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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

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

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

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

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

Rome Burns and we are all holding Flamethrowers

February 17th, 2017 by Zen

At least Nero only fiddled.

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February 17th, 2017 21:18:27

Predictions for the Next Couple of Years

February 13th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

The media has already mostly spent the last of its credibility openly throwing aside old norms to attack Trump. The effort failed and has failed. (more…)

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February 13th, 2017 15:30:41

What think ye of the poor?

February 12th, 2017 by Zen

The Poor you will always have with you. Matt 26:11

So, what are we going to do about it? (more…)

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February 12th, 2017 17:53:22

Snark from my daughter

February 11th, 2017 by Vader

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February 11th, 2017 21:44:01

Yearning for Authority

February 08th, 2017 by John Mansfield

“Harry Potter has become a surprisingly obsessive allegorical tool for liberals’ opposition to the Trump Administration [ . . .] I’ll disobey Occam’s Razor and offer another mostly unrelated hypothesis about why Harry Potter stories are such useful allegorical material for contemporary liberals, aside from a general hunger for myth and meaning in a post-religious age.

“Harry Potter, especially the movies, is about the legitimacy of authority that comes from schools.”

–Spotted Toad

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February 08th, 2017 14:37:49

Physical, not Transcendental, Constant but Approximate

February 07th, 2017 by John Mansfield

If I were a lawyer working in Phoenix with mostly Spanish-speaking clients, I would try to get for my office the phone number 602-214-0857, though any number in the range from 0783 to 0931 would be close enough. And I’d have a 1 kilogram silicon sphere on my desk, and somewhere where everyone could see it, a 22.4 liter bottle of gas (any gas, ideally). The thought of it makes me want to order a burrito at Chipotle and say “yes” when asked if I want to pay extra.

So, who does have that number?

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February 07th, 2017 14:35:58

May the Saints be as Silver … Indium, Cadmium and Boron

January 27th, 2017 by Zen

“I fear America has attained critical mass: an unstoppable process of reciprocally escalating outrage & disgust, justified via social media”
Thus Jonathan Haidt via twitter

And is what job of the Saints and the Righteous of every denomination? It is to oppose contention and the spirit of the devil. Or in other words, to act as the control rods of society, keeping things as sub-critical as possible, which is the function of silver, indium, cadmium and boron in a nuclear reactor.

If the time comes that the Saints must leave the rest of society, or if they are driven out, then critical mass has most certainly been attained.

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January 27th, 2017 21:59:37

People who don’t think the Brethren are inspired (ie, receive revelation)…

January 18th, 2017 by Bookslinger

… aren’t receiving revelation themselves.  Otherwise, they would know “how it works.”  (more…)

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January 18th, 2017 20:13:24

Evening Snack

January 13th, 2017 by G.

Winesap apples with mesquite honey, almost thou persuadest me to be a sybarite.

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January 13th, 2017 09:26:57

Angina Monologue 34

January 12th, 2017 by Vader

His Majesty keeps a small trove of candy in the cabinet above the microwave.

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January 12th, 2017 12:30:47