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How to fight off Creationist school boards and politicians

How to fight off Creationist school boards and politicians

| January 21, 2007 | 27 Replies

Here’s a site for scientists looking for help in presenting the need to vigorously teach evolution, when confronted by anti-science types.  I keep falling into the trap that this should be easy to convince people to study evolution in light of the abundant evidence in support and the elegance of natural selection.  On the issue […]

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How to make energy a serious campaign issue

How to make energy a serious campaign issue

| January 21, 2007 | 1 Reply

In the January 29, 2007 edition of Time Magazine, Montana Democrat Governor Brian Schweitzer was asked how Democrats could make energy an  issue in the upcoming presidential campaign.  Here’s what Schweitzer said: I can do it in a 60-second spot,” he said.  “Put me on the clock.”  And he was off to the races: “folks, we’ve […]

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Alas, poor York

Alas, poor York

| January 21, 2007 | 1 Reply

There is a risk to knowing more than a little history (or religion or politics).  Learning more than the popularized cartoon version of traditional history lessons has a way of contaminating comforting myths.   See here and here. Take, for example, the story of William Clark of Lewis and Clark.  Everyone knows about the 1803 expedition […]

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What do you know about Garry Trudeau?

What do you know about Garry Trudeau?

| January 21, 2007 | 2 Replies

The reclusive artist behind the Doonesbury comic strip is interviewed for the Washington Post Magazine (here) in October 2006, and I only found it today. I figure that this fits neatly in with the recent theme of media issues.

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Meet the exhibitors at the National Conference for Media Reform.

Meet the exhibitors at the National Conference for Media Reform.

| January 20, 2007 | 1 Reply

For the past week, I have been posting information I’ve learned from the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis (January 12-14). This post is yet another in that series. One of my favorite parts of the conference was the exhibit hall. There, I met dozens of exhibitors, representatives of organizations dedicated to alternative media […]

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Health insurance without the bureaucracy

Health insurance without the bureaucracy

| January 19, 2007 | 9 Replies

People living in small rural villages in Uganda have found a practical solution to a problem which the greatest minds and vast resources of the United States seem unable to confront, let alone solve: how to make basic health care available and affordable. There’s no national health insurance and people are quite poor by American standards (the […]

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Bill Moyers: “Big Media is Ravenous. It Never Gets Enough. Always Wants More. And it Will Stop at Nothing to Get It.”

Bill Moyers: “Big Media is Ravenous. It Never Gets Enough. Always Wants More. And it Will Stop at Nothing to Get It.”

| January 18, 2007 | Reply

Here, courtesy of DemocracyNow.org, it the written text of Bill Moyers’ plenary speech during the Nation Conference for Media Reform. Where is the movement headed? Read this part of Moyers’ speech: SO I’M BACK WHERE I STARTED WITH YOU, AND WHERE THIS MOVEMENT IS HEADED. The greatest challenge to the plantation mentality of the media […]

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Reporting on Iraq – from afar

Reporting on Iraq – from afar

| January 18, 2007 | Reply

Check this out, from Iraqslogger: The New York Times and Washington Post are stuffed with Iraq-focused reporting, analyses, and commentaries – 25 in all. Yet, amazingly, not a single one of those original stories comes from Iraq itself (in fairness, there’s a Baghdad-datelined AP report in the NYT). Why? With 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, […]

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House passes bill to rescind tax breaks for oil companies

House passes bill to rescind tax breaks for oil companies

| January 18, 2007 | 1 Reply

It’s about time.   As reported in the NYT: The House voted this evening to rescind $14 billion worth of tax breaks and subsidies for oil drillers and channel the money into a fund that would finance renewable energy projects and new technologies for conserving energy. Despite opposition from the oil industry and the Bush administration, […]

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