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[quote] On 2012-01-04 03:21, funsway wrote: [quote] On 2012-01-03 20:32, billmarq wrote: if the writer had referred to Albert Einstein instead, would you have inferred that he was anti-Semitic? I doubt it. [/quote] No -- the thought of heritage or religion would not have entered my mind -- just as I made no reference to Stephen Hawkings religion or heritage. I would have seen a brillant but frustrated frail old man being attacked. The point is that neither attack is a metaphor for any distain for "the laws of physics." If this is just "lively writing" then it is cheap sensationalism for the ego of the writer and does nothing to enhance the article or presentation of the effect. I am disturbed by the reference to personal violence as a choice of "lively writing." If the point was to make light of the "laws of physics" how is this achieved by attacking a physicist? How does it enhance the reputation of David Neighbors? How does it serve as a model of how a magician should present the effect? My reference to being a Veteran is metaphorical to "I am not against violence in some circumstances." It is not metaphorical to "war is wrong," or "arms control" or the "laws of war." It does mean that I never see personal violence as "a joke." But I felt that way before "going to war." I believe that Genii made a poor editorial choice is allowing this kind of "lively writing." It is a "slap in the face" to magicians everywhere. We pretend at magci. Where is the magic in pesonal violence? [/quote]
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