Hand Gesturing

I have noticed a trend lately: an increased use of hand gesturing. But it seems to be more than just an aid in communicating a message than some sort of invokation and delineation of personal space, at once projecting across past and into future.

The gesticulations seem to be by those who are struggling to keep pace with the laterality, in thought, of the other. Though by no means am I sure of that.

More sure am I that the gesticulations are being used as some kind of spatiotemporal delineage and occupation of zone of proximity designed to halt the “progress” of a more “advanced” opponent in dialogue; a symbolic proclamation of space and zone affording some sort of power projection. It can happen in intimate settings or somewhat remotely. That is, the two parties may be close by in conversation or they me be at a distance, yet within visualising distance, from each other.

The whole thing strikes as a new way of communicating space, zones, power, and occupation. It can be part of body language that is made to be patronising, condescending, even overtly emasculating, but on the whole, I suspect, it occurs at the subconscious level of the perpetrator.

Essentially, it represents that one member of the dialoguing party is intimidated by the formidability of the other.

A similar phenomenon is happening  when people deliberately cross the paths of others in walking, or cutting them off whilst driving.

It’s all about inhibiting the other enough to catch up to them.

Is this all part of the “new mestiza”? It’s certainly part of keeping up with the Jones’s.


Afflict your Soul

Leviticus 16:29-31 (KJV)

29 And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:

30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.

31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.

Leviticus 23:27-32 (KJV)

27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God.

29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.

30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.

31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

Roll on with the Rollbacks

Behind the bluster, Donald Trump has made steady and incremental regulatory change, argues John Whitesides at Reuters, toward smaller government.

President Trump has made use of many of the instruments available to him, including some lesser known ones like The Congressional Review Act.

He has rolled back hundreds of rules and regulations, signed 47 executive orders and used a previously obscure legislative tool, the Congressional Review Act, 14 times to undo regulations passed in the final months of Obama’s presidency. The law had only been used once before, 16 years ago.

The rollback takes us back to the days of President Reagan:

“By far, this is the most significant regulatory rollback since Ronald Reagan,” said Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “The Trump mode so far is to regulate bureaucrats rather than the public.”

In its first six months, the Trump administration impacted upon more than 800 regulatory actions of its predecessor.

President Trump is playing the game at two levels, rolling with the punches in both. In the Twitter-verse he is breaking through leftist media and recalcitrant leaders to give himself more breathing space. At the daily grind, he is making purposeful and regular administrative changes and reducing the burden of government on people’s lives.

Left or Right, it is a refreshing change for an America that much needs an overhaul.

Read John Whitesides’ article at “Beyond the daily drama and Twitter battles, Trump begins to alter American life“.

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Apocalypse Now or Apocalypse Later

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

—Matthew 24:21, KJV

According to many, the great Tribulation commences on September 23, 2017. This date corresponds to a heavenly constellation that, they say, is the Great Wonder of Revelation 12:1 revealed to St John in exile on Patmos two thousand years ago:

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

The purported Revelation 12:1 Sign, declaring the mid-point of Daniel’s 70th Week and start of Tribulation, falls on September 23, 2017.

Of course there are those who doubt the constellation, said to be a one-in-7000 year event, represents the sign of Revelation 12:1; among whom are some credible exponents of biblical discourse.

Although I may not qualify as a credible exponent of biblical discourse, I am not one of the doubters in this case. My opinion agrees that the Tribulation officially started at sundown September 23, 2017, Jerusalem time. That means that the next 42 months (3.5 years), to use the colloquialism, may seem like “hell on earth”.

Of course the degree of tumult and calamity may vary from individual to individual, community to community, region to region, nation to nation, depending upon many factors that I am not privy to. Repelling of Satan’s wrath may account for most of the 1260 days, after which those sealed by the Almighty, through Jesus, should evade most of the tail-end of the period’s hostilities – the Wrath of God as alluded to in verses 12 to 17, chapter 6, of the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This book is John’s insight into heaven afforded him by an angel. The “he” that John witnesses opening the seal is none other than Messiah:

12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Zephaniah (1:15) prophesied it in this wise:

That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

St. Peter (2 Peter 3:10) describes it in the following manner:

The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise.

Jude (3:16-19) took time to describe perhaps who might suffer the wrath of God:

16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

Those in the Lord are not like that, according to St. Paul (Eph 5:14-18, KJV):

14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Look Up. Your redemption draws nigh.

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