Tech Update: Intel CPU Flaw Mitigations

All the recent noise about Intel processors having flaws boils down to two specific issues. The tech community has nicknamed them Meltdown and Spectre. Meltdown was not so very hard to deal with, which is a lucky thing, because it was the easier of the two for someone to exploit. Spectre was a flaw more deeply burned into the processor itself, and Intel was in panic mode trying to come up with a fix for it, despite how complicated it would have been to actually use. Sure, replacing all the CPUs would do it, but more expensive than anyone wants to think about. It would likely bankrupt Intel to go that route.

So along with the efforts to fix the Meltdown issue, everyone was trying to come up with ways to at least slow down Spectre. The big web browsers did their part with some changes because the easiest route of attack would be through them. Operating System makers shipped some more changes, as well. Microsoft is having to force the AV vendors to quit doing some tricks they used to do by getting their fingers too deep into the Windows kernel, so this is a big mess for the AV and other security software companies.

Ubuntu made the news because their first attempt to issue a fix broke things. That includes my new laptop. I had to learn how to tell the boot controller (called GRUB) to load the old kernel unless told otherwise. What the new kernel broke was suspend, hibernate and shutdown. None of them worked as they were supposed to, so I had to manually shut the system down so I could tweak it to run the old kernel. Eventually Ubuntu fixed the mess and issued yet another kernel update. All is well again.

Finally, Intel came up with something that could be loaded into the OS that mitigates things even further. Instead of having to update all the various BIOS and UEFI loaders built into the processor and motherboard, Intel has a way of loading certain kinds of fixes at boot time in a package they call “microcode.” This is something that talks directly to the CPU and changes its behavior. As soon as Intel made this available, the Linux developers grabbed it and included it as an option. This package of microcode is pretty complex, with a bunch of different stuff depending on which version of which Intel chip you have. Mine is called Kaby Lake, and it’s covered in this update which came out just today. So far as I know, for Windows you need to wait until Microsoft comes out with a special update for this, because it’s a little more complicated working it into that system.

While a lot of folks were fussing about how it appears these combined fixes would slow down how computers worked, wiser heads suggested that most consumers would never notice the difference. So far, I haven’t seen anything. This XPS you folks so generously helped me buy is still awfully fast. However, I’m reading that these fixes do seem to make a difference with a lot of servers, especially those used to run cloud computing services — which is just about every big tech company operation, among others. There’s a lot of background noise about having to buy a lot more hardware just to catch up to where they were, and next time it will be with AMD processors.

Since nobody has caught crackers using these two flaws, it remains to be seen if all these mitigation efforts will work. If it succeeds, nothing happens. If it fails, we won’t know until someone catches it in action. The Spectre problem in particular makes it possible to leave no trace, so that’s the one that has everyone really worried. But the fixes come with a certain amount of testing from hard-core security experts trying to use those flaws on running systems, and so far it looks like it’s working. Whew! The technology world dodged another one.

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Lord, Open Their Eyes

One of the primary consequences of the American Christian obsession with “going to Heaven” is the obvious estrangement from Biblical Law and the riches of living in shalom in the fallen world. It’s more than mere disconnected doctrine, though; it’s alienation from the heart-led way. If you are chasing the vaguely Christianized myth of Valhalla, you are left with only your fallen wits to construct a holy life.

Here’s where it gets really perverted. Western Christianity as a whole stands on a very confused mass, a mixture of Greco-Roman and Germanic tribal paganism, the worst aspects of both. The recipe is some neo-classical rationalism mixed with a very dreary suspicion of demons behind every bush. Western Christians don’t differentiate between fallen mankind and the unfallen rest of Creation. To them, the natural world is spooky and inherently hostile; it must be conquered. That conquest is via reason and science, on the surface at least. Throw the Bible in this mix and the resulting Christian religion is more heathen than biblical. The depth of wisdom from the Ancient Near East (ANE) is lost entirely.

