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by Eric Martin
Sat Aug 26, 2006 7:25 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin Source: unca20060901.htm Jarrar's story is a relative bummer. He wanted attention and he got it. He'll dine out on this for months...look at all the web notice he's getting now. And he got a free t-shirt. Serioulsy, he can't expect, as an Arab-American, to wear a politically provo...
by Eric Martin
Thu Aug 24, 2006 5:53 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin Source: unca20060901.htm It will always be a planet for me, just like "apatasaurus" remains brontosaurus. Fred Flintstone didn't eat apatoburgers, and My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine Porcupines, baby. Sometimes "science" forgets about culture. I wonder if we'll see some ...
by Eric Martin
Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:17 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin
Source: unca20060901.htm
>I listen to a scientific consensus.<

My wife is a high school biology teacher, and she always gets a chuckle when she hears some newsanchor on the telly talk about "the scientific community," or "scientists," as if they were some unified group that meets every third Tuesday at the Elks club.

Most scientists in this country and abroad are employees of large corporations, doing corporate research for corporate interests, which fosters intense competition and secrecy in the profession, not really "consensus." Not a few are working for their goverments, usually in the military wing, where the rivalries and secrets are even more pronounced.

The (very) small minority to which Rob is no doubt referring are the university professors and free-lance researchers hired by special interest groups...and it should be noted that anyone with a degree in science can call themselves a scientist, no matter who is sponsoring their research. Since many of these individuals also do side work for corporatia and their national governments (Noam Chomsky, for example, did a great deal of work for the Pentagon in the 50s), even this group is not immune from the influences and restrictions those employers require.

So, cite "scientific consensus" if you must. But I'd caution you on believing it to be some over-arching, universalist theory of the world. You're pretty much parroting the research in the small handful of journals that suits your needs. Not saying it's not true, but let's not make "scientists" into some kind of grand collective of wisdom.


by Eric Martin
Tue Aug 22, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin
Source: unca20060901.htm
Harlan, the link should just play in your browser window. If you have dial-up, it might take a while to load.

I don't think You Tube videos are downloadable.

Eric
by Eric Martin
Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:15 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin
Source: unca20060901.htm
>Today "dark matter" is standard in any science book, but nobody has a clue as to what dark matter is! <

That's because it doesn't exist. When the established math doesn't work, science invents something to make it work. Witness ether, which was once standard in any science book.

by Eric Martin
Thu Aug 17, 2006 2:58 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin
Source: unca20060901.htm
>will all now recant in print, in light of the suspect arrested in Thailand, and apologize for their full decade of putting a bereaved family through hell by making up shit?<

Let's wait and see. Something doesn't quite smell right with this guy and his confession. But your point on the tabloids is well-taken...even if it turns out this freak is indeed the perp, I doubt we'll see any sorries from them.
by Eric Martin
Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:00 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin Source: unca20060901.htm Terrorist organizations don't "take over" anything, except the occasional set of embassy offices, and even then one's definition of "taking over" must be stretched. Because terrorist organizations don't rule, or organize, or make sure the trash is moved ou...
by Eric Martin
Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:07 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin
Source: unca20060901.htm
>Scott Smith, author of the superb A SIMPLE PLAN<

The movie was considerably more superb than the book, in plotting, characterization, and theme. The book itself plods and the characters unlikeable and poorly-devloped. I'm not surprised this follow-up isn't much better.
by Eric Martin
Wed Aug 09, 2006 5:41 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin
Source: unca20060901.htm
>"churchism" is a strange concept to some<

Because it's really a Kavinism.

Come on, Paul. Spider-Man just dropped the secret identity. You can too.
by Eric Martin
Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:09 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin Source: unca20060901.htm Paul Giamatti is a good actor, but I don't think he can open a film. "Sideways" was a road movie featuring two actors, and Lady in the Water has bombed. Of course, if he's started a production company to release movies that he stars in, I suppose he can do...
by Eric Martin
Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:11 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin
Source: unca20060807.htm
Nice photos from "The Discarded," Josh. Looks like the shoot went well...I'm looking forward to watching it!
by Eric Martin
Thu Aug 03, 2006 3:35 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin
Source: unca20060807.htm
>Eric, don't you know a PR stunt when you see one?<

Gosh, I guess I don't. Oh those wacky writers, what will they come up with next?
by Eric Martin
Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:56 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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a quick note in case feathers ruffle...

Name: Eric Martin
Source: unca20060807.htm
My quotes on "good" were not sarcasm; they were meant to distinguish them from very successful "not-so-good" novelists like Clancy and Grisham.
by Eric Martin
Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Literary lobbying

Name: Eric Martin Source: unca20060807.htm Does anyone else think it's just a wee bit presumptuous of Stephen King and John Irving to publically instruct J.K. Rowling on how to write her next book? I'm sure it's very flattering to have these two literary lions, possibly America's best-known "good" ...
by Eric Martin
Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:37 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
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Name: Eric Martin
Source: unca20060807.htm
>Next month from Eric's pen: "George Lincoln Rockwell: Statesman or Martyr?"<

You are a really mean, ugly son of a bitch, Siano. And no longer in my universe.

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