jEFFSTANA on April 27th, 2009

HEADLINE ARIZONA, Monday April 27, 2009: “Nations race to contain swine flu” (large bold typeset, front page story), and below (in smaller type) “Don’t panic, Americans told”. Thank you Associated Press® for the uncredited ink about suspected (though unconfirmed) deaths purportedly from influenza down Mexico way. Also on the same page, immediately below the previously […]

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jEFFSTANA on December 23rd, 2008

The following viral email is just social non sequitur, but it does beg the following questions. Is the defining litmus test for wing-nut membership a fixation on bodily functions? I know at one level we are but organic machines, but we have evolved to consciousness of our existence, right? So why do the most spiteful […]

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jEFFSTANA on June 19th, 2008

“Support the troops”, well duh, it should be a no-brainer. Then why would people affix a magnetic ribbon to their vehicle proclaiming the need — as if there is some question whether this is a good or a bad thing? What is the basis of these constant reminders or rather, what is the underlying message? […]

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jEFFSTANA on August 26th, 2007

The below included essay was received as email and is a very good read as far as it goes. It is important to understand the implications for our democracy, when authoritarian belief systems are tolerated or ignored. Fanaticism is a mental negligence — a ceding of rational thought and strategy to raw emotional belief. Whether […]

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jEFFSTANA on July 31st, 2007

Analysis by Barbara Ehrenreich of W’s speech in Cleveland on 10 July 2007, where among other things, George spoke up vs. socialized medicine — or in Bush-babel, “Federalized medicine”. GWB: “I strongly object to the government providing incentives for people to leave private medicine, private health care to the public sector. And I think it’s […]

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