American Christianity is largely Platonic behind the scenes. That business with the “Allegory of the Cave” is deeply embedded. For them, Heaven is a doctrine, an article of orthodoxy on the face, but the actual body underneath assumes that reality is the ugly real world, while the ideal is unachievable. They associate God and Heaven with this unachievable Platonic ideal. Thus, while they can recite all the proper doctrines about Heaven, their subconscious orientation isn’t buying it. Instead, they find themselves with an instinctive push to perfect this world by conquest. Not content to conquer nature, they insist all mankind must be compelled to bow the knee to their image of a better real world. That’s how they read the Great Commission.

In their unconscious thinking, they agree with the Muslims that God requires us to forcefully subject the world to His will. American Christians can sing, “This Is My Father’s World,” but they don’t believe a word of it. This is their world and it had better learn to kiss their Christian asses.

In previous posts here I’ve pointed out how this is the natural result of the Judaizers trying to make Christianity more Jewish. This is the Judaism that Jesus condemned as a man-made departure from true Old Testament religion. Oh, and of course, this simply must include a favorable attitude toward Zionism. American Christianity, the evangelical branch in particular, is pickled in the doctrine that somehow, Israel never quite got their full conquest of the Promised Land. Thus, God still “owes” them an endless repeat until a modern Jewish State has full military control over some imaginary Greater Israel. That means all of Palestine, Lebanon, and chunks of Jordan and Syria, plus however much of the Sinai they decide later they might want.

The United States will not rest until Israel has at least that much. Otherwise, Christ won’t come back, doncha know? He still has to crown Himself the Messiah of some victorious Israel. Meanwhile, Zionists cynically manipulate the US with every intention of claiming all the wild Messianic Expectations with themselves as their own Messiah.

This undying Crusader instinct in American Christian religion is a disturbing specter of hatred and mass slaughter. This is where we get the hucksterism in evangelism and empire building, both in terms of worldly influence and mass facilities, as well as militarily in the rest of the world. Missions and military — the masses must be conquered and converted to the Christian American way of life. This is “Judeo-Christianity.”

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. (Matthew 23:15)

Because we of Radix Fidem do not participate in this madness, most American Christians regard us as not proper Christians at all. It’s not that we are anti-Zionist, but that we are insufficiently enthusiastic about the whole thing. It’s a lot to overcome before we are heard.

Our only response is to simply live Biblical Law and trust the Lord to open those teachable moments. Unlike the sales-pitch evangelism, we don’t manipulate people into a decision. We know that the initiative lies in the hand of God as to when, where and how He moves to awaken the hearts of His people. We don’t try to nail down who is going to Heaven, only seek to guide folks to the full treasure piled up in plain sight of those who see with the eyes of the heart.

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Many Are Called; Few Respond

We cannot know what Adam and Eve knew when they ate the Forbidden Fruit. We do get the feeling they were led astray, which is what we would expect. Satan came to them as a powerful archangel and they respected his guidance. There is a sense in which Adam knew better than to eat the Fruit of Knowledge; it was a pretty straightforward command from God. Still, the curse in Genesis 3 makes clear that culpability is shared.

What’s most important is where it all leaves us at the end of the narrative: We are fallen creatures, alienated from God and His Creation. We are in desperate need of guidance how to live now that we are outside of Eden. We still have that instinctive knowledge in the heart, but we need grace to reawaken the subjection of the mind to the heart. The means to getting our attention on that problem is the admittedly limited revelation via the Law Covenants.

Hebrews 1:1-3 tells us that the succession of Law Covenants and the narratives of how things worked out were never meant to be the final answer. They should have been sufficient; the image of how God portrayed Himself was as the head of household and we as straying children. It could have, and should have, worked out just fine, but in reality it did so only during brief stretches of history. So Hebrews tells us that God sent His own Son to provide the final revelation of what we must know to live as fallen creatures.

Granted, a lot more came with that, but we dare not lose sight of that fundamental understanding that Jesus was the personification of God’s will for fallen mankind. Jesus remains today the Flaming Sword at the gate of Eden. While His teaching indicates that, for example, the Covenant of Moses was imperfect, it was nonetheless a substantially accurate revelation of God’s divine moral will. So we have the Gospel accounts of things Jesus said to indicate what Moses might have said better. Who can forget His shocking correction of the business of divorce? But the focus remained on how to live, not how to climb into Heaven.

