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Do We Need A Better Way To Address False Convictions?

As I read A Botched Trial Leads To $30 Million Judgment For Nebraska County That Can’t Pay (Washington Post), I was struck that the story sought sympathy for the county (Gage County, Nebraska) rather than for the six wrongfully convicted people who filed the lawsuit. In short: 68-year-old Helen Wilson was murdered in 1985 by[…]

Is Obama Planning Another Pearl Harbor?

In light of recent shocking revelations that Barack Obama is the “founder of ISIS” (source: Trump) and that “successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the United States… all started when Clinton and Obama got into office” (source: Giuliani*), there are more “facts” to recognize. Hawaii was admitted to the union in ’59. Barack Obama was[…]

‘The Paradox Of Our Time’ Isn’t A Paradox And Isn’t True

A poorly copied version found on Facebook View it larger You’ve probably heard or read one version or another of the short essay “The Paradox Of Our Age” (or “Paradox Of Our Time”), and — depending on the context in which you heard it — it might have seemed poignant. It’s often attributed to the[…]

What’s In A Name? (Letters) — Pt. 2

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Published on: 2015.10.05

Three years ago, I posted about the letters in our names, but my son wasn’t born then. Here’s the new edition: (Still not including surname that we all share.)

Time Is Why We Haven’t Seen ETs

Central region of the Milky Way Galaxy Courtesy of NASA Some rights reserved A few weeks ago, someone told me they don’t believe there are “aliens”, by which they meant sentient extraterrestrial life*, because “if they did exist, we would have met them by now.” Time, of course, is the answer to this. The statement[…]

What Is The Proper Response To Strangers Talking About Miscarriages?

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Published on: 2015.06.03

I’m never one to think of a great reaction to things people say, especially strangers. Over time, I’ve developed what works for me: a wry smile, a nod, and keeping quiet. Often, anything I can think of to say just sounds silly, even in my brain. But until recently, I’ve never had to deal with[…]

Dissecting False Dichotomies

Left or Right (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry.) It recently struck me that we live in a world of false dichotomies. I don’t pretend to know how it began, or why, but so many questions have been distilled into two opposite answers. Good and evil. Republican and Democrat. Cheap or Expensive. Worthwhile or[…]

Hillary And Me

I mentioned recently that “I’ve never been a fan” of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and so I set out to examine why. I’ll also probably vote for her, despite disagreeing in several places — because no one else with a chance of getting elected even comes close. When I first heard of her (early 1990s), I[…]

Atrocities Committed In The Name Of…

We’ve seen a lot of discussion lately over which religion (or non-religion) is responsible for the worst atrocities. The conversation got a bump lately from President Obama’s recent remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. Internet searches for these remarks reveal either condemnation or praise of his remarks. The one I linked to above was in[…]

What Be This Blog?

Part of a page from my journal, written in July 2000. (Copyright © 2000, 2013 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   I want to clarify my purpose here a little bit, in light of a recent request from someone I care about: “Tell me you aren’t using this blog to systematically attack my[…]

‘Off The Grid’: Is It Possible?

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Published on: 2015.01.28

I hear the phrase “off the grid” in movies or TV shows, usually in reference to a criminal, or at least to someone that the government is after, even if they’re innocent. “I’ve got to get off the grid”, they’ll say. I assume they mean to become untrackable. Go without a mobile phone, stay off[…]

My Take On ‘Income Inequality’

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Published on: 2014.11.19

The phrase “income inequality” has risen to prominence in the past few years, including President Barack Obama labeling it “the defining challenge of our time” and Pope Francis questioning: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock[…]

Sovereign Citizens Pose A Threat

Through a cousin, I recently became aware of this USA Today op-ed (“Christian extremists pose threat”), apparently written by a non-employee of the newspaper, Mary Zeiss Stange. Stange’s theme is in her headline, but more fleshed out, it’s this: “…the sovereign citizen movement — Bundy’s law-defying, government-denying crowd — [is] the most potent U.S. terrorist[…]

Black Is The New Black

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Published on: 2014.08.25

My Tamrac camera backpack (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve lived the bulk of my life in the hotter areas of the U.S. — and it’s hotter than it used to be — so I learned early that objects of a darker color are hotter that light colored objects when left out in[…]

Which 53%, Mr. Carter?

As much as I detest misinformation on the web, it is perhaps even more frustrating when accurate information is used to the exclusion of other accurate information. Most often, this happens in politics. Take my own U.S. representative, Judge John Carter, for example. Today, he tweeted that “Obamacare approval rates continue to decline” and provided[…]

‘Columbusing’: A Word Meant To Insult

From the not-always-thoroughly-researched source that is NPR’s “Code-Switch” blog, I learned a new word today: Columbusing. The headline defines it as: “The Art Of Discovering Something That Is Not New”. If they’d left it there, I would have shrugged and went on; it seems accurate enough. Christopher Columbus is most famous for “discovering” a continent[…]

A Cynical Patriot

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Published on: 2014.07.04

Just me with some flags (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Aside from the standard definitions of patriot, there are darker, more sinister meanings of the word. Often it comes with the connotation that you should support your country no matter what it does, and if anything isn’t to your liking, then you should[…]

The Problem With ‘Faith vs. Evidence’

Baby gorilla, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) The difference between a Creationist and an Evolutionist is that one accepts on faith the words found in a very old book while the other accepts only hard scientific evidence. Right? That’s that narrative I see when browsing writings by those who fall[…]

Why I Can’t Be A Libertarian

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Published on: 2014.04.05

I wanted to be a Libertarian, I really did. It sounds so cool on the face of it: “Minimum Government, Maximum Freedom”. Official logo of Libertarian Party According to the Libertarian Party (U.S.) platform: full freedom of expression repeal all laws creating ‘crimes’ without victims truly free from unreasonable search and seizure government has no[…]

6 Myths About Daylight Saving Time

If you’ve been keeping up, Daylight Saving Time is one of my pet peeves. We began the farce again early this morning. One reason we keep doing it is because governments are loathe to undo anything they’ve done, no matter how silly it later turns out to be. Another reason, I suspect, is that media[…]

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