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“Is the Nobel Committee too political? “

December 11th, 2014 by Vader

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December 11th, 2014 09:31:34

“Time is the fire in which we burn.”

December 11th, 2014 by Bookslinger

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December 11th, 2014 07:56:41

Becoming as a Little Child

December 10th, 2014 by G.

Trying to be child-like isn’t very child-like. Children don’t try to be children. The essence of children isn’t their innocence or their ignorance or their spontaneity or their wilfullness or their not knowing when they should dissemble. It’s the yearn to emulate. Children are things that grow. (more…)

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December 10th, 2014 12:30:17

Angina Monologue 2

December 10th, 2014 by Vader

You never know what will get His Majesty monologuing over breakfast.

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December 10th, 2014 12:24:33

Helpless as a Child

December 10th, 2014 by G.

Our Cub Scouts went caroling to an old folks home. The elderly people there were moved. It is remarkable, the power we have to affect each other. (more…)

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December 10th, 2014 11:00:59

Making Troubling Problems Manageable

December 09th, 2014 by John Mansfield

Nine years ago, Edmonton writer Colby Cosh was considering in the National Post the potential H5N1 flu epidemic: “One daily warned us on Wednesday that a flu pandemic could ‘thrust the planet into unprecedented social and economic chaos.’ But what, I ask you, was the Spanish flu if not a precedent?” He continued with the lessons he had acquired from an acquaintance with microfilm rolls of early 20th Century Canadian prairie newspapers he had poured through for other research. (link)

This week in Maclean’s, Cosh turns similar attention to recent bouts of freelance terrorism: “It has become a pastime of mine to pick major royal or ministerial figures from 19th-century continental Europe and look up the little-known assassination attempts against them.” (link)

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December 09th, 2014 12:17:12

Who’s Your Ingroup, Anyway?

December 09th, 2014 by MC

Meg Stout gives a plausible explanation of when dissent warrants expulsion from the Church, and when it doesn’t. It’s true that the women’s organization “Give Us The Priesthood Or We’re Telling The NY Times” (that was the name, right?) was “tone-deaf when it comes to Mormon culture but in tune with world media.” They certainly seemed to come from a much more alien value system than some of the subtler snakes in the grass, who dress and talk like Mormons, so much that they seem almost like the real thing. But I think it’s even simpler than even that. (more…)

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December 09th, 2014 01:34:08

Destiny is Deity

December 08th, 2014 by Man SL

Bruce Charlton points out that a lot of what people believe that feeds their inner life, like destiny, are implicitly beliefs in a God who knows us:

Such a person’s next step ought to be to understand, to find out more about, this personal god in which they already believe.
 

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December 08th, 2014 09:00:15

Birthrates Continue to Drop

December 08th, 2014 by Man SL

For the sixth year in a row, the American birthrate has reached a new low.

Most economic statistics are lies.  We will know that the real economy has finally turned around when the birthrate starts to rise again.

We will know that the pack of harpies and sillies that make up our national media and political classes has been replaced by real people when this gets more discussion than an obese guy dying in New York after being choked out while resisting arrest.

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December 08th, 2014 08:36:22

73 years ago today

December 07th, 2014 by Vader

Surprise!

His Majesty: “I love surprises. The ones I spring, anyway.”

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December 07th, 2014 13:43:22

Deer meat, $4.30/pound

December 06th, 2014 by Bookslinger

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December 06th, 2014 10:30:16

Brother and Sister Scrooge.

December 05th, 2014 by Bookslinger

Not totally. They cancelled Christmas for the kids, and are turning Christmas into a service project.
http://www.overthebigmoon.com/why-my-husband-and-i-cancelled-christmas/

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December 05th, 2014 16:36:02

“Who goes Nazi?”

December 05th, 2014 by Vader

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December 05th, 2014 12:31:15

The Angina Monologues

December 05th, 2014 by Vader

It’s been said that the difference between a dialogue and a monologue is that a dialogue is something two intelligent people have in order to seek common ground, while a monologue is something one mentally ill person does on a street corner where he’s sleeping on the ground.

That isn’t quite true. I’ve found that His Majesty is actually quite fond of monologues at breakfast, at least so long as he’s the one delivering.

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December 05th, 2014 10:46:06

How Can Anything Be Meaningful?

December 05th, 2014 by G.

How-To-Be-A-Deep-ThinkerWhat are the minimum conditions for meaning? Meaning is one of the basics of life, so it sounds like an obvious question to ask and an easy question to answer. It is both. But it is rarely asked. (more…)

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December 05th, 2014 10:42:29