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This guy could not be more wrong:
"It's not my thing," admits the 60-year-old British film-maker. "I don't know how to do it. I don't have any interest in it. I'm not of the generation that does it. I was one of the last people I knew to get a phone."
I'm 67 and have worked with computers since the 1960s; I was online and made a site open to public interaction in the early 1980s (a world first?); 18, 19 years ago I was modding games and over a million were downloaded by the public.
IMO, young people generally know next to nothing of IT, as they just download apps and vids onto their phone and tablet.
The new Jason Bourne film might feature a plot involving a global social network, but don't expect to find its director Paul Greengrass tweeting about it any time soon.
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This is my final post on this period, which identifies how the deification of Antinous is a vital step in formulating the principal divine man of the New Testament. I also name the most appropriate and likely inspiration for using parody in that (Chrestian) compendium.

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+Mari Christian Thanks and I appreciate your interest, Mari.
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Reviewer for the Cambridge University Press
I've become a reviewer for this academic publisher. The first book is on its way to me and others will follow, within my area of interest.
I'm surprised and delighted :)

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How to change a carer
I've searched and searched for an answer, a solution, to this and never found any reference to it. Having spoken to the correct government department today, now I know, so here it is.

Background: the British government has a cheap solution to caring for the infirm and elderly - offer a pittance to anyone, and I mean anyone, to be the official carer. A few quid a week, deducted from any other allowance they may get, and the applicant becomes the carer. The government saves many hundreds a week per patient, not having to provide nursing, or a care home.

But what happens if you need to change the carer? Maybe they prove unsuitable. There is no obvious means and that is the problem.

The solution is to apply to appoint a (new) carer and when it appears to the government that the 'client' - the person in care - has a carer already, a red flag appears. Their response is to write to the existing carer and ask what they think of it. If the existing carer replies, the file is sent to the Secretary of State, who considers the two people and decides which person should be the carer.

BTW the carer allowance is about £62/week, for what is, in our case, a 24/7 job, including preparing meals, cleaning a chemical toilet, changing the soiled bedding, helping them to walk, etc. How do you recruit such a person? Unless they are a loving saint, the risk is that the carer has a private agenda, and that's when the problem appears, of there being no obvious mechanism to end the carer relationship. Such carers have no contract, so there is no contract to cancel. In my family, we have two Powers of Attorney, which provide full, legal rights to caring, but even then, there is no obvious means to enforce that right.

I'm making this post so that others needing to know, can find the answer in a search.

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We've got a car arriving in a few minutes to take the "carer" a long distance away. Family sighs with relief.

When you google for advice, it doesn't even recognise the word "carer" - results are about ears and hearing... LOL
When one uses "" to force a good search, the only carers it finds are the professional variety, so the million or so who who get the carer allowance and work in the home are ignored.
Yes, anyone just out of prison, with no qualification, education or training, can become a carer. The government doesn't care...
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Though the esteemed Brian Cox tells me our modern world is built on science and technology - he would, wouldn't he - it is, rather, built on belief in magic, the supernatural, and this goes back a very long way, so that magical foundation is large, deeply-set and almost unshakeable. But we can at least take a look.

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I was always interested in the symbolism , the rest seemed to be a messy mixture of anything and everything of all cults and kinds.

The lodges have without a doubt died off and I have no idea what the Mason status is these days.

The Scottish rite is big here in Wisconsin since this city was for a while , strongly Scottish .

The Sunderland UK lodge where my uncles attended is all but forgotten now ; once the shipyards and associated industry left for Asia , there was no income .

Back when I studied as an undergrad I really was lost in a study of religion and cults in the UK. Mostly I was interested in the assorted expressions of methodism amongst coal miners and mill workers.
The chapels seemed to provide a place for women and children and men who did not fit into the pub and work culture.
That was my introduction to Christians in England. Clearly it was a refuge from the more ancient , deeply rooted , violent past. And a whole lot of social engineering from the state who needed a controlled and controllable workforce. Religion is politics.

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My maternal gramps was a buyer in the wool and linen trade. Buying in Germany and the low countries , prior to the second war.
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A small thing, this rosette in a busy fresco at Dura Europos, but I think it tells us something.
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The recent release of the UK's inquiry into the invasion of Iraq reveals a long series of bad decisions by a lot of important people, in government, intelligence, diplomacy and the military. As the reasoning behind the war is unveiled, so many of the decision-makers keep shifting their arguments, as they try to defend their original decision. This is both GroupThink and Cognitive Dissonance, phenomena identified in a number of public disasters.

We see the same in religions, religious belief and the mythologies generated to justify impossible positions. Archaeologists and historians need to escape this.
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From Adonis, a local corn deity, to the Greek god of love and desire, to Adonai - Lord - a series of syncretisms not uncommon across the Levant.

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Very kind of you, Leonard :)

Ah, Fellini - a natural Chrestian indeed. Pity he could not know.

Good question re the papacy and I don't know why. Maybe, as they formulated their history and theology in the 8th century, they knew only that emperors were supposed to become gods after death. Or maybe it was politics, as Charles was the actual emperor and the Roman Church didn't want to encourage him too much.
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A new page in Facebook.
I will next post a short video on how important Facebook is, in forming opinion.
Your support for this page would be most appreciated. Thanks!

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Ah, one of well-known northern Sprocketts, a family of repute. Thanks for the efforts, Leonard.
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Only days now until the referendum, in or out. We're told it's needed because we've not had a say for a while. On that basis, we could have referenda on many issues, such as the monarchy, Nato, the Commonwealth, the UN and so on.

