The Right to Bear Arms in America Part 2

In part 1 we covered the American civilian’s rights to bear arms according to the 2nd Ammendment, why it was put in place, Thomas Jefferson’s view of revolution, and a true patriot’s right to overthrow a corrupt government, even replacing it with an entirely new one.

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A Peace Officer using his pepper spray rather liberally. Apparantly six year olds are a threat to the peace

We very briefly touched upon the “Peace Officers” and their fall from grace. I use the name peace officer to refer to the police in this 4 part blog because the name has become a bit of an irony and i want to remind the reader of the role the police were supposed to play, even if such is the case no longer.

Regardless, these are still the same people we’re told to trust with our welfare, our very lives. We depend on them to protect us from the actual bad guys, real or perceived. I’m certainly not suggesting that all “Peace Officers” are corrupt and prone to bouts of brutality, but i am suggesting that in reality not everyone can rely on these public servants to protect them.

If we cannot trust these officers to do the jobs that taxpayers are paying them to do, why should anyone give up their rights to protect themselves, their family, even their property? Perhaps the Koreans had it right in the L.A riots of 92? And perhaps they, unlike most everyone else, seemed to have a sense of community having previously come from a communist country. The following is an excerpt from wikipedia…

“During the riots, many Korean immigrants from the area rushed to Koreatown, after Korean-

Two Korean men stand on the roof of a grocery store with rifles to prevent looters from entering the store in this file photo taken April 30, 1992, in Los Angeles. On April 29, 1992, four white police officers were declared innocent in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, and Los Angeles erupted in the deadliest riots of the century. Three days later, 55 people were dead and more than 2,000 injured. Fires and looting had destroyed $1 billionworth of property. (AP Photo/John Gaps III)

Koreans protect their stores during the L.A riots

language radio stations called for volunteers to guard against rioters. Many were armed, with a variety of improvised weapons, shotguns, and semi-automatic rifles”

In the case of these riots, the police and the national guard were not able to contain the riots. Sadly Reginald Denny knew this all too well. With no police or national guard to be found, Denny was set upon by a bunch of black racist thugs who kicked and punched him, before smashing his head open with a brick. If it wasn’t for the courageous efforts of Titus Murphy and his then-girlfriend Terri Barnett, along with Lei Yuille and Bobby Green, it is likely that Denny would have died that day suffering terrible head injuries.

Rioters celebrate around Reginald Denny's body after the truck driver was pulled from his vehicle and beaten in the early hours of the Los Angeles riots. The photo, which was taken by Robert Clark from a news helicopter, ran on the front page of the Daily Breeze and was the only photo of this incident taken by a print photographer. It won the Gold Award for for Photojournalism from the Society of News Design. Photo by Robert Clark/Santa Monica Outlook

My pointing out the terrible attack on Denny is not to suggest that if Denny had had a gun he could have shot the bastards, not at all, but that in any riot of this nature the “Peace Officers” cannot be everywhere at once. Knowing this, should a person not have a right to carry?

Those who are against the 2nd Ammendment and the priviledges it grants people will argue that the country would be a lot safer with a ban on guns, and it’s easy to understand this point of view, very easy indeed. Everything from the Columbine shooting in 1999 to the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007 reminds us over and over of the possible need for tighter gun control. Schools are a breeding ground for hostility, bullying and so on, and sadly many have been the victims of horrible school massacres over the years. (incidents even as far back as 1850’s).

It’s very easy to say that guns are the problem in these situations, often completely overlooking the reasons why these kids take guns to school in the first place. Without guns, granted you’d probably have less casualties, but you’d have a bit of a butcher’s shop going on in the classroom with kids bringing in their macheties, combat knives and whatever else. Any Kid dedicated enough and with an internet connection can learn how to make IEDS so taking the guns might change things, but did the prohibition back in 1920’s America work? of course not. The prohibited items were distributed by the mob.

What people seem to forget is that the majority of gun related deaths in the U.S is not by the civilians but by the “Peace Officers”

See part 3 for the next part in this “Right To Bear Arms in America” blog

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The Right to Bear Arms in America Part 1

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While not the real issue, there’s an obvious truth to this. In other words if you want a gun badly enough, you’re going to get it anyway.

Gun control is a big issue in the U.S. Some are for it and some are against it. I’m the type of person that can see both points of view in this issue. On one hand you don’t want some asshole breaking into your house and murdering your family and unfortunatly it would seem that without a gun to protect yourself you are not really on a level playing ground. On the other hand, the argument is that if guns were illegal the regular joe is going to have a hard time getting a gun to BECOME that murdering asshole who kills your family.

Yes, we know what it looks like Tarot friends, no need to get excited. Except this is the real life version

Yes, we know what it looks like Tarot friends, no need to get excited. Except this is the real life version

The ironic thing is that many of the people demanding that the 2nd Ammendment be abolished are the very same people who are offended at Trump declaring that if he were president he’d build a big wall between the border of Mexico and the U.S. It’s hard to understand this kind of person’s logic, but i try. Unfortunatly if the stories are to be believed, the Mexican drug cartel won’t be as ready to sit back and listen to your point of view. Hey i’m just saying. Yet unless you were to live near the border and are familar with the situation, it’s hard to say exactly what is the truth and what is not. The mainstream media rarely, if at all, can be seen as an objective unbiased source, but from the looks of these images attributed to Mexican drug cartel executions, freely available on the internet, they don’t seem to be using water pistols. Is it true that for the sake of political correctness these protesters of the second ammendment who also hate the idea of Trumps proposal to build a wall, would put their safety in jeopardy or does it just appear that way? i expect that rather than be completely without protection, this same group of people assume that the police and, if worst comes to worst, the military, will be there to save the day.

