Gardens and Cities and Nations

From Genesis

The whole earth had a common language and a common vocabulary. When the people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” (They had brick instead of stone and tar instead of mortar.) Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise we will be scattered across the face of the entire earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the people had started building. And the Lord said, “If as one people all sharing a common language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be beyond them. Come, let’s go down and confuse their language so they won’t be able to understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why its name was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the entire world, and from there the Lord scattered them across the face of the entire earth.

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Peter’s Testimony

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and hit filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Yoel:

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Yeshua of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know —  this Yeshua, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him,

“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”’

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

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Paul of Tarsus on the Purpose of “Nations”

So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said:

“Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but know he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Scott Gordon, Vaco, Opens Dialogue on Candidate Experience

His Facebook page dedicated to this discussion.

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My (edited) comments:

Bill Butler was posting the official economic government stats over on Facebook.

J Tod Fetherling responded: I wouldn’t give credit to any politician because then you have to take credit for the other side of the coin. The 102M not working. This is the scariest number and one we should all be discussing. 60% of the population is working to take care of the 40% not working. This ratio has grown dramatically in the past 8 years to an all time high. At the root is poverty, education, and more jobs in parts of the city where employers don’t want to be. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t01.htm

I responded to a comment J Tod Fetherling made:

Thanks so much for mentioning the unmentionable #realeconomick stats. Jim Clifton (Gallup) has been posting over at See: U.S. Economy: No Recovery, December 6, 2016 and The Invisible American, September 20, 2016 and Prof Richard Wolff (http://www.democracyatwork.info/) has been youtubeing some of his  recent talks. We have some structural challenges that no politician expecting financial support is going to explore openly. (Note: I like to triangulate between my truth between “cronie” capitalists and my socialists.) I think Wolff’s assertion that folks who are employed are likely to self-censor because they fear losing employment (at the same time all the management books say employees aren’t engaged and manager/leaders need to engage them).

Remember Ross Perot predicted $6 hourly wage post NAFTA and Richard Duncan points out the global wage rate is $10 a day. CEO compensation vs. employee approximately 400x (nationally).

Scott Gordon is trying to explore candidate experiences in Nashville #transparency

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Thoughts…

Kim Bartkus, Executive Director at HR Open Standards Consortium would be interested in the Application Tracking System disconnects.

No Glassdoor recording of firms which post job descriptions which are not intended to be filled #Accountability #HR

#transparency around credit checks, blacklists, local employer anti-poaching / wage rate fixing schemes

#ageism stats for Nashville go uncollected on purpose / for a reason

Why doesn’t Nashville CABLE have a LinkedIn group for member networking? #gatekeeping

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Capacity Utilization https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/TCU

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Bryan Ansley: The problem is low wage jobs are 2/3rds of the ones created and 1/3 of middle class wage jobs lost have not been regained and 1/3 of higher wage jobs lost have not been regained. We have a record number of people below the poverty line and a record number of billionaires and the national debt has doubled and the Cold War has restarted and the Middle East is more unstable than I have seen it in decades. Not sure who to blame or give credit to for all this but sugar coated single stat pictures out of context don’t help us find truth.

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Tod Fetherling provided these links

JTF: Ratio of Working to Not Working 2006 1.94 Now 1.677.

Profits vs Prophets

In case you missed it: the point of the election was the recognition that we, as a nation, are failing at the equitable distribution of compensation for work (“profit”). The obsessive (demonic) need of C-Suites to aggregate (purposeless) money is called “greed”. The worker’s unwillingness to put personal capital at risk for the corporate good (“skin in the game”, investing) is also called “greed”.

“Prophets” call for the just distribution of compensation for work; this is known as “righteousness”. (They also call for the protection of the vulnerable).

In the beginnings of the early churches, greed, one of the opposites of righteousness, was a challenge:

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you. James 5:1-6 NIVUK

Jesus taught and warned that we cannot serve two masters; we can either serve God (which he said we express by loving one another) or we can serve Mammon (the obsessive accumulation of power and stuff to a degree harmful to humanity, our “sisters” and “brothers”).

James noted that our Mammon worship, unchecked, eventually leads to war (collective use of violence to gather booty).

James knew we do not like to admit the shame and guilt we feel when collect wealth at the expense of others — and so we do not pray to God for our needs. We know if we pray, his Holy Spirit will convict our hearts that our ways need to change in the direction of generosity toward one another.

