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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

Rebellion to God is Rebellion to Self

February 07th, 2017 by G.

Being a Christian is hard. Let’s not kid around. The more seriously you try it, the harder it gets, until you reach the breakthrough. The idea that religion is a bunch of harsh rules that require abject submission to a harsh and demanding God is a caricature–but it is a caricature that every faithful man will experience at some point. (Almost everything is the experience of knitting together a series of caricatures.)

But there is a point to it all. When we are learning to submit to God, not least we are learning to submit to our own will. We are not eliminating our own agency and our own desires. We are taming them until they can be brought into the whole. We are ensuring that some irruption of will or desire now doesn’t make that will or desire unworkable forever. Submission now preserves all of our full characteristics for the eternities. Obedience to God is saying that every part of ourself is too precious to ever lose.

Character is determined by the extent to which we can master ourselves toward good ends. It is difficult to say just what builds good character, but we know it when we see it. It always commands our admiration, and the absence of it our pity.

-thus Elder Tanner

Other Talks from the Priesthood session of the April 1975 General Conference

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February 07th, 2017 07:50:00

Virtue Signaling: Juxtapositions XV

February 07th, 2017 by Man SL

Virtue Signaling is just Pride that needs to be reassured. Pride, but without the confidence. All of the sin, but none of the upside.

-thus our Zen

Virtue signaling is virtue without courage.

-thus Nassim Taleb

When people virtue signal: play dumb, mock them, or pretend to find “problematic” attitudes (racist? patronizing? cis-centric?) in their virtue signals. Even explicitly praising a virtue signaler’s level of education (use the word “articulate”!) will discomfit him: blatant virtue signals are still virtue signals, but blatant status signals are tacky. The need to signal one’s status betokens low status, so a signal must be subtle and understated to communicate high status.

-thus Quincy Lathan, Social Matter

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February 07th, 2017 06:03:13

Identity theft

February 06th, 2017 by Vader

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February 06th, 2017 08:56:34

Archimedes’ Lever

February 05th, 2017 by G.

But in the end, everything will hinge on the private decisions of individuals; perhaps even of one single individual – this is how the world works (although we never know the sepficis, in mortal life).

The threads of causality converge on a point of decision, then diverge-out from that point.

At that point it might be You – You will, soon, be brought to some point, and will make a difficult choice. You cannot ever know that your choice is not the one at the convergence point of a vast portion of the web, your choice the origin of many other changes.

And anyway, nothing is insignificant in this world – everything matters, because anything might be crucial.

(There are no ‘unimportant people’.)

How you decide, how you perform on that single test of integrity, could determine the future of the nations.

Be ready.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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February 05th, 2017 18:00:56

Dear Media: stop calling ’em protesters.

February 03rd, 2017 by Bookslinger

When they break things or assault people, they’re rioters.

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February 03rd, 2017 12:12:51

Literally Hitler

February 03rd, 2017 by Bertie

My club–the Drones, don’t you know–enjoys an exceptionally high level of repartee and, well, insight, dash it. When one subtracts out the flying rolls, one is left with dashed pearls of wisdom.

Just yestere’en, my pal Jocko, though generously imbibing bumperfuls of the blushful Hippocrene, was able to address the issues of the day with a straightforward pith. “Bertie,” he said, fastening on to the buttonholes of my lapel, “Bertie, auld bean, dae yon daft Yanks nae ken Trump cannae be Literally Hitler? He disnae e’en hae a wee mustarsh.”

Which I thought was putting it very well.

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February 03rd, 2017 10:38:06

Small Promises

February 02nd, 2017 by G.

An old woman knew herself to be dying.  She called her son, a captain of soldiers, to visit her bedside.

“My son,” she said, “you know that I have something of the second sight.  I have told you that greatness can be yours if you but reach for it, but you have refused to try.  Now I ask for something less.  I ask you to make me a small promise.  On the first anniversary of my death, on that day, tell no lies.” (more…)

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February 02nd, 2017 10:10:59

Why I am not nice

February 01st, 2017 by Vader


His Majesty: “I doubt that’s the only reason.”

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February 01st, 2017 10:22:14

Anatomy of Heroism

February 01st, 2017 by G.

What is it like, being a hero? (more…)

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February 01st, 2017 05:30:27

Sin without Consequence is not Forgiveness

January 31st, 2017 by G.

We are drowning in strawman Christianity.   I don’t just mean progressivism.  I mean this hideous notion that what Jesus wants us to do is keep the corrupt and the sinful in power over us–because to do otherwise would be “unforgiving.”  This is a doctrine of hell.

So a shepherd in Tallahassee was preying on his congregation–he had seduced a man’s wife.  When he got caught, he announced he had no intention of stepping down–because to do so would be to deny his repentance.  Also his congregation should keep him running the church, because that would show how awesomely they had forgiven him.  Gaa!  Strawman Christianity and virtue signaling are twin poisons.

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January 31st, 2017 20:28:44

Peace with Muscles

January 31st, 2017 by G.

John C. Wright has announced the Last Crusade. It is mostly silly, of course. But on the other hand, it is what most of us who have children are already doing. One has to stand against the great maw of modernity that is gaping wide to eat your kids up. It is easy to be gloomy and despairing about it.

In a 1975 conference talk, Brother H. Burke Petersen recited the usual gloomy statistics. Divorce, illegitimacy, and so on. They are all much worse now.

Then he turned to the words of the Lord. (more…)

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January 31st, 2017 08:30:44

“Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper.”

January 30th, 2017 by Vader

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January 30th, 2017 11:13:42

For Those Who Disagree

January 29th, 2017 by MC

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What’s the right way to act when you disagree with the Church?

I’m not asking this question because it’s some sort of novel situation I find myself in. Far from it. Who doesn’t have disagreements with the Church? Even with the prophets, dead or living? Even with (*installs lightning rod*) the Word of God itself as recorded in the scriptures? There are thousands of pages of scriptures, conference talks, Church policies, Sunday School lessons, half-remembered anecdotes from your batty old aunt about how they used to run things in the pre-war M.I.A., etc. The odds that you could thoughtfully ponder all that and not find some points of honest disagreement are astronomical. (more…)

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January 29th, 2017 02:35:58

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