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Monthly Archives: March 2009
Okay, I couldn’t resist. After making one YouTube video, I tried another one:
Today I made my first foray onto YouTube by setting up an account at XtraNormal.com. XtraNormal.com is a FREE animated video production site where you can mash together scene and character templates to create stories. You can then download them to YouTube. It’s … Continue reading
Benjamin Netanyahu, as Israel’s new prime minister, will be bringing renewed attention to Iran and its desire to produce a nuclear weapon, and he’ll be pressing President Obama to move swiftly on the diplomatic front, because if diplomacy doesn’t work … Continue reading
Benjamin Netanyahu speaking today to the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg about Iran: Since the dawn of the nuclear age, we have not had a fanatic regime that might put its zealotry above its self-interest. People say that they’ll behave like any other … Continue reading
Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel’s new prime minister today, and he was interviewed by the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg: In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down … Continue reading
Here’s the idea: Take already existing YouTube videos of musicians and singers, pull snippets from them, mash them, and turn them into NEW and original pieces of WORLD MUSIC. That’s what a brilliant 26 year old Israeli has started doing, bringing YouTube to … Continue reading
Human Carbon Emissions are Not a Serious Problem: The Bible Says It, Representative John Shimkus Believes It, That Settles It
God decides when the earth will end (so we don’t have to think about it too much): I feel so much better knowing that John Shimkus is in Washington making environmental policy decisions based on his reading of passages from … Continue reading
Studio portrait, from 1922, of two-year-old Kurt Klein. In 1937, Kurt Klein’s parents sent him to live with relatives in Buffalo, New York. His parents, unable to immigrate, died at Auschwitz in 1942. According to the U.S. Holocaust Museum archives: Kurt was … Continue reading
During the 2008 primary, both Rush Limbaugh and Paul Krugman wanted to see Hillary Clinton defeat Barack Obama. And since Obama has become president, Limbaugh and Krugman have both been in a pissy public funk about it. They remind me of William … Continue reading
Josh Marshall just read a book on his wife’s Kindle, and quickly perceived its implication for the old tree-based technology. Marshall thinks that the book is going down in the same way that the newspaper is going down. Timber!: I’ve always been an … Continue reading
DITCHKINS: A Book Review of Terry Eagleton’s “Reason, Faith, and Revelation: Reflections on the God Debate” (Yale, 2009)
Literary critic Terry Eagleton, who is, insofar as I can tell, an atheist himself, nevertheless engages in a nuanced take-down of some of the pretenses associated with contemporary atheism. He focuses in particular on the two most articulate writers within … Continue reading
In January, Mike told Ann he’s against them Sodomites. Scout’s honor: Ain’t the contemporary Republican Party grand?
Unregulated Capitalism Doesn’t Work? Is This the Lesson We Should Take from the Current Financial Debacle?
A reader at Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish makes an interesting observation: One of the most powerful lessons of history was certainly played out in the 43 year period between the end of Word War II and 1988. By the … Continue reading
Who are all these people who have time to follow the tweets of stars and politicians? And could anything be more pathetic—or wasteful of a human being’s time? Well, yes, there is something more pathetic and wasteful. It turns out that … Continue reading
Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says NO (at least according to Time magazine’s Joe Klein): Gelb believes that the way is clear for productive negotiations [with Iran], with “a real possibility” that Iran’s nuclear ambitions can be limited … Continue reading
Naturalism starts with the assumption that there is only one world, not two. It’s one of the things that distinguishes atheists and agnostics from theists (who think that there is a “universe next door”, a supernatural world, too). So what could … Continue reading
Or, at least, I hope this is the future of the Republican Party. I like Meghan McCain’s self possession, social tolerance, and emotional expansiveness. She is the jewel of the Republican tribe. Now watch, in the near future, the self-righteous right savage … Continue reading