Monthly Archives: August 2009

Why we call it August

Whereas the Emperor Augustus Caesar, in the month of Sextilis, was first admitted to the consulate, and thrice entered the city in triumph, and in the same month the legions, from the Janiculum, placed themselves under his auspices, and in … Continue reading

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The Singularity

In just 36 years it seems there will be little implantable chips to keep our bodies alive forever and our minds occupied with blissful alternate realities; and lots of machines that are smarter than we are. Ray Kurzweil wrote a … Continue reading

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John the Baptist, Michael Jackson, and Ted Kennedy

On the day they celebrate (celebrate?) John the Baptist’s execution, where his cut-off head was delivered to Salome by the stepfather she seduced with a dance; and on the day Michael Jackson, who apparently had a hard time sleeping, was … Continue reading

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Newt gets religion

So Newt Gingrich has converted to Catholicism. Now why do you think he picked that particular religion? And does 2012 have anything to do with it? No, according to erudite Newt: When you have 2,000 years of intellectual depth surrounding … Continue reading

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Enjoying August with the Duc

The joys of August in the Duc de Berry’s court: horseback riding in long gowns, swimming (naked!) in the river or, for those less fortunate, harvesting his wheat; all protected, as usual, by the sun god in his chariot, Leo … Continue reading

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The Nineteenth Amendment

On August 26, 1920, the United States constitution finally recognized that universal suffrage is a right belonging to all adult citizens. When will the same be true for universal health care? Or marriage?

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Torture is fine, but forget gay marriage

Power drills and threats of rape and mock executions, not to mention actual (“authorized”) torture. Meanwhile Karl Rove was back here stirring his base with the moral outrage of gay marriage. A nation of barbaric hypocrites.

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