RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Monday, July 23, 2012

A grain of salt

There has been massive and somewhat overwrought reaction to an alleged hate-crime in Lincoln. It is worth noting that the police have so far said very little, and that the reported details have some notable resemblances to previous hoaxes.

People need to step back, take a deep breath, and wait until the facts are fully available.

Now (Friday) it appears the FBI and Lincoln Police can find no evidence of forcible entry. Meanwhile, the complainant, who has come forward, says she won't discuss the circumstances lest she jeopardize the investigation. Except that, since she can't describe the alleged perps and the police can't find any evidence of a home invasion, it's hard to see how there could be much of an investigation.

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