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  1. Because of basketball or other sports. There is too much stopping power on carpets leading to knee or ankle injuries. Hardwood floors allow less friction for gym shoes.
  2. So true. It seems women deal with greater complexity whereas men tend to oversimply things. Let the woman talk out the complexity. Physiological fact: women have more hemispheric brain connections but men have one puny thread connection. Agree. Even among moslem women wearing the niqab, they are still subjected to rape and violence. Some men do it for thrill, power or something. That said, it still is important to try to reduce divisive rhetoric among all parties.
  3. On the other hand, shocking in this way could end up being self-defeating. We have been subjected to ever increasing barrage of wild demands and expressions of social justice outrage for years and decades. Just to list a few examples: advocacy for regulations to force installation of a 3rd bathroom to accommodate various uncountable genders tweaking Title IX to force women athletes to share locker rooms with biological men claiming to be tran empowering the medical/industrial complex to perform surgical mutilations and chemical castration of under age children demonizing males or whatever patriarchy underhanded subterfuge by allowing many K-12 administrators to sidestep the rights of parents to be informed when children are being subjected to social experimentation These things cause greater polarization. The absolutist statement would likely be considered to be divisive and would tend to shut down dialogue. Thus being prejudicial. My alternative appeals to empathy and invites further discussion. At worse, it might be considered semi-prejudicial.
  4. The points being made about the prevalence of sexual assaults of varying degrees are VERY sobering and real. It would be agonizing for it happen to my relatives. However the prefix "all men" is still too jarring. The word "potentially" is utterly a blanket condemnation. Would it be better to use non-absolutist terms? How about this? "Women have a very real dread of any man that could suddenly make an assault any time any place." After all, there is a significant percentage (hopefully) of men who have NEVER degraded women and would "shake at the appearance of evil."
  5. Is there any "feel bad" version? How would you describe it? Are you aware that there are at least two parts of the power of Jesus' Atonement? One a free nonobligatory gift of the resurrection (possible for both the righteous and the wicked). The other entails faithful covenant keeping (and unconditional love) in order to attain higher degrees of glory.
  6. The curve shows which segment of the class have been spending more time bonging at the frat house as opposed to those who hit the books and huddle with dedicated fellow classmates.
  7. If the professor is omniscient the professor shouldn’t need tests to guide his appraisal. Even if the professor knows the outcome, he is gracious enough to allow the student to have the experience and learn how to adjust his short term and long term goals.
  8. Or . . . Or . . . Or . . . it could be . . . Simon Dannhauer via Adobe Stock ABSTRACT A sunken settlement discovered under Lake Atitlan demonstrates that a type of destruction mentioned in 3 Nephi (waters rising up to cover cities) occurred anciently in the Americas near the time of Christ. EVIDENCE SUMMARY Book of Mormon Cities Submerged by Water After the great destruction recorded in 3 Nephi, the Lord’s voice was heard among the people declaring that the “great city Moroni have I caused to be sunk in the depths of the sea, and the inhabitants thereof to be drowned” (3 Nephi 9:4). The cities of Onihah, Mocum, and Jerusalem suffered similar fates. Concerning them, the Lord declared that “waters have I caused to come up in the stead thereof” (v. 7). Samabaj under Lake Atitlan In the 1990s, Roberto Samayoa noticed ruins on an underwater plateau while scuba diving in Lake Atitlan, located in the highlands of Guatemala. The site was subsequently named Samabaj, which is partly derived from Roberto’s last name. Eventually, trained archaeologists began to seriously study the area.1 A geophysical survey using side sonar scanning revealed even more man-made structures at other underwater locations along Lake Atitlan’s southern shore.2 Team preparing for a dive on Lake Atitlan. Image via Scripture Central. Concerning Samabaj, anthropologist John L. Sorenson noted that the “buildings appear to have been undamaged before their submersion, implying a sudden rise of the water.”3 The site has been described as an “underwater time capsule unmolested by looters and untouched by urbanization.”4 Researchers have found “about 30 ancient homes, a plaza, staircases, and even saunas, among the submerged ruins of Samabaj.”5 It also features “no fewer than 16 religious structures,” including “at least seven stelas, standing stone markers