Monday, October 19, 2020

Amazon Order Confirmation Emails No Longer Show Product Description

I noticed perhaps a couple years or months ago that Amazon stopped including in their order confirmation emails the description of the products that you purchased. With pretty much every other e-tailer, I get a full description in the body of the email. It seems common sense.

I would not be surprised if Amazon did this on purpose because of how easy it is to scrape purchasing data off emails. I got this idea from this page (https://mjtsai.com/blog/2020/06/01/unhelpful-amazon-order-confirmation-e-mails/).

It is well known in stores like Target, Walmart, Costco, and even Amazon, that by seeing what the popular items are, they can easily create their own "in-store" branded items at cheaper prices than their competitors, eventually cannibalizing their sales.

With the lax security of probably most people on their smart devices, I'm sure Amazon realized that all the purchasing data could easily be "mined." Maybe by even Google themselves. Perhaps Google was gathering a huge database of frequent purchases or using it to map the behaviors of individuals. Considering the number of employees that travel between Google and Amazon, maybe an ex-Google employee that now works for Amazon informed them of the practices taking place. Perhaps Amazon knows the NSA and other intelligence agencies have been mining the data.

I recall reading that through purchasing analytics, stores are able to tell when you are pregnant with a high degree of accuracy. This is not too far fetched as purchasing newborn diapers and formula suddenly are pretty obvious signs.

If I were an intelligence agency that had access to "meta-data," I would absolutely try and gather the meta-purchasing habits from Gmail and other email accounts. Google already does this for its targeted ads.

I wonder if Google managed to target purchasing ads in the Gmail app to siphon sales away to its advertisers that normally went to Amazon. I'm not exactly sure how Amazon could measure that, but it could be a legitimate enough concern to unilaterally hide all the purchasing history behind a password system.

And, reading this additional article, it discusses it some more, but still everything is opaque, as usual, at Amazon.

"Seeker Friendly" Protestants and Perverting Truth

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

2 Corinthians 11:5-8, ESV

I wonder if Protestants, by their inherent rebellious nature, are predisposed to being liars. Or, if liars tend to be attracted toward Protestantism because they can get away with being liars much easier.

I'm guessing that is the case because of the lack of Church discipline. Liars can simply create their own church and continue their lying without anyone calling them out on it or knowing about their past. I'm guessing that in more hierarchical churches, like Catholicism, they would be at higher risk of getting kicked out.

If this is the case, then as I look back through the high concentration of lying "Pastors" I've experienced in my Protestant life, that I shouldn't necessarily be surprised. I shouldn't be surprised there is such a high concentration of intellectual dishonesty.

Also, if they are liars, then they clearly do not care about Scripture. I think the majority of Protestant Christians I have dealt with have been liars. But, this may be redundant, as most of the Protestants I have interacted with in my life have been intellectually ignorant.

With my latest confrontation with lying Christians that justify their actions because of my "emotional abuse," I have found myself comforted greatly by reading Scripture. I think that's what attracted me to Scripture at a young age. It is very clearly pro-Truth at any cost. Even unto death. 

While those who hate the Truth, want to silence Truth speakers by attempting to claim that the truth you're speaking is "unloving" or other fake morals created in their Church of Nice.

The liars want to separate Truth from Love. They will claim that if you cannot speak Truth in love, then you shouldn't speak at all. This is a complete distortion of the Bible. This is a lie.

Just off the top of my head, Jesus wasn't very "loving" when he called out the Pharisees. Job was not very "loving" when he called out Nineveh. He was quite pissed when they actually repented! Apostle Paul definitely wasn't very "loving" when he told the circumcision party to cut off their dicks.

In fact, I can't seem to find any verse in the Bible that commands that you you should "hide the light" or not speak the Truth because it may be "offensive" or is not "loving." Considering the level of indignation and anger Churchians react when you speak Truth, you would think they would have stronger Biblical justification than 1 Corinthians 13:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Truth, to Churchians, is seen as being unkind, arrogant and rude. How convenient.

I recall a Pastor who used basically made this a motto of his church:

People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Scripture is very clear you do not change or pervert Truth to make it more "seeker friendly":

And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Did Apostle Paul Improperly Call People Out?

By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1 Timothy 1:19-20, ESV

Imagine being Hymenaeus and Alexander. Did Apostle Paul go through the appropriate steps as in Matthew 18:15-17?

How lawless and sinful of Apostle Paul to do so. Where is the due process before Apostle Paul slams these guys for all eternity?

