Sickness Industry

The July/August 2009 issue of Technology Review is especially good. In it there are articles on Wolfram Alpha, cap and trade, Obama’s technology stimulus, and nuclear fusion. It also contains an entire section on cloud computing and a thought-provoking essay on privacy in the age of Facebook. A Pound of Cure (subscription required) Andy Kessler, […]

A Surgent Atheism

More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops Laurie Goodstein, NY Times, April 26, 2009 A surgent rational humanism movement in this country is a good thing. This article brought a huge smile to my face. I hope that more people publicly “coming out of the closet” will embolden others to do the same. I hope […]

A Silver Lining

Luxury or Necessity? The Public Makes a U-Turn Rich Morin and Paul Taylor, Pew Research Center, April 23, 2009 Could our current economic recession be beneficial? In several ways, yes. One benefit may be that our gluttonous consumerism will wane. Hopefully the new behaviors will be required long enough to become habits. It finds that […]

God’s Army

Jesus killed Mohammed: The crusade for a Christian military Jeff Sharlet, Harper’s Magazine, May 2009, pg. 31 Download the article (pdf). If the following excerpt doesn’t piss you off the remainder of the article surely will. The pious evangelical Christians who would have you think they are a benign-to-positive force are disingenuous at best. They […]

A More Secular America

The End of Christian America Jon Meacham, Newsweek, April 4, 2009 Then came the point he could not get out of his mind: while the unaffiliated have historically been concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, the report said, “this pattern has now changed, and the Northeast emerged in 2008 as the new stronghold of the religiously […]