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Art that challenges

Art that challenges

| March 14, 2007 | 5 Replies

Here’s a good question:  why can’t a woman go topless wherever a man can?  Sorry . . . I’m not buying answers like “Because that is the way it has always been” or “Because they are women.”  Talk about equal rights!  The prevalent dress code inequity is motivated by the same mindset that leads some […]

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NYT does Hatchet job on Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truths

NYT does Hatchet job on Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truths

| March 13, 2007 | 2 Replies

As reported by Media Matters: New York Times science writer William J. Broad reported on criticism of former Vice President Al Gore’s portrayal of the threat of global warming in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth by citing scientists who “argue that some of Mr. Gore’s central points are exaggerated and erroneous.” Broad wrote that “scientists […]

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He was trying to save your life, stupid.

He was trying to save your life, stupid.

| March 13, 2007 | 2 Replies

Former President George H.W. Bush, on his recent collapse from dehydration: Bush spoke about the incident that sent him to the hospital on Sunday, telling the audience that he became tired after playing golf in high temperatures. “The next thing I remember … I fainted and I was on the floor,” he told the crowd. […]

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The dangers of mythic consciousness

The dangers of mythic consciousness

| March 13, 2007 | 3 Replies

My country, India, claims to be a multi-cultural, multi-religious country. Though there is a sizeable Muslim and Christian population here, 80% of Indians are Hindu by faith. And unlike Christianity or Islam, the tenets of Hinduism are not put down in a book like the Bible or Q’oran. In fact, the Hindu religion has no […]

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Why I don’t trust Hillary Clinton

Why I don’t trust Hillary Clinton

| March 12, 2007 | 28 Replies

Last week I attended a panel at The Tank in New York City, where Ari Melber of The Nation, Democratic strategist Scott Shields, and erstwhile John Edwards blogger Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon were giving a talk on progressive politics, netroots political activism, and how to combat the right-wing noise machine. (Majikthise has pictures for the […]

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Sore or orities

Sore or orities

| March 11, 2007 | 9 Replies

A sorority at De Pauw University booted out a bunch of its pledges and it made the news.  Here is the link to the story. Before I continue, I wish to make my own sentiments perfectly clear.  I detest the notion of fraternities and sororities.  They are, to me, childish things which people belong to […]

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How to teach religion in public schools

How to teach religion in public schools

| March 9, 2007 | 3 Replies

It’s a matter of “how” rather than “whether” to teach religion in public schools, according to the panel over at “On Faith.”  The question put to the panel was whether religion should be taught in public schools.  There was one naysayer (a retired episcopal priest), who argues that trying to teach religion objectively is too prone to abuses.  Among those who […]

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We should raise children like we raise dogs

We should raise children like we raise dogs

| March 9, 2007 | 10 Replies

How should you take care of them?  According to one book I’m reading, you need to give them lots of exercise and they need to eat good food.  You need to buy a good leash and collar.  No, I’m not referring to a childcare book–I’m talking about a book on dog care: The Complete Dog […]

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Shedding light on Daylight Savings Time

Shedding light on Daylight Savings Time

| March 8, 2007 | 6 Replies

The practice of shifting clocks twice a year is an annoyance to everyone. Its roots go back to the Enlightenment, when such luminaries as Ben Franklin suggested the practice in part to keep urbanites, who lived by the clock, in better summertime sync with the rural majority who lived by the sun. Back in 1973, […]

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