Sometimes you have to call a snake a snake, especially if you are first hand witness. There isn't always an opportunity to go through Matthew 18:15-17. 

What if they refuse to talk to you?

I suppose in Apostle Paul's day, it would be even more impossible to "confront" many of these false teachers since modern communication wasn't readily available.

Koreans do not integrate

Steve Sailer shares an article of a Korean immigrant store owner getting looted by Blacks:

One of the more noticeable aspects of the media’s hyping of 2020’s Racial Reckoning is the need to not mention Asians. For example, you know and I know that high schools for the gifted like Manhattan’s Stuyvesant and the D.C. suburbs’ Thomas Jefferson are dominated by Asians. But that doesn’t fit the Narrative so it is seldom mentioned. Business journalists, however, have a harder time ignoring the Asian in the Living Room.

I have interacted with these Korean immigrants and their children all my life. I can assure you, they are NOT American and have zero interest in integration.

In fact, it's a mark of shame if you do integrate - a betrayal of your blood. I know this, because that's what I chose to do and grew up confused why other Koreans would try to "shame" me from integrating.

I could already tell from a young age that the culture of "Whites" in America was more preferable to my own Korean culture.

This may also have something to do with the fact that most Korean immigrants I interacted with had immigrated to the United States around the 1970s because they had zero economic opportunity or education in Korea. They are generally the less intelligent, red necks of South Korea from the more agricultural areas.

You could say the smart ones stayed in Korea and created the Samsungs, Kias, K-pops, and all the other high IQ businesses we are now seeing out of Korea today.

I have talked to Koreans who were raised in Korea, and are completely shocked at how the older, immigrant class of Korean-Americans are so backward and yockelish.

The children of these red-neck Koreans tend to embrace the Leftist propaganda from their public schools and Universities they attend. How could they know any differently when they don't at least have some grand parents or parents that remember a time prior to convergence of the education system and can provide a counter-narrative? The Koreans also tend to focus on the major cities where they started their small businesses.

Perhaps for me, my saving grace was the fact that I took to the Bible very early on and "took it too literally." I realize today, I did not take it literally enough.

Or probably a combination of a 130 IQ and a general "fuck you" attitude. While in college, I knew I was going into the Air Force ("C's get Degrees"), and knew I wasn't going to see most of these jokers after stationed at my first base. Then, just prior to entering the Air Force, I wanted to bail out to work with my mother in her hotel business, but was threatened with being force enlisted. So I joined to the headache of many supervisors over the two years of Active Duty I "served."

Refuse to enroll younger widows

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. For some have already strayed after Satan. If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

1 Timothy 5

If Apostle Paul was this strict about "young widows," then he probably is even more strict toward all those teen moms who have baby daddies still alive. I'm sure it's even worse for the single moms in their position because they divorced their Christian husbands. 

Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

Newly divorced single moms who live entirely off child support and welfare? Check.

Somewhere down the line in our culture, single moms became victims that Churchians must rescue from their own bad choices. Perhaps a bleed over from government programs and women's suffrage.

I am guessing that in Apostle Paul's day that there was no welfare, child support, and alimony payments. In this case, I think Apostle Paul would be even less sympathetic toward the plight of young widows and single moms of today.

It is quite impossible to tell a Churchian that they are only aiding the open rebellion and sin of many of these single moms and young widows.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

2 John 1:6, ESV

Sometimes you have to be mean in order to love God and obey his commandments. They seem to be one in the same.

The meanness you have to do is stated a couple verses later:

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

 

God Emperor Trump's Tweets are Preserved by the US National Archives

I was thinking about how I am able to read letters and words from 2,000 years ago and thinking about how I hope people could read Donald Trump's tweets 2,000 years from now.

I think that'd be really funny.

I can think of many historical figures I would've loved reading tweets of. 

I wonder how the National Archives preserves the tweets. Are they printed on archival paper? In color?

Could you imagine illuminated manuscripts of the tweets of Donald Trump?

What a time to be alive.

If they ever publish a book of his tweets, I will buy it in goat skin.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A Lot of Wasted Time Reading Stupid, Pentecostal Books

From about mid 2002 to the end of 2003, I read about 20 books besides classes. This may had been around the peak of my Charismaniac phase. I wrote a journal of the various books I read and my thoughts on them.

The AFI had a top 100 films of all time that I had watched quite a few. I wish Goodreads was around so I could've focused on the quality books. I simply had bad direction on what were the books I "should" read as a Christian.