I recently engaged in a brief conversation over the message behind thise meme. I joked that this is the very reason some Americans stand by their 2nd Ammendment rights...

I recently engaged in a brief conversation over the message behind thise meme. I joked that this is the very reason some Americans stand by their 2nd Ammendment rights…

In an ideal world we wouldn’t need guns. We’d go about our daily business and be at peace with our fellow man. Such a community spirit appeals to many. I live in Northern Ireland and would dream of nothing more than to see catholics and protestants get along together as one big community. I’m also aware however, having grown up during the tail end of the troubles in Northern Ireland, that even if there are reasonably tight gun laws, they can still be obtained by all the wrong people.(especially if you cannot be bothered tightening up the border security).

Depending on what side you’re on, it’s arguable that the British armed forces killed many innocent civilians during the main height of the troubles, these same “Peace Officers”. We see now the same thing happening in America. It’s not just your neighbour you should be in fear of, it’s your own “Peace Officers”

The message in this police meme above, whether it is true or not, is becoming increasingly more common due to the brutality of some police officers. Some suggest it is down to racism but i don’t believe so. Sure, racism may play a part but you have to keep in mind that white officers have been known to brutally beat and execute white people too. Though a politically correct buzzword, calling it racism just muddys the waters and is of no use to anyone. Racism, more than likely plays a part but it is a part, not the whole.

So where does this idea come from to bear arms, and why would we ever need it.

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which came into place in 1791, reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Why should people hold true to this 2nd Ammendment?

Part of the Declaration of Independence states the following…

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You really expect this arsehole has YOUR best interests at heart if the shit hits the fan? Notice that both cop and woman are white, and therefore not a shred of racism to be had here? This fine police officer will protect you sure, you can tell he’s a real upstanding citizen

“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security”

One of the founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and third president had this to say…

“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive.

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Kelly Thomas, a homeless man was brutally beaten and tased by those who were SWORN to protect him…yes, the “Peace Officers “…they made him REST in peace more like.

If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

Whether you agree with the founding fathers or even the declaration of Independence is entirely up to you, but this is part of American history and it would appear that the founding fathers, knowing that corruption was all around even in those days, foresaw a time when America would have to purge itself through revolution.

In the next blog i will explain at least some of the viewpoints of why many Americans do not want to give up their arms because they do believe that the government HAS become a tyranny.

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Just Following Orders

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Included in the slaughter are children, even babies. Believe it or not this massacre was once believed to be “communist propaganda”

Christine and I were watching a documentary on My Lai, a village in South Vietnam, where American soldiers committed a massacre on innocent civilians. Over 500 innocent men, women and children were brutally slaughtered and raped and blown apart by what they once perceived to be peaceful soldiers (at least according to the initial thoughts of some of the survivors in the documentary).  According to one Vietnamese website…

“The soldiers had raped women and killed almost all of the residents of the village: 503 civilians, including 182 women, 172 children, 89 men under 60 years and 60 elderly.” *

When compared to the roughly 2 million innocent civilians killed in the Vietnam War, 500 innocent civilians may seem like nothing to some. What makes this case different is that this was premeditated murder, planned by Captain Ernest Medina and carried out by soldiers “just following orders”.

I understand that the U.S soldiers during Vietnam were scared. Who wouldn’t be? To my knowledge they were not used to the kinds of guerilla warfare tactics used against them, the terrain, the climate and so on. What sticks in people’s craw the most though is the fact that innocent children and babies were among the dead, their limbs blown off and so on. Not only were they innocent, they were literally completely incapable of doing the U.S soldiers any harm. In the documentary it seems that these babies and children were referred to as “communist sympathisers” (can you imagine the public reaction if American or British babies were considered  capitalist sympathisers and therefore worthy of being killed? Crazy).

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North Korean propaganda poster. Some still think this is purely anti-american propaganda. Others feel that with the very real event in My Lai, in South Vietnam, where innocent toddlers were slaughtered, these are more than mere propaganda posters.

In an atrocity like this, it is to be expected that a lot of the soldiers will say they were just “following” orders, and this is precisely what happened. They opened up with automatic fire on innocent people because their superiors told them to. Following orders, it seems, is what makes a “perfect soldier” and the same holds true today. Nowadays we, who are not soldiers, may call them “sheep” (because, as any sheep farmer will tell you, sheep are well-known for following the one sheep that thinks, for better or for worse, for its own self). Sheep by their very nature will “follow the leader”, which is why the name “sheep”, when referring to followers, works. That in itself does not make the sheep fundamentally “stupid” or “dumb”, though stupidity can indeed play its part too. Rather, it makes them vulnerable and scared, cowardly even.

A word on sheep. Sheep are very nervous animals, and they also like to stick around in groups. I know this because i grew up on a farm. They are much different than cattle, more nervous. Because of this nervousness, their only real courage shines through if they are cornered individually, for example for shearing or administering medicine to them. They will do everything in their power to escape, even lunge towards you. I feel the reason is because they hate being singled out. Sheep are social creatures and need to be with other sheep.

