“Join the local choir,” he said.

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It’s really a shame. I wanted to love it there. It just doesn’t take long to scratch the surface and to find out that the city runs on smoke and mirrors.

James COOK [English]: I’m sorry, I don’t understand.

Anisa SILVIANA [Bahasa Indonesia]: Saya tidak paham yang kamu katakan.
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Christoph PARSTORFER [German]: Tut mir leid, ich verstehe dich nicht.

According to my gardening client, whose father owns (but doesn’t live in) a big house with a bigger garden and a swimming pool in one of the remote corners of this island, life is a game of numbers. The more hours you work, the greater the results. The more money you have in the bank, the better you feel at three in the morning when the air is thick with regret and the only way out is death. He didn’t put it quite like that. In fact, I suspect he does not suffer too much from being awake at three in the morning. His numbers add up, after all, and he uses them to justify his existence and to hide from the pain of it.

Daria JANSSEN [Dutch]: Sorry, ik begrijp niet wat je zegt.

Sometimes we might draw back from joining a group because we fear being found unworthy. For instance, we might want to campaign against climate change but worry that owning a car rules us out. Or we might want to campaign for animal rights but think that, because we are not vegans, we can’t. Underlying this is the fear of being called a hypocrite. The best way to avoid that is to stop telling other people what to do. We all have to make compromises. Don’t judge others and they may be less likely to judge you.

Ria VIDAL [Filipino]: Pasensya na, pero hindi ko naiintindihan ang sinasabi mo.
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With that said, as a (relatively) young working professional I cannot imagine laying down roots in Vancouver. The preposterous housing prices in conjunction with lower than average wages make me wonder how any middle class family can envision a healthy long term future while residing in Vancouver proper. I’m unwilling to take on massive debt. I’m equally resistant to paralyzing my ability to enjoy any and all leisure activities because the entirety of my income goes towards super-sized mortgage payments. As far as I can tell those are the two options if you’re a middle class family looking at home ownership in Vancouver. Sure you have the mountains and the ocean but what’s the point if you’re too busy trying to stay one step ahead of crippling debt?

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The creation of the jobs and the flow-on effects of having a larger population have resulted in a $41.5m boost to the economy, according to the report, which will be released on Friday.

Esther SCHOR: Well, the story of the is told in the of Genesis …

The organisational theorist Steve Chapman likes to compare group dynamics with jazz bands: individuals take turns to play a solo while the rest keep rhythm in the background. Both roles are fundamental to the band’s success. So if the only thing you do is turn up, and sit at the back, you are still doing something valuable – you are making the group bigger, and helping others to feel that it is important.

Shlomo WEBER: Whether it happened or not, it’s not for me to judge …

Stop blaming the Jews. Though their sin was gross and grave, that is rejecting Christ, what happened to them in history were written for our learning that we might have hope. It is not much about them now, but more about us. The Jews had forged their own fetters; they had filled for themselves the cup of vengeance. In the utter destruction that befell them as a nation, and in all the woes that followed them in their dispersion, they were but reaping the harvest which their own hands had sown. In Hosea 13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself…
By stubborn rejection of divine love and mercy, the Jews had caused the protection of God to be withdrawn from them, and Satan was permitted to rule them according to his will. The horrible cruelties enacted in the destruction of Jerusalem are a demonstration of Satan’s vindictive power over those who yield to his control.
The destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by the Roman General Titus, is a fearful and solemn warning to all who are trifling with the offers of divine grace, and resisting the pleadings of divine mercy. Never was there given a more decisive testimony to God’s hatred of sin, and to the certain punishment that will fall upon the guilty.