Monthly Archives: June 2012

Black Knight

White Knighting, when someone in a privileged position rushes in (without permission) to rescue someone in a situation that the rescuer does not understand, is a complicated thing. There is a fine line to walk between failing to stick up … Continue reading

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Shame

It is also because Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless … Continue reading

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Witches

There has been an ongoing thing among people attending skeptic conferences (and people reading about them) about inappropriate behavior towards women. I have not managed to follow the entire saga, but even what I have followed is too much to … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury

Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord. You firemen provide a circus now and then at which buildings are set off and crowds gather for the pretty blaze, but it’s a small … Continue reading

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Plasma

Fire is hot. We don’t usually think about it being hot; it’s more instinctive or reflexive knowledge, but fire is actually hot enough to be weird. It was humanity’s very first source of plasma and in the thousands of years … Continue reading

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