The Computer Is Jesus’ Enemy

Several years ago, George Wills wrote an article that I pinned on my bulletin board.  Wills, a conservative, wrote his explanation as to why young people today do not seem an anamated about the unequal distribution of income in the U. S. as their parents  and grandparents did. Wills’ explanation was that young people today…
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Political Technique

A review of Tony Blair’s book quoted his technique for defeating his political  opponents.  Instead of quoting it, which is not stated in words we U. S. folks commonly use, I’ll try to paraphrase it.  “The criticism of the opponent should be on the mark, strong but not too over the top or too strident.…
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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

In a facinating New Yorker article, writer Terry McDermott did a lengthy expose on this fellow, clearly the mastermind of 9/11.  He follows Mohammed’s life from his childhood through the incarceration he is now experiencing at GETMO.  He reviews the letters Mohammed sends to his family and others.  Without relating all that I found in…
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Archeologists Have Their Spats

A Freethinker organization I belong to chronicles an on going spat among archeologists about the city of  Bethlehem.  Not Bethlehem, PA, but, you know, the real Bethlehem. The  dispute is about whether there actually was a village at the current location of Bethlehem at the time the New Testiment’s lead character, Jesus, was born.  We must…
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No Contest

Nine years after 9/11,  what is the major force in play in U. S. politics?  The opposite of reason, unreason. Evidence, knowledge, proportionality, nuance and complexity, the indespensible tools of the liberal mind, seem not to compete with simple expressions of  rage against Islam.  The political profit to be gained from jumping on board with this simple…
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