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Many teens have pie-in-the-sky expectations regarding their financial future

Many teens have pie-in-the-sky expectations regarding their financial future

| April 15, 2007 | 3 Replies

This article in the Boston Globe  comments on a recent survey of teens regarding financial matters: American teens believe, based on the career that interests them the most, that when they get older they will be earning an average annual salary of $145,500. Interestingly, boys expect to earn an average $173,000 a year and girls […]

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Pulitzer Prize winning writer Connie Schultz on the damage wrought by media consolidation

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Connie Schultz on the damage wrought by media consolidation

| April 15, 2007 | Reply

Connie is a well-informed writer who hits the nail right on the head while addressing the FCC. Just ignore the sync problem with the vido and listen to five-minutes of an experienced reporter who illustrates the problem succinctly and eloquently.

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Gentle “Miranda Warning” cards for religious moderates

Gentle “Miranda Warning” cards for religious moderates

| April 15, 2007 | 28 Replies

 At this site we have often debated the extent to which non-Believers are harmed by the beliefs of religious moderates.  The main idea is that moderates are serving as human shields for whacked-out literalist fundamentalists.  Society would be hammering fundamentalists with enough widespread ridicule to make them political untouchables, except that religious moderates continue clinging […]

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New DNA evidence bolsters idea that modern birds are descendants of dinosaurs

New DNA evidence bolsters idea that modern birds are descendants of dinosaurs

| April 15, 2007 | 11 Replies

This article from LiveScience shows what incredible things can be accomplished when scientists search hard to find even a bit of surviving soft tissue in a T-rex femur: An adolescent female Tyrannosaurus rex died 68 million years ago, but its bones still contain intact soft tissue, including the oldest preserved proteins ever found, scientists say. […]

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Punkin’s Demise

Punkin’s Demise

| April 13, 2007 | Reply

Our black cat died at sunset on Friday the thirteenth. Just then it started to rain. My real life often lends itself to overused literary metaphors. It was an assisted departure, as the nearly 23 year old cat was so clearly on her uncomfortable and imminent way out. The vet made a house call, and […]

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Stop calling it “war”

Stop calling it “war”

| April 13, 2007 | 63 Replies

For a long time now, I’ve been deeply frustrated and annoyed by the ongoing use of the term “war” to describe the situation in Iraq.  Pardon me, but the “war” in Iraq ended several years ago, when all of their troops surrendered.  What we have there now is a military occupation.  You might think this […]

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New rules regarding Iraq deployments are breaking the backs of our troops

New rules regarding Iraq deployments are breaking the backs of our troops

| April 12, 2007 | 2 Replies

Paul Rieckhoff, who has already served in Iraq, describes the crushing burden of the newly instituted 15-month tours of U.S. soldiers of Iraq: The current force level in Iraq is unsustainable, and is breaking the back of our armed forces. Like so many other choices made by the Bush Administration during this war, extending Army tours […]

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Ouch!  I just got hit with drive-by religion!

Ouch! I just got hit with drive-by religion!

| April 12, 2007 | 17 Replies

There I was, minding my own business, when WHAM! I was damned to hell. Thankfully, my salvation is being actively prayed for, so maybe, just maybe, I still have a chance. OK, well, perhaps “minding my own business” is a bit of truth-stretch. I was actually stirring a pot, just a little. Not sure why; […]

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McCain shoots self in foot

McCain shoots self in foot

| April 12, 2007 | 10 Replies

Some people just don’t get it — that invading Iraq was a bad idea.  John McCain is one. Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton is another one, though she does at least have a plan to end the occupation. It really amazes me that such otherwise smart people still declare that invading Iraq was a good idea, given that all […]

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