Podcast #8 – Introductions – Part 3

Harold Camping in 2008

Harold Camping in 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

J.Q. Useless concludes his introductory / personal testimony sequence, touching on Harold Camping’s prediction of the second coming of Christ in 1994, 9/11 and 9/11 truth movements, the financial crisis of 2008, and truth radio as they have related to his walk with Christ and his drive to explore the New World Order and related issues from a Christian, end-times prophecy perspective.

Podcast #7: J.Q. Useless Guest Appearance on The Alembic Files

Portrait of en:Philip Freneau

Portrait of en:Philip Freneau (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this third segment of “Poetic Perplexities: Emerging Visions of Global Empitre?”, a continuing series on The Alembic Files, J.Q. Useless joins A.L. Aric to explore the perplexing life and career of Philip Freneau, the late 18th/early 19th century poet, sea captain, journalist, newspaper editor and friend or associate of many of the founding fathers, including Madison and Jefferson.

Freneau, who is reputed among some literary critics as “the father of American poetry,” is of particular interest to the general subject matter of The Alembic Files because he is also purported to have been “the Anti-Federalist poet.” By examining the content of selected poems of Freneau in the context biographical information and the surrounding historical milieu, A.L. and J.Q. explore the notion that Freneau may have been something quite different.

Is it even accurate to characterize Freneau, an early sympathizer with the French Revolution, as an Anti-Federalist at all? If so, we are arguably looking at a form of Anti-Federalism very different  from what those who study The Anti-Federalist Papers are familiar with–especially given Freneau’s engagement with Jacobinism which, at the peak of the French Revolution, led to a powerful state regime that prefigures many of the characteristics of the totalitarian systems that emerged in the 20th century.

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Reading material:

http://thinkorbeeaten.com/007vyz/freneau.pdf

http://thinkorbeeaten.com/007vyz/departure.rtf

Podcast #5: J.Q. Useless Guest Appearance on The Alembic Files with A.L. Aric

Joel Barlow

Joel Barlow, co-author of The Anarchiad (Photo credit: dbking)

Poetic Perplexities: Visions of Global Empire? Part 2

It is widely understood that artists, including poets and prose writers, possess an acute “cultural radar” that enables them to sense what may lie ahead. How long after the federation of the 13 states did they envision this new country as a possible candidate for empire? Join A.L. Aric as he hosts J.Q. Useless on The Alembic Files, in this second of a multi-part series looking into this question. This segment focuses centrally on The Anarchiad, a long-form satirical poem supporting the Federalist cause and the ratification of the new constitution, published serially in New England newspapers by The Hartford Wits, a group of poets who first began collaborating when they formed a literary society at Yale University. The discussion also touches on other topics of the time such as Shay’s Rebellion and the racist attitude of New England elites toward the American Indian population.

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Literary excerpts to be covered:

http://shaysrebellion.stcc.edu/shaysapp/person.do?shortName=luke_day

http://thinkorbeeaten.com/007vyz/morse_16-18.rtf

http://thinkorbeeaten.com/007vyz/anarchiad_preface.rtf

http://thinkorbeeaten.com/007vyz/anarchiad.rtf

Podcast #4: J.Q. Useless Guest Appearance on The Alembic Files with A.L. Aric

Jedidiah_Morse_by_Samuel_Finley_Breese_Morse

Jedidiah Morse, 18th-Century American minister, geographer, educator, author and–last, but not least–conspiracy theorist, in a portrait painted by his son, Samuel Finley Breese Morse.

Poetic Perplexities: Visions of Global Empire? Part 1

It is widely understood that artists, including poets and prose writers, possess an acute “cultural radar” that enables them to sense what may lie ahead. How long after the federation of the 13 states did they envision this new country as a possible candidate for empire? Join A.L. Aric as he hosts J.Q. Useless on The Alembic Files, in this first of a multi-part series looking into this question.

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Literary excerpts to be covered:

http://thinkorbeeaten.com/007vyz/morse_16-18.rtf

http://thinkorbeeaten.com/007vyz/anarchiad_preface.rtf

http://thinkorbeeaten.com/007vyz/anarchiad.rtf

Global Cataclysm? Or Peace and Safety?

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need
that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly
that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child;
and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness,
that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light,
and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
–1 Thessalonians 5:1-7 (KJV)

English: Folio 18 recto, beginning of the Epis...

English: Folio 18 recto, beginning of the Epistle to Thessalonians, decorated headpiece (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that many Christians, if not most, who believe we are already in or rapidly approaching the end times–especially those of us who spend a lot of time looking at current events through lenses like the New World Order concept–are always on the lookout for major, tumultuous events and global cataclysms. And, yes–of course there is a biblical basis for watching for signs like wars, rumors of war, and natural disasters as the “beginnings of the birth pangs,” as indications that, for example, the emergence of the false prophet and the revealing of the Antichrist may be near.

But let’s stop and think for a moment. What about that passage above that says that says “the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them?”

We look at what we see as signs of an apparent–and seemingly rather sudden–escalation of blatant evil in the world, like a zombie eating someone’s face off, or a formerly respected public figure being exposed as a rabid pedophile, and conclude that, perhaps, a new level of diabolical influence has been loosed in the world as the last days near.

But could we be making a mistake by looking at the blatant, the appalling, the cataclysmic? Could it be that, instead, it is gradual, incremental change that people barely notice that will be the true mechanism for the setup of the great deception, the strong delusion, the great falling away, and the emergence of the beast system?

In Genesis we read not that the serpent was the most blatantly, obviously evil creature in the garden, but, rather, that he was the most subtle creature. Could it be that the big things are diversions, and that what we really should be watchful of are little, gradual, subtle changes that could slowly but surely lull us  back to a sense of complacency–especially if we begin to see a wind-down to something more like what we once knew as “normalcy” after a period so tumultuous as the last five or so years?

What if we, counter-intuitively, and without first passing through some major calamity, soon find ourselves back in social and economic circumstances that are beginning to restore a sense of “peace and safety” that many of us may have had a few years ago?

I’m really beginning to wonder.

JQ

Podcast Debut – Thoughts from a Useless Eater #1

Welcome to the premier episode of the Thoughts from a Useless Eater Podcast! This first, 20-minute segment will:

  1. Introduce the intended focus, purpose, and subject matter of the podcast
  2. Briefly examine the history of the term “Useless Eater” as associated with elitist points of view
  3. Begin to share some personal Christian testimony related to the subject matter

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JQ