From time to time we need to reflect on how our actions (and our inactions) harm one another. This is called “mourning our sins”. It is often accomplished by a setting a special time to reflect (often collectively as a group or in groups). This is referred to as a “fast” or “a day of mourning”.

During such a time, we review the compassionate actions of God toward us in the past, we admit if we have failed to be grateful, and we purpose to do better in the future. This is called “repentance”.

Harsh reality #1: not everyone wants to repent.

Harsh reality #2: worshiping Mammon isn’t just a mental decision to be indifferent toward humanity; it is the first step toward the destruction of humanity (more on that later; see also, yes, Virginia, there is an Adversary). There are those who choose to be filled with the Unholy Spirit, the “perfectly possessed”. The perfectly possessed often rise into positions of power. They are not out for humanity’s good. To check this danger, Paul of Tarsus wrote:

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Paul’s advise is neither capricious nor superfluous. Leaders and followers of every type need spiritual assistance. This includes global corporate c-suites, the leadership councils of worker collectives, the heads of family businesses, those in government positions of responsibility and bureaucracy, etc.

When we pray for one another, we fulfill a role called “priest” (intercessor [standing in the gap]). When we encourage one another toward acting authentically and compassionately, we fulfill a role called “prophet”.

Harsh reality #3: Not every nation appreciates priests and prophets.

Harsh reality #4: No nation lasts forever.

Question: For whom are you praying today?

Suggested prayer: Heavenly Father, please reveal to us knowledge and insights into generosity. May we see it in your daily actions toward us (your steadfast lovingkindness), those of your King (Yeshua of Nazareth) during his days of earthly ministry, and those of the Holy Spirit working among those who seek to obediently trust you, both individually and in congregations and their alliances. May we discern that many we meet learned their behaviors during childhoods filled with trauma and hatred and that those scars run very deep and our society refuses to acknowledge them. Help us to grant each other mercy and the benefit of the doubt – remembering that we are all “playing hurt” – and that if we are still alive – you are not finished conforming us to the image of your Beloved Son, Yeshua. In whose name we pray.

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I appreciate when #realtheologick and #realeconomick occur. I saw this presentation after writing the above post.

A Moral Challenge to Economists, New Economic Thinking, Streamed live on Nov 11, 2016

In his keynote address to our economics of race conference in Detroit last week, Rev. Dr. William Barber II issued a blistering critique of structural inequality in the United States, and urged economists to recognize their responsibility to the poor.

@RevDrBarber @BRepairers

America at War with Itself

Henry Giroux, author of forthcoming book, America at War with Itself, chats with Max Keiser. **** fair warning **** Max is a bit of an acquired taste if you are not familiar with his gonzo political science theater 3000 approach to realeconomick and realpolitick.

Keiser Report: America at War with Itself (E928)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYHPUpKFHNk

Keiser Report: Reagan’s warning (E929)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mIBoopBB_U

I agree with Henry’s general theme that institutional education is not placing an emphasis on what I would refer to as the classical liberal arts ability to turn information into knowledge (or apply it, wisdom). In fact, it’s very purpose is to produce neofeudal serfs (thanks, Max).

Yet, there is at the same time, a trend which goes unreported in the Main Stream Media re: the gigabit enablement of libraries (third spaces and repositories of historical materials), global collaboration of national research and education networks (NRENs) linking higher education institutions and other interested parties, efforts like US Ignite, Intelligent Community Forum and the home schooling collaborative curriculum alternatives that go unmentioned (Curriki, Steve Hargadon’s work, Khan Academy, MOOCs, Video archives [C-SPAN, for example and increasingly State libraries], Internet Archives, Wikibooks, LibriVox, Wikipedia, etc.). It is my personal hope that congregations and denominations will shift their real estate to meet the needs of their communities by becoming these gigabit enabled third spaces for community building and co-working (many are already on that journey but these things take time). Tutoring via Google Plus Hangouts and other similar technologies is on the rise and it is global in nature.

While Max’s show is hosted on RT, the growth of internet-based independent investigative media #disintermedia is only going to be speeded by the adoption of crypto and digital currencies (fostering easier crowd funding of reporters and investigations).

A BOTTLENECK: What is lacking is the ability of standard HR departments to assess new kinds of credentialing which arise out of these life long learning models. The reality that global corporate executives can make more money gambling in the derivatives market than in producing actual products which require workers to manufacture is one of Max’s hypotheses that I think deserves much more academic discussion.

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RE: realtheologick: Gary Holloway’s Daily Disciple for today has this encouragement:

There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:25-28

Should Jesus tarry in his return, the World Convention web site has a pointer to the June 2016 Christian Standard which touches on a couple of the topics mentioned above.

