When LORD created humans, LORD said : "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food." [Gen 1:29]
The vegetable we eat are a tiny portion of all the annuals, biennials, perennials on the earth! Many wild herbs are in fact "vegetable".
Grasshoppers, locusts, crickets are also edible. [Lev 11]
But to gather grasshoppers would be too laborious for us. Chinese people keep fowls, and they collect the grasshoppers and lay eggs.
Chinese also keep ducks, and they collect food in the pond indirectly for them. Pond collects energy from the sun, and makes algae and water weed grow.
Chinese also keep fish in ponds, and they do the same for them.
Sheep and cattle also gather food indirectly for human.
If we obey LORD's commandment to deal kindly with the animal, they will be our partners, and will add to our joy.
Also, Chinese farmers grow big leafy trees around the farm, and this attract birds, and the birds kill the insects. Chinese farmers also grow garlic, ginger, ... and these repel insects too.
(Also, magnifying glass can make fire for us, apart from friction rubbing.)
I heard from TV yesterday (27/1/2001) that a severe earthquake happened in India.
Clouds usually carry with them electric charges, some may be positive and some negative. When there is a burst of electromagnetic waves, clouds will form into regular patterns.
This is the same as putting iron filings on a piece of paper, and put a magnet beneath.
When the crust of earth moves against one another, electromagnetic radiation will be generated due to the immense friction, and this will affect clouds, and they will form into REGULAR PATTERNS. (The wave length will be quite long, because of the slowness of friction rubbing.)
The patterns may be one long straight line, or several parallel lines, or checker-board-like. The source of radiation is usually perpendicular to the lines, or in the same direction as the lines.
Thus, if you see regular patterns in the sky, those patterns which are NOT GENERATED BY THE MOVEMENT OF WIND, then take note.
But do not be alarmed unncessarily. Earth movement does not signify immediate earthquake. Many small earth movements occur days or even weeks before a major earthquake.
Only when you see patterns that are frightening, then consult with your family members, neigbours or friends, and take necessary precautions, e.g. tie up things that may fall down, find places in your house that you will rush under to avoid falling objects, ....
You may find some information in the Internet when you search with "cloud, earthquake".
A king in ancient times once invited 72 elders of Israel to translate the Law (Moses' first 5 books) into Egyptian for him. He gave them banquets, and during the banquets, he asked each questions.
This is the last question he asked the last of 72 :
The king ... then asked the last of all, What is the greatest achievement in ruling an empire ? And he replied, ' That the subjects should continually dwell in a state of peace, and that justice should be speedily administered in cases of dispute. These results are achieved through the influence of the ruler, when he is a man who hates evil and loves the good and devotes his energies to saving the lives of men, just as you consider injustice the worst form of evil and by your just administration have fashioned for yourself an undying reputation, since God bestows upon you a mind which is pure and untainted by any evil.'
(Taken from THE LETTER OF ARISTEAS, from a book published in 1913)
LORD taught us that all parts of a clean animal may be eaten, EXCEPT gallbladder, and kidney, and fat.
Liver of our body is a chemical storage of vital chemicals, so is the liver of animals.
Organs of animals are similar in chemical composition to our human counterparts.
Hence we human can eat animal organs, except gallbladder and kidney and fat and blood.
Eating habits can affect the health of a race. Many years ago, some people would throw away the water in which they boil the vegetable, not knowing that many minerals and vitamins are solvable in water, and they were throwing the vital minerals and vitamins away. They suffered from illness because of this. Later they changed their habit, and illnesses disappeared.
LORD : "If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD your GOD, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give heed to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I put upon the Egyptians; for I am the LORD, your healer." [Ex. 15:26]
Illnesses usually arise because of our breaking LORD's Laws. But even if we keep LORD's moral laws, but neglect the physical laws, e.g. eat unclean animals [Levites chapter 11] such as oyster, snails, mouse, snake, ... our health would still be bad. Hence I think we should pay attention to both the moral and physical aspects of LORD's Laws.
