Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Best Gifts

By William MacAskill, Co-founder of the Effective Altruism Movement [1] Giving gifts to loved ones is great; it’s a rewarding way to spread joy and strengthen friendships and family ties.  But at this time of year I’m always reminded of … Continue reading

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Where Are the Liberation Theologians?

The website religiondispatches.org recently listed 10 religion-related stories that were under reported in 2015. Number 9 on the list was liberation theology: Maybe it’s out there, but I haven’t seen in-depth reporting on the reception of Pope Francis’s slight nod in … Continue reading

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“Generalized Method of Moments”: A Brief History

By Douglas Clement, Editor, The Region In March 1979, Lars Peter Hansen, a young Ph.D. fresh out of the University of Minnesota, submitted a paper to the prestigious Econometrica. It described a statistical methodology that, in its final form, would … Continue reading

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LDS Church Needs a “Liberation Theology”

In 2009, the LDS Church added a fourth emphasis to its mission statement.  It added “to care for the poor and needy” to its threefold mission which was previously only to: teach the gospel to the world, strengthen the membership … Continue reading

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Open Message to LDS Church Leaders: It’s Time to Clean Up the Mess

The last few years have been rough ones for the LDS Church’s top leaders and PR department.  The Internet has made controlling the message impossible.  Mormon “history” is evolving into verifiable history, instead of sanitized propaganda.  And our theology has … Continue reading

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More Playground Installations in the Navajo Nation

On Wednesday afternoon (2 Dec 2015), we headed south to the Navajo Reservation in an old white Jimmy that used to belong to my parents.  When dad died, mother contributed it to playground-installation cause.  On the way south we stopped … Continue reading

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