1. Anyone who wants to keep up with the latest news on the war in Pakistan should find the Fourth Rail of interest.
2. Ted Rall has written a cartoon insulting our troops and comparing them to suicide bombers. Cassandra says Axis Sally did prison time for less an offense. I guess General Washington would have hanged Rall, but we live in a different time. Is Rall a traitor or is his cartoon covered by our freedom of speech?
4. Diana Hsieh gave a lecture in 1999 called "Why Be An Atheist?" It is a PDF document (don't want to piss off Billy Beck). It starts with a refutation of the classic arguments for theism and agnosticism. My only criticism is that instead of using Occam's Razor as the first argument for atheism, I would use the Objectivist idea of the arbitrary. If there is no evidence for God, then the concept is arbitrary and can be dismissed without further argumentation. I've seen Occam's Razor used to prove some strange things, so I'm wary of it.
In my 50 years on earth I have yet to see any evidence for the existence of God. The typical theist reply to that statement is, "Just look around, God is everywhere," as if the evidence of the senses somehow proved the existence of a supernatural being. When we just look around we see existence, which does exist. Anything else is the product of man's imagination.
5. So James Hetfield of Metallica "didn't quite agree with what was going on there" (at Live Earth, in which he performed). If I were a recording artist who didn't agree with the politics of an event, I would not lend my name to the venture, even if it promised to boost record sales 800%, as Live Earth did for Metallica.