Archive for September, 2007

It’s time for men to liberate themselves by burning their ties.

September 25, 2007 | By | 9 Replies More
It’s time for men to liberate themselves by burning their ties.

It’s way past time for this mass protest.  Let’s set the scene at a large prominent public space such as the Washington, DC Mall.  Let’s gather five million white-collar workers and professionals and invite them to throw their neckties into a huge bonfire to demonstrate that they’re not willing to take it anymore.  And why […]

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Bloggers who get access to the President

September 25, 2007 | By | Reply More
Bloggers who get access to the President

The new media are increasingly learning the lessons of the corporate media. According to this post on the Harper’s site, the bloggers who get personal access to the President are those who write about the President sympathetically. Here’s an example of the sort of bloggers the President seeks: Matthew Burden, who blogs under the name Blackfive […]

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You are African—whoever you are

September 24, 2007 | By | 10 Replies More
You are African—whoever you are

According to National Geographic’s Genographic Project, we are all African.  The DNA tests taken in many isolated native populations conclusively demonstrate that we are all no more than 2000 generations removed from Africa.  If you’d like, sign up and learn the path of your own migration out of Africa for only $100.  I do mean […]

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New fMRI study: woman in vegetative state might be conscious

September 24, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
New fMRI study: woman in vegetative state might be conscious

Salon.com has published an article (“The light’s on, but is anybody home?”) on a new study that claims that scientists are able to determine (based on fMRI studies) that a woman who has been diagnosed to be in a vegetative state for two years appears to be conscious. In a recent article in the Archives […]

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A good source for subversive quotes

September 23, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
A good source for subversive quotes

Good quotes are explosive. There’s a novel hiding in every good quote. Well, here’s a good collection of subversive quotes from Vagabox.  It includes many of my favorites and many that I hadn’t read before.   Here’s a tiny sampling from a large collection: The police are not here to create disorder. They’re here to preserve […]

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52 ways to reduce stress

September 23, 2007 | By | Reply More
52 ways to reduce stress

What can you do to avoid stress?  I stumbled across this thoughtful list tonight. I use quite a few of these.  I wanted to keep it handy, so I’m posting it.   It’s good to have lists like these in writing, because when you’re stressed it’s hard to remember and hard to think laterally. 

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A widespread American epidemic: intellectual brain freeze

September 23, 2007 | By | 10 Replies More
A widespread American epidemic: intellectual brain freeze

I don’t think anyone has yet invented a specific word for this phenomenon, but too many Americans are suffering from an intense craving for simple one-step answers to life’s most important questions.  Though people have always taken explanatory leaps, the mainstream media seems to tolerate them like never before. In the political realm, for example, the media should […]

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Is America ready for a woman President?

September 22, 2007 | By | Reply More
Is America ready for a woman President?

Sam Bee of Comedy Central takes a not-so-serious look at this commonly heard question.

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Proposal to avoid divorces: All marriages lapse after 7 years, unless the vows are renewed

September 22, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Proposal to avoid divorces: All marriages lapse after 7 years, unless the vows are renewed

That’s the proposal from a candidate running to be head of Germany’s Roman Catholic dominated CSU party, as reported by Salon.com’s Broadstreet.

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