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Your Questions About If You Choose To Take This Mission

December 31, 2013

Ken asks…

What was the mission behind the Marines shelling of the Chouf mountains in Lebanon in 1983?

What is so special about the region?
Other than that there is a Druze population there & Sh’a.

They say that hashish is mainly grown within Biqaa Valley.
Why were the Americans choose to use the USS New Jersey against the civilians in this area?

admin answers:

The Marines were asked to come in by the Lebanese government. The Israelis had invaded Lebanon and we sent peace keeping forces. Reagan sent in 800 Marines but was required to withdraw them within 30 days according to the War Powers Act. After the withdrawal 1500 Marines were sent in 2 weeks later.

Reagan said it was essential that Israeli forces withdraw. The Israelis continually harassed the Marines. The Israelis were going to withdraw and we asked them to delay the withdrawal so we could get Lebanese troops in position. The Israelis withdrew, leaving the Marines in a crossfire between Syrians and the Lebanese. The Syrians (muslims) were attacking the Marines and we were firing back.

Lack of resolve from the Reagan administration ended in the deaths of many marines.

Mandy asks…

Whats the Star Wars game for PS2 where you start off as a normal person choose the Dark or Light side?

I forgot what it was called.
You start off as this dude with 2 normal swords and you can become a Jedi and choose to go to the dark side or stay on the light side.

Whats it called?

admin answers:

It sound like you are describing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

You become a Jedi after you get off the first planet, Taris, and during the game you look for Star Maps leading you to the main bad guy, Darth Malak. It features the characters Carth, Mission, Zalbaar, Bastila, Juhani, Canderous, Jolee, HK-47, and T3-M4.

Although, you may be thinking of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords.

In this game,you wake up on Peragus, and slowly get your Jedi Powers back and your lightsaber over the course of the game. You look for the last of the Jedi on different worlds. It features the characters Kreia, Atton, Handmaiden, Disciple, Mira, Hanhaar, Mandalore, Bao-Dur, Visas Marr, G0-T0, T3-M4 and an option to get the same character from the original KOTOR, HK-47. The main bad guys this time are Darth Sion and Darth Nihilus.

Hope this helps, Leigh.

Sandra asks…

How do i beat the collectors ship mission on mass effect 2?

OK well this mission is starting to piss me off and i can kill all the collector drones but its just the harbringer that completly destroys me whats the fastest or easiet way to beat this misison???

admin answers:

Bring companions with the Warp ability. It damages both biotic barriers and armor, which is exactly what Harbinger uses to defend itself. If you play a weapon-focused class you may want to bring Jack for her Warp Ammo ability or choose it as your own bonus power. If you have Incinerate or Warp yourself make heavy use of it.

Kill all the drones *before* taking out Harbinger. If you kill it first it’ll just take over another drone and you’re right back where you started.

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Your Questions About If You Choose To Accept This Mission

December 30, 2013

Daniel asks…

Could a Mormon after going on a mission get into Oxford?

I am 15 and I live in the UK and I am quite a highly academic student. However, I want to go on my mission, so would I be able to get into a top university after I get back? And how would I go about this? Oh, and any other advice?

admin answers:

I don’t see how it would make a difference. They won’t really care that you took some time off after graduating from high school–plenty of returned missionaries go to school after coming home–and if anything, missionary work will look good on your application.

Still, in case you have time to go to school for a little while before serving, you basically have three choices:

1. Get a job following graduation, work for whatever time you have left, go on your mission, then come back and apply to Oxford.

2. Go to a more local university or community college until it’s time to leave for your mission, serve, and then come back and apply to Oxford. If this is the option you choose, you should make sure that you only take classes which will transfer.

3. Apply to Oxford and begin attending as soon as you graduate from high school. You should contact the school and ask about policies for students who go on extended leave, though. Some schools wouldn’t accept a student who left for that long. Get a hold of a counselor at the school, tell them your specific situation, and ask for advice. If they might not let you come back, your best bet would be #2.

Don’t worry too much, though. You have years left before this becomes an issue. Just keep working on your grades now.

Ruth asks…

What are Jews supposed to be chosen for?

Is the belief about the “chosen people” the main element of judaism? Are there any references in the sacred books of judaism, about the reasons of this selection (i mean why the jews and not someone other)?

admin answers:

The Chosen People
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
Appreciating an often-misunderstood idea.
The Jewish nation is often referred to as “the Chosen People.”
Many people (including Jews) are uncomfortable with this idea. They perceive the concept of a “Chosen People” as racist and mindful of the Nazi concept of a supreme “Aryan” nation. It appears to contradict the accepted Western ideal of all people being equal before God.
Is the Jewish concept of choseness racist?
When the Torah refers to the Jewish people as “chosen,” it is not in any way asserting that Jews are racially superior. Americans, Russians, Europeans, Asians and Ethiopians are all part of the Jewish people. It is impossible to define choseness as anything related to race, since Jews are racially diverse.
Yet while the term “Chosen People” (Am Nivchar) does not mean racially superior, choseness does imply a special uniqueness.

