MrShorty

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    MrShorty reacted to NeuroTypical in The Mark of the Beast Begins   
    My short wife tells every tall person she meets, their pronouns are fe/fi/fo/fum.
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    MrShorty reacted to prisonchaplain in Your gut and the spirit   
    Balancing my faith in the leading of the Holy Spirit with the spiritual caution that the human heart is deceitful above all else, I must constantly seek the Spirit's guidance while remaining vigilant against blaming my own cravings on God. 😉
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    MrShorty reacted to Vort in Your gut and the spirit   
    I missed this thread the first time around. Not sure I have anything new to offer. Discovering in my early 20s that "trusting my gut" was always, at least almost always, the most enjoyable and least painful option was a revelation to me. Learning to implement that insight into my life decisions has occupied a significant part of my life since that time.
    I am grateful to a kind, merciful Father for allowing me these experiences, experiences that humble me and let me recognize my dependence on him.
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    MrShorty reacted to LDSGator in It appears Roe Vs. Wade is about to be overturned.   
    I agree in part, disagree in part. People DO look for things that provide them with temporary pleasure and mistake it for happiness.
     
    But, on the flip side, I’ve met a ton of people who simply can’t grasp the concept that other people can find happiness in hobbies that aren’t similar to their own. 
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    MrShorty got a reaction from romans8 in Some questions about 2 Nephi 2   
    I'm inclined to think of the fig leaves as figurative. "Covering our nakedness with fig leaves" is symbolic of our common, human tendency to try to hide, cover, ignore, deny, etc our sins and shortcomings.
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    MrShorty reacted to NeuroTypical in It appears Roe Vs. Wade is about to be overturned.   
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    MrShorty reacted to Just_A_Guy in The Reality of State Secession   
    I don’t believe the blue states would let the red states go.  They view red-staters as latter-day nazis and would-be slaveholders; our ongoing containment (if not subjugation) is their moral duty.  They are willing to kill for that; some are even willing to die for it (see, eg, Rittenhouse’s attackers); they are certainly willing to push “launch” buttons on non-nuclear missiles and “fire” buttons on drones.  
    Even if such a divorce miraculously went well for conservatives:  the measures that it would require to keep the new “red America” ideologically and culturally pure enough to prevent it from turning “blue” within a couple more generations, would make “red America” drastically different from any previous iteration of the United States of America.  I’m not sure such a result would be worth the sacrifice necessary to bring it about.
    Lately I’ve been thinking much less about “conservative vs liberal”, and much more about “Zion vs not-Zion”.  
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    MrShorty got a reaction from Carborendum in The Reality of State Secession   
    Obviously, there is no reason for the US to do things the way Canada does them, but I returned from my mission to Quebec just a few years before the 1995 referendum in which the popular vote of Quebecers only narrowly voted to remain a part of Canada. In the aftermath, there was a Canadian Supreme Court opinion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_Re_Secession_of_Quebec) on what it would take for a province to secede, as well as the Clarity Act (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarity_Act) that outlined possible terms of secession. Again, we don't have to be like Canada, but it seems like there is a possible precedent there for looking at the possibility of a peaceful secession rather than resorting to a second civil war.
    I think you are right that the big questions are not really addressed in the "should we secede or not?" question. There are a lot of things that the states outsource to the federal government which, if a state seceded, it would have to figure out how it was going to accomplish those things. Minting of currency is one thing, but then how to bolster the value of that currency so it doesn't tank? How to manage military forces and resources? How to negotiate trade now that the state boundary is now an international boundary, and so on. I think it is easy in the heat of political rhetoric to overlook or downplay these kinds of pragmatic issues, but they are not small.
    As you say, it is an interesting hypothetical to talk about at parties and on the internet. I would hope that we would be very careful about the decision should it ever get beyond hypotheticals.
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    MrShorty reacted to Carborendum in Recession   
    So, it looks like the forecast for Q2 of 2022 hasn't changed in about 60 days. 
    The first quarter had a -1.5% GDP* growth rate. Second quarter is still forecast as +1.9% So, unless something big changes in the next couple of weeks, it looks like I will be wrong.  No recession.  But that sure isn't a growth rate that is making anyone happy.
    By the end of the year, they expect a year-over-year rate of 0.2% growth.  (cue Ben Stein) Wow...  I'm so happy we're not in an actual recession.**
     
