“DNA discovery reveals genetic history of ancient Egyptians”

    The article’s title is a bit too grand; the discovery comes from just one site in Middle Egypt.  Still, it’s interesting, and it promises further discoveries in the future:   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/22/health/ancient-egypt-mummy-dna-genome-heritage/index.html   Posted from the Ionian Sea     [Read more…]

“A Lost Art in the Arctic: Igloo Making”

    I share this item not only because of its intrinsic interest but because I think it could prove useful to Mr. Stephen Smoot as the time approaches for him to resume his hopeless and despairing exile in the frozen north to return under compulsion to his useless studies in Egyptology at the University of [Read More…]

“Why Wrestling with Tough Church Questions is a Good Thing”

    A perspective from Sheri Dew:   http://www.ldsliving.com/Sheri-Dew-Why-Wrestling-With-Our-Questions-Is-a-Good-Thing/s/85266?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=popular&utm_content=pop2170622   I agree that, by struggling with tough questions, we can deepen our faith, our understanding, and our commitment.   Posted from the Tyrrhenian Sea     [Read more…]

“John, really?”

    Tarik LaCour responds to a recent comment from John Dehlin, a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who is now a vocal if not overly well informed critic:   http://tarikdlacour.blogspot.de/2017/06/john-really.html   Posted from the Tyrrhenian Sea     [Read more…]

“Is the English Book of Mormon written in Joseph Smith’s language?”

    By publishing yet another of my columns, the Deseret News continues to aid and abet my campaign of hatred, mean-spirited name-calling, and flat-out dishonesty:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865683455/Is-the-English-Book-of-Mormon-written-in-Joseph-Smiths-language.html   Posted from the Tyrrhenian Sea     [Read more…]

Not to decide is to decide.

    “And I — my head oppressed by horror — said: “Master, what is it that I hear? Who are those people so defeated by their pain?”       And he to me: “This miserable way is taken by the sorry souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.     [Read More…]

On My Allegedly Self-Contradictory Views Regarding Religious Liberty and Gay Rights

Private citizens have rights that the government does not. [Read more…]

“What happens when tragedy strikes Muslims during Ramadan”

    With reference to the recent attack on Muslims in London:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/06/20/what-happens-when-tragedy-strikes-muslims-during-ramadan/?utm_term=.91026597ea63   See also “When Trump is Silent on Twitter, It Says a Lot.”   Posted from the Tyrrhenian Sea     [Read more…]

Jed Woodworth, “The Word of Wisdom”

    Materials such as this interview/podcast are always available to you at no charge on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   LDS Perspectives Podcast: Jed Woodworth, “The Word of Wisdom.”   Posted from the Tyrrhenian Sea     [Read more…]

“China cracks down on fake peer reviews”

    Fraudulent science has been recognized, recently, as a global problem, affecting many fields.  But China is one of its epicenters:   http://www.nature.com/news/china-cracks-down-on-fake-peer-reviews-1.22176   Posted from Civitavecchia, Italy     [Read more…]