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Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 31 2011

The Imperial Presidency marches on

Glenn Greenwald discusses how the doctrine that the president is unconstrained by either the Constitution or the Congress is being advanced even more vigorously, that “the Obama administration is arrogating unto the President the unilateral, unrestrained right to start wars in all circumstances, whether or not the U.S. is attacked.” And Obama’s defenders are using …

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Mar 31 2011

Ayn Rand the moocher

Ayn Rand is a current favorite among the oligarchy and its serf-like tea party followers since she saw successful people as achieving things entirely on their own with no help from others or society, opposed all taxes as stealing by the government, called for the elimination of all government redistributive efforts, and attacked as weak …

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Mar 31 2011

Mission creep in Libya

We are witnessing the inevitable mission creep in Libya. The original stated goal was to create a no-fly zone supposedly to prevent the Libyan government using their air power to attack innocent civilians. That quickly changed into destroying the Libyan air forces even while they were on the ground. Then the US-led NATO air attacks …

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Mar 31 2011

The oligarchy’s war on the rest of us

The Daily Show points out that even paying no taxes at all is not enough for the oligarchy. The Daily Show – I Give Up – Pay Anything…Tags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook Stephen Colbert reports on the attacks on working people by state governments. The state governments …

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Mar 30 2011

Protecting sacred books

Apparently the British government is thinking about granting certain books protected status that can result in the prosecution of people for the burning defacement or disrespect of such books, after a 15-year old girl in England was arrested for ‘inciting religious hatred’ after burning the Koran. It is wonderful that in the US we have …

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Mar 30 2011

The servile media

The ‘access’ model of mainstream media, where journalists seek to get close to powerful people and report what they say as if this is what constitutes news, leads to the kinds of pitiful servile mentality that The Daily Show skewers. The Daily Show – A Room of One’s OwnTags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & …

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Mar 30 2011

The god of the apps

A rabbi named Adam Jacobs has offered what he says is “A Reasonable Argument for God’s Existence.” And what would that be? It is that because we have not explained (as yet) how life originated, it can only be due to god. Yes, that same old stale argument, the god of the gaps, gets recycled …

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Mar 29 2011

Is the president a lousy negotiator?

Paul Krugman is a politically savvy man so it surprises me that even he thinks that the reason that the Republicans and the oligarchy are getting their own way so easily on fiscal issues is because Obama is a lousy negotiator. As I have said over and over again, the Democrats negotiating strategy is to …

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Mar 29 2011

Interactive census map

The New York Times has created an interactive map based on the census data released last week. It is a good example of using technology to bring dry data to life. You can spend a lot of time on it seeing how patterns are changing in the US.

Mar 29 2011

The death of the afterlife

In February, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris debated rabbis David Wolpe and Shavit Artson on the topic “Is there an Afterlife?” The moderator was Rob Eshman. The 97-minute debate can be seen in its entirety here and a summary by Landon Ross who attended it can be read here. It was an interesting debate. Hitchens …

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