April 05, 2005


from - smijer

If my brain came with a defogger, I could get up on a Tuesday Morning and write a good blog post for you. But it still wouldn't be as useful as some of these links:

The Big L uses the R word about addressing poverty. If you read nothing else today, let this be it.

John Cole on Zimbabwe. He ends with "something has to be done," but damned if I know what. There's no oil, and the NeoCon dreams of imperial democracy don't extend to Africa... not that I would endorse aggressive war as a solution in the first place. I would say that some diplomatic leadership on Africa is overdue, but I don't know where to look for it. It's doubtful that our state department will shoulder the burden.

For those of you living in a cave, Senator Cornyn of Texas has gone off the deep end.

All seriousness aside, DarkSyd has some unkind words about abiotic oil "theory". Link is "R-rated". For you, Buck.

Cognitive therapy better than anti-depressants? I visited a therapist for a few weeks, not too long ago, and he recommended Feeling Good, the new mood therapy, by David Burns - which is, among other things, a self-help guide to Cognitive therapy. I do plan to buy and read it when I have the money and time. If you have anxiety or depression, maybe you should, too.

From Philocrites' reading list, this NYT piece about Megachurches. Lots of good info in there about what draws people to megachurches (answer: being pandered to), about the new social trend, and a revelation that these folks are not much more tolerant and accepting (of gays, anyway) than their more traditional fundie cousins. My quibble with the NYT piece: I would have headlined it "Subverting The Soul of the New Exurb".


Posted by smijer at April 5, 2005 07:59 AM

OK Smijer. I get the hint. I am never going to send you anything written by Fred Reed again!

And personally I am anxious and depressed because I have no money and I am running out of time so I'll never get to read that book. It is a vicious cycle.

When it comes to poverty I figure the poor you will have with you always so my job is to bust my ass to try and keep from becoming one of them.

But seriously, I am currently reading a book entitled "A fist in the hornets nest" In it Richard Engel makes the point that it was his experience that the most poverty stricken areas of the Middle East that he stayed in were the safest. The people had no money but they did have honor and dignity and would not tolerate theft and lawlessness.

One of my favorite stories concerning wealth and poverty is the story of the wealthy man that was being berated by a liberal because of his extreme wealth in light of the poverty of other people in the world. The wealthy man asked a servant to advise him as to how much he would owe every person in the world if his total wealth was split equally among them. The servant told him that he would owe every person on earth ten cents each. The wealthy man says "Well give this bastard a quarter and show him the door".

I am sympathetic but I have no idea how to fix the problem.

univar.jpg Posted by Buck on April 5, 2005 09:15 AM
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Here's two more for your link list:

univar.jpg Posted by alice on April 5, 2005 08:47 PM
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Holy Cow!

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on April 6, 2005 09:14 AM
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