Monthly Archives: May 2011

Rapture Rupture

May 21, 2011, came and went with a whimper, which must have been terribly disappointing to Harold Camping. The 89 year old civil engineer had, with much fanfare and media attention, predicted the end of the world at 6 p.m. … Continue reading »

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The Twisted Logic of Torture Envy

In a world of 24-hour news coverage, even the biggest story has short legs. So we move from the glory of bin Laden’s death to false claims about the efficacy of “enhanced interrogation” techniques in just a few days. The … Continue reading »

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Small Minds in a Big World

Surely the death of Osama bin Laden is greater than what divides us at home; finally both left and right can together celebrate an American victory. Alas no. Petty peeves and polarized politics prevent us from coming together to celebrate … Continue reading »

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Heaven Can Wait

We’ve seen the bright light. We’ve been to heaven and back. The latest best seller is about a round trip visit to the netherworld. The book has broken all sales records for the publisher, Thomas Nelson, which specializes in Christian … Continue reading »

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The Humble Beginning of a Revolution: Our New Energy Future

Some revolutions start with a whimper barely noticed. On April 25, 1953, a short paper written by two relatively obscure scientists was published in the British journal Nature. That article by James Watson and Francis Crick described the double helical … Continue reading »

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Slavery and the Civil War: Not What You Think

With a volley of artillery fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 12, 1861, the South started a war that nearly destroyed the United States in pursuit of a terrible cause. In that conflict more than 630,000 soldiers … Continue reading »

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Dye’s Death or Dragon’s Breath

As readers of the Huffington Post know well, food safety advocates have for some time been working to ban artificial coloring from our foods, or barring that, forcing manufacturers to print warning labels on any products containing dyes. In the … Continue reading »

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The Irradiated Elephant in the Room

In viewing the evolving tragedy in Japan we have to guard against our tendency to narrowly focus only on the acute at the expense of the chronic. The world is quite appropriately anxious about the potential for multiple core meltdowns … Continue reading »

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Pray for Prayer

who pray may wish to direct your attention to prayer itself as the subject in need. A recent opinion piece in the Miami Herald by Leonard Pitts, Jr. reveals why. In that article Mr. Pitts notes that he offended some … Continue reading »

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