MANY PEOPLE WOULD RATHER DIE THAN THINK; IN FACT, MOST DO. — BERTRAND RUSSELL

January 2010



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Consistently contradictory

When thinking about social conservatism or the Tea Party crowd and the like, I’m often struck by the mountain of contradictions implied by their ideologies. On some points, they say small government is the way…


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SOTU reax

CNN has created an interactive graphic allowing users to view any of 189,577 Twitter comments in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union from Wednesday. The categories of commentators are “Support Obama,” “Oppose Obama,”…


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R.I.P. J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, the author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” died Wednesday in his home in New Hampshire. You can read about it his life here and here and here. Here, I’ve compiled some of…



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Obama’s first SOTU

President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address tonight before Congress. I would have live blogged it, supplying my oh-so timely and thought provoking comments, but these folks, Andrew Sullivan, with The…



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On theodicy and Haiti

I’m sure he’s not the only one to have done so, but New Yorker staff writer James Wood has composed a piece about the classic piece of theodicy that was Pat Robertson’s stupifying condemnation of Haitians….


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Another on Haiti

Oh, and here’s another, by another person who actually knows what’s he’s talking about, Ambassador Raymond Joseph: My personal favorite quote: “… So, what pact the Haitian made with the devil has helped America become…