Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:40:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 Bare shoulders and barren hearts http://tonywoodlief.com/2019/06/06/bare-shoulders-and-barren-hearts/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2019/06/06/bare-shoulders-and-barren-hearts/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2019 02:37:39 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5623 If you follow the tempests that froth over Twitter’s teapot on the regular, you may have seen the teeth-gnashing inspired by this Catholic priest’s tweet about a female parishioner’s shoulders: He’s since been run off Twitter. His antagonists employed two predictable lines of attack: 1) Naked lady shoulders are not the sex scandal Catholic priests …

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The weak link http://tonywoodlief.com/2019/05/24/the-weak-link/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2019/05/24/the-weak-link/#comments Fri, 24 May 2019 15:58:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5618 Six days ago: an ambulance ride with my 11 year-old to a trauma center near the South Carolina coliseum where he and 2,000 other youngsters have been wrestling. His neck braced, a board under his back, tears trickling from the corners of his eyes as he chuckles at the paramedic’s dad jokes. I am not …

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Mugged by reality http://tonywoodlief.com/2019/05/17/mugged-by-reality/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2019/05/17/mugged-by-reality/#comments Fri, 17 May 2019 12:59:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5611 I feel like I should acknowledge that it’s been a year since I’ve written anything here, though I feel pretentious saying so, because it’s not like anyone has been waiting with bated breath, double-checking his calendar, pining for more posts. But yes, a year. Suffice to say I’ve been busy with other projects and not …

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Plumbers and Priests http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/04/06/plumbers-and-priests/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/04/06/plumbers-and-priests/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:47:09 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5601 I don’t know how I got to the point where I’m inclined to disbelieve anything an academic claims. I’m not anti-intellectual. I read stuff. I even hold a PhD, and a Master of Fine Arts on top of that. I can show you mathematically why a single-member plurality voting system tends to yield two major …

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Reading round-up http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/30/reading-round-up/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/30/reading-round-up/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:44:40 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5591 Now that Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods, I’m pondering what I might cut down, burn, plant, fix, and build, which—because I am more reader than farmer or carpenter—turns my mind to books. So here’s a few books, essays, and stories I’ve enjoyed during my winter hibernation that I think might interest …

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Slow your roll, Science http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/23/slow-roll-science/ Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:52:30 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5582 The recent tragedy of a driverless Uber car killing a pedestrian in Arizona is raising questions about the future of this technology. I think we should ask some more fundamental questions, like where scientists get the chutzpah to work on driverless cars in the first place, especially when there are so many more important projects to which …

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Shepherds and wolves http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/16/shepherds-and-wolves/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/16/shepherds-and-wolves/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:34:43 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5576 Another revelation of systematic, years-long sexual exploitation of girls in England, and the accompanying failure of men whose jobs are to protect the vulnerable. A failure driven by ineptitude, class bias, and fear of racism accusations amidst a judicial machinery that responds more reliably against thought crimes than actual crimes against children. You can read …

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Guide to Managing Your Internet Provider http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/08/guide-managing-internet-provider/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/08/guide-managing-internet-provider/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:23:57 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5568 Trying to get your internet provider to fix a problem can be dreadful, so based on recent experience, I offer you this handy little guide. Feel free to print it at no charge and keep it by your phone during the long hours ahead. When you signed up for service, you were quoted a speed. …

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On the barricade http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/02/on-the-barricade/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/02/on-the-barricade/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:52:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5557 I’m not accustomed to being called a Nazi, at least not before 7 a.m. on a Monday. I was standing in front of the Supreme Court when it happened, holding a sign. My interlocutor was an administrator from the City University of New York. He held a different sign, along with the conviction that people …

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Those responsible http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/02/20/those-responsible/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/02/20/those-responsible/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:40:37 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5553 Since the day Cain raised a rock to Abel’s head, men have been about the business of slaughtering one another. Oceans of blood spilled and still something pierces our innermost hearts when it is a child who does the killing, when his victims are other children, when his motive seems nothing other than to fill …

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