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    President Nelson on Gun Control

    Your statement is in the third person but I assume you are stating your opinion. But it is a strangely American perspective. Here in my country, the question of arming oneself just never comes up. My wife and I have never ever reflected upon whether we have a right to buy and use weapons to provide protecction for ourselves or our family. If we feel threatened, we turn to the legal authorities. We expect, we demand security. The police are not successful in everything they do, but we certainly never fear for violence on the street or in our homes. I have three rifles. For hunting. The rifles are locked in a cabinet and each has its own trigger lock. The bolts are kept separate. All ammunition is stored in a third, separate location. When I go hunting it takes at least a half an hour to collect all the necessary pieces (not to mention the trouble I have in finding all the keys). For those weapons to be used for protection is ludicrous. The hallways in our house are too narrow to be able to freely swing such a rifle around quicky and the weapons are so powerful that a bullet would travel through my walls and at least three neighbouring houses. I would be a greater danger than any intruder. We also have laws that forebid using a weapon for self protection In my case, if someone wants to steal our stuff, they’re welcome to it. It’s just stuff. Utah is a quiet, safe state. Why do people there feel they need to do the work of the police? Shouldn’t the attention be focused on fixing the problem, to create a safe society, instead of thinking ”every man for himself”.
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    The creation of Eve

    I love it when you go all prophety on us. Your created scriptures are the best.
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    Rob Porter, and Mormonism's #MeToo Moment

    Social elitist? That is definitely a new one for me. I should read ”The Wealth of Nations”? I own two copies of it, but I confess to not having opened it for more than 35 years. It is, as you undoubtedly know, a book fast approaching 250 years old. And its age is showing. I fail to see how you would use it as a modern economic text, or even how it could be used to defend the idea of not employing women. I was a Keynsian economist during the time. Now I know that most economists are full of BS, trying to guess outcomes. Game theory is far more fascinating. But thanks for listening and asking your wife, regarding your employment counsel. Your chauvinism is perhaps not so severely engrained as you would have us believe. I also asked my wife, who is a school principal, to review your suggested hiring policies. Such policies would be considered illegal here in Sweden. She just found them amusing, to the point of hilarious. My oldest daughter, who is a top economist for one of Sweden’s foreign aide organisation, found your suggestions both wasteful and lacking in foresight, with a good measure inefficiency, since she thinks the real progress in the running of the services come from the female employees and executives.
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    Rob Porter, and Mormonism's #MeToo Moment

    Wow. Your comment is mind-numbingly ignorant. I can only assume it is your attempt at humour or sarcasm, to which it is entirely unsuccessful. If you’re married, I’d suggest you read your comment, out loud, to your partner and then wait for a response. If you’re dating or seeing someone, be sure to make your stance known before proceeding any further. If you are a business owner with female employees, please let them know that they have no future in your employment. Good luck with that.
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    Rob Porter, and Mormonism's #MeToo Moment

    A black eye is not proof of partner abuse, anymore than a broken arm would be. If, however, a woman goes to the police or the ER with a black eye or a broken arm and claims the injury was caused by an abusive partner, the laws requiring a thorough investigation (in my country) are very clear. No one should get a free pass in such a situation, such as an investigation being closed, because the accused is well known or rich. But it does happen. The police or the medical authorities are not qualified to determine that the person claiming abuse is not telling the truth. Granted, the truth may be difficult to differentiate from the untruth, but an investigation must occur. IMO a bishop should not be the final judge in a case of abuse.
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    Rob Porter, and Mormonism's #MeToo Moment

    Every crime, every sin? Sorry, you’re living on the wrong planet. We do not live in a fair nor equal, nor just world. A quick look at history shows that many crimes go undisclosed, unpunished.
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    Rob Porter, and Mormonism's #MeToo Moment

    You ask a good question. As an abuser, did I get fired? No. First of all my wife did not report me to the police. Secondly, this was almost 50 years back in time and I was a blue collar worker. As long as it was behind closed doors, wife abuse was almost ignored, somehow even a man’s privilege. But the church asked only that I say I was sorry. I was. But I wasn’t a better man because of my sorrow. My abuse continued. But as an abuser, did I lose my job? Yes, I did. My wife had herself grown up in an abusing household and so I was given the benefit of doubt for a good number of years. But finally she had had enough and took herself and our children far away. I was no longer a husband, I was no longer a father. So yes, I lost the most important job I would ever hold. Should an abuser be held responsible for his abuse? If the abuser cannot recognize his/her abuse, yes, the abuser should be stripped of their job, same as in many criminal actions. Most important is that an abuser be outed and the woman get as far away as possible and be protected by law. Society must take its responsibilty and protect its children and those who are abused. Should an abuser be stoned? Don’t be ridiculous. Sorry, but I think my actions should have been exposed. The church should have been more condemning. An abuser is skilled at presenting a marvelous image outwards and hiding actions behind closed doors. The church must learn that simply saying sorry is not enough.
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    Scientists find massive society

    Just because an event is imaginary, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it if I want to.
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    Rob Porter, and Mormonism's #MeToo Moment