This is something virtually every American Christian ignores. I’m not sure anyone can explain it clearly enough, how American minds are so obsessed with going to Heaven, even as those same minds reject the ancient understanding of what “Heaven” means. You have this awful situation where American Christians have built up a vast lore of misunderstanding about the nature of the Spirit Realm. They insist on working hard to obtain something that does not exist. This is part of a much bigger lie manifested in Decision Theology.

Nothing in Scripture talks about a decision to “be born again.” Americans miss the whole point of Jesus’ comments to Nicodemas in John 3. All of the emphasis, from Genesis to Revelation, is on seizing the instinct burned into every human soul to walk in obedience to our Creator in this world. Part of the problem is misunderstanding what the phrase — “what must I do to be saved” — meant to the folks who are recorded asking that question in the Bible. The American reading of English translations comes with a pre-loaded lie about that. It’s not a question about going to Heaven; it’s about how to reclaim the divine heritage of Eden in this life below. That’s what it meant to them; we have ample resources to prove that, but no one wants to pay attention to the scholarship and literature of those times.

To the Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) mind, the question of going to Heaven or Hell took care of itself if you bothered to answer the more important question of obeying the divine revelation regarding this life here below. I’ve been castigated for saying that; no American believer wants to hear that. Yet the vast array of honest scholarship examining the ANE intellectual approach to things is clear: Those ancient people never pretended to have an intellectual grasp of eternal things. They had parables and common images they used to indicate certain ideas about it, but they never pretended it could be reduced to clear descriptive terms. They were reverent about such things, never daring to presume fallen people could claim to declare the truth of such things.

Yet, here we have American Christians simplistically insisting all you have to do is just “believe in Jesus” and it’s all good. Despite all the verbiage associated with that kind of false gospel, they treat it like a magic pill you can swallow. And they insist this was something altogether new in God’s plan, so folks who died before that must have gone into some kind of Purgatory or something, but they didn’t get to go to Heaven because there wasn’t a Jesus in their day to believe in. I’ll say it again: In the average American Christian theology, people didn’t go to Heaven before Jesus came along. In the American Christian mind, Jesus represents a total break in the continuity of thousands of years of human history. They cannot see how Jesus was the final answer in a long line of consistent revelation.

In Radix Fidem, we must strive to establish that religion is not about “going to Heaven” in that sense, as if it were some better quality of Valhalla — the common American theological assumption. We strive to return to the ANE thoughts about such things, that we cannot possibly know, and need to be very careful how we even speak of such things. More to the point, it’s not for us to worry about. Paul’s Letter to the Romans says it about as bluntly as possible: God holds the initiative in His hands. You can’t choose Heaven, and Hell is the default. But don’t worry about it, because God is the definition of justice when it comes to such things. He doesn’t owe you any explanation that your intellect can grasp. Instead, worry about how you are going to obey His divine will in the here and now.

So we emphasize Biblical Law and reclaiming the divine heritage of shalom while living in this fallen world. We rhapsodize about how it brings us in heart-led communion with reality itself. We see Jesus as the One who put it all within easy reach; we just have to search our souls until we can reconnect the conscious awareness to the heart-mind. Suddenly we discover some part of us always knew we belonged in Heaven, and we quit worrying about it. Now we have the balance of our human existence to reclaim all the promises of God arising from His divine will, as revealed in His Son, and which we summarize under the term Biblical Law. We are told those promises are a down-payment on Eternity.

It’s a deeply heart-breaking reality to know how the vast hoard of American Christians have been led away from that. With few exceptions, they are living in darkness, enslaved to a massive lie. If it were a matter of sacrificing something of myself to restore them to their divine heritage, I’d jump at the chance. But such heroism is not a part of the picture. They each must turn to their own heart-led path individually. It has to be a conscious choice, the one true decision they can and must make. So I’m praying daily: Lord, how can I get the word out? What can I do or say to get their attention? The vast majority of them are hardened against this mighty gift of God, so it’s a very sorrowful mission to seek out those rare few individuals God has touched and who are ready for something different.

