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Selective empathy

Selective empathy

| April 16, 2007 | 1 Reply

We’ve had a horrible tragedy back here in the United States.   Thirty-three students are dead at Virginia Tech, with many others wounded. Our papers are going to spill a lot of ink on this story, as they should.  But on the other side of the world, multitudes of innocent civilians are dying each and every […]

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Protect our soldiers from President Bush

Protect our soldiers from President Bush

| April 16, 2007 | Reply

A reader recently submitted this suggestion to Andrew Sullivan’s site, The Daily Dish: As far as anti-war arguments go, why hasn’t anyone simply stated that they’re trying to protect the soldiers from President Bush, rather than the insurgents? Just saying we should end the war provides far too many opportunities for Bush & Co. to […]

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A word about our army

A word about our army

| April 16, 2007 | 22 Replies

From Alec Baldwin at Huffpo:  Let’s chat about how the Army exploits economically deprived minorities and offers them careers in the military. Cash, clothes, a car. (Don’t hold your breath for that armor plating, though.) Some of these men have criminal records, which the Army, in order to meet recruitment numbers, has chosen to increasingly […]

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Pope concludes that “evolution is not a complete, scientifically proven theory.”

Pope concludes that “evolution is not a complete, scientifically proven theory.”

| April 15, 2007 | 4 Replies

I don’t know why the Pope constantly gets such intense press coverage. I know he is the leader of a large church, but he most often speaks in platitudes, double-speak or with dark-ages insight.  Here’s a good example–his recent muddled pronoucement on evolution.    According to the Associated Press, Pope Benedict XVI has concluded that the […]

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Bill Maher: Time to embrace elitism

Bill Maher: Time to embrace elitism

| April 15, 2007 | 2 Replies

Maher says it well:  Say it loud: I’m elite and proud! The right-wing crusade to demonize elites has paid off. Now the country’s run by incompetents who make mediocrity a job requirement and recruit from Pat Robertson’s law school. New rule: Now that liberals have taken back the word liberal, they also have to take […]

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Many teens have pie-in-the-sky expectations regarding their financial future

Many teens have pie-in-the-sky expectations regarding their financial future

| April 15, 2007 | 3 Replies

This article in the Boston Globe  comments on a recent survey of teens regarding financial matters: American teens believe, based on the career that interests them the most, that when they get older they will be earning an average annual salary of $145,500. Interestingly, boys expect to earn an average $173,000 a year and girls […]

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Pulitzer Prize winning writer Connie Schultz on the damage wrought by media consolidation

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Connie Schultz on the damage wrought by media consolidation

| April 15, 2007 | Reply

Connie is a well-informed writer who hits the nail right on the head while addressing the FCC. Just ignore the sync problem with the vido and listen to five-minutes of an experienced reporter who illustrates the problem succinctly and eloquently.

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Gentle “Miranda Warning” cards for religious moderates

Gentle “Miranda Warning” cards for religious moderates

| April 15, 2007 | 28 Replies

 At this site we have often debated the extent to which non-Believers are harmed by the beliefs of religious moderates.  The main idea is that moderates are serving as human shields for whacked-out literalist fundamentalists.  Society would be hammering fundamentalists with enough widespread ridicule to make them political untouchables, except that religious moderates continue clinging […]

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New DNA evidence bolsters idea that modern birds are descendants of dinosaurs

New DNA evidence bolsters idea that modern birds are descendants of dinosaurs

| April 15, 2007 | 11 Replies

This article from LiveScience shows what incredible things can be accomplished when scientists search hard to find even a bit of surviving soft tissue in a T-rex femur: An adolescent female Tyrannosaurus rex died 68 million years ago, but its bones still contain intact soft tissue, including the oldest preserved proteins ever found, scientists say. […]

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