What is this uniqueness? Historically, it goes back to Abraham. Abraham lived in a world steeped in idolatry, which he concluded was contradicted by the reality of design in nature. So Abraham came to a belief in G-d, and took upon himself the mission of teaching others of the monotheistic ideal. Abraham was even willing to suffer persecution for his beliefs. After years of enormous effort, dedication and a willingness to accept the responsibility to be G-d’s representative in this world, G-d chose Abraham and his descendents to be the teachers of this monotheistic message.

In other words it is not so much that G-d chose the Jews; it is more accurate that the Jews (through Abraham) chose G-d.
Chosenness was not part of G-d’s “original plan.” Initially all of humanity was to serve the role of G-d’s messengers, but after the fall of Adam, humanity lost that privilege, and it was open for grabs. Only Abraham chose to take the mantle. If others would have (and they were offered the choice), they too would have joined in this special covenant which was sealed upon the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

If a privilege is offered to everyone willing to pay the necessary price, nobody can protest that those willing to make the extra effort are being shown favoritism. For example: It is reasonable that an employee who agrees to work overtime, attend training seminars, and manage special projects, should be entitled to a performance bonus — particularly if each employee was given the same opportunity.
The essence of being chosen means responsibility. It is a responsibility to change the world — not by converting everyone to Judaism, but by living as a model community upheld by ethics, morals and beliefs of one God. In that way, we can influence the rest of mankind, a “light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6).

Charles asks…

Your mission should you choose to accept it?

Is to go up to the next person you see and tell them mission complete.

Also, what do you think of ducks? :D

admin answers:

Already done. He said ‘What now?’

I think that ducks are cool because their quacks don’t echo and there are lots of them around my house. :) Not like surrounding my house, like to attack. We have a pond so they like to gather.

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December 29, 2013

David asks…

Where can I find the summary for teaching a stone to talk by annie dillard?

I need like spark notes or cliff notes for the book Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dilard. Spark notes and cliff notes does not have them. I need help ASAP

admin answers:

The best I can find is a review:

Expeditions and Encounters
By Annie Dillard.
Ot many people, it’s safe to say, care to look a weasel in the eye. Or to sit in an Ecuadorean jungle on the banks of the Napo River idly studying a tarantula the size of one’s hand as it seizes moths. Or to stroke a giant tortoise’s neck in the Galapagos islands, with a friendly sea lion settling to sleep on one’s arm. But it’s fascinating to watch Annie Dillard doing so, especially if one is familiar with her through her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, ”Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” and knows her capacity for living, as she says, ”in tranquility and trembling” among the wonders and splendors of the world.

Tinker Creek is in a valley of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where she lives, not only as a pilgrim but with a message. Her introductory note to this volume warns that it is not to be considered a random collection of expeditions and encounters: ”Instead this is my real work, such as it is.” She preaches Thoreau’s doctrine and her own – ”Do what you love” – and like Thoreau she takes pains to clarify how that is done, how passionately she loves what she is about. A weasel lives as he’s meant to, and the principle is the same for all, though it would take enormous energy and curiosity as well as clear thinking to live as Annie Dillard does. She makes it sound like a profitable enterprise.

The title, ”Teaching a Stone to Talk,” explains something of her method. A man whom she knows, in his 30′s, living alone in a shack on a cliff, keeps a palm-sized oval beach cobble on his shelf and performs a ritual several times a day to try to teach it to talk, which she thinks beats selling shoes. She doesn’t know what he expects or wants the stone to say – maybe a single word like ”uncle.” For her, what it eloquently speaks is silence, nature’s silence, which we are here on this earth to witness. ”That is why I take walks: to keep an eye on things. And that is why I went to the Galapagos islands.”

She went twice, in fact, the second time to look more closely at the palo santo trees, holy trees – silent, mute, lifeless and covered with lichens. She also went to Barter Island inside the Arctic Circle, where all she could see was colorless sky and a mess of frozen ice. And she goes back in memory to a farm where she once lived alone, where the silence was heaped in the pastures, on the fields, where there was only silence, and it ”gathered and struck me. It bashed me broadside from the heavens above.” She has a taste for cosmic silence. She likes to look through binoculars at mirages, to confirm them for what they are, illusory, to sharpen the vision and mystery. Since we’re on the planet only once, she says, we might as well get a feel for the place. ”I alternate between thinking of the planet as home – dear and familiar stone hearth and garden – and as a hard land of exile in which we are all sojourners.” The taking of these extraordinary expeditions, which is Annie Dillard’s lifework, occasionally has its perils. Once she was present at a total eclipse of the sun and lived to tell the tale. Early one February morning she and her husband drove to a hilltop in the state of Washington near Yakima to watch the miracle. Many people were about, bundled up in caps and parkas. ”It looked as though we were scattered on hilltops at dawn to sacrifice virgins, make rain, set stone stelae in a ring.” Then the light went out, and from the hills on all sides came screams. Fervently she prays that she, that you and I, may never see anything more awful in the sky. It was a near thing, as if the people had died on the hilltops of Yakima and were alone in eternity. Afterward, the two of them with a sigh of relief rushed down the hill and thankfully escaped to a breakfast of fried eggs. Enough of this sort of glory is enough.

