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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Spread the word, please.

April 19, 2006 | By | Reply More
Spread the word, please.

We’re just getting started here at DI–this blog is only a few weeks old.  New authors are joining us this month (yesterday, for example, Jason Rayl posted on the political “wisdom” that money = speech). If you have any reactions (including disagreements!) to the posts, we certainly welcome your comments. Feel free to send our […]

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Why did God design useless animal parts?

April 17, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Why did God design useless animal parts?

Here’s a partial list: Wings on flightless birds. Small Leg bones on modern whales. Eyes that are found in blind animals such as Astyanax fasciatus (a species of fish) and moles. Because I wanted to know more about these useless animal parts, I checked some popular creationist web sites: Investigating Genesis Series advised me that the […]

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Sylvester McMonkey McBean is at it again.

April 16, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Sylvester McMonkey McBean is at it again.

Does it all seem like déjà vu?  It should.  Most of us first heard the unfolding national story while sitting on our parents’ laps, courtesy of Dr. Seuss.  A con artist comes to town to exploit a glaring weakness: the willingness of the citizens to act out of bigotry. In the Dr. Seuss version, a […]

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A lesson on speaking out in ignorance

April 15, 2006 | By | Reply More
A lesson on speaking out in ignorance

As part of his Easter homily, Pope Benedict XVI invoked evolution in describing Christ’s resurrection:  If we may borrow the language of the theory of evolution, it is the greatest ‘mutation,’ absolutely the most crucial leap into a totally new dimension that there has ever been in the long history of life and its development: […]

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Good Friday – Good Grief!

April 14, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Good Friday – Good Grief!

I was raised Roman Catholic. Many things about the church puzzled me, Good Friday perhaps being the most puzzling of Holy Days.   On the lighter side, the kids at Catholic school insisted that it always rained on Good Friday, usually in the afternoon while Jesus was dying on the cross.  Whenever it did rain this was […]

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The true importance of Diversity

April 13, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
The true importance of Diversity

. . .  To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. Star Trek Mission Statement When I hear the term “diversity” I become suspicious.  For many people, diversity refers to the mechanical process of gathering different-looking people and assuming that doing […]

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Oil Tetris

April 12, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Oil Tetris

The U.S. consumes 400 million gallons of gasoline every day. That amounts to almost 5,000 gallons every second. More than half of that oil is imported.

Everything we do is affected by oil. In addition to keeping us warm and transporting us, we eat oil. Not literally, but the average American meal travels an about 1500 miles to get from farm to plate.

If there were an interruption in the oil supply, we would look to the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. That much-cited U.S. reserve, however, holds only a 60-day supply of oil. It is official U.S. policy, then, that We the People shall always remain only small one incident from a major oil crisis.

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More time = shorter letter

April 12, 2006 | By | 41 Replies More
More time = shorter letter

“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662) Lettres provinciales. Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.    Henry David Thoreau If I had more time, I would have written a shorter […]

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A strange and troubling war, indeed.

April 12, 2006 | By | Reply More
A strange and troubling war, indeed.

James Zogby has recently pointed to the public dispute between Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice as yet another way in which the Iraq war has become “Strange and Troubling”: And so here we are, nearly three years after “mission accomplished,” many dead and injured later, Iraq imploding, the US floundering, the public turning against the […]

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