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Einstein’s God

Einstein’s God

| April 8, 2007 | 14 Replies

At Dangerous Intersection, we have often encountered definitional issues when we’ve cnsidered whether someone believes in “God.”  During a recent vigorous exchange several of us invoked the “Einstein” version of God.  Although I had read a few quotes of Einstein regarding his beliefs, I had not comprehensively read Einstein’s own words describing his “God.” The April […]

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Global warming gets a bit of local newspaper coverage

Global warming gets a bit of local newspaper coverage

| April 8, 2007 | 3 Replies

How important is it that the United Nations just issued an apocalyptic report on global warning?  Serious stories on global warming have been rare in my local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  I was thus happy to see that the Post-Dispatch placed a punchy graphic about global warming on the front page of yesterday’s paper—2,500 […]

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Happy Easter, What?

Happy Easter, What?

| April 8, 2007 | 2 Replies

Enjoy this day celebrating the ancient festival of the resurrection of the seasons, the rebirth of the year, the celebration of the new year, or its newer interpretation as specifically about a particular one of the born-to-a-virgin, talked-to-god(s), performed-miracles, and died-to-rise-again messiah-candidates. All the popular symbols (hatching eggs, bunnies, flowers, etc.) are essentially non-denominational representations […]

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Tragedy and Farce: how the American media lost its way

Tragedy and Farce: how the American media lost its way

| April 6, 2007 | 1 Reply

I was recently provided with a copy of Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sells Wars, Spend Election’s, and Destroy Democracy, by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney. Written in 2005, this book is a great way to get an historical perspective on the state of journalism in America.  “How bad have things gotten?” […]

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A credible U.S. position on the uncertainty about our future oil supply

A credible U.S. position on the uncertainty about our future oil supply

| April 6, 2007 | Reply

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a detailed yet accessible report addressing future energy supplies in the U.S.   The title of the report is Uncertainty about Future Oil Supply Makes It Important to Develop a Strategy for Addressing a Peak and Decline in Oil Production. Here are some of the report’s conclusions: Most studies estimate […]

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Interesting Numbers Signifying…?

Interesting Numbers Signifying…?

| April 6, 2007 | Reply

This little Harpers-Index-like compilation with compelling music is a full bag of potato chip tidbits of numerical exposition. The numbers seem accurate. At least those numbers that I have the background to know from other reputable sources. But what do they mean? The video simply concludes that change is part of existence. This is obvious […]

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Confessions provoked by torture are OK, as long as the US is doing the torturing

Confessions provoked by torture are OK, as long as the US is doing the torturing

| April 5, 2007 | 4 Replies

We’re all glad that the British sailors are back home.  Anyone following this story knows that these sailors were treated graciously by their Iranian captors.  Nonetheless, while in captivity, the British sailors admitted that they had been trespassing in Iranian waters when whey were apprehended. But notice some of the things that have been said about the […]

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Bush interrupts war against “pure evil” to raise money for RNC

Bush interrupts war against “pure evil” to raise money for RNC

| April 4, 2007 | 3 Replies

I wish I were making this up, but it’s true.  Bush believes he is in an epic war against “pure evil,” yet managed to take time this week to raise money for the Republican National Committee, and he then left for a vacation at his family ranch in Crawford, Texas.  And here I thought only […]

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The teaching of shallow, static and lifeless values

The teaching of shallow, static and lifeless values

| April 4, 2007 | Reply

Here’s a short, well-written essay on one of the major problems with what now passes for “education”:  [W]e provide students with a meager curriculum which overemphasizes test taking, which neglects the essential and perennial issues of being a human being and which fails to give students a means of expressing their life’s issues in any […]

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