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Curiosity. or On the Purpose of Philosophy. or The Essay.

“As for what motivated me, it is quite simple; I would hope that in the eyes of some people it…

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Stimulating Cities

One only needs to stand at Prospect Park and look over Providence at night to see local examples of the…

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Geithner's Bank Plan

Timothy Geithner’s/Obama’s bank rescue plan doesn’t give me a lot of confidence. Here’s why: Paul Krugman has posted a few…

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BDH refuses to publish Op-Ed criticizing its coverage

I won’t argue that the piece I wrote for my BDH column this week was well written. But there’s something…

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New Media's Graphic Designs

The nytimes.com article covering yesterday’s friday the 13th plane crash in Buffalo, NY had an interesting graphic half way down…

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How to improve Morning mail

In my first BDH column today, I discussed how the new Brown policy restricting advertising in Morning Mail to events…

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Defining Torture

Bob Woodward’s article in today’s Washington Post includes the first Bush Administration confirmation of torture at Guantanamo. Susan Crawford, who was named…

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War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength, Scion is Creepy

there seems to be one company – or rather one marque of the no-longer profitable Toyota Motor Corp – that is still “cool:” Scion. Personally, I find their cars pretty ugly and they’re not fun to drive (I’ve rented the xB a few times through Zipcar). Perhaps their only redeeming quality in my eyes is that ?uestlove drives one. But their owners’ fanaticism brings to mind Marx’s famous quip about Ideology “They do not know it, but they are doing it.”

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I Hear Blago's Innocent

My favorite part of the speech is when he quotes Rudyard Kipling.   Not to worry Blago fans, I’m sure…

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