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Xi Meets Obama (politics)

Recently, Chinese President Xi flew to New York City to meet with US President Obama on Thursday September 24 to discuss business and politics. Yesterday (Friday September 25), they had a wonderful meal prepared by chefs including Chinese American cook Anita Lo.

No doubt, the meal at this state dinner for Xi was more elaborate than green tea, Chinese dumpling, chow mein and fortune cookies.

Of note, both Obama and Xi promised not spy on each other for economic gain. This commitment only covers industrial espionage such as the recent indictment of six Chinese men who stole code from US software houses.

Not included in this agreement is the recent data theft from US corporate servers that the US government attributes to China. None of the officials in that case were indicted.

Why upset the president of China, a superpower whose economy seems robust, thanks to cheap labor and high productivity?

Overall, Xi's state visit and meeting with Obama shows that, among important issues discussed, China and the USA are committed to fighting cybercrime and strengthening their economic ties.

Their commitment to fighting cybercrime addresses the illegal flow of US intellectual property into China.

By attempting to strengthen US-China economic ties, both Obama and Xi might have inspired Europe, the Americas and Asia, strengthen their trade ties with each other, had it proven more fruitful.

According to the propaganda offered by US mainstream media, talks between Obama and Xi proved to be inconclusive.

Although we'd expect China-US talks to be clear and definite, diplomacy does not warrant a simple outcome that can be spun into a newsworthy story.

Well, not yet anyway.


FACT SHEET: President Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the United States:

Anita Lo Will Cook at the White House Friday Night:

US and China agree cybercrime truce:

6 Chinese Men Indicted in Theft of Code From U.S. Tech Companies:

US and China back off internet arms race but Obama leaves sanctions on the table:


What Do the Israeli Military, Jihadi and the West Have In Common?

In light of a recent opinion editorial in the New York Times about the Syrian refugees, I have reflected on the situation now facing the West. With the growing refugee crisis now at the border crossings in Eastern Europe, it is clear to me that millenarianism empowers the Israeli military, jihadists of all stripes, and Western influence in the Middle East.

For their millenarian sentiments bedevil them, leading them to unwittingly abandon a merciful God for the diabolical Anti-Christ, trading peace for warfare with a growing religious tone.

All parties fighting in the Middle East are confident that their warfare will usher in Armageddon, with millenarian Christians and Jews, both of whom are militant Zionists, pitted against radical Muslim fundamentalists (takfiri), who consider everyone else to be apostate.

Each side, be they Zionists or takfiri, sees themselves as God's chosen people and the other side as the Anti-Christ. On one side we have the Zionist army of God, consisting of pro-Israel Christian militants and their Zionist brethren, and on the other side,are the takfiri of Islamic State, al Nasrah Front, al Qaeda and associated militant groups - including Hezbollah and the radical elements of Hamas and ...

Historically, the Zionist militants and the takfiri have been fighting with each other over Palestine since the 1970s, when Israel launched attacks against the UAR, specifically Egypt and Syria, winning the Golan Height (West Bank) and the Gaza strip. At the time the Israeli military even occupied the Sinai peninsula, but later gave it back to Egypt because, being a desert wasteland, was not considered strategic territory by the Israeli government of the time.

Though the takfiri claim historical precedence that goes back to when Palestine was originally conquered by Muslims from 7th Century to 9th CE. In contrast, in recent years, radical Zionists in Israel have tried to rewrite history by denying Palestine ever existed, yet most Arab nations in the Middle East have referred to Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria as the Levant.

Meanwhile, in eastern Europe, the Ukraine has become a conflict between the West (secularism in the form of NATO representing the anti-Christ) and Russia (the Orthodox Church representing the militant Christ of Armageddon), even though this is a proxy war between American government and her NATO allies, and Russian government and her allies. In contrast, the radical Ukrainian militant nationalists adhering the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Protestant evangelical fundamentalism consider themselves representatives of the same militant Christ fighting against the Anti-Christ (the Russian military). Though most Ukrainian nationalists are nominal Christians, adhering mainly to a neo-Nazi form of Christianity in which white power is associated with Christ.

