Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 3 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight Smell, Hearing and TasteWe won’t find any advantages here. Pity poor Man, all domesticated and dumbed down so that his wild senses, if ever he had any good ones, are now blunted and tamed.All the other animals, with their razor-sharp sensory gifts beat us all to hell in this area. Even without the ever-present threat of slinking, silent predators, we seem barely well enough equipped to keep from poisoning ourselves … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 2 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight … Okay, it never happened.I did stand under the streetlight on that lonely highway, right enough. After hours of waiting, I began to study the darkness around me, projecting my fears into it, and as I began to think more and more of things that might lurk out there, I gradually froze into spooked immobility. Though I never saw or heard the merest evidence that anything was out there, I stood locked in place, imagining … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 1 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight This is The Lie:Back in my hitchhiking adventure days, I stood one night under a streetlight on a deserted highway outside a city in West Texas, waiting for a car to stop and give me a ride. Waiting, actually, even for a car to come along. Eventually there in the dark, I hadn’t seen one for more than an hour.An overcast sky and the dirty air of civilization killed even the stars overhead. Surrounded by an ocean of … [Read more...]

Earth Day 2014: Thoughts Like Falling Leaves

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[This is a repost of a piece I did several years ago, slightly edited for 2014. This essay is also part of the conceptual force driving my thoughts on the need for Beta Culture.]Leaf OneCon games and sleight-of-hand magic work because, one, we humans only have so much attention to spare at any one moment, and two, they direct that attention deliberately in one direction. If you look at where the finger points, you miss … well, everything else.Like the movie teen backing through a d … [Read more...]

This Is Disturbing as Hell

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This post on Between a Veil and a Dark Place — What it is like to be a Muslim woman, and why we know what freedom is (and you may not) — is like a bad car accident. You pass by and it's not you, but you can't look away because it's horrible, and it's SOMEBODY. I have keys.When I first moved to the United States eleven months ago, it took me several weeks to grasp this bit of information.I have keys.I have keys to my own front door and I can open this front door and walk down the stre … [Read more...]

Time to RICO the Catholic Church?

Touched by Jesus

Here's a Reuters article: Documents show Milwaukee archdiocese shielded pedophile priestsSomeone correct me if I'm wrong here, but if someone commits a crime, and you act to help them hide that crime, doesn't that make you an accomplice? Part of a conspiracy to evade justice? The 6,000 pages of documents related to eight decades of abuse cases showed in great detail the Milwaukee archdiocese regularly reassigned priests who were accused of sexual molestation to new parishes ... Because … [Read more...]


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