A Letter To Christians In Indiana, From Jesus


Mavadelo:

excellent post

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:

Pen

Dear Christians In Indiana (and those elsewhere, who might read this),

I’ve seen what’s been going on there lately. Actually, I’ve been watching you all along and I really need to let you know something, just in case you misunderstand:

This isn’t what I had planned.

This wasn’t the Church I set the table for.

It wasn’t the dream I had for you, when I spoke in those parables about the Kingdom; about my Kingdom.

It was all supposed to be so very different.

It was supposed to be a pervasive, beautiful, relentless “yeast in the dough” that permeated the planet; an unstoppable virus of compassion and mercy spread person-to-person, not needing government or law or force.

It was supposed to be that smallest, seemingly most insignificant of seeds, exploding steadily and gloriously with the realized potential of my sacred presence, becoming a place of safety and shelter for all people.

It was supposed to be…

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50 most common passwords you should avoid like the plague


When it comes to providing passwords online, many users want to have a “one password fits all” for ease and convenience not really knowing that this could spell disaster.

The funny thing is most people do not bother deliberately creating their passwords, but rather just go with lame passwords that even a 2 year old kid can guess. Little did they know that their passwords belong to the “universal passwords” that a amateur hackers happen to have a list of.

When the lame passwords meet the virtual goons of the internet, they can create havoc in the users’ life. To avoid experiencing the “sad plight” of many internet users who have been hacked, make sure you generate very strong random password or use passphrase.

Here are the Top 50 most common passwords you should avoid.

Password that are same as username.
Personal information as password ( name, city, birthday, family member names)
welcome
qwert
abc123
password
password1
iloveyou
princess
123456
12345
123456789
Password123
12345678
696969
111111
F*****
6969
Iwantyou
Babygirl
654321
A******
666666
121212
ZZZZZZ
Ferrari
S*****
H*******
Maddog
Booboo
B*****
Hooters
Tomcat
Badboy
Booger
Matrix
Bigdaddy
P******
232323
4444
00000
Booty
112233
Rosebud
Blonde
Tester
123123
Mustang
Cowboy
changeme
Looking at the list above would probably elicit a laugh or two, but it is definitely no laughing matter when one day you wake up and find that your account has been hacked.

Even if you think that your passwords are completely un-guessable, repeating the same password on multiple websites can still post a risk. Besides, with a gazillion of internet users all over the world, the likelihood that your favorite password might also be a favorite of hundreds of other users is possible. As a rule of thumb, be creative when creating your passwords.

As per Google recommendations, do not use any words from the dictionary. You should also have a different password for each website. If you have memory issues, you can install free password manager software. Avoid the use of keyboard patterns and sequential numbers. To make your password more unique, include special characters and numbers. You can probably include punctuation marks and number, or a mixture of capital letters and lowercase numbers. With the virtual criminals on the loose, you cannot afford to make a mistake that can be avoided.

If you feel like your password is weak, or worse, one of the common passwords above, go and change it NOW before it’s too late!
For those that don’t want the hassle of remembering a dozen passwords I can advice Lastpass which takes the job of making hard to guess passwords out of your hands. The only password you will need to remember is the password for lastpass. It will install a plugin in your browser or, if you are not at your own pc, you can find your passwords back on your personal (safe)  page on their site. I have been using it for years and once I started with it I never looked back :)

When worlds collide: Naja, the King of snakes


Having some friends that are great fan of reptilians and snakes I decided to dedicate some posts to these animals. They might be less cudly than the average animal they are among the most beautiful creatures God put on this world (yes the irony is not lost on me here)

For Americans the rattler is probably the most well known snake, for most of the other people this will be “the Cobra”  and many people will wrongly asume that “the cobra” is “a snake”. This of course is, just as with many other species,  not the case. The cobra is a family of snakes with several sub species, a few of them I will highlight.