IMHO the mainstream media is burying this story because they don't want to frighten their consumers to death with pointless end of the world stories of Armageddon, thus proving to me the old adage that few people can handle the truth, especially when religion has mixed with politics in the Middle East from the beginning over 2500 years ago. As for the Ukrainian conflict, the New Left and far right (neo-Nazi) organizations are nationalists first. If the far right in the Ukraine radicalize further, then there might be an internal struggle between the secular left and the far right radicals. However, the Ukrainian left and right are united against their common enemy, Russia.

Meanwhile, in Europe, refugees fleeing Syria are a mix of Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims and Christians while a few of the Sunni men in Syria have coalesced into rebel militant groups. This in part is due to the secondary proxy war between Sunni and Shi'ite participants with Iran supporting the Assad regime in Syria and the Gulf States supporting the Sunni rebels.

Last year, the Sunni jihadists formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and briefly as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, became a de facto nation called Da'esh (Islamic State). Consisting of a Millenarian jihadi force sponsored by the Gulf States (mainly Qatar and Saudi Arabia — due to the strong offensive by Syrian army in western Syria. Then their Western sympathizers came to eastern Syria via Turkey to the border with Iraq to fight on their side, while Western mercenaries went there and allied with the Kurds to fight the Jihadi of Da'esh.

Of course, the Shi'ite refugees from Syria bypassed Iran due to its police state. Their impression that Western Europe is the bastion of freedom fuels their walk to freedom via Turkey into Europe. For the problem with the Syrian refugees is not only the Middle East; it also has to do with European fear of Islam.

How ironic that both the refugees and most of Europe nominally believe in God, be they Christians, Jews or Muslims. Indeed, this is what is common to millenarians regardless of their faith: they worship God.

In response to the refugee crisis, my solution is to propose that the Christian politicians of the West practise two of Christ Jesus' commandments: love your enemy and practice charity towards them.

Any other solution may eventually prove that the West is not yet sympathetic to the plight of the Syrian refugees, especially in Hungary.



Commentary about mainstream media hiding the Millenarian ideology common in the Israeli military:

NY Times article mentioning the Israeli colonel's millenarian comment:

The Catholic definition of millenarianism:

Timeline of the name Palestine:

Islam and Millenarianism:

Russia-US talks on Syria do little to stem flow of refugees:

Quick facts: what you need to know about Syria crisis:

UNHCR factson the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic:

Robust, coherent Europe response to Refugee crisis still urgently needed:


It's Been Awhile (satire)

To all my fans/followers:

My excuse for not regularly posting articles on my blog is this: I have been obsessed with work, mainly because my new boots allow for walking for 5.5 and 6 hours.

It is possible that I've almost walked a thousand miles. Hence my need for prescription medications such as gabapentin (relieves neuropathic pain), flexeril (relaxes the muscles in my shoulder, and recently bupropion (Zyban is said to cure cigarette smoking).

Even the Zyban had the wonderful side effect of causing me to not indulge in bad habits — mainly paying more attention to my technology than to my surroundings.

Within 15 minutes playing attention to my technology, I feel the the signs of a relapse but alcohol or drugs is not my vice. Instead, I madly type on my keyboard and create articles like this one.

Look, I have cut out coffee and tea, alcohol, masturbation, and smoking. Instead of sinning quietly, I catch myself reading the Gospel Library app. Though a few people are not clued in that when I pulled out my smart-phone or tablet, I am not about to surf to porn websites. Instead, I am searching for a quote by Joseph Smith, but came up with this quote from the New Testament:

Little children, let no man deceive you.
He who does rigorousness is righteous,
even as he is righteous.
— 1 John 3:7

To masturbate or watch porn or indulge in adultery and prostitution, or commit homosexual acts, is condemned by John when he wrote:

He who commits sin is of the devil,
for the devil sinned from the beginning.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,
that he might destroy the works of the devil.
— 1 John 3:8

By praying to the Lord and beseeching Jesus Christ instead of indulging in booze, cigarettes, wine, soft and hard drugs, adultery, masturbation, prostitution, coffee and tea, and homosexual acts, I shall eventually be rid of the evil that these things do to me that even comes to affect my family and friends.

