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Bush makes a huge mistake by hammering Michael Moore with a subpoena

Bush makes a huge mistake by hammering Michael Moore with a subpoena

The federal government’s decision to lay a subpoena on Michael Moore provides a psychological insight (not a new insight) into the Bush Administration. The suboena probably has something to do with Moore’s visit to Cuba.   American law doesn’t prohibit Americans from visiting Cuba, but it does prohibit American citizens spending their own money in Cuba.   […]

July 27, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
Scientists who disagree: is religion an aberration or an adaptation?

Scientists who disagree: is religion an aberration or an adaptation?

For many scientists who study it, religion should be placed into one of two camps: 1) religion is an aberration, a mental virus; or 2) religion is an adaptation–that religion enhanced the survival of Believers.  A well-written article by Robin Marantz Henig explores this issue in the New York Times.  The title is “HeavenBound: a […]

July 26, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
Creepy religion mixed with creepy politics

Creepy religion mixed with creepy politics

In this short video, Max Blumenthal shows that there is no better way to find out what people are really like (really like) than to show up and watch them in action and listen to them. This video is called “The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour.” The subject of this video is the July […]

July 26, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
New Facts Could Disprove Evolution

New Facts Could Disprove Evolution

This is the title of a newspaper commentary column that I stumbled onto recently. It was less annoying than I thought it would be. The “New Facts” turn out to be mainly the testimony of Ken Ham’s Creation Museum (Here’s my earlier post about that). One gripe I have is the idea of testimony as […]

July 24, 2007 | By | 15 Replies More
Draft College Republicans

Draft College Republicans

The title to this post is from a bumper sticker shown in “Generation Chickenhawk,” a video shot last week by Max Blumenthal. The scene?  The College Republican National Convention in Washington D.C. Here’s proof that our young Republicans love wars as long as others do the fighting.  Blumental’s ten-minute video is well worth watching if […]

July 23, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
George Orwell’s contributions to clear legal writing

George Orwell’s contributions to clear legal writing

Best known for his dystopia, 1984, George Orwell cared deeply about language. A good example is Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language.”  Judith D. Fischer reviewed Orwell’s contributions to the use of plain English in legal writing in “Why George Orwell’s Ideas About Language Still Matter for Lawyers.” Montana Law Review, Vol. 68, p. 129, […]

July 22, 2007 | By | Reply More
Serious media issues illustrated through absurd humor

Serious media issues illustrated through absurd humor

This is a must see for those concerned about the state of the Media:  Bill Moyers’ interview with “The Yes Men,”  These two innovative men, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, use “satirical humor laced with lunacy to call the media’s attention to serious issues.” Here’s an excerpt: BILL MOYERS: Are you concerned about the ethical implications of […]

July 21, 2007 | By | Reply More
Horserace campaign coverage, again

Horserace campaign coverage, again

According to The Nation (citing the results of a recent Pew survey) Mainstream media coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign so far has been mostly cynical and vacuous. Nine out of ten campaign stories ignore policy and focus instead on electoral tactics and the horse race, according a recent report from the Pew Research Center’s […]

July 21, 2007 | By | Reply More
Gore on television

Gore on television

Television is part of the American political problem, but not only for the obvious reasons.  See Ebonmuse’s review of Al Gore’s new book, The Assault on Reason.  Here’s an excerpt: [T]elevision is a time- and space-limited medium with high barriers to entry, making it in its essence a medium of the rich and powerful. It […]

July 21, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More