Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; (D&C 98:10)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Milton Friedman: Capitialism Fosters Harmony & Peace

An example of a pencil and how the price system causes thousands to cooperated to make a pencil available to you for a trifling sum.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mormon Consecration was and is Voluntary

In a friend's post online, a mutual friend said, "Please stop saying that the Law of Consecration was wholly voluntary." He said that you either lived the law or were excommunicated. I had never heard of anyone being excommunicated for not living consecration. So I asked for a couple of examples. He named Leman Copley.

I was not familiar with him so I read up on him "Leman Copley and the Shakers" from history.lds.org details his relation to the Shaker movement. Also from BYU Religious Studies Center,
In May 1831, the Colesville Saints, led by Newel Knight, began to arrive in the Kirtland area. Bishop Edward Partridge approached Joseph Smith and asked how to organize the group in light of the principles outlined in Doctrine and Covenants 42. In Doctrine and Covenants 51, the Lord commanded Bishop Partridge to organize the Colesville Saints “according to my laws,” appointing to each family an equal stewardship “according to his circumstances and his wants and needs” (D&C 51:3). Furthermore, the Lord explained that it was a great “privilege” to be thus organized according to the laws of the Lord (D&C 51:15).[21] Following these directions, Bishop Partridge approached a recent convert to the Church named Leman Copley. Copley was formerly a Shaker (another Christian sect involved in communal living in Ohio) and one who owned a considerable tract of farmland (759 acres in Thompson).[22] The law of consecration and stewardship was never fully practiced in Ohio. Nevertheless, at the invitation of Bishop Partridge, Copley agreed to enter into an introductory phase of the law of consecration and stewardship with the newly arrived Colesville Saints (see D&C 48:2–3). Soon thereafter, the Colesville Saints moved onto part of the Copley farm and began building cabins and working the land. 
In early June 1831, Copley broke his covenant, turned from the faith, and evicted the Colesville Saints from his land. Newell Knight traveled to Kirtland to receive directions from Joseph Smith. The Prophet inquired of the Lord. In the ensuing revelation, the Lord explained that the law of consecration and stewardship among the Colesville Saints had become “void and of none effect” (D&C 54:4). Furthermore, the Lord condemned Leman Copley for breaking his covenant (see D&C 54:5) and commended the Colesville Saints for keeping theirs (see D&C 54:6). Finally, the Colesville Saints were commanded to travel to western Missouri “unto the borders of the Lamanites” (D&C 54:8). This ended the limited practice of the law of consecration and stewardship in Ohio. It was determined that the Ohio Saints were too spread out geographically to make another attempt at that time.[23]
("Conquest of the Heart: Implementing the Law of Consecration in Missouri and Ohio", 2002, Blair G. Van Dyke )
 From The Joseph Smith Papers, it says that Leman Copley "Allowed Latter-day Saints from Colesville, Broome Co., New York, to settle on his land under law of consecration; rescinded his agreement, by June 1831." D&C 54 says the same thing.

Agreeing to live the law of Consecration is voluntary. Leman agreed to it and then he backed out of it. I do not know of other cases like this. I am guessing that they are few and far between. Being excommunicated for not agreeing to live the law of consecration let alone agreeing to it and backing out is way less common than having your wages garnished for unpaid taxes.

I would expect that there are no cases of excommunication for even backing out of consecration in the last 100 years plus.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Be Aware of the Language I Use

I shared this video on my FB wall. I got a lot of push back from my friends. I wrote the following comment clarifying why I posted it.

My point is to be aware of the language we use. It may have meanings and consequences we are unaware of. That we have inherited. 
Using 'girl' or 'boy' in some contexts might be fine. In others it may indicate an imbalance of power that would be served being addressed. 
In a occupational context if you would use men for males and girls for women, it might mean that you are (unintentionally) perpetuating power structures that do not serve us.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Market is Almost Always a Better Solution

From a post of a FB friend

I find this absolutely infuriating. 
"Of course they’re going to say if we stop forcing people to buy something they don’t want to buy they’re not going to buy it," Ryan said. "That’s why you have these uninsured numbers, which we all expected." 
No. Just no. The drop in coverage is not because people are no longer "forced" to buy health insurance. Yes, there are some, but a much larger reason you are conveniently ignoring is because they can't afford it under your dumb plan! Millions of people are covered under the Medicaid expansion who would no longer be covered, just for a start.
My comment was "The market is almost always a better solution"

From 'No, Capitalism Will Not “Starve Humanity”' by 2050, Human Progress 17 Feb 2015, by Chelsea German and Marian L. Tupy
Capitalism has proven results. You just have to be willing to let it.

