Friday, February 14, 2020

A Valentine From God ...

Late in the summer of 1977, the United States launched two probes into space - Voyager 1 and 2. Their primary mission was to explore and photograph the outer planets in the solar system. 

Among thousands of beautiful pictures they took over decades of their journey- the most unique - was Voyager 1’s look back on the entirety of the solar system on February 14th 1990. 

In that photograph, the earth appeared as a tiny dot inside a ray of sunlight.

Renowned Astronomer and atheist Carl Sagan commented on the picture:

“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.”

In fact, this picture is the opposite of loneliness. It is the opposite of darkness.  It is the opposite of insignificance. It’s the opposite of meaninglessness.

If ever there were a picture to sum up God’s love- this is it. The earth, bathed in and singled out by light. 

While earth may seem lonely in the dark of space in comparison - it is significant and meaningful beyond comprehension none the less. It’s importance as God’s creation is his greatest wonder - and - He put YOU here - as a sign of His love - specifically you. 

So, if Valentine’s Day makes you feel lonely or insignificant- remember - all of God’s creation - which includes beautiful and wonderfully made YOU - is singled out in His light - in His love. 

This photograph is His Valentine to you.

You are not lonely. 

You are God’s Valentine. Always.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Cash America Officially Takes Over America

Not reported anywhere I could find:

First Cash, Cash America, & U.S. Money Shops pawn shops all merged (or completed mergers) in late 2019.

If you buy from pawn shops this could have a huge effect on higher prices. This essentially gives Cash America a nationwide pawn shop monopoly.

Many independent pawn shops are going out of business due to local regulations - especially on gun sales. Nationalizing pawn shops - and thereby low cost loans and “untracked sales” I think has the same negatives as nationalizing banks has (and has had).

 If you’ve been inside a bank lately you’ll know what I mean.

You can’t even deposit cash into your own checking account without ID. Yeah, you heard that right. You can’t deposit cash at a bank as of November 2019 → many banks having implemented the policy before then.

I foresee that soon the fed or state governments will want “monitoring” of loans from pawn shops to be on “official record”. Pawn Shops already supply law enforcement with monthly serial number and description databases for burglary recovery.