NEW BOOK: TWISTING THE TREATY

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Syndicated from Eternal Vigilance.

Six notable authors have just published a challenging new book about the way the Treaty of Waitangi has been twisted to be greatly in favor of Maori tribes over the last thirty years. These distortions include the rewriting of our [New Zealand’s] history by political “historians,” the never-ending so called Treaty Claim process, and the privatization and relinquishment of our foreshore and seabed, as well as our native flora and fauna, and the rights that apply to our sea fishery.

If you are interested in these matters, then this book, Twisting the Treaty – a Tribal Grab for Wealth and Power provides readily readable discussion on these topics. The Cover below.

2Warning – the book is factual and is not politically correct; one of its charms in my view.
The book is available at a retail cost of $40. It has 414 pages and 16 photo pages, but, with 16 self-contained chapters, it does not have to be read all at once.

Where to obtain it:
1.  Good bookstores throughout NZ,
2.  Write to Tross Publishing, P O Box 22 143, Khandallah, Wellington, 6441 with your order and cheque,
3.  Also see our website, www.trosspublishing.co.nz for info and to order online.

Enjoy your reading.

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SNAKE MOM

mr_f0aef57b50a043Article by Barbara Cornell.

Syndicated from Barbara Cornell’s personal blog.

The anti-thesis of a tiger mom: snake mom.

I’ve been pretty disappointed in our culture for sometime, but I think this article was probably the low point.

Now, I’ve seen blog entries from women who claim that being the mistress to a string of married-with-children men is just a «life-style choice,» and that we should be just as respectful of their choices for relationships as anyone else.

I’ve had conversations with landlords who said they weren’t sure how to deal with renters who actually paid their own rent (because they’d never had a person whose entire support didn’t come from the state).

I’ve seen statements from our own government that instruct us that abortion is a reasonable birth control method.

But this woman has written an entire book on how it was perfectly reasonable to act on her «epiphany» that, after birthing and partially raising 4 children, she «didn’t want to be a mother anymore.»

«Sorry, baby, I changed my mind.»

She didn’t want to be a mother anymore.
She didn’t want to be a mother anymore.
She didn’t want to be a mother anymore.

Just like a Snickers, no matter how you slice it, it still comes up nuts.

1187056807-mAnd we are counseled to understand that that makes her a better mother because, when she was actually present in the lives of her children she «didn’t get to pick and choose which parts to be present for» and, after all, we accept when a man chooses not to be a father after the fact. She is, in fact, a «spiritual counselor,» paid to help people understand how to be better people. And she starts out by explaining that leaving your children to be raised by strangers because you’ve grown tired of it is not only acceptable, but a higher calling.

I have to wonder at what point does our culture become non-viable, and how far are we from that point? I can’t imagine we are far.

THE HARVEST — A WORK OF THEOLOGICAL REALISM

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Article by PJ Cornell.

Overall assessment: 9 out of 10.

John Krygelski has given us something special with this book.

On the surface, the book seems to be a work of science fiction with gods and space aliens; and it could be described as science fiction — however, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that this book is much more than that.  This book is what some, including (with some reservations) this reviewer, would consider to be a plausible realist’s explanation for God and the Bible.

This book is of interest on a number of levels.  In addition to having created a fascinating read, Mr. Krygelski has also created a philosophical treatise.  Think Jesus Christ meets Ayn Rand.  If you read the Gospel of Thomas and thought to yourself «Well, this makes more sense than what I was taught growing up,» then this book will resonate with you.  What is expressed here is not egoism, but neither is it altruism.  It rises above that obsolete distinction.

This book could be described as a work of Transegoist literature.

In this book, God is nothing if not a realist; and He insists that going to heaven requires that people achieve a certain strength of character, and he points out ways in which human morality, properly understood, is necessary for human survival as well as individual spiritual, psychological, and physical well-being.  I find the ethical ideas described in the book to be incisive, interesting and plausible.

Furthermore, Mr. Krygelski has developed his story (and the ideology expressed by it) within a scientific context, that seems to be mostly consistent with what I know about physics and objective existence.

My two reservations about the book are that, firstly, this book supports the idea of objective free will (as opposed to subjective free will), and does not make a strong enough case for it to my mind, and the antagonist, who we don’t really meet until the end, is far less complex than he should be, to my mind.

I must say that the Elohim character in the book is one of the most interesting characters I have ever encountered in fiction (and is, in many ways, a very plausible God archetype — which is a great accomplishment in and of itself), and, overall, the story was very engaging and difficult to put down.   I can’t help but think that if God exists and He’s coming back for us, that that event will bear striking resemblance to what this book describes.

I recommend this book to everyone.  It’s great work of fiction, it’s a compelling work of philosophy, and it’s a plausible explanation for existence and God.