Archive for November 11th, 2006

Understanding the world through a column of statistics

| November 11, 2006 | 7 Replies
Understanding the world through a column of statistics

Bill Moyers wrote that “it has been said that the mark of a truly educated person is to be deeply moved by statistics.” To the extent that this is true, go hither and understand the world through the statistics presented by “Worldometers.”  Lots of thought-provoking statistics kept up to the second (through extrapolation).  I see […]

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How to compare heat sources for savings, now

| November 11, 2006 | 1 Reply
How to compare heat sources for savings, now

Okay, so we all would like to save the planet, save the environment, and save a buck on heating and cooling. The price of heating gas is rising. So, how can I decide whether electric heaters are more cost effective than the gas furnace? How do I compare gas company therms to electric company kilowatt-hours? […]

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Time for Impeachment

| November 11, 2006 | 9 Replies
Time for Impeachment

Maybe I missed something in the post-election flurry, but in the wake of the recent Democratic victories, why did Nancy Pelosi take such pains to assure everyone that “impeachment is not on the table”? Is she already looking to run for president in 2008 and doesn’t want to offend people? Personally I’d love to see […]

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How do fundamentalists differ from evangelicals?

| November 11, 2006 | 13 Replies
How do fundamentalists differ from evangelicals?

This article in Slate.com was helpful to me.  Here’s an excerpt: Modern evangelicalism emerged from an early-20th-century conflict between Protestant liberals and fundamentalists. The fundamentalists felt that the liberals had strayed too far from the teachings of the Bible and urged a return to the most orthodox teachings. The evangelicals staked out a middle ground—more […]

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Does constant exposure to advertising screw up our heads and lives?

| November 11, 2006 | 36 Replies
Does constant exposure to advertising screw up our heads and lives?

I think so.  The rampant commercialization of the U.S. becomes powerfully evident whenever I return from an extended trip to a country where people don’t wallow in materialism (on this exact point, see this post by Mindy Carney).  Americans are professional buyers and horders of things they don’t need.  I believe that the trojan horse of ubiquitious […]

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