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High German Mennonite Clings Desperately to False Sense of Superiority Over Low German Mennonite

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BLUMENBACH, SK

Thanks to a complete accident of birth, Miss Annie B. Epp of Blumenbach was born to a High German speaking family. For some reason, Epp, a sad and delusional woman, believes that this linguistic accident was a “sign from above” of her superority to the Plautdietsch-speaking residents of the area.

“The pecking order among Mennonites goes High German, then English, then Plautdietsch, then all the other worldly languages,” said Epp. “That’s the way it is and always will be.”

Wrapping her entire self-worth in her linguistic identity, lonely friendless Miss Epp claimed that she was so much more sophisticated and superior to all the Low German speakers of Blumenbach.

“I mean, come on! If you say ‘kloakj‘ instead of ‘kirke‘ or ‘worscht‘ instead of ‘wurst‘ you just aren’t that with it,” said Epp, all alone in her Manor Home room. “It’s obvious isn’t it?”

Epp then said she just didn’t understand why the rest of the ladies at the Old Folks home didn’t invite her over for coffee and molasses cookies more often.

“I just can’t figure it out,” said Epp. “If I were them, I’d love to spend as much time with a High German speaker like me as possible.”

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The Rainbow as Theodicy

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You can have read the Bible your whole life and still you get surprised by something, surprised by something staring at you right in the face but something you've never seen before.

For example, think of all the theodicy questions we ask about Hitler and genocide. Why does God allow things like murder, rape, abuse, slavery, torture, exploitation and sex trafficking?

The answer you tend to hear is free will. But that's not the answer the Bible gives. The theodicy the Bible gives is Noah:
Genesis 6.5-8; 8.18-21; 9.12-17
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.

So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord...

So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done..."

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Isn't Noah a theodicy?

I've never read Noah as a theodicy, never before see this obvious thing staring me in the face. The Noah story is all about why God allows evil in the world. God allows evil because God made a promise not to punish human evil with violence.

That doesn't mean God ignores evil. The story continues with God's call to Abraham.

To be clear, I'm not saying that God's pledge to Noah is a satisfactory theodicy. What I'm saying is that in all the theodicy conversations I've ever had I've never once heard anyone mention Noah.
Question: Why does God allow evil?

Answer: The rainbow.
I've never heard anyone answer like that.
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I love this mosaic on the Dandelion Chocolate factory, 16th and...

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I love this mosaic on the Dandelion Chocolate factory, 16th and Harrison

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ooh I think this is new since I was there last
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Chrome, Firefox, and Opera users beware: This isn’t the apple.com you want

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Enlarge / This is how a Chrome 57 displays https://www.xn--80ak6aa92e.com/. Note the https://www.apple.com in the address bar.

If you're using Chrome, Firefox, or Opera to view websites, you should be aware of a weakness that can trick even savvy people into trusting malicious impostor sites that want you to download software or enter your password or credit card data.

The weakness involves the way these browsers display certain characters in the address bar. Until Google released version 58 in the past 24 hours, for instance, Chrome displayed https://www.xn--80ak6aa92e.com/ as https://www.apple.com. The latest versions of Firefox and Opera by default continue to present the same misleading address. As the screenshot above demonstrates, the corresponding website has nothing to do with Apple. Had a malicious attacker registered the underlying xn--80ak6aa92e.com domain, she could have used it to push backdoored software or to trick visitors into divulging passwords or other sensitive information.

Xudong Zheng, a Web application developer who developed the apple.com look-alike site to demonstrate the threat, explained here how the attack works.

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Homograph Attack! is the name of my next band. (also this is kinda scary, everyone be safe)
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Dunes in a colorful hole

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A Piece of Mars: Gray dunes have migrated over reddish rock, moving toward a narrowing cleft surrounded by tall tan cliffs. Bright lines on the dunes are exposed internal layers (bones of the dunes, really) that show you where the lee-side slopes once were (so you can tell they’ve moved to the left). The cliffs are made of layered rocks (extra points if you can find the fault), suggesting these are sedimentary layers, laid down long ago in Mars’ geologic past. The whole HiRISE image is worth a long look, it’s really amazing. (HiRISE ESP_049009_1520, NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona)

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whoa.
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23.263807°S, 15.183959°E Namib-Naukluft National Park, Erongo,...

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23.263807°S, 15.183959°E
Namib-Naukluft National Park, Erongo, Namibia

photo by Edgar Dürholt

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Just a few months until I'm there!! (Or, nearby, anyway.)
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