that often signified power and authority in antiquity.”6 Sonia Medrano, an archaeologist involved with Samabaj’s underwater excavation and mapping, described it as “a place of public rituals and pilgrimage.”7 Ruins at samabaj. Image via zandersturgill.com. The sudden rise in water, which left the 30-acre island submerged under 12 to 30 meters of water, was likely due to local volcanic activity.8 Based on ceramic remains, Sorenson felt that the ruins were from the “Late Pre-Classic period, probably around the time of Christ.”9 Other scholars have provided similar dates, noting that the ceramic remains range between 200 BC and AD 300.10 Sorensen noted that “some finds in the Atitlan area indicate that settlers lived in the vicinity since before the time of Christ, and the smoothed stela at Samabaj points to a date possibly earlier.”11 Medrano dated “the island’s moment of destruction to no later than A.D. 300.”12 A pot extracted from Lake Atitlan. Image via Scripture Central. Samabaj and Jerusalem In 1985, before the ruins of Samabaj were discovered, Sorenson suggested that the Lamanite city of Jerusalem was situated along Lake Atitlan’s southwestern shore. Sorenson’s proposal was based on several factors, including his belief that the land of Mormon (Mosiah 18:4; 3 Nephi 5:12, 20) was located “near the eastern end of the lake.”13 According to Sorenson’s larger proposed geography, “The spot was also close to the main areas of Lamanite population only a few miles away down in the hot but agriculturally rich piedmont zone.”14 At the time, Sorensen knew that Lake Atitlan’s water level had “shifted dramatically—by as much as 60 feet within historical times, and up to 15 feet in a single year—so a city located on this shore could understandably be submerged quite abruptly.”15 What he didn’t know then was that remains of settlements were indeed sitting below the water’s surface at Samabaj and other locations near the shore. It is not insignificant that submerged ruins have turned up at the very lake where Sorenson predicted they might be located, in connection with a Book of Mormon location. Conclusion It remains uncertain if Samabaj and its sudden flooding had anything to do with Book of Mormon peoples or the destruction reported in 3 Nephi. Current estimates date the site’s flooding several hundred years too late, based on the latest samples of ceramic remains at the site. On the other hand, Lake Atitlan’s water level has fluctuated over time. Even today, the sudden swelling of Lake Atitlan and the wild swings in its level can be unnerving for local residents as they watch the water creep over town squares and kitchen floors. Since the lake still has no outlet, it can rise as much as 15 feet in a matter of weeks, as it did in 2011, and then just as suddenly retreat. Local people hold title to land that is now underwater. They tell stories about how the lake once reached as high as a nearby church’s walls, and then drained away again like a bathtub. “The Lake is the master of its own destiny,” says Samayoa, “It rises and falls, rises and falls.”16 According to a UNESCO report of a geophysical survey conducted in 2022, “one or more floods have considerably affected the cultural landscape of the lake.”17 In another instance, the report states that its collection of data is intended to facilitate “understanding of the palaeolandscape, the process of occupation and formation of the site, as well as the onslaught of various floods that led to its abandonment.”18 Thus, whatever the precise date may be for the site’s most recent submersion, more data would be needed to either verify or rule out the possibility of a major flooding event close to the time of Christ’s death. Sillouette of Atitlan's southern shore. Image via anywhere.com. Whatever this region’s relationship may be, if any, with the events reported in 3 Nephi, the ruins at Samabaj offer an example of the type of destruction experienced by the cities of Onihah, Mocum, and Jerusalem. Rather than sinking into the sea or having a flash flood come crashing down upon them from above, the Lord declared that “waters have I caused to come up in the stead thereof” (3 Nephi 9:7; emphasis added). This is precisely what happened at Samabaj—the water level of its surrounding lake quickly rose and submerged it. < see https://evidencecentral.org/recency/evidence/sunken-cities >
  9. It would be prudent for the "one giant university" to regularly provide testing to help both the professor and the students know where they are falling off the mark or maintaining the necessary progression.
  10. Could it be the antediluvian city located in the "Land of Nod" ?
  11. I am not an astronomer. You could consider the possibility of infinite dimensions. Our universe may have 24 dimensions (of which we are able to percieve 5 or more dimensions). The next universe has its 24 dimensions that do not overlap any of our 24 dimensions. Remember Jesus is able to walk thru walls (dimensional shifts?).
