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    Being right, stomping the under-dog in "Risk", winning, causing others to lose, blocking people's tracks in "Ticket to Ride", playing drums
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  1. Fether

    Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

    Didn’t read the long post... but I figured I would share my 2 cents (which is probably worth more like $100,000,000) “Why do bad things happen to good people” is a misplaced question grounded in a false pretense. It’s begging the question from the start. It also is a question that comes from a Christian that doesn’t truly believe the gospel he professes. Anyone who asks this question likely believes in some divine being that has and commands a moral way of life see and promises eternal life in the world to come. Like wise, anyone who asks this question also sees this life as the end all be all, that any blessing a god has for us is found in this life. Only when these two beliefs are held. Y an individual does the question arise. I liken it to a child who is going to get ice cream as long as he behaves on the car rise there. While on their way, the child’s car seat buckle begins to become uncomfortable, he becomes furious and shouts “I THOUGHT YOU SAID WE WERE GOING TO GET ICE CREAM!!”. The child believes that his moral mother is going to bless him with ice cream if he behaves. He also believes that it he car ride is all there is, that there is no ice cream store because he hasn’t seen it. He is expecting a reward equal to the ice cream he was promised because all he knows is right now. If he doesn’t get the expected reward, then he will start to think his mother is unjust, or even cease to belief he even has a mother.
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    Views on Stimulus

    I’m not so curious about inflation as I am about the effects of stimulus on large and small scale and how it effects our lives. I understand there will be some around if inflation, but do the benefits of stimulus out way the cons?
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    Views on Stimulus

    Isn’t the success of an economic system measured by the prosperity of the people? I ask only to understand, I’m not disagreeing, just challenging so I can understand. Are you saying that Stimulus is helping us today only to doom us in the future?
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    Views on Stimulus

    Is inflation so bad as long as the market stays active and the standard of living continues to improve?
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    Views on Stimulus

    I have been trying to understand the different schools of thought when it comes to Stinuls bills during depressions, recessions, and in times to prevent potential recessions (like we see now). This also bleeds into the concept of UBI and how that would effect economies in the short and long run as well as national debt and important is it really? From one side (right) I have only heard complaints against it, saying that stimulus only creates inflation and more debt as the US “prints” more and more dollars. The only outcome is short term comfort but long term super inflation and debt (which I still don’t understand what the risk of a national debt is). From the other side (left), I see arguments about how, despite inflation and debt, stimulus and a UBI would encourage more spending and would grow the economy due to the more movement of money. This happened personally where we got the stimulus check and we chose to use the money to get two expensive things we would not have otherwise have gotten (a new dining table and electric drumset for myself). I’m pretty consistently right in my thinking, but this is one place where the left view makes more sense to me. The only thing I do not like about stimulus and UBI is that it encourages a culture of wide spread dependency and entitlement. I saw that first hand on my mission where entire cities were dependent on the government handouts. But admittedly I am not comfortable in my current understanding with the whole thing. I would love some insights in this as well as some links to sources where I can hear “experts” (whatever that means these days) and explain it. I’m not really looking for convincing, I just want to see the explanation as to why stimulus/UBI is good/bad. Everywhere I have looked has only provided very basic explanations of why it is good or bad, most breaking down to an appeal to pathos on the right and left.
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    Charity: Feeling jaded on charity

