Olivia Judd’s science blog in the NYT today is about the effect of libel on science writing — very interesting.
random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
Well, that's what I seek. I'm not a Christian. I don't want to help other people who are exploited because I'm building up grace in Heaven--I think it's in my enlightened self-interest to bring down a system where the vast majority of people are being exploited to a greater or lesser degree. I don't feel comfortable living in a world where, as you point out, billions are living in misery. Partly that's because, I think, humans have a natural empathetic tendency (it's been a survival advantage for people who stick together), partly because I assume some of those people may get pissed off enough to come after me and partly because I don't like being exploited myself.