All of these stories are true and are told as correctly as I know how. Several employ psuedonyms. The true identities of the professors who forced one of my best friends out of physics so that they could steal credit for his discoveries ("The Physics of Betrayal") ultimately need to be exposed, though I am sure that my friend would be just as happy to leave that job to posterity. Those who are named psuedonymously "Hue and Cry" and "The Good" can and should remain anonymous. These stories all shine critical light on serious policy questions but the identies of the named characters are irrelevant. The witch-doctor in "Witch-dctors" should be named, but others in the story should not, so it is hard to know what to do. The Gremminger article ("Self Defense") does not use any psuedonyms and all of the facts referred to are already in the public record. "Shotgunning" uses no psuedonyms. "Kids" uses psudonyms and is only about 95% verbatim. I brushed up one of the many exchanges with the kids in the story to better reflect what I think adults should say to children about guns and self-defense.
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