The Fuzzy Line Between Corporate Teambuilding and Waterboarding

February 29, 2008

I found Wednesday’s Salt Lake Tribune article about a Provo motivational coaching business’s technique at corporate teambuilding to be a bit shocking but still had to laugh out of a sense of schadenfreude. Read the rest of this entry »


Farewell President Hinckley

January 28, 2008

It was with a heavy heart this morning that we learned the news of President Hinckley’s death last night.

When President Hinckley became President of the Church on March 12, 1995, I didn’t know much about him. His face was, of course, already a fixture in Church leadership, as familiar as any other that I could remember at that time because of his central function in Church leadership during the presidencies of Spencer W. Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson, and Howard W. Hunter. He became President of the Church only a few months before I entered the MTC for my mission to Berlin. I didn’t think too much about it, although by then his voice at General Conference was already as a balm in Gilead to me in the way that it conveyed the message of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the marvelous work and wonder of the Restored Gospel. But it was while seated at a General Conference in the Tiergarten stake center in West Berlin when President Hinckley gave his electrifying and forceful rebuke of spouse or child abusers in the Church that I realized my gratitude for him and how lucky I would be to receive his counsel as the Lord’s mouthpiece for however long the Lord would prolong his days in his office of the Presidency. I’ll never forget that meeting, nor many others in which he taught the truths of the Restored Gospel in magnification of his weighty calling.


(Facebook) Spies Like Us

December 8, 2007

Syria recently took measures to curb an imminently pending domestic infiltration of Syrian social networks by Israeli spies. Apparently they saw the writing on the (facebook) wall and acted upon it: Read the rest of this entry »


Mitt Romney = Ravening Wolf (!?)

December 7, 2007

John mentioned this theory before, and here it is in all of its glory. In an e-mail being circulated by a supporter of the Ron Paul campaign, Mitt Romney is being compared to a “ravening wol[f] . . . amongst us, from our own membership, and they, more than any others, are clothed in sheep’s clothing, because they wear the habiliments of the priesthood.’ (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., CR, April, 1949, p. 163.)” But here is the content of the e-mail, also available on this website, entitled “Open Letter to Mormons”:

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Tell your friend Veronica, it’s time to celebrate Hanukkah…

December 7, 2007

And how about a nice holiday ham for that perfect orthodox celebration?? Read the rest of this entry »


Romney Extols Pluralism; Huckabee Claims God is Push-Polling for Him

December 6, 2007

Mitt Romney’s speech today reminding Americans of the lofty founding ideals of civic republicanism and religious liberty coincides with Mike Huckabee’s statement that God is the reason for his rise in the polls. Read the rest of this entry »


My Brother’s Keeper: Good Neighbor or Criminal?

November 30, 2007

Some might call him a heroic brother’s keeper, others a wild vigilante. Whatever the case may be, this neighbor in Houston, Texas may be charged with a crime for blasting away two intruders of his neighbor’s home a few weeks ago, testing the limits of a new Texas law likely to be one of the most tolerant state allowances of deadly force in protection of oneself, one’s property, and arguably the property of one’s neighbor. Read the rest of this entry »


Bulletproof Teflon Patent Infringers

November 28, 2007

Imagine an entity that receives far more patents from the U.S. PTO than any related entity in the country. An entity that has generated at least $500 million in patent royalties over the last five years. One that often uses the courts, routinely alleging patent infringement as a plaintiff and settling against such giants as Genentech for $200 million, Monsanto for over $100 million, and Microsoft for $30 million settlement, to name but a few. And yet, this entity cannot itself be sued or pursued for patent infringement. Some would say this sounds like a typical “patent troll,” which does not actually make, use, or sell anything (and thus is not likely to be sued for patent infringement) but seeks only to “monetize” its patent portfolio by forcing legitimate practitioners of the technology to pay licensing fees. Read the rest of this entry »


A Fun Article on Mitt Romney

November 15, 2007

I enjoyed an article in yesterday’s Fort Worth Star Telegram (ht: BBC’s newsfeed) about Mitt Romney. Although the article is generally positive, it also makes a number of ironic observations that provoke a few snickers but without any Mormon-bashing or questioning of his faith, so it was a fun read. Read the rest of this entry »


Kantian Consumerism

October 22, 2007

„Handle nur nach derjenigen Maxime, von der du zugleich wollen kannst, dass sie ein allgemeines Gesetz werde.“

“Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.”

While driving alone the 26 miles into work from my comfortable suburban home to downtown Dallas the other day, I heard on NPR a reference to a game I could play to see “how many ‘Earths’ of natural resources it would take to sustain all 6.6 billion humans… if everyone lived like [me].” Read the rest of this entry »


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