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10-minute email made the following clarification with respect to his comments. After reading it however, both links mentioned seemed relevant. Thus this author opted to continue with the original version plus mentioning the new link.

“Thank you for sharing my last comment, Brother Will Smith. Upon re-reading it, I discovered that I was so emotional and tearful that I had pasted the wrong link into my comment! (Actually, I might talk about Crosscheck anyway.)

Anyway, I had meant to post this article from The New York Review of Books: ( http://www2.nybooks.com/daily/s3/nov/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival.html “

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ii received two interesting comments, one from dear Mario and another from 10-minute email.  Both reads are very interesting and I’d like to share it with you.

From Mario:

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Baba Vanga, Bulgarian Clairvoyant

“To those who believe in predictions, here’s one:

A blind Bulgarian mystic known as ‘the Nostradamus of the Balkans who is credited with accurate predictions – such as foreseeing 9/11 – said that Barack Obama would be the ‘last President’.

Baba Vanga, who died in 1996 aged 85, said that the 44th President would be the last, and the 45th would never take office.

She wrote, ‘Everyone will put their hopes in him to end it, but the opposite will happen; he will bring the country down.’

Vanga is credited with correctly predicting global warming in 1955, and with predicting the Boxing Day tsunami, writing that a ‘huge wave’ would smash into a ‘big coast, covering people and towns and (causing) everything to disappear under the water.’

She is known as ‘the Nostradamus of the Balkans’ due to a supposed 85% success rate.

A pinch of salt is advised: Vanga also prophesied that World War III would begin in 2010, and that Bulgaria would get to the 1994 World Cup final.

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And here’s from 10-minute email:

“I would like to confess that my good times cannot properly align with yours because I am too young to have known some of the things you’ve mentioned. The reason I know and enjoy some of them is that I have an insatiable interest in various cultures and histories. My open-mindedness leads to an understanding of different people and their perspectives, but not to the point where I lose myself and my own beliefs.

That said, your article was very refreshing and reminded me of story-time with my parents and elderly brethren, as well as my own childhood experiences growing up as a member of the Church of Christ. I remember when Brother Jun Samson was assigned in the Locale of New Jersey, which later became specifically the Locale of Elizabeth, NJ. I remember how he’s touched not only my life but my family’s life. I remember him and other caring, kind, peaceful, and understanding ministers of the gospel of truth–Brothers Louie Cayabyab and Vincent Florida, and their families as well, and how they also truly touched my life.

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The Crosscheck program, started by Kris Kobach, has spread to over two dozen states, tagging more than 7 million voters as possibly suspect. Christopher Smith/Washington Post/Getty

It took me some time to reply here because there’s been much commotion since the US election results. Since Trump’s election and Clinton’s concession, there have been articles upon articles trying to figure out what went wrong with all the predictions, how Trump could’ve won, and the reasons Trump had any support at all given his rhetoric, temperament, and actual behavior. Feelings of hopelessness, powerlessness, and defeat are on the rise. (And then, I read this article – http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-gops-stealth-war-against-voters-w435890 – and felt a little horrified at the parallels I could draw. Actually, let me continue with that.)

Between the goings-on throughout the world and the things happening in our beloved church, I feel a lot of pain that has gone unaddressed and that I cannot express to others around me. And that is why I began to reply here in the first place–it is the only ‘safe’ place I can do so, hopefully without destroying what is in a delicate balance all around me. Things have been very hard, and I have been hiding so many tears, and of course, I share these things with God. I pray and share my burdens with God and ask our Lord Jesus Christ for strength, courage, endurance, and wisdom. I ask them to show me whether or not what I’m doing is wrong, because our church lessons so rarely remind us anything beyond submission, offering, and propagation.

But Brother Will Smith, and anyone else who reads this: it is so hard to feel like I am so alone. The offices that I once had, to make a long story short, I don’t have them anymore. So many of my friends and great role models have been expelled, and sometimes I think that not having my offices is God’s way of actually protecting me from expulsion, because maybe He has another plan in store for me. But I have so much ‘survivor’s guilt’, so to speak, though I honestly wouldn’t know what. And while I surrender myself to God and am trying to do what He wants, to the best of my knowledge, I guess I just wanted to express my feelings because I’m having so much trouble processing them on my own.

Thanks for being here, all of you.”

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