I have just finished seeing through this documentary, about the Amish, which I quite liked:
https://youtu.be/eoXG3__vL8A - Living with the Amish 1 of 6
https://youtu.be/aIZ0yrt-Mi8 - Living with the Amish 2 of 6
https://youtu.be/i_4Oq6urLkk - Living with the Amish 3 of 6
https://youtu.be/U2nrpkBoZqE - Living with the Amish 4 of 6
https://youtu.be/6ihwzV_199A - Living with the Amish 5 of 6
https://youtu.be/YQugoo-0-pY - Living with the Amish 6 of 6
"This video contains content from Channel 4, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."
Well.... that sucks. I do find the Amish very interesting people, it must be tough for them to balance keeping their way of life, not allowing the modern world to creep in and also having to interact with the outside world and take use of some of the technological advancements out there.
Well, I have downloaded the videos from YouTube and uploaded them with a file-sharing service called Volafile, where you can download and watch them. I have also uploaded the 4 other episodes, when the Amish are visiting people in London:
As for the other you said, I'm also very respectful for what they have achieved. Being as self-sufficient as they are, and doing things their own way, despite how the majority of people live in the Western world.
Also I could suggest the Opera Browser, which offer a free VPN service, which could allow you to see it on YouTube, although I haven't tested it personally:
But, as I said, I just downloaded them now with https://y2mate.com/ and reuploaded them for you to watch, for those who can't because of blocking of content.
https://youtu.be/vdZiY9lb_yo - Luther's doctrine of the two kingdoms and the three estates - John T. Pless
I found this very worthwhile to watch, and perhaps for some of you too. It gives some of the standpoints from a Lutheran perspective.
Also I'm watching through the other videos as well, on that channel, which will take a long time. But definitely worth it for me :)
Do pro-lifers really care about saving lives, or is the abortion debate in the US really a proxy war for control of women's bodies?
(Spoiler: Yes and no, respectively, as this concise thought experiment shows.)
Diaspora and the globalization of the Catholic Church
Furthermore, this Church is being confronted by cultural pluralization and the weakening of institutions. And it is being forced to grapple with structural changes over who does what within the Church.
All this, says Theobald, requires a new way of doing theology and of being Church, part and parcel of how we understand the fundamental mission of the Church.He points out that the diaspora of Christianity is not necessarily a catastrophe because it does not mean the disappearance of "spirituality." On the contrary, the weakening of the ecclesial, social and political instances regulating Christianity can allow for the emergence of new "religious" or "spiritual" currents.
In his 1954 essay Rahner called the diaspora "a necessity inherent to the history of salvation," rather than an accident of history. This is pertinent to the current pontificate and the tensions it has brought to the surface.Rahner was very critical of the Christendom model that dominated the relationship between Church, state and society in Germany after World War II (1939-45).
He saw already in 1954 that as long as the Catholic Church remained institutionally and theologically dominated by Europe and the Western world, the contradictions were bound to be exposed only from the outside.
It is good to find new friends on this plane of The Continuation. I hope together we, The Order Of The Afternoon and Right to Life will find and follow the way of The Truth, or as we Afternoonsists call it, The Afternoon. Whether you see it that way or not, I believe regardless that we are headed in the same direction.
Therefore, I will encourage some among the Order's ranks to explore this region's contents. In turn, I'd like to request at least one nation, whether they are a puppet or a main, to step forward and join the Order, as a diplomatic sign of the bond both of our region now have.
Greetings, I'm posting this on your region's RMB because you either have embassies with the Union of Allied States, or are currently constructing one. I assume most of you may not be aware of events that occurred in the region in the past week or so, so I hope you'll read this explanation. Apologies if this causes inconvenience or doesn't fit RMB guidelines, I'm simply trying to get the message out as fast as possible.
You may or may not have heard about recent events in the Union of Allied States (UAS).
I am the former President of the Union of Allied States, a region I'm no longer part of, and you'll soon find out why. After my departure, I am now a Co-Founder of The Democratic Union, along with my friend and ally Handal Ands. I'm not sure in what capacity I'm speaking here as, but what I do know is that everyone has a right to know what has happened in my former region.
Just before the minor update of July 22, the founder and his supporters launched a coup to oust the democratically elected government. This government was led by myself as President and Handal Ands as Vice President, and we were both ejected and banned from the region. Along with us, several supporters, around 10 in total, left the region in protest, and occupied the Confederation of Nations, a region previously owned by the UAS. We intended to found our own region, where the principles of democracy are enshrined. The perpetrators of the coup then went on to install an Imperial Constitution with pretenses of democracy, but in truth controlled by the perpetrators of the coup, with the founder declaring himself Emperor. Just a day later, the Imperial Constitution was taken down, and the same perpetrators of the coup declared that the region was to return to a democracy. At the same time, they offered to negotiate for our return to the region, including reinstating my government. However, this was accompanied by several unreaonsable demands, including many undemocratic changes to the Constitution. Furthermore, a new Constitution with these changes was put up and immediately ratified by the perpetrators of the coup without any agreement made. This was a blatant violation of good faith in negotiation, and reaffirms that the perpetrators of the coup in fact does not care for democracy.