TN Legislature Chooses Not To Allow Broadband Provider Competition

AT&T Celebrates, Tennessee Families Go Another Year Without Internet Hope

House panel kills compromise on EPB broadband expansion to underserved areas of Hamilton, Bradley counties

Federal appeals court deciding municipal broadband expansion

Is Broadband Expansion Synonymous with Crony Capitalism?

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In the UK, the legislative mood is toward empowering build out enthusiasts:

    Proposal to apply Code Powers to Broadband for the Rural North Limited

  • construct and maintain infrastructure on public land (streets) without needing to obtain a specific street works licence to do so;
  • benefit from certain immunities from the Town and Country Planning legislation; and
  • apply to the Court in order to obtain rights to execute works on private land in the event that agreement cannot be reached with the owner of that land.

Establishing World-Class Connectivity Throughout the UK

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Fiber to the Press Release

Industry watchers often categorize these announcements as “Fiber to the Press Release“: AT&T bringing gigabit Internet service to Louisville This is of particular interest keeping in mind the Kentucky Statewide fiber backbone project called KentuckyWired [and no, there are no plans for TennesseeWired, TNREN or such; our legislators are spending their resources fighting with the FCC (under the states’ rights rubric) the effect of which is to deny municipalities the ability to offer fiber networks even though incumbent telcos and cablecos have no intention of building them.]

When you have a global collaboration and innovation infostructure you can accomplish wonderful things like:

BD2K All-Hands Grantee Meeting – November 2015 (Day 1)

BD2K All-Hands Grantee Meeting – November 2015 (Day 2)

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The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)

Today’s Meditation from Gary Holloway’s Daily Disciple

One of the treasures I have providenced across these last few years is Gary Holloway’s book Daily Disciple. It has the format Date, Theme, Psalm, Meditation, Scripture, Prayer. The Meditation comes from various writings of earlier leaders (read: guys with newspapers) in what has commonly become called the Restoration Movement by some, the Stone-Campbell or Campbell-Stone movement by others. It was launched by Reformers intending unity of Christians in the new-ish United States of America (they had the European religious wars pretty freshly in mind), not the unity-thru-division and Undenominational Denominations which often resulted later.

I was blessed to spend 4.5 years at the Disciples of Christ Historical Society (when it was located in Nashville before the on-going relocation to Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia [former homestead of Alexander Campbell]) as gopher, quasi-office manager, IT guy, etc. I didn’t realize until latter (of course) how blessed. I had the opportunity to meet several folks who kindled a love of sacred history, religious sociology, ekklesia economics, ecumenism, and the importance of archiving and indexing well; and when possible, digitally. I came with a faint grasp of the occult, comparative world religions, and a drive to “do something” with this world wide web. That drive has not left. But I digress…

I had the privilege for a time of assembling articles, ads, and various content, and then formatting Discipliana, the Society’s journal, as managing editor. I had not then grasped the long tail one’s writing could have; and especially now, the immediate and global “circulation” (see Bev Evans‘ special education resources as case study, amend stats to, by now, 12 million downloads in 258 countries). I was only beginning to grasp the future role of digital audio and video.

One of the “earlies” I have grown fond of thru Gary’s Mediation quotes (and some other writings discovered by way of DCHS board member and Discipliana editorial board suggestions) is Barton Warren Stone.

We are getting to be very fond of co-operating meetings. Can we not appoint one for the express purpose of praying to the Lord to give us his Holy Spirit? Do you not believe that he will give his Holy Spirit to them that ask him? I know you profess it. Such a meeting as this I should rejoice to attend before I die. – Barton W. Stone, Christian Messenger (1843), 272

I think the World Convention Global Gathering slated for India, January, 2017 would have encouraged them both to no end. I suspect both Stone and Campbell would have been amazed at the immediate, global reach that their journals might have had given today’s infostructure. I think also that the ability to convene cyberly, or virtually (Facebook groups, Google Hangouts, Skype, WebRTC, IRC, Slack, Yammer, and in intolerant nations, Tor tools) — and the ability to have “comment discussions” on web-hosted news portals would have captivated their imaginations.

The God Stone worshiped would have providenced the church with these tools to edify one another and to build one another up in the unity of the Spirit. I wonder what that God is doing today?

