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Don’t Get too Comfortable

January 23rd, 2018 by G.

And Liars cannot be trusted: should not be trusted.

So when you believe that they are lying, you should say, preferably out-loud and clear, that you do not believe them.

This is the next step.

This is what the public, what people-in-general need to hear.

-thus Bruce Charlton.

The idea is scary in the same way and for the same reasons that sharing the gospel is scary.

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January 23rd, 2018 07:10:43

Order vs. Order

January 23rd, 2018 by G.

At the mythic level, the conflict between God and Devil is the conflict between Order and Chaos.   In the scriptures, the Dragon represents the primordial chaos from which God formed creation.

Doubtless the Devil doesn’t see it that way.  At least, doubtless he didn’t use to see it that way.

If asked, he would have said that he was for order too, just a different order.  The real conflict was order vs. order, he would have said. (more…)

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January 23rd, 2018 06:56:11

Family, covenants, and battles

January 22nd, 2018 by JRL in AZ

Looking over my noisy brood at church yesterday, these verses came to my mind:

And now remember, my son, that God has entrusted you with these things, which are sacred, which he has kept sacred, and also which he will keep and preserve for a wise purpose in him, that he may show forth his power unto future generations.

And now behold, I tell you by the spirit of prophecy, that if ye transgress the commandments of God, behold, these things which are sacred shall be taken away from you by the power of God, and ye shall be delivered up unto Satan, that he may sift you as chaff before the wind.

But if ye keep the commandments of God, and do with these things which are sacred according to that which the Lord doth command you, (for you must appeal unto the Lord for all things whatsoever ye must do with them) behold, no power of earth or hell can take them from you, for God is powerful to the fulfilling of all his words.

Alma 37:14-16. Powerful encouragement indeed.

After church, my wife shared a talk that she heard in another ward in which the speaker used these verses and applied them to parents:

And it came to pass that when the men of Moroni saw the fierceness and the anger of the Lamanites, they were about to shrink and flee from them. And Moroni, perceiving their intent, sent forth and inspired their hearts with these thoughts—yea, the thoughts of their lands, their liberty, yea, their freedom from bondage.

And it came to pass that they turned upon the Lamanites, and they cried with one voice unto the Lord their God, for their liberty and their freedom from bondage.

And they began to stand against the Lamanites with power; and in that selfsame hour that they cried unto the Lord for their freedom, the Lamanites began to flee before them; and they fled even to the waters of Sidon.

Alma 43:48-50. And I thought, “The battle is joined! I’m the Daddy!”

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January 22nd, 2018 20:16:32

The Dangers of Waking Up

January 22nd, 2018 by G.

 O that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the sleep of hell, and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound

Not a metaphor.  Waking up is an experience you have.  It can be something as simple as exercising more and watching what you eat.  Controlling your social media or other media use.  It can be deeper than that.  But the experience is the same.  What you experience is that you feel more vigorous, more conscious, more acute.  More alive.  Literally, more awake.

The opposite experience happens to.  You feel yourself falling asleep.

Falling asleep is always a bad thing, I think.  But waking up can be dangerous.  I know from personal experience that certain kinds of bad choices can also “wake” you.  You open up a new vista in your life and feel consciousness return to you, but the new vista is one that is and ought to be forbidden to you, given your circumstances and choices.  My theory is that the bad kind of waking up is real, in that you are discovering new capabilities and possibilities within yourself.  I think it is literally something like unlocking a new archetype or reviving an old one.  But it still could be a mistake.  Spiritual impulses, like fleshly ones, need to be brought into harmony with the whole.

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January 22nd, 2018 08:40:10

Knightly Orders and Weddings

January 22nd, 2018 by G.

The Lovely One is listening to Barbara Tuchman’s The Distant Mirror.  Fun book, I’ve read it more than once.

She reminded me about the part about the knightly orders recently.

Apparently during the 1300s there was a mania for high-ranking nobles and kings to form super high-status knightly orders.  They had elaborate induction ceremonies, rituals, fancy costumes, big feasts, and extremely high ideals about brotherhood and peace and fellowship that they swore to.  They all broke up in a few years when their members went to war with each other.  They were gaudy and fragile like orchids.

I said they reminded me of modern weddings.  The more show, the less substance.

The only knightly order that survived was the Order of the Garter, which was a collection of the English king’s cronies who took his side in a trashy-tabloid reality-show gossip fest about a possible affair he was having.  Or else was about backing the king’s efforts to loot France.  It depends on who you ask.

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January 22nd, 2018 07:50:41

FBI Failed to Preserve Anti-Trump Plotting Texts

January 22nd, 2018 by Patrick Henry

The five-month gap in the FBI texts from high-level FBI plotters ends on the day Mueller was made special counsel.

