Showing posts with label opinions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label opinions. Show all posts

02 February 2019

Will There Be a World War 3? Let's Discuss.

Ever since mankind realized that they were supposed to be counting wars ... people are on the edge because they are rightfully concerned about the possibility and regularly ask this question:

Will there be a World War 3?




There are lively discussions going in many online communities.  I donated my "two cents" to a discussion in a forum.  This is what I said:

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"NOSTRADAMUS predictions for 2018 have foretold one of the worst years in global history with a string of natural disasters, the fall of the economy, and the start of World War 3."
Nostradamus 2018 predictions: World War 3 and disaster BUT survivors could live to 200
Eh! I never believed anything attributed to Nostradamus. Frankly I don't think there will be a 3rd world war because, although the countries possess nuclear weapons, nobody in their right mind really wants to use them. In a nuclear-to-nuclear showdown there are NO WINNERS. The fallout from the use of nuclear weapons is unimaginable. The earth - the land, the oceans and the sky - will be ruined FOR EVERYBODY!!
North Korea warns of nuclear showdown, ...

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Agree or Disagree?

Leave your comments below or better yet join Forum Coin (free sign up) and contribute to this discussion?  

There are many lively discussions and conversations taking place.  Did I mention that you can also earn for contributing your social comments?  It's a social site that pays you to socialize.  Earn money writing short posts, even quips!  Pretty much you donate your two cents and get one cent back.  An easy way to earn some pocket change.  You can get paid in currency or ask for an Amazon gift card.  Hey!  Who doesn't want a little extra money for the holidays, for gift shopping, for daily living expenses, etc.?  The forum community is global and welcomes members from everywhere, not just the USA.
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19 November 2017

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, but my honor and respect for our nation's first peoples is something that I am mindful of all the time.  Although I know next to nothing about my own Native American heritage since I was raised as a Negro/Colored/Black American, it's a part of my DNA that can not be denied.  By the time we became African-Americans, I was an adult. :)  



Image credit: Hand drawn native american dream catcher, beads and feathers
© Photographer: Bluelela | Agency: Dreamstime.com



https://www.pinterest.com/cmoneyspinner/native-americans/
Pinterest is a wonderful invention for organizing and collecting topics of specific interest.  To try to learn more about Native Americans and their contributions, I created a pinboard and started gathering information.  Been collecting for a several years.




Additionally, for 2016, shared my thoughts about the celebration of the contributions of the first nations to the history of America and the building of this nation at myLot.com:


http://www.mylot.com/post/2997150/november-is-native-american-heritage-month


Adding on to these thoughts, opinions, and perspectives published at myLot with my other remarks and comments shared elsewhere on the web.  May I say that in my attempt to find information about Native American heritage on the Internet, I found a lot of current events that are not pretty!  Sharing the info because you can't say you appreciate the contributions of a people and then turn a blind eye to events that are adversely impacting those people.  Nevertheless, tried to find something positive and came across some wonderful art on Google Plus shared by Manuel Caycedo.  Going to end this post by re-sharing some gems plucked from his G+ posts stream.  


Happy Native American Heritage Month
and God Bless America!










“...  The horse was brought to the Native Americans by way of the Spanish Conquistadores. Horses completely changed the way of life for the American Indians. ...”  The Comanches learned how to use horses so well ... read the rest of the story.

Please Don't Shoot the Horses Ever Again! - Daily Two Cents









Interesting Fact and Observation:
"Currently there are 562 tribal governments in the United States recognized by the federal government. Each tribe can form its own government and enforces its own laws, establishes its own taxes and regulates its own activities." That's interesting. So if this can be accomplished in America, other countries with tribal communities ( "Afghanistan's tribal groups" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1658073.stm ) should just copy the Native Americans. Sounds easy enough! _ _ _ APOLOGIES!!! The quote was extracted from an article published via YAHOO Voices. That site shut down and the article shared was unpublished. UPDATE: November 3, 2014














Apologies. At one time Google Plus allowed one to embed content from posts plucked from the G+ stream. However, the embed feature was discontinued. Even though the embedded content appears below, unfortunately, all of the links are misdirecting. I can share links that redirect you to the content owner's G+ profile or page.

ManuelCaycedo
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21 October 2017

I Don't Wanna Fight ~ Tina Turner

I admire Tina Turner. She was a strong soul sista. There came a time in her life when she was a “turning point”. She is a role model to women who are in abusive relationships. She shows them what they need to do. Especially if children are involved. I liked this song because I can feel Tina's heart and soul in it when she sings it. Her heart was bleeding and she knew the best way was to just move on. She picked up the pieces and walked off!!



