Why I Want to Run | Lawrence Lessig

    • the most important moral issue of our time — achieving the equality that a democracy demands
    • one where citizens are equal
    • The right that all of us have in a representative democracy to be represented equally.

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Remember that every time you go the extra mile, you place someone under obligation to you.

When you do something to or for another, whether your deeds are good or bad, people feel compelled to “retaliate” in kind. If you are a kind and decent person, you can expect to be treated well in return. If you use others for your own advantage without giving anything in return, you will soon find that they have little use for you. People like working for and with positive, considerate people. Start now to develop the habit of going the extra mile.

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Matt 5:41 Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.

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The Problem of Pain

The race is doomed. Every race that comes into being in any part of the universe is  doomed; for the universe, they tell us, is running down, and will sometime be a uniform infinity of homogeneous matter at a low temperature. ~ C. S. Lewis

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Marriage (and the Church) in America – Reformation21 Blog

    • There are those who support gay marriage as a civil matter while believing the act itself immoral.
    • Obviously, not all immoral acts should be criminalized by the state. Although the state is constantly scalp-deep in moral issues, it lacks the competency to deal with large swaths of the moral order, such as internal acts of the heart or mind. Not even all external acts, capable of being publicly established, are criminalized
    • Should the state fill its treasury and prisons by prosecuting the merely rude, immodest, or gluttonous?
    • But these are not the same sorts of issues as gay marriage.
    • The actions of the state have, over the last decade or so, not decriminalized an immoral practice but created something new by legally redefining a divinely-instituted estate.
    • sweeps us along toward even more audacious folly down stream.
    • Marriage is not just a religious rite or custom, but a really existing estate established by God among all people and thus something every state needs to recognize and respect, provide for and protect.
    • The error settled into federal law today is grave and the practice it warrants confused and defiant. That the state still recognizes the reality of marriage and legally provides for true marriages (as well as false ones) may be little comfort, but it is a very big deal.

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A bad day on earth

A bad day on earth is better than a good day in hell.

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The one theology book all atheists really should read

    • What if most modern arguments against religious belief have been attacking the wrong God all along?
    • One reason that modern-day debates between atheists and religious believers are so bad-tempered, tedious and infuriating is that neither side invests much effort in figuring out what the other actually means when they use the word ‘God’.
    • Richard Dawkins expertly demolishes what he calls ‘the God hypothesis’, but devotes only a few sketchy anecdotes to establishing that this God hypothesis is the one that has defined religious belief through history, or defines it around the world today
    • The God attacked by most modern atheists, Hart argues, is a sort of superhero
    • throughout the history of monotheism, Hart insists, a very different version of God has prevailed.
    • according to the classical metaphysical traditions of both the East and West, God is the unconditioned cause of reality – of absolutely everything that is – from the beginning to the end of time
    • If a committed creationist wrote a book called The Evolution Delusion, but only attacked the general public’s understanding of evolution, we’d naturally dismiss them as disingenuous. We’d demand, instead, that they seek out what the best and most acclaimed minds in the field had concluded about evolution, then try dismantling that.

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How to Create Your Lowest-Cost Investment Portfolio – US News 3 of 3

  • Fees can have a dramatic impact on your portfolio balance over time.

  • How to create a low-cost investment portfolio. It’s easier than you may think. Let’s take a look at some typical mutual funds and ETFs and their fees. This is not a recommendation to buy or sell any investments, nor is this advice on constructing a portfolio.

    These are sample, diversified low-fee stock and bond index funds, along with their fees listed as a percent of total assets invested:

                                          

    Stock Market Funds Fees
    Vanguard Total Stock Market Index (VTSMX) 0.17%
    Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) 0.05%
    PowerShares QQQ (QQQ) 0.20%
    iShares MSCI Emerging Market Index (EEM) 0.67%
    PDR S&P Dividend (SDY) 0.35%
    Schwab 1000 Index® Fund (SNXFX) 0.29%
    Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund Investor Shares (VGTSX) 0.22%
    Bond Funds  
    Fidelity Spartan® U.S. Bond Index Fund (FBIDX) 0.22%
    iShares Core US Aggregate Bond (AGG) 0.08%

      When creating your investment portfolio, be mindful of fees. The money paid out in management fees doesn’t guarantee higher returns and detracts from your overall opportunity to build long-term wealth.

      The best way to create a low-fee investment portfolio is to pay attention and choose low-cost index and ETF funds. Don’t let careless investment oversight cost you thousands of dollars. Before investing in any mutual fund, look at the fee structure. And, if you work with an advisor, ask him or her what the fees are on the funds in your portfolio. If they’re too high, then ask for lower-fee replacements. Fees matter!

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