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Monthly Archive: November 2010

Nov 30 2010

The history of 200 countries over 200 years in just four minutes

Hans Rosling has a knack for making statistics come alive. (via Pharyngula)

Nov 30 2010

“Please lie to us and keep us in the dark!”

Glenn Greenwald has another great article on the strange desire of much of the mainstream US media and its public to be kept in the dark by their government, and their resulting hostility to the WikiLeaks release for telling them the truth. It is pathetic to see how desperate the New York Times is to …

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Nov 30 2010

The true spirit of Christmas

As a fun extra, try and identify the five atheist Santas and post them in the comments. (Thanks to Randy from CFI for the cartoon.)

Nov 30 2010

WikiLeaks takes on the oligarchy

In a fascinating interview, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange tells Andy Greenberg of Forbes that early next year, WikiLeaks will release documents that will reveal the corrupt practices of a major US bank. Early next year, Julian Assange says, a major American bank will suddenly find itself turned inside out. Tens of thousands of its internal …

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Nov 30 2010

On free will-14: Misuse of the insanity defense

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Many people are suspicious of the insanity defense, suspecting that it is abused by unscrupulous criminals and their lawyers. The fact that psychiatrists and other experts can be found to argue both sides of the case adds weight to the suspicion that there is no objective basis …

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Nov 29 2010

The brutal torturing of an innocent man

I am surprised that some are treating the latest WikiLeaks documents as containing mere gossip. It is always a mistake to listen to what the mainstream US media analysts say because they seek to minimize US culpability in order to preserve their access. It is far too early to say what all the documents reveal …

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Nov 29 2010

Freezing the pay of federal workers

President Obama is proposing a two-year freeze on the salaries of all civilian federal employees. This is a purely symbolic gesture that will do little to address the deficit, although it will hurt the people at the receiving end of the freeze. He of course panders to the military by exempting them from the freeze. …

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Nov 29 2010

Leslie Nielsen (1926-2010)

The first three decades of his career were as a serious actor until his appearance in the zany Airplane! (along with other serious actors such as Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack and Peter Graves all playing against type) gave him a second career as a comic whose deadpan delivery made his slapstick so much funnier, putting …

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Nov 29 2010

The Nation apologizes

The editor Katrina vanden Heuvel steps up and does the right thing by apologizing for her magazine publishing the smear of John Tyner.

Nov 29 2010

More on the latest WikiLeaks document dump

One of the things that I find amusing about the reaction of the US government to the latest WikiLeaks release is its outrage that its private communications have been expropriated. How dare people read what Washington and its ambassadors abroad say to each other! This is rich coming from a government whose massive eavesdropping on …

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