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January 31, 2007

Molly Ivins Dead

Molly Ivins, Populist Texas Columnist, Dies at 62
Molly Ivins, the liberal newspaper columnist who delighted in skewering politicians and interpreting, and mocking, her Texas culture, died today at her home in Austin. She was 62...In her last column, earlier this month, she urged readers to “raise hell” against the war.

One of my favorite journalists is gone, her voice will be missed. As for me I'll just keep raising hell. We'll miss you Molly.

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Keith Olbermann - Special Comment

Three strikes and you're out. Bush had three the he took an extra and he missed that one as well. Keith Olbermann documents the president's lies in the State of the Union




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January 30, 2007

God's Friends Are Nuts

Evidence the Evangelical, we don't like science crowd, is seriously deluded and abusing children to boot. You want an example of child abuse John Kasich and Fox News, take a look at this. The clip is from the HBO Friends of God Documentary currently playing on HBO don't miss it.




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The Best Sex

Here it is your moment of Zen updated This is from the excellent documentary Friends of God




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January 29, 2007

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Dear God

Fox's John Kasich interviews atheist Brian Flemming about the Blasphemy Challenge. Good Job Brian.




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January 28, 2007

Sunday Funnies

My favorite, Colbert explaining the President's healthcare plan. He nailed it.
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Silence is No Longer an Option

Sean Penn, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins speak at anti-war rally. This is the first time Jane has spoken at an anti-war rally in 34 years. Welcome back Jane, and thanks; your voice still rings true.




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January 27, 2007

Textmate

If you use a Mac and have a favorite text editor, try Textmate and the odds are that you'll switch. It features a Bright, Patient Design

The buzz around TextMate started many months ago, but it's when folks started to ask me to order it that I started to pay attention. There is no copy protection known to man that any bright engineer can't circumvent, so when an engineer asks you to purchase the software they're saying, "This is the shit. We should pay these guys for this fine piece of work.
After two steady months of TextMate, I'm happy to declare it my editor of choice because it demonstrates a design philosophy I love. Bright, Patient Design. I'll explain.

A well-designed application gently lets you know it's smarter than you. It goes like this:

TextMate: "Hi Rands, I'm TextMate."

Rands: "Quiet, you, I've got stuff to do and no time to do it. I don't have time to learn a whole crap load of keyboard commands. I'm just trying to format some HTML. Please stay out of my way."

TextMate: "You bet. Just holler if you need anything." [insert silence]

TextMate's interface is a big huge empty space. No toolbar, a clean menu structure. You just start doing whatever it is you do and then, eventually, you need something.

Rands: "TextMate, I need to create a link and IF YOU'RE GOING TO PUT ME THROUGH HOOPS WE'RE THROUGH. I MEAN IT."

TextMate: "Sure, see that status bar at the bottom, all the HTML commands are there."

Rands: "Great, now shut up."

TextMate: "You bet."

Exploring the status bar at the bottom of each TextMate window is your first glimpse into Bright Patient Design. In a single status bar, TextMate's potential explodes. First, there's a exhaustive list of all the different language types supported by TextMate along with a set of formatting and template commands for each and every language. But wait a tick...

Rands: "Hey, TextMate."

TextMate: "Yo."

Rands: "I need to add a link."

TextMate: "Did you check out that status bar?"

Rands: "Yeah, it's CTRL-SHIFT-L, but I need to associate it with this URL I just put on clipboard. How do..."

TextMate: "Rands, did you use the command?"

Rands: "No, but do I need to paste the HTML and then paste..."

TextMate: "Use the damned command."

So I do. Ctrl-Shift-L and TextMate does exactly what it's supposed to do. It adds the HREF and it automagically pastes the URL on my clipboard into the HREF. In my book, TextMate has just taken two separate tasks and made them one. Folks, that's a 50% savings and 50% savings is engineering nirvana. Careers are made on 50% savings.

No More

Tens of thousands in D.C. protest war including Salt Lake's Rocky Anderson who spoke at the event. Thank you Rocky Anderson




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Surge

Wanda Sykes comments on George's State of the Union speech, and suggests a job he would be good at when he leaves the White House.




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January 26, 2007

A Quotation for Today

"What do you call bad?— Those who always want to put to shame.What do you consider most humane?—To spare someone shame."—Nietzsche

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January 25, 2007

Only In Utah

A Utah legislator is concerned that " Some bars and clubs currently sponsor Texas Hold'em nights, where participants receive chips for free and can win prizes in a poker tournament." He's alarmed because this is a gambling-like activity. Fortunately his proposal is only for bars and clubs. Can you imagine forgoing the gambling-like activities we enjoy every day, like betting on what stupid bill will get a hearing in our state legislature. Oh yes, and my wife informs me that our getting married was a gamble. Life is like that, one gambling-like activity after another.

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January 24, 2007

The Democratic Response

Jim Webb (D) Virginia delivers the Democratic Response to the President's State of the Union message.




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Rumors and Truth

Kudos to CNN for doing some real journalism.




