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’Tis a light man that drinks a light beer August 8, 2009

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As a news/politics junkie and a fan of the Bard, this is right up my alley:
A tale told by an idiot

(via Sullivan)

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Superman comic strip to appear weekly in USA Today June 15, 2009

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According to Newsarama, USA Today will be printing a Superman comic every Wednesday in strip form for 12 weeks.

I think this is insanely cool, not only for geeks, but in a super-old-timey nostalgia way. We’re talking 1930’s nostalgia here.

God of the Aliens May 14, 2008

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At least the Vatican isn’t threatened by the prospects of extraterrestrial life, compared to some religious groups.

The Vatican’s chief astronomer says that believing in aliens does not contradict faith in God.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, says that the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

In an interview published Tuesday by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Funes says that such a notion “doesn’t contradict our faith” because aliens would still be God’s creatures.

The interview was headlined “The extraterrestrial is my brother.” Funes said that ruling out the existence of aliens would be like “putting limits” on God’s creative freedom.

Link to the AP article

Brits: Religion is ‘the new social evil’ April 23, 2008

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According to a recent Times articule, a poll of 3500 showed the “dominant opinion” of Britons is that religion is now among the ‘worst blights on modern society’. No exact numbers are given. Does this indicate a trend of Europeans moving from their traditional apathetic secularism to outright intolerance? Or is it merely a backlash to the confluence of Muslims to the region?

From my American perspective, I think that female and black presidential candidates are well overdue (Ferraro was going for the veep spot in 1984). Now getting an atheist (or gay) person the nomination would really be an impressive lurch forward for American tolerance. I know America isn’t anywhere close to widely accepting those ‘minorities’, but it’s not like having Clinton or Obama as the president indicates we’re furiously enlightened.

Those Delta Blues: Garrison Keillor’s Eulogy to Northwest Airlines April 17, 2008

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A thoughtful and eloquent piece by one Minnesotan institution about another.

April 16, 2008 | I flew to New York on the day spring arrived and all along 90th Street a lovely blue flower called Pushkinia blossomed which is named for the poet who, according to Russians, cannot be translated into English, but Tchaikovsky made a gorgeous opera of “Eugene Onegin,” which is some consolation, and then there is the flower.

Read the rest from salon.com.

Right Now April 13, 2008

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I was bored this afternoon and threw together a short montage (everyone loves a montage) based on a spur of the moment idea prompted by a song that came up on iTunes (can you guess which song?). Enjoy. Or don’t. 🙂

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1243006/barack_obama_right_now/

Paris Olympic relay canceled due to protests April 7, 2008

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The last part of the Olympic torch’s Paris tour has been canceled due to protesters.

I like that 3 out of the 4 protesters in the pics are of Asian descent, despite the tour being in Europe. It gives them more legitimacy. I don’t know how often they’ve had to cancel Olympic relays or distinguish the torch in the past, but I can’t imagine it happens too often. There’s always crazies, but nothing like this.

Some people say that the Olympics is not the forum for demonstrations. I personally think it’s the perfect forum. The Olympics is meant to bring together the world in peace. I think using it as a tool to reveal the non-peaceful actions of host governments fits within the spirit of the event. What’s the alternative? China’s internal and external problems are ignored and the IOC, China, and NBC make billions of dollars, as usual.