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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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Beautiful self-organized pattern: the huge hexagon at Saturn’s north pole

Beautiful self-organized pattern: the huge hexagon at Saturn’s north pole

| April 4, 2007 | 6 Replies

Take a look at this beautiful movie image of Saturn taken by NASA:  This nighttime movie of the depths of the north pole of Saturn taken by the visual infrared mapping spectrometer onboard NASA’s Cassini Orbiter reveals a dynamic, active planet lurking underneath the ubiquitous cover of upper-level hazes. The defining feature of Saturn’s north […]

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Weapons of mass seduction

Weapons of mass seduction

| April 4, 2007 | 3 Replies

I wondered whether this link was pushing the boundary of good taste, so I checked with Jason and Grumpypilgrim and got their quick OK’s.  Now you know where to complain.  If you’ve been wondering what really spurs the neocons on, click here.  If you like it, I’ll take the credit.

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Want to adopt a baby from China?  Not if you are an old, depressed, sick, poor, alcoholic, amputee, criminal, fat Jehovah’s Witness!

Want to adopt a baby from China? Not if you are an old, depressed, sick, poor, alcoholic, amputee, criminal, fat Jehovah’s Witness!

| April 3, 2007 | 6 Replies

My wife and I adopted our two wonderful daughters from China on two separate occasions, in 1999 and 2001.  We very much appreciated the way that the Chinese orphanages took good care of our daughters.  When we traveled to China to meet our daughters, we were treated well by the many Chinese people we met […]

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