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Archive for February, 2008

The US Atty General: Protecting our nation

CNN reports: “U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday said he will not ask a federal grand jury to investigate whether two top Bush administration officials should be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.”

Somehow I think it’s more important to our national security to investigate government officials who may have lied to Congress than to investigate baseball players, but I guess I just don’t get the idea.  It seems it’s more important that US citizens have baseball players that can be trusted than it is to have senior Federal Government officials that can be trusted.

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Winston Churchill was a carrot.

For more details, see Charles Seife’s mathematical proof here.

If you find that interesting, you’ll probably find his books interesting too.

Boycott Jamaica and Hedonism II

Unless you’re a gay-basher and like to beat gays to a pulp, because Jamaica is the happy hunting ground for such people – and by bashing I’m not talking about nasty names, I’m talking about attempted murder being not only OK but encouraged by many Christian ministers on the island.

More information here.

I finally watched “What the Bleep”

and was significantly underwhelmed. Maybe it’s because I’ve already read some of the underlying philosophies (such as that of Dr. Pert); but the thing that really put me off was the channeled being “Ramtha”, or maybe his host – it was never clear which was speaking – called the idea of the Biblical God, a God who is concerned with acts of wrongness by each insignificant human on this insignificant planet in the backwaters of the Milky Way, “impossible.”

Now, granted, I’m no big fan of the idea of the God of Abraham, especially as described in the Bible, as being a sophisticated enough being to create the universe. That said, the underlying epistemology of What the Bleep do We Know? is supposedly the myriad possibilities, and the notion that nothing is impossible. Ramtha simply didn’t fit into the thesis being presented; within the ideas being presented the best that could be said is that such a deity’s existence had not been experienced by Ramtha.

My suggestion: go to a couple of Reclaiming Witchcamps and pick up a book or two on epistemology, and Dr. Pert’s book Molecules Of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine. As for their quantum physics thing, just watch the episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where Cmdr./Captain Sisko encounters the prophets. They’re more fun to watch, and convey the same idea without having to deal with the fact that quantum physics theories change so fast that they’re usually obsolete by the time of publication anyway.

YESiceptive, YESiceptive!!

A great post about obscurely painful words: http://gloriabrame.typepad.com/inside_the_mind_of_gloria/2008/02/sm-vocabulary-b.html

And we thought Dubya was bad…

After Super Tuesday it looks like it will be a choice between Clinton and McCain, both of which have said it is possible the war will continue throughout their administrations if elected.

If Obama loses in the Democratic race… wouldn’t it be cool if there was an independent ticket of Obama-Paul?