Archive for April, 2007

A trip to the neighborhood psychic store

| April 30, 2007 | 32 Replies
A trip to the neighborhood psychic store

Last Saturday, I was running some errands with my daughters when we passed by a store called “Mystic Valley.”  I mentioned to my daughters (they are six and eight) that some people believe that they can tell the future and read other peoples minds.  My daughters were incredulous.  They thought I was being silly, so […]

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Tenet: too little too late

| April 30, 2007 | Reply
Tenet: too little too late

Adrianna Huffington argues that there were other options for George Tenet than to stand by silently and watch the “slow motion car crash.” George Tenet seems to believe there’s a major distinction between lying and standing by silently while others lie, and then proudly receiving a Medal of Freedom from the liars. He could have […]

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Curse word survey

| April 29, 2007 | 1 Reply
Curse word survey

If you’d like to know what curse words are the most offensive, Cognitive Daily has the answer for you, based on a recent survey.

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Time for a new national motto for the United States

| April 29, 2007 | 4 Replies
Time for a new national motto for the United States

I’m really tired of hearing the sorts of things most patriotic Americans utter to express what they believe to be the national character of the United States.  Consider some of the most common expressions: “The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.”  Or consider “The Greatest Country in the World.”  Many Americans proclaim […]

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A college drop-out’s revenge

| April 29, 2007 | 27 Replies
A college drop-out’s revenge

I recently had a chance to talk on the phone with an old high school friend who was an extremely talented artist. Paul (not his real name) took a few college courses, none of them in art, but dropped out before getting any degree. I have vivid memories of glancing over during high school classes […]

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With Strings Attached

| April 28, 2007 | 7 Replies
With Strings Attached

Not nearly enough, I think, has been posted on DI about things which I consider just as important as politics, economics, and social issues.  That’s all well and good–DI offers a necessary forum for viewpoints which, while becoming more available in the public discourse, nevertheless need all the voices it can find.  But if we’re […]

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Why should we care about people falling deeply into debt? A review of “Maxed Out”

| April 27, 2007 | 11 Replies
Why should we care about people falling deeply into debt? A review of “Maxed Out”

I recently had the opportunity to view “Maxed Out,” a feature-length documentary directed by James Scurlock. The movie is one-sided, in that it gives scant recognition that some debtors have brought their financial problems crashing down upon themselves with no one else to blame.  On the other hand, this movie presents a point of view […]

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Stressed lawyer jumps to his death

| April 27, 2007 | 3 Replies
Stressed lawyer jumps to his death

I’ve been feeling rather stressed at work lately. There’s a lot to get done every day and the sun sets entirely too fast.  Every day I face 50 real emails, constant phone calls, dozens of litigation deadlines and lots of foot traffic, while I’m trying to write complicated legal memoranda or prepare to argue my […]

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Bill Moyers returns to PBS to dissect the corporate media: “Buying the War”

| April 27, 2007 | 3 Replies
Bill Moyers returns to PBS to dissect the corporate media: “Buying the War”

On Wednesday evening, Bill Moyers’ Journal presented “Buying the War,” a terrific special describing the failure of the U.S. media during the run-up to the Iraq invasion.   If you missed it, you can watch the entire show here.   Here’s the official description of the special: Four years ago on May 1, President Bush landed on the aircraft carrier […]

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