Archives June 2006

So close

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

When the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, it held that even if the Guantánamo detainee’s rights under the Geneva Conventions were being violated, an American court had no jurisdiction to intervene; violations of the Geneva Conventions were supposed to be handled through political and diplomatic channels, not through the ...

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The happiest atheists in Oklahoma

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

American Atheists reports on a legal case, in which a high-school student’s refusal to say the Lord’s Prayer with her basketball team escalated into trumped-up assault charges against the girl’s father:

In closing argument, Edwin told the jury that it really should not be necessary for an Atheist to tell them it is wrong to ...

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Pluralism and hypocrisy

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

When Kibbutz Degania, the first socialist kibbutz in Israel, announced that it was going to build a synagogue on site, Rabbi Dr. Dalia Sara Marx, a teacher at Hebrew Union College, responded with bewildered disappointment, if not outrage. How, she asked, could a community that carried the flame of progressive Judaism invite—shudder—Orthodox rabbis to ...

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Life --- art

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

So when was the last time you had this dizzy sensation that your country had not merely degenerated, but passed into some terrifying Dimension of Suck, making you want to curl up in a fetal position and wait for a meteor strike to rescue you from the pure psychotic ludicrousness of it all?

In my ...

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We're baaaack...

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The switchover from Speakeasy to Verizon DSL is, thank God and Shannon, complete.

Unfortunately, paragraph 3, clause (j), of Verizon’s Acceptable Use Policy states that I may not use their DSL service “to damage the name or reputation of Verizon, its parent, affiliates and subsidiaries, or any third parties”, so I don’t think I can ...

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They took the inter out of my internet

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

As previously noted, I am transferring my DSL service from Speakeasy ($70/month) to Verizon ($15/month). What I didn’t expect, when I made that fateful call to cancel my Speakeasy service, is there are a few (three? five? O Lord, when will it end?) days of lag between Speakeasy cutting me off and Verizon ...

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