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Our Bad Demography is Depressing

January 05th, 2017 by G.

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January 05th, 2017 08:36:03

The Frantic Ant

January 04th, 2017 by G.

An ant was scurrying busily back to his anthill with some small grain.  “What a waste,” a parrot said as it settled down by him.  “All this effort, and it will all come to nothing when a bull happens to step on your hill and crush it.”

The ant took notice of the parrot’s words and scurried away towards the fence.  “Even worse!” the parrot called.  “There are even  more animals in that pasture over there!”

But the ant was not headed to the other pasture.  The ant had stopped at the fence and was scouting for locations for a new hill under the fence itself.  “Even worse!” the parrot called.  “Birds that pray on ants will perch above you on the railing, and the  uncropped grass that grows underneath the fence will block your view of them.  You will be devoured!”  The ant then looked for a barer patch under the fence, but the parrot told him it was only bare because a rivulet sometimes flowed through it during rains, which would drown the hill.  When the ant found a different spot that was bare of grass due to rocks, the parrot warned the ant that the rocks would surely absorb the heat of the sun and bake the ant.

“I was foolish to listen to you,” the ant replied.  “Your warnings reflect no considered judgment.  I will return to my hill, reflect on what is to be done, and do what I can.  Apart from that, I will be merry, because frantic fretting will do nothing to ward off disaster.”

 

Moral: Spend your worry frugally.

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January 04th, 2017 09:02:24

The 11th Day of Christmas

January 04th, 2017 by G.

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January 04th, 2017 08:54:01

Another cycle begins.

January 01st, 2017 by Bookslinger

A new year. A new ward. Another volume in my journal, a.k.a. “the Book of Bookslinger.”
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January 01st, 2017 19:25:14

Abolish the Popular Vote

December 30th, 2016 by Man SL

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December 30th, 2016 10:58:04

And a Late Surge from 1984

December 29th, 2016 by G.

Aldous Huxley has been beating Orwell pretty handily in the prophetic dystopia stakes, but Orwell is coming on strong.

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December 29th, 2016 11:16:34

Christmas Sunday Sights and Sounds

December 26th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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December 26th, 2016 18:36:38

Liberals More Likely to Unfriend

December 20th, 2016 by G.

Us grumpy conservatives have too few friends to risk abandoning any over politics.

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December 20th, 2016 09:35:30

The Third Parable of Rule

December 19th, 2016 by G.

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The 3rd Parable of Rule is the point of the first two.

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December 19th, 2016 13:30:21

Nevada Mormon Celeb News

December 19th, 2016 by John Mansfield

Bryce Harper wed Kayla Varner. The bride was Nevada’s high school soccer Player of the Year in 2009 and 2011.

Brandon Flowers wrote an opinion piece on parking valets.

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December 19th, 2016 08:05:33

First Born and Last to Die

December 08th, 2016 by John Mansfield

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John Glenn (1921-2016) was the oldest of the Mercury Seven, almost two years older than Wally Schirra, the next oldest. Gordon Cooper, the youngest, was six years younger than Glenn, and the astronauts ranged from 32- to 37-years old when presented to the world on April 9, 1959. After Scott Carpenter’s death three years ago, Glenn was the last of the Seven still alive.

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December 08th, 2016 14:58:56

How to Make America Great Again in 3 Easy Steps

December 02nd, 2016 by MC

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To my mind, the most distinctive feature of the recent presidential election was the way in which it scrambled previously-stable political coalitions. Even Mormon voters, who are perhaps more similar to one another in mindset and political views than any other religious group, found themselves opposed in ways they never thought possible: Mommy-blogger was divided against mommy-blogger, and church-baller against church-baller.

Mormon Trump voters and McMullin voters differed less in political or moral views than in the meaning they impute to the act of voting. McMullin voters (like my in-laws) seemed to think of their vote as an affirmation of their values. By withholding a vote from Trump, they were making a statement about what they consider to be acceptable behavior in a president.

Although I voted for Trump, I have no quarrel with the “endorsement” view of voting. Not one person in the whole country can say, or likely ever will be able to say, that his vote changed the result of the election. Thus, the “meaning” which we attribute to our individual vote is essentially metaphysical, and not really subject to rational argument. (more…)

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December 02nd, 2016 04:45:19

MVP Civic Repeat

November 18th, 2016 by John Mansfield

Kris Bryant, the 2016 National League MVP, is a native son of Las Vegas, born in 1992. As is the 2015 NL MVP, Bryce Harper. I am not aware of a third 24-year-old Las Vegan playing in major league baseball.

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November 18th, 2016 10:06:56

Ancient Hibernia (Ireland) according to Rudolf Steiner – an interesting parallel with the Nephites

November 15th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

From a lecture by Rudolf Steiner at Dornach, Switzerland in 1923 – from the series Mystery Centres

http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA232/English/GC1985/19231209p01.html:

And then, when the Mystery of Golgotha took place, when over in Palestine, the wonderful events came to pass which we describe as the experience of Christ Jesus on Golgotha and its surroundings, while these wonderful events came to pass in Palestine; great festivals were held [in Ireland] within the Hibernian Mysteries, and within their community, i.e. by the people who belonged to the Hibernian Mysteries.

And that which came to pass in actual fact in Palestine, was portrayed in pictures on the island of Hibernia in ways a hundred-fold, though the picture was as a memory of the past. They experienced in pictures the Mystery of Golgotha contemporaneously on the island of Hibernia, while the Mystery of Golgotha came to pass historically, in Palestine.

When later, in temples and churches, the Mystery of Golgotha was experienced pictorially, was shown in pictures to the people, then these were pictures which recalled something which had taken place on the earth, which were drawn out of the ordinary consciousness as a kind of historic memory.

These pictures existed on the island of Hibernia before they could be produced from historic memory of the past, but as they only could be produced out of the Spirit itself.

On the island of Hibernia that was spiritually seen which took place before the bodily eye in Palestine, at the beginning of our era.

And so, on the island of Hibernia, humanity actually experienced the Mystery of Golgotha spiritually. And this indicates the greatness of all that went forth later from the island of Hibernia, for the rest of the civilized world, but which vanished in later time.

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As far as I can tell, Rudolf Steiner knew nothing substantive about Mormonism or The Book of Mormon. His teachings came from (or were confirmed by) a method he termed Spiritual Science or Clairvoyance (in the sense of clear-seeing).

This was a type of personal revelation, but not regarded as coming directly from God; rather it was more like being able to view or read objective knowledge of the totality of significant reality recorded objectively, and (he said) accessible to anyone ‘initiated’ in these methods (although this training included moral elements and pre-requisites, so was only possible for the worthy).

Anyway, this passage is interesting as describing an ancient Irish civilisation which – like the Nephites – was Christian before Christ, and which was aware of the events and significance of Christ’s ministry, death, resurrection and ascension.

(A major difference from the Nephites is that Steiner does not describe any visit to ancient Ireland by Christ himself. )

I personally suppose that this basic situation may well have happened in several places on earth – I mean that there may have been ancient societies (currently not known to history or archaeology) who knew of, and awaited the coming of Christ – and were spiritually aware (to varying degrees) of the nature of significance of the happenings in Palestine around AD 30-33 (or whenever precisely the ministry of Christ and his death occurred).

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November 15th, 2016 08:20:18

Why I am not a libertarian

November 14th, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty: “Because you are an evil Sith overlord, of course.”

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