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Monthly Archives: February 2010

If You Ever Doubted That Liberals and Progressives Were Closeted Religious Fanatics…

Rabbi Michael Lerner: Reviving the American Liberal Movement [W]e need to give up our (often unconscious) fantasy that Obama was our messiah who would save us and the world, we can and must still retain our understanding that the suffering in this world through poverty and oppression, the destruction of the environment and the possibility [...]

Goring The Sacred Kennedy Cow

Loyalitsts Try to Block Mini-Series on Kennedys – NYTimes.com The mini-series, called “The Kennedys,” is the brainchild of Joel Surnow, a creator of the Fox action show “24” and an outspoken political conservative. That raised alarms among Kennedy partisans when the History channel said in December that it would pick up the project. Now a [...]

What Is Different?

Power Line – Unemployment in the Great Recession Looking at this chart, what occurs to me is the difference between the current recession and the one of 1981. Look at the 1981 recovery and ask yourself, “what did they do then that resulted in such a strong recovery”, and is what we are doing now [...]

See, Size Does Matter.

Chromosome caps presage the brain’s decline – health – 12 February 2010 – New Scientist A SIGN of a cell’s age could help predict the onset of dementia. Elderly people are more likely to develop cognitive problems if their telomeres – the stretches of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes – are shorter than [...]

I Always Thought That The Colors Should Be Fixed On This. Now They Are

Diplomacy With Autocannibals And Rerapists – In Nick Kristof’s Fantasy World

The Grotesque Vocabulary in Congo – NYTimes.com I’ve learned some new words.One is “autocannibalism,” coined in French but equally appropriate in English. It describes what happens when a militia here in eastern Congo’s endless war cuts flesh from living victims and forces them to eat it. Another is “re-rape.” The need for that term arose [...]

Fiscal Insanity: Oregon Democrats Vote For $50M For A Park In St. Croix?

All of Oregon’s Representatives, except the lone Republican, vote to spend $50M to purchase beachfront property in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 3726: Castle Nugent National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2010 How many Oregon businesses and workers benefited from this spending? That’s OK, the money is coming from [...]

But Obama Wants Us To Adopt It Anyway?

Green Inc. Column – Fraud Besets E.U. Carbon Trade System – NYTimes.com Carbon trading is a system that caps the amount of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, that companies may emit each year. Companies exceeding their quota can buy extra certificates from those companies that succeeded in shrinking their carbon footprint by adopting environmentally [...]

Obama’s Governing Problem

FT.com / Comment / Analysis – America: A fearsome foursome Just over a year into his tenure, America’s 44th president governs a bitterly divided nation, a world increasingly hard to manage and an America that seems more disillusioned than ever with Washington’s ways. What went wrong? Pundits, Democratic lawmakers and opinion pollsters offer a smorgasbord [...]

Do Journalists Speak English Anymore?

My Way News – Mudslides sweep away cars, assault homes near LA A mudslide, a flood or a snowstorm is incapable of “assaulting” anyone. In the English language it refers to “a violent physical or verbal attack” according to the dictionary. A quaint tome that evidently has fallen in to disuse in the newsroom. I [...]