Category Archives: Society

What Justifies Divorce?

From the Sydney Morning Herald, interviewing Orlando Bloom on his divorce from Miranda Kerr – The 37-year-old actor told the magazine that his split from Kerr was “amicable”. He says his ex is “a very supportive and understanding woman”, but … Continue reading

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The Will of an Ox

Charlotte Dawson was a media personality in Australia and New Zealand who died last week in Sydney at the age of 47. Though no one seems willing to say so explicitly, all the media reports seem to imply that her … Continue reading

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Lying in bed this morning, reading the Washington Post sideways on my computer next to the me – as you do – I thought this was an interesting comment by Ruth Marcus in the context of the President’s recent remarks … Continue reading

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Manukau and Mogadishu

I was struck by the following sentences from two different articles in today’s NZ Herald. First this – “There was a lot of disorder and domestic incidents across the district – more than usual for a Friday night. There was … Continue reading

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Friedman on Why America Is Falling Behind

Some interesting insights here from Tom Friedman on NBC’s Meet The Press:

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Cognitive Dissonance

Today in – The couple issued a joint statement Monday saying they are already living apart… In their statement, the couple said they plan to raise their four children together. From Wikipedia: Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused … Continue reading

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Apple v Exodus

I was disappointed to read this week that Apple has removed from its App Store an application developed by Exodus International aimed at people seeking to overcome same-sex attraction. It’s no surprise that many people find such an application distasteful … Continue reading

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Bob Herbert on Poverty

Bob Herbert had an opinion piece in the New York Times last Friday lamenting the Obama administration’s lack of interest in the poor: President Obama is redesigning his administration to make it even friendlier toward big business and the megabanks, … Continue reading

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My Unacceptable Comment

It’s been over a week since my last post, though I have been far from idle… I’m in the process of writing a fairly detailed description of how the Rails 3 web framework works internally. Enjoyable work, but time-consuming. I … Continue reading

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Unhappy Meals

The L.A. Times reports – The Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s Corp., claiming that the company’s meals with toys unfairly entice children into eating food that can do them harm… The lead … Continue reading

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