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  1. Biodiesel can be made with things that store well, and is probably more reliable than solar or wind once you get the process down.
  2. Bigger news of the two is Bahrain. They’re more tied to the KSA, which signals they have the quiet approval of MBS. It’s possible the KSA is waiting till after November to give whoever wins the WH a win and foster good relations.
  3. Huh, that aspect totally slipped my mind. I’m getting married on Friday.
  4. Tbf, while I’m aware there’s a BLM organization, I’ve generally been aware of them as being of secondary, if not tertiary importance with regards to the push for police reform. I would guess most people shouting BLM are doing so with zero-to-no affiliation with the organization.
  5. It’s a hard needle to thread. Yes, there are certainly groups out there who seek to appropriate many worthy causes, and plenty of bad causes. The needle I mention is because I’ve come to realize that I don’t give enough credence to randomness and chaos as an explainer. Sometimes things happen, and sometimes they happen all at once. Many times there are groups trying to appropriate the chaos of the moment to further their ends, except their objectives are on full display and their membership rolls are open to the public - the exact opposite of a secret combination. That doesn’t make t
  6. Why you gotta do my boy Paine dirty like that?
  7. Not a general conference talk, but this is an interesting passage in the journals of James E. Talmage: January 9, 1919: "There is every evidence of a very serious recrudescence of the influence trouble, there there is a manifest disinclination on the part of the newspapers to publish the full facts. This is said to be the result of pressure brought upon the papers by the business men, who insist that the enforced suspension of public assemblies and free business operations is bringing to them a loss that cannot be longer endured. Lives are being sacrificed in the interest of dollars.
  8. Counterpoint: using the functional definition of religion as opposed to the substantive one, religion is just as pervasive today as it has been in any other era. The substantive view defines religion as the belief in deity. This view, commonly held in the Enlightenment era, began to fall apart in the Early Modern era as British and American researchers began to more thoroughly investigate Therevada Buddhism, Confucianism, and atheistic forms of Hinduism. These all, to a greater or lesser extent “walked like a duck and quacked like a duck,” but made little-to-no mention or emphasis on gods
  9. Most of those statues are relatively new, when groups like the Daughters of the Confederacy funded them to go along with their push for "Lost Cause" education in school. During the war, the soldiers of one side did not consider themselves citizens of the United States. It really was. As outlined by the cornerstone speech and several Confederate state constitutions, the power the CSA sought was to maintain slavery within its borders. When they felt that power was threatened, they first tried to exercise authority over the Northern States by overriding their laws with federal leg
  10. In related news, my wedding plans continue to be a moving target. The only constant is the date, come high waters, pandemics, or the premature pronunciation of death upon peninsular dictators in East Asia.
  11. Agreed with all of this. My parents lived in China for years, and given all the non-Church-related business stories they have about the country's dealmaking culture, nothing about this story is surprising. Things will move forward, I have no doubt.
  12. I have written multiple op-eds before. Your kid's teacher is wrong in one major aspect, and right in another. https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/robert-falconer-the-open-society-canadas-best-response-to-immigration/ https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/the-u-s-might-be-about-to-send-us-these-two-immigration-and-refugee-problems https://www.ledevoir.com/opinion/idees/576929/faire-tomber-les-barrieres The term op-ed, was meant to signify an informed opinion "opposite the editorial page," which is the origin of the name. It's supposed to signify an informed opinion,
  13. The context of the Dubai is interesting. To put a slight damper on the "invitation" part, it's part of an aggressive campaign by the UAE to transition the country's economy away from oil and towards long-term finance and shipping capital of the Middle East, sorta like a desert Singapore. Part of this involves the expansion of some civil liberties, particularly for foreigners. It's easier to attract non-petrol capital and investment if others can come and worship whatever they may from around the world. With regards to other religions, this has expressed itself in Pope Francis' visit to the cou
  14. My guess is that it will be something akin to the Manhattan or Hong Kong temples, which are built on, or have non-temple facilities attached. Manhatten "The original building...still houses a church public affairs office on the second floor and a chapel, cultural hall, baptismal font, and classrooms on the third floor." Hong Kong "The six-story building is designed to house not only the temple, but also a chapel, mission offices, and living quarters for the temple president and several missionaries." Given the above precedents, it seems reasonable that the Church may i
  15. Hey ya'llz. Currently I'm self-isolating at home due to some recent international travel, the fact that my fiancée and her family all have factors that put them in higher-risk groups, and that I'm currently hosting my recently returned parents from Asia. A bit of background - I grew up rural, have a refugee parent, who also served in armed forces. So I grew up with a lot a semi-prepper mentality. Thankfully, I have the type of job where I can work from home for a good chunk of time, and during one of my breaks, I decided to put together a preparedness checklist, divided into the following
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