In a society, I think most are law-abiding citizens. Only a few would despise the Law.
But a gang of law-breakers can easily de-rail law and order in a city, if their initial killings, no matter under what guise these killings are carried out, are not stopped RESOLUTELY AND EARLY. And many many innocent lives will be lost and families destroyed.
In former Yogoslavakia, the Moslems and Christians lived harmoniously together. But a group of people, claimed to be Serbia Christians, started killing some Moslems, and the Yogoslavakia government did not stop these murders, and the situation evolved into the breaking up of a country, with tremendous loss of lives and suffering to the people.
The same is true in Lebanon many many years ago. The police would not arrest law-breakers if they were on their side, but arrest law-breakers of the opposite side. Because of this, no one respects the law, and law and order could not be maintained, and years of civil-war followed.
Also in recent Indonesia, a few law-breakers could initiated tremendous difficulties and suffering to all citizens ....
I hope the Police of a country, or those who are civil-minded, (in fact, all citizens should have a sense of social responsibility towards the place they live in) should remember firmly LORD's teaching :
and arrest the law breakers promptly and resolutely, irrespective of their race, religion, or whether they are friends/relatives.
One last thing I would point out : the Christians are here mostly
because of the preaching of Paul, and the Moslems are here because
of the preaching of Peter, James, ... (the other 11 disciples of
(Of Interest to People in Hong Kong Only)
On 11 Dec., 2000, AdMart (An Internet Retailer with door-to-door delivery) failed, with more than 300 people out of work, in Hong Kong.
The reason it failed, I think, is mainly due to the cost of door-to-door delivery, battery of telephone operators taking the orders, and battery of workers doing the packaging.
If you know the traffic condition in Hong Kong, as well as the narrowness of streets, and crowdedness and confusion of houses, you could imagine the difficulties in door-to-door delivery !
During the time the Israelites went out of Egypt under Moses, Moses' father-in-law suggested that rulers of 10, rulers of 100, rulers of 1000 should be set up to govern the people. This pyramid form of organization is very effective in providing logistic support to the population.
Pyramid method is used also in oil transport. Super tanker would deliver oil from Arabia to an offshore depot, then smaller tankers would deliver the oil to various destinations.
The same is true for importer, then wholesaler, then the retail shops, then consumers.
I think this pyramid type of LOGISTIC support should be used, if door-to-door internet retailing is to succeed.
Say, students are recruited. Students would like to earn pocket money during their leisure time, moreover, they grow up by gaining experience.
They then take orders from their neighbors, and place order with AdMart (say). AdMart would deliver in bulk to the students, and the students undertake the packaging, door-to-door delivery.
A commission, say 7 ~ 10% may be paid.
In this way, the taking of order, sorting, packaging and door-to-door delivery are taken over by the students, and cost could be lessened.
The students may also act as salesman, with AdMart providing advertising material and specification, through the Internet.
Placing of order, and inventory control, warehousing , internet advertising ... need intensive computer support. But I think modern day cgi-bin programming (with Language C, not PERL), and free APACHE WWW Server-program, could lower computer cost a lot. Moreover, AdMart may enlist the programming skill of the students, (e.g. Like that in Internet Protocols : specify the Interface, and let every student write their own programs, then let them share their experience and pick the best program.)
I put this up to illustrate the "effectiveness of pyramid type of logistic support", (one that was advocated by Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, Exodus Chapter 18).
But there are many things to consider : Government rules/regulations, Secret Alliance that may prevent this, virus in computer software, do you have talent from LORD and is it LORD's will that you serve in this area? Is it the time to pursue business when society in under threat by secret alliance? .....
Jesus : "But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts
be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares
of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a
snare; for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face
of the whole earth. But watch at all times, praying that
you may have the strength to escape all these things that
will take place, and to stand before the Son of man."
One of the main principles of LORD's Law is
ONE LAW FOR ALL
(LORD : There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you. [Ex. 12:49])
Hence if the judge's father or mother, or his close friend, breaks the law, he should judge impartially, disregard personal relationships. (Righteousness and Justice are more important than personal relationships.) This should be the attitude of not only the judge, but of everyone.
