25 July 2011

An alternative proposal for an American third party:

The Agro-Industrial People's Party*

We believe--

1. anyone working in American agriculture full-time for 6 months should be given US citizenship.

2. all corporations that do not make food or durable goods should be taxed at 20% of profits.

3. the US Senate should be abolished, and its advise-and-consent powers transferred to a committee of the House of Representatives. (The Onion suggested it first.)



*I would call it the Socialist Party, but that might cause Rupert Murdoch, praise be upon him to reach for his smelling salts.

23 July 2011

The recent mass murder in Norway is a tragic reminder of the poisonous power of hyper-nationalism and religious bigotry.

Let's pray for Europe today.

22 July 2011

07 July 2011

England and France are facing other in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals, but the BBC, apparently mindful of ancient Jewish law, is reserving the match for the "red button" service.

The last time England and France's male teams faced off in tournament competition was June 2004. Seven years is a long time to wait for such a storied rivalry to be acted out.

06 July 2011



"And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. / It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever..." Isaiah 34: 9-10 (KJV)

05 July 2011

It is an interesting question, incidentally, why pain has to be so damned painful. Why not equip the brain with the equivalent of a little red flag, painlessly raised to warn, “Don’t do that again”?...Isn’t it plausible that a clever species such as our own might need less pain, precisely because we are capable of intelligently working out what is good for us, and what damaging events we should avoid?


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