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King James I - Monopolies Seller

The English government was in financial turmoil when King James I discovered that he could make a tremendous amount of money by selling licenses for the exclusive public control of a product, a trade, or even a government service, like the inspection of tobacco or collection of customs. As one scholar reported, in the early seventeenth century a typical Englishman lived in a house built with monopoly bricks; heated by monopoly coal. His clothes are held up by monopoly belts, monopoly buttons, monopoly pins. He ate monopoly butter, monopoly currants, monopoly red herrings, monopoly salmon, and monopoly lobsters. The holders of monopolies had the exclusive right to sell these items and charged as much as people would pay for them.[i] Sound familiar?
Don’t forget that King James I was also responsible for the creation of the famous King James Version of the Bible, which is officially called the “Authorized Version.” Why did he want a new translation of the Bible? If his version was the “a…

Sugar, Slaves, Political Corruption, Huge Profits & Christian Religions - WWJD?

One of the most profitable investments for early capitalists was sugar. Columbus brought sugarcanes from Portuguese Madeira on his second voyage. The Portuguese brought sugar cultivation from Sao Tome off the West African coast to their New World colony of Brazil in the early 16th century.[1]  Quickly exhausting the gold deposits on Santo Domingo, settlers turned to the production of sugar as a surer source of profit. Sugar’s desirability and rarity did for the islands of the West Indies what oil later did for the Middle East: It gave them a monopoly of a commodity whose demand continued to climb for two centuries.[2]
Sugar was instantly popular in Europe. Soon the English, Dutch, and French seized Caribbean islands of their own during the 17th century to exploit this new and lucrative crop. Sugar did more than furnish calories and sweetness; it made possible storing fruits and vegetables throughout the year. There were only three ways to keep food before artificial refrigeration: salt…

The Spirit Behind the Game of Monopoly

Monopoly was originally created by Lizzie Magie in 1904 and called "The Landlord's Game." The object of the game was to demonstrate how rents enrich property owners and impoverish tenants. She knew that some people find it hard to understand why it happened and to show people what might be done about it. She thought that if Georgist ideas (Henry George) were put into the concrete form of a game, they might be easier to demonstrate to people.[i]
Henry George inspired thephilosophyandeconomic ideologyknown asGeorgism, which is that everyone owns what he or she creates, but that everything found innature, most importantlyland, belongs equally to all humanity.Henry George’s first book, “Progress and Poverty: An inquiry into the cause of industrial depressions and of increase of want with increase of wealth” was self-published in 1879. It went on to become the best-selling book ever on political economy, and in the 1880s and 1890s was said to be outsold only by the Bible.[ii]
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The sons of ELOHIYM and beautiful human females

"It came to pass when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of ELOHIYM saw that the daughters of the men were beautiful, and they took for themselves women of whomsoever they chose." (Genesis 6:1-2)
The ancient world had many myths telling of sexual relations between male gods and human women that produced children who were regarded as half-gods or were raised to the full status of deities. The Torah, however, doesn't mention the creation of any other gods prior to the above verses. There are also no references to the creation of angels. But, if you read popular commentaries on these verses you find many references to gods and angels. 
So, what do you think the ancient author had in mind, if it wasn't the same message as that of the popular themes of ancient pagan myths?

Jesus Never Went to Church

Jesus never went to church. He did not found the First Christian Church of Jerusalem. The place you would find Jesus on the Sabbath was a synagogue. What happens during a synagogue service? I have met a lot of people that assume that a synagogue service must be about the same a church service when they read the above verse. So, they picture Jesus at a church service and move on with their reading. But the synagogue is not like the church.
In Luke 4  we find a record of one of his regular visits to a synagogue. By knowing what takes place at every synagogue service the words recorded in Luke take on new meanings. Did he change the words of Isaiah or was his copy different than the Isaiah in your Bible? Find out why the people from his hometown called him the "son of Joseph" and why they wanted to stone him. 
Read "Jesus and the Synagogue" at -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/BHC%20Newsletters/bhcnews.htm

Fake Tablets

Jim Davila wrote: "The Greek is lifted nonsensically from an inscription published in 1958. The forger couldn’t tell the difference between the Greek letters alpha and lambda. The Hebrew script is taken from the same inscription. The Hebrew text is in “code,” i.e., is gibberish. The “Jesus” face is taken from a well-known mosaic. The charioteer is taken from a fake coin. The crocodile has a suspicious resemblance to a plastic toy." 


Read complete article at -- http://tomverenna.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/the-inscription-from-madaba-lead-codices-and-the-mona-lisa-of-galilee/