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Monthly Archive: October 2010

Oct 30 2010

Fr. Guido Sarducci’s benediction at the Stewart-Colbert rally

He subtly makes an important point about religion. I also liked his special thanks for dogs.

Oct 30 2010

File this under ‘Clueless’

The September 2010 issue of Awake!, the magazine of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, has an article titled Is Atheism on the March? that says right at the beginning: A new group of atheists has arisen in society. Called the new atheists, they are not content to keep their views to themselves. I have written before about …

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Oct 29 2010

Stephen Colbert on the self-indulgence of the rich

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c <td style='padding:2px 1px 0px 5px;' colspan='2'Tax Shelter Skelter www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election March to Keep Fear Alive

Oct 29 2010

Counting calories for the poor

Because people have such negative prejudices about the poor and unemployed as being lazy good-for-nothings who are trying to live off the fruits of other people’s hard work, they pay unusually close attention to prevent cheating and fraud by the poor. This explains why some people get more worked up by stories of petty fraud …

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Oct 28 2010

George Orwell on the poor and unemployed

My ideas about what being poor and unemployed must be like were shaped by two books by George Orwell that I read at an impressionable age in my late teens that eloquently recounted his own direct experiences of that condition. One is Down and Out in Paris and London (1933), a semi-autobiographical account of a …

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Oct 27 2010

The “One laptop per child” project

Nicholas Negroponte is a real visionary whose project could revolutionize the world. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c <td style='padding:2px 1px 0px 5px;' colspan='2'Nicholas Negroponte www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election March to Keep Fear Alive

Oct 27 2010

The US media’s subservience to the government and the Pentagon

I have praised Glenn Greenwald before but today’s article on the WikiLeaks releases and the response of the major American media is absolutely brilliant in its analysis. It is an absolute must-read. Also see a fascinating video of a forum and Q/A with Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg. It is long but engrossing. Assange comes …

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Oct 27 2010

Denigrating the poor and unemployed

The current high levels of unemployment in the US, hovering around 10% officially and likely around 20% really, seems to be on its way to becoming perceived as ‘structural’, an euphemism among policymakers for ‘permanent’ or close to it. Along with it, the poverty rate has risen to the point where one in seven people …

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Oct 26 2010

A typical theological discussion

Superduck vs supergoose (language advisory):

Oct 26 2010

More on the WikiLeaks release and US media coverage

In a previous post I described how the US media carefully conforms to meet the needs of the establishment. One sees this on display again with the new WikiLeaks release. Glenn Greenwald compares the worldwide coverage of the explosive nature of the new revelations with the carefully sanitized version given to the US public by …

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