New domain name for this blog?

I have been thinking about getting a new domain name for this blog. Years ago, I lost a previous domain name for NewEpistles but didn’t have time to blog anyway.  Now, I’ve been thinking it still might be good to have a dedicated one that is free from WordPress’ secondary free domain.  I’m debating whether to switch.  I really don’t blog much but I’ve have had more time to blog more than usual while I’ve been vacationing here in Taiwan these several weeks (but returning today).

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“Fake news” is a misnomer

Facebook wouldn’t admit it but I think Zuckerberg and Facebook’s ideals are being bought out by profit from foreign money. I was asking myself why he made these comments. Recent news (BBC here) was released that Facebook has developed a censorship tool for China.  The Chinese Communist regime (PRC) is known to censor anything its government doesn’t like.

This is terribly disturbing to us because it dangerously impinges on our freedoms and liberties of free-speech in the west.  Most citizens in the PRC do not even know what real news and opinions are because they don’t know what they don’t see and hear.

What about us here in the west?  If Facebook is complying to the demands of the PRC in order to stay in China, then we also need to be aware of the possible dangers of Facebook.  It can easily apply the same tool here too.

The use of this term “fake news” is a minomer and is used in a slight-of-hand to censor people’s personal opinions.  Users of Facebook do not intend to put its so-called “fake news” on Facebook.  They are intended to be real opinions from real people, and therefore, should not be labelled as “fake news.”  This is why “fake news” is really just a misnomer.

I am disappointed in Facebook and would dump FB in a heartbeat; in fact, I use very little of it today. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Google to gain more users because it did decide to leave the authoritarian confines of the PRC to relocate to Hong Kong. Anyway, I just want more FB users to be aware of this and think for themselves.

New Epistles domain name was lost

Some of my old readers may not know that I’ve lost the old domain name of NewEpistles.com so they think the blog is down. After not having posted for a period of time,  I neglected to renew the domain so I apologize for this. I don’t know if I can get back the domain name of NewEpistles.com. Google told me they emailed me but it was to an old email address that I haven’t checked for years.  Someone else has now picked it up and it’s  a generic website until they can find a buyer.  They said I had to pay another $80 and still go through more hassle to get it back.  It might not be worth it.  It will be here now at NewEpistles.WordPress.com for the forseeable future, or at least until I can find another domain name that I like.

So my advice if you’re a blogger: keep on top of your domain renewals and renew for 5 years at a time if possible, rather than annually.

Beginning D.Min studies

There will be a new thing happening in my life soon.  I’m enrolled in a D.Min. program (part-time) at Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada.  I had been thinking about doing further studies in theology/ministry for a while now and decided to apply; and I was just accepted this summer.  Yippee!

I already have a list of required readings to get done before my first course begins in October.  There are three courses each year for three years: two weeks in the summer, and one week in the fall; plus a dissertation in the final 4th year.  Apart from ministry/work, family, and the addition of P.T. studies, I don’t know how much blogging I’ll be able to do.  But at this point, I’m really looking forward to beginning my D.Min. program.

Going back to my old look for the blog

I’m switching back to my old look.  I just switched 3 months ago so this is a record for me. I don’t like switching too often but I’ve been dissatisfied with the look of WordPress themes. Besides, my wife said she likes the old look better. I guess that might be a good enough reason too.

Attending a conference

I don’t know if I’ll be able to check my blog for comments for the next five days as I’ll be in Minneapolis for a mission developer conference. I’ll be looking for a wireless signal for my laptop but if there’s nothing, I’ll still be happy.  I’m looking forward to this event because I’ll be picking up new ideas in an area of ministry I’ve been interested in for a while.