Naja is a genus of venomous elapid snakes known as cobras. Several other genera include species commonly called cobras (for example the rinkhals, or ring-necked spitting cobra [Hemachatus haemachatus]), but of all the snakes known by that name, members of the genus Naja are the most widespread and the most widely recognized as cobras. Various species occur in regions throughout Africa, Southwest Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Until recently the genus Naja had 20 to 22 species, but it has undergone several taxonomic revisions in recent years, so sources vary greatly. There is however wide support for a 2009 revision that synonymised the genera Boulengerina and Paranaja with Naja. According to that revision the genus Naja now includes 28 species.

I guess we all heard about the “spitting Cobra”. Again we tend to think of it as one species but did you know the spitting cobra cosists of no less than 11 subspecies?

  1. Ashe’s spitting cobra (giant spitting cobra)
  2. Mali cobra (Katian spitting cobra)
  3. Mandalay spitting cobra (Burmese spitting cobra)
  4. Mozambique spitting cobra
  5. Zebra spitting cobra
  6. Black-necked spitting cobra
  7. Nubian spitting cobra
  8. Red spitting cobra
  9. Indochinese spitting cobra
  10. Javan spitting cobra
  11. Equatorial spitting cobra

Naja nigricincta and Naja nigricollis

 

Naja Nigricillis or Zebra Spitting Cobra

 

N. n. woodi

Naja nigricincta is a species of spitting cobra in the genus Naja; it is native to parts of southern Africa. This species had long been considered to be a subspecies of the black-necked spitting cobra (Naja nigricollis), but morphological and genetic differences have led to its recognition as a separate species.[2]

Two subspecies are currently recognized under Naja nigricincta. The nominate subspecies N. n. nigricincta, commonly known as the zebra spitting cobra or western barred spitting cobra, is given its name because of the dark crossbars that run the length of the snake’s body. The subspecies N. n. woodi, commonly known as the black spitting cobra, is solid black and is found only in the desert areas of southern Africa. Both subspecies are smaller than N. nigricollis; with average adult lengths of less than 1.5 metres (4.9 ft)

Naja naja (Indian or Spectacled Cobra)

The Indian cobra (Naja naja) also known as the Spectacled cobra, Asian cobra or Binocellate cobra is a species of the genus Naja found in the Indian subcontinent and a member of the “big four”, the four species which inflict the most snakebites on humans in India. This snake is revered in Indian mythology and culture, and is often seen with snake charmers. It is now protected in India under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972).

The Indian cobra is a moderately sized, heavy bodied species. This cobra species can easily be identified by its relatively large and quite impressive hood, which it expands when threatened. This species has a head, which is elliptical, depressed, and very slightly distinct from neck. The snout is short and rounded with large nostrils. The eyes are medium in size and the pupils are round.[12] The majority of adult specimens range from 1 to 1.5 metres (3.3 to 4.9 ft) in length. Some specimens, particularly those from Sri Lanka, may grow to lengths of 2.1 to 2.2 metres (6.9 to 7.2 ft), but this is relatively uncommon.

Naja Kaouthia or monocled cobra

The monocled cobra has an O-shaped, or monocellate hood pattern, unlike that of the Indian cobra. Coloration in the young is more constant. The dorsal surface may be yellow, brown, gray, or blackish, with or without ragged or clearly defined cross bands. It can be olivaceous or brownish to black above with or without a yellow or orange-colored, O-shaped mark on the hood. It has a black spot on the lower surface of the hood on either side, and one or two black cross-bars on the belly behind it. The rest of the belly is usually of the same color as the back, but paler. As age advances, it becomes paler, when the adult is brownish or olivaceous. The elongated nuchal ribs enable a cobra to expand the anterior of the neck into a “hood”. A pair of fixed anterior fangs is present. The largest fang recorded measured 6.78 mm (0.678 cm). Fangs are moderately adapted for spitting. Adult monocled cobras reach a length of 1.35 to 1.5 m (4.4 to 4.9 ft) with a tail length of 23 cm (9.1 in). Many larger specimens have been recorded, but they are rare. Adults can reach a maximum of 2.3 m (7.5 ft) in length.