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At first i thought “what they hell was Esquire thinking back in the 70’s” but it’s quite clear when you think about it. Here is a classic piece of American propaganda. Lt Calley was charged for murdering 22 of the hundreds of innocent civilians yet here he is, pictured with what appears to be Vietnamese children. This poster seems to be saying “SEE, I REALLY DO LOVE VIETNAMESE KIDS AFTER ALL…I AIN’T THAT BAD HONEST” It all seems rather tasteless to me

Christ refers to himself as the good shepherd, and those who follow him are supposed to follow his examples of love, kindness and courage. Sheep need shepherds to protect them from the wolves, but the problem is that if the sheep have a corrupt, selfish or cruel shepherd, the sheep are in danger. Tragically the soldiers under Captain Ernest Medina were sheep without a real shepherd. Medina’s legal team even passed the blame onto the sheep who were “just following orders” thereby clearing himself of any wrong doing.

The argument is that as a soldier you are taught NOT to question orders. This is, some say, the perfect soldier. I understand this. The problem is that when you really DO need to question orders and you continue down this road of questioning nothing, there is a very real problem. As in the case of My Lai, this problem resulted in having children as young as three years old crawling through a ditch full of corpses crying for its mother, but.. “The soldiers were just following orders”. Should we be too surprised though? It is not unheard of that before a soldier even sees battle, he is indoctrinated, not unlike an initiation into a cult, and some of this includes cadence. Here’s an excerpt from one called “Napalm Sticks to Kids”

“I’ve only seen it happen twice,
But both times it was mighty nice,
Shooting peasants planting rice,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Napalm, son, is lots of fun,
Dropped in a bomb or shot from a gun,
It gets the gooks when on the run,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Drop some napalm on a farm,
It won’t do them any harm,
Just burn off their legs and arms,
Napalm sticks to kids.”

http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnimvivi18.html

Occasionally I wonder if there is a correlation between this kind of brainwashing and soldiers wholose their minds. I could find a dozen stories of western soldiers ( you know, the “good guys”) seeing their enemies as “non human”. The following link, for example, tells the story of how Steven Green raped and killed a 14-year-old girl because he didn’t see her as human….and it’s at this point the sane person is supposed to think WHAT THE FUCK?….yes, what the fuck indeed! Green converted to Catholicism in prison though (One wonders how many Hail Mary’s he had to say to be forgiven?) This paedophilic disgusting excuse for a human, as you’ve probably guessed right, doesn’t think he deserves life imprisonment and is fighting it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1340207/I-didnt-think-Iraqis-humans-says-U-S-soldier-raped-14-year-old-girl-killing-her-family.html

And for the pet lovers out there, who can forget David Mortari? Yes the arsehole made famous for throwing a puppy over the cliff to its death brings to mind the completely screwed up side of soldiers of “the free world”. I’ll cover this soon in a separate blog.

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Initially we weren’t sure how our American audience would feel about having an Uncle Sam like figure as our Devil card. If you’ve read this blog, i hope you understand the intent behind it. Our tarot is created from a Mao era Asian perspective

And yet even in one of the most horrifying of situations, the My Lai massacre, you have those soldiers, real, true heroes like Hugh Thompson jr, Lawrence Colburn, Glenn Andreotta whose efforts to end the massacre and rescue civilians will always be remembered. It takes courage to go against the majority. If not for the likes of Thompson and co, such military organisations would irredeemably be denounced and demonized by all people of moral standing the way the west has demonized communism. I think this is why the director Oliver Stone refers to whistleblower Edward Snowden as a hero. You may see him, like Donald Trump and many others do, as a traitor to the U.S, but regardless it takes courage to bring about transparency in government (something Obama claimed he WOULD do, but did not act upon). Stone, known for his movie “Platoon”, among others, casts Charlie Sheen in the role of the moral character who witnesses the horrible rape and slaughter of a village, not unlike My Lai. While Sheen’s character may not be a whistleblower, unlike Snowden, or Brian De Palma’s “Private Max Eriksson” (played by Michael J Fox) in Casualties of War, I feel that he represent’s Stone’s own feelings and experiences during his time in Vietnam. In the case of Michael J Fox’s character in Casualties of War, he plays the role of the moral soldier who refuses to take part in the rape of a young Vietnamese girl.

Hugh Thompson jr, Lawrence Colburn, Glenn Andreotta, who can be considered true heroes, made efforts to end the My Lai massacre and rescued some of the survivors, proving that even in the most notorious and shameful of events can produce amazing feats of bravery. These are perfect representations of people who broke away from the “only following orders” train of thought and followed their conscience.

Piecing together some of the pages in our Cultural Revolution Tarot scrapbook has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. When working on the pages for the Devil card, i first came across the massacre My Lai. I’d briefly commented on No Gun Ri and the North Korean propaganda posters that inspired our ideas for the Devil card imagery, but My Lai as an actual specific Vietnamese atrocity (most of us have at least heard of the dodgy dealings during Vietnam, even if nothing more specific) is relatively new to me.

*Vietnamese source http://vukienmdc.violet.vn/document/show/entry_id/2610920

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Here is the full Major Arcana collection from our Cultural Revolution Tarot (the technicolour version). To be taken to our store, click on the image

Cultural Revolution Tarot- NOW IN TECHNICOLOUR

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They are finally here! the Technicolour version of The Cultural Revolution Tarot

It’s finally here. The Cultural Revolution Tarot TECHNICOLOUR Edition!

We’ve been working on this version of our Cultural Revolution Tarot alongside/during the last few dozen cards of what we’re calling the “original” version (aka the version coloured by myself, James).

I’m proud to present to you this vibrant technicolour version of the deck which i feel stays truer to deck author Christine’s original vision. Why? Because this one is actually coloured by Christine herself. I think that’s pretty awesome personally.