The Kingdom of Heaven starts here and now.

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The Magic Jesus Wand

Some readers will not get this; sometimes it’s very hard to untangle the lies of linear thinking and binary logic. It’s a standard feature of American theology, as if human reason was the rule to which all belief must bow the knee. One of the saddest things I confront is how locked in this is for so many people. They are trapped inside an intellectual prison and refuse to see that the door is wide open to walk out.

This is why I make so much of non-Western thinking. The Bible is an Eastern book about an Eastern religion. It arises from Hebrew intellectual traditions, a tradition God built as part of His revelation. Hebrew culture was a part of the wider Ancient Near Eastern civilizations, with a radically different approach to thinking compared to the West. The Bible presumes an organic approach, seeking to understand how things are connected in a whole. It doesn’t try to divide things out into neat little packages that can be carried around fully separated and segregated into chunks that are easily handled by Aristotelian logic.

The revelation of God comes to us in the form of a feudal covenant. Even daring to call it “law” almost guarantees most Americans will lock up the concept in false categories. We were never supposed to think of His Law Covenants in terms of “law” as we experience it in our Western society. We were supposed to see it as a manifestation of the nature of reality. If the Law Covenants reflect reality itself, how could the Law cease to exist?

Most American Christians are hung up on this false English translation of Romans 6:14. It’s not so much a technical error of word rendering, but of very carelessly constructed mental associations. The whole context of Romans 6 is that the concept of covenant is still a covenant; it still holds obligations for those who embrace it. It’s how our Heavenly Father makes us His children. Instead of servants under a code of conduct, we are children under His personal communion. We are expected to grow in “grace,” meaning that we will gain a better understanding of His divine moral character, and gain the power to live it.

Paul elsewhere warns (2 Timothy 2:15) that growing in grace means going back and studying the Old Testament guidance so that we can grasp His divine moral character by the example of His dealings with Israel. There has always been a certain sense in which that written code was just a parable; the ultimate truth of God was always within reach of the heart, but the mind needed conditioning (Deuteronomy 30:11-14). We read the Law Covenants so our minds get used to what the heart demands. The Law Covenants reveal the character of God, and explain what our hearts already know.

In that sense, the Scripture refers to Jesus as the ultimate revelation, the Living Law of God. He is the fullest possible expression of God’s divine moral character (John 1:14). He didn’t change the Law; He was the Law. God’s Creation did not suddenly cease to operate by the divine moral character of God. It did find a better explanation in the Person of Christ.

So when we point out something in the Old Testament as a particular point of obligation, it’s not as if Jesus took all of that away. If we are going to claim Jesus as our covering, it’s a lie if we do not obey His teaching. And by no means did His teaching contradict the teaching in the Law of Moses; it clarified the heart-led meaning behind the words of Moses. To maintain the covering of Jesus, we still need to maintain the moral covering of good Christian leaders. The need for moral covering does not cease, but Jesus takes His place at the top level of that covering. His presence there does not remove all other coverings, but places them firmly under His authority.

It’s an old and tiresome feminist lie to suggest that, since we have Jesus, women can follow Christ and ignore human male authority, godly or otherwise. This lie has destroyed a lot of lives. It’s a lie from Satan that seeks to ignore how the revelation of God declares the nature of our existence and reality itself. Jesus is not a magic wand. Women are still subject to a level of moral deception that does not affect men, and spiritual birth in Christ doesn’t change that. By the same token, men still can’t get a darn thing done without the support of godly women. Nothing has changed in Creation; what was required before is still required today. The difference is that we can see far more clearly those requirements because Jesus is much more than a written rendering of revelation; He is the character of God in human form.