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January 23, 2007

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January 22, 2007

A country in question

A country in question - Haaretz - Israel News

"Nobody does Israel any service by proclaiming its 'right to exist,' wrote Abba Eban in a November 1981 article in The New York Times. "Israel's right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel's legitimacy is not suspended in midair, awaiting acknowledgement by the Saudi royal house. Nor does the Palestine Liberation Organization have the legal status to grant recognition to any country, or to deny it recognition."

Hillary




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Soulless

The Mystery of Consciousness -- Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 -- Printout -- TIME

SCIENTISTS HAVE EXORCISED THE GHOST FROM THE MACHINE NOT because they are mechanistic killjoys but because they have amassed evidence that every aspect of consciousness can be tied to the brain. Using functional MRI, cognitive neuroscientists can almost read people's thoughts from the blood flow in their brains. They can tell, for instance, whether a person is thinking about a face or a place or whether a picture the person is looking at is of a bottle or a shoe.

And consciousness can be pushed around by physical manipulations. Electrical stimulation of the brain during surgery can cause a person to have hallucinations that are indistinguishable from reality, such as a song playing in the room or a childhood birthday party. Chemicals that affect the brain, from caffeine and alcohol to Prozac and LSD, can profoundly alter how people think, feel and see. Surgery that severs the corpus callosum, separating the two hemispheres (a treatment for epilepsy), spawns two consciousnesses within the same skull, as if the soul could be cleaved in two with a knife.

And when the physiological activity of the brain ceases, as far as anyone can tell the person's consciousness goes out of existence. Attempts to contact the souls of the dead (a pursuit of serious scientists a century ago) turned up only cheap magic tricks, and near death experiences are not the eyewitness reports of a soul parting company from the body but symptoms of oxygen starvation in the eyes and brain. In September, a team of Swiss neuroscientists reported that they could turn out-of-body experiences on and off by stimulating the part of the brain in which vision and bodily sensations converge.

Sunday Funnies

Iraq, global warming, and a saint running for president provide this weeks funnies.




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  • And why not one non-existent god is as good as the next.
  • Pakistan's blasphemy edicts are bad laws that need to be amended or repealed. The Musharraf regime announced back in 2000 that these laws would be reviewed and procedural changes introduced to protect against their abuse, only to be followed by a hasty re
  • I've been pondering something Julian says in Atheism: a very short introduction (again). I think there's something I disagree with; unless I misunderstand it, which is always possible. It's to do with his overall rejection of what he calls 'militant at
  • Yet another reader forwarded me a link to a rather dreadful article. This one seems to be by someone who knows better, but prefers to stick with his political beliefs rather than an honest exploration of the facts. He's trying to help provide cover for th
  • In case we needed further evidence of the demise of civilization, on Saturday I noticed two vanity license plates of complementary offensiveness: “IM SVD,” which I translate as “I’m Saved,” and “LV AU,” or “Love Gold.”
  • “Americans have different ways of saying things. They say elevator, we say lift. . . they say President, we say stupid psychopathic git. . . .”

January 21, 2007

Global Warming

What is it with George Will, did he just take a stupid pill. Sam Donaldson does an excellent job of exposing George's faulty reasoning. Oh and by the way George it looks like China is more forward looking than we currently are.




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Imagine That

They demand that we respect their beliefs. They don't understand why they are ridiculed. What is even more amazing is that the media takes this shit seriously in their reporting. The emporer has no clothes and the media has no integrity.




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January 16, 2007

Norman Mailer’s All-Time Enemies List

Norman Mailer’s All-Time Enemies List -- New York Magazine

Whenever Norman Mailer puts out a new book—his latest, The Castle in the Forest: A Novel, about Hitler, comes out next week—eager profilists find it compulsory to mention that the famous pugilist has “mellowed.” It’s hard to dispute, given his two canes and near blindness, but if the reviews for Castle are bad (and the buzz ain’t good), don’t be surprised if the old lion roars yet again. After all, it was only last month in Esquire that he took on one longtime foe, Times critic Michiko Kakutani, saying, “What put the hair up her immortal Japanese ass is beyond me.” Below, a necessarily much-abbreviated dossier, Mailer’s All-Time Enemies List.

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January 15, 2007

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January 14, 2007

Always Present Never There

BBC's Radio 4 News Quiz on bigotry. Damn funny! A big thanks to Roger for the clip




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"Religion hinges upon faith, politics hinges upon who can tell the most convincing lies or maybe just shout the loudest, but science hinges upon whether its conclusions resemble what actually happens."—Ian Stewart (1945—)

Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich candidate for president 2008




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January 13, 2007

God’s Word

The Science Creative Quarterly » IT’S A LUCKY THING FOR EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY THAT THE FOLLOWING PASSAGES AREN’T IN THE BIBLE

Jesus then entered the farm, and saw creatures of every shape and size, and so said to his followers, “Hey, my Dad made that creature, and that creature, and also that creature… Actually, now that I think about it, he made them all.”

(Via Pharyngula.)

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January 12, 2007

Feingold On The Escalation

I think Feingold has it exactly right, bring them home and do it now. We don't honor our brave soliders, we don't honor the dead and the wounded by adding to their numbers. We honor their sacrifice by making sure not one more dies for George Walker Bush's hubris.




