The Bozone Layer

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. One of the word-definitions in particular jumped out at me:

Bozone (n) - The substance surrounding stupid people, that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The Bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down

How true.

The value of work


Tis Labor Day, dear readers. Twenty-four blessed hours to think about the nature of people and work. About human dignity. About exploitation. About the balance of economic and political power.

The value of working capital today trumps the value of human capital. It is more flexible, more scalable. It is why the distance between the top and the bottom of the wealth spectrum feels excessive. Obama's tax plan should help on this front. It's a good start.

But the fact is, working capital has more influence than working people, who are decidedly outgunned by business interests, especially here in North Carolina. Art Pope's right-wing think tanks, for example, spend upwards of $5 million each year to influence public opinion and policy makers. We have our work cut out.

Happy Labor Day.

National Candidates on the Death Penalty

Howdy, BlueNC. DW is again asking for your help in expanding a recent blog post. DW is looking for information about where the major party candidates for president and vice president stand on capital punishment. What we have so far is below.

DW appreciates all links, videos, blogs, leads, ideas, and irate ramblings.

Jesus and Nuclear Bombs

Separating religion from ones politics is probably impossible. I have never heard an objective discussion of politics from a deeply religious person, nor have I from a person religiously atheistic. From my perspective, it is these two extremes which cloud and prejudice the voices of the rest of us who spend our lives hoping to be relevant and effective during our time among the living, while simultaneously trying to be both heavenly (spiritually) minded and of some earthly good.
This morning, while in church, there was a guest evangelist speaker ...

Clowning Around in Denver: My DNC Wrap-Up

When Barack Obama finished his historic speech, I stood looking up, staring at the fireworks, and crying as thousands of people stood around me cheering. I had spent the last four hours cheering, singing, dancing and yelling. I was surprised to learn that hope could lead to tears, that joy could be so quiet, that a week of activity could leave me so still.

I came to the 2008 Democratic National Convention not knowing what to expect out of the final night’s big event. I was unsure whether Sen. Obama could meet the high standards of the occasion. I thought that his speech would have to harness fire and send fireworks. While Obama certainly showed his fire, the speech was more measured than I expected. In some ways, it was more presidential. When I could finally speak after its conclusion, I turned to Orange County Democratic Party Chairman Jack Sanders and said, “We have to go home and do this.”

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