Your quotation does not support your assertion... Placed with Wanda, as a caster from GK who was "in the know", does not mean "intended for her to cast it." Nor does the fact that GK was offered casting services which they could afford. If Stanley hadn't been stubborn about it, Wanda wouldn't have been the caster of the scroll.Free Radical wrote:That update specifically says "So she [Marie] insisted on placing the spell with Wanda". Based on Marie's predictamancy, the spell was placed with Wanda to cast.
I would not argue with Lincoln. Not only was he an excellent statesman but as a man with no military experience he still had the vision to rid himself of several under-performing generals.shamelessmerc wrote:N.B. I found it amusing I could think of so many historic generals I had to stop, but only three great peacemakers (and I know there are people that take issue with Lincoln)
I personally find NDT to be a very good orator/speaker. His enthusiasm for his subject comes through very strongly, and his expertise is evident. And he is capable of adding humor in a way which appeals to the common man and not just geeks.El_Chupacabra wrote:It's a false equivalence between eloquence and expertise, for most. Popular entertainers (and it could be argued that high-profile preachers are entertainers of a different sort) are going to be listened to, because they can talk the talk -- especially if they're already somewhat aligned with mainstream thought. Your average scientist isn't Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye (or hell, even the Mythbusters people), they're geeks in lab coats who aren't exactly going to push a rousing speech. And even NDT doesn't have any songs on Top 40 lists or lead roles in Hollywood Blockbusters -- or big boops.
And, you know, being the director of the Hayden Planetarium, a former presidential science adviser, and along with his educational credentials, that makes me give a damn about what he has to say on the subject of astronomy more than a Jenny McCarthy ever will about vaccinations, be she clothed or naked.