Category Archives: fear for humanity

the decline and fall of things

Thucydides wrote this around 430 BC describing how Athens and the character of its citizens degraded during the long war with Sparta, but it should send an electric thrill of familiarity down the spine of anyone living here and now: … Continue reading

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another square inch of dirt in Verdun

I comment on two blogs/forums. I used to comment on more. I don’t comment on the two that I still comment on nearly as often as I used to. The reason, I think, is that the lively conversations that attracted … Continue reading

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“Excuse me, waiter, but this soup tastes all union jacky.”

Brown mulls UK oath of allegiance plan – CNN.com Goldsmith calls for a pledge of allegiance, the establishment of a new national holiday to celebrate Britishness, and expanded ceremonies that would take place when new immigrants become British citizens. He … Continue reading

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George keeps torture on the table

Bush vetoes bill banning waterboarding – CNN.com “We created alternative procedures to question the most dangerous al Qaeda operatives, particularly those who might have knowledge of attacks planned on our homeland,” Bush said. “If we were to shut down this … Continue reading

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the state of the union

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The retardeding of “Net Zero Carbon Footprint”

Earthrace – The Boat In March 2008, Earthrace will attempt to set a new speed record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe running 100% biodiesel, and with a net zero carbon-footprint, in order to increase awareness of the environment … Continue reading

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King pardons Saudi rape victim

King pardons Saudi rape victim – CNN.com It’s funny how seriously the world community takes the kingdom. As if they have some sort of point, some sort of gravitas. The need for the pardon defies all. The kingdom will not … Continue reading

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if you can’t beat them

In solidarity with Gillian Gibbons, I’ve decided to name my son’s old teddy bear Muhammad. Also 3 of my lawnchairs, the kitchen table, the old skillet that the teflon’s peeling from, the brown patch in the backyard, and the keys … Continue reading

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We’ve agreed to bury it here

We establish the importance of an event or idea by mashing and smashing it, kicking it around, to see where it ends up in the community’s Big Ball of History and Importance. “9/11 goes here; pet rocks go here.” After … Continue reading

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the Saint of Traffic By-laws

Nobody in the United States is untouchable by the law. Everyone has done something that could have resulted in fines or imprisonment. Everyone. It almost goes without saying, except that I had to say it in order for the next … Continue reading

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A new way for the rich to be rich

Superjumbo ends historic flight – CNN.com The airline says its jets will set a “new standard for luxury and comfort,” fitted with 399 economy seats, 60 business seats and 12 Givenchy-designed “suites” featuring a flat bed behind sliding doors. Thank … Continue reading

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the fail

I don’t watch much television. It’s not that I’ve become an unbelievably productive person because I don’t fritter all that time away in front of the tube anymore–I haven’t–it’s just that the bulk of my frittering is done in front … Continue reading

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Not so fast, Christian soldiers

Not so fast, Christian soldiers – Los Angeles Times You need a free login (or bugmenot) to access the story, which is a good read that illuminates (again) the cozy relationship between the military and the evangelical Doomsday crowd. A … Continue reading

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strawmen and sundogs

AlterNet: Neocons on a Cruise: What Conservatives Say When They Think We Aren’t Listening From time to time, National Review – the bible of American conservatism – organises a cruise for its readers. I paid $1,200 to join them. The … Continue reading

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Is the country ready for a Mormon president?

That’s an odd question. What they’re asking is whether or not the country is ready for someone who holds beliefs that sound bizarre when you say them out loud. But, of course, every national politician at least professes belief in … Continue reading

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4 out of 5 wild things prefer nuclear disaster to rush hour

Wildlife populates Chernobyl site – CNN.com Dense forests have reclaimed farm fields and apartment house courtyards. Residents, visitors and some biologists report seeing wildlife — including moose and lynx — rarely sighted in the rest of Europe. Some birds even … Continue reading

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Coalition: “Wolf.”

Coalition: Taliban have Iran arms – CNN.com Weapons crossing the border from Iran to Afghanistan may be winding up in the hands of the Taliban, the hard-line Islamic militia that is battling U.S.- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, U.S. and … Continue reading

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Going to hell in a handbasket

Darwin takes back seat at new Creation Museum An Australian evangelist named Ken Ham came to Kentucky to spread the Word. The Word is you should believe every single piece of the bible, no matter how silly or made-up it … Continue reading

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looking for a few amenable Shiite extremists

Team working up new strategy for Iraq war – CNN.com …the announcement apparently is an acknowledgment that the traditional war-fighting stance of trying to capture or kill all insurgents is failing, that the country may have devolved into a civil … Continue reading

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the Duggars must be destroyed

FOXNews.com – Arkansas Mom Prepares for Birth of 17th Child Our daily routine begins with personal hygiene (get dressed, brush teeth, comb hair, etc…). Each older child has a younger buddy or two that they help. We eat breakfast & … Continue reading

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