The said changes include :
A complete abolishment of political parties and the Right to AssemblyPolitical Parties and organizations are prohibited.
A court system that effectively concentrates all judicial power on one person for a life term (The Constitution adds two lower courts each with one judge, both of which can be ruled singularly by the Chief Justice, instead of a single court with three equal judges)1) The Court of last resort shall be the Supreme Court of the Union of Allied States.
2) The Chairman shall appoint a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice shall serve a life term.
3) The Chief Justice shall adopt rules for Supreme Court proceedings appropriate by law.
4) The Chief Justice shall hear all appeals from the Circut Court and has the sole authority to declare any bill or law unconstitutional.
All fundamental rights being limited to citizens (WA nations) onlyThe fundamental rights of all Citizens in the UAS Constitution shall be henceforth elucidated upon
A Delegative legislative system, which on the surface is purported to be more representative than a representative one, but in fact misses out on several key components of a Delegative system, and restricts voters to delegate their votes to only 3 members, thus concentrating power on a select few.2) Citizens shall elect by popular vote, once every two months, a State Council. The State Council shall be composed of three Councilors. State Councilors must be Citizens of the Union.
3) The State Council, as the leaders of the People, shall hold the voice of Citizens via delegates. Citizens shall delegate their vote to a Councilor of their choice, and may change their delegate at any given time.
A "General Secretary" position that is appointed solely by the founder, which although seeming like an administrative position, in fact has powerful authorities, including the ability to essentially become founder when he is absent, along with being third in line for succession to Presidency, despite being neither democratically elected, or democratically appointed.7) In the event the Chairman is absent for more than 3 consecutive days, the General Secretary shall assume the role of Chairman until his return. If the Chairman shall Cease to Exist, the General Secretary shall found a new region and assume the position of Chairman of the State Council.
8) The General Secretary shall be granted Appearance, Communications, Border Control, Embassies, and Polls authority.
Now, I'm aware that some of you may not care much for democracy. However, for a region that supposedly does care about it very much, this is a blatantly wrong, whether or not the intentions were right.
After this, the perpetrators of the coup set out to manipulate members of the region into thinking that the UAS has returned to democracy, when in fact the very Constitution was never even debated or voted on. Unfortunately, this tactic worked for the most part, prompting many members who had supported me to return. Some were also likely offered positions in government for their return. In addition, some of these members decided to smear and harass me and Handal Ands both openly and privately. These included a telegram that was sent with unsubstantiated historical claims accusing Handal Ands of bullying, spamming in excess of 300 pings on Discord, accompanied with various insults, frequent personal attacks on us as bitter, and even accusations of us being toxic. Members even pestered The Wolf Clan that closed embassies with them with multiple posts on their RMB. All these accusations were never raised before the coup, and appear to be hastily invented without any factual basis. The people who made many of these personal attacks are now the most powerful people in the region (apart from the founder).
I don't expect you, whoever is reading this, to completely trust me, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of you may think I'm a bitter person with a vendetta. I do have evidence to support what I have said, though because of time it would take to assemble them and concern for privacy, I chose not to link any. But this is my attempt at giving an explanation, an understanding of the situation in a region that I was once proud to be part of, that I loved very much. This is an explanation of the situation, an explanation that the current "government" has refused to give, in order to give everyone the false sense that the region has returned to normal. But it has not, and that's why I made the choice to permanently leave and found our new region. The decisions is yours, whether or not you choose to do anything about it, but it's my hope that you will support us in creating The Democratic Union, a better and more democratic region, and condemn the UAS for its actions by upvoting this dispatch, or anything else you see appropriate.
If you have any questions or clarifications, please contact me via Telegram or (preferably) Discord on An_Dr_Ew#7746.
Well, I encourage people to ask me, the new democratically elected president of UAS, through TG if you wish to know the another side of the story. Thank you!
What is this? Kindergarten? If it was a founderless region, it was already doomed, unless you can have it password protected and choose not to trust anyone, just have it for yourself. Where you, either way, afterwards would have needed to create a new region with a new name, where you again would have control of the founder. I don't find the name "Union of Allied States" very precious either, if you ask me. Yet another "Union..." name.
And it's just a game after all, why complain about something so trivial like that? Just move on, instead. Think about what people has to endure in real life, which is much more important.
Sorry for this, which might be interpreted as rant, but I just feel this to be quite silly, to be honest.
You are correct, in fact, itís because UAS is special in terms of the people there that made people return after the chaos. I just send out this post to avoid people defaming the region where me and my friends reside in.
Marxist Germany (creatively compliant)
If your WA nation is also in the struggle for fetal rights, telegram me!
Upvote and join.