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Your Turn / Re: Is Wealth actually Satanic?
« on: August 30, 2021, 08:59:46 PM »
if Tony Hillerman had it right, traditional Navajo culture would say that accumulating wealth is intrinsically evil. Anything you gain that's above average should go to your family. Tony was close to the Navajo nation and culture when he wrote his famous Leaphorn and Chee mystery novels set on the reservation.

He wrote that the evil in the world came about when one of the originating spirits brought along the desire to make money. In many of his books a Navajo character makes the point that Navajo never get rich. If you have extra funds, you're supposed to think about your extended family members who might need it more than you do. If you bought an expensive truck or a gaudy saddle, that was in itself evidence that you were out of balance with the world as it should be.


His characters sometimes also note that this attitude (which I suspect has eroded in recent decades) is part of what keeps the Navajo nation poor.

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: August 27, 2021, 05:18:27 PM »

I'm simply quoting the paragraph from which your author quoted the bolded words above. How is that "missing the point"?

Because the authors, having shown that masks are virtually useless, are recommending them anyway to be on the right side of the politics.

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: July 26, 2021, 06:30:39 PM »
As vaccination rates lag and COVID cases again rise with the Delta Variant, businesses are weighing options regarding vaccine mandates.

I get a daily tweet from our county's health department. Since June, there has been a definite uptick in the number of cases recorded. Hospitalizations have gone up but far less than the rise in cases. There have been no deaths for a couple of months now. So it looks to me like the variant has some power to infect but does not come close to the original in terms of threat to life. Or the people who are still unvaccinated are the population that does not get very sick with this virus.

In either case, it's hard for me to see any purpose to reimposing mask requirements.  First, they just don't work. Second, even if they did work, they don't do much in this case.

Mask mandates are just pandemic theatre.

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: July 23, 2021, 03:59:00 PM »

... with Delta's potency, long COVID is highly likely ...

Do you have a cite for that?

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Your Turn / Re: Israel and Hamas
« on: May 21, 2021, 07:55:30 PM »
Is that a trick question? Pastor Fienen introduced the reference to recent time, speaking about "With antisemitic violence on the rise across America . . . " The last four years, in which a rise has indeed been taking place, were under the administration of ex-President Trump. I cited two of the most notorious examples.

Do you sign all your aggressively partisan posts with "Peace"?

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: May 14, 2021, 05:38:17 PM »
Some headlines

https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/investigations/40-percent-of-cleveland-clinic-employees-refuse-coronavirus-vaccine/95-cd4aa6a2-731d-4187-99a8-169dc06c6294

https://www.recordonline.com/story/news/local/2021/04/23/skipping-covid-vaccine-local-nursing-home-workers-shun-shot/7348411002/

https://coronavirus.nautil.us/healthcare-workers-refuse-vaccine/

From the latter article:
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A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that almost one-third of healthcare workers will “probably” or “definitely” refuse the vaccine. Healthcare workers are refusing to get it for a number of reasons, but a large factor is an overall distrust of the medical system from minority groups.

Dr. Nikhila Juvvadi, the chief clinical officer at Chicago’s Loretto Hospital, told NPR much of the skepticism in her hospital is due to this lack of trust from minorities.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheranism the key to happiness?
« on: May 07, 2021, 12:53:18 AM »
Many, I believe, weren’t that bothered by the winters. There simply wasn’t enough land to go around. The immigrants found in North America what they wanted but could not have at home. No other part of the country matched their experience and farming skills as well as the land they chose.

I suppose you are right. But I remember as a child watching college football and Bowl games on tv where the sun was shining and people were wearing short sleeves in November, December or January.

Then I would look out our living room window at cold rain, sleet, or snow and I wondered how my ancestors could have made such a bad choice.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheranism the key to happiness?
« on: May 05, 2021, 07:39:07 PM »
Between  1820 and 1925 about 860,000 Norwegians emigrated to the United States.
They settled primarily in the Midwest in states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and
Illinois.

The Swedes and Finns acted similarly. They were coming from countries with awful weather and arriving in a country that was so huge that it included vast swaths of places with more pleasant climates.

Yet they went to places that replicated the cold, hard winters they came from.

What were they thinking?


The upper Midwest is blanketed by some of the nation’s most productive farmland. The immigrants included a large number of farmers. They knew what they were doing. (The winter homes in Sarasota came a couple generations later.)

But you have already ripped the past from your life. Why subject yourself to the same cruel winters you just escaped?

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Your Turn / Re: Crystal Ball Gazing - LCMS futures
« on: May 05, 2021, 07:23:27 PM »
They place a premium on the gift of children and give up many material advantages in order to welcome more. I can’t believe we’re an isolated instance of this.

The overall statistics suggest that you are indeed an outlier.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheranism the key to happiness?
« on: May 05, 2021, 07:20:32 PM »
Between  1820 and 1925 about 860,000 Norwegians emigrated to the United States.
They settled primarily in the Midwest in states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and
Illinois.

The Swedes and Finns acted similarly. They were coming from countries with awful weather and arriving in a country that was so huge that it included vast swaths of places with more pleasant climates.

Yet they went to places that replicated the cold, hard winters they came from.

What were they thinking?

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Yeah, the fly in the ointment is property tax. Under Proposition 13 in California, our property taxes were only $2,000 per year. In New York, I anticipate it will be at least four times that. But at least in Rochester, many other housing related expenses (insurance, utilities, etc.) will be less, so I'm hoping it will close to balance out.

I lived in Rochester for several years when I was getting my PhD at the U. of Rochester. Summers are quite nice, but ... say goodbye to the sun for nearly every day from November through most of April. If you have any elements of Seasonal Affective Disorder, they will be amplified in Rochester. I wore a set of the famous LL Bean boots with rubber bottoms every day for half of each year, because walking meant wading in salt-laden brine everywhere. Salt is cheap there, so they use that instead of plowing. Your car will eventually tell you why this is destructive.

I defended my PhD on May 1, 1989 in spring weather. A week later, there was a 1 foot snowfall in Rochester.

Utilities there are not outlandish but the amount of heating BTUs you will consume will be large.

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I want to at least “amen” what Sterling wrote. That Pr. Austin doesn’t recognize the problem is sad but obvious; but what is absolutely befuddling to me and I think to so many across the years is the way that it is given a constant pass (with only an occasional slap on the wrist). And I want to stress: it’s not the position put forth that ought not be allowed; it is the manner of its being put forth with ridicule and scorn.

Anybody who is banned for life and then gets reinstated has some serious political juice. And that power is on display in nearly every post.

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Your Turn / Re: Chauvin Trial and verdict
« on: April 20, 2021, 10:07:22 PM »
KYRIE ELEISON.  What does it mean?  There are issues here. Lord have mercy.

It means the jurors were afraid for their safety and their homes and their families.

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: April 19, 2021, 05:47:49 PM »
You might be interested in this short essay (actually a thread from Twitter) about people who don’t really believe that the vaccine is effective but who get and celebrate getting the vaccine. The author makes an interesting and unusual analogy toward the end.

threadreaderapp.com/thread/1383961349248540672.html

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: April 18, 2021, 11:03:00 PM »
Unfortunately, there is little evidence that mask wearing is effective in limiting the spread. If you graph any statistic (say hospitalizations) for states that have similar weather, the rise and fall of the statistic is virtually identical no matter what the mask requirement is from state to state.

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