Claiming no victory, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly Tuesday night: “It’s time to turn the page.” Now, he said, the nation’s most urgent priority is fixing its own sickly economy.
Archive for August, 2010
Sal Khan, you can count Bill Gates as your newest fan. “This guy is amazing,” he wrote. “It is awesome how much he has done with very little in the way of resources.” Gates and his 11-year-old son, Rory, began soaking up videos, from algebra to biology. Gates touted the “unbelievable” 10- to 15-minute Khan Academy tutorials “I’ve been using with my kids.”
The Rich Keep Getting Richer as the World’s Billionaire List Grows – For the third time in three years, the world has a new richest man. Riding surging prices of his various telecom holdings, including giant mobile outfit America Movil, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has beaten out Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to become the wealthiest person on earth
A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children’s hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets….
Yoko Ono is planning a series of events in Iceland to mark what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday.
YOKO ONO said: “In this very special year, which would have seen my husband and life partner John reach the age of 70, By remastering 121 tracks spanning his solo career will help bring his incredible music to a whole new audience.
In Uganda, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, if enacted, would broaden the criminalization of homosexuality by introducing the death penalty for people who have previous convictions, are HIV-positive, or engage in same sex acts with people under 18 years of age.
Happy Days are not coming any time soon to America — and not to most of the world. It is realistic — not pessimistic or fatalistic — to believe that we have reached the twilight of the oil-industrial age. A global reckoning is coming sooner than we would wish, and the US government and President Obama, sadly, are not stepping up to the leadership plate.
Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, “The End of Faith” and “Letter to a Christian Nation”. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. In his new book, The Moral Landscape, will be published in October, 2010, he poses 12 questions and his answers to them.
The loathsome Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), best known for “protesting” the funerals of U.S. soldiers with signs saying “God hates fags” and “God hates America,” staged another “protest” and got a whole lot more than they bargained for when Brick Stone showed up and started asking them lots of confusing questions about Lady Gaga, Hell, Jews and double anal sex, among other topics.
“Coming out” as the first openly nontheist member of the United States Congress, Representative Fortney “Pete” Stark (D-CA) quipped, “I’m pleased that I’m in Cambridge and not in Salem!” On September 20, 2007, Congressman Stark spoke publicly for the first time about his atheism to an audience of approximately 300 members of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard…..