So that is a little about cobras. There are more subspecies but that is for another time

It’s Official, the wolf has returned to the Netherlands


Although the news is already a bit older I have waited to report this to make sure that it isn’t a hoax, prank or urban myth. But luckily it isn’t so I am happy to report that the wolf has officially come back to the Netherlands. I so wished I was the one that made the following picture

The wolf has been spotted near Emmen in the Dutch province of Drenthe which is on the border with Germany. The wolf showed some a-typical behaviour since it didn’t really show “fear” for humans. This can be due to it being fed by individuals in Germany but it is not sure. .Prior to it’s appearance in Drenthe the (most likely)  same wolf had been spotted in Germany going in the direction of Holland.

Of course nature organisations in the Netherlands are overjoyed however on the internet there are a lot of (ignorant)  people claiming that we now are in need of “protecting our herbivores since there are already so much predators in the Netherlands (the fox is the biggest predator over here)..

A small bit of advice for the reading Dutchies. If you encounter a wolf you are welcome of course to jump with joy and make some great pictures but do not approach it. A cornered wolf can attack and it will be your own doing if you get hurt. However if YOU get hurt due to YOUR stupidity it is most likely that people and certain politicians will say “it attacked someone we need to shoot it” and your stupidity will then be the cause that we have to wait another 2 centuries to see the return of this awesome creature in our woods and fields.

a video (in Dutch) can be found at http://www.hartvannederland.nl/algemeen/2015/hij-nu-echt-terug-nederland-de-wolf/# with some live footage of the wolf. I wasn’t able to rip it so you have to watch it from the link provided. If a countrylock is in place I suggest you try https://www.tunnelbear.com/ where you can download a proxy application with a setting for the Netherlands. 500Mb data is free and an additional 1gig if you send out a tweet. install, set to Netherlands, browse to page, watch video, exit tunnelbear.

Racist police in Ferguson, United States government discovers


Mavadelo:

I am soooo not surprised

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video from the USA:

Ferguson Police Probe: Authorities Point to Alleged Racist E-Mails

3 March 2015

The Department of Justice is expected to release its findings as early as Wednesday.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Ferguson Police Routinely Violate Rights of Blacks, Justice Dept. Finds

By MATT APUZZO

MARCH 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Ferguson, Mo., is a third white, but the crime statistics compiled in the city over the past two years seemed to suggest that only black people were breaking the law. They accounted for 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of tickets and 93 percent of arrests. In cases like jaywalking, which often hinge on police discretion, blacks accounted for 95 percent of all arrests.

The racial disparity in those statistics was so stark that the Justice Department has concluded in a report scheduled for release on Wednesday that there was…

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everything was better in the good old days


Remember that one? you probably heard your parents and grandparents utter that sigh when you where young. Perhaps now you are a bit older and think the same thing and I must say…. some things definately where better in the good old days….. food for example.. When I was a wee little pup I remember I got send out on regular note to baker, greengrocer and butcher. I had to buy fresh baked bread, freshly grown vegetables and good honest meat. You would often know where your vegetables where grown, the cow that gave your milk was the cow you passed by every morning when you sat on you bicycle going to school and the smell of freshly baked bread lingered in the entire neighborhood. Supermarkets you went to to get your basic household items like tinfoil, washingpowder and garbage bags.

Nowadays we run into the supermarket and grab ourselves a TV Diner, we nuke it a few minutes and we drop it on a plate. While we are watching the news, sports or cartoons, we stuff it into our mouth mindlessly chewing on the same taste every day again. We don’t take the time to read the box for what they put in, we don’t teach our children that we have to chew 30 times before swallowing. We eat taste enhancers, genetically modified foods and toxics without concern meanwhile warning smokers and drug users about how unhealthy they are acting (and in some cases how unhealthy they are for us)

Here are some common additives that you can find in your tv diner, your cola, your icecream and your factory bread.

Aspartame
Genetically Modified, synthetic sugar substitute. People report dizziness, headaches and even seizures. Scientists believe it can alter behavior due to altered brain function. Long term effects of this genetically modified organism on human health has not been studied or tested. Found as a sweetener in foods and some body products, such as shaving gel. See our Genetically Modified / GMO Foods section for more information.

