So this was one of those real-life mysteries. I like crossword puzzles. And in particular, I like indie crossword puzzles, because they tend to be more inventive and less censored than ones that run in newspapers. So I follow several crossword designers on Twitter. Yesterday, one of them mentioned that people were having a problem… Continue reading Removing Magic
Vatican Radio reports, Reliquary of St. Barbara visits Athens. The silver casket of Saint Barbara, martyred in the 3rd century, has been brought to Athens, where (emphasis added): People of all ages and social backgrounds waited for hours in the sun for a chance to touch the reliquary, hoping for an answered prayer. The casket… Continue reading It’s Still Shamanism
It occurred to me that humorists and magicians have something in common: they both rely heavily on misdirection. Disclaimer: I’m neither a magician nor a comedian (as you can tell from my previous post) so I may not know what I’m talking about. Magicians use misdirection in their tricks, to draw the audience’s eye away… Continue reading Connections
Last year, the governor of Georgia asked his citizens to perform a rain dance to alleviate the drought in that state. Now the mayor of Birmingham, AL, Larry Langford, has decided that the crime rate in his city is way too high, and that it’s time to try to look as though he’s doing something… Continue reading Are All Southerners Superstitious Fools?
Every so often, sophisticated theists will say that Dawkins, Hitchens, etc. misrepresent religion, that God is not an invisible sky-daddy who grants wishes, but some ineffable essence working within the laws of nature, or some such (see here, here, here). And then something like this comes along: That would be Gov. Sonny Perdue, who has… Continue reading Rain Magic