    I try to give to strangers sparingly. I have limited service ability (particularly fiscally) so when I choose to aid someone, I pick people I know or an organization I trust. Making a community based on charity or consecration is a good idea... but it is a bad idea if anyone is allowed in. it is going to make up people who are either givers or takers. There is little reciprocity from the takers . The only time it works is when the community is selective and there is a common understanding and expectation of responsibility.
  7. I remember, in my Seminary years, asking the question out loud and to myself “How do I know the spirit is talking to me?”. The leaders, teachers and my parents would often share (directly or indirectly) Doctrine and Covenants 9:7-8. “7 Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me. 8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.” I was bombarded with this response brim I was convinced this was the only way the spirit speaks. I then started thinking of all the times I felt a “burning” in my bosom. After writing off heart burn, the only other time I felt a “burning” in my bosom was when I felt scared or nervous. Since I couldn’t think of any other feeling, I used that (not the feeling of being scared, but the little tightening of your chest when you are scated) as a sign of when the spirit was speaking. As you can assume... I never really had any experiences with that. Anyway, while on my mission I became more acquainted with how the spirit speaks to me and I feel like I have a good grasp on a few ways he communicates. However, I did drop the whole “burning” in the bosom thing. I dropped it to the point where when people would use it to describe the spirit I, in some way or another, said to myself “they obviously have never felt the spirit”. Now when thinking back on my life this morning, I was reminded of times, particularly in business and family planning, I would get this feel of peace followed by a subtle excitement to move in a direction I feel like God want us to go in. It happened when we planned to have our first 2 kids, moving to Vegas and then back to Utah for work, and subsequent smaller business decisions. All of which have turned out very well. Could the “burning”, rather than being a physical sensation, be referring to a yearning, drive, or burning desire to do a particular thing? Perhaps this is old news... I was just never taught about it
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    Simpler Vocabulary

    A large vocabulary is amazing. However, in a teaching/selling scenario, you MUST speak at the person level. Perhaps the feeling of condescension is a sign that too much value is placed on her ability to use more precise wording. There is sometimes a pride attached to specific skills or attributes we have that cause us to refuse to let go that in order to learn more important skills. Hopefully that isn't what is happening here, but if you and her are saying “everyone needs to be at my vocab level if they are expected to be taught”... then there is a major misplacement of value here.
  9. 🖐 I am a very unpicks and explorative eater. When I got out to eat, I almost always try something I’ve never had before. That being said, there are a few foods that I dislike. Unless it is pizza, fish or breadsticks (the more Americanized the better) I do not like Italian food. I’ve tried it in all forms many times and have always been disappointed. I cannot stand the taste of pasta. I do agree everywhere else. Asian food has to be my favorite style of food. I particularly like Indian and Japanese. I will also add, I have been very surprised at how much I like some authentic African dishes. I’m not well versed in them, but the few times I had it cooked for me on my mission, I have absolutely loved it. They can do something with chicken and rice/Couscous no one else can.
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    Laman and Lemuel rebellion

    2 Nephi 5:20-25 I would also suggest taking a look at Alma 3:19. Man bring upon themselves their own curses. I think a lot of the curses the Lamanites faced were just bi-products of their decisions
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    Stock Market Explodes Over Stock Surges

    No one is brave enough to go after Reddit
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    Stock Market Explodes Over Stock Surges

    Well I think anyone who invest can get away with getting called an “investor”. These guys though, they aren’t investing. They are using large numbers to manipulate the market to their benefit. I read another article that some of these actual professional investors are going after one of the guys that shorted the GameStop stock. Those hedge fund guys better be careful. They are poking at the gates of the largest horde of mindless beings ever in history. Jab too hard and they will have millions of high school kids with allowances, college students with spending money, and young adults with jobs recreating what they did with GameStop on other failing companies. The video game and online forum community are probably the strongest and unified community out there.
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    Stock Market Explodes Over Stock Surges

    Yes, artificially... but not really artificially. The master minds behind it and getting rich and everyone else is gambling hard... game stop will come crashing down again, no doubt about that. As an avid gamer, I can say GameStop has been a hated company for years. Even at their prime people didn’t love it. With the progression of the gaming industry, somehow GameStop has only succeeded in digressing and making awful business decisions. They even tried selling themselves and no one wanted them.
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    Stock Market Explodes Over Stock Surges

    But think of what an organized Reddit mob of 50,000 amateur “investors” (not sure we can call them that at this point) with $50 each can do to a dying company’s stock?