So instead of some law code staking out an approximate path of obedience, we have Jesus walking a path of obedience ahead of us. Jesus is the one who makes the demands once codified in Law Covenants, and His demands are sometimes easier, but sometimes much more strict than those of Moses. This is the point Paul was making in Romans 6. Grace is not different from Law in substance, but it grants us the power to obey. Without the Law, your mind has no idea how to obey Christ.

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Abraham’s Footprints

I’m not fit to tie Abraham’s shoes, but I do know something about how he got them dirty.

He left behind everything he knew, a world where he was important and comfortable, and changed to a wholly different lifestyle. Eventually he was a wholly different man. He took with him only what God said he needed to serve Him. I’m there. I resolved to forsake my Western heritage and wander in a land I had never seen. It’s the Promised Land for me.

Having left it all behind, I’m still discovering things in my background that can’t follow me on this journey. So I keep discarding things that won’t make the trip. That includes a lot of things that once meant so very much to me, including my psychology education and training. It was a big part of my college years, along with a substantial library of books. Yesterday’s post and the attached comments could be mistaken for me just being difficult. That’s okay if that’s what you read there. I’m not telling anyone else they have to follow me; I’m telling where I feel called to go.

An awful lot of that stuff just does not belong in my new life. I’m not better than you or somehow more holy for making these hard decisions. You aren’t less holy for picking over my discards and salvaging things you can use. You have your own calling.

For the past few months, I’ve had a very heavy burden of care for all of you, and for a great many more to come. I am firmly convinced God intends to give us more souls. Many will simply join us here in our virtual parish. But a significant increase will come in the many little churches out there waiting to be born. I felt a powerful sense of duty to make sure I laid a good foundation for that second part of our growth. There are still some questions to answer on that, but I sense in my heart that things are now sustainable and I am at peace. In other words, I can now afford to give some attention to other things, things yet unseen.

But I need to deliver one more stone for that foundation. In the Ancient Near East, the male head of household was the default priest for his family. He was the moral covering and it was essential that he live by Biblical Law. Once the Lord had prospered him enough, he would seek someone qualified to separate out from the daily tasks and serve full time as the priest for the clan. It was that issue of separation to the task that made so much difference. That priest was to busy himself studying all the rituals and arcane knowledge, and build up the infrastructure for worship. It meant preparing a bunch of holy stuff that wasn’t used for anything else.

In the Covenant of Moses, God made an agreement to take the whole Tribe of Levi as His anointed and separated priesthood. Of course, most of that tribe didn’t wear the robes, but they could if needed. Only on rare occasions could anyone else touch anything involved in the Temple service. Keep this in mind as we face God’s hand in the coming days so you’ll understand what He requires of us all.

Into the foreseeable future, most of you will be blessed beyond measure if you can just get your immediate family to take seriously your commitment to Radix Fidem and our covenant. Nonetheless, with all solemnity, I tell you that many of you will become the anchor point for a “home cell group” — a house church. You’ll be the elder until the Lord raises up someone else. It’s entirely possible that a few of you will see explosive growth and will need a lot more guidance. That’s part of what we’ve been working on, but some of it has to wait until it’s needed. The most important step is that you are prepared in your heart.

I’ll assume that if you are reading this, you’ve already herd the call to leave your old life behind and travel toward the Promised Land. It won’t be the same as mine, nor anyone else’s calling. We are preparing to establish a new nation of folks who have all left behind their old life. We are trying to prepare a path for the destination they seek, a shared existence in a completely different world, one with its own culture and heritage.

We follow Abraham’s footsteps.

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Toward a Heart-led Psychology

Just a review first: The single greatest influence on popular American thinking about psychology is Freud. That’s sad, because we know that Freud was a sick, twisted pervert. Not only did he inject his perversion into his theory, but forced his clients to confess to the same perversions that filled his tormented soul (psychologists call it “projection”). His treatment of them was limited to his obsessions. But he was brilliant in one respect: His id-ego-superego is a very smart reduction of Western mythology. It sounds like truth to most Americans simply because it blossoms from the same soil as Western Christian mythology. There is a vast library of Christian teaching that rests on Freud’s theories, some of it openly so.

