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The Media at Its Finest

As news leaked today of a gaffe on the part of Mr. Obama, news outlets responded in varying and telling ways. Perhaps this observation is simply a reinforcement of the adage “If you’re watching it, it’s for you,” that we seem to read in just about post and/or comment associated with Alone’s writing but I felt it might be&#133 Read the rest

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Naomi Wolf Joins Fox News


I do not think Naomi Wolf is stupid.  And if she was, there’d be no point in using her example.  It was because she is smart, and a feminist, that her misreading of the video was so important.
If you showed her a Yelawolf video she’d be able to find hidden misogyny in the&#133 Read the rest

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Partisanship, served American-style

I. Obama’s too moderate; Romney- too wishy-washy; CNN describes the Republican presidential nomination process as “slow burning.” More recently: moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine is not seeking re-election. She joins a list that includes Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson, and Evan Bayh. Moderatism is a problem, but so is partisanship. What’s really going on here?
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Book Review: Dan Simmons’s Flashback

The best science fiction, the science fiction that is most enjoyable, that hangs together, that is believable and doesn’t strand the reader uses a simple formula: a story set in our world, that plays by our physical rules with one exception. In Asimov’s world, robots existed and lived among us. What happens if time travel is really possible? We&#133 Read the rest

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Rick Perry’s Big Gay Ad

Rick Perry’s Big Gay Ad

Republican candidate for President Rick Perry released a new ad recently, titled “Strong”, and it’s getting tons of attention.

The key line is this: “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”
Contrasting military service by openly homosexual individuals with the&#133 Read the rest

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On Bullshit, and What We Want to Be True

The fact about himself that the liar hides is that he is attempting to lead us away from a correct apprehension of reality; we are not to know that he wants us to believe something he supposes to be false. The fact about himself that the bullshitter hides, on the other hand, is that the truth-values of his statements&#133 Read the rest

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A Day Late And A Dollar Short

So this is going to be a bit of a tightrope walk for me. I have to balance reverence for the fallen comrades of some of the soldiers that I’ve trained with during my travels, with being a total contrarian wiseass. You see, I find it difficult to reconcile supreme respect for those willing to give their lives for&#133 Read the rest

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US Multiculturalism is funny: Republica Deportiva.

US Multiculturalism is funny: Republica Deportiva.

Most South American TV shows are produced in Miami and Los Angeles. Univision is the most successful Latin network outranking the CW in ratings (1). Its flagship Sunday sports show Republica Deportiva is insane (2).
Consider my first sentence. North America is largely responsible for the content consumed by Latin Americans. South America is not very good at studying,&#133 Read the rest

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Ron Paul Forgot that America is a Blue Pill Nation

During the Republican Debate on CNN earlier this week, Ron Paul was asked a question about whether he would cut defense spending in order to balance the budget. His answer included the following statements:

I’m tired of all the militarism that we are involved in. And we’re wasting this money in getting us involved. And I agree, we are

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What’s in a name: Supercommittee

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Above: a bipartisan congressional “super committee” to cut the deficit.

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Blind – a cautionary tale

Blind – a cautionary tale

Blind is a very short film about man living in a radioactive Tokyo, haunted by a little girl.

The film compactly delivers its warning about ignoring the dangers of radiation like a well landed punch. And in Japan, the film is part of a growing popular backlash against corporate cover-up and government dissembling over the extent and ongoing dangers&#133 Read the rest

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News Fugue: All That’s Fit to Censor

News Fugue: All That’s Fit to Censor

Retreating loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi killed scores of detainees and arbitrarily shot civilians over the past week, as rebel forces extended their control over the Libyan capital, survivors and a human rights group said Sunday.
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It remains unclear who is responsible for some of the other killings, including of dozens

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Petitioning Against Reality

A petition is ostensibly a show of mass support for a course of action someone else is supposed to take.
In practice they are often used to make a statement more so than to catalyze action. Generally though a petition is dressed up to appear as a request or demand for action.
This petition doesn’t have the usual&#133 Read the rest

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The Labels that Define us

The human mind is an incredible processing machine, and like any good storage software, it structures and categorizes information.
We naturally love to label and define stuff. It’s a way to make sense of things. Whatever we read, think, and experience, we subconsciously categorize in our brains. The stuff on the foundational level of our thinking is what makes&#133 Read the rest

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There are no Americans in Baghdad

“Please tell me everything is going to be all right”
The dollar is hitting all-time lows. Serious inflation of nearly every commodity has taken place in the past three years. Gold is hitting all time highs. The national debt in the US is higher than it has ever been, and it continues to rise. The markets have not seen&#133 Read the rest

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The Spectacle of 9/11, the “Mother of All Events”

The Internet Archive has released “The 9/11 Television News Archive” over 3,000 hours of news footage from 9-11 through 9-16-2001 from all major worldwide news outlets. Considering that most people experienced 9-11 through television, rather than in person, it seems like a monument to how people experience history–mediated in real-time, rather than directly or through reflective, after-the-fact accounts.&#133 Read the rest

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Framing Deficit Debates

The United States is in debt and running a deficit. Two parties frame the situation differently to define their solutions as correct and hide their subjectivity.
Democrats frame a deficit problem as “Spending more than we take in” – or if in a particularly taxing mood “Taking in less than we spend.” The logical solution is to raise taxes,&#133 Read the rest

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Warren Buffett wants to be taxed on this, so you won’t tax him on that.

Warren Buffett wants us to stop coddling the super-rich. He argues for superlatively higher taxes on those with incomes greater than $1 million a year.

Since 1992, the I.R.S. has compiled data from the returns of the 400 Americans reporting the largest income. In 1992, the top 400 had aggregate taxable income of $16.9 billion and paid federal

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Credit Ratings, Market Crashes, and the Cover Story

Standard & Poor’s downgraded the US government’s credit from “Supermassively Awesome” to “Slightly Less Supermassively Awesome But Still Totally Great”. Markets responded as you’d expect, with a blind irrational panic, selling out of stocks and corporate debt and buying US Treasuries. One of the lesser known underlying assumptions of the Efficient Market Hypothesis is that under no circumstances do&#133 Read the rest

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“Medium chill” is maximum wrong.

Add this to the ever-growing list of incredibly bad ideas. The article proposes a way of life called “the medium chill.” Medium chill is a lifestyle in which once you decide that you’ll never win the rat race, never get all the best stuff or even more than your neighbors, then there is no point in working hard,&#133 Read the rest

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