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Paris Hilton goes to jail and other bites of word salad

Paris Hilton goes to jail and other bites of word salad

If you Google “Paris Hilton Jail” you’ll get 15 million hits. If you Google “Downing Street Memo” you’ll get only 800,000 hits. A terrifying real-world topic, “Greenland ice sheet,” will only return 900,000 hits. I suppose it’s because there are no videos of memos or glaciers having sex. What brought me to the topic of […]

June 19, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Does anyone want to be the new Editorial Page Editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch?

Does anyone want to be the new Editorial Page Editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch?

Are they looking for someone with a conscience who will lead a team that will speak with passion and conscience?  Are they looking for someone who bases his or her writing on deep principles, letting the chips fall where they may?   Keep in mind that this is the modern version of the Post-Dispatch (see here and here and […]

June 19, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
A peek inside of the corrupt beltway media

A peek inside of the corrupt beltway media

At Salon.com, Glen Greenwald describes it like this: If even our Beltway media — rather, especially them — argues that criminality by government officials should not be punished, and that light should not be shined on what they do, then pervasive government corruption and deceit are inevitable. That is just obvious. And that is why […]

June 19, 2007 | By | Reply More
Sam Harris and Chris Hedges on Truthdig.org

Sam Harris and Chris Hedges on Truthdig.org

This is a lively debate, as you might expect. You’ll can view the entire debate at Truthdig.org. Sam Harris opens the debate by arguing that there are only three types of arguments used by those defending religion: That a particular religion is true; That believing in religion is useful; or That atheist are immoral (and […]

June 18, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
Believers versus skeptics by the numbers

Believers versus skeptics by the numbers

Ebonmuse looks closely at the religious trends at Daylight Atheism.  The recent rates of growth/decline are especially interesting.  It turns out that the fast growing “religion” is secularlism. I have to wonder how much more quickly attitudes would change (away from systems involving supernatural claims) if the mainstream media would stop walking on eggshells when it discussed religion.   […]

June 18, 2007 | By | 37 Replies More
Families seek to find out why contractors died.  Contractor sues them for $10M

Families seek to find out why contractors died. Contractor sues them for $10M

The best justice money can buy.   Pretty amazing.   The story was covered on Alternet.org: The following article is by the lawyers representing the families of four American contractors who worked for Blackwater and were killed in Fallujah. After Blackwater refused to share information about why they were killed, the families were told they would have […]

June 18, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
More of my favorite quotes

More of my favorite quotes

I collect my favorites from various sources, though I was reminded of many of these quotes by The Quotations Page (which offers quotes of the day).  There is a condensed book in every good quote: Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) […]

June 17, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
A short history of the US involvement in Iraq

A short history of the US involvement in Iraq

This crisp summary screams U.S. incompentence and corruption.

June 17, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Father’s Day versus fatherhood

Father’s Day versus fatherhood

I am cynical about the day called Father’s Day.   For most of my life, I have seen it as yet another store-sponsored holiday.  America traditionally “celebrates” Father’s Day by buying trinkets from a store.   I can’t think of a better way to degrade any occasion. Father’s Day has become something much more meaningful to me […]

June 16, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More