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The United States vs. China: Who Will Win the 21st Century’s Outer and Inner Space Races?

The writing is on the wall, Nebuchadnezzar. This little tidbit was in the Washington Times late last year: The median age of NASA’s manned space engineers is now over 55. Over a quarter are past retirement age. Meanwhile, China’s average … Continue reading

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China vs. America: Advantage the United States (Because of Its Mind Wells)

If a recent projection is to be believed, China and the United States will be at gross domestic product parity sometime around 2016 (each country with a GDP in the 18-20 trillion dollar range). And because China’s growth is likely … Continue reading

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Two Questions for Professors: Are You Demanding and Do You Teach Critical Thinking?

The following is in Salon today: [W]hat if the downward trend in learning extends into the echelons of higher education? That’s what Richard Arum argues in “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses.” Arum, a sociology and education professor at … Continue reading

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America’s future is sunny? I hope David Brooks is right

In a recent essay for the New York Times, David Brooks claims that the next half-century in America looks damn sunny: [T]he fact is, despite all the problems, America’s future is exceedingly bright. Over the next 40 years, demographers estimate that … Continue reading

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One Nation, Two Obamas?

What is the South smoking? Are they even tracking the same person? Daily Kos today displayed this telling statistic: Barack Obama has strong favorability numbers everywhere in the United States—except in the South. So extreme is the contrast, that the South essentially mirrors … Continue reading

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Nanny State Watch: Fire-Safe Cigarettes Are Intrusive Upon Human Liberty

I don’t smoke, and I didn’t know there was such a thing as fire-safe cigarettes, but apparently there are states legislating their sale, and Andrew Sullivan today got a life-affirming rant from one of his readers about them. Money quote: We … Continue reading

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Is Afghanistan a Quagmire?

So suggests Spiegel today: Afghanistan is on the brink of chaos: That is the stark message from local leaders, the US military and development workers in the troubled country. The elected government, they warn, can no longer compete with the … Continue reading

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42% of American College Graduates Do Not Read Books After Graduating: A Sobering Statistic From Chris Hedges

According to author, and former NY Times reporter, Chris Hedges: A third of high school graduates, along with 42 percent of college graduates, never read a book after they finish school. Eighty percent of the families in the United States … Continue reading

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This is America in Our Time

To see why Barack Obama is on his way to winning Virginia, click here.

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God’s Not a Republican: Christian Group Airs a Pro-Obama Ad in Ohio

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American Orpheus: Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, August 2008

  Obama makes me proud to be an American.

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Conservative Andrew Sullivan Liked Obama’s Democratic Convention Speech

Money quote: It was a deeply substantive speech, full of policy detail, full of people other than the candidate, centered overwhelmingly on domestic economic anxiety. It was a liberal speech, more unabashedly, unashamedly liberal than any Democratic acceptance speech since … Continue reading

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The Apotheosis of Jesse Helms: President Bush Sends the Senator Heavenward on a Cloud of Orwellian Hot Air

The apotheosis of Jesse Helms has begun. This week, President Bush weighed in on the legacy of the recently deceased Senator, saying: Jesse Helms was a kind, decent, and humble man and a passionate defender of what he called “the … Continue reading

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American Flag with One Star: A Picture I Took Through Blinds at Sunrise

 The American flag, burning.

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Christopher Hitchens Undergoes Waterboarding—and Finds It to Be Torture

In the August 2008 Vanity Fair, one of my heroes, author and essayist, Christopher Hitchens, takes us vicariously along with him in an experience of waterboarding. Veteran experts of the procedure waterboarded Hitchens in North Carolina in May, and Hitchens … Continue reading

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Enkidu’s Woman: Carla Bruni and the Civilizing Sexfiend in the Epic of Gilgamesh

This past week, New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd, had a wonderful profile of Carla Bruni, the wife of French President Sarkozy. Money quote: The French are different from you and me. Yes, they have Sarkozy. And they have Carla. … Continue reading

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Whatever: Something, eh, Patriotic for the 4th of July

Okay, it’s not Kate Smith singing the Star Spangled Banner, but it still strikes me as kind of patriotic. But whatever.

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Stuff Happens: Donald Rumsfeld, the Free Will Defense, and the Problem of Suffering

After the invasion of Iraq in April 2003, George Bush’s Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, provided a free-will defense for the rampant street looting in Iraq. Why was it occurring, and why wasn’t the United States actively engaged in stopping it? Here’s Rumsfeld’s answer: Freedom’s … Continue reading

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