Christine’s interest in both Propaganda and Pop art combines a variety of inspirations, everything from Mao era Chinese propaganda posters to Andy Warhol’s “Maos” and of course, yet not intentionally, my own interest in comic book illustration. So there’s a variety of influences which have inspired the making of this Tarot.

There are, naturally, similarities between the original and the Technicolour edition because fundamentally they are the same Tarot. Visually though the differences are worth noting.

The most notable thing is the complete overhaul of colours in almost every card. Christine has

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Christine’s interest in both Chinese Propaganda Posters and Warhol’s Pop art brings us a unique one of a kind Tarot

amped up the colours to as far as the printers will allow and the results have paid off. I am particularly fond of how the Sun card came out and also the World. In fact, while i tend to prefer more muted colours, i think that some of the colours have really given this version of the Tarot a life all of its own. I see the two versions as moods. My own is a bit more subdued, While Christine’s vibrant colours matches her optimistic, bright nature, which is essentially what Propaganda art is all about. Christine has decided on having the backs of her Technicolour version cards a vibrant red, while the originals feature a blue background, complete with a cast of our children characters and other Kawaii features.

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The back of the cards features the same Technicolor style of visuals that Christine’s version emits

While the original Cultural Revolution Tarot features the Pentacles,Cups,Swords and Wands names for the minor arcana, Christine decided to rename her Technicolour version of the minor arcana suits as Cups, Flags (Wands), Blades (swords) and Stars (Pentacles).

Why Flags, Blades and Stars?

Let’s start with flags. Keep in mind that this is from my own point of view. Christine may come out with her own thoughts on this at some point. I feel that from my own personal view calling them flags, rather than wands, makes sense since our wands essentially are flag poles with flags attached to them. Working with a theme like this almost requires that you feature flags in it extensively because this is commonplace in Propaganda art and meant to inspire one’s national identity. They are a symbol of something bigger, something that unites the masses into, let’s say, a fiery fervour. I feel that many Americans can relate to this (especially when in the face of an attack on one’s country). I know in Ireland here people can be very passionate about flags, so much so that it causes conflict and anger if it’s messed with.

Blades : Most of our Swords cards are actually bayonets because this made more sense when

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keeping with the theme of the deck. With the exception of the Queen of Swords, all of the Swords suit all feature bayonets. To my knowledge swords were not used all that much, if at all, during the time period of The Cultural Revolution, or at least in the Propaganda art itself.

Stars: Calling the Pentacles Stars seems to fit our theme due to the fact that the communist star is common in communist themed artwork. Chinese propaganda artwork is not a stranger to this. China’s own flag features a total of 5 stars.

There you have it folks. If you’d like to see more of the illustrations for this wonderful Technicolour version of this Tarot please follow us to our Facebook photo album page where we’ve taken extensive photos of the images to give you a better look at how they differ from the Original version

Thanks so much for reading this, and for your interest in our Tarot

James

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Mao: China’s Feminist

It's nice to believe that China was a happy place for all before the Cultural Revolution. Foot binding was an excruciatingly painful practice expected of every young girl, but Mao banned the practice of foot binding, liberating women

It’s nice to believe that China was a happy place for all before the Cultural Revolution. Foot binding was an excruciatingly painful practice expected of every young girl, but Mao banned the practice of foot binding, liberating women

Before the Cultural Revolution in China, did you know that women were forced to bind their feet? Foot binding was the act of painfully binding the feet of young girls to stop further growth. The ideal length of a woman’s foot was 3 inches (or 8 centimetres) and although the practice originally started off among the wealthy upper class it made its way down to the peasant classes. While most of China did practice some form of foot binding, It seems that only one group of Chinese, the Hakka, did not observe this practice.

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Foot binding completely changed the look of the foot, deforming it into a shape that was considered desirable and making a woman eligible for marriage

Foot binding completely changed the look of the foot, deforming it into a shape that was considered desirable and making a woman eligible for marriage

“By the 19th century, it was estimated that 40-50% of Chinese women had bound feet, and among upper class Han Chinese women, the figure was almost 100%. Bound feet became a mark of beauty and was also a prerequisite for finding a husband. It also became an avenue for poorer women to marry into money; for example, in Guangdong in the late 19th century, it was customary to bind the feet of the eldest daughter of a lower-class family who was intended to be brought up as a lady. Her younger sisters would grow up to be bond-servants or domestic slaves and, when old enough, either the concubines of rich men or the wives of laboring men, able to work in the fields alongside them. In contrast, the tiny, narrow feet of the “ladies” were considered beautiful and made a woman’s movements more feminine and dainty, and it was assumed these eldest daughters would never need to work. Women, their families, and their husbands took great pride in tiny feet, with the ideal length, called the “Golden Lotus”, being about 8 centimetres (3 in) long”

This practice, as you can imagine, was very painful for young girls. The way the foot was bound varies. The following, performed in Sichuan known as “cucumber foot” saw the four toes being folded under the flat of the foot, but this form did not force up the heel and taper the ankle the way other forms did. This version was slightly less severe….slightly

A shoe made for a special foot. Imagine shoving your foot into that thing

A shoe made for a special foot. Imagine shoving your foot into that thing

Also, we must note that not all women stayed bound. Some remained bound all through their lives, while some were only briefly bound. Others were bound only until their marriage.

Foot binding was banned from 1949 when Mao Tse Tung took power in China. This was one act among many that he did to liberate women from the old ways in China.

