Eschatology is the branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind.
(note: LSP’s dog. – pictured right, sometimes referred to as Blue Eschaton, died before the world ended. I can only surmise that he felt profound disappointment at the end. He harbored the hope that we’d all go before he did, leaving an inexhaustible supply of steaks and cherry pies in our wake.)
** Tobit: Do you have a hankering for historical fiction set in the time between the Old and New Testaments with a supernatural aspect and a healthy dose of vainglorious moral preaching? Look no further than Tobit. (your sermonette)
** Here we go again with the slogan; “Totaler Krieg kurzester krieg” (“Total war for a shorter war”). – Foreign Policy article – Why have so many of the youth of Russia bought into the righteousness of Russia’s war against Ukraine? The myth of the perpetual war with the West and Western values and culture has been pervasive. [By the same token, it doesn’t hurt to examine the role of “state propaganda” which exists in Western media.]
I don’t know if this article will display because it is from a subscription, but it is worth the read. A Quote: “If we are to understand Russian fascism, we must look to how the state has fed this ideology to its youngest generations and how they engage with and spread dangerous, mythical visions of global turmoil and national regeneration. Putin’s Russia is a flimsy, Potemkin state. His people have seen few gains after 22 years of his rule. With no real achievements bar securing a small elite’s wealth and position, Russia’s rulers have to look beyond mass material gain to satiate a population hungry for self-esteem and respect.”
** “Fresh on the heels of a sensible request by France to pause new green regulations comes an even stronger pushback in Germany.”
** Further embroilment in partisan political shenanigans by the DHS. Is it meant to not only vilify and splash imaginary mud on mainstream conservatives but to distract from the Secretary’s total incompetence in not securing the border?
“The Department of Homeland Security used an anti-terrorism program to fund a “media literacy” initiative linking religious and conservative organizations to neo-Nazis and white supremacists, documents reveal.
That citation included a presentation titled “Extremism, rhetoric and democratic precarity,” which has an influence pyramid that presenter Michael Loadenthal, a research fellow at the University of Cincinnati, said displays the “modern far-right.”
The presentation was given before Dayton was a grantee but was used in its grant application for DHS as part of Dayton’s bid for funding.
According to Loadenthal, the “pyramid of far-right radicalization” shows “mainstream conservativism” in the first section, which includes Fox News, the Christian Broadcasting Network, the Heritage Foundation, the Republican National Committee, and the National Rifle Association.
The more radical second tier, which Loadenthal says is “falsely called the alt-light,” includes Trump supporters, Breitbart News, PragerU, and Turning Point USA.
The next two tiers, which Loadenthal dubs the “alt-right” and “accelerationists,” begin including white nationalist and neo-Nazi entities such as the Daily Stormer.
“This terrorism task force is engaged in an active effort to demonize and eliminate Christian, conservative and Republican organizations using federal taxpayer dollars,” MRC founder and President L. Brent Bozell III told the Washington Examiner in a statement.
“What we have uncovered calls for criminal prosecution. The American people need to know those who are abusing their positions in the federal government will be held accountable for their criminal behavior.”
Identify the Aircraft
(Hint: Not an F-18)
Take your time with this one…it can be misleading.
As with the first two, this is often misidentified.
Wholly Holy Armor
The Ukrainians have an interesting take on ballistic armor plates. I might have done this during my time of wearing armor at work.
Some of those plates were spent to protect those who wore them.
The icons on the plates are beautifully done.