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Monthly Archives: January 2009
I thought that conservative essayist Christopher Buckley (at the DailyBeast.com) had the clearest and tartest response to Pope Benedict’s lifting of excommunication on Holocaust denier, Bishop Richard Williamson: What—the fuck—were you thinking of, Your Holiness? This repugnant episode is surely … Continue reading
Pope Benedict’s recent lifting of excommunication on Bishop Richard Williamson, a Holocaust denier, raises the question of whether Holocaust denial is a position that a reasonable person can simply arrive at by a dispassionate survey of the evidence, or whether it … Continue reading
Pope Benedict HEARTS Bishop Richard Williamson: If a Catholic Bishop Denies the Holocaust for “Intellectual” Reasons, Does That Make It Okay?
The short answer is NO. The basic facts around the Holocaust have been so thoroughly documented by historians that for someone with reasonable intelligence to deny those facts, and the convergence of those facts, is evidence of gross anti-intellectual prejudice … Continue reading
What the Republican Party urgently needs now is (drum role, please) . . . new and improved message memes! Translation: Sell the same shit in different verbal packaging. In other words, just say things like this (and the Republicans will … Continue reading
Andrew Sullivan today: [D]oubt can never be a danger. Banishing doubt is the danger.
Is the Republican Party in a Self-Reinforcing Cycle of Ever More Extreme Right-Wing Marginalization?
If Nate Silver (at FiveThirtyEight.com) is right, Republicans may be in even worse shape electorally in two years than they have been this past year: [T]he Republicans, arguably, are in something of a death spiral. The more conservative, partisan, and … Continue reading
Salon.com has an excellent essay today on the tone deafness of the Catholic Church with regard to the Holocaust and Antisemitism. It comes in response to Pope Benedict rescinding the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson, an outspoken Holocaust denier, Antisemite, and Freemasonry conspiracy theory … Continue reading
Physorg.com, a science website, reports that cardiovascular fitness can be improved, and the risk of diabetes reduced, by brief, high intensity workouts: A regular high-intensity, three-minute workout has a significant effect on the body’s ability to process sugars. Research published … Continue reading
Where do the ethical sensibilities and VALUES of scientists, in doing their work, come from? In other words, why do scientists (for example) value such things as VIGOROUS DEBATE and SEEKING OUT CONTRARY LINES OF EVIDENCE? In a science essay in the NY Times … Continue reading
“The problems of the human heart in conflict with itself, which alone can make good writing”: Audio of William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Speech
“In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits”: See Here John Updike, in a 1995 Interview, Discussing His Short Story, “A & P”
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“I call it, ‘The Torment of Existence Weighed Against the Horror of Nonbeing'”: A Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon to Cheer Up Gloomy Existentialists
There is a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon that I especially like. Calvin has just made a decidedly non-traditional SNOWMAN that looks, with his gaping mouth and look of agony, akin to Edward Munch’s The Scream, and says to Hobbes: I call it, “The Torment … Continue reading
It’s called RealClimate.org. And here’s the kicker: It is a site that talks about climate science in accessible, lay terms—even though all eleven of its contributors are CLIMATE SCIENTISTS. Imagine that. Informed adult reflection and discussion on GLOBAL WARMING. Who would have … Continue reading