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Monthly Archive: July 2009

Jul 31 2009

Birther madness-2: The plot thickens

Yesterday, I pointed out that even if one takes the birthers’ highly implausible claim that Obama was born in Kenya at face value, Title 8, section 1401, subsection (g) of the U.S. Code seems to grant him natural born status since his mother was a citizen who lived in the US for at least five …

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Jul 30 2009

Birther madness-1: Here come the clowns

I was vaguely aware during the election that some people were questioning Obama’s eligibility for the presidency because of his Kenyan father, just as others were questioning McCain’s because he was born in Panama. Neither candidate made an issue out of the other’s birth and I assumed that this issue would die down after the …

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Jul 29 2009

The health care debate-5: How other countries health systems compare to the US

(For previous posts on the issue of health care, see here.) The advantages of single-payer systems over the current US system are becoming increasingly obvious. Another pro-business publication BusinessWeek concedes the advantages of the single payer system as is practiced in France. In fact, the French system is similar enough to the U.S. model that …

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Jul 28 2009

On books, audiobooks, and eBooks

When it comes to new communication technology, I can be labeled as both an ‘early adopter’ and and ‘early abandoner’. I got a Facebook account very early on, and now don’t do anything with it. I similarly got a Twitter account and abandoned it. I finally broke down and got a cell phone a couple …

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Jul 27 2009

The health care debate-4: What the public thinks

(For previous posts on the issue of health care, see here.) The fact that the current US system is broken and needs a complete overhaul with government involvement is becoming increasingly apparent to almost anyone except for those who have some kind of visceral reaction to the government being involved in anything. It is because …

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Jul 24 2009

The health care debate-3: Why profits should not be a factor in health care

(For previous posts on the issue of health care, see here.) It is important to realize that in the single payer or socialized systems, everyone is covered and no one is denied coverage for lack of employment, pre-existing conditions and the like. Does that mean that one will be able to have any treatment that …

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Jul 23 2009

Wafergate

Some readers may remember my post on the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation where it is believed that during the communion service, the wafer and wine become the actual body and blood of Jesus. I took that idea to its logical conclusion and argued that if true it could be used to clone god. I also …

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Jul 22 2009

The health care debate-2: Combating the health industry propaganda

(For previous posts on the issue of health care, see here.) In order to effectively combat the health industry propaganda that seeks to preserve the current terrible system, people need to have a clear idea of what the main issues are and get clear on what the various terms mean. First of all, ‘universal’ coverage, …

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Jul 21 2009

God is everywhere

There is a famous and funny old sketch called the Five Minute University in which comedian Don Novello acts in his character of Father Guido Sarducci. As he says, when the students study theology at his university, all they will learn are the answers to the two questions “Where is god?” (Answer: God is everywhere) …

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Jul 20 2009

The health care debate-1: Clarifying the issues

(For previous posts on the issue of health care, see here.) The late Walter Cronkite said, “America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” And he was right. It is a rotten structure that has continued purely on the basis of its ability to fool people using smoke and mirrors into thinking …

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