There is the haunting memory of her encounter with Santa Claus, when on a Christmas Eve in childhood she heard a commotion at the front door, and before her eyes in full fig he stood, ringing a loud bell, whom she had no ambition whatever to meet. She thought Santa Claus was God and ran for her life upstairs, refusing to come down. Actually it was only a well-intentioned old lady, a Miss White, who lived across the street and meant no harm. Annie Dillard ran that night out of fear, and she is running still. ”Why do we people in churches seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a package tour of the Absolute?” she asks. We should be wearing crash helmets and life preservers. In the Catholic church she now attends is a singing group that calls itself ”Wildflowers” – a teen-aged boy, an old woman with long orange hair, a large Chinese who shuffles his feet, a frail 14-year-old, a wispy soprano – equipped with guitars and tambourine. After a fiercely anti-Catholic upbringing, she attends mass to escape Protestant guitars, and this is what happens. She listens and laughs all the way home; God, being almighty, can stifle His laughter.

So it goes at Tinker Creek and elsewhere on the planet. She is a fine wayfarer, one who travels light, reflective and alert to the shrines and holy places after first carefully selecting them for herself. She sets out again and again, seeking other landscapes, other encounters. Or she stays at home, thriving and surviving, no more scared than anybody. ”I have not been lonely yet,” she says, ”but it could come at any time.”

Just out of curiosity, I went to the web site offered by the first answerer – I didn’t find any help there at all.

Lizzie asks…

How can an offence be “impossible” yet exist?

“Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” (Luke 17:1) Love – D

admin answers:

A. Concerning the Peril of Offending (Luke 17:1, 2)
The continuity or flow of thought in this chapter is obscure. It almost seems as if Luke pieces together several disconnected subjects. However, Christ’s opening remarks on the peril of offending may be linked with the story of the rich man at the close of chapter 16. To live in luxury, complacency, and ease could very well prove to be a stumblingblock to others who are young in the faith. Especially if a man has the reputation of being a Christian, his example will be followed by others. How serious it is to thus lead promising followers of the Lord Jesus Christ into lives of materialism and the worship of mammon.
Of course, the principle applies in a very general way. Little ones can be stumbled by being encouraged in worldliness. They can be stumbled by being involved in sexual sin. They can be stumbled by any teaching that waters down the plain meaning of the Scriptures. Anything that leads them away from a pathway of simple faith, of devotedness, and of holiness is a stumbling block.
Knowing human nature and conditions in the world, the Lord said that it was inevitable that offenses should come. But this does not diminish the guilt of those who cause the offenses. It would be better for such that a millstone were hung around their neck, and that they were drowned in the depths of the sea. It seems clear that language as strong as this is intended to picture not only physical death but eternal condemnation as well.
When the Lord Jesus speaks of offending one of these little ones, He probably included more than children. The reference also seems to be to disciples who are young in the faith.

Luk 17:1-2 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! (2) It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

Laura asks…

Why do extreme anglers demote commercial fisheries?

Who has the right to eat fish, just anglers, or does everybody? We are aware of the debate on commercial fishing. We need it for food supply and economies. It is a great food made better by a deliciously tangy fish batter. search chiblowfish .

admin answers:

Our environment has changed drastically, and there are factors affecting our fish stocks now, like at no other time in history….And fishing has changed also…There was a time, when anyone who wanted could go to sea, and catch by any means a few hundred, to maybe a thousand pounds of fish to sell and eat…Now, with all the modern technology, and higher demand on the resource for food, one boat can catch 100,000 pounds on a trip…We have gotten so efficient, that we can catch them faster than they can reproduce….Or we “target” a species, and deplete it to where the entire food chain the the ocean is in jeopardy. If we continue to remove fish from the ocean at the rate we are now…The fish stocks will collapse, and the ocean will be damaged forever….and the entire planet will be in peril….I am not against commercial fishing, but I am in favor of regulating it to protect our fish stocks from collapse…..

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Your Questions About If You Choose To Take This Mission

December 28, 2013

Ken asks…

How cuban professionals who deffect from medical missions can obtain their trasnscrypts and verifications?

