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Analyzing Hack-A-Jordan
A couple weeks ago I watched an enjoyable game between the Clippers and the Spur s. It was tightly competitive, and featured many great plays from the team's stars. Except for two stretches -- from 5:00 to 2:00 left in the 2nd and 4th quarter, the Clippers'...
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When To Keep Quiet
Since comments have been shut down on the Scott Alexander post I mentioned the other day , I'll finish up a thread I was on over there, and give it some room to breathe over here. In the post Alexander writes: The reason that my better nature thinks that it...
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Throwing Out the Baby; Keeping The Bathwater
Reading this Scott Alexander post on the nerd-shaming strand of feminism (which I can stand behind close to 97% of), I was struck by this passage from Scott Aaronson about the depths to which his lack of romantic success coupled with feminist indoctrination...
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I've read enough of Alexander's work to know he's not to keen on organized religion.  Didn't know about Aaronson, but a bit of research confirms my suspicions --  Didn't know about Penny either, but it appears my suspicions are correct in her case as well --  Neither seem to be religious-hostile New Atheist, but it's probably safe to assume I identify more as a religious person than they do.

I was probably drawing on some stereotypes of the communities they operate in -- it's possible one could assume I was not a believer from a subset of my online activity.  

But I'd also think that the hole they're describing is one that religion, or more specifically, good religion, can fill.  (acknowledging that bad religion, which includes some people's experience of Catholicism, could have made things worse).
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Both children and adults...
Thi s piece on the catechesis of confirmaton candidates crossed a couple of my timelines. As both a parent and a volunteer catechist for the Confirmation program (which is for 16 year olds) here in Washington, I think there are a couple of points worth bear...
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Mercy is for the weak -- meaning all of us
First, the obligatory clip: Of course, Pope Francis does teach mercy in his dojo, and has in fact announced a   Jubliee Year of Mercy  to that effect To say this is is timely would be an understatement. If there is one thing the world needs now, it is the M...
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The Anti-Progressiveness of Sports Analytics
I've been finding it interesting that the sports analytic movement, driven as it is by people who I suspect are good liberal Obama voters (if I can judge by the throwaway jokes they sprinkle throughout their pieces), nevertheless leads to conclusions that R...
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The Legacy of Ryan Lindley
Yesterday, Ryan Lindley capped off one of the worst months of quarterback play in history with perhaps the worst performance by a quarterback in playoff game history.  With him under center, the Cardinals turned from a dominant team to one that couldn't bea...
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Stop trying to find the perfect case
The breakdown of the UVA fraternity gang rape story adds another aspect to my earlier point about flawed cases. I'm not going to turn this into a discussion of ethics in rape journalism (though another post in the near future will discuss some aspects of jo...
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Made it up 56 floors. Thanks for all the support! 
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