What I’m Crunching — May 14, 2023

Books I’m Reading

JFK And The Unspeakable

I heard about this book on a podcast with Democratic Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. I’ve been listening to the audiobook edition. It is incredible so far. The author pulls from reams of memos, private correspondence (including many letters between JFK and then USSR Premier Nikita Khrushchev), and recently unclassified investigative reports.

JFK’s assassination is shrouded in mystery and conspiracy. Douglass here is pulling back the curtain and revealing what he believes answers the question, “Why was JFK assassinated and why does it matter?”

Morning And Evening: Daily Readings

Reading a snippet from Spurgeon’s classic daily devotional is part of my morning routine. I’m up around 6:00 am and after reading some of the Scripture (right now I’m in 2 Chronicles) I see what Spurgeon had to say. Saturday’s (May 13) entry was so good I had to share it here:

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
—Psalm 30:5

Christian! If thou art in a night of trial, think of the morrow; cheer up thy heart with the thought of the coming of thy Lord. Be patient, for:

“Lo! He comes with clouds descending.”

Be patient! The Husbandman waits until he reaps his harvest. Be patient; for you know who has said, “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be.” If you are never so wretched now, remember:

“A few more rolling suns, at most,
Will land thee on fair Canaan’s coast.”

Thy head may be crowned with thorny troubles now, but it shall wear a starry crown ere long; thy hand may be filled with cares—it shall sweep the strings of the harp of heaven soon. Thy garments may be soiled with dust now; they shall be white by-and-by. Wait a little longer. Ah! how despicable our troubles and trials will seem when we look back upon them! Looking at them here in the prospect, they seem immense; but when we get to heaven we shall then:

“With transporting joys recount,
The labours of our feet.”

Our trials will then seem light and momentary afflictions. Let us go on boldly; if the night be never so dark, the morning cometh, which is more than they can say who are shut up in the darkness of hell. Do you know what it is thus to live on the future—to live on expectation—to antedate heaven? Happy believer, to have so sure, so comforting a hope. It may be all dark now, but it will soon be light; it may be all trial now, but it will soon be all happiness. What matters it though “weeping may endure for a night,” when “joy cometh in the morning?”

Articles I’m Reading

The Sahel – Finishing the Task (Lausanne Movement)

Mapped: The 7 Governments the U.S. Has Overthrown (Foreign Policy)

Quote I’m Pondering

“For one thing, Bitcoin Maximalism in particular is similar to Woke Capital in its fundamentalism. The main difference is that maximalism is zealous mononumism (devotion to a single coin) rather than monotheism (a single god) or monostatism (a single state). The Network doesn’t make the fanatical aspect of humanity vanish; it just moves it from God or the State to the Network.”

—Balaji Srinivasan, The Network State

Tweets I’m Reading

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