Tuesday, April 20, 2010

News and observations

News item: Study: Insurance companies hold billions in fast food stock (CNN)

Observation: This is a bit like mining companies taking out life insurance on their employees

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News item: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's hard right turn (Maclean's)

Observation: It's too bad that America's noxious mix of religion and politics (which inevitably corrupts both) has drifted northward.

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Comment [verbatim]: "Since we seem to be the worlds policeman. The US should be paid for it. If we are going to be in the Pursian Gulf , Pursia needs to pay the US (I think they can afford it." (seen on an NCPR blog entry)

Observation: "There's nothing scarier than ignorance in action." -Tom Smothers

Further observation: "The argument against democracy is to spend 5 minutes with the average voter." -My old high school friend Dan

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Article: The Return of Christian Terrorism:Threats of right-wing violence have doubled in the past year. What is behind the latest upsurge in the movement to create a Christian theocratic state? (Alternet)

Observation: Probably the arrival of a president who, though religious, doesn't shove his religion down people's throats at every waking instant. This is seen by Christian theocrats as "secularism."

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Article: How the FCC Can Protect the Internet from Pro-Corporate Judges and Greedy Telecoms (Alternet)

Observation: If you don't want your internet provider to routinely block your favorite website (whether TheDailyShow.com, GlennBeck.com or anything in between), you should support net neutrality.

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