Author Archive: Erich Vieth

Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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The Curse of Fungible Dollars

April 11, 2006 | By | 17 Replies More
The Curse of Fungible Dollars

A friend recently gave me a ticket to a hockey game.  I couldn’t help but noticing the high cost of tickets; the average ticket costs $50.  Mark Manary, a WUSM pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, is saving the lives of children in Malawi with peanut butter. His revolutionary new method for treating starving children […]

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The Fourth Person in God: The Free Market

April 10, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
The Fourth Person in God: The Free Market

Based on several conversations I’ve recently had with some religious/social conservatives, God is no longer a Trinity.  Whether I raise pressing issues about oil, housing or education I hear the same answer:  “The free market will take care of it.” They seem to repeat this free market mantra as their response to every conceivable question […]

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Four Facts about Iraq

April 9, 2006 | By | Reply More
Four Facts about Iraq

1) According to Zogby’s February 2006 survey, 85% of US troops serving in Iraq believe that the U.S. invasion was mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks.”  2) According to Mr. Bush, “We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the 11 September attacks.”  3) More than 2,300 U.S. soldiers have […]

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Impeach Bush for using junk science

April 9, 2006 | By | Reply More
Impeach Bush for using junk science

Because the people at the top of our government are responsible for making decisions that could cost the lives and ruin the health of millions of citizens, they should be equipped with the best information and the best expertise.  Unfortunately, the White House has decided to muzzle experts and choke off critical debate on numerous topics of critical […]

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What’s propping up the U.S. economy?

April 9, 2006 | By | Reply More
What’s propping up the U.S. economy?

Here are two disturbing items from the April 2006 “Harper’s Index”: 1.  Amount by which Americans’ total spending last year exceeded their earnings:  $41,600,000,000. 2.  Last year in which spending outstripped earnings:  1933. Then again, the citizens aren’t doing anything different than their ruling political party. For some startling graphics relating to the rising national debt, see […]

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Fundamentalism in Washington DC

April 9, 2006 | By | Reply More
Fundamentalism in Washington DC

Jimmy Carter on Fundamentalism: one can find it in religious circles and now “very overwhelmingly” in Washington. A fundamentalist believes, say, in religious circles, that I am close to God. Everything that I believe is absolutely right. Anyone who disagrees with me, in any case, is inherently wrong and therefore, inferior. And it violates my […]

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Did the U.S. invade Iraq over oil?

April 8, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Did the U.S. invade Iraq over oil?

ABSOLUTELY NOT, according to the administration.  At least that is what we’ve heard so far. Instead, we’ve heard various other purported reasons, such as the following: Because Saddam Hussein has shown contempt for the United Nations and for his deceptions and cruelties. Because Iraq has failed to co-operate with United Nations weapons inspectors and International […]

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Young rocks disguised as old rocks.

April 8, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Young rocks disguised as old rocks.

Young rocks impersonating old rocks. My favorite program was the hike to the base of the falls. Layers of rock are like chapters in a history book and this canyon, carved so deeply, told an ancient story. Standing at the bottom, calling out over the roar of the falls, I got to teach the exciting […]

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Metaphors everywhere; where is “pure reason”?

April 8, 2006 | By | Reply More
Metaphors everywhere; where is “pure reason”?

Many professionals (including many lawyers) believe that the careful use of “reason” cannot involve the use of one’s imagination. This is absolutely untrue.  The belief in “pure reason” has always and everywhere proven to be the source of great confusion among those who strive to use langage precisely. Responding to the Enlightenment claim that Reason […]

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