Pictures of casualties have long played into the politics of a war — most notably in Vietnam, dubbed the “living-room war” for its extensive television coverage, including footage of coffins rolling off planes at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii as if off a conveyor belt. Indeed, starting in the 1990s, politicians and generals used the term “the Dover test” to describe the public’s tolerance for troop casualties.
I don’t care what George Bush does. He’s a loose cannon, but he will do what he will do, no one can stop him, and it will go down in history along with his failed legacy and whatever he manages to make of the rest of his life.
The same is true of any further Sarah Palin shenanigans. She has had her fifteen minutes. If her followers are foolish enough to try elevating her further, it will simply make her an easy target for more skilled thinkers and doers. I will not consign her to being a Nobody, for we are all more than that, but unless she again threatens my country she’s not very interesting, and I won’t be paying much attention to her from now on.
As for John McCain — Continue reading
NEW YORK CITY — When the Dalai Lama, was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal in a Washington D.C. ceremony on Oct. 17, the focus was on his role as a voice for human rights in Tibet and worldwide. But he is also the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. USA TODAY religion reporter Cathy Lynn Grossman attended his latest three-day teaching on Buddhist philosophy.
In the art deco masterpiece of Radio City Music Hall, where the Rockettes will soon kick off their Christmas extravaganza, the Dalai Lama is a riveting presence, perched cross-legged on a lavishly-decorated platform center stage. The Dalai Lama’s daunting teachings on reality – USATODAY.com
Cracked.com, of all places, has published an article about the brainwashing techniques in use right now during the campaigns that you can’t afford to miss. Warning: contains some fairly sophomoric references to female body parts and other things that might annoy or offend adults. The content, however, is spot on.
A team of physicists in Vienna has devised experiments that may answer
one of the enduring riddles of science: Do we create the world just by
looking at it?
Seed: The Reality Tests
I have argued flying saucers with lots of people. I was interested in this: they keep arguing that it is possible. And that’s true. It is possible. They do not appreciate that the problem is not to demonstrate whether it’s possible or not, but whether it’s going on or not.
–Richard Feynman, Physicist, educator