Month: January 2007

VocabGrapher – Cool Google Gadget

So I’m a fan of Google (at least their online tools).  I didn’t enjoy being partnered with them at my last job (they tend to push around the little guy).  But their tools are unmatched and well done. The other day, I was looking to add new content to my personalized Google homepage when I…
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Book Review: Songmaster by Orson Scott Card

Continuing on my goal to read/listen to all the Orson Scott Card books on, I downloaded and listened to Songmaster. This was the first full book I enjoyed through my brand new iPod Nano. Of course I didn’t pay for it myself. I won it in a Novell giveaway (I almost called it a…
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The link between linguistics and dementia

According to this article, those who are bilingual (and use both languages on a daily basis) have a better chance of avoiding (or at least delaying onset of) dementia.  I knew I was supposed to go on a foreign speaking mission!  Ok, so I kind of did.  I served in the California Oakland Mission and…
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Bill strips ethics-challenged legislators of pensions

So the new legislature is off to a solid start.  They passed a bill which strips the pensions of legislators convicted of ethics violations.  And it was unanimous!  The whole bipartisan thing seems to be working out. One word…. duh! Nice work folks.  Keep it up.

Impeachment: What are the qualifications?

Wikipedia indicates that impeachment is often misunderstood and the constitution explains that: For the executive branch, only those who have allegedly committed “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” may be impeached Now let’s look at what a recent article by Orson Scott Card said by highlighting an also recent Doonesbury cartoon:

Power corrupts… perhaps the inverse?

Interesting quote from David Brin: It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. Now let’s put that in the light of what has been continually pushed by The Idealist.  He says (and quotes scripture [D&C 121:39]) that…
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Intolerance: stupidity or lack of education?

Once again, just a few uneducated (or stupid) individuals can display the intolerance of an entire region or country.  In this CNN article a man was so threatened by a Muslim group purchasing neighboring land that he started pig races and served sausage. Not only did he show his intolerance, but also his lack of…
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Book Review: Empire by Orson Scott Card

Once again, Orson Scott Card hits a home run with his latest book, “Empire”. From the publishers summary: Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling…
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Quaran to be used to swear in congressman

Why are some people so stupid? After reading this article, I realized that all the jokes about stupid lawmakers have some validity. To summarize, Republican Rep. Virgil Goode made comments condemning the use of the Quran to swear in a newly elected Muslim congressman. He later refused to apologize, saying:

Dwight D. Eisenhower Quote

I think the Idealist would like this quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower: “I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way…
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