Posts Tagged ‘ politics ’

There are Wars and There are WARS

September 16, 2012
There are Wars and There are WARS

Unable to sleep a few nights ago, I sought mind-deadening through cable TV. I chanced upon a movie I thought would do the job — a murder mystery set in a mountain abbey in 14th Century Italy. I didn’t get what I expected. Instead, the movie, The Name of the Rose, starring Sean Connery and […]

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Posted in America, Europe, Faith, Freedom, History, Israel, Morality, Politics, understanding, Violence | 18 Comments »

2016: A Movie Review

September 1, 2012
2016: A Movie Review

My wife seldom takes me to a movie, and never to a documentary.  So I was truly amazed last Sunday when she impulsively bought tickets to the documentary 2016: Obama’s America for a showing less than three hours in the future. I was already familiar with the books on which the documentary was based, and hadn’t […]

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Posted in America, Politics, Race Relations | 35 Comments »

Reflections on “Blowing Up the World”

August 18, 2012
Reflections on “Blowing Up the World”

I have been personally (and later professionally) interested in the extent to which mathematics could help forecast historical trends ever since I read the fiction of Isaac Asimov way back in the 1960’s. When I shared my first office at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory with a staff meteorologist working on air quality dispersion […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Freedom, Israel, Morality, Science and Religion, Violence | 17 Comments »

From Slacktivism to Activism: Can blogs be relevant?

August 15, 2012
Samuel the Lamanite Preaching in Zarahemla

Are online and offline worlds separate, or can what we do online (on blogs, etc.,) inspire offline action?

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The One Percent that Ought to Concern Us

July 7, 2012
The One Percent that Ought to Concern Us

“There is but one Lord of the Ring, and he does not share power!” — Gandalf to Saruman. Hawkgrrrl recently summarized Jonathan Haidt’s thesis, expressed in The Righteous Mind, of how people develop pronounced liberal or conservative tendencies as a combination of both genetics and experience (see here). I also wrote about Haidt’s ideas about how […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Europe, Freedom, Morality, Politics, understanding | 62 Comments »

Killing Tinker Bell

June 23, 2012
Killing Tinker Bell

Peter Pan was a wonderful story for me as a six-year old when the Broadway show was first televised by NBC to help market the new-fangled color TVs. Even though we didn’t have the money for color TV, seeing pirates and flying children cavort above the stage even in black-and-white made the program then the […]

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Posted in America, economics, Europe, Faith, Mission, Morality, Politics | 33 Comments »

The Religious Test & Cleanflix

June 18, 2012
The Religious Test & Cleanflix

I attended the Ogden Film Festival last week (officially known as the Foursite Film Festival) and saw 2 films: The Religious Test and Cleanflix: the Documentary.  I thought I would give my impressions. The producer and director for The Religious Test noted that in 1967, 17% of Americans refused to vote for a Mormon (at […]

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Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

June 9, 2012
Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

The Community of Christ has begun “crossing the Rubicon” on LGBT issues, and there can be no reversing the action taken. CofChrist is committed to the theological precedent that priesthood can be compatible with participation in a legally recognized same-sex sexual relationship. On June 2nd, the Australian National Conference approved the following recommendation to the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Cain, Abel and Statism

May 26, 2012
Cain, Abel and Statism

A couple of months ago, while gathering up all of the data required to “render unto the IRS” and trying to feel better about all of the work involved in doing so, I ran across an interesting piece of Biblical literary criticism. It became even more interesting to me when I started thinking about the […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics | 13 Comments »

Mitt, Falwell, and Liberty University

May 14, 2012
Mitt, Falwell, and Liberty University

Liberty University, founded by Moral Majority leader and evangelical Jerry Falwell, recently invited Mitt Romney to speak at commencement exercises.  Several students boycotted the commencement address by Romney, choosing not to attend.  Christianity Today had an interesting article titled Why Jerry Falwell Sr. Isn’t Rolling In His Grave over Romney’s Liberty Invitation. The subtitle was “And what […]

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What is Mormon Culture?