I recall reading some books based on the recommendation of my Charismatic pastor which is where most of these come from. I still have respect for his true belief, but his recommended reading list definitely steered me in the wrong direction.

If I still owned these books, I may do a ceremonial book burning based on how disgusted I am now looking back at this.

UPDATE: OK, some weren't complete loser books. The Case for Faith was very beneficial to me and the Case for Christ.



Annacondia, Carlos.  Listen to Me, Satan. 

           

            FINISHED:     March 15, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

NOTES:          Inspiring book to read about God’s deliverance of people and helped me to see even more the spiritual warfare that’s taking place in today.

 

 

Best, Harold.  Music Through The Eyes of Faith.

           

            FINISHED:     Never

            REVIEW:        Not Recommended

            NOTES:          The book is way too long winded.  It also didn’t tell me any information that was like “oh wow, amazing.”

 

 

Boom, Corrie Ten.  The Hiding Place.

 

            FINISHED:     Late 2002.

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          Incredible story about forgiveness!  And a great adventure too!

 

 

Brother Andrew.  God’s Smuggler.

           

            FINISHED:     June 10, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

NOTES:          A book about extreme and radical faith.  Brother Andrew prayed and waited in expectancy for the Lord to answer.  This book challenged me in many ways on how I looked toward God’s action in a modern world.

 

 

Brother Yun.  The Heavenly Man

 

            FINISHED:     August, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          The amazing testimonies contained in this book will blow your mind.  If you don’t think miracles happen today, like ones that can’t be explained away, then read this book.

 

 

Fee, Gordon D.  Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God.

 

            FINISHED:     July 27, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

NOTES:          God used this book to teach me right after field training on the airplane about the fruits of the spirit being only possible by the spirit.  In other words, if I didn’t have the Spirit, then I wouldn’t be able to express those fruits.  The true joy and hope I experienced would not had been possible without the Spirit living within me.  Also, God used the book to teach me about self-control and hungering for the possibilities of the Spirit and necessity of the Spirit.

 

 

Foster, Richard J.  Celebration of Discipline

 

            FINISHED:     October 30, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          This book encouraged me and gave me hunger to seek after God.  It was through this book that I had a breakthrough with God while using my imagination in meditation which can be described in my “Thoughts” for the month of October.  Thanks to James Chi for letting me borrow this book.

 

 

Hinn, Benny.  The Blood. 

 

            FINISHED:     Early May 2003

            REVIEW:        Okay

            NOTES:          Very good basic doctrine emphasizing the incredible power that is

within the blood of Jesus Christ.  Don’t expect intellectual fulfillment from this.

 

 

Hughes, R. Kent.  The Sermon On the Mount:  The Message of the Kingdom.

           

            FINISHED:     December 14, 2002

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          Great, solid teaching!  Like reading a really really good sermon that challenged me to look at my dependence and humbleness toward God.  Blessed are the meek, for theirs is the kingdom!  Amen!

 

 

Hunter, Charles & Frances.  How To Heal People.

           

            FINISHED:     December 20, 2002

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          This book has challenged me to start praying for the sick and truly believing with faith that God will heal them.

 

 

Lewis, C.S.  An Experiment in Criticism.

 

            FINISHED:     September 13, 2003

            REVIEW:        Recommended

            NOTES:          I skimmed through portions of this book because it didn’t interest me in terms of subject.  There were snippets however which I found very intriguing and great lessons in regarding that life is very different than a “fiction” book.  Where fiction is made up of highlights in a person’s life, real life is filled with many boring moments.  That’s the difficulty of life.

 

 

Olson, Bruce.  Bruchko.

 

            FINISHED:     September 14, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          Amazing story that gives many great insights on the practical impact Christ has on people in general.  Bruchko points out that Christ is not something to be told within one’s own cultural perspective, but from the perspective of the person being told to.  Trying to share Christ is not necessarily something you can do out of the cold to be effective, but must be done after gaining the trust of the individual and after long periods of seemingly boring activity.

 

 

Quinn, Daniel.  Ishmael.

 

            FINISHED:     September 4, 2003

            REVIEW:        Okay

            NOTES:          This book reaches the ultimate conclusion of the purpose of humanity if one were to have an atheist and macroevolution outlook toward life.  It’s reached through a dialogue between a man and a half-ton gorilla.

 

 

Sherrill, John L.  They Speak with Other Tongues.  New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1964. 

