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

November 2011

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On Butler’s ‘Erewhon’

As an English major, with a particular interest in British literature, no less, it’s peculiar to me that I did not come across the fascinating novel, “Erewhon” by Samuel Butler, in my studies. Perhaps because…


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The 0.01 percent, ctd.

I hinted at this in my last post, and The New York Times’ Paul Krugman made note of it in his recent column, that the Occupy Wall Street crowd and the 99 percenters are actually…


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The 0.01 percent

The following video highlights the wealth distribution in the U.S. The top 0.01 of the income bracket is bringing in 5 percent of the total share of income in the nation at an average rate…


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Prophetic fail

As I’ve written before (here and here), Harold Camping’s propensity for making a prophecy about the return of Jesus and then helplessly watching as it fails seems to know no bounds. Props to TheMattBallardShow for…


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Jake Plummer lobs shot across Tebow’s bow

I am apparently not alone in the weariness over Tim Tebow’s Jesus talk in every single interview following a win on the football field. News flash: if Jesus existed, he probably doesn’t care about football…


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Gingrich all over the map

One day, he’s speaking out in support of repealing child labor laws, which would seemingly set the nation back at least 50 years, and the next in support of giving amnesty for illegal immigrants who…


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Budget panel = fail

The failure of the deficit reduction panel this week proves that we have few, if any, true leaders in Washington. The obvious bulging expenditure in the national budget is the military, but apparently that is…


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Our daily universe: rover set for launch

The Mars rover, Curiosity, which has taken close to 10 years to plan and construct, is set to launch out of our atmosphere on Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., with the main objective of determining…


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‘Twelve Days After Christmas’

I had never heard of it before today, but apparently one parent is not enthused about some of the lyrics in a song called the “Twelve Days After Christmas,” which is supposed to be a…


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Clinton as new NBC journalist?

Not that Clinton. Or that one. Yup. Chelsea. And journalists why the public mistrusts the media, and why journalists themselves are disillusioned about the business. Two commentators in this video rightly called this move “cynical.”


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