Monthly Archives: January 2013

Film Review: A Late Quartet

Disclaimer: I approached this film with prejudice. Several things shine in my life: I love chamber music; I think Philip Seymour Hoffman is the best actor around; Katherine Keener is hot; and I am starved for realistic drama. So when … Continue reading

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Film Review: Silver Linings Playbook

It is a complete mystery to me that this film earned a nomination for best picture. Not that there’s nothing good I can say about it: the acting is competent, the characters original and the photography and direction okay. But … Continue reading

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Bozo counts!

Some 30,000 Americans have signed a petition urging the U.S. government to spend 850 quadrillion dollars in building a “Death Star” to protect the country. The stupidity is awe-inspiring. These bozos have no inkling of size. How much is 850 … Continue reading

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A licence to persecute

According to a story in today’s paper, Muslims in Egypt have already used their new Islam-friendly provisional constitution to persecute Coptic Christians. This follows the wacko fundies in the American south pushing for the definition of the United States as … Continue reading

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Yipee! We’re gonna live a thousand years. No. Wait.

“We don’t know how old the first person who will live to 150 is today, but the first person to live to 1,000 is almost certainly less than 20 years younger.” Gerontologist Aubrey de Grey as quoted by Peter Singer, … Continue reading

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There are more of us than you think

Over the holidays, I learned about Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking . Being exceptionally introverted and a tightwad to boot, I decided to borrow it from the Vancouver Public Library. … Continue reading

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The “science can’t . . . ” gambit

So you’ve demolished the arguments advanced by your woo-loving religious adversary: astrology trashed; homeopathy shredded; creationism flushed. But then your opponent’s eyes light up and a wry smile crosses his lips. You know what’s coming, don’t you? “Science may have … Continue reading

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