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Archive for October, 2004

Election Prediction

Posted: Sunday, October 24th, 2004 @ 11:30 am in General | 1 Comment »

Alright, putting aside my hopes and trying to think objectively, I’m making a prediction. I believe John Kerry will win the election with 295 electoral votes, and 53% of the popular vote. I have at least one friend who believes I’m woefully out of touch with the American people; he expects a solid Bush win. […]

Minding One’s Own Business

Posted: Tuesday, October 19th, 2004 @ 10:33 am in General | Comments Off

The Guardian in Britain asked its readers to send anti-Bush letters to voters in swing states in the US. Now, I’m obviously pro-Kerry, and I obviously want to see more transatlantic cooperation, but that’s just stupid and superbly miscalculated. I can only imagine the British’s reactions if Americans were to do the same thing by […]

Faith and Human Nature

Posted: Monday, October 18th, 2004 @ 3:24 pm in General | Comments Off

Ron Suskind’s latest article in the New York Times Magazine is a must-read. ”Where people often get lost is on this very point. [...] Real faith, you see, leads us to deeper reflection and not — not ever — to the thing we as humans so very much want.” And what is that? ”Easy certainty.” […]

What’s Good for the Mouse….

Posted: Friday, October 15th, 2004 @ 12:17 pm in General | Comments Off

Disney obtained a copyright on Mickey Mouse in 1928, giving them sole control over Mickey Mouse stories and representation: you can’t write your own Mickey Mouse story, make and sell a Mickey Mouse sticker or stuffed animal without authorization from Disney. In 1998, with only 5 years left in Mickey’s copyright, Disney lobbied Congress for […]

Being Different Just Because

Posted: Thursday, October 7th, 2004 @ 9:59 am in General | Comments Off

In an interview following the first Presidential Debate last week, General Wesley Clark said that Bush followed multilateral negotiations with North Korea because “bilateral talks would have been too much like Clinton.” That got me thinking: what else is Bush doing just to make sure he’s different from Clinton? The list is pretty long. As […]

The Global Test

Posted: Monday, October 4th, 2004 @ 10:14 am in Policy | Comments Off

Slate’s latest is a must read. The first Presidential debate has forced us to start talking about the issues of accountability, reality-based decision making, and generally how the US needs to be a better world citizen for its own good. It’s about time.