scottyg

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    scottyg reacted to Carborendum in Biological Males Shower with Females   
    https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2021/05/19/college-ozarks-c-of-o-request-sidestep-anti-discrimination-housing-denied-sexual-orientation-gender/5151236001/
    There is a lot of legalese going around exactly what the complaint was and what the ruling means.  But the bottom line is that there would have been no court proceedings at all if the college were allowed to segregate biological males (identifying as females) from biological females in showers, bathrooms, and dormitories.
    I am reminded of a proceeding decades ago about BYU housing rules. "Off campus housing" was inspected and approved by BYU standards office.  You then got a special certification that you were "BYU approved housing." 
    Someone began a lawsuit because they weren't a student at BYU, so why should they have to live BYU standards?  It was in the contract they signed when they moved in.  But they had no intention of living the rules.
    As a response, BYU changed the rules and said, "BYU approved housing shall ONLY rent to BYU students."
    Knowing the pattern of things, my guess is that there will come a time when the law forces the Church's hand regarding transgenders.  At some point, identifying as transgendered will be grounds for excommunication.  And at the same time, BYU will only accept members in good standing as students or employees.
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    scottyg reacted to Still_Small_Voice in War in the Middle East   
    If America is not hostile towards Israel in the future then our country will likely be apathetic with aid and turn away from Israel.  The days are coming in the future when Israel will be on their own sadly.
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    scottyg reacted to JohnsonJones in fast for drought relief in Utah and western US.   
    Well, one of the ironies I see about many of the Western States (Utah, parts of California, Arizona, Nevada) is that they know they have limited water already.  They know they have limited resources.
    Yet, instead of taking a realistic approach, they WANT TO EXPAND THE POPULATION, BRING IN BUSINESSES WITH MORE WORKERS, AND BRING IN A LOT MORE PEOPLE TO MAKE MORE MONEY IN THEIR AREAS. 
    If you have a low amount of water, why in the world do you want to cause further stresses by trying to increase the population size which in turn uses MORE WATER!??
    It seems they are so focused on money and how to get MORE OF IT, that instead of looking at how to feasibly deal with their water situation, they want to aggravate it by making the matters worse because in the short term they can make a lot more money by bringing in more businesses which in turn bring more workers.
    One solution is to get people to move from those states.  This reduces the amount of water necessary.  Secondly, reduce the high end water usage of some of the businesses.  This also reduces the load.
    They blame farmers in many instances, but it's not the farmers.  Many of these locations (especially California) deal with reservoirs and underground aquifers.  The farmers were doing just fine in the balance prior to the population explosions in these states.  With more people though, more of the water is being used to the point where these reservoirs and aquifers were shrinking.  It was shown in the past few years that even at above average rainfalls for the next few years/decade that California would STILL not solve the problem.  The population was so great that the shrinking of the water sources would STILL continue. 
    Utah has been at the edge of the same problem as California for the past 5 years at least...they are at the tipping point where their population will continue to shrink their water resources EVEN IF THEY HAVE ABOVE AVERAGE precipitation during a year. 
    Last time I visited Utah, they were trying to attract a TON of businesses and people, especially south of Salt Lake.
    It seems to me that though they raise the alarm, because they are more focused on money than what happens to their water resources, they are making their own problems occur.  A lack of precipitation may be exacerbating the problem or hastening it's impact, but it is by no means WHY it has occurred.  This is a simple numbers game, and instead of addressing what the numbers have said, they are doing the exact opposite of what they should have because of "money" from what I can tell.
    The solution is actually remarkably simple, but I don't think they consider the solution one they want to look at.
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    scottyg got a reaction from Vort in War in the Middle East   
    However things play out, the day will come when the majority of the world will be seeking Israel's destruction, and America will likely be among the number.
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    scottyg got a reaction from Vort in War in the Middle East   
    However things play out, the day will come when the majority of the world will be seeking Israel's destruction, and America will likely be among the number.
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    scottyg got a reaction from Vort in War in the Middle East   
    However things play out, the day will come when the majority of the world will be seeking Israel's destruction, and America will likely be among the number.
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    scottyg reacted to Jane_Doe in But I don't want to go to the funeral.   
    Funerals are for the living, not the dead.
    If it's a huge deal for your mom to be there to support your mom (not your aunt-- she's off to a better place), then I would be there for your mom.  If it's not, and you don't want to go, then I won't go.  
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    scottyg reacted to Carborendum in fast for drought relief in Utah and western US.   
    Well, this just makes me think of something.  I can't quite put my finger on it...
     
