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Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

June 18th, 2017 by G.

A perennial Fathers’ Day favorite:

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June 18th, 2017 18:22:33

The Cult of Authenticity: Multiple Personality Edition

June 17th, 2017 by Zen

Ponder this:

“Consider the musical ‘Grease’, where Sandy sheds her goody-goody persona to become a leather-clad, pelvis-thrusting bad girl. Surely all this smokiness and gyration is Sandy. But just as surely, this is a performance designed to gain the approval of her peers, not the ‘real’ Sandy.” (more…)

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June 17th, 2017 22:28:09

Ansel Adams moment

June 17th, 2017 by Vader

Friend of the Junior Ganymede, Kent Budge, seems to have had a wonderful vacation combining temple marriage with sedimentary geology.

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June 17th, 2017 20:03:28

Civil War Watch, Live Fire Edition

June 15th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Our long national vacation from history came closer to ending yesterday morning on a baseball diamond.  An older white man with no history of mental illness asked if it were Republicans hitting the ball around out there.  Yes, he was told.  And he took out a long rifle and shot them.  They were Republican Congressmen and their aides and friends and a couple of cops pulling security.

It was early in the morning.  Cool and still.  The calm before the heat and clamor of the day.  if there were a few clouds, they may have turned rosy from the pre-dawn light.  And any Christians on the field may have looked up and briefly and idly remembered the Savior comparing morning red skies to the signs of the times.

When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring.

O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Shooting down Republican officeholders is a sign of the times.  It is not the Ft. Sumter for a second outpouring of blood on this continent.  It is not even a precursor like his attack on Harpers’ Ferry.  But it is the Pottawatomie Massacre.

 

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June 15th, 2017 06:27:02

Not Pure Aryan Skull Shape

June 13th, 2017 by G.

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I saw one of those skull logos the other day, the one with really long teeth, like you find on the back of pickups and motorcyclists.  Spooky.  In my mind, I worked out what the creature would look like in the flesh, or even what the skull’s skeleton would look like up and moving around.  Ridiculous, in both cases.  It needed to be just the still image to have an effect.

Which apparently my subconscious took as some kind of warrant. (more…)

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June 13th, 2017 05:03:50

Trust and Science

June 12th, 2017 by G.

Thinking out loud here.

One of the great things about the internet is you can get to know foreigners. We’re all the same under the skin, etc., etc., but foreigners are also foreign. For instance, my experience out in the Great Digital Unknown has tended to validate the insight that Anglo-Americans are more empirical and pragmatic, and others, especially Eastern Europeans, are very abstract thinkers.

I think its because of trust.
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June 12th, 2017 10:49:32

Reincarnation, sort of, maybe?

June 11th, 2017 by Zen

Of course, in the grand Eastern sense of the word, we don’t believe in Reincarnation. This life is what you have, and you make the best of it, so don’t plan on infinite do-overs. Still, I wonder if things could be more messy, if we could see them better.

One interesting example, so called Pre-Birth Experiences, which are the premortal equivalent of After Death Experiences. That certainly suggests a less strict interpretation. 1 2

Still, is there anything that forbids having a second go around, if in rare circumstances, you really didn’t get the chance to fulfill your life mission? For instance, if you were a child who died in infancy when you should have had more life experiences.

This list of short experiences has had me thinking. It doesn’t fit with a very literal interpretation, but nor do I see a strict way to refute the possibility of occasional multiple mortal lives. Of course, if you are postponing repentance, banking on infinite other lives, you have likely already made the crucial choice, and not in your own favor.

I do think there are “more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of” in most reductive philosophies. If this life is complicated, I would expect nothing less of a realm of greater intelligence.

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June 11th, 2017 17:52:10

Things That Might Have Been

June 07th, 2017 by G.

 

I think of things that weren’t, but might have been.

The treatise on Saxon myths Bede never wrote.

The inconceivable work Dante might have had a glimpse of,

As soon as he’d corrected the Comedy’s last verse.

History without the afternoons of the Cross and the hemlock.

History without the face of Helen.

Man without the eyes that gave us the moon.

On Gettysburg’s three days, victory for the South.

The love we never shared.

The wide empire the Vikings chose not to found.

The world without the wheel or the rose.

The view John Donne held of Shakespeare.

The other horn of the Unicorn.

The fabled Irish bird that lights on two trees at once.

The child I never had.

-thus Borges

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June 07th, 2017 21:15:56

Free ebook: Lost Skills of the 19th Century.

June 05th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Free for a day or so at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Skills-19th-Century-practical-ebook/dp/B06X93ZLHJ

This is in Kindle format. Free Kindle reading apps are available for Windows, ios, and Android.

The title struck me as very Junior Ganymede-ish.  The bit on how to cook a buffalo hump in the “traditional manner” sounded even Pecos Bill-ish.

This book contains mere snippets from a wide selection of free online source material.  Links are given to the full publications. Therefore it will be a multi-step process to get the particulars.

Yee-Haw, pardners.

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June 05th, 2017 17:06:19

P-rn, Spock, and the Great Salt Lake

June 03rd, 2017 by Zen

This has been percolating in my mind for some time, but I recently saw a video on a show I have not seen yet, that really brought this to mind. This video is on the Philosophy of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  Watch at least the first 3 minutes. I can only characterize this as a vision of hell.

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June 03rd, 2017 20:30:58

Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle

June 01st, 2017 by Patrick Henry

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June 01st, 2017 19:55:44

The Father of Bureaucracies

June 01st, 2017 by G.

It just occurred to me that Satan’s excuse for deceiving Eve was the standard bureaucrat’s excuse. “I was just following procedure.”

One can say many things about bureaucracy in this world. Many of them positive. But it does not seem to be a feature of the heavens. There all things are personal.

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June 01st, 2017 06:35:54

Work we Must, but the Lunch is Free

May 31st, 2017 by Zen

Vader’s recent post on agency and education got me thinking about one of my favorite books, Approaching Zion, by the inestimable Hugh Nibley, and in particular, the chapter entitled Work we must, but the Lunch is Free. 

Imagine this world is our education, our school and that lunch is merely those we need to live.

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May 31st, 2017 00:53:02

The Bitch and Her Whelps

May 19th, 2017 by G.

  A BITCH, ready to whelp, earnestly begged a shepherd for a place
where she might litter.  When her request was granted, she
besought permission to rear her puppies in the same spot.  The
shepherd again consented.  But at last the Bitch, protected by
the bodyguard of her Whelps, who had now grown up and were able
to defend themselves, asserted her exclusive right to the place
and would not permit the shepherd to approach.

from Aesop’s Fables

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May 19th, 2017 07:14:21

Do men understand women better than women understand men?

May 19th, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

Since equality never happens in nature; either men must understand women better than women understand men; or else women understand men better than men understand women – on average.

(Or, the difference could be too small to make a difference, except perhaps at the extremes.)

So which is it?

I would say the answer is obvious: men understand women better than vice versa!

More exactly, over time most men learn to understand women better and better; but women instead learn to tolerate that which they do not ever understand.

Why? Perhaps because biologically men court and women choose; so men want and need to understand women so they will mate with them. A woman (a young healthy woman, anyway) is intrinsically in-demand, and doesn’t really need to understand men – just to pick the best one available…

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May 19th, 2017 04:14:46