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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 31 2010

Casino Jack

A scene from the new film Casino Jack about lobbyist Jack Abramov, in which the filmmakers cleverly use a moment’s fantasizing by the title character to reveal the real corruption in government. Too bad it doesn’t happen in real life. Kevin Spacey is a wonderful actor and although I haven’t seen the film, I hope …

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Dec 31 2010

Color changing card trick

(via Machine Like Us.)

Dec 31 2010

What we have learned, and may yet learn, from WikiLeaks

In all the fuss over WikiLeaks, what people seem to be ignoring (and this distortion has to be deliberate on the part of the mainstream media and the governments who must know better) is that (1) only a tiny fraction (about 1%) of the 251,287 cables have been released so far (the WikiLeaks website keeps …

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Dec 30 2010

The letter i

As someone who grew up with English English and then came to the US, I have got used to the different spellings, especially the missing u in words like color and favor and honor. In general, American spellings make more sense, so switching to it was easy. When it comes to the letter i, Americans …

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Dec 30 2010

“But the Bible says…”

Jesus and Mo pick up on a peculiar way of arguing by Christians who will quote the Bible to argue why the Bible is true. It is not only Christians who do this, though. I have heard Jews argue that their religion must be true because it is the only one in which god spoke …

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Dec 30 2010

Bobby Farrell

Bobby Farrell has died at the age of 61. He was the sole male in the group of flamboyant West Indian singers called Boney M that was not well known in the US but had a string of disco hits in Europe in the 70s and 80s and were hugely popular in Sri Lanka. Here …

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Dec 30 2010

The double standard on WikiLeaks

Here’s a question. Suppose that a reporter for (say) the New York Times obtained top-secret documents from within North Korean government revealing its inner workings and secret deals and strategies. And let us assume (because I don’t know) that, unlike the US, that country has no equivalent of the First Amendment but does have something …

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Dec 29 2010

Why the other line moves faster

(Via Progressive Review.)

Dec 29 2010

Film review: Clockwise (1986)

I just saw the comedy Clockwise starring John Cleese. Here’s the trailer: Cleese is one of my favorite actors and here he is playing a role that is perfectly suited for him, that of an authority figure frustrated when things don’t go the way he wants them to, as in this scene from Life of …

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Dec 28 2010

Jeffrey Toobin tries to defend the indefensible

One of the amusing things about the WikiLeaks saga is to watch people try to wriggle around the fact that what WikiLeaks did is what journalists for the ‘respectable’ media do every day, which is get top secret leaks from their sources and publish them. In fact, this is the entirety of Bob Woodward’s career. …

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