From Chameleon, with love

We love our users! That’s why for the last few months we have been working on a Valentine. Not the pretty picture – rather, we’d like to lay at your feet a bouquet of new capabilities that we hope will make your research easier and more productive. These include:

– Support for custom kernel boot. You can now easily customize the operating system kernel or modify the kernel command line in your experiments! While it was possible (just barely) to boot from a custom kernel before, it was also inefficient and slow for those of you who needed to do it repeatedly: each time, a user had to upload a new image with the customized kernel to the repository and then boot from that image; both time-consuming operations. You now have the option of modifying the boot loader configuration to point it to a new kernel on the local disk, or specifying kernel parameters and then rebooting using this modified configuration. This will make updates to the kernel take effect quickly and means that experiments requiring kernel development will be much easier to run. If you are not working with kernels, you will see no changes in how images are deployed – however, we have had to change image format of bare-metal images (from partition images to whole disk images) as well as image snapshotting instructions. To minimize the impact on you, we have converted all of the images supported by Chameleon and as many of the user images as we could; in order to convert others we may need your assistance on Monday. Note that your existing images have been renamed with a “.partition” suffix. If you would like to find out more about the feature, please read our bare metal user guide. We would like to thank our users Swann Perarnau of Argonne National Laboratory and Yuyu Zhou of the University of Pittsburgh for helping us define the details of this capability and working with us to test and validate them!

– Upgrade to Liberty. The OpenStack deployment which is a core component of CHI (Chameleon Infrastructure) has been upgraded to the most recent Liberty release. This upgrade not only facilitated the development of the feature above, but also added multiple usability features, such as the ability to edit compute image metadata from the project dashboard or the ability to deactivate an image, improved error messaging, improved performance of many features, and added administrative features that will allow us to make Chameleon operate more smoothly.

– Appliance Marketplace. The appliance marketplace allows you to discover, publish, and share appliances – bare metal or virtual machine images capturing the experimental environment – a key element of reproducibility. The initial version of the Appliance Marketplace announced in our New Year’s message was simply a static table of initial appliances provided and supported by the Chameleon team. The new Appliance Marketplace allows you to publish and share your own appliances so that others can discover them and easily play with the software and tools you developed. They can then use it either to reproduce the research of others or as a starting point for their own research and experimentation. To find out more, read the appliance documentation on our FAQ. We would like to thank Rosa M. Badia and her team of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center for motivating us to provide this capability sooner rather than later and for contributing the first external appliance representing COMPSs, a task based programming model for distributed platforms!

– Identity-based federation with GENI. For some time now, GENI users have been able to access Chameleon by using their GENI credentials and charging to the GENI Federation Project. Now Chameleon users will be able to use their Chameleon credentials to access GENI without having to create a GENI account! This will enable multiple additional advanced research projects. We would like to thank Tom Mitchell and Marshall Brinn of BBN on the GENI team for working with us to make this possible!

As most of you already know, these upgrades have already been applied at the University of Chicago site, and will be applied at TACC at the scheduled downtime next week.

We hope that these new features will reduce the time you spend wrangling logistics and put it back where it belongs: into your research. Thank you to all for sharing your requirements with us and inspiring us to make Chameleon a better testbed!

If you find Chameleon useful for your research, send us a Valentine at users@chameleoncloud.org! Here’s what we would like: a story of how you are using Chameleon for your research. Those stories are motivating not only to us in that they make us build a better testbed – but also to others who may get good ideas from your work on how to structure their own experiments. To encourage this sharing of experiences, we plan to highlight interesting research projects done by our users on the Chameleon portal as we have recently done with the story on cybersecurity research. In short, we’d like to challenge you to be an inspiration to other: if you have interesting stories to share, email them to users@chameleoncloud.org!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kate Keahey
Mathematics and CS Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Computation Institute, University of Chicago

Ecclesiastical Rural Results Only Work Environments

John Hagel and John Seely Brown’s work re: innovation clusters, and their draw of the populace to them, is spot on; to my way of thinking, there is also a countervailing force now occurring1. As fast-enough broadband2 has proliferated both in the US3 and globally4 5 to smaller towns, they have been rewriting their core narratives6. I will be interested in seeing how small town congregations re-envision themselves, especially in light of the nexus of eldercare and this7.

  1. Brain gain in rural Minnesota
  2. What Kind Of Speed Matters for Broadband’s Economic Development Impact? – Strategic Network Group
  3. Community Network Map – Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  4. Animated map reveals the 550,000 miles of cable hidden under the ocean that power the internet – Business Insider
  5. Broadband for the Rural North #B4RN
  6. Toward a new narrative: How the Center for Small Towns crafts a different rural story
  7. The US uncompensated volunteerism industry