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Why drilling for oil in ANWR will increase, not reduce, America’s oil dependence

May 8, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Why drilling for oil in ANWR will increase, not reduce, America’s oil dependence

As the world consumes oil, the world’s oil is depleted.  As the world’s oil is depleted, the countries that completely run out of oil first will become totally dependent upon the countries that still have oil.  Thus, the goal of any country that wishes to avoid becoming totally dependent is to avoid being among the […]

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Wither Thou Goest…

May 3, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Wither Thou Goest…

Since the trial in Dover, PA over Intelligent Design, it must be obvious hat nothing was really settled other than a specific legal question.  I think it would be a good idea for every one interested in this issue to find and read the decision handed down by the judge.  But the furor shall continue.  […]

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Walmart, out-sourcing and high gas prices

April 23, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Walmart, out-sourcing and high gas prices

For the past decade or two, American consumers have enjoyed low prices at Walmart, which imports many of its products from China.  Simultaneously, American companies have enjoyed low prices by out-sourcing service jobs to India and manufacturing to China.  Americans, both consumers and business leaders, believe they have saved money by doing this.  And, in the short term, […]

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The shake-up that wasn’t (part 2)

April 21, 2006 | By | Reply More
The shake-up that wasn’t (part 2)

Rumor has it that one reason the Whitehouse hasn’t had much staff turnover is because they’ve had trouble attracting replacements — not surprising given the stunning incompetence and dishonesty of this Administration. Unfortunately, those they are trying to attract seem unlikely to reverse the situation:  http://mediamatters.org/items/200604190003

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Framing the abortion debate (part 1): What is the missing premise?

April 20, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Framing the abortion debate (part 1):  What is the missing premise?

A logical argument, known as a syllogism, looks like this:      PREMISE 1:  All dogs have wet noses.      PREMISE 2:  Max is a dog.      CONCLUSION:  Max has a wet nose. Easy, right?  Now, let’s see what happens when we remove one of the premises:      PREMISE 1:  All dogs have wet noses.      […]

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Would a deadline for troop withdrawal create fewer American dead?

April 16, 2006 | By | Reply More
Would a deadline for troop withdrawal create fewer American dead?

One of the Sunday morning pundits today (4/16/06) made an excellent point.  He observed that President Bush has refused to give a firm date for withdrawing US troops from Iraq, because, Bush says, such an action would embolden the terrorists to just wait us out.  However, Bush then ignored this principle when he mentioned that the […]

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Your share of the national debt

April 5, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
Your share of the national debt

We usually hear about “lies, damn lies, and statistics,” but, in the case of the US national debt, it’s more like “lies, damn lies, and more damn lies.”  Bush and Congressional Republicans campaigned on promises of fiscal restraint, but their promises have turned out to be even bigger lies than the ones they gave us about Iraq: According […]

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Understanding a billion

March 23, 2006 | By | Reply More
Understanding a billion

A dollar bill is approximately 0.0035″ thick.  So, a stack of one billion dollar bills would be 55.24 miles high. A stack of 224 billion dollar bills (the approximate cost so far of invading Iraq) would be 12,373.76 miles high.  That’s halfway around the earth’s equator (the earth’s circumference is 24,900 miles).   A stack of nine […]

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