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There are no accidental wars

There are no accidental wars

| January 31, 2007 | 3 Replies

Here’s today’s headline from MSNBC today: U.S.-Iran tensions could trigger accidental war Here’s what is going on, according to this article:  Citing Iranian involvement with Iraqi militias and Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, the Bush administration has shifted to offense in its confrontation with Iran — building up the U.S. military in the Persian Gulf and promising […]

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Cow and Boy is not Calvin and Hobbes, but…

Cow and Boy is not Calvin and Hobbes, but…

| January 31, 2007 | 6 Replies

This Comic strip often takes a pointed view of popular perceptions. For example, today’s Cow and Boy strip: This seems all too familiar. One side framing an issue for debate, and the other sidestepping the frame because it doesn’t fit their world-view. We see a lot of this out in the blogosphere, and in the […]

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Politicians are psychologically wired up for war

Politicians are psychologically wired up for war

| January 31, 2007 | 3 Replies

Here’s a compelling article by Daniel Kahneman and Jonathan Renshon.  Kahneman is famous for identifying numerous human heuristics and biases in the lab. He received a Nobel prize in economics based on his decades of inspiring work. Renshon is a Harvard doctoral student. In this article, the authors note that many built-in human heuristics and biases lead […]

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Recent articles on Media Reform, all in one convenient place!

Recent articles on Media Reform, all in one convenient place!

| January 30, 2007 | Reply

If you’ve been following this blog for the past few weeks, you know that I attended the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis Tennessee (Jan 12-14).  The conference, sponsored by Free Press, drew more than 3,500 participants. Free Press offered a reduced admission fee to those who agreed to blog the conference.  I took […]

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How does the untamed torrent of online reader feedback affect writers?

How does the untamed torrent of online reader feedback affect writers?

| January 30, 2007 | 2 Replies

Here’s a long and thoughtful article by Gary Kamiya on Salon, titled “The Readers Strike Back.” The article is as long as it is thoughtful. Kamiay brings out the many ways in which unedited, immediate and intense reader feedback (especially at newspapers & e-zines) affects writers and their craft.  Here’s the before and after snapshot:  [T]he newly […]

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Blasphemy Challenge gets FOX all puckered

Blasphemy Challenge gets FOX all puckered

| January 29, 2007 | 6 Replies

Here’s some compelling viewing, compliments of Pharyngula.  It’s John Kasich of FOX interviewing Brian Flemming, producer of the video “The God Who Wasn’t There“).  Kasich is so upset, you’d think he really believes in hell.  Flemming has heard it all before, obviously.  Loved his line: “I think that Atheists can play basketball too.”). To sum up […]

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Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude

| January 29, 2007 | Reply

I don’t have any friends like this.   I don’t think I do . . .

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Evangelical War on Evolution

Evangelical War on Evolution

| January 29, 2007 | 5 Replies

Here’s a short video that takes you deep into a fundie lecture hall to be taught by the likes of Ken Ham.  I learned of this video by visiting a well-written science blog, Pharyngula (written by biology professor Paul Z. Myers). Watching the video is startling, disturbing and depressing.  The young children are being taught to mindlessly repeat […]

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A free science education, compliments of science blogs

A free science education, compliments of science blogs

| January 29, 2007 | 5 Replies

I’ve recently been digging into the family of blogs that goes under the umbrella name: scienceblogs.com.  Here’s the general mission: Our mission is to build a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about science and its place in our culture, and give them a place to meet. The Science Blogs are a tremendous resource, consisting 57 […]

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