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"The decision to wait until this time to disclose [Alzheimer’s] wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world."
Well, dammit.

h/t +Jenn Strobel for the pointer.
Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at …
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Stir Crazy is the one I remember the best.
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Long, so make time to read it.
What if I told you that you can condemn bans on the hijab while still acknowledging the very real and urgent mechanisms of coercion underlying it? FANCY THAT. In this piece I present a two-part thesis: I, a woman who was coerced into hijab from prepubescent childhood, for 15 years, wholly ...
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today's fun footnote (I, 14, 4) "mystics reach this conclusion by a different route ... that at the heart of reality there is absolute unity ... If the mystic lacks the doctrine of creation, he will probably become a pantheist ..." I don't know if Kreeft is speaking historically or what, but you can literally observe this going on in the Western adoption of Buddhism (the occasional person going in atheist or agnostic and coming out approximately pantheist.)
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In a quest to continue being the go-to comic for creating the most nonsensical blogs, this week’s issue of Squirrel Girl uses basic computer science and counting in binary to deliver a splash page so fundamentally rad it should probably grace the cover of a mid-’80s metal album. Suffice to say, it’s rather brilliant.
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+Chris Shabsin​ It is my considered opinion that The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl could equally be called the Unspoilable Squirrel Girl. Go ahead and read it. It won't make it any less fun when you catch up. I'm not caught up, but this was good fun and the full issue promises to be even better. 
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art is the thing I am Not Good At, so sure, why not.
So.... I'm having a problem. It's kind of a big one really. I don't want to go into all the details because it is a long convoluted tale that I'd rather not detail. The point is, I need help. I need to move. I have been giving myself a thousand peptalks to try to keep my sanity, but I need to get out of this house. I hit my breaking point with the stress today.

Thus, I am here on the internet with my little hand out. I am not the type to ask for help ever, even when it is sane and logical to do so, but today I fell into the realm of the desperate.

I've found a place that is small and cheap. It is closer to the college I am currently attending, and only a block away from where I will be attending in the Spring. I just need the funds to get out of here. I do not want to wait until December because this situation has become unhealthy and intolerable.

I'm offering rewards in the thing that I'm good at: Art. Specifically, greeting cards with whatever the hell thing you want on them. Like motorcycles? I can do that. Have a thing for ponies? I'm there. Big honking fan of Deadpool? Aren't we all. Just let me know what thing you want, and I'll draw the thing. $25, $50, and $100 reward levels.

If you can help, that would be awesome. If you can share this, that would be excellent.
Okay, here's the deal. My name is Cindy, and almost three years ago, I was in a bad motorcycle wreck that completely upended my entire life. Because I could not work and was in a wheelchair, I had to move back in with my parents. In the meantime, I have started going to college to get my degr...
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Agreed. I'm kind of afraid of what will happen to me if I don't help.
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Numbed by violence in the news, still we're shocked out of our silence when we hear about murders of people who have literally spent their lives serving the poor.

It's traditional to obsess about the problem of evil when that happens. (Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Or, why do people believe in a God when, demonstrably, bad things happen to good people?) This is kind of a waste of time if you ask me, because it is the kind of thinking that does not result in action.

It's also traditional to ask aloud "what kind of person would do that?" Here, we mean: what kind of person would kill those people? We're asking that because we want to reassure ourselves that we're not that kind of person, and that we don't understand them at all. It would be too scary to understand them because then we might worry that we would do something similar.

I had to clarify that last question "what kind of person would do that?", because the antecedent of "that" was unclear. It could have been read as "what kind of person would spend their lives serving the poor?" We're also confident that we're not that kind of person, and we don't understand them at all either. It would be too scary to understand them because then we might worry that we would do something similar.

Reading a shocking headline, we miss the big tragedy here because it's with us all the time: the desperate poverty, the lack of education, lack of adequate medical care (people with diabetes and no insulin!), lack of hope. This is in our own country. There also is poverty in our own state and our own greater metro area. The question that we should be asking is not "why does God let that happen?" The question is: why do I let that happen?

I know you are already doing something about poverty and injustice in your metro area, because you are good people. Sometimes we have to take stock and ask ourselves what more we could be doing. There is always something more that we could do, and because this too (the fact that "we could always be doing more") is with is all the time, we do not think about it. We do not think about the things that are always there.

When you see news like this, that traditionally makes people wonder "why do these things happen?", this actually is your cue to think "what more could I be doing?" and then, of course, do something.
Catholic Sisters Paula Merrill, SCN and Margaret Held, SSSF provided free medical care to the poorest of the poor of Mississippi. They were murdered last Thursday.

You can afford 3:48 mins to watch this video made last year about how they felt about what they do.
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footnote to the end of "reply to objection 4" I, 12, 8 (random internet link to the quote )
says "The reader is invited and challenged to read this quotation [from Augustine] two or three times and ask himself whether he really believes it is true, and what a revolution in his life it would make if he did."

not sure if "would make" is correct mood
but sure yes revolution.
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I still want a word for suddenly realizing something that you already know (therefore not an "epiphany" which you don't already know, and "grok" is disqualified for multiple reasons, like not being sufficiently mundane and dollar-store-impermanent), and that is either well documented or completely obvious. There probably is one in German.
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I'm kind of tempted to repurpose the word "evidence" for this, i.e., the experience of something (known) becoming evident is an evidence. :)
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today's best footnote (and example of why the glossary was first): "Whether in God There Are Any Accidents?[22]
[22] This article clearly distinguishes God from a Los Angeles freeway."
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now I need to go look up "St. Anselm's Proslogion" though (different footnote)
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