No, the fact is, this referendum is Cameron's Folly, a clever wheeze to fend off UKIP at the last general election.

The polls suggest a Brexit and by a wide margin. So, before our leaving the EU, some thoughts.

When we leave, the same argument over sovereignty can be used to leave Nato (do we want a war with Russia over the Ukraine, or Turkey, or some Baltic enclave?). I doubt we'd be so rational.

I think the non-EU companies which have invested heavily in the UK did so to sell easily into Europe. When we leave, these many jobs will go to Eastern Europe, causing widespread unemployment and loss of trade.

Those in the ruling Conservative Party who argue for Brexit are the right-wing rump who want to take us back to the Dark Ages of labour relations. They want to get rid of human rights in order to exploit us further. This they will now do.

That horde of Brits living in southern Europe, collecting their pensions and social security, using free health services, and those bar owners sending their kids to local schools, will get squeezed out like toothpaste. They want us to leave the EU, when the EU provides the basis for their being migrants. And they fail to see the irony.

Both the west country and where I live are the poorest parts of Britain; their only inward-investment is from the EU - and these are the people most anxious for Brexit. Now we see why they're so poor.

Brexiteers love to wave their Union Jack, yet Brexit will cause Scotland to leave the UK (regardless of whatever parliament says) and so end the UK. How long until the monarchy goes?

The motive for Brexit is, we're told, nostalgia. They really want to retreat to that black and white Britain where gays are illegal and victimised, women have few rights, Blacks and Asians are targets, when we had one week's vacation a year, doffed our caps to the bosses and never questioned the great and good as they fiddled with our kids - really? If that's true, Brexiteer's are suffering from a delusion.

I've listened to the Brexit arguments on trade, realising how they will be used later to bargain with the EU. But they won't work, because as in a messy divorce, reason will be the first casualty. Not only is there going to be a lot of resentment in Europe, Brexit is increasingly being seen as an existential threat. Whatever problems we have now with Europe, it can get a lot, lot worse. Think immigration is a problem, wait till France decides to get ugly.

Immigration, the big question for many, but not for me. The days of mass immigration - post-WW2 when we invited West Indians to help us rebuild, and the 70s when we took Asians expelled from East Africa - are history and there's nothing anyone can do about any of that. Now, we have some Eastern Europeans coming here to work. They are called migrants, but I ask: do the British retirees living it up in Spain call themselves migrants? The EU workers are just that, workers, and they come and go. The migration debate is a fraud.

My final thought concerns government, because with the Opposition parties all wanting to stay in the EU, and the governing party divided, Cameron and his allies will get thrown out and the Conservative Party will disintegrate. Who rules, then? I mean, just who, exactly, is going to vote for the legislation needed for Brexit and then deal with the ensuing mess?

How can a British patriot say de Gaul was right to keep us out of Europe? How can a party with just one seat in parliament cause such havoc? I know I can't see the future, but I've heard an earthquake coming from a long way off.

I've already voted, so now I'm just going to sit back and laugh as the turkeys who vote for Christmas get what's coming.
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I knew it would happen , but I was surprised when it did.
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As we all should know, truth can be stranger than fiction.

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This reality is not going to hinder those who need to scorn your work. If ever mainstream media picks up your history, "conspiracy theory" is going to be one of the rocks they throw - guaranteed.
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This was the big, growing religion in the first centuries of the modern era.
Mithraeum at San Clemente, Rome There is little, or no consensus on the relationship - the bare ...
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Interesting - Gondophares - Sistan - Sakas - Scythian. The monster-killer legend also makes sense.
Not only did these rulers use Greek, officially, they put Greek deities on their coins. The syncretisms continued to flow from Alexander.
As you say, close examination of the 1st century offers no footprint for either Apollonius, or Thomas.
There was already this legend:
"In 326, Alexander invaded the Indus valley, where he discovered in Gandara a town called Nysa that was dedicated to the god Dionysus."
http://www.livius.org/aj-al/alexander/alexander_t18.html
Someday we might find a connection with Krishna :)
Whenever we seek historicity for the divine men of heaven, we find nothing. Not even for Pythagoras. It seems almost to be a rule.
I'm pretty sure Saul existed, though - as the historical Saul descended from general Costobarus - and Acts of the Apostles is the attempt to make him divine. His meeting on the road to Damascus is his heavenly twin and where history becomes mythology.
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The historical Judas
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Chrestian Mafia at the end of the First Century
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Relief on the Antinous obelisk, made for Hadrian, after Antinous was drowned in the Nile and resurrected in imitation of the Isis Myth cerem

Imperial and Royal Chrestians of the First Century
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The Pagan Shepherd of Hermas: From Canonical to Apochryphal
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Our evidence-based history: progress report
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From Gnosticism and Greek Magic to the (Chrestian) New Testament
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'the Great King of the Peoples beyond the Euphrates'
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I must apologise for returning to this subject, but a series of papers examining these rulers has prompted me to re-assess. First, why this

Pagan Dublin
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Weaving a Chrestian tradition in sea silk
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No Christian Gladiators?
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Hadrian the Chrestian
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Emperor Hadrian as Pontifex Maximus. I promised some time ago to address this, so apologies for taking my time, during which I concluded: th

Tau Rho staurogram - also not a Christogram
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A Tau Rho staurogram in P75, Mater Verbi (Bodmer) Papyrus. Dated paleographically to the third century (with most scholars tending toward th

Chi-Rho is not a Christogram
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Switzerland is so very proud of this: the earliest archaeological proof, they believe, for a Christian in their nation. This claim rests on