Coal Tar Dyes – (includes D&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 33, etc.)
Even though their carcinogenicity has recently been proven, the 1938 Act includes a specific exemption for them. Severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, lack of concentration, nervousness, increased risk of Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Found in bubble bath, hair dye, dandruff shampoo, toothpaste and foods. For more information, see the Dyes Commonly Used in Food and Body Product Section.

Diacetyl
An additive that tastes like butter causes a serious lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn workers’ lung. Found in foods, especially microwave popcorn.

GMO/Genetically Modified Organism
Plants, animals or foods that have been genetically modified, genetically engineered or BT/Biotechnology modified. Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally. Minimal testing shows that animals fed GMO feed, refuse to eat it. When force-fed the feed (corn, soy, tomatoes etc.) the animals developed stomach lesions and malformations of organs. GMO food is not labeled as such in the U.S. Almost all other countries have banned the use of GMO in food and body products due to insufficient testing. See GMO section for more information.

High Fructose Corn Syrup/HFCS
High fructose consumption has been fingered as a causative factor in heart disease. It raises blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. It makes blood cells more prone to clotting, and it may also accelerate the aging process. See Sugars, Insulin Resistance and Glycemic Index section for more information.

Hydrogenated/Partially Hydrogenated Oils
Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats. A trans fat is an otherwise normal fatty acid that has been radically changed by high heat. Trans fats are poison: just like arsenic. Partially hydrogenated oils will not only kill you in the long term by producing diseases like multiple sclerosis and allergies that lead to arthritis, but in the meantime they will make you fat! See Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils section for more information

Monosodium Glutamate/MSG
MSG is an excitotoxin, which causes nerve damage and allergic reactions. Found in hundreds of foods, often under other names. See our Monosodium Glutamate / MSG section for more information

Polyethylene Glycol /PEG
Moderately toxic, eye irritant and possible carcinogen. Many glycols produce severe acidosis, central nervous system damage and congestion. Can cause convulsions, mutations, and surface EEG changes. Found in cosmetics, body products, foods, lotions.

Other Ways To Ingest Genetically Modified Products
Drink milk from or consume dairy products from cows fed GMO corn and who have been injected with rbGH (genetically modified growth hormone)

Eat meat from animals fed genetically modified grain diets (rather than grass-fed) and who have been injected with rbGH (genetically modified growth hormone)

Use of genetically modified food additives such as Aspartame, flavorings and enzymes

Honey and Bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen

Names Of Ingredients That Have a Very High Chance of Being Genetically Modified

As the U.S. does NOT require labeling of Genetically Modified Foods, consider the following ingredients on food labels to be Genetically Modified unless the ingredient is Certified Organic or labeled NON-GMO:

Vegetable Oils: soy, corn, cottonseed, canola

Margarine

Soy Flour, Soy Protein, Soy Lecithin

Textured Vegetable Protein

Cornmeal, Corn Syrup

Dextrose

Maltodextrin

Fructose

Citric Acid

Lactic Acid


 

Now many people will think that they don’t have a choice, after all the ready to go meals and tv diners are cheaper than buying fresh produce..right?? (Often) Wrong….

Maybe if you look at the short term you might be right, one lasagna from the microwave will be cheaper than a freshly made lasagna. However that tv lasagna is a one time meal, the lasagna you made yourself however very well might be 2 or 3 servings. You can’t freeze your tv lasagna if you have a bit left (and with their sizes it would be a waste of time and energy to begin with)… your home made lasagna can be frozen very well thus giving you a second meal a few days later. Same goes of course for your vegetables, casseroles, pies etc etc. Another money saver with fresh food is your medical bill.  You and your kids will be less ill, feel stronger, have more air, smell better and have a wider taste range when you eat fresh food. If you take note of where your meat and egss come from you have as added benefit that the animals are treated better than the animals in your McHamburger (did you know a hamburger from Mac can contain the meat from up to 100 animals, not cows perse)

Make your Doctor never see you….eat fresh