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Weapons of mass seduction

Weapons of mass seduction

| April 4, 2007 | 3 Replies

I wondered whether this link was pushing the boundary of good taste, so I checked with Jason and Grumpypilgrim and got their quick OK’s.  Now you know where to complain.  If you’ve been wondering what really spurs the neocons on, click here.  If you like it, I’ll take the credit.

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Want to adopt a baby from China?  Not if you are an old, depressed, sick, poor, alcoholic, amputee, criminal, fat Jehovah’s Witness!

Want to adopt a baby from China? Not if you are an old, depressed, sick, poor, alcoholic, amputee, criminal, fat Jehovah’s Witness!

| April 3, 2007 | 6 Replies

My wife and I adopted our two wonderful daughters from China on two separate occasions, in 1999 and 2001.  We very much appreciated the way that the Chinese orphanages took good care of our daughters.  When we traveled to China to meet our daughters, we were treated well by the many Chinese people we met […]

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How Good is the Original Source?

How Good is the Original Source?

| April 3, 2007 | 5 Replies

Information Reliability. This is a pet peeve of mine. Stephen Jay Gould was a stickler for finding out where ideas “that everybody knows” came from, and often finding the original source to be dubious. I am writing today because of a recent Mallard Fillmore cartoon proclaiming that “new reports give strong evidence for global warming […]

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This gets my vote for the best headline of the year . . .

This gets my vote for the best headline of the year . . .

| April 3, 2007 | 3 Replies

Cheney Lurks Behind Shrub At Bush Press Conference

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How to be happy

How to be happy

| April 2, 2007 | 4 Replies

I often jump at the chance to report on new well-written articles regarding happiness, especially when they are based upon science rather than mere anecdotes. Last year, I started a subscription to Scientific American Mind  It’s a well-written magazine that addresses lively and timely topics.  Be February-March 2007 issue contains an article entitled “Why It’s […]

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To fight global waming, live in a tiny house of only 4000 . . . oops . . . 40 sq ft!

To fight global waming, live in a tiny house of only 4000 . . . oops . . . 40 sq ft!

| April 2, 2007 | 4 Replies

I learned about tiny houses by reading the recent issue of Time Magazine, which featured 51 ideas for “making a difference” regarding global warming. Jay Shafer owns Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which designs tiny inhabitable houses.  His smallest model is a mind-cramping 40 square foot floorplan. On the other hand, the 240 sq foot models […]

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John McCain “freely” strolls through Bagdad market

John McCain “freely” strolls through Bagdad market

| April 2, 2007 | 2 Replies

This video just goes to show you how vigorously the GOP is spinning our “success” in Iraq.  Notice that McCain was wearing a bulletproof vest during his “stroll through the market.”  He also brought 100 soldiers and five helicopters to protect him while he “walked freely” through the market.

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Photo of Orangutan

Photo of Orangutan

| April 2, 2007 | 2 Replies

I photographed this older orangutan yesterday at the St. Louis Zoo.  He had moved slowly to this spot about 50 feet away from the glass, where he paused for several minutes and stared back at the humans who were staring at him. I was pondering whether this photo needed a caption, but I decided simply to post […]

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Sam Harris and Christian Pastor Rick Warren discuss religion

Sam Harris and Christian Pastor Rick Warren discuss religion

| April 1, 2007 | 16 Replies

You’ll find this in the current edition of Newsweek.  Here’s an excerpt regarding the source of morality in the absence of religion: WARREN:  Sam, what are the secular sources of an acceptable moral code?  HARRIS: Well, I don’t think that the religious books are the source. We go to the Bible and we are the […]

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