 

FINISHED:     April 3, 2003

REVIEW:        Recommended

NOTES:          Very inspiring and informative reading about the experience of tongues.

 

 

Stanley, Andy.  Visioneering.

 

FINISHED:     October 21, 2002

REVIEW:        Okay

NOTES:          Good practical advice.  The main problem is that it doesn’t talk about how one would get a vision, because ultimately God is the only one who can give you a vision.  I already know what to do with it once I have it though!  This book, however, challenged me to look within and see if there was a vision within me that possibly died.

 

 

Strobel, Lee.  The Case for Faith.

 

            FINISHED:     November 5, 2003

            REVIEW:        Recommended

            NOTES:          This is my second time reading through, with the first time being in late 2001.  I found the second time not as fulfilling, but Strobel wrote this book well so it goes along like a story with dialogue.  There are some interesting things in here that I forgot, but I enjoyed how I recognized some of the authors that he mentions.

 

 

Unger, Merrill F.  New Testament Teaching on Tongues.  Grand Rapids: Kregal Publications, 1971. 

 

FINISHED:     April 5, 2003

REVIEW:        Not recommended

NOTES:          Against the belief of any miracles in modern days and the author seems to change his mind later in life by going to the charismatic “dark” side.

 

 

Watkins, Williams D.  The New Absolutes.

           

            FINISHED:     Summer 2002

            REVIEW:        Recommended

            NOTES:          This guy doesn’t mind calling what the degrading morality standards of America what they are.  Watkins makes bold statements about the breakdown of our society in relation to the breakdown of morality by pointing toward empirical evidence.  I was agreeing with him most of the way through.

 

 

Yancey, Philip.  What’s So Amazing About Grace?. 

           

            FINISHED:     March 24, 2003
            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

NOTES:          Incredible book that teaches the incredible grace of God.  This should be mandatory for all Korean-Americans!!!  Also, this book taught about homosexuals a little bit and the love they deserve, and this hits home for my experiences.

 

 

Yoshikawa, Eiji.  Musashi. 

 

            FINISHED:     Page 493/970, September 2003

            REVIEW:        Okay

            NOTES:          Great picture of the human side of passion as an individual strives to be the best Samurai.  But I had to stop after I noticed the adult material in the book was steering my mind toward the rated “R” realm.  Plus, I was getting slightly bored, being driven to finish the book simply for the sake of finishing what I started.


90+ Books I Bought From the Amazon.com Sale: Buy 2 Get 1 Free

Amazon is doing a sale where if you buy 3 books that qualify, the lowest price is free.

Here is my referral link: https://amzn.to/3lHpW1O

Because I am building a physical book collection of hardcovers, and because my ex took most of the hardcovers with her, I have to essentially build my library from scratch. Because of the way it was structured, I had be careful about grouping my purchases into groups of 3, so that the lowest wasn't too divergent from the other groups of two.

The section I found of particular interest was under Books --> Literature & Fiction --> Classics

I then selected only Hardcovers, except in Children's books.

Here's the list of books I purchased from cheapest to most expensive. Happy hunting!


Dog Man 6$4.49
Are You My Mother ?$5.00
There's a Wocket in my Pocket$5.00
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish$5.23
The Cat in the Hat$5.90
Fox in Socks$5.98
Charlotte's Web$6.40
The Hiccupotamus$6.59
Dog Man 5$6.74
Green Eggs and Ham$6.84
The Wind in the Willows$6.95
Dog Man 4$6.99
Dog Man 9$7.79
Where's Waldo?$7.99
The Rainbow Fish$8.13
Dog Man 8$8.35
Dog Man 7$8.49
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go$8.98
Oh, The Places You'll Go$8.98
The Giving Tree$8.99
Meditations$9.39
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer$9.49
Alice in Wonderland$9.95
Journey to the Center of the Earth$9.95
Complete Sherlock Homes$10.49
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn$10.82
Where the Sidewalk Ends$10.99
The Complete Fiction of HP Lovecraft$11.49
The Divine Comedy$11.66
Aesop's Fables$11.98
Don Quijote$11.99
Mansfield Park$11.99
Little Women$11.99No longer available?
The Outsiders$12.19
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales$12.89
Pilgrim's Progress$12.99
The Hunchback of Notre Dame$12.99
Oliver Twist$12.99
Where the Wild Things Are$13.20
Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy World$13.99
Moby-Dick$14.49
The Perks of Being a Wallflower$14.49
Frankenstein$14.69
Brave New World$14.69
A Christmas Carol$14.99
Sense and Sensibility$15.99
The Stranger$16.29
Animal Farm: 1984$16.59
Dog Man: The Epic Collection: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1-3 Boxed Set)$16.89
Jane Eyre$17.29
Gone With the Wind$17.99
The War of the Worlds$17.99SKIP, there is $6.29 copy
The Idiot$17.99
Peter Pan$18.39$13.80 copy available
The Odyssey$18.99
Pride and Prejudice$18.99
War and Peace$20.99
Nancy Drew Starter Set - Books 1-5$21.20
Hardy Boys Starter Set - Books 1-5 (The Hardy Boys)$21.66
Dune$21.99
Emma$22.00
Musashi$24.99


