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*ELON’S NEW and USED ROCKETS* (Buy Here / Pay Here)

March 31st, 2017 by Bookslinger

‘Scuse me for scoopin’ Pecos Bill who usually posts these news bits. (Ah’ll try ta give it sum Pecos-isms to give it the raht savor.) But this is a big, big, BIG thang. And I couldn’ contain mysef. 

 A private space company has done, 15 years after its foundin’, what gubmint fellers hain’t done in thar 60 years o’ bein’ in bizniss. They done sussessfully shot a USED rocket inta space orbit! 

This, mah frens, is a game changer. An’ if the compy-tishun don’t play ketchup, an’ do it raht quick, Mister Musk is gonna be moocho very richer. Well, he’s gonna be richer any which way. But compy-tishun is good fer the customers. 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-launch-20170329-story.html

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March 31st, 2017 08:05:31

Persiflage and More

March 31st, 2017 by G.

GHS sucks the marrow from the internet so you don’t have to.

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March 31st, 2017 07:03:45

Evaporating Us

March 31st, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Us is evaporating.  We are left with evermore Red v. Blue.  In lots of ways, but especially politically.

Purple America has All But Disappeared.

 

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March 31st, 2017 06:59:47

Hate Speech

March 30th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

A couple of aphorisms from sardonic friends.

Political Correctness speaks power to truth.

and

Hate speech is the speech that power hates to hear.

 

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March 30th, 2017 09:51:30

What’s Good for the Press

March 30th, 2017 by G.

A shambly bear was clumsily making his way through the woods, when he bumped into a tree, dislodging one of a flock of escaped parrots.  The bird flew up squawking and indignant.  “You, sir!”  it said, when it came back to roost.  “I’d like to ask you a few questions,” it said, glaring ferociously.

“You’re a parrot,” the bear said enthusiastically.  “Pretty bird!  I’d like to ask you a few questions too.”

“How dare you,” the bird said, and flew off in a huff.

Moral:  The media expects special treatment that it doesn’t deserve. (more…)

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March 30th, 2017 09:00:04

What Utah is Doing Right?

March 29th, 2017 by G.

Short answer: Married, Mormon, Sober, Non-Diverse.  Megan McArdle has an article out about Utah’s relative lack of inequality and dysfunction.  Like the Mormons, the article is also sober and  maybe a little bit quirky.  I liked it. (more…)

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March 29th, 2017 07:08:48

It’s that man again

March 28th, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

Having made a qualified but strong recommendation of the movie version of Timur Vermes’s Hitler satire Look Who’s Back;

Look Who’s Back – Movie recommendation

I can make a whole-hearted recommendation of the audiobook version of the original novel superbly translated into English by Jamie Bulloch and given a perfectly-nuanced performance by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

The narration is in the first person by the man himself, whom Rhind-Tutt performs with a ‘clipped’ German intonation, rather than an accent – and he does all the other voices in class-appropriate variations of the London/ South East accent.

In one sense, the novel has just one conceit – which is that Hitler is always exactly himself, but everybody assumes he is joking – but the variations that are rung on this (tragic as well as comic) are amazingly inventive, and the novel never flags right up to the satisfying and haunting end.

You need a reasonable knowledge of German history to get the references – the translator provides an explanatory appendix at the end of the audiobook, which it might be helpful to listen-to first.

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March 28th, 2017 11:54:49

256 Levels of Hell

March 28th, 2017 by G.

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March 28th, 2017 10:36:07

Strange Dreams

March 28th, 2017 by G.

I have not been reading or thinking about Australia at all.  Oh, yes, Australia?  Hmm, seems I’ve heard of it, about sums up my reaction.

So naturally, I had a crazy dream about Australia. (more…)

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March 28th, 2017 10:29:30

Who Voted for Trump?

March 27th, 2017 by G.

Single white men, married people of all sorts, and above all, Mormons.

From the Audacious Epigone (?): (more…)

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March 27th, 2017 06:59:02

Social Media Strategy

March 27th, 2017 by G.

Just a reminder that you and your family needs a social media strategy, whether formal or informal.

In the same spirit that makes me tease my kids, I am thinking of making them surfeit on media.  Forcing them to sit down with my phone or something and not do anything else for 4 hours.  Then have a chat with them.

Still mulling it over.

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March 27th, 2017 06:46:58

Sick and Sentimental

March 27th, 2017 by G.

What is it about being sick that makes you so sentimental?  I was under the weather this weekend, reading some Wodehouse.  Heart of the Goof, golf stories, nothing but the merest gas.  Meaning no disrespect to the great writer, who stands alone with Tolstoy and Sovietski, but he would admit that they were nothing but gas himself.  Then I get to the lighthearted comical description of the hero sinking the putt or getting the girl–and I choke up.  It was making me laugh almost as much as the book.

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March 27th, 2017 06:42:19

The Rise and Fall of the Bronze Age

March 26th, 2017 by Zen

 

At the end of the Bronze Age, the Mediterranean was full of wealthy, powerful nations like the Hittites, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Egyptians, etc. The world was international and cosmopolitan. Then around 1177BC, it all collapsed and the world entered several hundred year dark ages. Over 40-50 years, most major cities were burned or destroyed and were never inhabited again. This collapse was worse than the Fall of the Roman Empire, but like that collapse, it introduced 3+ centuries of dark ages. Other places had more like a thousand years of dark ages. You can see this in the technological primitiveness in the book of Judges.