As Freud’s most famous disciple, Jung never seemed to suffer Freud’s worst perversions. There was a clean break between them eventually. Jung went on to become a major American influence at a less popular and more academic level, but his assumptions about reality weren’t that different from Freud’s. He simply included a much wider understanding of the same Western culture. He made the same mistake as most Western thinkers: Failure to notice the difference between common human traits and those peculiar to Westerners alone. His anthropology was distinctly Western, which is how he came to be still one of the strongest influences in Western academic thinking today. He did, after all, study European mythology in depth. He did have some pretty good ideas, but they are best understood as contextual working models, not fundamental theory.

For example, we can blame him for the foundations of the Myers-Briggs Test and the resulting image of personality types. For most people, it’s not a bad frame of reference, but for the heart-led it is highly frustrating. The test forces heart-led people to choose between a collection of falsehoods on some questions. Those who take this test end up being lumped into categories that may not fit, and it offers nothing to help them understand internal mechanics that are outside the neat little framework. Myers and Briggs left no room for the heart-led psyche, in part because Jung didn’t either.

Jung continues to have a powerful influence in American academia. I want to cite a peculiar example here: a video embedded in a comment here on the blog. I want you to notice Dr. Peterson is both somewhat a fan of Jung, but also much better educated about Ancient Near Eastern thinking. This video offers a parable of human existence, and while Peterson doesn’t specifically emphasize the Fall, he notes that fallen existence is best viewed as a substrate of chaos on which we can choose to build order and insulate ourselves somewhat from the threats of human evil. He equates such efforts at order as trying to obey God. He warns that any attempt to cheat on the individual level threatens the whole effort at keeping order and goodness. We are networked invisibly, so nothing we do in private can be kept to ourselves in that sense.

This is wholly consistent with our doctrine of connection via our participation in Creation. We must emphasize that connected-ness against the common Western assumption of the individual. Peterson emphasizes that you can discern the effects of the connection even if you can’t possibly understand its nature. We are morally accountable to the whole cosmos. This concept is a long step down the path of heart-led awareness. I doubt Dr. Peterson would embrace our teaching wholesale, nor should we embrace his, but there are glimpses of truth here that we can use.

The heart-led way is path, not a place. I once thought the Myers-Briggs test was okay, but now I hate it because it’s so frustrating and confining. As is typical of anything Western, that test makes no room for the shepherd soul. My position is that it may do you some good, but don’t take it too seriously because you will surely break out of the matrix sooner or later. It’s for the heart to discern what fits today, and what does not, but to keep the reference for later when it might be okay. We don’t treat human knowledge and reason as any kind of route to reality, but as a working model that sometimes fits and sometimes is your enemy. Reality is a real person with all the same expectations of variability from day to day.

There are other schools of psychology, and the best ones don’t take themselves too seriously. For example, Transactional Analysis doesn’t presume to establish a final theory, only a working model within Western culture. There is something called Logotherapy that works quite well among mainstream American Christianity, but it recognizes its own limits. Logotherapy can help believers grasp the notion of conviction as stronger than the flesh. We can learn a lot from the Rosemead School of Psychology, too, because it seeks a functional integration with other branches of academic pursuit.

But the bottom line is learning to hear and trust your own heart. Not as the guide to truth for all the world, but trust it as truth for your own life. It won’t always make sense to your head, but if it brings a sense of peace with God, that’s the ultimate good.

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Draper Point 7

Point 7 isn’t much to look at. The terrain around it is much more interesting. This arm of land jutting out into the northwest corner of Draper Lake contains the canyon, and the ridge hosts several lovely features, like that cascading rock ledge I climbed once while dragging my bike with me. But it was a fun ride and a good workout just following the old shore trail all the way around.

It was a good chance to think through something. That is, I needed a way to get my mind to submit to the wisdom of my heart, and a vigorous ride like that is perfect. I stopped out on the point for something like a half-hour to let the sound of waves lapping on the shore aid the process or prayer and contemplation. I love the isolation where I can talk out loud and even get a little animated at the folly of some people.

