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2 days ago
blindguy
A couple that I haven't heard since Boyd Packer's death: "little factories" "milk before meat" While I know the LDS church engages in the latter, its spokesmen no longer talk about it.
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4 days ago
blindguy
Before I get to my point, I should note that I am also highly critical of Blue Swede's post. The attacks on the story are way too general and are not supported by historical evidence. Women were accused of being witches during the time and place specified in the article, and many had their lives ended because they didn't fit in to the Puritan social order in what is now Massachusetts and surround
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7 days ago
blindguy
dagny Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > That's the closest I can get to describing evil > too, HH. > > Nature causes a lot of evil. Deliberately causing > suffering is evil to me. I strongly agree with your definition of Evil. Thanks.
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7 days ago
blindguy
First, I haven't been on site for a couple of days so I didn't see your response until now. Two things about that response (see below) jump out at me: 1) the unwillingness to recognize group evils; and 2) the idea that evil can be objectively defined, something that in most cases I highly doubt. Henry Bemis Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > For me, evil is:
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7 days ago
blindguy
If Memory serves, Jerome is just west of, and a suburb to, Twin Falls. Also, if memory serves, the Calvary Satellite radio network is based out of Twin Falls so I think a more accurate portrayal of the population in the area should center on Twin Falls, Idaho. That said, Twin Falls and westward towards Boise are less Mormon than eastwards towards Rupert and Burley. (In fact, the family of John D.
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10 days ago
blindguy
...this proposed law won't happen this year. The bad news is that, depending on electoral results, it could come back next year.
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11 days ago
blindguy
It depends on who you ask. For me, evil is 1) the wanton taking of another human being's life and supports for almost any reason; 2) tribalism, which justifies 1) by stating (usually implicitly) that those not in the tribe or group are lesser beings who don't deserve what it means to be human; and 3) greed, because it it allows humans to hoard finite resources that all of us need to live.
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12 days ago
blindguy
...to this in Daily Kos a couple of days ago. It seems that despite everything, the backers of this legislation are not going to look at making reforms to how the system is supposed to work. One of them was quoted as saying that he saw no problems with the reporting system. It kind of reminded me of what the captain of the Titanic reportedly said when he heard from the wireless guys that there we
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12 days ago
blindguy
...more rot comes out, if the NDAs might go the way of the non-compete clauses in most industries. We can always hope.
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12 days ago
blindguy
Henry Bemis wrote in part: "Yes, and from the religious point of view, secularists can get away with "more of what would otherwise be scams" for the same First Amendment reason." As it stands right now, the First Amendment does not forbid the regulation of business ventures. This is why the FTC can, for example, file lawsuits against corporations whose products do not p
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14 days ago
blindguy
I'd say that you are quite a cynic if you think that everything about your life is a scam. Of the subjects you mentioned, it can be argued that religion, and only religion, is based wholly on a scam.
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14 days ago
blindguy
...is on the other foot. Religions can get away with more of what would otherwise be considered scams, primarily because of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which states that government cannot restrict the freedom of the press, freedom of religion, etc. Your comment includes the analogy of one going to an Internet website and then having something automatically pop up in your email
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14 days ago
blindguy
Another quote from the article shows how little some of these women actually know about their own religion. “This would have been an even more beautiful message if it was coupled with an apology,” wrote @ariabethards, “to all the women who listened to President Benson and other prophets who pressured women into letting go of education and career dreams to stay home as housewives.” T
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14 days ago
blindguy
Quite a few years back, I remember hearing an NPR story on why Mormons and Baptists hated each other so much. The conclusion by the reporter was that both groups were heavily in to mission work and seeking the same people to join them; in other words, it was religious competition for the saving of souls. While I was never a member of either group, I'm sure glad I quit religion altogether.
