Is it “peace” or cowardice?

Jul 11, 2023

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There is a lot of wrong done, and very little of it is hidden. Often it is brazen and out in the open. So why does it continue? Because very few people are willing to say or do something about it. It is far more comfortable to be a coward.

Timestamps, Links, & Resources

0:00- Intro

The Destruction of Detachment

3:30 – It’s Not For the Sake of the Gospel

July 5, 2023: Why I have empathy for Karen Swallow Prior

Why I have empathy for Karen Swallow Prior

16:29- Cowardice is not a Virtue

Updates on Manipulation: Recognizing Manipulation: Propaganda & Politics / Recognizing Manipulators: Being On Guard  / How Our School Board Prepared Me for the Taliban

Covering up is not God’s Way

It’s important to have people that stand

Because manipulation and abuse happens everyhere

July 4, 2023 Research Unpacks A Gaslighter’s 2-Step Plan To Gain Control Over Their Partner
https://www.forbes.com/sites/traversmark/2023/07/04/research-unpacks-a-gaslighters-2-step-plan-to-gain-control-over-their-partner/

Whose side would you be on? Dumbledore’s or Voldemort’s?

The Order of the Phoenix is about recognizing the enemy within

It takes courage to stand


https://www.forbes.com/sites/traversmark/2023/07/04/research-unpacks-a-gaslighters-2-step-plan-to-gain-control-over-their-partner/?sh=1935534b1c0e

 

21:27- Chaos over the 4th

Bombing in Washington D.C.

July 2, 2023: Washington D.C. and Federal Authorities Hunt for Bomber
https://www.wbap.com/2023/07/02/washington-d-c-and-federal-authorities-hunt-for-bomber/

July 2, 2023: Police seek people who targeted multiple D.C. sites with explosive devices
The bank, a Nike store and a grocery store were closed at the time, around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Security video captured an Acura TL sedan that was used in one attack.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/police-seek-suspects-targeted-multiple-dc-sites-explosive-devices-rcna92288

July 2 2023: Explosives and Molotov cocktail rock three DC businesses 15 minutes apart — suspect still on the run
https://nypost.com/2023/07/02/explosives-and-molotov-cocktail-rock-three-dc-businesses/

July 3 2023: A DC Nike store, Safeway and ATM were targeted with explosives. Now the hunt is on to catch a hooded suspect
Metropolitan Police are hunting for a hooded figure and suspect vehicle after explosive devices were detonated one by one across three Washington DC businesses.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/washington-dc-explosives-bomb-suspect-b2368365.html

Monday, July 3rd

July 3, 2023: 9 shot, 2 trampled in mass shooting at Wichita, Kansas night club
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/07/03/wichita-kansas-mass-shooting-city-nightz/70380269007/

July 3, 2023: Teen killed in south Wichita shooting Monday night
https://www.ksn.com/news/crime/one-not-breathing-after-shooting-in-south-wichita/

July 4, 2023: Philadelphia mass shooting victims named as ‘aggressive loner’ suspect arrested
The suspect accused of killing five people in a shooting in Philadelphia last night has been named. Kimbrady Carriker had ‘an aggressive approach to some things’, a former roommate said
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/suspect-philadelphia-mass-shooting-identified-30389756

July 4, 2023: EVEALED: Gunman behind July 4 Philly bloodbath that left five dead is firearm-obsessed computer nerd who had ‘aggressive approach to some things in life’
Kimbrady Carriker, 40, of Philadelphia, was identified as the suspected shooter
Police identified the five men killed in the shooting as Lashyd Merritt, 20; Dymir Stanton, 29; Ralph Moralis, 59; Daujan Brown, 15; Joseph Wamah, Jr., 31
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12263675/Gunman-July-4-Philly-bloodbath-left-five-dead.html

July 4th, 2023: Philadelphia shooting: Five killed and two wounded after man opens fire
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-66061204

July 4th, 2023: Philadelphia police search for motive in mass shooting that left 5 dead, including a 15-year-old, and 2 children wounded
https://www.cnn.com/2023/07/04/us/philadelphia-shooting-motive-suspect-tuesday/index.html

Juy 4th, 2023: Shooting in Fort Worth leaves at least 3 dead and 8 others wounded
https://www.cnn.com/2023/07/04/us/fort-worth-shooting-deaths/index.html