Mao also gave women equal rights in marriage, and allowed women to own their own land. This saw tens of millions of women leaving their houses for the first time to go out and work for themselves. From their own mouths, some of the women were quoted as saying that not only had their feet been bound, up until Mao’s rule over China, their minds were bound too. As a result of Mao building more schools, girls and women gained more education. Community nurseries and kindergartens were even set up so that when the mothers were out working, the children could be looked after. Finally here it was: Women had their newfound freedom under Mao’s leadership.

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A Tribute to Strong Women World Wide

Welcome to the first in a series of images honouring the unsung heroic female figures found in our Chinese Propaganda style artworks. Today we have our Queen of Pentacles card.

We also wanted to make these “showcase” images educational by putting in facts that might shed some light into China and the range of Chinese women that are included in our tarot.

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New Countries, New Governments

Revolution is what happens when people get sick and tired of an oppressive regime and are kept down until they say enough is enough. Those that are inclined to flee, will jump countries. Others will resist.

A replica of the original Mayflower that took some of the first settlers in America docked at Plymouth

A replica of the original Mayflower ship that took some of the first settlers to America docked at Plymouth (photo by James Battersby)

Settlers came to America to escape persecution from Europe. They set up a NEW government, even though there were tribal governments already set up in North America. Yes, folks, even the natives had their forms of government although it was tribal based. Do you think the founding fathers cared too much about the natives and their own government? No, they went about setting up their own form of governance. In an ideal world the Europeans would have lived in harmony with the natives but realistically this didn’t happen. In true European fashion, the settlers over time set out looking for new land, new expansion and the suffering of the natives have become legendary

Now i am no American scholar and would never pretend to be one, so you can correct me if i’m wrong, but i think the original settlers got tired of sending their hard-earned wages back to Britain, who at this point were doing nothing for them. In other words they did not like the idea of taxation without representation…yet who would have the courage to do anything about it? Apparently about 3 percent of U.S citizens did and they gathered a militia to fight off the British. The majority, it seems, were happy to just go with the flow and do whatever Britain wanted. Three percent fought against Britain. Of the U.S population, only 20 percent of the population supported what the 3 percent were doing, but only 10 percent of them openly backed the effort of revolution.

Cowboys and Indians were traditionally played by children, with the Indians usually being the bad guys

Cowboys and Indians were traditionally played by children, with the Indians usually being the bad guys

Without this REVOLUTIONARY war against Britain, The United States would not have its independence as a separate country. The U.S’s history is full of revolution and genocide. The United States would not be as it is today without a great many a things and this, sadly, includes war and genocide, even slavery. It is my belief that the native Americans, up until fairly recently, have not only been tortured and abused by the U.S, but they have also been the victim of U.S Propaganda making them into the “bad guys” (at least this seems to be the way it is portrayed during my time as an irish kid outside of the U.S)

Australia, too, is another case where a new country was set up along with a new government, even though the aboriginal Australians presumably had their own form of governing themselves.

Let’s be fair. Almost every country on earth has been affected by war, revolution, even genocide. As a Christian I’ve always been familiar (and admittedly slightly saddened) with the stories of the Israelites who went through the land of Canaan and others, slaughtering men, women and children, even animals…burning it all to the ground.

Even today, Israel is accused of bulldozing Palestinian homes and the Palestinians are being treated badly by the Israelis. I won’t comment on this (because it seems similar to the troubles in Northern Ireland which i won’t elaborate on) other than stating that the original, traditional, even “popular” media thought that Israel were the victims might not actually be all that true.

I guess the point i am trying to make is that every country and every actual new government (not the pre-existing government’s “new deals” or new laws or any of that) seems to almost demand revolution.

The Chinese were no different and saw their fair share of revolutions, wars and struggles.

Recently we’ve had the Occupy Movement. Name one good thing that Occupy has achieved? Can you think of one? Me either (but again correct me if i am wrong). ok, let’s be fair….those protesting showed the world that they were pissed and they could co-ordinate a mass gathering that stops short of a revolt. The problem is you are trying to deal nicely with a bunch of corporate assholes. The claim is that the 99 percent are poor and the 1 percent are exceedingly wealthy. The 1 percent “might” suddenly grow a conscience and give out more money to the impoverished masses…but probably not. As Mao himself said…

“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” MAO TSE TUNG

Let’s update it…

“A revolution is not a dinner party, an occupy movement, or writing an essay…  A revolution is an insurrection , an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” MAO TSE TUNG

What did Occupy achieve? I will tell you what it did achieve. Here is a part i have copied from wikipedia

I was in support of this and i think they did a great thing. Unfortunatly i don't think anything will really come of it except more laws to restrict freedom of speech

I was in support of this and i think they did a great thing. Unfortunately i don’t think anything will really come of it except more laws to restrict freedom of speech

” The FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, local police, regional law enforcement “counterterrorism” fusion centers, and private security forces of major banks formed the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) to collect and share information about, and to share plans to target and to arrest Occupy protesters. Banks met with the FBI to pool information about participants of the Occupy movement collected by corporate security, and the FBI offered to bank officials its plans to prevent Occupy events that were scheduled for a month later. FBI officials met with New York Stock Exchange representatives on 19 August 2011, notifying them of planned peaceful protests. FBI officials later met with representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Zions Bankabout planned protests. The FBI used informants to infiltrate and monitor protests; information from informants and military intelligence units was passed to DSAC, which then gave updates to financial companies. Surveillance of protestors was also carried out by the Joint Terrorism Task Force. DSAC also coordinated with security firms hired by banks to target OWS leaders.

