5 Sept 2018 Sentient or Food

Hello.   I hope this finds you well.  I saw this morning that Japan is making a proposal to resume commercial whaling and at first I got really upset.  Then I decided to look at things a little more closely and of course found myself in the hypocrite box.  I eat meat and meat comes from cows which are sentient beings.  I don’t know to what degree they rank up with whales but nevertheless, before I can point a finger at others, I have to remove “the plank in my own eye” on this.    It’s so hard to resist passing judgement on others who don’t believe what we believe and live the way we choose to live.  It’s almost like a reflex, an instinct to do so.  At least it can be that way for me.  It’s when I take a minute to reflect and step back from something and or someone I’m upset about that I realize my part in it.  I realize that I’ve either done something or been someone just like that at some point in my life.  I eventually set aside my anger to find understanding, compassion and even forgiveness.

Matthew 7 New International Version (NIV)

Judging Others

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

 

As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes when you look at the words we’ve come up with through time to describe certain things, you find some interesting things numerically.  It’s become important to  me to start looking at this because words are what I use to communicate the most, not numbers and yet, if you think about it, numbers are behind a great deal of what we say and do in this world.  The numeric value of a word, I’ve been finding, doesn’t always match what it means by definition.  Since I’ve discovered Gematria, it’s really opened my eyes about the foundations of language and communication.  Take a look at what I’ve put together, what do you see?  Do you see patterns?

https://www.gematrix.org

“What’s your bottom line?” = 275/14/5  “Bottom Line” = 125/8  Money = 72/9 cycle  Survival = 124/Existence = 104/5

Alive = 49/13/4  Sentient = 106/7  self-aware = 90/9 cycle consciousness = 175/13/4  conscience = 90/9 cycle God = 26/8 Soul = 67/13/4

Food = 46/10/5  Body = 46/10/5  Human = 57/12/6/3 cycle  Animal = 50/5  Animals = 69/15/6/3 cycle  People = 69/15/6/3 cycle

Domestic animal = 138

Wild animal = 98

Pet animal = 91/10/5

Food animal = 96/15/6/3 cycle

Some of the beings we farm and or hunt for food:   

whale = 41/5  dolphin = 78/15/6/3 cycle  fish = 42/6/3 cycle  chicken = 53/8  duck = 39/12/3 cycle goose = 61 pig = 32/5  cow = 41/5  goat = 43/7 sheep = 53/8  deer = 32/5  bear = 26/8  wolf = 56/11 dog = 26/8  cat = 24/6/3 cycle = 647/17/8  647-26 = 621/9 cycle

Life = 32 Death = 38  Birth = 57  Rebirth = 80 = 207/ 9 cycle (interesting that same numbers values here are above, 621).   

Hunting = 93/12/3 cycle  Fishing = 72/9 cycle  Whaling = 74/11/2/1  Trapping = 83/11/2/1  Ranching = 74/11/2/1  Breeding = 64/10/1

Farming = 68/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1  = 528/15/6/3 cycle

Links:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/msn/japan%e2%80%99s-bid-to-resume-commercial-whaling-sets-stage-for-fierce-debate/ar-BBMS2pa – Japan’s bid to resume commercial whaling sets stage for fierce debate – Simon Denyer

“Moronuki said the United States is guilty of a double standard by allowing native communities in Alaska to continue whaling while not wanting Japan to do so, even though whaling is a tradition in some communities in Japan.

“All animals are equal,” he added. “Some say whales are intelligent, but I hear that some scientists found that other animals like cows and horses, they are as intelligent as whales. So you must be aware that we cannot draw the line between animals: ‘They should not be killed because they are intelligent, but others, they are not so intelligent, they should be killed.’ ”

Perry rejected that argument.

“Whether whales are sentient or not, they are very difficult to count. They are long-lived, slow-breeding animals. It’s very hard to know if you are depleting the population, and if you do deplete the population, it takes a long time to recover.”

https://www.livescience.com/39481-time-to-declare-animal-sentience.html – After 2,500 Studies, It’s Time to Declare Animal Sentience Proven (Op-Ed)

https://us.whales.org/issues/sentient-and-sapient-whales-and-dolphins – Sentient and sapient whales and dolphins

WDC believes that whales and dolphins are both sentient and sapient individuals, and that they deserve to have both their individual welfare protected and also for their moral and legal rights recognised.

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/whaling.htm – How Whaling Works

https://www.meatinstitute.org/index.php?ht=d/sp/i/47465/pid/47465 – The United States Meat Industry at a Glance (as of 2013)

https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/are-farm-animals-sentient – Are Farm Animals Sentient?

https://news.vice.com/article/mexican-laborers-want-americans-to-know-who-picks-their-fruits-and-vegetables – Mexican Laborers Want Americans to Know Who Picks Their Fruits and Vegetables

“Day laborers in at least 19 other states in Mexico endure similarly poor working conditions. Some of these workers are among the quarter million people who live under modern-slavery conditions, according to the Walk Free Foundation’s 2014 Global Slavery Index.”

https://www.dirt-to-dinner.com/where-do-our-fruits-and-vegetables-come-from/ – Where Do Our Fruits and Vegetables Come From?

