Post popularity

We introduced a new feature on Our Thoughts. All posts are now assigned a popularity rating, which is located next to the author and date posted information.

Popularity is determined by analysing several elements of a post. For example, it checks to see how many times a post has been viewed, how many comments it has, how many people have linked to it, and so forth.

We also have our ten most popular posts listed in the sidebar. Over time, this will show more accurately how popular a post is than comments or views could alone. As a result, we scrapped the comments and views lists.

You are wrong. Go pray about it.

So when someone tells you,”You are wrong. Go pray about it.” does this not come off as extremely arrogant and condescending?

I’ve read it several times in various configurations on this and many other message boards.

Is this some sort of LDS euphemism for “I think we should both examine our thoughts on this issue and resolve it by consulting Heavenly Father”?

To me, it reads as – I am more righteous than you, and therefore more attuned to God’s plan. So why don’t you agree with me? Go ask God. He’s on my side. If you don’t come to the same conclusions as I did, then you’re not on God’s side, and therefore must be wrong.

Am I wrong in my assumptions?

New Blogger

We’d like to announce the addition of frequent commenter JM to the Our Thoughts team. He’s had many insightful comments and he’s had to deal with being an EQP too.

He’s actually an acquaintance of Rick, but I’ll leave the intro at that and leave it up to JM if he wants to say much more.

Anyhow, we’re glad to have him aboard, and we know he’ll have lots to say.

Breastfeeding in public

I cam across an article in Babytalk magazine?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùyes, the same one that has much of the United States in an uproar, or so the media would have us believe?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùand i found a couple of items interesting. I thought I’d post them here.

A [USA] survey . . . published in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that 57 percent of those polled said that women should not have a right to breastfeed in public.

Only 10 percent of mothers who work full-time [still breastfeed] their baby at 6 months, according to a 2005 CDC report.

The Journal of the American Dietetic Association’s survey found that only 47 percent of [employers] favored longer maternity leaves, and only 43 percent supported giving women a private room to pump in at work.

A mom should breastfeed her baby for at least the first year of life, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.. . . In 2004 . . . about 70 percent of U.S. mothers reported that they had tried breastfeeding, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s up from 55 percent in 1993. . . . At 6 months, only 36 percent were still nursing. At 12 months, the number dips to 17 percent

Oh, and thanks to fMh for posting the link.