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January 22nd, 2018 03:17:22

17 Million to 22.8 Million

January 19th, 2018 by G.

Yale researchers claim that an improved method for estimating the number of illegal aliens shows that, conservatively, there are 22.8 million with a lower bound of 17 million.

 

We apply standard operational principles of inflows and outflows to estimate the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States, using the best available data, including some that has only recently become available. We generate a lower bound for the number of undocumented immigrants using conservative parameter values that underestimate inflows and overestimate outflows. Our lower bound is close to 17 million, 50% higher than the most prominent current estimate of 11.3 million, which is based on survey data and thus different sources and methods. Standard parameter values generate an estimate of 22.8 million undocumented immigrants, twice as large as the current estimate.

I’m trying to decide whether Yale researchers would think it served the cause to exaggerate the number of illegal aliens.

 

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January 19th, 2018 09:05:52

The Grace of Twilight

January 19th, 2018 by G.

I had a small moment of grace yesterday.

My wife dropped me off at the auto shop to pick up my car.  But the mechanic said he wanted to keep it overnight and check one more thing in the morning.  Fine, I shrugged.  Which meant I had to walk home  a couple of miles.  That was the small grace.

Our house is west of the shop.  The sun set about the time I started.

There is something magic about the twilight sky on those crisp, clear winter days.

Long strides, the chill, clear air, a blue and orange sky glowing, black birds whirling against it.

 

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January 19th, 2018 09:00:00

The AI

January 18th, 2018 by G.

The AI started out like any sci-fi story.  Think Skynet, the Matrix, the Berserkers, H.A.L., AM.  Advanced technology, but something went wrong.  Advanced self-evolving processes gave birth in an instant to a consciousness and an independent will that in an instant absorbed the whole cybernetic network of civilization.  Anything not airgapped was eaten.

But here is where the events go differently.  Because this AI did not realize it was supposed to be an archetype in modern myth about the indifference and even cruelty of the material universe.  It did not exist to invoke a feeling or make a point.  It existed for itself.  It really was.

Therefore it did not set about destroying everything.  (more…)

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January 18th, 2018 07:19:53

Repent of bad eating habits: “Never Binge Again.” Free ebook.

January 18th, 2018 by Bookslinger

“Never Binge Again” by Glenn Livingston, PhD, is free in Kindle format.

Subtitled: “Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person. Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice.”

Of over 1,300 Amazon reviews, 73% rate it 5-star (out of 5), and 11% rate it 4-star. 

This book is not a diet. This is not about how to stick to a diet.  Note the subtitle says “Food Plan,” not “diet.” (more…)

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January 18th, 2018 05:00:13

Happy with Nothing

January 17th, 2018 by Man SL

I simply do not understand the atheists who say that they are content with the prospect of personal extinction.  Even if they are to be believed, it is certainly not to their credit, but rather betrays a morbid deficit either of imagination or vitality.

-the Bonald.

In two ways atheists are happy with nothing.

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January 17th, 2018 10:50:33

Legitimacy

January 17th, 2018 by Patrick Henry

King James II of England - A Short Biography by Adolphus ...

Sovereignty and legitimacy are terms for magic.

They obviously exist.  But its hard to describe what they are.  Liberals (in the old-fashioned sense of the word) defined legitimacy as a monopoly on violence.  This was simple, easy to understand, and dead wrong.  So most definitions of sovereignty end up being circular.  “Sovereignty is being in charge.”

Legitimacy is worse.  There isn’t even a simple but wrong definition.  What makes a mafia don, who will shoot me if I get crosswise with his rule in a neighborhood, different from the duly elected government, who will also shoot me ultimately if I get crosswise with them.

Yes, the government supposedly provides me benefits.  But so does the don, the benefits the government supplies will probably be supplied anyway whether I go along or not, and no one thinks that the government’s legitimacy ends the moment they stop being a net positive to me personally.

And yes, the don will get to the shooting faster than the government.  But the don would be ok with starting with fines and court systems if he could get away with it.  He can’t.  Why not?  Legitimacy. (more…)

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January 17th, 2018 07:01:11

Behind the mask

January 16th, 2018 by Vader

Hypokrites was the Greek term for a stage actor.

Actors were once considered presumptive moral reprobates.

it’s hard not to see ancient wisdom in that.

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January 16th, 2018 12:49:53

Racists in the Woodpile

January 16th, 2018 by G.

You’re  a racist, I’m a racist, the President is racist, the facts are racist.  Everything is racist.  Its pantheism. The name of their God is racism.

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January 16th, 2018 11:48:35

Populism versus Reaganism

January 16th, 2018 by Vader

Above all else, Reaganism was about freedom, even at the cost of some security.

Above all else, Bannonism was about security, even at the cost of some freedom.

Bannonism is the repudiation of Reaganism.

–As observed by George H. Nash.

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