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Links With Your Coffee - Monday

  • ‘Take Back the Beep’ Campaign - Pogue’s Posts Blog -
    Over the past week, in The New York Times and on my blog, I’ve been ranting about one particularly blatant money-grab by American cellphone carriers: the mandatory 15-second voicemail instructions.
  • BBC NEWS | Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | Checking out of 'Hotel America'
    In more than seven years of life in America, I have come to value - to love, actually - the stolid, sunny, unchallenging, simple virtuousness of the American suburban psyche. The woman who is to sell our house is a prime specimen. She is perky. Nothing gets her down, not even the fact that we are selling in the midst of the biggest depression since the Great Flood. In this area it is different. "You have a lovely home!"

    But she thinks we have too many books. She does not say so but she talks of creating spaces on the shelves - for snow-globes, perhaps, or silver photo frames with perfect children showing off perfect teeth.
    This is a cultural thing. When selling a home in America, you have to pretend that you do not live there.

    No, you have to pretend that no-one lives there. Or ever has.

  • GE's silencing of Olbermann and MSNBC's sleazy use of Richard Wolffe - Glenn Greenwald -

    GE we keep free speech out of sight


  • Religion is a very public matter
    In their little piece on civility, where Barbara Forrest is quoted as saying "Be nice", Mooney and Kirshenbaum say this:

    Religion is a very private matter, and given that liberal religionists support church-state separation, we really have no business questioning their personal way of making meaning of the world.
    This is false. Religion is not a very private matter. It is a very public matter, and it is increasingly more and more public. How people make sense of the world, religiously, almost always seeks to impose itself on others.

    Religion does not respect boundaries. For a long time it was thought that religion had retreated to the private sphere, but it had not. Religious priorities were still reflected in law and social custom, but as soon as these came to be questioned, and in many cases overturned, religions began, once again, to strive to re-establish the religious 'foundations' of the culture. The introduction of an unreconstructed Islam into jurisdictions traditionally dominated by Christianity has led to renewed attempts to reassert Christian dominance.

  • The silliest smear | Democracy in America |
    IT'S hardly a new charge against atheists, but it has come up again several times recently in the blogosphere: that today's secularists, atheists, anti-theists and whatnot, including the publicly active ones, are "just as fundamentalist as the fundamentalists". It appears again and again in reader e-mails sent to Andrew Sullivan's blog (currently in the hands of guest-bloggers). This trope needs to be laughed out of existence, immediately.

  • Tenenbaum versus RIAA

  • Mercy for father who murdered his child? : White Coat Underground

    tip to Bill


  • t r u t h o u t | Why Health Care Isn't Going Away



RE: 'today's secularists, atheists, anti-theists and whatnot, including the publicly active ones, are "just as fundamentalist as the fundamentalists".'

Of course, lack of dogma is not dogma. A lack of belief in gods, by itself, is not (and can not) be dogma. But an anti-religion atheist certainly can (and historically has been) full of dogma. And those who preaching strict adherence to the mantra that "religion poisons everything" -necessarily- or assert that "[Religious belief] is a totalitarian belief." ... such people certainly deserve the label: "fundamentalist".

The blog still rocks--sorry I haven't been around. Busier than ever...

Welcome back, I was on the verge of shutting it down. Without your voice in the comment threads the regulars were getting tired of talking to each other.

Some good links here, Norm: plenty of food for thought. The Greenwald piece is particularly troubling--I always did find Wolffe slightly sleazy. I just wonder how deep this censorship agreement runs. Shame, because I rather enjoyed Keith taking periodic bites out of O'Reilly--no one else seems to bother.

Oh - I didn't realize the Greenwald column was here (only saw it in the comments on a later post). I think here is a point the left and the right might agree on (if only that GE is awful....)


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