“Taylor is considered a gay icon, and received widespread recognition for her HIV/AIDS activism. After her death, GLAAD issued a statement saying that she “was an icon not only in Hollywood, but in the LGBT community, where she worked to ensure that everyone was treated with the respect and dignity we all deserve”, and Sir Nick Partridge of the Terrence Higgins Trust called her “the first major star to publicly fight fear and prejudice towards AIDS”. According to Paul Flynn of The Guardian, she was “a new type of gay icon, one whose position is based not on tragedy, but on her work for the LGBTQ community”. Speaking of her charity work, former President Bill Clinton said at her death, “Elizabeth’s legacy will live on in many people around the world whose lives will be longer and better because of her work and the ongoing efforts of those she inspired.””
Waking up in the Salvador Dali room was all they hoped it would be. Their love-making was out of this world. After having breakfast in bed, Victoria and Miriam got a call on their hotline. They were surprised, because Starfish was now – one of them! She had been promoted. She would now be filled-in on the most secret stuff. As Starfish put in her code, she exclaimed;
“Obvious they have make a ruling, the boys at the Poker Club. I wonder what made them change their minds?” said Starfish as she swiped at her phone with her middle finger.
“Hmm! Looks like we might go to war with China over a name change!” said Victoria, she swiping at her phone with her nose because her lover had just did her nails.
The Royal Janitor
Victoria and Miriam lie in bed together with their tablets. Bond is furiously rifling through Starfish’s BAD resumé.
“Why doesn’t it say your are a Civil War buff in your file?”
“Because I concluded you would think I was mad – insane! What woman in her right mind would know all there is to know about Lee and John Fremont? Who cares? My parents concluded we were heading for another Civil War. This is why we moved into the desert near Rosamond California.”
“Did they think a war was coming, or, did they want a war?”
“What kind of fucking question is that? You can ask this of millions of people. half will point to scripture.”
Victoria watched Miriam put down her tablet and go into a trance as she recited Mark 24.
“At three my parents had me recite this sermon. Then they asked me if I had any visions.”
“Yes. How could you not?”
Victoria had resisted Miriam saying anything about her being a Christian. However, it began to surface there was a political force that was motivated by a end of days prophecy. It was now evident BAD had hooked her up with Starfish so she could be exposed to this – strangeness – this surreal cosmology that was a threat to the secularism as she saw it.
When Starfish was done, Victoria tried to ignore her unsettling gaze.
“What do you think? What do you see?”
“Give me five minutes!”
Starfish was putting Victoria’s analytical skill to the ultimate test.
“O.K. Here goes! Jesus did not speak all his words on the Mount of Olives, in secret, or what have you. He spoke them at the temple in front of a large audience. Many of those present were hostile to this prophet, and he is a prophet for he is saying there will be a doomsday and destruction of the temple. It is obvious none of these predictions came true. This is when the apologists went to work – at a later date! I did study comparative religion. Much responsibility is put upon the disciples who are handed a fraudulent proof via the warning about false prophets and Christs. Their faith is put on trial. The clever author is performing a gaslighting trick. If you are a doubter, you are a enemy of the Christ – after the fact! If he was the Son of God, then He would have bid his father to destroy the temple – for starters! Focus on this! Expose the Wizard behind the curtain.”
Victoria gave her lover a smug smile and was instantly reminded of the Siamese cat at the College of Arms – that loved to manipulate her over the food she gave him. He was never pleased, and at times looked mean. Once it bared his teeth at her – and hissed!
“Fuck!” Victoria muttered, she realizing she had done what she said she would never do – get in a religious argument!
“Don’t look at me that way. You’re scaring me! Stop it!”
Victoria jumped out of bed and put her pillow between her and her beloved Jesus Freak – who also jumped out of bed and came at her boss – naked! There was this strange gnashing of her teeth. And, here come the speaking in tongues – all in Russian! Images of Dali and his beloved muse looked down upon this very surreal – art scene. Starfish was determined to wrestle with the demon that had been lurking in her beloved. She would cast out the fallen angel.
34I tell you the truth, this generation  will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
Matthew 241Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.2“Do you see all these things?” he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.5For many will come in my name, claiming, `I am the Christ,  ‘ and will deceive many.6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.8All these are the beginning of birth pains.9“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Severe’ Military Measures if Taiwan Office in U.S. Changes Name
The Global Times referred to a Financial Times report from Friday saying that President Joe Biden‘s administration is considering allowing the office to change its name from the “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office” (TECRO) to the “Taiwan Representative Office.”
The Chinese paper warned such a change would seriously anger Beijing and provoke a “severe” military and economic response:
“If the U.S. and the Taiwan island change the names, they are suspected of touching the red line of China’s Anti-Secession Law, and the Chinese mainland will have to take severe economic and military measures to combat the arrogance of the U.S. and the island of Taiwan. At that time, the mainland should impose severe economic sanctions on the island and even carry out an economic blockade on the island, depending on the circumstances.”PauseCurrent Time 0:30/Duration 0:51Loaded: 100.00%Unmute0Full screenWatch An Officer Save A Stranded Woman From Hurricane Ida FloodwatersClick to expand
China views Taiwan as part of its sovereign territory and has long warned Washington against offering any support to the self-ruled island that could threaten its claim.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533
The Financial Times noted that while the name change effort may have support within the administration—White House Asia adviser Kurt Campbell reportedly backs it—a final decision has not been made and would require Biden to sign an executive order.
Such a move would come amid increasing tensions between the U.S. and China.
Were it to happen, the Global Times went on to say, Chinese mainland fighter jets should fly over Taiwan and place the island’s airspace under surveillance by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
“The name change provides the Chinese mainland with sufficient reason to strengthen our sovereign claim over the island of Taiwan. It is anticipated that the Taiwan army will not dare to stop the PLA fighter jets from flying over the island. If the Taiwan side dares open fire, the Chinese mainland will not hesitate to give ‘Taiwan independence’ forces a decisive and destructive blow.”
This summer, Taiwan similarly opened an office in Lithuania called the “Taiwanese Representative Office,” which prompted China to recall its ambassador from the European nation.
The U.S. and Taiwanese governments have not officially commented on the possibility of a name change, but the Chinese embassy in Washington said it “firmly opposes” any official U.S. interaction with Taiwan, according to the Financial Times.
“It must stop any official interaction with Taiwan, refrain from sending any wrong signals to ‘Taiwan independence’ forces or attempting to challenge China’s bottom line, and properly and prudently handle Taiwan-related matters, so as not to seriously damage China-US relations and cross-Strait peace and stability,” an embassy spokesperson said, according to the news outlet.
The Global Times on Sunday warned that China must take “resolute actions” to protect its territorial claim over Taiwan, stating the nation should be prepared to “blow [the U.S.] out of the water in the Taiwan Straits.”
“The U.S. has been engaging in phrase mongering, hoping that the ‘competition’ between China and the U.S. will not evolve into a ‘conflict.’ We have to tell them clearly with our actions that ‘competition’ with the Chinese mainland on the Taiwan question is bound to turn into a serious conflict, and there is absolutely no room for maneuver,” the state-run media outlet wrote.
Newsweek contacted the White House for additional comment but did not hear back in time for publication.
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