In other words, by trying to beg for a few crumbs instead of reaching out and taking the whole loaf of bread, you’ve let the government know beforehand that you aren’t happy, giving them fair warning to crush your resistence if ever you decide to go for a full revolt.

Two words. FEMA CAMPS

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Aeclectic Assholes and Dodgy Lamas

If you’re reading this and wondering what the hell went on with the Aeclectic Tarot crowd, you’ve come to the right place. Not only was i banned from their site without a specific reason given to me personally, as you can see in the image, i was also banned, i imagine, indefinitely. I think that’s what N/A means. ( my writing continues on after the screen capture)

“WHAT ABOUT TIBET” cried Jillkite. So i asked her “What about Dalai Lama seeing Mao as a “father” – I was banned the next day

Not the most open-minded of forums, some of the Aeclectic crowd, unbeknown to me, turned against our Cultural Revolution Tarot, a week before i even made a single comment, claiming it was vulgar, morally repulsive and so on . Jillkite decided to go on what looked like a personal quest to try to ban our Tarot from potentially being included on the Aeclectic Tarot’s forum website. Yes, you heard that right….ban it! If you’ve seen the video i created featuring a few of their comments on our tarot, i like to think that like us, you will see how rediculous it all became.

The Dalai Lama looking rather sad during his time in exile. Sure is a drag meeting all these well known people

The Dalai Lama looking rather sad during his time in exile. Sure is a drag meeting all these well known people

I actually asked Jillkite, who allegedly was hanging out in India and who had the Dalai Lama as a neighbour, to enlighten me on the plight of the Tibetan people under the Cultural Revolution because apparently i was too insensitive about what happened to them during that period in time. My questions were genuine. Unfortunately i was banned without any reason given and as you can see by the screen capture the ban seems to be indefinite. Looking down the list though it doesn’t look like it’s too difficult to get banned, so it seems a bit narrow-minded honestly.

Jillkite was also quick to point out that we should be giving some our profits to charity to help the poor Tibetan people in India. Somehow i doubt very much that the Dalai Lama needs any more money considering he is hollywood’s darling and George Soros, worth over 24 billion dollars reportedly funds him . In the past the CIA also greased his palms.  Yet i’m supposed to not earn a penny from over a year and a half’s work? Interesting. Geez I dunno, it seems Jillkite and the rest of Aeclectic have been taking notes from the Dalai Lama when it comes to ostracising their fellow tarotists. You approve of this Jillkite?

Now, don’t get me wrong, i have nothing against the Dalai Lama personally, but you, Jillkite had to

Thank you for opening my eyes Jillkite. It all makes sense now. I see the comparisons too. Celebrity photoshoots, check, both have/or had mansions to live in, check, both have reportedly corrupt paedohphile priests under them, check and both, with a command, can excommunicate members in their religious community. Thank you for opening my eyes :)

Thank you for opening my eyes Jillkite. It all makes sense now. I see the comparisons too. Celebrity photoshoots, check, both have/or had mansions to live in, check, both have reportedly corrupt paedohphile priests under them, check and both, with a command, can excommunicate members in their religious community. Thank you for opening my eyes 🙂

jump up on your rightous high horse and claim that i do not care about Tibet. I think the question is, do you?  When i started to research and learn (you know, because i am so insensitive) about the Dalai Lama, i seem to have pulled up a lot more than i wanted with the flower…i pulled it up, roots, dirt and all. Maybe you could do something ACTUALLY worthwhile while you’re out in India, Jillkite, and investigate these horrible crimes against these young children at the hands of Tibetan monks instead of making it your mission to ban a Tarot deck?

Because Aeclectic people like to remain anonymous on the internet, it is virtually impossible to know who they are. (another reason i doubt jillkite’s alleged story of the Dalai Lama being a neighbour). No photo, no personality, just a username. So it’s virtually impossible to get an answer from any of these cretins. You don’t have to be a member to view some of their pages, so i was able to see the following….here is the “real reason” i was banned, not that i was told this personally…

“banned for being rude, abusive and disrespectful to Aeclectic, its members and moderators” – Right, and comparing our Tarot to nazism and assuming i am “morally repulsive” and “insensitive” isn’t disrespectful?

Here’s a list of “ACCEPTABLE” comments…

Closrapexa – This is just offensive

Jillkite:- I wonder if the powers that be at Aeclectic would consider veto-ing this deck??? Or are there no boundaries??

FLizarraga  morally repulsive (are you implying we are morally repulsive?)

LinFang – It’s a sick and horrible deck

VioletEye – leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

MoonGypsy – speechless…utterly…sad…sickened..

Annabelle – I utterly loathe it

Debra  I don’t see any reason to respect them. (gee thanks Debra…Rwcarter, are you sleeping on the job. Isn’t this considered “disrespectful?”

mydearruby –  the idea of this deck is vulgar:

closrapexa – It is offensive in my eyes

The truth of the matter is that for over a full week, unbeknown to me, these narrow-minded Aeclectic idiots were bashing our deck, picking apart MY character, my beliefs, my words on this very blog and pretty much implying that we are ok with nazism and trying to imply we have some sick twisted view of The Cultural Revolution, foolishly unaware (through their own fault) that we based our on tarot on Propaganda (which all but the dumbest of people know that Propaganda is not tied into absolute truth but more idealism) In my personal opinion these narrow-minded idiots tried to cause grave defamation of character to my partner and myself without knowing either one of us.

