|"Every sentence that I utter
should be regarded by you not as an assertion but as a question." --Niels Bohr|
is more to the surface than meets the eye." --Aaron Beck|
|"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good" (1 Thes. 5:21)|
||In retrospect, Hezbollah leader says he would not have done what started the 2006 Israel-Lebanon
war had he known how big the destruction would turn out to be.|
||What is academic freedom, really?|
||Wikipedia vs the uniform editions of the age of the printed book.|
||The problem of preserving digital knowledge:
our civilization's collective digitized / computerized "memory", unlike
uniform printed editions of books, may prove fleeting.|
||George W Bush now regrets some of his early Iraq rhetoric: "bring it on", wanting Osama bin Laden: "dead or alive".|
||Rational incentives increase for American students to cheat; new electronic gadgets (laptops, cell phones...)
make it easier to do so.|
||Parable of unregulated competition from the animal world: Snake bursts after gobbling alligator; both die.|
||American conservatives aim not just to stop abortion, but to stop sexual expression.
The underlying disease: an outlook that is focused on the individual at the expense of family and society.|
||Britons put 'fun and comfortable lives' before babies.|
||Learn from engineering failures, Be on the lookout for potential problems before disasters happen.|
||American vs European views: Freedom of religion or freedom from religion?|
||Child dies running into burning home for mom.|
||U.S. National Archives reclassifies 55,000 pages of long-declassified documents.|
||THINK Lenovo :: Quickly Erasing 'I' and 'B' and 'M' (IBM).|
||The Annals of Project Management: Drug trial almost kills the test subjects despite all parties being "sure"
there would be no problem.|
||The Annals of casuistry: When he betrayed his friend Jesus, was Judas Iscariot a good guy or a bad guy or both?|
||Paradox: A more lethal disease may kill fewer persons ("avian flu" aka A(H5N1), etc.).|
||George W Bush's strategy for success (e.g., in Iraq): get everyone to lower their expectations.|
||If only... the United States had not invaded Iraq.|
||The United States is susceptible to harm and pain.|
||Techno consumer products too complex for consumers.|
||Market "rationality" vs public service.|
||Americans work more, seem to accomplish less.|
||If deadly "bird flu" epidemic breaks out, without effective vaccine or treatment,
our best action to avoid infection is to avoid crowds, wear face masks....|
||Is the expression of any opinion worth dying or going to jail / being tortured for?
~ What is the cancer and what is the answer?|
||Chinese capitalism killed European socialism (why our quality of life is degrading and social safety net
||Conservative judges nullify abortion laws by recusing themselves from accepting
||Zionism in 2005: "Why 'Greater Israel' never came to be".|
||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) Team Investigates an Outbreak of Obesity.|
||Keep |AmericaSouth Korea beautiful: Get a haircut!
||Need to protect Federal judges from assassination. ~ Also: "the endless conversation of marriage".|
||Adaptation to adversity: Species survival at the price of individual sickness.|
||The Annals of Altruism: Where John F. Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you -ask what you can do for your country" came from.|
||Fast and cheap, and troubled: The new American way (Amtrak's Acela high-speed train). + Japan
rail system has different problems.|
||Conservatives want to protect our fundamental freedom to "liberty" and "property", i.e., our liberty to
sell off (aka contractually alienate) all our property [including all our waking hours...].|
||Is America creeping toward Christian fascism?|
||What happens to you if the U.S. incarcerates you as a terrorist even if the evidence indicates you are probably innocent?|
||Songwriter Mary Gauthier's description of the creative process: "It came through me and not from me".|
||In their attempts to simplify technological complexity to be able to cope, users open security holes.|
||Online citations: "a world in which documentation and verification melt
||Should persons have privacy and safety in public restrooms?|
||Freedom of speech vs freedom of talk (Egypt, 2005).|
||Why French women don't get fat: Eat only good food. Relax and savor every bite.|
||Philip Johnson: An architect not just of buildings, but also of his own life.|
||Putatively nonpartisan social policies generally cover less uncontrovertial broader social agenda
(Example: "fuel-economy standards for automobiles... [as] backdoor family planning").|
||Vignette from the Iraq war: American officer averts a riot by a symbolic act of humility.|
||Bush asserts his Nov. 2004 reelection ratified his Iraq Policy, and no further accountability is needed
(Bush got ca. 51% of the vote).|
||U.S. may keep terrorist suspects in prison for life due to insufficient evidence to charge them in court.|
||Bush administration denies U.S. aid to any organization that even collects statistics on abortion.|
||The customer sometimes is right.|
||George W Bush's 2nd term begins: New C.I.A. Chief tells his people to back administration policies, and also
to tell the facts as they see them.|
||Wal-Mart's relation to the 'free market' (Adam Smith's invisible hand, etc.).|
||Important use of [super]computers: to expand persons' imaginations.|
||Rare Duccio early renaissance painging worth only 2.25 times a 1955 Jasper Johns white flag?|
||Automobile tire manufacturers protest that knowing how old their tires are
