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Little Signs That You are Governed by Computers

September 30th, 2016 by John Mansfield

Near the top of a newspaper article about meerkats’ murderous ways: “The team of Spanish biologists and geneticists behind the study did not set out to point a bloody paw at the meerkat, however. They were more interested in plumbing the evolutionary history of lethal violence, comparing murder rates for 1,024 different types of mammals.”

1024 is 100,0000,0000 in binary. With the numbering starting at zero instead of one, so that the ordinal of the last item, the 11,1111,1111th, is a ten-bit identifier.

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September 30th, 2016 09:54:50

“A Happy Spouse May Be Good For Your Health”

September 29th, 2016 by Vader

Well, I’m hosed, then.


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September 29th, 2016 10:26:42

The Son who Went Out to Play

September 29th, 2016 by G.

At twilight, a boy dragged himself in the back door. His head hung with fatigue, his pants were torn, his knee was scraped raw, and his arms were full of scratches.

“How was you day, son?” his father asked. He lifted his son up into his arms and gave him an embrace.

“I wish you could have come to play with me, dad,” the boy said. “You could have carried me when I was tired and stopped me from running into the pricker bush and made my knee feel better when it got hurt.”

“If I had come with you, son,” the father replied, “I could not have given you this hug when you came back. Now come sit down with me and tell me all about your adventures.”

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September 29th, 2016 08:31:38


September 28th, 2016 by Man SL

The dhimmis are us.

Will we be let off easy with ghettos and yellow stars?

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September 28th, 2016 13:31:25


September 28th, 2016 by G.

John C. Wright is currently writing a serial.  It is awesome.  I love my weekly Wednesday update.

You can read all the back chapters for free at his place.  Be warned.  It is a very high-octane story.  It might be almost too much to take in one sitting.

If you like it and want to keep reading, he asks that on the honor system you subscribe for a buck or two per month.

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September 28th, 2016 11:38:33

The Alicia Machado Election

September 28th, 2016 by John Mansfield

Monday night Mrs. Clinton brought up Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe who Trump was mean to, and bragged that she is now a U.S. citizen and will be a Clinton voter. Apparently, Miss Machado has lived a fairly wild and sordid life since her dealings with Trump twenty years ago. Not really the sort of person that candidates of the past would have pointed out by name before a national audience as supporters of theirs. But it’s not the past. It’s now, and as Mr. Trump asked, “Where did you find this?” Part of the answer is that Trump has contributed a lot over the decades, and more each decade than the one before, to creating our Kardashian era in which people like Miss Machado are easy to find. Unpleasantly hard to avoid, really.

So here we are with one candidate who thinks it’s a nifty thing that a woman who posed naked in magazines, served as the getaway driver for her homicidal boyfriend, and threatened to kill a judge has been given citizenship and a vote—because she finds some small advantage in this. The other candidate is married to a woman who posed naked for magazines, thinks that is normal, and has performed an oversized labor toward normalizing public depravity.

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September 28th, 2016 10:11:46

Boy, I’m Feeling Cheery Today

September 28th, 2016 by G.

In his own way,  so is Angelo Codevilla.


It is later than you think.

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September 28th, 2016 07:42:47

Spengler’s Grinning Skull

September 28th, 2016 by G.

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Not all visions are revelations.  Some just happen.  They mean something like poetry means something, but what they mean is hard to say.

I had a vision just happen last night.


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September 28th, 2016 07:38:15

Lone and Dreary, Glorious and Beautiful

September 27th, 2016 by Vader

Ours is a lone and dreary world.


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September 27th, 2016 07:51:55

Love with Rhetorical Jabs

September 27th, 2016 by G.

Hoping to trap Jesus in his utterances, some of the shrewdest of his adversaries posed double-edged questions on political and rabbinic law. One group of Pharisees and Herodians asked him a most diabolic question:

“… Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth. …

“Tell us therefore, … Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?” (Matt. 22:16–17.) If he were to answer yes, he would easily be accused of betraying his heritage among Abraham’s seed, the very group staggering under the oppression of Roman law. If he were to answer no, he would immediately be apprehended as a political agitator. He answered neither, but rather asked to be shown a coin by which such tribute money commonly was paid.

Holding the piece of money up to his accusers, he asked: “Whose is this image and superscription?” Of course, they answered as any child in the street could have: “It is Caesar’s.” With that single question he had taken command of the confrontation. He returned the coin saying: “… Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s” (Matt. 22:20–21), as if to say: “The man’s name and picture are on the coin. Surely it belongs to him. Please be kind enough to return it to its rightful owner.”

Brilliantly he had destroyed the ploy of his oppressors, but that was never his true mission or desire. These, too, were sons of God. These, too, were among those he came to save. He feared for them and loved them even in their malice. As they turned away he added a plea: “… and [render] unto God the things that are God’s.” As the coin bore the image of Caesar, so these and all men bore the image of God, their Heavenly Father. They had been created by him in the likeness of his image, and Jesus was to provide a way for them to return to him. Yet, “When they heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.” (Matt. 22:21–22.)

-from “His Final  Hours,” by Howard W. Hunter (more…)

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September 27th, 2016 07:30:34

Immigration Cost-Benefit

September 26th, 2016 by G.

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September 26th, 2016 11:49:11

Ducking a Smiting Feels So Good

September 23rd, 2016 by John Mansfield

Mormons have a very broad and democratic collection of biographies of their 19th Century predecessors. This is due to two causes. The first is our belief that family bonds have eternal significance which leads us to seek familiarity with our dead and to leave records that will allow our descendants to know us. The second is that the first Latter-day Saints felt they were eyewitnesses of something important and wanted to leave a testimony of it. Thanks to these factors, it is easy to find research on hundreds of second-tier associates of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and tens of thousands of multi-page biographical essays on nobodies written either first-hand by the nobodies themselves or by their children. These are of most interest to direct descendants of these people, so today most of those 19th Century Mormons are each known in detail to a few percent of present-day Mormons, but we like hearing the stories of others’ kin too.

A few of my favorites: (more…)

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September 23rd, 2016 07:31:51

Apple Harvest, Family Harvest

September 22nd, 2016 by G.

This morning you look at your whole crop of kids, laughing and chattering, eating apple pie for breakfast.  (more…)

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September 22nd, 2016 08:55:38

Frivolous Speculation on Reincarnation

September 22nd, 2016 by G.

Why? Because it’s fun.

Inspired by a recent post by Dr. Bruce Charlton, here are three possibilities for some kind of reincarnation compatible with what we know about reality.  In other words, at least possibly compatible with the truth that the spirit does not merely ride the body like a waldo.  As Dr. Charlton says, “once a spirit has had a body, the body cannot afterwards be detached from that spirit without some maiming, some irreparable damage.”

None of these speculations are guaranteed to be true, or even ultimately possible. (more…)

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September 22nd, 2016 08:36:19

No Responsibility without Repentance

September 21st, 2016 by G.

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I like going through the formal logic of the gospel in clear, simple terms.  Not because the formal logic is the real gospel.  The way the gospel is expressed is the real gospel.  Formal logic is like bones.  Bones are not the body.  But learning the skeleton tells you a lot about bodies work.

The analogy to bones misleads in one sense.  A body has only one set of bones.  The gospel, on the other hand, can have more than one formal logic.  The gospel is deep and varied.  The “body” of the gospel is different from different points of view.

Finally, what I call formal logic is not what a philosopher would call formal logic.  No As and Bs, I’m afraid.

Good.  Throat well and truly cleared, lets get to it.


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September 21st, 2016 09:28:59