Broken Government – More evidence

02.22.2010  |  No Comments ››

According to a new CNN poll, 86% of American’s think government is “broken”, but of those, 81% think it can be fixed. A similar poll by CBS finds 70% dissatisfied. Most interesting (at least to me) is the CBS finding that ” 81 percent of Americans believe members of Congress don’t deserve re-election.” Although the […]

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02.17.2010  |  No Comments ››

Apparently, chickens have color-vision that’s a lot better than a human’s. RGB monitors probably look like washed-out cartoons to the bird-brain, when compared to real life. [ women’s viagra | cialis endurance | buy generic cialis expressdelivery | natural viagra alternative | viagra substitute | buy viagra online cheap | viagra by mail | low […]

Abandoning the Ship of State

02.16.2010  |  No Comments ››

Apparently, Senator Bayh is leaving because he sees the Senate becoming more stridently partisan – a trend others have also noted. Consider this (reported on CNN): “Fifty-six percent of people questioned in an ABC News/Washington Post survey released this week said they are inclined to look around for someone else rather than re-elect their representative, […]

02.02.2010  |  No Comments ››

Scientists have recently discovered that running without shoes is far easier than most people think. Not only that, it’s far less likely to cause injuries and physical stress than running with shoes. Amazing! It’s almost as if we evolved from ancestors who didn’t have Prada or Nike… [ viagra high blood pressure | viagra store […]

More craziness from religion

09.14.2009  |  No Comments ››

“The Yemeni parliament tried in February to pass a law, setting the minimum marriage age at 17. But the measure has not reached the president because many parliamentarians argued it violates sharia, or Islamic law, which does not stipulate a minimum age.” This is zany from both a logical AND religious standpoint. By this logic, […]

Quaran Target Practice

05.18.2008  |  No Comments ››

have an opinion on the use of the Quran as a target for weapons practice by US personnel in Baghdad.

I was wondering what you other skeptics and/or atheists think.

I’ve found blogs that pretty much agree with the following, which is my opinion.

I view the Quaran as “just another influential book”. Why should I feel any differently about somebody shooting at it as opposed to, say, a Betty Crocker Cookbook? The difference as I see it, is that I highly doubt somebody just picked a random book – which happened to be the Quran – to shoot.

I suspect, that just like burning a flag is very often a political and philosophical statement, rather than a matter of practical expediency (i.e. keeping warm) or random happenstance, so is any non-random shooting or burning the Quran. I firmly support the right of free speech, even to the point where a citizen is entitled to burn a flag, fly a flag of choice, burn or shoot any book he may choose. On the other hand, I propose that when an official representative (e.g. a soldier, or other government agent) makes a political statement, it is sometimes difficult to separate the person from the role and thus may be easily misconstrued as an official statement. I cannot help but think it was intentionally inflamatory.

Problems with International Relations Theory

11.07.2007  |  No Comments ››

Here’s a brief summary of topics I believe need further development with regards to the way scholars and professionals think about and approach International Relations. [ cialis neutropenia leukopenia | viagra tablets | viagra best price in europe | viagra buy now | bruising on cialis | viagra injectable | viagra online stores | buy […]

Heated Debate

06.08.2007  |  No Comments ››

Just when I was beginning to despair about the lack of substantive debate in government chambers, we have a reprise of the fracas between Griswold and Lyon.  It’s not at the national level, but we can at least hope passion is not dead in government. I would like to point out that in both instances, […]

South Carolina – Oh Dear!

03.16.2007  |  No Comments ››

South Carolina has this nifty idea to cut the term of prison sentences for inmates who donate organs. Can you imagine the plea deals, “OK, I plead guilty to manslaughter and give you a kidney and half a spleen for three years plus ten probation…” “Cruel and Unusual” anybody? Maybe trafficking in organs? Perhaps somebody […]

Competence in Government

03.16.2007  |  2 Comments ››

As Communism showed dramatically, whenever government services (or means of production) constitute a monopoly, several things happen: 1) The quality of the end-product/service deteriorates 2) Motivations tend toward maintaining the status-quo than toward innovation (CYA is more important than R&D) 3) Practitioners/workers view their roles as being entitlements rather than earned 4) The impediments to […]

Anti Pareto Policy

02.11.2007  |  No Comments ››

controlling the tendency for unrestrained growth exhibited by scale free networks by economic incentives and penalties.

Test of Microsoft Word 2007

02.02.2007  |  No Comments ››

This is a test post from MS-Word 2007. It includes a picture from my Minnesota 2006 vacation. [ cialis samples | viagra alternative merck | what if i take too much viagra | buy pfizer viagra in canada | viagra canadian pharmacy dosage | alternative to viagra | mexico pharmacy cialis | discount lowest price […]

Binding the Invisible Hand

01.31.2007  |  No Comments ››

Free market economics, Smith’s Invisible Hand, Carrying Capacity and the limits to unbridled free market evolution.

Human Search Filters and the Wisdom of Science

01.03.2007  |  No Comments ››

The Internet is an impartial tool with which we can support our delusions of reality, or conversely build an objective and valid world-view. The tendency is toward the former, it takes intention and education to pursue the latter course.

The Beef with Beef

12.29.2006  |  No Comments ››

Cloned beef warning labels are unnecessary and will only increase irrational and uninformed public response.

Recipe for State Success

12.28.2006  |  No Comments ››

Five requirements of a free, innovative, progressive society.

Three Bedrooms: A Tribute to Carl Sagan

12.21.2006  |  3 Comments ››

Carl Sagan’s method of teaching science through stories was fantastic; the combination of human drama involving Renaissance dinner-parties, Japanese samurai, Italian bike-rides and imaginary trips to other worlds was viscerally affecting. His (and collaborator Ann’s) words, images and music were poetic and powerful.

Two Stagnant Years

11.10.2006  |  3 Comments ››

The next two years will see the Federal government locked in a logjam of procedure and ideology as significant initiatives get hung up on the ego of President Bush. For all his politically expedient talk of brotherly love and non-partisan progress subsequent to the recent congressional Democratic switch, the man in the Oval Office remains […]

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10.15.2006  |  No Comments ››

Join a Junto in Oswego, IL Several friends and I love having discussions regarding philosophy, political science, natural science, sociology and other similarly meaty topics. We emphatically do not all agree, neither do we come from the same starting points nor share identical (or occasionally even similar) views. We do tend to have a common […]

Trust and Security – Part 1 First National Bank and Trust

09.06.2006  |  1 Comment ››

The importance of trust to national stability, interpersonal relationships, international interactions and economic health.

This first part relays an abbreviated history of the Bank of the United States and its relevance to the War of 1812.