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30 August 2008
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a, a, b, b, true, false, true, false, Democratic, Republican, William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan sides with Atrios against Ron Fournier: It should be the purpose of the Associated Press to convey to its numerous subscribers the unbiassed, uncolored truth. I recognize that this is extremely difficult and that with even the … Continue reading

29 August 2008
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overestimated

I don’t usually pay attention to movie ratings – as opposed to movie reviews – but Netflix has a feature I really like. If you haven’t rated a movie, it shows you both the rating the Netflix users as a … Continue reading

29 August 2008
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unconventional

When I watched a little of the coverage of the Democratic convention this afternoon, I thought I was watching the Olympics again; when I looked at the coverage later in the evening, I was glad to see that the stadium … Continue reading

28 August 2008
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Tribune Thursday: Georgia flooding

In defiance of New Jersey Governor John Franklin Fort, an Atlantic County grand jury – “on which were enrolled state and county officeholders, politicians and some of the biggest hotel and business men of the resort” – refused to indict … Continue reading

26 August 2008
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the forging of historians

Lies, Frauds and Hoaxes Historians are trained to examine all sources carefully, looking for subtle biases, omissions, and silences. But sometimes we are confronted with sources that lie outright or that are themselves fraudulent. How should we approach such sources? … Continue reading

25 August 2008
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constructing reality

This part of the Neil Volz article discussed below deserves to be highlighted: Volz said Ney would never openly admit that anything he did was wrong or improper. He had his version of the truth and would stick to it … Continue reading

25 August 2008
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re-ney-ssance

Speaking of prison as transformative experience, I was catching up on some rss reading recently and noticed this at the end of an article about former Representative Bob Ney (R-Ohio), who was just released from custody after serving time in … Continue reading

24 August 2008
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media criticism criticized

I’m not sure I agree with this paragraph in its entirety: The reaction to Maddow’s show highlights just how suffocatingly narrow, and right-wing, the spectrum of mainstream political discourse in America is. Hiring Michael Savage, Joe Scarborough and Tucker Carlson … Continue reading

24 August 2008
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two concepts of forgery

Positive forgery: Having learned that the first dealer “would pay more for better content,” Israel was soon advancing to her own full-tilt production of letters from other luminaries. She bought a gaggle of vintage manual typewriters, had famous letterheads printed … Continue reading

21 August 2008
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Tribune Thursday: wireless telephonic communication

Remarkable news from the presidential campaign: Taft might actually campaign. Rather than remain in Cincinnati for September and October as planned, “it is by no means impossible” that Taft will “make a speaking tour of at least some of the … Continue reading