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I’m just sooooo damn “morally repulsive” and evil i can barely stand myself…oh please, give me a friggin break

But this has not been the first time, which makes me think that these Aeclectic people are closed off from reality and foster a judgemental negative hatred that isn’t really acceptable or useful to anyone outside of the Aeclectic Tarot forum. A few years ago when i illustrated King’s Journey Tarot i was the target of an abusive campaign which had people believing i was everything from ” a greedy artist” to someone who think’s “his artwork is all that” because King’s Journey was going for a high price (which i had no part in). Those who criticised me back then knew nothing of me, my personal life, my character, or how much i was being paid (pretty much zero until four years later). Yet these same kinds of people had the audacity to suggest that i was being overpaid and thought a lot of myself. Recalling all of this, I brought up the fact that Aeclectic had a “reputation”, as many had informed me that it’s influence was dwindling on the buying public. Gregory replied…

Gregory: “Hum. Your King’s Journey and Simply Deep did OK here – surely we can’t be all bad. I keep hearing about our “reputation” – I have no idea what it’s supposed to MEAN. But don’t make it sound as if you were totally unaware of us until this moment – you’ve been doing pretty well here so far.”

I wrote back..

“Exactly how did it do well? This is the SAME FORUM where members assumed they knew me, and implied that i was “probably just a greedy artist” and “he think’s he’s all that”, so on and so forth due to the price. yes….THAT reputation”

I find that the moderators and administrators are, and i suppose it’s to be expected, biased. They won’t ban these horrible comments and downright offensive allegations towards us from regulars (who more than likely are close friends of the administrators thus defeating the purpose of being moderators and administrators in the first place)

This is why, although we find it unjust to be banned permanently from the Aeclectic Tarot Forum,

I am so immoral i've illustrated two works of art for Tarot Pink for Cancer.

I am so immoral i’ve illustrated two works of art for Tarot Pink for Cancer.

we are not going to cry a river over it….YET, we believe in fairness and equality. Aeclectic has dissed (sorry, had an opinion on) our Tarot, and made defamatory remarks to both my character and my partners, for a full week before we even knew about it, so i think it’s only fair that we continue our remarks on how we feel about Aeclectic Tarot, reply to the rest of the accusations concering our Tarot and so on, for another three days. This will bring us up to a full week and this will leave us even. In Ireland it is called Tit for Tat. Others call it fair and square. Then we’ll consider dropping the issue.

P.S if you are reading this Solandia, and you want your Aeclectic Tarot website to retain some relevance, like some have suggested it once had, we would advise you to kick these idiots out. They are driving away genuine people.

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Revolution – The Dirty Word

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American REVOLUTIONARY war of Independence.

I don’t hear any Americans complaining about those poor innocent red coats. I don’t hear of American’s refusing to acknowledge Independence Day

“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” – Mao Tse Tung

If you’re reading this, be you a communist, a tarotist, or generally interested person, and wondered why my rants were aimed at Americans, it was because most (in my opinion, i might be wrong, i am human) of the comments were coming from the U.S…you know, that place that without revolution, would still be a British colony. I mean for heaven’s sake i know your succession of presidents has well and truly taken most of your independence away now ( and through debt you’re ironically shackled to China) but your memory can’t be that bad. You separated yourself from Britain through a REVOLUTION. By complaining about revolution some of you have already condemned your forefathers.

Yes I attacked Obama. Please read it through and follow the links. I didn’t put links in there for fun, I put them in there to prove my point. Then again, trying to convince an Obamanite (who still supports Obama in 2015) that Obama is considered one of the worst presidents in U.S history is like trying to convince Al Gore that climate change was a reality long before the use of fossil fuels. But that’s enough about Barrack “Renegade” Obama. Sure IRS targeting and drone warfare may be Obama’s weapons of choice, but drone warfare existed long before Obama, so the tools of corruption were already there under certain other crazies.

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Some of our cards could be perceived to be a little hard-hitting depending on how you view America. I felt it necessary to clarify that I am not Anti U.S The Native American genocide was never to my taste but I don’t blame/hate today’s U.S citizens for that, any more than i blame them for drone bombing pakistan. That being said it’s your patriotic duty to at least get behind any attempt to  impeach the guy who’s trying to destroy your constitution, before looking outside the country for enemy combatants.

Another thing i want to reiterate. I don’t hate America. I recently read a comment on Aeclectic Tarot where someone suggested in one of my posts that writing “I don’t hate America” was an irrelevant point. Of course it’s Irrelevant if you take it out of context. Most things taken out of context usually are. I was referring to our Strength card where the woman at the front of the crowd tears old glory in two. I was referring to my own personal stance in the off-chance that some dumb ass thinks I hate America. My partner is Japanese – American. The point i was trying to make is that I love the United States as a country. I’ve been back and forth there many times. I’ve spent time in a range of states from Ohio and Tennessee to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It’s a great country with great culture, food, people, weather and so on. As a government however, I think most can see that the U.S government has been responsible for its fair share of destruction. We don’t sugarcoat it in the art, but it doesn’t mean I hate America as a nation of people (which, yes, this HAS been suggested)

Ever since an early age I had an interest in Native American life. I’m not sure why. As i got older though I liked to look at ancient discovery maps of America imagining what it would be like to see those lands for the first time. I read everything from Charles Eastman’s books to the Trail of Tears, Bury me at Wounded Knee and so on. I think it’s horrible what happened to the natives and still happens to this day. I believe that Leonard Peltier is innocent. Yet I don’t hate modern-day U.S  citizens because their ancestors did this to the natives. What happened, happened. I don’t agree with it but it happened regardless.

