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Patriotism and asking good hard questions

Patriotism and asking good hard questions

| January 24, 2007 | 1 Reply

Did you see Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s response to the President’s State of the Union address last night?  Here’s the text. The President took us into this war recklessly. He disregarded warnings from the national security adviser during the first Gulf War, the chief of staff of the army, two former commanding generals of the […]

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Don’t try to do brain surgery with a chain saw

Don’t try to do brain surgery with a chain saw

| January 24, 2007 | 9 Replies

Never try to do such a foolish thing.  It could never work.  It just makes things worse.  War is a chainsaw.  Reconstituting social structures is akin to brain surgery. So here’s a question: In what major city were the following photos taken? (These photos were sent to me by an American friend who once lived in this city). Snowscape of […]

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What happened to this site?

What happened to this site?

| January 23, 2007 | 5 Replies

Well . . . I had heard about having other people’s servers get overwhelmed by Digg.com, but it hadn’t before happened to us.  Until today. Last night, I had put up a post about a psychology site that let’s you “average” faces, resulting in incredible attractive (mathematically generated) faces of men or women.  Really fascinating (and […]

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Al Gore quickly sells out 10,000 seat arena in Idaho

Al Gore quickly sells out 10,000 seat arena in Idaho

| January 23, 2007 | 2 Replies

Are people concerned about global warming now?  Yes, indeed.  Even crowds of people in traditionally conservative Idaho.  Check out this piece by Melinda Henneberger on Huffpo.

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Maybe I’m Out of Touch

Maybe I’m Out of Touch

| January 23, 2007 | 1 Reply

I was going to meet a friend for coffee yesterday. But when I called him, he said that he couldn’t because he was subpoenaed by the FBI to give a deposition in the Devlin case. “Devlin case?” I asked innocently. You see, I stopped watching TV (as discussed here), I don’t subscribe to the paper, […]

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I created a woman so beautiful she made me melt

I created a woman so beautiful she made me melt

| January 22, 2007 | 5 Replies

Really, I did.  You, too, can create a surreally attractive male or female by using the Face Laboratory run by two experimental psychologists working at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Your hyper-attractive face will actually be made by a computer. You’ll help by choosing the “ingredients” (a few or many faces), and the program […]

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Coal is the new coal

Coal is the new coal

| January 22, 2007 | 3 Replies

According to Rolling Stone (January 25, 2007), TXU, an electric power company based in Dallas has recently announced plans to build 11 new coal plants in Texas over the next four years.  These additional coal plants would put more pollution into the air each year than 11 million SUVs. These will be the “old technology” […]

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What is the future of newspapers?

What is the future of newspapers?

| January 22, 2007 | 2 Replies

Here’s one perspective.  It’s an excerpt from an article from The Economist, entitled: “Who Killed the Newspaper?”: Having ignored reality for years, newspapers are at last doing something. In order to cut costs, they are already spending less on journalism. Many are also trying to attract younger readers by shifting the mix of their stories […]

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Why we won’t solve any other major problem confronting the U.S. without media reform.

Why we won’t solve any other major problem confronting the U.S. without media reform.

| January 22, 2007 | 5 Replies

The following remarks were delivered by Bernie Sanders to the National Conference for Media Reform. Sanders is the junior United States Senator from Vermont.  He is an independent, but caucuses with the Democrats.  Amy Goodman describes Sanders’ speech as an “alternative State of the Union.” The full text to Sanders’ speech can be found here.  […]

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