Posted by: Frank | August 9, 2022

Frank blogged on August 09, 2022 at 10:57AM

“Perhaps the most important skill we learn in life is how we make decisions” Decision Making Matters

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Posted by: Frank | August 7, 2022

Frank blogged on August 07, 2022 at 12:35PM

Finished reading: Christ & Empire by Joerg Rieger 📚

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Posted by: Frank | August 7, 2022

Frank blogged on August 07, 2022 at 12:16PM

“One of the paradoxes of empire in our own time is that people often assume that we are now closer to freedom than ever before.”

Christ & Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times by Joerg Rieger

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Posted by: Frank | August 6, 2022

Frank blogged on August 06, 2022 at 08:34PM

The Kansas State Supreme Court, in their decision that the Kansas state constitution provided the right to abortion by borrowing from the language of the Declaration of Independence: “All men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” They wrote:

Included in that limited category is the right of personal autonomy, which includes the ability to control one’s own body, to assert bodily integrity, and to exercise self-determination. This right allows a woman to make her own decisions regarding her body, health, family formation, and family life—decisions that can include whether to continue a pregnancy.

I am glad to see someone other than me define liberty as including the ability to have control over one’s own body. Unfortunately, SCOTUS does not agree with the Kansas State Supreme Court about that same language. The fact that the U.S. Supreme Court is attacking liberty for all for the sake of a perceived infringement on religious liberty is very dangerous, although sadly no unprecedented, SCOTUS has been attacking liberty practically since its beginning.

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Posted by: Frank | August 6, 2022

Frank blogged on August 06, 2022 at 12:34PM

Greed drives most of the capitalism in the United States with little thought about the consequences. We are currently living through the consequences of a war a world away between Russia and Ukraine, imagine what happens if war breaks out in the Far East where everything we buy and use in the United States is manufactured. Have you tried to buy a car lately? Greed has put us in this bad place where China has a vice grip on our economy.

In the 1920s greed drove the United States and the world over a financial cliff toward a Depression. It took a World War and the New Deal laws to get the country back on its feet, but the wealthy minority, which has a lot of power because everything including votes and court decisions can be bought in the U.S., has been waging war against the majority, what we once knew as the middle class, ever since. Everything going on in the U.S. is a consequence if this war.

At the root of the issue is the claims on the definition of liberty. On one side, that includes the wealthy, is the claim liberty means one can do whatever one wants. On the other side is the claim that one’s claim to their personal liberty ends when it infringes on the liberties of others. The extreme libertarian side pushes toward anarchy, the extreme other side pushes toward over regulation, and in the middle is supposed to be the idea of the rule of law.

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Posted by: Frank | August 6, 2022

Frank blogged on August 06, 2022 at 12:34PM

Greed drives most of the capitalism in the United States with little thought about the consequences. We are currently living through the consequences of a war a world away between Russia and Ukraine, imagine what happens if war breaks out in the Far East where everything we buy and use in the United States is manufactured. Have you tried to buy a car lately? Greed has put us in this bad place where China has a vice grip on our economy.

In the 1920s greed drove the United States and the world over a financial cliff toward a Depression. It took a World War and the New Deal laws to get the country back on its feet, but the wealthy minority, which has a lot of power because everything including votes and court decisions can be bought in the U.S., has been waging war against the majority, what we once knew as the middle class, ever since. Everything going on in the U.S. is a consequence if this war.

At the root of the issue is the claims on the definition of liberty. On one side, that includes the wealthy, is the claim liberty means one can do whatever one wants. On the other side is the claim that one’s claim to their personal liberty ends when it infringes on the liberties of others. The extreme libertarian side pushes toward anarchy, the extreme other side pushes toward over regulation, and in the middle is supposed to be the idea of the rule of law.

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Posted by: Frank | August 6, 2022

Frank blogged on August 06, 2022 at 11:01AM

A simple truth….there are more books that I want to read than I have time, but I try!

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Posted by: Frank | August 6, 2022

Frank blogged on August 06, 2022 at 10:59AM

Alan Jacobs, who I follow on micro.blog, recommends reading Albert Murray: Collected Essays & Memoirs (LOA #284). I click the link in the micro.blog app and I see the description of the book and think to myself, I would like to add this to my Want To Read list in my Bookshelves in micro.blog but there is no link to do that. Next, I shared the link to Drafts and open Epilogue to paste it, but first went to the Discover tab and saw the book listed.

All, to say…note to self, remember that books shared in micro.blog appear in the Discover in Epilogue, so just go there if you want to add that book to your want to read list.

Epilogue is an app in development and available via TestFlight to manage Bookshelves in micro.blog.

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Posted by: Frank | August 6, 2022

Frank blogged on August 06, 2022 at 10:43AM

Checking back in on the micro.blog app for iPadOS on the iPad Mini, and see that the left menu still doesn’t disappear. I would prefer it showed posts across the entire screen.

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Posted by: Frank | August 6, 2022

Frank blogged on August 06, 2022 at 10:26AM

It is utterly tropical outside and according to my weather app, a 79 degree dew point. No clouds. Sat outside for maybe 15 minutes before deciding I wasn’t in a mood for a sauna.

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