Monthly Archives: June 2011

The nostalgia has only just begun

Reflecting on the recent GOP candidates debate, EJ Dionne finds himself nostalgic for W, or at least for the once-upon-a-time candidate W and a Republicanism that saw good politics in poses of compassion:  “Unlike this crowd of Republicans  Bush acknowledged

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Shamelessly ashamed

A married congressman sent out some cheesy self-shots via twitter and whatever else.  He’s got some problems that, as far as anyone can tell, are totally irrelevant to anything, harmed no one other than himself, but his party wants to

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Sorry, deniers, but we’ve already taken low solar activity into account, and we’re still majorly screwed warming-wise

Sadly, If Sun Goes Into ‘Hibernation’ It Won’t Stop Catastrophic Global Warming, But It Might Put the Deniers in Hibernation | ThinkProgress   The anti-science disinformers are ecstatic over an analysis that says by 2020 we might be entering a

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In comparison to Bachmann, Sarah Palin is Christopher Hitchens

Michele Bachmann’s Unrivaled Extremism: Gay Rights to Religion – The Daily Beast   On Monday, Bachmann didn’t talk a lot about her religion. She didn’t have to—she knows how to signal it in ways that go right over secular heads.

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Global Baked Alaska?

Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade • The Register   What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to

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#100 on the list of the 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced on the Internet?

Greg Rutter’s Definitive List of The 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet Unless You’re a Loser or Old or Something 01) Grape Stomp 02) Charlie Bit Me 03) Chocolate Rain 04) Dancing Baby 05) Post Secret

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Freedom wants to be informed

U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors Abroad –   The Obama administration’s initiative is in one sense a new front in a longstanding diplomatic push to defend free speech and nurture democracy. For decades, the United States has sent

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In praise of the naughty word

Ode to a Four-Letter Word   In Go the Fuck to Sleep, foul language is not simply justified but justification: The whole book is about the taboo status of the word fuck. By contrast, outside of books like Jesse Sheidlower’s

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Newtron Bomb

A plain blog about politics: Newt Implosion Item: Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign staff walks out en masse. Greg Sargent: Wait — were we operating from the premise that Newt was still running for president? Ned Resnikoff: Gingrich for President 2012

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Behind the news blackout in Syria

GoodShit › Dark Journey To Deraa, Syria’s Martyr Town Under Siege   A journalist, Clanet managed to enter Syria on a tourist visa (foreign media are banned from the country). On May 25, he arrived in Deraa, the southwestern city

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