Oh dear! I have become no fun anymore to the all sorts of decadent hedonists, those salt of the earth who party and stay up late at night.

All it takes is confessing your sin to someone trustworthy like a bishop, a priest, a reverend, a rabbi, a shaman or even a trusted friend, and earnestly repent. The worst that could happen to you is not taking sacrament next Sunday. In due time, by following the doctrines of your faith, you will discover that worldliness is only fun for the worldly.

Once we are baptized, the best way to renew our covenant with God is to faithfully attend sacrament meetings on Sunday, the Lord's Day. For the baptized are born of God after being dipped in the baptism fount.

Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed remains in him and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

For it is better to be a child of God, born of God, than to be a child of the devil. When you practice righteousness, you are of God, and so too are they who love their brothers and sisters.

For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
— I John 3:9-11

Yet the habits that you used to love, you come to detest them, not being satisfied with what you do to get relief. That love is a false love because the more you indulge yourself with a bad habit, the more you are socially isolated from the world.

For desire when indulged leaves a bitter-sweet taste in your mouth; but your love is false because desire is more likely to lead to sin when indulged. As for love, it is best to remove all conditions associated with it so that we may love unconditionally.

So, I have been praying about and meditating upon my life, only to see that Joseph Smith's words are true: each of us are free agents who can choose to do good or to do evil.

Indeed, in the heat of passion, I once blamed others for my trespasses, but no more.

Instead I enjoy giving sacrament to members who, because of illness, cannot attend church. It is also why I enjoy participating in discussions during the Elders Quorum meeting most of all.

Now that I have confessed my sin of avoiding responsibility for my actions, I shall repent and try to be the quiet silence in the aftermath of a storm.

Thanks for reading this blog entry. Please take care of yourselves lest you entertain the devil unaware. ;)


The Most Thoughtful Yet Depressing Mormon Hymn (satire)

After first hearing Hymn 197 - O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown - I greatly moved by its subject.  Within context of the church, it sobers the repentant heart.

If this song is sung "thoughtfully", then its apt for Easter which fits all the Easter songs in the Hymnbook.

Even I cannot reach the lowest notes; though, being a guy, I cannot hit High C either.

Though, the music of this hymn is based on a hymn by J.S. Bach who improved on the original hymn written by Hans Leo Hassler.

Anyway, to give you an idea of what this song is like, I will quote the whole thing.

1.O Savior, thou who wearest
A crown of piercing thorn,
The pain thou meekly bearest,
Weigh'd down by grief and scorn.
The soldiers mock and flail thee;
For drink they give thee gall;
Upon the cross they nail thee
To die, O King of all.

2.No creature is so lowly,
No sinner so depraved,
But feels thy presence holy
And thru thy love is saved.
Tho craven friends betray thee,
They feel thy love's embrace;
The very foes who slay thee
Have access to thy grace.

3.Thy sacrifice transcended
The mortal law's demand;
Thy mercy is extended
To ev'ry time and land.
No more can Satan harm us,
Tho long the fight may be,
Nor fear of death alarm us;
We live, O Lord, thru thee.

4.What praises can we offer
To thank thee, Lord most high?
In our place thou didst suffer;
In our place thou didst die,
By heaven's plan appointed,
To ransom us, our King.
O Jesus, the anointed,
To thee our love we bring!

Text: Karen Lynn Davidson, b. 1943. © 1985 IRI Music: Hans Leo Hassler, 1564–1612; adapted by J. S. Bach, 1685–1750 2 Nephi 2:6–9 Matthew 27:26–31, 34–35


Love One Another: Being Nonjudgmental and Accepting of Other Faiths

In this article I begin by examining Jesus' commandment against judging others, thus demonstrating the folly of condemning others due to an exception of one of the Commandments of God.

For it is our love for one another as Christians who help each other realize the value of being nonjudgmental and accepting of other faiths.

In Matthew 7:1-3, Matthew, one of the followers of Jesus, wrote:
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

These verses advise us to be nonjudgmental since we each see life from our own point of view, and rarely see it from another person's view point. Yet, through compassion and love for others, it is possible to see the whole picture by simply listening to their story about their lives.

