Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

At breakfast this morning

November 13th, 2014 by Vader

His Majesty dropped a totally random aphorism into the middle of the conversation.


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November 13th, 2014 23:51:36

Grinding Down Ideas: Juxtapositions XX

October 31st, 2014 by G.

If Lucifer could, he’d pull all down to his depth. Since he can’t, that old serpent settles for mortal man reverting to the mean. The devil is the father of mean, and the political critter is always mean when he reverts to it. He bites, and leaves marks.

Most human ideas lie at this mean. They are touched by Absolute Truth but laced with the perishing corruption of relative victory. An idea can exalt, but also debase.

-thus Lynn C. Rees, by way of T. Greer.


the Procrustean Bed of conventional wisdom

-thus John Michael Greer


The strawman wins in the end.

-from Every Man is a Strawman



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October 31st, 2014 10:31:29

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

Aphorisms that Hopefully Aren’t True

October 27th, 2014 by G.

Every organization dies when it succeeds.


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October 27th, 2014 08:28:02

Hatch on religious liberty

October 23rd, 2014 by Vader

The First Amendment prohibits federal establishment of religion and protects the free exercise of religion. America’s Founders viewed the Establishment Clause narrowly and the Free Exercise Clause broadly, a combination that allowed for robust religious freedom and an active role for religion in public life. Judges who have felt free to impose their own values, however, have consistently reversed that order, interpreting the Establishment Clause broadly and the Free Exercise Clause narrowly. The result has been a continued diminishing of religious freedom and an increasingly muted role for religion in public life.

Thus Orrin Hatch.

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October 23rd, 2014 11:57:22

Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Seuss

October 21st, 2014 by G.

Green Eggs and Ham is a book about the Stockholm Syndrome.

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October 21st, 2014 09:59:51

Imperfect but Pleasing: Juxtapositions VI

October 02nd, 2014 by G.

Nephi admits that his writings on the plates aren’t perfect. He pulls the old “I’m only human” excuse:

Nevertheless, I do not write anything upon plates save it be that I think it be sacred. And now, if I do err, even did they err of old; not that I would excuse myself because of other men, but because of the weakness which is in me, according to the flesh, I would excuse myself.

1 Nephi 19:6

He also says that his imperfect writings please God.

And I engraved that which is pleasing unto God. And if my people are pleased with the things of God they will be pleased with mine engravings which are upon these plates.

2 Nephi 5:32

It is said that God loves us for our potential. In other words, He loves us for who we might become. That is so. But He also loves us for who we are as we struggle to become.

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October 02nd, 2014 10:00:55

Capitalism Coopts Central Planning

October 01st, 2014 by Man SL

Capitalism already has the ability to simulate patches of Communism inside the economy, at least insofar as many of the [central planning] advantages are concerned. These are called “corporations.”

-thus Jess Riedel

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October 01st, 2014 11:00:15

Confucius was a Chinaman

September 15th, 2014 by Man SL

Political correctness is, to a large extent, an organized effort to keep truth from being applied to the problems of reality.

-thus Jonah Goldberg, from the September 12, 2014 G-File (more…)

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September 15th, 2014 08:10:10

The Plan of Salvation Distilled

September 11th, 2014 by G.

Choice and judgement: Two sides of the same coin. Love and sorrow; anger and sternness – likewise.

-thus Bruce Charlton, from his essay “Understanding the Final Judgment

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September 11th, 2014 09:02:32

Restrictive Standards

September 03rd, 2014 by Man SL

Standards are always restrictive. Otherwise they wouldn’t be standards.

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September 03rd, 2014 15:06:49


September 03rd, 2014 by Vader

When the world no longer speaks meaningfully to us, we shout into the void and pretend the echoes come to us from on high.

–Thus Roger Kimball

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September 03rd, 2014 13:39:10

The Tao of Elder Packer: Juxtapositions III

August 25th, 2014 by G.

Much of what I have come to know falls into the category of things which cannot be taught but can be learned. Knowledge which is of eternal value comes only through personal prayer and pondering.

-thus Boyd K. Packer (more…)

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August 25th, 2014 10:46:34

Iron Love and Velvet Hate: Juxtapositions II

August 21st, 2014 by G.

The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

-Proverbs 12:10 (more…)

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August 21st, 2014 12:45:00

One Great Whole: Juxtapositions I

August 20th, 2014 by G.

It is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times . . . that a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time.

-thus Joseph Smith (hat tip to Elder Bednar, whose recent talk on social media is worth your time)

These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all.

-thus the Lord your God

There are already entities with vastly greater than human intelligence working on the problem of augmenting their own intelligence. A great many, in fact. We call them corporations. And while we may have a variety of thoughts about them, not one has achieved transcendence.

-thus Ramez Naan, in The Singularity is Further than It Appears

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August 20th, 2014 11:21:47