Archive for October, 2003

A happy Halloween at This Modern World

October 29th, 2003 – 9:35 pm
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It’s a scary holiday-themed comic this time.

Offshoring is good!?

October 29th, 2003 – 8:21 pm
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Hey, I’ll bet you didn’t know that sending American jobs to other countries is actually good for Americans! Well, apparently some people think so: Yet pandering to protectionism would be wrong. Many people believe that money spent to buy services abroad is lost to the U.S. economy, but such views are easily disproved. Companies move […]

Bush vs. the environment

October 27th, 2003 – 9:53 pm
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Here’s last week’s op-ed ad by, this time taking the Bush administration to task for it’s plans for the environment. So if it’s good for the environment and good for the economy, why is the administration proposing to eviscerate NEPA, by restricting the use of environmental impact reports and exempting projects from public scrutiny? […]

Moving past oil

October 27th, 2003 – 9:40 pm
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There’s an interesting piece over at The Economist about the end of the world’s reliance on oil as an energy source. “The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil.” This intriguing prediction is often heard in energy circles these […]

This Modern World: Interesting Things We Have Learned From Republicans Lately

October 25th, 2003 – 10:18 am
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Tom makes some fine points this week about how hypocritical conservatives seem to be lately about a whole bunch of issues.

Still winning those hearts and minds

October 23rd, 2003 – 9:01 am
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I think this one pretty much speaks for itself: Today, one of the women who work at the ministry, Amal, objected when the troops brought forward a dog to sniff her bag. She was carrying a Quran inside of it and to even handle a Quran, a Muslim has to be ‘clean’ or under ‘widhu’. […]

Protecting access to the evidence

October 22nd, 2003 – 9:46 pm
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Some students at Swarthmore College are standing up to Diebold (who I’ve talked about before): The students are protesting efforts by Diebold to prevent them and other website owners from linking to some 15,000 internal company memos that reveal the company was aware of security flaws in its e-voting software for years but sold the […]

Libertarians on Limbaugh

October 22nd, 2003 – 9:34 pm
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There are quite a few things I disagree with the Libertarians over, but this is something I can definitely agree with: The entire nation owes radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh a debt of gratitude, Libertarians say, because his ordeal has exposed every drug warrior in America as a rank hypocrite. “One thing we don’t hear from […]

A welcome blow against GM crops

October 19th, 2003 – 10:05 pm
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From an article in the Independent: British Scientists delivered a massive blow to the case for genetically modified crops yesterday when they showed in a trail-blazing study that growing them could harm the environment. Their findings, which will spark controversy around the world, are likely to present a serious obstacle to Tony Blair in his […]

How to make friends with the Iraqi people

October 19th, 2003 – 9:22 pm
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Patrick-Nielsen Hayden posted over on Electrolite about the U.S. army bulldozing fruit trees in Iraq. I agree with both his outrage and that of most of the people who posted comments. Behavior like this can’t help but make the Iraqi’s hate their supposed liberators.