Judge This: NYC’s Anti-Fattening Drinks Ad Campaign

Saturday on the subway I was enjoying the above poster, as I have numerous times throughout the semester.  And in fact, I haven’t just been seeing it on the subways but in my mind whenever I think of sodas now.  In fact I’ve had this image in my head since before I saw the ad [Read More...]

“Holiday Co-options”, Or “What Exactly Did We Celebrate Saturday?”

Richard Wade on the evolution of a holiday: Last night, we celebrated Celtic Harvest, Livestock Slaughter and Passing of the Dead Festival Co-opted to Roman Pagan Harvest, Livestock Slaughter and Passing of he Dead Festival Co-opted to Roman Catholic All Saints Vigil/Feast Co-opted to Capitalist Subconscious Psycho-Sexual Sado-Masochistic Eros-Thanatos Paravestite Fetish Fantasy Catharsis and Candy [Read More...]

Katie Couric Presses Glenn Beck To Define The “White Culture” He Alleges Obama Hates

I am simply appalled at the deep cynicism that keeps this rotten reckless, racist, careless, moronic, lying lunatic on the air: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Sex Offenders Or Curious Teenagers

Andrew Sullivan points to this post arguing that the law is damaging many lives by not adequately distinguishing the difference: The sex offender laws will kick in and are guaranteed to destroy any ambition your child may have for success. Any attempts to better themselves, or become productive members of your community, will be throttled [Read More...]

American World Geography

via Daniel Florien Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Value Of Religious Moderates And The Danger Of Isolating Religious And Political Fundamentalists

Recently Karen Armstrong is coming out with a book arguing for an extremely apophatic conception of God that rejects all manner of biblical literalism but still insists on some important reference to God and is critical of the New Atheists.  Recently she and Richard Dawkins both responded to a Wall Street Journal solicitation for their [Read More...]

Really, America?

Creation, a new film about Charles Darwin cannot get any US distributors because of fear of fundamentalist backlash: However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of [Read More...]

Judge This: Derren Brown False Lesson In Mathematics For Britain

I was really irritated last night by Derren Brown’s choice to use his lottery trick on national TV in Britain to propagate fundamentally bogus mathematical thinking and to convince a group of people that their belief in their abilities to reach into the subconscious was able to generate knowledge of winning lottery ticket numbers.  It’s [Read More...]

God Is In The House

As I’ve mentioned before:  As far as I go, no singer/songwriter better explores the theme of religion or better employs religious imagery than Nick Cave.  Very few people write either religious music or music about religion that avoids either preaching on its behalf or railing against it.  Nick Cave is liberated from any creedal loyalty [Read More...]


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