Archive for June, 2006

Blogs as “Horizontal flow, citizen to citizen”

| June 30, 2006 | Reply
Blogs as “Horizontal flow, citizen to citizen”

Check out Jay Rosen’s eloquent piece on the power of blogs to empower formerly passive audiences:  The people formerly known as the audience are those who were on the receiving end of a media system that ran one way, in a broadcasting pattern, with high entry fees and a few firms competing to speak very […]

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Al Gore: “Junkies find veins in their toes”

| June 29, 2006 | 1 Reply
Al Gore: “Junkies find veins in their toes”

Check out the July 13 edition of Rolling Stone, where Al Gore concludes that the real energy issue is not whether we will “run out” of fossil fuels.  Rather, the question is whether we will burn so much of the existing supply to make the entire planet uninhabitable before rethinking our energy policy: The fact that […]

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Supreme Court rules against Bush and against its own Chief Justice

| June 29, 2006 | Reply
Supreme Court rules against Bush and against its own Chief Justice

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Bush’s proposed military trials for Gitmo detainees was illegal under both U.S. law and international Geneva conventions.  I don’t think this comes as a surprise to many observers, given Bush’s flagrant and repeated disregard for both U.S. and international law.  What is ironic though, and a bit […]

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Curses! Dollars and hours are both fungible.

| June 29, 2006 | 3 Replies
Curses! Dollars and hours are both fungible.

I’ve previously written that dollars are fungible (See “The Curse of Fungible Dollars”). In that article I pointed out that dollars are completely interchangeable.  I noted that there is actually only one kind of dollar and that dollars don’t come pre-labeled as “Christmas ornament dollars,” “pedicure dollars,” “Xbox dollars” or “charitable cause dollars.” I further […]

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Blogs will save us from objective journalism.

| June 28, 2006 | 1 Reply
Blogs will save us from objective journalism.

Bill O’Reilly hates the blogosphere. He hates many things, of course, among them Pepsi, rapper Ludacris, a wide array of conventional media outlets, and even some of his own guests. But today I focus on an entire media outlet that O’Reilly labels as biased, lacking in evidence, and in large part sensationalized: political blogs. Of […]

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Patriotism

| June 28, 2006 | 7 Replies
Patriotism

Another Fourth of July is upon us and my thoughts turn to patriotism.  In the past I’ve waxed and waned in my attitude toward this so-called civic virtue.  It seems to me there are two kinds. The first, and most legitimate, is the sentiment of attachment to place and people that developes throughout life.  It […]

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How many friends/acquaintances can I have?

| June 27, 2006 | 5 Replies
How many friends/acquaintances can I have?

In a book called Evolutionary Psychology: A Beginner’s Guide (2005), Robin Dunbar, Louise Barrett and John Lycett addressed this issue.  The book drew on additional research that can be found in Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, by Robin Dunbar (1997). We don’t have limited numbers of friends and acquaintances merely because we choose […]

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Why we shouldn’t let the conservatives characterize Bush as incompetent

| June 27, 2006 | 2 Replies
Why we shouldn’t let the conservatives characterize Bush as incompetent

The conservatives are working hard to characterize the president as incompetent.  To do so is an attempt to hide the fact that much of the damage done by the president comes right out of the conservative playbook.  George Lakoff elaborates, in this insightful article: The mantra of incompetence has been an unfortunate one. The incompetence […]

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Tom DeLay cuts and runs

| June 27, 2006 | Reply
Tom DeLay cuts and runs

Remember Tom DeLay — former Texas Republican (and self-proclaimed born-again Christian) who was the Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives until a corruption scandal forced him to resign from office?  Well, he now says he is a resident of Virginia, not Texas.  Why?  Because he won the Republican primary election in his district earlier […]

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