    * The numbers shown are "Real" GDP (i.e. they include the effects of inflation).
    ** My theory is that we really are in a recession. But TPTB are fudging the numbers *just a tictch" so we can be so happy to not be in a recession.
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    MrShorty reacted to Carborendum in Charities - UGH!!!   
    A couple months ago I posted that I had decided to donate to Ammo Inc to supply ammunition to the Ukrainian army.  They responded saying that they want to handle that by having donations go to the charity: CARE.  I donated to them.  I received a thank you note in the mail saying that they were grateful that I had donated to fight climate change.
    ???
    I was very upset.  Needless to say I stopped all communications.
    Today I just got a mailing from the March of Dimes asking for donations.  I thought, "How about that!  There's a charity I can get behind."  Then I read what they were asking money for.  They are chartered to support women and babies in need of medical care.  That sure sounded ok.  But there was something very odd about the wording and how they were saying some things and not saying others.  They especially talked about how many women die in child birth in the US.  When they say that they were able to reduce the number of babies born with birth defects.  My alarm bells went off.
    I looked them up.  Apparently, they are another charity that funds and encourages abortions. 
    Is this old news?  Do most people know that already? Dang!  I've got to look into every donation I've made and see what they're really like underneath.  I may just stop donating to any cause because everyone hides their real activities under the veneer of helping children.
    At least I'll be ok with tithing and fast offerings.  Sheesh!  Can I not donate to any other cause and feel like I'm helping some cause I actually support?
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    MrShorty got a reaction from Anddenex in Cancer (and its treatments) sucks!!!!   
    Well, the oncology stuff (radiation and chemo) is all done, and all that is left is to wait a couple of months and go under the knife.
    Radiation treatments have been rough the last couple of weeks. Not quite as debilitating as the chemo, but a daily battle with fatigue and occasional concerns about making it to the bathroom on time, and it hasn't been fun. In theory, things should improve over the next few weeks.
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    MrShorty got a reaction from Anddenex in Cancer (and its treatments) sucks!!!!   
    I don't know much people here want an update, but here it is anyway. While it's not the end of the road, but today starts my last chemo cycle. Just have to get past this weekend, and we can move on to the radiation oncology phase. As rough as chemo is, I'm sure looking forward seeing chemo in the rearview mirror.
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    MrShorty reacted to Carborendum in Sunday School   
    The teacher or SS presidency or the bishopric reading the material doesn't change the fact that no one in the class has read the material.  (Usu. the bishopric and SS presidencey don't attend the class.)
    "Encourage discussion"??? Discussion from whom?  If the teacher is the only one who's read it, then how does he get the class to discuss something they haven't read?
    This ends up being the default.  And that is unfortunate.
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    MrShorty reacted to Carborendum in Sunday School   
    How does one encourage discussion about the scriptures when no one reads the material?
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    MrShorty reacted to Just_A_Guy in Sunday School   
    Same as Scotty’s; just the most recent week for us.  I’m currently serving in our ward Sunday school presidency, and I think our ward’s teachers have mostly surrendered to the idea that they just won’t cover everything.  With that sense of urgency gone, we’ve seen some really good discussions.  My approach is that if you can get people to really enjoy taking about the scriptures, that’ll inspire them to go home and study more on their own time—where, so suspect, most of the actual “learning” is going to take place.  
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    MrShorty reacted to Just_A_Guy in Ruth and The Feet   
    I can add little except to recommend the Spackman post @MrShorty links above.  My understanding is that the Hebrew here is full of double entendres.  The author isn’t necessarily saying that they had intercourse—but he probably wants us to wonder if they did.
    Additionally—talking of extramarital sex in an ancient Hebrew context is complicated by the fact that so far as we know, there wasn’t a formal ecclesiastical wedding ceremony.  The “wedding” was basically a big feast, at a certain point of which the bride and groom retired to a private room, consummated the marriage, and then the bloody sheets from the bed (the “tokens of her virginity”) were shown to the bride’s and groom’s fathers (and the other guests)  to affirm that the bride had been a virgin; and they were considered “married” at that point.  And here Ruth, as a widow, isn’t even a virgin anyways.  This isn’t to say that ancient Israel was a sexual free-for-all.  But in the context of the story of Ruth, it’s awkward to assert that pre-wedding sex would have been inherently sinful; because in a significant way the sex was the wedding.
     
