Andrej Yakovlavitch Namnek, farmer businessman from Riga, Latvia, traveled by rail to the Great Rus for the purpose of negotiating the best price for his latest milled stand of birtch and reindeer pelts that his workers had amassed over spring.
Top left: Archpriest Ivan Namnek [martyred by Communists for not divulging the confession of the local mayor]. Top centre: One of many documents attesting to work in Siberia. Top right: Map of Andrej’s & Marie”s journey. Bottom left: cover of my novel on their life. Bottom right: Andrej Yakovlavitch Namnek.
He loved St. Petersberg for its culture and modernity, although he was not so enamoured of the palatial excesses of the ruling classes, nor was he a Russophile since his own country was occupied by Russians – not to mention the Germans. What he did love though was the Bohemian harpist and soprano he had met backstage of the Cyrilian Palace Hall following her performance with the Prague Ensemble. Naturally enough, she was the reason he delayed his return to Riga.
Of the Orthodox Faith, Andrej was not so immersed in it to let any religious difference stand in the way of courting this Catholic girl, Marie Subrtova, from the village of Hradec Kralove in Bohemia,the daughter of Vaclav Subrt and Anna Hampl, stable managers and basket weavers. Nevertheless, he was proud of his second cousin, Ivan Ivanovitch Namnek who had just become an Archpriest in the local diocese, [and was later martyred by the Communists].
Turmoil was becoming common in those final years of the 19th. century; what with that young Lenin addressing rallies about St. Petersberg having just left the Jesuit seminary. He and Trotsky, revolutionaries both, and bound to cause trouble. Of course my grandparents could not have foretold the Bolshevik Revolution just twenty years away, but still there were skirmishes – usually put down with Cossack swords.
It was at one such melee that Andrej became caught up and found it necessary to shoot one of Czar Alexander’s constabulary for which he was sentenced to Labour Camp in Siberia. Fortunately there was no death penalty in Russia. Andrej found himself assigned to working on the telegraph which was being constructed concurrently along with the Great Siberian Railway, engineered by that great engineer Witte but which in practice was beset by short supplies, faulty equipment and hellish living conditions. For 10 years Andrej worked with fellow prisoners but was often free to mix with the indigenous peoples, descendants of the American Indians, the Shamans and other exotic aborigines.
The Sino-Russo war was the catalyst for his freedom as his enlistment in the militia gained some freedom under an indenture of service. While he had survived the bears, wolves and weather that had taken many of his friends, he found himself in Mukden on the day that the Japanese invaded through Manchuria and routed the Russians. Andrej survived that attack too and so came to marry the beauty who had waited for him to be released from servitude. Their firstborn was named Albert after the Archbishop Crusader who had bought civilization to Latvia, 900 years earlier.
Marie and Andrej would have five children whom they would name with the letter A, Albert, Andrew, Antonio, Amelia and Adolph [my father]. They determined to settle in a land of peace – Australia, but their travels there took some time for the giving of births and for Marie to play to audiences. Adolph, the last born was born in Singapore. [Amelia died as an infant, and Andrew returned to Bohemia and was never seen again].
The family of five arrived in Melbourne in 1912 and it wasn’t long before the neighbours in North Melbourne would gather outside Marie’s window at night to listen to her rehearsing for her upcoming performance in Surabaya, Indonesia, along with the troupe she was part of in Singapore.
At that time, Islamic terrorists were active in Indonesia, driven largely by a Muslim Cell operating out of the Dental Faculty of the Aceh Medical College. They were determined to bring Sharia and Islam to dominance, following the invasion of Muslims from Middle East and the Sub Continent some 800 years earlier. [Today Aceh Province is under Sharia rule and Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world].
Marie Namnek, my grandmother, was killed by an Islamic bomb attack in early 1913 in Surabaya.
Andrej Namnik [spelled now with an “i” since handwritten records were easily mis-recorded], was no sooner a widower than Child Welfare came a’knocking and whisked his 3 young boys away to Daylesford to be fostered. Adolph was fostered at age 4 by the Vanzetti family who still run the local bakery. By 18 he had won the B&F in the Ballarat Football League.
Andrej worked for the Robertson Timber Co., mainly from Warburton and throughout Gippsland. Just 2 years after his arrival at age 58, he enlisted in the A.I.F. for the 1st World War – but was rejected on medical grounds. He passed away while Adolph and Antonio were serving in PNG, at the Little Sisters Of The Poor in Northcote.
[The Novel: The Bear and The Diva is available on smashwords,com].
The First Cause is a Trinity: no more, no less.