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    scottyg reacted to Carborendum in More BSA misery   
    The irony may be lost here.  But the movement did exactly what everyone wanted to have happen.  And then they are surprised that it did so.
    Any worthy institution is designed to separate people.  They are designed to make people stand out from the crowd.  While the mindset may or may not be elitist, the result is that it will hopefully generate a reason to think someone is better than others.  I say "better", but I'd use other words. 
    Accomplished Capable Educated Inspiring The very idea of "inclusive" sounds great simply because it sounds so egalitarian.  And we're all for egalitarian.  But when we mistake equality of opportunity for equality of result, then the only way for that to be accomplished is to make sure that no one accomplishes anything.  That way NO one stands out.
    And when no one stands out the social organization fails to do anything meaningful except to say "we included everyone."
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    scottyg reacted to Carborendum in More BSA misery   
    In principle, if that is the way they're handling it, then I would have no objection either.  But with today's transgenders being accepted into athletics, how is this going to be enforced in the future?
    I admit that this concern is not just about scouting.  But that's the whole point.  It is a national/societal issue that we should all be concerned about. The effect on scouting is just one head of that hydra.
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    scottyg reacted to person0 in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    I only read the first two pages of this thread and came out shocked no one shared this connection.  I sincerely believe the brethren have been instructed, as the Lord's servants, that the time has come to let the wheat and tares grow together as we navigate the "winding up scene" during the "latter part of these latter days".

    When wheat and tares grow together, some of the wheat may be starved by the tares, and some of the wheat will be spared by not gathering the tares.  In the end, all the tares will be burned and only the wheat will remain.

    So long as we maintain our number one priority to live in accordance with the commandments of God, and the principles of the Restored Gospel, we will be prepared.
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    scottyg reacted to mirkwood in Commercial Racism   
    Reporting this to higher management is not cancel culture.  It is accountability for terrible behavior.  Imagine if I refused to take a report from someone while I was at work due to their race.  Would it be cancel culture to complain?
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    scottyg reacted to Backroads in Commercial Racism   
    I agree with notifying management or even corporate.
    I appreciate you not wanting cancel culture, but in my view it's the same about letting the cook know the food is uncharacteristically and truly awful. (Glass in the soup sort of deal)
    You're doing them a favor and letting them know there's a problem.
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    scottyg reacted to Carborendum in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    I wish I could feel "I'm perfect just the way I am".  Instead, I tend to realize every day that I have flaws.  Some of them quite ponderous.  But I lean on the Lord to eventually help me overcome them.
    I guess some people think that homosexuality isn't something to be "overcome".  They just accept it as part of being "perfect".
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    scottyg reacted to Ironhold in Commercial Racism   
    MBA here. 
    The employee in question is a lawsuit waiting to happen. 
    It's cheaper to fire an employee with a documented history of racist behavior than to handle the lawsuits caused by their actions. 
    You'd actually be doing corporate a favor. 
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    scottyg reacted to Carborendum in Commercial Racism   
    I'd like to share an experience about "commercial racism".
    DESCRIPTION: We know about violent racism.  We also know about stereotypes.  We know about ethnic jokes.  And we know about those individuals who, well... bless their hearts... just don't know how racist they sound when they say or do certain things.
    COMMERCIAL RACISM is what I'm calling those things that people do in commerce/business/employment, etc based on race.
    While I've experienced this before, there was always some shame in it.  They always hid it in such a way that there was a small (sometimes tiny) level of plausible deniability.  Yesterday, I came across blatant, open, admitted commercial racism.
    I have a Sam's Club membership.  As such I have a credit card that provides a lot of cash back.  Every April/May I cash in (that's the cycle I'm in).
    I went to the club  to get a few things.  I went to a checkout line that had the "open" sign on.  I began to unload when the checkout lady (let's call her Shayna) said that she was closed.  She was just standing there doing nothing.  Just waiting for... something.  Then as I moved away another woman came with her cart and began to unload.  Shayna began to help her unload and started checking her stuff.
    I waited in another line and checked my stuff out there.  I asked about cashback.  They said that I could cash out at the membership desk.  Once all loaded up in the car, I went to the membership desk and asked for my cashback.  The lady there said that she couldn't do it at the membership desk. I told her what the checkout lady said.  She told me that I'd been misinformed.  I needed to go back to the checkout area and speak to someone in a green vest (one of the supervisors).
    I found that Shayna had a green vest.  So, I began waiting at her line.  When she was all out of customers, I asked her about he cashback.  She said that she was not going to help me.  Then she proceeded to wave someone else forward to unload.  I asked her why she told me she was closed earlier.
    She said, "I don't want to serve you people.  You're the reason we've got COVID."
    "I'm actually Korean, not Chinese." (in some half-effort to appeal to her).
    "Same difference."
    She then began to ignore me and got the next person to unload.
    Just then I noticed that another green vest came by.  I spoke with him.  He said that it is taken care of at the membership desk.  I rebutted.  He took me there personally.  The lady then looked at me with some disgust and went through the motions.  I got all my money.  She didn't need any instruction from the green vest.  She knew exactly how to do it.
    After it was all done, she walked briskly away from me and began a conversation with another worker until I left.  As I was far away, I noticed she came right back her station again.  No customer.  Just the lack of "me".
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    scottyg reacted to Vort in Commercial Racism   
    I agree, Carb. Corporate needs to hear about this. What you describe is nothing short of appalling.
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    scottyg reacted to beefche in Commercial Racism   
    Wow. Just wow. I honestly would give a complaint to not only the store manager, but at corporate as well. And I would provide names--this is seriously unacceptable. They should not be in any type of customer service job if they can't serve everyone with respect--they can think what they want, but they shouldn't treat someone like that while at their job. 
    I wouldn't want them to be doxed but they either need to be reprimanded or fired. 
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    scottyg reacted to Emmanuel Goldstein in Sanctuary of the Church   
    Why is it that every other religion treats the sanctuary of their church as a sacred place for silent reflection and worship? But we treat ours as a social hall to catch up on how each others lives are going? Honestly, I want to come to church and be spiritually recharged, not listen to noisy chit-chat. If people want to catch up they should do it in the foyer.
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    scottyg reacted to NeedleinA in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    The speaker could have easily added a clarifying statement to her comments - one that could have changed the tone of having her on stage to begin with. One that could have even given hope to individuals in her shoes. 
    Something like..."While I do experience feelings of same sex attraction*, I married my husband several years ago. We have a great life and I love him dearly**".

