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Blood on his hands too: Gerald Ford stumbles again, this time by failing to speak up about Iraq

Blood on his hands too: Gerald Ford stumbles again, this time by failing to speak up about Iraq

| December 28, 2006 | 5 Replies

We’re not supposed to speak ill of the dead, right?  Our newly deceased former president, Gerald Ford, will now be turned into some kind of hero.  That’s the role of the media–to say happy things to put us in the mood to buy the products they advertise.  Therefore, the media is already busy touting Ford’s […]

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Nuance’s Dragon, Version 9: Cloud nine for anyone needing dependable speech recognition software.

Nuance’s Dragon, Version 9: Cloud nine for anyone needing dependable speech recognition software.

| December 28, 2006 | 11 Replies

Dragon, for those who are not seen it in action, is a speech recognition software. You talk into a microphone connected to your computer and the program transcribes your words into written text.  For those of you who haven’t seen the process of speech recognition before (or those who have only seen earlier versions of […]

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Where Santa moonlights 364 days each year

Where Santa moonlights 364 days each year

| December 27, 2006 | Reply

The following is a drawing from a Christmas card I co-authored 16 years ago with a buddy, Mike Harty (Mike is the artist; I threw ideas and food at him).  In case you can’t make out the words on the image below, here is a larger image to download.   The set-up, from the front cover of the card, […]

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Challenging the neo-con justification for invading Iraq

Challenging the neo-con justification for invading Iraq

| December 27, 2006 | 3 Replies

I was recently discussing the Iraq war with a political lobbyist friend of mine when he mentioned something I had not previously considered:  neocons and other law-and-order conservatives try to justify the Iraq invasion by saying that even though Saddam didn’t have WMDs, he was defying UN-mandated inspections of Iraqi facilities; therefore, Saddam was breaking […]

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Real pulpits for real atheists

Real pulpits for real atheists

| December 27, 2006 | 7 Replies

I recommend that we give this atheist (Ebonmuse, at Daylight Atheism) a chance to give sermons church pulpits across the country.  Just be sure not to tell the congregations that he’s an atheist.  Instead, let them soak up his words.  He’ll have them weeping with inspiration.  He’ll rev them up to go out and actually do […]

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Bush economic policies are triggering dangerous economic and social polarization

Bush economic policies are triggering dangerous economic and social polarization

| December 27, 2006 | 3 Replies

In the December 14, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone, Paul Krugman takes Bush to task regarding the “biggest untold economic story of our time.”  The article is titled, “The Great Wealth Transfer.” In sum, more and more of the wealth of this country is falling into fewer and fewer hands.  For most Americans, wages have […]

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India wakes up to Gandhi’s ethics

India wakes up to Gandhi’s ethics

| December 26, 2006 | 8 Replies

“Name a person, living or dead, from the country India.” If asked in the western world, the most common answer would be obvious: “Ghandi”.  It is another matter that his name is “Gandhi”, and not “Ghandi”, to which he is commonly referred in the west, but nevertheless, this individual seems to have wielded such influence […]

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The Bush/Cheney Christmas present to America

The Bush/Cheney Christmas present to America

| December 26, 2006 | 3 Replies

Their unnecessary, unjustified invasion of Iraq has now cost more American lives than did the (unrelated) 9/11 attack.  (See http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061226/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq ).

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Brits: religion causes more harm than good.

Brits: religion causes more harm than good.

| December 25, 2006 | Reply

You can read about it here. An excerpt from the article: More people in Britain think religion causes harm than believe it does good, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today. It shows that an overwhelming majority see religion as a cause of division and tension – greatly outnumbering the smaller majority who also believe […]

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