  12. Sincere question: do you seriously promote the use of puberty blockers? Considering that it can cause premature onset of osteoporosis in teenagers and young adults. Second question: what do you consider the minimum age for surgical alteration for minors? Considering that it destroys the reproductive function and ability to breastfeed.
  13. Testosterone reduction and testing for trans do nothing to prevent harm to biological women athletes. Even in non-contact sports like swimming and tennis (among others), it is grossly unfair because of the headstart men have growing into their teens. Men have more massive bone structures and much stronger ligament webbings, more powerful upper body strength, and superior endurance. THAT is not mitigated at all by testosterone reduction. There is NO way of leveling the playing field except to make it truly voluntary among ALL participants (mandates by college associations and leagues are evil and unfair). Too many biological women have been severely injured by trans (above and beyond what is normal for same sex competition). What? Whut u mean? Mask off? Riley has always been consistent in her reasoning and advocacy. She has never assaulted anyone but her life was threatened by campus extremists (at least once) and actually had to be escorted to a classroom to escape a violent mob throwing punches on her. This is yet another vile attempt by you at character assassination which you do too frequently. Reconsider your ways (I recommend you remove this tagline from your signature block that appear under your posts "Always be punching Nazis!" because you risk mobbing people who truly are against totalitarianism <including nazis>).
  14. Believe Riley Gaines. She knows the truth. Along with most biological women that want to have their sport leagues maintain fair competition. If trans want to compete due to being trounced in men's sports, then they would have to set up their own trans league. AND leave the biological women alone!
  15. Thats because NEHOR == NEMESIS == ADMIN == INSTANT BANNING
  16. Because you are in the witness protection relocation program and you must eradicate as much evidence of your existence? WHOOOPS! Just accidentally tipped off the Cosa Nostra. RUN FOR THE HILLS!
  17. Why are you asking such an inane question?
  18. This is why due process is SO important. The powers that be want to erase any threat to their priviledges. There are so many disturbing elements concerning Jeffery Epstein and his "pedophile island" and his "supposed suicide" while in jail. All carefully kept obscured and any investigations soft-pedalled. Consider for example the long series of vile character assassinations of supreme court nominees beginning with Clarence Thomas ad nauseum.
  19. The southern border is hemorrhaging like you would not believe. Untold thousands of minors being brought in by people who are NOT related to them. Too many that are unaccompanied and forced to walk to a certain address. I recently saw a video of a small kid being picked up by good samaritans. He was crying and dusty (because he was abandoned?). Now the border patrol are coerced to bring in invaders, removing barb wires, nullifying the "stay in Mexico" policy (put in place by the previous administration), interfering with state officers of Texas and Arizona in their attempts to stem the flow, and on and on. Now the "blue" states (read sanctuary jurisdictions) are pleading for a stop to the deluge. Please explain which of the organizations are stanching the abominations? Who are they? How are they doing it? This is puerile and baseless slander. Its what you do too frequently. Vile character assassinations.
  20. You can argue about some of the details but do you deny that the number slaves today (be it for sex or drudgery or others) is greater than any time in previous millenniums? Granted that the percentage of slaves may have been greater in the past than today? The amount of trafficking might run to hundreds of billions per year: From youth underground website From Los Angeles Porn Industry The above are just part of the tip of the iceberg.
  21. My wife and I watched it last night. A very powerful and compelling movie. It looks to be a terrifying environment to break into. Takes an enormous effort to gain the necessary intelligence to even begin planning a rescue operation.
  22. This is the second time for me seeing the depiction of the "book with the seven seals". The first time I wondered if it would make more sense for the book to have seven sections, each with its own seal?
  23. It was not clear to me but did the LDS PR guy get to see a private screening of the "epic" ? Maybe the Church is a little more "gun shy" as a result of the Tim Ballard controversy?
  24. It is a progressive process for both righteousness and wickedness. If a person commits a wrong, he may feel naughty, daring or whatever. He might take delight in it. If that person keeps doing the wrong thing, he will branch out to more serious sins and feel justified with them. It becomes a downward spiral and the person begins to walk in darkness at noonday. Same thing happened with Cain. He was taught correct principles by Adam and Eve and even talked with God. But he dabbled a little bit with Lucifer and progressively became more "deranged". To the point of committing the brazen murder of his brother Abel. 2 Ne 26:22 And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever. Psalms 2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. Psalms 129:4 The Lord is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked. Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
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