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Holding the line on excessive materialistic displays in Pakistan?

Holding the line on excessive materialistic displays in Pakistan?

| February 11, 2007 | 2 Replies

You can read about it here, The Daily Times of Pakistan: ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was moved on Tuesday against recent legislation allowing one-dish meals at weddings, with the contention that the law had reopened the door to wasteful expenses and weddings had become a financial burden for most people of the country. The 22-page […]

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Schadenfreude, Part II

Schadenfreude, Part II

| February 11, 2007 | 1 Reply

Heather Havrilesky of Salon is a gifted writer, indeed.  She opens a recent article by discussing the delighted innocence of her baby girl, “my own happy tadpole, who just arrived on this overheated blue sphere four months ago, gazes at the branches of trees and feels the cold noses of dogs and pronounces them exciting […]

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It wasn’t really about Gerald Ford: the feeding habits of social vultures

It wasn’t really about Gerald Ford: the feeding habits of social vultures

| February 10, 2007 | 2 Replies

After Gerald Ford died, we had non-stop ceremonies, processions, rituals and headlines.  Except for his family and close friends, though, most of us didn’t really know him. What did Gerald Ford’s death mean?  A few days before the funeral, a state worker told me that a former president died and that “everybody gets the day […]

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Per 87% of Congressional Republicans, global warming is not man-made

Per 87% of Congressional Republicans, global warming is not man-made

| February 10, 2007 | 1 Reply

Truthdig.com reports: The results were startling. Only 13 percent of congressional Republicans say they believe that human activity is causing global warming, compared to 95 percent of congressional Democrats. Moreover, the number of Republicans who believe in human-induced global warming has actually dropped since April 2006, when the number was 23 percent.

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The insanity of Bush’s 2007 budget proposal

The insanity of Bush’s 2007 budget proposal

| February 10, 2007 | 7 Replies

Here’s Robert Sheer’s take on the new budget: Ever since some lunatics, mostly citizens of our longtime ally Saudi Arabia, used $3 knives to hijack four planes on the same morning, President Bush has exploited our nation’s trauma as an opportunity to throw trillions of dollars at the military-industrial complex to build weaponry for a […]

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Don’t let the White House gut the budget of Public Broadcasting

Don’t let the White House gut the budget of Public Broadcasting

| February 10, 2007 | Reply

President Bush’s new budget proposal cuts more than $53 million money from the budget of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the agency that allocates federal money for NPR, PBS and other federally funded media.  This is a quarter of the CPB budget.  This same budget will drastically crank up military spending to support a […]

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How old will you be in X years if . . .

How old will you be in X years if . . .

| February 9, 2007 | 1 Reply

Fifteen years ago, when I was 35, a high school buddy told me that he was not satisfied working as an engineer and that he was thinking about going to medical school. He was concerned, however, because he was “older” and medical school would require many years of study. He told me of a conversation […]

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How are things going in Afghanistan?

How are things going in Afghanistan?

| February 9, 2007 | 3 Replies

Report from June 15, 2004: “President Bush on Tuesday claimed victory in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan.” Report from Feb 9, 2007 “[Defense Secretary] Gates said that after nearly five years at war with the Taliban, this spring will be critical because it could give the people of the country more hope.” — Afghanistan: […]

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ExxonMobil and the White House finally get it about global warming . . . NOT!

ExxonMobil and the White House finally get it about global warming . . . NOT!

| February 9, 2007 | 3 Replies

This Huffpo article by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. shows the extent to which ExxonMobil is not our wise old friend belatedly coming to our rescue on the issue of global warming: Last week the release of the IPCC Report by the world’s 2500 top climatologists closed the scientific debate on global warming once and for […]

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