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Unequal justice protects Iraq war criminals

Unequal justice protects Iraq war criminals

| March 19, 2007 | 2 Replies

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Anatole France The point is that even theoretically just laws can lead to de facto injustice.  But how much more injustice can result from laws that are rigged to begin […]

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That other disasterous war: the “War on Drugs”

That other disasterous war: the “War on Drugs”

| March 18, 2007 | 5 Replies

This documentary by Penn and Teller characterizes the “War on Drugs” as “The new prohibition.”   The documentary is a no-holds-barred presentation that includes some coarse language.   Here is Part II and here is Part III. The statistics are compelling.  Alcohol causes 50,000 deaths per year.  Tobacco causes 440,000 deaths per year.  Marijuana has yet to […]

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Iraq is STILL a domestic issue: a story about children dying of cancer

Iraq is STILL a domestic issue: a story about children dying of cancer

| March 18, 2007 | 8 Replies

From now on, whenever you see any article that talks about the US budget being “tight,” it means that money has been stolen from some worthy cause by George W. Bush, who diverted those precious tax dollars to pursue what is turning out to be one of the biggest financial and social fiascoes in US […]

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Since we’re here ANYWAY, we’ll take your oil.

Since we’re here ANYWAY, we’ll take your oil.

| March 18, 2007 | 6 Replies

DemocracyNow reports that the Iraqis have always known what this war is about: In one of the first studies of Iraqi public opinion after the US-led invasion of March 2003, the polling firm Gallup asked Iraqis their thoughts on the Bush administration’s motives for going to war. One percent of Iraqis said they believed the […]

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Representative Pete Stark comes out of that OTHER closet

Representative Pete Stark comes out of that OTHER closet

| March 18, 2007 | 2 Replies

Stark is the “highest ranking elected official that rejects God.” Here’s more on the story, from the Washington Post: Stark, whose district is in the San Francisco Bay-area town of Fremont, confirmed his belief in a statement to The Associated Press late Monday. He said he was “a Unitarian who does not believe in a supreme […]

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You can’t find important information on your computer and it’s driving you crazy? A solution: Windows Desktop Search

You can’t find important information on your computer and it’s driving you crazy? A solution: Windows Desktop Search

| March 17, 2007 | 1 Reply

I’ve been in this position many times.  I know important information is somewhere on my computer, or is it?  And if it’s on my computer, is it in the form of a wordprocessing file or is it something I received or sent on an e-mail?  What’s the best way to find it?  Do I go […]

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World War II and Modern Politics

World War II and Modern Politics

| March 17, 2007 | 5 Replies

Recent comments in response to posts on Dangerous Intersection have led me to write this screed.  Screed is to be the operative word for this, for it has been born out impatience and anger.  The biggest danger we face in the long run is the basic ignorance people bring to the political discourse.  If we […]

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John McCain doesn’t “know” whether condoms reduce risk of HIV

John McCain doesn’t “know” whether condoms reduce risk of HIV

| March 16, 2007 | 3 Replies

This is mind-blowing.   To think that I used to have some respect for John McCain.   The question recently put to McCain, on his Straight-Talk Express campaign tour, was straight-forward.  Here’s the transcript of what unfolded: Q: “What about grants for sex education in the United States? Should they include instructions about using contraceptives? Or should […]

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What it is to be responsible

What it is to be responsible

| March 16, 2007 | 1 Reply

George Lakoff has once again weighed in on a critical issue of word meaning.  This time, his focus is on what it means to be “responsible”: Accountability is what is called a contested concept, that is, a concept with different meanings for different people, depending on their values. What we have found is that conservatives […]

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