But for those who joined in Secret Alliance, he would never punish the law-breaker if he is his partner in the Alliance.
Hence he would TOTALLY THROW AWAY LORD'S LAWS, and would only pursue "money, power, authority, .... " together with his partners in the alliance.
Those who join in the alliance to pursue "money, power, authority, ... " would throw all humanities aside, would throw away all norms of civil conduct/fairness, would throw away LORD's Laws.
LORD'S WILL FOR THOSE WHO JOIN IN THE ALLIANCE IS CLEAR: UNLESS THEY REPENT, LORD WOULD DESTROY THEM ALL WHEN THEIR INIQUITIES ARE RIPE/COMPLETED.
(e.g. In the TV program "Survivor, those who join in the
alliance for the US$ 1 million award, is DISAPPROVED by
It started with taking God out of public life. From then on it has been getting worse and worse. They failed in a sacred trust when they took God out of public life. You've got to remember, America is the forward movement of keeping the world sane. That's how come they're out to get us.
But the Communists are all finished!
Thank God. Oh, yes, thank God. But what I mean to say is, if the Communists are all finished, thank God, then who are they? Who are they who are out to get us?
After they destroy America, it will be England's turn. Don't you worry, it will.
Oh, dear. Yes, yes, I see. But who are they? Who are they?
I'm not the only one sees things this way, not by a long shot. There's a whole lot of us get together and talk, and we all feel the same way.
Glad to hear it. Good. But I'd really like to know who they are. Who are they?
I don't know who they are.
(Note : I agree with the woman, America WAS the foremost in keeping the world sane - the puritans, such sayings as "WHAT IS RIGHT AND NOT WHO IS RIGHT", the 2nd World War, ....
But now Americans have thrown away LORD. Divorce rate is huge. Adultery and homo-sexuality is rampant. I read an article (I am not sure if that is correct) that 25% of the Americans have sex deseases one form or another.
The recent TV series "Survivors" gave me the impression that Americans have become un-principled. (I am not sure if that is representative of Americans in general, and what % of population think that way.)
Hong Kong is no better. Adultery, which was very serious in traditional Chinese thinking, is taken very slightly now, Government did nothing to oppose that. Even radio show .....
When we forget God, trouble is at the door-step. )
(Note : Author thought they are communists, but I think the woman meant some secret hidden force, not necessarily communists.)
Nancy Jo Childrey (firstname.lastname@example.org / no homepage) wrote:
Hello. Yes, I agree. America has gone downhill since we lost focus of the Lord in our schools, our homes, and our lives.
I heard on the radio that we are now using parts of aborted fetuses to grow tissue/organs in experiments. There was a very "sanitized" job title given for the people that did this. How sad.
In Hong Kong, the vegetable wholesale market often throw away vegetables they cannot sell (they are taken to the landfills).
I would suggest that people in Hong Kong, who have spare time, volunteer their service, say 1 to 2 hours a day, and form vegetarian public kitchens all over the colony. And the wholesalers donate those vegetable to them instead of throwing them away to the landfills.
I would not recommend that the meat wholesalers do the same, because of fear of food poisoning, as LORD taught us : "Flesh that touches any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burned by fire." [Lev 7:19] And LORD also taught us how to distinguish clean fowl/fish/animal that may be eaten from those unclean that may not be eaten. But LORD made no mention of "unclean vegetable". [Lev 11]
Hence vegetarian public kitchen is more safe.
The poor, the orphans, the widows, .... and even people who usually eat meat but want a change of taste, may get vegetarian food free from there. (I have seen a widow, rearing 3 children, and the 3 children are very thin, much under-nourished.)
Even if some social-minded people want to do this, there are still lot of work to do : planning, logistics, securing of places and equipment, supply of water, fund raising.... Hence I hope those social-minded people would use the internet to hold discussions, share the tasks among themselves as to who is responsible for what, and to secure cooperation and help from Government and other bodies, to make it possible. I hope the Governor, and people in the executive council may help to smooth the red-tape.
