Archive for August, 2005

Creationists and Morality

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

The problem facing Creationists is, if the world is essentially random, what is the basis of morality? Philosophers have been working on that for more than 200 years. Nietzsche had it right, I think: There is none. Power is everything, and we are driven by a will to power. I think history bears him out, as hard as that is to accept. (more…)

Loners

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

The strange new truth, according to census figures, is that the single largest chunk of American households now consists of people who live alone. No spouse or partner, no kids or other relatives, no roommate or boarder. Alone. (more…)

The End of Everything

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

An article by Morris Dickstein and an interview with Camille Paglia have me thinking about endings and beginnings. Dickstein muses about the End of Theory, Paglia denounces the status quo in the arts, literature and the academy, and then praises the economic system that produced it. (more…)

Europe in decline?

Friday, August 12th, 2005

Europe is losing population due to a declining birth rate, but gaining through immigration, largely from the Middle East. Is this the end of Europe? (more…)

Art in the time of capitalism

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

“For nearly eight decades, the line was king at Disney.”

A Wall Street Journal op-ed laments the demise of hand-drawn animation. (more…)

What’s al Qaeda reading these days?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Harry Potter might be a favourite with kids, but strange as it may seem, he is also a favourite with Islamic terror suspects at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay.

According to The Washington Times, JK Rowling’s tales are on top of the request list for the camp’s 520 al Qaeda and Taliban suspects, followed by Agatha Christie whodunits.

If they really wanted to torture them they could hand out Ann Coulter books.

Harry Potter casts a spell on jihadis

Readings in foreign policy

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

I recently read Robert Merry’s Sands of Empire: Missionary Zeal, American Foreign Policy, and the Hazards of Global Ambition, which discusses Bush administration foreign policy as it applies to the war on terror and the war in Iraq. Merry traces much of the ideology behind the Iraq invasion to neoconservatism, an ideology popular with several members of the administration. (more…)

The spammer invasion

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

Spammers starting flocking to the Birds of a Feather forum in May. What started as random posts turned into a deluge. Barring them meant going back to school and learning a few tricks. (more…)

I’ve capitulated

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

Okay, I admit it. I just had to have a blog. (more…)