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Rolling Stone reports a recent rise in protest songs

Rolling Stone reports a recent rise in protest songs

| May 4, 2007 | 1 Reply

The subtitle of “Protest Songs Rise Again,” from the recent edition of Rolling Stone (May 3-17, 2007 issue): “Everyone from Ozzy to Maroon 5 weighs in on the worst president ever.” According to this article, rock has now entered “its most politically charged phase since the late Sixties.”  Tom Morellos’s new solo album (The Nightwatchman) “is packed […]

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The Iraq invasion has cost more than one trillion dollars.  How much is one trillion?

The Iraq invasion has cost more than one trillion dollars. How much is one trillion?

| May 3, 2007 | 17 Replies

Mathematician John Paulos has been working hard to help us imagine the amount of money spent to invade and occupy Iraq.  Many experts suggest that it has cost $700 billion in direct costs and probably twice that much if you include the indirect costs.  Others estimate the cost at $2 trillion.   Paulos asks us to […]

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Obama reaches out to African-American communities with tough love

Obama reaches out to African-American communities with tough love

| May 3, 2007 | 2 Replies

The Washington Post reports on Obama’s willingness to address issues that afflict many African American communities: Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is delivering pointed critiques of the African American community as he campaigns for its votes, lamenting that many of his generation are “disenfranchising” themselves because they don’t vote, taking rappers to task for their language, […]

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Gift giving and fashion statements from the viewpoint of human evolution

Gift giving and fashion statements from the viewpoint of human evolution

| May 2, 2007 | 15 Replies

In his new book, The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption (2007), Gad Saad serves as a tour guide, draws connections from human biology to the purchasing decisions of human consumers.  He strongly advocates that no explanation of consumer behavior is complete unless that explanation considers human evolution–we always need to consider “ultimate” explanations as well as […]

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Why is religious belief fading?

Why is religious belief fading?

| May 2, 2007 | 45 Replies

In an Edge article titled “Why the Gods are not winning,” Gregory Paul & Phil Zuckerman characterize the belief that religion is gaining ground in the 21st century as a myth.   First, they present some real life statistics: The evangelical authors of the WCE [World Christian Encyclopedia] lament that no Christian “in 1900 expected the […]

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Bush announces the newest (and worst yet) reason for having our troops in Iraq

Bush announces the newest (and worst yet) reason for having our troops in Iraq

| May 2, 2007 | 3 Replies

Look how low the bar has now gotten.   This is from the President’s May 2, 2007 address to the Associated General Contractors of America: …”But slowly but surely, the truth will be known. Either we’ll succeed, or we won’t succeed. And the definition of success as I described is sectarian violence down. Success is not, […]

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Shhhhh . . . don’t mention drinking . . . . it just killed him that’s all –

Shhhhh . . . don’t mention drinking . . . . it just killed him that’s all –

| May 1, 2007 | 11 Replies

We of “Cardinal Nation” here in St. Louis suffered the loss of relief pitcher Josh Hancock this last weekend. In case you haven’t heard, he was killed when he crashed his SUV full-speed into the back of a tow-truck on the highway. The tow truck was stopped, lights blazing in the dark, assisting a disabled […]

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Death of the First Amendment at Saint Louis University

Death of the First Amendment at Saint Louis University

| May 1, 2007 | 19 Replies

On Saturday, May 5, 2007, a free, independent and self-funded student newspaper is scheduled for a quiet execution at Saint Louis University, a self-professed Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning in St. Louis, Missouri. Most of the world with its varied woes will little note the goings on at the Board of Trustees meeting of […]

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A trip to the neighborhood psychic store

A trip to the neighborhood psychic store

| April 30, 2007 | 32 Replies

Last Saturday, I was running some errands with my daughters when we passed by a store called “Mystic Valley.”  I mentioned to my daughters (they are six and eight) that some people believe that they can tell the future and read other peoples minds.  My daughters were incredulous.  They thought I was being silly, so […]

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