Daily Archives: March 21, 2009

This is Your Army on LSD: An Early Military Experiment with Psychedelics

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Shakespeare, James Joyce, and the Dirty Encoding in Britney Spears’s “If U Seek Amy”

Recently, Britney Spears has gotten some buzz by subliminally inserting “Fuck me” into the title of her new music video: “If U Seek Amy.” See it or hear it? Maybe this will help: iF-U-CeeK-aME! Naughty. But is it a very original play on words? … Continue reading

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Soviet Hammer & Sickle Shirts Being Sold at Amazon

Below is a disturbing shirt being sold at Amazon. I don’t oppose the shirt being sold, only disturbed that people are so ignorant of the history of the 20th century that they would think it “cool” to wear it. Or worse: they … Continue reading

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“I am deluded by the turning mills”: How William Blake Might Have Responded to Richard Dawkins’s “The God Delusion”

From the third chapter of William Blake’s poem, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion (plate 60, lines 52-64): O Lord & Savior, have the Gods of the Heathen pierced thee? Or hast thou been pierced in the House of … Continue reading

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Salon.com Reviewer, Stephanie Zacharek, Pans Nicholas Cage’s Faith Positive Film, “Knowing”

Unlike so many unenlightened scientists and rationalists, do you have faith? Or, if you don’t have faith, do you at least think that you should, and that faith is a virtue? If so, you might like the premise behind Nicholas … Continue reading

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How Much is that Daguerrotype in the Window?

One of the first photographic images ever taken of a dog, this daguerrotype is from the 1850s and is scheduled to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s soon:

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The Kindle and No-Handed Reading

Steven Berlin Johnson just got his first Kindle, and here’s something that he especially likes about it: When he was on John Stewart, Jeff Bezos mentioned that the Kindle was great for one-handed reading, which got a salacious chuckle from … Continue reading

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Axis of Medieval

Can’t we all just get along? Barack Obama is doing his best to ease tensions between the United States and the medievalists who rule Iran. He sent the Iranians a nice Youtube “let’s be friends” Hallmark card yesterday (see below). And the BBC … Continue reading

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Yesterday, Barack Obama Sent Out a Kind Word to Iran, and Today We Get the Pleasure of Hearing the Response of Iran’s “Supreme Leader,” the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is an authoritarian. Barack Obama is a liberal. As can be seen in the video above, Obama has recently made the gesture of sending a conciliatory and friendly message to Iran’s government and its people, and below is the response. According to … Continue reading

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