    Omitted by accident OR design? I suspect the latter. 
    Why not share how you have moved beyond your struggle and not let it constantly become your identity?

    * She explains in a North Star bio. 
    ** She shares her marriage with her husband on her FB page.
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    scottyg reacted to CV75 in The grave has no victory... why do we act like it does?   
    If the grave has no victory, why is it we are sad when people die? I think the reason(s)varies from person to person.
    Is it a sign that faith truly is not a knowledge of things? Perhaps; it could be a lack of knowledge.
    Does it show a lack of belief/faith in the gospel? Not necessarily; we awaken our faculties to draw near to God.
    Are we actually mourning the fact that we are worse off without them? It depends, everyone is different.
    Are we mourning because we won't see them for a long while? It depends, everyone is different.

    Was he weeping because he died, or was he weeping because he saw the sorrow of those close to the death? I believe the latter.
    Are our spirits just naturally inclined to value life since that is the whole purpose of our existence here? Yes, but that does not necessitate sadness with the passing of a loved one: "The afternoon my mother died, we went to the family home from the hospital. We sat quietly in the darkened living room for a while. Dad excused himself and went to his bedroom. He was gone for a few minutes. When he walked back into the living room, there was a smile on his face. He said that he’d been concerned for Mother. During the time he had gathered her things from her hospital room and thanked the staff for being so kind to her, he thought of her going into the spirit world just minutes after her death. He was afraid she would be lonely if there was no one to meet her.
    "He had gone to his bedroom to ask his Heavenly Father to have someone greet Mildred, his wife and my mother. He said that he had been told in answer to his prayer that his mother had met his sweetheart. I smiled at that too. Grandma Eyring was not very tall. I had a clear picture of her rushing through the crowd, her short legs moving rapidly on her mission to meet my mother." https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/new-era/2003/11/a-matter-of-the-heart?lang=eng
    So despite there being a deeply rooted belief of an afterlife, our souls cannot help but feel sorrow when there is a loss of life? Not necessarily.

