“Why Mormons Make Great FBI Recruits”

    The article is a bit of a mixed bag, but it’s interesting:   http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-mormons-make-great-fbi-recruits   Incidentally, I knew J. Martell Bird, who is mentioned in the article at a couple of places.  He was a member of my stake presidency when I was a kid in southern California, up to and including my [Read More…]

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Governor Christie’s powerful remarks about drug addiction

    Virtually all of us know personally of cases where drug addiction has seriously damaged or destroyed lives.  For some, such stories hit horribly close to home.   I don’t support Chris Christie for the Republican presidential nomination, but there’s good reason why these remarks have gone viral:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chris-christie-drug-addiction-treatment_56327ee9e4b0c66bae5bc0f3?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013   And it’s easy [Read More…]

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On redistributing wealth — upward

    “Big government inevitably drives an upward distribution of wealth to those whose wealth, confidence and sophistication enable them to manipulate government.” George F. Will   An absolute truth that those who care about the poor, and about the just distribution of wealth, should understand and . . .  well, care about.     [Read more…]

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On Quentin Tarantino and white supremacy

    Anybody inclined to belief in white supremacy should be obliged to spend some time with the thought and works of Quentin Tarantino.   I can’t think of anything more certain to cure the disease.   I would like to boycott his films.  But I don’t go to them.   (And I’m not even [Read More…]

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A View from Down Under: “Rise in Religious Intolerance ‘Alarming'”

    This article was kindly brought to my attention by my Australian friend Ray Agostini:   http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/11/05/rise-religious-intolerance-alarming     [Read more…]

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Are your purchases helping to support the “Islamic State”? It’s not impossible.

    Here’s a cheery thought:   http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/05/isis-inc-goods-trickling-out-caliphate-prove-difficult-to-trace/?intcmp=hpbt1   In related news, “Britain says Islamic State likely brought down Russian plane.”     [Read more…]

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“Mormonism in recent book ‘Becoming Divine'”

    Today’s Deseret News column is merely another (typically) vicious and dishonest specimen from my literary oeuvre.  Quite redundant, really:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865640708/Mormonism-in-recent-book-Becoming-Divine.html     [Read more…]

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Inerrantist or fundamentalist assumptions can get a Latter-day Saint into difficulty

    This post, by the invaluable Irish Latter-day Saint Robert Boylan, makes what I judge to be a vitally important point:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-importance-of-ones-assumptions-and.html     [Read more…]

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“Mars in the movies: Interesting facts about the Red Planet’s depictions on the silver screen”

    With Ridley Scott’s and Matt Damon’s The Martian showing in theaters right now, you might find this article (from over a month ago) of interest:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865638034/Mars-in-the-movies-Interesting-facts-about-the-Red-Planets-depictions-on-the-silver-screen.html?pg=all#RQ6154hTMbXOWKIH.01     [Read more…]

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“The man who tried to weigh the soul”

    An interesting (though now little-known) story:   http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/11/03/weight-of-the-soul/#.Vjr5S0vgMdt   I have no particular investment in Dr. Duncan MacDougall’s attempted measurements.  If he was right, that would be fascinating.  If he was wrong, it doesn’t affect anything I believe, because I wouldn’t have expected him to be right.   But I have to admit [Read More…]

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