Bits & Bytes

2019_08 06 Bunny & Cousin

MASCOTS: Bunny and her cousin take a walk around Nonno’s old ‘hood – Mama +3 and Army Princess + 3 are in Dearest’s home town visiting with the aunties, uncles and cousins. They’re coming here tomorrow! Wheee!!!

TRUMP: What he thinks we should do [3:35] – An FBI expert echoes President Trump’s calls for smarter measures to address gun violence and deter potential shooters.

JORDAN PETERSON: Want a better life? [6:15] – Take responsibility and start bettering yourself.


TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS: California just passed an unprecedented new law requiring all presidential candidates to submit five years of income tax filings by late November in order to secure a spot on California’s presidential primary ballot in March.

Judicial Watch has already sued California. And a federal judge has blocked New York’s efforts to force Trump to turn his tax returns over to the state’s House Ways and Means Committee.

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HUSH MONEY: It’s a travesty that they ever got to use tax-payers’ money for this in the first placeThe House passed a bill Tuesday that would require members of Congress to pay out of their own pockets for any sexual harassment settlements, and would help victims better navigate the complaint process on Capitol Hill.

JOURNALISTIC MALFEASANCE: [5:47] – President Trump did NOT call neo-Nazis “very fine people” during a famous press conference following the Charlottesville riots of August 2017. In fact, he condemned them. But the Trump Deranged major media reported that Trump had praised neo-Nazis.

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PROJECT VERITAS: From PV’s Facebook page – “Project Veritas has won 5 lawsuits in a row and the checks are now ROLLING IN. The attorney for one plaintiff, Steve Wentz, just sent in a check and we are expecting many more. Two others were ordered to pay $73k and $63k. If you sue, you will pay!

PALLYWOOD: The anti-Israel propaganda industry that creates false or misleading images, videos and narratives in order to portray Israelis as evil.

Pallywood fake news

For decades, anti-Israel agitators have staged elaborate and horrifying scenes of Israeli “brutality” and Palestinian “victimhood.” Those scenes are then promoted around the world in an effort to frame Israel for human rights abuses.

American journalist says, “The coverage of conflict in the Middle East has been heavily salted with outright forgeries, fakeries, and frauds” and “staged images of alleged Israeli brutality.”

Non-Palestinian western activists and international media are an important part of promoting this propaganda campaign around the world.

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CATHOLIC CHURCH and GUN CONTROL: “Let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one” (Luke 22:36) – The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not explicitly mention firearms, but it does affirm the right to use lethal force in self defense. “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life. Preserving the common good requires rendering the unjust aggressor unable to inflict harm” (CCC 2265).

Archbishop Chaput re-released his testimony given before the U.S. Senate after the tragic Columbine shooting. He also added this sobering note: “The experience taught me that assault rifles are not a birthright, and the Second Amendment is not a Golden Calf. I support thorough background checks and more restrictive access to guns for anyone seeking to purchase them.

“But it also taught me that only a fool can believe that ‘gun control’ will solve the problem of mass violence. The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts. And the twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve systematically created over the past half-century.

Catholic Vote adds, “If we believe the underlying problem is the culture, then Republicans need to be just as loud on fixing our culture as their opponents are on gun control.”

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The Knights of Columbus donated over $185 million to charities in 2018.

The men who choose to become Knights of Columbus are generous, and their impact is immense,” said Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

One of my sils is a Knight and I had a great uncle who made it to the top level where they get to wear the cool outfits with the feathered hats and swords.

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SUICIDE AMONG U.S. WOMEN: A large, longitudinal study* found that women who said they never attended religious services were five times more likely to commit suicide than those who said they attended once per week or more.

But those who said they attended Protestant services were still seven times more likely to commit suicide than those who said they attended Catholic Mass.

And among the 6,999 Catholic women in the study who said they attended Mass more than once a week, there was not a single suicide recorded.

*The study looked at suicides between 1996-2010 among a group of 89,708 women who were aged 30 to 55 in 1992 and 1996 when they self-reported on their religious practices.

I credit my Catholic upbringing with keeping me from acting on my suicidal thoughts in high school. I didn’t want to end my pain in this world only to find myself in a worse condition in the next. So I set out, very logically and with great determination to find out if there really is a God and if so, is He the One the Catholic Church taught about.

