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Monthly Archive: April 2011

Apr 27 2011

Eddie Izzard on Easter

I know this is a bit late, but never mind.

Apr 27 2011

This will not end the nonsense

The release of Obama’s ‘Certificate of Live Birth‘ will not satisfy the birthers. But it will be interesting to see what flaws they can come up with about this new document. UPDATE: James Fallows gives the press the lashing it deserves for its role on this birther thing and should be the last word, but …

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Apr 27 2011

The vanishing of privacy

While I tend to be scathing about the general vacuity of the mainstream media in the US, there are a few reporters whose investigative work is excellent. One of them is Dana Priest of the Washington Post. I had been meaning to draw attention to her excellent series on the way that the government monitors …

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Apr 26 2011

Silly superstitions

Jonathan Turley writes about legislators in Kyrgyzstan who sacrificed seven sheep in order to get rid of evil spirits in the parliamentary chamber and about chickens that are sacrificed as part of the Jewish Kapparot ritual. He ends his post by saying “What is astonishing is that some nations remain in the control of such …

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Apr 26 2011

Participants needed for brain study on morality

A reader of this blog told me that he had participated in a study on morality and that they are looking for more people. Study Name: Moral Boundaries Location: CCIR at University Hospital (in Cleveland) Researcher: Megan Norr Detailed Description: This study consists of a 2.5 hour research appointment which takes place at the Case …

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Apr 26 2011

White Knuckles by OK Go

The music group OK Go is known for producing intricately choreographed music videos that are done in just one take. That is hard enough even without, as in this case, a large number of rescue dogs getting in on the action.

Apr 26 2011

The case for pacifism

Pacifism, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, is “Belief in or advocacy of peaceful methods as feasible and desirable alternatives to war; (espousal or advocacy of) a group of doctrines which reject war and every form of violent action as a means of solving disputes, esp. in international affairs. Also: advocacy of a peaceful …

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Apr 25 2011

Syrian crisis escalates

The situation in Syria seems to be getting seriously worse, with the government security forces killing large numbers of people attending demonstrations and even funerals. This violence has led the US and UK governments to express ‘concern’ and when the US expresses concern about the actions of the government of an Arab country, one has …

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Apr 25 2011

Another WikiLeaks scoop

Glenn Greenwald provides details on the latest revelations about Guantanamo and how the American press downplays the information that is unflattering to the US while the foreign media zeroes in on the truly awful things, such as “how oppressive is this American detention system, how unreliable the evidence is on which the accusations are based, …

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Apr 25 2011

Holy toast

Tired of making toast day after day and not seeing images of Jesus or Mary appear on it, even though others seem to see them everywhere? Wait no more! With this handy little gadget, you too can have your own miracle. Amaze your friends! Get on the local news! (Thanks to Norm.)

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