This is my suggestion, but to make it possible still
demands lot of hard work and thinking and preparation,...
Also, think about the problem of demand : how many would
use the service, and what if the kitchens are ready and
no one use it ! Perhaps, a pilot kitchen in the area
where we expect the demand will be great should be built
first. Step by step, much like China in the openning up
process, first a few cities along the coast, and then more
cities along the coasts, then the West ......
Instead, we should follow Jesus' teaching :
"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone." [Math 18:15]
and LORD's teaching :
"You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason with your neighbour, lest you bear sin because of him." [Lev 19:17]
Remember firmly Jesus' teaching : "Judge not, that you be
not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will
be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you
get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's
eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck
out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and
then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your
Many riots broke out in football matches.
By nature, Chinese are a pure and meek race. Our ancestors of old taught us "to have a heart of a new born child", and to treasure not "treasure of the world" but "righteousness".
Possession, money, fame, "life of enemy" are not the goal of Chinese (perhaps, some may desire "long live"). Hence they avoid many of the things that eat into the soul of people who pursue these (possession, money, fame, long live, life of enemy ....). And in general, they are more meek than other race. And because of this meekness, they survive in many parts of the world under very bad conditions.
If we learn from other nations to build big stadium, and to learn their riotous behaviour, and the "blinded and godless spirit for winning", our quality of "MEEKNESS" will forever be gone.
LORD taught the Israelites NOT TO LEARN FROM OTHER NATIONS, they should learn from LORD and Jesus.
[Jeremiah 10:2] LORD : "Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens, because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the people are false."
Therefore I hope Hong Kong Government would not build such
large stadium as in the West, and preserve our very good
quality of meekness.
(Suggestion to the Education Department of Hong Kong).
Undoubtedly, PASCAL provided us great insight into programming.
But nowadays, PASCAL is seldom used. C has taken its place as the language for system programming as well as for applications. C will for a long time be the "Highest Level of Assembler", and other languages will be compiled first to C, then to machine code. It has already happened: PASCAL to C translator, FORTRAN 77 to C translator, BASIC to C translator....
C has 95% of the features of PASCAL, moreover, it is similar to machine codes (e.g. indirect addressing, increment, decrement, conditional tests are based on whether the result is zero or non-zero.... These are all machine code features.)
I hope the Education Department would change the teaching of PASCAL to that of C, and Qbasic.
Why Qbasic in addition to PASCAL? Because of its excellent features and user-friendliness. There is no language, as far as I can see, is more user friendly than Qbasic. Programming in Qbasic can save programmers' lot, lot of time. BASIC is a language extremely easy to learn.
Qbasic will also enables one to learn Visual Basic faster.
I hope educators will consider this.
Paul wrote in [Galatians 1:10]
"Am I now seeking the favour of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ."
How many of the people in Hong Kong have the courage to speak out of his heart, should that displease men? Even if he sees danger, but if speaking out would displease men, even if that displeasing is for their good, he would not speak out.
As LORD is truth, LORD requires absolute honesty, and
UPRIGHTNESS in us.
If a person does this, he no longer follows his conscience, he is NOT HIS OWN MAN.
This is an extreme danger. People should follow their conscience all the time, even if they seek opinion from higher authority, they should still exercise their own judgement to see whether they should do as told.
One must be TRUE to the almighty LORD, and true to
himself. BE YOUR OWN MAN.
These are words heard many times nowadays, coming from mouths of politicians, as well as leaders of community.
Law, commandments, justice are rarely heard of : these prescribes what may not be done, what are considered behaviour not fit for civilized people, what are fair and just dealings between individuals or states.
But "Interests" always push aside such things. The rich and powerful would neglect the right of the weak or poor.
I hope people would be ashamed of speaking "xxx's interest"
and talk more about JUSTICE, fairness, decent conduct
approved in the sight of LORD.
Without having to go to Law School and pay high fees!!!