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January 11, 2007

Special Comment - Oceania

A Keith Olberman's Special Comment— Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.


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Countdown with Keith Olbermann

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January 10, 2007

Follow The Leader

Check it out the program lineup that follows the president's speech, how appropriate is that. Thanks to Dan for the get.

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January 9, 2007

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And the headline contest winners are:

Stone for "Cheney Shoots, Eats, First Dog" and Anthony's MASSIVE ANTI-TRUST CASES LOOM FOR BIG PHARMA AS WAR ON DRUGS TAKES SURPRISING NEW TURN

Okay winners send me your email addresses and I'll have Amazon send you your certificates.

January 8, 2007

Sunday Funnies

The Sunday Funnies, George has rhythm.




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January 7, 2007

Has The Surge Begun?

It may have started. Shelley thinks it's happening right now. "We've had at least four major movements of planes out of Scott airforce base today. . . and it could be nothing, but I've never heard this many go out at once." and this on the day that we learn from the Salt Lake Tribune that Utahns break from Bush on Iraq "Reddest state no longer behind war's handling, split on 'surge'."
It's over George, you've squandered too many of our brave young men and women and you've destroyed the reputation of a once proud nation. It's time for you to resign and take your vice president with you. Are you ready Nancy?

Lay The Three

Dave Letterman with some thoughts on Pat Robertson's communication with 'GOD'




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Late Show with David Letterman

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January 6, 2007

Human Worth

David Cross explains how a person that makes more money than you is better than you.




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Mr Show

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January 5, 2007

Only In Utah

Only in Utah, a continuing series of stories highlighting the 'fun' of living in the Beehive State. In Utah smoking and drinking rank high on the list of crimes against humanity and so it's not surprising that Richard suffered at the mere hint of impropriety, as reported by Paul Rolly in the Salt Lake Tribune
What's in a word? Richard Lainhart took a last-minute package filled with Christmas gifts to the U.S. Postal Service's self-service Salt Lake City Sunnyside branch to mail it just before Christmas. The next day, the postal carrier brought the package back to Lainhart's house as "undeliverable." The carrier said the box couldn't be mailed because it contained the label "Wine Glasses." In Utah, just the word "wine" made the contents contraband, even though they had nothing to do with wine.

Lake of Fire

Craig Ferguson on Pat Robertson's 2007 predictions.




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Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

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January 4, 2007

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Bible Study

"I'm thinking about the enigma of ancient spiritual texts, and then all of a sudden things are explained to me." —Craig Ferguson


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Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

January 3, 2007

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Special Comment - Sacrifice

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on sacrifice. A call for George W. Bush to quit his delaying, his doddling, and his deferring to consider the good of the nation and not a misguided quest for a place in history other than the one he's already secured, worst president ever.




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Countdown with Keith Olbermann

January 2, 2007

A Week In Advance

David Cross, a very funny guy, in "The Pretaped Call In Show"


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Mr Show

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January 1, 2007

Headline, it's a contest

It's a contest. My local paper, the Salt Lake Tribune has a feature each new year where they accept submissions for 'Dream Headlines' I thought it might be fun to do something similar here at onegoodmove. The headlines can be either humorous or serious. Humorous is more fun so there is a $25.00 Amazon Gift Certificate for the best humorous submission, while a good serious headline will score you a $15.00 certificate. I'm the sole judge so you may want to take that into consideration as you think about what headlines you'd like to see in 2007 or that would just make you smile.

My favorite from the Tribune was submitted by Fred Brady, "Hatch shot while attempting gangsta rap". I also smiled at Arthur Reilly's, "We have gay priests, why not gay weddings". Had they extended the deadline for submissions I could have had my idea rejected, "Saddam rises on the third day: complains of sore neck but otherwise okay."

The contest will run until midnight GMT-7 the 7th of January. Have fun!

And the winners are:

Stone for "Cheney Shoots, Eats, First Dog" and Anthony's MASSIVE ANTI-TRUST CASES LOOM FOR BIG PHARMA AS WAR ON DRUGS TAKES SURPRISING NEW TURN

Okay winners send me your email addresses and I'll have Amazon send you your certificates.

What Are You Optimistic About?

The Edge Annual Question — 2007

WHAT ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT? WHY?

As an activity, as a state of mind, science is fundamentally optimistic. Science figures out how things work and thus can make them work better. Much of the news is either good news or news that can be made good, thanks to ever deepening knowledge and ever more efficient and powerful tools and techniques. Science, on its frontiers, poses more and ever better questions, ever better put.

What are you optimistic about? Why? Surprise us!

Here are three of my favorites to get you started:

Sam Harris
Richard Dawkins
Daniel Dennett

Colbert Crackdown

The President seems to have silenced Stephen Colbert for a time, but I predict he'll be back next week.




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Five Years

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Onegoodmove begins its sixth year today and extends a big thank you to all who have made this a special place for progressives to share their hopes for a better world. We've done it with humor and with a commitment to the values we share. I didn't invent the internet, I didn't even invent blogging, but I've made the most of it, and look forward to sharing the coming year with all of you.

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