Looking Glass Logic

“[The 9/11 terrorists] are against, to offer just a brief list, freedom of speech, a multi-party political system, universal adult suffrage, accountable government, Jews, homosexuals, women’s rights, pluralism, secularism, short skirts, dancing, beardlessness, evolution theory, sex.” Salman Rushdie

Interestingly, if you take away the dancing and the beardlessness, you also have the things that fundamentalist Evangelical Christians appear to be against, too.

My latest thing is trying to play the sitar . I’m taking lessons with the Sitar School of Toronto. Here’s a pic taken in class:

While I can barely play the scales yet, our school is nonetheless having a performance in Ottawa on March 5: 610 Cumberland (at Laurier), Perez Building, Frieman Hall, $15 for adults and $10 for students.Here’s an interesting idea: online volunteering.

Rarely have I found myself agreeing with Pat Buchanan on anything, yet we find resonance on Iraq.

Here’s another analysis of the Bushies exporting torture. So when does this regime get prosecuted for war crimes, hmmm? On a similar note, Eric Margolis discusses the new Pentagon spy system here.

And surprise, surprise, US government scienists are now reporting that they have been pressued to suppress data that might suggest a link between industry and environmental degradation. The assault on the intellect continues.

The brilliance of these people is that they are so beyond ridiculous, that no one is surprised anymore by their looking glass logic, hypocrisy or corruption, and so it no longer makes the news.

The Poor Kind of Doctor

Yahoo! Finance has an article on the top 25 careers in the world, based on job growth, salary potential, education level, and room for innovation. Guess what #8 was? Epidemiologist! That’s right, we beat out athletes and actors!

Mind you, the article did make it a point to mention that despite the coolness factor of our jobs, we Epidemiologists make bupkiss. That’s why when people ask me what I do, I sometimes answer, “I’m the poor kind of doctor that can’t save your life.”

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