Archive for November, 2007

Peak Oil: We absolutely MUST talk about the elephant in the room

| November 23, 2007 | 6 Replies
Peak Oil: We absolutely MUST talk about the elephant in the room

It’s time to discuss what we’re going to do about our depleting supply of oil.  Here in the U.S., we’re doing nothing, though we call this technique “letting the free market solve the problem.”  The are many good reasons to question the “wisdom” of the free market in this context.  The consequences of doing nothing […]

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Greed is not good

| November 23, 2007 | Reply
Greed is not good

Paul Krugman points his finger at the ever-more-visible source of the problem. Our economy is extremely fragile and we are all about to pay the price–we’ll not all of us . . . Now the bill is coming due, and almost everyone – that is, almost everyone except the people responsible – is having to […]

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What people want to know today, according to Google

| November 23, 2007 | Reply
What people want to know today, according to Google

They want to know what to do about all the left-over turkey today. How do I know this? I check Google Trends.  Google has many other new functions in the works.  To explore what Google is in the process of developing, go to Google Labs.  There is a lot to consider.  For instance: Google Sets […]

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Why (some) atheists are angry

| November 23, 2007 | 2 Replies
Why (some) atheists are angry

At least some atheists, some of the time. This is a long passionate piece by a woman who characterizes anger to to be a sign of health.

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We need a term for the opposite of ad hominem arguments

| November 22, 2007 | 9 Replies
We need a term for the opposite of ad hominem arguments

An ad hominem attack occurs when a person attacks the character of a person rather than attacking what that person said.  Here’s an example: “Don’t listen to Tommy.  He’s a big fat slob.” This argument is not valid because the attack has nothing to do with the content of Tommy’s statement (whatever it was). Tonight […]

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New trouser law for politicians

| November 22, 2007 | Reply
New trouser law for politicians

A proposed new federal statute would prohibit politicians from wearing their pants higher than their current ratings in the polls. RJ Matson, The New York Observer [Printed with permission of Cagle Cartoons]

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Hillary and Rudy

| November 22, 2007 | Reply
Hillary and Rudy

RJ Matson, The New York Observer Printed with permission of Cagle Cartoons.

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Are you looking for the location of that God-feeling in the brain?

| November 22, 2007 | Reply
Are you looking for the location of that God-feeling in the brain?

This recent article from Scientific American Mind will guide you. It contains summaries of the results of several studies.

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Thanksgiving thoughts

| November 22, 2007 | Reply
Thanksgiving thoughts

To start off my day today, I reviewed some of the inconvenient history about Thanksgiving. Then I moved on to anticipate the headline in tomorrow’s paper. In what way (it’s not a question of if) will the newspaper urge us to spend our precious time on the planet buying things we don’t need.  Wishing everyone some […]

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