Archives March 2009

If there were a Temple of Geekdom...

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

…surely this cuneiform tablet inscribed with an approximation of √2, computed geometrically, a tablet that was fired a thousand years before Pythagoras was even born—surely this tablet would belong in the Holy of Holies.

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Blaming the victim (bonus capitalism edition)

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Bruce C. Greenwald of Columbia University explains why the rest of us can feel morally superior to those who were wiped out by Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme:

These were people with a fair amount of money, and most of them sought no professional advice. It’s like trying to do your own dentistry.

Umm, hello ...

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A big squishy center

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

According to the latest news from Israel, the Labor Party has decided to join Likud in a coalition government. “680 of Labor Party central committee members voted in favor of joining the coalition, while 570 voted against. The voter turnout stood at 78 percent of the committee members.”

By comparison, according to the Britannica ...

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Rambam, repentance, and racism

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

As you may have heard, there’s a massive…words fail me…going over the fannish segments of the Internet, particularly LiveJournal, that some have dubbed “RaceFail ’09”. (See here for a chronological and comprehensive list of links. Note that despite the “Fail” in the topic as a whole, the content is a mix of the thought-provoking and ...

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The pot, the kettle, and the civil rights commission

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

This past Shabbat, as I was bundling children up to leave our synagogue, I overheard some other members grumbling about a mosque that was being established in the Boston area—I forget where. To be precise, they were grumbling that some other folks were concerned about a Mormon center being established in the area, whereas we ...

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Self-determination, where “self” means “other”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I have read Rashid Khalidi’s book The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood, and I can thank John McCain for bringing his work to my attention.

You see, back in the fall, the McCain crew tried to make hay out of Obama’s alleged association with Khalidi, a former colleague of Obama’s ...

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