“The Communist Spy (Maybe) Behind This Year’s Nobel Prize in Physics”

Comrade Dr. Bruno Pontecorvo

   This may be indirect circumstantial evidence for the proposition that not all of the sorts of people who turn out for Bernie Sanders rallies are entirely clueless in every area: http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/the-communist-who-foresaw-neutrinos/409474/ But I'm still not completely convinced.   … [Read more...]

I have to admit that I’m extremely skeptical about this.

Calls to suicide helplines increase after conference?

   It could be true, I suppose. I don't altogether rule it out, just yet. But it strikes me as a suspiciously neat and convenient ideological weapon -- perfectly suited to the use of critics of mainstream, orthodox Mormonism as taught by, say, the General Authorities -- and it reminds me altogether too much of the claim, once commonly advanced as true, that domestic violence soars on Super Bowl Sundays (or, in England, that it rises … [Read more...]

On Mr. Putin and the new Russian advance into the Middle East

Das Weisse Haus

  An interesting piece from Thomas Donnelly: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/he-who-dares-wins_1040242.html   … [Read more...]

“Three Chemists Share Nobel for DNA Repair”

The for which Watson and Crick won the Nobel Prize (from which the woman was excluded)

  https://www.insidescience.org/content/three-chemists-share-nobel-dna-repair/3291 I was pleased to note that one of them is originally from Turkey.   … [Read more...]

Two quotations from Thomas Jefferson

Across the Potomac Basin to the Jefferson Memorial

  "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.""In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."   … [Read more...]

News Flash: Some Critics of the Church are Unfair and Unreasonable

L. Whitney Clayton of the Seventy

  Among some of the more deranged (or at least unreasonable) critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there has been intense criticism of yesterday's announcement that Elder Whitney Clayton will now serve as the senior president of the Seventy.  This, a few have suggested, is his consolation prize for having been passed over for the apostleship.  He got a promotion nonetheless, they say, and will get a handsome raise.  And he's a white Utahn.  ( … [Read more...]

“Toward a Post-Obama Middle East”

In today's Damascus

   There are elements in this article with which I disagree, but I do agree that the United States lack, and have lacked for some time, a coherent strategy in the Middle East: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425114/middle-east-after-obama-conrad-black I attended a dinner last night hosted by BYU's International Center for Law and Religion Studies in connection with its 2015 conference on "Religion, Law, and Social Stability," which … [Read more...]

“LDS Woman’s Viral Posts Share How Conference Led Her to Re-Convert”

LDS Conference Center, SLC, UT

  President Monson's near-crisis, President Uchtdorf's loving concern and alert readiness to help, and a remarkable private sequel: http://lds.net/blog/faith/lds-conference/lds-womans-viral-posts-share-conference-led-re-convert/   … [Read more...]