We could send letters

I haven’t written much about the demonstrations in Myanmar because there didn’t seem like much I could add. Or much we could do. But maybe there is. Foreign Minister Nyan Win Ministry of Foreign Affairs Naypyitaw Union of Myanmar Dear Minister I am deeply concerned by the reports that hundreds of monks and other peaceful [Read More…]

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Bad habits

Congress, like many state legislatures, seems to think it has found a magic money source in order to fully fund SCHIP: expanding the cigarette tax. The heart and lung associations and the American Cancer Society have long supported an increase in the cigarette tax. They do so because they have evidence that shows that an [Read More…]

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The kids are alright

Amanda Marcotte introduces us to a new hero: Hannah Lindquist, 14, a freshman at Tri-Valley Central School in Grahamsville, N.Y. According to the local chain paper, the school started out by banning all school bags. This decision, they said, was supposedly partly to protect students from the burden of carrying heavy bags (because, I guess, [Read More…]

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Wait’ll next year

If you lose 12 out of your last 17 games, you don’t deserve to keep playing. This must be how Ralph Branca felt, or maybe these guys: [Read more…]

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Lying liars

Teresa Nielsen Hayden has a long post about “Lying in the name of God, surveying several instances of scholars who were misrepresented in sleazy, dishonest “creationist” DVDs. You should go read the whole thing (and, as always over there at Making Light, you should read all the comments as well). Realizing that “go read the [Read More…]

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Your lying eyes

See, this really isn’t that complicated. If you told me your life story and I responded that you really didn’t understand what you were talking about as well as I did, you would (rightly) think I was an idiot. But for some reason, sportswriters are eager to exhibit exactly this idiocy whenever some black athlete [Read More…]

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The Question and The Column

It happens every spring. And every summer, fall and winter. Some black athlete accidentally gives an honest and accurate answer to The Question, and then it’s off to the races. The Question in question, which gets asked on an almost daily basis, is some variation of “How is your experience different from that of a [Read More…]

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Hijack this thread

When I worked in the bookstore, we played this long-running game with book titles. The game, which was shamefully juvenile but endlessly amusing, was simply to add the phrase “in my pants” to the title of any book. (Similar to Demetri Martin’s observation that anything you say sounds sleazy if you just add the word [Read More…]

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