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Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 31 2014

Another reason to hate the Spelling Bee

I have written before that I am not a fan of the national Spelling Bee contest. One reason is that the format is inherently unfair and needlessly nerve-wracking to the children taking part. The second is that it results in students pending enormous amounts of time memorizing the spelling of esoteric words that they are …

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May 30 2014

Oh great, another Left Behind film

It appears that there is a new version of the film based on the Left Behind books to be released on October 3. For those not familiar with this series of best sellers, they are based on the Rapture that supposedly will occur at the ‘end times’ as foretold in the Book of Revelation, when …

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May 30 2014

The conjunction fallacy

Rob Brooks asks you to take a pop quiz: When Jack was young, he began inflicting harm on animals. It started with just pulling the wings off flies, but eventually progressed to torturing squirrels and stray cats in his neighbourhood. As an adult, Jack found that he did not get much thrill from harming animals, …

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May 30 2014

John Kerry channeling Bush-Cheney

Our erstwhile Secretary of State is pathetically trying to shame Edward Snowden to returning to the US to face charges, using language that could come straight out of the Bush-Cheney playbook, both condescending and misleading.

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May 29 2014

How Edgar Wright does visual comedy

This blog has been talking a lot recently about Simon Pegg-Nick Frost films. Reader kyoseki sent me a link to this clip to the skills of Edgar Wright, the director of many of the performances of the duo.. The person who put this clip together says that Wright is a master of using visual effects …

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May 29 2014

Visible emotion may succeed where stoicism has failed

I personally do not wear my emotions on my sleeve. I am of the school that feels that one should deal with life’s adversities with stoicism and reserve, especially when one is in public. Expressions of emotion and grief are to be kept for private moments with those whom one is very close to. Stiff …

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May 29 2014

Former Bush official accuses Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld of war crimes

Richard Clarke is a Washington insider. He was national coordinator for security and counterterrorism and thus chief counter-terrorism officer in the White House when George W. Bush was president. He was also selected by president Obama as part of the team to review the workings of the NSA in light of Snowden’s revelations. He now …

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May 29 2014

A risky strategy on Greenwald’s part

Both Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald had long hinted that even greater bombshells were in the works and in recent days, Greenwald has indicated that this will be in the form of revealing the names of those who have been spied upon by the NSA.

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May 29 2014

A feature not a bug

ProPublica‘s Jesse Eisenger was harsh in his review of Timothy Geithner’s book about his role in the financial crisis. But he also lays the blame on president Obama because after all he was the one calling the shots and hiring the key people.

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May 28 2014

Light blogging for the next few days

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Starting today I will be travelling to attend a conference and so blogging will be light and sporadic. But to tide you over the hiatus here is a photo of Baxter the Wonder Dog out in the back yard enjoying the spring weather over the Memorial Day weekend.

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