On the outbound leg, I stopped at a clearing on the cove. These north-reaching coves are all still frozen from two weeks mostly below freezing temperatures. I tossed a fist-sized chunk of red sandstone out onto the ice; the rock shattered and left a tiny mark in the ice. That’s what it’s like dealing with some populist crusaders, so hardened that they listen to nothing. Every message that isn’t in total slavish agreement with them is vilified as the selfsame evil they claim to fight.

I’m referring to the Pro-Trump Pizzagate crusaders. In the name of fighting child sex trafficking, their real agenda is the most mindless partisan politics. Nobody will complain if an individual child is saved from abuse, so it’s not a waste of time to track down someone engaged in such abuse. But these folks are convinced they are saving the world, and get quite angry when you suggest they might be missing a far bigger and more substantial target that stands to rescue millions of children. These people claim their little humps are the only true mountains out there. Meanwhile, they have no clue how this sex trafficking works, particularly when it comes to what makes is possible to keep that trade alive.

They don’t understand that Western Civilization itself is the primary problem. They participate in the horrible lie that Western culture is the quintessence of biblical Christian religion. Western culture idolizes youth and sexual license at the same time; it’s only natural that most adults harbor some measure of pedophilia. It takes a good measure of self-loathing to be so zealous about it when chasing the random hapless fool who gives into the temptation. Folks, when you view it from the revelation of God, child molestation is wrong for the same reason most human sexual activity is wrong: it’s contrary to our design and is destructive. It plays into Satan’s hands in surrendering the blessings of shalom. In the Bible, there is nothing particularly sacred about childhood; in Western culture, it’s a full-blown idolatry. That idolatry is a primary cause, a fundamental reason the West has such a big problem with pedophilia.

But setting that aside, when these crusading zealots claim they are trying to go after the perversions of the elite, they carefully ignore how the political machinery that keeps their favorite party in power is no less guilty than the opposition. Has everyone forgotten the Franklin Scandal? No one seems to notice that there was no cleansing of the system; the same Republican people who made Franklin happen are still involved in politics. Only, now they do a better job of hiding their crimes against children. The Democrats are simply more often honest about their perversions; several activists have archived images from a public art show funded by lefties that would turn your stomach — including images of children. You can find the links if you wade through 4chan and similar forums. At this point, you would think the crusaders are picking on the lefties only because the lefties are more open about it. It’s pure political hypocrisy if they aren’t going after the righties who do the same stuff. But then, there are lefty crusaders who get their videos on CNN, for example, talking about how the Republican policies are making child sex trafficking legally possible all over the world. It’s true, but still misses the point.

The crusaders are lost in the woods. The people who get caught are either non-elites, or servants of the elites thrown under the bus. The elites who are relentless in pursuing such pleasures own the legal system, so they’ll never be prosecuted. It’s not about the sex for them, but the thrill of abusing other humans. If it were a simple matter of sexual pleasure, it would be really quite easy to sexualize a large number of children who would be quite willing to engage in such activity. It’s already being done, actually a standard feature of growing up in many plutocrat families, but the market is relatively small. It’s more useful to pervert and manipulate people using the degrading slavery version that shocks us. Do you know that there is a large market in child sexual snuff films? (Look into the Dutroux dossier.) The elites have leaked it just to taunt the crusaders, who can do nothing to the perpetrators. The murders of those investigating the Franklin Scandal still serve as a warning to stick with going after the small fry.

Sure, I’d get involved in helping to rescue children from trafficking, but I can’t find any sane projects. At least half the time, the child victims are sent through a “recovery program” based on horrific schools of psychotherapy, leaving the kids more tormented and twisted than they were before. And just who among us has not suffered some kind of childhood trauma, sexual or otherwise? Most of us faced things that left us damaged in one way or another, yet we didn’t need that kind of twisting evil to make it into adulthood. If there’s one thing for which a dire need stands, it’s a distinct psychology based on the heart-led way. God is the ultimate healer, and He rebuilds life as it was meant to be.

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