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Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 28 2013

First world whines

One of the things that really annoys me is what I like to call ‘first world whines’. These are the complaints of people who live lives so pampered that the slightest inconvenience causes them to throw a tantrum. Take for example, airline flight. This has become unpleasant for many reasons but the one thing that …

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May 28 2013

Elegy for the Plain Dealer?

The Plain Dealer, my local newspaper, has been steadily cutting down its size and laying off reporters, with just the sports section seemingly untouched. On most days, of the six sections (main, metro, business, lifestyle, sports, classified), the sports section is easily the largest. The other sections often have just four or six pages, with …

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May 27 2013

Profiling is only bad when it happens to you

Jason Jones of The Daily Show looks at the remarkable lack of self-awareness of those who are complaining so loudly that the IRS is profiling and targeting Tea Party groups.

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May 27 2013

David Koch and PBS

PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) and NPR (National Public Radio) are not driven by the profit motive but they do need money to function and as such do depend on donors. This makes them vulnerable to pressure by their corporate sponsors and big donors and this has been documented in the past. I long ago stopped …

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May 27 2013

Pat Robertson, scientist?

As a Pat Robertson watcher (well, somebody has to keep an eye on him), I have noticed a subtle change in the way he reasons. He used to blame natural disasters as god’s punishments for the sins of people, especially those sins that he himself disliked, but I am beginning to think that there has …

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May 26 2013

The metamorphosis of Dylan Ratigan

Although I had never watched his show, I knew that Dylan Ratigan was one of those blustering talk show hosts who seemed to be in a state of perpetual outrage. He left his show on MSNBC to pursue a new direction in life working on an organic hydroponic farm. Al Madrigal of The Daily Show …

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May 26 2013

Everything done to WikiLeaks is now being done to US reporters

When the US government began its harsh crackdown on WikiLeaks, mainstream journalists and media organizations in the US did not condemn it as much as they should, partly I believe because they were resentful that WikiLeaks had exposed their own failings by exposing wrongdoing that they should have uncovered if they were doing their job. …

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May 26 2013

Losing civic pride

I like to have pride in the university for which I work. What that means is that I want the institution to look good and so do my best to achieve that by advocating and implementing policies that I believe advance the mission of providing a good education to students, being a good institutional citizen …

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May 25 2013

A tax code designed by and for the rich and powerful

Introducing iRS from Apple, its new corporate tax evasion product, with all the sleek simplicity and hip commercials that you have come to expect from this company.

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May 25 2013

The rise of masturbation

In the spirit of exploring this issue more deeply during the current National Masturbation Month, I looked into how close to the truth is the old joke that that 98% of people masturbate while the other 2% are liars.

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