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Song of the Day: Pump Up The Jam (Electro-Swing Cover) by Swingrowers featuring The Lost Fingers

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90s Hip-Hop in a European Electro-Swing style? Yes, please. Great for dancing.

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I am weary of our society's worship of "experts" who issue decrees and fatwas in the name of "science" which everyone is expected to uncritically accept and to which we all must conform immediately. Nonsense! That isn't how real science works.

You and I are under no obligation to accept or conform to anything just because "experts" have said it.

In fact, it is the experts who have the obligation to explain the facts and reasoning that lead them to their conclusions, to do so in a way that is as accessible to laymen as possible, and to be transparent about any potential contrary data and alternate explanations. They should bend over backward to show how they might be wrong.

We laugh at the ridiculous societal fads of the past, like phrenology and tapeworm diets, and then pretend that all of our current "scientific" views are somehow different.

I refuse to bow to the tyranny of experts who try to make me agree with them through political power.

I am happy to listen to what experts think and give their words a requisite weight, but I am not going to outsource my views to them. I will evaluate, and consider, and make up my own mind about what I believe, thank you very much.
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Unfortunately, like a judge in law, due to lack of time and subject matter expertise, I feel dependent on "experts" to put forward their opinions. I only hope the academic/scientific community will allow for dissenting opinions, instead of jumping straight to #EndofDiscussion (see Mary Katherine Ham/Guy Benson).

I am certainly saddened/amused regarding the irony of today's "consensus" scientific/academic tendencies. However, I suspect most or all of us on this thread have the enormous benefit of approaching discovery and truth through the divinely enhanced lens of faith and restored truth.
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Biking home from work in the rain is cold and miserable...but today definitely worth it.
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Song of the Day: Lightning Strikes by Yes

https://youtu.be/9R0vQryCqw0

I love so many songs that Yes produced in the early 70s: Roundabout, I've Seen All Good People, Mood for a Day, And You And I, Starship Trooper, Time and a Word. But their music from the middle of the 70s on just doesn't interest me much. The one exception is this song, Lightning Strikes, from their 1999 album The Ladder. It is so different from the rest of what I love from them. It seems simple and mainstream at first blush. But it is really complex and quirky in ways I expect from Yes. It has become one of my favorites.

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"Thus we see, brothers and sisters, how we are justified in being of good cheer for ultimate reasons--reasons to be distinguished, however, from proximate circumstances. If, for instance, our attitude towards life depends upon the praise of men, the level of interest rates, the outcome of a particular election or athletic contest--we are too much at the mercy of men and circumstance. ... Instead, Jesus calls upon us to have a deliberate trust in God’s unfolding purposes, not only for all humankind but for us individually. And we are to be of good cheer in the unfolding process." (emphasis added)
-Apostle Neal A. Maxwell, 1982

#lds #mormon #election2016 #BeOfGoodCheer
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Yes, definitely lots to be happy about because we know the final happy outcome. On the other hand, when the greatest nation on earth chooses between the two "leaders" we've selected, it is truly a day to mourn. Incidentally/ironically, I saw elsewhere this is the day one of the greatest female leaders ever, Margaret Thatcher, was elected, sworn in, or something similar in the UK around 1979 . . .
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Burninatin' the villages...burninatin' the peasants...
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"The blanket rejection of black and white thinking is itself a form of black and white thinking– black and white thinking about black and white thinking.

And if black and white thinking about black and white thinking is valid then black and white thinking about other things can be valid too.

So we should reject black and white thinking about black and white thinking and adopt a more nuanced approach that acknowledges that sometimes black and white thinking may be valid.

Because the issue of black and white thinking is not always black and white."

https://www.sixteensmallstones.org/on-the-problem-of-black-and-white-thinking/

The blanket rejection of black and white thinking is itself a form of black and white thinking-- black and white thinking about black and white thinking. And if black and white thinking about black and white thinking is valid then black and white thinking about other things can be valid too. So we should reject black and white thinking about black and white thinking and adopt a more nuance
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This may be of interest to my political minded friends:

You know I am not a supporter of Donald Trump. But I also believe it is important to look at the best arguments for ideas with which I tend to disagree.

This is a pro-Trump blog that is attempting to make the intellectual case for Trumpism:

Journal of American Greatness
http://journalofamericangreatness.blogspot.com/

Check out their Mission Statement here:

http://journalofamericangreatness.blogspot.com/p/our-mission-statement.html

And it's not just propaganda fluff. We're talking lengthy discussions of political philosophy and epistemology with a Straussian flavor. For example, check out this recent post:

Paleo-Straussianism, Part I: Metaphysics and Epistemology
http://journalofamericangreatness.blogspot.com/2016/05/paleo-straussianism-part-i-metaphysics.html

It will be interesting to see where it goes.

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That was very difficult to read. In their article about Sasse, I wanted to dispute several claims, assertions, and assumptions in every paragraph. Unfortunately any article I wrote to refute theirs would be too long and fall on deaf ears. A couple points though:
1. There is no distinction between the words Sasse has spoken on every topic regarding the outreach of government and the suggestion of a 3rd party candidate. All have been calls to action to everyone with ears to hear, but the authors of the article claim that the words they agree with (and which they admit they haven't listened to) are insignificant because they are just words and not actions while his words that suggested a 3rd party candidate were his first "action" and not just words. Since they strongly disagree with his only "action", the rest of his words and speeches are meaningless. The actions of all statesmen come in the form of words both spoken and written. They aren't elected to fight in wars or to build widgets.
2. They mock the idea of returning to principles of liberty because we don't have ruby slippers. No one has ever suggested going back in time. We all want to move forward, but libertarians want to do so under conditions of liberty which allows for much faster progress than under conditions of our current suffocating regulations. They call libertarians idiots because there are always bad people in the world, but I have never met a Libertarians that didn't like having laws to prosecute bad people that harm others. There were too many straw men to take the article seriously, but I believe they took themselves seriously.
I could go on with more than a dozen other points, those are just the two that annoyed me the most.
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An official statement published in 2012 from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about church finances and its for-profit holdings:

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-financial-independence

"From time to time, some people, including journalists, try to attach a monetary value to the Church in the same way they would assess the assets of a commercial corporation. Such comparisons simply do not hold up."

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I don't buy books very frequently. But here are 5 exciting new treasures I've added to my collection this week. I already own various translations of Beowulf, as well as a couple of copies in the original Old English, but I just couldn't pass up Tolkien's translation and commentary. I've had Chambers Dictionary of Etymology and Word-hoard on my wish list literally for years. I've been interested in From Darkness Unto Light since it was published last year and read it as soon as it arrived-- definitely well worth the price. Whatever Happened to Penny Candy is a bit of a wildcard, we'll see if it is any good.

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I'm a dedicated Mormon family man with wide ranging interests in religion, politics, history, science, nature, technology, education, language, and art.

An experienced web application engineer by profession, I'm formally educated in English literature and literary criticism with additional studies in physics and electronics.

On the side, I perform puppet-comedy shows, dabble in mime as time permits, and am trying to be a part-time farmer.

I am a firm believer in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I run a web portal for LDS blogs.  I also often write about Mormon related subjects on my own blog, Sixteen Small Stones.

As a conservative republican curmudgeon, I believe strongly that the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted through the natural rights philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and principles of limited government, liberty, responsibility, virtue, self-reliance, thrift, and self-control.

I was born and raised in the western United States. I have also lived in Santiago Chile and traveled in Puerto Rico, Italy, and Israel.
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Didn't learn to read until I was nearly 9 years old. Read The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion by the time I was 11 years old.
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