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Attention Sickness

Attention Sickness

| April 18, 2007 | 5 Replies

Marty Kaplan describes the symptoms and gives a name to “the very real nausea that culture (to use a kind word for it) can cause”:  Attention Sickness.  First the BIG THING was ANNA NICOLE. Then it was WAR FUNDING. Then it was SANJAYA, and vote-for-the-worst sadism. Then it was CANCER, and our national debate about parental […]

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Book Review: The End of Iraq

Book Review: The End of Iraq

| April 18, 2007 | 7 Replies

Summary: A scathing, informative chronicle of the Bush administration’s failures in Iraq, yet one that speaks with compelling plausibility of all the missed opportunities to turn things around. Former U.S. diplomat and ambassador Peter Galbraith has been deeply and personally involved with the affairs of Iraq for over twenty years. In his new book The […]

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Americans’ dietary laziness just got lazier.

Americans’ dietary laziness just got lazier.

| April 18, 2007 | 2 Replies

American culture celebrates the quick fix. Diet pills like Trimspa and Ephedra enjoyed massive popularity despite their health risks because many people want to look healthy without actually living healthfully. Take a diet pill, pop a multivitamin instead of getting nutrients through food, starve yourself- it doesn’t matter how you get trim and slim, just […]

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Lose your religion for tax purposes

Lose your religion for tax purposes

| April 18, 2007 | 3 Replies

A Jesuit college in St. Louis just won a Missouri Supreme Court case allowing them to get public money, $8 million of it, for their college.  Not being one that believes public money should be spent in support of religion, I was aghast.  “How could that possibly happen?” you might say.  The answer is rather interesting.  The Jesuits […]

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Prayer: a great cure for impotence

Prayer: a great cure for impotence

| April 17, 2007 | 14 Replies

A friend called me recently.  The doctor just found a “suspicious” lump and scheduled a biopsy. As you can imagine, she is anxious that she might have cancer. What can a good agnostic say to such a person? Consider these options: I’m worried about you. Rest assured that I’m hoping for the best. I’ll be […]

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Abstinence-only sex education doesn’t cause teens to abstain

Abstinence-only sex education doesn’t cause teens to abstain

| April 17, 2007 | 4 Replies

This long awaited report had been authorized by Congress in 1997, according to the Washington Post.  Here are the results: A long-awaited national study has concluded that abstinence-only sex education, a cornerstone of the Bush administration’s social agenda, does not keep teenagers from having sex. Neither does it increase or decrease the likelihood that if […]

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The vultures descend

The vultures descend

| April 17, 2007 | 20 Replies

It never takes long for people to exploit a tragedy when they have something to gain from doing so.  President Bush, who has done virtually nothing notable this year, has dropped whatever he had on his calendar for today so that he can swoop down on Virginia Tech, the site of yesterday’s student massacre.  Likewise, […]

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Howard Zinn on patriotism

Howard Zinn on patriotism

| April 16, 2007 | Reply

Howard Zinn recently spoke on patriotism on DemocracyNow: Patriotism to me means doing what you think you’re country should be doing. Patriotism means supporting your government when you think it’s doing right, opposing your government when you think it’s doing wrong. Patriotism to me means really what the Declaration of Independence suggests. And that is […]

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Selective empathy

Selective empathy

| April 16, 2007 | 1 Reply

We’ve had a horrible tragedy back here in the United States.   Thirty-three students are dead at Virginia Tech, with many others wounded. Our papers are going to spill a lot of ink on this story, as they should.  But on the other side of the world, multitudes of innocent civilians are dying each and every […]

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