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A forgotten crises: Malian refugees in neighbouring Mauritania struggle with food shortages.
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I've often shared my concern about a political panopticon where people in the center build walls of prejudice between us.
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From a slightly different angle, but the same panopticon ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=7WEd34oW9BI
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Leo Tolstoy on the vanity of intellectualism: "Of the immense number of indications accompanying every vital phenomenon, these historians select the indication of intellectual activity and say that this indication is the cause. But despite their endeavors to prove that the cause of events lies in intellectual activity, only by a great stretch can one admit that there is any connection between intellectual activity and the movement of peoples, and in no case can one admit that intellectual activity controls people's actions, for that view is not confirmed by such facts as the very cruel murders of the French Revolution resulting from the doctrine of the equality of man, or the very cruel wars and executions resulting from the preaching of love."

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CHAPTER I[edit]. History is the life of nations and of humanity. To seize and put into words, to describe directly the life of humanity or even of a single nation, appears impossible. The ancient historians all employed one and the same method to describe and seize the apparently elusive--the ...
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"The problem with libertarianism is that it means the government can't do anything about the annoying person next door." -- paraphrase of a signature on Slashdot many years ago

I'll say that the problem with authoritarianism is that you imagine that the people being over-ruled are everyone you don't like, and not yourself. Like the president is your enforcer, or as Bill Whittle says, "the form of your destroyer".

As long as we look for a conqueror rather than good governance, we lose liberty at their hands.
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<To mark World Refugee Day, the United Nations Refugee Agency today released its annual Global Trends report, which finds that a record 65.3 million people were displaced last year. (That’s about one out of every 113 people worldwide.)>
https://www.good.is/infographics/refugees-welcome-index-2016
Would you invite a refugee into your home? Ordinary citizens all over the world say yes—even where you'd least expect it
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I have been searching deep into the bench to find a candidate that I can support. And I noticed something interesting.

I'm not deliberately choosing someone religious, in fact I would rather someone who can give very common sense secular reasoning behind their platforms. I think the clear way forward is plainly found and easy enough to defend on reason. When everyone clearly practices liberty and justice in their self and family good governance, the mirages become dispelled and the way forward (no matter how rocky it seems) is very evident. While the implementation may be difficult to find, the principle is simple and straight forward.

That said, only the religious candidates seem to have any clue what really needs to happen to evoke good governance these days. They come up with the right conclusions as far as my reasoning and experience can determine. And if that holds, I'm not going to kick them out because they wrap these concepts up in "God" rather than secular terms.
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The play "Book of Mormon" has a pivotal scene where Joseph Smith, in a pique of abandonment, accepts that the obvious solution of showing the Golden Plates to everyone is not available to him.

The Book of Mormon itself has the answer to that. When confronted with the idea of seeking scholarship to substantiate the Book of Mormon, God replies He can do his own work, and doesn't need to rely on the fame and reputation of us mere mortals. The success of the book, relying solely on people praying to know its true, shows plain evidence to that.

But even more important is the personal angle, how does that apply to me and the things I need right now?

We feel the need to fight our way out of bad situations, when what we really need is to be rescued, to let God do his own work in and through us. And the Book of Mormon, more than answering the potential critics of how God worked with Joseph Smith with a few verses, gives that constant theme throughout the Book of how God works with every one of us, to rescue us from our own limitations and harm.

That leaves the proof in a very personal space, where you learn through the experience of help through what you know are completely out of your own abilities. What you learn is the definition of 'faith', and that help is the definition of 'grace'.
 
"Just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf 
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We are children of God. We are His greatest creations. 
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