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Why should we care about people falling deeply into debt? A review of “Maxed Out”

Why should we care about people falling deeply into debt? A review of “Maxed Out”

I recently had the opportunity to view “Maxed Out,” a feature-length documentary directed by James Scurlock. The movie is one-sided, in that it gives scant recognition that some debtors have brought their financial problems crashing down upon themselves with no one else to blame.  On the other hand, this movie presents a point of view […]

April 27, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
Stressed lawyer jumps to his death

Stressed lawyer jumps to his death

I’ve been feeling rather stressed at work lately. There’s a lot to get done every day and the sun sets entirely too fast.  Every day I face 50 real emails, constant phone calls, dozens of litigation deadlines and lots of foot traffic, while I’m trying to write complicated legal memoranda or prepare to argue my […]

April 27, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Bill Moyers returns to PBS to dissect the corporate media: “Buying the War”

Bill Moyers returns to PBS to dissect the corporate media: “Buying the War”

On Wednesday evening, Bill Moyers’ Journal presented “Buying the War,” a terrific special describing the failure of the U.S. media during the run-up to the Iraq invasion.   If you missed it, you can watch the entire show here.   Here’s the official description of the special: Four years ago on May 1, President Bush landed on the aircraft carrier […]

April 27, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Want to turn your house green?  Not if your homeowner association can help it.

Want to turn your house green? Not if your homeowner association can help it.

According to Alternet, instead of applauding those new solar panels you just installed, your homeowner association might sue you: On April 14, in more than 1,400 locations from coast to coast, Americans rallied around the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent within the next four decades. On April 22, the San Francisco Chronicle‘s […]

April 26, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
No one is suffering more than President Bush

No one is suffering more than President Bush

Mrs. Bush recently made it clear to the American people that with regard to Iraq, “no one suffers more than their President and I do.” Yeah, right . . . In my opinion, our Narcisist-in-Chief has a psychological 12-foot high wall that prevents him from feeling true empathy. How else could you explain the willingness […]

April 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
Conservatives aren’t funny

Conservatives aren’t funny

Why not? Two reasons, according to Ellis Weiner on Huffpo.  “There are two reasons. One is that they’re not funny. The other is that they’re not conservatives.”   Not funny?  Weiner describes conservative humor: Whereas political humor, by definition, is anti-power. It makes fun of those in power — that’s what makes it political humor to […]

April 25, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Eating Cakes That Can’t Be Kept

Eating Cakes That Can’t Be Kept

I sometimes shake my head at the futility of debating the dedicated faithful.  By that I do not mean those who are serious about their religion and think it through, but those who attached themselves, limpet-like, to a movement and then abandon all introspection and attack all dissent aimed at it.  Creationism vs Evolution is […]

April 25, 2007 | By | 18 Replies More
Chocolate provides more of a physiological buzz than kissing

Chocolate provides more of a physiological buzz than kissing

This important breaking science news was reported by the BBC: When it comes to tongues, melting chocolate is better than a passionate kiss, scientists have found. Couples in their 20s had their heart rates and brains monitored whilst they first melted chocolate in their mouths and then kissed. Chocolate caused a more intense and longer […]

April 24, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Garrison Keillor comments on “The Chosen President”

Garrison Keillor comments on “The Chosen President”

Garrison Keillor has written a Salon.com article titled “The chosen president: For the Current Occupant, it’s enough to believe that he’s been ordained by God. What does it matter what anyone else thinks?”  Here’s an excerpt: Clearly the Current Occupant sees himself as a chosen president, though his theology is simpler than Calvin’s: really just […]

April 24, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More