Meshiach Yisrael

This is week 17 of Shabbat Shalom Link Up.

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This week is Preparation Day Link Up #4. This month there are themes for each week. This week’s theme is the title of this post. For more information, go to my Preparation Day page at the top of this blog.

Not Too Pleased

So far my challenging situation is not improving.  I just discovered that something I was told not to do,  is now being done.  All parties involved heard this restriction, but now someone else is doing it-and this someone else found it insulting when I was doing it.

For people who supposedly are interested in improving the situation, they are doing the opposite.  I wonder if they even know that the other person is doing this…but I can’t tell them without getting the outside person in trouble and I don’t want to do that.  But it angers me greatly: again showing that one set of rules apply to me and another to this other person.

Not pleased at all.

Squid Invasion

Thousands of jumbo flying squid—aggressive 5-foot-long sea monsters with razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles—have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego, spooking scuba divers and washing up dead on tourist-packed beaches.

“It was an amazing privilege to touch a creature like that and see how amazingly beautiful it was,” she said. “They have these wonderful eyes. … They look all-seeing, all-knowing.”

I do find this fascinating, but the comment about the all seeing, all knowing eyes does bother me.  Animals do not have that capacity and it is dangerous to promote that kind of thinking.

Turn About Is Fair Play

This gave me a chuckle:

“Area drivers looking to outwit police speed traps and traffic cameras are using an iPhone application and other global positioning system devices that pinpoint the location of the cameras.

Lanier said the technology is a “cowardly tactic” and “people who overly rely on those and break the law anyway are going to get caught” in one way or another.”

So they want to monitor us, but don’t like it when they are monitored.  Plus if people are going to get caught anyway, then there  is no reason for the police chief to be upset in the first place.

She doth protest too much,I think.

Homeschooling Carnival

I am still having computer trouble and when I am not having that problem I am busy with life.

Anyway, this weeks homeschool carnival is up. I hadn’t done this over the summer because I was tired of searching to find it every week. Now I am getting notices for it again, so I can put it on my blog.

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TLO

TLO stands for “Terrorism Liaison Officers”. These are people such as firefighters, utility workers, and paramedics who are trained to look for “suspicious activity” and then input their data into a secret government database.

“Suspicious activity” is broadly defined in TLO training as behavior that could lead to terrorism: taking photos of no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements or notes, espousing extremist beliefs or conversing in code, according to a draft
Department of Justice/Major Cities Chiefs Association document.

I know someone who likes to take photos of old barns-some folks would say that has no aesthetic value. Taking notes and measurements so you don’t forget what you saw and heard on vacation is now suspicious too. Who defines what an extremist belief is?

And it gets worse:

In Colorado, TLOs report not only illegal but legal activity, such as bulk purchases along Colorado’s Front Range of up to 150 disposable cellphones.”

Are all bulk purchases suspect? Probably, plus you have no way of knowing if you were reported and for what activity. And it’s a good way for someone who has a grudge against someone else to get back at them. How many tips does it take before you get a knock or worse on your door?

This comment takes the cake:

“We don’t snoop into private citizens’ lives. We aren’t living in a communist state.”

We’re not?

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