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Friday, March 04, 2005

Dodgers Let Joe Amalfitano Fade Away

Sure, he once played for the Giants, but come on, Joey has baseball SOUL. Anyway, as Plaschke tells it:

"Amalfitano was the old-timer who studied batting practice on the field, watched from the press box during the game, walked quietly downstairs afterward to dissect plays, debated strategies, congratulated a jittery kid on drawing a walk." READ MORE:

Monday, February 28, 2005

Texas Republican Congressman Ready To Personally Drop Nukes On Syria

"Syria is the problem. Syria is where those weapons of mass destruction are, in my view. You know, I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on 'em and I'll make one pass. We won't have to worry about Syria anymore."

This is not a joke, satire, caricature, or parody. This is a quote from an elected official of the United States government; a representative of the people, of you and me, advocating the murder of 17 million people. His name is Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas). How does one respond to this without becoming shrill? How has our country come to the point where a man like Johnson could get elected to congress? READ MORE:

Sunday, February 27, 2005

The Bush Family Goes To, er, Profits From, War

Check out how Neil, Marvin, Bucky, and the boys are doing:

Not Enough Pukes In Iraq Being Turned Into "A Fine Red Mist" For Your Taste?

Well never fear, Mr. Bush's policies may help restart the Cold War.

(From:LA Times)
"Among the counterproductive American moves have been: the eastward expansion of NATO (thereby breaking a promise the first President Bush made to Gorbachev); the American withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which had discouraged a new nuclear arms race; the bogus nuclear weapons reduction treaty of 2002; and the ongoing military encirclement of Russia with U.S. and NATO bases in former Soviet territories.

Those unwise U.S. policies, which in Moscow are viewed as attempts to isolate and "contain" Russia, are leading to a new Cold War". READ MORE:

Your Brain On Adverising

The lead article in today's LA Times looks at how the brain responds to adverising, and what some of the implications might be.

"Moreover, researchers suspect that the inescapable influence of marketing does more than change minds. It may alter the brain."

"Just as practicing the piano or learning to read can physically alter areas of the cerebral cortex, the intense, repetitive stimulation of marketing might shape susceptible brain circuits involved in decision-making." READ MORE:

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