Monday, July 18, 2011

Chapter 4

Chapter 4

I understand ‘collaboration’ in the context of wikis much more so than with Blogs. [p59.]

I agree that Wikipedia can -- almost always is -- the starting point for research, but it should be the student who then digs deeper -- not the teacher -- to support or disavow the accuracy of the entry. [pp.59-60]

The idea of “ … basically building a text for their course[s] …” is a very interesting idea. [p63.]

Obviously, this chapter has lots of tid-bits of information/factoids such as, for example, the origin of the word “wiki” (“wiki-wiki” means “quick” in Hawaiian). [p.55]

Louis J. Sheehan

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bat and Weasels 552.bat.00 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

The Wolf and the Lamb

Wolf, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf's right to eat him. He thus addressed him: "Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me." "Indeed," bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, "I was not then born." Then said the Wolf, "You feed in my pasture." "No, good sir," replied the Lamb, "I have not yet tasted grass." Again said the Wolf, "You drink of my well." "No," exclaimed the Lamb, "I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother's milk is both food and drink to me." Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, "Well! I won't remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations." The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

The Bat and the Weasels

A Bat who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life. The Weasel refused, saying that he was by nature the enemy of all birds. The Bat assured him that he was not a bird, but a mouse, and thus was set free. Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the ground and was caught by another Weasel, whom he likewise entreated not to eat him. The Weasel said that he had a special hostility to mice. The Bat assured him that he was not a mouse, but a bat, and thus a second time escaped.

It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

undistinguished 773.und.000 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

Meanwhile, without any evident cause, the statue of Victory at Camulodunum fell prostrate and turned its back to the enemy, as though it fled before them. Women excited to frenzy prophesied impending destruction; ravings in a strange tongue, it was said, were heard in their Senate-house; their theatre resounded with wailings, and in the estuary of the Tamesa had been seen the appearance of an overthrown town; even the ocean had worn the aspect of blood, and, when the tide ebbed, there had been left the likenesses of human forms, marvels interpreted by the Britons, as hopeful, by the veterans, as alarming. But as Suetonius was far away, they implored aid from the procurator, Catus Decianus. All he did was to send two hundred men, and no more, without regular arms, and there was in the place but a small military force. Trusting to the protection of the temple, hindered too by secret accomplices in the revolt, who embarrassed their plans, they had constructed neither fosse nor rampart; nor had they removed their old men and women, leaving their youth alone to face the foe. Surprised, as it were, in the midst of peace, they were surrounded by an immense host of the barbarians. All else was plundered or fired in the onslaught; the temple where the soldiers had assembled, was stormed after a two days' siege. The victorious enemy met Petilius Cerialis, commander of the ninth legion, as he was coming to the rescue, routed his troops, and destroyed all his infantry. Cerialis escaped with some cavalry into the camp, and was saved by its fortifications. Alarmed by this disaster and by the fury of the province which he had goaded into war by his rapacity, the procurator Catus crossed over into Gaul.

Suetonius, however, with wonderful resolution, marched amidst a hostile population to Londinium, which, though undistinguished by the name of a colony, was much frequented by a number of merchants and trading vessels. Uncertain whether he should choose it as a seat of war, as he looked round on his scanty force of soldiers, and remembered with what a serious warning the rashness of Petilius had been punished, he resolved to save the province at the cost of a single town. Nor did the tears and weeping of the people, as they implored his aid, deter him from giving the signal of departure and receiving into his army all who would go with him. Those who were chained to the spot by the weakness of their sex, or the infirmity of age, or the attractions of the place, were cut off by the enemy. Like ruin fell on the town of Verulamium, for the barbarians, who delighted in plunder and were indifferent to all else, passed by the fortresses with military garrisons, and attacked whatever offered most wealth to the spoiler, and was unsafe for defence. About seventy thousand citizens and allies, it appeared, fell in the places which I have mentioned. For it was not on making prisoners and selling them, or on any of the barter of war, that the enemy was bent, but on slaughter, on the gibbet, the fire and the cross, like men soon about to pay the penalty, and meanwhile snatching at instant vengeance.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

