“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Abraham Lincoln First Inaugural Address For years I tried to warn people about the things that I saw unraveling. I was told that I was exaggerating, that what I saw wasn’t as big a deal as I thought it was. People told me that I was overreacting, that yes, what I was seeing was happening, but it didn’t warrant the response that I was having. A lot of people just simply ignored me, and[…]

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At the moment, there is glitter falling from the sky. It’s -20 centigrade (that’s -4 Fahrenheit) and the sun is shining brightly. But it’s also snowing, a very fine particulate snow that I’m sure there’s a specific Finnish word for, because the Finns have about 40 different words for snow. These aren’t even snowflakes, they’re more like tiny crystals. I suspect it might just be the moisture in the air freezing, but I don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s so fine that you can’t even see it unless the sunlight hits it. And when the sunlight hit it, this snow sparkles. It honestly looks like there is glitter falling from the sky. You can tell when it’s this cold[…]

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With the impending demise of Barnes & Noble, a lot of people have been writing about the role it and other bookstores play in their community. The decline of brick-and-mortar bookstores has left many people without a spiritual, intellectual, or social home. There are other places to gather, of course, but they don’t offer the same sorts of activities, aren’t always filled with like-minded people, and of course, you’re not surrounded by thousands of books. This parallels my unease with the decline of blogs and individual websites and the rise of social media. Like bookstores, blogs used to be little sanctuaries. There were cliques of bloggers who followed one another, and who shared followers. There were communities where actual conversations[…]

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The phrase in the title was plucked from yesterday’s issue of Warren Ellis’s Orbital Operations newsletter. As I’ve been spinning up to put more effort into this website and less into social media, it turns out that Ellis and others have been having the same ideas. He refers to the Invisible College of Blogs and the Republic of Newsletters, who are “pro-reading, pro-thinking, pro- the independence of voices.” As things have been shifting away from writers and toward microblogging, podcasts and video, the infrastructure for long-form blogging, magazines, and even books has been collapsing. The problem with this is not just that some of us still love to write and prefer to read, it contributes to the suppression of ideas[…]

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In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about gun control in the United States, or lack thereof, through the lens of critical thinking rather than emotion. They try to wade through the emotional arguments and logical fallacies, and determine why some aren’t even willing to talk about the concept. This episode continues with a special bonus episode on Patreon exclusively for patrons. Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Subscribe to Our Patreon Be sure to check out our Patreon, where you can download the MP3 of this episode, participate in community discussions, and access bonus content! Websites & Social Media Katie’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/ Berin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BerinKinsman Music Credits Opening Sting: Mature Sounds by Jingle Punks Closing Tag: Cartoon[…]

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