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Archive for October, 2005

It’s the coverup… duh.

Posted: Friday, October 28th, 2005 @ 4:19 pm in General | Comments Off

So Libby is indicted, and the politicians and pundits are already saying “it’s never the original scandal, it’s the coverup” that gets politicians in trouble. That may well be true, but it misses something truly fundamental about the flow of information from politicians to the public. It assumes that the public learns fairly rapidly about […]

On Evolution and the Moral Compass

Posted: Thursday, October 20th, 2005 @ 10:14 am in General | Comments Off

“If you are nothing but an accident of nature, then nothing you do is dependent on objective truth,” he says. “You can set your own rules. There is no life after death. There are no set moral codes. If you go to bed, and if you die its OK, you’re just another piece of matter […]

“The French Are The Enemy!”

Posted: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005 @ 2:01 am in General | Comments Off

What perfect timing. A few days ago, I claimed that rabid, irrational, anti-French ranting is a good litmus test of crazy extreme right-wingers. Tonight on the Daily Show, Bill O’Reilly (yes, Bill O’Reilly on the Daily Show) says “The French! How can you like the French! They’re the enemy!” And later “What are you, from […]

La Cigarette

Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2005 @ 8:58 am in Policy | Comments Off

On days when I’m truly bored, I cruise the conservative blogs.. you know the ones whose sole disagreement with the Bush administration is that Harriet Miers isn’t conservative enough. I’ve found one interesting pattern, which surely many have noticed: a good red flag that a blog is nutty is an unprovoked, instinctive, and consistent ridiculing […]

An Inspiration, Every Time

Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2005 @ 11:27 am in Policy | Comments Off

I’m back from a few weeks away, and what better way to start than to witness Hal Abelson – one of the most inspiring speakers I know – give a talk on open architectures for education – a most important topic in today’s world of increasingly intellectual-property-centric world. I’m sitting in a lecture hall, hearing […]