God honored my need to know for sure with an experience of faith. It wasn’t any bells and whistles, miraculous kind of thing. I just went to Mass one day not knowing and left being absolutely certain. So I told the priest who ran our youth group what had happened and asked, “What do I do now?” He told me to buy myself a Bible and read it.

Forty-eight years later, my faith (and Bible reading) continue to enrich my life and I am so very grateful for the graces I received through the Sacraments and for all those early lessons from my Catholic parents and religious instructors about suicide and mortal sin.


SHROUD OF TURIN: Radiocarbon tests done on a sample of the Shroud of Turin in 1988 allegedly dated the cloth to between 1260 and 1390. Many people have believed since then that the shroud is not the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, but a medieval forgery.

But, for 30 years, the labs that did the tests refused to release any of their raw data. “Usually when something is revealed only under duress it is because there is something to hide. Is that the case here?” noted a Shroud scholar.

That certainly seems to have been the case here. It took a Freedom of Information suit to finally force the labs to release their raw data. These data show that the sample was taken from the edge of the cloth, an area that was exposed to fire in 1532 and that the labs ignored the testing protocols they’d allegedly agreed upon.

In other words, the 1988 “medieval forgery” conclusion was FAKE NEWS.

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4 responses to “Bits & Bytes

  1. Thank you for the article on the Shroud study. I’ve always heard that the 1980s “proof” of its being a medieval fake was based on a piece the nuns sewed on after it got scorched. Seems like that was the case.

    Why top academics would have an interest in disproving the Shroud is certainly a mystery. Practically diabolical! 👿

    Especially suspect, when all other corroborations tend to confirm the Shroud’s Middle-Eastern 1st-Century origins: flowers and pollen traces, and limestone, found on the Shroud, the weave of the cloth, and the materials.

    Correlatively, the face cloth’s location and Holy Land origin is well-documented since the first few centuries AD, and it has blood stains that match the Shroud (h/t GruntofMonteCristo ‘back when).

    Early Christian depictions of Jesus indicate that for some the Shroud was their inspiration.

    The image shows skeletal disjointedness expected in Roman crucifixion, and bloodstains indicating scourging and an apparent ‘crown of thorns’; it’s a negative image (as photographer Secondo Pia, only in 1898, first realized); but it’s not like a photo, it’s “warped,” being a contact impression on cloth draped around a body. and only with modern computers has the un-warped 3D image finally been realized.

    IIRC, the stain is aloe and febrile perspiration. Experiments have duplicated the staining technique, but removing the cloth invariably blurs the image. AFAIK, the only way to have as sharp an image as the one on the Shroud would be to have the body instantaneously vanish from within. Hmmm.

    Our medieval faker was some kind of combination of Michelangelo, daVinci, and George Lucas. And possibly had a time-traveling DeLorean or British Police Call Box.

    But, yeah, carbon-dating a corner, snipped off in secret, trumps all that. Sure.

    And then there’s that face. That beautiful face.

    Ah, but I’ve rambled enough. And repeating things I said here back in 2015.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I’m familiar with most of what you noted, but I am curious where you came across the aloe and perspiration theory. If you remember? The theory I heard was quite different and involved a burst of radiation.

      I watched all the shroud DVDs I could get my hands on, then bought this one, cuz I thought it was the best of the bunch.

      I’m sure I got at least 3 from Netflix, but today’s search shows only this one still available. I’ve noticed some older titles disappear, most likely due to breakage in shipping.

      The older DVDs were thinner. I had a number of them arrive with V-shaped cracks that Netflix phone guy told me was the distinctive mark of the postal sorting machine’s rollers being slightly misaligned as the DVD rolled through.

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  2. Aloe and perspiration theory – I have no idea how to find my source on that. Soooo many books, magazine articles, websites, videos. My files, physical and digital, are ‘somewhat in disarray,’ as is my search-fu.

    I seem to recall it was in a video of an individual who was experimenting with trying to make that type of image. The high-urea febrile sweat was definitely a component.


    • chrissythehyphenated

      Hmm. I am also not sure where I heard the radiation theory. It might be on that DVD I sourced, but I haven’t watched it in years, so can’t say for sure.

      This discussion inspired me to do another post. 🙂

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