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Monthly Archive: April 2011

Apr 30 2011

Elizabeth Warren on The Daily Show

This fierce advocate for those of us who are not part of the oligarchy reveals the fights that are taking place behind the scenes to prevent the oligarchy from gutting the measures she has proposed to give ordinary people the tools to avoid being suckered by the big financial interests. She points out how the …

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Apr 30 2011

Christopher Hitchens on the British monarchy

He gives it the drubbing it deserves but has some friendly advice for the new bride: persuade your new husband to abdicate before it is too late, and that corrupt and soul-killing institution gets you too. Myself, I wish her well and also wish I could whisper to her: If you really love him, honey, …

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Apr 29 2011

It’s uncanny

A SurveyUSA poll finds that despite Obama releasing the so-called long-form birth certificate, “18% still have doubts and another 10% say the document released by the White House is a forgery.” The total number of skeptics add up almost exactly to the famous Crazification Factor number of 27%. And there’s more. According to the same …

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Apr 29 2011

Donald Trump and the birthers

On his MSNBC show, Lawrence O’Donnell lashes out at the racism that motivates people like Donald Trump and others who question Obama’s eligibility to be president (and even his academic record) and the media’s complicity (particularly NBC) in allowing these crazies to have a platform. It seems like quite a lot of people simply cannot …

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Apr 29 2011

Bernie Sanders on The Daily Show

The independent socialist senator from Vermont says what I have been saying for some time, except far more clearly and succinctly and without using the word oligarchy. It was clear to me that Sanders thinks that most Democrats are also representing oligarchic interests but since he caucuses with them, he pulls his punches slightly. I …

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Apr 29 2011

The creationists’ dinosaur problem

Dinosaurs are a headache for biblical literalists. Since religion has no rational basis, you have to build your base of believers by indoctrinating children at a young age. And because children are fascinated by dinosaurs and can’t seem to get enough of them, you need to work them into the story somehow. The fact that …

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Apr 28 2011

The dynamic of wars

Cartoonist Tom Tomorrow on how modern wars escalate.

Apr 28 2011

Humanism

Philosopher (and atheist) A. C. Grayling talks to Stephen Colbert about his new book The Good Book: A Humanist Bible. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c A.C. Grayling www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

Apr 28 2011

The news media’s priorities

The radio program Marketplace reports on the absurdly high level of media attention devoted to the royal wedding. CNN will have a 125 journalists on the ground. Fox is sending 50. NBC’s broadcasting the “Today” show from London. Even Al Jazeera’s on it. There are reports the networks are spending up to $10 million each …

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Apr 28 2011

Atheism’s morality

In his regular New York Times column, David Brooks trots out his usual banalities, this time about how without god we cannot have a timeless morality. That’s because people are not gods. No matter how special some individuals may think they are, they don’t have the ability to understand the world on their own, establish …

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