If you think it impossible, then click [Teachings of LORD and of Jesus] and see for yourself !
Learn the difference of LORD's justice and the justice
of Western Countries which are inherited from the Romans.
I saw a TV program about people's court in USA, where judge Judy dispenses justice to people, and the proceeding is broadcasted through through TV for all to see. The court is not a Government's court, but people who go to that court have to sign an agreement that they will obey judge Judy's decision as final.
An reporter said that that show can "make or break" a TV station. Hence it can be seen that people are immensely interested in Justice.
I hope people will join in to discuss whether we shall have a people's court in Hong Kong, broadcasting using CABLE TV, or air TV, or Internet?
Anyhow, people must know JUSTICE first. And to know
justice through legal books is too lengthy and far from
TRUTH. The best way to learn justice is through LORD's
Law, which you may find it in my homepage.
You can learn the principles of justice in a few hour.
Scientists took blood of crocodile and found that it
can kill many germs that resist many known drugs.
It is not surprising, as LORD already taught us in
the Bible (Lev 14:50) to use blood of small birds to
disinfect an unclean house (LORD also taught us to let one
captured small bird go, when we kill one. Otherwise all
the small birds will be caught and will face extinction!)
Most people would spend all money they earn.
In the old times, LORD taught us to leave corners of grain field unreaped for the poor, widow, orphan .... (Lev 19:9-10)
Also LORD taught us to have 2 main festivals a year (14th day to 21st day of first month, LUNAR CALENDAR, 15th day to 22nd day of 7th month), and that we should not appear before LORD empty-handed! That is to say, one has to offer some cattle/sheep and share the meat with widows, orphans, ....
Perhaps people should do this, rest twice a year, each of 7 to 8 days, and during these times, spend part of the money they earn on poor neighbors.
(Note: LORD taught us to rest 1 day every 7 days,
1 week every 6 months, and 1 WHOLE YEAR every 7 years.
The sabbatical year is for the land to rest, but we may
take that time to do something we usually have no time
to do, or simply take a long rest.)
The first time I traveled abroad, I had a temperature at evening.
Then I remembered what my father told me about travelling abroad "unaccustomed to local soil, water" and he told me that one has to bathe to avoid getting ill.
I also remember LORD's teaching in the Bible (Chapter Leviticus) about taking a bath if one touched some unclean thing (unclean thing may contain bacteria, virus, ...).
Then I took a bath, and the temperature receded.
Also, in the Chapter Leviticus, LORD taught us to bathe
on the 3rd and 7th day if in contact with dead person,
grave, or bones of dead people; also LORD taught us what
are clean animal/fish/bird that may be eaten and what are
unclean animal/fish/bird that may not be eaten.
Suppose you are responsible for law and order in Hong Kong, what would you feel towards arbitrary protests? Suppose you want to protest and the police objects, what would you feel towards the Police?
Hence I think, in case Police objects to a certain protest, an OPEN public hearing (perhaps using one of the channels of CABLE TV, or a new air TV channel) should be held, inviting those who have to uphold law and order (police), the shop-owners affected, the people who want to protest, and civil-minded responsible citizens, and let them decide whether the protest should proceed, or change place and time, or ....
Anyhow, the decision must be FAIR AND JUST.
Many years ago, when Government wanted to reclaim certain area for development, Hong Kong Government would give those affected public housing, and for those who have factories or workshops, a place in an Government-built industrial building, at very low rent. Such industrial buildings can still be seen in San Po Kong, Cheung Sha Wan. People will not object if being treated this way.
Now the policy is changed to that of giving money, and the compensation amount is determined by by-laws and departmental regulations, hence many people would feel unjust.
Perhaps Hong Kong Government should either (1) build a new industrial building in the vicinity, and recompenses those affected area for area in the building, and ownership right, plus a transportation and moving allowance. (2) give them money, but set up a task force, under the supervision of the Executive council, to see that every one affected has purchased a new place to move to, and has settled down to resume their former business or industries.
In this way, I think no one would object.