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Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 28 2013

The war on Purim

When I wrote my post on the New York City politician who had put on blackface and donned an Afro wig to portray himself as a basketball player and his subsequent non-apology apology, I had not known that Dov Hikind is a well-known figure in the Orthodox Jewish community who has a reputation for being …

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Feb 28 2013

Visual special effects industry in trouble

Life of Pi

I didn’t watch the Oscars. I never watch these awards shows as they seem to me to be incredibly boring. But I did read about the fact that the company Rhythm & Hues that won the Academy Award for special effects for their work on the film Life of Pi had filed for bankruptcy, making …

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Feb 28 2013

What the Hagel confirmation may signify

The nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense should have been a fairly routine affair. After all, he had actually served in the military (and as an infantryman on the front lines and not an officer), he had been a US senator and a Republican one to boot. He was a typical run-of-the-mill …

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Feb 28 2013

The Cleveland bombers and other terrorist plots

One day in April last year, I opened the local newspaper to read a sensational story of the successful thwarting of a plot by five ‘terrorists’, people from the area, to blow up a bridge south of Cleveland. They accepted a plea deal in November that resulted in four of them receiving sentences ranging from …

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Feb 27 2013

Popewatch 2013

Stephen Colbert promises full coverage of the papal transition while keeping track of the current scandals in the Vatican.

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Feb 27 2013

Supreme Court backs Obama on warrantless eavesdropping

The US Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling yesterday in Clapper v. Amnesty International rejected the claims of journalists and human rights groups that the government was secretly putting people under surveillance without getting a warrant. The court ruled against them on the technical grounds that the people suing lacked standing because they could not …

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Feb 27 2013

An inglorious end

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While strenuous efforts are made to make something grand out of Benedict’s last days as the pope, they are just like pretty much his entire eight years in office, having to deal with one tawdry scandal and controversy after another.

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Feb 27 2013

How gains in worker productivity have been expropriated

1971 Kelly Girl ad

The monthly reports with the numbers of new jobs created and the level of unemployment are watched closely as important signs of the health of a nation’s economy. When large numbers of jobs are created and the unemployment figures go down, that is taken as a sign of a growing economy and less hardship.

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Feb 26 2013

The conservative Sesame Street

I find it hilarious how conservatives seem to hate Sesame Street. There is something about that wholesome show that drives them up the wall and The Daily Show seems to share my amusement at this absurd reaction.

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Feb 26 2013

Some people never learn

You would think by now that it would be pretty clear that some things are not funny and that no sensible person these days would do them because they are offensive. And yet, some people still do not seem to have got the message.

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