Archive for September, 2007

A “war” that’s not important to win or lose

September 18, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
A “war” that’s not important to win or lose

What follows is an excerpt from an article from Salon.com entitled “Breaking the Iraq Stalemate.” Trapped by reality, Bush can no longer use his time-tested rhetoric to rally America. Instead, he is forced to contradict his own grand ideological claims. His pathetic speech last week was a preview of what we are likely to see […]

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Feminism, Aliens, and James Tiptree jr.

September 18, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More
Feminism, Aliens, and James Tiptree jr.

One of the things that sends me straight up a wall to paw helplessly and violently at ceilings comprised of crushed glass, old nails, and asbestos fibers is when I hear a young woman blithely claim that she isn’t a Feminist and, in fact, “wouldn’t want to be one.” They make this claim with all […]

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How to trace your family tree 50,000 years back to your African origins

September 17, 2007 | By | 7 Replies More
How to trace your family tree 50,000 years back to your African origins

National Geographic’s Genographic Project offers all of us an extraordinary opportunity: a method of tracing each of our family trees back to our African roots.  Yes, each of us is African.  An ever-growing collection of DNA studies unambiguously demonstrate that each of us had ancestors who lived in Africa more than 50,000 years ago.  Dr. […]

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The killing fields of Iraq

September 17, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
The killing fields of Iraq

According to this article in Alternet, a British polling firm has concluded that “1.2 million Iraqis have met violent deaths since the 2003 invasion.”  More disturbing, Americans have no idea that their invasion has caused such misery and, for the most part, the American media doesn’t care about reporting these tragic numbers. Field workers asked […]

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How to Swift Boat any person, every time

September 16, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
How to Swift Boat any person, every time

Most rational people wouldn’t consider running for a prominent political office for fear of what would happen to their reputations.  Their worries are well-founded.  That is why so many people would never run for office, which serves to filter out the best and brightest potential candidates.  This filtering process endangers our democracy. Exhibit A this concern […]

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It’s time to repeal “Thou shalt not kill.”

September 16, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
It’s time to repeal “Thou shalt not kill.”

“Thou shalt not kill” (often translated as “You shall not murder”) has outlived its usefulness.   It’s time to repeal this Commandment.  Better yet, we should rewrite it to reflect society’s true moral policy regarding human conduct that causes death. Rewrite it as: “You may act in such a way that needless deaths result.” “What do […]

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Conservative columnists dominate America’s newspapers

September 15, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More
Conservative columnists dominate America’s newspapers

According to this article in Media Matters, Editor and Publisher have painstakingly gathered data to determine what types of columnists are being published in what markets. The results demonstrate a strong conservative bias in most newspapers.  Here are some of the results from the Executive Summary of the study: Sixty percent of the nation’s daily newspapers […]

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Should young children watch television?

September 15, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Should young children watch television?

Here’s an interview with journalist Lisa Guernsey, the author of a new book on this multi-faceted topic of television and young children.  Her book is titled Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children from Birth to Age Five. Guernsey was asked about Baby Einstein (I previously discussed this product at DI here), among many other television […]

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Bush appointee: cycling is not transportation

September 14, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Bush appointee: cycling is not transportation

Here’s yet another incarnation of Brownie: Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters. As indicated in this Salon.com article writer Katharine Mieszkowski wrote that Peters recently complained that the Minnesota bridge collapsed because frivolous things like bike paths are siphoning too much of the transportation budget.  On PBS’s NewsHour, Peter’s argued that projects like bike paths and trails “are […]

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