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14 days ago
blindguy
There is one other concern about this that I, though sexist, think would very much apply here; namely: the possible (more likely probable) increase in the number of sexual assaults by male against female troop members, and I'm not talking about Scout leader activity (though the potential for *that* is very much there as well). Look. The boys involved are teenagers and their sex hormones are reall
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16 days ago
blindguy
While I haven't heard of this program, I wonder about the number of states in which it is legal. Kindergarten-second graders appear (from the course descriptions) like they are going to be way behind their peers, especially in math and literature. Also, I know that some states (including my home state of Arizona) have a minimum number of days per year that kindergarten-grade 12 students must spen
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17 days ago
blindguy
As a foreword, my background is in communication arts (originally I wanted to become a radio disc jockey). My undergraduate degree is in that field, and I continue to follow the radio industry even though I've never worked in it for pay. I bring this up to introduce you to a very basic communication theory proposed by the late Marshall McLuhan, a theory that I was taught during my freshman yea
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18 days ago
blindguy
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18 days ago
blindguy
Anybody wrote in part: "It's about the need to fear the "other"." I would add to that by saying that the more important goal is to make sure that the "other" feels isolated and that they are unable to gain any power over how they are treated.
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18 days ago
blindguy
OrigamiDude Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Rural, farm & ranch area with nearest town 22 > miles away. > > A dog that starts killing chickens and other fowl > is often not able to stop. Any dog harassing > and/or killing livestock or wildlife gets shot - > if we see it or know of it. If it happened once - > confine the dog a
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18 days ago
blindguy
...because of all that polygamous in-breeding.
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19 days ago
blindguy
Utah Launches "Snitch Line" To Report Trans People In Bathrooms; ...Memes Flood In https://www.erininthemorning.com/p/utah-launches-snitch-line-to-report?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email From the article: "Earlier this year, House Bill 257, which bans transgender individuals from using restrooms and changing rooms in a variety of locations, sparked intense debate d
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19 days ago
blindguy
Brother Of Jerry Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > They were warned by the HG. That’s why they cut > their holdings to 4.99%, i.e. just barely within > the law to avoid reporting. > > Reporting costs them nothing. They just hate > transparency and accountability. Lovely people, > not. I would also add that they hate to be criticize
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20 days ago
blindguy
your guide wasn't far off the mark. The modern-day state of Israel was, in fact, founded primarily by Jews who were trying not only to escape the Nazis but to escape the prejudices against them from other European governments. The funny (and sad) thing is that once they got to Palestine, many got involved in acts against both the Arabs and British that would be considered terrorism today. One of
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21 days ago
blindguy
I also agree, and I'll also offer up the following sentence from the original post: "I wish ill on no man, but boy was Russ' death fortuitous for the Church." To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Mr. Nelson may be very old but reports that he is now dead are exaggerated.
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22 days ago
blindguy
The Moody Blues put out some great music between 1968 and 1973. Songs such as "Question,", "The Story in Your Eyes,", "Isn't Life Strange,", "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock 'n' Roll Band),", and "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)," rank up with some of the most classic rock songs produced during this period. My favorite Moody Blues song, thou
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24 days ago
blindguy
While you may be right that Mr. Wallace is not the only evangelical pastor walking this line, for now, at least, the views he holds are minority views among white evangelical Christians in the U.S.
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24 days ago
blindguy
While I didn't see the original thread, it's quite clear that the number of bodies involved has been updated. What a gruesome mess! And yes, my heart also breaks for the victims' families.
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24 days ago
blindguy
This is what is wrong with following a cult leader. https://www.npr.org/2024/04/28/1247703029/cult-leader-charged-with-murder-in-kenya A full transcript of the audio should be available later today. Here's the blurb from the website: "A cult leader in Kenya was charged with murder after the discovery last year of more than 400 bodies in a remote forest. NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks to
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25 days ago
blindguy
Brother Of Jerry Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I recently related in another thread how my family > was not allowed root beer because it was > indistinguishable in appearance from colas. > > But Sunkist and Eagle Brand? Apparently that > unwritten rule never made it to PA. The mind > boggles. I'm wondering if your former church o
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