Image credit:
Tina Turner Wallpaper by eltonandtinafan, on Flickr


In my opinion, “All the Best – The Hits” and “Simply the Best” are her “best”! 



She is retired now and for your information, she performed her last concert in Austin, Texas, my current hometown.  I did not attend but according to those who did, she was Tina Turner all the way to the end!!  :)









Gifts for Music Lovers : Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics

Gifts for Music Lovers: Duke Ellington Album: Far East Suite



24 August 2017

Are Protest Marches Effective?

Marching is a clearly defined collective act of the people! It's proof that in a free country you can do something to get your voices heard by the elected officials you are allowing to serve you, to do what needs to be done for the good of all the people. 

Or at least... get them to think about it. 

Also, sometimes if you write letters, they might get lost in the mail or never even delivered. It's kind of difficult to ignore a large mass of people all moving together coming at you. :)





18 July 2017

What is Religion? (It's a Straight Forward Question with a Straight Forward Answer.)

Two topics they say people should never discuss because it will likely always end in a heated argument: politics and religion



- Hard not to discuss politics. The media does a good job of keeping it in your face.

- Hard not to discuss religion. It's close to one's heart. Atheists, wiccans, devout believers all have convictions. The media helps a little. Didn't you hear all those reports about pope Francis?

When it comes to religion, there is a definition that everybody can agree with and should not cause controversy.

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1: 27)

How hard can it be to follow this guideline?



Content first shared at myLot.com, Sept 2015.

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04 July 2017

Difference Between Politics and Religion

Politics and religion. What's the difference?

In case one might think the lines are blurred. They're not!

The difference between politics and religion is summed up in two “C” words. Compromise. Conviction.

(Assumption: Politics in democratic or self-governing countries. Obviously in dictatorships or similar forms of government, compromise is not entertained and conviction ain't worth diddly squat! It's just Rule by The Iron Hand. Whoever don't like it can escape/relocate, go to prison or die!)


 

In politics, when you're trying to resolve matters or issues, one must often build a “bridge of compromise”, in order to satisfy or respond to the varying demands of the general diverse population or citizenry, because they are all a part of the community. In politics, although it's said that laws and policies enforced and implemented are the good of ALL, that's not always the case and decisions are often made as a matter of expediency.

In religion or matters of faith, there is no compromise. You either believe it or you don't. You adhere to the doctrine or you don't. You don't have authority to change, to bind or to unbind. When you committed, you submitted. The community is only made up of believers. When it comes to their politics they know where to draw the line because decisions made are matters for eternity.

OK. So after talking this over with myself, it seems a revision is needed.

Politics versus Religion? The difference is two “C” words plus two “E” words. Compromise. Conviction. Expediency. Eternity.

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NOTE: For the record. Can't speak for other faiths. But there's no such thing as a Christian nation. There are nations where Christians live. Christians are a part of a kingdom which is not restricted or limited by man-made boundary lines or governments. We were instructed to go into all the world preaching the Good News. We were warned that we might have to lay down our own lives. But we were never commanded to kill anybody! So if somebody says something different? They're wrong! Anybody who killed or is killing in the name of Jesus Christ? They're wrong!  But that's another discussion.



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The line blurring is very disturbing. The “ISIS brand” is built on being a Muslim. A faithful Muslim. That's their foundation and they make it plain that if you're not for them, you're against them; and if you're against them, then you've got to go!

This is a bigger problem for Muslims than it is for non-Muslims. Why? Because it's the followers of Islam who are being divided. "A house divided against itself can not stand."

When a division occurs, particularly in matters of faith, "the faithful" need to make sure they're on the right side.

For Muslims, since it's a faith in Allah, the followers need to know if they're making their God angry! Because an angry God can show you “10 thousand deaths” way worse than anybody on earth, like ISIS, can show you! “It's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”.

A Muslim needs to decide two things. (1) Is ISIS sent by Allah? (2) If not, then a Muslim needs to decide who they fear the most. Allah or ISIS?

Can't their God deliver them from evil? When those decisions are made, the "line" becomes "un-blurred".

Don't know how the Muslim community is going to overcome this. But if they don't employ diligent efforts to make a clear distinction and differentiation between “which is witch” … then ... dare I say it? … the good is going to suffer with and for the bad. I'm no prophet. But blind people can see this coming!


