Parashah Lekh Lekha (Bereishit/Genesis 12:1–17:27) is the story of Abram, his journey to Canaan, his nephew Lot, a war between kings, the first covenant between God and Abram, the issues with Sarai and Hagar, Abram being renamed Abraham, and the circumcision.
Libertarians, with a small minority of exceptions, have an almost universal hatred of the 2016 Donald Trump campaign. Time and time again I will see a random vicious anti-Trump comment, squint at the profile picture, and see that its from a Rand supporter. The two traits seem to go together, even more than the establishment hates Trump. Indeed, the feud emerged in the first debate and second debate, not to mention in between. Perhaps the Rand supporters are just taking cues from their fearless leader (dont get me wrong, I do like him). I am not convinced of this playing any more than a minor role.
While things are still a bit rocky as we advance into winter, I think I can just about say that I have settled into New Hampshire. I had a rough start, struggling a bit to find a job when my transfer plan failed, mainly because my experience is slim, and I dont have a car. It is usually easy to get a job here, especially at entry level, and I had offers the first week, but I fumbled when it came to whether I had reliable transport. After six weeks of searching and interviewing, and becoming frustrated and questioning myself, I was hired. Retail again, but a job is a job. And that job was miserable at first, but it has gotten better. It still pays crap, but with roommates, I am now living comfortably enough.
Let me start by dodging the NAP-violating rotten tomatoes. I have, as of a few days ago, officially joined the Trump campaign. It was probably somewhat inevitable. I had grown to like him and boost him on my own page in the waning days of Scott Walkers campaign. However, I wanted to see how polls panned out after Walker left and the second debate settled in. It soon became clear that Trump was not going to be sunk. And now, three to four months into his lead, there really isnt any case for any other candidate at this point. He clearly is not a one month wonder; he IS the front runner. Who can pose a challenge to him? Jeb Bush was the frontrunner, but hes sunk into obscurity. No one else has their stuff together, as much as Carly Fiorina boosters claim otherwise.
Switzerland held elections yesterday which saw the nationalist Swiss Peoples Party win a second election in a row and gain seats. The invader crisis from the Middle East likely played a big role and this should be a warning to other leaders such as Angela Merkel. Additionally, the classic liberal party FDP.The Liberals also gained seats. Most other parties lost an assortment of seats.
Today, Canadians head to the polls in what may be incumbent Stephen Harpers last term is Prime Minister. At the helm of Canada since 2006, Harper is a mixed bag of conservatism. He ended the long gun industry, cut taxes, and helped keep Canada stable thru recession and the recent resource crisis. Recent polls have shown the Conservatives, Liberals, and New Democratic Party (socialists) in the lead at some point or another, but currently the Liberals have the lead. The Liberal Party is led by the son of Pierre Trudeau, Justin, who is a Hillary Clinton type. He has made a big show of his inevitability, but has little actual experience or posture. The New Democratic Party faces a question of if they can hold onto Quebec, the principal source of their seats, and what finish they will make in the race for the top three.
This Shabbat, the parashah was Noah (Bereishit/Genesis 6:9-11:32). This is the story of the flood, the curse of Ham, the origins of various peoples, the Tower of Babel, and the beginnings of Abram (Abraham).
I was reading about the theme of the number seven in the Tanakh, and of the passages mentioned is I Kings 2:34, where a child wakes from the dead and sneezes seven times. Knowing that there is no concrete concept of resurrection in the Tanakh, I wondered what the real context was and looked at it. The story begins at I Kings 4:8, but I am cutting to the main point here: