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  1. For what it's worth, that question was not made in bad faith to Teancum. I certainly believe climate change is a major threat to humanity, one of our own making, and think it makes entirely too much sense that we would abrogate our responsibility as stewards of the earth in the Last Days and thereby damage ourselves in the process. I was more trying to get Teancum's take on it (as he said though, he would prefer that in a different thread). I absolutely agree with him that by most metrics, the world has become a better place. Childhood mortality is down, as are deaths by violence, and our individual productivity is much higher. At the same time, I have seen those who hold up these triumphs of humanity also decry the perils of climate change, nuclear proliferation, antibiotic resistance, and other threats that are inarguably more present now than they have been in any previous century. I am not saying Teancum is in this group, but was just wondering. I tend to think of it as us living in the best of times, not the worst of times, but with a metaphorical Sword of Damocles hanging right over head. If anything, our societal and governmental responses to the pandemic have solidified my notion that we are simply unprepared to undertake the collective action problems addressing that Sword takes. Edit: Funny side note about Thunberg. Her and I got into a row once over a publication that claimed >1.2bn climate refugees would be displaced in the next 30 years or so. She widely disseminated the article, while I reverse-engineered the author's approach and realized they were confusing the stock and flow of climate migrants. The actual estimate was closer to 27mn or so.
  2. I’ve seen this idea trotted out before, but it ignores the large presence of amillennialism and preterism in the biggest Christian bodies from Augustine onwards. Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran and many Calvinist churches hold the above views among their leadership to the extent that most of their lay membership simply don’t consider eschatology in their regular worship or belief systems. Pre- and post-millennialism and their cousin historicism are mostly a product of late-18th and mid-19th century Evangelical or Restorationist movements. But genuinely curious, to what extent do you see climate change as an extinction-level threat?
  3. No need to delete! I didn’t take the original comment as ill-intentioned, just interesting. There is a certain truth to perception being close to reality, and I would guess many Canadians demonstrate certain inclinations towards communitarian ideals commensurate with socialist or social democratic ideologies. It’s just complicated, is all.
  4. I always find these distinctions hard to parse. I have seen the socialist label flung at my home country (shared with Duncan), with the big point of reference being its mechanism for administering healthcare (publicly funded, but privately delivered, interestingly enough). Based on other metrics, however, it ranks as far more oriented towards a free market economy than other countries, including the United States. As far as metrics designed to place greater control into the hands of incumbent workers go (occupational licensing, credential recognition), or centralized planning of cities (zoning reform), the US is far more socialist than Canada. One of my favourite indices, the Economic Freedom Index, weighs the combination of coercive taxes and regulations that go into starting, growing, and managing a business, and ranks Canada 10 places higher than the US. That isn't to say one country is or isn't socialist. Just that we can point towards various mechanisms for regulating worker influence or control in a market that paint a much more complicated figure than overly simplistic labels make it out to be.
  5. I would agree. It is worth knowing that a general outline established in the scriptures and in our recent history under unrighteous governments is to: a) submit peacefully and worship to the extent we can. when that becomes insufferable we then b) leave for another place. Someone can correct me, but very rarely has God advocated overthrowing a government. You sometimes have examples of righteous leaders defending foundational principles or laws from an unrighteous government, but usually in the capacity of a lawfully appointed officer of said government. While the distinction may be lost on some, there is a very large difference between a group of private citizens deciding to overthrow an unrighteous government, and say, the officer corps deciding to not execute what they consider to be an unlawful order.
  6. FWIW, it haven't met many Latter-day Saint "accelerationists," those who believe he have to fulfill prophecies such as these and bring about the fall of the US or any other country. If anything, there is more of a focus on readiness and willingness to pick up whatever pieces there are if/when it falls.
  7. Pretty sharp decline post-Brexit. Holds very steady before that. While I don't doubt some members are leaving, I have to wonder how much of this is due to out-migration of both foreign nationals living in the UK/Ireland.
  8. Call me skeptical, but those numbers are suspect. The only possible way I can see it reaching that high is if they’re including checking the horoscope in the restaurant newspaper as a “divination practice.”
  9. Romania is a good case study on what happens when you force higher birthrates on people who don't want kids. Pro-natalist policies that effect the margin (subsidizing the Stork, as it were) through child tax credits, reformed classroom schedules, and reformed work weeks are shown to stabilize birthrates to a certain extent, but will not wholly reverse downward trends.
  10. Another Canadian here - currently a researcher at UofC, but moving onto my PhD in September. Politically neoliberal, religiously I'm a progressive fundamentalist. I mean both of those things unironically. Welcome!
  11. Excuse me, saddling the RAs and PhD students with mundane tasks associated with research is a time-honoured tradition.
  12. I have been reading the Joseph Smith Paper manuscripts along with D&C sections in Come, Follow Me this year. One thing that struck me is that Joseph Smith (and scribe) capitalized the lower-case “gods” in our edition, and never bothered to go back and edit that particular part. The lower-case “g-“ argument is dead to me, even if it never held much weight anyways.
  13. Nothing in this particular case. They weren't resigning from the church. They just needed time away from his calling to deal with trauma of it all. To the credit of the Mission President and his wife here, they have been excellent working with the Indigenous members. He and his wife are Maori, went through much of the same experiences, and have made a point of holding monthly meetings for the Cree and Blackfoot members to get together privately over Zoom and in-person to go over their experiences together. The Indian Placement Program did have a role in Canada, but not as large as the residential schools. I personally know at least one person whose mother was in the program and was sexually abused.
  14. Yeah, it's hot. Kind of a downer day for us yesterday, tbh. One of your high councilman resigned his calling last week, and gave a talk on why. He and his wife are from the Tsuu T'ina Nation, southwest of Calgary, and the ward covers the reserve. The recent news regarding the unmarked gravesites has caused him, his wife, and their parents, all residential school survivors, to relive some of the trauma. On the one hand, I am proud of all that Canada aspires to be, and all the good that exists. On the other, I am not proud of some of our past, and hope we can use this as an opportunity of national repentance and reconciliation.
  15. I’m fine with Moderna/Pfizer interchangeability. As a friend told me, only the nerdiest of inorganic chemists could get excited about the differences. I have more questions about AZ/mRNA mixing, but thankfully there has been some testing, with positive results as far as immune response goes. I agree re the risk from adverse reactions. As you say, time will tell. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01359-3
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