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The Noumenon Rant

   Wednesday, October 22, 2003  

The Rappin' Judge

THIS is the funniest thing I have seen since I heard California elected Arnie as their leader: apparently, some guy was suing Eminem for dissin' him in a rap. The judge threw the case out of court, but summed up her judgement... in RAP...

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   Friday, October 10, 2003  

AlterNet: A Call For Rove's Resignation"Representative John Conyers, Jr., the Ranking Member, on the House Judiciary Committee sent the following letter to Senior White House Advisor, Karl Rove, asking for his resignation."

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   Wednesday, October 08, 2003 Politics | Bush biographer commits suicideBush biographer commits suicide

"J.H. Hatfield, author of the controversial book 'Fortunate Son,' is found dead in an Arkansas hotel room."

Old news, but I just found out. I am halfway through reading his book on Bush. Amazing that he died from an apparent suicide. I wonder...

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Atheism - statistics"Intelligence and religious beliefs - statistics"

The consensus here is clear: more intelligent people tend not to believe in religion. And this observation is given added force when you consider that the above studies span a broad range of time, subjects and methodologies, and yet arrive at the same conclusion.

Why does this correlation exist? The first answer that comes to mind is that religious beliefs tend to be more illogical or incoherent than secular beliefs, and intelligent people tend to recognize that more quickly. But this explanation will surely be rejected by religious people, who will seek other explanations and rationalizations.

According to Nature 394:313, a recent survey of members of the National Academy of Sciences showed that 72% are outright atheists, 21% are agnostic and only 7% admit to belief in a personal God.

According to the Skeptic magazine vol.6 #2 1998, in multiple studies, there is a negative correlation between theism and morality. By Franzblau's 1934 study, there's a negative correlation between religiousity and honesty. Ross 1950 shows atheists and agnostics are more likely to express their willingness to help the poor than the deeply religious. 1969 Hirschi and Stark found no correlation in lawbreaking by churchgoing children and non-churchgoing children.

This same Skeptic published the results of another study that compared professions and likelihood of believing in God. The general public was just over 90% likely to believe in God. Scientists in general were just under 40% likely. Mathematicians were just over 40% likely, biologists just under 30%, and physicists were barely over 20% likely to believe in God.

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   Thursday, October 02, 2003 Technology | Invasion of the high-tech body snatchers"Invasion of the high-tech body snatchers
Ready for infrared vision, and hearts that work better than the original? While bioethicists obsess over cloning, bioengineers will soon be able to replace every part of our bodies."

   [ posted by Cameron @ 5:30 PM ] [ ] News | Robert Novak's desperate damage control"... another problem with Novak's flip-flop about Plame's title is it's dead wrong. On Tuesday night's 'Newshour,' on PBS, Larry Johnson, a former counterterrorism official at the CIA and the State Department, insisted Plame had worked undercover.
Additionally, a former senior CIA intelligence officer confirms to Salon that Plame is both an analyst and an officer who works undercover, and was undercover when Novak outed her. Now that her identity has been exposed she cannot again work overseas, and the network of agents she once oversaw may be at risk. "

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Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: "Some news the White House really didn't want to hear. According to a new Washington Post poll, 69% of Americans think a special counsel should be appointed to investigate the Wilson/Plame matter. How serious is it? A very serious matter (48%), somewhat serious (34%), not too serious (7%), not serious at all (9%).
-- Josh Marshall "

   [ posted by Cameron @ 2:15 PM ] [ ] - Fearing America's Military Power - Curtis Harris

I think Chomsky would reject this statement!

"The record shows, with two relatively minor exceptions in the 19th century, America uses military power for self-defense and to restore world peace."

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   Wednesday, October 01, 2003  

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Arab youths wooed with US magazineArab youths wooed with US magazine

The magazine is aimed at promoting American values
The United States has launched an Arabic-language lifestyle magazine for young men and women across the Middle East.
The government hopes the publication, called Hi, will change America's image among 18 to 35 year olds in the Arab world. "

   [ posted by Cameron @ 9:24 AM ] [ ] - The Most Insidious Of Traitors: "Karl Rove, senior political advisor to George W. Bush, is a very powerful man. That is not to say he has never been in trouble. Rove was fired from the 1992 Bush Sr. campaign for trashing Robert Mosbacher, Jr., who was the chief fundraiser for the campaign and an avowed Bush loyalist. Rove accomplished this trashing of Mosbacher by planting a negative story with columnist Bob Novak. The campaign figured out that Karl had done the dirty deed, and he was given his walking papers. "

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   Tuesday, September 30, 2003  

Reuters News Article: "Candidate Joseph Lieberman, a senator from Connecticut, urged the White House to maintain all phone logs, e-mails, correspondence 'and anything else that may relate to these events, and make clear that anyone destroying or otherwise tampering with these records will be fired.'
A leak of classified information is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Connecting the leak to the White House would be an embarrassment for President Bush, whose claims that Iraq held weapons of mass destruction have never been proved."

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thank you

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White House denies leaking name. 30/09/2003. ABC News Online: "White House spokesman Scott McClellan denied the President's political strategist Karl Rove was involved in the leak.
'I've said that it's not true and I have spoken with Karl Rove,' Mr McClellan said."

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Conspiracy Planet - Criminal Government - Ambassador Wilson Backtracks from Karl Rove Claim: "On Monday, Sept.29, on ABC's 'Good Morning America,' Wilson backpedaled. 'In one speech I gave out in Seattle not too long ago, I mentioned the name Karl Rove,' he said. 'I think I was probably carried away by the spirit of the moment. I don't have any knowledge that Karl Rove himself was either the leaker or the authorizer of the leak. But I have great confidence that, at a minimum, he condoned it and certainly did nothing to shut it down.'"

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   Monday, September 29, 2003  

Bush Administration Is Focus of Inquiry (

More on the US Justice Dept's enquiry into the leak...

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White House Rejects Charges of Vague Iraq Intelligence

This story has been building for a couple of weeks on "conspiracy" websites, but it is only over the last 24 hours that it has hit the mainstream press. United States Ambassador Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador to Niger, claims Karl Rove, Bush's top advisor, leaked the fact that Wilson's wife was an undercover CIA agent, after Wilson debunked Bush's statement that Nigeria had been selling Uranium to Saddam. Now the CIA has asked the Dept of Justice to start an enquiry...

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