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  • xkcd - A Webcomic - Correlation
  • Name the Fallacy
  • Uncommon Hours: March 6, 1970: The Townhouse Explosion
    "The whole townhouse rose up a foot or two, shattering bricks and splintering wooden beams, and then was transformed into dust and rubble, shuddering in a deep pit in which a ruptured gas main burst into flame.” –from Flying Close to the Sun, by Cathy Wilkerson

    It remains one of the iconic images of the Vietnam era, at the vortex of the maelstrom of upheavals that marked the transformation of antiwar and civil rights protests into something more sinister.

    On March 6, 1970, a bomb was accidentally detonated in the basement of a townhouse on West 11th Street in Greenwich Village. Three people died – Diana Oughton, Terry Robbins, and Ted Gold – and two survived – Cathy Wilkerson, whose father owned the house, and Kathy Boudin. All were members of the Weatherman organization, which had recently split with SDS.

  • San Francisco Historians Condemn 1906 Earthquake Deniers | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

  • The science of chess

  • Upon this rock

    We might ask the same question of PJ and Gavin they did grow up as Catholics, but unlike Jimmy Carter, they stay with it even though they readily acknowledge that they disagree with many of its teachings.

    Why do I frown on Blair's adult-onset Catholicism? Why do I think it's reprehensible for informed adults to join the Catholic church? Because the Catholic church is a reactionary cruel woman-hating bullying organization run by men and based on mythology, that's why. If you join the Catholic church as a reasoning adult, then you are signing up to and endorsing that organization, just as if you joined a neo-Nazi party or the Taliban or any other organization. It makes no sense to disagree with many of its most vehement and public positions and yet join it anyway. Jimmy Carter, to his credit, left The Southern Baptist Convention when it announced a new woman-subordinating stance; if he gets credit for that then Blair gets uncredit for joining the unregenerate Church of Peter.

  • We’ve come across a sticky patch. We’re going to have to work through it, or get out and go our separate ways. - Bad Science

  • Letter - Oh Kindle, Read to Me! -

  • Bill Peschel: ‘You’re nothing but a load of egotists’ (1945)
    It was a bad night at the Black Lion pub in New Quay, South Wales, when British Army Capt. William Killick came in and spotted Dylan and Caitlain Thomas. He’d spent 18 months fighting behind the lines in Greece and had learned that his wife was using his Army pay to support Dylan, her childhood friend. Worse, the local “curtain-tuggers” were hinting that his Vera was giving Dylan and his wife more than just financial support.

    It was a situation primed to explode. It didn’t help that the poet had used his recurrent asthma and other strategms to avoid military service. Tempers flew. Insults were traded. A fight ensued. Killick and Thomas were separated. The couple and their friends went back to Majoda, their rented cottage, while Killick went to his home where he collected his machine gun and a hand grenade.



"The science of chess" was interesting, and suggested that I have been looking at it backward all this time.


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