    Not quite sure how to interpret your post. You seem to imply that being labelled an abuser erases all other characteristics, witling a many facited person into a caricature. I think some behaviours automatically default the perpetrator to his/her lowest level, either erasing or cancelling out many other positive characteristics. Abuse can be in psychological and or physical. Physical abuse that has left damage is easier to verify. But IMO an abuser chooses to lower themself below all dignity. An abuser may be rich and well educated, extremely capable in many ways, but their abuse makes them worthless in my eyes. Too harsh? My opinion is based on my experiences. I was the abuser in my first marriage. I was never charged by the police, but my wife reported me to the bishop. I not only said my sorries, I truly felt the remorse. I promised repentence and to be better. I was even granted a temple recommend. I held the promise to be better until the next crises is my life. Then I was the same a** and abuser once again. I didn’t improve. I didn’t stop the abuse. It wasn’t until the mother to my children took herself and our children as far away from me as she could, that I looked in the mirror and decided that change was necessary and that the cause of the situation was 100% my problem. Many years of counselling and reading many books about the reasons an abuser uses abuse to control those in their life, finally bought about change. Nine years after our divorce, and after my wife could accept that I had truly changed and could be trusted, we married again. No woman should ever have to fear bad treatment from her partner. If a man threatens harm or psycologically abuses or physically harms his partner, the woman must press charges, and leave the relationship. It doesn’t matter how intelligent or rich or capable the man is. There is no cure, until the man accepts full responsibility for his actions and actually changes.
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    Scientists find massive society

    Thanks. An interesting insight.
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    Scientists find massive society

    My English is, granted, not like it was. But I do know when an argument lacks substance. Go back and read your BoM and see the numbers involved in the final battles. Then go on line and look into the findings of the battles between the Romans and the Etruscans. Just north of Rome, the finds, that include leads used in slings, to bronze arrowheads, cover over 500 acres of finds. The digs have gone on for years. Why are there so many finds? Because the battles were extended, over a good number of years, and , even if one can discount the victors exagerations of numbers, there were thousands of soldiers fighting against each other, maybe 3000 or more on each side. Thousands of soldiers, 500 acres of finds. Your English is undoubtedly better than mine (although I’ll posit my Swedish is better than yours). Superficial is not a word I’d use to describe the finds of significant battles. Now, your turn. Show me something other than superficial finds of the battles from the BoM.
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    Scientists find massive society

    If I'm reading you correctly, you are saying the recent finds, actual finds, support that a culture in Meso America could have left no superficial evidence. You're going to have to run that past me one more time.
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    Scientists find massive society

    Consistent? I thought consistent meant "fair or accurate, done in the same way over time", or "without logical contradictions". Would you care to expand on why you agree that the BofM historical narrative is consistent with the recent finds? The time frame might be a starting point.
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    Scientists find massive society

    Other engineering problems relatively trivial???????? I think you need to do some reading up on how the wheel actually developed. Might I suggest you read, “The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions” by Richard W. Bulliet. You can start with the first chapter, Wheels vs wheels, and review how the various wheels developed. Of particular interest is the development of two wheeled transports that evolved long before four wheeled carriages. All down to the manouverability of the cart, turning and how the outside wheel must rotate more than the inside wheel, or one wheel moving while the other dragging. One line of thinking were “wheelsets”, with wheels and axle constructed together. It means that both wheels turn in unison. Think of old train carriage wheels. If a cart had four wheels with two wheelsets it could be moved along a railset. This was a setup used in mines, initially pushed by manpower to move heavy loads. The turning radius of wheelsets is a very major, non-trivial engineering problem. Modern rail trains in the US, require a turning radius of 410 feet compared with the turning radius, for modern cars, at 35 feet. Somewhere around 4000 to 3000 BCE came wheels that rotated independently around a fixed axle. Modern road vehicles are typical examples. “At the dawn of the European Renaissance in the fourteenth century, four-wheeled vehicles were not in common use anywhere in the world. Two-wheeled carts were easier to build, easier to steer, and mechanically more efficient, since two wheels turn with only half the friction of four. Even in Europe, the only world region that never abandoned the four-wheel concept, passenger wagons were used almost exclusively by noblewomen, the infirm, and the elderly. Noblemen rode horses as a sign of their elite warrior status, while eminent churchmen rode mules.” The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions. Richard W. Bulliet Chapt. 1 The big changes came with innovations in steering. The single axle for the steering wheels had a number of weaknesses, among others a very large turning radius. The last three hundred years are significant in the changes and development of better turning functions. The four wheeled clay vehicles that have been found in ancient Central America, mostly from graves, are never depicted with turning capabilities. They seem to be grave goods. Two wheeled carts, whether children’s toys or grave goods, that would have copied handcarts or war chariots, have not been found. As I implied, there are considerable engineering difficulties in moving from two wheeled to four wheeled, steerable carts. That progression of development is not evident in anything found from the ancient Americas.
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    Scientists find massive society

    Oops! Time for a science break. Think toys with wheels. Build a Lego toy with wheels. Do you need to grease the wheels? No. Plastic on plastic holds up pretty good for kids play. Think clay toys like those pictured. Looks like they have wooden sticks for axles. Do they need grease for the wheels? Porbably not. Now build a full size four wheeled wagon. Let me know how well the carts holds up for loads with wooden axles, and wooden hubs. Different types of wood, with varying wear strengths are needed, but metals for axles or wheel loops were not invented. Neither is there evidence that dried leather, then greased was used to hold either the axle r attach ti the frame, Moving from a toy to a full sized cart is more than just increasing in size.
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