UNDERNEWS

Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who has covered Washington during all or part of one quarter of America's presidencies and edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review has been on the web since 1995. See main page for full contents

May 5, 2009

READER COMMENTS

Excerpts from readers' comments

PORN STAR RUNNING FOR SENATE

Maybe after we get some porn star politicians we can start electing scientists and atheists. I'll take anything just so long as we get rid of the lawyers.

LIBRARIES SELLING BOOKS

Libraries are not, and cannot be, archival repositories of books. A library uses its fixed resources (in money, personnel, and space) to house a collection which is useful to its patrons. It's silly to complain about a library discarding books. How else would they ever have room for anything new? The librarians and administrators are the ones responsible for choosing and maintaining the collection. That's their call. If you think the collection should move in a different direction, send a letter to the librarian--you'll probably be pleasantly surprised with a coherant and reasoned response. This "outrage" is just dumb. - Boffin


FEDERAL JUDGE PUNISHES TEACHER FOR CALLING CREATIONISM 'NONSENSE'

But it's still okay to bash atheists, Muslims gays, and socialists. It must be so hard being a Christian. Poor guys need all the help they can get.

COULD IT BE FACTORY FARM FLU?

NPR here in Washington DC had a section in which they pitched an "Animal Right Activist from PETA" making the case for the connection vs. a scientist from the University of Maryland arguing against it. The person from PETA made a compelling case; the scientist basically said that there was not enough evidence. . .

Two interesting things regarding this: one, the information is getting out, second the media in all its wisdom, puts PETA, and an "animal rights activist" against a "respectable" professor from the University of Maryland. I wonder which side NPR is on. - Tamal 10


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