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Change in Self – Change in World

Change in Self – Change in World

Erich just uploaded a short post noting that Americans feel sourly about nearly everything. With no sign of optimism, and marked lack of trust in virtually all institutions, does it come as a surprise that people often sigh hopelessly over the “good old days”? Many people cling to an image of past glory and happiness, […]

June 25, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
Down with Everything

Down with Everything

According to this article at Reason, Americans are not optimistic about much of anything.   Americans are currently in a very sour mood; a state of affairs that is reflected in the relatively low confidence ratings given many Americans institutions [including business, religion, the police, banks, and more] in Gallup’s latest survey…. The graphic accompanying the […]

June 24, 2007 | By | Reply More
Right wing politics dominates talk radio

Right wing politics dominates talk radio

Think Progress reports on these findings from Free Press and the Center for American Progress:  – In the spring of 2007, of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners, 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming was conservative, and only 9 percent was progressive. – Each weekday, 2,570 […]

June 24, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
Everyone we fight in Iraq is now “al-Qaida”

Everyone we fight in Iraq is now “al-Qaida”

Glenn Greenwald links to Josh Marshall, who published an e-mail from a reader “who identifies what is one of the most astonishing instances of mindless, pro-government ‘reporting’ yet”:  It’s a curious thing that, over the past 10 – 12 days, the news from Iraq refers to the combatants there as “al-Qaida” fighters. When did that […]

June 24, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
How and why to impeach Dick Cheney.

How and why to impeach Dick Cheney.

This information comes from an article in the March 2007 edition of GQ. That in the buildup to war in Iraq, the vice president, lacking confidence in the true casus belli, conspired to invent additional ones, misrepresenting the available intelligence, crafting new “intelligence,” and then spreading these falsehoods to the public, perverting the democratic process […]

June 23, 2007 | By | Reply More
The Vatican issues new Ten Commandments of Driving

The Vatican issues new Ten Commandments of Driving

No punch line here.  It really happened. The Vatican has issued a set of “10 commandments” for motorists to promote safer driving. The “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road” call on drivers to respect speed limits, refrain from drinking before driving and avoid cursing. Roman Catholics are also urged to make the sign […]

June 23, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Kangaroo trials at Guantanamo Bay now confirmed

Kangaroo trials at Guantanamo Bay now confirmed

We suspected it.  Now we know it.   The Gitmo trials were cooked, according to this article from MyWay:  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – An Army officer with a key role in the U.S. military hearings at Guantanamo Bay says they relied on vague and incomplete intelligence and were pressured to declare detainees “enemy combatants,” […]

June 23, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Did our brains grow big because we learned to cook?

Did our brains grow big because we learned to cook?

Consider that 60% of the energy expended by a resting baby is consumed by the baby’s brain.  A resting adult brain uses 25% of its energy.  Compare this to the average ape brain, which uses only 8% of the apes energy.  In short, having a big brain requires a lot of energy. The June 15, […]

June 22, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
The secret campaign of the Bush administration to let polluters determine US climate policy

The secret campaign of the Bush administration to let polluters determine US climate policy

All of your suspicions are true and you can now find them in an article that is intensely compelling and distressing.  It’s the current edition (June 28, 2007) of Rolling Stone. It’s not every day after all that the leading scientists from 120 nations come together and agree that the entire planet is about to […]

June 22, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More