I may choose to ignore anonymous comments. I consider this type of anonymity dishonest. Also, I don't post regularly. I post when I have something worth writing and something worth reading. I explain all this in: Don't Let Telling Tales Trip Up Your Truthfulness.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Timeline of Church Conservation Practices

A recent article on KSL and a Newsroom release details the efforts the Church has gone through to make its buildings green friendly. I must say some of the developments are impressive especially when detailed through the Timeline of Construction. But, I do wonder if solar panels could withstand our Kansas hailstorms.

One development from the 1980s suggested that satellites at local meetinghouses has saved members having to travel. We don't normally think "green" in these terms but anything that saves energy and the earth's resources can certainly be labeled green.

There is even a video:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Election "Models" in Northern Ireland billboards are American Mormons

In an article I found in a Northern Ireland paper, The Belfast Telegraph, two Mormon part-time models in the United States are being used on billboards commissioned by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to encourage people to vote in the election.

Neither model was aware their image was being used in this manner.

I have to wonder if they have carefully reviewed their modeling agreements to know whether this is an illegal or legal use of their image. If it is illegal, I cannot imagine how they could sue them in an American court or a Northern Ireland one.

Friday, April 2, 2010

NPR and the lost state of "Deseret"

In my opinion of NPR has dropped a bit from reading the article entitled, "Beyond 50: American States That Might Have Been." The sub-story entitled, "Excerpt: 'Lost States': Deseret" by Michael J. Trinklein, cavalierly sums up Brigham Young's motivation for moving the entire Mormon Church to the Salt Lake Valley as a solution to the "angry bachelor problem" as if that could really explain what any rational person, let alone seasoned historians, would have to acknowledge as multiple complex motivations.

Trinklein also presents some tortured logic for why the boundaries for the state of Deseret were proposed. Young's proposed state of Deseret simply encompassed all the Mormon settlements he established during his leadership. Mormon history easily establishes that. Trinklein does not come across as a serious scholar on any level.

This is a fluff piece, unworthy of NPR. I am unlikely to shell out $24.95 for Trinklein's book.