Friday, August 31, 2007

Rocky Anderson, Mayor of Salt Lake City: A Compelling Case for Impeachment
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

NYT Mag: The Politics of God

Last Sunday's NYT Magazine must read: The Politics of God


"Traditionally, political theology had interpreted a set of revealed divine commands and applied them to social life. In his great treatise “Leviathan” (1651), Hobbes simply ignored the substance of those commands and talked instead about how and why human beings believed God revealed them. He did the most revolutionary thing a thinker can ever do — he changed the subject, from God and his commands to man and his beliefs. If we do that, Hobbes reasoned, we can begin to understand why religious convictions so often lead to political conflicts and then perhaps find a way to contain the potential for violence.

"The contemporary crisis in Western Christendom created an audience for Hobbes and his ideas. In the midst of religious war, his view that the human mind was too weak and beset by passions to have any reliable knowledge of the divine seemed common-sensical. It also made sense to assume that when man speaks about God he is really referring to his own experience, which is all he knows. And what most characterizes his experience? According to Hobbes, fear."

Monday, August 20, 2007

As Anais Nin said “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are”

NYT: Symbol of Abu-Graib seeks to spare others his nightmare.
Will the Real Hooded Man please stand up?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

SB completing the second leg of "The Double" : The Pikes Peak Marathon

Yesterday I ran "The Ascent", today I ran the roundtrip to the summit (14,110') and back.
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Friday, August 17, 2007

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Boston Review: Why are so many Americans in Prison?

"...the United States—with five percent of the world’s population—houses 25 percent of the world’s inmates. Our incarceration rate (714 per 100,000 residents) is almost 40 percent greater than those of our nearest competitors (the Bahamas, Belarus, and Russia)."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Runners training today high on Pikes Peak

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Looking down to the 16 Golden Stairs sign from near the summit of Pikes Peak

Lots of runners training today on the summit of Pikes Peak for next weekend's Ascent and Marathon... I just ran a hard 2-miles-to-go sign to 1-mile-to-go sign in 12:50, then a hard 1-mile-to-go sign to the summit in 16:17. Both PR's for me.
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Saturday, August 11, 2007

The bluffer's guide to life, the universe and everything

Physicist Paul Callaghan explains why a few key scientific concepts can change your life.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Steve B., John G., John C. and Jason at the summit of Pikes Peak prior to running a 3-2-1. Use your imagination to come up with what a 3-2-1 from the summit of Pikes Peak would mean for runners training to run the Pikes Peak Marathon, Ascent or Leadville 100.
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Bought a solid wood kitchen table and chairs crafted in Mexico today to round out the "kitchen project".
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Dawn's Rosy Fingers, from near the summit of Pikes Peak, Friday morning

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