How Real Anti-Terrorism Works

My friend Aimee wrote yesterday: “Okay, I so have no idea what is going on. However, to hit on Denise’s comment about why people become terrorists, I just read an article in Scientific American Mind entitled “Inside the Terrorist Mind” by Annette Schafer. It was awesome, and only seven pages long. Plus, because of the type of magazine the article assumes that you have a brain, and doesn’t waste space explaining every little thing. I actually highly recommend the magazine, and the article.At one point the article quotes a Chinese maxim: “Kill one, frighten ten thousand.” I understand that terrorist want us all to be afraid. I don’t understand how we are suppose to not be afraid, or is that unrealistic?

I liked my response, so I thought I’d repost it here. “I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” Doctrine and Covenants 38:30As pointed out by Aimee in the Chinese Maxim, the whole thing that terrorists are trying to do is cause terror in our hearts. Cause us to be afraid. The Lord knew this. Their wickedness speaks unto us in a voice that shakes the earth. How so, you might ask. When the Twin Towers fell, this “voice” of these caused the entire world to be shocked. It shook them. I’m sure Troy could tell us about Argentina & Jae about England and others about how things were around the world on Sept 11, 2001. We can talk about how we felt after the England bus bombings or the Madrid bombings. We can talk about how we felt when we heard about the assignation of Bhutto. These things are the loud voices of the terrorists. How do we counter act these? By being prepared; spiritually, emotionally, financially. The Lord also told us to “Prepare every needful thing” (D&C 88:119), He even told us how to do that (read the rest of the verse). Latter-day prophets have further explained how we need to prepare every needful thing. A couple of things come to mind – have a year supply of food storage; read and re-read the Book of Mormon and the other Holy Scriptures; attend your Sacrament and other Church Meetings; pay an honest tithe; give a generous fast offering; attend the Temple; pray daily personally, as a family, and (if you’re married) as a couple. And, the final thing. As you do this in your home and your family, your will begin to remove terror from your life. As you do this, you have an obligation to share this knowledge with others, to help remove terror from their life. It is, of course, their decision if they will accept this freedom from terror and this joy of eternal life. However, it is vitally important that we share it with them and give them the chance so that they can accept or reject it. It is not our duty to decide if they will accept it or not. It is our duty to share.

Robert Novak's Weekly Outlook

I found Robert Novak’s Weekly Outlook interesting:

“In the Republican presidential race, on an upswing are former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — still is an unlikely nominee — and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) — still in a low position. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is slipping, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is holding even. Iowa and New Hampshire are vital for Romney. If he wins both, he probably will be nominated. If he loses both, he is surely gone. If he splits them, he is still in the ball game. McCain needs a win in New Hampshire. Giuliani may be able to survive if he loses in both and Romney does not win both. Thompson still has shown little to recommend him, but he could make a late surge in Iowa.”

Read it online.

I'll be changing Blogging software soon

I’ve had it with this piece of crap blogging software that I’ve been using. There is no type of antispam protection. There is no updates, no support. I have some stupid blog spammers who keep posting comments on here with links to their stupid crap. I go in and manually delete them (about 250,000 today) and, sadly, accidentially delete real comments at the same time. I’ll be switching to WordPress in the new year, but as a result, the Permalinks will be changing. Between now and then, I’m going to disable comments. However, this will also prevent the reading of comments, except by way of RSS.

I'll be changing Blogging software soon

I’ve had it with this piece of crap blogging software that I’ve been using. There is no type of antispam protection. There is no updates, no support. I have some stupid blog spammers who keep posting comments on here with links to their stupid crap. I go in and manually delete them (about 250,000 today) and, sadly, accidentially delete real comments at the same time. I’ll be switching to WordPress in the new year, but as a result, the Permalinks will be changing. Between now and then, I’m going to disable comments. However, this will also prevent the reading of comments, except by way of RSS.

Using power over others

In my Communications class a few weeks ago, the professor asked the class to discuss “under what circumstances is it appropriate for a person to use the power he or she has over another person to satisfy personal goals“. Most of the class said it was never appropriate. I was the first (and one of the few) that disagreed with that. I thought my original comment, as well as a few of my replies were good so I decided to repost them here.

My Original Post
I think it is appropriate for a person to use power over another to satisfy personal goals under many circumstances. For example, I have a 22 month old son. As a result, I have legitimate power over him. I have a personal goal to make sure that he is safe. When he does something that could potentially hurt him, I will use reward and/or coercive power to make sure that he doesn’t. I have another personnel goal of growing my business. Therefore, my customer’s rely on my expert power when they hire me.

Replies to others 1
Normally I agree with you on these topics, but time I am forced to disagree. I think there are times when it is appropriate and necessary to use power over others to satisfy personal goals. That is the basis for our capitalist society. A person uses their expert power on others when they offer goods or services that others want, desire, and/or use. In return, the person who desires those goods or services uses their reward power to pay for these good or services.

Replies to others 2
I agree with you about that a person shouldn’t abuse the power they have over someone. But can someone use the power they have over someone without abusing that power? What if the husband in your example uses his power over his wife to keep her from sitting on the couch all day watching Oprah and eating bon-bons? Is that appropriate?

Replies to others 3 (someone I agreed with)
I agree that a boss often times needs to use their power over employees to satisfy personal goals. The boss wants his/her department to double efficiency, for example. That’s his personal goal. So, he/she uses his/her power to get the employees to work more efficient. Great point!

What if Money Really Grew on Trees?

I was reading a blog entry over on SavingAdvice.com. I thought it had some great information:

“It’s an old saying: “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” But what if it did? What would that look like? Would everybody be rich and well taken care of due to readily available money? Or would we still end up with rich, middle class and poor people? Here’s what I bet would happen if money really grew on trees:”

For the rest of the article, visit SavingAdvice.com

Neither Snow, Nor Rain?

On Saturday, I walked to the cluster mailbox for our street to get our mail. I was mildly surprised that there was no mail, as almost everyday there is something. As I was turning around, I noticed a note on a car that was half-way in front of the mailbox. I decided to go look and see what it was. It was a note from the Post Office that said the mail couldn’t be delivered today because the car was blocking access to the mailbox! So, let me get this straight. While “neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever.” (USPS.com), a parked car in front of a cluster mailbox will? The mail carrier had to get out of his vehicle to put the stupid note on the car. He couldn’t walk the extra 2 feet to get to the mailbox?