November 2005

The opening of Simon Whitaker’s piece “Nowhere to run” in today’s Guardian commands attention: There is a remarkable article in the latest issue of the American Jewish weekly, Forward. It calls for President Bush to be impeached and put on trial ‘for misleading the American people, and launching the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus…

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A couple of apparently unrelated things happened earlier this month. First, I went through the annual ritual called Open Enrollment, during which I reviewed all of the optional elements of my Sun benefits (health insurance, dental coverage, health spending accounts, life insurance, and so forth) and selected the coverage that I wanted for the next…

Read More Drucker and my health insurance

Although I’m primarily a Mac user, I’ve always had a WinTel PC at home, mostly for playing games. (I prefer turn-based games like Civilization and Alpha Centauri, as well as city-building simulations like Rome. However I occasionally fire up something in the Doom/Quake genre.) My current PC is an eMachines tower with an aftermarket video…

Read More My PC emulates the Norwegian Blue…..

Here’s Penn Jillette’s contribution to the NPR series this i believe. Forget about the subtle distinctions between positve atheism, negative atheism, agnosticism, and so forth: Penn just cuts to the chase. “I believe there is no God.” He expresses my belief exactly, but more wittily and with a bigger audience 😉 Key quote: Believing there’s…

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My colleague Richard just posted a piece reminding us of Siegfried Sassoon’s powerful protest against the exploitation of the honour and duty of soldiers by the ignorant and cynical. He also links to a fascinating CD by David Behrman based on correspondence between his father and Sassoon. I’ve just ordered the CD; I’ll review it…

Read More Sassoon's "Statement Against The Continuation Of The War – July 1917"