Merchant of Menace

    Ted got his start in business when his parents were killed in an accident and he took over the tiny corner store they ran.  He was only twenty two.      The business had not been doing well and he was advised to sell it.  He didn’t take that advice.  He had his own idea why the business…

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Random Thoughts

Dumb criminals for the week.This week we had two real winners.  Is there a lot of sunspot activity this week, or is it a full moon?Anyway, dumb criminal number one just got out of prison so he tries to hijack a car in the prison parking lot!He got caught of course and his explanation was…

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Scripture: Manichaean Psalms

From: A Song From the Manichean Psalms of Heracleides Mary, Mary, Know me,but do not touch [me],[Dry] the tears of your eyes,and know that I am your master,and do not touch me,for I have not yet seen my father’s face. … Cast this sadness awayand perform this service.Be my messenger to these lost orphans.Hurry, with…

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Ancient Encryption

    In our modern world, governments and universities have top mathematicians developing encryption algorithms for storing or transmitting sensitive or classified data on computers.      The Incas had something similar.  While they had no known written language,  the priests and nobles and merchants could send messages and keep records.  They did this with quipas.  It’s a bundle of colored…

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