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Growing Grass and Growing Kids

October 30th, 2014 by G.

I have a big, green lawn that wraps around the house. I just finished scattering gypsum and reseeding a few bare patches. That’s my lawncare routine: fertilizer once or twice a year, gypsum once or twice a year, pull dandelions, maybe spray for dandelions when my dander gets up, and reseed occasionally.  My kids mow it (high), and I water well. This is not a demanding routine. But it seems to work. My lawn isn’t manicured but it is cool and soft and looks inviting.

Lawns have a bad rap. They take up too much time, they take up too much space, they take up too much water. Water, I don’t think people should care about. Water is a renewable resource. Dearth of water in any one area is just a technical and political problem.

Lawns do take up some time and space. But so do kids. If kids are what your lawn is for, it takes away the problem. (more…)

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October 30th, 2014 10:00:17

Baptism is not Being Yourself

October 29th, 2014 by G.

Second Nephi Ch. 31 is not authentic.

It is not a forgery. It is not a fabrication. But the spirit of the age embraces the cult of authenticity, and Second Nephi Ch. 31 could not be more against the spirit of the age if it emitted unlicensed pollutants from burning iPhones. (more…)

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October 29th, 2014 11:45:50

Every Man is a Strawman

October 28th, 2014 by G.

Straw  menThe Bonald has a choice little esssay on intrinsic failure modes.  Here is what he says about Christianity.

How about a Christian neighbor?  Better stay on your toes.  She might hear one too many times about tax collectors and prostitutes getting into heaven before priests, and it may trigger Moral Inversion Syndrome, and she’ll go around haranguing her fellow Christians about the many moral lessons they can learn from prostitutes.  This sort of thing is not the proper interpretation, but I’m afraid all Christians are prone to it.  We know that we’re all sinners, so we tend to imagine that spectacular sinners have some deeper spiritual awareness, or at least they’re not “hypocrites” like respectable Christians.

You’ll notice that the Bonald’s intrinsic religious failure modes look very much like a dumb critic’s strawman of the religion’s belief.  That is because the strawman  version of a belief is usually entropic.  A critic isn’t going to take the time and effort to put energy into making a belief he hates more nuanced and ordered.  Entropy is universal, so believers are prone to it to.  Intrinsic religious failure modes are when believers strawman themselves. (more…)

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October 28th, 2014 15:23:49

Evolutionary Adaptation and the Mormon Prophets, Part II: Why?

October 22nd, 2014 by Man SL

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October 22nd, 2014 12:27:05

Evolutionary Adaptation and the Mormon Prophets, Part I

October 17th, 2014 by G.

bloat

When I was a kid, bloating loomed pretty large in my mental landscape. We had ten acres of alfalfa, a milk cow, and several beef cattle, and we had to worry a lot about keeping the cattle from getting in to the alfalfa in the summer, or about chasing them out once they had got in. Because if they were allowed to, they would eat and eat the fresh, green alfalfa until their stomachs bloated up with methane gas and they died.

I saw a neighbor’s cow die of it. She was collapsed on the ground, her sides was bloated up like a balloon and she was fighting weakly to breath, and then she stopped. My dad saved our own cow when she got bloat. We found her in the field, where she shouldn’t be, staggering and distended. My dad came out with a hollow tube that was sharp at one end. My uncle steadied her while my dad stabbed the tube hard into her side. Green slime and gas exploded out.  It all made quite an impression on my young mind. I was somber about bloating, the way little kids can be when they are trying on being serious.

That all came back to mind recently. I am looking into getting livestock of my own in a small way. Most varieties of domestic animal I consider, the authorities warn that they are prone to overeating or overdrinking this or that, with the result that they die. Cattle aren’t the only animals that can satisfy themselves to death. (more…)

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October 17th, 2014 12:05:23

Participating in the Creation

October 16th, 2014 by Zen

Humanity has changed much of Nature for the better. Dogs and cats often get along and serve us in their own way. Horses bear us around (they were not always capable of that, even in biblical times) and cattle provide milk and meat. Likewise, we have sheep, goats and pigs that are little like their wild counterparts. But some of the most interesting change, is seen in the vegetable kingdom.  Nature is no ideal Eden without Adam & Eve making improvements.

artificial-natural-watermelon1 artificial-natural-corn1 artificial-natural-peach2

 

t/p  James Kennedy Monash   blog 

Watermelon and Corn

Peach

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October 16th, 2014 15:40:19

Some books by Hugh Nibley.

October 16th, 2014 by Bookslinger

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October 16th, 2014 14:43:38

The Contradiction of Celebrity

October 14th, 2014 by G.

panam_2_before

 

It’s no mystery why a world that rejects the nameless virtue would reject heroes. At first glance, its no mystery why that same world would embrace celebrities. (more…)

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October 14th, 2014 09:00:13

No Hypocrites, No Heroes, No Humble Worship

October 09th, 2014 by G.

meat-rare

One kind of creativity is making unexpected connections. Wodehouse excelled at this kind of creativity. I just read where Fink-Nottle, on a vegan diet, started weeping at a sunset, because the color reminded him of a nice, underdone slice of beef.

Most of my creativity comes to me second hand. Providence makes the connections for me. “Look on this picture, and on this,” Providence says, and all I have to do is look, and think. (more…)

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October 09th, 2014 12:15:26

Elder Robbins, Ad Orientem

October 07th, 2014 by G.

Janus

Catholic traditionalists don’t like the newfangled approach where the priest faces the congregation while he undergoes the rite of the mass. (It used to be the priest faced away from the congregation, to the east, ad orientem.) The mass, they say, is a rite of worship. The congregation isn’t worshipping the priest and the priest isn’t worshipping the congregation, ergo, they shouldn’t be gawking at each other. They also say that the mass is a sacrifice. To whom is the priest sacrificing? Not to the congregation, surely. Thus Catholic traditionalists.

There has never been anything Mormon parallel to the ad orientem issue. Until this General Conference. (more…)

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October 07th, 2014 08:10:22

Blessed be the Yarns that Bind

October 06th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life (more…)

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October 06th, 2014 07:50:27

Conference Live Blog 4

October 05th, 2014 by Vader

(In case you were wondering, the reason I did not live blog the Priesthood session is simply that I felt it more appropriate to attend at our chapel, and I have no portable blogging device.)

Sunday afternoon session. President Eyring conducts. (more…)

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October 05th, 2014 14:03:03

Conference Live Blog 3

October 05th, 2014 by Vader

Sunday morning session. President Uchdorf conducting.

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October 05th, 2014 10:07:28

Conference Live Blog 2

October 04th, 2014 by Vader

President Uchdorf presides. (more…)

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October 04th, 2014 15:54:28

Conference Live Blog

October 04th, 2014 by Vader

I’m going to lovingly and respectfully poke a thumb in Adam’s eye and write some notes about conference. Mostly for the selfish reason that taking notes has always helped me better absorb oral presentations.  (more…)

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October 04th, 2014 11:50:38