by Anura Guruge
>> Did Francis pray for Argentina
>> — July 5, 2014.
>> PLEASE pray for Argentina —
>> July 15, 2014.
>> Francis’ prayer at Wailing
>> Wall — May 30, 2014.
>> Francis prays for Iraq —
>> June 16, 2014.
>> Francis “Prayer of ‘WHY’” —
>> Nov. 22, 2013.
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Though he loves to say the darndest things, and whatever you may think about this pope, you cannot deny that he sure does appear to have a heart of gold.
Plus, as pope, as I know, he is supposed to pray. That is definitely in his contract. So, I understand that he has to pray and do so publicly.
And, yes, yes, yes … I am more than aware of the “God doesn’t micromanage”, “God gave us free will”, “All part of God’s grand plan”, “You are much too stupid to understand what God has in store for us” etc. etc. Fine. In that case why does the Pope pray? He should keep quiet!
If you check my posts on this blog about prayer you will see that I did grow up in a house where I was surrounded by grownups that prayed, incessantly, and made vows to various gods, probably on a daily basis. So, I got to see prayers in action first hand. That is why, as I got older, I became skeptical. Then there was the November 2012 Catholic debacle. The U.S. Catholic bishops had a campaign of prayer to ensure Mormon Mitts victory. Again, this surprised me, because these are the same folks that say “God doesn’t micromanage”. So why pray? So we all know how successful those prayers were.
Then Francis. He is trying. But his prayers does not seem to be working. I feel BAD for him. It must hurt him, deeply. It must keep him up at night.
I, of course, have my own thoughts and ideas about prayer — which must be fairly easy to workout. What I want to know is whether this pope, with his fondness for candor, will ever make a statement that questions the efficacy of his prayers.
by Anura Guruge
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If you live in New Hampshire and have a TDS telephone line (‘landline’) — as I do — I can tell you for a fact, irrefutable to beat, that when you make ‘long distance’ calls, even intra-state, at some point, your traffic will go across FairPoint Communications’ “lines”. Yep. You think you have TDS, but TDS subcontracts with FairPoint. It even gets better, though we are paying for a ‘landline’, thinking that we will still get good old-fashioned POTS, that is NOT the case. At some point there will invariably be SOME VoIP (Voice over IP), i.e., digitized voice across the Internet, involved!
I am not making this up. I was told all of this, quite recently, by a friendly and helpful, local TDS technician who helps us quite a bit with our multiple TDS lines.
If you have a TDS phone line and occasionally experience dropped calls (just like on a cell) — particularly when the call is getting connected — BLAME VoIP! It is actually part of a devious plan by the Telcos. They use a ‘least cost’ algorithm when establishing and maintaining calls across VoIP. Basically a standard feature of routers — which can then be ‘provisioned’ and programmed. Part of the algorithm, and I kid YOU NOT, is to drop calls. That saves money.
From what I can gather TDS is not alone in this. All of this now applies to all Telcos. There are no ‘dedicated’ phone lines so to speak — at least for consumers. I am sure that they have them for certain U.S. ‘agencies’ and for the DoD — as they should. But, VoIP is here to stay.
So the FairPoint strike could have broader repercussions, in New Hampshire, than people realize.
Coincidentally, or otherwise, FairPoint customers, over the last week, have had Internet issues! Hhmmm.
I haven’t checked the law but I hope that there are some laws that say that UTILITIES, think ‘electric’, cannot be turned off due to a labor strike. IF so I would hope that ‘telco’ is considered a utility as it is — and by that also Internet access. I don’t know what I will do if I lose Internet access for more than a couple of days due to a strike. Yes, I have gone for 3 days or more without Internet, but that is about the limit.