have some level of animal cunning and they have got to see that the stupidity that gets the goatee gang slapping their paws in Brooklyn is going to play poorly in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and the parts of Minnesota that aren’t Mogadishu. But the candidates have a problem, because they don’t dare go against the real party leadership. Cross one of them and you’ll draw down the shrill, up-talking wrath of Rep. Shemp or Congresswoman Curley.

Kurt Schlicthler

The woke will destroy: from Disney, where they ruined Star Wars and Marvel moies, to politics, to the academic fields. They need to be avoided, shunned, and not encouraged. For the people do vote: with their money, attention and ballots. May that suffice.

There are other alternatives, and they are too bloody to contemplate.