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Religious Books -- Not Fundamentalist!

The Fundamentalist Xtians should not be allowed to hijack the language of Christianity. They are at least as much heretics to Christianity as the Arians and Gnostics of early Christian days.

Biblical inerrancy is not possible.

The books both above and below show the limitations of language and the impossibility of Biblical Inerrancy.

How can language be misused? Using General Semantics, this book was Written to explain Nazi propaganda and still used as a textbook

Books - Popular Math, Post Enlightenment & Science

This book explains why the above books on Christian Fundamentalism are politically important in America today.

Modern Society measures risk & predicts possible futures. The book below is a higly readable history of insurance, statistics and modern financial instruments.

Compare this to religion, in which it is presumed that the perfect society was known in the past and all that is necessary to do is to return to that perfect society.

Fascinating, highly readable and fun book on modern mathematics and its limitations. If you are interested in ideas, this is your book!

This is a collection of Hofstader's Scientific American articles. Again, a very fascinationg and highly readable book, requiring no mathematical background. (Buy it used - it is one of the books that will keep disappearing.)

Older, very fascinating book on mathematical ideas. Did you know there are three kinds of infinity?

Friday, March 26, 2010
The right wing "mirror image" disinformation technique
This is an excellent discussion of Rovian disinformation tactics by Billmon. Eric Cantor was practicing this tactic when he announced the strange story of the bullet that apparently fell from the sky into a window in a building some of his campaign adviser groups use.

Spock with a Beard: The Sequel

This is the beginning two paragraphs
For some years now, I’ve been morbidly fascinated by the political dark arts -- especially the very dark art of disinformation: the systematic creation and dissemination of false narratives designed to discredit your opponents and/or drive undecided audiences away from their cause.

The difference between disinformation and just plain lying is in the scope of the enterprise: A lie is intended to conceal a specific truth (e.g. "I did not have sex with that woman"). Disinformation, on the other hand, is aimed at constructing an entire alternative reality -- one in which the truth can find no foothold because it conflicts just not with a specific falsehood, but with the entire fabric of the false reality that has been created. It puts the "big" in big lie, in other words.

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Rick Perlstein on Why Obama will not be a transformational President
This is about a one hour lecture with half an hour of questions and answers. The sound focuses on Rick so the questions are faint at best.

That said, it is an extremely insightful analysis of the Obama Presidency and the current times.

Rick Perlstein at Vanderbilt, March 22, 2010.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Yes we can; No you can't. Boehner is wrong.
This was too good not to blog.

h/t to Talking Points Memo.

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Friday, March 19, 2010
Best short analysis of the recent banking crisis so far
Want a short overview of what all went wrong with Wall Street in 2008? Here is a floor speech by Senator Ted Kaufman that does a superb job of summarizing the set of problems and how they worked out in the crisis.

It's already a summary, so I won't try to summarize it here. Go read it.

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