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Date : August 2015

Choosing The Wrong Thing To Get Angry About: Denali Edition

Denali National Park, Alaska (Copyright © 2009 by A.Z. Fry.) I suppose I really wasn’t surprised that some folks got angry over the “renaming” of Mount McKinley to Denali. Despite the mountain having been called Denali for thousands of years, a prospector renamed it “McKinley” in 1896, after a man who wasn’t even president yet.[…]

Solving Moral / Ethical Dilemmas

A house in rural Oklahoma (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) Many people are uncomfortable with hypothetical ethical dilemmas (some examples). I’ve run into a few people who haven’t heard the term, and others who were first made aware of the idea in high school. I first heard of them in fifth grade, when[…]

July 2015: Warmest On Record

Categories: Environment, InTheNews
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Published on: 2015.08.14

According to both NASA (here) and the Japan Meteorological Agency (here), July 2015 was the warmest ever recorded, globally. Discover Magazine says it’s likely that 2015 will break last year’s new record of warmest year. According to Accuweather, three previous Julys were very close: 2011, 2009 and 1998. The first seven months of 2015 are[…]

That Time I Saw An Atheism Commercial On TV

25-cent piece, U.S. (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) Saturday evening, my wife and I were wrapping up our day by watching a rerun of The Daily Show, via our cable company’s “On Demand” feature. At the end, just as I was about to stop the replay and turn everything off for the night,[…]

Human Correctness Over Aversion To Political Correctness

As previously noted, Republican candidates in Thursday’s debates seemed to compete to see who could take the wrongest stance on each issue. While a few (Paul, Fiorina, Kasich) struck me as more level-headed, Donald Trump went the other way, winning the wrongest stance contest. When Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him about his previous[…]

From My Journals: Even Earlier Environmental Tendencies

When it’s so hot and dry that even cactus dies (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) About a year ago, I wrote about an early mention of environmentalism in my journals, coupled with tongue-in-cheek bragging about my wooing skills. At the time, I believed that was the earliest mention of such thoughts in my[…]

How Depressing Were Those First Debates?

I am so embarrassed for my country right now. Last night’s first debates of the 2016 presidential campaign weren’t as hilarious as they could have been, nor were they as haywire as they could have been. Instead, they were just sad. Both of them. Depressing even. I hang my head in sorrow. The positions taken[…]

Qualifications To Be U.S. President [Updated]

Categories: Elections, Fact Check, Politics
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Published on: 2015.08.07

This morning, Richard Dawkins complained that there should be more “relevant” qualifications for being president than being 35 years of age or older and being born in the U.S. (He did admit that his own country has a more bizarre way of choosing a head of state.) But he missed something very important, I think.

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