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Something Has Gone Wrong

February 28th, 2017 by G.

For nearly two decades, our society has been ill.

Growth is low, drop outs from society are at an all time high, etc.

Based on what the educated, informed people who run our society say, I can only conclude that since 2000 we have had

*unprecedented levels of racism

*unprecedented levels of feminism

*unprecedented levels of transphobia

*harsh barriers on immigration that have limited these new Americans like never before

*historic low levels of government funding

*historically high levels of taxation on higher income brackets

*historically low levels of corporate subsidies

It is probably no coincidence that these unprecedented trends have caused us to have the doldrums.


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February 28th, 2017 15:16:20

Addicted to Distraction

February 28th, 2017 by G.

And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about

I Ne. 8:25


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February 28th, 2017 10:15:28

The Laborer is Labored Upon

February 28th, 2017 by G.

President Kimball gave a very President Kimball talk at the Friday morning session of the October 1975 general conference.  It was titled “the Time to Labor is Now,” and it was all about cleaning up your place, planting some fruit trees, and eating a little food that you had grown with your own hands.  The talk is the boiled down essence of one of the distinctive facets of Mormonism.  Reading it is like a free tour to a cultural monument. (more…)

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February 28th, 2017 07:54:16

What We Can Learn from the Saints about the Benedict Option

February 27th, 2017 by G.

Last year a professor friend of mine let me know that Rod Dreher was looking for some Mormon sources for his Benedict Option book and would I mind talking to him.  I said sure, he passed on my info and told me Dreher was going to be out in my neck of the woods soon and would meet me there.  I begged leaved to doubt it–no one is ever in my neck of the woods, I live in the back of beyond–but just in case I scribbled some notes.  In the event, we never met.

But the book is being published soon and Dreher has just posted about a Mormon response to it.  Check it out.  So I’m going to post my notes.  Comments fleshing them out will be in italics. (more…)

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February 27th, 2017 06:57:17

In Praise of Freshly Ground Flour

February 24th, 2017 by Bookslinger

We’ve long heard that whole wheat flour (with bran and germ) is more nutritious than white flour that has had the bran and germ removed.  

I’ve recently been grinding some wheat kernals, that I had in my food storage, into flour.  I’ve done both red winter wheat and white spring wheat, and learned a new thing.  Fresh ground flour has oil in it. The whole wheat flour that you buy at the grocery store has sat around long enough for the “volitiles” (oil, etc.) to have evaporated.   Fresh ground flour also has more flavor.  (more…)

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February 24th, 2017 15:45:17

Lose Things Faster

February 24th, 2017 by G.

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.
Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.
-thus Elizabeth Bishop
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February 24th, 2017 06:58:27

Look Who’s Back – Movie recommendation

February 23rd, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

An English language version of Er ist wieder da/ Look who’s back, with its above brilliant and striking cover art, caught my attention in a bookshop a couple of years ago – and I bought it on the basis that it has been a sensational best-seller in Germany.

(I have a considerable interest in German culture and literature, and my brother and my wife’s brother both have German wives.)

The premise is that somehow Hitler is time-shifted to modern Germany, just as he was when he died, and has to make sense of it all. And Germany also has to make sense of him – which they do by assuming he is some kind of satirical comedian who never drops his impersonation.

It was quite intriguing, but I didn’t manage to get through much of the book. However I was interested enough to give the subtitled movie a try – when I discovered it was available on Netflix. The movie had been as successful in Germany as the book – being number one box office for a while.

I would highly recommend Look who’s back as extremely thought-provoking and also at times very funny (Hitler’s encounters with daytime TV, the internet, as a chat show guest etc.) – despite that it is overlong and sags in several points (the improvised sections – which I mostly skipped).

But the scripted sections of the movie were fascinating. The tone shifts back and forth between sympathetic and horrified, between making clear Hitler’s broad, powerful democratic appeal and personal charisma; and the terrible, disgusting quality of his doctrines and actions. I found myself as if caught by a hook, pulled back and forth, but unable to squirm free.

The result was, I found, a very complex argument which has stayed in my mind for several days – indeed, there haven’t been many recent movies which I found so interesting.

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February 23rd, 2017 13:03:34

Something Something Ajax

February 23rd, 2017 by G.

When you’re an Assyrian-bearded manly man like me, you can just about summon up enough courage to read a romance novel. (more…)

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February 23rd, 2017 09:16:39

Whence Pepe?

February 23rd, 2017 by MC

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I have a theory about the rise of the Alt Right. Or maybe that’s too specific: I have a theory about why the American Right has become considerably more verbally aggressive, politically incorrect, and nationalistic over the last 2-4 years, a phenomenon that encompasses Trump and Trumpism, the Alt Right, the rise of Breitbart and Steve Bannon, etc. (more…)

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February 23rd, 2017 02:12:54

Agency is Awesome

February 22nd, 2017 by G.

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If you’ve ever taken on some small project–going to the temple, ticking off a list of chores, reducing your food budget for the month– and seen it through despite friction and your own fatigue, one thing will be obvious: agency is awesome.  It feels great to set your mind to something and then do it. (more…)

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February 22nd, 2017 08:18:42

Real Christianity is Contagious

February 21st, 2017 by G.

The way that can be said is not the true way.

Neal A. Maxwell is a mine.  Every sentence is a sermon.  (more…)

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February 21st, 2017 08:30:35

Free ebook: Thomas Merton – A Life Inspired.

February 20th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Free for a day or so at Amazon.  By Wyatt North.  I haven’t read it yet, but just wanted to alert others. (more…)

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February 20th, 2017 11:45:23


February 20th, 2017 by G.

I ran across a conference talk from 2015 yesterday, from an African general authority.  Be Fruitful, Multiply, and Subdue the Earth. Excellent talk.  But what caught my eye was the shameless un-PC of the title.

Of course, the scriptures make no effort to be PC, and Africans very little.  (more…)

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February 20th, 2017 07:35:58

Too Young to Work

February 20th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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February 20th, 2017 07:21:18

Worlds without Number

February 17th, 2017 by Zen

Now, lest we spend all our time on pessimism and trouble, (ahem, a recent lesson in church), I would like to share this:

It is fascinating enough for us to image exoplanets. But here is an example of exoplanets, imaged moving in their orbits.

Further images of other worlds.

And some Hugh Nibley lecturing on Cosmology and the plurality of worlds (I, II) in the Scriptures and ancient literature. The entire series is worth listening to.

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February 17th, 2017 21:43:17