Archive for October 16th, 2007

Blogging anonymously and non-anonymously

| October 16, 2007 | 2 Replies
Blogging anonymously and non-anonymously

I understand that we are all a bit nervous now that a persona named “Mark Tiedemann” has seemingly come out of nowhere to take over Jason Rayl’s body. I’m hoping that Jason didn’t go down without a fight because I did enjoy many of Jason’s posts. Actually, I’ve known Mark Tiedemann for 20 years.  I’ve […]

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Wealthier donors give to Hillary; common folk are supporting Obama

| October 16, 2007 | Reply
Wealthier donors give to Hillary; common folk are supporting Obama

Here are the numbers.   Obama is running his campaign without taking money from PACS or lobbyists. 

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More signs of rising economic disparity

| October 16, 2007 | 1 Reply
More signs of rising economic disparity

Senator Bernie Sanders writes that the American Middle Class is being decimated.  He cites some interesting numbers.  Here’s a couple shockers: Robert Frank, a Wall Street Journal reporter, has detailed the lives of the rich and famous in the book Richistan. He writes that households with a net worth of between $100 million and $1 […]

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Neocons coming to power by clinging to their mommies and daddies

| October 16, 2007 | 1 Reply
Neocons coming to power by clinging to their mommies and daddies

Glenn Greenwald points out that an inordinate number of neocons didn’t earn their warmongering positions of power.  Rather, they were put their by their parents:  It really is endlessly striking — and revealing — just how nepotistic the neoconservative tough-guy faction is… [O]ur neoconservative tough guys [are] the very opposite of those virtues they claim […]

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Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself

| October 16, 2007 | 5 Replies
Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself

But what’s puzzlin’ you is the nature of my game… That’s about the only song I can stand to listen to the Rolling Stones do.  Musically, thematically, it all comes together for them.  It’s perfect.  Beyond that, while I certaiinly like a lot of their songs, I cannot abide listening to the Stones.  Particularly, I […]

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Thinking thermostats

| October 16, 2007 | Reply
Thinking thermostats

Steven Pinker on consciousness (from an interview in Slate.com): It might not be the actual stuff of the brain that makes us conscious so much as it is the information processing. I don’t think Chalmers’ view [that the physical laws of science will never explain consciousness] would give much support to a traditional religious view […]

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Corporations make illegal drugs legal

| October 16, 2007 | 1 Reply
Corporations make illegal drugs legal

Well, not exactly, but the big picture is a disturbing one from the perspective of the millions of people criminally prosecuted every year for seeking to self-medicate using street drugs .  If all of those mind altering street drugs are really “bad,” then they should stay illegal. But maybe it’s not so bad to feel good as long […]

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