Most of us have been exposed to an image of “God” as a stern old man with flowing white hair and beard, sitting in a flash chair in the clouds, presumably tone deaf because of all the naked babies blaring trumpets all around.
How terribly difficult it is to create a visual image to represent an incomprehensible “Isness”. Who can draw a picture of I AM WHO AM? Sure, there are pictures representing God the creator, God the Redeemer, God the Judge…. and all that, still incomprehensible to the worldly-wise who assume that “God” is ‘becoming’ according to their fancies.
I start from pure logic: “A thing that does not exist cannot cause itself to exist”: and its corollary “an effect cannot be greater than its cause(s)”. Things (like you and I) obviously exist and we cannot cause ourselves. The Sun and all the stars do not cause themselves; indeed, they would not be stars if they weren’t dissipating themselves by pumping prodigious amounts of matter and energy into cold Space.
Everything that is changing or is changeable that exists must have an anterior cause that is greater than itself……… except the Uncaused First Cause. Anything else is logically absurd and scientifically impossible according to all the relevant Laws of Nature.
As we well know from bitter experience in the cruel physical world entropy runs the show. Every physical ‘happening’ dissipates energy and order.
The best (most succinct and precise) definition (description) of entropy is as it occurs in the “Second Law of Thermodynamics”; “All ordered systems, left to themselves, tend toward maximum randomness and lowest energy (potential or differential)”. That means that order naturally tends to degenerate into randomness (disorder) and energy potential tends to dissipate into a uniformity without potential because there’s nowhere of lower potential left to go to…
Because energy must be dissipated in the establishment and maintenance, or sustaining, of an orderly system some con men with an ideology to sell will try to pretend that the energy consumed in the process creates the order. A sly mental trick.
Let’s propose some practical examples to illustrate the process.
Most mothers like to have an orderly home. Order in her home requires:
1. An intellect to conceive the order.
2. The will to want the order.
3. The capacity, or power, to implement or bring about the order.
Now, that poor Mum who has been toiling away for years to install and maintain the order suddenly finds herself confronted by a clever-dick progeny who’s been to school and learned that energy spontaneously creates order. Smarty tries to convince Mum that letting off a bomb (great release of energy) in the middle of her expertly managed domain, will spontaneously create order and she’ll never have to tidy up again. Good luck with that one Smarty.
Or let’s lift great weights to great heights. An intellect comes up with an idea of a crane to do the job. Skilled minds and hands divert energy and materials to make the machine using entropy in every step of the process. Smarty, with the benefit of his recently acquired great insights, comes along and proclaims that – because the energy to build and operate the crane comes, ultimately, from the Sun then – the Sun built the crane. Now, I just happen to know for sure that Central Australia gets lots and lots of solar energy but not one giant crane has ever spontaneously appeared in the desert.
“Oh well”, counters Smarty, “that only applies to non-biological systems. Energy applied to biological systems creates an increase in order and complexity opposed to entropy”. Smarty has never heard of the “Law of Morphology” (which is really only entropy applied to biological systems) which says, simply, that “the more complex an organism and the more often it is reproduced, the more likely it is that something will go wrong in the process”.
So, the thousands of generations of drosophila (fruit flies) that have been subjected to every imaginable radiation ‘stimulus’ to produce ‘sped up’ ‘evolution’ have only ever produced some wreckage of their DNA or genome… not one super-human spaceman.
Ultimately, untold thousands of generations of diligent and wise housekeeping Mums are in tune with reality… the Smarties are not.
Order is a product of Intellect, Will, and Life.
So whence come this Life, Intellect and Will? We all know from simple observation that all these metaphysical ‘things’ or ‘stuff’ exist because we all have them and they order dumb physics and chemistry into live bodies, magnificent corals and cathedrals… none of which can create itself out of nothing.
Enter the Uncaused First Cause… that is, the ultimate cause of everything but Himself. He must be eternal because (by definition) He has no cause. He must be unchangeable because there’s nothing “big” enough to cause a change. He must be infinite because, outside, or beyond Him and His Work there is no more of anything.
This great Power (Life) must also be the great Intellect because “things” are carefully crafted to “work” as they do, and He must be the great Will because without the “I want it” there is no action, or result.
Most of us have some “idea” of who and what we are and, for most of us (diabolical narcissists excepted), our “idea” of ourselves bears some resemblance to the “fact” of self.
The infinite Being with the infinite Intellect, however, has an “idea” of Himself that is precisely what He is… no glitch or error. Everything the same. The Second Person; distinct but inseparably integral.
