Monthly Archives: March 2007

Timing Bad News for Minimal Impact

It’s sometimes comes down to timing the news.  Yes, it was about something else, but in these pages last May, while suggesting on hot political stories the whole idea is to see the pattern – there was a reference to … Continue reading

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Moral Logic as Brain Damage

Brain damage can change moral thinking.   Really – that may be true. You could look in up in this study in “Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science” –   Damage to the prefrontal cortex increases utilitarian moral judgments   … Continue reading

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The European Union of Pragmatists

Received from Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, and known at these sites as Our Man in Paris, Thursday, March 22, 2007 –   Bonsoir –   Tonight I’ve been watching an Arte-TV and documentary about a year in the life … Continue reading

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Sloppy Logic in Everyday Life

John C. Yoo the former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, the lawyer whose unusual interpretation of the constitution provided the justification – the legal underpinning – for the administration’s position that the president, as … Continue reading

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Being Strong and Never Backing Down

On Tuesday, March 20, it seemed everyone in Washington was getting all righteous and refusing to back down – “Republicans and Democrats alike sternly warned the FBI on Tuesday that it risks losing its broad power to collect telephone, e-mail … Continue reading

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Dealing with Absurd Speech

Monday, March 19, brought us odd doings from the final legal arbiter of all matters regarding our rights, that panel of nine justices sitting above it all in Washington.  Dahlia Lithwick tries to explain it all in one of her … Continue reading

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This will be the home of the new Just Above Sunset commentary site. The original weekly magazine-format site is still online at Just Above Sunset Weekly, with all issues and all pages since May 2003. The commentary side of that … Continue reading

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