writings 338.wri.992 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

The historical character of Jesus Christ is also attested by the hostile Jewish literature of the subsequent centuries. His birth is ascribed to an illicit ("Acta Pilati" in Thilo, "Codex apocryph. N.T., I, 526; cf. Justin, "Apol.", I, 35), or even an adulterous, union of His parents (Origen, "Contra Cels.," I, 28, 32). The father's name is Panthera, a common soldier (Gemara "Sanhedrin", viii; "Schabbath"', xii, cf. Eisenmenger, "Entdecktes Judenthum", I, 109; Schottgen, "Horae Hebraicae", II, 696; Buxtorf, "Lex. Chald.", Basle, 1639, 1459, Huldreich, "Sepher toledhoth yeshua hannaceri", Leyden, 1705). The last work in its final edition did not appear before the thirteenth century, so that it could give the Panthera myth in its most advanced form. Rosch is of opinion that the myth did not begin before the end of the first century. The later Jewish writings show traces of acquaintance with the murder of the Holy Innocents (Wagenseil, "Confut. Libr.Toldoth", 15; Eisenmenger op. cit., I, 116; Schottgen, op. cit., II, 667), with the flight into Egypt (cf. Josephus, "Ant." XIII, xiii), with the stay of Jesus in the Temple at the age of twelve (Schottgen, op. cit., II, 696), with the call of the disciples ("Sanhedrin", 43a; Wagenseil, op. cit., 17; Schottgen, loc.cit., 713), with His miracles (Origen, "Contra Cels", II, 48; Wagenseil, op. cit., 150; Gemara "Sanhedrin" fol. 17); "Schabbath", fol. 104b; Wagenseil, op.cit., 6, 7, 17), with His claim to be God (Origen, "Contra Cels.", I, 28; cf. Eisenmenger, op. cit., I, 152; Schottgen, loc. cit., 699) with His betrayal by Judas and His death (Origen, "Contra cels.", II, 9, 45, 68, 70; Buxtorf, op. cit., 1458; Lightfoot, "Hor. Heb.", 458, 490, 498; Eisenmenger, loc. cit., 185; Schottgen, loc. cit.,699 700; cf."Sanhedrin", vi, vii). Celsus (Origen, "Contra Cels.", II, 55) tries to throw doubt on the Resurrection, while Toldoth (cf. Wagenseil, 19) repeats the Jewish fiction that the body of Jesus had been stolen from the sepulchre.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

foreigners 992.for.01 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

Foreigners required special documents and had to be registered wherever they lived. There were certain areas they were not allowed to enter. For example, if one had a visa and permission to live in Moscow, one could not stray farther than 20 km from the center of the city without permission from the authorities. A special arm of the NKVD was assigned the task of observing foreigners in Russia.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

dsic 449 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire




About 1500 BC, the Pharaoh of Egypt allowed the Habiru -– mercenary warriors -- to settle in ‘the land of Goshen’ to act as a buffer between the Egyptians and any invading peoples from the East.

In 1352 BC, Akhenaten became Pharaoh.




Within a few years, Akhenaten converted from the traditional ancient Egyptian polytheistic religion to his conceived religion of only one God, i.e., Aten.

Technically, then, all of Egypt became monotheistic, but so many vested interests were threatened that the Habiru were called upon to serve as Akhenaten’s bodyguards. After Akhenaten’s death, Egypt –- but not the Habiru who were always aware of their separateness from Egyptian society -- quickly reverted to the ancient polytheistic religion.

NOTE: Akhenaten’s son, Tutankhamun (“Tut”) became the next Pharoah.


Feeling threatened, a subsequent Pharaoh conscripted (“conscript labor” is a better translation than is “slavery”) the Habiru to do forced labor.



[TRANSITION] Eventually, the Habiru resolved to and did escape from Egypt and eventually settled in Canaan.

Friday, May 14, 2010

mission 332.mis.002 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

Reba Brophy-King is well known in the San Diego area as Society Editor and writer for San Diego Magazine. Each month she reaches thousands of people. She is preparing to reach thousands more with the founding of the San Diego Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

In May 1999, Reba was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and currently a chemotherapy patient. She has made it her mission to lecture before various women's groups about recognizing symptoms, dealing with doctors and HMO's, and being proactive in her own recovery. Her mission has become her passion. Expect to hear much more from Reba as she alerts and encourages women to take care and to stay well.

Reba has been active in the community chairing, working on committees and volunteering for many different non-profit organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Leukemia Society, Rotary International (all of which have been honored by Women's International Center,) Episcopal Community Services and Charter 100.

With the founding of the San Diego Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Reba writes, "If I can save one woman the agony of cancer, I will feel very happy and gratified."

Women's International Center's Honorary Board President and Living Legacy Awards 2000 chair, Sally Thornton and all of us at WIC are honored to present the First Annual Courage in Action Award to Reba Brophy-King, March 11, 2000.