The First Person knows exactly Who He is and that knowledge is the Second Person, or “the Word” as sometimes called in Scripture.
So God “knows” the absolute perfection of everything which is Himself… and He loves that perfection that is the very definition of “goodness”. The greatest act of love is the gift of self. We see it in very muted form here on Earth with the gift of self in spouses and parents, and patriots. A gift must have a receiver of the gift and the receiver must be able to accept the gift. The First Person gifts Himself as does the Second Person and that gift of self to each other with no reservations or glitches or blips is precisely God in every sense. The Third Person.
There can be no more and there can be no less.
Any “God” that is not a Trinity, that is, the “God” of Jews and Muslims is a Satan pretending to be God. There is no possibility that a Supreme Being could not know and love goodness.
This video was sent to me for information and comment. The salient first half has to do with Gummint surveillance and subversive tactics. Watch it or not I have a few brief comments.
Every one of us is subject to being monitored, hacked, traced or tapped. Gummints everywhere employ super computers to track us and listen in or read our posts and blogs and phone calls. This ought not be a shock, but I’ll come to that.
Should we speak or type on the electronic airwaves such terms as: Jihad, Attack, Bomb, Cell, Terror, and so on, then we may be investigated because none of us is immune to being tracked or listened to. There again, we probably won’t. Why? ….because these terms are too obvious and only an idiot or naive would-be terrorist would use such terms. What Intel Agencies now look for are buzzwords or keywords and phrases. Such phrases might be: “Ali took 4 wickets for 11, with his googly”. While this appears to be an innocent comment about a cricket event, when it or similar is repeated too often without relevance to an actual cricket match then it will come under notice. Why? Because the phrase may well mean: “Meet Majid at 11:04pm to collect a bomb”. It is code, and a super computer will detect the code, raise a red flag, and an analyst will look at it and recommend action, or not. But what does all this have to do with the video or the topic? Let me tell you.
Just after WWII the US formed an Intel Alliance with Canada, UK, Australia and NZ to tap into any private communication they targeted. These though were the days of Morse Code, Short Wave, Snail Mail and Telephones operated on a plug-in switchboard. Espionage was rife in those days of the cold war and consisted of HUMINT [intel gained by human interaction], and COMMINT or SIGINT [communication or signals intel]. Why include Australia and NZ? Well, firstly because they were in the Southern hemisphere and needed for satellite operation and, secondly, because Communism was gaining a foothold there and this threatened the Pacific Rim of America’s Western defense measures.
This alliance and operation became known as ECHELON and was quite secret. It also transgressed the laws of privacy, but since it was covert that didn’t matter. That is, until it did become known and POTUS Bush had to admit to the project’s transgression and so laws were put in place. As if that mattered……..counties care nothing about laws when it comes to security and self-protection. The Australian vehicles were Pine Gap and Exmouth satellite installations where comms were tracked. In the US the CIA operated in Langley and other locales and in England the GCHQ ran the show.
The digital age ushered in a whole new set of systems of satellites and technology. Project ECHELON morphed into project PRISM with dozens of smaller sats. placed further out in space with amazing capabilities for listening and photographing as well as being vehicles for hacking anything they targeted. It was PRISM that was exposed by Edward Snowden and the world went: “Gasp”. I was non-plussed personally because I knew about it and took it for granted that it was known as I had already researched this for……..well, I just had.
PRISM blatantly uses IP’s, Telcos and providers like Yahoo, Google, Facebook etc. Articles presently published which speculate on censorship and spying by these commonly used providers are largely distractions. While you may not be being spied on, that is irrelevant because you are forever open to being spied on if you are in the proximity of any electronic device. This is not conspiracy theory – it’s just the way things are. We live with it and I cannot see that it can be brought under control. Agencies like the NSA, ASIO, GCHQ etc. simply operate as they wish and largely are only compliant with Gummint in appearance only. Hence, the Deep State.
Therefore, this is why America must be supported as a free democracy and Republic. Russia, China and India are catching up with SIGINT but America is pre-eminent. The implications of the US becoming a dictatorship or Islamic or Communist is dreadful beyond imagination in regards to the freedoms that we take for granted. I say this as one who has severely criticized US foreign policy of late.
Now, I have given this subject a cursory treatment, but there is absolutely no reason for Joe or Jane Average to be unaware of the chicanery that is indicated in the video, and this is because the information is easily obtainable. For the average person even the suspect cyclopedia of Wikipedia is sufficient. Simply search for ECHELON and PRISM, which gives quite good info on the Laws, Agencies and locations of tracking devices.