UPDATE:
They added more, so I purchased about 30 more books. Here's the updated list.

Dog Man 6$4.49
Are You My Mother ?$5.00
There's a Wocket in my Pocket$5.00
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish$5.23
The Cat in the Hat$5.90
Fox in Socks$5.98
Charlotte's Web$6.40
The Hiccupotamus$6.59
Dog Man 5$6.74
Green Eggs and Ham$6.84
The Wind in the Willows$6.95
Dog Man 4$6.99
Dog Man 9$7.79
Where's Waldo?$7.99
The Rainbow Fish$8.13
Dog Man 8$8.35
Dog Man 7$8.49
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go$8.98
Oh, The Places You'll Go$8.98
The Giving Tree$8.99
Meditations$9.39
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer$9.49
Alice in Wonderland$9.95
Journey to the Center of the Earth$9.95
The Old Man and the Sea$9.99
Complete Sherlock Homes$10.49
Grumpy Monkey10.62
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn$10.82LINKED to Little Women
Where the Sidewalk Ends$10.99
The Complete Fiction of HP Lovecraft$11.49LINKED to Little Women
The Divine Comedy$11.66
The Picture of Dorian Gray$11.69
Aesop's Fables$11.98
Don Quijote$11.99
Mansfield Park$11.99
Little Women$11.99Not Avaliable To Purchase Again
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales: An Illustrated Classic11.99
The Outsiders$12.19
The Catcher In the Rye$12.49
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales$12.89
Pilgrim's Progress$12.99
The Hunchback of Notre Dame$12.99
Oliver Twist$12.99
Where the Wild Things Are$13.20
Crime and Punishment$13.73
Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy World$13.99
Flowers for Algernon$14.29
Moby-Dick$14.49
The Perks of Being a Wallflower$14.49
Frankenstein$14.69
Brave New World$14.69
Jonathan Livingston Seagull14.79Used for $5.99
A Christmas Carol$14.99
Sense and Sensibility$15.99
The Handmaid's Tale$15.99
The Stranger$16.29
Neuromancer$16.39
Animal Farm: 1984$16.59
The Remains of the Day$16.59
Dog Man: The Epic Collection: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1-3 Boxed Set)$16.89
Jules Verne (Leather-bound Classics)$16.89
H. G. Wells: Six Novels$16.99
Jane Eyre$17.29
A Clockwork Orange$17.79
Gone With the Wind$17.99
The Idiot$17.99
Peter Pan$18.39$13.80 copy available
The Left Hand of Darkness$18.49Maybe???
The Odyssey$18.99
Pride and Prejudice$18.99
To Kill a Mockingbird$18.99
A Tale of Two Cities$18.99
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Macmillan Collector's Library)$18.99
Lolita$18.99
Gulliver's Travels$19.79
Tarzan of the Apes$20.00
The Brothers Karamazov$20.49
The Chronicles of Narnia$20.70Set Available for $53.67, ignore
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest$20.88
War and Peace$20.99
Catch-22$20.99
Nancy Drew Starter Set - Books 1-5$21.20
The Godfather$21.49
Hardy Boys Starter Set - Books 1-5 (The Hardy Boys)$21.66
Dune$21.99
Emma$22.00
For Whom the Bell Tolls$22.99
Anna Karenina$23.23
Musashi$24.99
The Count of Monte Cristo$25.14
Persuasion$26.15
Les Miserables$27.49Used-Very Good, $13.11
Atlas Shrugged$27.99
The Silmarillion$29.92

UPDATE: 
Adventures of Pinocchio, The [Ilustrated with Interactive Elements]$21.99
Peter Pan (Illustrated with Interactive Elements)$18.39
The Iliad (Graphic Novel)$20.94