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    MrShorty got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in Ruth and The Feet   
    I have no expertise to say one way or the other. I do notice that you are more certain of your non-euphemistic interpretation than many others I have read on this (Ben Spackman, for example: https://benspackman.com/2022/06/gospel-doctrine-20-ruth-and-samuel-1/). I see no reason to think it is necessary to assume innuendo in the story, but neither do I see any reason to flat out reject the possibility. It also seems that this has been long debated for many years. I doubt a post on thirdhour is going to settle the debate once and for all.
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    MrShorty reacted to Carborendum in Ruth and The Feet   
    I see this as a perfectly reasonable position.  And I don't exactly outright reject the possibility either.  I hold primarily two points:
    1) The reasoning and arguments used (at least the couple dozen that I read) to assume the innuendo do not hold water when you consider all the usage.  I also found no evidence that some of the assumptions made about meanings and customs were even verifiable.  They seemed to be made up out of whole cloth.
    Could it still be so?  Of course.  But why jump to an unseemly conclusion when the preponderance of the evidence and stronger arguments indicate the simpler explanation is probably the correct one?  People seem to want to believe something just because it is sensational, not because it is more likely or true.
    2) Ruth was a virtuous woman.
    You noticed that too?
    Again, you're assuming things about my intent.
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    MrShorty got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in Cancer (and its treatments) sucks!!!!   
    Well, the oncology stuff (radiation and chemo) is all done, and all that is left is to wait a couple of months and go under the knife.
    Radiation treatments have been rough the last couple of weeks. Not quite as debilitating as the chemo, but a daily battle with fatigue and occasional concerns about making it to the bathroom on time, and it hasn't been fun. In theory, things should improve over the next few weeks.
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    MrShorty got a reaction from Vort in Cancer (and its treatments) sucks!!!!   
    Well, the oncology stuff (radiation and chemo) is all done, and all that is left is to wait a couple of months and go under the knife.
    Radiation treatments have been rough the last couple of weeks. Not quite as debilitating as the chemo, but a daily battle with fatigue and occasional concerns about making it to the bathroom on time, and it hasn't been fun. In theory, things should improve over the next few weeks.
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    MrShorty got a reaction from LDSGator in Cancer (and its treatments) sucks!!!!   
    Well, the oncology stuff (radiation and chemo) is all done, and all that is left is to wait a couple of months and go under the knife.
    Radiation treatments have been rough the last couple of weeks. Not quite as debilitating as the chemo, but a daily battle with fatigue and occasional concerns about making it to the bathroom on time, and it hasn't been fun. In theory, things should improve over the next few weeks.
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    MrShorty got a reaction from Carborendum in Cancer (and its treatments) sucks!!!!   
    Well, the oncology stuff (radiation and chemo) is all done, and all that is left is to wait a couple of months and go under the knife.
    Radiation treatments have been rough the last couple of weeks. Not quite as debilitating as the chemo, but a daily battle with fatigue and occasional concerns about making it to the bathroom on time, and it hasn't been fun. In theory, things should improve over the next few weeks.
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    MrShorty reacted to Jamie123 in "Spooky" Action at a Distance   
    Here's what I don't get...
    (I'm not an expert on quantum mechanics by the way. Maybe one day I'll find time to study it "properly" and put to bed these issues, but for right now please accept my observations as the witterings of a rank amateur.
    OK here's the scenario: Alice and Bob, together at X, create a pair particles, each in a "coherent" state, with 50% chance of collapsing (if observed) into an up state or a down spin state. The two particles are entangled, so if Alice's collapses into an up state, then Bob's instantly collapses into the down state.
    Alice and Bob then move to A and B, which might be several light-years apart. They still do not observe their particles, so they are still in 50/50 superposition and still entangled. Then at a point A' (in the future of A) Alice looks at her particle and collapses it into the up state. At that same instant, Bob's particle (at B') must collapse into the down state. However, that means that a "message" (of sorts) must have travelled instantly from A' to B', which defies the "rule" that information cannot travel faster than light.
    Most YouTube videos at this point say "Weird, huh? Maybe faster-than-light communication is possible! Wouldn't that be cool?" before moving on to something else.
    However if Bob does not also observe his particle, he will not know anything about its spin state. Also, even if he did look at his particle and find it in the down state, he would not know whether he caused it to collapse himself, or whether it had already collapsed due to what Alice had done. The effect would be the same either way.
    Or to put it another way, Alice's action would have changed Bob's uncertainty from "aleatory" (uncertainty of chance) to "epistemic" (uncertainty of knowledge).

    So the only way Alice could signal Bob faster-than light would be to have Bob sit looking at the box containing his particle, and when he notices his uncertainty of the box's content changing from aleatory to epistemic, he knows that Alice has signalled.
    But how would he tell the difference? It is only when Alice and Bob come back together (at Y) and sees Alice's particle that he receives any information at all.
    One might say that the uncertainty was always epistemic: that the spin-states of both particles were decided at X, and it is only Alice and Bob's knowledge which is uncertain. But this (i) makes the whole thing even more boring and mundane, and (ii) requires the "local hidden variables" theory, which was (as I understand it) disproved by John Stewart Bell.
    So can "action at a distance" really have any impact on reality? If so, then how? And if not, is it really any more important than the number of angels that can dance on a pinhead?
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    MrShorty reacted to Vort in Going home again?   
    Now is that more or less than a Brazilian?
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    MrShorty got a reaction from Backroads in Going home again?   
    I understand that there are differences between Utah and Texas (and lots of other places in the country). The thing that I don't understand is why someone would say, "I would rather spend twice as much for the same house and live in Utah than spend half as much for the same house and live in Texas (or other place where housing is much cheaper)." I realize that these economic decisions are a lot more complex than just how much a house costs, but a house is a major cost, so what things offset the currently much higher housing costs of living in Utah and other western states?