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Monthly Archive: March 2014

Mar 31 2014

Dueling car commercials

Cadillac came out with a commercial for its new electric car that struck some as being crass in its braggadocio and praise of consumption and excess. It was ripe for parody and one might have expected some comedy website or show to do one. I did not expect a rival car company to do it. …

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Mar 31 2014

Affordable Care Act update

Today is the deadline to begin signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Not unexpectedly, there has been a surge in enrollments in the days leading up to it and it seems possible that the enrollment target of 7 million, that had been seen as unreachable after the disastrous rollout, may actually …

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Mar 31 2014

Surprising doings at the cricket T20 World Cup

This tournament is currently taking place in Bangladesh and there have been some surprising outcomes. The tournament is structured with eight teams (Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates) playing in a preliminary tournament in which the top two teams would join the eight top-ranked teams (South Africa, India, …

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Mar 31 2014

It’s time to ‘Reset the Net’

It is clear that there are rumblings of great discontent around the world about how the internet is being hijacked by government spying agencies and I suggested that it may lead to some kind of organized revolt. As usual, I am behind the times because reader John Horstman informs me that there is already a …

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Mar 31 2014

The true risks of autism versus the media coverage

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You may recall Sam Wang, the Princeton neuroscientist whose statistical analyses I referred to frequently during the 2012 election. He now has an article in the New York Times where he analyzes the actual risks for causing autism versus the frequency of news coverage. As he says, “by far the largest risk is genetic. In …

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Mar 31 2014

The inevitable has arrived: The Adelson primary

In the US there have been two inexorable trends that have long threatened to doom even the pretense of being a democracy. One is the fact that election days are cemented into the calendar, which means that politicians can plan and execute their campaigns well in advance, though a thin fa├žade of decorum requires them …

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Mar 30 2014

TV news is even worse than I thought

Since I don’t have cable, I do not watch the 24/7 cable news networks and from the clips that I do see on the internet, I know I am not missing much. While I do own a TV and can get the broadcast channels, I stopped watching those news shows a long time ago. The …

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Mar 30 2014

The ACLU sues the US Catholic bishops

The ACLU is suing the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on behalf of a pregnant woman who suffered because of their rules they enforce on all Catholic hospitals that prevent physicians from giving patients all the information and options they need to make a decision.

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Mar 30 2014

The awful state of civil liberties in the UK

I have been railing at the way that the US has used the war on terror to undermine basic civil liberties. In its efforts to hide its misdeeds, the war it has waged on whistleblowers and the reporters who convey their revelations has been nothing short of disgraceful.

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Mar 29 2014

The Daily Show on the contraceptive case

The Daily Show weighed in on the big court case of the week, that of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, with a couple of good segments.

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