would endanger consumers.|
||Military lawyers oppose Bush administration system of military justice(sic) for terrorists.|
||Is U.S. torturing captured terrorists? Distinction between torture and "simulating torture"?|
||Copyright restrictions increasingly restrict artists from quoting reality in their artworks. Unjustly?|
||Paul Bremer (Bush's Iraq administrator) criticized Bush administration's anti-terrorism
policy before "911". Likened "war" against terror, to "war" against crime.|
||Islamist militants living in Europe aim to take over the godless society (e.g., England).|
||Bush administration U.S. Dept of Agriculture forbids meat packer to voluntarily safety test his product.|
||Invading Iraq helped Islamist terrorists (Richard A. Clarke, George W Bush administration
||New concept of minimum physically and spiritually healthy dwelling (Karel Teige, 1932).|
||Zbigniew Brzezinski: "The fact is that our credibility has been hurt" (George W Bush administration's handling of Iraq problem).|
||How good a measure of national well-being, is Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?|
||A nuclear 9/11? Bush administration's inauspicious record on nuclear dangers.|
||Baiting the Islamic bear: Israeli fashion models "sashay" on Palestinean side of Israel security wall.|
||Computer facilitated (Adobe Photoshop...) art: hi-tech; but often low artistic value added.|
||Martha Stewart on trial: Person who has spent their life making publicity out of their
"private life" doesn't want their [real] private life exposed to the public.|
||A God who would deserve to exist.|
||Wal-Mart locks night-shift workers in the store.|
||Farmers prohibited from replanting seeds from harvest (Monsanto genetically modified crops,
incl. Monsanto vs Schmeiser).|
||Teach babies with normal hearing sign language, so they can communicate long before they can speak.|
||Automobiles to have fulltime monitors to punish driver whenever speed limit exceeded (etc.). ("Big Brother is watching you.")|
||U.S.A. gets its first reported case of Mad Cow Disease.
||Microsoft makes big PR contrition show about removing swastika symbols inadvertantly included in an MS Office font.
||When/why is the truth worth dying for? (Aristotle, Socrates, Galileo...)
||Bush punishes countries that did not support his Iraq war, by
not letting their companies bid on Iraq reconstruction contracts.
||U.S. President George W Bush makes stealthy Thanksgiving visit to troops he sent to Iraq.
||Federal judge calls "911" hijackings "a foreseeable risk".
||How one man adapted to stressful life circumstances: "Please don't take my commute away!"
||14 Aug 2003 Northeast U.S. power blackout.|
||Why suicide bombers have become terrorist organizations' weapon of choice.
||How the U.S. reconstruction of Afghanistan is going.
||Bush administration says it cannot afford "distractions" in Iraq.
||14 Aug 2003 Northeast U.S. power blackout.|
||Al Gore's concern about Bush administration neglect of important American values.
||Influence of foreign travel on U.S. Supreme Court justices judicial opinions.
||Canadian Prime Minister jeopardizes his salvation by not condemning same-sex marriage.
||Non-techies forced to learn to maintain their computers and other hi-tech gadgets.
||I.B.M. (IBM) shifts high-skill high-pay jobs overseas to save money. (aka: "offshoring" American jobs) ~
"A great calamity has come upon us, and seemingly no cause of our own"
||Critique of use of intelligence to justify Iraq war (Robin Cook).
||Reason for Frank Sinatra's appeal.
||Bush and Blair defend Iraq war.
||Suicide of British Iraq WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) expert, Dr. David Kelly.
||NYT chooses new executive editor after scandal of fabricated new stories.
||The downside of low highway speed limits.
||Story from Christopher Alexander's architecture school experience.
||Florida Supreme Court upholds right teenage girls to
abortion without parental consent.
||Bush defends decision to go to war against Iraq.
||Why a better piano keyboard never caught on.
||Anglican bishop of Vancouver Canada defends same gender marriage.
||Analogy between professional football and Cindy Crawford's mole.
||Iraqi women at risk of increased repression after Iraq war.
||Rural comunities face difficulties meeting new Bush
federal teacher certification requirements.
||Orwellian language today.
||Arabs not welcome in Thailand tourist city.
||Importance of indexing information on the Internet.
||Bush says U.S. wil not tolerate Iran having nuclear weapons.
||Disease threat from exotic pets.
||Wild jaguar cats avoid fighting to try to keep healthy.
||What SAT writing test measures (not writing ability).
||New German WWII rocketry museum emphasizes ethical
aspects of technology.
||Bush's big tax cut (aka "Starving the beast"; putting Congress in a "fiscal straitjacket").
||Mad cow disease; genetically engineered crops.
||Lawlessness that followed America's victory in Iraq.
||Some lessons from the SARS epidemic.
||Bush administration says it was not lying about threat posed by
||U.S. "Shock and awe" attack on Iraq.
||Space shuttle Columbia disaster.
||Senator Robert Byrd warns of dangers of Bush doctrine of
||Bush policy toward "Axis of Evil" nations, and nations
that don't join his "coalition of the willing".
||Britain plans action against homeowners who keep their
rental property off the market to raise rents.
||American diet makes eating healthily abnormal.
||John Ashcroft hears other nations'
expectations of and concerns about American power.
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