Society

Caring is nice. Doing is better.

In the context of the recent whining by a few misguided State Department pansies ("We won't go to Iraq, we won't we won't we won't!"), Matt Sanchez says some smart things.

Free Tibet, Save Darfur, Feed the World – these slogans betray the fickle attitude behind the motivation for actually doing something. Too many "activists" think "caring" is enough, but despite television spots, celebrity endorsements and plenty of pity, Tibet is not free, the world is not fed, and Darfur is far from saved.

The worse violators of this "I care therefore I am" scam are those who have no faith. Think of the missionaries daring deep jungles at a time when disease presented an even greater threat than hostile action. Think of those you know who are willing to make great sacrifice and risk, because their belief is deeper than a narcissistic bumper sticker or more enduring than a televised concert.

This attitude has always annoyed me, whether it's people not willing to pay the price (in money or in blood) to bail out a war-torn country or people at church who can't commit to anything beyond "keeping x in their prayers."

Sig

Ground truth

I am a big fan of technology in warfare and in its promise to aid our daily lives, but I think we need to understand whether it's giving us the map or the ground truth.

The best and the worst

Four cold hours, drinking rapidly cooling decaf coffee from the thermos, watching my wife, and seeing a surprising generosity of spirit from people who had lots, little, and occasionally nothing but thanks for our being there.

I support the American people.

Honestly, I'd just like people to sit up and pay attention. This is a clearer example than most of exactly what some of these people think of your neighbors, the ones who are out fighting in a foreign land right now.

Action/Reaction

In which Sig reacts, a stranger does not, and some stress reveals itself.

Blogwar on Terror

You want to think that the people hunting down terrorists are using the latest and greatest collaboration and organization technologies to do so. Of course, you also want to think that a jolly fat man brings you new video games and toys every year through the fireplace.

Footprints in the ether

In any case, frequent writing on whatever strikes my fancy helps ensure that at no time in my life will I be tempted into a life of crime and/or politics. It would be too easy to find lame-brained things that I've written and put them together in a commercial.

Getting our news from the mirror

One of the biggest opportunities of the Internet age is that we have so many sources of information to choose from. The problem is that we are still choosing them ourselves, and people tend to choose authorities and sources which reflect their own biases, knowingly or unknowingly.

Fear is the mind killer

Wow. Hasufin says it best here. [quote]We must know that when the risks are given to us that it is wrong to blame the messenger. We are no safer for ignorance. If we stand still, if we go back, if we shy away - we will not grow. We must choose to live better than that.[/quote]
Sig

An interesting perspective on Orson Scott Card

I won't claim to have detailed knowledge or understanding of What Ender's Game Really Means, but this is certainly interesting. This guy makes some pretty heavy-duty accusations--among others, that OSC did not in fact write Ender's Game.

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