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Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 30 2012

Fun with the bungling of the health care ruling by CNN and Fox News

The fact that CNN and Fox News initially reported the wrong verdict was, in my opinion, a trivial matter that merely told us something about the absurd premium placed on being first with news by even a few minutes, as if news was some kind of Olympics event where only the first place finisher got …

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Jun 30 2012

Sketching illusions

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The artist Nagai Hideyuki plays with our sense of perception by drawing figures on two flat pieces of paper that, when they are held at right angles and viewed from a certain direction, give the illusion of being 3-D constructions.

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Jun 30 2012

Et tu, General Mills?

As if the betrayal by Nabisco (and by extension its parent Kraft Foods) in creating a gay Oreo cookie was not bad enough, another food giant General Mills has come out in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot in Minnesota that would ban same sex marriage, saying that such a ban …

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Jun 29 2012

So that’s what “blowing the Holy Spirit” means

Thomas Euteneuer, a Roman Catholic priest who was described as a ‘rock star’ in the anti-abortion movement and the president of Human Life International, reportedly one of the nation’s largest anti-abortion groups, resigned after a woman alleged that his exorcisms to rid her of her demons were actually a series of sexual molestations. The woman …

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Jun 29 2012

Why modern tomatoes look great but are not sweet

A news report on a new study says that the same genetic mutation that gave modern supermarket tomatoes their luscious-looking uniform red color is also the one that reduced its sweetness.

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Jun 29 2012

Texas GOP does not have the HOTS for critical thinking

The Republican Party of Texas has, at its convention, adopted a party platform that has an education section. You know at once that it is going to make for interesting reading and it does not disappoint.

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Jun 29 2012

Reflections on the health care ruling and the reactions

I was occupied for most of yesterday and did not have time to follow the reactions to the news that almost every aspect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had been upheld by the US Supreme Court. When late at night I did catch up on the coverage, there seemed to be basically four groups …

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Jun 28 2012

Big banks as organized crime organizations

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone and Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism explain to Bill Moyers how similar are the workings of the big banks to organized crime syndicates. Taibbi had an article where he expanded on this idea.

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Jun 28 2012

Ted Rall on the trade-offs that we face in election years

The political cartoonist has the knack of telling uncomfortable truths by putting things in stark contrast.

Jun 28 2012

Health care ruling

Below is a quick summary from CNN of the main features of the health care ruling. I cannot vouch for its accuracy, though.

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