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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 31 2012

What does the Holy Spirit do anyway?

Mr. Deity and Jesus review candidates to fill the third spot, though Jesus cannot quite figure out why he is necessary.

May 31 2012

When you lose JC Penney, you have lost the war

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JC Penney is an icon of the American middle class. So it’s decision to run a Father’s Day ad featuring a same sex couple playing with their children is noteworthy, especially after their decision to hire Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson and rejecting the demands by the homophobes that she be fired.

May 31 2012

Buddhist monks behaving badly

Buddhist monks, especially those belonging to the Theravada/Hinayana branch, are supposed to live austere lives, detaching themselves from all worldly things, living celibate lives in monasteries and subsisting entirely on the charity of others. And the charitable donations they receive are not taxed.

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May 31 2012

Terrorism, the TSA, and the false positive problem

According to Alexander Furnas writing at The Atlantic, our ever-inventive friends at the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA are ever on the trail of new and more intrusive ways to make travel even more unpleasant. They have developed a ‘pre-crime’ detection program (reminiscent of the film Minority Report) known as FAST (Future Attribute …

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May 30 2012

How it should have ended

This website suggests better endings for films. Here is their suggestion for the Harry Potter saga.

May 30 2012

The Afridi case

The US government and Congress and media are in a lather about the 33 year prison sentence given to the Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who carried out a fake vaccination program in Pakistan order to aid the CIA in its attempts to find Osama bin Laden. In retaliation, Congress has moved to cut aid to …

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May 30 2012

Saving the planet, one Ferrari at a time

You can’t say the one-percenters don’t care about the environment. Ferrari is releasing a hybrid version of their car for a mere $850,000.

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May 30 2012

Behind the scenes of TED

Like many people, I watch the occasional TED talk, usually because someone else recommended it to me. From watching the talks, I had a vague idea that they were given at a conference of some kind but was not curious enough to try and find out what the conferences were about and who attended.

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May 29 2012

Free style canoe dancing?

According to Stephen Colbert, apparently there really is such a sport. I am finding it increasingly hard to tell the difference between parody and the real thing. (It starts at the 4:00 minute mark.)

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May 29 2012

The Democratic party is not ‘the left’ in US politics

The labels ‘left’ and ‘right’ in politics originated in the first French National Assembly in 1789 following the revolution, and was named according to the seating arrangement of the groups in the chamber as seen from the president’s chair. The largely economic views associated with those groups became synonymous with left-wing and right-wing politics, with …

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