The USA is the most generous country in the world. There are real needs that need to be addressed. There is much suffering and sorrow. We must do more. Economic freedom allows the best path to give more.

From "Which Governments Are The Most Generous, Charitable? [CHART]", International Business Times, 22 Nov 2013, By Lisa Mahapatra

I also want to say that there are cases of extreme greed in capitalism. I think that is one of the ways that humans "grind the faces of the poor" (Isaiah 3:15)

In addition, providing money or benefits to people without requiring work lowers the sights of the receivers. There is only one way out of poverty.

So many good graphs and charts here.
"Why Single-Payer Health Care Delivers Poor Quality at High Cost" Foundation for Economic Freedom, 18 Mar 2017.

From a FB post by American Enterprise Institute. I can easily put all items that have increased in cost into the "caused by government intervention" category except for Food and Beverage and Child Care

Friday, March 3, 2017

Nearly Half of Everything They Earn

"One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government." - Ron Paul

Friday, February 10, 2017

Marriage and Family Ideals

The best environment for a child is the one where he is raised by his biological mother and father who are joined together in marriage. 
When a couple adopts, they give the best alternative to an already broken household where a child can't be raised by his biological parents. When a couple with an infertile man goes to a sperm bank, they create a broken household because they are, by design, taking a child away from his biological father. 
Adoption endeavors to fix brokenness. Sperm donation creates it. 
-Hans Fiene

Monday, February 6, 2017

Why the ObamaCare Replacement Act, S. 222 is better than ObamaCare

I posted "Support the ObamaCare Replacement Act, S. 222" on FB. One of my FB friends asked me, why I thought it was better than ObamaCare.

Here was my response:

I believe that allowing a marketplace is the best option for all people. One thing Rand mentions in this video is changing the part of Obamacare that does not allow inexpensive plans . It also does not allow large contributions to HSA accounts.


Here are some changes that did not exist before Obamacare.

1 - Allowing insurance to be sold across state lines will increase competition.
2 - Making it easier to allow individuals to associate and buy insurance as a group. Insurance was connected as an employer benefit to get around salary and wage restrictions the government created around WWII. As we break this association, more individuals will be able to get insurance. Insuring as a group will reduce the risk of insurers.
3 - Allowing much larger contributions to HSAs will allow the selling of plans with much larger deductibles. If you have $5,000 in an HSA, then you can afford a plan with at least a $5,000 deductible. As more people do this, there becomes a market force on the costs of health care providers. Consumers will know the true cost of their care and will be able to shop for what they need.

Some other details from the plan. ("Rand Paul pushes GOP to act on Obamacare by unveiling a replacement plan", CNN, 25 Jan 2017, YouTube)
- "tax credit of up to $5,000 per person to use toward the establishment of a Health Savings Account"

Details from Rand Paul
- Allow individuals to exclude their premiums just like those who get their insurance from their employers
- "Removes the maximum allowable annual contribution, so that individuals may make
unlimited contributions to an HSA."

UPDATE 2017-05-10

Rand does not particularly like the bill passed by the house.
"Rand Paul seems to lean “no” on the health care bill unless these major changes happen", Rare.us, 5 May 2017

A big part of our existing system began around WWII when the government set a price limit on wages. Employers got around it by giving employees health care benefits. I think making it easier to have health savings accounts is a way out of that. It will connect the patient with the actual costs of the health care they are using. ("The History of U.S. Employer-Provided Health Insurance - Post-World War II", zanebenefits.com, 4 Jun 2014)

Questions that truly reveal someone’s personality and capabilities

"Questions that truly reveal someone’s personality and capabilities", The Coffeelicious

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Music of a People Who will not be Slaves Again

"Do You Hear The People Sing?"

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?

Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes

Monday, January 9, 2017

Year Two of Solar

2016 was our second year having our solar panels. The main reason we generated more this year was our inverters would shut off if we generated too much electricity at a time. We got new inverters before the summer of 2016.

The amount of 2015 was 20,996.14 kWh

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Stop Porn Accounts from Following You on Instagram

I got a new phone recently and thought that it might be worth trying Instagram. Last night I had a porn spam account follow me. As far as I can tell, there are a couple things I can do.

- report and block the account
- make my Instagram Account private

I have done both. I don't need yet another social media account where I am a target.