This was precisely why I was bringing up the likes of Obama in the first place, and now I’m bringing up the genocide of the native american people….hey, you drew first blood in this argument, not me. As for my British critics…come on, your government has been accused of genocide from friggin time immemorial, so stop shitting on my doorstep. How many countries did Britain colonise?

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To our British critics. You do realise that your own country is probably the worst of the fucking lot? The British Empire colonised about 90 percent of the world. I don’t think I would be out of line to suggest that your succession of Monarchs have killed more innocent human beings in the entire world than those that died during the Cultural Revolution….and i’m a bad guy for illustrating Chinese Propaganda posters. Right….

The picture on the left is taken from an article in the Telegraph . I don’t dislike British people because of what the monarchies/governments have done because we KNOW that these higher powers often do not act on behalf of their subjects. Colonising a country is always a messy business and it’s mostly always the natives who suffer the most. Genocide has played heavily in many of these colonisation processes along with racism, violence, detruction of property, even torture.

I leave you with a list of the countries that Britain colonised in case you’re curious Thank you for reading…

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Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Basutoland
Bechuanaland
British Antarctic Territory
British Central Africa
British East Africa
British Guiana
British Honduras
British Indian Ocean Territory
British New Guinea (Papua)
British Somaliland
British South Africa Company
Brunei
Burma
Canada
Cape Colony – South Africa
Ceylon – see Sri Lanka
Cook Islands
Cyprus
Dominica
East India Company
Federated Malay States
Fiji
Gambia
Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Gold Coast
Ionian Islands
Grenada
Heligoland
Hong Kong
India
Ireland
Jamaica
Kenya
Labuan
Lagos (Nigeria)
Leeward Islands
Liu Kung Tau
Malacca
Malaya
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mosquito Coast, Nicaragua
Natal
Nauru
New Hebrides
Newfoundland
New Zealand
Niger Coast Protectorate
Nigeria
Niue
North Borneo (Sabah)
Northern Nigeria
Northern Rhodesia
Nyasaland
Orange River Colony
Palestine
Penang
Queensland
Rhodesia
Royal Niger Company
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Saint Christopher, Nevis and Anguilla
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sarawak
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Southern Nigeria
Southern Rhodesia
Straits Settlements
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanganyika
Tasmania
Tonga
Transjordan
Transvaal
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda
United States of America (Then known as 13 colonies)
Unfederated Malay States
Victoria
Weiheiwei, China
West African Settlements
West Indies Federation
West Pacific
Western Samoa
Windward Islands
Witu Protectorate
Zanzibar

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Communism and the Bible

We had a discussion today about the Bible and Kingship. It is well known that Jesus was one of the most well known and earliest Communists. This is seen throughout his teachings of giving to the poor and needy and also the teachings against hoarding wealth. Jesus taught people to give their riches to the poor, to lay on banquets for those who can’t possibly pay you back, teaching that it is better to share the wealth rather than store it, for wealth does not last and wealth is not recognised in Heaven. Good deeds are recognised. Love is recognised. Caring for your fellow human beings is recognised. Wealth, fame, fortune are things only remembered on earth because these speak to the material world. Yet as a King, Jesus was not recognised. It is said that they were expecting a military type leader to lead the Jews against Roman occupation. It is also said that Jesus was not recognised as a King because he bore no riches, no granduer, nor was even someone that was considerably handsome to look at. In other words he was very average, very everyday person, to be considered a King. In the bible we need to look back to see where the first King came from

1 Samuel ch 8 vs 4 -5 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “ “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”

It is here, it seems, that a new chapter in Israel came into being. It would seem to me that before this there were, in Israel’s history, leaders of the people, leaders who while either feeling inclined by themselves or by God, led the people without excessive wealth. It’s interesting to see what God says about this through Samuel:

Samuel Ch 8 vs 6 – 9 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.  As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”

God does not see the people innocently asking for a king. Instead they see them rejecting him as their king. God was already their king with God’s personally appointed Samuel as their leader, so they were rejecting the idea of a leader, and instead wanted a flesh and blood king.

Samuel Ch 8 vs 10 – 18 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king.He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

Herein lies the problem and this was already seen by God. Kings of royalty are not the same as leaders. Royalty see the people as servants. Leaders, at least i think in theory, see the people as their equals. While a leader may lean upon the public for financial aide while he goes about his duties FOR the people, i don’t feel it was ever meant to be beyond one’s needs. In other words a leader was not there to exploit the people that he leads. This of course does not stand up nowadays. It would appear that almost all of those who rule over a people or nation are excessively wealthy by default (when compared with the average person of that nation). When we look back on a leader like Moses, it doesn’t appear that Moses was excessively rich. It is true he spent his childhood and much of his young life in Egyptian royalty, but he does not appear to be a wealthy leader. King’s seem to be a different matter. So, it would seem that from leadership, the Israelities leaped into Kingship…

Samuel Ch 8 vs 19 – 22  But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”  When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord.  The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.

After leadership came Kingship and when Jesus arrived, the need for Kingship in the traditional sense was gone. The people needed a leader. By this stage the Romans had taken over and there was no King that the Jews could call their own. Jesus reintroduced leadership, thus breaking away from an imperialist based system and getting back to a community based system. From here the early Christians, following Christ’s teachings seem to have adopted a communal ideology…

“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.…There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need” (Acts 4:32–35 ESV).

Sadly nowadays even Christianity has turned to capitalism despite Christianity’s roots. So it seems that the struggle of man in his spirituality is having faith that the Lord will provide even against the odds. It is very easy to be faithless in a society where money is King, not God.

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