April 17, 2012
What is Mormon Culture?

Just what is Mormon culture?  Recently, as I read Joanna Brooks’ memoir, I noted that there were several elements of culture that I shared with her (dance festivals – on a much less grand scale, open-minded BYU professors).  But there were many that differed from my own experiences (apocalyptic food storage, pioneer heritage, and Marie Osmond […]

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Posted in America, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

Is Karma Fair?

March 31, 2012
Is Karma Fair?

“Liberals have difficulty understanding the Tea Party because they think it is a bunch of selfish racists. But I think the Tea Party is driven in large part by concerns about fairness. It’s not fairness as equality of outcome. It’s fairness as karma — the idea that good deeds lead to good outcomes, and bad […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Freedom, Morality, Mormon Belief, Politics | 44 Comments »

Diversity: Avoiding Pain is No Gain

March 3, 2012
Diversity: Avoiding Pain is No Gain

I still contend I was not being insensitive — just naive. I arrived on the East Coast in 1973 — freshly out of grad school — having been selected for the one job at John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab I’d wanted more than any other I’d even considered applying for. After my church had canonized […]

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Posted in Politics, understanding | 2 Comments »

Economic Recovery: Steering by the Rear View Mirror

February 18, 2012
Economic Recovery: Steering by the Rear View Mirror

One of my guilty pleasures is watching the TV show “Alaska State Troopers” on the National Geographic Channel. The pleasure part comes from seeing spectacular scenery and wildlife like moose and bears I’ll never be able to visit in real life. However, the guilty part comes because most episodes also pose the question as to […]

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Posted in America, economics, Politics | 30 Comments »

Preacher’s Kid: Romney’s OTHER Mormon Problem

February 4, 2012
Preacher’s Kid: Romney’s OTHER Mormon Problem

How does knowing you’re supposed to grow up being part of the “aristocracy” affect a political candidate’s ability to connect with everyday people? In elementary school in the 1950’s, we used to be given as “enrichment” a little news magazine called the Weekly Reader tailored toward stories on current events that would appeal to children. […]

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Posted in America, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 19 Comments »

The Laws of Hell

January 21, 2012
The Laws of Hell

The laws that govern normal behavior on earth (e.g., “Thou shalt not kill”) do not apply in heaven, because there they are unnecessary. The laws that govern normal behavior on earth also do not apply in hell, because there no one can hope to keep them. I am not the first to notice that “war […]

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Posted in America, History, Morality, Politics, Violence | 28 Comments »

Mixing Religion and Government

January 2, 2012
Mixing Religion and Government

After welcoming everyone with a “Happy New Year”, the Salt Lake Tribune posted a headline “LDS view on role of governing is distinct.”  What caught my attention was the subheadline: “Church doctrine says it is unjust to mix religion and civil government.”  As I mentioned in a previous post, even Richard Bushman has called Brigham […]

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What is Obama’s Plan C?

December 24, 2011
What is Obama’s Plan C?

Plan A was to have the economy humming by now and see Obama cruise to re-election on the success of Keynesian counter-cyclical stimulus. Hope and change would have proven itself superior to the failed policies of the Republican past and the country would eagerly follow Obama into yet more “transformational” policies in his second term. […]

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Posted in economics, History, Holy Land, Israel, Politics, Violence | 42 Comments »

Top 10 Things Mitt Romney Would Like to Say to the American People

December 20, 2011
Top 10 Things Mitt Romney Would Like to Say to the American People

In case you missed it, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOzHIbraJ0E&feature=related

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Crewing Lifeboats Now

November 13, 2011
Crewing Lifeboats Now

“Only two of the 18 launched lifeboats rescued people after the ship sank. Lifeboat 4 was close by and picked up five people, two of whom later died. Close to an hour later, lifeboat 14 went back and rescued four people, one of whom died afterward. Other people managed to climb onto the lifeboats that floated off […]

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Posted in America, Faith, Mission, Morality, Politics, Violence | 11 Comments »

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