I was a health professional back in Cuba and desserted from a mission, how I don’t know if the medical school will give the verifications and transcrypts that Canadian institutions request. I wonder if US institutions, who know better about Cuban situation, will understand about the Cuban politics of not giving papers to deffectors.

admin answers:

Unfortunately, I think either country US/Canada will require your transcripts from Cuba. You will prob have to switch career’s or change career’s within the medical profession if you chose to stay in Canada/US.

Richard asks…

How does everyone feel about the airport mission in modern warfare 2, No Russian?

I bought the game a couple days ago on ebay and i should have it by saturday… How bad is this mission… My mate says he felt sick while he was playing it.

admin answers:

Seriously, IT’S A GAME.
You walk through an airport shooting virtual characters almost exactly the same as all the other characters in the game except they don’t have guns, big deal. If that kind of things upsets your friend then why is he playing 18+/M rated games?
It certainly did not make me feel ‘sick’ playing that level and should you choose so, you can skip it. But to be quite honest the entire game is pretty violent so if you don’t like that level, why should any of the others levels be of any enjoyment? The game is about killing people. You know this when you buy it. If you don’t like killing people in games, then I’m afraid Modern warfare 2 is not the game for you. If however, you can distinguish between games and reality then it’s a very entertaining game which is in no way marred by that level.

Sandra asks…

How do you make sure your team survives the suicide mission in mass effect 2?

What must be done to make sure all members of your team survive the last mission in mass effect 2?

admin answers:

The ship must be fully upgraded. Talk to your squad members to unlock the upgrades. You also have to do everyone’s loyalty mission, and retain their loyalty with a high paragon/renegade score if they get in to an argument later. Then during the mission you need to choose the right specialists, look up a guide if you want to know exactly who is best. It’s not hard to figure out though.

If you do this, everyone will live. Even if you don’t, it’s possible for everyone to live, just far less likely.

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December 27, 2013

Paul asks…

Do you think Catholics shouldn’t work as police officer?

Do you think as a Catholic, working as a police officer is not recommended, since it is a hazardous job?

admin answers:

22Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
23Are they ministers of Christ? — I speak as a fool — I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.
24From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.
25Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness —
28besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.-2 Corinthians 11

St.Paul suffered for God as an Apostle…does that mean people can not come to ministry..?

Every job has its own difficulties!

Helen asks…

Why don’t people in zombie apocalypse movies just get on a boat and live at sea for the rest of their lives?

I’m not sure of many things in this world, but I’m sure of this…Zombies can’t sail boats.

admin answers:

It’s a phenomenon known as the “Horror movie law”, where the individuals cannot seem to use any common sense, whatsoever.
Another good example is the classic “don’t go in that house!” scene, where the good-looking, but extremely thick protagonist enters a house / room / area, etc, where he / she will obviously run into grave peril, yet proceeds nonetheless.

Ruth asks…

How does Planned Parenthood Dupe the United States?

At a March 1925 international birth control gathering in New York City, a speaker warned of the menace posed by the “black” and “yellow” peril. The man was not a Nazi or Klansman; he was Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a member of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL), which along with other groups eventually became known as Planned Parenthood.

Sanger’s other colleagues included avowed and sophisticated racists. One, Lothrop Stoddard, the author of The Rising Tide of Color against White Supremacy. Stoddard was something of a Nazi enthusiast who described the eugenic practices of the Third Reich as “scientific” and “humanitarian.” And Dr. Harry Laughlin, another Sanger associate and board member for her group, spoke of purifying America’s human “breeding stock” and purging America’s “bad strains.” These “strains” included the “shiftless, ignorant, and worthless class of antisocial whites of the South.”

So says you? (What do you know about Hillary now?)
Read the entire article:
Planned Parenthood did not have a leg to stand on, Margaret could not get anyone to listen, so she recruited MLK, Jr.. and spread her plan through the churches. Ladies and Gentlemen, the devil has always did his work through the unsuspecting innocent, and he is winning, based on the answers I see thus far, and based on how we soon forget.

Yes, we have freedom to choose what we want to do in our personal lives, I agree. Just consider the source.

admin answers:

Planned Parenthood lies to everyone who listens. The subject matter is When does Life begin?
I have heard that the Constitution of Germany, while not acknowledging the existence of God; does not allow abortion because a fetus is a baby scientifically speaking.
Anyone who does NOT agree that a fetus is a baby (scientifically speaking) needs to go steal some bald eagle eggs and smash them on their local courthouse steps. Or sea turtle eggs. Or eggs from any other protected species.
The Lie is that Politics is separate from Religion. In reality, you will vote your religion OR lack of it. Whether you agree with Adolph Hitler or Dr. Martin Luther King, politics and religion are ABSOLUTELY inseparable. Please excuse the idiots on our Supreme Court. They will answer for themselves to a higher power, just as the Nazis did at Nuremberg.
In His Service,
John the Baptist

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