The Bottom Line:

Our fruits and vegetables come from all over the United States, but California leads production by a huge margin. When the season ends in the United States, production shifts to Mexico, Central and South American countries allowing Americans to enjoy many fresh produce items year-round.

 

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31 July 2018 New DNA info and Dreams

Hello to you.  Hope this finds you doing well today.  No drawings to share today as yesterday we had a nice visit with family and hopefully made a new friend!  My mother-in-law gave me some chalk she had bought for me at Easter so that will help with drawings today!

The weather yesterday was really pleasant because of the rain we received – helped cool things down!  My mother-in-law Beth made some bbq pulled pork in the crockpot and a blueberry crumble pie that was really good!  She also mixed up some more Chai Tea powder for my brother-in-laws girlfriend to try and take home with her.  It is really tasty and makes quite a bit for the amount of ingredients going in to it:

My mother-in-law Beth is our family genealogist, could probably make a sweet living doing it and she really enjoys doing it.  Well she let us know yesterday that Ancestry.com had done some updates to their system and how they analyze the DNA samples.  When we submitted our samples in 2016, they had may be 3,000 reference samples and now they have like 16,000 ref samples to compare and refine their data and the world map.  They now have 380 possible regions to work with – 17 new ones.  As they get more samples I’m sure they will be able to refine things even more.

Some interesting things happened for both Kyle and I.  Kyle is now more in line with the results his parents got and I am much more in alignment with what my Dad has found out in his genealogy research and the research my Grandma Becker had done prior to her death.  Grandma did her research on her father’s mother’s side of the family, the Maxfields and Huffs.  The furthest back she got was to a Samuel  Wylie of Scotch blood, who came to America from the north of Ireland in 1759 and died Oct 15, 1777.  His wife Mary died in 1798.  They had 5 children.  She didn’t have Ancestry.com and those type of search engines to use when she did her research either!  Very impressive I think!

Anyhew!  If you have an Ancestry.com account and have submitted a DNA sample and haven’t checked your account in awhile like we hadn’t, you might want to!  It’s really interesting finding out these sort of things as sometimes it gives you an insight about may be why you have tendencies or interests towards certain things.  For example why you like certain foods beyond just growing up eating them.

Jackie:

43% Germanic Europe, 36% England and Wales (increase of 31% from previous analysis!), 15% Eastern Europe and Russia, 4% Baltic States and 2% Ireland and Scotland (decrease by 5% from previous analysis).  Migrations:  Germans from Russia.  Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana Settlers.  No longer in estimates for me:  Scandanavia, Iberian Peninsula, Finland/Northwest Russia, Caucasus and European Jewish.

Kyle:

40% England and Wales, 34% Ireland and Scotland (was 41%), 21% Germanic Europe, 3% Baltic States and 2% Norway.  Migrations: New York settlers. No longer in estimates: Caucasus, Europe South, Iberian Peninsula, Africa North, Finland/Northwest Russia.

Interesting stuff.  Kyle and I found out with the research his mom has done that he’s related to, in the very distant cousins sense Mark Twain, Barak and Michelle Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Donald Trump lol.  A lot of her family came over on the Mayflower so it makes sense.  On Kyle’s profile he’s got like 56 circles which amounts to like 26,000 or so people he’s some kind of relation to lol!  His mom has found so many interesting stories and has actually gone on to meet some living relatives in the area – extended, extended, very extended family but family!  I think it’s fantastic she’s doing this.  She’s almost got all her stuff together to become a member of the Mayflower society – pretty big deal:

https://www.themayflowersociety.org/ – link to the site

General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Founded in 1897

In 1620, a brave group of 102 men, women and children sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower, searching for a life of religious and civic freedom. To honor Pilgrim ancestors and keep their story alive, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants was created in 1897. Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who traveled to America on this historic voyage in 1620.
Through the years, the Mayflower Society has established a network of more than 150,000 descendants all over the world who form lifelong bonds, cherish the sacred memory of our ancestors and continue on their legacy through purpose, preservation, and education.

Celebrating the Pilgrim Spirit

More than one hundred years ago, a group of descendants of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, saw the need for a national society to honor their memory. The intention was to remember these Pilgrims who established Plymouth Colony.

Today there are tens-of-millions of individuals descended from these brave souls. It is the goal of The Mayflower Society to join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.

The Pilgrims

The group of 102 passengers who crowded aboard Mayflower for the crossing was not homogenous. Many of the passengers were members of the Leiden congregation, but they were joined by a number of English families or individuals who were hoping to better their life situations, or were seeking financial gain. These two general groups have sometimes been referred to as the “saints” and “strangers”.

Although the Leiden congregation had sent its strongest members with various skills for establishing the new colony, nearly half of the passengers died the first winter of the “great sickness.”


I had a lot of dreams last night.  None of them were about unicorns and rainbows – pretty intense.   I apologize if these are hard to follow but I like to write them down and share them to get them out of my head.