    Is it possible to experience the death of a close one and feel no sorrow because one's faith in an afterlife is so strong that they know they will see them again? Yes, it is possible.
    If yes, should we be concerned about the strength of our faith if someone dies and we are sad? I think we should always look for opportunities to increase our faith, and observing (both in the sense of acknowledging and processing instead of denying or repressing) our emotions, in concert with the companionship of the Holy Ghost, is one way to to that.
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    scottyg got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    In our ward and stake we actually don't have this problem, but the opposite (at least as far as youth/parents report it to their Bishops). Pre-marital sex is way down amongst heterosexual youth. The only ones that seem to be engaging in sex are those that claim to be gay. Our straight boys have 2 main problems - pornography, and slothfulness. All they do is watch anime and porn, and play video games. Zero ambition to do anything with their lives. The girls have more problems surrounding mental health and abuse of various kinds - depression, anxiety, alcohol, drugs, cutting, etc... Porn use amongst young women is also rising.
    The number of youth in our stake/area going on dates, and even interacting with the opposite sex, is falling. A counselor in our Stake Presidency is a High School principal, and he has said over the last 5-6 years that attendance at school dances has dropped off significantly. Our priests quorum has 14 relatively active boys, and only 2 of them have ever been on a date. The world is not teaching our youth the proper fundamentals of interacting with the opposite sex...it is teaching the exact opposite of what should be done. Women are taught that men and the patriarchy are dangerous and abusive, and will hold them back; and men are taught that women are a useless waste of time and money.
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    scottyg got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    In our ward and stake we actually don't have this problem, but the opposite (at least as far as youth/parents report it to their Bishops). Pre-marital sex is way down amongst heterosexual youth. The only ones that seem to be engaging in sex are those that claim to be gay. Our straight boys have 2 main problems - pornography, and slothfulness. All they do is watch anime and porn, and play video games. Zero ambition to do anything with their lives. The girls have more problems surrounding mental health and abuse of various kinds - depression, anxiety, alcohol, drugs, cutting, etc... Porn use amongst young women is also rising.
    The number of youth in our stake/area going on dates, and even interacting with the opposite sex, is falling. A counselor in our Stake Presidency is a High School principal, and he has said over the last 5-6 years that attendance at school dances has dropped off significantly. Our priests quorum has 14 relatively active boys, and only 2 of them have ever been on a date. The world is not teaching our youth the proper fundamentals of interacting with the opposite sex...it is teaching the exact opposite of what should be done. Women are taught that men and the patriarchy are dangerous and abusive, and will hold them back; and men are taught that women are a useless waste of time and money.
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    scottyg got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    In our ward and stake we actually don't have this problem, but the opposite (at least as far as youth/parents report it to their Bishops). Pre-marital sex is way down amongst heterosexual youth. The only ones that seem to be engaging in sex are those that claim to be gay. Our straight boys have 2 main problems - pornography, and slothfulness. All they do is watch anime and porn, and play video games. Zero ambition to do anything with their lives. The girls have more problems surrounding mental health and abuse of various kinds - depression, anxiety, alcohol, drugs, cutting, etc... Porn use amongst young women is also rising.
    The number of youth in our stake/area going on dates, and even interacting with the opposite sex, is falling. A counselor in our Stake Presidency is a High School principal, and he has said over the last 5-6 years that attendance at school dances has dropped off significantly. Our priests quorum has 14 relatively active boys, and only 2 of them have ever been on a date. The world is not teaching our youth the proper fundamentals of interacting with the opposite sex...it is teaching the exact opposite of what should be done. Women are taught that men and the patriarchy are dangerous and abusive, and will hold them back; and men are taught that women are a useless waste of time and money.
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    scottyg got a reaction from NeedleinA in Celestial Room   
    Although this is off topic, I was in a meeting once with the Presiding Bishop of the church. He made the remark that the real reason for 401k/retirement plans being introduced in the world was so that in "retirement" individuals and couples would be able to serve in temples and as missionaries while still relatively young. The Lord was providing His servants with additional opportunities to help each other. Church leaders feel sorrow that so few choose to serve missions in retirement, and instead choose to travel the world, go on cruises, buy new cars for no reason, and waste their wealth in riotous living. So may aspects of our lives are so easy compared to the tens of billions of people who lived on the earth before us, and even billions more currently living on it. How do we choose to thank the Lord for what He has given us? Do we freely give of ourselves, or just build bigger barns?