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World War II and Modern Politics

World War II and Modern Politics

| March 17, 2007 | 5 Replies

Recent comments in response to posts on Dangerous Intersection have led me to write this screed.  Screed is to be the operative word for this, for it has been born out impatience and anger.  The biggest danger we face in the long run is the basic ignorance people bring to the political discourse.  If we […]

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John McCain doesn’t “know” whether condoms reduce risk of HIV

John McCain doesn’t “know” whether condoms reduce risk of HIV

| March 16, 2007 | 3 Replies

This is mind-blowing.   To think that I used to have some respect for John McCain.   The question recently put to McCain, on his Straight-Talk Express campaign tour, was straight-forward.  Here’s the transcript of what unfolded: Q: “What about grants for sex education in the United States? Should they include instructions about using contraceptives? Or should […]

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What it is to be responsible

What it is to be responsible

| March 16, 2007 | 1 Reply

George Lakoff has once again weighed in on a critical issue of word meaning.  This time, his focus is on what it means to be “responsible”: Accountability is what is called a contested concept, that is, a concept with different meanings for different people, depending on their values. What we have found is that conservatives […]

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How to lose two pounds per week, guaranteed.

How to lose two pounds per week, guaranteed.

| March 15, 2007 | 154 Replies

Three weeks ago I noticed that I was overweight again, but I’m doing something about it again. I’m not quite sure what did it.  Maybe it was the almost-nightly bowl of ice cream or maybe those french fries weren’t really counteracted by those side dishes of broccoli.  Whatever it was, three weeks ago I noticed that […]

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Happy Pi Day (and Einstein’s Birthday)

Happy Pi Day (and Einstein’s Birthday)

| March 14, 2007 | 5 Replies

March 14th, (3/14), is International Pi day for a somewhat obvious reason. Visit this old site to hear Pi spoken in French (or many other languages) to hundreds of digits, plus links to much pi stuff. Here’s the wiki for pi day. Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day 1879, and later redefined the way […]

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Conservapedia: Providing aid to the Obscurationists

Conservapedia: Providing aid to the Obscurationists

| March 14, 2007 | 9 Replies

I just found out about Conservapedia, an online service started to combat the educated, generally well-researched, illuminating, and therefore Left-wing, Liberal postings at Wikipedia. Read about what a Democrat really is, in a way that even Fox News wouldn’t claim. Read about Evolution, which begins with the chapter “Lack of Any Credible Transitional Forms” Big […]

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Art that challenges

Art that challenges

| March 14, 2007 | 5 Replies

Here’s a good question:  why can’t a woman go topless wherever a man can?  Sorry . . . I’m not buying answers like “Because that is the way it has always been” or “Because they are women.”  Talk about equal rights!  The prevalent dress code inequity is motivated by the same mindset that leads some […]

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NYT does Hatchet job on Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truths

NYT does Hatchet job on Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truths

| March 13, 2007 | 2 Replies

As reported by Media Matters: New York Times science writer William J. Broad reported on criticism of former Vice President Al Gore’s portrayal of the threat of global warming in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth by citing scientists who “argue that some of Mr. Gore’s central points are exaggerated and erroneous.” Broad wrote that “scientists […]

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He was trying to save your life, stupid.

He was trying to save your life, stupid.

| March 13, 2007 | 2 Replies

Former President George H.W. Bush, on his recent collapse from dehydration: Bush spoke about the incident that sent him to the hospital on Sunday, telling the audience that he became tired after playing golf in high temperatures. “The next thing I remember … I fainted and I was on the floor,” he told the crowd. […]

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