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March 26th, 2017 14:43:03

Why are bodies better than spirits? In a word: agency

March 24th, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

Going back to the first philosophers of Ancient Greece – the body is seen as subject to disease, corruption, ageing and death… naturally the spirit was more highly prized; naturally the eternal real was seen as immaterial spirit, where there could be no decay because no ‘matter’…

Yet Christianity insists we will be resurrected into bodies – albeit perfected bodies that are immune to decay, destruction or death. But why? Why bother mucking-around ‘confined’ in bodies when we might we free-ranging spirits…?

Mormonism goes a considerable way towards explaining this, by the insight that God the Father (as well as Jesus Christ) is embodied – and that this is a necessary part of attaining the highest level of creative divinity. (For example, while creation does not require a body, and Jesus Christ created – or co-created – this world; divine procreation – the begetting of spirit children – requires the body; in some way.)

But there is not much indication of why this should be – why ‘bodies are better’ – whereas three thousand years or more of philosophical and religious history suggest that bodies are a limitation, not an advantage.

Why, then, are bodies better – as it seems they must be?

 

More of this at:

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/why-are-we-resurrected-why-are-bodies.html

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March 24th, 2017 00:55:46

Impact of the Restoration on the evolution of human consciousness (from a Barfieldian perspective)

March 23rd, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

From the perspective of Owen Barfield (1898-1997; best friend of CS Lewis and ‘the philosopher’ among The Inklings of Oxford); there has been an evolution of human consciousness from the beginnings of Man (the state he calls Original Participation) until now. Barfield never wrote about Mormonism, so far as I know – and exhibits no knowledge of Mormon scriptures, doctrines or theology – but Mormonism can be understood to have a clear place in Barfield’s historical account.

Very briefly, Barfield sees human consciousness as having begun with Man lacking self-consciousness and immersed-in the world (a state resembling that of early childhood, and dreams) – all was unconscious, mysterious, spontaneous, common sense.

Then, through several intermediate phases, there was a developing of increased self-consciousness and a sense of separateness from the world; until (from the 1400s approximately, most evident by the 1600s) a stage of alienation was reached in which each Man felt himself isolated and cut-off from a dead and non-conscious reality. This ‘modern’ phase is called the Consciousness Soul.

One step towards this was The Reformation, when Christian faith became extremely inward, and the near-exclusive focus became individual salvation – with, on the whole, little emphasis on the possibility of spiritual progression towards divinity during mortal life, or indeed after death (as in the phrase, ‘the tree lies where it falls’ meaning that the state of the soul at the moment of death is permanent).

Against this background, the Mormon Restoration, from 1830 onwards, can be seen as a move towards the state that Barfield terms Final Participation – which is one where Man carries-through self-consciousness into an understanding of spiritual progression towards divinity. Final Participation is, indeed, qualitatively the same state as full-divinity – which is why it is ‘final’ – because God is both agent (self-conscious) and also fully-participating in all of creation. It is the state in which there is no limit to knowledge, and all knowledge is potentially explicit.

Mormonism – conceptualised in terms of its theology – can be seen as a very conscious process of spiritual progression; in which – layer-by-layer – cumulative prophetic and personal revelations will clarify and make explicit much that was previously an incomprehensible ‘mystery’ in Christianity.

The first step came with the additional scriptures and revealed doctrines provided by Joseph Smith; but there was a built-in expectation that the process would continue with an unfolding of implications and more specific details.

This has been concisely stated in the LDS church’s summaries of God’s Plan of Salvation (or of Happiness) – with (as examples) greater knowledge of the nature of God; the insight that men and women are metaphysically distinct, and existed as primordial ‘intelligences’ in pre-mortal life before becoming (literal) children of Heavenly Father and Mother; the description of pre-mortal, mortal incarnate, and post-mortal resurrected states – with spiritual progression towards divinity possible in all phases; the doctrine of celestial marriage and a permanent dyadic, creative and fertile relationship of a deified man and woman as necessary for ultimate divine status – and so on.

Implicit in Joseph Smith’s revelations was a completely new metaphysics underpinning the theology – a pluralist, evolutionary, open-ended metaphysics – that has gradually become more evident (for those interested by it) with each generation.

My point is that Joseph Smith’s revelations – as they became clarified by later generations – can now be seen as a qualitative step towards Final Participation and a new, higher, evolutionary stage of consciousness which potentially (if that path is chosen) could begin during mortal life.

This aspect of Mormonism – as providing a basis for the evolution of consciousness towards something very like Barfield’s Final Participation – has remained mostly theoretical; probably because the CJCLDS has been in a state of more-or-less permanent siege from secular culture ever since it began.

(Modern secular culture is the greatest ever threat to salvation; since – by its multiple inversions of The Good – including but not restricted to an inversion of virtue – it is the only society in which official laws, rules, propaganda, practices etc. would tend to make individuals choose to reject Christian salvation even when the possibility of that salvation was believed to be true and real. In a nutshell, modern culture depicts Good as evil – and therefore mainstream society increasingly regards Christianity as not merely false, or sub-optimal, but as actively wicked – meaning that Christianity is tending to promote suffering and misery in this mortal life – in a metaphysical system by which mortal life is understood to be the only life.)

Not many people, other than myself!, have made a serious effort to understand the philosophical basis of both Mormonism and also the ‘Romantic’ tradition – which Barfield traces back to William Blake, Goethe, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Rudolf Steiner. But having done this; it seems to me that the Mormon Restoration provides the proper, and indeed necessary, Christian metaphysical framework – within-which the Romantic tradition can be understood to provide more specific detail and sound guidance for progression of human consciousness towards Final Participation.

 

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March 23rd, 2017 06:09:16