Archive for November, 2007

The Onion: Proposed Bill Would Bring 4,000 Troops Back To Life

| November 21, 2007 | 3 Replies
The Onion: Proposed Bill Would Bring 4,000 Troops Back To Life

This is one of those really funny Onion articles with an extraordinarily sharp edge. Bravo to The Onion.

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Of Values And Victims

| November 21, 2007 | Reply
Of Values And Victims

Listening to a talk show at work yesterday, I heard some fall-out from the recent suicide of the young girl who had been “duped” on MySpace.  When I first learned of this tragedy, I ran through a series of thoughts about the dangers posed by the interfaces we use these days, which put us often […]

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How to identify a morally deviant political party

| November 21, 2007 | Reply
How to identify a morally deviant political party

According to this post at Alternet, there are many forms of rampant self-indulgence.  The GOP specializes in the most pernicious forms: While the culture at large was adjusting to the idea that families don’t all look the same and that private sexual morality was not the business of the state, the decadent economic elite and […]

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The best social psychology studies of all time . . .

| November 21, 2007 | 4 Replies
The best social psychology studies of all time . . .

Psyblog presents a handy summary of ten of the most famous social psychology studies. The post is a succinct review of each of the following studies, along with thoughtful commentary.  The social psychological studies include the following:  1. The Halo Effect – Nisbett  2. Cognitive Dissonance – Festinger  3. Robbers Cave – Sherif  4. Stanford Prison […]

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Hanging in the balance

| November 20, 2007 | Reply
Hanging in the balance

Printed with permission of http://caglecartoons.com/. 

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New renegade site: The Art of Mental Warfare

| November 20, 2007 | 5 Replies
New renegade site:  The Art of Mental Warfare

Warning:  The site discussed in this post might be a scam.  Check the comments before doing business with this site.  I visited The Art of Mental Warfare tonight.  It presents itself as a “clarion call to action for an apathetic nation.”  The site is based on a book of the same name, by David Vincent.   The […]

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Should Demonstrably Intentional Internet Disinformation be Criminalized?

| November 19, 2007 | 5 Replies
Should Demonstrably Intentional Internet Disinformation be Criminalized?

Okay, perhaps I’m being a bit harsh. But I found some videos on YouTube purporting to show simple homemade tricks for getting power from essentially nothing. The culprit calls himself HouseholdHacker These are very slickly directed and composed, very amateur-looking videos, full of straight-faced monologue and how-to demonstrations, illustrating nothing real. Sure, the videos seem […]

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Internet Aimlessness Can Lead to Odd Treasures

| November 19, 2007 | Reply
Internet Aimlessness Can Lead to Odd Treasures

One of my favorite current cartoonists is Brooke McEldowney. I discovered his work online a few years ago in the form of “A Fairy Merry Christmas”. In the interest of copyright non-violation, I’ll leave it to youse to Google up your own excerpts. This cartoon series was an NEA sponsored 6 week series. Finally, a […]

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The kinds of questions the candidates are being asked

| November 19, 2007 | Reply
The kinds of questions the candidates are being asked

The news, reported by Jamison Foser of Media Matters, is depressing: Through 17 debates this year, roughly 1,500 questions have been asked of the two parties’ presidential candidates. But only a small handful of questions have touched on the candidates’ views on executive power, the Constitution, torture, wiretapping, or other civil liberties concerns. (A description […]

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