One was about a fight and the throwing of ketchup and mustard.  Then there was like being in an action movie.  I was warning some man about the maid and there was hiding in the place where there was a stack of white hotel towels.  (My brother-in-laws, father-in-law, Kyle and I got into a pretty intense “discussion” about the 2nd amendment and guns yesterday.  In the end, as always, we came away loving each other and agreeing to disagree.)

Then I dreamt about brushing our dog Sam who passed several years ago now.  There was blood and he had a weird bite or weird shaped imprint on his side that was bleeding.  I carried him past what seemed to be intelligent ants.  We crossed in front of a lions den/cave and I remembered being afraid the lion would come out and get Sam.   (My mother-in-law got bit in real  life yesterday by an ant and it upset me – trigger I guess!)

The dream before I woke up was something out of the movie Constantine.  In the dream I guess I was a demon hunter.  I had a dark green pick up I drove.  I found myself in a room with other people.  I fell asleep.  There was something about finding my purse and then this woman turning on all these super white round bulbs that filled the room.  I realized I wasn’t suppose to be there as I hadn’t paid for the class on aliens that seemed to be going on.  I tried to apologize to the woman.  She wouldn’t make eye contact with me.  She had very unusual non-human golden eyes.  She just came up to me and said in my ear, “Mind the original sin.”  As I walked out I said, “thank you angel” with emphasis on the angel part.  What was in my mind in the dream when she said what she did was “Thou shall not covet.”  I left this woman (angel) and room and was going to go over to a CVS across the street to get a Bible “to keep track of these things” but I didn’t make it.  I was back in the green truck.  The roads were filled with demons and billions of skulls just started rising up.  I was in a shitty apartment trying to explain my absences just before I woke up from this dream, I said, “I’m working.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_sin – this is just one of MANY explanations for the concept of original sin.  I have always had trouble with these concepts because it’s awful to think of living a life of never being good enough even after you die.  What’s the point of trying to be a good person then if you are already damned no matter what?!  They say the death of Christ was supposed to fix these problems but has it? I’ll leave it there.

Original sin

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Depiction of the sin of Adam and Eve by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Pieter Paul Rubens.

Original sin, also called “ancestral sin“,[1] is a Christian belief of the state of sin in which humanity exists since the fall of man, stemming from Adam and Eve‘s rebellion in Eden, namely the sin of disobedience in consuming the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.[2] This condition has been characterized in many ways, ranging from something as insignificant as a slight deficiency, or a tendency toward sin yet without collective guilt, referred to as a “sin nature”, to something as drastic as total depravity or automatic guilt of all humans through collective guilt.[3]

The concept of original sin was first alluded to in the 2nd century by Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon in his controversy with certain dualist Gnostics.[4] Other church fathers such as Augustine also developed the doctrine,[2] seeing it as based on the New Testament teaching of Paul the Apostle (Romans 5:12–21 and 1 Corinthians 15:21-22) and the Old Testament verse of Psalms 51:5.[5][6][7][8][9] Tertullian, Cyprian, Ambrose and Ambrosiaster considered that humanity shares in Adam’s sin, transmitted by human generation. Augustine’s formulation of original sin was popular among Protestant reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, who equated original sin with concupiscence (or “hurtful desire”), affirming that it persisted even after baptism and completely destroyed freedom, although Augustine said that free will was weakened but not destroyed by original sin.[2] The Jansenist movement, which the Catholic Church declared to be heretical, also maintained that original sin destroyed freedom of will.[10] Instead the Catholic Church declares “Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.”[11] “Weakened and diminished by Adam’s fall, free will is yet not destroyed in the race”[12]

 

 

12 Nov 2017 Chicken Pot Pie and the Captain Jack (dream)

Hello to you.  I’m writing to you later than I normally do.  I just had a frustrating experience that may resonate with you.  I had Kyle buy some pre-made pie crusts so I could make us some chicken pot pie.  He bought Pillsbury’s version of it and they taste good but are not user friendly at all!  As you will see by my pictures.  I tried to unroll the dough and ended up with a bunch of pieces lol!  I probably should have just made my own crust a l I ended up bringing out the rolling pin anyways lol!  My consolation is that I know it’s going to taste good no matter what.  Chicken Pot pie is one of those meals that it doesn’t matter how pretty it looks, it’s going to get all mashed up when it’s eaten anyways.

It’s another wet, gray and overcast day so not looking like outdoor chalking is going to be happening.  We need the rain so no complaints from here!

Had an interesting “snippet” dream.  In dream time it was very brief.  There was something about hot baths for rich women.  I caught a glimpse of a man who looked like Captain Jack Harkness from the Dr. Who and Torchwood BBC television series.  It was dark out and he was getting ready to get into a yellow taxicab.  Just before I woke up I heard a woman’s voice say, “That’s what you get for going away.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Harkness

I have no idea why I would be dreaming about John Barrowman but that’s what my Dream Factory cooked up for me.  I hope this finds you well.