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Playboy Russian hacker holds Garmin to ransom: - and wants $10m to restore it

Tens of millions of people around the world have found their Garmin devices, including those used by runners, cyclists and pilots, down for a fifth day after being hacked by Russian group Evil Corps which is demanding a $10m ransom to restore their operation.

Garmin has been ordered to pay the ransom by the cybercriminal group headed by a 33-year-old Russian playboy hacker, Maksim Yakubets, who drives a customized $250,000 Lamborghini.
 

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An American Surrogate Had His Baby. Then Coronavirus Hit.

North America had the largest surrogacy market in 2015, accounting for nearly half of the global total.

But the coronavirus pandemic—and the travel bans and canceled flights that accompanied it—has completely upended this industry, leaving babies stranded without anyone to pick them up. In May, video of 46 unclaimed babies sitting in a hotel in Ukraine ignited fury and headlines across the world. But the problem is not limited to foreign countries.
 

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The White, European Jesus of Western imagination is fiction

The white, European Jesus of Western imagination is a fiction produced by those who could not imagine human perfection in any other form. “Whites simply couldn’t conceive of owing their salvation to a representative of what they considered an inferior race,” Robert P. Jones, chief executive of PRRI and the author of “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity” emailed me. “And a nonwhite Jesus would render impossible the intimate relationalism necessary for the evangelical paradigm to function: no proper white Christian would let a brown man come into their hearts or submit themselves to be a disciple of a swarthy Semite.”
 
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The White, European Jesus of Western imagination is fiction

The white, European Jesus of Western imagination is a fiction produced by those who could not imagine human perfection in any other form. “Whites simply couldn’t conceive of owing their salvation to a representative of what they considered an inferior race,” Robert P. Jones, chief executive of PRRI and the author of “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity” emailed me. “And a nonwhite Jesus would render impossible the intimate relationalism necessary for the evangelical paradigm to function: no proper white Christian would let a brown man come into their hearts or submit themselves to be a disciple of a swarthy Semite.”
Yup. There is a concerted effort by the left to have people of faith be "othered". A leader in the BLM movement claims all worship of Jesus if the icon is not of his liking is simply white supremacy and the icon must be destroyed. The statue must be torn down.

The hatred of others is strong when Jesus becomes a representation of evil.

The love of race, whatever that is, is the evil. People trying to make Christians out as white supremacists BECAUSE of their belief in Jesus (painted in a color not approved by the committee) are the hate mongers that promote racism. Not the modern racism of structural issues that disproportionately affect some races (Is color a race? Does my race change if I get a tan? What if I feel I'm of another race than my superficial color might indicate?), but the old fashioned racism based on the color of one's skin rather than the content of one's character.

This anti-religious bigotry (At best, more likely pro-Marxist rather than anti-religious.) is a real problem. There's no more slippery slope, the haters are here (I shudder to think what happens when Mary is re-imagined as a Confederate general):
White Jesus Statues Should Be Torn Down, Activist Shaun King Says
UCSB teaching assistant says he would ‘assassinate Jesus’ if he had a time machine
Desecration of Catholic Churches Across U.S. Leaves Congregations Shaken
Jesus Statues Vandalized, Beheaded in U.S. as China Rips Down Jesus Posters in Homes
Jesus Statue Found Beheaded Outside Catholic Church In Miami, Diocese Expects Hate Crime Investigation

 

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Yup. There is a concerted effort by the left to have people of faith be "othered". A leader in the BLM movement claims all worship of Jesus if the icon is not of his liking is simply white supremacy and the icon must be destroyed. The statue must be torn down.

The hatred of others is strong when Jesus becomes a representation of evil.

The love of race, whatever that is, is the evil. People trying to make Christians out as white supremacists BECAUSE of their belief in Jesus (painted in a color not approved by the committee) are the hate mongers that promote racism. Not the modern racism of structural issues that disproportionately affect some races (Is color a race? Does my race change if I get a tan? What if I feel I'm of another race than my superficial color might indicate?), but the old fashioned racism based on the color of one's skin rather than the content of one's character.

This anti-religious bigotry (At best, more likely pro-Marxist rather than anti-religious.) is a real problem. There's no more slippery slope, the haters are here (I shudder to think what happens when Mary is re-imagined as a Confederate general):
White Jesus Statues Should Be Torn Down, Activist Shaun King Says
UCSB teaching assistant says he would ‘assassinate Jesus’ if he had a time machine
Desecration of Catholic Churches Across U.S. Leaves Congregations Shaken
Jesus Statues Vandalized, Beheaded in U.S. as China Rips Down Jesus Posters in Homes
Jesus Statue Found Beheaded Outside Catholic Church In Miami, Diocese Expects Hate Crime Investigation


I'd agree that support of white Jesus is support of white supremacy.
Is what it is, even if it makes white folks uncomfortable.
Too bad. At least people are starting to talk about it.
 

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I'd agree that support of white Jesus is support of white supremacy.
Is what it is, even if it makes white folks uncomfortable.
Too bad. At least people are starting to talk about it.
The racists are those with your ideology on the matter. There is a difference between the structural racist theory being promulgated lately and the old style racism of not judging a person by the content of their character but by the color of their skin.

The two theories of racism are not compatible.

I choose to fight the same racisism as MLK and not the one made up by Marxists.
 
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I choose to fight the same racisism as MLK and not the one made up by Marxists.
"The majority of white Americans consider themselves sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class Utopia embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity.”

Where Do We Go From Here, 1967
 

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"The majority of white Americans consider themselves sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class Utopia embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity.”

Where Do We Go From Here, 1967
Much of the problem today has, at it's roots, the same issues as described in the Moynihan report so long ago.

And, Marxism was not unknown to MLK. He had political views beyond race. While I think him one of the highest examples of American we have, that does not mean he had a lot of things I think him wrong about too.

Now, how does that make it OK to tell others how to color their icons? How does that not focus on the color of ones skin?
 
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Now, how does that make it OK to tell others how to color their icons? How does that not focus on the color of ones skin?
There are enough problems facing actual people that I don't pay much attention to the plight of ones made from stone.

I just wanted to point out how silly this quote is:

I choose to fight the same racisism as MLK
You literally don't. That's fine, but maybe don't invoke his name then. Plenty of people today support a MLK who never existed.

I can't imagine what Fox News would be saying about MLK if he were a modern figure. Probably the same shit the media said about him then.
 
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I added the above article because many Southern Christians (and Christians everywhere) are prejudiced against people who look just as Christ might have looked based on the people that lived there in ancient times. No one really knows what he looked like. There might be fringe groups that want to dictate the images of your Deity, but that's far from my intention. Just as St. Nicholas was from the Turkish region, there is very good chance he appeared differently than today's Santa Claus. The European Christ with Blond hair and blue eyes is not a good representation of the actual appearance of the Christ (if he existed), but I don't demand that they change.
 
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