“The First Time a Woman Spoke in General Conference: Lucy Mack Smith’s Powerful Talk from 1845”

    A very interesting historical document.  Oddly, I don’t believe that I’ve ever read it before:   http://www.ldsliving.com/The-First-Time-a-Woman-Spoke-in-General-Conference-Lucy-Mack-Smith-s-Talk-from-1845/s/84948?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email   It comes from an important new anthology of Latter-day Saint women’s sermons.     [Read more…]

“Columnist: It Should Be Illegal to Be a Stay-at-Home-Mom with School-age Kids”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446012/feminist-columnist-stay-home-moms-illegal-australia     [Read more…]

16 August 2017 — Save the Date!

    Wednesday, 16 August 2017, will be the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon.  Please plan on joining us for a gala celebration — co-sponsored by BYU Studies, Book of Mormon Central, the John A. Widstoe Foundation, and the Interpreter Foundation — that will begin at 7:oo PM in the Joseph Smith [Read More…]

“Moon Temple: Art Project Probes Spiritual, Cultural Needs of Lunar Colony”

    What would it be like to actually reside on the Moon?  Life couldn’t be all about science, all the time.  That’s not even true for scientists here on Earth.   Here’s a thought-provoking — if, to me, not altogether satisfying — proposal in that connection:   http://www.space.com/36221-moon-temple-lunar-colony-art-project.html   Fortunately, the isolation of Moon [Read More…]

“As more Americans fail drug tests, employers turn to refugees”

    CNN is all fake news, of course, and totally devoted to deceiving real Americans — unlike the solid, unbiased reporting at Breitbart, InfoWars, Washington Summit Publishers, and The Stormtrooper — but I’m still grateful to Doug Ealy for calling this tissue of lies to my attention:   http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/27/us/refugees-jobs-drug-testing/index.html?sr=fbcnni032817refugees-jobs-drug-testing1200AMVODtopVideo&linkId=35908122     [Read more…]

“Why Are There So Many Mormons on ‘The Expanse’?”

    Is anybody out there watching this?   https://moviepilot.com/p/the-expanse-mormons/4234072     [Read more…]

BloombergView: “How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive”

    Thanks to Doug Ealy for bringing this exceptionally interesting and very positive article to my attention:   https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-28/how-utah-keeps-the-american-dream-alive   Apparently, Mormonism may not be the absolute blight on society — and “Utard” not quite the earthly Hell — that some critics portray them as being.     [Read more…]

Reality and Ignorance

    A principle that I’ve seen illustrated more than a few times on social media:   “Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance more than one’s own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality.”  Sheri S. Tepper, The Visitor       [Read more…]

“Neil Gorsuch opposes the Kelo decision – a terrible Supreme Court property rights ruling that Donald Trump loves”

    A serious legal point, and good news for those who (like myself) are strong defenders of property rights and opponents of both crony capitalism and the too-intrusive state:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/03/28/neil-gorsuch-opposes-the-kelo-decision-a-terrible-supreme-court-property-rights-ruling-that-trump-supports/?utm_term=.a2729cd9fee9     [Read more…]

“Study Finds Suspicious Circumstances Still Leading Cause of Death in Russia”

    New public health research has discovered a potentially alarming situation in and around the country where our friend Vladimir Putin lives:   http://www.theonion.com/article/study-finds-suspicious-circumstances-still-leading-55632?utm_content=Main&utm_campaign=SF&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing     [Read more…]