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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 23 2013

Movie: The Movie

Here’s the trailer for the greatest film never made.

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Jan 23 2013

The new untouchables

I have heard good reports of a new Frontline program that was broadcast yesterday on PBS titled The Untouchables that examines why, four years after the financial crisis, not a single Wall Street executive has been prosecuted. I have not seen it yet but plan to but since these programs are freely available online for …

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Jan 23 2013

Petty crimes and harsh punishments

I came across this tragic story in which the manager of a CVS store gave chase to someone who shoplifted a tube of toothpaste and caught him in an alley. The manager and other bystanders ended up strangling the shoplifter in the process of subduing him.

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Jan 23 2013

On sentence spacing and serial commas

All my life, when typing I followed a period at the end of a sentence with just a single blank space before starting the next sentence. It never crossed my mind to do otherwise. But I did occasionally notice that some people left two blank spaces instead of one and on one occasion I was …

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Jan 22 2013

Why people need training in gun usage

This video shows why, if you want to own a gun, you really need to have serious training in gun usage and safety if you are to avoid harming yourself and others. The video is designed to evoke laughter but the consequences of unskilled usage can be tragic.

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Jan 22 2013

It just never ends

A Los Angeles archbishop has now apologized for actively plotting with other church officials to keep secret from law enforcement priests in his diocese who had sexually molested children, continuing the dreary and disgusting trend of high Catholic officials expressing remorse for the abuse that they covered up only after they get caught.

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Jan 22 2013

Is Scientology self-destructing?

Scientology has been in the news recently and not in ways that it likes. There is a new book on the organization by Lawrence Wright called Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief that is reviewed here.

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Jan 22 2013

Reflections on Obama’s second inaugural speech

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The speech delivered by president at his second inauguration said many good things. He emphasized the value of collective action, of seeing ourselves as needing to work together and not separately to achieve important goals. In fact, his repeated invocation of the phrase ‘we, the people’ was a pointed rebuke to those who want us …

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Jan 21 2013

Do all media people have ‘porn names’?

I was surprised to see this clip from The Colbert Report in which media personalities casually spoke about their ‘porn names’ as if it was the most commonplace thing in the world to have one.

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Jan 21 2013

Say it, Marcia!

Marcia Fudge is the member of the House of Representatives from my district. In a recent forum she spoke her mind about her colleagues in congress with a frankness that one rarely sees on public display.

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