July 1st, 2023

July 3, 2023: Baltimore investigators searching for suspects in block party mass shooting that killed 2 and injured 28 others
https://www.cnn.com/2023/07/03/us/baltimore-block-party-shooting-monday/index.html

July 4th, 2023 At least 10 dead amid public gun violence in US cities over Forth of July weekend
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/07/04/shootings-reported-in-philadelphia-fort-worth-and-other-us-cities/70381557007/

U.S. Sees Record Number Of Mass Shootings Halfway Through 2023
https://www.forbes.com/sites/anafaguy/2023/07/03/us-sees-record-number-of-mass-shootings-halfway-through-2023/?sh=1a29c0e0360f

July 4, 2023: Biden decries gun violence as shootings across US mar Fourth of July festivities
At least 15 people shot dead across the country in mass shootings so far on the holiday weekend celebrating the US’s independence
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jul/04/pennsylvania-texas-fourth-of-july-shootings

Speaking of the 4th, some cheap talk from Zalmay Khalilzad, co-author of the epicly disastrous Doha Agreement and betrayer of his people who turned Afghanistan over to the Taliban.

Brain changes after COVID-19
Even mild COVID-19 infection can lead to “significant, deleterious” damage to the brain.
https://cosmosmagazine.com/health/covid/brain-changes-after-covid-19/

Post-traumatic olfactory loss and brain response beyond olfactory cortex
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-83621-2

Olfactory system and emotion: Common substrates
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1879729610001237

25:19- When the U.S. is more dangerous than Afghanistan

Afghan ally shot in Washington D.C.

July 6, 2023: Man who served as interpreter in Afghanistan, escaped after Taliban takeover, killed in DC working as Lyft driver
Nasrat Ahmad Yar, a 31-year-old father of four, moved from Afghanistan to Pennsylvania after the Taliban takeover, and then to Alexandria in 2022.
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/virginia/lyft-driver-killed-dc-afghanistan-interpreter-us-army-special-forces-escaped-taliban-father-of-four/65-9210b742-2fc8-4292-a440-07b8cee60ef6

26:46- Afghanistan News

Just a Reminder, The Taliban are Terrorists

Salons closed in Afghanistan

July 7, 2023: Taliban orders Afghanistan’s beauty salons to close in latest crackdown on women’s rights
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/taliban-afghanistan-beauty-salons-ordered-to-close-erasing-womens-rights/

Teacher jailed for advocating for education

March 28, 2023: Taliban arrests prominent Afghan education campaigner Matiullah Wesa, founder of the Pen Path organization
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/afghanistan-taliban-arrest-education-campaigner-matiullah-wesa-pen-path-organization/

Afghan girls cannot attend school

July 5, 2023: Woman reveals shocking accounts of abuse and torture by Taliban official

Woman reveals shocking accounts of abuse and torture by Taliban official

July 5, 2023: Female doctor severely beaten by Taliban members in Balkh hospital

Female doctor severely beaten by Taliban members in Balkh hospital

Forced marriage of 16-year-old

July 2, 2023: Taliban governor, 60, marries 16-year-old girl after paying family $30,000
https://kabulnow.com/2023/07/taliban-governor-60-marries-16-year-old-girl-after-paying-family-30000/

Taliban official forces an already married woman into marriage with him.

Afghans shot at Iranian border
https://twitter.com/Voicefp/status/1675579717297242112

Part of our problem is assuming that not only do we know anything, but that we know best.

From Generation Jihad: Bin Laden was a conspiracy theorist

30:27- We are what we do, not what we say we are

What we like to think about ourself doesn’t determine who we are, our actions do. The “good guys” don’t abandon their friends

Pence lies about the Trump Administration actions

33:40- What makes us American? What we believe

We are able to celebrate the 4th of July today because we had help from our friends.

What it means to be an American

39:09- Update on Afghan Christians
42:00- Welcome Corp Update

There is a big difference in experiences depending on the program a refugee comes to the U.S. under.

43:27- English language efforts
44:20- The challenges of immigration

A year since the war started, Ukrainians in Massachusetts now wait to see how long they can stay
https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2023/02/24/a-year-since-the-war-started-ukrainians-in-massachusetts-now-wait-to-see-how-long-they-can-stay

53:17- Wrap up

Note: there were some slides out of sync, several interruptions, and a long side discussion on the Gospel of John, so I edited the stream.

 

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