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Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 28 2011

The incredible whininess of the oligarchy

Glenn Greenwald has another excellent piece on how the US oligarchs, as represented by the Koch brothers, are so greedy as to be delusional, seeing themselves as the oppressed ones, fighting against a President Obama who in their eyes is a ‘dedicated egalitarian’ who has ‘internalized Marxist models’ and is ‘the most radical president we’ve …

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Mar 28 2011

John W. Loftus talk on The Christian Delusion

I attended the talk by John W. Loftus on Saturday. There was a crowd of around 35-40 which was very good considering that the event was organized at very short notice and Saturday evenings at 6:00 pm is not the best time to draw a student audience. The officers of the CWRU Center for Inquiry …

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Mar 28 2011

The game of cricket

Since I am giving updates on the cricket World Cup, you may want to read my 2006 post explaining the game, along with watching this short video.

Mar 28 2011

The lessons of V for Vendetta

After reading the book The Count of Monte Cristo and seeing the 1934 film adaptation, I watched the film V for Vendetta again and enjoyed it even more, as it is one of those films whose message grows on you with repeated viewings (though the plot holes also become more apparent) and I cannot recommend …

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Mar 27 2011

Across the Universe

I usually don’t like covers of Beatles songs but this version of John Lennon’s song performed by Rufus Wainwright, Moby, and Sean Lennon is really well done. (Via Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars.)

Mar 27 2011

The oligarchy never has enough

This scene from the 1987 film Wall Street captures perfectly the attitude of the oligarchy towards the rest of us. It is their insatiable greed that will be their downfall.

Mar 27 2011

Cricket World Cup update

It turned out that only three of my four quarter-final predictions were correct. Pakistan and Sri Lanka trounced West Indies and England respectively. India beat Australia (who had won the three previous world Cups) in a more evenly balanced game. The one upset was New Zealand who won in dramatic come-from-behind fashion over South Africa, …

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Mar 26 2011

Those poor persecuted bigots

The Catholic Church has complained to the UN Human Rights Council that “People who criticise gay sexual relations for religious or moral reasons are increasingly being attacked and vilified for their views.” I had not realized that bigots had such sensitive feelings. No doubt the Catholic Church will next complain about criticisms aimed at those …

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Mar 26 2011

The Daily Show on the new state governors

They make special mention of Ohio’s new governor John Kasich and he richly deserves the treatment. The Daily Show – Gov HurtsTags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

Mar 26 2011

Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor was stunningly beautiful, a wonderful actor, and seemed to be (to the extent that one can infer about public personalities by their public actions) a nice person who supported many worthy causes (especially AIDS prevention and treatment in its early days when many did not want to be associated with it) but who …

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