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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Withdraw the troops now.

April 25, 2006 | By | Reply More
Withdraw the troops now.

Arianna Huffington succinctly explained why.   Withdrawing our troops from Iraq does not mean abandoning Iraq. Withdrawing our troops from Iraq does mean eliminating the insurgency’s best recruitment tool. To win in Iraq, we need to leave Iraq. To win, we need to stop being the issue. To win, we need to give our money, our […]

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The Bible: the greatest book rarely read carefully

April 24, 2006 | By | 5 Replies More
The Bible: the greatest book rarely read carefully

Part I: What’s really in the Bible? Although I have regularly picked up my King James Bible, I haven’t had the stamina to plow all the way through.  Kudos to the authors of the “Skeptic’s Annotated Bible.”   We know they really made it to the end because they left proof along the way:  They annotated the […]

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Religions about Jesus, but not of Jesus

April 23, 2006 | By | Reply More
Religions about Jesus, but not of Jesus

Bill Moyers thoughtfully analyzed this distinction in tompaine.com.   He describes the access our legislators give to special moneyed interests: The total spent per month by special interests wining, dining, and seducing federal officials is now nearly $200 million. Per month. Moyers writes that this huge legalized bribe is “a small investment on the return,” pointing to specific pieces of […]

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The voices you are

April 23, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
The voices you are

Many people think that they are motivated to act morally by reference to a set of external rules.  Not me.  Although rules direct our attention to various problem-solving strategies, there are so many rules (and so many interpretations of rules) that people can easily “justify” almost any behavior by reference to rules.  “Do not kill” unless, […]

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Hard news, low priority

April 22, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Hard news, low priority

Speaking about the lack of hard factual international news reporting by our nation’s major news outlets, Ted Koppell stated the following as part of his speech to the Overseas Press Club (where he received the President’s Award): They have almost surrendered even the pretense of civic responsibility. That is not just a shame, but a travesty.”

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Winning Cartoon

April 22, 2006 | By | Reply More
Winning Cartoon

See: http://www.cagle.com/politicalcartoons/PCcartoons/boligan.asp Angel Boligan of the El Universal newspaper in Mexico City just won the World Press Cartoon contest with this cartoon. Wonderful commentary on one of my favorite topics.

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The dirty little secret about moral rules

April 21, 2006 | By | 5 Replies More
The dirty little secret about moral rules

Many people feel that to be moral is to follow a set of rules.  But there’s an implicit unwritten preamble to every set of rules or commandments: they don’t apply equally to everyone. Consider “Do not injure or kill other people,” for example. Assume that two people have fallen off a ship and you’ve only […]

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Save Internet Neutrality

April 21, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Save Internet Neutrality

Congress is now pushing a law that would abandon Network Neutrality, the Internet’s First Amendment. Network neutrality prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work the best — based on who pays them the most. Your local library shouldn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have […]

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How to Have a War – an Old Recipe

April 21, 2006 | By | Reply More
How to Have a War – an Old Recipe

“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought […]

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