Archive for September 28th, 2008

High price of gasoline saves lives

| September 28, 2008 | 1 Reply
High price of gasoline saves lives

How can expensive gasoline save lives? An analysis of yearly vehicle deaths compared to gas prices found death rates drop significantly as people slow down and drive less. If gas remains at $4 a gallon or higher for a year or more, traffic deaths could drop by more than 1,000 per month nationwide, said Michael […]

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Dozens of top scientists support Obama for President.

| September 28, 2008 | Reply
Dozens of top scientists support Obama for President.

Obama understands the importance of science as an important part of grappling with the huge problems Americans are facing.   Hence, this important vote of confidence by numerous nobel laureates. During the administration of George W. Bush, vital parts of our country’s scientific enterprise have been damaged by stagnant or declining federal support. The government’s scientific […]

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What’s so bad about socialism?

| September 28, 2008 | 27 Replies
What’s so bad about socialism?

This month’s proposed bail-out of Wall Street financial institutions has gotten me thinking about socialism — in particular, the knee-jerk reaction that some conservative Americans express whenever the word is mentioned. They say, “Oh, we can’t have nationalized healthcare because that would be socialism,” as if the word alone makes the argument self-evident. But here’s […]

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John Kerry on what John McCain was really up to this week

| September 28, 2008 | 1 Reply
John Kerry on what John McCain was really up to this week

Was McCain really interrupting his campaign to hurry down and save the economy?   Far from it, according to John Kerry: And don’t forget that after McCain promised his supporters that he was going to return to DC to help with the bailout Saturday, he actually spent his time hanging around his DC apartment, then having […]

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The current proposed bailout is only a Band-Aid

| September 28, 2008 | 4 Replies
The current proposed bailout is only a Band-Aid

The real problem with the economy of the United States is massive debt.  Sooner or later, we’re going to have to change our ways, and it’s not going to be pretty.  How much work? Consider this description of the amount of debt, by Kevin Phillips: We’re not just looking at a real estate mess. Over […]

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Saturday Night Live understands Sarah Palin

| September 28, 2008 | 4 Replies
Saturday Night Live understands Sarah Palin

Do the comedians of Saturday Night Live understand Sarah Palin?  They see right through her: If you want to look at the comedy version side-by-side with reality, watch this short clip that was highlighted on CNN:

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