Archive for January, 2008

Where are the wild Tigers? The danger of our obliviousness to incrementalism.

January 31, 2008 | By | 16 Replies More
Where are the wild Tigers?  The danger of our obliviousness to incrementalism.

In the February 2008 edition of Natural History Magazine (article not available online), you can learn where tigers still live in the wild.  At the beginning of the 20th century, there were 100,000 tigers living in the wild.  Today, there are only 5000 in the wild.  Tigers now inhabit only 7% of their original territory, […]

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Keillor: Don’t trash No Child Left Behind just because it is a conservative idea

January 30, 2008 | By | 8 Replies More
Keillor: Don’t trash No Child Left Behind just because it is a conservative idea

Garrison Keillor is disturbed that so many children are not being properly educated to read proficiently.   He argues that not all damage being done to our children’s education is being done by conservatives.   Face it, the schools are not run by Republican oligarchs in top hats and spats but by perfectly nice, caring, sharing people, […]

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Inventory of word used in the State of the Union Speeches since 2001

January 29, 2008 | By | 6 Replies More
Inventory of word used in the State of the Union Speeches since 2001

This inventory was published by the NYT. You can see what the Bush Administration wants us to think about (and what not to think about) by reference to this graph.  Also, check the President’s plummeting approval ratings at the bottom of the chart.

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Another book argues that teenage girls would rather be sexy than clever.

January 27, 2008 | By | 12 Replies More
Another book argues that teenage girls would rather be sexy than clever.

The Telegraph is reporting on a new book that argues that teenaged girls are being corrupted by distorted images of what it means to be a woman.  In a society that celebrates people such as Paris Hilton, girls are being brainwashed into believing that promiscuity is synonymous with success, says Carol Platt Liebau.   In […]

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Obama’s rebuke to the Clintons

January 26, 2008 | By | 5 Replies More
Obama’s rebuke to the Clintons

The South Carolina results are in.  Barack Obama has obtained 55% of the votes in a three-way race.  In his victory speech, Obama eloquently scolded the Clintons for their divisive politics.   This criticism becomes evident at the five minute mark and crescendos at about the nine minute mark.  Andrew Sullivan analyzes some of the South […]

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More cartoons from around the world

January 26, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
More cartoons from around the world

Note from Erich:  DI has a purchased a license from Cagle Cartoons to publish these cartoons.  We are proud to support the work of these cartoonists. I thought I’d mention a bit more about Cagle.   It is an organization owned by cartoonists for the benefit of cartoonists.  Cagle publishes the works of hundreds of cartoonists from around […]

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The United States has no energy policy.

January 25, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
The United States has no energy policy.

As writer Thomas Friedman explains, we only have energy POLITICS.  Shame on us for screwing around with an issue that has massive repercussions for national security.  In September 2007, Tom Friedman gave a succinct (11 minute) speech to the Rocky Mountain Institute. Friedman is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist with the New York Times.  His speech […]

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My favorite animal trick

January 25, 2008 | By | 4 Replies More
My favorite animal trick

At least this is my current favorite animal trick. You know, there are innumerable good dog tricks. There are lots of cat tricks. But there aren’t many fish tricks.

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Quote of the day

January 25, 2008 | By | Reply More
Quote of the day

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. Douglas Adams (1952 – 2001) Via The Quotations […]

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