We can accept this or go live on a deserted island with no phone. We would be right to use security measures to obviate other citizens from spying on us, but we won’t stop the Gummint and its somewhat renegade or black ops agencies. We can only hope we have the right Gummints in power. Electronic spying is so sophisticated now that even encrypted comms can be captured before encryption or decoded later. Take the failed revolution in Turkey – within a week, Erdogan had detained 50,000 citizens. That means he already had files on them, gained probably via such spying. Every time there is a so-called lone wolf terrorist attack we read that a handful of associates have been rounded up – how do you think the authorities know about them. In Australia, the AFP has 400 on a “watch list”, [not that they are actually watched] – how do you think such people are under suspicion?
Is it possible to obliterate Big Brother?
A regular viewer of Al Jazz, BBC Global, ABC24, SBSnews will have seen ubiquitous coverage of those “brave” men in white helmets pulling survivors from bombing-induced rubble in Aleppo. My antenna picked up a faecal signal and I said earnestly and quietly to myself “Hmm”, or something very close to that. Determined to allay my suspicions that this was suspicious, I managed to plant a bug under the PM’s desk when I was last there for petit fours [ although there were actually three of us in attendance]. Here is the conversation I later recovered after attending No.10 for even pettier deux:
PM: Look at the polls Humphrey, we’re sunk. The plebians have rattled to our role in supporting Assad’s opposition as well as those Daesh-bag terrorists. That infernal attack on the Syrian Army was supposed to look like a mistake. Then there are all the civilian casualties. Well Sir Humphrey, how do we redeem our pristine image with dead kiddies on the news every night?
SH: Not to worry PM, they don’t vote now do they? But leave it with me, I’ll hand our image problem to some rather rum chaps at a nifty public relations firm.
PM: Surely not those idiots that handled our Brexit case?
SH: Good Lord no! They were behind the Irish Gay Marriage campaign.
Two Days Pass:
SH: All arranged PM. Our PR fellows are going to manufacture some heroes while, at the same time, make Vlad and Assad look bad. I say, rather a good bit of rhym….
PM: Yes, yes, poetic indeed. How did that work out when we tried to blame them for the bombing of aid lorries?
SH: Forget that PM. These fellows propose that we second a few hundred volunteers to make a display of rescuing survivors from the Russian bombings. Make them stand out for the world to see by issuing them with white helmets. Embed the best photo journalists. I’ll have a little talk to the BBC Chief about his tenure.
PM: But surely the locals are doing that already? And how do you organize volunteers out of that rabble of camel fu… ah, drivers? Organized as Italian parliament those people.
SH: Money PM. And none of our business if they’re filmed rehearsing the extraction of a pregnant mother buried under concrete for a week, what?
PM: But wouldn’t she die without water after so long? I mean….
SH: A hypothetical PM. We’ll make it two days just for you. And the White Helmets could deliver her baby afterward. What a scene! Pups. We could have some puppies…..
PM: What Humphrey! Ridiculous. The woman delivering pups. Nobody will fall for that.
SH: No, no I meant…. Oh, it doesn’t matter.
PM: You know, it just might work Humphrey old boy. That will be the second brilliant idea I’ve had this week. One thing though Humphrey – there won’t be any terrorists among them I hope.
SH: Pay no mind to that PM. Even if one or two slipped under our guard, those chaps all look the same; the public will never be attentive enough to match a beheader’s picture to the same man in a white helmet. Never happen, PM.
The Dalai Lama: “Once you are involved in violence you are no longer a genuine muslim”, and goes on to tell us that Islam teaches peace, tolerance, etc. etc.
It is inconceivable that the man is so ignorant of the Koran which IS Islam, with its many exhortations to violence and intolerance. No need to list hem here. This is his oblique way of pointing out that most muslims are peaceful, but such muslims do not follow their doctrine, just as many self-confessed Catholics disobey reproductive doctrine. Clearly Islam teaches violence so why is this man lying?
Fabrications will not set us free, will not solve the problems that Islam causes. Obfuscation and cover-ups will exacerbate the problems. And the Koran cannot be abandoned, nor can it be altered. Why has this respected holy man lied?
He joins the Pope and political leaders in this great lie. Why do they do it?
There are indications that the Dalai Lama is a CIA asset. Is he following their agenda? [I have no proof of this connection but the implications can be researched]. Is the lie an enabling tactic for Islam’s path into the new World Religion?
I have no answers to even postulate, but this clip is a convolution of efforts toward peace and reconciliation. I find it devastating, while it is fodder only for utopians and those who utter soundbytes about love and peace.