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News > Politics

Why liberal bloggers don’t love Obama

Posted on 02.07.08 | Not Rated

“Obama is, in some respects, the ideal candidate of the Yearly Kos contingent--an insurgent who opposed the Iraq war, generated grassroots enthusiasm, and built a massive online fund-raising apparatus. But the bloggers who champion these things have not all rallied around Obama… Obama's readiness to embrace conservatives and chastise his allies on the left have caused many bloggers to wonder how strongly he would fight for liberal priorities as president.” READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    barack obama | bloggers | liberals

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Griefers are the Sociopaths of the Virtual World

Posted on 02.01.08 | Not Rated

"Broadly speaking, a griefer is an online version of the spoilsport — someone who takes pleasure in shattering the world of play itself... Griefing, as a term, dates to the late 1990s, when it was used to describe the willfully antisocial behaviors seen in early massively multiplayer games… No longer just an isolated pathology, griefing has developed a full-fledged culture… Amid the complex alchemy of seriousness and play that makes online games so uniquely compelling, the griefer is the one player whose fun depends on finding that elusive edge where online levity starts to take on real-life weight…" READ MORE >


Reviews > TV

“Lost,” that endless engrossing philosophical mish-mash

Posted by on 02.01.08 | Rating: 4

“Lost,” that endless engrossing philosophical mish-mash Like cramming fistfuls of metaphysical crayons back into their tiny box, the Island on "Lost" can barely contain all the colorful epistemologies in its midst. It is a big stew of Philosophy 101's greatest hits... It's like the Monty Python sketch, "International Philosophy," in which Greek and German philosophers battle it out on the soccer field (Socrates's winning goal is contested by Hegel as not being an "a priori reality"). Back on "Lost" Philosophy Island, the implications are just as absurd: After all, if everything is imbued with meaning, then how meaningful is any one thing? READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    lost | philosophy

News > Issues

Financial Scandal Reveals French Paradox on Capitalism

Posted on 02.01.08 | Not Rated

"…the SocGen drama encapsulates the contradictions of France's attitude to capitalism: on the one hand, there is widespread suspicion of the markets; on the other, world-class financial skills… In a 2006 poll, only 36% agreed that the free market was the best system available, compared with 71% of Americans and 66% of the British… This week, Mr Sarkozy once again declared: ‘We want a capitalism of entrepreneurs, not a capitalism of speculators.'" READ MORE >

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News > Politics

Is Political Bias Backfiring on Fox News?

Posted on 02.01.08 | Not Rated

"Fox News continues to embarrass itself with a type of journalism that nobody else in the industry would dare call professional… An all-out Fox News marketing blitz to label Giuliani ‘America's Mayor’ never got traction… In the meantime, the rise of Sen. John McCain and especially Mike Huckabee, with his populist streak, has caused all sorts of consternation at Fox News… And don't even mention Ron Paul's name to the folks at Fox News, who have stepped outside their role as journalists to try to kneecap the antiwar GOP candidate." READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    bias | fox news | journalism

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Catholic Media Should Avoid Fundamentalism, says Vatican

Posted on 02.01.08 | Not Rated

"Archbishop Celli cautioned that ‘Catholic mass media cannot dispense with the ethical problem faced by all the media, because it is undeniable that everything that affects man as man should be a point of reference… they don't exist only for - or are directed only to - people who already belong to the Church, rather they should also give careful attention to what exists in the soul of man, in his heart, where sometimes there can be distance from God, or many times, a deep nostalgia for God.’ Our media, he summarized, ‘should search, and help in the search.’” READ MORE >

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News > TV

Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe on the Dignity of Labor

Posted on 01.23.08 | Not Rated

"Dirty Jobs is an homage to George Plimpton, with a nod to Studs Terkel--an introduction, Rowe says, to the 'men and women who do the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us.' Watching Rowe struggle with a forklift or wade through raw sewage is good, nasty fun. But for all the bathroom humor, his real curiosity about and respect for his subjects telegraphs a powerful message: There's dignity in hard work, expertise in unexpected places, and deep satisfaction in tackling and finishing a tough job." READ MORE >


News > Culture

What’s Behind Steroids? A Culture of Fear

Posted on 01.16.08 | Rating: 3

"We must openly address not only the drug issues plaguing the sports we love, but the culture of fear that shakes our society... We’re scared of failure, aging, vulnerability, leaving too soon, being passed up — and in the quest to conquer these fears, we are inspired by those who do whatever it takes to rise above and beat these odds. We call it 'drive' or 'ambition,' but when doing 'whatever it takes' leads us down the wrong road, it can erode our humanity. The game ends up playing us..." READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    baseball | fear | steroids

News > Science/Tech

Big Brain Theory: Have Cosmologists Lost Theirs?

Posted on 01.15.08 | Rating: 4

“It could be the weirdest and most embarrassing prediction in the history of cosmology, if not science… If true, it would mean that you yourself reading this article are more likely to be some momentary fluctuation in a field of matter and energy out in space than a person with a real past born through billions of years of evolution in an orderly star-spangled cosmos… If you are inclined to skepticism this debate might seem like further evidence that cosmologists… have finally lost their minds.” READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    big bang | cosmology

News > Issues

These Scientists Can’t Tolerate the Pope

Posted on 01.15.08 | Rating: 3

"Sixty one Italian scientists have signed a letter protesting against a planned visit this week by Pope Benedict XVI to Rome's Sapienza University because of his stated views on Galileo... Then Cardinal Ratzinger ... observed that 'At the time of Galileo the Church remained much more faithful to reason than Galileo himself. The process against Galileo was reasonable and just.' The Italian Catholic writer Vittorio Messori agreed, saying Galileo 'was not condemned for the things he said, but for the way he said them. He made statements with sectarian intolerance...'" READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    galileo | science

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