- American Muslims should lead the charge in this effort, i.e. unblurring the lines. Agree or disagree?



If you're going to lay down your life for something, it should be something worth laying your life down for.




Image credit: glitter-graphics.com

02 June 2017

“The Dangers of Being Too Political on Social Media” ~ Can We Talk? Or At Least Think.

The following thoughts were provoked by an article published by a person in my Google Plus circles, MikeAllton. He's a social media consultant and was given the opportunity to publish his content at MarketingProfs.com which he titled: “The Dangers of Being Too Political on Social Media”.


Let's face facts people. Social media is here to stay. 

I might also add: 

  • Social media is no different from Mars Hill, except that the reach of the debate and the discussions is worldwide, and you don't have to be deemed “one of the great minds” in order to add your two cents into the babbling cauldron.
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I love a spirited discussion and debate. Especially with my husband. Who usually always wins because he tires me out. It's not that he persuades me. I just run out of wind.

Regards friends in my social networks, I am careful to choose who to discuss really in-depth serious matters with, whether it be politics, religion or other really “tough stuff”. But if I am deeply concerned about an adverse impact of a decision, friend or no friend, I think it would wrong for me to not say anything and I feel compelled to be willing to sacrifice my “comfort zone” for the greater good. Even if I run the risk of losing a friend (or get yelled at by a total stranger who doesn't know me at all).

Some matters are worth taking the risk of losing a friend. 
But you have to decide that.

Some matters are worth taking the risk of losing your job. 
But you have to decide that.

Would you rather not say anything just to remain friends, only years later to have that “adverse impact” of a political decision manifest itself and then speak up? Only to have your friend look at you and ask: “Why didn't you say something then??! I thought I was your friend!” 

Would you rather choose to keep a job only to find that, in reality, you relinquished your freedom?

Hulk (comics character).pngI never think in terms of “dangers” of expressing my views on matters that impact humanity because the disagreement might cause a divide or severe a relationship or make people so angry they turn into the Incredible Hulk




 I think of whether it would be “dangerous”  to NOT express myself.

(As  insignificant as my thoughts are to the grand scheme of things and the survival of the human race.) ☺




By Source, Fair use, Incredible Hulk Comic Book Character


27 April 2017

Should Churches be Tax-Exempt? | HUBpages Contributor Catherine Giordano

It seems the U.S. laws regarding tax exemptions for churches, other religious institutions and non-profit organizations is a carry over from the days of Emperor Constantine. 

But is it really a good idea?


This matter was and is being discussed thoroughly.  
Click link below.

Should Churches beTax-Exempt?




These are only partial comments submitted by me and approved by the author.  Completed comments are a bit "windy".  :)
Fair? Unfair? Tax? No tax? Interesting discussion but for the faithful, it's just “much ado about nothing”. Speaking with respect to Christians. Can't speak for the mission of other religious organizations and non-profits, but the mission of the body of Christ is clearly spelled out in Matthew 28: 19 – 20 (and other scriptures). If you don't tax the church, we'll carry out the mission. If you tax the church, we'll carry out the mission. Jesus left the example. He didn't argue about paying taxes. He paid the tax and carried on with His work. (Matthew 22: 21) So the question has already been answered. Whatever the government in any country decides to do ... i.e. taxing, imprisonment, etc, ... the “laborers” will continue God's work until “The Harvest”. Christians don't need government support or approval to know and to do what is right.

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19 April 2016

Should We Get Rid Of Religion? | Article by HUBPages Contributor Nell Rose

Whenever people ask a question and use the word “religion” my response is always the same. Have followed this definition for religion ever since I read it in the epistle written by James the apostle.
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)
In the first part of the definition you're lending a helping hand to the needy. 

In the second part of the definition the only person whose way of life and behavior you're responsible for “controlling” is your own!

Even if there were not a God looking down at what you do, why wouldn't you do it anyway? So why get rid of it?

  • Don't you want to exercise your own free will over your own life?
  • Don't you have compassion for those who are less fortunate and want to help them if you can?
It's a neat and simple rule, principle or guideline to follow.

You want to get rid of something? 


Get rid of people who abuse, oppress and kill other people and claim they have the “authority” to do it in the name of “religion”.

Of course … that's not so simple.



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Good HUB! Very thought provoking. 
A lively discussion going on over at:



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