In John 8:1-11 is the story of the adulteress. A woman is accused by scribes and Pharisees of adultery, but Jesus told them "he who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone." After realizing their consciences were not clear, all of the men left, until just Jesus and the woman remained. He asked if any of her accusers remained to condemn her, which she replied "No man, Lord." In response, he said "Neither do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more."

This quote tells us not to condemn others. With the verses in Matthew 7 and John 8, Jesus' commands are clear: judge no one, not even yourself and condemn no one of a sin.

By condemning that woman, the scribes and Pharisees will have committed the sin of murder despite their exception to God's commandment of it.

Only a person who is innocent of all sin may judge others, yet few of us are of such innocence. Yet, by repenting of a sin, we are ready to learn from the act of repentance to refrain from sinning again.

What Jesus commands is that a god-fearing man ought to refrain from judging others lest they condemn someone and commit a greater sin of false accusation (lying about another person's character or conduct).

In response to sin, Jesus commanded "that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that he love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:34)

By loving one another, and remaining nonjudgmental, we as Christians refrain from condemning other people. In the process, the Christian becomes more accepting of others because of her love and respect for both herself and other people.

When it comes time to share your faith with others, it is wise to remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:6:

"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you."

In other words, share what is sacred only with people of like mind. For they alone will respect your faith and how you worship.

Be not foolish and preach to anyone who has shown that they refuse to respect your faith, lest they point out the differences between their faith and yours disrespectfully until the both of you commit littles sins in defending your respective faiths.

Instead only share the truth of your faith, be it doctrine or otherwise, using scripture with fellow members of your faith.

Thus, it is wise to agree with your fellow Christians of other faiths on the basic principles of the Christ-centered life: love one another - even your enemies - and judge no one (Matthew 5:43-48, Matthew 22:37-40).


Jesus Said Love Your Enemies and One Another

Jesus said:
Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.
Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you,
and when they shall separate you
from their company, and shall reproach you,
and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy:
for, behold, your reward is great in heaven:
for in the like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
- Luke 6:20-24

He who loves money as much as he does God, yet persecutes his brothers and sisters of God for common law sins, he is yet a hypocrite that violates the two commandments of the Christ Jesus that ye love one another and that ye love your enemies, keeping them safe from harm.

Woe to those hypocrites that amass riches and hate their brothers and sisters whose only sin is to share their love in a strange manner, and are deprived of equality in marriage, promoting it as though matrimony is godly when it was assimilated from the Romans.

For the love of money truly is the root of all evil, more so than all sexual sins. Indeed, a miser - despite claims to love God - loves money more than the Christ himself, and clings in vain to it rather than giving it away out of charity. Though they may be rich in the flesh, the rich are poor in spirit by choosing filthy lucre over holiness.

What good is the bliss of the wealthy when in such ignorance, gold is more precious than the mercy of God?

It said by the Only-Begotten to love your enemies and to clothe and feed them, yet hate not the sinner whose sins you use to discriminate just because that sinner holds liberty of greater value than conformity.

For the love of money is a much worse sin than loving strange bedfellows, and likewise the hatred of one's fellow humankind because they are not of your tribe or considered less than you and your tribe is equally much worse than they who you hate.

It is better to hate the sin than to hate the sinner. Indeed, it is better to love the sinner and to condone the sin, save the sin of forgetting God (apostasy).

They who love God yet amass wealth to benefit only their tribe are no better than Pharisee or Sadducee alike. In the spirit of loving one another, the Christ urges us to share our wealth, both material and spiritual, with those of us less fortunate, regardless of whether they are Christian, Jew, Muslim, or apostate.

We need less of spiritual warfare against the devil and more spiritual welfare for people in poverty, both physical and spiritual. We need less hatred against the sinner and more love for the sinner, for none of us are perfect, not even the chosen ones.

Even if a sinner is not one of us - neither is he one of them - Jesus would ask of us to be humble and be charitous not only to the children of Abraham but also to the Gentiles whose sinful ways we dare not consider out of respect to God.

Hatred has no place at all in any faith. For loving-kindness is the fruit of the Christ's command to love one another and especially, to love your enemies.