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Back on Land

October 31st, 2016 by John Mansfield

My week under the sea has ended, my first time under way though I have been serving the navy as a hydrodynamicist for the past dozen years. I may share bits of the experience if there is interest, but for now here are two experiences:

I: The last full day at sea was given to surface maneuvering off the California coast. Toward the end of the day, I requested and received permission from the chief of the watch to visit the bridge atop the sail. He assigned a sailor to help me into a harness, and I climbed up top, and spent a half hour standing there with two officers and one crewman, watching the sun lower and set as we cruised past a large island at 10 knots and the waves washed around us. Twenty minutes after going back down, I noticed some feeling within me and examined what it was. “I feel . . . serene.”

II: A couple hours after coming back in, I sat in the crew mess, eating pizza and listening to the World Series with a dozen crewmen. It felt American.

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October 31st, 2016 18:40:57

Meaninglessness is Meaningless

October 31st, 2016 by G.

In a universe without meaning, nihilism is just another delusion.

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October 31st, 2016 09:10:46

My son, my son!

October 31st, 2016 by MC

“Is there any particular scripture story you want to read tonight, bud?”

“How about the one where King David’s son gets his hair caught on a tree and is killed?” You rack your brain. King David’s son? Absalom? Is that how Absalom dies? Yeah, that sounds familiar. But we only read that story one time, and it was at least six months ago. How does he remember it? At first you feel pride at having such a bright little boy, but then it hits you: If he can remember that, what else does he remember? You resolve to start behaving yourself better, lest your misdeeds be recorded on your Permanent Record. (more…)

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October 31st, 2016 02:34:48


October 30th, 2016 by Zen


I just found out I am the first cousin of William Shakespeare, once removed.

John Knox, the reformer, is my 12th great grandfather.

Joseph Smith is my 13th cousin. Pretty good considering my parents are our first generation in the church.

This is, of course, in addition to my cousins, who include too many apostles, prophets, US presidents, authors, movie stars, and inventors to count. (more…)

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October 30th, 2016 19:53:43

Kudos to the Albuquerque Journal

October 30th, 2016 by Vader

For refusing to endorse any candidate for President, for the first time in recent memory, on the grounds that all are unacceptable.

We’ll have the national discussion we need, on the flaws in our nomination process and the dangers of giving so much power to an office that might be held by a Trump or a Clinton, when more people and institutions take this position.

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October 30th, 2016 14:15:24

The Eschaton will not be Immanentized

October 28th, 2016 by G.

Let’s try our hands at a little logic.

  1.  In the absence of competition, organizations will inevitably suffer from various kinds of mutational load, e.g.,  bureaucracy, featherbedding, paralysis, and paperclip maximizing.
  2. In the absence of organization, systems are prone to destruction, through either destructive competition (fighting), capital consumption, and transaction costs.
    1. Or else they convert themselves to an organization at great cost–through conquest, or through malign coordination mechanisms like the Cathedral.
  3. A system of competing organizations is either itself unorganized or the larger organizational level that organizes the system itself lacks competition.
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October 28th, 2016 10:02:18

I Love a Prayer

October 28th, 2016 by G.

I love to hear a prayer soaring to heaven, full of all the glory of realms of light, crying out in passionate transcendence, yet mixing in the earthy things.  I love a prayer that rockets and plods.  I love asking for the kingdom to come and for daily bread.  It makes me happy.  I love Brigham Young asking for the marvelous gifts of the eternal God and for just a little rain to finish off the corn crop nicely.  I love my wife this AM praying for that vast airy fire of the Spirit within our souls, and relief from the muscle stress in our backs.

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October 28th, 2016 09:28:07

Three Copts

October 27th, 2016 by G.

Three Copts met on the road.

“Where are you going, brother, armed for war?”

“I am off to fight the invaders of Islam,” the armed Copt replied.

“As for me,” the first Copt replied, “I am disgusted with our commander.  He in no way represents our values.  He is not a good man or a good commander.  I think it would almost be better if the Muslims won, so we can preserve our integrity, gather our strength, and then fight them off.  And at least the Muslims believe in the unity of God, unlike that Byzantine heretic with his doubtful views about Christ’s nature.”

The third Copt spoke.  “The kingdom is not of this world,” he said.  “His arm is not the arm of the flesh.  Neither Muslim conquest nor Christian victory will avail if we repent not.  These wars are a distraction from the real issue.”

“Nay,” said the first Copt.  “There you go to far.  If our Christian commander were to win, that would truly be a tragedy, such is his character.”

“As for me,” said the armed Copt, “I would serve under worse commanders to stave off less bad fates.” And cheerfully he went his way.


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October 27th, 2016 08:08:53

BYU’s New Sexual Assault Stuff

October 27th, 2016 by Man SL

Probably necessary for a PR perspective, but almost certainly will not help anything and will probably hurt things.  Making concessions to the Left’s latest tactical moral panic never makes the problem go away.

It’s not about rape.  It’s about power.

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October 27th, 2016 07:10:04

Material poverty is Not the big issue in the modern West

October 27th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

The continued, or even increasing, focus on the supposed alleviation of material poverty in modern Western society (since Leftism became mainstream and almost universal it is indeed the main focus for many people, especially among intellectuals) – including in all types of liberal Christianity, and also to a disturbing extent in real-Christian churches – is a major error; because poverty is less of a problem in the modern West that at any other time and place in human history.

Our prime problems are quite different – and grossly neglected. (more…)

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October 27th, 2016 06:00:14

What We are Here for

October 26th, 2016 by G.

You can say I practiced in public and my whole life was becoming what I practiced.

-thus Bob Dylan

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October 26th, 2016 13:45:33

With the Bundy’s at their Country Place

October 26th, 2016 by Bertie

My Aunt Agatha has crust to end all crusts.  One can only goggle at the sang-froid with which she puts across her desires that some poor innocent toad beneath the harrow engage in enterprises of the scaliest.  As the Americans would say, bless her heart.

As is often the case, what, what, what, the recent toad beneath the harrow was one Bertie Wooster.  “Bertie,” she said, “I wish you to join the Oregon militia stand-off under false pretenses as an informant for the FBI”

“Why, I say,” I said, “dash it.  This is the limit.  The absolute frozen limit.  What earthly reason should I have for embroiling myself in those contretemps?”

She fixed me with her steely gaze.  “Because I wish it,” she said.  Or perhaps hissed would be the mot juste.

As Jeeves would put it, vowing that I would ne’er consent, I consented.

It was rather jolly.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the great bulk of my fellow militia men were also undercover fellows.  It was rather in the nature of a costume party.  Next time I shall go as Pierrot.

A good time was had by all and sundry.

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October 26th, 2016 10:00:28

NPV of Immigrants without High School Educations

October 25th, 2016 by G.

is -200k, study claims.  I don’t know what methodology was used.

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October 25th, 2016 13:37:30

Neighborliness through Travel

October 25th, 2016 by G.

I discovered a way of life Saturday night. (more…)

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October 25th, 2016 09:19:15

Primary Program

October 24th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.  Your kindergarten son leans over after the priest recites the sacrament prayer again, this time correctly. “Dad, he forgot to say,’ which was shed for them correct, dad?” Correct. You are impressed.  He has apparently managed to memorize the prayers.

Minutes later, he goes to the stand for the primary program, and confidently and clearly mangles his line. (more…)

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October 24th, 2016 06:56:03