Archive for February, 2008

Zogby: Mainstream media is out of touch

February 29, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Zogby: Mainstream media is out of touch

According to Reuters:  Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe traditional journalism is out of touch, and nearly half are turning to the Internet to get their news, according to a new survey.

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Taking views and other things for granted

February 29, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
Taking views and other things for granted

I have the privilege of working in an 15th floor office with a view.   Most people with offices downtown wouldn’t consider my view to be a great view (because I can’t see the Arch or the baseball stadium from my window), but it’s interesting enough that most people who come to my office look out the window and comment about what they […]

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How often is Leap Day on Friday?

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How often is Leap Day on Friday?

Today is/was Leap Day, or that extra day wedged into the Intercalary Year to fudge for God not having created a year with a whole number of days to help keep things straight. I received an email from a friend asking how often does Leap Day come on a Friday? I’m used to fielding odd […]

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Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens sit down to discuss religion.

February 29, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens sit down to discuss religion.

Would you like to listen to Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens discussing religion for two hours?  My initial impulse was that I wasn’t especially interested, even though I admire these thinkers/writers and I agree with many of their ideas.  My hesitation was that I was already quite familiar with their works. […]

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Why do human beings kill each other?

February 28, 2008 | By | 5 Replies More
Why do human beings kill each other?

In the January 31, 2008 edition of Nature, author Dan Jones reviews what evolution indicates about human killing humans.  As with many human behaviors, the evolutionists divide on whether killing of other humans is an adaptation (a change in organisms that allows them to live more successfully in an environment) or a “byproduct of urges […]

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One out of 99 American adults is in prison.

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One out of 99 American adults is in prison.

One out of every 99 American adults lives in a prison cell, according to a new Pew study. Using updated state-by-state data, the report said 2,319,258 adults were held in U.S. prisons or jails at the start of 2008 — one out of every 99.1 adults, and more than any other country in the world . […]

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George Carlin, on divorcing one’s self from having a stake in the human adventure

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George Carlin, on divorcing one’s self from having a stake in the human adventure

George Carlin is preparing for another HBO special, this one on “not giving a #%&@.”  Carlin was recently interviewed by Salon.com’s Heather Havrilesky.  I’d recommend signing up for Salon’s Premium membership, to give you access to Carlin’s full interview [Salon Premium is $29/year, with lots of extras thrown in].  Here’s Carlin discussing what went wrong with […]

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What is it like to be dead?

February 27, 2008 | By | 36 Replies More
What is it like to be dead?

The answer is we don’t know.   I don’t know.  You don’t know.   No one knows.   That’s it.   Off with you . . .  [I figured that this title would draw some Bible-toting fundies to the site]. So you can all leave now.  There’s nothing here to discuss.  Go visit some other blog post.  Have a […]

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Who is paying uninterested people to tie up seats for FCC hearings on Net Neutrality?

February 27, 2008 | By | 7 Replies More
Who is paying uninterested people to tie up seats for FCC hearings on Net Neutrality?

Was it Comcast?  Whoever it was, this tactic is disgusting. There was huge turnout at [the Feb 25] public hearing in Boston on the future of the Internet. Hundreds of concerned citizens arrived to speak out on the importance of an open Internet. Many took the day off from work — standing outside in the […]

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