Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A Class Divided

[Frontline video]

A lesson on discrimination for 3rd graders

Monday, February 27, 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006

The rich help the rich.
The poor help the poor.

A couple of exceptions possibly, but for the most part.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


The moon, as seen from Wikipedia.

Truth, justice, or the American Way

[New Yorker Article] on our willful policy of torture.

Monday, February 20, 2006

On slavery, from the 2nd inaugural

If God wills that the scourge of war continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil
shall be sunk,

and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash
shall be paid by another drawn by the sword,

as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said,
"The judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

Friday, February 17, 2006

Wilson's Good Neighbor Policy

Between 1914 and 1918, the United States intervened in Haiti, in Cuba, in Panama and particularly often in Mexico. The U.S. kept troops in Nicaragua throughout Wilson's administration and forced Nicaragua to pass the Bryan-Chamorro Treaty.[Wiki]

In Cuba, in the Dominican Republic, in Haiti and in Nicaragua, Wilson set the stage for Batista, Trujillo, Duvalier, and Somoza.

In addition to being a colonial imperialist, Wilson was also a white supremicist, reviving interest in the Ku Klux Klan which US Grant had worked so hard against.

Helen Keller, the flaming socialist, called Wilson "the greatest individual disappointment the world has ever known."
[Lies My Teacher Told Me]

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Just War

It's just war.

What is wrong with inhuman treatment?

I think the biggest problem is that it is all too human.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Cambodia, 1975

"All children must be taught that evil must be opposed."

Free trade, up to a point

Friday, February 10, 2006

Do some evil

Yahoo provided data that helped China convict a journalist.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Jane Austin

Upon the whole, therefore, she found, what has sometimes been found before, that an event to which she had looked forward with impatient desire did not, in taking place, bring all the satisfaction she had promised herself. It was consequently necessary to name some other period for the commencement of actual felicity - to have some other point on which her wishes and hopes might be fixed, and by again enjoying the pleasure of anticipation, console herself for the present, and prepare for another disappointment.

Hydrogen is not a source of energy

Any more than electricity is.
Both must be made from something else.

Monday, February 06, 2006

To solve the oil crisis

Bush advocates adding alcohol to gasoline. And presumably by letting most cars take CAFE credit for running on 15% blends (E85), since many can run on that, even though E85 is not available.
The typical alcohol blend is 7% alchohol not 15%.

Another way to use alcohol to reduce oil consumption

The BarCar

Saturday, February 04, 2006

"Chavez elected fairly" says Rumsfeld

Like Hitler, he adds. Or Salvadore Allende.
Venezuela responds.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Impeach Bush

It is a question of priorities. Obey the law or catch the bad guys?
If the government won't obey the law, they are the bad guys.