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Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 24 2011

Cyberwars, a new front in the permanent state of war

There has been a recent spate of news stories about attacks on computer systems of various businesses. Most of these attacks seem to be for criminal purposes, to gain access to people’s personal information to commit identity theft, credit card fraud, and the like. But some hacker groups (such as LulzSec and Anonymous) have different …

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Jun 23 2011

Atheists as uniters

Jun 23 2011

A climate of fear

Glenn Greenwald describes how the Obama administration is continuing (and even expanding upon) the Bush-Cheney program to make people fearful of exposing the wrongdoings of the government.

Jun 23 2011

A perpetual war state of mind

George Orwell’s novel 1984 had as its background theme the idea of the world being split up into three great military powers permanently at war with each other but with regularly shifting alliances. Orwell’s novel was published in 1948 and was extrapolating from the power structure following World War II, with the world carved up …

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Jun 22 2011

At least she’s consistent

After quitting halfway through her term of office as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has now quit halfway through her bus tour of America.

Jun 22 2011

Another excellent Glenn Greenwald piece

Among other things, it deals with the usual Orwellian world of language manipulation where ‘troop withdrawals’ don’t actually mean what you think it means, the growing realization that Obama’s justifications for the war in Libya are ridiculous, the accelerating assault on civil liberties, and how ‘liberal’ apologists for Obama are actually serving the conservative cause. …

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Jun 22 2011

What we have lost in the so-called ‘war on terror’

Radley Balko compiles a list of all the things that we have lost in the Glorious War on Terror. He said that he compiled this list simply off the top of his head without doing a lot of research but it seems pretty complete to me. Here is his complete listy: We’ve sent terrorist suspects …

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Jun 21 2011

Myths about the Golden Ratio

Take a straight line. How should one divide the length into two parts such that the ratio of the length of the whole line to the longer segment is equal to the ratio of the longer segment to the shorter one? A little algebra gives you the result that longer segment should be 0.618 times …

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Jun 21 2011

Robert Reich explains the current problems with the economy…

… in two minutes, 15 seconds. He does a nice job. His cartooning skills are pretty good, too.

Jun 21 2011

Paying for people’s services

There is a 78-year old Austrian billionaire named Richard Lugner who likes to have women celebrities as his dates at a fancy ball that is held every year in Austria. He reportedly pays them as much as $150,000 for the pleasure of their company and in the past has squired such well-known names like Pamela …

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