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The love of money may be the root of all evil.

August 22, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
The love of money may be the root of all evil.

I like money.  With money I can clothe myself, pay for my grandchildren’s piano lessons, drive a reliable car, eat some great food, and visit friends in faraway places.  I don‘t want a barter economy, especially since I have nothing physical to barter for necessities, unless you count the endless reams of paper I can […]

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…Across This Beautiful Land!

August 22, 2006 | By | 9 Replies More
…Across This Beautiful Land!

The Missouri supreme court has ruled that a law banning sexually explicit billboards is–gasp!— unconstitutional. This should come as a surprise to no one.  But of course religious groups are stunned.  They will try to appeal.  Personally, I resent all the JESUS! billboards and the propagandistic ones that declare Pornography Destroys Families, which, as over-the-top […]

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The land of milk and money: How milk producers fool most of the people most of the time.

August 21, 2006 | By | 16 Replies More
The land of milk and money:  How milk producers fool most of the people most of the time.

Humans are creatures with limited attentional capacity.  We don’t have the time or brainpower to personally investigate every claim that comes our way.  We don’t like questioning ideas to which we’ve become accustomed.  Evil-minded people only need to get those lies into our heads.  Once in there, those false ideas rattle around for a long […]

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Moral Values…hmm

August 17, 2006 | By | 17 Replies More
Moral Values…hmm

 In 2004, George Bush was reelected.  We can debate endlessly over whether or not he stole that election, but it’s beside the point for this rant.  Besides, four million popular votes seems like a big wad to steal. What we need to figure out if we want to have any possibility of turning this misdirected […]

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Super Bull

August 11, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
Super Bull

     It’s not yet football season, but I’m already hearing rumblings, and I’ve seen news bits on the the Rams cheerleaders.  But since, to my mind, all professional sports is of a fabric, some worse than others, I thought I’d post this essay I wrote some time ago, with modifications.      An acquaintance asked me a while ago […]

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“Here, have a bloated SUV, they say. Sorry about all your dead kids in Iraq”

August 3, 2006 | By | 10 Replies More
“Here, have a bloated SUV, they say.                                              Sorry about all your dead kids in Iraq”

If you’re wondering why we “can’t” buy electric cars (especially since 80% of Americans drive 50 miles or less per day), check out this review of an electric sports car.  The title deserves a special award of some sort:  “Lick My Silent Sports Car; How much has Big Auto lied? Take a drive in this […]

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Defining Achievement . . . or not

July 22, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Defining Achievement . . . or not

Uh-oh, I’m annoyed again. Nothing new, just a recycled annoyance that popped into my craw today and won’t leave, I suppose, because this particular instance, while merely a minor irritation on the surface, indicates a raging cultural infection coursing underneath. I’m easily annoyed by words used incorrectly in the hopes of making either the subject […]

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Al Gore has his job cut out for him.

July 16, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Al Gore has his job cut out for him.

Like so many other complex issues, Americans don’t seem to understand global warming. In a Gallup poll conducted in March, respondents ranked their level of concern regarding several environmental issues. When asked to rank their level of concern over global warming, 36% of Americans claimed that it worried them “a great deal”. Global warming, one […]

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Why Do They Hate Us?

July 16, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Why Do They Hate Us?

Ever since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, there has been a fairly constant refrain heard in the United States.  Americans, who once thought their country invulnerable, their culture beyond reproach and their global image impeccable, are asking, “Why do they hate us?”  Human emotion being what it is, there is no single or simple […]

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