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Origins, Worms and Germs

Origins, Worms and Germs

I recently visited New York City, where I attended a business conference.  After the conference was over, I was able to spend three hours at the American Museum of Natural History. It was well worth a visit for numerous reasons.  For instance, the ocean life exhibit contains a full-size model of a blue whale hanging […]

July 15, 2007 | By | 7 Replies More
What the President Believes

What the President Believes

Marty Kaplan recaps the alarmingly detached beliefs of President Bush, for all of us who have lost count (it’s easy to lose count): Who gives a flying fig for what you believe, Mr. President? You believed trading Sammy Sosa to the White Sox was a good move. You believed Saddam was making nukes from Nigerien […]

July 15, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Is the problem with news media bad or incompetent owners and employees?

Is the problem with news media bad or incompetent owners and employees?

I highly recommend the work of Free Press.   The answer to the question in the title of this post (from the Free Press FAQ page) is that our massive dysfunction of our media is not caused by malicious or incompetent individuals: There may well be media owners who are especially despicable and who abuse their […]

July 15, 2007 | By | Reply More
It’s time to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney

It’s time to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney

Commuting the sentence of Scooter Libby was just the latest of many pressing reasons, it’s not the most serious reason. Here’s a discussion of additional, more serious, reasons for impeaching Bush and Cheney immediately.  Visit the website of Bill Moyer’s Journal and click on “Watch Video.”   Why impeachment?  It’s a matter of putting a halt […]

July 15, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Terror in the “burbs”

Terror in the “burbs”

Three months ago.  I went to my kids’ school to have lunch with them and sat at a “peanut-free” table. I had seen the signs around school outside various classrooms. I had been made aware of kids’ peanut allergies in school fliers and letters and e-mails when someone in one of the kids’ classes had […]

July 14, 2007 | By | Reply More
What it’s like to invade the home of an innocent Iraqi family

What it’s like to invade the home of an innocent Iraqi family

Members of the U.S. military are now speaking up, as documented by DemocracyNow.  This set of interviews by DemocracyNow was provoked by a recent article by The Nation.  Here’s how DemocracyNow describes that article, entitled “The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness”: The Nation has published a startling new expose of fifty American combat veterans […]

July 14, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
If this is “winning,” then what is “losing”?

If this is “winning,” then what is “losing”?

The Bush Administration reported this week that despite six years of waging war against al-Qaeda, losing more than 3,600 American lives, spending nearly half a trillion dollars, and decimating the nation of Iraq (the so-called “front line in the war on terrorism”), it has neverless failed to seriously cripple the terrorist network.  In the face […]

July 13, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
Superstition in America

Superstition in America

As if America’s widespread religious beliefs were not evidence enough of America’s superstitious beliefs, last Saturday’s flood of marriages should end any speculation. l refer, of course, to the relatively large number of Americans who jumped at the chance to get married on July 7, 2007 — reportedly on the belief that 07-07-07 would be […]

July 13, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
Doing the math on Iraq

Doing the math on Iraq

The official number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq recently topped 3600, with total casualties (dead or injured) exceeding 30,000.  So-called “collateral damage” has also killed more than 70,000 innocent Iraqis, or about twenty times the number of Americans killed.  If we apply this same 20x factor to total U.S. casualties, then we would conclude that about 600,000 innocent […]

July 12, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More